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1456  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Protection & Convenience on: October 28, 2014, 12:27:19 pm
Very nice for a high-stance PC 4x4.  The rear bumper could be trouble with our regular 2350 pulling out from gas stations and such.  The rear hitch gets close as it is.

Nice work there!
1457  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Another New Model Being Offered, The 2450 on: October 28, 2014, 10:28:31 am
(Sorry Ron, your dream of a larger bath isn't one of the options but I figure this is good because it won't fit in your garage anyhow).
My garage RV bay measures exactly 25'-0" deep.  I would be willing to selectively grind the back concrete wall, dish it out so the front bumper fits inside a few inches just to get the garage door closed.  Maybe dish an extra inch for a rubber bumper liner.
1458  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rear camera problem on: October 23, 2014, 08:23:29 pm
It is the Sony that hangs down from the ceiling and the screen is just very small and the resolution is at best just "OK".
Our camera was mounted to the ceiling which had me hitting my head on it far too often when passing by it.  I took off the useless rear view mirror and mounted the monitor there using a special retro-kit.  Like you say the 5" screen is a bit tiny but it works well when mounted here for it does not take away from a good view out the windshield.

That module on top of it is a ScanGauge-II
1459  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: October 23, 2014, 08:13:50 pm
I'd hate to have to "sacrifice house for hood."  I love my setup exactly as it is, but 25 feet is the max that I want or need.  It fits so nicely into even relatively tight camping spots and I have so much room for all that schtuff!  nod
Our first motor home was extremely tiny at only 17.5' end-to-end which had a mini pickup truck hood that ate up significant length.  It did make maintenance extremely easy, but now-a-days the Ford E-Series chassis is so reliable, I am banking on "Limited Need To Dig In" the engine bay, figuring I'll do whatever it takes when it's time.  In the mean time I am enjoying more house.  I hope never to have a long hood on our motor home ever again.  We too love the length of our rig at 23'-8", though I could surely manage the little extra length of a 2450 to gain the benefits.
1460  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: October 23, 2014, 09:51:57 am
And I think I understand your point in that the industry may end up reverting back to what it was in the 70's.  Class C's will become "Minnie" motor homes again if the heavy duty cut-away chassis platform is not maintained.  Anything longer than 24 feet will be a class A like it was in those days.  The F-Series can fill much of the gap, but sacrificing house for hood.
1461  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: October 23, 2014, 12:31:37 am
I am not talking 14,000 pounds, just 500 pounds more than the current day Sprinter to provide a little more edge and a better stance.
1462  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire and battery advice on: October 23, 2014, 12:27:52 am
Our rig is a 2007 model year with tires dated spring of 2007.  Like you, we keep our rig indoors away from sunlight but I have no plan anytime soon to replace the tires.  Given your rig is a 2551, it is on the lighter side of motor homes so there is less tire pressure and less weight on the tires so the demand on them is less.  I would think you would be fine getting one more year from them and evaluate again one year from next spring.

Regarding batteries, assumed no winter camping plans, I would charge them and bring them into your house out from the extreme cold.  The same for the chassis battery.  Fill your main fuel tank up, blow out all water lines, drain all four water tanks, place numerous rodent traps around inside and abandon the rig until preparing for your first trip next year.

Next spring, I plan to replace our 5 year old 12V Walmart batteries with 6V Duracell batteries from Sam's Club.  I did some measuring and determined that my slide out battery tray will need to be replaced with a simple sheet of steel to get adequate clearance because the 6V batteries are so much taller.  The sheet steel will have angle iron screwed to it to cradle the batteries so they don't move around on the large surface.
1463  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: California Cruising on: October 22, 2014, 04:15:57 pm
Oh so nice to hear I-80 is all good now west of Reno down that steep grade.  It was so bad 7 years ago, I swore I would never drive it again until repaired.  I didn't want to pay another $300 toll.
1464  Main Forum / Photos / Re: 2450 non-slide on: October 22, 2014, 04:13:04 pm
I got a very good idea now.  Thank You Carol!
1465  Main Forum / Photos / Re: 2450 non-slide on: October 22, 2014, 10:06:17 am
Hi Carol,

I am curious how the pantry cabinet between the fridge and dinette works.  Does something slide out after you open the doors?  It appears you have more than one door there.  I thought the entire thing pulled out as one piece like a drawer with little shelves & retaining railings.

What is on your other side to the right of the stove wall?  Same thing with the same operation?

What is the exact measurement of each of the two cabinets including their side vertical "stile" framing pieces?

Just curious for future inquiries.  I get lots of inquiries.
1466  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Do I Need A New Sanicon Macerator? on: October 22, 2014, 09:54:07 am
I think what I am going to do is buy & install a new macerator pump from Phoenix for $350 + shipping.  Also their nice pump bracket.  Mine is still the old hardware store perforated metal strapping.  Then later rebuild the original pump if worth it, & carry it along as a spare.  It'll take up very little room in my maintenance storage compartment....our front dinette bench seat.  Since using full synthetic motor oil, I never need a mid-trip oil change, so I have lots of extra room for spare stuff like that.
1467  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: October 21, 2014, 10:58:52 pm
I hope Ford would consider a cut-away Transit that is 500 pounds more capable than the current day cut-away Sprinter.  I think that would provide a platform the RV, box truck, and first responder industries can work with much better.  The E350 rear axle is already in hand.  Ford could simply install it on the cut-away Transit, add a leaf spring or two, increase the gauge of the framing like is currently done for the E450 today, and they have it.  Not much effort for much to retain in this market segment.
1468  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Before and after pictures of tile backsplash in our 2015 2450 on: October 20, 2014, 10:25:55 pm
I used a latex caulk around the perimeter (including where the tile meets the counter) and grout in the center joints. I also used adhesive sheets to adhere the tile to the wall.

I will be keeping a close eye on the grout joints for signs of cracking but don't expect any..................we shall see   Smile
It will be interesting to learn how the grout holds up for you over the miles.
1469  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: California Cruising on: October 20, 2014, 10:21:31 pm
Ron, I'm surprised at your answer.   I thought you guys spent a good bit of time in BLM sites which are usually full boon docking.
Yes we boon dock all the time, but we do dump and replenish every 3 to 4 days.  Apparently there is temporarily no operational dump station in or around the area in discussion.
1470  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: California Cruising on: October 20, 2014, 02:08:50 pm
our favorite place: Lake of the highest and deepest alpine lakes in the world.  It's readily accessible on the north end via I-80, and on the south end via Hwy 50.  Weather permitting, of course.  It's about 2-1/2 to 3 hrs from the Napa area, so a day trip or overnight from the Bay Area is easy and a gorgeous drive.
Is I-80 fixed up between Tahoe & Napa yet?  Back in 2007 we drove to Napa Valley from Lake Tahoe down that very steep grade and the highway was so badly busted up in the slow lane.  I resorted to the fast lane to save our rig from getting shaken to pieces.  That cost us $300 in a speeding ticket trying to keep up with traffic in the fast lane.  We have not crossed the border into California since that trip.  I am close to getting over that welcome.  Maybe we'll spend our vacation money in California soon.
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