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541  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Recipes on: April 21, 2012, 10:54:57 am
For those who need a recipe to cook (and I admit that I need my recipes) I carry this software with me http://www.acrllc.com/onemillion.php

There are 1,070,000 recipes on this CD and it has a great search feature.  You just type in the ingredients you have on hand and it finds recipes for you.  You can also add your own favorite recipes to it so no cookbooks need to go camping with you.  I just ordered the lastest edition because my old one is too outdated for the new laptop that my DH bought.  It also has over 1,000 crockpot recipes and I use my crockpot when camping very often.  The only thing is that you have to have a CD drive on your laptop.

If I can't find a recipe on this CD then I make my favorite dinner - RESERVATIONS  Eat.

Sue
542  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Literature Storage on: April 20, 2012, 03:53:51 pm
Ron,

    IMO your storage area looks nice but for me it would not work because it looks like the construction of it took up alot of space.  Maybe it is just the shelving material you used.  I do not think I would fill up that entire area, even being gone for three months at a time.  Give me the space for my clothes and purses and shoes and kitchen products and I will use every inch of it and then some .

Sue
543  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sani-con valve light on: April 20, 2012, 10:56:13 am
Roni

The drain valves on our 2012 PC is Baker-Auto Drain (H & H Engineering).  Our 2008 PC had a similar system also by Baker-Auto Drain and it did not have a light.

Knowing you are traveling, I called the customer service for Baker-Auto Drain (269-965-2371) and asked them about the red flashing indicator light.  Their response was that the most likely cause is a micro switch in the valve assembly that controls the indicator light.  The light is an LED and is not likely to fail (but it could). 

Overall system operation is not affected.  The only down side is that there is not a visual indication of an open valve (this could lead to a memorable RV moment).  So I would enjoy the rest of your trip and not worry about it until you get home.

When checking this out we found we did not have the instructions for our unit so we downloaded the owner's manual from http://www.barkermfg.com/autodrain.html

Barry
544  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Literature Storage on: April 20, 2012, 09:44:21 am
Judi (gradygal) brought up a good point (I gave you a helpful Judi) in another post about how to store literature so I thought I'd start a new topic.

In our different RVs through the years we have used various methods.  In our Phoenix Cruisers we have placed all our literature in a binder and organized them according to category.  This seems to work for us.  In the 2350 model we stored the binder in the cabinet above the passenger seat.  In our 2551 we store our literature behind the couch.  We have the couch with the drawer and there is a nice area behind that drawer that is easy to get to.

The cabinets above the driver and passenger seat will also handle a nice (cheap) magazine file.  I have used these in the past.  The ones I have are like what is shown here  
http://www.amazon.com/Universal-Large-Plastic-Magazine-File/dp/B001HA7TII/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1334928817&sr=8-11
They sell these at many of the discount store.  They are sturdy and work great to organize literature.  Remember to also carry your purchase papers with you for warranty work.
545  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Shelf Installed - Another Mod on: April 19, 2012, 08:46:29 pm
If I were you I would be getting really excited.  Hopefully it will be early in May!!!  I can't wait for our next trip in 3 weeks and we just got back from 3 months in FL about 3 weeks ago.
546  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Shelf Installed - Another Mod on: April 19, 2012, 02:07:41 pm
Just completed another mod to the 2551 and that is to add a shelf in the cabinet above the drivers seat.  I use this cabinet for some of my bowls and miscellaneous kitchen items.  There is a lip on the front of the shelf so that things do not slide off.  This picture just shows various items placed on the shelf to depict that there is actually alot of room.  I will arrange it so that things do not fall over.  I also like to put my paper towel rolls in the front of the cabinet, that way if anything decides to take a fall it will not have room to move.

We had these same shelves installed in our 2008 model and they worked great.

Sue
547  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire pressure/weight on: April 18, 2012, 02:50:25 pm
Roni

If you are satisfied with the ride of your PC with the tires inflated to 75 lbs front and 65 lbs rear I would be cautious about making any drastic changes until I got home, did some more research and had the left or right axles weighed.  I think if you had the weights done at a CAT scale within the last 24 hours you can have it weighed again for $1.00 (I know it used to be like that).

The reason Phoenix suggest the 75/65 ratio is because the 2350 PC has a 5,000 pound rated front axle and a 8,500 pound rated rear axle.  It looks like the tires are inflated for the maximum axle loading.  Doing the calculations from the inflation table 75 LBS is for a load of 5,000 pounds and 65 LBS is for a load of 8,500 pounds.  Remember these are the maximum ratings for the axles.  Since yours clearly are not loaded to their maximum you will beable to lower them but to what degree depends on the left or right weighing.

