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1426  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question With Older Zone Defense Backup Camera on: October 13, 2013, 10:07:18 pm
The manual had an email address for questions but it bounced back today.

Thanks for the phone numbers.  I will try them Monday.
1427  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TV Bracket(s) on: October 12, 2013, 11:42:54 pm
.....but with the number of times I hit my head on it......
Oh yes indeed.  That is why I moved it here.  If you look close, you can see where it used to be on the headliner.  One day I'd like to mount a low profile cubby for little things to store and to cover up that hole.
1428  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question With Older Zone Defense Backup Camera on: October 12, 2013, 11:39:59 pm
My ZD manual is too basic.  It doesn't offer anything of value.  The book says it's System 322.  It implies the microphone is in the camera but I can't find it in that little thing.
1429  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: "TOW Haul" feature as shown on dash and trans light keeps coming on. on: October 12, 2013, 09:13:20 pm
The only light is saying service engine soon.  Spoke with Ford dealer in Bristol, and he said it could be a number of things and can  not see us until Tuesday to a diagnoxtic test.
Oh, Okay!  So your "Service Engine Soon" light is on.  The problem is likely unrelated to the transmission or the tow/haul mode, but might be simply influenced by them.  A Ford dealer should be able to identify the problem quickly.
1430  Main Forum / General Discussion / Question With Older Zone Defense Backup Camera on: October 12, 2013, 12:00:49 pm
Our 2007 2350 was equipped with a Zone Defense backup camera system which also included sound in the back of the rig.  A few years ago my sound dropped off.  Since the monitor can still raise the volume generating the loud hissing sound from over-volume, I assume my microphone is still working, but might be blocked with a spider nest or other dirt.  My problem is that I can't find the microphone.  I inspected the camera very closely for even a tiny pin hole for a mic but nothing is there.  I looked elsewhere in back of the rig but found nothing.

Does anyone know where the microphone is located?
1431  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Because I love y'all the mostest on: October 11, 2013, 03:59:16 pm
My daughter is already pushing for a 2910T to drive to competitions around the state and country.  As I'm just in my 30's, and a single self-employed mom, it's probably going to be awhile before I bring home a PC.
  Just say the word (and your spending budget) Aimee and we'll find something affordable.  Likely not a 2910T, but something that will work well for you and your daughter.  Most women who go solo with a pet or child prefer a short rig.

Then again, just tell that info to Earl, and he'll take best care of you.  But you already know that.
1432  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: "TOW Haul" feature as shown on dash and trans light keeps coming on. on: October 11, 2013, 03:51:03 pm
Kermit told us that when you have the tow-haul switch on, you can tap the brake on a descent and the truck will downshift into a lower gear. Tap it again and it downshifts again.
I believe our 2007 Torqushift transmission with tow/haul mode is the same as installed in the 2013s.  I never knew this.  Under such conditions, I've always braked aggressively until the rig slowed down enough to down shift on it's own.  I'll have to try that tapping method and see if it works for me.  It would be great if it does.
1433  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: "TOW Haul" feature as shown on dash and trans light keeps coming on. on: October 10, 2013, 08:19:03 pm
If you are still within the 3 year/36,000 mile Ford chassis warranty, I would definitely get that rig over to a Ford dealership and have them check it over.  Even if they don't find a problem, you will be in their system.  If it later becomes a big problem, you should be covered because the initial complaint happened during the warranty period.  Vehicle manufactures are pretty good about that these days....especially Ford.
1434  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Which shocks come standard from the factory? on: October 10, 2013, 08:04:50 pm
Hi Steve,

PC-USA does not change out the Ford shocks unless requested by the customer.

I am not sure about the 2012 E350 chassis, but the 2007 E350 chassis we own, the original Ford shocks were considered "heavy duty", but were inferior compared to Bilteins-RV and Koni-RV.  I compared 2007 specs and the E350 cut-aways were equiped with the exact same shocks Ford installed on their E250 van.  So take that bit of information for what it's worth.

Our 2007 E350 2350 has Koni-RV adjustable shocks that we had installed as part of an over-all suspension upgrade, done after we took delivery from PC-USA.  Because so much changed all at once, I can't compare just the shocks, only the over-all change which was miraculous.  Our shocks are set to stiffest for best handling so the ride is not as cushy as could be.  I never tried them set to soft because changing the setting involves dismounting them.

I would hold off on new shocks only because Koni is coming out this year with their best motor home shock called FSD.  They change as conditions change, soft when they can be for a smooth ride, and hard when they need to go into heavy-duty mode.  It happens internally within the shocks, occurs instantaneously.  FSD shocks have been available for class A motor homes for many years.  They are finally coming out with ones for the E350/E450.  I would wait for them.
1435  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tank heater(s) -- 2008, 2900 PC on: October 10, 2013, 12:43:44 pm
This applies to all PCs with tank heaters.  They heat just the gray and black water tanks, nothing else.  The 12v heating pads are bonded to the underside of the two tanks.  Then the tanks get wrapped in a foil-looking insulation.  You won't be able to see the heating pads.

The rest of the motor home plumbing & fresh water tank is inside the insulated rig.  As long as the interior is kept warm, nothing should freeze.  But there are limits.  I would imagine that you'll have trouble under subzero conditions.

I think the most vulnerable things freezing are the dump valves, based on stories read on RV forums.  The tank heaters will radiate warmth only so far down the pipes.
1436  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Electrical Schematics for PC's power systems. on: October 10, 2013, 09:16:28 am
I traced the wiring and drew them up.
You are a very determined and thorough PC owner.  Anyone with your model and year (2012 2552) would surely benefit from your efforts.

I would assume wiring will vary pending model and year.  I believe my 2007 2350 is different than one made a few years later, given some things were dramatically relocated, for example the furnace moving from the driver side to the passenger side of the rig.  I also assume that a rig with a slideout will be different than one without.  But then again, schematically speaking there might not be any difference.
1437  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Because I love y'all the mostest on: October 10, 2013, 09:12:17 am
I have been to the factory four times, twice for each PC. First was to see it being built and the second to pick it up. Now my DW will not let me close to there again.Cry
Tom, You are so funny.

It's a good thing you live many miles from the factory or you'd have first-hand experience with every model.  Smile
1438  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Electrical Schematics for PC's power systems. on: October 09, 2013, 11:39:12 am
keelhauler, were the diagrams provided directly from PC-USA, or did you draw them up?
1439  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Hanging with the Big Dogs on: October 07, 2013, 07:39:53 pm
.....and dispersed camping in the Nat forest's.
We did some of that too, 4 or 5 nights.  In the 30 days, we paid for half the nights, most $20 or less.  It helps off-set the cost of fuel.....we are careful with our spending to make life-with-toys work with the income I earn.
1440  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Hanging with the Big Dogs on: October 07, 2013, 11:29:00 am
Our concern is safety.  Stayed in a parking area one night, one time, and my wife said never again she didnt sleep all night.  Do you feel safe staying overnight in these areas?
Actually we do feel safe, especially in our PC.  There are a few rest area locations where you need to use common sense and keep driving.  We won't stay in high crime zones.

My wife had a hard time getting used to the idea, but finally did adjust a couple years ago.  She actually encouraged rest areas for the first time during this past trip.
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