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1441  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Any rear end drag problems with 218' wheelbase? on: March 29, 2013, 09:01:47 am
I would install those affordable yet very capable Firestone airbags that RV people always talk about.  Set it up the cheapest & easiest way so each bag has it's own air valve.  This way if your rig leans to the left or the right due to your load, you can level it out as well as lift the rear up.  If you are buying a new rig, have the factory include this in your order.  They are good about adding such things.

Adding: I was actually thinking of installing them on our 2350 but concerned of a rougher ride from them.  I would like a little extra posterior ground clearance because our E350/2350 does seem to sit an inch or two low in back when on trips.  A little higher would be a little better.
1442  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Any pets travel with you? on: March 28, 2013, 04:21:43 pm
So that you wont think thats a typo, shes travelling with six dogs.  nod
As Jed Clampett would say "Weee Doggie!"
1443  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Maserator doesn't work on: March 28, 2013, 03:57:50 pm
Regarding the electric step not going in and out properly.  Try this.

Open the door and stand outside.  Look in the lower right corner.  There is a bolt that pushes a button in and out.  By hand, push that button ALL THE WAY in and let it spring out.  Watch your shins if the step moves.  If the button does not spring out, it is faulty.  Spray WD-40 or equivalent in the switch to free up the internal mechanism.  If no luck, then replace the switch.

If the step works well by hand but not with the door, the bolt needs to be adjusted to push the switch in further.

If the step does not react to you pushing the switch by hand, then flip the left side wall switch to the opposite position and repeat.   Remember that little wall switch is labelled backwards.  "On" means "Off".  When "On" it means the step should stay down all the time regardless if the door is open or closed.  At least that is how mine is labelled.  It can be confusing.

If still nothing happens, lay on your back on the ground and clean the electrical contacts to the switch.  Then repeat.  Be careful when on the ground.  Make sure your body stays clear in case the step decides to move down.  You don't want it pinning you under the rig.  That would be embarassing. LOL
1444  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Maserator doesn't work on: March 23, 2013, 03:09:37 pm
At end of each season, I fill both waste tanks full...twice, first time with bleach solution and run maserator a little to get solution in it.  After a little time, then drain first manual method, then maserator method.

Clean smelling, clean maserator, working sensors, six years so far so good.  I don't expose everything too long with bleach as I hear it can do damage if soaking too long.  Odor control is critical in our under-the-house garage.
1445  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New tries for 2010 on: March 20, 2013, 10:58:57 am
As posted on the Yahoo forum...

Your 2551 is a light weight E450.  The load on your E-rated tires doesn't compare to huge class Cs so you are not near the limit of the load the tires are designed to handle.  Given your tires have no visual concerns, I would keep using them until specific issues come up which could be a number of years away.  When you see significant (and I do mean significant) sidewall cracking, cracking in between the threads, uneven or severe tire wear, a bulge in a side wall, things like that, then I would think about new tires right away.

If you won't have peace of mind about it, then spend your money and help the tire industry.

But as for me with our 2007 2350 E350, it has the original like-new-looking E rated tires, now with 17,000 miles.  I have no plans to change them until I see a better reason other than going by the calander.  It does help that our rig is kept indoors when not in use.

Our first rig owned for 24 years, I sold it with tires that were 12 years old.  It too had tires rated for a much heavier motor home.  At the time of sale, the tires did start to develop minor side wall and in-between-the-thread cracks, but too small to be of concern.

If our rig was at the weight limit of the tires, I might feel differently.
1446  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Anyone have experience with RV Camping Connect? on: March 20, 2013, 10:41:38 am
Aimee, I am sending you a PM.
1447  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: March 13, 2013, 03:56:07 pm
Welcome jampodd,

I grew up first tent camping then popup trailer camping with my parents.  Grown & married with our first child born on our 5th anniversary and I said no way we are doing without a motor home.  It's been a house-on-wheels since.  The first MH a Toyota-Mirage owned 24 years, our PC-2350 owned 6 years and counting.

The 2552 is extremely popular, maybe #1 seller.  I think the most popular sell-off is the 2350 for people can't tollerate getting in and out from the bed.  I wonder if the old 2950 with rear bedroom, had a rear double/queen bed turned sideways, would also have been too difficult for most.  I thought it would have made  a good arraingement.

