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31  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
32  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
33  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
34  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
35  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
36  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: At long last - Our PC arrives! on: November 14, 2013, 11:45:17 pm
Mike,
     Hopefully this is some helpful info.  The small cutout on the passenger side bed is to provide access to the water pump which should have a clear vinyl tube attached to the pump.  The cutout is directly above the pump and tubing.  The tubing is to be placed in container of RV antifreeze and then pumped through the system for those that use that type of winterizing.
    I always leave my ladder up and secure it with the double sided velcro that comes in a roll.  I wrap it around at least once and a half.  It must be held tight so there is no chafing of the aluminum tubes.   I have had too many bungee failures and don't trust them.
    Bob
37  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC 2350 Fuel Mileage on: November 03, 2013, 12:58:46 am
Pax(Mike),
     Glad you like the design.  According to PC it has become the best seller.  Something else I did was to install 3.5 inch high, matching wood sides around the shelf beside the bathroom sink and cut some non-skid material for the  counter top.  Now we can leave hand cream and other items out and not worry about them sliding around, or falling off.  I also used the velcro tape that comes in rolls and adheres to itself to secure the bottom section of the rear ladder to the top section.  After folding it up I wrap the velcro around at least two times, tightly, to make sure there is no chafing and the ladder is secure.  Now the ladder is available when needed but is not in the way of getting in to the rear compartment.
     Bob 
38  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC 2350 Fuel Mileage on: November 01, 2013, 02:00:32 pm
Ron,
My side banner profile was established before there was an actual designated 2552 and they made one for us.   PC actually put on our order paperwork that the designation at the time was a 2551 Special. PC established the designation of 2552 after the fact. I put in the 2552 as our unit.  Never had a 2551.  They lengthened a 2551 by one foot so we could add the third Captains chair behind the passenger seat. To those that are looking at the website for possible purchase of a PC, they lengthened the coach by one foot and that means the floor, roof and side walls so we could have an extra Captains chair.  Not only do you change the physical structure, but you now have to change wiring, plumbing, etc. to fit the new structural modifications.
    This was a trade up from our 2350 where we started the third Captains chair behind the passenger for our Granddaughters car seat.   
     They did this just for a customer and I do not believe Winnebago would, or any other RV manufacturer would. 
    I do appreciate the inputs this question generated like "the hills in Florida are only the overpasses(Tom)".  A little levity is good.   
Thanks for all the information.
   Bob
39  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC 2350 Fuel Mileage on: November 01, 2013, 12:35:21 am
The reason I was curious as to the fuel mileage on the 2350 with the Ford V10, is because on the first 2552 on the E450 and the V10, we were averaging 5.3 to 6 MPG at 55 to 60 MPH.  All Interstate, no mountains and no towing.  Mileage verified with a Scan Gage and checked with computer.  Ford said the 5.4, V8 should get better mileage.
    Bob
40  Main Forum / General Discussion / PC 2350 Fuel Mileage on: October 30, 2013, 11:46:11 pm
Just curious as to what owners are experiencing in fuel mileage with their V10 on the 2350.  Most of us keep track of our fuel consumption.
   Bob
41  Main Forum / General Discussion / Optional Ford V-8 on: October 22, 2013, 06:33:53 pm
Did anybody notice on one of Earls videos he says there is also available a Ford V-8 engine.  I wonder if is the new Ford, supposedly with better fuel mileage and power similar to the V-10.
     Bob
42  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question on propane furnace on: October 21, 2013, 01:34:18 pm
All RV heaters are sealed combustion units.  They get their air from the outside and the exhaust goes back outside.  Look at your heater vent on the outside wall of your coach.  There are two openings, one for intake and one for exhaust.  That is the same for the hot water heater.   Although, when you are cooking on the propane stove you definitely need a window or vent open.
     Bob
43  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Generator won't start on: October 21, 2013, 01:24:15 pm
Be careful when removing the air cleaner and trying to start the Gen.  Many a vehicle has been destroyed when the unit back fires without the air cleaner in place.  Not only the vehicle, but the person trying to start it, has been seriously injured.
    Bob
44  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Winterizing on: October 20, 2013, 08:54:27 pm

































































Richeneke,
    I never put anti-freeze liquid in my fresh water system.  I first drain the fresh water tank, close the lines to the hot water heater and open its bypass.  Then remove the plug or sacrificial anode from the hot water heater allowing it to drain.  I use a plastic probe hooked to a hose and agitate inside the heater to dislodge any calcium or anode material.  Then let it drain.  There is always some water that will remain and is OK according to the heater manufacturer.  I then use an air compressor hooked to the city water hook-up to blow out all the lines in the coach and do not forget the outside shower and toilet.  If I needed to dump the holding tanks, I did that before starting this project.  I now pour RV or windshield anti-freeze into all the P traps plus an excessive amount in at least one area so some goes into the holding tank. Do the same for the toilet.  I open the gray water holding tank to allow some anti-freeze to get to the macerator pump.  Close the gray tank and put some more anti-freeze in a P trap to get to the valve.  Now the system is free of water and the P traps, dump valves and macerator have protection.
     That is how I do it and it is faster then it sounds.  I am sure there are other ways, but this works for me.
     Bob









45  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire Pressure on: June 12, 2013, 01:33:50 pm
Ron,
   You need to find an outfit that does a complete RV evaluation, including driving and handling.  We took ours to Henderson's in Grants Pass, Oregon.  They did a complete road performance assessment.  After driving, they returned and did a weight check of each individual tire.  Came up with LF 2300, RF 2100, LR 3850, RR 4150 and LS 6150, RS 6250 and total front 4400 and total rear 8000.  Manufactures front is 5000 and rear is 9500.  They recommended front and rear tire pressure of 70 psi.  This was on our E-450.  They also did an alignment check as it was way off.  We added  front and rear anti-sway bars, rear trac-bar and a steering stabilizer.  Made a world of difference. 
   Just for info,
       Bob
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