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1771  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?
1772  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?
1773  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.
1774  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.
1775  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dash 110V on: December 06, 2010, 02:18:21 pm
I didn't know that.  Thanks for the tip.
1776  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.
1777  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.
1778  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.
1779  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.
1780  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?
1781  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.
1782  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.
1783  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: DC connections between the Ford and the PC?? on: November 26, 2010, 07:13:49 pm
Yes the Ford alternator charges the PC batteries after it's own battery is charged.

The generator does NOT charge the Ford battery.
1784  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I Wish I Had This On My 2350 on: November 16, 2010, 08:16:23 am
I snoozed at the keyboard.  It was rockrat asking for a propane "outlet" on the passenger side.  Not a work light by the propane tank.

Tom, I like your idea of having a porch light on the driver side to help with hooking up or unhooking the RV facilities in the dark.

Now that I think about it, I find myself in the dark way too often, messing with the tow vehicle while holding a flashlight.  I would appreciate a "down light" in the back there with a switch mounted on the ceiling inside the rear compartment or in the outdoor storage compartment.  The chassis backup lights don't shine down on the hitch area.  That is something I could add myself, nonevasively.  I will be calling the factory to purchase one porch light and switch.
1785  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I Wish I Had This On My 2350 on: November 15, 2010, 05:48:16 pm
Don, rockrat,

I too am quite surprised about the contraversey over porch lights.  I think their points should have been more in regards to campground edicate, falling in to the category with barking dogs, loud music, and generator usage.  If I were special ordering a new PC for myself a second time, I would request more porch lights controlled with a separate switch for extra lighting when needed.

I like our porch light for the sani-con system, so I could see the desire for a light by the propane tank too.  But given the potential for spark if turning on the light while filling the tank, that would be a safety hazzard the factory is avoiding.  It could even be a regulatory thing.

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