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31  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
32  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
33  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
34  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
35  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
36  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
      
37  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
38  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
    
39  Main Forum / General Discussion / Water in outside rear compartment on: March 10, 2014, 01:21:45 pm
My first encounter with water was in our 2552 where I eventually had to replace the entire door and frame provided and shipped to me by Kermit.  I now have a 2014 2350 we just took delivery of a couple of weeks ago and I find after a rain, water in this compartment.  I am trying to isolate where it comes from as there is no water on the walls or the spare tire housing.  It is obvious it has been wet before we took delivery as the mold and mildew on the caulking around the bottom rear most area has been there for awhile.  Just curious if I am the only one who has this problem.
     I have not contacted the Factory yet, but will as soon as I can locate the intrusion area.
     Bob
40  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sofa in 2551 on: February 23, 2014, 06:32:56 pm
We had the fold out couch with the air mattress and heard so many horror stories on the air mattress, so we drove back to PC and had that unit taken out and the couch with the dual reclining individual seats, with extendable foot rest, installed.  That was in our 2552.  Took an hour or two to complete and well worth it.  With both seats relined with the foot rest out, you have a large bed.  I do not remember the cost, but it was satisfactory for us.
     Bob
41  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: WEST COAST TRAVEL WINTER TIME on: December 28, 2013, 01:37:19 am
Sparky,
     The four places we usually camp out from N. Idaho to San Diego are as follows:
1.  Santa Nella RV Park/13023 Calif. Hgwy 33/ Just off I-5.  2. Kit Fox RV Park, I-5 Sperry off ramp, East to left on Rogers Road.  3 Canyonville, Oregon, Seven Feathers Casino Resort, Dry Camping below the Casino (no charge)/Opposite side of I-5 from Casino, Casino has a real nice full service campground.  4. Corning, Calif., Heritage RV Park, 975 Hgwy 99W(East side of I-5).  These are usually our stops and not listed in any particular way.  We may use one or two on a trip, depending how we feel about stopping.  After you get North of Sacramento, CA., there are many more campgrounds in Calif., Oregon and Washington, these are just the ones we use.  Hope this helps.
     Bob
42  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: WEST COAST TRAVEL WINTER TIME on: December 26, 2013, 02:30:12 pm
Sparky,
   We do this trip several times each year in the winter from Idaho to Portland, Ore. down I-5 to San Diego.  Basically, there are two areas you can run into real winter weather.  The first is I-5 North of LA going over the Grapevine.  On rare occasions a snow storm has shut down this area.  Usually not for long.  If we run into this and there is going to be a lengthy delay,  we go up Hgwy 101 and then cut back over from Hgwy 152  to I-5 North of Salinas, CA.  The second area on I-5 is crossing the mountains from Calif. into Oregon.  This is where we run into most of our winter weather and at times we are required to have chains.  They are usually good at keeping these areas open as they are so well traveled.  One year we got in a heavy snow storm outside Portand, Ore. and the area was basically shut down.  People were abandoning their cars in underpasses because it was too slippery and they could not go any farther.  Oregon doesn't do a lot to keep their roads clear, believe salts and chemicals will damage the environment. Different world in Washington.  Cross in Wash. and the roads are cleared.  That year we pulled off at a Dennys  in Oreg.for some hot soup and then asked the Manager if we could park overnight in their lot.  So, the next day traffic had dispersed, we had breakfast at Dennys and had a slow but uneventful ride home. 
    We do this trip to see our granddaughter and family, so it is a very familiar route.
Probably more info then you need, but my experiences.
     Bob
43  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Noisy converter? on: November 16, 2013, 06:19:01 pm
Mike,
    The opening is for return air to the furnace, so if you put a whisper quiet fan through the wall it would pull the hot air out and the other opening would provide recirculation.  Just a thought.  There are fans for computers that you can not even hear.
    Bob
44  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Window tint, driver and passenger side windows on: November 16, 2013, 06:13:55 pm
Steve,
   I had just written a reply but somehow it did not get sent.  Barry covered what I had said about laws on tinting windows.  I use limousine tint on my side windows covering from the top down about six inches leaving the rest of the window clear.  This provides like a built-in sun shade.  This is legal.  Another thought on the tinting the whole window is when the sun is on that tinted window the window gets very hot which makes it harder for the A/C to work.  You cannot appreciate why the Police do not want this dark tint on windows until you make a stop at night and can not see inside the vehicle.  Just my thoughts.
    Bob
45  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Noisy converter? on: November 16, 2013, 12:42:52 pm
Mike,
    I think you have hit on the one problem with the fan operation.  All the heat is captive under the bed with no way out, with the ducting and furnace located there. If I found that to be the problem I would purchase one of the computer type cooling whisper quiet fans, cut a hole in the wood under the bed, and install it to pull air out from that area.  Just a thought.
     Bob
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