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61  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New to forum on: December 24, 2016, 09:10:19 am
Driving is great even in heavy winds. The turning radius on all the Ford chassis is huge. It took a while to get used to it needing 4 lanes to do a U-turn.
We do not tow, and there is plenty of storage inside. Could not fill it and we go months at a time.
Outside storage is very limited. No problem on GVW, we had it weighed with everything on-board.

My wife hated the sofa, because the table was small and needed to be taken down while traveling.
But the dinette if used as a bed needs to be made 36" wide.

We also tour but sometimes stay 2 weeks in one location. I use my bike for shopping.
See my blog for recent trip. This version is in Chronological order.
62  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New to forum on: December 23, 2016, 04:46:32 pm
The Wini View is not a quality unit like the PC.
Take a look at Earl's construction videos and comparison videos on PC's main page.
The PC cost a little more but is worth it, especially for after sale service.

My advise is to buy new and customize it like you want, PC's used prices are very high.
63  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Slideout or not and Mercedes vs E-450 on: December 23, 2016, 11:10:37 am
I have had 3 RV's.
23' with corner bed
2551 with slide
2552 with slide.

Likes & Dislikes
Corner bed allows RV to be shorter and easy to drive but I dislike the bed. We used it for 10 years and over 100,000 miles. Harder to sell with corner bed.
2551 was good but we hated the couch & wanted a dinette. Used it for only 6 years and when we saw that the new 2552 could have a dinette we upgraded.
2552 needs a 36" wide seating to make the bed useable(PC will do this), but if not in a slide the floor space is small.
When we are staying for one night we seldom put out the slide, but for many day stay we love the extra space that the slide offers.
We have had NO problems with the Ford 350 or 450 chassis. Much more reliable than the Sprinter.

64  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cabinet door closures on: December 14, 2016, 08:57:42 am
No lubrication won't help. The latches made by are trash, I have broken over 25 of them over past few years. When I switched to Genuine Southco latches, none have failed.

I discussed this with Carol, PC's buyer, she thinks that Southco fail also but I assured her they don't. Be careful where you order them and make sure they say Southco.
65  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tv install bedroom 2351 on: December 13, 2016, 08:58:04 am
The coax outlet in the closet connects to both the outside connector and the antenna. When using antenna push the little switch, red light comes on, and scan for channels. Off for outdoor outlet.

Warning do not leave this amplifier on unless you are plugged into 110v power. It uses 12v DC which will run your batteries down.
66  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tv install bedroom 2351 on: December 11, 2016, 09:13:29 am
Here is a picture of how PC installed a 19" flatscreen in my 2552.

Note they used a piano hinge attached to the board that the TV mounted. They drilled some holes in the board to get the cables to the connections. There is no problem drilling through the wall of the shirt closet double wall with a hole saw.

If I did it again I would mount a 24" TV. It never need to go back against the wall so there is plenty of room. I like the fact that you can actually rotate the TV to face forward in the RV, since I never installed a front TV. 90% of the time we watch the TV we are sitting up in the bed.
67  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Vent Fan on: December 06, 2016, 04:34:30 pm
Actually each light is below a square beam, that's how they get the wires to the light.
68  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Winterizing on: November 24, 2016, 11:43:55 am
Just disconnect the Neutral-Black cable. Charged batteries will not freeze.
69  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Winterizing on: November 24, 2016, 09:51:09 am
You know the little momentary switch to left of steering wheel?
When the switch is pushed you are charging Ford battery from house batteries or solar.

You say, But I can't sit here and hold it on all day.

No problem, just replace the switch with an of-off switch. I bought at Advanced Auto Parts. It is identical. Pop out the old switch, unplug wires from old switch, plug back into new switch, push new switch back into hole. No skill required.

I leave this switch on when RV is in storage and let my solar charge all 3 batteries.

There is an electrical interlock to be aware of. When the switch is on your step will go in, the same as if you turned your ignition switch on.

This will not harm anything. PC used to use an on-off switch and changed it to a momentary for some reason, but I have found no reason why it can not be left on when in storage, or when you want to charge Ford battery.
70  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Barbecue hardpipe location on: November 24, 2016, 08:35:21 am
I'm a do-it-yourselfer. I have owned 3 motor homes in the past 23 years. On all three I just put a tee between the main shutoff valve and the regulator, a high pressure connection.

I ran a 1/4" copper line over to the awning side through existing holes in RV frame. I put a bulkhead fitting through the fiberglass panel just in front of the rear wheel. I terminated the line with a high pressure ball valve that I could reach in front of the tire. The only thing you see externally is a pipe fitting and cap.

I bought a 10' long hose from a propane store with NPT fittings on both ends. On one end I bought an adapter that the stove regulator screws on to, on the other end a female 1/4" flared tube connection.

Works great never had a problem. We grill 4-5 times a week all winter long while we travel and wouldn't want to have to deal with propane bottles. Some people with bigger rigs bring along a 20 lb propane bottle that they run their hose from. The long hose allows me to reach picnic tables that are further away from the rig.

71  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Selling your PC 2400? on: November 21, 2016, 04:20:43 pm
Several years ago on a chilly day in December while parked at work, some squirrels decided to make a meal of the insulation on my engine's electrical wiring -- very expensive repair required. I have read on the internet that some wiring uses soy in the insulation that rodents like to eat. So if you see some of those critters hanging around the front end of your PC watch out.

In the summer my PC is stored outside on a farm. One year all my wiring got eaten up by some kind of animal. They ate right through a bundle of wires including the wire. I was able to find and fix all but one wire which I couldn't find. It was the transmission trailer haul feature. I had to go to a truck garage and they found and fixed it.

I read up on the problem and followed their recommendation. Buy a 4 oz bottle of 100% pure Peppermint Oil from Amazon. Each time I store I soak some cotton balls with the oil and put them near wiring in several places under the hood. The RV sits outside there for about 6 months.
I have not had any more problems but maybe they just leave me alone now.

Last year I had  yellow jackets build a huge nest above the refrigerator. I killed them with bug spray and dug out the 2' x 2' x 4" high nest.
72  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Magneshades and AGM batteries on: November 09, 2016, 10:42:33 am
Since there are lead acid in the engine is there a problem when you have two types since I think they are connected somehow for charging.
No problem connecting the two.

But AGM's are more expensive and harder to find especially if you have a problem on the road, like in Mexico.
Two good 6v batteries, like Trojan T105, will last a long time. The water must be checked at least every two months but mounted in the nice roll out tray, they are easy to check & fill.
73  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New Owner on: November 07, 2016, 12:48:44 pm
We had a long and possibly unreasonable list of modifications and ended up with most of them.
Good to hear John.
I hope things worked out with the Power Management System and Solar Power system that we discussed.
74  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Looking for the right vehicle to pull behind the PC on: November 01, 2016, 12:07:49 pm
Honda CRV from 2007-2014 can be towed, four wheels down and is light enough. It is one of the most reliable small SUV's made.
They are changing the design for 2017, don't know anything about it.
75  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Re. Sandyc Replacing Norcold w. Dometic, & Options on: November 01, 2016, 12:01:40 pm
There are two problems that either refrigerator has.

The circuit boards are very susceptible to voltage spikes and out-of-voltage range operation.
This is easily prevented by using a power management unit, I think Progressive makes the best one.

The second problem, in hot weather the units need more cooling air flow behind the refrigerator. The 2552 has a fan and I have had no problem, my old 2551 and others that are not in a slide have no fan. I installed my own and it fixed the problem.
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