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46  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
47  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
48  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
49  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: October 28, 2016, 04:55:48 am
Welcome Bill and Karen!

1- No issue with the slide on our 2014 2552.  It does have a roll out canopy.

2- I am 6' tall and there are no problems for me, however I have had folks in our rig that were about your height and some were not comfortable (bumping their heads on the a/c, bending over while moving around, etc.). It did not bother others who were that tall.  My suggestion is to walk through a PC (or other class B+/C's) before purchasing to ensure you would be comfortable.

3- Yep, big hump there, however for me it is an extremely comfortable seat/cockpit.  Even after stretches of 8-12 hours of driving (yes, 12......don't ask)  pulling hair out  LOL

   - Mike
50  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / 'Command' Hook Products on: October 27, 2016, 10:16:05 am
Someone recently asked about the Command products (tape,hooks,etc) for hanging things in the RV.  We use them extensively.

 In the shower we use one of their clear containers to hold shampoos and things.  It has been installed for a couple years and has never come off the wall, even though those products are pretty heavy.  On the walls we use the picture frame tape for many things, including clocks, picture frames, etc.  Over the bed we use the smaller clear containers for glasses and remote controls for the TV and DVD player.  Care should be taken, however, using these on the light colored 'wallpaper' coverings on the walls.  It could peel the material off the wall if something heavy is attached.

Notice also in one of the pictures that we replaced the screw-hole wooden plugs around the slide out frame with metal plugs.  Two reasons we did this.  The original wooden plugs started fading (didn't hold the stain as well as the frame) and didn't match the darker cherry wood on the frame anymore.  The other reason is that we like the look better, as it matches the silver/turquoise western decor we currently have.

  - Mike
51  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: RV Insurance and Extended Warranty Insurance on: October 26, 2016, 07:24:46 am
Premiums are easy to compare, as are deductibles.  The hard part about comparing insurance is what is actually covered by each company.  I found when doing my research a few years ago that many insurance companies do not cover such things as rooftop satellite dishes, tow bars/hitches, awnings, rental car or hotel during repairs, etc.

  - Mike
52  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: October 26, 2016, 07:11:49 am
Welcome, Jon and Betty!  Welcome, Sandy!  Won't be long before you're PC-Pro's!

Sandy, what kind of problem are you having with the levelers?  The control panel (not what you asked, I know) is just below the dashboard on the left of the drivers side seat.  The emergency brake must be engaged and the ignition on before the levelers will work.

    - Mike
53  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Sofa End Table on: October 22, 2016, 07:59:24 am
Hmm, just remember that is where the transfer switch on my rig is (on the bottom of that wing wall, behind the carpeted baseboard). Same with yours?

   - Mike
54  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Sofa End Table on: October 21, 2016, 05:42:12 pm
Nice job! 
55  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....exciting 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
56  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
57  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
58  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
59  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
60  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!
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