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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cleaning underneath slide cover on: May 23, 2016, 09:38:11 am

I use a long handled brush similar to the one pictured here:

It can be used to clean the top of slide or the underside of the slide cover.  I also use it to remove any standing water on top of the slide before we put the slide in.

2  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: House battery's on: April 24, 2016, 09:58:17 am

In the newer units, like our 2012, it is equipped with a separate inverter and converter.  They are both Xantrex.  The inverter is a Xantrex PRO Inverter XM 1800.  The converter is a Xantrex AC to DC Converter (XADC).  

This separate arrangement was a step up for us from our 2008 Tripp-Lite.  We use ours just like 2Frazzled, we only turn it on when needed.  Works great!!!
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 110 Volt Power Questions on: April 19, 2016, 03:54:20 pm

You have all the 120VAC single source combinations correct.  As far as shore power and the generator operation there is a transfer switch that will disconnect the shore power if the generator is started.  A monitor within the inverter will allow the inverter to provide 120VAC only if there is no other source of 120VAC and the inverter is turned on.

The transfer switch for shore power/generator power is located on the angled wall behind the driver's seat.

4  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Apollo Oven Power Loss on: April 18, 2016, 05:38:47 pm
While using our Apollo microwave/convection oven this winter we suddenly lost power to it.  Everything else in the PC was fine.  After removing it from over the stovetop (thanks to Bobby's instruction), and removing the metal cabinet we noticed a black spot on the white mesh cloth (see pic below).  We pulled the sleeve back to expose a High Temperature Fuse.  We checked wire continuity on each side of the fuse and it was fine.  We then jumpered the fuse and this restored power.  We now knew we had a dead fuse that needed to be replaced.

We called the Apollo Service Center and their technician confirmed that the temperature fuse was at fault.   He ordered a new High Temperature Fuse ($30.00 very over priced) for us.  We replaced it and all is fine.

The part that we replaced was a microtemp G5A00 rated at 120 degrees Celsius. The new fuse that was sent to us was a microtemp G5A01 rated at 152 degrees Celsius.

Additional research indicated that the normal life span for this type of device is between 5-6 years.  We will order a spare (less than $2.00) before our next trip.

The Apollo technician was very helpful.  He said if the oven is in a "dead condition", there are three safety components that need to be checked.
    1.  A 20 AMP, 120 volt fuse located on the top right rear corner (you can see this in our pic).
    2.  The magnetron thermostat which is mounted to the side of the magnetron tube.
    3.  The High Temperature Fuse (this was our failure).

Barry and Sue
5  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Dvd player won't turn on on: April 17, 2016, 08:19:38 am

What model is it?  I did see online that there are reset procedures for some models.  Or it could be the power board in the unit itself that went bad.

This winter in FL, I was using my Apollo Convection Oven when I suddenly lost power to it. The rest of the rig still had power. Luckily my DH is very handy in diagnosing problems.  We pulled the microwave off the wall and right on top was a small burnt spot on some wire insulation.  He placed a jumper to eliminate this part and power was restored.  We called Apollo and they sold us a new thermal cutoff for $30 along with a document that identifies three causes as to why your unit could lose power and how to fix it.  They were great support and within a week I had the oven back in working order.  It had nothing to do with the microwave portion at all.  Bobby at the factory was great in telling us how the unit is mounted.

After doing some research on these thermal cutoffs they give them a five-to-six year life span.  Ours is five years old and I use it all the time.

It is too bad that these parts aren't made to last a lot longer.

6  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Dvd player won't turn on on: April 16, 2016, 05:35:44 pm

We have the manganox dvr/dvd model MDR865H in our 2012 2551.  Also had it in the 2008 2350. Bought on line thru Walmart but ABC Warehouse now has it for a better price.  Works great and you can record to the hard drive.  Check the specs out on line and see if it fits in a 2010.


