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16  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electric Awning Question on: April 22, 2017, 11:32:46 am
We bought our 2350 eleven months old.  I thought we got all the manuals but the strap is news to me.  Could someone please describe what it looks like and how/where to use it in the awning doesn't retract?   Pictures, anyone? 

Paul
17  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Got "Bob" home on: April 08, 2017, 07:54:36 pm
Garmp, I have posted about these sun screens for the windshields on this forum in the past.   I think they are pretty great and for less than fifty bucks. 

https://eclipsesunshades.net/
18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Furnace not working on: April 04, 2017, 08:05:16 am
Is it just me or do others long for the good ole days when all these rv appliances were simple?  Furnaces didn't have a "motherboard".  They had mechanical controls that seemed to never fail.  Air conditioners were a compressor and a coil or two.  They never had problems.  It just seems to me these things have gotten TOO complex and vulnerable.  Our first RV water heater was lit with a match!

Remember that old Sears Roebuck washing machine or dishwasher that lasted twenty years and had mechanical dials?   I don't mean to live in the past but all these safety/convenience/expensive devices just tend to devolve into hassle IMO.  But I guess we have no choice......or go buy a twenty year old rig and restore it. 

Paul
19  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Nexgrill on: April 04, 2017, 07:59:30 am
Like keelhauler, I have used that little Coleman Grill Stove for about ten years now.  I bought it for the small space required when we had a Class B Roadtrek.  I also carry a Coleman single burner and with the two of them we can cook just about anything our little hearts desire.  Disposable LP gas makes more sense to me than being tethered by an umbilical gas hose to a big bottle or the rv LP source.  If we are just making coffee or warming some soup or something, I only pull out the single burner.  Full meals bring out both.

Since we boondock mostly and for many days at a time, we have to plan all the cooking and supplies rather carefully. 

Paul

20  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Cargo Carrier on a 2400 on: April 01, 2017, 07:53:19 pm
We used a cargo carrier for many years prior to owning the PC.  It really was great for our Roadtrek Class B.  Always assuming the worst and expecting the best, I used ratchet straps  something like this:
https://www.amazon.com/Cartman-Strength-Appliances-Equipment-Motorcycle/dp/B00JLFI5IO/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1491090337&sr=8-5&keywords=ratchet+straps

I modified the carrier to fit the unique needs of the Roadtrek and I built "sideboards" on it out of 1x8 pressure treated wood which were bolted in place but removable if need be.  I also bought some reflective tape and put across the back of it just for dolling it up and perhaps increasing the probability that Billy Bob behind me would take note of the carrier's presence.  If you really want to spend some dough and buy something really keen take a look here:

https://www.stowaway2.com/

I always wanted one of these but the Roadtrek configuration gave me pause.  I would have had to use a twelve inch hitch extender to accommodate the spare tire continental kit on the Roadtrek.   
21  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Plumbing Problem on: April 01, 2017, 02:56:04 pm
Nicki, if it were me and I was wanting to use my PC I would probably use the screwdriver, turn it to the on position and turn the other two valves appropriately as show in the manual to use the system.   I would hook up to the external water hose, turn it on very slightly and just see if it leaked.  You might be surprised that the part that popped off is the control handle and just a secondary retention "O" ring.  I don't know and can't tell from the pictures.   In any event, I would sure give it a try. 

If it does leak slightly, I would then dry it off absolutely completely and wrap it with something like EZ Fuse Tape (Walmart, Lowes, HD, etc.).   Water pressure in an RV should never be over 40 psi due to the regulators we all hopefully use on our water hoses and the water pump in the rigs won't exceed that normally either.   In any event, I would try it and see.  I would not be surprised if it did not leak once opened.   Who knows without trying?  Once the tape anneals it is pretty tough waterproof stuff.   You can always cut it off with a knife when you want to remove it. 

Paul
22  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Grille bug screen & windshield sun screen on: March 31, 2017, 08:32:19 am
Bill, take a look at these:

https://eclipsesunshades.net/

We had one on our previous motorhome's windshield and loved them.  Our PC was eleven months old when we adopted her and the first owner had purchased those nice dark magent attached exterior shades, so we use them.  Candidly, I think the Eclipse setup is very preferable in many ways.  Lot less money, too.  This is a small company and as I recall is in
El Paso.  You can call them and they can answer any questions about their product. 

