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541  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: fluorescent lamp cover on: February 27, 2012, 06:37:43 pm
Tom,

   I saw Barry's response did you ever look at getting something like this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/RV-12V-FLOURESCENT-LIGHT-W-NIGHT-LIGHT-NEW-/110632469308?pt=Motors_RV_Trailer_Camper_Parts_Accessories&vxp=mtr&hash=item19c235833c

   After measuring ours it looks like it would be an exact fit.  They are near Elkhart so if you have to go the factory someday maybe you can check these out.


Sue  Smile
542  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: fluorescent lamp cover on: February 27, 2012, 06:25:11 pm
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Or if Barry/Sue want to sell me one of their three way lights.


Tom,

Multiple choice:
  (a)  NO
  (b)  NEIN
  (c)  NET
  (d)  all the above

Barry  SadDog
543  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: fluorescent lamp cover on: February 27, 2012, 10:23:14 am
Do you have the lights that have the toggle switch to be dim or bright?  That is what we have on our 2012 - 2551.  We tried as well and didn't want to break them.  Soooo-we have to stop off at the factory the first week of April and plan on asking them to show us how to do it.  Will post if you do not figure it out sooner.

Sue
544  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Halftime Oven Door Cleaning on: February 26, 2012, 07:07:40 pm
I was reading the manual on cleaning the half time oven and noticed it said do not clean the front of the door with paper towel since it is plastic.  Mine looked liked it needed cleaning so I called the manufacturer and spoke with customer service.  They told me that the front door plate is indeed plastic and if it needs any type of cleaning to use a "PLASTIC" polish.  She stated that most of the door plates will have swirl marks in them because of the plastic material and the best way to clean them is to use a plastic polish with a soft cloth. 

Sue
545  Main Forum / Links and Contacts / Product Contacts on: February 26, 2012, 03:55:40 pm
Thought the following list might be helfpful to others.  It is a list of many of the components that are installed in the 2012 PC, the manufacturer, manufacturer website and customer contact number.

AC to DC Converter - Xantrex - www.xantrex.com - 1-800-670-0707
Air Conditioner - Dometic - www.dometic.com - 1-800-544-4881
Automatic Transfer Switch - http://progressivedyn.com/transfer_relays.html - 269-781-4241
Backup Camera System - Zone Defense - www.ramco-eng.com - 1-800-321-4819
Carbon Monoxide Detector - Atwood - www.askforatwood.com - 1-800-546-8759
Cook Top - Atwood - www.askforatwood.com - 1-800-546-8759
Counter Top - Gem Stones - www.gemstoness.com - 1-877-233-7893
Dump Valves - Barker Auto-Drain - http://www.barkermfg.com/autodrain.html - 1-800-537-9940
Electric Step - Kwikee - www.powergearus.com - requires email
Ford Motorhome Assistance Center - 1-800-444-3311
Furnace - Atwoord - www.askforatwood.com - 1-800-546-8759
Generator - Cummins Onan - www.cumminsonan.com - 1-800-888-6626
Leveling System - HWH - www.hwh.com - 1-800-321-3494
LP Gas Tank - Ingusa - www.ingusa.com.mx - requires email
Microwave/Convection Oven - Half Time Ovens - http://halftimeovens.com - 1-800-330-9707
Power Cable - Marinco - www.marinco.com - 1-800-307-6702
Power Patio Awning - Dometic - www.dometic.com - 1-800-544-4881
Power vent - Fantactic Vent - www.fantasticvent.com - 1-800-521-0298
Pro Inverter - Xantrex - www.xantrex.com - 1-800-670-0707
Protective Film - Diamond Shield - www.diamond-shield.com - 1-888-806-5862
Refrigerator - Noprcold - www.norcold.com - 1-800-543-1219
Sani-Con - Thetford - www.thetford.com - 1-800-543-1219
Seating - Pauls Seating - http://paulsseating.com - 1-574-522-0630
Side View Mirrors - Ramco - www.ramco-eng.com - 1-800-321-4819
Slide Topper - Dometic - www.dometic.com - 1-800-544-4881
Smoke Alarm - Kiddie - www.kidde.com - 1-800-880-6788
Thermostat - Dometic - www.dometic.com - 1-800-544-4881
Toilet - Thetford - www.thetford.com - 1-800-543-1219
TV - Samsung - www.samsung.com - 1-800-726-7864
TV Antenna - Winegard - www.winegard.com - 1-800-288-8094
Water Heater - Atwood - www.askforatwood.com - 1-800-546-8759
Water Pump (By-Pass Pump) - Shurflo - www.shurflo.com - 1-800-854-3218
Wheel Products - Dicor - www.dicor.com - 1-800-837-2059
Window Shades - MCD - www.mcdinnovations.com - 1-972-548-1850
546  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Getting mail on the road on: February 22, 2012, 06:17:57 pm
We are generally gone for 3 months or more in the winter months.  Most of our bills are autopay including our credit card.  For those that are not we make a few copies of the remittance portion of the bill prior to leaving home, take a few envelopes and then we call for the amount when the billing date arrives.  My sister lives across the street from us so she picks up our mail and sends it to general delivery every six weeks or so.  We have been doing this for a few years and it has been working good so far.
We would not be without internet access while traveling.  We can always look up bills due online as well.  However, we do not pay any bills online or look at any bank statements on line.  Having worked in the computer field for many years we do not trust the WIFI access.

