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46  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: An old camper on: October 12, 2016, 06:25:33 pm
Not old, just well made, in great condition with a few miles on it!
47  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Factory Tour & Finalizing Option Choices on: October 12, 2016, 10:13:08 am
- Still love our full body paint and cherry interior.  Some think the cherry is too dark, so something to think about.
- Wouldn't do without the leveling jacks, insulated glass and wood floors.
- Had Euro Chair option installed.  It's very comfortable, but we would probably have a third captains chair installed if we did it again.  Two reasons....  The Euro Chair can be moved around, but there isn't much space available to move it to.  The captains chair would allow a legal and safe method to use a child seat.  Currently there is no way for us to have a child seat.  In theory, one could apply for a certificate which authorizes Ford to install a passenger side airbag on/off switch on the passengers seat (which we did), but we haven't found a Ford dealer yet that would actually do it for us.
- Wouldn't do without the ladder.  Have needed/wanted to access the roof a few times (checking seals, cleaning roof, satellite dish cover and vent covers, etc)
- We do like the rear view mirror with temp and compass....also gives view of back interior of rig to keep an eye on dogs in their seats or passenger moving around.

- Added Winegard satellite dish on roof.  It is very noisy (inside) when it is first acquiring a signal, but quick and relatively quiet when it needs to find another satellite due to channel selection.  We use Dish network with it and enjoy it quite a bit.
- Had the standard 13,500 BTU A/C unit changed to a 15,000 BTU Coleman Mach A/C.  This helps immensely when in very hot climates.  Next time we would probably add the second A/C.  That would allow greater cooling capacity when traveling through areas 100 degrees +, as well as provide the ability to just use the rear unit when we are in the front and vice versa. 
- 50 amp service.  Most definitely do it again.  Allows use of A/C and microwave at same time, etc.  The power cable is obviously much thicker and heavier, but I've never had a problem.
- Had Surge Guard hardwired.  Would do it again, but would have it installed in an easier to access place in the rig.
- Like John and Holly (2frazzled), we had PC run a propane line to the passengers side of the rig.  So much easier than dealing with propane bottles for a BBQ.  Would also like to have a water connection on the passenger side outdoors (currently have all the parts necessary to run a line and valve from the bottom of the fresh water tank out to that side of the rig.....great for draining the tank and as a potable water supply or watering the dogs)
- Installed shelving ourselves in the closet at the foot of the passengers side bed (2552)
- Installed a locking mechanism on our screen door to ensure the dogs couldn't open it by bumping into it or jumping on it.
- Weathertech mats on driver and passengers side of the cab.
- Installed both Saf-T-Plus Steering Stabilizers and TST Tire Pressure/Temp Sensors.  Great peace of mind.

- I think the new units come with a front TV swivel bracket, but ours did not.  Would definitely want that (we are looking into installing one now). So much easier to watch tv from the sofa.
- I think the new units also come with LED lighting.  Ours also did not and we are replacing them as we go.  Especially necessary are the reading lights over the beds and the sofa.  They get extremely hot.
- Will be either replacing the water pump with a quieter unit or replacing some of the piping/connectors to quiet it down.
- Would have a dual backup camera (and possibly side cameras) installed rather than the standard. This would give ability to see both the toad and the traffic further back.

   - Mike
48  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Barbecue Grill suggestions when plumbed for gas on: October 10, 2016, 07:17:46 am
Well, I've been using my BBQ during trips for a while now and can say that it's a really nice piece of equipment.  It is a Magma model a10-603 w/optional Magma LPG hose kit model a10-225 and type 3 regulator.  This is the RV model with flip out legs, not the boat model with boat mounts.  It is high quality stainless steel, but light and easy to clean. It weighs about 15.5 lbs and is 22.6"x14.8"x13.3".  The grill surface is 9"x18".  The size may look to be too small for some folks, but it is a bit deceptive.   It puts out lots of heat and I have had no problems with moderate wind so far.

