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301  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
302  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: lights on the running board on: April 11, 2011, 12:28:57 am

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.

303  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,
304  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ron Dittmer, how do you?? on: April 11, 2011, 12:16:08 am

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.


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

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.

306  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Refer on while traveling? on: April 10, 2011, 05:12:11 pm
      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.

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
307  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ron Dittmer, how do you?? on: April 10, 2011, 03:15:28 pm
Thanks Ron,

So, I have to use URL internet images to insert into the text area rather than JPGs on my computer that only post at the end.  I guess I will have to get with it and find a place on the internet for some pics.  Or, is there a way to change a file from JPG to URL without going through a third party web site?  I will investigate.

308  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Refer on while traveling? on: April 10, 2011, 02:27:23 pm
We leave it on "auto" when traveling.  On my 2010 2551, the inverter does not operate the refer, so it is always on propane when traveling.  When we get gas, my wife turns off the refer while I fill, I think this is important as the propane flame and spark igniter are only a few feet from the gas fill.

I am surprised that your refer runs on the inverter.  You can verify this by switching the refer to manual AC while not plugged into shore power, on mine, the display goes to "A" indicating no AC available even with the inverter on.

309  Main Forum / General Discussion / Satellite dish on: April 09, 2011, 08:25:06 pm
What is the best way to hook up a satellite dish.  Can you use the cable connection on the outside of the rig, is it RG6, what do you do about the amplifier and splitter?

I have heard that the best way is to run a new RG6 directly from the dish to the receiver and then use HDMI from the receiver to the TV, but that requires getting the new cable into the rig.  So, if the cable in the wall of the rig is RG6 then maybe I can get to it behind the amplifier and then add cable to go to the dish receiver, but they say I can't use a splitter or switch so I would have to change it out each time?  Then I need to pull out the TV and get to the connections on the back to run the HDMI, right?

Hopefully someone has done this with success and can share their experience.

We thought we could live without satellite, but on our last trip this winter we stayed in a campground that had no cable, or antenna reception, or WiFi, or cell phone, for 10 days waiting for the weather to improve so we could get home.  We realized that it would have been great to have news and weather.

Thanks, Bob
310  Main Forum / General Discussion / Ron Dittmer, how do you?? on: April 09, 2011, 07:55:33 pm

How do you attach photos to your posts.  Your pics are great because they appear larger and have text associated with each one.  I am trying to attach photos that are on my computer but cannot make them appear as you have.

thanks, Bob
311  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Suspension and handling on: March 24, 2011, 05:09:17 pm

My experience is with our 2010 2551 which is on the E450 chassis instead of the E350 on your 2350 model.

An alignment and lower front tire pressure (70 vs 75) significantly helped the steering to feel more positive.

I installed Roadmaster sway bars front and rear and just returned from a 2500 mile trip.  Huge improvement in handling in wind and passing trucks.  Also no more pitching side to side going into driveways and more stable in camp.

It handles well enough now that my wife is very comfortable driving it.  However, being burdened with analism, I still feel some "tail wagging the dog" when towing the Jeep and have purchased a Blue Ox rear track bar.  I will install it soon and see how it does on a trip in May.

Based on the way it handles now, I don't plan to upgrade shocks or steering stabilizer.

Good luck, Bob

312  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Kwikstep / Kwik-Lube on: March 24, 2011, 12:30:22 pm
I don't lube my steps on a regular schedule.  If I notice a little jerky movement or continuing squeek and I'm close to my workshop, I'll spray the moving parts.  I do try to lube the slide every 2 -3 months.

How do you lube the slide?  On our last trip, my slide was making noise and I sprayed the sliding arms on the sides with silicone and the noise stopped.  I looked under the slide and wondered if I should lube the screw drive somehow.

313  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Our new Cruiser on: March 19, 2011, 06:53:12 pm
BTW, can anybody tell me what the tire inflation pressure recommended by Phoenix is for the 2551? Running at 80 PSI on our lovely PA roads is a bit harsh.

On my 2010 2551, both the Ford and PC stickers on the driver's door frame recommend 75 front and 80 rear.

314  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: oil change on: March 18, 2011, 12:30:23 pm
I thought the Ford owners manual recommended full synthetic.  That  is what I use.  It lasts all year that way too.

My 2010 E450 manual specifies full synthetic or synthetic blend for US and full synthetic or regular oil for Canada.  I don't know why the difference between the US and Canada.

315  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Metal on metal rattle on: March 15, 2011, 08:52:05 pm
Thanks, great info.

I also have a 2010 2551 and have been wondering how they tapped into the TV speaker for the front speaker when the surround system was on.  Now I understand that there is a hidden speaker behind the TV.  The surround system sounds like it is coming out of the TV speaker which is located at the bottom of the TV.

I see that for 2011, there is a speaker mounted in the ceiling in front of the TV, probably the surround system front speaker, better location.  Someday I may try relocating the speaker to the ceiling in front of the TV.

Again, thanks for that info.
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