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16  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Right Mirror on: May 04, 2014, 09:29:03 pm
There are two ways I know to enhance your view  out the rear of your coach.  If your rear view mirror in the cab allows you to look through the coach and out the rear window like the 2552/2551 and 2350, you can purchase a square plastic Wide Angle Lens that clings to the rear window, is flexible and easily removed or relocated.  You can actually see when you have cleared another vehicle on passing.  One other item that allows viewing out the rear is the dash mounted back-up camera video.  On our unit with the Rand Mcnally GPS, with the touch of a tab on the radio, you can turn on the rearview camera while traveling and see a wide angle view of all traffic behind you.  The plastic wide angle lens can be purchased at most RV accessory stores and comes in three sizes.
    Bob
17  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Right Mirror on: May 03, 2014, 08:25:59 pm
There is one other item that makes the right side harder to see around.  If you did not have the awning arms, which protrude out from the coach 4 inches, you view would be less obstructed.  Thought about not getting an awning because my area to back into beside our house is quite tight and the awning arms make it tight.  Without them it would a lot easier, but wife wants the awning.
    Bob
18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Right Mirror on: May 02, 2014, 12:50:38 pm
Just  for info: The mirror is moved, removed or relocated during the paint process.  When we picked up our unit I was into Chicago when I realized the mirror housing was actually moving.  I stopped and called PC and they told me about the special wrench that is in the packet.  Found it, adjusted the mirror and tightened.  No further problem.
    Bob
19  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Noisy ceiling air conditioner. on: April 15, 2014, 09:41:03 pm
The only solution to the overhead A/C noise is the large class A's that have basement Air and fed through ducts.  Some of the Class C's have ducted air, but you still have the A/C mounted in the ceiling for the return.  Does help some with the noise.  If someone can come up with a noise damper for the A/C, patent it and let us know.
    Bob
20  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How and where to mount a larger GPS? on: April 13, 2014, 10:57:10 pm
Tom,
    On our previous PC we had a Kenwood radio in dash mount, installed with Garmin GPS and back-up camera.  Super system.  It also had the Sirius/XM radio.  Would not be without it.  On our new PC I had PC install their source in dash radio with Sirius/XM and the Rand McNally GPS system which is designed specifically for RV's.  You can look up the system in Google search and see their intro video.  So far it is a good system.  Also as I said on another write-up, no more hitting my head on the back-up video hanging from the ceiling.  One other function I like is to be able to select the back-up camera while underway for visibility around the back of vehicle and able to select different lens views, such as normal or wide angle.
     Bob
21  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sirius on: April 12, 2014, 10:04:20 pm
We had PC install a Sirius/XM radio with back-up camera in the radio mounted in the dash.  It is also a GPS with Rand McNally map system.  It is the first GPS/Map system designed for RV's.  It is a great system and having the back-up screen in the dash, no more hitting my head.
     Bob
22  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Showing prospective buyers. on: April 12, 2014, 12:48:51 pm
One suggestion I have to increase storage space on the inside is the overhead cabinet above the couch in the slideout.  We had PC increase the depth of the cabinet to 16 inches as the original depth was not even large enough to put a normal plate in it.  The interior height is the same so it does not impact head room above the couch.  You will be surprised as to how much storage space that becomes.
     Bob
   
23  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Wipers on: April 02, 2014, 09:53:38 pm
I use the round foam insulation for water pipes to cover my blades when stored.  It already has a slit in it, cut to size and place over your blades.  Keeps them out of the weather and extends their life.
     Bob
24  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Maiden Voyage on: April 01, 2014, 04:43:15 pm
Thanks for the pictures.  Beautiful area.  Have been there several times on my motorcycle and the scenery takes on a whole different look when you are not confined in the cab.
     Bob
25  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thermopane Windows on: March 24, 2014, 04:58:53 pm
On our previous PC, we had two windows, the lower section that opens, fog up in between the panes. This is an indication the hermetical seal was leaking.  Sent pictures to PC and they sent me new sections.  Was very easy to replace.  I believe the problem is all the shake, rattle and roll of the motorhome on the road.  Not much that can be done about that.  Hopefully the new coach will not experience the same problem.
      Bob
26  Main Forum / General Discussion / Battery Negative Lead on: March 23, 2014, 01:14:00 am
I pulled out my battery drawer to check the fluid levels before leaving on our shakedown trip in our 2350.  As I was hooked to shore power I never noticed a problem.  When unplugged shore power I found I had no battery (DC) power or control at the switch by the door.  Batteries had six volts in each one but nothing on the coach.  Called PC and spoke to Bobby and he said on back wall behind the batteries there are two in line fuses and a dc circuit breaker that will show a red flag when tripped.  When I crawled under to check these items, which were all good, I noticed a large black wire hanging loose.  Closer look indicated a wire end connection with a broken off bolt in it.  Closer look indicated where it had been screwed into the Ford frame and broke off.  Apparently when I pulled out the battery drawer it snapped off this bolt in the frame.  Bolt had to have been 3/16's, so to break that easily it must have been overtorqued.  Sanded the frame, installed new nut and bolt and all is back to normal. 
     Lesson learned could be helpful to other owners.
      Bob
27  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thermopane Windows on: March 23, 2014, 12:59:28 am
Just checked a couple of windows on our 2014's 2350 and all the window is thermopane.  It is late at night and we are on the road or I would check farther.
    Bob
28  Main Forum / General Discussion / WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE on: March 18, 2014, 02:10:40 pm
Getting ready to go on first trip.  Put chemical in toilet, and was filling the fresh water tank through the outside fill site.  Went in to run the pump and found I was only getting a mixture of air and water.  Back outside I finished filling the tank until water came out the overflow indicating it was full.  I went back inside to run all faucets and make sure all was OK.  As soon as I got inside I saw water all over back by the corner bed and the bathroom.  I had previously cut a 10 by 10 opening in the platform bed for easy access to the pump and to check for any problems.  With a flashlight I was able to see water everywhere.  I quickly removed the mattress and unscrewed the chipboard platform.  Could not see any obvious leak until I noticed a reflection on the tank of water moving.  The feed line from the tank to the pump inlet was producing a steady flow of water on the backside of the pump.  Opened the outside drain. I had to drain the tank water because if I removed the line it would have emptied the tank inside.  Captured water with rags and small tray, continually emptying it.  
     Found the supply line cross threaded and cocked at an angle allowing the water to flow freely.  Reinstalled the fitting and all is OK now.  Spent the weekend drying out all the wood.  I had to remove the Boom Box and remove clamps holding wire bundles to get to water captured in the wiring.  All is well now as best as I can see.
     After running all the faucets and checking the water heater, I decided to dump the fresh water in the gray tank in my driveway.  I used the emergency opening and not the pump.  Opened the gray tank and out came my  chemical from the black tank.  Fortunately there was not a lot in there.
     Talked to Kermit and he said the stickers were reversed on the tank location.  They will send new stickers.
     As my wife said, just another adventure.
      Bob
      
