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1621  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Entertainment Center hook up on: December 07, 2010, 05:37:45 pm
Yep, remove two of the four hinges.  I would call the factory and ask for a few latches and matching door knobs, to make that a standard opperating door.  It's locked down for child safety, but if you don't have kids, make it normal so you can completely kill the inverter.

Also, that headphone jack my article mentions, you can reach up from below and simply unplug it.  Get a mirror and flashlight first to see how to reach it.

Glad to hear the factory is sending you touchup paint.  We all got touch-up paint when our units were delivered new.  Given mine is multi-colored, I have 3, maybe 4 bottles.
1622  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: 2551 Twin bed mods on: December 07, 2010, 04:16:53 pm
Judi, No chair yet.  I called & emailed Pauls Seating again this week, but still no answer.  Hopefully they are in a seasonal shut-down mode, and not in permanent shut down.  Time will tell.  I was hoping to get the chair in time for Christmas.  It's my wife's gift to me.  It would have been nice to place it under the tree so she doesn't feel empty handed.

Tom, I think you are onto something with the antenna thingy.  One day I'll have to get me one of those.
1623  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Entertainment Center hook up on: December 07, 2010, 04:11:13 pm
Just like you, we'll power up the front TV when having guests for the evening or on poor weather days.  They all know where to hang out....the pad with the entertainment system.  All in good fun.

You seem to be on-track, going over the entire unit.  Doing that annually isn't a bad idea.  I tend to be a little lazy in that area, finding myself pulling out the tool box while on a trip, when my girl is making dinner or something.  Never anything serious has needed fixing on the road so far.

If you have a Tripp-Lite inverter as is in my 2007, you'll want to read up on my Power Saving article in the Tips & Tricks section.
1624  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: 2551 Twin bed mods on: December 07, 2010, 12:22:28 pm
Judi,

Ask the factory to add access doors under your beds for you while it is getting built.  I'm sure it will look perfect and at a reasonable cost too.

Have you given any thought to the ladder and roof rack?  Any thought about the Winegard antenna?  We had the roof rack and ladder NOT mounted, but rather placed inside the RV.  So far no regrets storing them in the attic.  The RV looks so clean and is hole-free without them.  I use a nice step ladder to get up top when at home.

Had I known how useless the Winegard antenna is now that the country gone digital, I would have left that off my list to avoid all the extra holes in the roof to accomodate it.  I have concluded the antenna works only when staying real close to, or in towns which is always then in RV parks.  But all RV parks include cable TV.  So what good is the Winegard antenna except to bang on the roof when the roads are rough?
1625  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New PC 2551/2552 on: December 06, 2010, 08:55:36 pm
I'd love to read why the switch from a 2010-2350 to a 2011-2551.  Any other options added or deleted?  Also, what is a 2552?
1626  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Entertainment Center hook up on: December 06, 2010, 04:23:34 pm
Boy, I don't know what to tell you about AV hookups prewired for satelite TV.  Intersting about your wiring from the front DVD to the rear TV.  We did this instead, given we did not order ours a rear TV.  This rear TV uses very little inverted power.  We watch movies in bed on inverted power without concern of draining the batteres.
1627  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dash 110V on: December 06, 2010, 03:47:28 pm
It is so much more energy efficient to use chargers which run off 12V, instead of inverted 110V.  This because battery chargers opperate at or close to 12V to begin with.  Inverting power from the 12V coach batteries, stepping up to 110V, just to step back down close to 12V, consumes a lot more coach battery power than if simply working direct off 12V to begin with.  With small items like cell phone chargers, it's not dramatic.  But some chargers like for laptops, they have an appetite for power.  You can tell buy feeling the heat from the charger.
1628  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dash 110V on: December 06, 2010, 02:18:21 pm
I didn't know that.  Thanks for the tip.
1629  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dash 110V on: December 06, 2010, 11:33:43 am
I assume you are refering to the round 12V cigarette lighter outlets, not the standard house 110V outlets.

Speaking for the Ford chassis and is very likely the same for the Sprinter, the dash mounted round 12V outlets are supplied by Ford.  Those 12V outlets work the same as with any normal car.  I think one is powered up with the igition switch on.  I think the other is always powered up.  Both run off the main engine battery.

In my 2007 2350, the 12V outlet in the passeger side overhead compartment is the only 12V outlet in the coach portion of the motor home.  Power to it is supplied by the coach batteries.  It is there to utilize typical 12V accessories.  One example would be a 12V cell phone charger typically used in a car.  It's a place to charge such things in hiding.

I setup that cabinet for charging all kinds of electronics, from cell phones to video cameras, to digital cameras, to navigation, to rechargable flashlights, to laptop computers.  Most utilize 110V power via that power strip shown.  Note the laptop computer stored on the shelf.  I need to make a second shelf above that one for better utilization of space.


BTW:  On my 2007, that 12V outlet has a red reset button.  That button is related to the antenna signal booster.  The 12V outlet and antenna booster share the same electrical box in the wall there.  You can't see it in the picture.  It is to the left of the white duplex 110V outlet shown.
1630  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Using 110V on: December 04, 2010, 11:43:21 am
I should have also mentioned, plugged into 110v, but with the inverter off and the batteries out, you have ONLY 110v opperations.  That means everything that runs off 12V, one being the interior lighting, will not work.
1631  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Using 110V on: December 03, 2010, 11:39:58 pm
Referencing my 2007 2350 with Tripp-Lite inverter.  When plugging into 110V without coach batteries, I would make sure the inverter is shut off using the 3 position switch on the inverter itself, and also install rubber boots on the battery cables to insulate them as insurance you won't accidentally short power to ground if the interter was ever accidentally turned on.

You should have 110v throughout the RV with the inverter turned off and no coach batteries.  There is an electro-mechanical switch in a steel box which makes it happen.  In my 2350 with no slide, that switch is located in the front-most dinette bench.  I don't know where it is located on other models.
1632  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Unknown switches on driver's side 2008 2551 on: December 03, 2010, 05:29:48 pm
On my 2007 2350, one switch is for the two driving/fog lights located on the front lower bumper skirt.  The other switch has spring-back action.  When pushed and held in, the engine starts from the coach batteries.  That is to be used only if the engine battery is dead.
1633  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Mods to our '04 2350 - Front Cabinets on: November 29, 2010, 09:27:34 am
I am curious.  What did the factory charge you for that extra cabinet?
1634  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: DC connections between the Ford and the PC?? on: November 28, 2010, 02:07:26 pm
Yep, the engine battery is full nearly all the time, so most of the time, the alternator is working on the RV batteries.  The setup works quite well.
1635  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Made A Decision Replacing The Barrel Chair on: November 28, 2010, 02:05:55 pm
I have tried a few times (not trying be be pesty) contacting Pauls Seating, but got no return emails and no return calls.  I wonder if they are in shut down or something.  I never gave them any money so I am not worried, but still I want a 3rd captain seat.  The last I talked with Paul, he said they had to back-order my particular color material, the gray.

I will try later this week again.
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