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1456  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How does your PC ride? on: November 01, 2011, 10:20:16 pm
Seems a mystery to me that a company like PC wouldn't go ahead and put Bilstein's or Koni shocks on their units right out of the factory.   Seems like something many folks do anyway.
I always thought that PC-USA should offer a "Handling Package" option on the E-Series to include the following.
- heavy duty front and rear stabilizer bars
- Bilstein or Koni-RV shocks
- rear trac bar
- heavy duty front steering stabilizer
- front wheel alignment

Our 2007 2350 on a 2007 E350 chassis drove like a druken sailor until after these upgrades.  Now it resembles the handling of an SUV.  With 1000 pounds of chassis weight margin when loaded on trips, the quality of the ride is quite comfortable.
1457  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: List Your PC Projects Planned Over This Winter 2011 to 2012 on: October 29, 2011, 06:29:06 pm
I replaced the 2 piece chip board in our 2350 with a single smooth sheet of plywood.  No more snags.

For the shelves we use the standard shelf liner, solid foam rubber material from home improvement stores, as shown here.  It cuts easy with a straight edge and razor blade for a perfect fit.  In places where it moved around and bunched up, we use a couple 2" squares of carpet tape to secure it.
1458  Main Forum / General Discussion / List Your PC Projects Planned Over This Winter 2011 to 2012 on: October 28, 2011, 04:11:22 pm
My PC projects over the winter, posted more as a reminder to myself than tips for you all.

- install secondary sewer hose storage tube
- install Barry-Sue cabinet edge guards
- get a cherry woodgrain/pebble 2009-2012 Ford center console
- more comfortable dinette seating.....a dream much more than a reality
- add felt pads inside my 26" TV to whatever is in there making a racket when I hit bumps
- buy 6.5' safety cables for my tow vehicle, 1 foot longer than I have now so I can use my offset hitch adapter which is higher and farther out
1459  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Favorite model ( if money was not an object) on: October 28, 2011, 03:56:54 pm
Well noted and perfectly understood!
1460  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: High traffic storage guards on: October 28, 2011, 03:08:42 pm
Now that is a really  cool little idea.  I will have to see about that for one of my winter projects for our PC this winter.
Thanks for sharing.
1461  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Favorite model ( if money was not an object) on: October 27, 2011, 11:24:38 pm
I'm getting too old to be diging blocks out from the mud, levelers are a must on our next PC.
For me that may be 15 years away.  If we still own the PC and the house it fits under, I figure I could still take it in and get levelers installed then.

The long term plan is to one day in a time far away, sell the house and offer a well used free PC2350 to sweeten the deal, done when we are ready for a nursing home, or maybe a condo, or maybe full-timing.  Who knows?
1462  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Moving Front TV to Better Location (for me) on: October 27, 2011, 10:24:18 am
Barry-Sue, that looks very well thought out, a clean installation.

I do have a question.  How is the TV vibration while in transit?  Does it swing around on it's own or is there a lock-down feature?

Our 26" TV is mounted to the wooden back panel of the center cabinet using the 4 provided mounting screw holes in the back of the TV.  I also fabricated an extra bracket to attach the bottom of the TV to the cabinet to help in carrying the weight as well as stabilize the TV.  Even so, we still get a lot of noises from vibrations coming from the TV when hitting bumps in the road.  Though the TV has held up without issues to date (16,000 miles of driving so far), I wonder how long it will continue to withstand the punishment.  I also wonder if I should open the TV and place felt pads inside where metal likes to vibrate around inside to minimize the resinating and the irritation from it.

Does anyone else have similar issues and concerns with their flat panel TV?

Here is our TV.
1463  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Swivel TV Mount on: October 25, 2011, 05:50:21 pm
Nice!
1464  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Laundry Storage on: October 25, 2011, 05:45:27 pm
We use the popup laundry hamper pictured, kept in the shower.  Admittedly, it is not ideal come shower time, nor is it very durable.  My wife buys them at our local dollar store.  They last a couple years before catastrophic failure.  Something solid would be better, but there is no real good place for something like that in our 2350.
1465  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Favorite model ( if money was not an object) on: October 25, 2011, 10:27:48 am
Given personal circumstance with a garage length limit, our 2350 is ideal.

If my garage could handle the length, and I was financially able to, I would request something semi-custom.

