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1411  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: F-550 on: January 30, 2013, 01:03:52 pm
Personally, I feel the factory should offer an option for a large cab-over bed.  Not that I would personally want it, but I think that extra permanent double bed shys away much potential business for the company.  Model 2100 would benefit most from it, but every model would benefit.  Few will mess with conversion beds when there are more than two people.  Families want to simply send their kids up into a loft at any time of day.  It is an out-of-the way hangout place for kids to sleep and play games.  Other people might use it for bulk storage or for their pets.

The larger cab-over bed cap could utilize all other existing panels so the only unique component is the cap itself.  That keeps it easy for the factory and cheap for the customer.  I would also suggest NOT to cut the chassis roof for best roll-over protection for the cab occupants.  Very few people utilize the easy pass-thru to have the bed at all times.  Or make "easy-pass" a second option with the cab-over bed.
1412  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: F-550 on: January 30, 2013, 11:00:52 am
It never hurts to call the factory and ask to speak with Kermit directly on this question.  Wear it straight from the one who makes the decision.

Though he may never offer the F550 in his portfolio, he might build one special just for you.
1413  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Moving Backup Camera Monitor To The Rear View Mirror Position on: January 29, 2013, 12:40:01 pm
I am on a roll with getting my PC projects done over the winter.   Cheer

Last week I ordered this window mount monitor bracket kit.  I am trying to be patient in waiting it's arrival.  You can google "Rostra 250-8088" to find it.

While relocating the monitor cable for it, I will also install an RJ45 cable there as well to accomodate for the Scanguage-II planned which will be velcro'd to the top of the monitor.  That RJ45 cable will go from the mirror area, (hidden behind) across the headliner, down the driver door pillar, down to the OBD-II area.  This way I can easily unplug the Scanguage-II along with it's original cable for use with my other vehicles when needed for trouble-shooting.
This picture shows the relative size of a Scanguage-II and where it would be on top of my monitor instead of on a mirror as illustrated here.

I replaced my pull-out butcher block cutting board with that 3 compartment wire tray that many of you people have installed in the cabinet.  For it to align right, I needed to add bushings between the glides and the basket to get the floating glide halves on the tray to align proper with the fixed glide halves on the cabinet.  Funny, when removing my cutting board, it never aligned right either, being half out on the one side.  It must have been that way from the beginning.

I addressed my TV rattles by adding thick felt chair glide pads in between metal shields & brackets which made all the difference.  No more TV sounding like it's got loose metal inside, while driving.

The leather dinette cushions are in-place much better than the thicker yet too-soft cushions that my butt bottomed out on.  The thinner but more dense leather foam is more comfortable and provides a larger seat base from the same thinner/dense back rest cushions.  That translates to noticably more leg room.  I also slide out from the leather seat dinette without a fuss.  It's a whole lot better.

When this is all done, I'll be adding them with pics to my original lengthy "enhancements" post in the Tips & Tricks section.
1414  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cabinet Latches Failing on: January 28, 2013, 11:10:18 pm
When you get back from Mexico, give the factory a call.
I agree, give PC-USA a call.  I asked to purchase a dozen latches after my warranty was expired, but they sent me a dozen complimentary.  We broke 3 male stems in 6 years so far, getting the hang on how to avoid that.  We have not yet broke the mechanical female portion with moving parts.
1415  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Propane Scare on: January 28, 2013, 11:03:14 pm

I am glad you are being well cared for.  Let us know how it all ends for you.
1416  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: January 27, 2013, 07:40:38 am
Glad you are satisfied with buying the one at the show.

Funny you bring up that comment of mine about my wife, her computer, and her coffee.  It really does make her trip, all set up at the dinette watching the world go by affter we are done chatting up front.

We just got leather dinette cushions which should make her experience better yet.
1417  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Propane Scare on: January 26, 2013, 10:59:55 pm
Boy this sounds serious.  You surely must resolve this to use propane.

Moments ago I just looked at the propane valve on my PC in the garage.  I would get a small adjustable wrench, or better yet, the right sized box wrench, and make sure all fittings are tight, including what is hidden behind the white plastic shield.  The last fitting to check is the one right behind the turn handle itself.  You must have the valve wide open in order to get the wrench on that one.  With all other fittings checked first, this would be the last one.  Opening the valve to check that fitting, your leak might already be resolved.

