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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Running Heavy This Year On Our 2007 E350, PC Model 2350 on: September 15, 2015, 08:23:08 am
In March of this year I also had the opportunity to weigh my 2015 PC and was very happy with the capacity and balance.  Because mine is a custom build with a 2100/2400 type floorplan on the uncut 158" E450 chassis, my numbers probably aren't as useful as a comparison, but here they are anyway:

Fully loaded (one person, two dogs, gear and food for 4-5 days) full fuel/full water/empty waste tanks, my coach weighed under maximum capacity by 3020 lbs total...1700 lbs under on the front and 1420 lbs under on the rear.  The passenger side was slightly heavier on the front by 100 lbs and on the rear by 280 lbs...probably because that is the side with my refrigerator and largest storage compartment under the bed.

I did reduce my tire pressure to a point between maximums and the recommendations on the tire chart...55 on the front, 70 on the rear.  The chart specifies that I can go lower, but I'm just not comfortable with that.  I recently had the alignment checked and it is also fine.  I have had no modifications made from the factory and the ride/handling are excellent.
2  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: No Flame Warning on Refrigerator on: August 25, 2015, 12:03:16 am
I have the three-way refrigerator and always run the refrig on DC while driving.  The engine seems to keep the battery charge up just fine. In my previous class A, I ran the larger two-way refrig on Battery power thru the inverter while driving and never had problems with that either.  I have no objection to running a refrig on propane while driving but I don't see why I would prefer that if my batteries are handling the job.
3  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Reinforcing Your Norcold Fridge Door Hinges on: August 14, 2015, 07:22:18 pm
Mike, my 2015 PC, purchased in July 2014 (one year old now), was ordered with a 3-way Norcold refrigerator model N641.3.  I notice that it already has the metal hinge reinforcement plate on the lower hinge of the large door, from the factory.
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Annual PC Rally on: July 21, 2015, 12:49:04 pm
2015 Reunion is September 10-14 in Nashville TN.  Details were in the club newsletters recently, and they might be on the club website.
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Single A/C vs. Dual A/C on: July 17, 2015, 10:13:24 am
I agree with GoPhoenix in mild temperatures.  Florida in March is mild temperatures.  Florida in July/August is 97+.  Parked in direct sun with Magna Shade the windshield glass cannot be touched on the inside because it is blistering hot.  That hot surface heats the air.  I love the Magna Shades in mild temperatures.  Unfortunately, much of my camping is in very hot or fairly cold temperatures, so I'm either fighting the heat or the cold, and one of the first lines of defense is to prevent heat exchange through the automotive glass.  Next problem is cab metal and air leaks, but that's another topic.
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Single A/C vs. Dual A/C on: July 16, 2015, 08:46:13 pm
I also have the Magna Shades.  They are great for daytime privacy but they can be seen through at night when there are lights on inside the coach, so some type of interior curtain is still needed at night.  For any protection from heat, they are of limited use.  If parked in a nice shady campground or somewhere the temperatures are mild, they do cut glare, and act as screens if the side windows are down for ventilation.

However, if you park in real heat, with sun exposure on the coach and glass, they do not reduce heat gain through the automotive glass.  In fact, the black plastic mesh gets blistering hot in direct sun and transfers the heat straight into the glass which radiates right into the coach.  If you need to reject heat gain from direct sun and high air temperature through the automotive glass, you need a cover on the outside that absorbs as little heat as possible, reflective or at least white, with some insulating properties.  Placing insulation on the inside against the glass will help to prevent the indoor air from convecting.  Unfortunately these measures block view and light completely.

