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271  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,
Bob
272  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,
Bob
273  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.

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

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 dishformyrv.com 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.

Bob
275  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Own a 2010 Ford E350 or E450? Read This. on: April 14, 2011, 07:47:34 pm
From RMMPEs data, between 2000 and 2500 the torque only increase from 380 to 400, only about 5%.

However, using the torque to HP formula of (T x RPM) / 5252 = HP, the HP inceases from 145 to 190, a 30% increase.

May be worth a visit to a specialty shop to discuss.

Bob
276  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Own a 2010 Ford E350 or E450? Read This. on: April 14, 2011, 05:54:11 pm
You may be onto something Ron.  I am very pleased with the response from my E450 with the 4.56 gears, never seems to feel bogged down as you say.  The V10 is known as a hi RPM engine and you can tell this from how it sounds under load.  Maybe the 4.10 gears in the E350 don't get the engine into high enough RPMs at 55-60.  So the result would be that, as RMMPE says, the engine computer shifts down more often to get the RPMS up onto the torque curve.

Some investigation is needed to compare torque/HP curves for the V10 with your RPMs at 55-60.  Could the gears in the E350 axle be be changed to 4.56?  Not sure about the cost.

Bob
277  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Own a 2010 Ford E350 or E450? Read This. on: April 14, 2011, 03:43:07 pm
Mine was also OK, thanks Ron.

Bob
278  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A small problem on: April 14, 2011, 12:26:31 pm
Glad I could help!   Grin

BTW, have you heard from HDDrvr regarding getting to see a PC in the sacramento area (Introduce Yourself topic)?  I haven't.

Bob
279  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A small problem on: April 14, 2011, 12:12:56 am
The mineral spirits will evaporate and not catch fire.

In the future, store the removable tops with the finished sides facing out, the grease won't penetrate.  Or, seal the bottom sides with mineral oil to keep grease from penetrating.

Or, take Sharon out to dinner more often.

Bob
280  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 12, 2011, 08:45:40 pm
Hello to all,

I'm new to the forum, although I've been reading it for several months. I recently retired and have been looking for the perfect RV (if there is such as thing) to purchase. We started out looking at TT's, then Class B's, C's and finally Class A's. We found the Class A we wanted (Winnebago/Itasca 32H), and still like it over all the other RV's we've seen. Then I came across an article on the PC 2551 and immediately liked what I saw and read. I would be able to park it at home rather than pay storage as would be required if I got a Class A. From the research I've done on-line, I know there are no dealers in the Northern Ca. area, or the Western U.S for that matter. For awhile there was a dealer in Az. but now it appears he no longer handles the PC. This gives me concern as I would very much like to see one in-person before committing to the purchase. I am willing to travel several hundred miles to see one. Is there anyone in the Sacramento, Ca. area that knows of a 2551 that can be viewed? Also some other concerns are: getting warrenty work done, if needed, and routine service work done as needed. Since the factory is in Indiana how do you, as owners, deal with warrenty work? Any info you can provide is greatly appreciated. I've already learned enough from this forum to know that the PC, and specifically the 2551, is just want we're looking for.

We have a 2010 2551 and live near Graeagle CA, about 2 1/2 hours from Sacramento, north of Truckee.  We purchased last year through the dealer in AZ that is no longer in business.  Let me know if you want to come up to see the RV, I know how you feel about wanting to see one in person, luckily the AZ dealer had a 2551 in stock and then we order one through them just the way we wanted it.

Sorry, we don't have a casino nearby for a buffet like Billy does.
Bob A
281  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: lights on the running board on: April 11, 2011, 12:28:57 am
David,

Did you close both doors when the engine was running?  My running board lights stays on when either door is open (engine running or not) and goes out after about 4 minutes when both doors are closed (engine running or not).  They may also go out after a longer time with the doors open as part of the battery protect cicuit.

Bob
282  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Satellite dish on: April 11, 2011, 12:24:04 am
Barry and David,

Thanks for the info, I like this solution in that I can use the cable installed in the RV.  This assumes that the cable in my 2010 is in fact RG6, if it was in Barry's 2008 then it probably is.  I guess I could call Kermit to be sure.

The diplexer Barry describes may be the same as what PC installed in David's at the factory.

Now I can do some research on diplexers and see what I learn.

thanks again,
Bob
283  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ron Dittmer, how do you?? on: April 11, 2011, 12:16:08 am
Billy,

I can attach JPEGs that are on my computer, but they are always at the end of the post.  I want to insert photos into the text of the post like Ron does, seems like I have to put the photos on the web somewhere and then use the URL address to insert.  I don't store photos online now, looks like I may need to try it.

Bob

284  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Refer on while traveling? on: April 10, 2011, 05:41:10 pm
Jack,

Not a bad idea, the inverter can handle the load and the engine alternator would keep the batteries charged while driving.  Just have to remember to switch over when stopped long or dry camping as the batteries would drain fast.

Bob
285  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Refer on while traveling? on: April 10, 2011, 05:12:11 pm
JackD,
      I guess I am the only one that ordered a three way fridge.  When on the road we are always on DC.  No problems when we stop for gas as it is on DC.  On the road there is no open flame in case of an accident and this has been the standard for the RV industry for years.  When we stop overnight and plug in we go to Auto which usually allows AC to take over and if no AC available propane becomes the source.  If we go aboard a ferry or tunnel where no propane is allowed, we are on DC.  Just my thoughts.
     Bob

Good idea to order a 3-way refer.  Our 1995 truck camper came with the 3-way refer and I always ran it on DC on the road, wish I had thought to order one on the PC.

Bob A
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