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16  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Mold on outside caulking near the rear and front caps on: July 07, 2014, 04:59:23 pm
I don't know how many would agree or disagree with my approach, but here is what I have always done.  First, I cleaned the area with a very highly concentrated solution of Simple Green.  Spray on, agitate with a brush, leave it there five minutes and wash off with water.  Then, I use an eye dropper or small pastry baster to dribble a bleach solution (about a 10% solution) along the edges so that it can seep back in under the trim if there are any openings.  Finally, I spray a little silicone lubricating spray (after everything is totally, absolutely dry) along the edge.  After several days, I clean off any of the silicone spray on the surface and caulk with a good RV caulking. 

Simple Green works really well for me to get rid of the showing build up.  The bleach solution should kill anything that has slipped a little under the trim.  The silicone is to make an air proof seal for a few days.  Mold generally is aerobic and requires at least some amount of oxygen to live.   At least my research in the past has shown most molds are aerobic.

Now, that being said, you really should test any or all of those three products on some non conspicuous place to make sure it will not harm the finish.   Someone may have a much better solution, this is just what I have done for years.   It works for me.  

Paul
17  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tires, Michelins Or ? on: June 30, 2014, 09:33:38 pm
Ron is right on target about inside storage.  Not only do the tires last longer, every seal around the windows, doors, mounts, etc. lasts longer.  UV is the enemy of lots of stuff.  That being said, it is generally agreed that rubber tires chemically degrade due to time regardless of the atmosphere in which they find themselves.  For me, six years is tops and I just buy new ones regardless of the tread.   Like my tire guy told me once "RV tires seldom wear out, they just age out".   RV.net/forums has had some interesting discussions over the years by engineers, chemists, all those kind of gurus that convinced me about the chemical changes in the decomposition of tires over time.............just like the food in the freezer changes over time. 

Previous to buying the PC last fall, we enjoyed our Roadtrek 210 for almost eight years and it lived in our garage at home which has a nine foot door, a little shy for the PC.   When we sold it we got top bucks because it was just like new.  No deterioration in the paint, rubber, interior...........nothin!   The garage is heated and airconditioned and that made all the difference.  Now, we store in a metal garage storage facility about three miles from the house.  It is really a nice storage area but certainly will not preserve as well as the HVAC equpped garage.   

I think of tires as a few square inches of road contact that stand between us and eternity.   I never try to squeeze the last bit of life out of the suckers.  It is just one risk I won't take.   

Paul
18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Towing Ford Edge Limited AWD on: June 24, 2014, 10:18:49 am
Thanks for an instructive post.  We just completed our first tow (1500 miles total for the trip) pulling a Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk.   I post this as a word of caution.   I personally drive a 2011 Jeep GC (the new Trailhawk is my wife's and she reminds me of that fact when I want to drive it  LOL).  I hate these keyless ignition systems.  My Jeep has the customary remote start feature many vehicles now seem to come with.   On THREE different occasions over the last three years that Jeep has unintentionally started itself.  Here is what happens.  

Like many or most guys, I carry several things in my pocket.  Apparently, something rubs against the Jeep key just right and presses the remote start twice.  Maybe another key, maybe some coins, maybe maybe.  In any event, it starts.   Once, I found it running in my garage.   Once it started as I was walking into church.  Once coming out of a friends house.  Also, on one occassion the same thing happened to the rear hatch............it just got pressed twice accidentally in my pocket and opened.   I am now looking for a small hard sided case to carry the key in to prevent all this.   Call the Jeep folks?  Yep.  The only way to disconnect is some procedure of actually changing the wiring under the hood.  You can't do it on the key.  The on line manual (over a 530 page pdf) is silent on this subject.  

Moral to the story:  watch the keyless ignition stuff.  Man, I wish for my old 2005 GC and its key!!

By the way, I love Pax's braking system.  That is what we had installed and we could not be more pleased.   We had to get a six inch hitch riser because our 2350 hitch is really low compared to many Class Cs.   I don't know if that is unique to the Ford 350 and not a problem on the 450 or not, but you really need your tow gear pretty level to the ground.

Paul
19  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Best paper maps on: June 19, 2014, 08:14:55 pm
I just simiply love maps.  I have had several GPSs over the years and find them useful, but for pure joy I love to look at and use maps.  And I prefer the official state maps over the Rand Mc books and the AAA mpas.   The state maps have other cool information and show a lot of little roads to explore as well as maps of the larger cities.    I have a 1910 world atlas.  I love to look at it and think how the world has changed.   I have a set of dvds with years of National Geographic maps on them, from back a hundred years ago ( a gift from my wife about 2000, don't have the ones since then).  I LOVE MAPS.  I don't think some electronic screen will ever replace my love for that folded, faded paper!!

