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16  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: replace light with led on: June 15, 2015, 09:13:35 am
On a similar note and experience to Ron's concern with "too bright", I replaced the reading lights in our PC with these:  

http://www.amazon.com/Gold-Stars-GW21500-Reading-Chrome/dp/B00AQKC7LO/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1434373622&sr=8-9&keywords=led+rv+lights&pebp=1434373626920&perid=B696F41330314A08B578

We just got back from a two week trip boondocking.  The lights worked great except they are excessively bright.  Prior to our next trip in a month or so, I am going to cut down the lights either with a filter or with a resistor to reduce voltage.  The great thing about LED lights to me is the elimination of heat.  Those stock 10 watt halogen bulbs common in many rvs get so doggone hot I consider them dangerous.  

I had a fluorescent fixture burn out during this trip.  Not the bulb, the fixture.  I think I will order Ron's LEDs as he suggested and try it out.   While in camp, I simply swapped the non working fixture with one in the back over the bed that is very seldom used.   LEDs are, incidentally, great light for hours of reading and low current drain.

Paul
17  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bathroom heater vent in 2350 on: May 23, 2015, 03:12:16 pm
Well, I went ahead today and pulled the bed and the strand board under it.  I found out whey the register was located where it was:  there is no other choice.  To move it like I was suggesting in my posts above would require cutting a big chunk out of stud that is the main support for the wall and bathroom door in the 2350.  So, I could not really improve much on what Phoenix did when they made the unit.  

Here is what I did find when I got a light and really got into this little project.  The duct (which is smaller going to the bath) is ducted off the top of the heater.  The larger ducts going to the rest of the unit are from the side.  Space is TIGHT and from the top of the duct as it comes out of the heater, there simply is no room to accommodate a larger piece of duct.  

BUT, here was a couple of other things to consider.  The original owner had purchased the super duper sound system and there is a woofer located under the bed.   Help

When it was installed, the little duct going to the bathroom was rerouted around and longer than necessary.  I examined it and found four places where it had been slit between the register and heater during installation.   So, I shortened it as much as possible and rerouted it for one less turn and used commercial quality duct tape to repair the tears/slits.   Where the duct was attached to the register it was torn almost in half, down to the spiral wire (which is really strong stuff).  

After the repairs and shortening, it puts out significantly more air but still blows mostly on the john.  I went to Home Depot and Lowes but could not find a diverter like Ann posted about with pictures above, so I will make one that will force the air to the side and hope all this helps warm things up a bit.   It is in the low 30s at night where we are going.  

Paul
18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TOWING WITH OUR SPRINTER 2350 on: May 22, 2015, 08:46:10 am
Cindy, we went through the same thought process when we got our Ford 2350.  We have had Class B Roadtreks for years and just used them like a car.  Now, with a little big larger rig we tried no toadie for a few trips and decided we would tow for the first time in our lives.  We tend to stay put for at least a week or so at a time and simply didn't want to break down the rig when we wanted to go somewhere.  We now tow and find our Jeep lots of fun when we get there.  When we had the Bs, we tended to tour more and now we camp longer.

Have you considered just getting a long term rental when you get where you are going?  Shop around and I have been told (no personal experience with this) that you can get some very attractive deals longer term with mileage limitations which are adequate.  Good, safe and adequate towing equipment is not cheap and would pay for lots of gas getting to and from in a vehicle.

Another thing we considered:  I would drive the PC and my wife would follow me in the vehicle.  That might be a viable option for some folks, particularly if they are planning to stay many weeks in one locale.   We finally decided to heck with it and just try towing. 

Paul
19  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bathroom heater vent in 2350 on: May 19, 2015, 12:51:50 pm
Tom, yes the register swivels.  That doesn't help because of its location.  It just mostly swivels to heat one side or the other of the toilet base.   And, as I mentioned in my earlier post, obviously the answer would be to increase the hose size, re-position the register and direct its flow as best possible.  I am going to simply build a little diverter for this  trip in a few days and tear it down when we get back and rebuild the whole thing, which is not that great a project.  Hopefully, PC will take a look at this location and see if they can come up with a little modification for the production line.   It is tight in the bathroom and there ain't a whole lot of real estate to move that little fella.  I may discover relocation isn't practical, but a larger pipe should be practical.   

The math is simple:  the flow of a three inch duct is approximately 56% of a 4 inch duct.   That, and location of the register, are the two problems.  I didn't measure the ducts when I had the bed out and the support strand board removed but that is probably close to what they are (3&4). 

Thanks for all the input from everyone.

