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General Discussion / Storage
« on: June 01, 2014, 06:04:05 am »
I've just been thinking.  As everyone else,  I would like more storage.  So I was wondering if the twin beds on the driver's or passenger's side, in a 2551, could have a hinged top and acquire storage underneath the bed like the 2552's ?  Or a small door added from the side.
Has anyone attempted such a thing?  I don't know what's under the beds to possibly gain storage room. 

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General Discussion / Shower head hose connection
« on: May 13, 2012, 01:04:41 pm »
The hose for the shower head attachment is connected to the TOP of the faucet handle base on the shower wall.  This hose is starting to crimp a little from bending downward and I was wondering if it wouldn't be better to turn the faucet handle base completely around so the hose connection comes off the bottom and therefore there would not be a need for the hose to bend. 
I hesitated about asking about this but I thought there might be a reason for the shower hose to be connected this way and didn't want to change it without some inquiring.  Is everyone else's hose connected from the top?  Would it harm anything to turn it with the hose connection coming from the bottom?  Any assistance would be appreciated.

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General Discussion / Exterior electrical receptacle
« on: March 27, 2012, 07:41:10 am »
I was reading an article online earlier this week from a fella that said he plugged an electric grill into the receptacle on the exterior of his motorhome.  The cord got exceptionally hot and the plastic receptacle started to melt and smoke.  He stated further that he had a 2004 Winnebago.  Not knowing what the problem turned out to be and only being able to read the article and not ask any questions it got me thinking.  Would an electric grill or skillet that draws approx. 1500 to 1800 watts be safe to plug into my exterior receptacle? I've regularly used it for the radio or DVD player and TV with no problem.

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Around the Campfire / Quick snack
« on: May 27, 2011, 09:53:55 am »
This has always been a fun thing for the kids to do, especially on a rainy day in the MH.  They enjoy making their own little cake.  I "try" to remember to bring a can of ready made frosting.  Yes, I admit this is a late night snack for me too.

5 MINUTE CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE
4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug (Micro Safe)

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well.  Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts.
The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed!
Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if you'd like.

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General Discussion / Bike rack or cargo carrier
« on: April 23, 2011, 12:07:28 pm »
We were talking about using a bike rack or cargo carrier fitted into the hitch on the rear of the MH.  The license plate then would not be able to be seen.  This is probably a stupid question but would this be an issue with law enforcement while traveling around the country??  I'm from New York State so we have to have plates on the front and rear of our vehicles.

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General Discussion / Battery maintenance
« on: February 12, 2011, 10:22:56 am »
 :help  I'm thinking about buying a battery tender type unit for use on my house batteries – two 12V/parallel.    I really don't know anything about these units.  While checking the internet one brand said it had something that would automatically desulfate the plates and I wasn't sure if that was true or just a gimmick  There was a large difference in prices and amps available.  Does anyone have a suggestion for what make / model that they might recommend for me to purchase?

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Tips and Tricks / Lights for the rear of the MH and storage compartment
« on: February 06, 2011, 08:53:29 am »
When it gets dark, I find it difficult to see while getting things out of the rear storage compartment without holding a flashlight and admittedly I always forget to bring the flashlight with me on my first trip to the rear.  On the inside of the storage door, using Velcro, I attached 2 lights.  My lights turn on and off by pushing the dome cover.  I have also seen them with an on and off switch and are now available in LED which is brighter so I will be changing to them in the near future.  The ideal option would be to have an exterior light on the rear of the MH … which has been "wisely" suggested in this forum already. 

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General Discussion / Using 110V
« on: December 03, 2010, 07:11:52 pm »
My MH is winterized and the auxiliary and engine batteries have been removed for winter storage.  With no batteries would it harm the inverter/charger, OR anything else, if I plugged the MH into 110V.  Is there anything that I need to know or do before I plug in?? With 110V I could use the electric heater to warm the inside of the MH and use this time to do a few things in the MH while I'm not in a rush getting ready to travel somewhere. 

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Tips and Tricks / PC Twin Beds ... what a pain
« on: November 04, 2010, 11:51:58 am »
Twin beds in my PC … What a pain to make and nothing standard you can buy fits plus they are different sizes.  This is what I did and it's working fantastic.   :)
I went to WalMart and bought sheets.  $4.00 a piece ( 2 full and 2 twin/single ) with a low thread count, because I didn't want to practice with expensive sheets.

Throw them in the dryer to get out most of the wrinkles first.  Remember you are going to be working inside out on the fabric.  Fold the full sheet lengthwise and sew together the long side and one end, sew the seam a ¼ to 1/2 inch from the edges.  Measure the depth of your mattress – that will be the depth for your fitted corners … on the sewn end, sew 2 box corners carefully cutting off the excess material "after" the corners are sewed. 
Take the mattress off the bed and slide it into the "mattress case/fitted bottom sheet" adjusting your corners to fit where they should…this was actually quite easy to do.

I was going to put a drawstring at the open end but it bunched up too much.
I folded the open end over like wrapping a gift and used 2 or 3 large safety pins to close the end snuggly.  If I come up with something better I will share it.
Make the bed with the top single sheet, tucking the excess under the mattress on the wall side and foot of the bed.  I probably could make the sheet narrower and hem the side but I am comfortable the way it is for now.

