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1441  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Jacks on: April 14, 2015, 04:57:10 pm
Off topic a bit but........due to recent personal experience i must inform you that your new washer and dryer, in all probability, will not provide a 36 year service life ! shrug
Happy Motoring
Yes, I surely believe you.  Other than vehicles, it seems these days, appliances, furnaces, hot water heaters, etc, are intentionally NOT made to last.  I hear hot water heaters are some of the worst.
1442  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Jacks on: April 14, 2015, 12:31:43 pm
We married young in 1978, tent camped until 1983 when we bought our first motor home, had that until 2007 when we bought our PC.

In everything for the long haul.  We retired our washer and dryer just last month, bought them in 1979.  We raised a family in there somewhere so they were worked hard too.  We keep things well beyond typical.  We are terrible consumers, bad for the economy. Smile
1443  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Jacks on: April 14, 2015, 11:50:53 am

I hear you.  My head is in the sand when it comes to PC resale value.  I suppose if the plan is to trade-in on a regular basis, then it's smart to equip your rig with "resale" in mind.

Irene and I are people who think a bit odd compared to the rest of America.  Society says YES to this, NO to that, but we feel the opposite, seemingly with everything.  For example, we ended up designing our house ourselves because nobody marketed anything similar to the house we wanted.  I suppose one day it could hurt us that our house does not fit the typical profile, but we really don't care.  The same with our PC.  But we don't plan on making changes with house (26 years so far) or PC (8 years so far).  Both odd items....Oh well.  At least we are happy.....well....maybe jacks on the PC one day. Smile  Maybe I'll get them installed for a retirement gift to myself, that is if I can retire at the right age, under the right circumstances.

1444  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Jacks on: April 14, 2015, 08:48:18 am
We don't have the jacks.  When we don't need them, I don't miss them.  But when I pull out the Lynx blocks, I wish we had them.  Since we travel to primitive places, the camp sites are often angled and uneven.  I anticipate one day I will break down and get the jacks installed.  As I get older, the idea of jacks looks better and better.  I just have not gotten to that point inside my head and wallet yet.

My advise is to get them and be done.
1445  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC Quick Look on: April 01, 2015, 02:59:02 pm
I hear you Joseph.  Two-Foot-Eyetis is a hard addition to control.  I can't say for sure if we'd really consider a bigger rig, but our garage does keep that addiction at bay because our 2350 just makes it inside in length & height.  In the places we travel, smaller is better, so that too helps to think smaller.  Actually, there has been a time or two when I felt we went too big with a 2350.  But the conveniences and comfort always pull me back into feeling good about our decision.
1446  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC Quick Look on: April 01, 2015, 11:00:18 am
For us, we made a decision 30 years ago to build our primary home/house in a vacation-like setting to get away to home so-to-speak.  We built it with a small motor home in-mind.  So getting away from the get-away, our 2350 has been just the right means for road trips.  We also enjoy 7 day cruises to mix it up.

If we went "huge", we'd be cashing in everything and call that our permanent residence.  But I don't see that happening.  Yet never say never.
1447  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: spare tire cover information on: March 31, 2015, 12:34:20 pm
The heavy iron tube has a raised lip in each of the two slots so the latch gets caught on it once locked down.  If your two slots do not have lips, I would call the factory to get a new tube.  The two lips provide a "stop" so the locking latch has something to get hung up on after it is locked down.  As campmuch experienced, his latch was deformed, not catching on the iron lips when tightened down.  Make sure your spinning latch lever is not bent or otherwise deformed as not to catch the lips on the iron tube.  When installing the cover, always unscrew the latch some amount more before placing the cover so the latch lever finds the slots properly.  That should help in preventing a bent latch.

I don't know if this is common to everyone but my latch locks with the key only in one of the two upright positions.  I place the cover and screw the handle clockwise until it bottoms out.  Then I back it off to vertical and try to lock it with the key.  If I have no luck, I unscrew it 180 degrees and then I am able to lock it with the key.  Once locked, the handle must look like the picture below, fitting inside the cavity, not sticking out at an odd angle.

When unscrewing 180 degrees to lock it with the key, the two raised lips in the iron tube prevents the latch-lever from going too far to maintain a good attachment.  Unscrewing a half turn still maintains a good seal between the spare tire cover and RV body.

1448  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Jack and/or lug wrench on: March 28, 2015, 07:59:59 pm
Yep, that's a good idea, just let Phoenix get you the right tire iron, lug wrench, or whatever you call it.
1449  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Jack and/or lug wrench on: March 27, 2015, 05:33:50 pm
If you have not yet done so, look in the spare tire compartment.  If it fits, it might be in the center tube wrapped with a rag to prevent it from rattling around.

