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1681  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Using Back-Up Lights For Other Purposes on: April 11, 2011, 12:24:37 am
The supplier of the switch claims I don't need that boot.  He says there is an "O" ring in the switch to prevent water from getting inside there at the handle.  I might buy one anyway.
1682  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Refer on while traveling? on: April 11, 2011, 12:22:59 am
We turn ours on auto and leave it on until we get back home.
I always forget to turn off when fueling.
I know it is recommended but as I get older I get dumber.
Me too with our 2-way fridge.
1683  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ron Dittmer, how do you?? on: April 11, 2011, 12:19:48 am
Yep, that is the only way I know how to do it that way is through storing my pics on an internet server.  Taking the pics directly off my PC and they get real small and end up at the bottom of my messages.
1684  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ron Dittmer, how do you?? on: April 10, 2011, 03:00:15 pm
Every picture I share is stored somewhere on the internet, not on my computer.  My own pictures shared, I store on

To post any picture.....
- find the picture you want to post, located on the internet
- make sure it is displayed to it's fullest size
- right mouse click on the picture and select "Properties"
- copy and paste that string of text in the Address (URL) into your post, in between Aimee's "Insert Image" text of [ img ]   [ /img ]
1685  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Using Back-Up Lights For Other Purposes on: April 10, 2011, 02:53:41 pm
Okay All,

I found the perfect switch for the application on ebay HERE.  As someone mentioned, I can safely wire it up without concern of back voltage if accedentally left on when going into reverse.  After further review of my service manual wiring diagram, I agree.

Here is the switch.
1686  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: changes on: April 09, 2011, 06:07:39 pm

How did you handle the wiring for the extra porch light?  Is it battery powered?
1687  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Using Back-Up Lights For Other Purposes on: April 04, 2011, 10:20:36 pm
In between dances in "Dancing With The Stars" tonight (poor Max with Kirsty, I hope Max can still dance), I went through my service manual electrical diagram.  I think it is safest to treat the rear backup lights the same as is required for wiring a tow vehicle tail lights, using one of these blocking diodes to eliminate back voltage.  Original power wire goes to one side of the pair, the constant-on trailer wire goes to the other.  The single connection opposite end goes to the pair of backup lights.

1688  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Why Jeep Liberty? on: April 04, 2011, 05:29:56 pm
What Tom Says!

That and my wife thinks her 2006 Jeep Liberty is "The Cutest Thing".

It does seem to make a good everyday use vehicle, not just for vacationing/towing.  My wife would agree that Jeep could have done better with interior design for bigger storgae compartments like in the center console for example.  Maybe the make-over in introduced in 2008 is better, but we would not know.
1689  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: lights on the running board on: April 04, 2011, 12:12:58 pm
Yes your instrument panel dimmer control has a "Click".  Maybe it just takes a lot of force to get it to click.

I found the Ford Owners manual ON-Line website.  Click HERE.  In the 2010 manual on page 51, it states as follows.

Use to adjust the brightness of the
instrument panel and all applicable
illuminated switches in the vehicle
during headlamp and parklamp
Move the control to the full upright
position, past detent, to turn on the
Note: If the battery is disconnected,
discharged, or a new battery is
installed, the dimmer switch requires re-calibration. Rotate the dimmer
switch from the full dim position to the full dome/on position to reset.
This will ensure that your displays are visible under all lighting
The dome lamp will not illuminate if the control switch is not rotated
past the detent.
1690  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Eval. of first 2552 on: April 04, 2011, 11:37:31 am
Excellent review.  I am sure people who are considering a 2551 will find your post invaluable.

For me personally, if I were to consider a 2551 for it's twin beds, I'd surely jump into a 2552.  At only one foot longer, it offers that 3rd living area seat and pantry.  Me being a non-slider fellow, I'd utilize the extra wall space and get the captain seat dinette like Gradygal-Judi did with their 2551.  I really like that comfy dinette, though I would miss the storage of the bench dinette we have today wondering where would all that critical stuff would go.

