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316  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.

317  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.

318  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.
319  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.

320  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
321  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!

322  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
323  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.

324  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TV light on on: February 22, 2011, 11:17:43 pm
We took our 3100 to Calif. DMV, tomorrow to SMOG, what a bunch of BS. All they want is $$$$$$$$$$. Anyway we did turn off the inverter and while driving it we turned them on, charged the batteries and when we parked it tuned them off. NEET  Cheer  I talked to a very nice lady at the CHP office, she told me she was looking at the Cruiser and we both highly recommended a Cruiser. She was really happy to "take the tour" of our rig. billy


I know you didn't really ask a question here, but I would like to comment anyway!  In our 2010, and most likely your 2011, the battery charging line from the engine alternator is wired directly to the house batteries.  The house batteries will charge with the engine running no matter what you do with the battery disconnect switch at the door or the Inverter control panel on the wall behind the driver's seat.  The battery disconnect switch isolates the batteries from all the 12v circuits in the Converter sub-panel, the engine charge line is still going directly to the batteries.  The Inverter control panel switches the Inverter on to supply 120v from the batteries to specific circuits.  The Inverter is wired direct to the batteries and the disconnect switch has no effect on the inverter performance.

I spent a lot of time tracing the electric circuits to understand how the rig was wired, I may be a little anal (more than a little my DW says) that way but now if something goes wrong I may be able to figure it out.

325  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TV light on on: February 22, 2011, 08:03:19 pm
Our 2010 has the Xantrex XM1800 inverter.  The manual states that it uses "less than 0.7 amps" when in standby mode.  However, with the control panel located behind the driver's seat, it is easy to just leave it off until you actually need it.
326  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TV light on on: February 22, 2011, 12:03:54 am
Hi Billy,

Even with the batteries disconnected, the TV will still see 120V (red LED on) if the rig is on shore power or if the inverter is turned on via the control panel on the wall behind the driver's seat.

327  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: cutting the sink cover. on: February 20, 2011, 11:51:13 am
I cut our sink cover into two pieces and it is one of the best mods we have done, ask my wife.  It adds significant counter space and still allows sink access, you can put the half piece on either side or the front and still have the spout miss.

I called the counter top manufacturer and asked how to cut it.  They said to use a standard carbide tipped blade and cut dry.  Then sand the cut surface with progessively finer sand paper to get the desired glossy finish.  It worked very well and looks like it came that way.

I used a 7" circular saw because I had a thin 1/16" thick blade so that I removed a minimum amount of material, the blades for my table saw are 1/8" thick.  I don't recall the number of teeth (I am on the road right now) but it wasn't one with few teeth made for ripping, it had more teeth for finer wood cuts -- the more teeth the better, less sanding.  Also, there will be a lot of dust, so plan accordingly.

Hope this helps, Bob

Additional info:

I applied 2" masking tape to top and bottom of the cover where the cut would be to minimize any chipping, there was no chipping at all.  I also covered the surface with the masking tape where the circular saw would slide across to keep from scratching the surface.  I clamped a guide to the cover to make the cut straight and clamped the cover to my table saw surface to keep it from moving, had to put spacers under the cover for blade clearance.  It cut easily and quickly.
328  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: help on: February 15, 2011, 12:10:05 am
To register a new vehicle in Calif purchased out of state you have to bring the vehicle to the DMV so they can verify the VIN and underhood smog label.  You also have to have the vehicle smog tested.  They are verifying that the vehicle was built Calif smog compliant.  Seems ridiculous for a new vehicle, but that is bureaucracy at it's best.

Phoenix Cruiser uses Ford chassis that are Calif smog compliant.

329  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: help on: February 14, 2011, 01:50:28 pm

When not on shore power, the red light will go out when you push "store" (disconnect).  When on shore power, the red light stays on when you push "store", however, the batteries are in fact disconnected. 

When on shore power, you can disconnect the batteries to keep from constanly charging and all 12v systems will operate including refer and fridge.  The converter supplies all 12v circuits.

Obviously, when not on shore power you must have the batteries connected.

330  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Best laid plans on: February 02, 2011, 12:15:52 am

Are you in the new rig or are you waiting for it to arrive?  Let us know when you head back west, Chris and I are now in Phoenix area for a while, maybe we can meet and check out the new 3100.

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