20  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire Pressure: 2014 PC2350 loaded on: June 19, 2014, 07:54:28 pm
I am glad you asked this question.   I will be very interested to see the answers that are posted.   We have had our 2013 2350 for less than a year so we are still learning about it.  I run 70 Front, 75 Rear when cold.   In hot summer weather I check the pressure every few hundred miles on a long trip and may adjust downward a bit.   When you are going down an interstate and it is in the 90s or more, you will really pick up some air.
21  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Solar installation on: June 15, 2014, 10:01:50 am
Denny & Barb...........I tried to hit the studs with limited success.  I took the finish covers off the Fantastic and the bathroom vent to find a couple of the studs.  You can see them when you take the covers off.  Still, it is a stretch to find them and they are clearly used as wiring chases.   SO, I mounted the solar panel to two 1 1/2 inch wide by 48 inch long buy 1/8th inch thick pieces of aluminum stock using the four Z mounts that came with the panel.  Then, I applied roof sealant to the bottom of the two struts and positioned it on the roof.  Then I screwed self taping #10 by 3/4" screws through the struts and into the roof, penetrating the roof material and the underlying (thin) plywood.   In the couple of instances where I could hit the studs, I used 1 1/4" screws, figuring they would not go all the way to the bottom of the aluminum stud/chase.   The studs I penetrated carried only 12v wire.   Apparently, this worked.   After doing all that, I applied a liberal amount of roof sealant (three caulking tubes worth) to the tops of the struts flowing it onto the exterior roofing about a half an inch on all sides and covering all the screws.  WHEW!  I let it set a few days, drove up the interstate at 70 mph and inspected it.  No problems.  We just got back from a 1500 mile trip and I inspected it several times and am convinced it is really up there tight. 

I am sure there is a better, more appropriate way to do this, but it worked for me using this method.  My fear was hitting the wiring.  Thanks to folks on this forum for furnishing me the roof schematic and some other ideas. 

Paul
22  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Solar installation on: June 14, 2014, 09:40:04 pm
Well, I installed the 100 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel kit from Amazon on the roof and just got back from two weeks boondocking in Northern New Mexico.   We were parked in partial shade but the daylight sun was intense.  We were in the mountains at about 8000 feet.   I was very pleasantly surprised at just how well this little $180+ package worked.  It kept my batteries topped off and refreshed just fine.  I was more than surprised that there was a few amps flowing even when the panels were mostly covered by filitered sunlight from created by the trees.   This turned out to be a really good project.  Of course, the installation took about three times the length of time I anticipated, as usual for my projects.   I may buy another 100 watt panel and add it up there on the roof with the first one.   For boondockers, this is a really good panel at a very good price, compelte with cables and controller.
23  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: traveling I 70 west of Denver on: June 14, 2014, 05:47:31 pm
Last Thursday, June 12, we came home from Northern New Mexico.  We pulled Bob Cat Pass in our 2350 pulling a Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk.  This was the first time out with the PC and the Trailhawk in the mountains.   From Red River to the top of the pass is a little over three miles and an eleveation gain of about 1200+ feet, so a winding, twisting little state highway going up at 6-7 degrees.   We spent the steepest part of the climb in second gear and were going 25 mph.  That initial climb may well be over eight degrees.   The problem is, you cannot get up speed to maintain, so you are constantly struggling.   Worked just fine.  I have pulled that pass many times in a worn out Chevy Van, a Roadtrek 190 and a Roadtrek 210.   They all had trouble and the PC pulling the toad had no more or less trouble.  

I can't imagine you would have any trouble on I-70.   As others have said, just be cautious and use good down hill driving techniques on the downhill side of the Divide.   It is a long way down at a pretty good grade but nothing that should cause any problems properly driven.  

My wife and I decided it would just be simpler to unhook and pull Monarch and a few other 12000 foot passes with her driving the Jeep.   4000 pounds is a lot to be pulling up those slopes if you have a second person with you who could drive the toad. 

PSW

24  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Replacement Backup Monitors on: May 27, 2014, 07:19:17 pm
We bought our PC used (for ten months) last fall and it had the standard Sony camera/monitor from the factory.  I made a big mistake.  I had purchased a wireless backup camera and 7" monitor on a one time special at Sam's Club for $79 a few years ago for our Roadtrek.  I sold the RT and the camera was included.   That little wireless camera performed flawlessly and  the monitor was clear as a HD tv.   Now, I have a smaller monitor and it is just not that clear.  The Sam's special was never repeated to my knowledge.   All this makes me wonder if I would be better off searching for a similar little unit.   Cables and connectors would not be a problem since it was wireless. 

Many people have had problems with wireless cameras working satisfactorly.  I did not.  I should have kept it.  I think I noticed on the PC pricing "Build and Price" link that the camera is about a grand.   My $79 camera was perfect.   Maybe, just maybe, I was simply lucky.
25  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Converting Fluorescent To LED Just By Changing Bulbs on: May 24, 2014, 09:35:28 pm
I have wondered about the same thing:  changing those to LEDs.  Here is another possibility on Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Cabin-Bright-8-12-Fluorescent-Replacement/dp/B00CWMQKMQ/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1400981432&sr=8-8&keywords=led+replacement+for+flourescent+tubes
26  Main Forum / General Discussion / Solar installation on: May 04, 2014, 11:35:19 am
I am thinking about adding a small solar system to our 2350.  I am looking at the Renogy 100 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel kit from Amazon, complete with controller.  I am familiar with the math and charging rates of these kinds of installations and I know that 100 watts is pretty minimum.  All we really want from the system is a slow trickle charge for our battery bank when we are boondocking for several days.  Having come from a B Roadtrek, we would take day trips in the RT which recharged our batteries.   There is nothing less desireable than the sound of a genset in a national forest IMO.  BTW, I have changed all the incandescent bulbs in the PC to LEDs which is a big deal for us as to how we use power when we camp.   Where we go, there is no over the air tv and we seldom use any of the entertainment stuff other than the radio (remember those primitive devices?) for a little news.  No cell service where we go most of the time in the summer (way back in the NM and CO mountains). 

