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1  Main Forum / Photos / Re: By passing the New Jersey Turnpike on: May 19, 2015, 07:55:36 pm
Front, center, and proud!
Cool photo, thanks for posting. Smile
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Check TV Screws on: May 14, 2015, 09:37:53 am
Thanks, Ann, and yes I got them secured.  Haven't driven again yet, but I expect they will hold.  I agree with Tom and Ron that it looks like they were not screwed in all the way during construction.  Which I find unsettling.  Hopefully there aren't any more undone screws hiding where I can't see them!
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Check TV Screws on: May 13, 2015, 03:03:49 pm
After bopping around town the other day I looked up to find my TV sagging down on the right side and sticking out from its normal flush position.  I looked in the cabinet on the right side and the three mounting screws were almost all the way out (picture included).  The left side and the screws over there were fine, although now I worry they may have been stressed by holding up the TV all by themselves while I was driving.  I emailed Kermit and asked if vibration could have caused that to happen.  He said he's never heard of it happening and doesn't think vibration did it but also doesn't have any idea what caused it.

Just putting this up on the forum so that people maybe think once in a while to peak into those cabinets and check those screws.  They are far enough into the corner that you have to actually look for them or feel them.  Better safe than sorry... and that could have been a really painful sorry.

4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Where to hang bathroom towel rack and toilet paper on the 2100? on: May 13, 2015, 02:55:20 pm
Hello, Welcome, and Congratulations, Beth and James.  Smile

I have a 2351 so the bathroom layout is very different.  Not sure if there is any place in yours that this would work, but am posting it in case it does help either you or someone else.

I purchased a swivel towel holder from Ikea and brought it with me when I picked up my unit.  The factory installed it for me (also the TP holder and a towel hook in the kitchen).  This way I didn't have to worry about screwing something into a bad spot.

I've included pictures of the towel holder.  The two longer bars swivel out from the wall which is nice when I want the towel to be spread out to dry some.  Otherwise, I keep the bars with the towels flat against the wall.  In my bathroom, there is enough room for the towel rack to be mounted to the left of the shower door opening with the bars extending out along the toilet wall.  There is a very short knob below the two longer bars that also swivels.  I hang a tote bag on that (used for supplies when I use a campground shower).

Measurements:  From the wall to the end of the long towel bars: 15 1/2 inches
From the top to the bottom of the mount:  8 1/2 inches
Width of mount:  1 inch

I believe Ikea sells this in two sizes and if memory serves, I have the smaller of the two.

Good luck and have fun!

5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cleaning Ultraleather on: May 10, 2015, 07:08:22 pm
Great tip, Sue, thanks!
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2552-----These mattresses have to go on: May 08, 2015, 09:09:53 am
Bill--Mine came with the memory foam mattress.  I guess they started making it standard equipment at some point.  Haven't had any discomfort issues with it at all, nor do I find that it holds heat to make me uncomfortable in warm weather.  I don't use any additional toppers, but if I did there is plenty of room before the bottom of the window, at least in the 2351.
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New to us PC on: May 06, 2015, 01:21:42 pm
Congratulations Gail and Hal!  Glad things mostly worked out well and good luck addressing the handling issues.
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Newbie - First Trip on: May 01, 2015, 07:08:26 am
Hi Bob and congratulations on your maiden voyage.  I'm happy to hear things went great.
Re the balance between the gray and black tanks, I have a 2351 with the same sized tanks.  I keep a dishpan in my sink and after doing dishes I put that water into the black tank via the toilet.  Same thing with the shower water.  I have a dishpan in one corner of the shower and put the water in there as it heats up for the shower.  It also captures some of the water if I hold my head over it when washing my hair.  I figure the extra dish soap and shampoo in the black tank is probably a good thing, too.
Happy camping!
PS. I suppose if you are in a place where it makes sense, you can also dump your dishwater onto a dry tree or something.  I never do that though, since there are invariably food particles and smells in there and I don't want to attract any bears!  hahaha
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Frig or Surge Guard Issue? on: April 29, 2015, 01:32:23 pm
2Frazzled--Thanks for your input.  I must say that the built-in surge guard is one option I regret getting, and I would have done better to get a unit like yours that I can hook up at the post.  When the built-in one goes kerflooey, there is no bypass which would allow you to hook up or get generator power.  You would have to actually disconnect 12 wires and then reconnect them to a junction box.  I was looking at their manual and they say they do that because of safety concerns--they don't want people to easily bypass the surge guard if the electric power source is unsafe.  Makes for a real pain in the butt, though, if the surge guard itself fails.

