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136  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Before/After pictures of the entry step and hitch on: May 30, 2014, 08:31:23 am
Wow, nice clean job! 

  - Mike
137  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: On this Memorial day I remember. on: May 27, 2014, 09:46:43 pm
We'll said, Tom.  I could not be traveling this amazing and beautiful country were it not for the dedication and struggle of all of those who served us. 

  - Mike
138  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: May 23, 2014, 07:30:33 am
We were in Cody, WY a few days ago when a nice couple  from NY drove in with a 4 wheel drive 2350 on an E450.  Traveling with some enormous beautiful white dogs (Samoyed's, maybe)
[We just loved Cody, btw]

Also saw what looked to be a 2350 heading west on I-90 in the middle of South Dakota.

   - Mike
139  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Crock Pot Stew on: May 21, 2014, 05:30:53 pm
All great stuff!  I am going to have to do the slow cooker.  Told Joni about it but she was leary about smelling food all day making her hungrier and hungrier.  :-)

- Mike
140  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Crock Pot Stew on: May 21, 2014, 09:36:57 am
Great tip!  Sounds yummy.  Wondering how clean up is with a crockpot?

   - Mike
141  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New water heater installed on: May 21, 2014, 12:11:08 am
Is the purpose of that pipe to use the engine heat (radiator water) to heat up the coach water?

  - Mike
142  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Keeping those flying pest out on: May 21, 2014, 12:08:37 am
We put the screen you can buy at Camping World on the fridge, water heater and furnace.  They are cheap and very easy to install.  But I have seen others use the same type of window screen material that you described, Sparky, taped in place with duct tape from the inside so you can't see it.  Looks just fine and does the job.

  - Mike
143  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Maiden Voyage on: May 18, 2014, 01:02:09 am
Truly awesome!

I remember our maiden voyage like it was yesterday!  Oh, wait, it almost was!

Now we are on an 8500 mile journey around the country...currently in West Yellowstone.  We love our PC, and I'm sure you will have many happy voyages!  Thanks for the pix!

    - Mike
144  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Cleaning the Gray Tank on: May 11, 2014, 10:51:41 pm
I've read about that water softener method too.  Here is the link to the entire article on it, called The Geo Method:

   - Mike
145  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Hydraulic Jack (HWH) Issue -- Anyone?? on: May 10, 2014, 11:09:47 pm
Interesting.  It's the same jack that Chuck has an issue with.  Wonder if it's at the end of the hydraulic line.  Sounds like something HWH could figure out and resolve.

    - Mike
146  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: High pitched whine on: May 10, 2014, 10:14:27 pm
Congrats on your 1800th post, Ron!!   ThumbsUp

147  Main Forum / General Discussion / Towing Ford Edge Limited AWD on: May 10, 2014, 10:43:23 am
I thought I'd post about towing a 2013 Ford Edge Limited AWD (with Adaptive Cruise Control and keyless ignition), since there seems to be a lot of questions on the different forums regarding this setup.  I think we are the only folks on this forum that tows this particular vehicle, but it may help others in the future.

We have the Blue Ox baseplate and SMI Stay-In-Play supplemental braking equipment.  We also have a trickle charge line from the coach to the Edge and are using the Edge's brake lights and turn signals (with diodes)

We have had no problems with the battery running down and everything works as expected. Having said all that, I think that folks may have problems and/or confusion for a couple of reasons....

The Ford instructions seem a bit counter-intuitive, but they work!  I keep this checklist handy and use it religiously every time once the car is hooked up to the towbar:

- Start car.
- Put climate control in recirculated air mode to keep
exhaust fumes from entering car from motorhome.
- Put headlights in off, not auto.
- Turn off radio.
- Run engine for 5 minutes.
- With the engine running and your foot on the brake,
shift into position D and then into position R before
shifting back into position N.
- Release parking brake
- Place ignition in the accessory position (put foot on
brake, press button to shut off engine, remove foot
from brake, press button to place in accessory mode)
- Switch on SMI braking system (flip switch to the right)
- Pull breakaway pin to test that brakes work.  Reinsert pin.
- Check operation of brake lights and turn signals on Edge
when activated from coach.
- Do not exceed 65 mph.  Do not back up.
- Start engine and allow it to run for 5 mins at the
beginning of each day and every six hours thereafter.

The part that doesn't seem to make sense initially is where you need to shut off the engine and then put the car in accessory mode.  With keyless ignition, you would think this is a bad idea because it powers up some stuff and you don't have or need a physical key in the ignition to unlock the steering column.  However, if you just shut the car off it will display a message to 'Place Vehicle in Park' and the two information screens remain on.  At this point, pressing the ignition button without a foot on the brake activates accessory mode and that message goes away.  After a few minutes all displays automatically shut off if you are in accessory mode.

Having a trickle charge line allows the use of the Edge's lights without killing the battery.

Now, the issue(s) with adaptive cruise control.....

1) Installing a supplemental braking system in the engine compartment might be a little trickier, due to the room that the adaptive cruise equipment takes up. 

2) Not sure if this is totally due to having adaptive cruise equipment, but the baseplate will need to be mounted between the Ford emblem and the license plate, which is about halfway up the front of the car.  This requires that you have a hitch riser on the coach receiver (well, on the PC anyway)

So far setting up and towing the Edge has been very easy and trouble free for us.

   - Mike
148  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: High pitched whine on: May 10, 2014, 12:13:32 am
If you don't have a pair of Pomeranians, I don't know what the cause of the whine could be...

   - Mike
149  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Hydraulic Jack (HWH) Issue -- Anyone?? on: May 09, 2014, 11:34:30 am

You'll probably need to do a bit of troubleshooting to see if it's a hydraulic problem, or a bad magnet or switch, or a control board.  If any of the jacks extend even 1/4-1/2 inch, for any reason the lights will come on.  I would guess that they would look like they were fully stored, when they might not be.  Here is an short except from the HWH troubleshooting manual for my model:

"Each jack has a two wire magnetic warning switch. The switch is located on top of the jack. There is a magnet inside the jack. The contacts of the switch close when the jack has extended approximately 1/4 to 1/2 inch. The contacts open when the jack is retracted. The white wire in the harness supplies a ground to the switch and the black wire carries a ground signal to the control box when the jack is extended and the switch contacts are closed."

Here is a link to the HWH Manuals and troubleshooting guides:

   - Mike
150  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Blu-Ray DVD player failure on: May 07, 2014, 01:20:27 am

Are you talking about the BluRay player over the third chair?  If so, ours is pretty easy to remove.  The unit has like a glue tape under the two front corners.  If I lift the unit up a bit (not much room, but it does move) and pull it forward it will come loose of the glue tape.  Then you can easily slide it out and look at the connections.  There is enough cable/cord there to get it out enough to see what's going on.

  - Mike
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