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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Upgrading Ford factory radio sterio on: Today at 06:11:18 am
Thanks Ron... You are alway a blessing to be heard from on this forum.  You have more than ever answered my questions, meaning, issues I was thinking about, you have answered.

Thanks Ron,

2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: Today at 05:35:03 am
Bill and Karen

I sent you a separate email with my thoughts given your height of 6'-4".

As others have mentioned, visiting the factory and walking through them yourself, you will know pretty quickly how a PC fits you.  Regardless of the model and floor plan, the ceiling height will be the same.  The showers are fairly consistent too, something you'll want to pay close attention to.  I've heard the factory offers a higher dome shower skylight to provide a little extra head clearance, something Earl will likely mention.

Regarding the Ford E350/E450 chassis, you will want to size yourself for that one and also the Mercedes Sprinter and the Ford Transit.  There is a Transit chassis sitting in the corner of the shop.  Hopefully Earl will let you sit in the driver seat, assuming it has a seat installed.

The one thing that bothers me with our Ford E350 is the skew of the gas and brake pedals to the left.  It is something I have to get used to every time we start a new voyage, and I don't find it comfortable either.  Everything else not perfect to me is trivial by comparison.

The Ford E350 & E450 with V10 engine is extremely reliable and is documented so by the various industry report cards.  I have not read a story of someone who experienced roadside trouble in the E350/E450 chassis built since 1997, that was not related to tires or owner error draining the chassis battery.  Brake issues are discussed now and then but I can't blame the chassis for the owner letting their rig sit out in the elements in a field for extended periods, letting the brake rotors develop barnacle rust.  Anything wrong from the get-go, typically pointed to something the RV manufacture did wrong with the chassis.  Simply stated, the E350 & E450 are great for reliability and durability.  If only the industry offered tires that handled a heavier load for the bigger/longer/heavier motor homes, including the longest of PCs.

Back in 2007 when we bought ours, it was built in the USA and 97% of it's parts were too, something I greatly appreciated.  But I doubt if that percentage holds true today.


3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The Two Waste Tank Electric Valve Actuators, Can They Be Serviced? on: Today at 05:15:04 am
Dry silicone spray, Tom?

   - Mike
Hi Mike,

I believe Tom will respond with a "YES"  It goes on wet just like WD-40, but dries fairly quickly leaving a film of slippery silicone.  This so that it does not attract dirt.  At least that is what I plan to apply.

4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The Two Waste Tank Electric Valve Actuators, Can They Be Serviced? on: October 27, 2016, 02:42:22 pm
Hmmmm!  It doesn't sound like an easy project to be digging into, but something can be done to get it working smoothly again.  I'll have to get under there to see with my own eyes, what you all are saying.  I suppose it wouldn't hurt to spray the heck out of everything that moves with silicone spray to flush away dirt and to lubricate, and see if it resolves the sluggish closing of our black tank valve.

Thanks Tom, RKS, and bhgareau for sharing your experiences.

5  Main Forum / General Discussion / The Two Waste Tank Electric Valve Actuators, Can They Be Serviced? on: October 27, 2016, 12:56:07 pm
Hi Everyone,

I was wondering if anyone here has ever serviced a waste tank valve electric actuator, opened it up, cleaned it, lubricated it, etc.

Our PC is coming up on it's 10th birthday.  This past trip I noticed that our black tank electric actuator opens the valve normal, but strains a bit to close it.  We have never pooped in the black tank but it does get toilet paper from my wife, so the valve itself should not be difficult to open and close.

My end-of-season PC prep-for-storage in our garage under our bedroom, one of the things I do is bleach both waste tanks to eliminate sewer gas.  I add about a quart of bleach to each tank and then fill them to their tippy-top capacity with water, then soak them for about an hour, then drain & refill with fresh water and soak a while, drain & refill again, then the final drain to remove any remaining bleach residue that I hear could damage the valves.  I don't believe my process is cause for the sluggish actuator, but I wanted to share my practice, just in-case you wonder about that.

