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1006  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: kayak or boat? on: September 28, 2010, 07:28:46 am
On this years trip, I saw several motorhomes with a folding boat hanging on the side of the motorhome. I have seen ads for these "Porta Botes", but don't know anything about them. Maybe someone else on here knows about them.

Here is a link to the boats web site: http://www.porta-bote.com/index.htm
1007  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: 3 Weeks In Banff, Jasper, Yoho (Canadian Rockies) on: September 21, 2010, 03:44:57 pm
WOW what a great looking place you went to.  ThumbsUp  Nice job of taking the photos and sharing them. When you can please, pretty please add some more.
1008  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sway Bars on: September 18, 2010, 05:23:29 pm
NLK,

I am glad to hear you got such a great improvement with you mods. Which brand of shocks did you have installed?

I am waiting for Bilstein to manufacture the front shocks for the 2010 Ford E450 in October. I want to go slow and do one thing at a time so I can tell what does the most to improve the handling and ride.
1009  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: WTB: Captain Chair, Gray Or Green Leather (earlier style) on: September 14, 2010, 04:45:25 pm
I saw the "euro" chair also. I believe that it was in that special unit, the 2401 with the 2350 layout. I can not find it under the inventory, so I can't prove it. This little barrel chair I am sitting in is not the most confortable thing. If you guys find something better, please let us know.
1010  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Using refrigerator while driving on: September 09, 2010, 04:19:58 pm
Hi Judy,

You most likely will get the same refer and water heater that is in my 2010 PC. Yes, like Ron said you can leave the LP on while driving, on a motorhome with the LP in a frame mounted tank like we have, there is a safety cutoff if the tank is damaged in an accendent. The trailer folks have to turn off their tanks when traveling. This is where some people get that the LP must be turned off.

The refer can be set to Auto and it will use the electric option when it is available, else it will automaticaly switch to LP. My refer uses the inverter to run off the batteries if I am not plug into 110v at a campground or home.  Driving recharges the batteries or plugging into 110v will also. Or you can select either the 110v elec or the LP option but I don't know why you would want to do that. I am lazy and like to let things take care of themseleves when possible. If you are dry camping, you will want to set it to LP.

As for the water heater, it will run on 110v when plugged in, not off the inverter, and/or the LP.  We turned on the electric when we left home two weeks ago and have not touched it since. The water stays hot all day and we plug in at the campground every night. My way of thinking is I only need the LP when I don't have electric hookups (dry camping) or when in a real big hurry to get hot water. Again it has been on electric since leaving home and we have not used the LP.

We have also been able to use the electric heat strip in the A/C to keep us warm at night. Two nights ago in West Yellowstone, it went down to 21 degrees and we stayed toastie.


I feel you will really enjoy your new motorhome and if you have any questions ask away. Someone on here knows the answer and we have most likely "been there and done that."
1011  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sway Bars on: September 03, 2010, 08:02:30 pm
Hey guys,
I am on vacation in Yellowstone but want to be kept in the loop on this. I am alsways looking to improve the motorhome. I have not had any problems yet, but keeping an open mind.
1012  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sway Bars on: August 31, 2010, 06:30:15 pm
NLK when I went to the factory, it was pointed out to me how much bigger the sway bars are on the E450 over the ones on the E350. Stuart told me that one customer had a set of sway bars he wanted installed, but when they compared them to the original ones, they changed their mind. I am waiting for Bilstein to produce shocks for the 2010 in October. I think that is the first thing to improve handling on the E450. If you had an E350 like Ron, I would say go for the sway bars as he is very well informed about the E350. I would still consider shocks first. IMHO.
1013  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: What Is That Banging I've Been Tollerating For The Past 3 Years? on: August 27, 2010, 12:10:12 pm
Ron, Have you checked the fold down counter/shelf next to the sink? Mine rattled and banged when I stopped quickly. I only have a half wide shelf due to a change in the heating ducts being put next to the shelf. A bungee cord around it has stopped the banging.
1014  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Roof Rack Ladder on: August 25, 2010, 05:50:53 pm
Ron, the way they built my roof, I bet we could have the entire girls softball team up there at one time. The roof is alot stronger than my old Winnie was. My only concern is how slick it gets when it is wet. I have my wife watch as I wash the roof, just in case I slip. She can count the number of times I bounce.  rolling on the floor
1015  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Roof Rack Ladder on: August 25, 2010, 02:40:22 pm
When I ordered my PC, I had them keep the rack, but to put the ladder on. The first morning after pickup, at 5:00 am, I found out how hard it is to see the little pins in the pins holding the ladder down can be in the dark. I found that I had two 3" pins with 2" rings on them that belonged to a trailers ball hitch. The pins fit perfectly in the holes for the orginal pins and don't need anything to hold them in. Using the orginal wire I attached the rings/pins to the ladder. Now I can just put the pin, let it hang from the ladder, raise the ladder and go for the truck. Works for me. I don't miss tripping over the rack when I need to get up on the roof. I hope to use the roof as a platform for taking pictures while we are in Yellowstone and on the Beartooth Highway, so the ladder will be very handy.
1016  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: dry camping on: August 17, 2010, 02:52:22 pm
Bob

