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631  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Tailoring sheets for 2551/2552 on: November 15, 2011, 02:18:26 pm

   Go for the machine. 

    I really dislike sewing but find it saves alot of money for projects like this.  My mattress pads and sheets for both beds were a total of $44.  I couldn't find them that cheap online anywhere.  The more money I save the more money I have to travel!!!

632  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: November 14, 2011, 06:25:27 pm
Welcome to the list cordylm.  This is our second PC.  The first was a 2008 2350 and now we have the 2012 2551.  You could not ask to work with a better company or a nicer group of people.  Their top priority is to meet your needs. 

Barry and Sue
633  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Tailoring sheets for 2551/2552 on: November 14, 2011, 06:18:58 pm
I finished tailoring the sheets for our 2551.

For each bed I bought the mattress pad at Kohls called "the Big One"  and a twin set of sheets at JC Penney that were the J C Penney 300 count sheets.

Mattress Pads - On the longer bed (passenger side) I sewed in two darts lengthwise on the elastisized portion of the pad.  This allowed for a nice firm fitting of the mattress pad.  For the shorter pad, in addition to the two darts lengthwise I had to sew in a dart in each of the corners to shorten up the pad as well.

Twin Sheets - For both beds I had to sew up the corners on the fitted sheet.  On the longer bed the corner seams were taken in 1 1/2 inches each and on the shorter bed the corner seams were taken in by 2 3/4 inches each corner.  This made the sheets fit head to foot very nice but the sides were still too loose.  What I did to fix this was add two elastic straps that have velcro in the middle so that I can tighten up the sides of the sheets.  They are also now nice and tight.  The sheets were very nice since they had elastic all the way around and not just on the corners.  
634  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Swivel TV Mount Now Completed on: November 14, 2011, 05:12:34 pm
The TV installation in our new 2551 is now complete but has not yet been road tested.  That will not happen until next month.  Update May 2012 proven to be very road worthy.

I started the installation process by recessing the TV mount 1/2" behind the front bulkhead board.  This was required to provide enough clearance for the two front cabinet doors to open.   The TV and attached mount now sit flush against the bulkhead board.

The next step was to create a small shelf for the TV to rest on when not extended or during travel.  The shelf is made up of 2 pieces of 1X4 pine  glued and cut to fit.  The front lower edge has a 1 1/2" radius and all other edges were softened with sandpaper.  The shelf was covered with matching leather purchased from Phoenix.  The last step was to install 2 'D Rings' on the rear of the shelf.  The 'D Rings' are used to secure the TV during travel.  When not in use they lay flat and are out of sight.  

Overall, I must say the installation went well and we are very pleased with the Vizio TV we purchased.  It has front facing speakers that provide plenty of volume even with the heat strip or A/C running.  Also, the viewing angle on this TV is beyond belief.  You could "almost" view the picture from behind the TV.  Only time will tell if it is able to hold up to the rigors of travel.

 I ordered all my cables and wall mounting plates from

The TV mount came from
635  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Wiki Manuals on: November 10, 2011, 10:23:49 am
That would be great.
636  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Storing dishes on: November 07, 2011, 01:45:45 pm

Here's the pics.  The corner shelf is turned so that there is a slightly raised edge so the dishes cannot roll out.  Notice the small clip in the center of the door rail that keeps the shelving in place.  The shelf with the glasses is attached to the side wall in the center at the top of the shelf.   We have never noticed any rattling and if there was I would probably just store my extra paper towel or hand towels in there while traveling to keep things nice and tight.

I also wonder if it's the weight of the plates that has a factor in bouncing or not.

We'll be in site 11 come 12/31 at WP

637  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Storing dishes on: November 07, 2011, 09:51:23 am

   What I did in the 2350 and now the 2551 is the following:

     I bought the three tier corner shelf like shown here
     I then turn it on its side and Barry attched it with a small hook to the center panel of the cabinet.  I then place the dishes on their edge. 
     I use corelle.  I carry a service for six with a few extra serving plates and a tray.  I store all of this in the cabinet above the sink.  Also in there are all my mugs, plastic glassware and two glass wine glasses.   I have used these since 2003 and have not broken any.
     For my glasses I bought one of those wire shelves (just a small single tier).  Barry attached three small poles to it and I can store my mugs underneath and my glasses on top.  Nothing has ever fallen over or out.  The three little poles allow me to stack my glasses and they will not fall over.  I got this idea from a Navy ship we toured and this is how the glasses were held in place.  What I like best about this arrangement is that I do not have to move anything to get one item out.  Everything is easily accessible.
     When I go out to the PC today I will take pictures and post later on.

