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181  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Ladder Leak on: March 29, 2011, 07:36:37 pm
Dry heat is still heat!  We're 90+miles north of Phoenix, so it's a little less dry here.  Still can't figure how so much water got in my ladder--must be condensation. You can certainly beat the cost of your local rv dealer for an oil change.  I buy the oil and filter at walmart, crawl under (it's high enough for me without ramps) drain the oil, change the filter (it's in a convient location and easy to change and fill up with new oil in less than 20 minutes.  While I'm under there, I also lube it since I have the time--and all for less than $20.
182  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Ladder Leak on: March 28, 2011, 07:05:25 pm
Ron, I did think about you when I was drilling my ladder legs, that you wouldn't have to do this.  One advantage I've found with having the ladder is using it to absorb the impact instead of the mh when backing into an overhang while looking in the wrong direction.  I've kept the dent in the top of the ladder to constantly remind me to look up as well as side to side--old dog, old tricks, old blunders.. pulling hair out.
183  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: storage solutions on: March 27, 2011, 01:26:40 pm
Agree with Tom--use space for clothes instead of extra food, buy as you go.  The laundry facilities inside Yellowstone are very good and close to the campground.  We also use the shower for extra storage--things that can be easily moved when we want to use the shower for a shower.  I removed the speaker from under the bed, and used that area for extra storage, too, until I installed an accumulator tank there.  The space behind the sofa (if you have the sofa) can be used for coats and clothes.  The space under the bottom drawers can be used for flat/folded items.  With 2 boys, your space needs are a LOT bigger than ours--but we have found we really don't need to take as much stuff as we think we need.  Yellowstone is one of my favorite places, and I know you will all have a great time.  There were several road construction delays last year, but we used the time to enjoy the scenery.
184  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Ladder Leak on: March 27, 2011, 01:06:13 pm
Had water in both legs of my ladder.  Thanks for posting--probably should add this topic to the general area, too.  Now I have to go dry off my drill...
185  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Kwikstep / Kwik-Lube on: March 24, 2011, 05:46:12 pm
You should use a dry lubricant on all the metal components.  Don't use a moist lubricant like wd-40 since it will attract dust and road grime--a dry lubricant will not.  Protect All makes a very good dry slideout lube.  I've used the walmart slideout lube, but I'm not sure about it's quality.  You'll have to crawl under the slide to get to the mechanism.  Clean off as much dust/grime as you can (I also crank up the compressor and blow out the area), then spray the lube on all the moving parts.  I also lube the joint points on the sides of the slide.
186  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Kwikstep / Kwik-Lube on: March 24, 2011, 10:34:25 am
I don't lube my steps on a regular schedule.  If I notice a little jerky movement or continuing squeek and I'm close to my workshop, I'll spray the moving parts.  I do try to lube the slide every 2 -3 months.
187  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Emergency Battery Sitch on: March 22, 2011, 09:36:04 pm
You said the factory told you to leave the switch on for 30 minutes.  The switch on my 2010 2350 doesn't stay on.  It springs back when I release it.  I wonder if I have a defective switch, or is that the way they're supposed to work?

188  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: extending roof rack on: March 21, 2011, 12:32:58 pm
David, I think you sent me an e-mail concerning kayak rack.  I'm afraid you have the wrong person since we do not have a kayak rack on our pc.  We do kayak, and considered adding some sort of rack but couldn't find anything other than a rack that hooked into the trailer hitch.  Kayaks were strapped in vertically.  I didn't want to drill holes in the roof, so we've decided to carry them on a toad.
189  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Gas Mileage on 2551/2552 on: March 14, 2011, 11:49:24 am
On our 2007 2700 (E450), we averaged 8mpg.  On our 2010 2350 (E350), we're averaging 12 mpg -no toad, 55 - 60 mph.  In the mountains in Colorado, it went down to 10 mpg.
190  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What Portable Gas Grill Do You Carry Along? on: March 12, 2011, 09:46:26 am
I've used the Weber Baby Q for a year now, and am very satisfied with it.  It stores easily in the new 2350 storage area with the shelf down.  The Coleman would be a good alternate, but I prefer having a top that can be down during cooking.  The Weber heats up quickly, and the heat is uniform all along the grate.  I bought mine at Camping World when they were on sale last year--little pricey when not on sale.  I've found the propane bottles are cheaper at Walmart.
191  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Water Accumulator Tank on: March 10, 2011, 10:25:08 pm
Thanks again, Ron, for the information and pictures for your installation.  I installed an accumulator tank today, and the results are fantastic.  The pump is almost silent now that I removed the ridged pipe connection, and it doesn't cycle on and off anymore when I turn the water on.  The installation was quick and easy.  They moved the pump from the storage area like on your pc to under the bed, so the installation was a little different from yours--but still not difficult.  I highly recommend this addition to all pc owners...
192  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Newer Ford Center Console For 2007-2008 on: March 09, 2011, 07:41:47 pm
Ron, in addition to the extra storage on the side, there's a shelf inside the bottom large cubby hole.  I had the console you have on my prior pc, and I like the new one a lot better.  Also, thanks for the info on the accumulator tank.  I bought the tank and fittings today and plan to install it tomorrow. --larry
193  Main Forum / General Discussion / Water Accumulator Tank on: March 06, 2011, 10:42:33 pm
Thinking about installing a water accumulator tank (or water regulator tank) to keep the water pump from cycling on/off so much.  It doesn't seem like it would be difficult to install, but would appreciate comments on any potential problems or tips to make it easier.  Also, where would the best place to buy a tank?  Camping World has one that is too small, and one that is too expensive.  Haven't looked at Home Depot or Lowes yet.
194  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Nova Scotia on: March 06, 2011, 10:01:23 pm
Be careful about using a ferry in Canada.  I read on another forum that they charge rv's by the foot, and the price was recently increased significantly.
195  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Reserving camp sites on: March 06, 2011, 09:41:33 pm
I try not to make reservations because they put a time limit in my mind that I have to be someplace at a certain time.  We have never had a problem finding a campground without reservations, and the sites that can be reserved vs the drive-up sites can be taken if it hasn't been reserved (usually reservation cut-off time is 1 to 2 days prior).  We use Army Corp of Engineer campgrounds whenever possible because they'
re all on water (since they build dams), they're very well maintained, have water/electric and usually sewer hook-ups for $9-$12 if you have the national parks and federal recreational lands pass ($18-$24 if you don't).  BLM land and national forests have a lot of free campsites, too.  We also check on campsites along our route over the provides comments by past users and has links to the campground website.  A quick call to the number on their website lets us know if there's vacancy for the night.
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