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16  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Queen bed/sofa slide - sheets? on: July 25, 2016, 09:24:15 am
Rosy,

Our units were a 2008 and 2012.  Neither had the upholstery stapled to the slide out wall.  I would call the factory and ask them what the purpose was.  They should be able to tell you if it was just for looks or it had some structural purpose.  I'm wondering if it was just to fill in the gap between the wall and couch when the couch is opened for a bed.

Sue
17  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bilstein Shocks on: July 25, 2016, 09:14:29 am
Make sure you have someone lined up to do the installation before you order the shocks.  Not all service locations will install customer provided parts.  It has become more common in recent years but it is still not a universal policy. 

Barry
18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bilstein Shocks on: July 22, 2016, 08:57:06 pm
Frecklestweety

We had our rear shocks replaced by our local CW on our 2008 2350.  At the time they were running a special on the installation, it was buy two shocks and get installation free on one of them, it was a very good price.  We were very pleased with the work that our local CW did purchasing and installing the Bilstein shocks.

On our 2012 2551 we had all four shocks replaced by a local frame shop.  The front shocks (especially the front passenger shock) were in need of replacement at about 22,500 mileage. 

We were very pleased with the ride on both vehicles after the shocks were changed.
19  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 110 Volt Power Questions on: July 18, 2016, 07:21:20 pm
I wanted to correct a statement I made a few days ago.  I said that
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When the van is running there is a solenoid that operates. This solenoid connects the coach batteries to the van alternator which charges the batteries/supplies 12VDC to the coach.

I misspoke when I used the word solenoid.  It is actually a relay that operates.   I happened to be at the factory today and talked to Kermit about it.  He said it is not a solenoid or diode but a relay.  He stopped using diodes many years ago because he said he had too many failures.  

Barry
20  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 110 Volt Power Questions on: July 15, 2016, 03:26:53 pm
Fred

I know  for a fact you are correct in your assumptions.  Last year the person we sold our 2008 PC to had an issue with the batteries not charging when driving the PC.  I spoke with Kermit about the problem and he explained how the house batteries are charged by the van when driving.  When the van is running there is a solenoid that operates. This solenoid connects the coach batteries to the van alternator which charges the batteries/supplies 12VDC to the coach.

Barry
21  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Satellite on: July 06, 2016, 04:23:59 pm
I had the same problem and could not receive Direct TV using existing wiring on our 2008 or 2012 PC.

I contacted technical support for both ANTENNATEK and WINEGARD about this situation.  Both companies provided the same explanation, a DC filter is installed within the wall plate to block any DC voltage on the cable input.  The satellite dish requires approximately 12 - 18VDC to power the LNB portion of the dish.  This voltage is supplied by the satellite receiver and is required to pass through all cables and any wall plates that are installed.  This filtering action is what prevents the satellite dish/receiver from working.

Wall plates that are typically installed in the RV industry are ANTENNATEK Part Number 065840 or WINEGARD Part Number RV7012.  These wall plates provide the option of watching TV from the RV TV antenna or from an external cable source but not from a satellite provider.  

The existing OUTSIDE CABLE JACK can be used to connect to either a satellite dish or to the park cable to the coach if a Diplexer is installed before the existing TV amplifier wall plate. This this does not require any holes in the exterior PC walls.

See Attached Diagram

The Diplexer is a passive device that combines or separates satellite and cable signals.  The Diplexer will pass DC voltage on the satellite port but will block the DC voltage on the cable port.  The cable port of the Diplexer is connected to the CABLE IN port of the existing amplifier wall plate and the satellite port of the Diplexer is connect to the TV connection on the new wall plate.  The satellite receiver is then connected to the new wall plate.

Barry
22  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2016 - 2351 Options and Modifications on: June 29, 2016, 11:31:30 am
I installed a DB meter (Decibal 10 - free) on my iPad. As we are driving under various conditions I checked the noise level.  We are running at between 60-70.  This is very acceptable to us since normal conversation at 3 feet is 60-70 DB.  We have no noise issues in our cab or coach.

Sue
23  Main Forum / Polls / Re: PC with TOAD or Others on: June 21, 2016, 04:52:34 pm
John

We have both a toad and bicycles.



Barry
24  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Suggestions for modifications on: June 15, 2016, 11:44:49 am
Tom,

There is a way to set the sensitivity of the motion sensors.  Here is the link under the frequently asked questions http://www.starlightsinc.com/faq. You will find the information under the troubleshooting section.

When they come from the factory they are set to the highest sensitivity.

Barry and Sue

25  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: June 15, 2016, 01:41:10 am
Welcome Bill and Cathe.  We have a 2012 2551 and absolutely love it.  We are in lower Michigan but travel northern Michigan often.  We will be in the thumb area for a week starting the 29th of June.  If you happen to be near Caseville stop in at Sleeper State Park.
Barry and Sue
26  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Suggestions for modifications on: June 14, 2016, 09:44:23 am
John and Holly

When Phoenix installed our porch light they used a putty tape caulk (typical installation) to seal between the light and the PC.  When I removed our light I found it easy to remove the light from the PC.  The clean up was simple because the caulk is non-hardening and stays pliable.  There is no need to cut or scrape the caulk .

Here is a link to Camping World web site that shows the tape:
http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/putty-tape-1-w-x-30l/4698

The tape should be available at most any RV dealer and comes in shorter lengths.


Barry
27  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Suggestions for modifications on: June 13, 2016, 07:40:43 pm
John and Holly

We had a black Starlight installed and left it unpainted.  It blends in nicely with the dark windows and black awning.

Barry
28  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Suggestions for modifications on: June 13, 2016, 03:57:54 pm
John and Holly,

We have the smart light as well and one day we were sitting at the campground and noticed our sensor lenses were cracked as well.  We called the company and they said they had a bad batch of lenses and the UV RAYS were the culprit for the smashed lenses.  They sent us two new ones at no cost.

Yes, you do have to take the light down to change them but it was very easy.

What you need to do before you get replacement lenses is put duct tape over the area so that water does not get in the light fixture, otherwise you will have to replace the whole fixture.

Sue
29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A Billion Questions (2100/2400) on: June 07, 2016, 06:06:27 pm
Our sofa is a manual open.  The seat lifts up and everything glides into place!
30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A Billion Questions (2100/2400) on: June 07, 2016, 09:06:36 am
Kate,

We had a Villa brand sofa made for our 2012 2551 by a company called Bradd and Hall.  They are in Elkhart. We actually purchased the material from PC, gave it to Bradd and Hall and they made the sofa to our specifications.  Once made they installed it for us.  We were very pleased with their service.  Ours was a jack knife sofa.  We have had it for four years now and it is still in great shape with many, many hours of use.

Here is a link to our original posting with pictures: http://www.phoenixusarv.com/community/index.php/topic,1450.msg10862.html#msg10862

Sue
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