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1456  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.
1457  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.
1458  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.
1459  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?
1460  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.
1461  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Heat Strip or Furnace on: February 16, 2013, 02:40:43 pm
We have been in temps. in the twenties overnight and have yet to drain our batteries.
I should make it known that when we boon dock in cold temps during early nightfall fall time of year, we are power hogs.  We'll watch a long movie with the sound system blasting, make coffee, etc. etc. then go to bed with batteries semi-tired.  This is likley the reason that if we are not watchful, the furnace puts the last dagger into the batteries overnight.

Our Tripp-Lite generates 20 amps when plugged into shore power or generator, but I don't know how much of that is dedicated to battery charging.  But even at 20 amps, that is but half the output as my 40 amp charger.  We don't like running the generator for the noise & fuel so my method helps a lot with reducing that.
1462  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Heat Strip or Furnace on: February 16, 2013, 08:57:47 am
Carol,

I agree with previous comments.  In cold weather like in the 40s and lower, the 110v heat strip works well to maintain a given temperature, but waking up in the midddle of the night to a cold rig, the main propane furnace is the right choice.  Unfortunately when it comes to heat and air conditioning, motor homes are extremely noisey, worse than being on the open road.

The 2350's rear corner bed window side position is going to be a cold spot if you don't have thermal windows and shades drawn.  I would cut a bubble wrap foil automobile windshield sun shade to a size that can be pressed in place and seals well to the glass on the inside.  The same goes for the sealed rear window.

Having a small 1500 watt electric space heater placed by the entry door will maintain a temperature and block cold air coming from the front cab area.  Many such models are very quiet.  The ceramic heater type seems ideal for the application, and they are very compact.  Of coarse you will need shore power to use it.

If you don't have shore power, then you are completely dependant on the propane furnace.  Just be sure that your batteries are well charged before going to bed.  Though the furnce is propane, it does use 12v to blow the air around, and that blower is a power hog.  You may wake up in the morning to a cold house, dead batteries, and a dead fridge.  The furnace blower drains the batteries during the night, then the fridge which also depends on propane for the cold, and 12v to control it, it too dies.  It's not a train wreck.  You simply have to run the generator to get all things working again, but it takes many hours of generator run time to bring the batteries back to full.  That is why I carry a smart 40amp battery charger for just such occasions as it reduces the generator run time astronomically.

You may find my post on conserving battery reserves very interesting.  CLICK HERE then scroll down to the 3rd block and you will see my 40amp charger in action.
1463  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thank You Kermit on: February 11, 2013, 10:22:30 am
I installed the leather dinette seats and stove mirror.  Here is a slideshow of my rig which now includes them.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/37432012@N08/sets/72157617468317295/show/
1464  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Weight overload issue in 2910D duals on: February 11, 2013, 01:25:08 am
This is the first time I heard that any PC is over-loaded in any particular corner.  It sounds like your planned strategy is good.  Make sure those two tires are maintained at max tire pressure which is 80 psi for Michelins.

On other forums, I read all the time about rigs being over-loaded, some before people load it up for a trip.  It is a very common problem of which there is little one can do about it.

I still need to weigh our rig on all 4 corners while on a long trip.....full tank of gas, full fresh water, and empty waste tanks.  I've assumed that since we are slideless, over-loading is not a concern, but weighing in is also good to determine proper tire pressure.
1465  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The ultimate "white out" condition!! on: February 10, 2013, 07:06:00 pm
ragoodsp,
Thank you so much for accepting the snow that we here in the Chicago area had rejected.   ThankYou

We have been quite fortunate last winter and again this winter so far.  I know it will come around and whack us hard eventually.  Hopefully it will wait until after I retire and we have joined the PC gang down in Florida.  But that is too many years ahead for me to plan for.
1466  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Baby Seat on: February 08, 2013, 02:45:15 pm
Bob is the one!

Bob even had a picture of his setup in his 2350.  That was the inspiration I needed to swap the barrel seat for the 3rd captain seat.

Thanks again Bob for that!  We do appreciate the better seat for multiple reasons.  Maybe one day for a grand child too.
1467  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Baby Seat on: February 08, 2013, 11:20:10 am
I feel the front passenger seat is the safest place in a PC for a baby seat.  I would simply set the seat all the way back to clear a deploying airbag.  Roll-over protection is best there and is least suseptible to flying objects.  My 2007 does not have an airbag turn-off switch.  Does the 2009-2013 have one?

The second safest place is the barrel chair with "D" ring achoring.  Actually not the barrel chair, but rather a 3rd front seat type as we have here seen to the right.  Like the barrel chair, it faces any direction, locking forward and sideways.  But it's high back is a natural shield to flying objects thrown forward.  It's nice to have 3 people able to sit in such close proximity to enjoy conversation and such.  That 3rd seat works nicely for it.

More recently the 3rd seat has been replaced by a euro chair, but I don't know if it is safety rated with the mobility it offers.

1468  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Baby Seat on: February 07, 2013, 11:10:19 pm
I forgot who it was, but someone had the factory install a "D" ring at the base of the swivel barrel seat, the seat between the passenger seat and the entry door.  This to secure a baby seat properly.  It sure seems easy enough to add one yourself wherever you want the seat.  If one day we have a grand child, I plan to add a "D" ring myself.

"D" rings are sold wherever hardware is sold.
1469  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Crusiers at SE FMCA rally on: February 07, 2013, 01:18:13 pm
I have spent 2007 thru 2011 spreading the news about the Phoenix Cruiser on www.rv.net and I think I did good getting the word out.  Since, I let more recent owners carry that torch for the most part.  But I do back them up with historical reliability & customer service.

Like you say Carol, Phoenix Cruisers seem to have fallen into the "B" national database, though it is surely a "C" constructed vehicle.

Building a class B, motor home manufactures start with this.


Builing a class B+ or C, they start with this, most often a van-based, but sometimes pickup-truck based.
They are delivered to the RV companies without a rear wall, seats, or outside mirrors.
The rear wall gets a thick plastic shrink wrapping to provide temporary protection for the interior.

I wish there was the right pic that showed the delivered RV chassis.
Here is the chassis setup for a cargo truck, but it has mirrors and seats.
The RV chassis has a disposable cafeteria seat that gets tossed. It is used for lot-driving only.


Going further, the class-A gets built on one of these.
Engine up front (most often gasoline powered)

Engine in back (diesel pusher used for larger & high end class-As)


And Super-Cs start with these types when people want a big "C" with a diesel engine.
Of coarse the Sprinter is the choice diesel  for the little fellows.

1470  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Crusiers at SE FMCA rally on: February 07, 2013, 10:13:22 am
It is good to read that PCs are a hot seller at the shows this year.  I hope their momentum continues.

I always thought PC-USA should offer these options to boost sales.

1) 2100 and 2350 with E350 chassis, offer as an option, the smaller 5.4L-V8 to save $1185 MSRP and for better fuel economy.  The smallest PC models really don't need the 6.8L-V10.  I tow a 4300 pound Jeep with my 2350 with V10 and I think the smaller V8 would still work for me....surely no issue if I never tow.

2) For all PC models on E350/E450, offer a seamless class-C cab-over bunk option.  It doesn't have to be monster sized.  It could utilize all current connections to the B+ cap so it is only one differnet primary component, making it cheap for the company, and affordable for families who would then find PCs much more practical.  Maybe even some retired couples would prefer it for extra bulk storage.
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