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1426  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Back up lights on: August 13, 2012, 08:05:04 am
Probably not quite what you had in-mind, but I added a "Waterproof Toggle Switch" above the rear license plate to turn on the backup lights.  This so they could be used as a work light when hooking and un-hooking my tow vehicle in the dark.  Their low position lights up the work area perfectly.  I no longer need to hold a flashlight in my mouth.  Smile  The motor home does need the parking lights on for the switch to work.

I did originally consider wiring the switch by the driver like I did with my first motor home, but this was much easier and provided control right when I needed it.

Though there is an internal rubber gasket to prevent water from getting in the switch through the handle, I mounted it upside-down to assure water would never collect inside it.

BTW:  Turning on the head lights of the tow vehicle to light up the wok place, made matters worse.  They just blinded me because they are much higher at eye level.  The PCs backup lights are nice and low, perfectly positioned for the job.

1427  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Aime's Matchmaking Service on: August 12, 2012, 10:26:57 am
Darn Ron, mines heated in the summer.   rolling on the floor Cheer
Billy, You just kill me.  Smile
1428  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Ride and Handling Improvement on 2006 2400 on: August 12, 2012, 10:20:23 am
I am a bit confused.  What rig do you own?  Your profile on the side says a 2005 2350, but your message here says 2006 2400.  Also, what is the model year of your Ford E350 chassis?

Do you have the whole house Tripp-Lite interter?
1429  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Ride and Handling Improvement on 2006 2400 on: August 12, 2012, 08:59:27 am
A straight adjustable sway bar?  Interesting.  What brand did you purchase?

About our TV.  I mounted it to an angle-cut board, then using three 1/4" lag bolts, bolted the assembly from behind to the cabinet.  I later concluded I did not like the TV facing so straight forward, even when considering the angle-cut board.  I increased the "down angle" by adding 5 washers (the kind you use with carriage bolts when building a deck) per lag bolt which tipped it more forward nicely.  Those washers also made a gap in back which increased air flow behind the TV.  The down-angle made it better for the passenger seat viewer when travelling, and also for the 3rd seat which was oiginally a barrel chair.

I had also added a wide homemade metal bracket to anchor the bottom of the TV.  That stabilized the TV perfectly.  It also helped when mounting the TV to the cabinet as there is a resting place while working-in the lag bolts.

During our last long trip, our TV developed more than the usual amount of rattling.  About 3 weeks ago, I dismounted it and brought it in the house.  I removed the back panel to discover the top-dead-center screw tab had broken off the plastic back cover.  I used a lot of 2-part epoxy and hope that won't happen again.

With the back of the TV removed, I went through every place where metal rattled or vibrated.  There is a lot of sheet metal in our TV, from framing to RF shielding.  After tightening all screws, I tapped with my finger-tip.  When I heard a vibration sound, I added adhesive backed rubber pads and such.  In the end, the TV no longer rattles at all.  I tested the TV in the house when finished and all works great, but I have not yet road-tested it.  If I did harm in the end and the TV fails in some way, then it will be time for a new thinner, light weight TV.

Our 2007 model, widescreen 26" TV is the first of it's kind and is quite heavy compared to new TVs.  TVs today seem much more appropriate for the application.  The new thin edge-lit LED TVs use much less power than our TV which is a huge factor with a whole house inverter and no hook-ups.  Considering the power hog that our TV is, I almost wished it would break so I could buy a new low power edge lit LED TV.
1430  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Ride and Handling Improvement on 2006 2400 on: August 11, 2012, 10:29:41 am
Awilson (Alan & Dianna),

Thanks for sharing your story.  Many PC owners, whether an original new purchase or a used purchase, have a similar story.  I personally have not yet gone back to the factory for the few minor issues that came up with my 2007 rig.  They were very easy to repair myself.  The factory is also very good about shipping such replacement parts to your house.  The only thing that actually broke on me were a few cabinet door latches.  There was no charge for the replacements.  Documented stories like yours really helps in demonstrating to the "curious" if a PC is worth considering.  Thanks for sharing.

