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1  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: RV Support Businesses in the East Bay Area on: Today at 08:09:13 am
Bill:  Thanks for the info regarding those businesses.  Unfortunately, for us, we would have to drive through Oakland/Berkeley to get to San Leandro.  Not the safest thing to do these days, what with the protests/riots, highway/bridge/road shutdowns and highway shootings along I-80.

We've managed to locate some great services in the North Bay area, with the exception of RV or Truck washes.  The closest self-serve to us is over in Petaluma at Touchless Car Wash and Detailing.  They have one very large bay with catwalks on each side to reach the higher areas of a truck or RV.  The Camping World in Vacaville does a decent wash job, but they do not do either the roof or the cap over the windshield.  shrug

Dan Shavlik's RV Service in American Canyon is very good, but he is always pretty well booked up.  Triton Truck Service in Vallejo is a great resource for the non-"RV" portions of the PC.  They work on all sorts of big vehicles like Ambulances, Semi's, RV's, Fire Trucks, etc.   And Cordelia RV does a pretty good job with the RV-related equipment, but they also tend to be pretty booked up with warranty repairs on the RV's they sell.

Sure seems to be a lot of opportunity for new businesses in the Bay Area related to RV services.

   - Mike
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: ? about tow vehicle, need help on: November 28, 2016, 07:51:05 am
Also, some cars do not have keys....

And, some dealers do not know which of their vehicles can or cannot be towed.  I had to educate one.

   - Mike
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New Owner on: November 18, 2016, 08:14:55 am
As the picture I posted shows, it looks like our 50 amp service is wired as you described (water heater on second leg)

Having the ability to run just about anything and not worry about it is important to us.  It also more readily allows us to travel in hotter/colder climates with little change in how we live in our PC. 

The weight of the cable is a non issue for us.  We don't carry 30 amp cables, just adapters which we've only needed to use at a couple of places that didn't have 50 amp service.  Since 30 amp extension cables are widely available we decided to buy one if/when we ever needed one.  We haven't needed to yet.

While we've only been RV'ing for a few short years, we have noticed that the 50 amp plugs and breakers on the power pedestals in campgrounds and RV parks are generally in much better shape than their 30/20 amp counterparts.

  - Mike
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Satellite TV? on: November 17, 2016, 12:23:43 pm
The specs on the 2552 and all the E450  based PCs states a height of 10'1"  including the A/C. You might want to double check your 11"6" statement, unless your have a dish that is 15" above your A/C.  Grin

Tom:  My A/C unit is a low-profile Coleman (8"), which I believe sits even lower on the roof than the stock PC A/C.  Been a while since I checked the clearance and will probably do it again soon.  It could be I added a bit of wiggle room to the measurement.  LOL

   - Mike
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Satellite TV? on: November 17, 2016, 06:20:35 am
We have Dish and use a roof-mounted Winegard RoadTrip Mission Satellite TV Antenna - Model RT4035S.  Great reception, easy to use.  I like the easy to clean dome cover on the roof. It is pretty loud inside the PC when it is initially locating satellites, but that is only for a minute.  It is the tallest item on the roof which puts our clearance at about 11'-6".  When not used for a while, service is discontinued and an 800 number needs to be called to restore it (they send a signal to the unit). Lastly, in order to get local programming where you happen to be, Dish needs to be called and given the area code you are currently in (although I think there is a separate company and subscription out there that you can pay for in order to take your own local programming with you)

   - Mike
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: metal plugs on: November 16, 2016, 08:25:09 am
Here's the info:

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware
Item #49877
3/8" Stainless Steel Hole Plugs
Pack of 8 - $9.99
www.rockler.com

The original wood plugs were very loose and the stain had faded a bit and no longer matched the cherry wood around them. These metal plugs are more snug and look great.

  - Mike
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New Owner on: November 14, 2016, 06:30:39 am
I have 50 amp and just one 15000 BTU A/C unit (a Coleman, non-heat pump). Here is a pic of the general panel schedule....

   - Mike

8  Main Forum / Photos / Re: 2910 single slide on: November 08, 2016, 05:18:52 am
Purty!   ThumbsUp

  - Mike
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New Owner on: November 08, 2016, 05:14:20 am
Wow, sounds like it'll be a really nice rig!  Do you know if the side cameras will be mounted on the side mirrors or on the side of the rig?

  - Mike
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: StowAway screen door. on: November 02, 2016, 05:06:11 am
Many of the Southco latches are available on Amazon and the specs can be found on the Southco site (http://www.southco.com/en-us/c3)  The latches are set for differing tensions depending on the application and I don't what the PC version is set at.  Ours will sometimes fly open when bumped and with two little dogs we needed a solution. Not the most elegant, but I installed a hook/eye 'lock' that is operable from both inside and outside the door.  Very cheap and parts are all available from Lowe's/HomeDepot.  Works like a charm.

- Mike
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Looking for the right vehicle to pull behind the PC on: November 01, 2016, 05:58:59 am
We tow a 2013 Ford Edge (AWD Limited).  It's pretty heavy, but below the 5k limit and has plenty of room to store stuff.  Lots to think about when choosing a toad.....the tow bar and base plate, auxiliary braking system, the limitations or requirements of the actual toad when towing.

We use and love the Blue Ox towbar/baseplate combo.  The base plate is not very visible on the Edge until the removable tabs are placed on it when getting ready to tow.  Our auxiliary braking system is the SMI Stay-IN-Play Duo, which is a semi-permanent system.....very reliable and easy to use.  The requirements/limitations of towing the Edge:  Cannot exceed 65 MPH while towing, must stop and run the engine for 5 minutes if towing for 4 hours straight.  We don't have or use any bra or other protector for the Edge and have never had any issue with road debris kicking up from the PC.

  - Mike
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: LED light problems on: October 30, 2016, 09:25:12 am
We don't have LED's in our 2014 2552.  PC must have started installing them right after they built ours.  Our reading lights get extremely hot if left on for any length of time, so I started to look around for direct replacement LED bulbs before looking into replacing the actual fixtures.  An interesting bit of info popped up during this search.  I found a replacement bulb that I am going to purchase and try, and the online description includes "....8-30 volts DC including 12v and 24v--this wide-range voltage is designed to withstand RV power fluctuations that can damage ordinary LED lights"  I wonder if this might be part of the problem with the Command LED lights?

 - Mike
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: October 30, 2016, 08:50:24 am
Welcome aboard, Patty!

Lots of info on the forum regarding folks adding/replacing shocks, sway bars, etc.  I think that it all boils down to what comfort level you want, which model you choose, how much you pack into it, how many people travel with you.......

Regarding Ford service: We have a huge dealership near us that I would have bet would service our PC without a problem, but they said they didn't even have the room to change the oil on an RV.  Another smaller Ford dealership near us is able to perform most maintenance tasks on the engine but nothing beyond that due to inability to lift it (they had to crawl under the rig to change the oil).  As Judi said, we would bring the rig to a Ford Truck Center for Ford-related repairs or service if we needed to, but they are few and far between out in our area.  Prior to that I would call the Ford Motorhome Assistance Center 1-800-444-3311 just in case I missed something closer.

   - Mike
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The Two Waste Tank Electric Valve Actuators, Can They Be Serviced? on: October 28, 2016, 06:53:46 pm
Long way from Colorado to the islands!  LOL
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The Two Waste Tank Electric Valve Actuators, Can They Be Serviced? on: October 28, 2016, 05:00:06 am
Dry silicone spray, Tom?

   - Mike
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