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16  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Side mirrors on: June 11, 2017, 10:26:15 am
Our mirror failed at the pivot point where the mirror swing arm is connected to the cab door.  If I remember correctly there is a black (painted if your mirrors are painted) rubber cover on the underside of this bracket that protects this junction.  Under this rubber cover is a rod attached to the mirror swing arm, a heavy spring and retaining clip.  The retaining clip holds the mirror swing arm to the mounting bracket and the heavy spring provides tension to hold everything steady and still allow the mirror to fold in and out.

The retaining clip on our 2008 2350 broke into 3 pieces releasing all the tension on the spring and the mirror swing arm and mirror came off in my hand.  The only thing that held the mirror to the PC were a few wires.  
17  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Side mirrors on: June 10, 2017, 08:36:13 am
The mirror on our 2008 2350 broke at a most inopportune time.  I had retracted the driver's side mirror as we approached the U.S. custom's station in Detroit. When I was pulling away from the custom station and extending the mirror back to the normal driving position the bottom retainer on the mirror snapped.  It was so loud a custom agent 25 feet away looked up.  I drove the rest of the way home one handed with the window down and holding the mirror.  Changing lanes required the passenger to look out the rear and side windows to determine if it was safe to change lanes.

Closer examination of the mirror showed all I needed to do was cut the wires and remove the damaged mirror.  Fortunately the repair was very simple and it was the only mirror failure we have had in 9 years of PC ownership.


18  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / AAA Dollar Rewards on: June 08, 2017, 07:55:37 pm
I thought I would share this info with current AAA members so you can save some dollars off your membership dues.

I went to my local AAA office to pick up some travel books and learned of a new program called AAA dollars.  All AAA Members are already enrolled. You just have to create a login and password on  When you shop online at a partner store, like Walmart, Kohls, Camping World etc... (they have a list online) you earn AAA dollars that are used to take money off of your annual membership rate.  You don't actually receive cash money but the AAA dollars that you earn will be deducted off of your membership dues.  The only thing you have to do differently is access the partners site through

I tried it to see if there were any hidden cost, and the items I selected from different merchants were the same price if I went directly to the site or went through  Once you find the store that you want to order from at it takes you to the stores site and you shop as usual.

Hopefully this will save some money for you.

19  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Borg DuallyValve valve stems on: June 06, 2017, 05:01:46 pm

We did the same thing 2 years ago and have had no problems.

20  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: ford recall on: June 03, 2017, 04:03:21 pm
Here is the recall notice information:

The documentation for the 15E05 recall states 2011-2016:


Affected vehicles: 2011-2016 E-Series Cutaway and Stripped Chassis vehicles equipped with a 6.8L 2V gas engine

Situation: In some of the affected vehicles, the 6.8L 2V gas engine may not comply with government emissions standards when tested using the latest EPA test procedures.
21  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: May 31, 2017, 06:06:41 pm
Welcome Esther,

We live in Highland, MI not far from you.  We owned a 2350 and now a 2551.  You made a good choice going with a PC.  If we can help you with anything please do not hesitate to ask.

We camp a lot up North so maybe we'll see you on the road.  We camp at Fort Myers Beach during March and North Fort Myers during Jan and Feb.

Barry and Sue
22  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Keyless Door Lock on: May 23, 2017, 04:27:45 pm
No matter when we use a keypad in public we always cover what we are doing with our other hand so we are not concerned about someone seeing our code.  This includes ATM machines as well.
23  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Do you leave your sink cover over the sink while driving? on: May 23, 2017, 04:25:40 pm
We leave our sink and stove covers in place while traveling.  We do not hear any rattles coming from that area.  We use the covers all the time.  Having had the sink cover cut in half makes it easy to still use the sink when preparing meals and gives a nice prep area as well.  When we do need to store them they go in the storage space behind the stove top.
24  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Keyless Door Lock on: May 23, 2017, 07:27:42 am

The AP and Bauer are one and the same.  If you look at the AP Product website they list the keyless entry lock as the Bauer.

According to the Bauer website they have three different keyless locks.  There is the Bauer NE, Bauer EM, and Bauer EM Alsentis.  The Bauer NE is for travel trailers and is different from the other two in that it does not have the two pin safety latch to meet the FMVSS206 safety requirements for motor vehicles.  The Bauer EM and Bauer EM Alsentis both have the two pin safety latch.  The Alsentis model is the latest technology for touch pads.  It requires less power, uses less battery and can distinguish between human touch from liquid.  I believe they do not even make the EM model without the Alsentis technology.  There might get be some older ones out there but I think there were touch pad problems thus they now make only the Alsentis which is basically a software upgrade.

