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1426  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Oxidation on: April 15, 2011, 11:59:16 am
I have felt your pain.   I personally do not have this problem with my 2007 as it is stored indoors during nasty Chicago winters.  BUT our old motor home HERE was so small it was our second car for it's first 5 years.  We drove it year round back then so it seen a good amount of salty winter driving.  The RV hardware got all messed up from the salt very quickly, just like you are showing.  I had a very hard time maintaining it.  I found a very good waxing in the fall on all that hardware helped a lot.  I also visited those do-it-yourself car washes a lot, just to rinse off the salt spray.  As others have shared, I did replace all the hardware I could, with stainless which helped a whole lot in general appearance.

That corrosion problem is one big reason why our trips with our PC to date are done in spring/summer/fall.  And remembering the hardware corrosion trouble (and little water leaks from such screw holes) with my old motor home, I told PC-USA to leave the roof rack and ladder off, just placing them inside the RV in pieces.  So that stuff is stored at home, maybe of value to the person I one day sell the motor home to.

What worries me more with corrosion, is all the hidden stuff under the chassis.  There is all kinds of wiring, fittings, etc, etc, that I think will get messed up much worse than the spare tire handle.
1427  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Own a 2010 Ford E350 or E450? Read This. on: April 14, 2011, 06:28:03 pm
You guys are absolutely right about excessive shifting action at highways speeds, especially at lower highway speeds in the 55-60 mph range.  Every little incline, most commonly when the highway passes over secondary roads, the transmission goes down more than one gear.  Then the engine races wildly.  It is quite irritating.

I too wonder if a specialty shop could re-gear my E350 differential to the E450.  I think it would make a big improvement.

Yes, I did hear a while back from others that the E450 stance is noticably wider, going out beyond the rear fenders.
1428  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Own a 2010 Ford E350 or E450? Read This. on: April 14, 2011, 04:08:20 pm
Glad to hear you guys are good.

Funny rmmpe mentions such a minor difference in fuel economy between his 2551/E450 and 2350/E350.  I have always thought my 2007 E350's rear axle ratio is not appropriate for my loaded-up motor home and tow vehicle together.  The wind never seems to cooperate either.  I feel my axle ratio bogs down the engine and transmission, especially at slower 55-60mph cruising speeds.  If I drove my 2350/E350 without water, passengers, gear, and tow vehicle, maybe the axle ratio I have would be satisfactory.  I am left to wonder if the E450 axle ratio would have been better for my application.
1429  Main Forum / General Discussion / Own a 2010 Ford E350 or E450? Read This. on: April 14, 2011, 02:30:37 pm
If you own a 2010 Ford E350 or E450 chassis, you need to read this.  It seems very easy to check to make sure your engine air intake is not blocked by an improper assembly process.  Click Here And Read
1430  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Inverter on: April 13, 2011, 02:44:43 pm
That sounds about right, the batteries going dead when leaving the storage switch on.  It sounds like they are going dead quicker than they should but maybe the batteries need a full slow re-charge for them to last longer.  Charge the batteries slowly to a full charge, then hit the kill switch by the main entry door.  The batteries if still in good functional condition, should retain their charge for a good long time.

I had one battery go bad on me a couple years into ownership.  I replaced both with larger ones from Wal-Mart.  With my main kill swtich turned off, my batteries hold a good charge for multiple months.  My PC is stored in a heated garage which does help too. Stored outside, they should still hold a decent charge for a month or more.
1431  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Inverter on: April 13, 2011, 11:49:58 am
....inverter still draws the batteries down even if the inverter switch is turned off.
On my 2007 with Tripp-Lite inverter.  It could be the same on your 2009.  There are 3 ways to turn off your inverter.  Two methods kill the inveter completely, one partially.

1) The main kill switch by the entry door - Turning this switch off kills 100% of the RV 12v system including the inverter.  There is no power drain.  No lights or anything else will function.  This switch should never be used when camping because it also kills the fridge regardless of which mode it is opperating under.  Use that kill switch and your food will spoil.

2) The switch physically located on the inverter itself - Turning this switch off, kills the inverter 100%, but keeps 12v opperations functioning as normal.  All lights, exhaust fans, etc still work.  I use this switch when leaving the motor home for the day.  There is NO power draw from the inverter this way.  Unfortunately the switch is not convenient to get to.