Paul
23  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Towing calculations on: March 24, 2017, 08:43:17 am
The closer to level the tow bar can be adjusted the better the tow and the fewer problems.  Here is a word of warning:  it happened to me.   I had never towed a car in my life behind a motorhome until we got our PC a few years ago.   The towbar when first installed was significantly inclined up from the PC to the Jeep.  Corrected that with a really heavy duty riser.  Next the safety cables on the tow bar.

Now, like I said, I was a complete neophyte as far as towing a car although I had towed some trailers.  The mistake was the safety cables were too short to allow a sharp turn.  First tow, I pull out of my own driveway and buckled one of the arms on the towbar because the cable on that side was too short to allow the turn.  Once the damage was done, it was obvious to me what my mechanical mistake was.  So, longer safety cables and repairing the damaged tow bar came next.  Other than that first timer mistake, no other problems.   Three hundred extra bucks of expense because I simply didn't know to be mindful of that cable length being adequate.   Live and learn.  I pass along my error and hope it may prevent others from the same simple possibility. 

Paul 
24  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Towing calculations on: March 22, 2017, 01:24:58 pm
I am towing a 4000 pound vehicle with my 2350 on a Ford 350 chassis with lighter capacities than your 450.  Yes, your rig is a four feet longer but I don't think you have a worry.  We fill the Cherokee with all sorts of camping junk with the back seats laid flat.  Couple of hundred pounds worth.  The only time I am really cognizant of towing it is on a really steep mountain pass.  

And when I try to approach a gasoline pump.  You gotta kinda choose your spots to refill your PC unless you unhitch.   You can't make a very wide swing.  

Paul
25  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dewinterizeing on: March 19, 2017, 07:21:20 pm
I drain the pink stuff out completely, put a couple of gallons of water in the tank and then pump it through all the faucets.  Then, I do like Ron.  I put a couple of cups of bleach in the tank and then fill it up to the rim with the hose turned on full to force as much water as fast as possible down into the tank to agitate the bleach and water together.   Then, I pump some of this solution through every faucet, shut off the pump and leave the bleach solution in there overnight or sometimes even a little longer.  Then, I drain it out completely with the three drain valves.   Then, refill with fresh water and off I am done.  

Unlike Tom, I open the hot water heater bypass valve and fill that tank also with the bleach solution.   By the way, when bypassed and winterized, I leave the drain plug in the tank out of the tank all winter.  Also, I use a wand made for the purpose to thoroughly wash out the tank prior to refilling in the spring.   Now, with the PC aluminum tanks that don't have an anode like the older tanks this is not so much necessary.  In my other rigs over the years, I left the anode out all winter and I rinsed it at the end and beginning of the camping season with the wand sprayer.

I will add further that we do not drink water out of the PC system.  We buy and carry bottled water replenishing it as we use it.  Just got into that habit over thirty years ago and that is we do.   Some of the places we go the water may or may not be to peachy and we figure why take a chance for less than a buck a gallon for generic water from the grocery store.

Pau l
26  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Every little bit of storage counts on: March 18, 2017, 12:17:16 pm
I check my spare at the beginning and in the middle of the travel season.   Folks might be observant of the retaining nut on the inside of the cover (the one that holds on the lock and handle hardware).  Mine had worked really loose.  I should have put some thread lock on it before I tightened it back up.  You really have to remember that this is a fiberglass or similar material that the cover is cast in and can break fairly easily.  Also, you can chip the paint easily on the cover when removing it if you are not mindful.  

I do think, however, it is a neat place to put the spare and thus create the bump out on the back of the coach.  That allows also for the big door and shallow storage area back there.  Pretty cool design, really.  That bump out and "continental kit a la Phoenix" makes a PC very distinctive from the back.   Take a look at most Cs and what you see is box of Premium Saltine Crackers on its side with six wheels under it.  

Paul
27  Main Forum / General Discussion / Every little bit of storage counts on: March 17, 2017, 07:46:53 pm
Going over our PC2350 today doing all my annual maintenance stuff.  

