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631  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need suggestions for "test" camping in an RV on: November 14, 2012, 01:42:08 pm
We would also recommend Florida and in particular the Fort Myers Beach area.  We have been going to this park for over 10 years, just love it.  Very relaxed, casual and only a few hundred feet from the gulf but there is a lot of sand.

632  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: toilet paper holder on: November 14, 2012, 12:39:48 pm

Here is a link to a previous posting that shows the TP holder we use.,903.0.html

633  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Winegard on: November 12, 2012, 10:13:16 am

Here is a link to the manual for the Winegard Antenna:

A couple of other things to consider.

1.  Have the antenna amplifier turned on before you scan for stations on your TV.

2.  Insure your TV is set up to receive an over the air signal and not a cable signal.

3.  If the red light does not come on you might have a blown 12V fuse.  

Good Luck

634  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Toads or tow vehicles? What brand do you use? on: November 09, 2012, 02:47:31 pm

The limit is with the hitch not the 2551.  The PC would be able to pull a 6,000 pound toad with a good health safety margin.

635  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Toads or tow vehicles? What brand do you use? on: November 09, 2012, 12:46:54 pm

Curb weight is the total weight of a vehicle with standard equipment, all necessary operating consumables (i.e., motor oil and coolant), a full tank of fuel, while not loaded with either passengers or cargo.

Starting at 3,970 you need to add the weight of any options that were installed at the factory (i.e. skid plates and 4WD) or anything added by a previous owner, plus the weight of the towbar, plus the weight of any cargo you add to the GC.  Easiest way to determine the weight of the CG is to go to a scale and get it weighed.  This can usually be done for about $10.

I looked at the hitch on our 2012 2551 and the hitch is bolted to the frame.  It looks simple enough to remove and have a higher rated hitch installed.

636  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Toads or tow vehicles? What brand do you use? on: November 08, 2012, 07:05:30 pm

You might be able to change out the existing 5K hitch for a 10K hitch.

637  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Foil packet cooking and the magic of frozen bread dough on: November 08, 2012, 04:47:42 pm
Showed my DW your posting and she reminded me to give you a helpful.  I was happy to be the first to give you a helpful.


638  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: November 08, 2012, 04:30:14 pm
What a great Christmas present!  Welcome to the forum.

639  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Help on inverter on: November 08, 2012, 09:16:10 am

I'm assuming you have the Xantrex Inverter.  My first suggestion would be to test the actual output voltage from the batteries.  A fully charged battery should be above 12.7 V and should hold that voltage for many days.  If the battery looks good follow the red cable back to the inverter testing at each connection.  If all connections test OK ( >12.7V) wait a few days and check to make sure the battery is able to hold a charge for a long period of time.  One weak battery will result in both batteries being drained.


A digital volt meter is required to get an accurate reading.  I carry an inexpensive one I picked up at Harbor Freight.  Here is a link to their web site:
640  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Barry and Sue's list of TIPS and TRICKS on: November 05, 2012, 01:05:33 pm

Prevention is better than a cure.

641  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Barry and Sue's list of TIPS and TRICKS on: November 05, 2012, 08:25:55 am
Wanted to pull together some of our Tips and Tricks posting so that it would be easier to find them when needed.  Click on the title to be directed to the original posting and access to any discussion.  

Barry & Sue

  Access Door
  America the Beautiful Senior Pass
  Bike Rack
  Blue Ox Tiger Trac
  Cherry Finish Maintenace and Repair
  Cleaning Lime/Calcium Stains
  Cleaning the Gray Tank
  Clothes Dryer
  Door Mat
  Emergency TOGO Bag
  Extra Side Table
  Floor Repair
  Fuse and Breaker Labeling
  Halftime Oven Door Cleaning
  High traffic storage guards
  Hooks for the back storage area
  Inside Front Curtain
  Laundry Storage
  Let there be Light
  Literature Storage
  Lubricating Washers for Aladdin Blue Ox Tow Bar
  Magnetic Mount Paper Towel holder
  Mattress bottom protected
  Night Table Mod
  Norcold Refrigerator Service Manual
  Pads for slide out rollers
  Paint Entry Step (Rear) and Hitch
  Patty O'Shade for automatic awning
  PC Power Draw
  Picture Hanging
  Proof of Purchase
  Refrigerator Temperature
  Service Manuals and Trouble Shooting Guides
  Sewer Hose Storage
  Shelf for under sink cabinet
  Shelf Installed - Another Mod
  Small Little Fix Behind Stove Top
  Sofa Table
  Sound Bar
  Stop Rust
  Stop Rust in Shower
  Storing dishes
  Storing plastic grocery bags
  Swivel Driver's Seat and Bathroom Sink Cover
  Swivel TV Mount
  Swivel TV Mount Now Completed
  Tailoring sheets for 2551/2552
  Thetford Lubricant
  Things We Have Added to Our 2350 - Bathroom Part 1
  Things We Have Added to Our 2350 - Bathroom Part 2
  Things We Have Added to Our 2350 - Dining Table
  Things We Have Added to Our 2350 - Extra Storage
  Things We Have Added to Our 2350 - Kitchen
  Things We Have Added to Our 2350 - Laundry
  Things We Have Added to Our 2350 - Sun Screen
  Toilet Paper Holder
642  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Barry n Sue on: November 04, 2012, 09:40:20 pm
Removed post - it didn't work right.

643  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Setting up a toad on: November 03, 2012, 08:54:24 am

After you connect the Toad to the PC

1. Turn the ignition to ACC/ACCESSORY.

2. Shift the transmission to N (Neutral).

3. Release the parking brake.

There is also a notice in the owner's manual to not exceed 65 MPH while towing.

I have also found setting the A/C to MAX helps keep dust out

644  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Setting up a toad on: November 02, 2012, 08:29:14 pm

Towing equipment ends up being a lot of personal choices.  Two of the big manufacturer's are Blue Ox and Roadmaster plus several other smaller ones.  Both have web site with a lot of information about towing.

Motorhome Magazine is also a good source for introductory towing information

There is not going to be one correct answer for selecting towing equipment.  Some of the things you might want to think about:
1.  When the toad is disconnected for the motor home do you want the tow bar stored on toad or PC.
2.  Weight of tow bar.
3.  Base plate used on toad.
4.  Drop hitch to maintain level connection between toad and PC.
5.  Supplemental braking or not -- Big decision!!!!!!
6.  Type of supplemental braking.
7.  Price.

There is a lot information to digest before you are ready to buy.

I have had good luck with Blue Ox both the equipment and customer service.

Keep the questions coming.  Everyone here is eager to help.

645  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New pics from Daytona soon! on: October 31, 2012, 01:57:27 pm
Phoenix USA

Just passing the competition!

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