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1441  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thank You Kermit on: December 02, 2012, 09:11:36 am

Thank you for your kind words of encouragement.  Like you say, obligations and priorities, house projects and health, it all got in the way in 2012, both financially and with available time.  But the road ahead looks smooth so we are hoping to make up next year with a nice 3 weeker out west and weekenders.

You are absolutely right.  I do think of you when I look at our updated dinette and mirror.  Thank you for the opportunity to help you.  You know it was a pleasure for me too.
1442  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: December 01, 2012, 01:12:32 am
Hi roadslesstravelled,

We own a 2007 model year 2350, same year, different chassis (E350), and different floor plan.  This is what I know.

The 2007 PC model year was the first year equipped standard with the whole house inverter.  That is simply great.  We have the inverter and love having 110 volts handy all the time.  I personally feel the 2007 model year was the first year of today's Phoenix Cruiser in regards to standard features and such.  Buying a 2007 or a 2013 of the same floor plan, there are only superficial differences with the house and features.  A 2006 is also a good year but you have to watch out for what might be lacking as it has a shorter list of standard equipment.

Early 2007s are sometimes built on 2006 chassis, very commonly practiced among all motor home manufactures.  If the chassis is a 2007, it will have a tan colored Ford dash board.  If the chassis is a 2006 or older, the dash board will be a medium gray color.  Mind you, other than the colors mentioned, I don't know of any chassis differences.  2006 or 2007, it really doesn't matter.  Just prepare yourself for the possibility.

The drifting/wandering feeling while driving is a very common problem with motor homes of all brands and sizes.  Do not be discouraged about that as there are affordable remedies.  Start with a front wheel alignment from a reputable truck suspension shop, and proper tire pressure.  If you are still not satisfied, then upgrading your shocks, front & rear stabilizer bars, steering stabilizer, and adding a rear trac bar are all worth consideration, but not neccessarlity prioritized in that order.

Welcome to the PC forum.  Maybe you'll become a PC owner one day soon like most of us here.

1443  Main Forum / General Discussion / Thank You Kermit on: November 29, 2012, 02:55:31 pm
I was awarded $500 from the factory for helping with a sale by showing our PC to "njheart on the road" & sister.  I emailed Kermit with a unique request.  Instead of a $500 check, I requested $500 (with shipping) worth of upgrades to our PC.

Our PC turned 5 years old in June of 2012.  To control cost when ordering our unit back then, we elected to get the cloth dinette instead of leather, but we had always regretted that decision.  Kermit had Paul's Seating make up leather cushions using a much more dense foam (also by request).  The cushions arrived yesterday and I quickly assembled one bench to compare against the original cushions.  My wife and I agree, the transformation was quite remarkable.  The comfort factor was the "Big Deal".  The new leather bench cushions are so much more comfortable than the older cloth ones.  The increased foam density along with the smooth finish for ease of shifting our weight along with sliding in and out, was the greatest pleasure.

I had also asked Kermit about a stove side splash mirror as well because that feature was introduced later.  Kermit tucked the mirror in between seat cushions.

So today our PC interior has received some great updating which we appreciate so much, and our rig looks even better the next time we show it off.  Some day I'll have to take a few pictures of our dinette with the new cushions.

Thank You Kermit for accomodating my request.  Cheer

1444  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Most Beautiful DWTS Dance on: November 28, 2012, 05:11:08 pm
Just thought I would share this.

This season on Dancing With The Stars, Apolo and Karina danced This Viennese Waltz which I feel was one of the most beautiful traditional dances I ever seen done on the show.

Maybe my wife and I will try to master that one given it doesn't require acrobatics, too much muscle, nor doing the splits by either of us.  Something to reach for.
1445  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Replacement coach batteries on: November 21, 2012, 09:25:50 pm
I think our original 2007 2350 E350 12V house batteries were never healthy from the start.  Two years later I bought new larger 12V batteries from Walmart and they just fit in the battery tray with no room to spare in the one dimension, and they are taller.  They were around $75 a piece three years ago.  I suspect they would cost more today.  They hold more energy today than the originals did when they were new.  I like the design of the top of the Walmart batteries because acid boil-overs are better contained.  If we run into battery trouble with the Walmarts, there is always a Walmart near by to take advantage of a warranty.  Of coarse we keep the receipt of purchase with us.

