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76  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.
77  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Mounting Solar Panels on: June 26, 2012, 07:27:49 am
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.

78  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.
79  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!!

80  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
81  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.
82  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.
83  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.
84  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.
85  Main Forum / General Discussion / Battery Switch next to streering wheel question? on: May 19, 2012, 08:25:58 am
In my old 2551 there was an on-off switch to allow you to jumper the coach batteries to the vehicle battery.
On my new 2552 there is a switch that operates a relay. I can hear it click.
Not sure how this works. Does the relay stay closed until key is turned on?
How do you know if the relay is closed or not?
I don't see any change in vehicle battery voltage when I hit the switch.
86  Main Forum / General Discussion / Boss DVD hookup? - No color on: May 16, 2012, 05:43:38 pm
Just picked up my new 2552 yesterday

I have a rear L4200U series Toshiba - Setup & works great

Stuart gave me a Boss BV2550UA DVD player for me to install & hookup myself.

Their manual is terrible and doesn't show same the rear connections as the on-line manual.
But basically there are 4 plugs labeled:
1 AV out
2. Earphone
3 Coaxial
4 remote sensor.

I hooked the R,W,Y cable from #1 to TV
I set the TV to colorstream, only logical chaoice.
I get the DVD player but it is in black/white, no color.

I tried all the setuo choices - no change
It plays a DVD but it is not in color, sound OK.

Is the player bad?
Is there anything to be hooked to #3 Coaxial?
87  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Overnight Parking - Nontradional Campgrounds on: May 14, 2012, 03:49:34 pm
We travel all over Mexico. When there are no campgrounds we always stop at 24 hr Pemex gas stations.
88  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What tires are ya'll buying? on: May 01, 2012, 09:49:25 pm
Stick with the Michelins.

One way to make your tires last longer is to occasionaly wipe down with 303 Protectorant.

NEVER use Armorall, that will make you sidewalls crack.
89  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Remote door entry - F450 on: April 23, 2012, 04:59:20 pm
I'll let everyone know what the final answer is but I think here is how it goes.

The latest Ford chassis have all the capability installed but the on-board computer is not programmed for remote door opening.
A dealer can program but this could cost you $100rds??

After the on-board computer is programmed then any key Fob remote can be programmed so that it opens the doors with the procedure listed above from the Ford manual.
90  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Remote door entry - F450 on: April 23, 2012, 11:27:05 am
Tried that search - did not work.
You don't need a Ford dealer. From pg 84 in the manual, instructions are clear.

To reprogram the remote entry
1. Ensure the vehicle is
electronically unlocked.
2. Place the key in the ignition and
turn from the 2 (lock) position to 3
3. Cycle eight times rapidly (within 10 seconds) between the 3 (off)
position and 4 (on). Note: The eighth turn must end in the 4 (on)
4. The doors will lock, then unlock, to confirm that the programming
mode has been activated.
5. Within 20 seconds press any button on the remote entry transmitter.
Note: If more than 20 seconds have passed you will need to start the
procedure over again.
6. The doors will lock, then unlock, to confirm that this remote entry
transmitter has been programmed.
7. Repeat step 5 to program each additional remote entry transmitter
(up to four transmitters).
8. Turn the ignition to the 3 (off) position after you have finished
programming all of the remote entry transmitters.
9. The doors will lock, then unlock, to confirm that the programming
mode has been exited.

Basic question is the F450 already equipped?
Is the 2012 remote the same as 2011 which I can buy key fobs for?
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