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61  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: PC Current Draw on: September 21, 2013, 10:48:43 am
Barry, this is extremely useful information to me.  Thank you for posting. I have a question regarding the 1 amp draw with batteries at full charge.  Is this the draw of the battery charger providing a trickle maintenance charge to the house batteries?   Also, is there any way to turn off the battery charger if you need to use this one amp somewhere else?  I don't know where it is located.  Thanks, Mark
62  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Oops. Where can I get a replacement light? on: September 21, 2013, 10:41:12 am
I went to Advanced Auto, O'Reilly's and Discount Auto looking for a duplicate sidelight without success.  The O'Reilly staff recommended I try Tractor Supply. I went there and found a Blazer trailer light with a slightly different lens but it fit the base perfectly.
63  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: SCAN GAUGE II on: September 21, 2013, 10:28:13 am
I just monitor 4 items in the 'gauge' mode.  Why don't I like the scan gauge?  I see my huge gas consumption in real time while accelerating and going up hills!  Sarcasm, my friend. It's a very useful device.  I mounted mine (on the past two vehicles and now my PC) on the steering column with velcro.  I had a similar device on my 22 ft 350 Ford inboard boat.  It would burn 8 to 10 gallons/hr cruising.  This marine engine worked for a living.  My F150 burns about 3 gallons per hr at cruise and my wife's 6 cal suv burns less.  The PC is burning about 6 to 7 gal/hr so it is working for a living too.  Mark
64  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Vvvvvvvvvvibration Noise on: September 19, 2013, 01:45:42 pm
At what speed does the vibration start and it is engine rpm dependent or speed dependent?  And once it starts, does it diminish or get worse as speed increases or remain the same even as speed changes?
65  Main Forum / General Discussion / Oops. Where can I get a replacement light? on: September 18, 2013, 10:45:00 am
Backing into our camping site way after dark, Kelli spotted me on the driver's side and I didn't worry about the starboard side as it was a big spacious campsite with nothing but a picnic table.  Well, I managed to tap the picnic table with my sidelight and broke the lens.  Can anyone tell me where I can get a replacement light or, better yet, a replacement lens?  Thanks, Mark


broken light by whollyterriers, on Flickr
66  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Protective Bug Screen for front of PC on: September 17, 2013, 08:32:40 am
I have lived in FL for 20 years and I have never put a bug screen on the front of my vehicles and it's rare to see a vehicle with a bug screen on it.  I've never had any issues with bugs except love bugs (looks like a firefly without the glow).  They are a real problem because they are a pain to clean off your vehicle and it's not uncommon to have hundreds smash into your windscreen, bumper, grill.  A screen doesn't help much because they hit the screen and the guts fly through and still coat your vehicle.  Their guts are acidic and need to be cleaned off very soon to keep from pitting your paint.  There is a large spring hatch and a smaller fall hatch.  The fall hatch will just about be over when you go to Disney.  If you are concerned, bring a bottle of cleaner and wipe off the bugs when you get settled in.  We drove 300 miles this past weekend from the Panhandle to AL and back and probably had about 200-300 love bug splats on the front.    Enjoy your trip, bring some cleaner and elbow grease, and don't worry too much about our bugs.
67  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How did you take delivery? on: September 13, 2013, 08:51:07 am
The former owner of my unit said Kermit's son delivered it.  Mark
68  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Inductive stovetop anyone? on: September 13, 2013, 08:49:22 am
Mike, is there a high frequency whine emitted by the Fagor?  I won't be able to hear it, but my wife probably will.  I read some of them whine and it can be painful to those who still have their high frequency hearing.  Also, do you have any issues with low/med heat?  I think most of the cheaper units cycle b/w high power and off to control temperature much like my microwave.  Finally pulling over 1000 watts will mean the inverter won't be able to power the thing.  That's a downside for dry camping, but I haven't found any that aren't at least 1200w. Thanks, Mark
69  Main Forum / General Discussion / Inductive stovetop anyone? on: September 12, 2013, 01:27:08 pm
I did a forum search for inductive stovetop and didn't find anything.  Is anyone using the hotplate sized inductive cooktops in their PC?  It looks like a good way to cook without excess heat in the RV.  There are many units available for less than $100 but most of them in this price range seem to have issues (small heating area, fan noise, temp control).  I'd like to try one of these units but would like to find someone that has experience with one.  Thanks, Mark
70  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: First Impressions 2552 on: September 12, 2013, 01:10:44 pm
Thanks for all the responses and comments.  I'll take the RV in next week to the ford dealer and see if they can diagnose the vibration.  Mark
71  Main Forum / General Discussion / First Impressions 2552 on: September 09, 2013, 04:48:12 pm
Kelli and I and 2 of our dogs drove from home to Atlanta GA for our maiden voyage this weekend.  We had Winston, our glen of imaal terrier entered in a Barnhunt trial.  It was about 700 mile RT.  I had previously driven 2100 miles from CA to FL, but that was more of a delivery than a trip.  We arrived at our campsite well after dark and I had a long back into our campsite.  If you have ever watched a boat launch in the afternoon, you can probably visualize how this looked.  I'm sure our camp neighbors were amused.  "Honey, turn to the right.  No, your other right.  Oops, you hit the picnic table."

