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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: E-350 windshield replacement on: May 28, 2016, 08:16:38 pm
Yes, Bruce, the Magne Shades. Thanks so much. I will scrape them off before the windshield is replaced and order the new adhesive pads.
We love those screens.
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: E-350 windshield replacement on: May 27, 2016, 06:09:25 pm
Thanks for the input. Very helpful. No Safelite here. I live in a small town 3 hours from Denver so have to deal with what is available. They stock nothing and order on an as needed basis. Glad the glare shield was mention or one without would have been ordered.  What I did learn is that the E-350 chassis has different vehicles built on it and thus, different windshields. The minute we drove up, he said, "Oh, you have the Blah Blah model." You can tell I didn't even pay attention to the model. Also, this company only does inside their shop so PC had to fit. So glad it is short compared to other motorhomes.

Will let you know if I think the replacement is as good as or better than replacement.

My next problem...
We have the magic screens so I need to get the magnets off the old windshield and figure out how to put them on the new one. Super glue maybe?

Nicki
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A Billion Questions (2100/2400) on: May 27, 2016, 06:03:24 pm
I am a "go for it" girl. I drove my station wagon towing a 24' travel trailer all over the US with just my two kids. That husband would join for a week here or there, but was not in love with the open road and living in the woods. I picked up the PC in Elkhart and drove it 1,200 back home alone. Hubby had a conflict. I do sit on a 1" cushion to put me at a more comfortable height. Other then that no problems driving the PC. When I travel in it alone, I use the table as a bed and us a TV tray at the couch. Lived in it for 3 weeks when helping my daughter after a c-section baby. So I think making the table area the bed you could raise it up to bottom of window with a ton of storage under and then your couch/table/desk on the other side. Have you sen the tables that flip out of a wall cabinet? Stay aware that you need to keep the weight balanced so if you put a "ton" of heavy storage under a couch/bed, you would want equal weight on the other side. The PC factory could make sure you stay balanced. I have never had ours weighed, but others on the forum have and they have each tire weighed separate. You can look for that thread.

I will put together an explanation and photos of modifications I did in the kitchen. Email me directly so I can send it to you. I have not mastered uploading photos to this forum--even though there is an excellent thread on that as well.
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Pros and cons of a generator on: May 26, 2016, 11:26:31 pm
Like Paul, had a 24' travel trailer without, now have the PC with. It is the only way to go. Offers so many more conveniences and maintenance is easy and inexpensive.

Nicki
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A Billion Questions (2100/2400) on: May 26, 2016, 11:23:45 pm
Another 2100 with slide owner. There are two of us and we find the space to be ample. We are also short (5' and husband 5'6"). To address some of your questions:
MICROWAVE - It is not as high like an in-home over the stove microwave. If you could see one in person you would see that it would probably work fine.
FRONT PASSENGER SWIVEL - We have that chair swivel. You cannot see the TV from there but my husband loves to use it like an easy chair for reading. Also if we have a group in it adds extra seating.
YOUNG RVers -- We are old (70 and 80) but meet many young RVers, some even full time. Now that offices are portable with a computer and wi-fi connection, the numbers are growing.
DISH WI-FI -- We have Dish at home and their wi-fi is through Hughes which we did not get with the TV because it is so bad. In theory Hughs is launching a new satellite which is suppose to improve things but we heard that rumor over a year ago and it has not happened yet.
REAR KITCHEN -- I love it and it is one of the things that drew me to the 2100. I find it very functional. I did do a modification to the flip-up table area. Can tell you more if you are interested.
DRIVABILITY -- We rented a lot before we purchased and found that every inch over 22' made it more difficult in heavy traffic, congested towns and for parking.  However, we did do a lot of undercarriage improvements to make the handling smoother. There are other threads on this forum about that. If you are going to do interstate highways you would probably want to do the same.
SEEING IS BELIEVING -- You must see them in person. A five hour drive is a small price to pay. We purchased the 2100 without ever being in one but we had been in several other PC models so could get the feel for it. Then I did a chalk outline on my garage floor and walked through it a lot before making the plunge.

Keep researching, but you have probably found the best company to work with you on modification so it suits you perfectly.

Nicki, Glenwood Springs, Colorado
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / E-350 windshield replacement on: May 22, 2016, 11:00:44 am
Only a reference by Sparky a year ago about replacing a windshield so would welcome any/all input.

Is it the original Ford E-350 windshield or was it modified?
Was there additional cost because the vehicle is now a motorhome?
If you have had it replace, any problems with leakage after?

