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31  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Power step on: July 10, 2014, 12:55:20 pm
Here is another choice for a spray lubricant.

I find "BREAK FREE CLP" works great on everything. It is available at Wal-Mart in the sporting goods department. It works without attracting dirt and grime.

Here is a link to their website.

32  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HWH Levelers on: July 06, 2014, 04:40:50 pm
Welcome to the site.

We had the manual jacks on our  2008 2350 and when we ordered our  2012 2551 we also had the manual jacks installed.   The manual jacks are not hard to use if you remember the arrows show the direction the PC is moving not the direction of the jacks.  Friends of ours have the automatic jacks and they like that set up.

We think the jacks are worth installing for a few reasons:

1.  No need to carry leveling blocks or pieces of wood.
2.  On a level site extending the jacks will stabilize PC and remove any bounce or sway.
3.  A good resale feature.

33  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Screen door repair or replace? on: June 29, 2014, 12:29:51 pm
Here is a link to a post by 2 Frazzled that provided a diagram and some information on the screen door.,1799.msg13951.html#msg13951

34  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Seeking advice on visiting Mt. Rushmore/Black Hills without a toad on: June 25, 2014, 09:25:51 pm
Judy and Jerry,

We did this trip in Sept. 2010 but we did tow a car.  We stayed at Broken Arrow Campground in Custer since it was a Passport America park for $15 a night full hookup.  Nice park, but they do cater to horse owners.  It was not a problem for us.  GREAT location!

We did Needles Highway, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Jewel and Wind Caves NP, Hill City, Mammoth Site, Custer State Park.

There is a campground shown online called Gulch Campground that gets good reviews that also has car rentals.  Info is at  We have never stayed there but I did notice they have car rentals.  You can check for other recommendations on campgrounds in the  area.  We found Custer to be the perfect location for a base camp for sight seeing in the area!

35  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New chassis on: June 24, 2014, 11:37:17 am

Here is a link to the Ford Body Builders Layout Book.  Hope it will answer some questions.

36  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Suggestions for modifications on: June 21, 2014, 01:30:00 pm
We have both a Fantastic Fan and a Maxxair fan in our PC.  I have been thinking about replacing the Fantastic Fan but just have not developed enough courage to do it.

I find the Maxxair has a few advantages over the Fantastic-Fan.  The Maxxair has a wider selection of fan speeds, very quiet (almost silent on low speeds), has built in rain guard (with good air flow), when closed it acts as a ceiling fan for air circulation, the screen is easier to remove and clean and when closed it presents a low profile on the PC roof.

We had our sink cover cut East - West.

37  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Suggestions for modifications on: June 19, 2014, 04:09:56 pm

Here is the list of options we had installed or did not have installed.  I left off the typical things like the Convenience Package, model, color and awning.  We have a 2551 on a Ford 450 chassis not the Sprinter chassis.

Feel free to send us a private message if you have any questions.


2350 Phoenix Cruiser Options

Replaced swivel chair with extra storage cabinets. View Picture

2551 Phoenix Cruiser Options

No Television Over cab
Prep For TV
Added TV and Swivel Mount View Prevois Post
No Outside Shower/ Faucet
HWH Leveling Jacks
Slide Out W/Sofa
Insulated Glass
Leather Captain Chairs
All Window Treatments Same As Sofa
Bathroom Sink Counter Cut Out
Kitchen Sink Cover Cut In Half
Driver Side Swivel View Picture
No Carpet
2 Access Doors Under Driver Twin Bed (n/a on 2450)
No Hooks in Rear Storage Compartment
No Coffee Pot
Adjustable Shelves in Both Shirt Closets.  No Hanger Bars
No Mirror By Stove
Adjustable Shelf In Cabinet Above Toilet
Delete Ladder And Roof Rack
Smart Porch Light (SL1000)
Battery Shield
Do not Install Fire Extinguisher
Install MAXXAIR Fan In Bedroom
Install Fantastic Fan In Livingroom  
12V Outlet in Bathroom
Extra Showerhead holder, 1 for Wife 1 For Me
Reverse Passenger Shirt Closet Door
Install TV And 120V Outlet on outside of Passenger Shirt Closet
1 Quart of Cherry Stain
1 Yard Of Sofa Fabric
Quieter Water Pump if Possible
Do not Install Shower Head Holder
Full Length Wing Cabinets (Both Sides) W/DVD Cutout Passenger Side
Flip Up Table On Driver Side Same as Passenger
Corian Counter Extension

Things I would add now.