I ran with 1/3 full fresh water and most everything else that we think we need (I see this list getting bigger).  Tire pressure was 75 front, 77 rear.  I emptied the black and gray water at the first AL rest area (thank you AL) for the first time.  The sani con system was very nice.  The rv rides like a truck, Kelli likened it to being on a bus, but tracks nicely and large trucks passing at speed require correcting but it wasn't anything near the white knuckle experience I've read about on some class C's.  Once we decide on extra gear required, I will have the axles weighed.

I drove 62-65 mph up and back and averaged 9 mpg driving up, traveling some back roads, and running the genset a couple of hours.  On the way home, I fueled up on the interstate and ran 200 miles and then filed up again on the interstate and averaged 9.58 mpg.  This was mostly gently rolling hills of south AL.  I think this is as good as it is going to get at this speed.  I was hoping for better, but watching my scangauge dip to 4 to 5 mpg going up every hill, I knew the mpg wasn't going to be very high.

We ran into a few issues that I'd like some help with.

My most perplexing problem is an unpleasant vibration at 58 to 61 mph combined with a "growling" like sound that resonates at these speeds only.  My initial thought was out of balance tires although I got the customary shutter of out of balance tires at 70 mph the one or two times I reached that speed.  I took the rv to a tire store and they spun balanced the tires.  The manager said bring the unit back if I wasn't happy because dual tires sometimes take multiple attempts (rotating the individual wheels is sometimes required on dual tire axles).  Honestly, the only reason I knew anything had been done is because my wallet was lighter.  I believe I have ruled out the 58-61 mph vibration/noise as a tire problem and now think it is either the exhaust system or more likely a drive shaft problem.  Any thoughts?

We used a new toaster oven to toast bagels and we set off the smoke detector every time the bagels started to brown.  There was no visible smoke at all.  I may need to disconnect the detector while cooking.  Let me tell you, it's very LOUD.  Others have this problem?

I forgot to turn off the water heater and while running the a/c, water heater and toaster, I blew the circuit breaker on the genset.  It took a while to find the genset circuit breaker (on the side of the genset start panel for those who don't know) and once reset and dropping the load all was well.  Can anyone tell me how many amps the a/c unit pulls on start and how many amps the water heater uses?

Neither of the map lights above the rear view mirror work.  Do these have a fuse somewhere?

The black water tank reads 1/3 full when it is empty.  I will try some methods I read here to fix it although this isn't a big deal.  Does anyone hook up a hose to the sani con panel to flush the tanks with fresh water?  Is this necessary?

The power awning has adjustable knobs on each arm.  The dealer told me to leave both of these loose.  The left arm has a tendency to 'pop' on opening.  Is that right?

Kelli wants to plug in headphones so she can watch (and hear) a movie as we tool down the road.  Is there an output for headphones?

I need the right side mirror to stick out about 3" further.  Can I buy an extension?

We took 4 showers (rinse, lather up, and rinse) and washed dishes for 4 meals and filled up the gray water tank to 3/4 full. I guess filling the tank is completely variable based on the time the water is running.  No real issues here.

Storage in a B+ is at a huge premium.  I think I will buy a 24x60 cargo carrier to hang off the receiver hitch for a grill, chairs, and maybe a few sticks of firewood.  Anybody else doing this and is there a brand you recommend?

Our campsite was crushed gravel and it didn't take long for us to track in a lot of the great outdoors.  Do you carry a small broom or vacuum?

Overall the experience was very nice and we enjoyed our new RV.  Thanks for any replies.  Mark
72  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: rain entering my 2552 on: August 31, 2013, 09:01:38 am
Jmosier traded his 2552 on a class a.  I bought his 2551 and I asked him about this leak.  According to him, it only happened once and never again.  It is a mystery.  I drove it through a few rain storms on the way home and had no leaks and I also spent some time on the roof and it looked very well sealed (like overkill). I have to wonder if maybe the front door was ajar during the night?
73  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: August 29, 2013, 04:33:33 pm
Hi everyone,

I purchased an used 2013 2552 from a dealer in CA last week.  The unit used to belong to a member here.  Anyway, last weekend I picked it up and drove it the 2030 miles from CA to FL.  This is our first RV and it will mainly be used for weekend trips to dog trials. 

A major requirement for our RV was that it must fit under our 9' 11 1/2" garage door.  Our criteria knocked out about 98% of motorhomes and 80% of all trailers.  As many of you know, the 2552 specs show it as 10' 1" at the top of the AC.  I am here to tell you that loaded with full fuel (gas and propane) and several gallons of water, our RV (with in motion satellite dish, the highest point) clears the door with a huge 1" to spare.  Whew!  I did have to take the in motion fantastic fan cover off, but it removed easily with 4 pins holding it on the roof.

I must say that this owner's group was a huge deciding factor in our purchase.  I spent a lot of time here before the purchase reading about the good, the bad and hardly any ugly.  I thank you all for participating in this forum and helping me and, I'm sure, countless others.

I had some issues arise during my transit and I'll post them in a different thread.

Thanks!  Mark & Kelli
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