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16  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Ring Cotter on Slide Out Needed replacing on: October 24, 2015, 07:57:29 pm
Very often when we run the AC the water drips in one particular spot on the slide out.  After several years I noticed that the ring cotter (see picture below) was rusting.  The factory sent me a replacement and it is now fixed.  I will be looking to replace these with stainless steel ones in the very near future.

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17  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Need The Strength Of "THE HULK" To Work Your Shower Head? If So, Read This. on: October 24, 2015, 07:39:42 pm

We replaced our shower hose a couple of years ago.  Works great and is very flexible with no rust.

It is the stainless steel hose on this site:

Perhaps something on this site might meet your needs.

18  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Inspect Your Roof, It Might Need A Touch Of Caulk Here And There Like Ours on: October 24, 2015, 08:47:18 am

Fiberglass has a broad expansion and contraction factor regarding temperature changes and that is why the leveling sealant is used, mainly because of its flexibility.  The leveling sealant doesn't look pretty but that is the way it is suppose to look and yes it does stay somewhat pliable. Eight years is a great run for any product. UV really is hard on any material.
19  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Inspect Your Roof, It Might Need A Touch Of Caulk Here And There Like Ours on: October 23, 2015, 10:34:56 pm
When we had to have something resealed on the roof it was resealed with Dicor self leveling sealant.  This is what the RV industry uses.  It has a higher flexibilty then silicone and we were not mixing two different types of sealants.  Will be much easier if repairs have to be made to the same area in the future.  
20  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Battery wiring diagram for PC2100 (2008) on: October 21, 2015, 09:46:46 am

The first thing to determine is if you have 6V or 12V batteries

If you have two 6 V batteries they should be wired in series. If you have two 12 V batteries they should be wired in parallel.

Here is a link to a diagram that show 6V series and 12V parallel battery wiring:

The easiest way to determine if your batteries are wired correctly is to measure the voltage between a negative and positive pole.  If you read 12 volts DC you are wired correct.  If you read 6V or 24V you are wired wrong.

We had a 2008 2350 and experienced a similar problem with our batteries boiling away the fluid.  I think there were two factors related to my problem.  First, the Tripp-Lite combined converter/inverter did not have the advantage of current technology (3 stage charger) and had a tendency to overcharge the batteries.  Second, as a pair of batteries age one battery will not be able to hold a charge as well as the other.  This will set up an imbalance in the electrical system that will tend to cause the converter to overcharge.  I think these factors combined to reduce the overall life of my batteries.

21  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Tow Bar Boot Replacement on: October 16, 2015, 03:26:59 pm
While on a recent trip, we noticed our tow bar boots (Blue Ox Aladdin) had small holes in them and the latch handle grips showed a lot of wear.  Checked around for the parts and found E-trailer had the best price (under $30 for all the parts delivered).  Here are the links to the parts I used.

Replacement Latch Handle Grip

Replacement Rubber Boot

Below is the process I used to replace the latch handle grips and the rubber boots.  There may be other ways but this worked for me.

Latch Handle Grips ( Less than 5 Minutes )

The grips have a snug fit but proved to be relatively easy to remove.  A combination pulling/twisting motion and the grips pull right off.  The new grips just pushed into place.

Rubber Boot ( 20 - 30 Minutes per Leg)

1. Cut off the old boot from the tow bar leg.
2. Extend the leg, lock in place and clean off the old grease.
3. Remove the triple lug at the end of the arm. Discard the locking nut and SAVE the bolt.  The nut is not designed for reuse.
4. Start with the large end of the boot, spray some silicone inside the boot and slide the boot over the leg pivot onto the leg.  The key here is to lubricate the inside of the boot.
5. Pull the boot back to expose the leg of the tow bar and apply a light coat of lithium grease.
6. Secure the large end of the boot with the included (larger) zip tie.
7. Attach the other end of the boot with included (smaller) zip tie.
8. Reattach the triple lug with the new included locking nut and bolt from step 3.
9. Move leg in and out to work in grease.

22  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need new shocks (Bilstein thread) on: October 03, 2015, 06:17:26 pm
A follow up to my previous post on this thread.  We had 22,500 miles on our 2012 2551 PC when we decided to have Bilstein HD shocks installed in August.  The frame shop that installed the shocks confirmed that all four shocks were bad but the passenger side shocks showed much greater wear.

It was not until mid September that we were able to take a couple of short trips (950 miles) around Michigan.  The shocks performed well and provided a controlled and fluid ride without excessive harshness.  Also, on one travel day we had constant side winds in the 20-30 mph range with higher gusts and experienced no handling issues.

23  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Sold and Sad on: October 01, 2015, 06:17:49 pm
Thanks for posting and sharing on this forum.  We wish you the best!

24  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Cruiser sighhtings on: September 21, 2015, 02:11:55 pm
We were traveling northbound on M-31 in MI on Sunday 9/13 at 10 AM, spotted a PC going southbound. 
25  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Unstable 30AMP Service on: September 19, 2015, 12:58:05 pm
Just returned from a short trip around Michigan and I'm glad to report that my new 50 to 30 AMP converter worked flawlessly. 

26  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Running Heavy This Year On Our 2007 E350, PC Model 2350 on: September 18, 2015, 09:53:43 pm

The minimum rating would be 3700 pounds but it could be as high as 4600 pounds

In addition to the front and rear axle rating other items may affect the GVWR.  Some of the items that could affect the GVWR would be the engine, transmission, differential, tires, wheels, brakes etc.  Any of these items could reduce the GVWR.  It's only as strong as the weakest component.

Here is a link to a site that will help decode the PC VIN

This is not an official Ford site but it will give you an idea of what is on your particular vehicle. It is important to note the disclaimer that this is a general description of the information generated by the entered vehicle's Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and some pieces of data may be general to that specific model and not entirely accurate for the vehicle specified. If you look under the equipment tab it will give you the axle ratings.   I would call the Ford Customer Service Group (800-392-3673) with your VIN and they can tell you the specific axle ratings for your particular vehicle.

27  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Running Heavy This Year On Our 2007 E350, PC Model 2350 on: September 18, 2015, 02:48:25 pm

The reason that the chassis specs for a 2007 Ford E3450 is a range (3100 - 4600) rather than a specific number is because the front axle rating is based upon the specific spring combination installed.

28  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Towing cruise control questions on: September 05, 2015, 10:25:20 am

I have found that each state has slightly different laws about what is required to tow a car or trailer.  The big difference is when is it required to have an auxiliary braking system. I find it easier to just use my auxiliary braking system all the time.

Here is a link to a website that outlines specific requirements each state has about towing.  In addition, the website provides some general information about towing.

29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Lighted grab bar by the door on: September 02, 2015, 08:22:49 pm

In our 2012 2551 the grab bar light always comes on with the porch light.

I replaced our porch light this year and there was only one pair of wires connected to it.  It was wired with one pair of wires from the switch to the grab bar and then from the grab bar to the porch light.  The factory may have changed by running two pairs of wire one to the grab bar and then another to the porch light and then both terminating at the switch.  You could call the factory to see if there are two separate wires run or just one.

I would remove the switch inside the PC and make sure there are no wiring or switch problems.

If the porch light comes on and the switch looks good I would check the socket in the grab bar for a problem.  If the porch light does not come on then I would check for a blown fuse.


30  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: W P Franklin Site Availability in Feb. 2016 on: September 01, 2015, 02:43:22 pm
I PMd you back.  Hope we can meet up this winter.
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