Barry and Sue
547  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Towing Dinghys on: February 17, 2012, 07:31:52 pm
I think the first thing that needs to be considered when choosing a toad is the towing rate of the hitch.  On my 2012 2551 the towing rate of the hitch is 5,000 pounds.   I think this is the standard hitch on the PC unless you specifically request something different.    So, if  you start with a 4,300 pound car add a couple of bikes, a bike rack, tow bar, base plates, drop hitch, saftey chains, and all the extras you store in your toad  you could be pretty close to that 5,000 pound limit.

Thus before you choose your toad think about how much weight you will be towing.  That might guide you to one toad versus another.

Remember the motto of all toads:  "I GO WHERE I'M TOAD"  LOL

Barry
548  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Batteries on: February 17, 2012, 10:59:24 am
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you can and should leave the batteries on when plugged into shore power. The only time you should disconnect the batteries is when you need to store the PC for two or more weeks without hooking up.


Tom,

    Why should you leave the batteries on when plugged into shore power?  Since the converter provides 12v when you are plugged into shore power there should be no drain on the batteries so why charge them constantly.

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The only time you should disconnect the batteries is when you need to store the PC for two or more weeks without hooking up.


    What is the signficance of the two week timeframe?  We usually sit for two weeks at a time - being at the COE Parks they only allow 14 days at one time so we move to the next one for 14 days.

Barry
549  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Batteries on: February 16, 2012, 08:56:40 am
Billy,

Just remember, when you disconnect the shore power and want the Frig to run on propane, turn the batteries back on.
550  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Batteries on: February 15, 2012, 09:59:27 pm
Billy

    We disconnect the batteries any time we are hooked up to shore power.  However, there still seems to be a small charge into the batteries even with the switch in the store position.  We are not totally sure it functions as a complete battery shut off.   
551  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: February 15, 2012, 03:13:11 pm
Paul and Marilyn,

