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General Discussion / Re: How to replace coaxial cable in 2015 2552
« on: September 24, 2022, 09:56:18 pm »
It is very unlikely that you would be able to pull one through using the existing cable, there a probably several tight twists and turns.

Cable inside a the body shouldn't just go bad without something pinching them severely of cutting them.  They are pretty tough cables.

The first thing I would try would be replacing the connectors on the ends.

The Victron stuff is a little more expensive than some, but it is all very high quality.  This is my second RV redo using Victron components and it  included all Victron where possible including , inverter and remote, charge controller, DC to DC, Smart shunt and power distribution.  All of it works as it should; with much having blue tooth monitoring. 

I would encourage anyone upgrading to consider the Victron products!

Picture attached shows the BMV-172 shunt and remote, along with the Victron distributor and two 206ah SOK batteries in a new battery box I had to fabricate to hold it all.

Lance was invaluable in providing guidance, I would still be fumbling along with out his help.

I think you will like the Victron unit.  Lance also helped me with figuring out the wiring.  Too bad he is no longer a participant here!

General Discussion / Re: Replacing Air Conditioner
« on: September 19, 2022, 09:10:37 pm »
Not sure which unit you have in mind, at least a couple of us have installed the RecPro/Houghton 3400 which is 13.5K.  It is much quieter and more energy efficient  Fits in the standard 14" x 14" opening with a better flange and mount than the OEM unit.

Wiring is easy enough.  Those units have a remote and no external wiring to the stock thermostat system; it has its own built into the ceiling section..  So you basically abandon those stock thermostat wires and put in a two wire thermostat (to replace the stock unit} with new wires run down to the furnace.

The most difficult part may be getting the 100lb unit up onto the roof.

General Discussion / Re: Generator starting
« on: September 14, 2022, 06:46:26 am »

Thanks for the link, never know when it might be handy to have.

General Discussion / Re: Lithium Battery Install
« on: September 14, 2022, 06:42:44 am »
I believe Lance is too nice a guy to publicly air the negative interactions he had with some other know-it-all members.  He is on the FB group from time to time.

General Discussion / Re: Lithium Battery Install
« on: September 13, 2022, 08:02:33 pm »
Thanks for the reply, might have gone that way, but too late now.  I picked up a 2014 with only 44k one owner miles.  It is in as new condition and doesn't have any tow miles on; those don't show on the odometer.

Just like doing my own electrical upgrade, setting it up myself will mean I will understand it all and know how to work on any of it.  Sometimes that can be beneficial enough to justify the effort.

Yes, it is shame Lance felt it necessary to leave this forum.

General Discussion / Re: Lithium Battery Install
« on: September 12, 2022, 10:55:05 pm »
Major electrical upgrade completed!

Thanks to Lance Brant's constant, invaluable and cheerfully given guidance I finished up a two month long project.

Flex Armour on roof along with unistruts for 4 solar panels.

Installed two 206h SOK lithium batteries in a newly fabricated battery box.  Upgraded wiring all around.

Second A/C unit on a separate plug 13500 BTU RecPro 3400.  Very quiet and more efficient.
Replace primary A/C with another 3400 which can run off battery bank/inverter for over three hours.

Victron Mulitplus 2kVA 120 inverter, which includes a 50 amp charger.  New remote panel.
Victrorn 30amp DC to DC charger with on off switch.
Victron  30 amp solar charge controller for the 4 100 watt Renogy panels.
Victron BMV-712 Smart battery monitor, with relay connected to auto start gen at low SOC if needed.

Onan AGS+ auto gen start with battery sense and temp starting.

It involved countless hours and a fair amount of money.  The end result is a more flexible, capable and robust system than our 2018 2552 had. It should more than cover all our use cases.  Seems like it is ready for anything we could imagine needing to do.

Next up getting a 2014 Honda CR-V setup as a toad.

General Discussion / Re: Paint Codes and Parts
« on: August 21, 2022, 10:17:32 pm »
I wrote to her asking about paint codes and got no response.

General Discussion / Re: Ceiling Lights
« on: August 02, 2022, 06:24:04 pm »

I think you will like them.  The On/Off switch is flush with the casing making it hard to find by touch.  They can be pressed from the side and bottom.  I added small clear self-adhesive pads to both planes to make them easy to find, I actually cut a small pad in half for each surface.  You will understand when you get them.

I bought this set to pad the blinds in the bedroom so they don't clank rolling over at night.  The little square ones cut in half are perfect.


General Discussion / Re: Lithium Battery Install
« on: August 02, 2022, 07:35:34 am »
Lance knows is stuff and is willing to share his knowledge.  I am following his lead on some major upgrades.  His help has been crucial to me having the courage and guidance to undertake this project(s).  He has had to spoon feed me on much of the electrical considerations and described how to to many steps when I was uncertain.

I have a ways to go, but with his help I think I will make it!

Here is a list of what I am doing and the things he has helped me plan to get done.

Second A/C in back. Both will be the Recpro 3400 Houghtons.
Flexarmor roof coating, with unitstruts for 400w of solar panel.
Charge controller
DC to DC charger
Auto Gen start
Victron Inverter
2 - 206ah SOK batteries
Upgraded wiring as required

A major hurdle is having a enlarged battery box.  Below is the new one I built.

General Discussion / Re: Ceiling Lights
« on: August 02, 2022, 07:12:53 am »
On getting our 2552 I immediately decided the bright lights had to go.  My solution was to replace the fixtures.  Besides being full dimmable with 3 color choices they look better IMO.  They are almost an exact match for the footprint of the old fixture so once installed they look stock.


Here are pictures showing relative dim and bright, front and back in a 2552.

General Discussion / Re: Strip Lights turned on from ignition?
« on: July 28, 2022, 11:00:45 pm »
Thanks for the information. 
When my Phoenix comes out of storage the battery switch is off.
I should enter the coach, turn on the switch, turn off the lights, then start the engine and drive away.


On the newer PC's the battery cutout switch is an actual switch, not a solenoid so in your case, you shouldn't have to check it.

How new are you you meaning, my 2018 has both a switch and the solenoid Lance referred to?

General Discussion / Re: slideout mechanism is blinking
« on: July 24, 2022, 03:41:53 pm »
My 2018 slide was blinking red and green with the slide out.  After holding the button for "out" for 10 seconds as Lance mentioned the blinking quit. YMMV

General Discussion / Re: Dual Reclining Sofa Options
« on: July 18, 2022, 08:27:31 pm »
Our 2018 2552, came with this powered Flexsteel unit.  It appears to have been factory installed.  Note that they deleted the pantry to get the room for it. It does not make into a bed.

We have found it to be more comfortable than the standard seats and like the large console in the middle.  I am 6'2 and it fits me much better than the standard.

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