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166  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Alignment experience on: July 17, 2012, 05:59:44 pm
I have driven Fords all my life, and have to admit that some (E-150, Windstar, now the  E350), are not good handlers.

The alignment guy I took this 2350 to is one guy (family owned) that I can trust.  He was the only place in the city that could get my E150 conv van to handle that I bought. I took it to Ford twice, with no success. Finally my brother, who works for Ford said take it to this guy.  I did, and he fixed the handling issue. Don't remember exactly what he did, but he had to bend something!

My alignment cost $77 with tax.  I may think about calling Kermit about this and see what he says. I want to get a wiring diagram for the coach anyway...   Is the best way to call Kermit is to call the PC number and then just ask for him?  You know... what I also need is some PC literature.  I have people goggling over the PC just about every place I go. In just a few weeks, I probably have shown the inerds to a dozen people.
Denny and Barb
167  Main Forum / General Discussion / Alignment experience on: July 17, 2012, 09:11:10 am
Ok all... thanks for the "handling issue" help.   Installed the  Blue Ox Tracbar and that seemed to help.  Yesterday filled the tanks and had the front end aligned.  Had a bad toe-in I was told, and this alignment seemed to help quite a bit.   However. after they took it out for a test drive, he mentioned that my steering is tight and jerky which causes over-steering.  (I noticed this myself)  He said with only 1500 miles on the unit, the ball joints are too tight yet and should free themselves up within the next couple of thousand miles. He said they (the original no-zert fitting types) start out too tight and later they become too loose, and the zert type is better.

I did initially try and get Ford to warranty the alignment.  This is what I was told by two Ford dealerships.  They were willing to run it thru on warranty  at both shops.  However, the 2350 is too long for the car shops and I would need to take it to a Auth Ford Truck repair shop.  So I called a Ford dealership that has truck repair facilities. They could do the work, but they don't or can't do warranty work!  Figure that one out?  I asked where then do I get warranty work done on this vehicle and guess it is not at the truck shop because they are not setup to do any warranty work.  But guess were then at the mercy of the car shop if they can work on a vehicle this large.   Anyone else have experiences with this? 

Denny and Barb
168  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Leaving today to pick up our new baby! on: July 09, 2012, 12:59:08 pm
Your picking yours up almost a month after we did our.  Enjoy... know the feeling that the day would never come!

Denny and Barb
169  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: My 2350 got weigh today on: July 08, 2012, 10:08:12 pm
Barry... I did exactly the same as you did... Ended up with 55Front 65Rear and took it for a drive. Handled better than it did with the 75-85 that was in there.   Like I said... may try and get front end aligned this week and go from there.  But at least I have some idea of the weight I am *(and your are also) hauling around on the tires.   Thanks

170  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Scheduled Ford service on: July 08, 2012, 08:19:52 pm
Nicely said...  I buy synthetic oil when on sale at Menards for almost the same price as reg oil. 
I like the fact that when we do our winter excursion from Wisconsin to Arizona, I don't need to be concerned about oil changes.

Denny and Barb 
171  Main Forum / General Discussion / My 2350 got weigh today on: July 08, 2012, 07:42:04 pm
Hi all,

Weigh my 2012 2350 today with a full tank of gas and full water tank.   Also all our junk is now in place in coach.   (Reason doing  this is because still having some handling issues even after the track bar installed. Have not had the front end aligned as of yet.)

I have a truck scale just across the street from me, so it was convenient to take it over there after church today.   Here are the results:

Total 10880
Rear  7800
Front 3000
Left Rear 3880
Right Rear 3680
Left Front 1580
Right Front 1720

Now armed with all these figures, going to the Michelin Tire charts for the Lt 225 75R 16 at the website :

we find that I should be running 40lbs in the front and 60 in the rear?   Did I figure this correctly?
Any thoughts?   Seems a bit low for the front.

Denny and Barb
172  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Scheduled Ford service on: July 08, 2012, 07:24:36 pm
At 7500 miles it is turning out to be a bigger deal getting service than I expected.

Is there list of Ford dealers that can handle RV's?

Are quick change places like JiffyLube, Wallmart, etc. A possibility for just an oil/filer change?