I took off the spare tire cover to check the spare's pressure and thought I would pass along what else is back there.  Many may do this also, but if you don't it is a thought for you.  I keep a heavy duty long length set of jumper cables and a fifteen foot spare water hose (for the macerator pump/dump) wrapped around the steel tube that supports the spare tire.  I haven't needed either since we got the PC three plus years ago but you never know....particularly the jumpers.  It is a great place to keep those two seldom needed items.   Exterior storage in our PC is limited so every little bit helps.  Also the interior of that metal tube is a neat place to keep something small that is seldom needed, maybe a can of Slime or something like that.  Emergency type stuff.  

Paul
28  Main Forum / General Discussion / Leak after dewinterizing on: March 10, 2017, 10:06:34 am
Yesterday was 80 degrees and it is time for me to dewinterize and get ready to take several nice trips this spring, summer and fall in our PC2350.   I believe in overdoing winterization.  It got down to -3 here this winter on one occasion even if the Jan-Feb temp average set an old time high since record keeping began in 1895.  

When I winterize, I blow out all the lines and use about twice as much RV antifreeze as is recommended.  I double check everything.   So, I was surprised to notice water dripping out  from under the side of the coach after I flushed and pressurized the system.  It appeared to be coming from an area a foot or so aft of the hot water tank.   After removing the kitchen drawers and access panels, I could see the drip from the sewer pipe coming from the sink and assumed it was in a pipe joint.  I use a small plumbers helper to push out all the water in the P traps when winterizing and put almost a quart of antifreeze down the sink to protect the Ps and the excess just runs in the black tank to protect it a bit.   I was surprised it was leaking in those joints.  

Well, it wasn't.  For some reason the sink hose sprayer was not shutting off when pressurized and was dripping down the hose, dropping onto the sewer pipes, running about 20 inches and then puddling on the floor then leaking out to the outside.  

The moral of the story is:  before you assume the worst, check the simple solutions.  Those spray head are NOTORIOUS for leaking.  It was not broken, not frozen, just decided to leak.  It was full of "pink stuff" but for whatever reason it leaked.   So, a few bucks at Lowes or HD and I am good to go.  

The truth is there is a lot to go wrong in a motorhome.  Regardless of the meticulous manner of construction and maintenance, it is a house going down the road at 70 mph.  

Check the simple stuff first before you spend an hour taking out access panels, removing drawers and cabinet doors, standing on your head and saying naughty words.   KISS Embarrassed

Paul
29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: First night camping on: March 10, 2017, 09:29:04 am
jatrax, sorry for your experiences on the first day of camping in your new rig.  

I distinctly remember our first round of "experiences".  We were young, stupid and bought a used Class C that had been setting for tooooooo long.   Off we went.  Oklahoma City to Mesa Verde National Park (800 miles).  That old Chevy started  cutting out between Clayton and Raton, New Mexico.  Today, it is just a long good highway, about 90 miles, but back then it was just a narrow, desolate,  beat up road.  It got better the next morning and off we went across Colorado to Mesa Verde.  We were driving it around on top of the mesa and it just quit.  Nothing.  Hours later, we got a tow truck to tow us thirty miles into Cortez for "repairs" and the only person there that would work on it was the guy that owned the salvage yard.   It was a gasoline problem and he was allergic to gasoline.  

The story resulted in spending our fifth wedding anniversary (the purpose of the trip in the first place) in a not so nice motel. We moved some furniture in front of the door so it could not be opened and that tells you about the place.   The rest of the story is too long for this forum, but let me just say our first adventures in RV World all have horror stories.   That was thirty-six years ago and we have had a hoot telling the story in detail over the years, usually around a campfire or over drinks.  The story, I find, expands in my telling with two or more Bombay on the rocks.  

Hang in there.   We have all been there.

Paul
30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Hose length on: February 20, 2017, 07:27:50 pm
I carry a couple of 25 footers.  I need both of them occasionally and have them when I need them.  Virtually every Walmart along your travels has basic RV supplies like hoses, connections, dump hoses, toilet paper, tank chemicals etc. 

Paul
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