Now that I have installed one, the installation was not hard.  Because I had not done this before I really took my time.  The hardest part was making sure the striker plate was in the right spot.  I had to file a very small portion of the plunger hole to get a good fit.  Bauer also sent me an extra gasket to insure no leaks.  I have full body paint and had to touch up one very small unpainted area that only I would have probably noticed.

25  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Keyless Door Lock on: May 21, 2017, 05:00:24 pm
This winter our coach entry lock broke on our 2012 2551.  It was a trimark model 060-0650.  The plunger, made of white medal,  cracked and the door handle became inoperable and unable to pull the plunger back to allow the door to open.  My wife happened to be inside and I was outside.  She let me in through the cab door and I was able to take it apart so that we could continue using it with just the dead bolt.

Upon returning home, I did some research and found this to be a common problem.  Trimark does not sell parts and has actually discontinued this model and replaced it with Trimark model 060-1650.

Instead of putting more money into a Trimark lock I decided to upgrade with a Bauer EM Alsentis keyless entry lock.  I read many forums and this lock got high reviews.  It was not a plug and play replacement on the PC but installed very nicely after a few minor modifications.  The Bauer company was very supportive in answering all my questions and even sent me an extra gasket to use for installation.

Comparing the two locks the Bauer feels very solid and closes very nice.  The keyless entry is wonderful.  The only cons I have read about them is that batteries may only last three months.  However, you do get a considerable number of warning signs that the batteries are getting low.  Since we keep the PC in our garage I will remove the batteries when in storage.  

It also comes with a key override so I will always have a key handy incase the batteries fail on us.  I picked up one of these on clearance for $1 at one of our local discount shops.  I keep it hidden on the outside with a key to the coach, a key to the cab and our toad key.  It has saved us on a few occasions.


26  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Replacement Sani Con impeller on: May 18, 2017, 04:54:33 pm
The impeller on our Sanicon Model 5800-6004-HB deteriorated and disintegrated this winter while in Florida.  After reading many forums I concluded that this is not an uncommon occurrence.  I finally got around to fixing it (90 minutes from start to finish).  I ordered Thetford part no 70477 impeller kit.  It included an instruction sheet, the impeller and two gaskets.   It was difficult to find online and the cheapest price that I was able to find was $53.  Thetford wanted $71.

Now for the good news.  For anyone that has this same Sanicon model and needs to replace the impeller it is manufactured by Jabsco USA and the part number is 6303-0003.  There are many different sources for this impeller including many of the local marine shops and I have seen them as low as $16.  Some are actually sold as kits to include gaskets and "O" rings. 

Now for a little bad news.  The gaskets that came with the kit were not an exact fit and would require a little modification to work properly.

27  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Installing a child's car seat in PC2100 on: May 15, 2017, 03:26:05 pm

We had the same issue after promising camping trips to the youngsters so I arranged for short trips close to home on several occasions and I drove them in a separate vehicle.  Being somewhat close to home, if at all possible, allowed for visitors at night and we had some great campfires with the whole family while the youngsters got to camp with us.  We didn't want to take the chance of installing a child's car seat in a non-approved way.

28  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Eliminating The Need To Carry Paper Documentaion on: May 09, 2017, 07:59:15 am
John and Holly

Yes thanks, we have our documents stored in multiple locations.  We carry the laptop and jumpdrive, but also have it on a desktop, a backup external hard drive, and a cd rom.  Family members have access to it so if we are not able to access it from where we are they can read it for us.  Might be overkill but I've been working in the computer world since I was in the Air Force since 1965 (before laptops were even a dream). 

Good point about not storing your electronics in places that "might" see unexpected water.  Ours are always in cases and off the floor.
29  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Eliminating The Need To Carry Paper Documentaion on: May 08, 2017, 03:18:10 pm
We have two large binders with all of our PC manuals/documentation that we carry with us.  In order to free up some space and eliminate some weight I decided to download all manuals/documentation to a jump drive as well as my laptop.  I found most manuals/documents on this website  There were a few things that I could not find online so I scanned them in.  I now do not have to carry those two bulky binders. 

30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Camp / RV chairs? on: April 26, 2017, 08:02:18 am
We do carry the zero gravity chairs in our toad and use them when we are setup for an extended stay.  We were given 2 of the Lafuma zero gravity chairs many years ago and they are very comfortable but are not small.

When always carry the GCI chairs in our PC.  They fold up very small and are also comfortable for us.  We find the bag chairs uncomfortable in that you seem to be sitting in a bucket.  The GCI chairs are more solid and do not sink when you sit in them.  We have had ours since 2008 and they still look brand new.  Ours are similar to these:

They take up very little room, easily transportable and easy to fold down.  No bags to worry about.
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