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436  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: heat in the cab from engine on: September 30, 2010, 06:58:54 am
We've noticed the same thing and simply placed a folded bath towel on the passenger side floor, which made a big difference.
A more permanent fix would be to lift the carpet and insert some under-hood insulation before securing the carpet again.
Following that, install a heat shield between the exhaust pipe and floor.
437  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Is a slide-out practical? on: September 30, 2010, 06:49:50 am
We've had a number of motor homes and have enjoyed them. When discussing However, to use the OP's word, perhaps a bigger question is whether it truly practical to have a motor home at all?
There are those that argue they are not and considering the initial cost, poor fuel economy, ongoing maintenance and depreciation, debating them can be a bit dicey. But, in our case, the advantages of having one, based on personal preferences and lifestyle, present adequate support upon which to make a decision.

All the points made against having a slide, in my opinion, are viable and it's simply a matter for personal choice when making that final decision. I will add that when time to sell it arrives, for whatever reason, any motor home with a slide will be more appealing to prospective buyers.

I believe it all comes down to what I call the "Giggle factor" (how many dollars are you willing to spend per giggle?).
438  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: What Is That Banging I've Been Tollerating For The Past 3 Years? on: September 29, 2010, 12:40:38 pm
Tom,

You may want to start by duplicating a few of the things we did:
A.  Remove the grills (they have protrusions on the bottom that simply insert into holes - 2 per grill).
B.  Apply felt or rubber stick-on patches:
      1.   Behind the lower rail of the blinds and shades (which stops them from bumping metal to wall),
      2.   At all contact points of the counter extension (including the metal arms),
      3.   Between the cabinet doors and frame,
      4.   Between the back of the screen door and mounting frame.
      5.   At the sides between the upper metal part of the blinds and mounting frame.
      6.   On the antenna between any close points and roof.
C.  Do not place anything hard at the bottom of the cabinets or drawers.
D.  Wrap glass items in a paper towel before placing them in the drawers.
E.   Place a soft item between pots & pans, etc.
F.   Wiggle the vinyl-covered shelves over the Driver and Passenger seats. If they squeak, a little tightening could be in order (pry off the button to expose the screw head).

I'm really very bad with strange noises and drive Peg nuts with them. But she's been a good sport and has been quite successful chasing the noises I object to. Now, unless we are on a bad road surface, our rig is almost as quiet as our Edge and Mercury cars, which is saying something.

Regardless of the above, there will probably be noises that simply cannot be eliminated.
439  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: What Is That Banging I've Been Tollerating For The Past 3 Years? on: September 28, 2010, 06:58:13 pm
Be really, really careful when driving with those Corian type covers in place.
Personal experience tells me that a panic stop will turn them into Guillotines.
They'll want to go forward and there's little other than flesh to stop them.

We store them under the mattress in the rear, along with the burner grills, to eliminate noise and provide safety.

Be careful out there folks, too many fools behind the wheel make safe driving a challenge.
440  Main Forum / General Discussion / Air shocks on: September 22, 2010, 07:13:08 pm
Has anybody installed air shocks on an E350 chassis?
441  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: WTB: Captain Chair, Gray Or Green Leather (earlier style) on: September 14, 2010, 08:57:42 am
Ron,

Looks like we are of similar mind yet again.
I'd be interested in possibly purchasing the other Captain's chair, depending on color.

I've seen a "Euro" swivel type recliner having a flip-out foot rest but I can't remember where.
442  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Beware a very serious Dingy Towing Danger on: September 14, 2010, 08:51:31 am
Not to make light of a potentially serious issue but keep in mind that all vehicles with power steering are very difficult to steer when the engine is not running. This does not necessarily mean the wheels won't track properly when under tow. Generally speaking, it's the towed vehicles "Caster" that causes the wheels to follow the arc of turn. The same thing that causes a vehicle's tendency to straighten when the steering wheel is released while moving ahead and to dramatically turn to an extreme when backing. Just like the front wheels of a shopping cart at your local Wal-Mart.

Example:
The steering wheel of our Edge is all but impossible to turn unless the engine is running. However, I've towed it almost 20,000 miles with no issues whatsoever.