Our Ford chassis battery is the original one, still doing well.
1446  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What tires are ya'll buying? on: November 19, 2012, 12:22:37 am
I had always understood while in long term storage, it was best to inflate the tires to the max pressure as stated on them, 85psi for many E-rated tires.  This to minimize the distortion you (Jerry) mentioned and to minimize ground contact.  It also helps to have the extra tire pressure when stored off site where some air is lost from just sitting around.  In the spring time when you go back to the storage lot, you might be lucky enough not needing to air up the tires there.
1447  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What tires are ya'll buying? on: November 18, 2012, 09:27:34 am
If that was true, then new old-stock tires would get cracked up during the first mile driven.  But I never heard of that happening.
1448  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What tires are ya'll buying? on: November 15, 2012, 10:56:50 am
I have heard that most tire shine sprays are not good and produce sidewall cracking.
I too have heard that some protectants are bad, others are okay.

I have never applied anything to our 2007 tires and all remains crack-free, keeping in-mind our PC is stored indoors.
1449  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: My 2350 handling problem on: November 05, 2012, 12:08:20 am
Denny and Barb,

I am not sure what a Blue Ox frame stabilizer is.  Do you mean a rear stabilizer bar?  If so, is it a heavy duty bar, thicker than the stock bar and with polymer bushings?

If you mean to say a rear trac bar, I feel that item is most appreciated when towing, though it would do good even if not towing.  The trac bar is most noticed when traveling straight down the highway, sitting or laying in the rear half of the rig, no longer sloshing side to side in continuous rapid succession.  But the rear trac bar does a good job under all driving conditions, helping to reduce steering compensation.
1450  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Improvements & Enhancements, 2007 PC-2350 on: November 03, 2012, 10:32:26 pm
George, I love your story.  Happy Trails.
1451  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: My 2350 handling problem on: November 03, 2012, 09:34:36 pm
Thanks for the update.  I'd like to hear your on-going experience.

I don't have to tell you that many of us with the Ford E350 under a PC-2350 have done suspension uprades to be happy with the handling.
1452  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Improvements & Enhancements, 2007 PC-2350 on: November 03, 2012, 09:26:36 pm
Intermittent problems with a remote is often caused by lightly corroded battery terminals.  Be sure the terminals don't have a light green or chauky coating.  If so, I use a micro-sized wire brush on my Dremel tool, but there are numerous ways of getting the contacts clean.

If all that checks out well, the second thing would be the circuit board inside the remote.  The remote's rubber buttons push a black carbon rubber pad to the circuit board to make contact.  Actually the pad shorts wires together on the circuit board creating a switch.  If you can open the housing and can get the circuit board out, look for patterns of gold.  Using a clean eraser, rub the gold shiny.  The black carbon ends of the buttons should be cleaned with a Q-tip and rubbing alcohol.  With all the shiny gold areas of the circuit board clean and the black pads clean and dry, reassemble and see what happens.

I do this as needed to my kids video game controllers and especially my key fobs, usually needed once every 4 years pending usage and especially contaminants like dust & liquids.
1453  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Big Bend National Park on: November 03, 2012, 09:15:26 pm
Border Patrol was on heightened alert.
My brother and his wife were there last winter and said it got down-right uncomfortable when hiking near and along the Rio Grand.  He said that there were often out-of-place people walking the trails.  Many signs were posted on restrictions of buying from illegal people that would land you in very serious trouble with the USA.  And of course there was opportunity to purchase.  My brother recommended camping only in the main camp grounds, not isolated primative camp grounds.  Hike all you like but stay on the main trails.

My other brother, older than me, he loves to camp alone.  In Organ Pipe Cactus NP, another border park, he day-hiked on a designated park trail to a natural spring.  While eating his lunch there, he heard wrustling in the brush, again people out of place, trying to stay out of his sight.  Needless to say my brother's rest period immediately ended.

My point is.......
You need to think a little differently when camping in the border parks.  Fishing at a nice quiet isolated spot along the Rio might get you into an uncomfortable situation.  Camping remotely could get worse than uncomfortable.  It's fine and safe to visit and stay in the parks, just sleep in camp grounds with lots of other people like yourself, doing as you are doing.  Don't isolate yourself.

I hope to go back to Big Bend NP in the new few years as I have not been there since a child, but taking appropriate precaution.
1454  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Ladies. PG 13 on: November 02, 2012, 11:38:36 pm
Now that's one of your better jokes Billy.   rolling on the floor
1455  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Setting up a toad on: November 02, 2012, 11:37:19 pm
I have a Roadmaster bar/hitch system and a Unified braking system.  It all works good and am pleased with everything about them.  But I don't have experience with other brands.  Owners of Blue Ox praise their decision.  The best I can offer is to increase the confusion.

One thing about the Unified braking really really works well, but it is complex and installed "into" the tow vehicle.  Unless you know what you are doing, it isn't easy to remove and install in another vehicle.  If you can install it in the first tow vehicle, then you are qualified to remove it and install it in a replacement tow.  But don't plan on switching back and forth for it is too integrated into the tow vehicle..
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