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1  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Sofa End Table on: October 21, 2016, 05:42:12 pm
Nice job! 
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: October 21, 2016, 11:21:43 am
Welcome Lee and Luanne!  I remember my PC stalking days....exiting times.  We love our 2552 and are sure you'll love yours as well!  The hard part is just beginning for you....the excruciating wait until your rig is delivered!   

   - Mike
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Kitchen Mirror on: October 17, 2016, 07:07:08 am
We have the mirror and have gone back and forth over whether to remove/replace it.  On the one hand the mirror is very easy to clean and it does make the interior of the rig look a bit bigger or less confining.

We thought that a magnetic surface would be perfect, allowing magnetic paper towel holders, spice bottle holders, etc to be easily used and removed.  Then we thought that it might pose a bit of a fire hazard having these things right over the burners.  Still mulling this over.

Another nice option is glass tile with sticky-backs, which looks very easy to install and (according to reviews) seem to hold up and clean very well.  Apparently available at Lowe's or Home Depot.

Am interested in hearing how others have used this surface area...

    - Mike
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Seeking Recommendations For A Compact Inside 110V Heater on: October 17, 2016, 06:58:52 am
The unit we have (Pelonis) is very robust and well made.  It is also extremely small (check the specs I posted) but puts out a lot of heat when needed.  The only possible issue for some is the "handle", which is a 'tab' with a hole in it for your finger.  I'll post some good pix of the unit and the controls later this week.

   - Mike
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Hydraulic Jacks and Frame Bending on: October 17, 2016, 06:49:52 am
We've had the front tires off the ground a bit once and it took a while to get it there (the jack stroke is pretty significant but I've never measured it.)

From various points in the manual:

- Park with the front of the vehicle facing downhill if possible.

-Care must be taken not to raise the rear of the vehicle too high or the vehicle may roll forward or backward off the jacks.


-If the ground is too uneven, the jack may not have enough stroke to level the vehicle. The vehicle may have to be moved. REMEMBER, if lifted too high, the vehicle may roll forward or backward off the jacks.

- (in the ROOM EXTENSION PROCEDURES section) If the vehicle is equipped with kick-down jacks, the wheels MUST be blocked securely. It is recommended to complete the Leveling Procedure before operating room extensions. It is recommended to retract room extensions before retracting jacks.

  - Mike
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Seeking Recommendations For A Compact Inside 110V Heater on: October 16, 2016, 04:51:01 pm
We've used this with great success and comfort.  Very small, not too noisy.  It's variable speed/heat with no preset knob positions, so you just turn the dial to the exact level you want.

Pelonis Honeycomb Ceramic Disc Furnace - Model PF-1212  Serial PB6A11100827  (1500W variable, 5A min draw, 12.5A max continuous draw, 5200 btus, $65 @ Amazon, auto/man, heat/fan/off, adjustable thermostat, 6-3/4h x 5-3/4w x 5-1/4d)

(Could no longer find it on Amazon, but West Marine and others carry it: )

   - Mike
7  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: New England Fall Colors & Shores on: October 14, 2016, 09:04:07 am
Great report and sounds like you had a nice time!
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Scan guage on: October 12, 2016, 06:29:15 pm
Love, love, love my ScanGauge.  Can also easily be removed and placed in another vehicle to check and clear any issues.

   - Mike
9  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: An old camper on: October 12, 2016, 06:25:33 pm
Not old, just well made, in great condition with a few miles on it!
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Factory Tour & Finalizing Option Choices on: October 12, 2016, 10:13:08 am
- Still love our full body paint and cherry interior.  Some think the cherry is too dark, so something to think about.
- Wouldn't do without the leveling jacks, insulated glass and wood floors.
- Had Euro Chair option installed.  It's very comfortable, but we would probably have a third captains chair installed if we did it again.  Two reasons....  The Euro Chair can be moved around, but there isn't much space available to move it to.  The captains chair would allow a legal and safe method to use a child seat.  Currently there is no way for us to have a child seat.  In theory, one could apply for a certificate which authorizes Ford to install a passenger side airbag on/off switch on the passengers seat (which we did), but we haven't found a Ford dealer yet that would actually do it for us.
- Wouldn't do without the ladder.  Have needed/wanted to access the roof a few times (checking seals, cleaning roof, satellite dish cover and vent covers, etc)
- We do like the rear view mirror with temp and compass....also gives view of back interior of rig to keep an eye on dogs in their seats or passenger moving around.