I also purchased the carry/storage bag, and I have to say that it is well oversized.  You can also store utensils, hoses and regulators (LP bottles too) in it.  The BBQ and hoses with storage bag fit nicely in the top shelf of the rear passenger side storage compartment.  Without the bag, it takes up lots less space.

I paid about $160 for the BBQ alone on Amazon, but it is also available at Sears, Camping World, etc.  Highly recommended!

I've also used the grill mats that you can get from QVC or Amazon.  They can be cut to size and they're reversible, reusable and washable.  What I like is that it keeps the grill cleaner, grill marks still come through and you can easily grill small or thin things like veggies.

The gas line on our PC is on the regulated side, so a BBQ with its own pressure regulator may choke the gas down too much.  We got the type 3 regulator from Magma which is actually a control valve for low pressure.  A type 1 regulator allows you to use those little canisters.  Here's the link to the actual site where you can read about it, and the link to the manual is on the right side of the page

   - Mike

49  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Cooktop Ignitor on: October 06, 2016, 09:36:14 pm
I couldn't resist and bought one.  Arrived a couple days ago.  Not installed yet, but the battery is very easy to replace.  In the picture posted by fandj (above) you see the ignition button sticking out.  That button unscrews and the battery slips right in.  Pix below....

50  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Cooktop Ignitor on: September 27, 2016, 07:14:41 am
Great idea, and nice job.  Adding this to my to-do list!

-   Mike
51  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Life changes on: September 22, 2016, 06:36:22 pm
Sweet RV, Ron!  Best wishes and good luck!

- Mike
52  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: New England Fall Colors & Shores on: September 21, 2016, 10:47:24 am
Ron - I know you sometimes leave the toad at home and do a lot of backwoods traveling in the PC. Some of the lower underpasses I'm aware of in New England are:

Storrow Drive in Boston (10')
Memorial Drive in Cambridge, MA (9')
East Street Railroad Bridge in Westwood, MA (10' 6")
Washington Ave in West Haven, CT (10')
Route 135 in Fairfield, CT (10')
Saugatuck Ave in Westport, CT (10')
The Merritt Parkway in CT (many 9' and 10')
Covered Bridge on Blair Rd in Campton, NH (9' 2")
Covered Bridge on Bumps Intervale Rd in Campton, NH (9' 3")
Covered Bridge on Durgin Bridge Rd in North Sandwich, NH (9' 3")
Covered Bridge on East Side Road in Conway, NH (10' 3")
Broadway in Dover, NH (9' 6")
Covered Bridge on Covered Bridge Rd in Corinth, ME (8' 10")
Patterson Rd Bridge in Dresden, ME (10' 11")
Vermont has dozens of covered bridges in the 8' to 10' clearance range.

Many of these are just off the interstate or major state routes, which may be a  cause for concern if you need to pull off for gas, etc.  There are obviously many more than are on this list.

None I know of in New England beats the 7' 3" clearance on the Mosholu Parkway in the Bronx, NY however.

But then again, it is a NYC law that the "legal" clearance be one foot shorter than the "measured" clearance. The real heights are sometimes 2 feet or more than the posted heights.  However in CT the posted clearance is the actual measurement from ground to the bottom of the overpass (unless, of course, the city or state added pavement and failed to change the sign) Not sure of the other state laws/methods.

  - Mike
53  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: New England Fall Colors & Shores on: September 20, 2016, 11:09:45 am
Ron:  I'm originally from Connecticut and envy your tip (maybe we'll try it next year). I can't help you with all the questions you asked, but here is some info... 

The link to the loop map you posted just shows a route from Logan Airport to downtown Boston, which is not something I'd advise in an RV. 

Here are two links to fall foliage sites in New England:
The foliage depends on quite a few weather factors, as you can imagine but the time frame of your trip pretty much falls in the zone.

