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1  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Pictures of recently completed built in cabinet and flip-up table. on: July 01, 2015, 01:51:55 pm
I LOVE it!  Nice to have when you don't have a dinette, which is 95% of all 2350 owners, and some of the others too.
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Photo website on: June 26, 2015, 01:07:44 pm

I am sorry to hear it is time for you to sell your PC keys to a new owner.  It is a reminder to me that we all have only so much time before it will be our turn to do the same.  At age 57 this year for me, I would hope to have many good years ahead to wear out our PC.  But life can throw a curve ball too and so we can't always bank on "later".

I thank you for your contributions to this forum.  I hope you sell your PC for a decent price and done quickly.  If I hear anyone looking for a PC, I will give them your email address.

God Bless you and your wife's next adventure without a motor home.

PS:  I am contacting you on the side.  Watch for it.
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: June 25, 2015, 09:50:02 am

From Me Too!

We are here to help in every way possible using a keyboard.
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Fridge door fell off on: June 22, 2015, 01:07:58 pm
Thank you so much Jim for your generosity but I just bought a pair of kits HERE for $49 to reinforce both doors.  I'll just sell what I don't use on ebay to recover some of the cost to keep my investment under control as usual.
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Please everyone read! This is an update from tripping circuit breaker! on: June 22, 2015, 10:59:39 am
I recall the non GFI RV outlets (all the others) are a bit strange when compared to conventional outlets you buy at a home improvement center.  I would think it is best to replace all outlets and use the screw terminals, not the push-in blade features.  But maybe you will also need an outlet box.  I forget exactly what's there, just recalling it's not house-standard.
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Fridge door fell off on: June 22, 2015, 10:50:06 am
When reinforcing one door, is there a benefit to installing the other piece up top to reinforce it as well?  Or is it a throw-away/give-away/sell-on-ebay component?
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Fridge door fell off on: June 22, 2015, 10:06:26 am
Question for Barry-Sue.  They are mirror image parts so I assume you use both parts on the same fridge door.  If I want to reinforce the freezer door as well, I would then need two kits....right?
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dinette or Couch Seat Belts on: June 22, 2015, 07:51:56 am
Our 2007 dinette seat belts seem to be a little shorter than a car would typically have, yet we are able to use them.  The factory might be able to send you seat belt extensions.  They would have the buckle on one end and the receiving metal clip on the other.
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Fridge door fell off on: June 21, 2015, 09:53:42 pm
I just examined our hinges and all four look fine.  But reading about the fridge hinge problem here and also on other RV forums, I decided to be proactive rather than regretfully reactive.  Thanks all for the great information and clarity about it.
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Fridge door fell off on: June 20, 2015, 11:09:20 pm
What I am about to describe is difficult.

I wonder if some of the problem with broken fridge hinges is related to where a free-swinging door makes contact to other things.  Does the end of the door hit something like a wall for example, or is contact made close to the hinges which increases abnormal stress by many magnitudes.  If this is the cause for broken hinges, I wonder if a door limiter could be installed.

Our 2007 2350 fridge and freezer doors both hit other things when fully open, but contact is made on the outer-most surface of each door.  Eight years so far with lots of water and soda stored in the door and we have not broken a hinge.

Now watch one break on us this season because I said this.  Smile

11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: excessive heat in the passenger area of chassis on: June 18, 2015, 09:45:54 am
I also hang out on a "general" RV forum which everyone there says the E350/E450 with V10 engine 1997-2015 all have the same hot-floor issue.  Our 2007 is no exception.

If you get on the ground and look up at the floor there, you will see that Ford does have heat shields in-place.

I have wondered if the heat is not only from the catalytic converter but also air blown rearward from up front, passing over the exhaust manifold, then hit the dog house, then under the floor.  Between the two heat sources, it becomes noticeably hot.

