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211  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Passenger Airbag Deactivation Switch on: March 03, 2015, 11:31:41 am
Holly: I believe the info is current.  The request form indicates an expiration of 10/31/2016 I don't think the installation of the switch would be a big deal at all for the Ford dealer.  There is already a space for the switch on the dash and from what I understand the switch is just plugged into the module behind the dash.  I'll post results when I get it done.

Bob/Ron:  Thanks for the info. 

    - Mike
212  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Passenger Airbag Deactivation Switch on: March 01, 2015, 10:11:04 pm
Interesting what I found out about this issue.  My initial concern was transporting a grandchild in our PC.  There is technically no 'back seat', like a car.  Our 'back seats' are a EuroLounger with no seat belt (and not solidly mounted to the rig), and our sofa which has seat belts but is not situated to accommodate a child seat facing the rear of the rig.

Anyway, I looked around for info regarding adding an on-off switch for the passenger side air bag and found out that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration needs to authorize it.  There is a brochure which must be read (DOT HS 808 629) and a form that needs to be filled out (DOT HS 603) certifying that I read the brochure.  They then send me an authorization letter that I can take to an authorized dealer or installer.  However, there is no guarantee that the dealer or installer would be willing to install it. [The form and brochure can be found on]

Life would be so much easier if I didn't like kids!   shrug

   - Mike
213  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: March 01, 2015, 02:04:53 pm
Welcome!  We hope you like yours as much as we like ours!  Joni and I (and our two little dogs) put 9500 miles on our 2552 last year and found it very comfortable, versatile and easy to manage.

Interesting that you are from Palm Springs (with so many RV's and motorhomes around) and settled on a relatively little-known PC.  Good luck and don't hesitate to post your questions, ideas, modifications, etc.!!

   - Mike and Joni
214  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Questions on: February 21, 2015, 11:19:31 am
We own a 2552 and have taken it over a number of grades (max of about 7%) without a problem.  We tow a heavy Ford Edge (about 4600 lbs)  Unless we got a running start at some of the steeper climbs we could only manage about 40 mph for short periods.  The descents were all very easy using tow/haul mode.

I wouldn't want to be without the leveling jacks.  I can't imagine using (and storing) leveling blocks over and over.

    - Mike
215  Main Forum / General Discussion / Passenger Airbag Deactivation Switch on: February 19, 2015, 10:06:56 pm
Has anyone added a passenger airbag deactivation switch to their rig, after purchase?  From what I gather it is an option on a new E450 and only runs about $25.  It is a key switch that uses the ignition key.

I'm assuming one couldn't just add a fuse disconnect switch since I didnt find a fuse for just the passenger airbag.

    - Mike
216  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Getting to Nashville - Bad Stretch? on: February 15, 2015, 03:05:15 pm
Didn't want to highjack Tom's topic regarding what to do and see in Nashville.  This topic is specifically about getting into or out of the Nashville area...

I was wondering if anyone has ever taken I-24 between Nashville and Chattanooga?  We avoided it when we drove from the Atlanta area to Nashville last year because we had learned it was 'challenging', even though it was the most direct route.  Instead we opted for taking I-75 up to almost Knoxville and then picked up I-40 West into Nashville, which was a lot longer.

Wikipedia echoes a number of other resources we found, and here's a portion of what they say:

One of the more hazardous stretches of Interstate highway in the United States is located approximately 40 miles west of Chattanooga on I-24 in Monteagle, where the highway crosses the Cumberland Plateau. Compared to grades elsewhere, Monteagle's 46% grade does not come close to the steepest, but the slope is protracted over a distance of several miles. While all motorists need to exercise caution, truckers are particularly vexed by Monteagle, and many have died going through this area. As runaway trucks had been a regular and deadly occurrence, in part of the failure or inability of truckers to slow down to the 35 mph truck speed limit once on the slope, the eastbound lanes were rebuilt in the late 1980s. This work reduced the grade, widened the road, added a required stopping area with traffic lights for trucks prior to descending the mountain, and added two runaway truck ramps. Owing to geography, these two ramps are on the left side of the grade. This stretch of highway inspired Johnny Cash to write a song about Monteagle Mountain. It is also mentioned in "The Legend", the introductory song for Smokey and the Bandit.

Has anyone done this stretch in their rig?

- Mike

217  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Nashville, Tenn in Sept 2015. on: February 14, 2015, 01:32:51 pm
We spent a few days in Nashville last year and stayed at the Nashville KOA.  It's a good location just down the road a bit from the Grand Ole Opry and Opry Mills Mall. There is a Camping World right next door and a number of restaurants nearby.  Getting into downtown was easy and pretty fast. The KOA was very nice.  We had good services and a level site.  The sites were a bit 'cozy', some shaded and some sunny and all very well maintained and clean.

