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61  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Surround sound on: September 01, 2016, 07:44:56 am
I'm not sure which surround sound system came with your rig.  Ours is a Samsung HT-F4500/ZA Bluray unit.  With ours we need to turn the unit on, switch the tv to the component setting that the Bluray is attached to (in order to see the menus), press the home button on the remote and then use the on-screen menu and the remote to choose the 'settings' option, then the 'audio' option.  All the audio settings are there, including the level, distance, test tone, etc.  You should have two front speakers, two rear speakers (surround), one center speaker and one subwoofer hooked up to the back of the unit.  When testing and/or setting, I find it easier to have my better half there to help (i.e.: to tell me when the sound is right for her)  Grin  I don't believe there is a way to balance, set, or even adjust the speakers on the fly using just the remote.

   - Mike
62  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Xantrex Pro 1800 Inverter Problem on: August 31, 2016, 08:46:32 am
The adapter and connector were indeed burned (you can see it in the picture if you zoom in), but only on the side where remote panel attaches to it.  Didn't have time to do any further testing, but will next week for sure.  Just wanted to get it operational so I could turn it off and not drain down the battery.  One thing I did notice was that there are many of those pass-thru connectors available and they all look very similar, although. Could not get any technical specs on any of them.  They ran from $1.99 to $7.00 or so.  I decided to buy the GE branded one for about $5.00.  The cable connectors fit much better in this GE unit....more snugly.

You say it was 'kind of a pain' to replace your cable with an RJ45?  Care to elaborate?  I would think it would be a 'huge pain'!   sad Is the unit located in the same place in your 2350 as in a 2552?  Did the cable run over the ceiling to the opposite side of the rig? 

   - Mike
63  Main Forum / General Discussion / Xantrex Pro 1800 Inverter Problem on: August 30, 2016, 08:44:18 am
Had a problem recently with our Xantrex inverter.  (Pictures at end of this post) The remote panel would not shut off when the on/off button was pressed.  Nothing in the troubleshooting section of the manual which referenced such an issue, so I gave their customer service number a call.  After a lengthy hold time waiting for an agent, finally got someone who seemed fairly knowledgeable about the product. She basically had two possible solutions for me: a 'soft' reset and a 'hard' reset.  The soft reset involved disconnecting (for 10 mins) the 'phone' type cable that runs from the inverter to the remote panel.  This is done at the inverter under the passenger side bed (on a 2552). Tried luck.  The hard reset involved removing all power to the inverter itself (disconnecting power source cables from the inverter). This did not work either, so I started looking for alternatives.  I decided to remove the remote panel from the wall behind the drivers seat.  There I found that the other end of the phone type cable and the remote panel cable both plugged into a female-female adapter.  When I removed the remote panel cable from the adapter I found it had shorted out inside the adapter.  Easy fix to replace the adapter and replace the RJ11 connector on the end of the phone cable.  Requires a special stripper/crimper hand tool and a spare RJ11 connector, which I bought on Amazon.  Total cost was about $20.  Hard to determine exactly why the short occurred, but my best guess is that the adapter just dangles on the cables behind the wall and may have just caused the connections to rub too much due to vibration.

- Mike
64  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: About Dinettes, Why A Dinette Is Bigger When Not In A Slideout on: August 25, 2016, 07:32:55 pm
Nice layout, John!
65  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Phoenix Cruiser as a Party Mobile on: August 23, 2016, 03:53:14 am
Awesome idea, Holly!   ThumbsUp
66  Main Forum / Polls / Re: unsatisfied with performance of Air Conditioner? on: August 21, 2016, 06:08:16 pm
Yep!   ThumbsUp. Besides the Coleman, our largest benefit was to insulate both the cab area and the coach door.  Our next PC will definitely have two Coleman A/C units, because we do spend a good amount of time in areas close or above 100 degrees.
67  Main Forum / General Discussion / NatGeo USGS Topographic Maps on: August 21, 2016, 08:19:55 am
Ran across this and thought I'd share it for those interested in such things.  National Geographic has provided the USGS topographic maps in pdf format on their website.  Very easy to locate a quad using a map of the US, pull up a pdf and then print.

    - Mike
68  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: August 13, 2016, 07:22:36 am
Welcome, garmp!  Cheers
69  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tourer or Destination Camper? on: August 13, 2016, 07:17:02 am
We do a combination generally.  Spend a few days exploring at each stop until we reach the destination we really set out for, then we spend much more time there.

  - Mike
70  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dinette redo and final allure vinyl flooring on: July 31, 2016, 08:37:15 am
Great job .......and nice place for a maiden voyage!

After watching Earl's comparison video on YouTube I ran across a video from Winnebago showing off their 'View' Class C unit.  One thing it includes which seems like a great idea are two flip up/down ottomans at the end of each side of the bench seating.  This better allows for the bench seats to be used as pseudo-recliners. 

  - Mike
71  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: July 26, 2016, 09:40:48 am

Rosy: we are also in Northern CA. (Napa/Vallejo/American Canyon area)  Let us know if you need any in-person help with anything. We may be available. You can private message us here on the forum.

   Mike and Joni
72  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: SO JUST HOW FAST DO YOU GO? on: July 18, 2016, 06:22:29 am
We tow a Ford Edge which dictates speeds 65 mph or below.  Of course, in CA we are limited by state law to 55 mph while towing.

   - Mike
73  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 110 Volt Power Questions on: July 15, 2016, 10:19:54 am
There is one more option I didn't realize existed which I just stumbled upon....

I had removed both 6 volt batteries from the battery tray in order to clean and repaint the tray.  While waiting for it to dry I started up the engine and noticed that one of the ceiling lights in the coach turned on.  I hadn't turned off the inverter switch by the door, so apparently the inverter is also supplied by the Ford engine battery when the engine is running (at least when the coach batteries are disconnected) I wonder if this is 'normal' operating mode when the engine is running.  Didn't have time to investigate further.

  - Mike
74  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Satellite on: July 06, 2016, 09:20:19 am
The outdoor cable tv connector won't work with satellite.  Satellite coax and connectors are not the same as cable/tv coax and connectors. Satellite uses high frequency cable (RG6). Satellite requires power to pass through the connector and coax, which is why even standard cable TV splitters won't generally work with satellite. i think the biggest problem is that the PC (and other Motorhome configurations)cable and tv coax runs through the amplifier which messes with satellite.  Here is an online resource :

A temporary solution is running the satellite coax through a window (using a FLAT  satellite coax)

Permanent solution might be to have a separate satellite pass-thru coax connector installed in an exterior wall, close to the television, and then run a short piece of coax to the tv.

   - Mike

This is all assuming that Kermit hasn't started 'prepping' the new PC's for satellite (i.e.: running satellite coax cable inside the rig, but burying it in a wall or ceiling somewhere with or without a connector)
75  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Minnesota/North Dakota on: July 05, 2016, 07:30:43 am
We had to travel through Minnesota without much time for sightseeing on our last trip, but can recommend Checkers Welcome Campground (Welcome, MN), right off I-90 for a good, cheap overnight stop.  Someone had also recommended we stop off at the Spam Museum in Austin, MN....also right off I-90, just southwest of Rochester......we passed on that one.  LOL

 - Mike
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