6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Recliner Damage on: October 26, 2016, 08:30:24 pm
Google "problems with bonded leather" then click on images.

I do wonder if hair care products, types of laundry soap, things like that, encourage the break-down.

Click Here to watch a video on the "Today" show about a specific store chain.  Their problem was extreme.
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Upgrading Ford factory radio sterio on: October 26, 2016, 08:14:01 pm
Hi Denny,

The 2009-2017 Ford chassis has the same dash board with the same radio provision.  I believe the opening is the same for the older design of Fords made prior to 2009.  Therefore I believe there is enough physical space for a smart radio.

But I question if it is a good idea to invest heavy into one because there are a number of dissatisfied owners of smart radios, both with PC owners as well as other brands of motor homes.  I understand it is difficult to view the screen when backing up.  There is also a glare problem viewing the screen.  The user friendliness of the GPS is lacking given it's location, hard to work the GPS with it in the dash rather than a hand-held one.  Also the GPS updates are extremely expensive.  There are other quirky things about the unit but I can't recall them.

These are the kind of things I have read about it in the recent past.  It could be a specific aftermarket radio.  Maybe there are better ones and lesser ones.  Hopefully PC owners with them will write in and provide first-hand experience with the brand they have.

8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: RV Insurance and Extended Warranty Insurance on: October 26, 2016, 10:38:18 am
Hi Everyone,

As AARP members, we switched our various insurances (house, car, RV, etc) to Hartford.  We appreciate the coverage & low the rates, and how the company understands that we can only drive two vehicles at any given time, so the 3rd vehicle is cheaper, the PC being a 3rd seasonally driven vehicle.  I also appreciate it that I don't have to suspend it's insurance off season to save money like I did with Allstate.  This past March I bought a 4th vehicle, a little sports car, a 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP which was exceptionally cheap to insure.  The more vehicles you insure, the cheaper they get.

If shopping around for RV/auto insurance, I suggest to become an AARP member for the many different benefits the membership offers, then get a quote from Hartford to compare to the other plans you are considering.

9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: October 26, 2016, 10:29:20 am
Welcome aboard Lee & Luanne, Jon & Betty, and Sandy.

There is no such thing as a silly question.  Be sure to ask here before wasting a lot of time.  Please also share the things you have done with your PCs to make them work better for yourselves.  We all love to see what others are doing, and implement the ones we like for ourselves.

Congratulations on your purchases!  For you waiting for the birthday............hang in there.  If you learn of something you wished you could change or add, quickly call Earl to see if it can still get implemented.  You can make changes depending on where your rig is in the production process.  The factory is very good dealing with on-the-fly changes.

It is always good to read of new forum members.  The forum family here continues to grow  Smile

Ron Dittmer
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Recliner Damage on: October 25, 2016, 10:28:04 am
When we placed our order for a PC back in 2007, the 2007 sales brochure and our rig's documentation said the 2 front captain seats and the barrel chair are leather, not ultra leather, pleather, or called by any other name, just leather.  The barrel chair has since been replaced with a 3rd captain seat that we bought directly from the seat supplier Paul's Seating.  But I strongly doubt that any of our three captain seats have any leather material in them for they don't feel or smell like leather at all, not even on the seating surfaces as is a common practice.  One thing I can say is that none of our three captain seats are flaking yet, maybe because our rig is stored indoors so much.  Or maybe the quality of the vinyl is better.

Regarding the break-down in the vinyl, it seems that China has done it again, selling fabric to RV seat manufactures that has become substandard, a chronic problem with many things the orient manufactures, most notably China.  That is how the industry like reputable toy companies for example, have occasional recalls because of lead in the paint on their toys.  One thing certain, you will not see a recall on your seats.

One thing has me scratching my head over the PC seats.  Why are the fake-leather vinyl seats an up-charge from the cloth?  If I knew back then our three seats would be vinyl, I would likely have gone with cloth seats and save the extra $721 paid.

