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16  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.


17  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

18  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.
19  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.
20  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.

21  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.
22  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
23  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.

24  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.
25  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
26  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Finding out the hard way! on: March 30, 2016, 07:16:37 pm
You might want to try turning off your Xantrax inverter using the power switch on the inverter itself and see if that solves the power drain problem.  Don't rely on the control panel and/or the "kill switch by the main entry door.


When we had the Tripp-Lite on our older 2350 (2008) we were ale to turn it off an on at the unit itself.  But on the newer 2551 (2012) with the Xantrex Pro Inverter XM 1800 the only on/off switch that we have been able to locate is in the remote panel itself.  The unit itself is actually buried under the bed and the on/off switch is part of the detachable remote panel that in most cases for PC is found behind the drivers seat.  We have not been able to find any other switch that directly powers that unit.  

27  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: March 27, 2016, 05:00:23 pm
Hi Jan  RoseGlasses Welcome

We are on our second PC.  We had a 2350 and now a 2551 both with slides.  Like you, we thought we would enjoy a smaller unit the first time.  We found it to be a little too small for long term travel (3 months at a time).
The 2551 meets our needs perfectly.  The twin beds, compared to the corner bed, and the much larger bathroom are perfect for the two of us.  We even find the 2551 easier to drive then the 2350.

Like Judi said, consider your needs before you buy.  You might also like to rent a unit for a short trip and decide what you like and don't like about it.  If we had rented a unit with a corner bed prior to our first purchase we would not have ordered a 2350.  It is all personal preference.  If you are mostly going to be traveling alone the corner bed could be perfect for you.

Barry and Sue
28  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I ordered a new PC but I still have one question on: March 25, 2016, 04:00:39 pm
We had the plastic toilet in our 2008 2350 and now have the ceramic in our 2012 2551.

I found the plastic toilet to be just fine, it actually does a better spray cleaning than the ceramic one.  It sprays the entire bowl from top to bottom where as the ceramic one misses a few places when spraying. The plastic one sat a little high but I got used to it and the ceramic one sits a little low.

29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A few questions before I do a factory tour on: March 06, 2016, 06:12:28 pm

I was able to figure out a way to use the existing outside jack for a satellite hookup.  See my posting at,1266.msg9448.html#msg9448.

If you need more of an explanation send me a private email.

This solution works great for our direct TV, we did it on our 2008 and on our 2012.

30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Storage behind the driver's seat on: March 03, 2016, 03:41:35 pm

In our 2008 2350 we built a storage box behind the drivers seat with a raised lid like a toy box.  Here is a picture with slideout extended.  

Here is a picture with slideout retracted.

In our 2012 2551 we had PC install the flip up table, storage is minimal.  If we built it ourself we would make it larger because it does not interfere with the drivers seat.

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