I would also give thought to a 2950 & 3100 but they add a lot more length.  When does one say "The RV got too long for me!".

Our PC had to fit inside our 25'-0" depth garage.  That consideration along with the need to sleep together in the same "permanent" bed, the 2350 works for us.  Yes we wrestle into bed with it's limited access, but well worth that one inconvenience.

About the shower.  I was thinking of replacing my white plastic shower faucet with a nicer one with handles.  Thanks for sharing your troubles with handles.  I will keep what I have.
1691  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: lights on the running board on: April 04, 2011, 10:53:44 am
So you turn the dial up to a stop, then press further to feel a "Click" to turn on the cab interior lighting?
Does your cab interior lighting have the directional fixtures with individual light switch controls?
1692  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: lights on the running board on: April 04, 2011, 09:36:59 am
Yep, I got his year mixed up.  He has a 2010 so he surely has the newer style dash board.  I understand the interior dash board was redesigned in 2009.  To you with the newer design, how do you turn on your headlights?  Do you have that old style round knob like earlier years or is it controlled on the steering column, or a 3rd method?
1693  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Water Leak on: April 04, 2011, 07:42:00 am
Thanks for the "Head's Up".

It is nice to know the floor is protected under there with the linoleum.  Small leaks caught quickly does no damage.
1694  Main Forum / General Discussion / Using Back-Up Lights For Other Purposes on: April 03, 2011, 10:56:19 pm
I am thinking of installing a weather/water proof switch outside to manually turn on my PC backup lights.  The switch would be mounted upside-down, next to the light that illuminates the license plate.  This way I have easy access to white light when hooking and unhooking my tow vehicle after dark, and also for quick temporary convenience lighting behind the motor home when putting camp site things away after dark.

Currently when dealing with the tow after dark, the only real convenient white light is the tow vehicle headlights, but they blind me given they are high, inches from my head, and basically shinning in the wrong direction.  Holding a flashlight under my arm or a small one in my mouth while working the hardware just is not practical.  I tried a strap-on-head LED light once, but it is not ideal.  The RV backup lights are low enough from my face, the right brightness, and perfectly positioned to light up the work area properly.  A switch next to the license plate light seems the perfect location.

I am currently investigating a good well sealed switch, and also will be discussing with Kermit if there are any concerns electrically.  The modification should theoretically take under one hour, maybe even less than 1/2 hour.  Constant 12V power is right there at the tow connector.  I was under the rear of my PC today and everything is very easy to access from behind the bumper.

ADDING:  I found the ideal switch HERE but with shipping, it is $37.50

Looking at my PC's tow bar folded up in the picture, you see the backup lights relative to the tow bar.
1695  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: lights on the running board on: April 03, 2011, 07:22:56 pm
...while I was charging the battery that those (running board) lights stayed on. I replace it or do I keep it (the battery) and hope it stays charged all summer?

Your rig might be fine.  I say this because I seem to recall the same thing happening to me.  On my 2007 Ford E350, I can turn the headlight/parking switch to the right to a "Click", then turn off the interior lighting (the spot lights above the windshield) individually with their independant switches.  But doing that leaves those running board lights on all the time.

If you have the older style dash board of the Ford 2008 chassis on back, you have that same headlight switch as me.  If you have the newer style dash board starting in the Ford 2009 chassis year, then you have a different design, but possibly the same interior light switch setting, set to the "On" position.

Your 2009 Phoenix Cruiser might have been built on a 2008 chassis.  It is very common for all RV manufactures to do that.  So don't get confused about model year of your chassis compared to model year of your motor home.

Since your battery was "Slow Drained" and assuming the battery did not freeze, a slow charge should bring it back to a good state.  If I am wrong, that is what the "Jump Start" switch is for.....that spring loaded switch by the driver's left knee.
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