We agree with you - do not make any changes to your ride until you drive it.  On our 2350 we only changed the shocks and added a rear trac bar and the drivability was beautiful.  Don't forget, Ford made some changes from the 2007 to 2008 model year and for us the 2008 drove very well except for the rear tracking.  We spent considerably less than Ron and had a very good ride.  The new owner thinks it drives great as well.
552  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: February 15, 2012, 10:09:30 am
Paul and Marilyn
    Welcome to the forum.  If you decide on a Phoenix Cruiser you will really like it.  We are on our second in three years.  We started with a 2350 and now have a 2551.  We use ours for extensive travel in the summer and 3-4 months living in the winter months.  We are now into our 8th week down in Florida and are finding the 2551 to be just the right size for us.  Numerous storage and very easy living in a smaller unit.  Since we tow a car we find the PC to be very easy to use to go from one site to another and then use the toad for everyday site seeing.  The 2551 is actually easier to drive than the 2350.  And we have not made any changes to it-we do plan on changing to the Bilstein shocks once we get home and get the front end aligned.  But other than that it handles like a dream!
    Not to overwelm you but we thought we would list some of our changes to the stock unit for your consideration.
1.   Fully body paint - had it and still wanted it.  Our 2350 (brown in color with cherry cabinets) looked better then new when we sold it.  We choose the Classic Umbre with cherry for the 2551.
2.   Leveling jacks - had them and loved them so ordered again.
3.   Premium Convenience package - had and kept it in the new one.
4.   Insulated Glass - had it and loved it so ordered again.
5.   Slide out - had it and loved it so ordered again.
6.   Leather captain chairs - had it and loved it so ordered again.
7.   Window treatmeants - we had all the window treatments the same in the 2350 so kept them that way for the 2551.  In other words they all look like the valence above the sofa/dinette.
8.   No carpet - didn't have it in the 2350 and didn't order it in the 2551. Very easy to wash rugs or buy new ones.
9.   No table hardward installed on floor - We use the spider legs provided by PC.
10. No coffee pot - didn't have it and didn't miss it.
11. No ladder or roof rack - never used it and like the look without.  It would fit in the garage either way. 
12.  No hooks or hangers installed in rear storage compartment - we wanted to organize it ourselves. 
13.  No mirror by stove
14.  Driver seat swivel - we had the power seat on the 2350 and never used it so we opted to have the driver seat swivel instead.  Gives us that fourth seat we need when we have visitors. 
15.  Access doors under driver side bed
16.  Adjustable shelf in cabinets
17.  No outside shower - never used it on the 2350 except to winterize it and we don't miss it on the 2551.  Why have the opening in the side wall when it isn't needed.
18.  Reversed hinges on passenger side shirt closet so to have easier access for kitchen items.
19.  Motion light on outside.
20.  Max air fan in bedroom area in place of fantastic fan.
21.  Didn't mount fire extinguisher
22.  Did not install shower head holder so we could install them per our height.
23.  Ordered larger cabinets above the winged areas.
24.  We have a driver side flip table like the passenger side table since our drivers seat swivels.
25.  Added a 12 volt plug in bathroom for any 12 volt bath items.
26.  No TV - we installed our own TV on an extendable swivel mount.  It is fantastic and gives us a great viewing angle anywhere we sit.
 
553  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Bike Rack on: February 15, 2012, 09:25:01 am
pyrthkr

Our bike rack is a Thule 990 dual track.

Barry
554  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Bike Rack on: February 14, 2012, 02:08:38 pm
I guess we have the best of both worlds.  We find the bikes behind the PC much easier to use then when they were behind the toad.  The back storage compartment is very accessible with the dual receiver.  If we want to take the bikes with us when we use the toad we just move the bike rack to the toad.  We like keeping them behind the PC at the campgrounds and do not have to take the bikes with us everytime we go somewhere in the toad.  

During travel, there is alot less wind resistance with the bikes behind the PC.  It is great storage for them and they are not sitting out in the open when we are at a campground.    Since we have used both methods we can honestly say "for us" we prefer them behind the PC.

555  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: LED replacement lights on: February 09, 2012, 07:24:31 pm
Here's a couple of pics--One with all the bright fluorescent lights on and the other with all the "nightlights" on.  When watching TV we usually just have one in the bedroom area turned on or the one over the sink.  Gives us a nice "low" light throughout the PC.

Sue
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