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16  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Pulled the trigger! on: March 28, 2018, 05:21:30 pm
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Thanks to all for the input, I've made several notes to discuss with Earl.  Keelhauler, where did you get your solar panels from?  Did you install them yourself?  Were the Phoenix offerings not what you wanted?  Would Phoenix have installed them for you?

In 2012 PC did not offer solar panels.

I bought everything from https://www.altestore.com/store/
Kyocera Arrays.
PC installed all the parts, including wiring but I installed the arrays.  They will not do that now, I heard.

Arrays were simple just bolt down 2-1" aluminum angles/per array to roof using self drilling SS screws, Lots of Di-Cor.
 The angle on the panel then bolts to the angle that was bolted to roof.
On all 3 RV's never had a leak.
17  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Pulled the trigger! on: March 28, 2018, 01:07:05 pm
Since 2012 the sliding tray that PC supplies is designed to hold two GC2 or two T-105  deep cycle batteries. The 2006 2551 had only one battery on their sliding tray.
18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Pulled the trigger! on: March 28, 2018, 09:40:30 am
I have been using solar on 3 RV's over a 14 year period.
Here are my observations and recommendations.
Jatrax is correct, use a monitor which actually measures the current in and out of the batteries.
6V deep cycle batteries work best, standard lead acid are fine and cost effective. You must add water about every 2 months. If you can't do that, pay the extra for AGM. They offer no more benefit for capacity or life. My Trojan T-105 batteries that came with my 2012 PC are still working fine, but I NEVER go less than 50% charge as monitored with my Trimetric.
I had PC install all the parts except the arrays and had them move the antenna so no shadowing of arrays where I mounted on front.

I had them put the Trimeric where I could read it near awning switch.

My charge controller is mounted near batteries, nothing to read out. But I like my EMS control down low so when I plug my power in I can read from outside of my RV when I open the door.

Here is what my wiring system looks like with EMS and solar installed.
19  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Batteries on: March 25, 2018, 12:23:49 pm
The power out of the solar converter goes directly to the batteries. Switch position does not matter.
20  Main Forum / General Discussion / Toilet flush sticks on on: March 19, 2018, 08:53:39 am
The Thetford Toilet with side foot pedal flush on my 2012 2552 started sticking near the end of our 4 month long winter trip.  Cry
The water keeps flowing until the pedal popped up and then even with the pedal up it kept flowing for another minute,

I can't see where or how to lubricate anything or even disassemble anything to fix it.

Has anyone experienced this or have any suggestions.  nod  ThankYou
21  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Good bye Phoenix family on: March 07, 2018, 03:33:45 pm
Tom, sorry to hear you are moving on. I'm sure you can still add some helpful comments to this site in the future.
Since our RV's are similar I was curious what the dealer is asking for yours.
I hate sites that make you call, they should post their price on the sale page.
22  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Generator Oil Change on: March 06, 2018, 03:27:07 pm
The Onan manual says SAE30. Any good quality.
23  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Auto Step Issue on: March 03, 2018, 08:49:43 am
The switch from the factory will still need to be manually rotated(twisted) every now & then, or the same thing will happen. Seal the back so moisture doesn't find its way in.
24  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: GPS Suggestions on: March 01, 2018, 11:52:17 am
I just looked up the Garmin 770, it looks perfect. I have an old Garmin Nuvi 2797 which has been discontinued. It is great and I'm sure the 770 has the same features. You can read the screen in bright sunlight, very important. It is not poloroid in the wrong direction. I had one that when I put on my polaroid sunglasses the screen went black for me.
It has lifetime maps,& traffic. And the biggest feature for me is I can upload GPX map files, so it goes where I want it to.

Never follow a GPS unless you look at the whole route, this is hard to do with the GPS unit.
Garmin gives you a free map program for your computer that you can download to your computer called Base Camp. If you plug the Garmin in and do a map update, you can select update maps for Base Camp at the same time. The maps on Garmin & computer are the same.

Now program your trip on your computer, make sure it goes where you want and save it. Then just click  upload to Garmin and the track will be the same. Basecamp is not the easiest to use and it takes some learning and practise, but after that I program all my trips this way. If you still have MS Streets 2013, you can program and save a GPX file and copy it to the Garmin.
25  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Utilizing Black Tank for Gray Water Overage on: February 26, 2018, 04:31:38 pm
Wrong Tom. Gray is smaller on 2551 & 2552.

And water seeks its own level so the tanks will be the same water height in any case.
26  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Auto Step Issue on: February 22, 2018, 07:30:01 am
Forget adjusting. It's corrosion inside the switch. I regularly just give it a few twists and spins. If you replace with same kind, it will still go bad. Twisting does the job. If it is too corroded for this to fix, then buy a sealed switch. PC will send you one like you have for free.
27  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tank Heater on: February 20, 2018, 08:21:05 am
They have an internal thermostat like any line heaters but remember they are using your battery power. Monitor battery voltage so batteries don't drain if you are not plugged into AC power.
28  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Black Tank on: February 18, 2018, 08:23:45 am
NO, toilet only
29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2017 Valve Stems on: February 12, 2018, 08:15:32 am
There are 8 nut covers. 4 unscrew off with mine.
30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Spare Tire on: February 05, 2018, 10:25:24 am
No spare unless you choose that option and then the rear is the same.
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