Paul

20  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bathroom heater vent in 2350 on: May 18, 2015, 09:47:05 pm
Ron....BINGO!  Your register is in an ideal place.  Ann, your idea probably is my solution, although I don't think there is room back there for what you used.  That being said, making a small deflector and attaching it to the wall with 3M tape over the outlet is a logical and easy solution.  Thanks.  The other issue is volume.  What I really need to do is increase the hose coming to the register (and of course put in a matching register to the new hose) since it is considerably smaller than the hoses going to the rest of them.  I do not recall the diameter, but air volume wise, ole PieRSquared really gets you with a hose even an inch smaller in diameter. 

Since we are leaving for 8000 feet in a few days, I don't have time to rework this hose and outlet for a few weeks.  I'll take Ann's solution and create a modified version for this trip that fits my need.  Ron, this is a great example of how everything in a RV is a compromise:  bigger slide, smaller outside storage and having to relocate the forced heat system.  Since prior to this Phoenix we were Class B  people for many years, we understand compromise and small sized units.  There is nothing system wise in our PC that wasn't in our Roadtrek and so you can imagine the engineering required to make it all fit in a conversion van built from the inside out and not on an assembly line. 

We feel like we are royalty in a huge palace with our 2350 after owning three Class Bs.   A Class B teaches you less is more and how to really conserve.   

Thanks for all the input. 

Paul
21  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Poor Handling on our 2013 2100 on: May 18, 2015, 08:30:36 am
Maybe I am just lucky. 

Our 2350 handled very well after doing only two things:  proper inflation per the factory door post and front end alignment.  Everything else is straight off the line from Ford.  We live in an area of a lot of wind and it just is not a problem on our rig, even towing our fully loaded Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk.   Like I say, maybe we are just lucky. 
I don't expect a truck to drive like a BMW.  What I expect is a comfortable, controllable, safe drive and I have that so I am (literally) a happy camper.

Paul
22  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bathroom heater vent in 2350 on: May 17, 2015, 08:35:40 am
Yep, a small electric heater is perfect and we have carried and used one for years except.............most of our camping, probably 95%, is boondocking.  You simply cannot and do not want to fire up a generator early in the morning in a National Forest or BLM or CoE campground.  That is what you go to those places to avoid:  noise!!   So, the propane heater works great for us.  By the way, a tank of propane lasts us two weeks easy without hookups.  Refrig, water heater, forced air heater all can last a long time with good propane management.

What appealed to us about the 2350 is we can take it where we really want to go and live "off grid" for a couple of weeks at a time.  In the West, virtually all NF/BLM campgrounds are fine with you "dripping gray" because of the long term drought situation.  The big black tank can last two weeks with good management. 

So, when you are at 9000 feet on a July morning and it is 34 degrees, the propane heater gets to be a nice thing to utilize. 

Paul
23  Main Forum / General Discussion / Bathroom heater vent in 2350 on: May 16, 2015, 09:09:36 pm
The heater outlet (register) in our 2350 is small and is located immediately behind the commode.  It does a poor job of distributing any air in the bathroom area.  Has anyone modified/moved this outlet?  I pulled the mattress and the strand board that supports the mattress and took a look at the pump, a crimped line from the fresh water tank, and this outlet layout.   Fixed the crimp and decided the pump was for another day of adding a small pressure tank to reduce cycling.   To move the heater outlet there are at least three problems: 

                        1.  You just about have to pull the stool.  Not that hard but not that pleasant a task
                        2.  There is very limited space to move the outlet to the right or left sides of the stool, moving it towards the bathroom door as far as possible would be the most effective.
                        3.  Repairing the hole from the previous installation, which would probably just consist of cutting a little square face plate to cover it up.  No big deal....

Anyone done anything like this on their 2350?  On cold mornings, there is just not sufficient and properly distributed air to be effective.   I can't imagine why it was located where it is and what the reasoning was in doing so.


Paul   


24  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Slippery Upper Cabinets on: May 10, 2015, 07:41:43 am
We line all of our cabinets with no slip shelf liner.  Several brands are available almost anywhere:  Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, etc.  Here is a link to give you an idea of what I am referring to:

http://www.amazon.com/Duck-1100731-Non-Adhesive-12-Inch-20-Feet/dp/B002AS9NAI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1431257880&sr=8-1&keywords=no+slip+cabinet+liner

Stuff stays put on this material and we have used it for years.

Paul
25  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2552-----These mattresses have to go on: May 07, 2015, 02:10:03 pm
With our egg crate, we use this: http://www.amazon.com/49x75-curve-cotton-Winnebago-Sheets/dp/B008R9Q406/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1431021870&sr=8-3&keywords=winnebago+sheets

Although made for a View, they fit well and are high quality.  Let's face it:  corner beds are a booger to get out of for the person sleeping next to the window on the 2350.  Me.  The memory foam worked great on our previous RV, a Roadtrek with twin beds, but crawling out of bed on three inches of memory foam in our 2350 is a task best performed by trained acrobats. 