I liked it so well that I made mattress covers the same way and put a 2 inch mattress topper inside on the mattress, "WHILE" I was slipping the cover over … WOW   pyho now that was a chore ( you want the topper to fit flat and stay without folding or creases ) and luckily I had a friend to help.  The extra pair of hands for doing that was surely appreciated.  As far as making the mattress covers …. depending on how thick your mattress is and how thick the mattress topper is, you may want to buy a queen sheet and measure to fit for thicker covers/mattress case/bottom fitted sheet.  If you are putting a mattress topper in your mattress cover (not bottom fitted sheet cover) ... have it snug enough as to not shift around while you are sleeping.
I also bought the matching pillowcases.  The WalMart sheets are not perfectly squared so don't stress yourself thinking you did something wrong.  I found this was a break two nails and a 4 cups of coffee project.  :coffee  With this being said I have bought better sheets, higher thread count, and made 2 sets of sheets.  All is working well  2o2

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General Discussion / Waste Tank Sensor Probes
« on: October 29, 2010, 12:27:30 pm »
Good afternoon all.  I'm not in any type of dilemma nor do I feel the need to pull my hair out "this time". :-D  I'm just pondering over purchasing a product but would like to know if anyone has used it and if so, how did it work.  Replacing the waste tank sensors with the HORST MIRACLE PROBES.  It almost seems too good to be true so that sent up the red warning flag.  I was hoping that someone in the Forum might have experience with or information to share about these probes.

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General Discussion / Inverter / Charger Settings
« on: October 24, 2010, 01:33:05 pm »
I have a Tripp-Lite Inverter / Charger in my MH under the refrigerator - 2008 2551S.  I'm getting conflicting information.  I believe, I'm now more confused about using the Inverter / Charger than before I started talking to a few people.  The one thing I know is the Inverter changes DC from the batteries to AC.  By the way, I'm a full believer in the KISS method; especially because I sit at the low end of the scale for electrical know how.   

Located on the front panel there are 2 options: Auto or Charge Only that have lights on each side.  Inside on the Inverter there is a Reset switch and I can find no On / Off switch.

While plugged into Shore Line at the park, should the Inverter be set on Auto or Charge Only?

While stored in my garage between trips, not plugged into an A/C outlet, should the Inverter be set on Auto or Charge Only?

While driving down the road, should the Inverter be set on Auto or Charge  Only?     

In each one of these questions should the Battery on/off switch next to the steps be On or Off?

Help !! I know I'm asking for a lot ..... I would greatly appreciate if somebody could get my head straightened over this.  If there was a "smiley icon pulling their hair out" this is where I sure could use it.
 

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General Discussion / Window Vibrates Open
« on: October 18, 2010, 08:53:48 am »
2008 2551S ..... The window in the slide out behind the couch seems to have a mind of it's own.  At first I thought I was not latching the window shut but found out after checking several times, that as I am driving down the road, the window slowly vibrates open by itself.  Has anyone else had this problem and found a solution? 

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Around the Campfire / Easy breakfast
« on: October 01, 2010, 08:10:19 am »
A friend's aunt had e-mailed her this idea, so while camping this week she had us all help in making the next morning's joint breakfast. 

Have everyone write their name on a quart-size Ziploc freezer bag
with permanent marker.

Crack 2 eggs, large or extra-large, into the bag (not more than 2)
shake to combine them.

Put out a variety of ingredients such as: cheeses, ham, onion, green
pepper, tomato, hash browns, salsa, etc.  The next time we all chipped in and brought 1 or 2 ingredients and our own eggs.

Each guest adds prepared ingredients of choice to their bag.
Make sure to get the air out of the bag and zip it up.

Place the bags into a pot of rolling, boiling water for 13 to 15 minutes
Your pot size will be determined by the number of bags to boil.

Open the bags or cut the zipped top off and the omelet will roll out easily.

Nice to serve with fresh fruit and toast.  Imagine having these ready the night before and in the morning in just 15 minutes you've got omelets made to fit everyone's individual taste buds. 






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General Discussion / Water Run Off From Roof Air Conditioner
« on: September 23, 2010, 10:55:24 am »
While running the roof air conditioner, the water runs from the unit on the roof then down the same spot on the side of the motorhome.  Over a period of time I would "think" that this can not be a good thing for the paint finish.  Window air conditioners used in your home frequently come with a drain tube for the flow of water instead of it running down the siding on your house.  Does anyone know of anything that is used on motorhomes??? 

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General Discussion / Engine won't start and no power 12 volt
« on: September 15, 2010, 05:56:07 pm »
2008 - 2551  Can't figure this out.  Hoping somebody has an idea of what can be wrong.  Yesterday ... went to go into the side door of the coach and reached down to switch the power on next to the steps.  Nothing- red light would turn on...inverter lights not on either... put the key in the ignition and only heard a couple clicks ... engine would not turn over.  Battery tester indicates 12.3 for Ford engine battery and both auxilliary batteries at 12.4.  Used Die Hard Jump Starter and the engine turner over instantly without hesitation.  Let the engine run for about 30 minutes.  Shut it off...waited 5 minutes and it started up again.  Today I just went through the same ordeal again.  No power ... what could it be??
All batteries have water,  posts and connectors are clean and tight.  Nothing left turned on inside the cabin and keys were taken out of the ignition.

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