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301  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.

302  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,
303  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.


304  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.

305  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
306  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.

307  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.

308  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
309  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
310  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

311  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.

312  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.

313  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.

314  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.
315  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Reserving camp sites on: March 05, 2011, 10:06:24 pm

Now that we are retired, we are able to avoid travel during peak summer months, and therefore don't make reservations.  We purchased our 2010 2551 last April and spent 4 weeks in Arizona where we took delivery, no reservations no problem.  Then we took of in the fall for 6 weeks in 8 western states and only made reservations enroute to Missoula because we needed to have the generator repaired there.  Now we are completing a 7 week trip to Arizona (escaping the winter weather at home in the Sierra Nevada), again no reservations and no problem.  These trips are about 50/50 rv parks and state or fed campgrounds.

We love not having to plan and make reservations, allows us to go where and when we want, stay longer if we like it and move on if we don't.

This works very well for us in the western states, don't know about the rest of the country.  And if we were forced to go during peak season to popular places then we would probably need to make reservations.

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