PC-2950 Floorplan
1448  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Maserator doesn't work on: March 12, 2013, 11:39:27 pm
frecklestweety,

Do yourself a favor and call the factory for a price on a new replacemet.  The cost just may surprise you.  And regarding installation, simply stated, it's something that can be handled by a near novice.  If you can't install it yourself, I am sure any handyman can at nominal cost.

If or when my 6 year old mascerator dies, I will be replacing it ASAP for I really appreciate it's ease of use for dumping.  The bonus to that is the envious audience it sometimes draws at the dump station. Smile
1449  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: E-450 replacement on: March 12, 2013, 12:13:29 pm
Just went to the Ford site and there is a dedicated section for the new Transit chassis. The DRW chassis has a GVWR of 10,360 lbs., That is the heaviest rating that I can see.  Very limited application in the RV idustry I would have to conclude.   Thanks
10,360 is surely on the "Light" side.  Our 2007 E350 GVWR is 11,500 which is 1,000 less than the E350 made beginning in 2008.

Our 2350 with no slide out weighs 9,200 before we start adding to it with our own stuff, two people, and 41 gallons of fresh water which I assume brings our rig mighty close to that 10,360 mark.  I think the early 6 wheel Sprinters were around 10,500 but increased to current day 11,030 some time thereafter.
1450  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: E-550 replacement on: March 12, 2013, 08:49:34 am
D&B,
I wonder if the 4000 pound deficiency of the Transit is because it is of a 4 wheel Heavy Duty van, not a 6 wheel cutaway.
1451  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: E-450 replacement on: March 11, 2013, 03:56:45 pm
I read the E450 will not drop away when the Transit debuts.  But I wonder if the E350 will continue to be around if the Transit and E350 host the same capabilities.  I saw the new Transit van, a locked up prototype, shown at the Chicago auto show.  It's no small van in physical size, a close cousin of the Sprinter.  Assuming the power train is capable, and a DRW (Duel Rear Wheel) version becomes available, it could replace the E350.  If Ford drops the E350, then PCs currently constructed on the E350 may be adjusted to fit a Transit.

I hope Ford would retain the stance of an E350, not modelled after a Sprinter with the rear wheels set inside so far.  I am turned off by the tires inset like that, seemingly carried over from Europe for their narrow streets.
1452  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Floor renovation on: March 09, 2013, 08:36:11 am
Chily,

I find your posts quite interesting.  Most people on this forum have newer rigs with projects done for improvement sake.  You are the longest PC owner I know who bought his rig new in 2004, who travels a lot with his rig, and now entering the renovation stage of ownership.

Thanks for sharing your experience and ideas.
1453  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Removing carpet on: February 26, 2013, 08:15:56 pm
A cork floor?  That sounds interesting.  I'll have to check that out.

One thing about our PC, whatever the cost per square foot of flooring, the over-all cost is peanuts as there is so little floor to cover.
1454  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Removing carpet on: February 26, 2013, 09:56:05 am
I wonder too Judi, I would think you'd need to keep the slide rollers and floor exceptionally clean or sand and such would get ground into or abrasion of the laminate, messing up the finish.  I installed laminate in our home office, and it's okay.  Our hardwood floor in our living areas takes a better beating and abrasions can easily be doctored.

When our PC carpet gets tired, I plan to do either laminate or hardwood.  Given we are slideless, I just might go laminate for ease of installation.  But given laminate is a floating floor, I wonder what happens when hitting a bad bump in the road.  I am concerned of buckling after a bad shift in the floor.

Anyone have buckling issues with their laminate floor?
1455  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sofa bed & air mattresses in 2400 PC on: February 17, 2013, 10:06:46 pm
Funny story about that sofa air bed.

When the jack knife sofa was replaced with it some time around 2009-2010, I was perplexed that so many people praised the air bed.  I thought, "Wow, that must be some kind of magical air bed", for every air bed I ever slept on was horrible.  Fast forward to today and everyone is despirate to replace them.

The memory foam sofa bed makes a lot of sense.  Congrats to all who have one.

Given our no-slide dinette, we never had any type of sofa bed to provide 1st hand experience with.

Like Awilson is practicing, it is financially wise to change what's wrong with your PC, than replace the motor home itself, as long as the general floor plan is working properly.
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