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1  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Cooktop Ignitor on: September 27, 2016, 07:14:41 am
Great idea, and nice job.  Adding this to my to-do list!

-   Mike
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Life changes on: September 22, 2016, 06:36:22 pm
Sweet RV, Ron!  Best wishes and good luck!

- Mike
3  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: New England Fall Colors & Shores on: September 21, 2016, 10:47:24 am
Ron - I know you sometimes leave the toad at home and do a lot of backwoods traveling in the PC. Some of the lower underpasses I'm aware of in New England are:

Storrow Drive in Boston (10')
Memorial Drive in Cambridge, MA (9')
East Street Railroad Bridge in Westwood, MA (10' 6")
Washington Ave in West Haven, CT (10')
Route 135 in Fairfield, CT (10')
Saugatuck Ave in Westport, CT (10')
The Merritt Parkway in CT (many 9' and 10')
Covered Bridge on Blair Rd in Campton, NH (9' 2")
Covered Bridge on Bumps Intervale Rd in Campton, NH (9' 3")
Covered Bridge on Durgin Bridge Rd in North Sandwich, NH (9' 3")
Covered Bridge on East Side Road in Conway, NH (10' 3")
Broadway in Dover, NH (9' 6")
Covered Bridge on Covered Bridge Rd in Corinth, ME (8' 10")
Patterson Rd Bridge in Dresden, ME (10' 11")
Vermont has dozens of covered bridges in the 8' to 10' clearance range.

Many of these are just off the interstate or major state routes, which may be a  cause for concern if you need to pull off for gas, etc.  There are obviously many more than are on this list.

None I know of in New England beats the 7' 3" clearance on the Mosholu Parkway in the Bronx, NY however.

But then again, it is a NYC law that the "legal" clearance be one foot shorter than the "measured" clearance. The real heights are sometimes 2 feet or more than the posted heights.  However in CT the posted clearance is the actual measurement from ground to the bottom of the overpass (unless, of course, the city or state added pavement and failed to change the sign) Not sure of the other state laws/methods.

  - Mike
4  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: New England Fall Colors & Shores on: September 20, 2016, 11:09:45 am
Ron:  I'm originally from Connecticut and envy your tip (maybe we'll try it next year). I can't help you with all the questions you asked, but here is some info... 

The link to the loop map you posted just shows a route from Logan Airport to downtown Boston, which is not something I'd advise in an RV. 

Here are two links to fall foliage sites in New England:  http://www.discovernewengland.org/fall-foliage-maps  https://www.yankeefoliage.com/peak-foliage-forecast-map/
The foliage depends on quite a few weather factors, as you can imagine but the time frame of your trip pretty much falls in the zone.

Private RV parks are a lot less prevalent in New England than many other parts of the country (take a look at the Allstays map)  There are quite a few state parks and campgrounds with primitive accommodations (especially in the Adirondacks, which you might want to look into in addition to New England)

I'd advise being very cognizant of the roads you choose to drive on in the RV.....many have low clearance underpasses, covered bridges, tunnels, etc.  There are also quite a few toll roads.  If your route takes you onto a 'Parkway' I would investigate the restrictions there. A good general starting site for traffic/road related stuff is http://newengland511.org/

  - Mike
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: backup camera on: September 19, 2016, 06:16:00 am
Ah...ok.  After looking up that camera model and doing a bit more internet investigating it appears the original camera is indeed a Sony. The Sony service center apparently refers folks to  Riverpark (800-442-7717) in Elkhart, IN, which handles all distribution and service matters for Sony backup video systems. Riverparks retailer is RV Cams (877-378-2267). Your replacement appears to be a non-Sony. The Sony's may have had historically bad luck with moisture issues and stopped producing backup cams.

One step closer to having the info I need to possibly replace the original camera with a dual, or adding an additional.

Thanks much...

 -  Mike
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: backup camera on: September 18, 2016, 09:12:26 am
Judi/George:

Did you ever find out what brand the camera itself is?  I know that the monitor is a Sony and there is a Riverpark AV distribution box in the side cabinet above the passenger seat, but no idea which camera it is.  Looks very similar to both the Riverpark and Boyo models I've seen online.

    - Mike
7  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Utah - Zion and Bryce Canyon on: September 15, 2016, 05:30:01 am
Yep, you're right!  Yikes!  They apparently have a 'fall recess', a little different for each district but this year it generally runs from Oct 20-24.

    - Mike
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Flourescent Bulbs don't fit on: September 10, 2016, 08:45:08 pm
Ditto on what Barry-Sue said regarding the RV supply near Cherry Hill.  We were there for (um, something or other) and they were friendly, knowledgable and had some good stock.