7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Quality on: April 13, 2016, 02:29:36 pm

After two flats we replaced the original valve stems and extenders with a set of Borg Dually Valve Stems a year ago and find them to be a perfect application for us.  We are pleased to report that it has now been a year since we installed these and have not had any leakage.  They are very easy to use.

Here is a link to our original post.,2080.0.html

8  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Woodalls/AAA campground guide on: April 08, 2016, 12:33:51 pm
Periodically I would buy the Trailer Life Campground directory (now the Good Sam directory).  Woodalls had a very similar directory.  Recently I went to AAA and they handed me 7 directories (separated by geographic region) titled Woodalls/AAA campground guide. 

They are just like the older Woodalls/Trailer Life guides.  Since I am a member they said they are free (at least in Michigan).  Very nice because I just have to carry the regions we will be traveling in.
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Which Trip Planning software for 2016? on: April 08, 2016, 10:20:54 am
Another thing we learned on our last trip to FL is to keep the GPS and CB on at all times and have your PAPER MAPS ready.

We were headed I 75 north in FL when the traffic sign informed us of an accident 20 miles north - right lane blocked.  We got 15 1/2 miles when the traffic stopped completely.  Truckers were telling others a route to avoid the traffic jam.  Luckily we were just a few feet from the last exit prior to the accident that was still 5 miles north.  The GPS saved us from at least an hour delay.  We asked for a 5 mile detour and it routed us beautifully, back on I 75 just north of the accident. Took us about 10 minutes.

We were able to confirm the detour on our maps -- did not want to get GPSd. Truckers went the opposite way and had about a 10 mile detour.
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Which Trip Planning software for 2016? on: April 07, 2016, 06:12:11 pm

I use MAPQUEST ( for most of my trip planning.   It provides a great Interstate/Highway overview for general planning and then you can select very detailed views with excellent satellite pictures for very precise study.

11  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Utah - Zion and Bryce Canyon on: April 07, 2016, 01:31:54 pm

If you are returning to Arches in the fall check into the "Fiery Furnace Tour".  This is a Ranger led tour that you book on  They call it difficult but we did not find it difficult at all.  If you have the Senior National Park pass it is only $8.  Your go into parts of the park that are not opened for public hiking.  Excellent tour but you must book ahead of time. Aside from our hike to the water falls of the Grand Canyon, this is our second favorite.
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Looking to purchase an 2006 or a newer 2551 on: April 02, 2016, 12:51:05 pm

We are in lower Michigan with a 2012 2551.  If you are near the Ann Arbor area and want to see a 2551 we are more than willing to show you ours.

We do travel to Northern Michigan a lot in the summer.

Barry and Sue
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Factory Visit and Stabilizer Question on: April 02, 2016, 12:46:39 pm

We have the 2012 2551.  We did not have to do anything to the unit for me to feel comfortable driving it.  In fact, compared to our 2008 2350, it drives very nice.  On the 2350 (E350) I added a trac bar because the back end always seemed to be swaying.  That took care of the problem.

One thing that does make a difference is how much you load it.  It seems the heavier the load the easier to drive.  I do notice in very windy conditions that I may have to make some slight steering corrections.  Truck/trailers are very seldom felt but depending on the shape of some motorhomes I do feel them.

Our shocks needed replacing after 22,000 miles and our ride is much better now with new shocks.

14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Looking to purchase an 2006 or a newer 2551 on: April 01, 2016, 09:32:45 pm
YES - it is a 12 volt.  It is great for charging things when you want to hide them.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Looking to purchase an 2006 or a newer 2551 on: April 01, 2016, 06:39:13 pm
 Why would the Dashboard matter ?

We have experience with both dashes.  On our 2008 we had the older dash style and on our 2012 we have the newer dash style.  What we really like about the newer style is the design of the vents.  When they are closed you do not feel anything from them, in our 2008 we could never completely close them off.  We always felt air getting passed the closed vent.

There is much more storage on the newer style and the glove box is a nice added bonus. There is also a 12 volt outlet in the glove box in addition to the 2 outlets in the dash.

Corrected post to say 12 volt
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