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16  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC on new Ford Transit 350 chassis? on: March 18, 2016, 07:25:09 pm
I've been following the trend and the only thing I could find regarding Ford's last official word on the Transit and what they have to say regarding motorhomes is this....

   - Mike
17  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Option on: March 13, 2016, 12:27:27 pm
Hi Fred....and welcome!

We have had our 2552 with laminate floors and a 15000 BTU A/C for a few years now.

We have cherry interior and the darker, matching laminate flooring.  We bring our two Pomeranians with us on most trips and have camped in cold, hot, wet, snowy, sandy, muddy conditions.  The floors still look brand new, have performed extremely well and are easy to clean.  Even in the bathroom area which tends to get a bit more water splashed or dripped around. Due to their dark color, however, they do show dust/dirt more readily, but we think this is a good thing (ensures we clean regularly)

We found that the originally mattresses were marginally ok for us and opted to just purchase our own foam toppers. 

Personally, I think the 15000 BTU unit is necessary for us.  We do camp in some of the hotter areas (Nevada, Southern CA, Arizona, New Mexico, Florida, etc) and enjoy getting out of the heat once in a while in our rig.  Even with the additional BTUs over the stock unit it can only cool down the rig to about 20 degrees below the outdoor temp.  So, if it's around 100 degrees outside the best we can do inside is a bit below 80 (with shades drawn, windshield covered, heat source like tv on, 2 adults, two dogs, etc.) Obviously a 13500BTU unit wouldn't be able to that well.  We have found that there are many folks who don't run their A/C unit at all in that type of heat...personal preferences.  The units will draw different amounts of power, so if using a 15000 BTU unit you will be more limited as to what else you can run at the same time.  We upgraded to a 50 amp electrical system in our rig due to this.  We can easily run the a/c and other things like the microwave at the same time.  From what I can tell, the Coleman Mach8 unit that we have may actually run less noisy than the stock 13500 units, especially on low fan speed.

The heat pump vs regular A/C issue is a bit more complicated I think.  Overall, we thought there may be more issues with a heat pump.  In more temperate climates you'll get better heating in a heat pump system vs the electrical heat strips and won't use up propane by running the furnace.  On the other hand, there would be more noise running the heat in a heat pump unit vs the heat strips as the compressor will be running.  The propane furnace is also much noisier than running the A/C heat strips. Running the heat strips doesn't blast out the heat as one might expect. It does heat up the rig, but actually might feel a bit like coolish air if you put your hand up to the grill. Lastly, generally somewhere between 30 and 40 degrees the heat pump won't operate in heat mode due to its inability to draw heat from the surrounding outside air.

We are generally happy with our choice, but because of personal preference and the experiences we've had we might have liked the two HVAC unit option a bit better.  That would allow use of either or both units which would have increased overall heating/cooling capacity and allowed better noise control.  Of course, the 50 amp electrical system would also be needed here.

Hope this helps a bit.

   - Mike
18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Problems with auxiliary 12 volt plug in on: March 10, 2016, 09:25:10 pm
I don't know about other areas of the country, but around here our Ford dealers (Fairfield, Richmond, Walnut Creek, California) will help with anything we throw at them....and we have.  The parts departments know one heck of a lot and aren't shy about sharing.

    - Mike
19  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Problems with auxiliary 12 volt plug in on: March 10, 2016, 12:15:12 pm
Your owners manual should list which fuse and it is and what type of fuse.

In my 2014 PC (which is built on a 2013 Ford E450) the fuse box is is under the dash by the floor between the drivers side door and brake pedal.  The fuse for my aux outlet is a 20 amp (type A1S) and is in slot #72.

   - Mike
20  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A few questions before I do a factory tour on: March 06, 2016, 08:59:15 pm

Yep!  What Barry said!

21  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A few questions before I do a factory tour on: March 06, 2016, 09:20:24 am

I know there was a thread or two here on the forum discussing connection to a portable satellite dish.  Not sure if there was an easy solution, but you may want to search.

If my memory is correct (unlikely) one can't simply hook the dish to the outdoor cable connection due to that cable running through the over-the-air antenna amplifier inside the rig.  This thread on another forum seems to address the issue and provides a solution.  It may or may not work in your situation.

Another option would be to install a connector yourself on the outside of the rig and run a coax into the rig similar to how the Ford cab radio antenna is mounted and run to the radio.  I believe there are rubber hole covers or metal knockouts in the firewall/floorboard area for bringing cable into the cab area.

Alternatively, if you don't already use one.....there are flat sections of coax available that are designed specifically for running through windows and allows the window to close a bit more.