I just looked underneath at my upcoming oil change in about 6500 miles.  Piece of cake... don't even need ramps. (Ramps would put oil filter and oil plug out of the reach of my short arms! ha ha)

I have been doing my oil changes most of my life myself.  Reason being, when I ever did take a vehicle in for oil change I got shorted on oil or service was not so good.  Living in Wisconsin, I try and time oil changes in spring and fall and most of the time use synthetic.  So my new 2350 will get the same treatment..  BTW the oil filter is finally placed in a good spot and in a position where one does not oil himself replacing it.

173  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Newbie very interested in the 2552... on: July 07, 2012, 05:42:10 pm
My vote goes for the leather all around... Stuart was very helpful when we ordered our unit two months ago, and one of his suggestions was the leather.  Am so glad we did, as we love it.

Denny and Barb
174  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Cloths Chute for 2350. on: July 07, 2012, 05:35:56 pm
I find it kind of fun exploring new cubbies that can be used for something.  When space is precious, every square foot (maybe even sq inch) is like a glass of water in the desert!  Smile 

Today mounted a 84 watt solar panel on the roof.  Want to have about 300 watts up there eventually.  Ran two #6 wires up thru the black tank vent so as not to put any more holes up there than necessary. The charge controller (40 amp)  can be seen in one of the pictures mounted right rear of bed. 
175  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Table leg storage on: July 05, 2012, 10:22:07 pm
This is just a bit of velcor use in order to store the pedestals with the table legs.  Tying a bit of velcor around on one  the the feet and using a tie-wrap to fix it there, the velcor can then be wrapped around all three feet keeping the behaved while not in use, but still stored with their legs.  
176  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Cloths Chute for 2350. on: July 05, 2012, 10:15:09 pm
Barb and I have owned our 2012 2350 for about a month now and enjoying using it and also furnishing it.  We have enjoyed the many hints and tips found on this forum, implement some of them... Now maybe it is time to give-back with idea's we have.

Daughter and family bought a 24' camper two weeks ago that had a cloths chute.  I thought, what a great idea to have a place for the dirty cloths to get them out of the living area of the camper.  But our 2350 had none. 

Looking around inside the 2350 for extra area's (We came from 7 years in a Winn Rialta, and know the joys of finding new cubby holes to store stuff!), I see room under the bed.  This is room there that could be used if a little re-arranging of a head duct and CO2 unit.  Moving both of them to the left opens up a 12x12 space enough to tack in a laundry bag of your choice and have a clothes chute.  Add a nice door and your set.

Also, there is room on both the left and right side of the water tank for long narrow items such as kayak paddles and I even shoved in the life jackets.   

Oh... fixing some hinges on the bed board allows one easy access to all the stuff stored under there like the paddles, jackets and electrical equipment, *(especially if one need to service them).

Below is some pictures... not good quality as my camera broke and at the mercy of the cell ph.

Denny and Barb
177  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Mounting Solar Panels on: June 25, 2012, 10:20:07 pm
Thanks everyone... Going shopping tomorrow for the sealant.  I do have Kermit's roof drawing.

Denny and Barb
178  Main Forum / General Discussion / Mounting Solar Panels on: June 25, 2012, 08:22:20 am
Does anyone have experience with the proper way to mount solar panels to the roof of the PC? Kermit gave the the structure diagram.  But what caulking (maybe the same pourable that is on there?).

Also... what material is the roof made of.... some kind of plastic or fiberglass?  Mine (2012) has a wrinkle type finish.

Denny and Barb
179  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Got our Baby home! on: June 12, 2012, 06:57:57 pm
Well thanks  ThankYou ThankYou  for all the fine helpful comments.  I am loading the girl up as we speak to get her up to NORMAL weight and then will take your advice to first have the alignment done... OH... first I will lower the tire pressure (especially the front which is way over according to the door sticker), then get an alignment and then try better shocks and then the sway bar.... thanks...

Denny and Barb
180  Main Forum / General Discussion / Got our Baby home! on: June 11, 2012, 11:18:23 pm
Barb and I picked our new 2350 up at PC on Wed and then took the long way home thru Michigan camping a few days at Sleeping Bear NS.

Have to say the purchase day was very uneventful with the PC staff being very helpful.

This is a nice quality coach with the added benefit that we could design it ourselves adding and deleting what we need and use.

As I have noted with other posts, the handling is a bit to be desired.  Apparently I should maybe do a wheel alignment and maybe have some heavy duty suspension changed.   Air pressure in tires appear to be 80 front and 70 rear. I may play with that a bit, since the door sticker shows somewhat less than that.  Anyone else have similar experiences and what seemed to give you the most punch for the buck? 

Denny and Barb 
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