Thanks,
Nicki - Colorado
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: questions to ask during walk-through of new PC on: April 25, 2016, 07:00:55 pm
Video every bit of the walk-through. Most importantly video demonstration/explanation of how everything works. It makes it take longer but I have referred to those videos so many times. While all have proved useful, most valuable is the one on how to winterize. Every fall I watch it again to figure out all the valve switches.
8  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Woodalls/AAA campground guide on: April 08, 2016, 09:27:39 pm
AAA has been providing these guides for years and they are great. Sometimes I will just tear out the state(s) I am going to. Save weight wherever you can.They also have small guides to many of the more popular national parks. All free to AAA members. If you don't have an AAA office near, as a member you can order over the internet.
     There is also several campground directory apps for smart phones and tablets and most are free.
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Which Trip Planning software for 2016? on: April 08, 2016, 09:22:23 pm
When traveling in the wild west (we live in Colorado), electronic gadgets do not work a lot of the time. We are never without paper maps--an atlas and frequent stops at AAA along the way to get detailed city/area maps. We had a Garmin GPS with lifetime updates, but it ran out of memory. Now we just use the GPS on the iPhone when there is a signal. Check what your plan coverage is (phone or tablet) in various states and Canada. I am on Sprint and had a BIG problem in Montana last fall. Sprint had pulled all their towers in that state (long story). Roaming worked, but that blew through data bites like you would not believe when using the GPS.
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 01, 2016, 05:35:59 am
It is all personal and my husband and I love our 2100 with slide. No, you do not need to make the sofa bed/couch up each night and unmake in the morning.  I have made custome sheets that stay on the bed with a throw (like a bed spread) over the top when closed. So with the push of two buttons takes less than 5 minutes to open the slid & bed or close. You cannot use the fold down arm with my system.  Others use sleep sacks.

With our 2100 configuration you can make the dinnet into a bed if you do take your mom with.  On the one occassion where there were 3 of us, we also left the dinnet made into a bed and used TV trays and the couch for eat.

If you are going to be driving through Colorado on I-70 we are just a few miles off the highway.  We do head to Tuscon sometimes in the fall (many friends there) and will let you know if that is happening this year.
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: towing. is it worth it for a 24ft? on: March 16, 2016, 05:06:35 pm
We do not tow because we only have the 2100 so allows even more access and easy parking. Towed a 24ft.travel trailer for several years and wanted to be done with parking issues. Many NF/BLM campgrounds have tight length restrictions. We do rent cars/jeeps along the way on longer trips so far the only time we couldn't get a conveniently located rental was Big Bend NP. Like previous post, takes  us 15-20 minutes to break camp and be in the road. It is totally a personal choice.
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Storage behind the driver's seat on: March 03, 2016, 01:21:44 pm
I purchased an inexpensive light weight canvas drawer storage unit. I wanted light weight and movable and this fit the bill.  It tucks in next to slide when in and I secure with some straps.  This allows driver's seat to have full movement and to recline.  When we camp, it sits behind driver's seat, fits perfectly between two front seats or we use it at the couch as a computer/snack table.  Low enough to not block the control panel/generator button and light enough to easily move about.  It came with wheels which I quickly learned was a bad idea so I put four rubber cane tips on to keep it from sliding or marking the wood floor. My PC is in storage so no photos but here is a link to one that is similar
http://www.amazon.com/Altra-Furniture-4-Bin-Storage-Table/dp/B0091T02WM/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1457029037&sr=8-7&keywords=canvas+drawers
If you want photos or more info I can do that after mid-April.

13  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Outdoor temp alarm to inside RV alarm system on: March 01, 2016, 09:56:31 pm
We have one of the clock and inside/outside temp displays. We keep the outside temp sensor in a drawer and as soon as we set up camp it gets put out.  I have made a small bag with velcroe straps so we can hang it wherever the sun doesn't shine (usually a rear view mirror or the rear ladder so if we forget to bring it in, it is still with us). Does not send any type of alarm, but easy to see and read even at night.
14  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: 2100 Fold down step on sofa? on: February 11, 2016, 10:31:58 pm
We removed the "step" early on and I am 5' and husband is 5'6".  We would run into it and it took up space in the aisle which we sometimes use for storage while in transit. Have not missed it a bit. When slide is out there is a short piece over the window well for a foot rest. We also have a foot stool we use on rare occasions. Screw holes are easily filled with wood putty if they bother you.

Nicki
15  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: My new favorite cookware on: February 06, 2016, 08:19:21 am
I have the same make but larger model ASP-238BC that I use at home. Purchased when we were in a rental house with a terrible stove while having a house built. It is my first ever purchase from an info-mercial that I landed on quite by accident.  It is also my "go to" appliance for all the reasons Sue listed. If the smaller version  works as well I would also highly recommend it.
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