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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electric hot water switch on: June 23, 2014, 07:40:31 pm
I had the same thing to happen to me while in the wilds of WV mountains.  It was heck trying to find cell service to call, but finally got a signal.  But all was well and we had hot water after I turned the valves the correct way.
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Towing Ford Edge Limited AWD on: June 23, 2014, 07:32:35 pm
I thought I'd post about towing a 2013 Ford Edge Limited AWD (with Adaptive Cruise Control and keyless ignition), since there seems to be a lot of questions on the different forums regarding this setup.  I think we are the only folks on this forum that tows this particular vehicle, but it may help others in the future.

We have the Blue Ox baseplate and SMI Stay-In-Play supplemental braking equipment.  We also have a trickle charge line from the coach to the Edge and are using the Edge's brake lights and turn signals (with diodes)

We have had no problems with the battery running down and everything works as expected. Having said all that, I think that folks may have problems and/or confusion for a couple of reasons....

The Ford instructions seem a bit counter-intuitive, but they work!  I keep this checklist handy and use it religiously every time once the car is hooked up to the towbar:

- Start car.
- Put climate control in recirculated air mode to keep
exhaust fumes from entering car from motorhome.
- Put headlights in off, not auto.
- Turn off radio.
- Run engine for 5 minutes.
- With the engine running and your foot on the brake,
shift into position D and then into position R before
shifting back into position N.
- Release parking brake
- Place ignition in the accessory position (put foot on
brake, press button to shut off engine, remove foot
from brake, press button to place in accessory mode)
- Switch on SMI braking system (flip switch to the right)
- Pull breakaway pin to test that brakes work.  Reinsert pin.
- Check operation of brake lights and turn signals on Edge
when activated from coach.
- Do not exceed 65 mph.  Do not back up.
- Start engine and allow it to run for 5 mins at the
beginning of each day and every six hours thereafter.

The part that doesn't seem to make sense initially is where you need to shut off the engine and then put the car in accessory mode.  With keyless ignition, you would think this is a bad idea because it powers up some stuff and you don't have or need a physical key in the ignition to unlock the steering column.  However, if you just shut the car off it will display a message to 'Place Vehicle in Park' and the two information screens remain on.  At this point, pressing the ignition button without a foot on the brake activates accessory mode and that message goes away.  After a few minutes all displays automatically shut off if you are in accessory mode.

Having a trickle charge line allows the use of the Edge's lights without killing the battery.

Now, the issue(s) with adaptive cruise control.....

1) Installing a supplemental braking system in the engine compartment might be a little trickier, due to the room that the adaptive cruise equipment takes up. 

2) Not sure if this is totally due to having adaptive cruise equipment, but the baseplate will need to be mounted between the Ford emblem and the license plate, which is about halfway up the front of the car.  This requires that you have a hitch riser on the coach receiver (well, on the PC anyway)

So far setting up and towing the Edge has been very easy and trouble free for us.

   - Mike

Mike,

Thanks for the information.  We bought our 2552 4/1/14.  I had my trade (Sunseeker) rigged with the Blue Ox and Ready Brake tow bar and brake system on our Ford Focus.  Seems that it worked fine on the Sunseeker but I think I need to lower the tow to be more level with the Focus to get the Ready Brake to work well.

We have a 2012 Edge and have been thinking about rigging it up to tow because the Focus is just to small.  I am 6'1', 230 and my wife has long legs (she would kill me for putting this in the email).  I was hesitating with the Edge because of the weight.  It is on the 5,000# bubble.  Does this concern you?  I opted out of the key-less ignition and cruise control that you bought.  I am hoping this will alleviate problems with towing.  Also, I was thinking about having the Stay-In-Play installed and not the ready brake.  Do you like the Stay-In-Play?

Thanks,
Jim
3  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Best paper maps on: June 18, 2014, 11:54:53 am
If you have a State Farm Agent, hit him up for a State Farm Road Atlas. Since I am a State Farm agent, I give away plenty of them.  I never leave home without mine.

Jim Triplett
Charleston, WV
4  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Acadia national park on: May 07, 2014, 09:04:43 pm
I would suggest renting a car.  Besides the underpasses being to low to go under, there are places you will want to go without the rig.  I got stuck at one underpass and had to unhook and turn around in the middle of the road.  Stupid on my part.

Blackwoods is a nice campground.  Typical National Forest.

Jim and Bev Triplett
5  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Even the critters want a Phoenix on: May 06, 2014, 08:58:44 am
Hey, good idea....
6  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Even the critters want a Phoenix on: May 05, 2014, 06:39:27 pm
Yeah, I was just teasing, of course.

Wow, your travels sound fun.  A lot of birding areas where you guys are going.  Acadia is awesome. By the way, have you run into any other birders with Phoenix rigs?

We will be in Yellowstone in September for about 10 days at the same time as the reunion.  Maybe 2015.
7  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Even the critters want a Phoenix on: May 05, 2014, 02:15:32 pm
You guys are going to have to carry wren boxes with you?  They must like your smell?  Where are you headed, may have to give you some advise on the nesting birds in that area?

Jim
8  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Even the critters want a Phoenix on: May 04, 2014, 02:47:12 pm
By your images, looks like a pair a carolina wrens.  They will build a nest in just about anything as long as it looks like a cavity.  Once they get started, almost impossible to get them to stop.

I am passing this along to some of my birding buddies.  They will get a kick from this.
 
Thanks.

Jim Triplett
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Right Mirror on: May 02, 2014, 02:13:27 pm
Thanks for the input.  Yeah, I did the thing with the screws but it just needs to be extended about 2 inches.  I just wonder if I can attach another type of mirror to this one and get a better view.  I had a Winnie and Sunseeker, didn't have this problem.  Maybe the different type of mirrors.
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Right Mirror on: May 01, 2014, 07:27:07 pm
Can the right mirror be extended out further?  I have to lean way forward in order to see down the right side of the unit.

Jim Triplett
11  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: To tow or not to tow. That is the question. on: April 24, 2014, 01:45:28 pm
I guess I didn't explain myself?  I was asking about the rock guard that goes on the back of the MH, like a big long mudflap.
12  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: To tow or not to tow. That is the question. on: April 23, 2014, 06:49:53 pm
Does anyone have a rock guard installed to protect their toad?  If so, what kind do you suggest?
13  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Portable Table on: April 15, 2014, 07:33:04 pm
Thanks for the tips.  Question for Mike, where do you store it?

Thanks,
Jim
14  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Sewer Hose Storage on: April 15, 2014, 06:01:42 pm
Thanks Paul, great tip.  I am going to do that before our next trip.  Sure don't want to mess with a busted hose.....

Jim
15  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Transfer Switch Manual on: April 13, 2014, 02:53:45 pm
Yeah they will go out.  We were traveling through North Dakota in our 2008 Winnebago and the coach batteries would not charge. Trying to find a RV shop to work on your rig in North Dakota is impossible.  They were all about two weeks out because everyone has a RV in that area now because of the gas drilling and they all need work.  I stopped in a welcome center and ask if they could help.  They made a few phone calls and a mobile service with a guy called Cody showed up.  Cody went to the local Ford store and got me a new transfer switch and installed at a tune of $325.00.  Needless to say Cody was making good money especially when he wanted cash.
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