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256  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tow bar alighnment on: July 14, 2011, 11:52:38 am

This one is made by Roadmaster and sold by for $55.  It is rated at 6000 lbs.  Plenty of length to clear the bumper, maybe too long?

Bob A.

257  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Personal Message Difficulty on: July 12, 2011, 11:24:10 pm
Aimee, thanks for your hard work getting the glitches fixed.  I see that you have also fixed my problem and now the topic subject and search box are fully displayed and working fine.

Bob A.

258  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: scan gauge on: July 10, 2011, 12:31:49 am

Great description of what you did, especially how to get the storage piece out.  I like your install and I will be doing exactly the same.

Thanks, Bob A
259  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: On a new server ~ Please Read on: July 09, 2011, 09:02:48 pm
I hadn't thought about different machines and different browsers behaving differently (lots of differents!).  For my situation, I am on a PC using Internet Explorer version 7.

Thanks for the great job you do Aimee,
Bob A --  ThankYou
260  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: On a new server ~ Please Read on: July 09, 2011, 04:23:34 pm
My "New Topic" notices aren't displaying in the main page of the forum all the time. Sometimes I have to open a board and look to see if there are the little blue "new" icons next to a post.  When I clear my cache, it fixes it.  Is this happening for anyone else?  If it is, I'll see if I can pinpoint the error over the weekend.


For me, the "New Topic" notices are displaying in the main page all the time as well as the blue icons next to a post.

However, I have noticed something not quite right, I am not complaining but since you are asking about a problem --  Grin

In the upper left area of the page, the topic subject is displayed when you open a topic, just above the "Pages: [1]  Go Down".  For me, the lower half of all the letters of the topic subject are gone on that line.  Also, on the same line, the "Search" box is not working, half of what I type is out of (above) the search box and the search button doesn't work.

Again, I am not complaining, just wanted to let you know what I am seeing.  I am sure that you expected some glitches with the changeover.

Thanks, Bob A

261  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: scan gauge on: July 09, 2011, 01:22:21 am
Bob has had some trouble getting this image posted, so I'm putting it in for him.

This is his 2011, E450, 2552


Looks good Bob, please tell us how you mounted it to the dash and how you routed the cable.  I see the cable goes into the black plastic storage piece, did you remove the piece or drill a hole in it in place?  I could not get the plastic storage piece out for another project.

another Bob
262  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: scan gauge on: July 08, 2011, 06:45:12 pm
I will probably go ahead and order one, did you get good service from 3in1autocomputer on Ebay and was it in fact the latest version, 4.05?

I just checked on the stock project and the ScanGuage version number, and sans better info as to where to look, the only ver.# I saw was on the manual and it is: Ver. 6.0.
Hope this helps.
L. G.

According to the manual I downloaded, the version number is displayed when you step through some screens, since it is drop shipped from the factory it should be the newest.  Also, you are right, the manual says not to put in direct sunlight as the display will be temporarily affected at higher temps.
263  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: scan gauge on: July 08, 2011, 02:20:05 pm
I saw that info you posted above from the factory and have since found the X-Gauge code on their website for the trans temp, I just wanted to be sure by checking with actual users.  I will probably go ahead and order one, did you get good service from 3in1autocomputer on Ebay and was it in fact the latest version, 4.05?

I agree, where and how to mount it will be the challenge.  It needs to be readily accessible to be able to push the buttons while driving if you need or want to change a readout, I am sure I will be playing with it, much to my wifes dismay.

Regarding that "small compartment and something for change", I tried removing it when I needed to get to a factory connector behind it to hook up a brake controller for my toad.  I could never get it out without breaking it so I had to find the wires under the dash.  Hope you have better luck or go ahead and break it to get it out if you will not reuse it and cover the hole with the ScanGauge.

264  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: scan gauge on: July 08, 2011, 11:56:36 am

Ok, Billy now you've done it.  One seller offer free shipping, no tax, and a free windshield mount and I just sold a couple of gunstocks,  so being flush with pennies I jumped off the pier and ordered one.  We'll see how it goes, supposed to be here in a couple days or so.  The new X-gauge program capability is what finally sold me.  If you look at Scan Gauge site they have a .pdf file that lets you in on all the info that is available in the Fords little pea brain.

L. G.
I posted a while back that I had installed a Scan-Guage.  I find it very useful to identify the best speed for conditions to get the best fuel mileage.  It will show actual real time mileage and average at the same time.  There are a myriad of different read-outs available through this device.  One of the best is the time or distance to empty.  This is installed on our 2011 E450 2552 w/s and mileage varies between 8.5 and 11.

