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1021  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Deep descents, rpms, redline, etc. on: October 02, 2010, 08:53:48 am
I will play both games. I figure with todays engines and transmissions, they will not let me do them any real harm, but the brakes can very quickly over heat. So when starting down a steep hill, I will slow down and select a lower gear and sometimes I will turn on the tow/haul mode. If my speed continues to build and jabbing the brakes does not keep me from speeding, the tow/haul will down shift for me and slow my speed. If the engine starts to exceed the red line, the tow/haul will up shift and it is up to me to slow her down using the brakes. Just my way of driving.
1022  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Questions for new 2350 on: October 02, 2010, 08:45:51 am
Hi Ron,

    A couple of issues about your write up above. The standard electric awning already goes all the way to the rear, covering the bedroom window. On the 2011 motorhomes, the windows are crank out at the bottom not sliders like we have. Therefore the dinning room window awning is not needed for rain, just for the sun. My sub woofer is behind the outside cabinet wall, under the bed, next to the funerance. I had them put a on/off switch for when I want to nap and she wants to watch TV. I have never used it because she uses the TV speakers, not the suround sound. Ron, I am just trying to bring you up to date with some of the new changes we noticed at the Hershey show.

Hi Echo11,

    When I ordered my 2350, the bathroom had one of the silly little fans, so I paid to have them install a second Fantastic fan there. By your comment it looks like they may now come standard. I would double check that.

    As for the mirror arm issue, I guess I better explain the difference I see because I was the one who started this issue. When I got my 2350, it had the long arms on the mirrors. I was unconfortable with them sticking out and taking up the whole lane on the black roads. We like getting off the highways when we can and taking black roads. I was down sizing from a 35' class A Winniebago. So I wanted everything small and compact. I called the mirror manufacture (Ramco) and found out that they have two arms, a 9" and a 4 3/4". I went through Carol at Phoenix and purchased the mirrors with the short arms. I then did a write up here about reducing my overall width. Let me tell you, it did not make some of the folks at Phoenix very happy as a lot of people started asking about the short arms. My understanding is that the short arms are to be the standard in the future.
As for which works the best. The long arms do show behind you better than the short arms and you can see the cars behind you without the camera on. I always run with the camera on, so I can see what is directly behind me from 0 to 25 feet out. Between 25 to 50 feet, it is hard to see a car, so I look for the shadow or wait until a bend in the road to see them.  Beyond 50 feet I can normally see the car. Besides the car is behind me and what he does is his responablility. There have been several times that I was glad I had the short arms with on coming trucks and their large mirrors coming very close to my mirrors. Also when driving in the mountains on the National Park's narrow roads I ride the center line and I don't want my mirrors sticking into the on coming lane. So if you want to see the cars directly behind you without using the camera or looking for shadows, then go with the long arms. If you want the narrow width and you can drive with cars that like to ride from 25 to 50 feet behind you being some what hidden, go with the short arms.

1023  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Questions for new 2350 on: October 01, 2010, 06:41:09 pm
echo11, you said "I am going to get a cover on one of the fantastic fans ". by saying one of, are you saying you are getting a second fantastic fan in the bath? I did that and I am very happy I did.

    I put a Maxxair ll over the fan in the hallway but did not over the bath fan. I did not like the way the cover looked that close to the edge of the MH. Make sure you use the Maxxair ll and not the old Maxxair. The old Maxxair only allows for you to run the fan on slow, else you put to much of a strain on the fan's motor. The guy at Fantastic fan told me that years ago. That is why they came out with the Maxxair ll, for the high powered fans.

    As for the seat, I agree with the above post that the swivel is more important than the power controls. The best is if you can get both, but I was told it was one or the other when I ordered mine.

    BTW, I ordered the slide because we have two large dogs and they need the floor space at night. We got the sofa with the air bed, which only comes with the slide. This gives us a second bed when needed. The weight of the slide was not of concern as I ordered my 2350 with the E450 upgrade, giving me an extra 2K pounds of payload.

    Are you getting the short or long arms on the mirrors?

    If you can, you should go by the factory and see how well these things are made. It is very interesting. I know you will enjoy your new toy when you get it.
1024  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: What Is That Banging I've Been Tollerating For The Past 3 Years? on: September 29, 2010, 07:49:41 am
    My DW puts the counter tops down in the slot behind the stove top and stuffs a some old packing form rubber I had laying around in with them to slients them. Being down in the slot would seem like it would keep them from flying forward in a sudden stop. She puts a large beach towel over the stove's grill, which muffles most of the rattling. I will have to look at how hard it is to remove the grill each day and put it under the mattress. I wouldn't want her finding all the money I stuff under the mattress. We would never get out of the shopping mode.  rolling on the floor

    I am still looking for the best way to stop any and all rattles. Wink
1025  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:
1026  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.
1027  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sway Bars on: September 18, 2010, 05:23:29 pm

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.
1028  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.
1029  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."
1030  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.
1031  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.
1032  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.
1033  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
1034  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.
1035  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: dry camping on: August 17, 2010, 02:52:22 pm

I now understand. Thanks.
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