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16  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How and where to mount a larger GPS? on: April 27, 2014, 03:16:54 pm
We replaced the standard Ford double-DIN (4 inches high) radio in our 2007 E350 rig
with a Kenwood DNX9960 radio with GPS, based upon advice from a couple of fellow
Forum members.  We get the ability to play our CDs, our iPods, etc.  The DNX has a
7-inch screen that covers its whole front face. 

As a bonus, we were able to hook up (with the help of a *really bright* local technician)
the back-up camera display to the DNX, so the rear view appears in the dash.  No more
head-bumps on that screen dangling from the cockpit ceiling!

I'm very pleased with the results. 


17  Main Forum / General Discussion / Amazon hires RVers as holiday staff on: December 15, 2013, 12:35:35 pm
Hi Folks,

Article in Today's SF paper says that, because Amazon builds its huge distribution centers in small towns, they have no resident overflow workers to turn to, so they hire RVers as temps.  Pretty good article, I think:

http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Campers-help-Amazon-keep-up-with-holiday-rush-5064473.php

They talk about seasonal RVers and full-timers as well.

Season's Greetings you all!

Bill and Diane and Spark
18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Goodbye to PC on: October 09, 2013, 11:52:32 pm
Hey Alan,

You're part of the family now.  Please do stop back once in a while.

Bill & Diane
19  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: REPLACING TOILET IN YOUR CRUISER on: July 27, 2013, 10:54:45 am
Hi Sparky,

I love this project - I have short legs and the stock toilet in our 2350 is quite high.

What's the part number on your new toilet?  I've been looking on the web and can't
find any Thetford that looks like your picture...  I hope you saved the box    ;-)

Thanks!
Bill and Diane
20  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Skin Care for our Cruiser on: April 14, 2013, 12:33:31 pm
Our PC sits outside in the sun all the time.  We wash it thoroughly every
few months, but have no service available to wax it (and I'm reluctant to
spend too much time on a ladder).

I'm now noticing that the bulb over the cab is getting that dusty white
chalky look to it.  Looks like a fiberglass boat left too long unmaintained.
What I'd do with the boat would be to buff it out and wax it.


I thought that clear coat would prevent this chalking effect...

What's the best care for the PC's skin?

Bill & Diane
21  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Storage of Phoenix Cruiser on: April 08, 2013, 11:44:10 pm
We covered our Road Trek for many months at a time, here in the San Francisco
area.  White synthetic canvas-like stuff.  Don't know how water or vapor tight it was.

I blame that cover for many 2-inch-long tear-drop shaped places where the Trek's
paint came off.   And I blame the fact that it was a pretty tight fit over the unit, so
there was very little air circulation under it.

So I would have a sun cover on a frame, not the unit itself, with room for air to
flow between the two.  Some of our neighbors in the RV storage yard have built
frameworks out of PVC pipe, standing in 5-gal buckets of concrete, then stretched
blue tarps over the frame.  They hold up surprisingly well to the wind - gusting to
40 mph here yesterday!

 
22  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Swap single pane windows for dual pane? on: March 30, 2013, 12:23:25 am
Hi Shipper,

I asked Kermit, at the PC factory, whether we could make that switch
for our 2350S unit.  He said that the actual window sizes were too different,
so we couldn't switch from the single-pane windows we have to doubles.
23  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I would consider it a personal favor... on: March 27, 2013, 06:42:20 pm
It's on its way Aimee.

Bill
24  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Floor renovation on: March 08, 2013, 02:10:31 pm
The new floor looks quite attractive.  What's the material?
How is it attached?  Isn't there vinyl tile over the whole floor
under the carpet?  Did you remove the tile as well?  I know
some floor coverings require a wooden sub-floor surface under
them.

Thanks for posting!
Bill & Diane
25  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Toads or tow vehicles? What brand do you use? on: November 12, 2012, 12:37:38 pm
We tow an '09 Honda Fit, four down.  Roadmaster Falcon All-Terrain towbar.  Brake Buddy
braking system for the Honda.  All from Craigslist including the Honda.

Also, we have two of those 4-conductor electrical sockets and on plug extra.  The ones
that connect the PC's lights to the toad's.  Holler if you could use them.  No cable, just the
sockets and plug.

Bill & Diane
26  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: My 2350 handling problem on: November 05, 2012, 12:04:29 am
Hi Folks,

Another data point - took our 2350 to a frame-and-axle place near us in Oakland.
They called me into the pit under the front end, and said  "we can't align this for
you".  I said 'why', and the mechanic grabbed the front and back of the driver's-
side wheel and wiggled it back and forth over an inch.

Then we looked at the ball joints.  Apparently the Ford factory only installs sealed
ball joints - no lubrication fittings at all, and the joints wore out after about 50K miles.
The replacement ball joints have grease fittings!

I had them put a read anti-sway bar on while the were under there, which we
haven't tested at all yet.  The front end, however, didn't wiggle nearly as much
after the ball-joint-ectomy.

Our next long trip will be Alameda to Ventura for Xmas, towing our Honda.  A car
to drive while visiting Mom's.  Yay!  Thanks again to Dale and Bonnie for the example.



27  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Mounting Solar Panels on: October 19, 2012, 05:21:30 pm
Cool diagram!  Thanks!  Are the red areas air ducts?

Bill
 
28  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Mounting Solar Panels on: August 30, 2012, 02:20:48 pm
Hi Folks,

Could someone who has Kermit's roof diagram post it somewhere on this site?

Thanks!
Bill
29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I think I have a brilliant idea on: August 30, 2012, 01:53:38 pm
Hi Folks,

Diane and I would be happy to show our rig to prospective buyers.  We're in the San Francisco area, near Oakland.  We have a 2007 2350S with many changes suggested by this forum.

Bill
30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: tow dolly with 2551 on: August 14, 2012, 05:19:21 pm
We have a 2009 Honda Fit which we love.  The owner's manual that came with it said it could be towed 4-down no more than 35 MPH for no more than 3 hours.  Useless. 

Then we went to a PC club event and saw several Fits being towed 4-down.  After finding the later version of the 2009 owner's manual, which says 4-down towing at up to 55 MPH is just fine (given that you do an arcane ritual with the transmission every 8 hours or so) we're going to tow the Fit just everywhere!

I highly recommend the Phoenix-Intervec club.  Really nice people!

Bill
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