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61  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: October 16, 2012, 03:16:29 pm
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had the key fobs added in for the chassis doors
by NJHeart

Did Phoenix have the Ford dealer come to their plant or did you drive over to the Ford dealer? What was the cost?
My local Ford dealer said it couldn't be done unless the option was ordered from the Ford factory.
62  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Mounting Solar Panels on: August 31, 2012, 08:30:33 am


2551 & 2552 but the microwave vent was moved slighly from this drawing.

I used the standard RV roof caulk to seal the holes for the solar arrays. Dicor
63  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2350 or ? What did you choose and why? on: July 29, 2012, 03:17:24 pm
We had a 2551 for 6-1/2 yrs with a slide. Loved it, never had one problem.
Some said in a very heavy windy rain from the direction of the slide side, that water leaked in.
Some just close their slide when high winds come from that direction. The Slide is well built and there is NO structural probems.
I love the 2350 since it still comes on a E350 cahssis like my old 2551. All 2551 and larger now come on a E450 chassis. About 0.5 mpg less gas mileage, 2" higher.

If we didn't like the PC or our 2551 we would have never bought the 2552.
They do a lot of custom work for those who know what they want. So use the forum search engine and see what changes people have made.
I agree, do it right the first time.
64  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Gasoline smell in cabin on: July 29, 2012, 03:00:08 pm
Generator runs on Gasoline, it is near drivers seat. Take the cover off and start it up, see if any gasoline is leaking.
The carbuator float can stick and dump fuel in but it also would make the generator hard to start.
Does it start normally?
65  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Smoke & CO2 Detectors on: July 24, 2012, 01:25:35 pm
Of course you mean CO not CO2, an inert gas.
66  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A/C problem again on: July 10, 2012, 03:41:40 pm
As long as your extension cord is at least #12 wire and your house has a 20 amp breaker you are fine.
If you buy one of those plug in 110v meters or just stick in a portable volt meter you can observe if the voltage drops when the A/C is running. 104v AC is as low as you should let the voltage be at.
It all depend one your home wiring size and length.

It's just that you should not go below 104V.
67  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Newbie very interested in the 2552... on: July 10, 2012, 09:40:02 am
We had a 2006-2551PC and just bought a 2012-2552.
The 2552 has much more storage space.

They tell me they went to 2-6v Trojan batteries as standard. But if not, it is a no charge option.
Cabinets- We like light colored cabinets. Make thinks much brighter inside.
1-A/C is plenty. Where we travel we are lucky to find 15amp service. Can't see why you would want 50 amps, for a few minutes of microwaving while air is on.
Rear ladder is a must for us, we carry our boats on top and rear hitch is best place for bikes, There is not much outside storage to would hate to loose cabinet to folding bikes.
Take a look at the pictures of our rig I posted on our blog. My Mexico Blog, we are the ones who moved the antenna to the rear.
By the way they put a fan in the rear of the refrigerator in the slideout, really required with no top vent.
Rig color, we travel in hot weather and prefer all white outside.
Unless you plan to drive you rig over 200K miles, you really can't ever justify having a diesel to save money. We drive a lot but probably only average 10K per year. Long trips is why I prefer power seats and we like all cloth everywhere. It is a very good quality material in the newer units.
68  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Mounting Solar Panels on: June 26, 2012, 07:27:49 am
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I also like that he does not have the Wingard antenna.

I actually have one. I had them move it to the back, fits nicely.

69  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Mounting Solar Panels on: June 25, 2012, 08:45:09 pm
I used "Go Power Adjustable RV rack" mounts. .
I also considered using "RV Solar Connection Dual Tilt RV Mounts"
Google both.
But really just 2 -1-1/2 aluminum angle about 2" long is fine.

I used the same roof sealant the Phoenix uses. Dicor I think. They gave me a tube. I made sure I hit the roof 1" square tubes shown on Kermits sketch and easy to find. Use a tiny drill first to make sure you hit. Unless you can move next mounts on the array to be 24" apart for the second set of mounts you could use some type of small wall anchors.
I had Kermit put some mounting plates in roof when they made the RV like they use to bolt cabinets etc. to hit my second set.
70  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The Rally in Louisville and Our New PC on: June 24, 2012, 09:57:39 am
Confratulations RichardP

If you are still at the rally stop here.
Trial versions of the new 2013 version of Streets & Trips available to anyone who comes to my seminar or by our booth (#405)this is a Good Sam Rally exclusive so I hope to see you there!!

71  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Inverter on: June 16, 2012, 03:26:10 pm
There is a converter (XADC) that coverts from 110v to 12v It contains all the 110v breakers and the 12v fuses. It is always on. It makes a little noise when it is charging the batteries.  exactly!

The Xantrax Inverter is only used when you do not have 110v power. It is operated from the remote panel. This should be left off. If you need 110v to the outlets when you are not plugged in to 110v power just touch the switch and it is on. When done, touch and it is off. No reason to have this on unless you are not plugged in.
It makes a littlemore noise when you draw higher power.

I was just dry camping for a week. I used it once to make some waffles with a 700W waffle iron. Worked great, took the batteries down about 10%.  Cheer
72  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: surge protection on: June 10, 2012, 04:09:24 pm
I use the hard wired Progressive Industries 30 AMP model. I travel in Mexico and it is a must. When we just got our new 2551 I had Ed wire it in when he was wiring the RV. I bought it on-line.
73  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Battery Switch next to streering wheel question? on: May 24, 2012, 04:59:39 pm
As long as all 3 batteries are lead acid batteries there is no problem jumpering them all ogether. The engine battery will get a charge but the wires are bigger and shorter to the two coach batteries so unless the engine battery is defective there is no problem. Been doing this for 18 years with 2 other RV's.
74  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Battery Switch next to streering wheel question? on: May 21, 2012, 07:46:30 pm
I know you can't pull enough power through that relay to start, but if you want to charge it slowly your finger will get very tired.

I replaced my switch with an on-off toggle switch. Found one at Advance Auto parts for $5 that snaps into the same hole and plugs into the connectors with no problem.

The main reason I want a toggle switch is: I use solar array power. If I don't start my engine motor the engine battery will slowly discharge.
I have a monitotr that monitors all batteries and if the engine battery is low I just flip the switch and let it charge back up.
75  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Coach step on: May 21, 2012, 07:37:09 pm
I just had a problem with the step on my new 2552. Step would not retract.

There is a large 4 pin connector behind the step. I unplugged, replugged, twisted it and all of the sudden the step retracted.

I'll see if problem repeats and keep you informed.
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