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241  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: extending roof rack on: March 21, 2011, 12:41:24 pm
A nice option that i have seen but have yet to purcahse is the RVRaxx (, made here in Manchester, NH, can carry two of the "shortie" kayaks in a vertical set up as well as there is the capability to still tow a toad with the hitch adapter that you can buy as well (you loose approx. 25% of the orginal hitch towing capacity).   The  entire  set up is a little pricey but the quality is superb and it is a neat concept with the many acc. you can get to go on the base rack frame system.  Check it out.    Thanks
242  Main Forum / General Discussion / Metal on metal rattle on: March 15, 2011, 02:23:39 pm
Since day one I have had a a real metal on metal rattle right over the drivers seat in my 2010 2551.  The rattle would come and go but always drove me crazy when I heard it.  I went up thru the two spot lights in the cab, got no where there.  got my fist thru the electric boxes on the right side front cabinet and fished around enough to find out there is no insulation in the nose cone at all  and several wires (12-2) run across that section, I fished some insulation in there to stop the wires from jumping around but I new I had not found my rattle.  I finally decided to remove the TV (very easy) to get a clearer view of the front cab over area even if that meant removing the paneling that runs accross behind the TV (never had to).  There is a speaker mounted for the surround sound system right below the TV in between the headliner and the base of the TV cabnet.  I was able to peak in there thru the opening to see the cut-away roof potion and the metal cross memeber that runs across the front of the roof above the windshield.  Sure enough, there was a strip of about 1/2" wide by 10" of cut steel from when the "cutaway" roof was cut that was hitting the cross memeber and giving me that metal on metal "springy" sound; it was and still is attached to what was left of the roof section and was merely the by-product of the saw process  I am sure .  I got a long screw driver and bent the piece up, back and away from any metal and the rattle has now been eliminated.   Thanks 
243  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Roof cracks on: March 15, 2011, 10:15:47 am

I feel your pain fella and wish there was something we all could do to help the cause; one issue at a time seems to be the best plan!   As far as the  pins go for the ladder...any good hardware store would have replacements or atleast bolts with nuts that would  get you onto the roof and on the road!  I would agree with the last post that bending the back of the latch a little will help in the locking of the bulkhead doors, I would remove the catch vs's attempting to bend it while it is on/in the door section.  Rust is going to happen when you have steel, water, air and road salt, I have purcahsed a spray rust preventer that I got at a large truck equipment dealer, the stuff is used on plow trucks, etc where there is heavy use of chemicals.  The stuff (forgot the name) is very expensive ($12.00 per can) but works great and last for a very long time.  I hit all bare metal under the coach and it stops rust from developing,  the stuff is extra heavy duty and not what you get at WalMart.  The door panel with a bubble is very weird and most likely needs to be re-painted at some point.  It does appear that perhaps PC is getting into the busy season and pushing the units out  faster than they should?
244  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What Portable Gas Grill Do You Carry Along? on: March 11, 2011, 06:40:10 pm
Hands down the  Webber Baby Q is the best grille there is for RV'ing!!  Webber is a superb company that stands 100% behind their products.  I have called them looking for replacement parts and they have actually told me that my grille was still under warranty and have sent me my new parts free of charge.  Made in America to boot!
245  Main Forum / General Discussion / Brake Buddy on: March 09, 2011, 10:46:39 am
Good morning:

I have been having some issues with my Brake Buddy blowing  fuses in my Jeep Liberty.  The Jeep checked out OK according to Jeep so I contacted BB for their input.....just wanted to share with all of you how very nice it was to speak with someone who is pleasant, knows his/her product, and was extremely helpful!  Sure makes you want to buy amercian anytime you can.  Gary at BB stated that they have many issues with Jeep's and the change in  amperage at the power outlets that will cause fuse blowing, of course, there may be and issue with the BB unit and all I would have to do is send it back to them and they will fix it for free; he is sending me a direct wire kit from battery to the BB unit to try  first to see if that fixes the problem....what is weird is I can cycle the unit a dozen times just sitting and no problem with fuses blowing, it just happens when rolling.  Brake Buddy gets my vote for being a great company that backs their product 150% and is based in good old Kansas.   Thanks
246  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Remote Entry Locks Using Key Fobs - Buy Them & Program Them Yourself on: February 02, 2011, 09:17:04 pm

