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571  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: tank sensors, Can the new electonic sensors be installed on older models on: May 16, 2013, 09:47:51 am
John and Holly,

    We had the sprayer on both the 2008 model and now on the 2012 model.  My DH loves this feature.  He uses it everytime he dumbs the black tank and just about once a week on the gray tank.  He defintely uses it prior to coming home from a trip.  If we have a full hookup he leaves the gray tank open and the black closed.  Once the black fills up or we are ready to leave he dumps it and then uses the sprayer to clean it out. 

572  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: tank sensors, Can the new electonic sensors be installed on older models on: May 15, 2013, 08:43:45 am
When we need to do a good cleaning of our holding tanks we use Calgon Water Softener (found in the laundry detergent aisle at the grocery store).  We use the liquid form and pour about a capful into the holding tank that is filled with water.  Let it sit for a little while and then drain.  We then rinse with clear water when we are done.  Some folks add just a few drops of detergent as well when doing the cleaning with this method but we have never used the detergent.  We have been using this for 10 years and it works great.  It is much cheaper then buying the RV products and it is safe.  No harsh chemicals or bleach.
Found this method on many RV forums years ago and it works wonders. 

573  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Service Manuals and Troubleshooting Guides on: May 13, 2013, 10:48:24 am
Ever since we had to troubleshoot our refrigerator while camping in FL this winter I have been looking for other SERVICE MANUALS for those "just in case" situations.  Here is a very good website that includes downloadable links to some service manuals for things like the AC, Furnance, and Refrigerator.  These are the service manuals the RV repair shops use to troubleshoot a problem.

The website also gives some very good explanations of how things work in the RV. 

The refrigerator repair was easy to follow and only cost us $30 to repair and no service call.

574  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: What's the name on: May 09, 2013, 05:47:35 pm

575  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Thinking caps on: May 09, 2013, 04:31:09 pm
Barack Obama

576  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Awning Recall on: May 09, 2013, 07:50:32 am
Here's the info I found on the recall




Here is a link to an article that identifies the model numbers

I checked our documentation for the 2012 2551 model and we have a Power Patio Awning Model 895(X)0(X)(X).400(X)    On another forum someone posted that the model serial plate is located inside the front support rail, and you need to extend the awning and get a short ladder to look for it.  It looks like the recall only affects those awnings with motor powered awnings and awning motor service kits manufactured between February 13, 2013 and April 9, 2013.


577  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: May 08, 2013, 02:03:14 pm
Steve and Aleece,

       Congratulations to both of you.  Cheers We're sure you'll enjoy your adventures.  Hope to see you in FL in the winter. 

Barry and Sue
578  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Do I need two Air Conditioners? on: May 08, 2013, 09:11:50 am
I had an awning shop make a set of sun screens for our 2008 2350.  They work great and the total cost was around $100.

When we got  our 2012 2551 I just moved them over.  The sun screens are now five years old and show very little wear.


579  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Do I need two Air Conditioners? on: May 05, 2013, 11:48:43 am
Mike and Trish

We have a 2012 2551 and found the A/C was able to keep up with the 90+ temperatures in the keys this winter.   Newer PC's have  MCD Shades that have a sun screen plus a room darkening shade.  We keep the MCD sun screens down on sunny days.  We also have sun screens that we use to cover the three windows in the cab area all the time.  The sun screens help keep the PC cool during the day.  They block the sun but still let you see outside, you don't feel like you are trapped in a cave.  The other thing we did was order thermal windows for our PC.  They work great to keep the heat and cold in/out.  The last thing we do is angle the air deflectors at the front and rear of the A/C down a little to get the cold air away from the ceiling and circulating within the PC.

580  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Vvvvvvvvvvibration Noise on: May 02, 2013, 08:05:45 pm
John and Holly,

    If you could stay in Indiana and let the Ford dealer that sold the cab to Phoenix Cruiser check it out, I think you would be better served.  That might not be possible if you are in a time crunch.  I would hate to see you get stranded on the road on the way back to Maryland.  I will send you a private email.

581  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Patty O'Shade for automatic awning on: April 30, 2013, 04:07:10 pm

    It is amazing the heat that is cut down by the patty o shade.  We would have six people huddled behind it just to get away from the afternoon sun.

582  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Patty O'Shade for automatic awning on: April 30, 2013, 12:28:31 pm

    We have the 15' patty-o-shade and we find the 4.5 feet to be plenty of shade.  We also find the patty-o-shade to fit perfectly in the awning since they are both made be dometic.  We had a chance to examine the Carefree brand but noticed that the spline might just be too thick to fit nicely into the anwing track.  A friend of ours bought one and had to take it back because it would not slide into the track with ease.  You had to pull on it so hard that we feared breaking his awning. 

     We do roll it up with the awning when we are sitting at camp.  We would not travel with it rolled up.  It is super easy to put on and take off.  The 15' fit perfectly on our awning.  We have the electric awning.

Barry and Sue
583  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Picking up our 2552 on Wednesday on: April 29, 2013, 06:09:25 pm
Most campgrounds that we have been to have been safe and theft free but at the beach in FL ,during spring break, it is vital to lock everything up.  Our neighbors were missing their lawn chairs and BBQ one morning.  We were walking and found them next to the campground that was also next to a restaurant.  Apparently someone got hungry, stole some steaks from the restaurant, needed a BBQ and chairs and made themselves a nice meal.

Another friend of ours lost a bike but found it a week later after the spring breakers left. 

The security guards and police are always warning us at the beach during spring break to lock everything up at night.

584  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Picking up our 2552 on Wednesday on: April 27, 2013, 03:54:47 pm
John and Holly,

     So excited for you.  Have a safe trip and enjoy your new adventure.  We were just at the factory on Thursday for a few little items.  All the folks there are wonderful.  ENJOY.

Barry and Sue
585  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ignition beeping on sprinter on: April 23, 2013, 05:56:28 pm

     Do you have the sound 5 radio system in the Sprinter that is supplied by Mercedes?   If you do here is a possible reason for it and there seems to be away to change the beeps to 0.  Here is a link I found on line that might help.

If you check out page 14 in the sound 5 system manual you might try this and see if it eleminates the beeps.  It could be that your radio is powering off.

Or if you check the owners manual in this same link there are many warning sounds that the Sprinter has. 

Just a guess on my part but now you got me curious!

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