3) The Tripp-Lite control panel switch mounted under the fridge - In my opinion, this switch is pretty much useless.  With the phone jack plugged into it's backside, the inverter always draws 12-amps sitting idle which is rediculous.  It's only benefit is to always have 110v available which is fine for people who hop from one RV park to another.  But for primitive campers like me, this is NOT good.  With the phone jack unplugged and inverter turned off using the Tripp-Lite control panel, it still draws 1-amp just sitting idle.  I want zero draw so I turn on the inverter using the switch on the inverter, only under the following conditions.  1) when I need 110v  2) when plugged into shore power to charge the batteries  3) when generator is running to charge the batteries.

I think PC-USA switched to the later inverter to eliminate this saga.
1432  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: flat towing hybrid mercury mariner on: April 12, 2011, 06:42:17 pm
Part of your research should include reading through your owners manual in the section on 4-wheel-down towing.  Some vehicles require occasional "run time in-gear" for example, every 500 miles, put it into drive, then reverse, back and forth a few times while holding down the brake pedal.  The Honda CRV has that requirement.

If your Mariner has an extra gear shift lever for 2-wheel drive, 4-wheel drive low, 4-wheel drive high, and neutral, you are gauranteed save to tow without fussing every so often as long as that gear shift lever is in neutral while towing.
1433  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: April offer for Shoppers, Buyers, and Owners alike on: April 12, 2011, 12:23:30 pm
I understand Aimee.  I am just happy to connect people with a great product, sold by a great company.  
1434  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: April offer for Shoppers, Buyers, and Owners alike on: April 12, 2011, 12:16:51 pm
......as well as an offer for referrals if you aren't in the market at the current time.
So when do I receive my first check for the past four years of referrals?  shrug  Sorry, I couldn't resist.

Making it clear to everyone here.  I have never referred a PC to any of you so I could recieve some sort of referral gift.  In fact I have never received a gift of any kind, or even a special discount on anything I purchased through the factory.  My referral is from the heart alone, believing in the motor homes PC-USA make, and their business practices.
1435  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: flat towing hybrid mercury mariner on: April 11, 2011, 11:25:00 pm
Roadmaster sells a tow bar bracket specific for the 2010 Mariner as shown here.

I would consider 4-wheel towing it.
CLICK HERE for the webpage.
1436  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: changes on: April 11, 2011, 01:36:22 pm
About that extra porch light, I understand your challenge.  It was for the same reasons that I decided to do without a second and/or thrid light.  I really wanted a total of 3 porch lights along that side of my rig with lower wattage bulbs installed for more evenly distributed softer lighting for night time.  But after I realized I'd have to route wires out in-view, I decided to live with what I have.  Oh well.  If I later find it more important, I'd look into decorative wire channel to hide the wiring inside the motor home.  If I ever special order another motor home, I'd be sure to add such little extras during it's construction.  I would also have the main porch light positioned 1 or 2 feet over to get the swarm of bugs that much farther from the door.
1437  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Using Back-Up Lights For Other Purposes on: April 11, 2011, 12:24:37 am
The supplier of the switch claims I don't need that boot.  He says there is an "O" ring in the switch to prevent water from getting inside there at the handle.  I might buy one anyway.
1438  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Refer on while traveling? on: April 11, 2011, 12:22:59 am
We turn ours on auto and leave it on until we get back home.
I always forget to turn off when fueling.
I know it is recommended but as I get older I get dumber.
Me too with our 2-way fridge.
1439  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ron Dittmer, how do you?? on: April 11, 2011, 12:19:48 am
Yep, that is the only way I know how to do it that way is through storing my pics on an internet server.  Taking the pics directly off my PC and they get real small and end up at the bottom of my messages.
1440  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ron Dittmer, how do you?? on: April 10, 2011, 03:00:15 pm
Every picture I share is stored somewhere on the internet, not on my computer.  My own pictures shared, I store on flickr.com.

To post any picture.....
- find the picture you want to post, located on the internet
- make sure it is displayed to it's fullest size
- right mouse click on the picture and select "Properties"
- copy and paste that string of text in the Address (URL) into your post, in between Aimee's "Insert Image" text of [ img ]   [ /img ]
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