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151  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Using Back-Up Lights For Other Purposes on: April 10, 2011, 05:10:56 pm
Ron,
    If you go to a shop that handles boat accessories, you can get a rubber boot that goes over the switch shaft.  It actually screws on the threaded part making the switch totally waterproof.  I use them on switches I use on my motorcycle that are exposed to the elements.
      Bob
152  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ron Dittmer, how do you?? on: April 10, 2011, 05:03:24 pm
Bobander,
   I take my pictures in my computer, e-mail them to myself so I can pick the size I want.  After receiving them, I slide the picture from the e-mail to my desktop.  After writing what I want, I select the "additional options", click on "choose file" and then slide the picture from my desktop to the "Attach" block and if I have another picture to add I select (more attachments) and repeat the procedure.  This works for me so I do not need an Internet site to interact with.
       Bob
153  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Refer on while traveling? on: April 10, 2011, 04:53:43 pm
JackD,
      I guess I am the only one that ordered a three way fridge.  When on the road we are always on DC.  No problems when we stop for gas as it is on DC.  On the road there is no open flame in case of an accident and this has been the standard for the RV industry for years.  When we stop overnight and plug in we go to Auto which usually allows AC to take over and if no AC available propane becomes the source.  If we go aboard a ferry or tunnel where no propane is allowed, we are on DC.  Just my thoughts.
     Bob
154  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Eval. of first 2552/knob replacement on: April 06, 2011, 01:13:25 pm
Billy,
     My levers I believe are the same as yours.  I removed the outer lever and the inner plastic lever.  The knob I replaced them with has a flat spot where it matches up with the valve shaft.  Works perfect.  Use the original long screw.  Pictures attached show the two parts I took off the original (sitting on top of the valve) and the container the replacement knobs I purchased from Lowes came in.  Hope this helps.
    Bob
155  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Eval. of first 2552 on: April 05, 2011, 01:27:18 pm
Gradygal,
     I used the Safe-T-Plus.  One other item I have also added is the ScanGuage.  It is a multi-function vehicle performance monitor.  It performs engine evaluations and lets you know the Code if you have a problem.  My main use is as a trip monitor to maintain efficient gas mileage usage, especially at the increasing price of fuel.  After calibration, which is easy to do, I will be able to see fuel used and time or distance to empty, plus the speed to drive for the best fuel economy.  There are many more personal selections available so you can tailor the readout for your own personal needs.  Most of the new cars come with this type program.  All you need to do is connect the wire harness plug to your OBDII connector which is below the steering wheel.  Picture enclosed is my installation.
     Bob    
156  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Eval. of first 2552 on: April 04, 2011, 09:15:49 pm
Barry-Sue,
     The half time oven feature works very well.  I followed the directions exactly and the pork chops were done to perfection.  I was tempted to let them cook longer but I checked and they were done.  It really speeds up dinner. Next I want to try the multi food cooking feature.  On our 2350, we had the front end aligned at a specialty shop.  They had to use special shims (not uncommon) to bring it in spec.  The steering stabilizer helps in gusty winds, large trucks passing and bad irregularities on the road bed.  We will definitely get the front end checked as you can see the camber is off.
     One thing I forgot is the extra storage area in the 2552 vs. the 2350 and that is inside and out.
    Nancy/Bob
157  Main Forum / General Discussion / Eval. of first 2552 on: April 04, 2011, 02:56:03 am
We first purchase a 2010 2350 with a dinette and no slide and at Stuarts recommendation, they replaced the barrel chair with another auto seat so we had a seat to secure a baby seat for our granddaughter.  We decided after several months the corner bed was not for us.  So, after talking to Stuart about a 2551 we found it was not long enough for our required third auto seat behind the passenger seat for our granddaughter.  Stuart and Kermit came up with lengthening the body by one foot to make room for the extra seat, thereby evolving a 2551 into a 2552.  The logistics of this design change is quite involved.  All of your wire harnesses and water lines are all changed by that extra length and not inconsequential, the roof, walls, floor and Ford frame have to be made longer.  So, I am very impressed that a manufacturer would go to this extent for a customer and my hat is off to PC for their customer service.
     We have now been on a trip of 4000 miles.  These are my observations of the 2552's (slide and couch) performance.  The unit is much smoother riding which is representative of a longer wheel base and because it is smoother it is also quieter inside.  Some of the noise inside while traveling in the 2350 we found was created by the table leg on the dinette.  To curtail that noise we put the table in the bed position and put the cushions on it.