Regardless, all members of a tow-bar, hitch, frame and frame mounting hardware must be periodically checked to insure safety.
443  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Using refrigerator while driving on: September 10, 2010, 05:41:38 am
Congratulations on your Phoenix.
We seldom Dry camp so our use is a bit different than Ron Dittmers.
Like others, I have my opinions, as listed below:
1.   Reefer: I manually set the Reefer on Propane when driving and change to electric when in a campground. I do this to help me remember to shut off the Reefer when fueling. Obviously you dont want a flame when taking fuel. This has worked well for us in over 25 years of having various rigs.
A word of warning: If you have the 3-way Reefer, Id suggest you not run it on 12-volts. Doing so requires a lot of current and unless very heavy wires and high amp alternator supply it, it can stop you dead. I speak from personal experience from experience with 2 separate units. 
2.   Water heater: We use electric exclusively and turn it on & off manually. I will say our Phoenix has the best water heater weve ever had. Its fast and the water is very hot, which is just fine for us.
3.   Dual-pane widows:  I do not like them because our last 2 units had them and over time the seals went south and the windows fogged between the glass panes due to condensation. This is a fairly common problem and there is no easy fix; the windows must be completely removed and rebuilt with new seals. I found this particularly annoying with our Alpine and it is expensive. Id rather put up with a little extra noise and use the heat-strip or furnace on very cold nights than have to go through the window repair again.

As to the quality of a Phoenix; our other units were considerably larger (and more costly) but, after completing an almost 11,000 mile trip this summer, I must say the PC quality is just as high as our Alpine was and its easier to drive. Its certainly less expensive to operate/maintain, easier to maneuver and doesnt require that we tow a car for the side trips when away from home.

With the help available on this forum, Im sure youll be able to have any questions answered and I think your biggest problem will be deciding where you want to go next (you can always do the Captain Kirk thing; point and say That way).

Youre gonna love it.
444  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Higher lights on: September 06, 2010, 11:52:13 am
That is definitely a possibility.
I went under it this morning and, being a bit anal, am not entirely comfortable with the way the hitch is secured to the frame. The tubing used sure is substantial and the welds look fine but I'd be more comfortable if it was cross-drilled in 2 places per side and had grade 8 bolts through it and the frame.

It wasn't us but I've seen what happens when welds break and a TOAD and hitch takes off across oncoming traffic. It ain't pretty.
Which is why I had my safety cables and breakaway switch secured to the frame rather than just the hitch.

I'm not going to make any immediate changes simply because I've found the PC easy enough to drive under any condition we've experienced to date and a TOAD may not be necessary.

Sure wasn't that way with the Alpine. That thing needed a ball-field to turn around in.

So far, the PC is a joy to own and operate.
445  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Higher lights on: September 06, 2010, 09:52:49 am
Thanks Ron.

I did this to my Alpine just to provide more awareness that there was something in front of some pretty stupid drivers. How in heck can you not see a wall 8-1/2 feet wide and 13 feet high? It was even worse when towing.

The PC, having really low mounted lights that cannot be seen when towing will only compound the issue. Regardless of all the additional lights I have on the Edge.

The lights I'd like to install are super bright 1" wide by 15" deep by 1-1/2" high surface mount LED type.

I'll eventually call Kermit.

Thanks again.
446  Main Forum / General Discussion / Higher lights on: September 06, 2010, 08:58:38 am
I'd like to add LED Stop/Signal/Run lights higher in the rear of our PC.
In order to do so, I'll have to run 3 wires per side between the rear cap and inner bulkhead up to about mid-way of the rear window's height.
Does anybody know if there is a clear path to do that?

Thanks in advance.
447  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: What Is That Banging I've Been Tollerating For The Past 3 Years? on: August 28, 2010, 06:40:38 am
I had the same problems.
The antenna was the reason I had to onto the roof in very high winds in Wyoming (it bothered me that much). A few of those rubber stick-on pads fixed that and I bent the wings up a bit.
The shelf was fixed the same way.

Also, I put some long (1/2" X 3") stick-on felt pads between the window shades and frame, which helped a lot.

None of these measures are new to us and we had so many of those felt things all over the Alpine you'd think we owned the company that makes them.
448  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Roof Rack Ladder on: August 25, 2010, 07:50:20 am
I do exactly the same thing as I go into the bay a lot more than I ever go onto the roof.
I had to do that in Wyoming to fix the antenna rattle that was driving me nuts.
It was extremely windy and I was almost blown off the roof.
I'm not big on using ladders.
449  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Big Thanks to Ron Dittmer on: August 25, 2010, 07:46:05 am
Hi Aimee.

How do I submit a photo, which was taken at Crater Lake and is kinda stunning in it's clarity.

Bob
450  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: test post on: August 22, 2010, 08:02:26 am
So far, it's working.
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