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31  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Strip & Heating on: March 03, 2010, 04:42:10 pm
I have spent a few nights camping with temperatures below freezing. I was plugged into the campground 120 30A AC. I found that the stripheater in the AC unit will keep the interior just about 30 degrees warmer than the exterior at least down to about 28 degrees. At that temperture the unit ran pretty much full time with the slide out. With the slide in and 32 degrees outside the unit seem to run about half time.

At home in the driveway and plugged in to 30A, I have the slide in and use a 1500W coil heater. I set the propane furnace at 45 degrees and set the 1500W heater to about 48 degrees. This has worked well down to an outside temperature of 16 degrees. I leave the water heater on electric. So far so good. We also have the double-pane windows.
32  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Mud flap thingee on: March 03, 2010, 04:26:17 pm
Another approach is to put a barrier between the two vehicles. Blue Ox makes such a barrier that installs on their and other manufacturesrs' tow bars. The item is called KARGARD and their part number is BX8870.

We're looking to get a SmartCar for our toad and use the Blue Ox setup.
33  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Raleigh RV Show on: March 01, 2010, 11:17:37 am
I went to the 21st Annual RV Show at the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, NC this weekend. I camped at the fairgrounds. The campsite is full-service (30 and 50A, water, pump out and trash pickup) but an austere place. On the plus side, its close to the show venue and the security is provided by uniformed police. It cost $25 per night. I would stay there again if I were in business in Raleigh.

I enjoyed the show. It featured a $1.8M Class A that seemed like a glossy freight car-sized road machine on the outside and a luxury New York condo on the inside.

I looked over the numerous Sprinter-based units since we have the 2350S. Winnebago uses the Sprinter chassis for a Class B (Era), a C (View and View Profile), and surprisingly a 25ft 6in A (the Via). The View Profile is somewhat similar to our PC 2350. Comparing units based on price, layout, features, and build quality; were quite happy with our PC 2350S.

Many units at the show featured outside home theaters and cooking facilities that pop out from the units side. These features are not things that I personally lust for. However, an external gas tap for a grill under the awning would be a nice feature on the 2350.
34  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sliding screen door on: February 23, 2010, 02:15:58 pm
I just looked at our screen on a 2010 2350. The leading edge of the screen door moves back and forth on a rigid painted metal track on plastic slides that closely conform to the track shape. Our track is clean so there is no cause for binding there. To avoid problems and minimize wear on the slides I clean the track out each time I clean the coach. The screen material edges brush the tracks on the top and bottom as the door is extended and retracted. There is no opportunity for binding there. The roller mechanism is in a shell and I cannot see what goes on in there. But the only resistance seems to be from a spring motor (if there is one) that rolls the screen material back onto the shell and tensions the screen when extended. There is no nameplate of any other markings on our screen door.

Does your problem occur when you extend or retract the screen or both?
35  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / What's Level? on: February 23, 2010, 09:56:56 am
When the refrigerator is operating either on propane or AC, it must be either be in motion (on the road) or at plus or minus 3 longitudinal (front to back) or plus or minus 6 transverse (side to side) when stationary (parked). Since the Sprinter-based 2350 does not have leveling jacks, one must find a level campsite or use blocks to level the unit. Our plan is to find a level spot. This may be a culturally biased approach for people who live near towns with names like Lowland and Sea Level.

To help us find a level spot, we added two plus or minus 10 levels (clinometers). See the photos. The longitudinal level is over the refrigerator; the other is in the doorframe so that one can gage the terrain outside while looking at that level. We added red marks using a Sharpie to each level to indicate the maximums.

While there are a number of levels available, we got ours at the local West Marine store. We use this same brand on the boat and they hold up well.

How do you level the levels? Since it is the refrigerator that must be level, we aligned the longitudinal level with the refrigerator doorframe. We used a 4 ft level to find a level parking spot on the road then attached the transverse level in the doorframe at 0.
36  Main Forum / General Discussion / Going to the RV Show in Raleigh? on: February 21, 2010, 10:24:52 am
I plan to go to the 21st Annual North Carolina RV & Camping Show in Raleigh 26-28 February, http://www.agievents.com/shows/display.cfm?showID=69. Anybody else?
37  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Stowing Pots & Pans on: February 21, 2010, 09:59:17 am
Since we picked up our unit in late October, we have not had much time on the road with it. It has been a cold, stormy winter here in the mid-Atlantic. The daily highs and lows have been 5-15 below normal almost every day this year. On the trip back from Phoenix in Elkhart, I stowed provisions in the drawer under the sofa. (Very handy.) Now we have the bedding for the inflatable bed stowed there.

Two areas available for provisions are the refrigerator and the cupboards in the slide over the sofa. Since we do not drink soda or use ice, we have more room for the basics: butter, milk, eggs, juice, yogurt, cheese, meat, some vegetables, and leftovers. We keep breads, leftovers, and packages of sliced/chopped varieties of onions and peppers in the freezer. Packaged provisions (e.g., cereal, rice, crackers, cookies, beans, dried fruit, etc.) and canned goods will go over the sofa. We store tall bottles (i.e., olive oil, vinegar, dish detergent, and surface cleaner) in the cupboard over the sink along with the plates, bowls, mugs, and the collapsible salad spinner. The overhead compartment forward of the slide now has bulky consumables like paper plates, napkins, and cups. The other compartments over the cab are now empty.

