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601  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question for 3100 owners on: March 09, 2012, 04:22:47 pm
We're more like Dharma and Greg - need we say more!!!! rolling on the floor
602  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Hello, just bought a 2002 2550 - suggestions to modernize her on: March 06, 2012, 08:35:13 am
Just a thought about extra seating when parked.  Our 2008 2350 had a swivel passenger seat, when we ordered our 20012 2551 we kept the passenger swivel and added a driver seat swivel.  This gave us an extra seat for company and a sense of openness in the cab area. 

One drawback is that the factory installed swivel does not accept power seats. 

Here is a picture of the cab area with seats swiveled and ready for use.

603  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Hello, just bought a 2002 2550 - suggestions to modernize her on: March 05, 2012, 08:26:49 am
When it came to the TV I found that the existing TV wiring on our 2008 2350 would not support an external satellite dish.  Here is a link to a previous posting that outlined my fix.  Let me know if you need additional information.,449.msg2573.html#msg2573

604  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Hello, just bought a 2002 2550 - suggestions to modernize her on: March 04, 2012, 11:40:34 am
Congratulations on your new purchase and welcome to the forum.  When we were first getting into Rving in 2002 we actually took a factory tour of the Phoenix Cruisers.  We know you got a well built unit because we were extremely impressed with the company at that time and they just keep getting better.  As far as the suspension items go, my recommendation would be to drive it in as many different environments as possible (Interstates, primary and secondary roads, and some back roads) and keep track of any handling problems you may have.  A 2002 chassis is going to have different issues than a 2007 or a 2012.  There are many upgrades that could be added but may not give any improvements. 

Depending on the length of the wheel base different handling characteristics will be felt.  That is, what is needed for a 158 inch wheel base will be different than what is needed on a 190 inch wheel base.  Also, each model has different weight distribution characteristics.  They can also change between model years.

When we had our 2008 2350 with a 158 inch wheel base we had to add a Blue Ox Tiger trac.  With our 2012 2551 that has a 194 wheel base there is absolutely no need for the trac bar.  The only thing we are going to do is add Bilstein shocks at some point.  Also, there are differences between the E450 and E350 chassis that you need to keep in mind.

605  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Weather Radio on: March 04, 2012, 08:16:17 am
We use the Midland WR-300.  We've had it for many years and it works great.  Actually went off twice at 4:00AM this morning due to the high winds at Fort Myers Beach.  We chose this one because you could add and remove alerts.  It will allow you to remove watches but not warnings.  At home we do not need the marine watches so we remove them. 
Most of the time we can set it up and not even need the antenna extended.  We will not travel or be at home without it.

606  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.   

607  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.

608  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.
609  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.

610  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
611  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
612  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.

613  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. 

614  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
615  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
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