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31  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Looking to purchase an 2006 or a newer 2551 on: April 01, 2016, 10:32:37 am
I think that unit is priced $10K too high. Ask Earl, he has the best idea of resale value. 4 years ago my 6 year old 2551 sold for under $40K.
32  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Finding out the hard way! on: March 30, 2016, 10:14:21 am
does anyone know if there is anything else we should be aware of that is not turned off by the battery disconnect switch?

I'm pretty sure the Macerater, slide-out and Generator starter always have power even with that switch turned off.

Another place to look for power loss are the tank heaters but I'm pretty sure that those do go through the main disconnect.
33  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electrical Converter Question on: March 23, 2016, 01:11:14 pm
You are correct, what you are talking about is called a converter. It takes the 110v shore power and provides the 14.8v to 13.2v dc to charge the batteries.

Again you are correct you should ask for a multistage converter. A single stage would be bogus.

Luckily with your arrays you can get your batteries fully charged but most people without solar cannot.

I could discuss this with Earl or Kermit before I order and get the CONVERTER that puts out a high voltage until the batteries reach 100% charge.

Many people don't know that the battery manufacturer, like Trojan, tells you to charge at 14.9 volts.
34  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Solar Panel Question on: March 18, 2016, 07:45:50 pm
First thing I did was have PC move the antenna to make the front open.
Second the best thing I installed was the Bogart TM-2025RV TriMetric Meter, this tells you what % the batteries are charged to. It's impossible to know by monitoring the voltage.
I had PC install the charge controller, the Trimetric and the shunt and the wiring up to the arrays. I installed the arrays myself.
This is what I bought.
Morningstar ProStar PS-30 30A, Charge Controller without Display (12/24V)] EA  1    
Kyocera KD140SX-UPU 140W 12V Solar Panel with J-Box] EA  2  
Bogart Engineering TM-2025RV TriMetric Meter with Enclosure for RVs] EA  1  
Bogart Engineering 500A, 50Mv Shunt         ] EA  1    

Here is where I had them install the controls. Near door & batteries.

Here is the Trimetric, I had them move the inverter controls and the RV monitor all in same place near switch for awning.

2 pair of #10 stranded wires from the charge controller to the 2-solar arrays on the roof.
1 pair of #8 wires to the batteries from the charge controller.

This was 4 years ago, I'm sure newer arrays are available now.

35  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Problems with auxiliary 12 volt plug in on: March 10, 2016, 03:25:17 pm
You may find that the fuse is fine.
One time the outlet itself failed but I was able to get a new one at an auto parts store and replace it.

If a fuse doesn't do it, get a voltmeter and try to debug and/or replace. Hope for just a fuse.
36  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Half Body Paint on: March 09, 2016, 04:39:14 pm
I've always left mine outdoors no cover, all spring, summer & Fall. I use it in Florida in the winter. The wax is amazing.
37  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Half Body Paint on: March 07, 2016, 10:20:15 am
I have always used 3M 09062 Marine Liquid Wax
After 11 years my first motorhome still looked new.
Easy to apply, do it twice a year.
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38  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: rain entering my 2552 on: February 24, 2016, 01:55:11 pm
I had the same leak, last month. If your awning is down when it is raining, water comes in the hole where the electric cord goes into the RV and the Cupboard above your chair by the door in the 2552. It should have a grommet between the wire and hole, but my does not.

I just took some silicone sealant and caulked all around the hole.

I was concerned it might have not sealed perfectly, so I took off the wood around it inside the cabinet and caulked it even better from the inside. No leaks with the 1" rain we just had this morning near Tampa.

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39  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: cooper tires vs. michelin tires for PC on: February 20, 2016, 08:15:47 am
frecklestweety's tires are before the warranty recall, that was 2012 models.

Also a 6 year warranty is not the life of tire. Your car has a 5 year warranty, doesn't mean that's how long it will last.
40  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: cooper tires vs. michelin tires for PC on: February 20, 2016, 07:47:23 am
From Michelin's website,
They recommend inspecting tires after 5 years and replace after 10 years. Depending on use & care.

Sun does the damage, so that's why you see many RV'rs with tire covers when they store or park for a while.

I move around a lot and I found using 303 Protectorant on the exposed side walls every few months keeps them from cracking. NEVER use Armourall on tires, it has the opposite effect and dries out the tires. 303 is available in any auto parts store or from Amazon in larger quantities.
41  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: cooper tires vs. michelin tires for PC on: February 18, 2016, 02:31:56 pm
If the side walls show cracking, get new tires. But if not, you can probably get another season assuming you have good tread left.
I like Michelin and anywhere you go you can get replacement service. Not so much with Cooper,

BS about shipping cost, must be another reason.
42  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Questions on a PC on: February 10, 2016, 08:28:35 am
With only 200 W of solar, you really don't need anymore batteries. You will have trouble keeping those two charged.
I don't know what PC is doing standard now but I would definitely go with 2 - 6v deep cycle Trojan batteries.
They can do this if you let them know before they start building. The batteries are about 1-1/4" taller.
43  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Carrying a kayak on: January 30, 2016, 02:49:04 pm
If you towed a car that is the place for a canoe or kayak. But we don't. So our canoe or kayaks, go on top of the RV on a simple to make and install galvanized 3/4" pipe racks, attached to floor flanges bolted to the roof.

The canoe sits on the back rack and 2 pipe racks. I put a plastic pipe on the back rack that acts as a roller.

Here is a rack I put on an old 23' Class A. Same method.

People worry about holes in the roof, You already have plenty, they seal up nicely with roof sealant.
Locate the floor flanges so at least 2 bolts hit the aluminum roof joists. They are easy to locate. On a cool morning, climb up there and the condensation on the roof shows where the joists are located.

I have never had a leak. I hit one with a tree branch once and it pulled loose. I just reattached it and sealed it again.
44  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Owners willing to show their rigs? on: January 27, 2016, 10:39:09 am
My 2552 has a dinette that goes down into a bed in the slide-out.
It measures 68", wall to wall and 36" wide.
If I did it again I would make it 38" or 40" wide to allow diagonal sleeping.
Lots of time we don't put out the slide-out when stopping overnight on the road and there is still plenty of room to work in the kitchen and eat.

No need for the sliding pantry as I had them make the closet next to microwave into a 3 shelf pantry. Holds all sorts of food, we did not need more space for clothes.

We had a 2551 with a couch in the slide-out and hated the small table. We need the eating space that remains set-up all the time and with two of us we didn't need another big bed.

As for showing our rig, we are in Florida for the whole winter and heading to W.P. Franklin near Fort Myers this weekend to stay for 2 weeks.
45  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The 2551 comes with sofa and the 2552 comes with dinette? on: December 29, 2015, 02:03:16 pm
Here is another thing I like about a dinette in the slide-out.
Really big accessible drawers.

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