I would be very careful ordering fobs from E-Bay or some of the other companies on the web...I did it once and the fobs  I got were badly used and one did not work...many come from stolen or wrecked vehicles; not exactly the way I like to do business.  Thanks
247  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Remote Entry Locks Using Key Fobs - Buy Them & Program Them Yourself on: February 02, 2011, 09:08:20 pm
Good evening Gents:
I have gone thru the entire programing process as described in the Ford manual with the two fobs that I purchased from Ford and the process did not work (locks did not lock/unlock) and for that reason I took the vehicle to Ford; they did the same sequence as I did and got nothing; they then used their scan tool and again got nothing.  At that point they gave up. As I stated in previous posts my vehicles line sheet  did state no remote module installed.  I would recommend that you request from Ford the line sheet for your vehicles since it does have a lot of good info.   
 I have no answers at this point as to why my particular vehicle was spected as it was but it was.  I am sure someone who trully knows how to add the module and program it can make it all work.  In Elkhart I am sure there are Ford techs floating around that know what to do and how to do it.  before I purchased any fobs I would certainly check to see if your chassis has the module installed or not?  My Ford dealer was nice and took the fobs back with no questions asked.  Thanks
248  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Remote lock update on: January 31, 2011, 08:27:46 pm
Thanks for you feedback Bob.  I does seem very weird that there can not be some  kind of "plug and program" approach if someone new what they were doing.  I think I will make another  call to Kermit and or Ford to see what can be done.   Thanks
249  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rear vs. side storage areas (2350 model) on: January 31, 2011, 02:41:58 pm

Here in NH I use the ladder a fair amount to clear snow from the roof so it does come in handy vs's getting the step ladder out,  but i agree with you 100% that it is a pain to pull the pins, etc so what i did was to merely cut approx. 12" of foam pipe insulation and placed two (2) pieces over the ladder side rails (top section)  where the bottom piece folds up and hits the top portion; the faom keeps the two pieces from scratching  one another ... I use two nylon straps with slip buckles and just torx the bottom piece up to the top and away you go.  Hope this helps?
250  Main Forum / General Discussion / Remote lock update on: January 31, 2011, 10:07:14 am
Spoke with my nice local Ford service rep over the weekend who pulled up the line spec sheet for my 2010 E-450.... as we were attempting to discover why the unit could not be programmed for remote locks (previous post).  Sure enough the line sheet gave us the answer!! to the line stating power windows and locks installed  was "*" stating that the "remote lock control module removed".  Service rep had no explanation as to why it might have been "spected" that way but obviously there must have been a reason, perhaps the Tom-Tom/Eclipse has something to do with it?  Kermit had told me the unit was ready to take remotes just go to Ford and pay the $275.00....the remotes are $50.00@ and Ford garage was going to program them for free so perhaps there is something else here that must be added and therefore the  $275 total?  Ford garage  did not know how to add the remote control module and if they did they had know idea how to program the unit since their scan tool does not show access to that software only can be doen at the factory.   Ford garage suggested that non-Ford remote locks could be added most likely more cheaply compared to what will have to be done to get the Ford OEM to work.  Guess I will just use the key!!
251  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Remote locks on: January 23, 2011, 06:07:22 pm
Thanks Bob!!!   Guess it is back to Ford to see what they have to say.....seemed weird that the chassis was not set up to be programmed.   thanks again.
252  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Remote locks on: January 21, 2011, 08:46:12 pm
I think it comes down to how PC "spected" the chassis.  My Ford dealer was very surprised that the coach came without remotes.  All of their 250,350 and 450's  vans all come with remotes.
253  Main Forum / General Discussion / Remote locks on: January 21, 2011, 08:17:25 pm
I wanted remote locks for my 2010 E-450 and secured them thru my local Ford dealer after I was told by PC that the chassis was in fact equiped with the  control box that could be programed for remotes.  The nice service manager at Ford gave me the sequence to program the two remotes I purchased; no matter what I did I couldd not get them to be operate.  I took the rig in today for state inspection and told them to use their scan tool and program the two remotes.  Technition informed me the coach is not set up for remote operation.  Has anyone else had this problem?  Does PC have some trick?   Thanks
254  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Eclipse/Tom-Tom on: December 30, 2010, 03:59:46 pm
Thanks for your reply Bob; there are certain services that do have a fee conneted to them like traffic but I still think I am missing some feaures that I "think" are free?  What a pain!!!
255  Main Forum / General Discussion / Eclipse/Tom-Tom on: December 30, 2010, 11:17:02 am
I have been attempting to uitlize some of the features of the Tom Tom/Eclipse unit thru the Tom Tom Home desk top traffic alerts, etc.  You must have and "access code" to get into the features section of the web page.  I have put every darn number I can find including from the back of the unit, on the CD sleeve, on the box with all the manuels, etc...none of them work.  There was no code card with the unit that I can find, and despite the info I have found describing where the code number should be from my web search my numbers just do not work.  Just give me a Garmin!! Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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