Once all fittings are checked to be tight, you can safely check for leaks by pouring soap suds over all fittings.  Watch for bubbles.  Dish soap works good for that.

If you do this all, please report back as to your findings.  Hopefully it's a very simple solution that a simple tightening with a wrench resolves.  That is much easier than getting someone else involved.
1418  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: January 26, 2013, 10:36:36 pm

I never read a story like yours before, entertaining and emotional too.  I suppose you could look at it this way.  You've been given a rare opportunity to order the same motorhome, applying what you liked and didn't from the first one, making the second one even better.  Even if it was just simple thngs like a different color selection, adding an awning for the bathroom window, leather versus cloth, wood versus carpet, whatever.

I would make a few "light" changes the second time round with ours.

So.....Welcome back Carol & Vince.
1419  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Heated Water Hose on: January 25, 2013, 10:42:45 am
Yes, PCs are designed for sub-freezing conditions, but I am not sure what the lower limit is.  All fresh water plumbing is inside where it is warm and insulated.  But how cold it can tollerate depends on how well you maintain the warm interior.  Also make sure all your outdoor storge compartment doors are fully latched to provide the best seal against the cold.

Be sure you have bled the water out of your outdoor shower.  This is done by draining the pipes with the shower faucet open.  Then close the shower faucet valves before pressurizing the system again.
1420  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: January 24, 2013, 11:16:47 am
Nice story Holly.  It is hard to explain to outsiders about owning a PC.  They think we are in kahoots with the company, or on drugs or something.  Thanks for sharing.  Well wishes in getting the "right" PC the first time.  We are still on #1 now year #6.
1421  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Heated Water Hose on: January 24, 2013, 10:31:19 am
I wonder if wrapping the hose with generic plumbing heat tape, would be an affordable alternative.  But maybe it would be difficult to manage.  Maybe keeping it straight using wire ties?  Heat tape is sold in all freeze area home improvement centers.

1422  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: January 24, 2013, 10:19:59 am
Welcome aboard wes.  Thank you so much for the offer to help us PC owners.  I am not sure how much help will be needed, given the quality of our units is quite good.  But regardless of that.... thank you for the offering.

I am in contact with a new PC owner on a Yahoo PC forum with a 2008 2350 on a 2007 chassis.  His rig has inverter issues.  He is thinking he has a converter which if so, would be a post delivery modification.  Maybe that fellow will chime in and ask you some questions.
1423  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rear valve stem extenders on: January 23, 2013, 08:29:12 am
Our 2007 PC2350 with 17,000 miles, the tire hoses are holding up perfectly, though admittedly all I do is add air.  I have never disturbed any connections since new.  I suspect the first time I touch them, I will have issues.  I learned long ago that tire rotation is not worth it for motor homes.

On other RV forums, people use various varieties of these.  The best kind is not an extender, but a valve that is shaped like this in the first place.

For such extenders, metal valves are required, not the standard rubber valves as cars have.  This because the centrifical force from the weight of the extender will fatique the rubber stem over time.  But I think motor homes all have metal valves to begin with because the PSI rating of rubber stems is not rated high enough for our application.
1424  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need advice on traveling south from Inidana on: January 22, 2013, 12:53:50 pm
Hook up a compressor to the water inlet and let air blow all the water out of all the lines.
Me too.  I use this, bought at Walmart.

The hot water heater manufacturer says to remove the drain plug and drain as much as possible, but there will be half a gallon or so remaining and that is OK.  Not to worry about freezing as there is plenty of room for expansion.  If the manufacturer feels this is acceptable then it must be safe.
The reason for the extra 1/2 gallon of water that cannot be drained is to protect the 110V heating element.  If it is not submerged in water when turned on, it will self destruct.  Owners don't make it a habit to make sure the hot water tank is turned off with the tank drained, when plugging in at home for battery maintenance.

Always make sure your hot water tank in the 110v mode is turned off after draining the hot water tank, just in-case you plug in at home at a later date and have forgotten about it.  If you hear a boiling sound, that is your queue to check that switch.

This is the 110V heating element.
1425  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New Proud Owners of 2910T on: January 20, 2013, 08:37:43 pm
Very cool story JoeyD,

When I first laid eyes on a new 2007 2350 at the RV show at the Rosemont Horizon, I had the same words.....this can't be.
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