- model 2950 made to the length of a 3100, from 29'-8" to 30'-6", the extra 10" all for the bedroom
- double or queen bed in place of twins, either walk-around or placed across the rear wall sideways
- no slideouts
- dinette to maintain two bench seats to accomodate four people, but made extremely comfortable as follows
   1) standard automobile style bench seats & backrests, similar to what is used for the rear bench seat in conversion vans
   2) removable head restraints, so they don't get in the way when converting it into a bed
   3) standard automotive shoulder/lap belt restraints
   4) maintain wooden bench configuration for cosmetic integration and extra storage
   5) rearward facing seat directly behind the driver seat, does not fold down, because the backrest is smaller to consider the angled wall
   6) the forward facing seat against the fridge, has "zero clearence" fold down action like a conversion van, bridging across to the other seat to make a single bed

I wish I had that dinette in my 2350.  Maybe one day.
1466  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Sewer Hose Storage on: October 25, 2011, 09:29:00 am
 Cheer  Nice and simple!

Years ago I bought this 5 foot storage tube for our Rhino hose as a backup in case of Sani-Con failed us while on a trip.  But I never got around to mounting it.  It continues to sit in our basement because the Sani-Con continues to serve us well in our travels.  I am sure one day I will regret that I didn't yet mount the tube.

The storage tube is called a Super Tube.
CLICK HERE to go where they are sold.
They make them to any length without a cost penalty.

1467  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Planning trip to utah, Colorado, and the Grand Canyon on: October 25, 2011, 09:21:54 am
Ron:  I know you advised against summer travel, but if you had to go any ideas?
Yes.  Go to those places, dealing with the heat and people.  I was just talking about the optimal time of year.  If you have trouble with heat from a "health" point of view, then obviously you'll need to rethink the trip.
1468  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sani Con valve problem. Need suggestions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on: October 24, 2011, 03:19:50 pm
Lots of good advise.

My input......The problem is one of two thngs
1) The electrical valve controller is not working strong enough or not at all
2) The electrical valve controller is working properly, but cannot budge a stuck valve

If the controller "Is" working properly, it should move at least a tiny bit until it stops against the stuck valve hardware.  If you see the controller move only a tiny bit, get under there and grab the valve handle too, and help it along.

If the controller is determined to be dead, check the wiring.  Failure is likely due to corrosion on crimped wire connections.  Clean all internections, best to solder them together and insulate them with shrink tubing.

If I determined my valve controller is not working, I would apply 12v directly to it, and ground directly from it, to bypass the electrical system just to see if it works properly all by itself.  If it does not work, reverse polarity to get it to reverse direction.  If still nothing happens, then replace it.  You could test it easily once it is removed from the RV.  Just touch the two wires across the chassis battery one way, then reverse the wires to get it to move in the opposite direction.  If it is not moving right, buy a new one.
1469  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Full Timing? on: October 22, 2011, 02:38:25 pm
DownBy TheRiver,

Your comments humble me.

jdw has provided you with great insight for full-timing.  As our trips in our 2007-2350 never exceed 3 weeks at a time, I cannot comment on much in that regards.

jdw did mention how his gray sewage tank fills quickly.  Ours does too as we both have 2350s where the gray tanks hold only 23 gallons.  To squeek past that, I simply open both gray and black tank valves and blend the two into one large 58 gallon tank.  Phoenix USA taught me that trick on pick-up day in 2007.

There happens to be a 2900 on Ebay right now, a 2005 with less than 3000 miles located on a dealer lot in Fredrick Colorado.  Current bid is $20,100 with no reserve.  You might want to look at it, if only for reference.  The single biggest complaint I have with it, is the dinette in the slideout.  My wife and I found that very confining, learned when visiting the factory in 2007.  If I was a single person purchising that particular one for full-timing, I would gut that slideout and put in something more friendly.  Maybe install a desk/table with good upper and lower storage, adding a free-standing single comfy chair stool that stays on the main floor, using the step-up as a foot rest.  I also think that particular one on Ebay has only one battery and no inverter.  I would miss not having twin batteries & inverter.  Maybe something could be retro-fitted, though would be quite a challenge.  Lastly, I would replace the barrel chair with a 3rd captain seat, making that my recliner for TV and whatnot.

But there is nothing like special ordering a brand new PC made exactly as one wants with everything just right.  They make each to standard specs, but will customise per individual needs at little to no extra cost.

Click Here to see it on Ebay.





1470  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Forum Tech Issues on: October 22, 2011, 08:58:49 am
As always, Thank You Aimee.   ThumbsUp
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