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1816  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.
1817  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.
1818  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?
1819  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?
1820  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.
1821  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.
1822  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.
1823  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Headlights on: April 03, 2011, 06:46:56 am
Got it!

1824  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Headlights on: April 02, 2011, 10:12:51 pm
Thanks for the reminder and the note on "ease of doing it".  Any special tools required?
1825  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: lights on the running board on: April 02, 2011, 10:11:55 pm
My 2007 2350 has the same.  I hate timed lights on my vehicles but marketeers says it's what the people want.
1826  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Headlights on: April 02, 2011, 06:19:07 pm
I really should do that this year.  Year #4 and still have not done it. shrug
1827  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2551 For Two on: April 02, 2011, 01:34:39 pm
Not neccessarily on a PC, but some RVs have the entire kitchen in a slide which means electrical wiring, propane line, hot and cold water and even the sink drain, all move with the slideout.  The RV industry has been doing that for a very long time so I would hope any issues were addressed long ago.  But for me with my ultra-conservative-ness, not having any slide is more comfortable than the extra floor space.  I can handle my batteries in a drawer, but not much more than that.
1828  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2551 For Two on: March 31, 2011, 04:49:43 pm
We absolutely love the 2551. As I have said before, if we knew that there was a 2552 option when we placed our order we would have gone with the 2552 for the extra chair.
Considering you have the two comfy captain dinette seats, why the desire for a 3rd seat?  A guest?
1829  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2551 For Two on: March 31, 2011, 02:25:44 pm
I would think the cutting board would be more useful with a large slideout (the fridge in the slide) where you still have room to get past it.  The earlier design with the sofa-only slideout and also the NO slideout like we have, the cutting board nearly cuts off access to the back half of the motor home.  So it always gets pushed in.  At that point, a utensil drawer would have greater value.
1830  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2551 For Two on: March 30, 2011, 08:33:18 am
I have to ask about the hanging wine goblets.  Will they get crushed when the table folds down?
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