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256  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: TST Tire Pressure Monitor on: December 21, 2013, 11:53:21 pm
Oh, I found this DIY project for cup holders which I ran across after the fact.   Pretty neat idea, but you have to be sure you have your cupholder dimensions right.....
257  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / TST Tire Pressure Monitor on: December 21, 2013, 11:38:29 pm
Finally got around to adding and mounting the TST Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS w/6Flow Through Sensors - Model TM-507SG)

They make non flow through sensors as well, and in hindsight I would probably go with those, since they are smaller.  The flow-through models allow you to inflate the tires without removing the sensors.

The instructions are not that great, but once you figure out what's going on the system is easy to program and pretty nice overall.  Took me about 1/2 hr to get everything installed, programmed and ready to go.

POSITIVES:  Accurate wireless readings to each tire.  Configurable alarms for over pressure, under pressure and temperature.  Standard alarms for rapid tire deflation and communications errors. The monitor in the cab is very small, low profile.

NEGATIVES:  It appears that the lowest over-pressure setting is 101 psi.  I have to check on this but that's what it appears to me at first glance.  Not the best manual.....looks like a techie, not a user, wrote it.  No problem attaching to the rear tires, but the flow-through sensors are large enough that they just barely fit on the front tires, due to the PC wheel covers in front.  I imagine the standard sensors would fit just fine.  They aren't hard to install or remove....just screw on and off.

I installed the monitor along with the ScanGauge together in a cup holder mount (see pic below) and it works very well.  The mount is from Bracketron ( and is a pretty nice holder that fits in cup holders (adjustable) and expands to fit a variety of devices.

258  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Aime's Matchmaking Service on: December 16, 2013, 09:53:46 pm
Not much activity in this topic for a while, but if the program is still alive then Joni and I would be more than happy to show off our 2014 2552.  We are in Northern California, specifically in the Napa/Sonoma/Solano county area. 
259  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MICHELIN TIRE RECALL on: December 16, 2013, 09:36:07 pm
Escaped this one.  Ordered in July, took delivery in November.  Tires say 1313 (week and year).

- Mike
260  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Small Giveaway on our Facebook Page on: December 12, 2013, 10:27:13 pm
Aw, dangit....we used to Facebook.  We don't Facebook anymore.  Will have to look up the Kronen stuff, tho.
261  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Happy Holidays to everyone on: December 11, 2013, 09:57:52 am
Happy Holidays!  Saw a huge Newmar yesterday completely decked out with Christmas decorations.  Wish I had my camera.  Safe travels......and hope to see you all at some point down the road in 2014.

(And ya beat me to it, Tom....Happy 4th!)
262  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What to do with an Fiamma Awning now that I have a new Electric Awning on: December 06, 2013, 08:25:09 pm
I second that, Ron.  I have some really nice stuff I bought (brand new), thinking they would be great but once we received our PC and found other more suitable stuff (for us) and I was left with surplus.  Not the kinda thing Goodwill would easily deal with. 

- Mike
263  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: 12 Volt Charging Station on: December 06, 2013, 08:16:27 pm
Ok, note to time I talk to Kermit I will implore him to document all the amazingly wonderful stuff he puts in our homes.  I can imagine some young, techie type motivated person that would love to put down in readable form everything we would want to and everything.  Heck, I know a dozen that I could send up to Elkhart for a month and they would love it....well, after this frigid weather anyway. :-)

  - Mike
264  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Running Engine and Generator at Same Time on: December 06, 2013, 11:10:24 am
I hope it all turns out well.  How full are your tanks?

We've had a similar unusual week, but not as bad, here in the Bay Area north of San Francisco.  Low 50's during the day but into the 20's at night.  Ironically, our PC is sitting inside in one of the warmish repair bays of our local RV shop for a thermostat/heating issue.  I'm pretty happy that they've been too busy to finish the job quickly.

 - Mike
265  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What to do with an Fiamma Awning now that I have a new Electric Awning on: November 30, 2013, 08:18:55 pm
Might also want to look on the Sprinter/Caravan forums.  I remember a lot of discussion about Fiammas on those sites.  Might provide some idea of used costs.  Long shot, but maybe a local RV dealer might sell it for you on consignment?

266  Main Forum / General Discussion / Happy Thanksgiving! on: November 27, 2013, 07:54:54 pm
Lots of things to be thankful for this year, and among those are all of you amazing folks who have helped Joni and I for the past few months with our new PC.   Here's hoping you all have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

 - Mike and Joni
267  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Registering and Titling Our 2552 In California on: November 24, 2013, 11:16:42 am
Both the website and the DMV office were pretty clear in that 'vehicle' was a Ford and the 'body type' was a motorhome.  They also go as far as to physically verify the VIN, making sure all numbers match (door frame, engine, title, etc) and then certifying it.  Can't see them getting that part of the process wrong, even if you put the wrong (PC rather than Ford) VIN on the registration application.

- Mike
268  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Replaced filter on Generator on: November 23, 2013, 08:15:44 pm
Thanks!  Into the notebook.

- Mike
269  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Registering and Titling Our 2552 In California on: November 23, 2013, 12:33:53 am
Registering and Titling Our 2552 In California

For those that live in CA, thinking of purchasing a PC from Indiana and wondering about the California DMV process, I just went through it (new 2552, delivered to me in CA) and thought I'd share....

First, Phoenix Cruisers are (50 state) California Certified for registration here.  You have 20 days to register and pay fees, from the time the PC enters California.

I found instructions a bit confusing as to what was required.  Here's what I would suggest to others.
Bring the following with you:

- Paperwork received from Phoenix USA: Bill of Sale, Odometer Disclosure Statement, Out-Of-State Delivery Affadavit (all three of these were delivered to me with the PC). Also, bring the two title certificates (one for the Ford and one for the PC, both of which I received via FedEx from Phoenix USA about a week after delivery)
- Completed Application for Title or Registration (form REG 343).  It can be found on the DMV website.  You'll be entering the info on this form for the Ford section of the PC. Most of this is pretty self explanatory, except for the Type Of Vehicle where you should check 'Auto' and body type should be 'MH'.
- Valid CA Smog Certificate.  Yep, brand new rig from out of state has to be smogged.  Average around here for a motorhome is about $130.
- Optional: Completed Verification of Vehicle (form 31).  This is to verify the Vehicle ID Number (VIN).  They will do this for you at DMV if you bring your PC with you or you can have the VIN verified beforehand by a trained Peace Officer, Auto Club Employee or Authorized CA Licensed Vehicle Verifier (for a fee) and you bring the completed form 31 in to DMV.  If you bring in your PC to DMV for VIN verification, you might want to check out the DMV office first for obstructions, low hanging trees, etc.  I'm glad I did this and decided to go to a neighboring town instead of mine.
-Your checkbook (they also now take debit cards). They will collect lots of fees (about $780 worth in my case) and both state and city 'Use Tax', which is pretty much your sales taxes (in my case, about $9,100)

They will give you your plates and stickers right then and there and will send you the new CA Title in about three weeks (unless you've financed)

I had a young DMV employee who obviously was not very familiar with registering an out of state motorhome, so it took a while (about 40 minutes). At least I had made an online appt and got right in when I showed up.

Hope this helps some prospective owners in CA.....

 - Mike
270  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Noisy Sharp Microwave Fan? on: November 22, 2013, 09:16:26 pm
 Hmmm...obviously the pix need to be turned 45 degrees clockwise.  LOL
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