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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A couple of Qs for 2351 4x4 owners on: September 26, 2017, 12:49:24 pm
The worst road conditions we have encountered were in Northeast Pennsylvania on I84. The cumulative effect of these and other roads meant lots of creaks, groans, and loose fasteners.  We never regretted the extra expense of the conversion or the slight decrease in gas mileage. When we ordered our unit the E350 chassis was standard and the E450 was an option. We chose the E350 because of better rear differential gearing and we specified manual locking hubs in order to minimize gas mileage impact. We did all of our camping in the shoulder seasons and encountered sub freezing temperatures frequently. The PC's weakness is the water system both fresh and waste in freezing weather. The other issue is the lack of insulation on the side walls of any slide  as well as condensation as a result. Canadian truck camper makers seem to have a better handle on what it takes to support cold weather camping. In our comparison when we purchased the cost of a comparable truck camper mounted on a 3/4 or 1 ton pickup was more than the PC  with the conversion.
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A couple of Qs for 2351 4x4 owners on: September 25, 2017, 09:54:09 pm
We owned a model 2400 with Quigley 4x4 and drove it 60,000 miles over 5 years and had only one minor issue with a differential seal that my mechanic fixed. From my conversations with Quigley I thought that only genuine ford parts were used for the conversion, in my case F350 components on a E350 motorhome chassis. We used the MH on a lot of gravel roads up here in Alaska as well as in Canada and the lower 48. My reply to questions about how it handled off road has always been "its like driving a box truck in the mud except you have better traction". It does NOT compare to a truck camper unless your truck camper weighs over 12,000 lbs. We found the most useful function for the four wheel drive was in the snow. My opinion is that you might be better served by a normal motorhome and a 4 wheel drive toad like a classic jeep wrangler.
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sagging rear end on: April 13, 2017, 01:03:11 pm
We had an extra leaf added to the rear suspension instead of air bags. It was much less expensive than the quoted price for air bags and the impact on ride quality was  positive. It raised the rear about  an inch and a half.
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Slideout insulation on: February 05, 2017, 11:36:35 pm
The recent topic about cold weather camping got me thinking. Has anyone who does cold weather (sub freezing <32f ) camping in a PC with a slide had issues with cold air leaking in thru the walls and around the frame? Our bed is located in the slide and in normal (above freezing) weather it is not a problem but on those cold nights the area around the frame and side walls of the slide are noticeably colder than the rest of the motor home. Has anyone noticed this and come up with a temporary or permanent  solution that does not effect the functionality of the slide? It seems like the outside walls of the slide are insulated  but he sidewalls and frame seals are not. There are no noticeable air or water leaks around the slide frame. The slide mechanism operates flawlessly. We do most of our camping in the spring and fall, so this is a significant issue effecting our sleeping comfort. Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Leather or Cloth on: February 05, 2017, 10:54:04 pm
Leather, 2012 with pseudo leather, no  complaints whatsoever.  Check elsewhere on forum some have had issues with ultra leather  peeling and cracking
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: euro chairs on: January 17, 2017, 12:38:54 pm
Seating is a very personal issue. We do not happen to like the euro chairs as much as others who have commented. My wife does not think they are comfortable and I find them adequate but nothing special. We have a 2400 and we typically leave one of the euro chairs at home when we travel. Space is at a premium in th 2400 especially with the bed set up and even after 5 years we still have issues  with where we place the chairs at night. We love the overall size and setup of the 2400, but the euro chair is not  one of our favorite features.
7  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: ALASKA ADVENTURE on: January 11, 2017, 01:30:20 am
 Always plan on extra time when departing from Whittier. The town is only accessible thru a tunnel. The tunnel is only open for traffic in one direction at a time, so you might have a wait. Take it from personal experience, the ferry people are very strict about reporting times, so you need to check carefully and plan accordingly.

Any other questions for your trip feel free to private message me. I'll help if I can.
8  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: ALASKA ADVENTURE on: January 08, 2017, 05:49:28 pm
Alaska state budget cuts have dramatically effected ferry service. Be sure to make any reservations well in advance. Ferry service has been cut on all routes and fares have increased. Consider making Haines or Skagway your northern terminus to avoid rough water crossings of the Gulf of Alaska to Whittier.
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: To owners of 2400 on: January 06, 2017, 06:25:47 pm
Will take measurements , but need more detail.... Slide in or slide out?  Passenger side measurements to rear entry door or to refrigerator wall. Wardrobe with slide in or out?

10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Better ride adding air bags on: December 01, 2016, 08:41:24 pm
We have a 2400. Almost anyone we consulted with about the effects on ride height and ride quality recommended adding one or more leafs to the rear spring set instead of air bags. We had a suspension shop add at a leaf to each side four years ago. We have been very happy with the ride and extra 1.5 in of ride height. It was a relatively cheap and simple solution. There was no noticeable effect on handling.
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cpap operation on: November 04, 2016, 07:16:51 pm
Might want to investigate battery backup unit for remstar. The battery lasts 10-12 hours on a charge. Battery can be recharged in 12 volt while traveling .  I bought mine at CPAP.com

Prior to buying the battery  pack  I used the inverter for several years on multiple occasions without any apparent effect on cpap  unit.
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The Two Waste Tank Electric Valve Actuators, Can They Be Serviced? on: October 27, 2016, 01:46:06 pm
We had a blinking light that did not go out when the valve was closed. Long story short, accumulation of road debris had gummed up the gears. Several hours of disassembly and cleaning to get valve to close properly and light to go out. Same observation as above on wiring challenges.
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Protection Against Blowouts and Getting Rear-ended? on: October 02, 2016, 09:33:12 pm
We had an aluminum rear bumper fabricated at a local weld shop with marine grade aluminum. It is attached to the frame.
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Kicken' the tires on: September 05, 2016, 07:48:27 pm
We did lots of online research, then took a week trip around the Midwest to tour the plants of the four finalists. Phoenix emerged the clear winner. That said we did not see our specific model before we  ordered and and we should have insisted on seeing the paint color we chose on a vehicle. Everything turned out ok but our expectations were not matched by what was delivered. It is a big investment take your time.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC2100 & levelers on: August 22, 2016, 08:23:14 pm
We have a 2400 with levelers. We love them for a lot of reasons, but one we have really come to appreciate is extra stability of the unit when camped where there are strong gusty winds....not kidding!
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