Private RV parks are a lot less prevalent in New England than many other parts of the country (take a look at the Allstays map)  There are quite a few state parks and campgrounds with primitive accommodations (especially in the Adirondacks, which you might want to look into in addition to New England)

I'd advise being very cognizant of the roads you choose to drive on in the RV.....many have low clearance underpasses, covered bridges, tunnels, etc.  There are also quite a few toll roads.  If your route takes you onto a 'Parkway' I would investigate the restrictions there. A good general starting site for traffic/road related stuff is

  - Mike
54  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: backup camera on: September 19, 2016, 06:16:00 am
Ah...ok.  After looking up that camera model and doing a bit more internet investigating it appears the original camera is indeed a Sony. The Sony service center apparently refers folks to  Riverpark (800-442-7717) in Elkhart, IN, which handles all distribution and service matters for Sony backup video systems. Riverparks retailer is RV Cams (877-378-2267). Your replacement appears to be a non-Sony. The Sony's may have had historically bad luck with moisture issues and stopped producing backup cams.

One step closer to having the info I need to possibly replace the original camera with a dual, or adding an additional.

Thanks much...

 -  Mike
55  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: backup camera on: September 18, 2016, 09:12:26 am

Did you ever find out what brand the camera itself is?  I know that the monitor is a Sony and there is a Riverpark AV distribution box in the side cabinet above the passenger seat, but no idea which camera it is.  Looks very similar to both the Riverpark and Boyo models I've seen online.

    - Mike
56  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Utah - Zion and Bryce Canyon on: September 15, 2016, 05:30:01 am
Yep, you're right!  Yikes!  They apparently have a 'fall recess', a little different for each district but this year it generally runs from Oct 20-24.

    - Mike
57  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Flourescent Bulbs don't fit on: September 10, 2016, 08:45:08 pm
Ditto on what Barry-Sue said regarding the RV supply near Cherry Hill.  We were there for (um, something or other) and they were friendly, knowledgable and had some good stock.

Strange that all F8T5's are not created equal, especially a name brand like a GE.  Probably more of a non-compliance issue with the fixture (we have the same one) as its a very Tawaiinese brand.  On one of ours, the 'soft light' as you described it burnt out and created a very burnt area on the fixture, bubbling the plastic as well.  We are looking at replacing all with some of the newer LED's which have two switch settings (cool white and warm white)

 - Mike
58  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Kicken' the tires on: September 06, 2016, 09:38:36 am
We mostly kicked the tires online (this forum and the PC website). We drove from the SF Bay Area to the LA area to take a look at a used 2551, but that was the extent of our experience with a real live PC before we purchased our 2552.  Didn't need much more to make our decision.  Our layout, colors, etc were all stock and available to see online.  We didn't go to the factory and we had our rig delivered to us (Kermit's son drove it out to us)

If we would have done anything differently it probably would have been to pick up the unit at the factory ourselves.  We had a few 'simple' initial issues (all related to some of the 'custom' work we had done) that were difficult to remotely resolve.  If found while we were still at or near the factory, they could have easily been rectified.

   - Mike
59  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: September 03, 2016, 09:23:48 am
Welcome Gary and wife!   Cheers

While traveling before your purchase be sure to let us know where you might be in case one of our PC's are in the area for you to look at.  It sure makes things easier to start planning and eventually deciding when you've actually seen a few up close.

  - Mike
60  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Xantrex Pro 1800 Inverter Problem on: September 01, 2016, 12:59:47 pm
I would agree with Tom.  You would also need to cut the wood platform because due to its size it cannot be lifted directly up (it would hit the upholstered areas of the walls). Ours needs to be slid out toward the hallway area a bit before being lifted up and out.  We have our screws removed all the time which saves a bit of time getting in and out and I haven't had any problem with it sliding off or even sliding around at all.  (I've been in there a number of times for various reasons and probably will again)
   - Mike
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