L. G.  & Bob,

I am about to order one myself, have either of you determined if it can really monitor transmission fluid temp?

Thanks, another Bob
265  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Air conditioner noise on: June 05, 2011, 12:33:27 am
How I modified the Inverter wiring to silence the fan.

In this schematic, I have shown the 120vac wiring only, not the 12vdc wiring to the batteries.  There are two 12 ga Romex wires between the converter/breaker panel and the inverter, solid is hot and dashed is neutral.  When on shore power, the 120vac goes through the inverter to the inverter powered circuits via a relay in the inverter, when there is no 120vac, the relay switches to allow the inverter to supply 120vac from the batteries.  A fan in the inverter comes on periodically to cool the relay because it generates heat to hold in the pass through position.

I installed a DPDT 30A switch as shown so that the power to the inverter powered circuits is selectable either directly from the converter/breaker panel or the inverter.  The automatic pass through relay in the inverter is no longer used and the fan does not come on when the inverter is not used, like at night.  I know that there is now an extra step to use the inverter, but it is worth it me not to have to hear the fan and I don't have to turn off the breaker at night.

The neutral wires have to be switched along with the hot wires because the inverter circuit neutrals need to be isolated from the shore power neutrals when using the inverter, something to do with keeping GFIs from tripping.  I didn't show the grounds in the Romex wires, they need to be tied together at the switch.  There is plenty of extra wire length so that I could just cut into the existing Romex wires.

This is the switch I used, it is rated 30A @125vac and it is being used in a 20A circuit.

I cut out a blank cover to mount the switch and used a standard elec box with the toggle ears for mounting.
266  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Air conditioner noise on: June 04, 2011, 08:32:36 pm
Ok Billy, I will get the info together an post it.

267  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Air conditioner noise on: June 04, 2011, 06:45:11 pm
Lets ask Bob, did you ever figure a way to turn off the inverter? Help

Yes Billy, I turn off the inverter at night by turning off the breaker that supplies 110vac to the inverter.  I too was bothered by the inverter cooling fan cycling during the night.  I did some investigation because it seemed strange that the cooling fan would run when the inverter was not being used at night.

On the 2551, the inverter is located under the passenger side bed and is mounted forward of the converter/breaker panel on the same wood panel.  First I had to determine if I was hearing the converter fan or the inverter fan.  The converter fan will run if you are plugged into shore power and are using a lot of 12vdc or are charging the batteries at a high rate.  You can feel the air flow in the grill on the converter/breaker panel when that fan runs which it turns out is not that often, and I have never heard it at night.  If you hear a fan noise from under the bed and you don't feel or hear the converter fan running, then it is the inverter fan.

The inverter cooling fan should run when it gets warm from working to create 110vac from the 12vdc batteries, although I don't hear it often when running it to watch TV since the current draw is low.  But I was hearing the inverter fan run when it was not in use.  I replaced the inverter (thanks Kermit) and the new one behaved the same.  So I contacted Xantrex a few times and finally found someone who explained that the inverter cooling fan is designed to come on periodically even when not in use to cool the internal switching relay that automatically switches from shore power to inverter power.  I guess the relay is "on" and passing the ac supply through the inverter when the inverter is off.

So, at night, if you switch off the breaker that supplies the 110vac to the inverter (not the breaker that comes from the inverter), the fan will not run.  You also have to turn the inverter control panel off or the inverter will now use the batteries to keep the TV and DVD player on standby.

Since I love a challenge, I decided to rewire the ac side of the inverter and installed a switch so that I manually put the inverter on line when needed.  So now if I want to use the inverter, I have to press a switch that I installed on the wood panel under the bed in addition to the inverter wall control panel.  I won't go into the details of that mod unless someone is interested.

268  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: automatic awning questions on: May 29, 2011, 04:06:42 pm
Yes, you can lower or tilt the awning.  Pull down on each corner and lock in position using the knob on the arm.

269  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2551 distance between the two beds on: May 27, 2011, 09:08:47 am
We bought a runner from Walmart that fits perfectly between the twin beds. It was 30 X 46.


Is that runner actually 30 inches wide?  My 2010 2551 measures 28 inches between the beds on the floor, just curious if the 2011 is different?

270  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2551 distance between the two beds on: May 26, 2011, 06:24:52 pm
Hi Sue,

I snuck out to the RV while my wife was resting with her broken ankle, the width on the floor is 28 inches.

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