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46  Main Forum / General Discussion / Winegard on: November 12, 2012, 07:42:44 am
Our wineguard sensar (batwing antenna) seems to work off and on, even when we are metropolitan cites like St Petersburg. FL. I picked up the wingman to improve the reception on the channels from 15 to 51 at Camping world, and while talking to the salesperson -- an RV owner with winegard sensor -- he said that these antennas have button that is pressed when first trying to locate a channel it boost the power to improve catching a signal. Ours is a PC 2010 model that was sold in Sept 2009 so this may be an improvement after our build.

I did learn doing some research on the internet -- still cannot find a manual for operation -- that the new signal is either on or off, not like old TV signal when fuzzy meant that you are only getting part of the signal, thus the signal needs to be caught in the right direction or you get nothing.

Question: Does anyone have such a button and where might it be on the 2551?

Question: Also has anyone recommend that i install one of the directional meters to facilitate the finding of channels.

Greg
47  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Help on inverter on: November 10, 2012, 08:30:01 am
Thanks,

I called the mothership on Thursday and spoke to one of the techs about the test meter showing that the batteries being "good" - all lights on - but the Inverter showed low voltage, even after we ran the generator for an two hours. I will check the switch. He told me that the test light panel might not be accurate. That would explain the conflict in the two meters.

Bought a batter tester that puts a load on the battery will return today.

I did note that i lost little water from the battery from June to October, all were still full after driving some 8,000 miles but only probably 15 days camping with out hook up. Does that seem strange to anyone.

greg
2010 2551S
48  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Duo Therm Penguin A/C on: November 08, 2012, 06:13:28 am
This is same on our unit soWe keep on low once the unit is cooled. Bride says helps to drowned out snoring.
49  Main Forum / General Discussion / Help on inverter on: November 08, 2012, 06:11:02 am
Back again asking for some practical insight.

Took a trip this weekend and inverter did not work. The test panel shows that the batteries were good, fully charged. Inverter shows error message 02 which means not sufficient battery power. Ran generator for 2 hours, still get both same messages.

Came home plugged into house for a day and now the inverter works.

I am leaving inverter off when stored and plugged in.

Thanks in advance for comments. I will call Kermit to see if he has an insight.

Greg
2010 2551S
50  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: AC not blowing cold on: October 03, 2012, 07:31:23 am
This saga is over, the air condition is fixed and it was covered under the comprehensive coverage for the lightning strike by the Good Sam Policy except for the $1,000 deductible on the comprehensive. I got the AC replaced locally for $989 (previous quote from Lazy Days Tampa was almost double).

I will say this about the service from Good Sam, "It was awful!"

I contacted them early friday to place the claim after reading the posts above and was told an adjuster would contact me Friday or early Monday. The adjuster did call back at 4:30pm friday and said she was out that day at 4:00pm and telling me to call her. I called and her message said that she would call Monday. No call Monday or Tuesday, i called both days and late Tuesday afternoon went on to the phone line for claims -- on hold for 30 minutes with the operator telling me every minute that there were no current agents available. Finally called the line to buy a new policy -- the phone was picked up in 1 minute and after i explained that i was less than happy with the insurance claims process -- got to speak to the adjuster's manager only for her to tell me that the claim was subject to a $1,000 deductible. An earlier agent who reviewed my policy said there was no deductible for comprehensive damage. I will recheck today, because so far the Good Sam staff seem to lacking in thoroughness.
51  Main Forum / General Discussion / Roof lamination on: September 26, 2012, 04:15:21 pm
While i was working getting the AC going i ran across something that seemed odd.

I had decided to buy and replace the only replaceable part in our AC unit, before we declared it dead (Yeah it was worth spending $32 to buy it and try it, didn't work and the flames only shot out about 4 inches from the starting capacitor. Exciting!) By the way i found a great place for getting all sorts of odd parts for RB stuff in Houston, the part was here by 10:00 am. http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/rv_parts_rv_accessories.htm

Went ahead and ordered the new AC at $875, plus shipping, and two hours to install from a local dealer. A lot less than quoted at Lazy Days in Tampa.

Anyhow on the way to getting the cap off the AC and put in the part, i went aloft via a step ladder on the side of the PC instead of the sturdy ladder on the rear cap. I noticed when i reached up from the 12 foot step ladder that there is a void between the plastic cap on the roof and the base below it.  The void seems to extend away from the curved edge of the roof about a foot and for two feet front and back.

I looked up in the forum so see if anyone had reported this as a problem in the past. Ron D had commented back in 2009 on a thread from another owner, back then but there seemed to be no follow up on that thread. I emailed Ron D who could not remember the post and commented that it had not been problem for him.

Before i contact Kermit about my RV, has any one else noted this type of void on the edge of their roof near where it rounds to the side?

Greg
52  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dead starter battery on: September 25, 2012, 09:02:43 pm
It's a bummer. I have purchased a secondary battery with its own jumper cables that we carry in the toad at Walmart. I charge the night before we leave on a trip. This one starts my E450

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Stanley-500-Amp-Jump-Starter-with-Compressor/13035281
53  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New member/owner on: September 22, 2012, 02:45:46 pm
I'm convinced that you an I have purchased a well built and finished vehicle that is durable and will give you many years of service. As to whether the 2910 is right for you, that's yours to determine.

Do read about the suspension recommendation many of us have made to improve the drivability of the ford E 450 chassis.

Greg
54  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Window awnings on: September 22, 2012, 06:32:03 am
Tom, i spoke to Kermit on my AC issues yesterday and also asked him about the awnings and whether i could purchase from him.

