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211  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Sheets for Your 2551 Beds on: April 15, 2010, 09:48:48 pm
After buying a PC 2551 recently, the first thing I wondered about was what kind of bedding to use on the two different length beds.  I came across a small family owned business in South Carolina specializing in custom made bedding for RVs.  I bought fitted bottom sheets with bottom fitted top sheets and matching pillow cases and really nice mattress pads custom tailored to exactly fit my two bunk beds delivered to my house for a total of $180 for the two sheet sets and the two pads.  They seem to be very well made and are exact fits.  I would heartily recommend this company to other PC owners looking for good quality bedding that fits their RV.  The website is:

http://www.ablifestyles.net/servlet/the-Camper-fdsh-RV-Sheets-&-Bedding/Categories

Jerry Ebersbaker
212  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Extended Warranties on: March 22, 2010, 09:58:50 am
I have mixed emotions about extended warranties.  I never buy them on large appliances, but wouldn't buy a laptop without one.  I bought one on a brand new 1995 Honda Del Sol for 4 years and never collected a dollar, but that was a Honda.  I just bought a 2006 PC 2551 with 3,500 miles and just bought a minimum coverage ($500 deductible) policy from Good Sam for $300 just to cover any catastrophic failure, since my unit is clearly out of warranty.  As has been referenced in your other response, they obviously make money for the insurance company.  I would say buy one only if you would be VERY unhappy if something failed that wasn't covered and you had to lay out the bucks on it.

On your comment about visiting the national parks out west, I have a couple of comments.  First, I hope you're planning to tow a car, as you are severely limited on how large a vehicle you can drive on Going to the Sun Road in Glacier. Also, I would not go to Glacier without visiting Waterton Park, the partner park to Glacier in Canada.  You will, of course, now need passports to enter Canada and vaccination papers for any pets on board.  There is a very nice campground in the middle of Waterton  Township and you can visit the Prince of Wales for a nice meal if you want.  Also, not too far north of Waterton is "Head smashed in buffalo jump", a world heritage landmark, and the restored Mountie fort at Fort McLeod.  A three hour drive north of Waterton takes you to Mt. Kidd RV Park on the Kananaskis Parkway, my vote for the best campground I've ever visited.  Check their website for reservations, as they are VERY popular.  The Kananaskis Country is as beautiful as Banff and Lake Louise, but without the tourists.  Enjoy your trip.
213  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Shall I tow the Honda Fit with a dolly? on: March 19, 2010, 08:38:59 am
Honda has always been iffy about towing their cars four wheels down, but this is really strange.  The Motorhome Magazine 2010 Dinghy Towing Guide (available online) which is usually the bible on such things shows the previous year instructions for 65 mph limits and doing the running in gear ritual every 8 hours of towing.  Don't know what the story is, but also understand that Blue Ox is coming out with a tow bracket for the 2010 Fit.  You obviously have to do what Honda recommends to keep warranty in effect, but you might want to find a customer service number for Honda and give them a call to see what the real story is.

Jerry
214  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Shall I tow the Honda Fit with a dolly? on: March 18, 2010, 09:54:10 pm
I don't know the details of what year Fit you have, but I just looked at several websites on Google that indicate that at least the 2009 Fit, manual or auto, can be towed four wheels down according to the Honda manual.  If it's an automatic, you have to go through the running through the gears in a specific order, holding your speed to 65 mph, and redo the preceding after 8 hours of so of towing.  You need to look at your owners manual and see what it says and maybe look at the annual Motorhome magazine towing issue for the year of your car, but at least some years can apparently be towed.

Jerry
215  Main Forum / General Discussion / Optional Driving Lights with Color Matched Bumper Cover on: March 18, 2010, 06:50:36 pm
I am starting to try and understand my recently acquired 2006 PC 2551.  I have the optional driving lights in the front bumper, but can't figure out how to turn them on.  They have wires going to them, but do not come on with either the parking light position or in the headlight position either on high or low beam.  Do I have a wiring problem, or is it one of the two unlabeled white switches at the bottom of the driver's end of the dash. I know one of these allows the house and chassis batteries to be paralleled - is the other one for the lights?  Any help would be appreciated before I take it to my mechanic and ask him to trace it out.  Thanks.