Water saver hose for toilet

Would change Fantastic Fan to MAXXAIR
38  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electric hot water switch on: June 18, 2014, 06:03:39 pm
I'm glad it was just from dewinterizing and nothing really wrong.  Those are the kinds of problems I like.  Enjoy your HOT water!!!!  Smile
39  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electric hot water switch on: June 17, 2014, 03:13:30 pm
Turned on the switch for electric hot water heater and get warm water.  It work great last season.

Did you have to dewinterize before this trip?

My niece had the same problem and they forgot to close the by pass valve during the dewinterizing process thus allowing cold and hot water to mix prior to coming out of the faucet thus the water was just always warm.  Once they closed the by pass valve all was back to normal - nice hot water.

Here is a diagram that shows how the valves should be positioned when using the hot water heater.  The center valve (by pass valve is closed) so only hot water is coming from the hot water heater.  On our 2012 2551 the by pass valve and other two valves are located under the three drawers in the kitchen.  You have to remove the bottom drawer to get to the valves.  Make sure the water inlet and outlet valves are open and the by pass (center valve) is closed.  When the RV is winterized the valves will be put in the opposite configuration (the inlet and outlet valves are closed and the by pass valve is open).


40  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electric hot water switch on: June 16, 2014, 08:38:47 pm
If you get the same results using propane you might want to check the valves for hot water tank by-pass.  The two feed lines should be open and the center interconnection should be closed.

41  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Supersprings on: June 12, 2014, 10:42:30 am

Just moments ago I placed my 4 foot level on the vinyl flooring and confirmed our floor has a minor slope down to the rear.

Most garage floors have a slope to aid in draining water.  Did you account for this slope when you measured your rig?

I suppose if we had a slide out, the condition would be more severe.

You raise an interesting point, it appears the slide would add weight between the front and rear wheels.  This might reduce the weight ratio of the rear overhang.  Our 2008 2350 with slide had no sag.  
42  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: traveling I 70 west of Denver on: June 11, 2014, 09:58:18 am
Jan and Dick

We took our 2008 2350 plus toad on the same route in 2010 back to Michigan.  I can also verify that I was not an experienced mountain driver before that trip either.  I found the V10 engine had no problems with the altitude or the gas (octane) in the area.  There was no noticeable loss of power or performance.  We have a 2012 2551 now and I would say the 2551 would perform as well if not better than the 2350.

One thing I learned about driving in the mountains is to keep your speed up.  Don't wait for a downshift before applying additional throttle. 

43  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Another gasket question on: June 09, 2014, 10:37:12 am

I'm not sure if the seal around the spare tire cover is a pressure fit or if it is glued in place.  If it is glued in place I found solvent and a light duty scouring pad worked best to get any residual glue off.  I first used  a paper towel and it didn't cut through the adhesive and left a thin film so I switched to a very light scrubby.

44  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Another gasket question on: June 08, 2014, 05:31:37 pm

I would call PC and ask to talk to Carol.  We bought our door weatherstripping from her a couple of weeks ago.  Great price, fast shipping and she even measured to make sure we did not buy too little or too much.

45  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Woodall's/AAA on: June 07, 2014, 02:09:21 pm
Woodall's and AAA have teamed up and now publish the campground guide together.  I remember in the past getting the AAA campgound guides and got about 5-6 small books with some campgrounds listed.  Went to AAA the other day and asked for the books and they handed me 6  Woodall directories.  Woodall's published their directory in six regions.  Really nice because you don't have to carry that "very large phone book size" book wherever you go.  Now I can just carry the books for the regions I am going to travel to.

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