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General Discussion / Re: To cover or not to cover....
« on: May 17, 2019, 04:53:09 pm »
I've used the Goldline cover from National RV Covers:
They are the best for the money IMHO. Good strap system, vents, and zippers.
Be sure to cover a clean RV, not a dirty one. Plastic tarps are a no-no, they damage paint.  I put a large poly tarp over the Goldline cover for winter storage since the Colorado sun is brutal on everything.

General Discussion / Re: DVR cabinet removal 2010 2551 Success!
« on: May 12, 2019, 01:31:40 pm »
Hi, guys !
 I'm trying to remove the shelf under the DVR cabinet... Got the screws out, but something unseen still seems to have a pretty good hold on the right side. Any thoughts???
If you are talking about the leatherette covered padded shelf the two screws into the wall under the button covers and then the rest of it is just stapled to another little shelf from underneath, just pry it up.  Hope that helps you.
We're in the Needles District of Canyonlands in Utah, one of our favorite places on Earth, and can only check messages occasionally.

General Discussion / Re: Options qustions...
« on: April 20, 2019, 08:41:55 am »
Is a propane oven an option, or has anyone installed one post-factory? We like to camp in no-generator National Forest campgrounds ( we enjoy the quiet of nature, not the noise of crowded campgrounds where in the absence of electrical hook-ups, folks run generators most of the day and night).

Coleman makes a folding stove top oven that works well. We carry a small Coleman propane camp stove for cooking outside (fish and bacon especially) and the oven works on it also.   https://www.google.com/search?q=coleman+folding+oven&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS749US749&oq=coleman+folding+&aqs=chrome.5.0j69i57j0l4.9632j1j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

I also wish we had a second water pump switch in the bathroom and I will put one in someday.

General Discussion / Re: Ladder Bike Rack
« on: April 20, 2019, 08:35:26 am »
I did the PC search and saw a positive comment for a Swagman. I did the Amazon search and none of them have great reviews. I will be towing a car or boat so the hitch mount won't work. Looking for recommendations for a ladder mount bike rack. Thanks...Russ
I would not want anything more than a very light weight lawn chair or two bouncing up and down on on the ladder while travelling.
If you do the double receiver hitch solution, be sure that the bikes don't interfere with the toad when turning sharply.

Very interesting indeed, and thanks for sharing.
I love all of the educational information that others in this forum post for the rest of us!


General Discussion / Re: Black & Decker Li-ion tire inflator
« on: April 20, 2019, 08:27:35 am »
Many jump-starters like Ron shows here have an air pump also and are a must have item anytime I go anywhere in any of my vehicles (when I remember to grab it that is.)
That and cans of fix-a-flat.  A jumpstarter is a much easier way to be the hero when someone's (or your own) engine won't turn over.


General Discussion / Re: Gray tank auto switch continues to blink
« on: April 20, 2019, 08:12:20 am »
Ours was doing the same thing when we got it, but the actuator wasn't actually working, so I disconnected the wire and now manually operate the valve when needed as it is easy to reach on a 2551.

General Discussion / Re: New flooring
« on: April 20, 2019, 08:05:47 am »
Has anyone installed waterproof laminate plank flooring?  The manufacturers will not warranty the floors in an rv, but we were told to leave 1/4 inch all around for expansion, and we would be fine.  The flooring is beautiful but wondering if it would hold up and about more noise when traveling?  Thank you for your thoughts!

Our pre-owned 2551 had cheap laminate flooring installed over the vinyl. Looks fine except for where the slide rollers have worn through the very thin but nice looking finish.  I doubt real wood can be found thin enough to allow for the slide to operate. I've yet to see a floating laminate that doesn't feel and sound cheap IMHO when walking on it due to the foam underlay.  We ended up with several area rugs to soften the feel and protect the flooring.

Buy a high quality flooring if you go that way. I wonder if the new tile wood-look flooring would work, may not tolerate the slide rollers pressure...I'd go that way if so when we replace our less-than-stellar current job.

PS  Our factory vinyl does not extend under the beds, I wonder why?  No moisture protection where it is really needed. I thought most rvs had a continuous flooring on the whole platform.

