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271  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Suspension and handling on: May 10, 2011, 11:27:35 am
To add further info to Ron's post regarding Roadmaster front bar mounting.  I added the Roadmaster bars to my 2010 E450.  The front bar has a different mount for newer years than what Ron shows for his 2007.  As the picture shows, Ford added a mounting point for the factory swaybar end link.  Roadmaster uses the factory end link making the install easier and cleaner.  I believe this applies to 2009 and newer E350 and E450, check with Roadmaster to be sure - or just look under your rig to see if you have the factory swaybar endlink shown in the picture.


272  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Coming Soon! on: May 09, 2011, 07:52:09 pm
Congratulations!  ThumbsUp

We love our 2551, ordered last year with only one page of changes!

All changes were done exactly as requested, Phoenix Cruiser knows how to work with the customer.

273  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Surround Sound on: May 05, 2011, 04:00:20 pm
My surround sound works on whatever TV channels I can get on the Batwing antenna.  With the TV set to "external speakers" and the surround sound on "Aux 2" there is no sound from the TV, but only from the four surround sound speakers.  If I try to use the TV remote to change the volune I get the message "Not available."  I use the surround sound remote to change that volume for the TV in that setup. 

Hope this helps someone.


Mine works the same.
274  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Directions for Samsung TV/DVD Player on: May 04, 2011, 01:34:36 pm

As I read these directions more closely, I realize that they are not applicable to the system in my 2010 2551.  As I already replied to rannan5050 in the other post, the DVD and Surround Sound directions are different.  In addition, the "using one remote" directions are also different, for mine the TV remonte is the samll one and the DVD remote is the large one, and the buttons described don't exist on my remotes.

I do have a Samsung TV and DVD, but maybe these directions are for older or newer models?

Bob A
275  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Surround Sound on: May 03, 2011, 07:58:10 pm
Those directions do not seem to apply to the setup in my 2010 2551.  For mine, the following works:

To play a DVD, select "AV" as the source on the TV

To hear the TV in Surround Sound while on ant or cable, on the TV go to menu/sound/speaker select/external speaker.  The directions are correct when they say to wait a few seconds to hear the surround sound - actually it takes about 15 second for mine.

276  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Directions for Samsung TV/DVD Player on: May 03, 2011, 01:57:14 pm
Thanks Aimee, that is very helpful info.

I have had my 2551 for a year now and have spent a total of 4 months in it.  Until the last trip I didn't think that the surround sound worked with regular TV reception.  Turned out I wasn't waiting long enogh for the DVD surround sound to come on when I tried it.  I discovered this when I tried again and got distracted long enough and then it came on and I said WOW!

Bob A
277  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: If You Could, What Would You Do Differnet? on: April 28, 2011, 01:12:09 pm

This is what is on my 2010 2551.
278  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sewer hose storage on: April 27, 2011, 08:34:13 pm
Good idea Glenn. 

Could be a lifesaver if the macerator pump ever quit.

Although, I guess you could borrow a neighbor's hose!!  LOL

I need to look for a place on my 2551 to store a hose, ten feet is probably good for an emergency hose.

279  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: If You Could, What Would You Do Differnet? on: April 27, 2011, 08:29:10 pm
Maybe I'll get into the PC "retro" business if I loose my day job.  LOL

So, where do you work?  Maybe we can get you started on that new career with a few calls to your boss! Grin  Grin  Grin

280  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bike rack or cargo carrier on: April 25, 2011, 03:20:49 pm
Ron, you are right, I forgot that I have rear tail lights on the toad when I turn on the RV lights - haven't driven at night yet.  However, turning on the toad parking lights would also light up the front and side running lights and license plate light for more visibility of the toad.  Will have to check it out some night while hooked up to see if it makes much difference.

281  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bike rack or cargo carrier on: April 25, 2011, 12:37:29 pm
When traveling at night I turn on the Edge's parking lights, which illuminates everything but the headlights.

Great tip, we never travel at night, but if we ever do I will turn on the parking lights.

Thanks, Bob
282  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 22, 2011, 06:23:40 pm
Hi Badger,

I am the other fellow Ron referred to who likes the US Gear Unified braking system.  We tow a Jeep Wrangler behind our 2010 2551.  I have towed the Jeep without tow brakes behind a truck/camper and for the first trip with the 2551, the brake system makes a huge difference in stopping distance.  Fortunately I never had to do an emergency stop, but I think I may have been in trouble without the braking system.  Not only is it safer to have the braking system, but it is required in the states I travel.

I agree with Ron that the install is a challenge, I did it myself but it took some time and creative engineering.  The system is both progressive and proportional and the dash control makes it easy to adjust for different driving conditions.  The system in the Jeep is completely hidden and there is nothing to mess with in the Jeep.  All you do is hook up the electric connector and breakaway cable when you hook up the Jeep to tow.  I have driven 7000 miles with no problems.

Welcome to the forum,
283  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I have a request on: April 22, 2011, 12:04:56 pm
Will do Amiee, thanks for your hard work,
284  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Satellite dish on: April 20, 2011, 03:19:17 pm
I have had success in using the outside cable jack for a satellite dish, I tried it in my driveway and it worked!

The issue is that the satellite receiver can't go through the amplifier wall plate because it blocks the dc voltage that the receiver sends to the dish.  I bypassed the amplifier wall plate for satellite dish use as follows:

The back of the amplifier wall plate has three RG6 coax cables attached, from outside cable jack, from roof antenna, to second TV in bedroom.  I removed the coax coming from the outside cable jack and installed it on the back of a feed-through coupler next to the wall plate.  I then attached a short coax cable to the amplifier wall plate where I removed the one from the outside cable and ran it through the wall so I could hook it to the newly installed coupler feed-through as shown in the photo.

So now the RG6 coax from the outside cable jack comes to the newly installed feedthrough coupler, I can either attach the coax going to the amplifier wall plate (as shown in the photo) so both TVs can use the roof antenna or park cable via the outside cable jack as normal, or I can connect the new RG6 coax (shown disconnected in the photo) going to the satellite receiver thereby bypassing the amplifier wall plate.  This is a simple direct way to get the satellite dish to the receiver, a regular spiltter won't work as it doesn't allow the 12v dc to pass through, a more complex diplexler would work, but I went the simple way.

I cut a hole in the cabinet where the receiver will go to run the RG6 coax and the HDMI cable to the TV, the power cable will go there as well.

One problem doing it this way is that I don't get Satellite reception to the rear TV, will have to work on that. 

I seem to have made this sound a lot harder than it actually was to do.

285  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Satellite dish on: April 18, 2011, 01:26:27 am

I pulled the amplifier wall plate in the cabinet today and am glad to see that the coax is indeed RG6 (Stuart said it was), so I should be able to hook up the dish to the existing outside cable jack.  I plan to remove the coax from the amplifier wall plate and put it on a wall mount feedthru coupler in the wall alongside the amplifier plate.  Then I can either hook up the sat receiver or the existing amplifier to the cable from the outside cable jack, depending on whether I am using sat or cable.  I also pulled the TV so I can run an HDMI cable from the TV to the sat receiver.

I plan to test the setup in the driveway in a couple of days and I will let you know how it goes.  If it works, I won't need a diplexer, just have to switch coax cables in the cabinet.

My plan is to take our bedroom sat receiver when we travel, but I will check out the website - might be easier.

Interesting note, when I pulled the TV I saw where the center speaker for the surround system was mounted below the TV behind the trim piece below the TV.  It seems that the sound would be muffled by being behind the trim piece and I notice in photos of 2011 models that there is now a speaker in the ceiling above the TV - seems like a good improvement.

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