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Old 11-03-2018, 05:19 PM   #1
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I want to start a "treasure hunt" for 2018 owners of 2800 and 2801 owners (and anybody else who wants to take part.

This morning I read a reply from RedLdr1 about his 2800 having 2 Schwintek slides and 1 hydraulic slide. Sure enough, he is right. My 2801 has exactly the same combination. AHAA, we need to pool resources.

Per his post, RedLdr1 has slide controllers in the furthest back cabinet (2800).

My 2801 has the slide controllers for the bed and the wardrobe under the "static" mattress on the bed. With the bed slide in the out position, I moved the "free mattress half" off the bed and lifted the static mattress (snapped to a base board on a piano hinge). This hinged mattress board opens to a vertical revealing a large compartment under it. I found both Schwintek controllers, my convertor, my electrical control box and the full electrical distribution panel with shunt etc. I also had a complete view of the top of the fresh water tank.

I found per RedLdr1 the controllers for my hydraulic slide were under the dinette slide itself and when in the extended position could be reached.

In the 2801 I found the water heater bypass behind a plain vertical panel located between the sink and the drawers that are front most on the kitchen counter section. There are 4 phillips head screws that need to be removed, then I coaxed the panel out with a hooked wire. The heater bypass and the hot and cold valves are all clearly visible.

I have not yet found the hydraulics for the 2018 LCI Level-up system yet. Not the same as the previous Big Foot system. It has to have a hydraulic tank, servos, valves etc. I don't have any idea yet.

I hope other 2800 and 2801 owners will jump in. Any "treasures" you have found in the 2800 or 2801 could be shared.

Thanks in advance, and I will keep posting what I find.

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Old 11-03-2018, 06:53 PM   #2
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Interesting. My 2801QS has all Schwintek slides. Rear slide controllers as you have stated and one in each compartments under the side slides. As for the water heater bypass, I removed the screws and put handles and cabinet latches on it so it just pulls out and snaps back in. Pictures in the "more 2801 mods" thread.

My question is, has anyone been able to access the transfer switch. I would like to check the cables occasionally, but mine is in the bathroom inside the cabinet enclosure under the drawer. It looks lie one would have to take the cabinet apart to get to it, and barely, at that. That is surely above my skill level.
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Old 11-03-2018, 07:19 PM   #3
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I want to start a "treasure hunt" for 2018 owners of 2800 and 2801 owners (and anybody else who wants to take part.
Do you have a 2801 or a 2501 ? In your profile it says 2501... There is a big difference between the 250X and 280X series...like a fourth slide out!
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Old 11-03-2018, 07:57 PM   #4
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Obviously a series of unfortunate typos. However, it is entertaining so I will “jump in”.
Abdrahim, I was able to do a visual check by using an automotive inspection mirror and a small LED light. If you drop a screw, you will need a telescoping magnet to retrieve it. That does not get you to checking the actual connections but you will be able to see any arcing burns. Better than nothing. I think I may get one of those Harbor Freight cameras.
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Old 11-03-2018, 07:58 PM   #5
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Do you only 3 slides? My 2801 has four and all Schwintek
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Old 11-04-2018, 06:49 AM   #6
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WOW, My apologies to the group. All that typing and I listed the Wrong Vehicle. As RedLdr1 points out, I have a 2501TS not a 2801TS.

I haven't got a clue why I did that and while embarrassing not the worst thing I have ever done. Probably not even this month.


I am going to start this thread over with the right title? The intent was good. You 2800 and 2801 series guys might want to ignore my "finds" but continue with the thread for your use with your series.


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Old 11-04-2018, 03:25 PM   #7
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Here's a couple "gotchas" on fuses for your knowledge quest.... Our 2501 has a 10 Amp in-line fuse close to the water pump. It is well hidden behind the sheet metal door FR uses to protect the water pump and filter in the cargo bay.

The second hidden fuse is also a 10Amp in line for the exterior plug for the Zamp solar "stuff". This one can be really hidden as it gets sprayed coated with the goop FR insulates the undercarriage with...

While we are on electrical "stuff" if you want to install a permanent mount surge suppressor the easiest place is under the bed. There is a nice space beside the main power panel, on the drivers side, at the foot of the bed. After installing it route the remote display cable, if equipped with one, to just above the power converter panel. That location lets my wife see the current amperage in use before adding more load like the convection microwave. Since installing the remote display I haven't needed to go thru the coach resetting the AC breakers after a kitchen "Aw Crap"... I use a Progressive Industries EMS-HW30C. See Here if you're looking for a unit.

As I find more "undocumented enhancements" to our 2500 I'll post them...
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Thanks for the post. First RV after many years without one.
We were told to find the controller for the slides but our technician had so many other fixes to take care of, we didn't get that information.
Is your rear camera display backwards?
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Is your rear camera display backwards?
Welcome to the forum! In our 2500 the remote control for the rear camera can "flip" the view to suit your tastes...
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Old 11-07-2018, 08:36 AM   #10
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My rear camera viewer is the in-dash Pioneer radio screen. RedLdr, is it the same for you or do you have a separate camera screen?

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