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61  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Satellite TV? on: November 17, 2016, 06:20:35 am
We have Dish and use a roof-mounted Winegard RoadTrip Mission Satellite TV Antenna - Model RT4035S.  Great reception, easy to use.  I like the easy to clean dome cover on the roof. It is pretty loud inside the PC when it is initially locating satellites, but that is only for a minute.  It is the tallest item on the roof which puts our clearance at about 11'-6".  When not used for a while, service is discontinued and an 800 number needs to be called to restore it (they send a signal to the unit). Lastly, in order to get local programming where you happen to be, Dish needs to be called and given the area code you are currently in (although I think there is a separate company and subscription out there that you can pay for in order to take your own local programming with you)

   - Mike
62  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: metal plugs on: November 16, 2016, 08:25:09 am
Here's the info:

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware
Item #49877
3/8" Stainless Steel Hole Plugs
Pack of 8 - $9.99

The original wood plugs were very loose and the stain had faded a bit and no longer matched the cherry wood around them. These metal plugs are more snug and look great.

  - Mike
63  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New Owner on: November 14, 2016, 06:30:39 am
I have 50 amp and just one 15000 BTU A/C unit (a Coleman, non-heat pump). Here is a pic of the general panel schedule....

   - Mike

64  Main Forum / Photos / Re: 2910 single slide on: November 08, 2016, 05:18:52 am
Purty!   ThumbsUp

  - Mike
65  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New Owner on: November 08, 2016, 05:14:20 am
Wow, sounds like it'll be a really nice rig!  Do you know if the side cameras will be mounted on the side mirrors or on the side of the rig?

  - Mike
66  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: StowAway screen door. on: November 02, 2016, 05:06:11 am
Many of the Southco latches are available on Amazon and the specs can be found on the Southco site (  The latches are set for differing tensions depending on the application and I don't what the PC version is set at.  Ours will sometimes fly open when bumped and with two little dogs we needed a solution. Not the most elegant, but I installed a hook/eye 'lock' that is operable from both inside and outside the door.  Very cheap and parts are all available from Lowe's/HomeDepot.  Works like a charm.

- Mike
67  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Looking for the right vehicle to pull behind the PC on: November 01, 2016, 05:58:59 am
We tow a 2013 Ford Edge (AWD Limited).  It's pretty heavy, but below the 5k limit and has plenty of room to store stuff.  Lots to think about when choosing a toad.....the tow bar and base plate, auxiliary braking system, the limitations or requirements of the actual toad when towing.

We use and love the Blue Ox towbar/baseplate combo.  The base plate is not very visible on the Edge until the removable tabs are placed on it when getting ready to tow.  Our auxiliary braking system is the SMI Stay-IN-Play Duo, which is a semi-permanent system.....very reliable and easy to use.  The requirements/limitations of towing the Edge:  Cannot exceed 65 MPH while towing, must stop and run the engine for 5 minutes if towing for 4 hours straight.  We don't have or use any bra or other protector for the Edge and have never had any issue with road debris kicking up from the PC.

  - Mike
68  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: LED light problems on: October 30, 2016, 09:25:12 am
We don't have LED's in our 2014 2552.  PC must have started installing them right after they built ours.  Our reading lights get extremely hot if left on for any length of time, so I started to look around for direct replacement LED bulbs before looking into replacing the actual fixtures.  An interesting bit of info popped up during this search.  I found a replacement bulb that I am going to purchase and try, and the online description includes "....8-30 volts DC including 12v and 24v--this wide-range voltage is designed to withstand RV power fluctuations that can damage ordinary LED lights"  I wonder if this might be part of the problem with the Command LED lights?

 - Mike
69  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
70  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
71  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
72  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
73  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
74  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
75  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
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