Barry
548  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire pressure/weight on: April 18, 2012, 11:04:17 am
Roni
The inflation table lists the load for each end of the axle (each tire for single axle or each pair of tires for dual axle).

If you go by what exactly the inflation table indicates then the front axle weight of 3180 pounds divided by 2 =  1590 pounds per axle end.  This would result in tire pressure being set to 40 pounds.

If you go by what exactly the inflation table indicates then the rear axle weight of 7820 pounds divided by 2 =  3910 pounds per axle end.  This would result in tire pressure being set to 60 pounds.

This assumes the weight is equally distributed side to side but this may not be the case.  It is possible that the left front tire might have 1700 pounds of load and the right front tire only have 1480 pounds of load.  This would result in tire pressure being set to 45 pounds in both front tires.  It is important to have the same tire pressure in all tires on the same axle.

The left or right side of the motorhome would need to be weighted to determine the exact required tire pressure.  This would allow you to determine the heavier axle end.


Barry
549  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Toilet Paper Holder on: April 17, 2012, 06:28:46 pm
Denny,

    See if you can order some of the stain that PC uses.  It really is nice to be able to use the same stain.  Congrats on the new PC.

Sue
550  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Toilet Paper Holder on: April 17, 2012, 12:45:54 pm
Judi,

  Just wood.  He cut out a circle from wood to mount on the wall and then counter sunk a wooden dowel into the circle.  He attached the whole thing with double sided tape so that we do not have any holes in the rig.  He stained it from the stain we got with the unit and then polyurethaned it.  We've used the tape for our towel bars and hooks and so far everything holds really well.  We did this on our 08 model as well and when we needed to remove things to transfer to the 12 model there were no screw holes left in the wood.

Sue

551  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Toilet Paper Holder on: April 17, 2012, 11:18:56 am
After buying and returning two toilet paper holders because I just couldn't find a good place for them I had Barry build me one.  It works great!  It does not interfer with the furnance vent (or air flow) or closet door and the bath door slides closed without any issues.  It is  exactly! what I wanted.  I'm keeping him busy because now he is working on a shelf for the cabinet above the drivers seat.  Tomorrow he will build me a night stand.
Just login to see the pics (click on the pic for a larger view).
Sue
552  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: fantastic fan on: April 14, 2012, 01:14:05 pm
Bob,

    The screen in the fantastic fan comes off very easily.  It's called a Pop N' Lock Screen.  You can see a small area around the outer edge of the fan screen were you can grab it (a finger tab area).  Then you just pull it down.  There are little tabs all around the edge that keeps it in place.  It looks like it is going to break but it doesn't.  When we first got our 08 model I called the company and asked how to remove the screen.  When the tech told me I told him I thought I would break it.  He said "Go for it, if you break it I'll send you a new one for free".  While I had him on the phone I did exactly what he said and it worked perfectly.  As you grap and pull down on the finger tab area the little tabs that hold it in place will release one by one.

     Here is a link to their site that shows you how to clean them. http://www.fantasticvent.com/faq/knowledge_base/how_to_clean/how_to_clean.html

You do not have to unscrew anything unless you have the older model but I would bet in yours you have the Pop N' Lock.  Here is a link to show you exactly how to remove the screen http://www.fantasticvent.com/operating/how_to_operate_assets/pop_n_lock.pdf
Their diagram at the top of page shows the screen with screws in the figure on the left and the POP N' LOCK in the figure on the right.

We cleaned ours a few times in FL this winter.  Yes, after a few weeks down there the screen really gets dusty.


Sue
553  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sofa bed on: April 13, 2012, 06:33:06 pm
Jack,

   We had the trifold in our 2350 08 model and really liked it as well.  What we did to smooth out the gaps between the sections was use a thin piece of memory foam under the fitted sheet.  It made all the world of difference in not feeling the gap between the three sections.  It then folded up easily and stored behind the couch.  ENJOY


Sue
554  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2350 with Ford V10... What can I expect for MPG (no Tow) on: April 11, 2012, 08:01:37 pm
Denny

Remember the PC will have a 55 gallon tank.  You may not stop as often with the PC but I think you may stay a little longer. rolling on the floor

Barry
555  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2350 with Ford V10... What can I expect for MPG (no Tow) on: April 11, 2012, 07:52:50 pm
Denny

Congratulations on new PC.

We had a 2008 2350 and recorded gas usage for 9,148 miles.  Using 87 octane gas, driving at 60 MPH and towing a 2,700 pound car we got an overall MPG of 9.989.  My guess is with no tow you might expect 1 - 1.5 more MPG's.

Most of the driving was freeway with perhaps 10-15% on primary and secondary roads.  If you have any questions just drop me a private e-mail.

Barry
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