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General Discussion / 5 Star Performance Tune on Sale
« on: December 05, 2019, 12:51:39 pm »
After reading all of the great reviews I finally went for the 5 Star Performance Tune kit. As luck would have it the price was a holiday special of $499 instead of the retail $549. Bonus surprise, as in the box was a coupon for a $40 rebate in the form of a pre-paid Visa card. Looks like the deal runs thru Dec.

https://5startuning.com/product/7015fs/

If you've not been too naughty Santa might be persuaded to slip one down your chimney.  ;)

I installed it per the directions in about 10 minutes with no problems on our 2010 2551...can't wait to give it a thorough test!

Their test demo video on their website uses a 2016 Allegro beast coming in at 23000 lbs, ( a monster with the same 6.8L V10!!! no wonder we pass them up all the time!) ;) registering a 10% improvement from stock across the board.   All reviewers seem to be impressed with the far better shifting patterns and power curves they experienced.

Does anyone out there have real experience in performance and economy with the 5star?

Peace on Earth would be an even nicer gift...(exactly)...Happy Holidays
Dougn :)(:

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General Discussion / Re: Charging issue
« on: September 28, 2019, 01:01:00 pm »
I'd check all of the chassis ground cables first and also battery cables, remove , clean, reassemble...with fingers crossed.
Dougn

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Costco or any reputable dealer would not install tires that are under-rated for the vehicle.   The tire pressures on the door jamb are correct. Weighing is important to be sure you are not exceeding the load limit of the tire installed. Just stop at any weight station when you start on your trip. You can always jettison water, the food, the dog, the kids, (anything but the beer) if needed.
Dougn
PS  Have Fun!

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I've had Michelin's on all my trucks as long as I could afford them, installed at various pro retailers, and have never seen or been shown a chart like you show here. I can only guess that is a minimum inflation.
Tires should be inflated to the vehicle manufacturers recommendation as per the sticker on the door frame. My 2010 E450 2551 is 75psi front, 80psi rear, or the max shown on your chart.
Surprised you made it 38k miles and 12 years, shows the power and value of Michelin I guess!   

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General Discussion / Re: Battery Charger Question
« on: September 06, 2019, 06:43:39 am »
The converter/charger is part of the fuse and breaker panel ( AC/DC Distribution Panel) that is accessed in the hall between the beds. I think all info can be viewed there. The inverter is not visible but is mounted forward of the converter.

Page 5 of the install manual states:    12. Use the XADC for charging a lead-acid battery only. Do not use the XADC to
charge nickel-cadmium or dry-cell batteries commonly used with home
appliances and electronic equipment. These batteries may burst and cause
injury to persons and damage to property.

Here's a link to the manual:   http://www.bestconverter.com/assets/images/Xantrex/xadc/XADCinstallation.pdf

I'd call the manufacturer, they may have a patch or fix for using AGMs.

I'd like to do the same thing when I need new batteries, keep us informed.

Dougn

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General Discussion / Re: Starter battery disconnect switch
« on: September 05, 2019, 01:35:22 pm »
I use these...$6.99 Harbor Freight and elsewhere.

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General Discussion / Re: Battery Charger Question
« on: September 05, 2019, 01:30:21 pm »
What specs exactly are you looking for...I have the same 2010 2551 and can look in my operating manuals for the info.

As far as accessing the converter etc. using a screw gun and removing all the screws is no big deal...way overkill on the screws so I only put 6 of the 20+ back in. You can just prop the plywood up (my waste basket did the trick) to work in the curb side bed compartment.  That is where I put my water accumulator tank and wired in the PI power supply manager. Not much room left under there now.

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General Discussion / Re: WINTER CAMPING
« on: September 03, 2019, 04:34:41 pm »
Hanging a heavy blanket between the cab and coach is a big help, and don't put the slide(s) out. I have pieces of foil faced bubble insulation (not really insulation, actually is a reflective barrier... but they call it insulation) cut for each window and roof vents and skylight. Our coach came with a quick disconnect gas connection by the fridge for an RV approved portable propane space heater, nice because no fan is used (no power usage.) Keeps the chill off. I've run it overnight all closed up with two CO detectors to test this and no alarms went off. But then I wasn't in there inhaling all of the oxygen either. They say to keep a vent open.