He told me to just go to Camping world -- probably not the one at Lazy Days in Tampa, though -- and buy from them. He said they will be quicker an likely less expensive. I pass on his comments.

You can buy the black windshield screen from PC directly, and we will.

greg
 
2551S
2010
55  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: AC not blowing cold on: September 22, 2012, 06:27:52 am
Unfortunately, my unit is out of warranty.

Discussed issue with Kermit, looks like our unit may have taken a hit by lightning, as GFI and breaker both were flipped off the night the unit shut down. I will be replacing the unit. The Lazy Days people in Tampa where i took it, quoted $1799, which may have been more of shock than the lightning strike.

Looks like the unit can be purchased in the $800 range from local shops and has a retail price of about $1,100. Because these units are self contained, there really is no way to repair a bad compressor or even add AC juice (this used R22? which apparently is no longer used.) Am now working with a local AC -- mostly marine dealers here in St. Pete -- to get a replacement, but the Dometic model has changed, Can anyone with a 2551S that is 2012 tell me what model Dometic they have in their MH .

The AC unit we have is Dometic Duo-therm model 600315.33, and is out of date. I am looking at models on the internet and there are about 6 that look almost alike. My unit has analog controls that are not built into the unit and has heat strips.

Because there are several replacement units, I want to be sure that i get the right one. Could wait until Monday to speak to Kermit but wanted to do some research this weekend.

I will make a observation of my reaction when the Lazy Days people immediately told me the "freon is low, need to replace the unit", though some might take my comment to have a political tone, but is not meant to be that.

When the Lazy Days people looked at it and they quoted the $1,799 price as the solution, they also commented that they thought i must have a after market warranty to cover this type of expense. That made me think that places like LD may be just looking to replace things rather than look at are fixing with so many units now buying warranties. Almost like out medical system with most folks covered by employer paid insurance. It makes me see the value in having warranty in a market that is getting use to being paid by a third party. By the way, there were over 135 working bays at LD, all full of mostly diesel pushers and other Class As, only saw a handful of Class B and Cs.

But lunch was free and they did not charge to look at the unit, though it took more than an hour to get checked out -- had to meet with "repair counselor" who encouraged me to get to go ahead with the replacement.

What an operation they have, and i was able to just stroll though the bays looking for my vehicle when i asked to speak to the repair mechanic who diagnosed my AC problem. Not OSHA restrictions there.

Greg
56  Main Forum / General Discussion / AC not blowing cold on: September 20, 2012, 01:35:24 pm
Four nights ago while in a state park our Dometic AC unit went off while we were sleeping. In the morning, I found the AC circuit blown off and the GRI off.

After I reset both, the AC would blow but no cool air.

Today I am at Lazy Days in Tampa and they have just told me I need a new unit for $1,700. When I asked why I was told on the phone that it is low on freon and it is a closed system.  I had other discussion that probably doesn't need to be aired here. I am waiting to speak to the technician to get a better explanation, an obviously wont be shelling ou $1,700 to Lazy Days today.

It almost seems I must have blown an internal circuit.

Any ideas.

Greg Matthews
2010. 2551S
57  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: No power to HWH levelers on: September 14, 2012, 08:19:23 am
Further update. Just left HWH and they had to rewrite the power to my units. Apparently either the dealer who installed the levelers -I bought from second owner- or the dealer who handled my purchased direct wired the unit to battery. HWH connected to accessory fuse behind the foot brake.

This seems to solve several problems, such as frequent dead battery, see other post.

Anyhow, with the fixed wiring the unit automatically turns off when the ignition is turned off. They said wiring directly to batter can cause short in system. I guess if you unit does not go off automatically, a similar retire may be present.
While the e450 was on the lift, The tech also told me that because of where my unit is weighed, there is no way for me to manually release the levelers. The unit is mounted about in the middle of the chassiss. As a result the clearance under the unit in too small to get to valve. Said unit should have been mounted behind the generator.

Fortunately the unit has a drive forward feature to allow you to get off when the levelers are stuck.

Thanks for all comments. By the way, the HWH people are a great group and have hookups for those who have appointments.
58  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: No power to HWH levelers on: September 08, 2012, 10:13:43 am
Update: The levelers are extended but folded rearward as I drove off the levelers. The red leveler light on the dash is on and there is no change in it whether the foot brake is "on" or "released." The HWH panel on the dashboard is blank (no lights on). It seem as if no electricity is getting to it, however the red light is on. The use switches by the side door are "on" and "in use" the inverter is on and the unit is plugged in.

Cannot locate any loose wires.

There are lights under the unit except for the single red light which is off, the tech from HwH said that means the power not getting to the unit.

Any ideas
59  Main Forum / General Discussion / No power to HWH levelers on: September 07, 2012, 01:00:35 pm
You solved my battery problem, maybe you can help on levelers problem.

While the HWH levelers were extended, the unit stopped getting power. I trouble shot with the technicians - the directed me under chassis- and one light in control panel is off. The said that indicates that the unit is not getting power. They have offered to arrang to fix on trio
P home from MT to FL. It will add a day and additional 300 mikes to trip. They said is would be covered under the warranty.

Befor I alter trip home, imam looking for ideas.

By the way the HWH levelers that PC installs allow you to drive forward to get off when this problem occurs. Once you drive forward, the unit swing up.
60  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dead starter battery on: September 07, 2012, 12:52:44 pm
thanks did it, now to reconnect the wire I cut.

Ge_montana
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