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General Discussion / Dash 110V
« on: December 06, 2010, 10:48:40 am »
Are the two 110V outlets on my E450 dash hooked to the coach battery or the engine battery on my 2010 2551S?  Also, the 110V outlet in the storage space over the passenger side -- coach battery or engine battery?   And what do people use that for up there?  Thanks so much.

General Discussion / 2551 Twin bed mod
« on: November 05, 2010, 04:01:16 pm »
I got this idea from Bob Andersen but others here may have done it, as well.  I have not liked the fact that the twin bed mattresses overlap the frame the mattresses rest upon.  I also found it difficult to undo the entire frame under the longer bed to get at the pump.  Further, the frames are resting on flimsy supports.  So, new frames of higher grade material and 2 and a quarter inch wider with rounded edges.  Also made separate hinged opening in the long bed frame to get at the pump without having to take the whole thing off.  Some adjustment had to be made so the new wider frame did not bump into the "closet" on the end of the shorter bed when flipping the bed up. Redid the supports and made them firmer. Last, we opened a panel beneath the short bed and made a door out of the existing wood so we could store dirty clothes in there until we found a laundromat.  .   

General Discussion / Switch question
« on: November 02, 2010, 11:12:29 am »
Can someone tell me what the switch on the drivers side post above the outside mirror controls is?  Can't find it in the Ford manual.  Thanks.


General Discussion / Fridge door fell off
« on: October 17, 2010, 05:26:27 pm »
As I was getting ready today for a two week trip to the Texas Hill Country my refrigerator door fell off.  The plastic bottom mount hinge broke.  I immediately went on various rv sites on the internet and found that it is not uncommon for this tiny plastic hinge to collapse under the weight of a wood panel door and food items on the inside of the door.  I had not even put anything into the fridge though!  I opened the door and it fell on the floor.  So, out came the JB Weld and duct tape for a quick fixer upper so we can at least get on the road Tuesday morning.  A cooler with dry ice is the backup.  I will call  Kermit tomorrow regarding a new door under warranty but assuming a new door will have the same flimsy plastic hinges I am wondering how to stabilize it in such a way that this does not happen again.  Thoughts?

2010 2551S

General Discussion / The Best Slide
« on: October 14, 2010, 04:45:11 pm »
I'm here to eat crow. :-D

Many here have read my posts about the slide on our 2010 2551S and the fact that it leaves gouges in the vinyl in front of the fridge and a deep discolored indentation in the carpet in front of the couch.  And then there were the wood bits coming out from under the fridge when we opened the slide.  And then there were the scratch marks on the wall next to the fridge that were visible when we opened the slide.  Ok, after talking to Kermit we took the motor home to a highly rated independent shop in Albuquerque and they went over the thing and pronounced it one of the quote best slides unquote they had ever seen and they have seen a lot of slides. The wood bits under the fridge were from a contractor type pencil under there being chewed up every time we opened the slide.  The scratches on the wall are because that very thin piece of material bows.  The indentations are the cost of doing business with the slide roller.  There will be some minor mods I will now make that I learned from Bob Andersen and then no more on the the slide!

Santa Fe

General Discussion / Quartzsite
« on: October 13, 2010, 06:08:10 pm »
I know it is very early but I'm wondering if anyone is planning a trip to Quartzsite in January.  The RV show is 1/22 to 1/30.  I've never been but since we will be in AZ in January we are thinking of a trip over to Quartzsite.  It would be great to hook up with other Phoenix Cruiser owners/lovers and share tips.  I've learned so much from this site and then we had the good fortune to hook up with Bob and Chris while they were camping here in Santa Fe.  They have the same PC as we do.  Not only were they really nice people to meet but they had done some modifications to their motor home that we have shamelessly copied. 

Santa Fe

General Discussion / Deep descents, rpms, redline, etc.
« on: September 30, 2010, 09:10:30 am »
I recently drove Rt. 4 in New Mexico from Cuba in the Jemez Mountains down to Bandalier National Monument.  I went from 11,500 plus feet to about 5,000 feet on a steep and curvy mountain road with 10 mph hairpin turns that nearly burned my brakes out.  I won't be doing that route again in my rv! 

Question:  what are the "best practices" in downhill descents such as this, aside from avoiding them?  What are rules of thumb regarding rpms on such a descent? What is the red line on the E450? Can't find anything online in reference to the E450.   Thanks.

Santa Fe

General Discussion / Thermostat
« on: September 05, 2010, 08:11:40 am »
Has anyone here replaced the stock thermostat with a digital one?  If so, which one did you purchase and has the replacement been useful for you in terms of controlling heat or air more accurately?  thanks.

Santa Fe

General Discussion / Water Pump -- Where is it?
« on: August 27, 2010, 12:26:47 pm »
Dry camping with the 2010 2551S.  The water pump is very noisy and surges on and off.  I know the pump is a Shurflo but don't know the model. Some models are quite noisy and surge a lot. Or, this pump could have a problem.  Anyone here know the model?  Also and most importantly -- does anyone know where the pump is and how to get at it?  I'm trying to avoid calling Kermit.  >( Thanks so much.

