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571  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Weather Radio on: March 03, 2012, 03:06:17 pm
Thought we'd post a reminder to everyone to carry a weather radio with you when you travel.  We actually carry two of them.  One is used when we are on the road and the other is after we are setup. 
We made sure the CB we bought for traffic reports has the NOAA stations as well.  It is very easy to check the weather as we are heading down the road.
The second one is one we keep on at all times once we are setup.  The first thing my DW does when we set up is to put the weather radio on and tune in the local NOAA station.   

572  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: is it now lost on: February 29, 2012, 03:11:53 pm

Another trick is to format your message in a word processor like word and then when you are ready to post just copy it into the forum.  If you do lose it in the forum you still have it in the word processor.

573  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question for 3100 owners on: February 29, 2012, 09:26:47 am
We do not have a 3100 but a 2551 - with a slide and sofa.  Because only one person could see the TV from the sofa we chose to install our own TV and put it on a swivel mount.  It works great and now both of us can sit on the sofa and comfortably watch TV.  This may work in the 3100 as well.

We have been using it in Fl for the past two months and we are very pleased with our modification.  It is very easy to view and is very road worthy.  No flexing or movement of the TV at all during travel.  We can both sit on the sofa and view the TV without any neck strain.

This may be an option for you.
574  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: fluorescent lamp cover on: February 28, 2012, 01:38:21 pm
Sounds just like ours.  I'm looking at them right now, except ours has the extra night-light in them.  Everything else is as you describe.  Hopefully the factory will help us when we see them in early April.

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

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

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


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

Barry  SadDog
577  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.

578  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. 

579  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 - - 1-800-670-0707
Air Conditioner - Dometic - - 1-800-544-4881
Automatic Transfer Switch - - 269-781-4241
Backup Camera System - Zone Defense - - 1-800-321-4819
Carbon Monoxide Detector - Atwood - - 1-800-546-8759
Cook Top - Atwood - - 1-800-546-8759
Counter Top - Gem Stones - - 1-877-233-7893
Dump Valves - Barker Auto-Drain - - 1-800-537-9940
Electric Step - Kwikee - - requires email
Ford Motorhome Assistance Center - 1-800-444-3311
Furnace - Atwoord - - 1-800-546-8759
Generator - Cummins Onan - - 1-800-888-6626
Leveling System - HWH - - 1-800-321-3494
LP Gas Tank - Ingusa - - requires email
Microwave/Convection Oven - Half Time Ovens - - 1-800-330-9707
Power Cable - Marinco - - 1-800-307-6702
Power Patio Awning - Dometic - - 1-800-544-4881
Power vent - Fantactic Vent - - 1-800-521-0298
Pro Inverter - Xantrex - - 1-800-670-0707
Protective Film - Diamond Shield - - 1-888-806-5862
Refrigerator - Noprcold - - 1-800-543-1219
Sani-Con - Thetford - - 1-800-543-1219
Seating - Pauls Seating - - 1-574-522-0630
Side View Mirrors - Ramco - - 1-800-321-4819
Slide Topper - Dometic - - 1-800-544-4881
Smoke Alarm - Kiddie - - 1-800-880-6788
Thermostat - Dometic - - 1-800-544-4881
Toilet - Thetford - - 1-800-543-1219
TV - Samsung - - 1-800-726-7864
TV Antenna - Winegard - - 1-800-288-8094
Water Heater - Atwood - - 1-800-546-8759
Water Pump (By-Pass Pump) - Shurflo - - 1-800-854-3218
Wheel Products - Dicor - - 1-800-837-2059
Window Shades - MCD - - 1-972-548-1850
580  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
581  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

582  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Batteries on: February 17, 2012, 10:59:24 am
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.


    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.

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.

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

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

    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.   
585  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.
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