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1711  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: flat towing hybrid mercury mariner on: April 12, 2011, 06:42:17 pm
Part of your research should include reading through your owners manual in the section on 4-wheel-down towing.  Some vehicles require occasional "run time in-gear" for example, every 500 miles, put it into drive, then reverse, back and forth a few times while holding down the brake pedal.  The Honda CRV has that requirement.

If your Mariner has an extra gear shift lever for 2-wheel drive, 4-wheel drive low, 4-wheel drive high, and neutral, you are gauranteed save to tow without fussing every so often as long as that gear shift lever is in neutral while towing.
1712  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: April offer for Shoppers, Buyers, and Owners alike on: April 12, 2011, 12:23:30 pm
I understand Aimee.  I am just happy to connect people with a great product, sold by a great company.  
1713  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: April offer for Shoppers, Buyers, and Owners alike on: April 12, 2011, 12:16:51 pm well as an offer for referrals if you aren't in the market at the current time.
So when do I receive my first check for the past four years of referrals?  shrug  Sorry, I couldn't resist.

Making it clear to everyone here.  I have never referred a PC to any of you so I could recieve some sort of referral gift.  In fact I have never received a gift of any kind, or even a special discount on anything I purchased through the factory.  My referral is from the heart alone, believing in the motor homes PC-USA make, and their business practices.
1714  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: flat towing hybrid mercury mariner on: April 11, 2011, 11:25:00 pm
Roadmaster sells a tow bar bracket specific for the 2010 Mariner as shown here.

I would consider 4-wheel towing it.
CLICK HERE for the webpage.
1715  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: changes on: April 11, 2011, 01:36:22 pm
About that extra porch light, I understand your challenge.  It was for the same reasons that I decided to do without a second and/or thrid light.  I really wanted a total of 3 porch lights along that side of my rig with lower wattage bulbs installed for more evenly distributed softer lighting for night time.  But after I realized I'd have to route wires out in-view, I decided to live with what I have.  Oh well.  If I later find it more important, I'd look into decorative wire channel to hide the wiring inside the motor home.  If I ever special order another motor home, I'd be sure to add such little extras during it's construction.  I would also have the main porch light positioned 1 or 2 feet over to get the swarm of bugs that much farther from the door.
1716  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.
1717  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.
1718  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.
1719  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 ]
1720  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.
1721  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?
1722  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.

1723  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.
1724  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.
1725  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.
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