I searched these PC forums for solar and got some great ideas on the installation.  My only hesitation is drilling into that pristine roof.   It was noted (and a schematic was shown for a different model) that the PC construction has metal cross members every two feet across the roof for strutural integrity.  Obviously, you would need to mount (or a least partially mount) to those.  One post I researched indicated that those supports are also used for a wiring chase for some lights.  Sounds nasty to drill into if you hit a wire.  Is that in fact the case?  I understand the roof to be a thin fiberglass or similar material over plywood but I have no idea of the plywood thickness.  Anyone know how thick? 

Also, anyone that has done their own installation more recently than those posts (some of which are a couple of years old), do you have any tips or thoughts to suggest?  I plan to over engineer the mounting by using the standard Z mounts to attach to flat aluminum stock a couple of inches wide, mount the stock into the roof and then also use a good RV sealant/glue the length of the aluminum stock (1/8 inch thick by 2 inches by 48 inches) to further assure integrity of mount.  I have done a lot of mods on Bs and Cs over the years, so I can figure out the wire runs, etc.  Just properly attaching that puppy is my biggest concern.  I suspect finding the metal cross pieces in the PC frame will be pretty easy with stud finders or magnets. 

Any ideas, thoughts, suggestions or personal experiences would be appreciated.   Perhaps I also need to call PC and double check with them about the wire chases. 

I just got a braking and towing system for our new Cherokee Trailhawk and so I don't want to spend much for a small solar assist to charging.  I figure if I like the 100 watt system, I will add another panel before fall.

Paul
27  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Insulated Glass on: May 04, 2014, 11:11:28 am
We bought our ten month old 2350 last fall.  We found it, amazingly, about three miles down the street.   We were getting ready to order a new 2350 and we intended to order the thermal glass.  We live in a really hot part of the country and it gets colder than most realize during the winter.  So, thermal glass would have been ordered if we had bought brand, spanking new and not ten months old.  

With that said, we came from a Class B world to the world of Class C Phoenix Cruiser.  Simply stated, it is not possible to comfortably cool a Class B when the temperature is above about 90 degrees or even less than that if you are directly in the sun.  It is simply the nature of how Bs are constructed and their compact size.  So, with our non thermal glass, we feel like we have died and gone to a cool heaven.  I can't even imagine how much better the comfort would be with thermal glass but I am sure it is a worthy investment.   Like many B owners, I made templates of the windows and cut inserts out of foil faced insulating sheet material which was stored under the mattress.  On really hot days, we popped those in the windows for a miserable dark camper van in order to lower the heat a few degrees.   No more!   We really love our PC and one of the principle reasons we gave up the convenience of the B was HEAT.  Go thermal if you have the option.

Paul
28  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Sewer Hose Storage on: April 15, 2014, 08:46:26 am
I will check out the spare tire area. Thanks for the tip.  I am one of those that has had a macerator on my previous unit (Roadtrek 210P) for almost eight years.  If you have trouble with the macerator pump or hose and you are camped, you will appreciate the "emergency" big hose.  My Roadtrek did not have a backup system (ours was a 2007, later years one was added), so I made one myself.   Macerator hoses crack and bust and boy that can be messy!!  I can testify to that fact, believe me.

By the way, you can buy a fifteen foot water pond hose at HD or Lowes and it is perfect for a macerator hose.  I replaced my original hose with one of them and used it for five more years.  They cost less than twenty bucks and if you have problems on the road, offer a quick and easy solution to replace the hose.  I carry a couple of 1" PVC flexible pipe connections with me, which allow me to cut and splice the macerator hose in case of a problem on a trip. 

Paul
29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Macerator compartment labels on: April 15, 2014, 08:34:56 am
When I got my 2350 last fall from the original purchaser (he only kept it ten months), he pointed out that the labels on the black and gray tanks were reversed.  He said they told him they just got them on backwards at the factory.  First thing I did was crawl under and confirm the error and then simply reverse the labels.   So, now black is black and gray is gray. 

PSW
30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MICHELIN TIRE RECALL on: March 31, 2014, 05:35:44 pm
My spare was fine.....never been on the ground and was not in the recall.   Got the six new MS2 tires installed today at Discount Tire.   It was about six weeks as I recall waiting.  But this was no problem since the weather kept us from going anywhere.   We were going to leave tomorrow on a trip, but weather problems again............severe storms and possibly big hail.   Maybe later in the week.   We have now owned the 2350 for six months and have used it for a grand total of one time due to weather and some other commitments.   I think we will just pull it around back and boondock in our own back yard.  Cheers
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