Santa Fe

General Discussion / Pump Surge
« on: August 22, 2010, 04:34:37 pm »
A week away in CO and ran into a potential problem that someone here might be able to pinpoint.  Let me preface this by pointing out that when we bought our 2010 2551S the sink faucet had a major leak in the spray head and the faucet itself pulsed.  Still does all of that because we haven't had a chance to call Kermit and find out how to get it fixed.  A real pain to have that problem.  In any event, this trip we were fully hooked up.  Yet when we ran water it (1) came out in a trickle at all faucets; (2) the pump -- which was not on -- moaned and surged loudly, and; (3) the water then would come fully on.  I think there is a leak somewhere.  I'm used to a pump surging when dry camping but not when hooked up to city water.  Any thoughts?  Thanks as always.

Santa Fe

General Discussion / Upgrades
« on: June 22, 2010, 02:39:29 pm »
We bought a 2010 2551 w/slide in Tempe, AZ early this year.  We have had some problems with it since then -- none of them noticed when it was driven around and tested out in Tempe.  In fact, it was the very same rig featured in Motor Home magazine in February of this year.  Great review but no mention of the issues we encountered.  The problems were centered around driveability. For instance, the play in the steering wheel was pretty extraordinary and made even more-so when the southwest winds kicked up or we were on any uneven road surface.  Actually, it was a problem on any surface.  In fact, it felt like we were driving in jello most of the time and it was tiresome to try to keep the rig straight.  Plus, the rig rocked from side to side when someone stepped on the outside step.  I took the rig to a well known and respected independent  rv repair shop in Albuquerque who drove the rig on local roads and I-25 and showed us how unstable it was.  They recommended Koni shocks and beefier sway bars and an alignment.  After $2500 worth of work the play is lessened about 75% and the rocking is far less severe.   The rig drives much better although the play that is still left in the steering is bothersome.  The second issue was found after camping friends following behind us noticed a problem with our suspension.  We stopped and measured and were down about 3" on the passenger side without water.  I purposely filled the water tank when we took it to the rv repair shop in Albuquerque and we were alarmingly down on one side and way up on the other. The rv shop suggested air bags for close to $900 but I called Kermit and asked for advice.  At that point we were spending way too much money to make this rig drive right.   He said to tell the shop to take out the spacer block that was on the drivers side between the axel and spring and not do the air bags.  The shop took out the spacer block and we are now level with the slide out or in and the fresh water tank full or emptied.  I don't quite understand what a five pound spacer block had to do with all of this but Kermit's advice was spot on and saved us some money.  Nonetheless, we did not expect to pay $2500 extra to up grade a brand new rig so it would drive straight without physical effort.  My advice: ignore Motor Home magazine reviews.  Second, if you are anywhere near Albuquerque and need help with your rig call Statkus Engines. 

General Discussion / Slide Update
« on: May 28, 2010, 03:17:00 pm »
I have written here and elsewhere about my unhappiness with the slide  making a groove in the lino in front of the fridge and wearing down the carpeting in front of the couch in our 2010 2551 coach.  I had not seen these indentations on previous motor homes we had and felt that the slide roller was incorrectly balanced.  I talked to Kermit about it and he had me see a dealer in Albuquerque to look at what I saw as a problem.  According to the service department at the dealer this is typical of Phoenix Cruiser slides and there is nothing wrong with the slide outside of the unsightly looking floor dent and the carpet being worn down from the pressure of the roller.  The service guy talked to Kermit while we were there and apparently we will have to live with the carpet being mashed and stained by the roller.  I'm not happy with the outcome and will get an independent assessment/second  opinion from the biggest and most highly rated rv repair shop in Albuquerque.  If that shop tells me the slide is fine and I will have to live with the nasty looking carpet then I will live with it. 

Santa Fe

General Discussion / Slide Issue
« on: May 15, 2010, 07:40:08 am »
We have a 2551 with slide.  When we bought the motor home about three months ago we did not notice that the slide dug deeply into the lino in front of the refrigerator and into the carpet in front of the couch.  Once discovered, though, we told Stuart that we were concerned.  He told us that all slides were leaving deep indentations on the flooring and that this was due to the weight of the slide, 400 pounds, and the heavily padded floor.  We have had motor homes with slides and have never experienced the slowness or noise in opening and closing we experience with this slide nor the indentations in the flooring.  We have written to Kermit about our concerns and included pictures but have never heard from him.

Those of you with slides -- do you also have deep grooves in the flooring?  And, if not, do you have any thoughts on what has gone wrong with ours?  If this is normal -- as I have been told by Stuart -- then I am great disappointed.  If it isn't normal I want it fixed.

Santa FE

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