Jerry
216  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Best Campground Ever! on: March 02, 2010, 01:55:46 pm
Having just run the gauntlet on line yesterday to get my fall reservations, I thought I'd mention to the forum the best all around campground that my wife and I have ever been to.  This is not, however, for those campers who require shuffleboard or bingo be offered at the facility.  On the Kananaskis Highway south of Banff in the Canadian Rockies is the Mt. Kidd Provincial RV Campground.  It is a heavily forested facility with all types of sites (no hookups to full), a nice camp store, snack bar, bathroom, and hot tub center, and scenery to die for.  It has a river running by it and is overlooked by Mt. Kidd, which frequently has snow on top of it.  It is not a tourist trap like Banff, but is a nature lovers paradise. They are so popular that they open for reservations about 4 times a year for specific periods.  Yesterday they opened up for June 1 through September 7 and had at one time over 3000 people logged on.  There are still periods of time available, although weekends may be a little tough.  The post September 7 periods open up for grabs a couple of months from now.  There is an interactive map on the site that actulally lets you see photos of each of the sites.  The scenery on the Kananaskis Highway coming in from the south is incredible.  There are several climbs up to the 9000 feet area to get through the mountains, but I never had trouble in my prior motorhome while towing. The village of Kananaskis, where a G7 economic conference was once held to get away from protestors, is nearby if you want a nice meal.  Likewise, Banff and Lake Louise are easy day trips.  Anyway, I thought I'd share this with the forum.  We'll be there in our 2551 in late August early September.  Has anyone else been there?
217  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: onan 4000 problem on: March 01, 2010, 04:41:21 pm
Having just gotten my motorhome, I have the huge pouch of manuals next to my easy chair for exciting reading.  If you have your Onan manual handy, you might want to look at the trouble shooting section.  It describes many different blinking patterns and what they might mean.  Clarity is not a strong point of the manual and I speak as a retired electrical engineer.  Anyway, you can read what they have to say about the messages encoded in different blink patterns and see if that helps.  In general, frantic blinking is not a good sign.  Hope you can get something out of the manual.  If you don't have one handy, you can probably find one on the Onan website.

Jerry E.
218  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sliding screen door on: February 24, 2010, 04:17:01 pm
Yes, it pulled without any great amount of effort.  It was obviously wound around a spring loaded roller, but didn't take any great effort to pull it out.  It sounds like you've got something either fouled with dirt or binding somewhere.  I'd say have your mechanic look at it, but I don't think these are very common and I doubt anyone that didn't work on PCs would be familiar with them.

Jerry
219  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sliding screen door on: February 24, 2010, 01:46:27 pm
I was just over looking at my "new" 2006 PC 2551 and tried the screen door.  It was smooth and pulled or snagged nowhere.  The only thing I'm a little leery about is that it really doesn't have a positive latch to hold it closed.  But, it did pull out, stay closed, and return smoothly.  The track did appear to be clean.

Jerry
220  Main Forum / General Discussion / Updating predigital video in 2006 PC 2551 on: February 24, 2010, 11:43:10 am
I just bought a like new 2006 PC 2551 and am getting ready to update the video system.  Since the TV is a very nice Samsung LCD model, but without a digital tuner, I would like to add a convertor. I assume that I can simply add it at the 75 ohm connection on the front bulkhead and plug it into a 110 v. outlet in the same cabinet.  I realize this will only give me decent reception in strong signal areas.  Is this the correct way to do this?  Any other suggestions?  Also, I plan to add a new LCD HD tv in the bedroom.  Again, I assume that I just reinforce the cabinet wall, drill a neat hole for the coax and the power cord, and connect them to connections inside the upper passenger side cabinet.  I plan to use a swivel bracket with a 19" tv, although I believe the factory tvs were 15".  My measurements suggest the 19" model would fit and only weighs 8 pounds.  I might also add a DVD player, but haven't decided on that.  Any suggestions on this?  I just want to be sure I don't screw something up, so I thought I'd ask some experienced owners.  Thanks for any help or suggestions.

Jerry
221  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: February 22, 2010, 09:42:38 am
I am 67 years old and my wife is 65 and we live in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, supposedly the largest gated community in the US (about 26,000 acres).  We have been retired for almost 11 years.  Our previous RVs have run the gamut from a VW camper van to a pop up camper to a small class A to a Leisure Travel van to a Damon Hornet class C and most recently a BT Cruiser, which will shortly be on the auction block.  I just picked up a 2006 Phoenix Cruiser 2551 from PPL Consignment RVs in Houston, where we keep an apartment to visit kids and grandkids, with an unbelievable 3,500 miles on it and 9 hours on the generator.  The previous owner lost interest in RVing, and it was just what I was looking for.  I expect to have many questions on it for the forum members, as it has items I'm not really used to, like a macerator for example.  I drove it home to Arkansas this past weekend and am already in love with it.  We'll be heading to the Canadian Rockies again this fall with it and our trusty 2007 Chevy HHR toad. FYI, if you love RVs and are looking for a place to retire to, one of the amenities we enjoy here is a large fully enclosed indoor storage facility and on the same grounds a full service RV mechanic shop, a propane dealer, a dump station, and a pressure washer.  It doesn't get an better than that.
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