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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Surge Guard on: July 18, 2016, 01:44:45 pm
my SG is under the refrigerator in the same compartment as the converter/charger and the inverter.  This is going on my project/wishlist and I'm definitely going to look into it further.  Thanks for the info.
Ann
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Surge Guard on: July 18, 2016, 10:29:43 am
The PI unit looks like the very best choice.  I wish I had done that.  I wonder if it is possible to retrofit this into my PC to replace the SG.
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Surge Guard on: July 18, 2016, 09:40:06 am
Luckily my surge guard has not had any issues (although it was humming strangely the other day).  However, I wish now I had not installed it and had chosen a portable SG unit instead so that I would have had a fast/easy option to get power into my coach if it does fail.  Now that I realize the SG will not allow power in from shore or generator if it fails, I am not comfortable with the possibility that I would be dead in the water and unable to rig a quick fix on my own. 
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: LED light problems on: July 18, 2016, 08:37:46 am
I have the "faulty" ceiling LED lights also in my 2015 PC.  One failed completely, and three others have failed on one half.  The first two failures were within the warrantee period and Phoenix sent replacements.  I have not bothered to deal with the other partial failures, because I rarely use the ceiling lights...mostly when cleaning and packing/unpacking between trips.  Ironically one of the reasons I rarely use them is that they are way too bright for ambient lighting use, so having only half the amount of light is actually an improvement.  When I want evening ambient light, I have been using the four "reading" LED lights, one in each corner of my living space.  If I lived in my PC for all or part of the year, I would pursue a more elegant solution...but since my use is for weekend sports trips, it hasn't been important enough to make it to the top of my to-do list.
Ann
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Emissions Recall 15E05 on: July 18, 2016, 08:15:31 am
I received the letter for my 2015 E-450 also.  No inspections to worry about in Florida, but I intend to have the dealer perform the recall at the time of my next oil change in about six months.  Until then I will be very interested to hear if anyone has any noticeable changes over a few months time.
Ann
6  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Shade for the new PC on: July 18, 2016, 08:00:08 am
John,
I bought the fittings, tarp and bungies from creativeshelters.com.  They have a design feature on the site that lets you create a "kit" that meets your desired shelter dimensions and configuration, then gives a diagram and cut list for the metal fence tubing that you will buy from a local fencing company.  My local fence company cut each piece to exact size for me.  There are many choices on the site for different tarps, and different configurations.  The shelter I created is a 16' x 30', made with the largest/heaviest fittings/tubing (1 7/8"), with the medium gable peak (110 deg slope, 4" rise/foot), and the heaviest/most sunblocking gray tarp.

I'm happy with the quality of the finished tent, and expect the tarp and bungies to need replacement between 5-10 years.  However, it was a bear to assemble because of the extreme weight...four big men had quite a struggle.  I strongly prefer a metal carport type structure, but the zoning restriction would not allow it.  In hindsight I actually wish I would have ignored the zoning and built the metal structure and taken the 5% chance that anyone would have noticed or cared.
Ann




7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electronics Options on: February 22, 2016, 12:29:14 am
I hated the crank-up antenna on my DP, so had Phoenix install the King antenna on my 2015 PC.  I love it.  Takes very little space on the roof, and no hassle or maintenance. I don't use TV every trip, but it has worked well the times I have used it.
8  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.
9  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.
10  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.
11  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.
12  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.
13  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.
14  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.
15  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.
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