Anyhow, mine isn't broken at this point, so I won't borrow that trouble.  As for the wiring issue that it is detecting, Kermit agrees with the Surge Guard tech and believes it could be a sticky relay in the frig when it tries to flip from propane to electric.  He also agrees it is an inconvenience, not a danger, so I'm just going to deal with the frig manually when hooking up.

Thanks!
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Frig or Surge Guard Issue? on: April 28, 2015, 05:02:34 pm
All righty, here's the skinny.

I talked to the Surge Guard tech today and got a slightly different story than I did from the refrigerator fellow.  He said it sounds like a grounding or line issue in the RV itself.  Since the refrigerator seems to be the culprit, the line from the circuit breaker panel to the refrigerator may be in an open ground or open neutral situation, causing feedback in the system and thus triggering the Surge Guard to turn off.  He said it is not dangerous as is.  I just have to turn the frig off to hook up power, then turn it back on.  And when I am near a technician that can do RV electrical system diagnostics, I can have it looked at then.

I think that what the refrigerator fellow said about always turning the frig off before hooking up to shore power is unnecessary under normal circumstances.
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Frig or Surge Guard Issue? on: April 27, 2015, 02:42:25 pm
Still waiting to get a call back from Surge Guard, but meanwhile I spoke to a refrigerator technician and to Kermit at PC.  Kermit has not heard of this happening before, but then they haven't installed a great many Surge Guards on the PC's.  The Thetford/Norcold technician, however, was familiar with Surge Guard units and said that I should always turn off the refrigerator when hooking up to shore power, then turn it on after power is approved by the Surge Guard.  He couldn't answer why things worked fine for me for the last 9 months, where the frig stayed on and did it's automatic shift from propane to electric once shore power was established, but he made clear that the "normal" way of doing it is to turn the frig off first.  So I shall. 
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Converter tripping on: April 27, 2015, 02:35:08 pm
Hi Sue,
I spoke to Kermit today and he asked for you to call him about what is happening with your coach.  Meanwhile, I also talked to an authorized Thetford/Norcold repair tech and he said that we should always turn our refrigerator off before hooking up, then turn it on after shore power is established.  Guess I've been doing it wrong for 9 months.  Still, it's odd that things worked fine previously (the frig automatically switched from propane to electric once hooked up to shore power) and then started to get funky.  Hope you get your situation worked out.  Let us know, if you can!
Carol
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Converter tripping on: April 26, 2015, 07:40:32 am
Hi Sue,
Our bad luck seems to coincide!  I have another thread asking about power issues and my refrigerator.  In my case I have a built-in Surge Guard that won't allow shore power to work unless I turn my refrigerator off before plugging in.  Then once the shore power is established I can turn the frig on and it will go automatically over to electric.  So ya, I guess something is up with that propane-to-electric switch...  I was going to call the Surge Guard people tomorrow, but maybe I should call the refrigerator people too.  I'll also call Phoenix.  Will share whatever I discover.  Meanwhile, try turning your frig off when hooking up and see if that gives you a temporary solution.
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Frig or Surge Guard Issue? on: April 25, 2015, 01:40:00 pm
Keelhauler--The info panel will show when there is a reverse polarity or faulty ground.  This time it just goes blank, which is what is weird.  I've been at two different campgrounds since it started and it has happened at both.

Sue--Good suggestion, and yes I will call next week.  Thought I'd check here first, though, in case anyone else has had something similar happen or has an easy solution.

I'll follow up next week and will let the forum know what the Surge Guard people say so we can all get smarter!
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Frig or Surge Guard Issue? on: April 25, 2015, 09:21:39 am
Strange issue going on with my frig when I hook up to shore power, so I figured I'd see if anyone here has some insight before I dig further.  I have a built-in Surge Guard, and the only way to get shore power to get "approval" after the 128 second delay is to power off the refrigerator.  If the frig is on (propane) while the Surge Guard is counting down its test period, then when we hit the 128 second mark the display panel on the Surge Guard goes blank.  No error code, nothing, just blank.  And of course no power comes through.  I do hear a small clunk type sound and it sounded like it was either from under the corner bed (where the Surge Guard and Converter are located) or the refrigerator, which is why I tried turning the frig off and found out that it worked that way.  After shore power is established, I turn the frig on (electric) and all works fine.  Any ideas?
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