We love country music, live music, bars, honky-tonks, etc so our three night stay was not nearly long enough.  Some recommended live music joints: Nashville Palace, Bluebird Cafe, Tootsies, Rippy's, Legend's Corner, Robert's Western World.

The Country Music Hall of Fame is highly recommended...even for not-so-country-fans.  It is huge, well designed and lots of fun!

The Grand Ole Opry is another highly recommended stop.  Again, even if you aren't much of a country music fan I think most would enjoy the evening. Beautiful building, not a bad seat in the house and they serve drinks! Parking is easy in the adjacent Opry Mills Mall.

We enjoyed the RCA Studio B tour. The bus leaves from the Country Music Hall of Fame and takes you there for the one hour walking tour.  Thousands of country hits recorded there including 200 of Elvis' songs were mastered there.  Very knowledgable tour guides.  Original instruments and recording equipment.

There are many beautiful parks, gardens and plantations in the area and this little city is among the cleanest I've ever seen.  Oh, and don't forget to indulge in a Moonpie or two  (they're made in Chatanooga)!

Some of the places that were recommended to us which we didn't have time to see:

Lane Motor Museum
Belle Meade Plantation
Biscquit House (best breakfast)

The Hermitage (museum)
Andrew Jackson's home
(10 Miles West of Nashville)

Jack Daniels Distillery Tour
Lynchburg, TN (75 Miles South of Nashville)

 - Mike
218  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Battery switch on dash on: January 23, 2015, 01:25:11 pm
Great info, John....thanks!

  - Mike
219  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Winterizing your Motorhome - factory video on: January 21, 2015, 10:20:09 pm
For those with the four-way water control valve on the drivers side, outside, there is a 'winterize' position.  I used to have the general schematic of this valve but have misplaced it, but it can be found on the valve manufacturers website.  It would come in handy understanding what parts of the water system are engaged or disengaged depending on the setting, including 'winterize'. I believe this valve was installed starting in 2013 (model year 2014), and was not documented in my PC manual anywhere.

    - Mike
220  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Wheel cover installation problem on: January 21, 2015, 10:12:55 pm
Yep, very easy if you get the pass-thru type.  No need to remove the wheelcover to check or fill air.  ThumbsUp

   - Mike
221  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: January 21, 2015, 10:08:24 pm
Welcome, John and Carol!  (the same John and Carol I showed our 2552 to??)

    - Mike
222  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Another Crazy idea from CrazyG.. on: January 19, 2015, 09:11:03 pm
If using propane appliances outside the rig, having a propane connection run from the rigs propane tank to the other side of the rig is handy.  Holly and John (2Frazzled) had this done on their rig and we borrowed the idea as well.  No need for additional propane tanks!  We love this setup.

  - Mike
223  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Help! Leak in the bathroom on: January 11, 2015, 02:04:21 pm
I wonder if any of Earl's videos of PC's being built would show that plumbing.  sad

  - Mike

224  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Another Crazy idea from CrazyG.. on: January 11, 2015, 01:58:26 pm

There is another thread on the forum somewhere regarding induction units you might want to look at as well.

We own a Fagor portable induction unit (1800W) which we purchased on Amazon (from Sur La Table) for about $150 and we love it for many reasons. We can use it inside the rig, outside the rig or even at home (like outside at the bbq area when we need another cooking surface). It doesn't take up much room at all (12x14x2) and so it stores easily.  It does require compatible cookware, but our nesting pots/pans were already compatible.  It does a great job and efficient.  The fan is a bit noisy, and the cooktop will indeed get hot (from the pan of stuff being cooked, obviously)  Since we have 50 amp ability in our rig, the electrical is not an issue.

Even though we love our unit, I don't think we'd change over our gas cooktop to induction.  I cook quite a bit and haven't found the 2-burner gas unit to be a hindrance at all.  We haven't done much dry camping yet, but anticipate doing more and the gas cooktop would be indispensable for us.  If we were never going to dry camp we might consider a change to induction.  Hmmm....then again, one of the things we like best about the PC is that there are many options and ways of using it.  Got power? Use the convection/microwave, put the fridge and water heater on electric. No power? Start the generator.  Don't want to start the generator?  Put the fridge and water heater on gas and use the cooktop. 

I guess this is another one of those 'How would you use your PC' questions.  Everyone is different. If you are considering a portable induction unit, I would advise shopping around.  Although the unit you posted is a bit bigger than the Fagor, there is a huge price difference.

- Mike

225  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Fisherman on: January 03, 2015, 01:07:23 pm
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