BTW:  It seems the older 2100, 2350 and 2400 are the models that benefit most from the suspension improvements we did.  The older 1999-2007 Ford E350 chassis is one reason, and I think because our 41 gallon fresh water tank sits against the rear wall directly over the rear bumper, (not so with the later 2350 models), has an exceptionally heavy & long rear over-hang in relation to the wheel base.  The 2100 has a 138" wheel base, the 2350 has 158", and the 2400  has 164".  By comparsion, the next longest rig is a 2551 with a long 194" wheel base yet a similar overhang.  It also has the fresh water tank placed much more forward.  I eventually figured out why owners of longer models thought I had a loose screw.  It took some time for me to figure it all out.  I should go back in my old post and update it.

Now you and I can kick back and enjoy our travels without our hearts skipping a beat now and then.  I am glad to read someone new out there is benefiting from that old post of mine.  Thanks for sharing that Alan, and validating my story.
1431  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Aime's Matchmaking Service on: August 08, 2012, 04:47:40 pm
Aimee and the rest,

I changed my location to be more specific to where I live, and added two additional lines in my signature.

What do you think?
1432  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electric tow hitch on: August 08, 2012, 11:16:43 am
Billy, It is natural to shoot the messenger.

I have a lot of bullet holes in me from my comments from how PC-USA could take a better picture, to fixing a flat tire yourself with it on the vehicle.

Welcome to my world. Cheers

Now watch your "Helpful Rating" drop.

PS:  I won't do that to you as I appreciate your post.
We lack perspective if we have nothing to compare against.
1433  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electric tow hitch on: August 08, 2012, 08:05:41 am
The main issue I have with it is the tongue weight goes from 20 pounds with a conventional 4-wheel-down method, to multiple thousands of pounds.  That will throw any class-C into an over weight condition.  I also would be very concerned making a sharp turn in the forward direction,  It seems the tow vehicle is too close to the motor home.  My Jeep Liberty is much farther from my PC's rear bumper than that thing, but when in a very sharp u-turn scenerio, the two vehicles get within inches of eachother.

Very interesting.  Thanks for sharing Billy.
1434  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I think I have a brilliant idea on: August 08, 2012, 07:51:57 am
Aimee, I did run this post deep down a different road.  I appologize for that too.  Hopefully the detour is past.
1435  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I think I have a brilliant idea on: August 07, 2012, 11:35:12 pm
We told her that it was Ron's referral, so hope that he benefits for having to spend all that time with us on the Grand Tour.  His online pictures helped, but the actual hands on visit to his unit was what made us sure.

 ThankYou njheart.  You are my first official.  ThankYou
1436  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I think I have a brilliant idea on: August 07, 2012, 10:52:26 pm
Ron: I don't believe there was ever an "active" gift-referral program over the past 5 years as I have never recieved a gift of any kind from Phoenix-USA, and I have done a lot of referral-became-a-sale for them.

Aimee: For the referral program, either you need to actively tell them before the client comes in and purchases, or the buyer needs to tell them specifically "I am referred by Ron Dittmer"  For them to say "oh I saw a unit while we were camping and I loved it!" is not enough.
Over the years, I have corresponded with many people, some people for hours on end with numerous detailed emails with pictures of my PC and other units to help explain.  Some correspondance yield a sale for the factory.  I never ask anyone to say I referred them.  It would throw "question" as to my intentions.  I figured, if Stuart or someone there would probe the buyer as to how they came about to buying a PC, then it would come out by itself.  But I'll never ask anyone to mention my name as a referral.

Once I asked a buyer to say hi to Stuart for me.  That was all.

I do it for the fun and comradery.  A gift is never the mission.  If it was, I would had dropped off-grid long ago.  But a gift would be nice.  I mean a real gift, not money.  Things for our PC that we wished we had ordered from the start like leather dinette cushions with more dense foam for example.  A mirror next to the stove.  Compass and temperature rear view mirror.  Things like that.
1437  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I think I have a brilliant idea on: August 07, 2012, 04:55:22 pm
I don't believe there was ever an "active" gift-referral program over the past 5 years as I have never recieved a gift of any kind from Phoenix-USA, and I have done a lot of referral-became-a-sale for them.

