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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: March 16, 2015, 02:38:40 pm
The other thing I had to do to make the PC more old dog friendly was to cover the lovely vinyl floor with the not-so-lovely foam puzzle mats.  I first tried the non-skid rugs but my old dog drags her rear feet and would trip on and rumple up the edges and still slip on the bits of floor between the rugs.  So the floor doesn't look as nice, but at least it's safe and still easy to clean.
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Weight and Tire Pressure, Good News on: March 16, 2015, 11:07:11 am
I finally got the time to get individual wheel weights on my PC, which I've been wanting to do since I picked it up last July.  I'm happy to report that fully loaded we are 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'm really pleased that my custom floorplan on the 158" chassis turned out to be so well balanced.

So that all means that I can lower my tire pressures a bit, since I've been running with the maximum capacity recommendations, not having any idea previously what I might weigh.  I'll start by just reducing 5 lbs per tire, per trip, until I reach midway between the maximums I've been running and the tire chart recommendations (which are a little lower than I feel comfortable with).  It will be interesting to see if it feels and handles differently.

Oh and I guess I would probably be safe to lower the pressures similarly in my E350 extended van, which has never been weighed but certainly weighs much much less than the PC, and has been running maximum recommended pressures for the entire 14 years I've owned it.

3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: March 16, 2015, 09:53:31 am
My electric step protrudes from the outside face of my door just under 12".  Resting a ramp on the lip of the stairwell means you would have to take it on and off each time you want to use it, and can't leave it in place while you are camped.  I just leave my ramp in place on the step from the time I park to the time I leave, as I can easily step past it, and we seem to go in and out pretty frequently.
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: March 15, 2015, 11:56:38 pm
Congratulations on your new PC.  I also travel with an older dog, 14 years, who must have a ramp to get in and out.  Many ramps are either too long, or have a large hump where they rest on the step, actually making them a stumbling hazard.  I found a perfect size (36"x14") on Amazon.  I peeled off the black friction surface and replaced with a light colored traction the black surface was invisible to the dog at night, even with a light, and she wouldn't step onto what looked to her like a black hole.  I also replaced the black on the step, and it makes it much more visible.


Traction tape:

5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: March 08, 2015, 10:54:18 am
I had My 2100 on the 158" wheelbase built with no slide because I need some specialized interior configuration. I had two slides on my 34' diesel pusher and do not miss having slides.  Without the slide I gained interior horizontal space and storage and saved weight.  I don't full time, but if I did I think the extra storage would be valuable to me.  Also no mechanical/leak issues.  However my perspective is from one person traveling alone (with two large dogs).
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: March 08, 2015, 07:02:45 am
Welcome Greg.  I agree with Ron, that the 2100 is the smallest but there are advantages to the 2350 at 23' 11", which is still very compact and with a 158" wheelbase, very agile.  The layout that suits your needs best is the first to consider, imo.  I think the 2350 layout is easier for two people, but it depends on how you like to use the living space. If it's the 2100 layout that attracts you over the 2350, then look at the 2400 which is only 3" longer, built on the 164" wheelbase.  I also couldn't find a used unit that would suit my needs so bought new.  This gave me the opportunity to customize a bit.  I wanted the layout type of the 2100/2400 and the shortest unit possible, but I didn't want the 158" chassis cut to 138", and I didn't want to go to the 164" chassis, but would have if that was the only option. Phoenix built my 2100 on the 158" chassis uncut, so my finished unit is 22' 10".  I also built on the E450, but I believe the E350 would have served fine.  I appreciate the extra weight capacity of the E450, and to me it was worth it.
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Fluorescent light failure and melted housing on: March 07, 2015, 09:07:59 am
The LED lights in the ceiling of my 2015 PC are warm white.  Very bright and great for daytime and cleaning.  Too bright for evening use.
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Fluorescent light failure and melted housing on: March 03, 2015, 07:48:03 pm
Dave, I have the same LED fixtures you have, and I agree they are very bright...which is great in daytime, and when I'm cleaning, but not so nice for evening use.  In the evening I'm using only my small reading lights, but but I want a better choice.  I have a plan for a line of dimmable LEDs along the top edge of my upper cabinets that will shine up at an angle and flood the ceiling for adjustable warm ambient light. They will operate with a remote. Unfortunately my schedule doesn't give me a chance to work on this until May, but I'll post details and pictures when finished.  I'm getting the components from Inspired LED.
9  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Getting to Nashville - Bad Stretch? on: February 16, 2015, 11:53:11 pm
I've driven that route many times both ways in my 34' diesel pusher, E-350 long van, and every other vehicle I have had except my PC...never had any problems with it.  However from the south I much prefer I-65 thru AL instead in order to avoid Atlanta, which just gets worse every year.
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Wheel cover installation problem on: February 05, 2015, 09:06:17 pm
Are the wheel covers on my 2015 PC different than most? There is plenty of clearance for both my straight air tester and angled air compressor chuck.  I've also used the pass-thru gator caps on all my big vehicles for years and never had any problems with them.
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Leak In Overheads on: January 31, 2015, 08:46:56 pm
In Florida humidity definitely requires some effort to control.  My PC is in use about 50% of days October thru April, but a bit less in summer.  When not in use, I keep the AC set at 85 in summer and the heat set at 55 in winter, plus a dehumidifier set at 45 or 50% (and the bathroom door open, since there is no direct route for AC or heat into there).

I too am concerned about the excessive hot/cold in the cabinets over the driver and passenger seats. I'm planning to do something to improve the insulation in there, but haven't quite figured out yet what I want to do. The other temperature/condensation problem points I want to solve are the metal window frames and the plastic vent covers, which are allowing way too much hot/cold temperature exchange.  I have the double pane insulating windows, and the glass is doing its job, but the metal frames are extremely conductive and no thermal break at all.  The vent covers are too shallow to put the thick pillow insulators in, so I have the thin silver bubble type, but they don't create the air seal that I need.

Then there's the cab.  I already insulate my cab windshield and windows, but I also want to be able to completely block the entire cab area in cold weather camping, as the cab really pumps cold air onto the floor. 

Lots of projects.  thinking
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: December 11, 2014, 11:14:50 am
Welcome Dave, Kristina and Stewie,  seems like there are quite a few PC owners in PA.  y'all need to drive south and get rid of all that "winterizing".  Happy travels to you.
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: short time storage on: December 01, 2014, 04:06:42 pm
My PC does live in Florida and gets used a minimum of once a month, year round.  I have hookups next to my house and a shade structure to keep the sun off, so I leave it plugged in always when parked.  I also run the AC in hot weather set to 85 to keep the humidity down, and keep a small space heater set to 50 in winter if we have a cold snap of 30s or below.  I see no reason to have the inverter on when plugged in, since the shore power gives power to the entire coach.
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: December 01, 2014, 03:58:19 pm
Welcome Dave and Betty.  With 17 years of full-timing under your belt, I expect you will have lots of helpful ideas to share.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: October 29, 2014, 05:26:08 pm
Welcome Charlotte and Milton.  Looking forward to details and photos as you make your new PC to suit your dreams. Celebrate
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