We also like those reusable green colored storage bags that really seem to keep vegetables fresh longer. We are still looking for a way to stow securely but conveniently a set of herbs and spices. (Any ideas?) Note: One can carry alcohol in miniatures to avoid state laws against having open containers in the vehicle.

If one looks outside the PC, there is almost infinite storage at Whole Foods or Walmart. Therefore, we plan to replenish provisions regularly while on the road with fresh local stuff as available.
38  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bathroom in 2350 on: February 20, 2010, 11:42:39 am
This thread started with the bathroom compartment but moved on to pots & pans. Re: the shower, I'm 6-3 can shower standing up. It's tight but better than our 35 ft boat.

Re: the pots and pans, I started a new topic in Tips & tricks about the pots and pans we found to work in a small space.
39  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Stowing Pots & Pans on: February 20, 2010, 10:29:07 am
About 12 years ago, we were looking for a compact set of cookware to fit in the small galley in our 35 ft sloop, AEGIR. At that time Welcome Aboard, http://www.welcome-aboard.com, had a nesting cookware set that fit into less than 0.5 cu ft. It now fits in a small space under the gimbaled alcohol range on the boat.

When we got our PC 2350 last October, we looked for a something similar. Welcome Aboard now carries a variety of nesting cookware and accessories. For the 2350, I saw that our local West Marine, www.westmarine.com, carries nesting sets by Waring and Magma. I got a 10-piece set by Magma. It was the Teflon-coated set to make cleanup easier. The set is high quality, with stainless-aluminum-stainless bottoms. One reservation is that the saut pan has high, straight sides so flipping an omelet would be a neat trick.

The assembled set fits neatly into the drawer below the cutting board in the 2350. See the photo. The drawer also holds a canister and the dogs dishes. We stow the teapot, another canister, mixing bowls, baking pans, and French coffee press in the lower drawer.

While the PC galleys are compact, we find that the drawers and cupboard seem to hold all the cooking gadgets, cutlery, etc. that we could use; even a mini-food processor and a salad spinner.

Now if there was someplace for the food.
40  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Improvements & Enhancements, 2007 PC-2350 on: January 29, 2010, 09:18:04 am
Attached is an image of "custom" tank installation I saw on a PC-2350 at the Phoenix factory in October.
41  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: battery for new PC on: January 19, 2010, 07:45:58 pm
Caution! When switching battery types; e.g., flooded cell to absorbed glasss mat (AGM), make sure you can adjust the charging profile of the charger to match the battery chemistry. Else your new batteries won't last long. AGMs have particular requirements. AMGs work well in any orientation in the gravitational field as in a boat that heels or overturns. This is not a usual requirement in an RV....
42  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: battery for new PC on: January 18, 2010, 08:05:16 am
The coach batteries that came with our Sprinter-based 2350 are: Exide, Nautilus Dual Purpose NC-27, manufactured July 2009; MCA 730, CCA 575, RC 160, AMP/HR 100. These batteries are both deep cycle and starting according to the Exide web site.

The tires are Korean: Kumho, Road Venture AT KL78 008 LT 215/85 R16, DOT H2OP YD4A 4007. This is a brand name that the chassis manufacturer specified.
43  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Weights and Measures on: December 17, 2009, 11:14:17 am
Our 2350S has the Aerobed/sofa and the refer in the slide....
44  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Weights and Measures on: December 17, 2009, 09:37:18 am
We were also concerned about how much we could safely carry in our 2350S. I asked how much it weighed when I picked it up at the factory and Kermit said that it weighed 9,300 lbs. I asked where that number came from. He said that they weighed the first one and based the GVW of subsequent units on that measurement. Since my as built unit is different; e.g., a diesel generator, I see that the 9,300 lbs is an approximation. Whatever the GVW, the GVWR is 11,030 lbs. The CCC is at best 1,730 lbs probably less.

I would still like to know what the unit actually weighs so I still need to weight it. My younger son, who just changed careers from surveying to truck driver, said all I need to do is take the unit to a truck stop with scales and pay a small fee to have it weighed.

There is an online GVW calculator at http://changingears.com/rv-sec-calc-adjust-gvw.shtml. In addition, the Sprinter Body Builder Information Book (that I found online) has lots of information on vehicle weights and center of gravity.
45  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Such A Deal? on: December 14, 2009, 08:26:53 pm
Many good thoughts here in this thread notably about gas or diesel. I am not necessarily rational here; I have a deep emotional attachment to diesels. I was a ship engineer for many classics: a pair of 1939 Nordbergs (TSM219s), some GM12-278As, many GM671s, and other odd old ones. To me, diesels are the heartbeat of the mother in the womb of the ship.
We picked a diesel-diesel for the chassis-generator combination because of the single fuel. We wanted a single stop to fuel both; as opposed to tanking up on motor fuel then looking for a propane station. We considered the 55 vs. 25-gallon tank capacities of the Ford vs. Sprinter. Fifty-five gallons at 10.5 mpg gives you a whopping 578 miles. On the other hand, 25 gallons at 15 mpg yields only 375-mile range or about two-thirds as much. For us it boils down to planning stops. Diesel fuel is not very flammable so you can carry a 6 gallon Gerry can as a spare for longer range or dry camping with relative safety.
Batteries. To preclude a call from the first mate about the car will not start; I try to remember to replace batteries after no more than four years, its cheap insurance.
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