Aimee's "Where Are There PC's To See" interactive map sounds cool.  But I wouldn't mind some much simpler.  Place a eye catching "Look" symbol by our name that when clicked on, will state we live in zip code 00000 and are willing to show our PC to interested parties.  We could control this in our profile.  Make it fancier by adding a place for us owners to add a link to web pics, so the person would know what he will see during his visit.  Click on the zip code to be sent to the web for a map or description of where it is.  Maybe a protective filter of some kind would be a good idea.
1438  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2350 or ? What did you choose and why? on: August 05, 2012, 09:50:06 pm
njheart,

I am so happy that you closely examined all your options and picked the one that meets your needs best.  Personally, I think a 2552 is ideal for the two of you given your personal circumstances.  You got the slide out after-all, a feature hard to pass up, especially when considering your large dogs.

You will surely have questions about options to consider, so ask away here on this forum.  You might also want to ask the PC community for their thoughts, if a 2552 will require a tow vehicle for your particular travel style and considering your dogs.

Congratulations on a great decision.  I am sure you'll love your new home on wheels.

Welcome to the PC family.

Blessings,
Ron
1439  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2350 or ? What did you choose and why? on: August 03, 2012, 11:40:54 am
njheart and sister live 40 minutes from our house so they are coming to see our unit this week before their visit to PC-USA because the factory might not have a 2350 with or without a slideout to see.  They can determine for themselves if what we have is worth consideration along with seeing new units in Elkhardt.
Those two wonderful women came to our house last night and closely examined our 2350 with no-slide.  We spent a couple hours together going over our unit and discussing PCs in-general.  I tried my best to show them our rig "face value", making sure I did not try to pursuade them in thinking ours is ideal for them.  njheart & sister decided that for themselves.  They really liked our unit and seemed set on getting one like it but with a sofa instead of the dinette that we have.  njheart did mention that she owned a motor home with slide-out in the past and didn't want one again.  They really want the over-all motor home length as short as possible for best mobility, and the 2350 seemed ideal to both of them.  They expected our rig to look longer so they were happy to see that is was shorter in-person.

For bedtime, one plans to sleep on the rear corner bed, the other on the sofa.  We did discuss what kind of sleeper sofa will be in a 2350 with no-slide.  It won't be the same one used in a slide-out.  It may be the old uncomfortable jack-knife style sofa.  I think the factory can have one made with memory foam which might take the edge out of the discomfort.  Have any of you experience with a 2012-2013 no-slide sofa?

njheart sure knew a lot about PCs from this discussion board and has a good list of what they want and don't want.  They question a few things, one being the tiny swing-open awning style windows on new models.  They liked our older sliding windows for improved air circulation while parked.  They are very familiar with the new windows as they have them in their "B" today.  They will ask about slide-open windows to get much more air flow.  They do have dogs that will travel with them, so they need to be mindful that a dog might be smart enough to slide an open window more and get out.  I suppose placing a pre-cut yard stick in the track would limit the window opening.  There is always a work-around for such concerns.

One thing that surprised them was the height of the toilet.  It is plainly too tall for both of them.  They have a question to ask the factory about a lower pedistal....maybe no pedistal.

One thing emphasised over and over (and over) again.  If there is something they wished was different, from awnings to sofas to toilet pedistals, to whatever......Just ASK the factory about any such wishful deviations.

I do hope the two ladies have the opportunity to examine a 2551 or 2552 when they visit the factory.  I would feel a lot better if they got a real good look at either one before any final decision.

To njheart & sister...
It was a pleasure meeting you both.  Keep us all informed along the way during your continued research.

Blessings,
Ron
1440  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Gray water by-pass? on: August 02, 2012, 09:20:58 pm
I'm with Tom.  Say we're parked in an unlighted, deserted, no hookup campground with really smelly pit toilets and it's 40 degrees outside and I wake up at 2am with a desire to go to the toilet.  Do I get up, get dressed, get a flashlight, and head out into the woods with the wolves and bears?  Or, do I roll gently out of my twin bed right by the rear bathroom and enjoy the comfort of modern plumbing? Even if it means flushing the tanks at the next stop with hookups, I don't have to think twice.  Jerry
If that be our situation, we'd be utilizing the bathroom that way as well.  But it has not come up yet.
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