- Added Winegard satellite dish on roof.  It is very noisy (inside) when it is first acquiring a signal, but quick and relatively quiet when it needs to find another satellite due to channel selection.  We use Dish network with it and enjoy it quite a bit.
- Had the standard 13,500 BTU A/C unit changed to a 15,000 BTU Coleman Mach A/C.  This helps immensely when in very hot climates.  Next time we would probably add the second A/C.  That would allow greater cooling capacity when traveling through areas 100 degrees +, as well as provide the ability to just use the rear unit when we are in the front and vice versa. 
- 50 amp service.  Most definitely do it again.  Allows use of A/C and microwave at same time, etc.  The power cable is obviously much thicker and heavier, but I've never had a problem.
- Had Surge Guard hardwired.  Would do it again, but would have it installed in an easier to access place in the rig.
- Like John and Holly (2frazzled), we had PC run a propane line to the passengers side of the rig.  So much easier than dealing with propane bottles for a BBQ.  Would also like to have a water connection on the passenger side outdoors (currently have all the parts necessary to run a line and valve from the bottom of the fresh water tank out to that side of the rig.....great for draining the tank and as a potable water supply or watering the dogs)
- Installed shelving ourselves in the closet at the foot of the passengers side bed (2552)
- Installed a locking mechanism on our screen door to ensure the dogs couldn't open it by bumping into it or jumping on it.
- Weathertech mats on driver and passengers side of the cab.
- Installed both Saf-T-Plus Steering Stabilizers and TST Tire Pressure/Temp Sensors.  Great peace of mind.

- I think the new units come with a front TV swivel bracket, but ours did not.  Would definitely want that (we are looking into installing one now). So much easier to watch tv from the sofa.
- I think the new units also come with LED lighting.  Ours also did not and we are replacing them as we go.  Especially necessary are the reading lights over the beds and the sofa.  They get extremely hot.
- Will be either replacing the water pump with a quieter unit or replacing some of the piping/connectors to quiet it down.
- Would have a dual backup camera (and possibly side cameras) installed rather than the standard. This would give ability to see both the toad and the traffic further back.

   - Mike
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Barbecue Grill suggestions when plumbed for gas on: October 10, 2016, 07:17:46 am
Well, I've been using my BBQ during trips for a while now and can say that it's a really nice piece of equipment.  It is a Magma model a10-603 w/optional Magma LPG hose kit model a10-225 and type 3 regulator.  This is the RV model with flip out legs, not the boat model with boat mounts.  It is high quality stainless steel, but light and easy to clean. It weighs about 15.5 lbs and is 22.6"x14.8"x13.3".  The grill surface is 9"x18".  The size may look to be too small for some folks, but it is a bit deceptive.   It puts out lots of heat and I have had no problems with moderate wind so far.

I also purchased the carry/storage bag, and I have to say that it is well oversized.  You can also store utensils, hoses and regulators (LP bottles too) in it.  The BBQ and hoses with storage bag fit nicely in the top shelf of the rear passenger side storage compartment.  Without the bag, it takes up lots less space.

I paid about $160 for the BBQ alone on Amazon, but it is also available at Sears, Camping World, etc.  Highly recommended!

I've also used the grill mats that you can get from QVC or Amazon.  They can be cut to size and they're reversible, reusable and washable.  What I like is that it keeps the grill cleaner, grill marks still come through and you can easily grill small or thin things like veggies.

The gas line on our PC is on the regulated side, so a BBQ with its own pressure regulator may choke the gas down too much.  We got the type 3 regulator from Magma which is actually a control valve for low pressure.  A type 1 regulator allows you to use those little canisters.  Here's the link to the actual site where you can read about it, and the link to the manual is on the right side of the page

   - Mike

12  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Cooktop Ignitor on: October 06, 2016, 09:36:14 pm
I couldn't resist and bought one.  Arrived a couple days ago.  Not installed yet, but the battery is very easy to replace.  In the picture posted by fandj (above) you see the ignition button sticking out.  That button unscrews and the battery slips right in.  Pix below....

13  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
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Life changes on: September 22, 2016, 06:36:22 pm
Sweet RV, Ron!  Best wishes and good luck!

- Mike
15  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
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