Strange that all F8T5's are not created equal, especially a name brand like a GE.  Probably more of a non-compliance issue with the fixture (we have the same one) as its a very Tawaiinese brand.  On one of ours, the 'soft light' as you described it burnt out and created a very burnt area on the fixture, bubbling the plastic as well.  We are looking at replacing all with some of the newer LED's which have two switch settings (cool white and warm white)

 - Mike
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Kicken' the tires on: September 06, 2016, 09:38:36 am
We mostly kicked the tires online (this forum and the PC website). We drove from the SF Bay Area to the LA area to take a look at a used 2551, but that was the extent of our experience with a real live PC before we purchased our 2552.  Didn't need much more to make our decision.  Our layout, colors, etc were all stock and available to see online.  We didn't go to the factory and we had our rig delivered to us (Kermit's son drove it out to us)

If we would have done anything differently it probably would have been to pick up the unit at the factory ourselves.  We had a few 'simple' initial issues (all related to some of the 'custom' work we had done) that were difficult to remotely resolve.  If found while we were still at or near the factory, they could have easily been rectified.

   - Mike
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: September 03, 2016, 09:23:48 am
Welcome Gary and wife!   Cheers

While traveling before your purchase be sure to let us know where you might be in case one of our PC's are in the area for you to look at.  It sure makes things easier to start planning and eventually deciding when you've actually seen a few up close.

  - Mike
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Xantrex Pro 1800 Inverter Problem on: September 01, 2016, 12:59:47 pm
I would agree with Tom.  You would also need to cut the wood platform because due to its size it cannot be lifted directly up (it would hit the upholstered areas of the walls). Ours needs to be slid out toward the hallway area a bit before being lifted up and out.  We have our screws removed all the time which saves a bit of time getting in and out and I haven't had any problem with it sliding off or even sliding around at all.  (I've been in there a number of times for various reasons and probably will again)
 
   - Mike
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Surround sound on: September 01, 2016, 07:44:56 am
I'm not sure which surround sound system came with your rig.  Ours is a Samsung HT-F4500/ZA Bluray unit.  With ours we need to turn the unit on, switch the tv to the component setting that the Bluray is attached to (in order to see the menus), press the home button on the remote and then use the on-screen menu and the remote to choose the 'settings' option, then the 'audio' option.  All the audio settings are there, including the level, distance, test tone, etc.  You should have two front speakers, two rear speakers (surround), one center speaker and one subwoofer hooked up to the back of the unit.  When testing and/or setting, I find it easier to have my better half there to help (i.e.: to tell me when the sound is right for her)  Grin  I don't believe there is a way to balance, set, or even adjust the speakers on the fly using just the remote.

   - Mike
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Xantrex Pro 1800 Inverter Problem on: August 31, 2016, 08:46:32 am
The adapter and connector were indeed burned (you can see it in the picture if you zoom in), but only on the side where remote panel attaches to it.  Didn't have time to do any further testing, but will next week for sure.  Just wanted to get it operational so I could turn it off and not drain down the battery.  One thing I did notice was that there are many of those pass-thru connectors available and they all look very similar, although. Could not get any technical specs on any of them.  They ran from $1.99 to $7.00 or so.  I decided to buy the GE branded one for about $5.00.  The cable connectors fit much better in this GE unit....more snugly.

You say it was 'kind of a pain' to replace your cable with an RJ45?  Care to elaborate?  I would think it would be a 'huge pain'!   sad Is the unit located in the same place in your 2350 as in a 2552?  Did the cable run over the ceiling to the opposite side of the rig? 

   - Mike
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Xantrex Pro 1800 Inverter Problem on: August 30, 2016, 08:44:18 am
Had a problem recently with our Xantrex inverter.  (Pictures at end of this post) The remote panel would not shut off when the on/off button was pressed.  Nothing in the troubleshooting section of the manual which referenced such an issue, so I gave their customer service number a call.  After a lengthy hold time waiting for an agent, finally got someone who seemed fairly knowledgeable about the product. She basically had two possible solutions for me: a 'soft' reset and a 'hard' reset.  The soft reset involved disconnecting (for 10 mins) the 'phone' type cable that runs from the inverter to the remote panel.  This is done at the inverter under the passenger side bed (on a 2552). Tried that....no luck.  The hard reset involved removing all power to the inverter itself (disconnecting power source cables from the inverter). This did not work either, so I started looking for alternatives.  I decided to remove the remote panel from the wall behind the drivers seat.  There I found that the other end of the phone type cable and the remote panel cable both plugged into a female-female adapter.  When I removed the remote panel cable from the adapter I found it had shorted out inside the adapter.  Easy fix to replace the adapter and replace the RJ11 connector on the end of the phone cable.  Requires a special stripper/crimper hand tool and a spare RJ11 connector, which I bought on Amazon.  Total cost was about $20.  Hard to determine exactly why the short occurred, but my best guess is that the adapter just dangles on the cables behind the wall and may have just caused the connections to rub too much due to vibration.

- Mike
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: About Dinettes, Why A Dinette Is Bigger When Not In A Slideout on: August 25, 2016, 07:32:55 pm
Nice layout, John!
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