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301  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
302  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
303  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

304  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.

305  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.

306  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.

307  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.
308  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.

309  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electric sofa/bed question on: March 05, 2011, 09:51:31 pm

We have a 2010 2551 with the sofa/air bed. 

I don't know if you can fit the new sofa/air bed in your 2007, that would be a question for the factory.

The dealer we bought from had a 2009 model with the electric sofa bed and a 2010 model with the sofa air bed, we were able to directly compare the two.

Regarding comfort in the sofa position, the new sofa air bed was much more comfortable to sit on, probably because it is built primarily as a sofa whereas the cushions on the electric sofa bed serve as both sofa cushions and bed mattress.  Agree with the post above that the air mattress is not that comfortable to sleep on, but for us it is only used once per year for the grandkids.  Depends on how often and who sleeps on the sofa as to whether the sleeping comfort is an issue.

Another big difference we noticed was that when in the sofa position, the new sofa air bed stuck out from the wall 8 inches less that the electric sofa bed, a big deal for space in a small rv.  Confirm that dimension with the factory if you decide to change it out.

310  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Finding digital tv signals over-the-air on: February 25, 2011, 05:29:32 pm

Did you find when we were in Santa Fe the over the air signals from Albuquerque were better than the cable in the campgrounds.?  And that using converters since our TV's were before all this digital nonsense.  Reason I ask your unit is way newer than mine.
L. G.

Hi L.G.
Sorry, I don't recall if I used the antenna or the cable in that RV park in Santa Fe last fall.

I have been on the road in Arizona for the past 5 weeks and I have used the antenna in the Phoenix and Tucson areas.  I couldn't get a signal in Buckskin State Park on the Colorado River or boondocking in Quartzsite.  I installed the Wingman on my antenna last week and will try those places again on the way home.  The picture with over the air digital is outstanding, and no converter box as the set is newer.

May head for home in a week or so, have to wait for the snow storms in the Sierra Nevada to stop.
311  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Finding digital tv signals over-the-air on: February 24, 2011, 05:08:36 pm

I know about scanning for stations.  I thought the feature was scanning to identify the best place to point the antenna, prior to scanning for stations.

My analog to digital converter at home is set up with a "where to point the antenna" feature, prior to scanning for stations.  I wondered if my TV in the motor home has that extra feature as well.  Do any of you have what I describe?


Sorry, total confusion on my part.  Never heard of scanning for where to point the antenna, now I have something new to learn about.

312  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Finding digital tv signals over-the-air on: February 24, 2011, 02:49:47 pm

[/quote]Autosearch?  I got to find that on my TV.  That would help so very much.  I hope all my "wineing" about this has a happy ending for me.

That is a "TV Driven" feature, right?


Yes, you have to run the auto search to find the tv stations that are available.  I don't know why, but when we move to a new location, I have to run the auto search every time.

You can find the auto search, or auto scan, in the TV menu.

Good luck, Bob
313  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Finding digital tv signals over-the-air on: February 24, 2011, 02:43:25 pm
Regarding the antenna booster, I was having a rough time in the beginning with both the over the air antenna reception and the cable input.  It took me a while to figure out that the booster had a dramatic effect on both the antenna and the cable input, it had to be on (red led on) for the antenna to work and it had to be off to work on cable input.  Actually, if the over the air signal was strong enough, the antenna would work ok with the booster off, but the cable input would not work at all with the booster on.

We are pleased with the antenna, I have been surprised to get great antenna reception in remote areas.  One that comes to mind is boondocking at Flaming Gorge Reservoir in NE Utah.

Regarding antenna noise, I also was bothered by the noise on the roof from the antenna while going down the road.  I found that one of the antenna wings was only about 1/8 inch from the roof and would vibrate against the roof.  I bent it up a bit and that noise stopped.  There was still some vibration noise that I finally stopped by tightening the crank more firmly to remove all slack in the mechanism when storing the antenna in the down position for travel.  Now all is well!

314  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Finding digital tv signals over-the-air on: February 23, 2011, 08:03:10 pm
Hi Glenn,

You may need to run the auto scan, I find that I need to do that every time I move the RV.

Raise the antenna and point it where you think the signals are coming from, it doesn't need to be exact.  Then select "menu" on the remote to select "air" for the antenna and run the "auto program".  Also, make sure the antenna amplifier is on, press the button next to the cable connection in the cabinet above the passenger seat so that the red led is on.

Hope this helps, Bob
315  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TV light on on: February 23, 2011, 03:56:20 pm
My 2010, 2551 (with sofa option):

OUTLETS THAT WORK WITH THE INVERTER (and generator and shore power):
- outlet in bathroom
- outlet in closet over passenger side bed, may have been for bedrm TV but the TV and DVD are 12v in 2010
- outlet in front cabinet over pass seat for TV and DVD/surround sound
- outlet in kitchen, just under countertop
- outlet outside, weatherproof next to entry door

- outlets under each twin bed
- outlets on wall behind driver and passenger seats
- outlet behind microwave (never seen it, but must be there)
- outlet behind fridge access panel outside

Also note that the GFI in the bathroom outlet controls the kitchen and exterior outlets as well.

I really am not complaining about PC now (love them), but maybe they should think about providing documentation in the owners guide that would detail the above info.

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