General Discussion / Re: DVR cabinet removal 2010 2551 Finished !!
« on: April 12, 2019, 11:51:28 am »
I finally decided how to treat the area that the TV previously occupied...thought about mesh net style catch all, magazine rack, old beer sign :lol...
The area behind the TV was a poor mix of material and finish, so I was somewhat challenged.
I opted to use the old cabinet front. Sounds easy, reality never is so.  Anyway, we're very happy with the final outcome, glad I did it. It actually makes the room feel bigger, more space for dancing!  (cheer) It really is the way the 2551 should come from the factory.
I also added an umbrella stand by the door and a lip to the little shelf under the TV since we always seem to leave something there that would take flight at the first right turn.

General Discussion / screen door squeak clues?
« on: March 17, 2019, 05:56:23 pm »
I searched first, but nothing came up. I could be solo in this dilemma.
Any clues how to silence the screen door, shrieks seems to be coming from the spring mechanism . Have cleaned and waxed the tracks and sprayed dry lube top and bottom in the ends while I had it all out to move the TV.  We had 3 of the same roller screens in our home and they all squeaked too. Other than magic I'm stumped.
By the way, the screen is about a foot longer than it needs to be, probably made for a 3' door, so if you had a tear within the first foot or less, it could be removed and rebuilt, I bet.

General Discussion / Re: Accumulator Tank
« on: March 13, 2019, 07:54:33 pm »
Would it be proper to assume that the larger the tank the better? Or will a smaller one do as well...

General Discussion / Re: Water pump in 2007
« on: March 13, 2019, 10:22:58 am »
This my first time on this forum. Iím in a 2007 / 2350. Traveling full time. Where is the water pump located and is supposed to make loud noise when operating? It is also vibrating especially when using hot water. Any suggestions ?
Hi Lucille10,

You have the exact same year and model year PC as we do.  Do you have a slide out?

The quick answers to your questions are....
- Your water pump is in the outside storage compartment under the bed.
- Your description sounds perfectly normal, just like ours did the first year.  It was irritating as heck.

We bought our 2007 2350 new in 2007.  After the first year, I installed a water accumulator tank which completely changed the pump's behavior for the better.  Instead of loud groaning rapid on/off cycles, it is very quiet and also smooth in operation.  It also provides more consistent water pressure which is most noticeable in the water temperature in the shower.  I highly recommend installing one.  I did mine cheap, but today, especially for your particular PC, I recommend a different accumulator tank for a much cleaner installation to reduce the amount of space it takes up in the outdoor storage compartment.  Let me know if you want more information on this.
I'd like info on that smaller accumulator tank. Our pump is under the longer bed in the 2551 (with everything almost) and like all pumps is noisy. Not sure if I'd have enough room there...

Tips and Tricks / Re: Lawn chairs on ladder
« on: March 12, 2019, 07:55:17 am »
As an owner of a 2100 which we have put about 40,000 miles on, tail sage/drag is a never ending battle.  The shower is even further back than the galley and over the holding tanks, so more weight where you don't want it. Thus, the reason I now try and stow chairs (and inflatable kayak when we bring it) in the middle. Also, the fiberglass shower pan is not as strong as you might think and when stowing heavy items like chairs, it requires a great deal of caution to not poke a hole. This is the voice of experience!
Everything we stow in the shower doesn't weigh 1/8 of what I weigh so I'm not worrying about the floor. Most extra items go in the toad now anyway, a great way to solve the weight and space problem...we can even hit a Costco and Trader Joe's on our way home! (neither are near us)
The easy way to reduce rear overhang weight is to empty the holding tanks before hitting the road.

Tips and Tricks / Re: Lawn chairs on ladder
« on: March 11, 2019, 11:53:01 am »
Unless already utilized to the max, the shower has a lot of room for travel storage, great for things you'll move outside anyway.  Our shower is the kitty litter station, laundry bag, holds the portable stick vacuum (very handy!) and a gallon or two extra water. Could hang more from the walls. We usually sponge bathe and shower at gyms or the occasional park anyway, but not that hard to shuffle things elsewhere for that needed shower.

Really light weight chairs most likely won't harm the ladder, I would not want something heavy bouncing up and down out there.  You could hang them there with the ladder folded up (ours is always up until needed.) Out of the weather sure sounds better.

General Discussion / Re: Potential Four Down Vehicles
« on: March 08, 2019, 08:22:58 am »
Here are your answers: http://www.motorhome.com/download-dinghy-guides/
This tow guide is the key. I'd only add that it is wise to chose the smallest, lightest vehicle that will do the job you need it to do when you get to your destinations. The E450 has a lot of power, but you will still "feel" the Toad back there.

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