Like others have said, PC supplies a generic 6 ton bottle jack that is not supplied by Ford.  But I do believe the tire iron is a "Ford" item.

I would also carry a 3/4" x 2-3 foot water pipe to extend the tire iron for leverage.

I used our PC issued bottle jack one time when rolling off our Lynx Leveling blocks.  The Lynx wedge flipped up and got jammed between the exhaust tail pipe and the stack of blocks.  Jacking up the rear tire provided the solution.  That happened in Death Valley in that gravel parking lot where you can park overnight to sleep, located in the middle of nowhere.
1450  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: March 25, 2015, 03:12:10 pm

1. I feel insulated (double pane) windows are worth the price.

3. In reviewing the forum, I have not found much conversation regarding the quality of P.C.'s full body paint. Pictures can be deceptive regarding a good quality paint process.
Your feedback and opinions will be appreciated.
Happy Motoring
Johnny & Kathey
We have the thermal glass and love it for sound, heat, and cold, and they are effective in all three categories so I "Do" recommend them.

We have the full body paint job and it is now 8 years old.  Keep in-mind our rig stays in a garage when not on trips so I can't say how it holds up from the sun constantly beating on it.  The quality of the paint work is excellent when considering what they are painting.  The different colors meet each other perfectly with clean lines.  You can feel a very smooth clean edge where colors meet but ever so little.  The materials painted vary so the sheen varies.  Some steel, some plastic, some fiberglass, some caulk.  They paint over every irregular surface including seam work.  I don't know how they do it, but it's all aligned from one surface to another so well like a laser beam was involved.  It won't be the finish of a new Chevy, but dang good looking.  There is a little over-spray here and there but very acceptable to me.  Keep in-mind the paint work is only outside.  If you open any door, the jamb will be plain white, including the cab area.  The same for storage compartment jambs, gas door, and other things.  Over the years as our rig has bounced many thousands of miles, the caulk in the seam work flexes ever-so-slightly that there is some fractured paint there.  It is not flaking or loose, and is not gaudy least not yet.  You'll notice it only if looking for it.

I was very happy to get the full body paint job back then and 8 years later, still feel the same about it.  It looks real sharp.  Back in 2007, I got the paint job 1/3 off the regular price which made the choice easy.

Eight years and counting and no regrets here.

I always thought that even plain white, it would be worth doing.  Paint the RV portion to match the plain white cab up front.  That will keep real easy for cleaning & waxing, and no fading of plastic and such.  White to match the cab white would look most "Production" like, and likely would hold up the best with the sun.  I would think plain white would be significantly cheaper too given the cab is left alone, and no change and details with the different colors either.
1451  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC Quick Look on: March 25, 2015, 01:40:01 pm
Ford says they will keep making the E Series cutaways for as long as there is a market for them.   Only the actual Econoline vans will no longer produced.

I would imagine this to be true, but as the tooling gets worn and demand drops, those two factors in combination could prematurely end E350/E450 cut-away production.  It seems the motor home industry could revert back to the 70's, forced to offer smaller B+/C rigs than currently offered.

I grew up in Chicago in the 70's with our neighbor's motor home always parked across the street.  It was built on a long step van, I assume because the cut-away back then could not handle the weight.  The typical class C back then were all made very short, most common on the Dodge, but some on Fords and Chevys too.  Then came the tag axle to make them longer.  Eventually the industry migrated into what we have today, soon to revert back due to fuel economy.
1452  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Factory Purchasing Experience on: March 23, 2015, 06:28:39 pm
Thank You Jim
1453  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Factory Purchasing Experience on: March 23, 2015, 09:15:48 am
What a testimony to the company that makes the rig we own.

I ask for your permission to copy your post (without your names) as a new post or as a reply on another RV forum.
1454  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TV Placement and Angle on: March 19, 2015, 12:41:15 pm
If I were to order a 2552 with couch-in-slide-out, I would research how big a TV could be mounted on the 2-surface wall behind the passenger seat by the Euro chair, mounted on an angle toward the couch utilizing both straight and angled walls.

But for my personal taste,  I would rather order a 2552 with a no-slide-out dinette and keep the TV centered as currently offered.
1455  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: buying from factory on: March 10, 2015, 04:11:22 pm
Yes, I like that idea of the fridge vent on the side like slide-ins.....good point.

About "any" antenna.  Because we typically camp in remote areas, anything short of satellite technology isn't going to serve us.  The few times we are in or close enough with line-of-sight to an actual town, we'd stay in an RV park of which all offer cable TV.  That works well for us given we have a CATV box outside our rig, as easy to tap as our 30 amp power cord.

When in our usual places where broadcast TV is never available, we have our DVD collection for such entertainment.
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