I now understand. Thanks.
1017  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: dry camping on: August 17, 2010, 09:11:46 am
Rockrat,

I just went out to my PC to test your condition. Inverter reading was 12.2, I started the generator by pressing the start button and holding it. The proper way is to press and hold the stop until the light comes on, it is now primed, then press the start button. I wanted to try it the way most folks seem to do it by just using the start button. I then waited about a minute for the generator to kick in and for the microwave to start blinking it's message. I hit 1 and start. It lightup and then displayed done. Next I hit 2 and the same thing happened. I could not hear it running because of the generator noise. I did not have anything to put into it, so I could not run it longer. Now that I am thinking about it, I guess I could of used a cup of water in it. Oh well. I then went to the thermostat and turned on the A/C. It started right up. I tried to turn off the battery disconnect with the genterator running and it would not turn off. After I shut down the generator, I was able to turn off the battery disconnect. I think Bobander is on to something here in his post above.

Over the weekend we went camping. When we went to leave, we stopped at the dump station and the electric dump handles would not work. I got under the motorhome and tried to pull the black water handle. It would not move. I tried the gray handle and it did open. I have added a spigot in the hose line to allow me to break the water vacum after dumping. I had just proudly shown it to my friends before leaving my site.  nod After getting the gray value open and still laying on the ground by the motorhome, I turned on the pump. Yep, you guess it, the pump worked, pumping gray water out the spigot all over me.    I did not know that gray water could smell that bad. To top it off the wife was standing there watching the whole thing. From now on when I remove the cap on the hose it is going on the spigot before I do anything else. I went to the bath house and washed up, but it was still a long ride home.  Angry That evening at home, my wife noticed that the battery disconnect was off. Turned it back on and everything works. Two showers and a day later it has become a funny learning experence.


I would not assume that because someone else had a bad inverter, that you have one also. Theirs was several months ago. Call the factory and ask them about your problems. As you probley already know they are very helpful.
1018  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: our new Phoenix on: August 17, 2010, 08:07:21 am
I can see the smile on your face from here.  Grin It looks like a 2551 with a slide to me.

I went to the factory twice, once before they started mine and again at about the same stage yours is in. I found a couple of things I had changed during the second visit. I hope you are getting the full paint, as I did. I can not pull into a campground that someone tells me how great looking my motorhome is. I even have people in parking lots, gas stations and even at stop lights commenting that they like the looks.  LOL

Have a great time with it. Giddy
1019  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: dry camping on: August 16, 2010, 08:23:09 am
Hi Rockrat,

You wrote "We were staying at a campground with no hookup. In the evening we were surprise that we could not get the aircondition and microwave working. Also the electric outlet in the front of the RV on both passenger and driver side had no power coming out. We turned the generator on, hoping that the microwave and aircondition would charge up and running, but it just would not come on."

Three things I have learned about my 2010 PC 2310 are 1. the air conditioner and the nicrowave require to much elec. for the inverter and are not wire to it, 2. the front electric outlets are not connected to the inverter and 3. the refigerator is connected to the inverter. If the refigerator is set to "auto" and you are not plugged in, it still runs on "auto/elec" because it is running off of the batteries. It will quickly run down you batteries. You need to switch the mode to "LP only" not "auto/LP". Try it at home and you will see how it works. It is fine to leave it on "auto/elec' while driving and short stops because the engine recharges your batteries. This brings me to my final point. Your Generator needs battery power to start. So if the battery has run down below about 11amps the generator will not start. Start your engine and let it run for a minute. Then with the engine running try starting the generator. Shut off the engine and let the generator charge your batteries. Or drive the motorhome at a speed greater than 30 mph for ten miles to charge your batteries.

Your fresh water gauge and your LP are the only ones that will read correctly over the long haul. The black and gray whould work for a while before the build up on the sensors starts making them go nuts. If you scan about sensors, you will see hundreds of home remedies and products to clean your sensor. IMHO most do not work. You should have your fresh water sensor checked out as it might just be a lose wire.


Hope this helps.
1020  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I reduced my overall width. on: August 11, 2010, 04:35:45 pm
Rockrat,

You would need to talk to Carol at the factory about the price. My price included complete new mirrors with shorter arms, having them painted and shipping. Your case could be different, so check with her. The where cheaper than what Ford wanted for new mirrors. The year of your PC could effect what mirrors you need also. As for changing the mirrors, Carol sent me a step by step instruction sheet that her and Bobby made for me. I only required a few nornmal tools that any home work shop would have. It took me about an hour to change the passengers side, then less than an hour for the drivers side. I did not know how to remove the square plug from the end of the wires the first time. It needed to come out a slightly smaller round hole, which it was not going to do. So I cut the wires and splited them together before taping them. The guy next door came over to see what I was doing as I was starting the drivers side and he knew how to take the old wires out of the plug. We then put the new wires in the plug and had a much neater job. What took the most time was taking the door panel off, not hard with the instructions but it did take the most time. Four nuts hold the mirrors on the door. I put lock tight on the bolts.

I really like the new mirrors not sticking out into the traffic and clearing the side of the road.

Call Carol, she is a great person to work with.

Tom
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