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1006  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Own a 2010 Ford E350 or E450? Read This. on: April 14, 2011, 06:45:26 pm
Ron, the E-450 rear stance is 1 inch wider than the E-350. Stuart pointed it out to me when I upgrader my PC to the E-450. I don't have any problems with down shifting, but since I have never driven the E-350 I can not tell you the difference.
1007  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Inverter on: April 13, 2011, 09:34:30 am
Less than your dash radio draws down the engine battery. So start your engine once a day and run it for two to three minutes to recharge all your batteries or run your generator for 30 minutes a day every other day. It seems like you are worrying to much and need to just start enjoying your motorhome more. Then you can worry about what mod to do next.  Wink
1008  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Inverter on: April 12, 2011, 05:42:51 pm
The inverter uses the house batteries (12 volt DC) to make 110 volt AC for the plugs. If you want to run a hair dryer or the microwave, both of which will use a lot of battery power, you turn on the inverter and plug them in. Otherwise you can save a small amount, about .7 amps per hour, if you turn off the inverter. The overhead lights are 12v and don't need the inverter as they run off the batteries. If you have a 110 volt plug tester, and you should, plug it into the wall plug and then turn on the inverter. On my PC the two plugs in the wings between the house and the cab are not on the inverter. I wish they were as that is where we plug our cell phones into to recharge them at night. When dry camping, we have to plug them by the sink or in the bathroom.

The converter changes 110 volts AC to 12 volt DC that will charge your house batteries when you are plugged in. The overhead lights run off the house batteries. The converter is built into the panel with the circuit breakers and the 12 volt house fuses.
1009  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Refer on while traveling? on: April 10, 2011, 01:09:23 pm
We turn ours on auto and leave it on until we get back home.
I always forget to turn off when fueling.
I know it is recommended but as I get older I get dumber.
1010  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: east to west travel to Yellowstone on: April 08, 2011, 08:10:55 am
I don't know if your boys already have cameras or not. If they don't you might want to get them each a small cheap digital camera and tell them to take pictures of what they think is neat. Then you forget about having giving them the cameras and let them do their own thing. When you get back, each one can have a show and tell with the family. You might be surprised at what they take pictures of and how often. Smile Grin
1011  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: lights on the running board on: April 08, 2011, 08:01:52 am
Nice talking to you the other night David. Did you guys have submarine race at your drive-ins also? Yahoo!
1012  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Using Back-Up Lights For Other Purposes on: April 05, 2011, 07:41:27 am
I don't understand why you don't just buy a cheap set of driving lights or a utility light and mount them/it under the rear of the PC. You would have all the parts and switches you need. Just wire them to a hot lead off the house battery. You could even tap into the wiring near the santi-con. If you wanted to get fancy, you could wire it through a light on the dash so you don't forget to turn them off while driving. Kind of an extreme. No special wiring blocks needed.
1013  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Why Jeep Liberty? on: April 04, 2011, 04:13:05 pm
We got the Jeep Liberty because in the 4 wheel drive version, it is simple to go from driving to towing it, you have to put the transfer case into the "N" position (about 5 steps to do this). You do not have to pull any fuses. No limit on how far you can tow or how fast. It is lighter than the larger Jeeps, about 3400 lbs. You can go off roading or to the shopping mall. The rear doors make it easy to take another couple along with you and still have plenty of room for all the shopping goodies the DWs like to buy. A buddy of mine has the Jeep wrangler, another fine toad, but getting in and out of the back is a real pain for the women. He has to carry a small step to set outside for them and they have to back out onto this step. Not the best setup.

And most important is that "It is a Jeep thing."  ThumbsUp
1014  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: lights on the running board on: April 04, 2011, 04:00:22 pm
You're right.  I was expecting a noticeable click, but on mine it's more of a slight bump.  Had to turn it several times before I felt it.  It doesn't seem to have any purpose on my pc unless it turns the running board lights off.  As I mentioned before, my dome spot lights have to be turned on/off with the rocker switch on them.  They don't have a setting that allows them to be operated with the door or the dimmer knob.  Guess I don't really need that,anyway.

On my PC the dash dimmer switch works just like every car I have owned. You turn up the dimmer to brighten the dash lights and when you go pass the "bump" you are turning on the dome light unless you have turned the dome lights off via the dome light switch. If you get in your PC with the dimmer switch in the normal position, close the door and wait two minutes the running board, running lights and dome light will go off. If you have the dimmer switch pass the bump position, it will take the dome light and running board light about 7 minutes to turn off. The switch by the dome light keeps the dome from coming on when you open the door. We used to use this when we were teenagers at the drive-in movie theater. Yes I know I am dating myself. You can also turn on the dome light by turning on the dome light switch and rotating the dimmer switch pass the bump. You are right about the bump being very light and you do not need to push hard on it. I hope this helps clear up the use of the dimmer switch.
1015  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Emergency Battery Switch on: April 04, 2011, 02:06:52 pm
OK Bill how did you find that circuit breaker? Did you call Kermit?
1016  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: lights on the running board on: April 04, 2011, 09:52:23 am
The new style dash has a round knob for turning on the lights with a wheel next to it that rotates up to brighten/turn on dome and down to dim the dash.
1017  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: lights on the running board on: April 04, 2011, 08:08:43 am
David, what Ron is saying about the split-year motorhomes where the chassis is one year and the motorhome was the next year is correct. Where he went astray was that your profile says you have a 2010 year and Ford did the new van starting in 2010. You can tell by looking on the drivers door frame at the Ford sticker, the dash or the front grill which year chassis you have. Ron just got is years off by one year.

I went out to my motorhome and the dome light over the dash and the running board lights are controlled by the dash dimmer switch. I turned on the dome lights and rotated the dash dimmer switch all the way up past the click. I then got out and closed the door. All the running lights, the running board lights and the dome light were on. After about two minutes or less the running lights when out as normal but the running board light and the dome light stayed on. I would assume they would go out after an extended time but I did not wait around to see. It is still cold out there this morning. So what Ron was saying about the dimmer switch is what you want to check and make sure it is not turned pass the click.

Like Ron said about your battery being OK as long as you did not lose all the water and put a slow charge on it, you should be fine.
1018  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: east to west travel to yellowstone on: April 02, 2011, 09:43:54 am
David, I sent you a private message.
1019  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2551 For Two on: March 30, 2011, 07:49:01 am
Great mods Gradygal.

I liked the cutting board change out but my wife said she uses it for counter space.  Oh well, guess I will have to find something else to change.

I like your two captains chairs and the fold-a-way table.

I would be afraid of the corner on the sub woofer and my clumsy feet meeting in the middle of the night.    Hope it works for you.
1020  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Another great company on: March 29, 2011, 04:26:20 pm
Nlk, I read your post and ran outside to try a magnet. The tank is covered in aluminum insulation and electric wires for the heater. Magnet will not work from the outside, so I got a small magnet on a stick for working on my car and stuck it up the tail end of the pipe into the tank. No luck. Then I tried the magnet on one of the screws that I was able to get out. You guess it, the screw was not picked up.

I don't think the screws will be able to get over the tanks lip to get into the pump, at least I hope not. The next couple of times I dump, i might use the 3" hose and not the pump just to be safe.

Thanks for the thought.
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