I'd use a porta-potty and not use the gray or black tanks. We actually just take two 5 gallon water jugs, drink wine and beer instead. Put a catch basin in the sink, use bio soap, and dump it outside, using a strainer to separate the organic matter.. This is what we do in our Aliner all the time. It is what you do on river expeditions (the drink beer part too.) You could put antifreeze in the gray tank if you need to use it. Black tank tends to generate some of it's own heat.

We like solar lights and use AA candles (rechargeable batteries always please!) Solar on the roof charges everything on sunny days. Remember that the days are shorter, the nights are longer, think of interesting ways to keep warm on those long nights!

And be happy you are not on the ground in a tent...

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General Discussion / Re: Drivers power seat
« on: August 22, 2019, 04:21:31 pm »
Has anyone changed the drivers seat pedistool to one that can swivel to face the rear on the PC2100  l have  power seats  I would give up the power pedistool for a manual seat that can be turned toward the rear . Can it be done and has anyone done it  :help

 Why not both? 
These swivel bases fit multiple bolt patterns,  The top listing has 14x11 and 11.5  patterns .

http://www.discountvantruck.com/rvvanseatbases/rvvanUniversalseatbases.htm

If yours dont match, for $30 more the second one listed can be drilled to fit 'whatevah' you have. 

They raise the seat ~ 1 1/2 inches, so make sure that leaves you enough headroom.  But this seems an easy solution to keep the power base and add swivel.
In our 2010 2551 there is a Restraint Control Module bolted to the floor under the drivers seat, and it looks like the wires to it are not long enough to allow for easy relocation of the module. It has a forward facing arrow so I guess it has something to do with collision safety features.

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Mine sticks a bit about half-way in after removing it. I just "urge" it past that point and it works fine after that. Check that some utensil has not dropped in there or any other obstruction. Just be sure the glides are lined up properly first as described by others.  It it glides OK to the sticky point, they're aligned properly.

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General Discussion / Re: Add bedroom tv 2552
« on: June 18, 2019, 09:29:01 am »
I'd call Dave at PC and ask about your particular unit.

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General Discussion / Re: Options qustions...
« on: June 01, 2019, 01:12:46 pm »
There is a lot of room under the street side bed, and the deck has lift supports so ours actually pops up almost too easily. Our 2551 has the sub-woofer there, not sure if PC still does it like that, seems a waste of space and I may remove it.

The space under the bed I noticed to stay cooler than anywhere else in the coach, so I lined the larger portion behind the wheel well with 2 layers of 1" foil faced styro insulation with a lid to match. It is kept cool by alternating frozen milk bottles to the freezer, once a day before bed. We use it for extra drinks, veggies and fruit, wine and mixers. We eat a lot of greens and there is never enough fridge space to store much bulky items.  Works great, stayed 50 even when it hit 100+ outside, off-grid no AC. Even without the cooler things stay tempered under there.

It could hold several unruly grand kids, too, when they need to "chill." Without the cooler built in, that is.

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General Discussion / Re: TV Antenna location
« on: May 30, 2019, 06:25:03 pm »
My 2010 2551 has the crank up one fore of the front cap seam. There is another recent thread on this, shows some concerns but lost in the shuffle.
https://www.phoenixusarv.com/community/index.php?topic=3678.0

I'd give Dave or Carol a call at PC.

Dougn

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General Discussion / Re: water overflow leak
« on: May 30, 2019, 12:32:31 pm »
True on both points. :)(:

I'm still hoping my little tubing fix tests out positive. Maybe I'll fill the tank and take a spin around the block both directions, sloshed by going over the speed bumps sideways...

By filling the water tank, I mean filling it and then running a good half-gallon or more into the toilet to charge the black tank treatment.  (RV Digest-It is my favorite...no smell of it's own even.) https://uniquecampingmarine.com/pages/unique-rv-digest-it-liquid?gclid=Cj0KCQjw_r3nBRDxARIsAJljleEtmd_G_7HES4r_TrCmIAFia9J7eXWbqdg2FaD3UxilFKnXmnwbTPAaAni-EALw_wcB

Just some more of the inevitable topic drift...

Dougn

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General Discussion / Re: Replacement of Fiamma 45i awning
« on: May 29, 2019, 06:36:42 pm »
So, wait, I'm supposed to need a color changing led light to see that dancing bear print spiral...?
Dougn

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