But our experience with our original cloth dinette cushions was terrible.  The vinyl surfaces are so much better.  And I also have to say that our captain seats are nice looking and very comfortable.  We do like what we long as it doesn't start flaking.

Maybe the problem is something entirely different.  There are three different smooth leathers used in furniture upholstery.
- Full Grain Leather is best and extremely expensive.  It is naturally smooth and 100% pure
- Top Grain Leather is middle of the road.  It is still 100% leather, but it starts out imperfect.  They process it some add a grain on it to cover up the imperfections.
- Bonded Leather is shreds or fibers of leather mixed into non-leather fabric.  This type is very common and affordable.  It is here where you see leather furniture advertised with 15%, 20%, 22% leather.  Just maybe this leather is used in PC seating for it is common for flaking to occur with this type of so-called leather material.

I learned all about furniture leathers a few years ago when ordering a pair of Amish recliners with full grain leather.
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Spark Plugs and the Triton on: October 23, 2016, 08:24:34 pm
I think someone did talk about removing old plugs by soaking them with penetrating oil for a few days then GENTLY tapping them with a hammer, adding a few more drops of oil, tapping again and soaking a few days, then turning 1/16 turn, adding a few more drops oil, waiting a day, turning another 1/8 turn repeat, repeat, etc.  Obviously, no shop could do this unless they had room to spare but shade-tree mechanics might.
That is very sound advice.

Because the job has to get done right away where I volunteer, I soak the plugs with PB Blaster, then use a breaker bar rocking the plugs, loose/tight, loose/tight, back and forth, the tiniest amount at first, working into strokes to work them out.  But other volunteer mechanics will strong-handle it, then scratch their head as to what just happened.
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Alignment on: October 23, 2016, 08:09:49 pm
Hi John,

Maybe you and I are discussing different things here, but maybe not.

I call them offset bushings.  They resemble these.  Note the metal is thinner below the hole, and thicker above the hole.

They come in different dimensional offsets, depending on how much camber is needed.  I believe offset bushings are needed in RV wheel alignments primarily in the shorter motor home lengths where the wheel base is short, and the rear over-hang is long.  The condition creates a light front end, making the vertical front tires angle inward at the bottom.  Model 2100 would be the worst, model 2910 & 3100 likely not requiring offset bushings.  Our 2007 E350, 2350 required offset bushings.  I am not surprised to read that your 2400 required offset bushings.

Because the weight of the motor home influences the alignment, a good RV alignment shop recommends you load the rig as if leaving home on a trip.  All your gear, personal belongings, food, a full tank of gasoline, a full tank of fresh water, a full tank of propane, and everything else you normally would bring along.  If you seek perfection, place weights just behind the driver and passenger seats to represent you and your spouse.  I placed weight-lifting weights and my tow bar hardware just behind the front seats to get closer to our body weight.  Though it was not enough, it was better than doing nothing at all.
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I saw you!! on: October 23, 2016, 07:47:57 pm
On our fall color tour, we saw a 2003 PC 2350 in the parking lot of the "Old Man Of The Mountain" in New Hampshire, now a historic sight since the face fell down.  The owners were inside eating lunch.  We pulled up in our Jeep Liberty and said hello, but felt they wanted to be left alone to eat (and naturally so, just bad timing) so we quickly moved on.
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Add Windows to Diagonal Area Behind Driver & Passenger Doors? on: October 23, 2016, 07:34:55 pm
Hey Michelle!

There is a 2010 PC 2950 in Georgia for sale on Ebay right now HERE with the window we've been discussing.  At a price of $59k, and under 9000 miles and given the options it has, it doesn't look like so bad a deal either.  But if you know me, I'd offer $49K and inch up from there.

15  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Sofa End Table on: October 22, 2016, 09:29:13 am
Now that is "Oh So Nicely Done"  Great job fandj!
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