Unlike a box truck cut-away with rubber floor covering, the made-for-RV cut-away chassis does not have top-side floor insulation because the RV industry installs their own carpet and it must be glued directly to the steel floor to configure to the shape of the floor.  If you don't care about the carpet, consider ripping it out and install the stock Ford rubber (or carpet) floor covering for work truck applications which will have thick insulation behind it.  I would think it will be much more effective than the PC carpet.  I just called my local Ford dealer which gave me prices as follows for a 2007 E350 box truck cut-away chassis.
MSRP prices
$424 - gray or tan carpet (on back order, might be discontinued prior to 2009)
$482 - black rubber

An interesting experiment would be to drive an E350/E450 box truck with rubber (or carpet) flooring and see if the heat issue is a lot better.  I assume it would be, but maybe not so much.
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: replace light with led on: June 15, 2015, 10:28:30 am
Hi Paul,

I agree that LED lights can be quite bright.  I completely underestimated their light output.  When disabling 3 of 11 circuits per strip I had contemplated shutting down every-other one which would have been 5 circuits of the 11.  If I later change my mind, I will need to unsolder more resistors and re-solder a few of them into adjacent positions to maintain "balanced" lighting within.

My particular situation has 11 circuits of 3 LEDs each totalling 33 LEDs per strip x2 strips.  That is 66 LEDs per fixture which I recall using quality instruments at work, used 6 watts of power compared to the 9 watts measured for the original pair of florescent bulbs.  Reducing the LEDs by 1/3, I reduced the power down to 4 watts per fixture which is 44% that of the original florescent bulbs.

The night lights are really nice.  They consume only 1/2 watt so we leave a number of them on for mood lighting while we are awake in the evening after dark.  I personally like to turn on the night light when visiting the bathroom at night so I can see without getting blinded.

When building up each fixture, I set them so that flipping the switch away from us turns on the main light.  Flipping them towards us turns on the night light.  That makes it so easy to get it right the first time.  Since some fixtures have the switch to the right and others to the left, each fixture has one of two required orientations for the switch.  It took only a little extra time to accommodate for that but well worth the effort.

For the fixture over the dinette, I installed a potentiometer inside it to use as a dimmer to further adjust brightness at the table pending our taste at the time.  On that fixture with the night light on, I can dim it to a faint glow, just enough to see around in the dark, yet still be dark.

13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: replace light with led on: June 15, 2015, 12:22:43 am
Hi campmuch,

With our 2007 2350, in an effort to keep the same fixtures to avoid scars about the rig, I affordably replaced only the florescent internals with LED strips.  Though it was quite a project for me, we really do like the results, and at such a low cost.  You can see many pictures and read about the project HERE.  We later determined the LED strips were just too bright so I have since disabled every 3rd circuit by removing their supporting chip resistors (easy to solder back) which also reduced power consumption even further.  In the process, I also added an LED night light inside each fixture which we both appreciate.

I also replaced the regular incandescent light bulbs with LED equivalents for the closet, shower, stove hood, and outside porch & storage compartment.  I estimate our lighting power consumption has been reduced at least 50% and the soft white LEDs provide a nice warm atmosphere.

I seek areas to improve on power consumption because we most often camp without hook-ups.  I wished our power-hog 26" front TV would die so I could replace it with a 26" LED edge-lit TV for that would be much easier on our batteries.  At the end of the day operating on battery power, we'll watch TV in the bedroom on our other TV/DVD combo for it uses much less power.

I also replaced our tired 12V batteries with a new pair of 6V AGM batteries in an attempt to improve power further.  I have not yet seriously considered solar panels, just trying to find alternatives with things already in-place for now.

Back to the LED conversion.  If you try what I did, you will need to be good with a soldering iron, and have some degree of patience.  The first fixture takes a long time.  The last one goes quickly.  

Well wishes with the solution that works best for you, converting or replacing your fixtures.

14  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Small tables for our 2552 on: June 08, 2015, 12:47:44 pm
It seems common practice for people with the 2350, 2351, 2551, and 2552 with the couch in the slide out to use something other than the table that comes standard with the rig.

Thanks for sharing.  Great information for those considering the couch-in-slide-out.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rear Air not working on: June 05, 2015, 10:48:07 pm
I do not think there is space for a 7000 watt unit where the 4kw is.  JIM JAS
I agree with you.  I think the narrow body and lowest possible floor of all PCs limits the size of the generator.
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