Paul
26  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2552-----These mattresses have to go on: May 07, 2015, 08:12:35 am
We made a memory foam topper and tried that for a couple of trips.  Like Tom, we are back to the "Walmart Way"........egg crate and it works just fine for us. 

Paul
27  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 12 volt air compressor on: May 04, 2015, 03:24:14 pm
Consider buying a small tankless 110volt compressor.  You can find them on Amazon and I bought mine a couple of years ago at Home Depot.  Mine is well made and has reasonable power and speed for a truck tire.   It was on sale for less than fifty bucks.  I always found that the 12 v were always slow, got very hot and had difficulty getting up to 75psi.   I carry a 25 foot 12 gauge extension cord regardless of consideration for the compressor.  I just start the genset, plug in the extension cord and use that for my drop to power the compressor.  My compressor is small, less than six inches high and about ten inches long, three or four inches thick.   In the original box it fits in the PC in the back storage where the power cord goes.  I just put it at the bottom next to the jack. 

Paul
28  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Newbie - First Trip on: May 01, 2015, 05:38:25 pm
Tom brings up a great point:  I had to use a six inch riser to get mine properly aligned.   The 2350 on the F350 is really pretty low in the back.  So low, in fact, I am mindful of the gasoline tank when backing into a camp site with a concrete barrier at the end of the pad.  Six inches is really big, but that is what it takes to get it level. 

Paul
29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Newbie - First Trip on: May 01, 2015, 11:54:50 am
Bob, I have no problems with sway or wind with my setup.  You might read the post down the list on this General Discussions part of the forum from several days ago.  We talked about tire pressures and a 2350.  I have been doing it wrong and you can read about my recent "experiment".   As to alignment and camber, you are right on target.  A lot of posts over the years over in rv.net/forum about this and many guys swear by a higher camber.   I took mine to a great local tire shop that is family owned.   They have two or three bays large enough for 350 and 450 Fords and do work on commercial trucks in this end of town.  I have been using them for thirty years so I have a lot of confidence in them.  They put that puppy right in the middle of Ford specs, which are very wide.   Apparently, the first thing that an owner should do when a 350/450 is completed by the builder is for it to be aligned.   My first owner guy didn't do that and I assumed it had been done....not good and really dumb on my part to make such an assumption.  I made it because it drove fine.  After all, these are trucks.

Last week, I drove it about six hundred miles and the difference with the corrected tire pressure and alignment was significant.  That being said, last year we have made several trips down Interstate 40 from OKC out to Amarillo, about 250 miles and the road runs due east and west.  Cross winds of 25-35 mph directly out of the south are common in far western Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle on that roadway.   Even so, I never had a significant problem from wondering or blow by from semis.  I suspect on our upcoming trip to NM I will think I am driving my Grand Cherokee on cruise control it will be so smooth with the corrections being made to the 350.

Take a look at the posts in OUR TOAD just below on this forum and you will find a post by me in which I list my hitch and braking equipment. That may be the reason, even with the alignment off and pressures out of kilter that I have had great experiences pulling the Trailhawk.

Paul  
30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Newbie - First Trip on: May 01, 2015, 08:57:41 am
Bob, enjoy your 2350! 

Our experiences are similar. We were going to Elkhart and trick out a 2350.  We had spent a year researching to determine just what brand and layout would work best for us.   In the fall of 2013, a (2013) 2350 with a little over 7000 miles popped up for sale four miles from our house....with many more goodies than we would have ordered.  We made a deal in about thirty minutes with the owner!  It had lived in a HVAC controlled garage and been on two trips.  They had never taken the plastic wrap off the floor mats and tags were still hanging from the genset!!

To go with it, we got.....get ready.....a Trailhawk!   Seems we share an almost identical experience and tastes.  Last summer we spent a month in our rig in NM and CO.  We boondock mostly in NF campgrounds with no hookups and have done that for thirty years.   The tipping point for the 2350 decision for us was the black tank.  It is very large for this size unit and great for boondocking.

You will love your Trailhawk.  I have driven Jeeps for 25 years and it is the best one in most respects we have owned.  It is my wife's daily driver and I drive a Grand Cherokee....two Jeep family. 

Last week was spent in the Ozark National Forest in Arkansas for an early spring shake down before we head out to NM in a few weeks.  For the first time, I equalized the tanks.  I had forgotten what I had read about how to do it, but found the information in the Sanicom manual that came with the unit. 

Since we love to boondock, I installed 200 watts of solar I ordered from Amazon.  Now, we can be in the same spot without moving for days at a time and use the genset only for the microwave/convection oven.   

Like you, we found the 2350 with Trailhawk in tow went over significant passes with relative ease.  We have had 450 Fords in rigs in the past and I think the 350 seems a little less trucky, but the difference in the rear end ratio does make a difference on some of those passes.   

Enjoy that new baby!!   It has a brother rig down the road in Oklahoma City!

Paul
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