As mentioned by many, awnings also help to shade side windows and coach walls.  The double-pane coach windows do help reduce heat gain, but shielding them from direct sun strike improves their efficiency.
7  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Pictures of recently completed built in cabinet and flip-up table. on: July 01, 2015, 05:34:05 pm
Wow! That's fantastic.  That would be so perfect for my PC, although my layout isn't the same.  For me it would serve only the rotating passenger chair, but I would really love that.  Thanks for posting the pictures.
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: excessive heat in the passenger area of chassis on: June 18, 2015, 03:10:04 pm
Paul I agree, that those of us in the hot parts of the country get more used to heat.  I have also used the reflectix products for several insulating projects, but have now replaced all those with the Low-E product, which is superior in several ways.  The reflectix is plastic bubblewrap with silver plastic coating on both sides...heat shrinks and weakens the plastic over time, and with any weight and pressure, like stepping on it, they eventually break down and lose the little bit of air-trapping abilities they have.  The Low-E product is a layer of closed cell foam which can take weight with out "popping" and has aluminum foil on each side which does not break down under heat or pressure.  So, if you are planning a project of this much effort, it's not much price difference to use the Low-E which will perform the task better than the reflectix.
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: excessive heat in the passenger area of chassis on: June 18, 2015, 08:03:27 am
I'm also struggling with a solution to the cab floor heat problem.  I'm considering trying this:
The material is closed cell foam (not bubble wrap) with aluminum foil on both sides (not silver colored plastic).  I've used this material for insulating the windshield and cab window glass and it is really good quality.  However, I feel like pulling the seats and ripping up the carpet to put this underneath would be too big a job for me, so I'd have to have it done at an appropriate auto/RV remodeler.  It was suggested that I put it on top of the carpet and then cover with the rubber floor mats, which I'm considering.  I wonder if that would make the carpet trapped underneath a fire hazard.
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bathroom heater vent in 2350 on: May 17, 2015, 09:08:18 am
Paul, I don't dry camp often like you do, but do have to occasionally use the propane furnace, and I had a problem with the aim of the furnace vents which happened to shoot hot air directly at my dog beds.  Relocating the vents wasn't possible, so I found a solution to aim the air right/left instead of straight ahead.  I found a dryer vent cover at Home Depot and it does the job perfectly. (I threw away the inside baffle doors that came with it).  It protrudes 2.25", so if you have that much clearance between your vent and toilet, maybe this will work for you.
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bathroom heater vent in 2350 on: May 17, 2015, 12:20:07 am
Agree with Dave.  a small space heater is perfect.  I used one all winter, as the 2100 has no heat vent in the bathroom at all.  Unless I'm dry camping or it's extremely cold, I don't want to use propane. Of course I camp in the south, so my heat gets light use.
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Check TV Screws on: May 13, 2015, 06:54:47 pm
Oh my gosh Carol, since our PCs were picked up in the same month, I had to immediately run out and look in my cabinets...and all screws in place, thank goodness.  I hope you were able to get yours re-secured.  Thanks so much for the heads up.
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Where to hang bathroom towel rack and toilet paper on the 2100? on: May 13, 2015, 05:32:00 pm
I have not had any of the 3M Command Hooks come loose while driving or under any other conditions.  However, the heaviest item would be a big bath towel, so that's not a serious challenge.
Ron, yes you are right, anything sticking out from the bathroom door wouldn't be desirable, in my opinion, because the floorspace in the 2100 bathroom is pretty much a postage stamp to turn around in.  My shower has the majority of the bathroom floorspace, so that's where I put my laundry basket.
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2910D vs. 2010T on: May 13, 2015, 04:32:10 pm
Speaking for the side of the height challenged, I have to add that one of my very most appreciated things about the PC is the "reasonable" (lower) ceiling heights.  It is a thrill to be able to actually reach inside my top cabinets and turn on a ceiling light without a step stool  Heart Shower
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Where to hang bathroom towel rack and toilet paper on the 2100? on: May 13, 2015, 03:59:23 pm
The hooks I use are the 3M Command Adhesive.  There are many types and styles, but the ones that are specifically for "Bath" hold best on the shower wall under moist conditions.  The ones I used are like this:
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