  I find the engine/transmission does not shift, or hunt for the proper gear, as often as the 2350 did.  I attribute this to the rear axle gear of 4.56 in the 2552 vs. 4.10 in the 2350 even though the 2552 is heavier. The third auto seat is also handy for the passenger if you want to sit out of the sun and you can use the passenger seat for a foot rest.  
     There is a negative as a result of the longer wheel base.  Your turning radius increases, so you need to plan where you are going to park or get gas.  You must allow for the extra length when turning and not do what I saw a Class A driver do.  He turned too early and planted a 4" steel post in the middle of the side of his unit.  
     We found gas mileage to be very similar to the 2350, maybe one mile per gallon difference.  Driving around 65 on the Interstates and some town travel gave us the average of 8.5 MPG.  We did get 10.5 while drafting through Los Angeles traffic.  I say drafting because you are always drafting in L.A.  Leave a space and someone will fill it.  We had a low of 7.5 going up the Columbia River in a strong head wind.  
     We did bite the bullet and replace the Eclipse/Tom-Tom system with a Kenwood radio with XM and Garmin GPS. Costly, but well worth it.  With the recommendation of the Kenwood installer, we will sell the Eclipse system on E-Bay.
     I replaced the fixed heater vent in the bathroom with an adjustable one.  I find I need to use a clothespin to keep it where I want it.  When it heats up it blows closed, but it does force more heat to the front.  I also replaced the shower levers with knobs.  I kept hitting the levers and going to either extreme heat or cold.  Knobs work great and purchased them at Lowes.
     So far, the only problem we have is with a water leak in the rear outside compartment and we are working Kermit to locate the problem.  Only two items I will add at this time will be a front steering stabilizer and a rear trac-bar.  With the fresh water tank mounted over the rear axle you do not get the pendulum affect  as you do with the water being all the way in the rear as on the 2350, but with the transfer to the holding tanks you still need some help, thereby the trac-bar.  Do not see the need for heavier anti-sway bars at this time.
     I use my ladder to check the roof and found it is really handy to keep the back-up camera clean, one rainstorm and it needs cleaning.
Love the slide-out, so much more room.  Would not be without it.  Makes a nice area for the Granddaughter to play in when we take a break and room for adults to stretch out and relax.
    Bob  
158  Main Forum / General Discussion / Table/Ottoman on: February 12, 2011, 07:10:29 pm
The attached pictures show our table in the 2552 with the 2" foam and cover to also be used as an ottoman.  Pictures are with the slide in, slide out and the slide out with the table in the position it would be in if the slide was in for dining.  The legs are standard purchase, 18 1/2 inch at RV stores. It is not a perfect position but I find it rather comfortable to have my feet up.  Can also be used for the third car seat.
    Bob
159  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2552 Mods/Improvements #3 on: February 08, 2011, 09:57:44 pm
Margie,
    Thanks for the feedback.  I am glad you are able to use some of these ideas.  After forty years of camping and experimenting with trailers, motorhomes and motorcycle camping, I am always looking for ways to be more efficient with useable space.  We had a Roadtrek Sprinter motorhome a few years back.  We had problems with the engine turbo-charger plastic resonator.  We were stuck in the mountains with essentially no power.  Moving about five miles an hour.  It appears they have fixed that problem.  Other than that the Mercedes diesel ran fine.  Lots of power in a little engine and better fuel mileage.  Enjoy your unit.
      Bob
160  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2552 Mods/Improvements #3 on: February 08, 2011, 02:12:47 am
Margie,
   The wall is thick enough to put a screw in it.  After putting a screw in the wall, I then put a piece of self stick velcro on the clock and the opposite piece on the wall so it remains stationary and does not try to swing.  If you have a 2551 or 2552 and most any of the units with the door and drawer storage on the outside, I have found the area inside the coach adjacent to this area gets very cold in the winter.  My inside area is a large closet and here in N. Idaho I opened the closet and found very cold area.  Pictures attached show I lined the outside storage area with one inch construction foam which has a plastic cover on both sides.  And rather than put an insulation on the ceiling of the outside storage area, I put 2 inch thick construction foam on the floor of the closet.  After cutting to size I covered the top and sides with aluminum tape to protect the foam.  I then placed a sheet of the drawer liner non-skid over the aluminum.  Dramatic improvement in the reduction of cold migrating to the inside of the coach.  Probably the same for keeping heat out.  If you have a 2551 or 2 and want to know where your wiring or plumbing is, let me know.  PC was kind enough to allow me to photograph a unit in construction when we were at the factory. Picture 1040 is the outside compartment and it does prevent raising the floor up for tall items, but I never intend to raise it up.  The picture 1089 and 1090 is inside the rear closet.