If it were me, and I used the satellite often, I'd probably bring the rig to a reputable car stereo installer and have them install an exterior connector and run the coax to where you have your receiver located near the TV.  Shouldn't cost very much or take very long.  Once and done.

    - Mike
22  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Just introducing myself on: March 05, 2016, 09:54:45 am
Welcome, Byron!

We love our 2014 2552, but if we decide at some point to trade in for a new one we would make these changes:
- Add either side cameras or replace single rear camera with dual rear camera to provide full time views of both the towed vehicle and traffic behind and to the side.
- Replace the particle board bed decking with smooth wood to eliminate splinters and mess.
- Replace stock batteries with AGM maintenance free batteries
- Install matching wood shelving in both cabinets at the foot of both beds (we don't need to hang clothes/coats there and having nice factory built shelving would be better than my non-carpenter attempts)
- Install water line from water tank to passenger side of rig (allows for easy outdoor water access on that side of the rig, plus allows for more control over where the water will go when draining the tank)

We are very glad we had these items installed:
- Upgraded A/C system (15000 BTU)
- Propane line and valve run to the passenger side outdoor storage box.
- Upgraded electrical (50 amp)
- Hard wired Surge Guard
- Wood floors (very easy maintenance, very attractive and very durable)

Only one outstanding issue:
- We have the insulated windows but wish (somehow) there was better insulation in the coach door area and cab area.

It is such a nice RV.  Comfortable and easy to drive, even while towing a 4700 lb SUV. Can't beat the customer service.

Hope you join the community!

   - Mike
23  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: First Aid Kit on: March 04, 2016, 08:11:46 am
 " try not to glue your fingers to the patient; "

 LOL  May want to include super glue remover to the kit!

Glad to hear it wasn't more serious!  Owie!

     - Mike
24  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Leak in Sani-Con hose on: March 04, 2016, 06:45:58 am
I just checked ours and it looks like your second picture; room to expand and contract. 

That section of hose does look more and more like a potential problem.  It would seem that a piece of more ridged and durable hose would be better between the pump and storage compartment. 

   - Mike
25  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Half Body Paint on: March 04, 2016, 06:30:24 am
Regarding a cover....for us, the negatives outweighed the positives.  It is a real pain getting the thing on and off, for one.  But the worst part is that it flaps in the breeze, even when pretty tightly secured, and can make wear marks on the rig.  If not tightly secured it can come loose and cause a lot of problems in windy conditions, including flapping against the side of others rigs in storage (which doesn't make the neighbors happy at all). Indoor storage is obviously the best, but they are few and far between in my area.

We do use the tire covers when stored, or when camped for a significant period of time (or in direct intense sun). They are relatively easy to get on/off and aren't as prone to flapping around or loosening up.

  - Mike
26  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Leak in Sani-Con hose on: March 01, 2016, 06:48:37 am
Ours also developed a leak due to that screw last year.  We replaced the hose and screw the same way Bruce/Sharon did.  I do remember wondering how much of the new hose I should have between the pump connection and the entry point to the storage compartment, since the hose does expand/contract when turned on/off.  Not sure how much I allowed if any.  I'll have to check next week. 

I can't remember if that section of hose (outside the compartment) is also exposed to the elements, especially road debris?

   - Mike
27  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: cooper tires vs. michelin tires for PC on: February 19, 2016, 09:43:07 pm
I wonder what Kermit has to say on the subject and why he uses Michelins?

  - Mike
28  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Free National Park Pass for Fourth Graders on: February 17, 2016, 05:58:02 am
Great info, Holly....thanks!  I've passed this on to friends who can take advantage of it.  I hope it's still around when our granddaughter is old enough.   

 - Mike
29  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Favorite Interior Color on: February 13, 2016, 07:14:58 am
We chose to have one color for interior and another for exterior (Sunlit inside and Cafe outside) purely for aesthetic reasons.  For us it just seemed to look better.  Both color schemes are in the brown family (don't know if they are offered anymore)

I don't think there is any downside (or upside) to any particular color except for aesthetics, except possibly how much road dirt is perceptible on the exterior with various color schemes. Cafe exterior fairs pretty well in this regard.  It can get pretty filthy before I can't stand to go another mile without a good wash.  I really like the new color schemes.

   - Mike
30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: February 10, 2016, 03:23:39 am
Welcome!  I notice that Kermit is now offering free delivery to anywhere in the lower 48! You are relatively close to the factory, but that would have saved us $3000 a couple years ago!

   - Mike
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