29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MICHELIN TIRE RECALL on: March 15, 2014, 11:44:35 am
When we took our new 2350 in to get an oil and filter change, the Servicewriter said there is a recall on your unit for tires.  He said if they are part of the recall we will have to get you new tires.  This was at a Ford Dealer.  I guess that is the easiest way to have the tire issue taken care of.
    Bob
30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Water in outside rear compartment on: March 13, 2014, 02:08:05 pm
I will try again to answer some of the questions asked in regard to my original "water in outside compt.".  Last night I wrote a reply and added pictures but when I tried to post it, it was too large and essentially disappeared.
     We started with a 2350 with no slide and an air mattress.  Corner bed was unsat, probably OK if you were not confined with two walls.  We were going to a 2551 with a third Captains chair behind the passenger seat like on our 2350.  Kermit said not enough room for the third chair, but we can extend the chassis by one foot and have room for the chair.  Thereby the evolution of the 2552.  They asked my wife if she would like a slide out pantry by the refrig because the extra foot of chassis would allow the room.  Naturally she said yes.  We thoroughly loved the 2552 until we took two long trips.  Averaging 5.3 MPG doesn't cut it and costing $2000 each trip in fuel to visit family several times a year, is cost prohibitive.  Ford said nothing was wrong with the engine, although it should be getting better mileage.  
     We are back to a 2350 with slide and the electric couch which will make for a better sleeping arrangement.  We rarely travel and camp anymore and need the accommodations when visiting family.  From everything I have read most are getting 10 to 12 MPG and I can live with that.
     Now the water.  The 2552 had a severe water intrusion into the rear outside compt.  After putting a movie camera with a light inside, spraying water on the outside, it was discovered water was coming in at the bottom of the door.  What I found was the material the door was made of had been cut too short and did not fill the frame.  Water came in, filled the frame channel and overflowed into the compt.  After sending pictures, Kermit had a complete new door with mounting frame painted and sent to me.  I removed the old frame and door, sealed and riveted the new one in place.  No more leaks.
     The water leakage in the 2350 is coming from around the two latches.  I put a couple of beads of silicone on the compt. floor to isolate where the water could be coming from.  That location had to be the latches.  I put red food coloring around the latches, lightly sprayed water on the door and waited, opened the door and here came the red dyed water.  When it dries out, I will loosen the latches and then silicone seal the latch to door area.
     This is a new coach with no hoses in there at this time.  I also drain my hoses and connect them end to end when traveling.
     For information, one of my electric reclining seats did not work.  Called Kermit and he said to check wiring behind the switch.  I pulled the switch and found a plug that plugs into the switch had pulled out.  He said they have been having some problems with this.  So, If anybody has a problem with that system, that is an easy troubleshooting repair.
     We also installed and stapled  a thin indoor/outdoor carpet over the chipboard on the bed base to eliminate splinters and tearing of material on the mattress.  
     I also cut a 10X10 hole in the chipboard around the water pump location, lined the bottom of the hole with 1X2 and now the piece cut out rests on that frame. This gives ready access for visual checking for water leaks and maintenance if needed.  The access PC provided through the side outside location is way too far from the pump and tank.  
     I hope this  is not too long and provides answers to questions asked.
     I also found a hairline crack in one corner of the shower floor pan.  Had to look close to see it.  Sealed with RTV.  Do not want water under that pan.
     Bob
    
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