    Bob
161  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2910 Owners Opinions on: February 05, 2011, 01:19:53 pm
Tom,
   When we ordered our 2552, we sat down with Stuart and came up with several things we would like to have PC install.  At our request they did not install a coffee pot.  They added an extra shelf in the cabinet in the bathroom.  We picked out a water pump that does not do the cycling off and on, there are many available which do away with the need of a pressure tank.  Have a filter installed on the inlet side of the pump and have flexible tubing installed so the pump is not mounted directly to the hard water line.  When mounted directly to the hard line any pulsation or pump noise is transmitted to the system.  This is a recommendation from the manufacture.   We had a drawer added inside one of the shirt closets for wifes jewelry and laptop computer. We definitely had the roof rack and ladder installed.  We leave the ladder secured with double-sided velcro tape in the up position, thereby having access to the rear storage without having to move the ladder.  But, more importantly having access to the roof if and when you need to.  Much easier than trying to carry or find a ten foot ladder to get up there.  One major option we requested is the three way refrigerator.  We use the dc when we are on the road and contrary to some who say there is not enough power, there is plenty, in fact when we stop for lunch, we normally do not change over to propane and have yet to have the batteries depleted.  Batteries do need to be exercised and not continually overcharged.  It is an RV industry standard to not use propane while on the road with an open flame.  Accidents do happen. Would also recommend having two six volt batteries in series, rather than the two twelve volts in parallel.  Six volt golf cart type batteries provide much more power.  I found PC to be really open to work with purchasers, seeing as they came up with the 2552 by lengthening a 2551 twelve inches so we could have room for the third car seat behind the passenger.  One other thought, if you have your dogs with you, do you consider a dog accident leaking down between the wood flooring.  It does happen and personal experience can attest to this.
     Just my personal thoughts on your questions.
      Bob
162  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Engine RPM Redline on: February 03, 2011, 12:59:29 pm
George,
    The electronic speed limiter should be to not allow the vehicle to exceed a certain MPH.  They are offering these options to parents to limit the speed their children can drive.  The RPM limiter is built in to either the fuel or ignition system so when the vehicles engine reaches a pre-programmed value, it either takes fuel away or cuts the ignition to keep the engine RPM from over speeding.  In the days before all of our electronics you could over speed your engine and stress or destroy it.
     The statement below is off a site where they talk about Ford problems with technicians.  They talk about both items you referred to.  The governor is the speed limiter, and the rev limiter is the RPM one.
     Hope this helps,  Bob                                                                                             

It is a rev limiter built in to the computer. You can't remove it without a chip.
Don't ask me why, but it's there. I hate it and I also hate the governor that kicks in at 90.
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163  Main Forum / General Discussion / Ford Engine RPM Redline on: February 02, 2011, 05:02:01 pm
In talking to Ford mechanics, they  just say there is an electronic RPM limiter and it will cut out power before you exceed the limits.  Could not get a definitive answer on the actual redline.  But, was able to get the RPM where the max horsepower is developed and that is 4250.  Also, able to get the max torque RPM which is 3250.  In our case the torque is the important spec as that is the pulling power we use, especially when pulling a hill. 
    Bob
164  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Remote Entry Locks Using Key Fobs - Buy Them & Program Them Yourself on: February 02, 2011, 04:54:47 pm
Ron,
    I will be curious to see how this works.  The key statement in your write-up is "How to REPROGRAM your remote entry transmitters" and is re-stated again in the instructions.  Let us know how it goes.
   Bob
165  Main Forum / General Discussion / Tom Tom/Eclipse GPS/Back-up Cam./Radio on: February 01, 2011, 05:11:50 pm
Just had an interesting conversation with Eclipse Tech Support.  I was looking to hooking my portable XM radio to an auxiliary port seeing as I already pay for its use.  Tech support says they do not make the Eclipse as of Jan/2010 and if I needed to buy the cable for the system, my only avenue is through E-Bay.  They do not make any of the support items for these units as of the above date. Checked on E-Bay and without a specific part number there are many 13 pin plugs with a variety of terminations, none of which I was looking for.  They did say that as it was a Dealer installed item it will still be covered under the warranty.  But, good luck to find supporting Dealer.  Last one I checked says they no longer handle these units.  I guess it is buyer beware.
    Bob
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