      I do not know what would happen if the door latch breaks but unless something falls over and places alot of force on the door I am hopin this doesn't happen.

638  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Toads or tow vehicles? What brand do you use? on: November 06, 2011, 04:32:50 pm
I have used this site several times to determine what can be towed 4 down.  Customer Service is also very good and accommodating ( 1-800-228-2481  ).  They will tell what needs to be done and why if it can't be done.

Best to get the answer directly from the horse's mouth.

639  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rain gear on: November 03, 2011, 08:54:02 am
We bought those command strip hooks and put them in the shower.  They are great to  hang wet jackets and other clothes.

640  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Selling your 2350 with dinette? Want to buy used. on: October 31, 2011, 05:28:04 pm
We had the sofa in our 2008 2350 not a dinette and stored the memory foam in several places, behind the sofa, in the car trunk and in the outside storage bin.

For the last 4 or 5 years there has been little or no change in the inside size of the 2350.  In 2008 I think the outside storage area was increased and the slide started to include the frig in 2010.  Your best bet would be a call to the factory and see if they have and dimensional differences between the Sprinter chassis and the Ford chassis. 

I did forget to mention earlier that the track of the Sprinter is also small than the Ford.

641  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How does your PC ride? on: October 31, 2011, 11:50:52 am
We had a 2008 2350 and the first thing we did was have the front end alignment done. The next thing was to have the Heavy Duty Bilstein shocks on the front only. Finally, we installed the blue ox tiger trac to eliminate the body sway from side to side. What a huge improvement on the 2350. We drove the RV in wind gusts up to 50 mph and there were no issues. The RV now drives like a typical F-150 with a cap. This trac bar is different than the sway bar. We have kept the original front and rear sway bars. We are very pleased with the ride and drivability.

We now have a 2012 2551 and the handling of this RV was great right out of the factory.  At this time the only thing I'm looking at doing is a front end alignment (normal for a new RV) and a set of Bilstein shocks.

When I  start doing suspension modifications I do one modification at a time and verify the results.  Also, high tire pressure will give you a rough ride.  Tire pressure of 80 PSI is the max that the LT225/75R16 can be inflated to.  The actual inflation pressure is based upon the weight of the loaded RV.

Here is a link to Michelin RV Tire inflation tables.

642  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Selling your 2350 with dinette? Want to buy used. on: October 31, 2011, 11:22:57 am
We had a 2008 2350 on a Ford 350 chassis with a slide and sofa and loved it.  The Ford chassis has 1,470 pounds more of  cargo capability and 5,250 more pounds of towing capability.  Also, my understanding is the maintenance on the Sprinter chassis is higher especially the oil and filter changes.  This is something you might want to confirm.

One of the modifications we made to our 2350 was replace the barrel chair with additional storage cabinets (See attached picture).  Another thing we did was add a portable storage  box behind the driver's.

The sofa offered comfortable  seating  and adequate sleeping  comfort.  To improve the sleep comfort we used a  memory foam pad from target.  I personally find the dinette seat backs to be too straight and become uncomfortable after awhile.  Also, depending on the model year there were different sofas.  The sofa we had was the electric sofa that was in three sections when you opened it up.  The new models have a memory foam lounger that look very nice but I do not know how comfortable a bed would be.  You need to try the different configurations.  Try before you buy.

A new PC may not be as expensive as you might think.  A call to Phoenix may get you a new PC with all the options you want, never hurts to ask.  They are a great company to work with.

If you have an questions let me know.


643  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: easy to carry/strore laundry detergent on: October 30, 2011, 12:34:51 pm

I like this idea.  Do you know if they come in fragrance free? 

The other thing I bought last year was the shout "color catchers" - and they really work.  If you get some color in with the whites nothing runs.  It's amazing that the sheet catches the color and you can actually see the colors on the color catcher.

644  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Sewer Hose Storage on: October 29, 2011, 08:05:41 am
Dick and Trish

I use both the Sani-Con and the 3" hose based upon length of stay.

If I am going to stay at a campsite for more than a couple of days I use the 3" hose connection with the grey tank open and the black tank closed. Since we usually pull out early in the morning, the night before I leave I dump both tanks, pack the hose up and put everything away and then use the Sani-con to do a good cleaning. If needed I will use the Sani-con right before we leave if anything needs to be dumped.

If we are only parked overnight I leave all my tanks closed and use the Sani-con in the morning if required.

645  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Favorite model ( if money was not an object) on: October 28, 2011, 07:33:38 pm
I have three favorite PC's.  The last one I had, the one I have now and my future one.

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