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1471  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: August 01, 2013, 01:05:36 pm
Putting the backup camera where the mirror would be sounds like a smart idea. Might just do that.  Though I'll probably wind up hitting my head on -something- anyway (GPS, ScanGauge, TPMS)
My ScanGuauge-II sits on top of the backup camera as seen here.  In the picture, you can see the scars from where the backup camera was previously mounted, in between the visors.  That was a consistent head-hitting location for me.  I couldn't remember it was there until the moment of impact.  It got to the point that I started using 4 letter words like "Dang".  The camera is better on the windshield anyway.  I turn it on and leave it on when driving.  It assures there isn't someone hiding behind me, following too close behind.
1472  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: July 31, 2013, 06:11:40 pm
Welcome Mike & Joni to the PC family.

We look forward to hearing of any factory deviations, and post-delivery modifications.  I am especially curious about the supposedly quiet Coleman a/c unit.....how quiet it will be when you run it the first time.  Hopefully it's better than the advertised "Onan Quiet" generator.  We are left asking....Quiet as compared to what?  My El-Cheep-O lawn tractor is just as quiet.

While your rig is being built, you'll have to quickly spend some time on the forum here to gather ideas on what you might like the factory to do differently for you.  One such factory deviation you might contemplate is save the money on the temperature mirror and have the factory mount your backup camera there like I did this year on our 2007.  No more hitting my head on the monitor when getting in and out, and the monitor is right where I can see it best.  The mirror was good only for watching my wife tease me.  Since I did this mod, I am considering placing a mirror on the sun visor so the fun can continue.   Smile

Best wishes,

Ron
1473  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: > Beer contains....WHAT? on: July 31, 2013, 05:16:05 pm
FWIW: Where I work, if I passed around either joke....actually nearly every joke shared on this forum.....I would be unemployed.  It's gotten extremely tight in that regard.  Everyone at work has to play "Politician".  I understand why, but it does take away much in being real people.  I can't wait to retire, this being one reason.  10 years and counting.....I hope I won't have to later add to the count-down.
1474  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: > Beer contains....WHAT? on: July 31, 2013, 04:05:04 pm
Don't get all excited girls, it's just a joke Wink
Good to clarify....especially following just behind the Welfare joke.

BTW:  VERY Funny!
1475  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: To tow or not to tow. That is the question. on: July 30, 2013, 11:16:45 am
One Quiet Hitch between the PC hitch and riser, the other between the riser and tow bar.  Quiet Hitch is effective wherever there is such a connection to eliminate play within that connection.  Eliminating the play also extends the life of the connection by dramatically slowing down the ovaling of the hitch pin holes from the constant hammering.

Of coarse the drawback is that you need a wrench to disconnect that stuff.  But we leave the tow bar attached to the motor home throughout our trips so I deal with the Quiet Hitch only at home, before and after our trips.
1476  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: To tow or not to tow. That is the question. on: July 29, 2013, 11:29:09 pm
Today, just days before we leave, my wife's Liberty has fallen ill.  We are now feeling better about going solo.  I'll fix her Liberty after we return.
1477  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: To tow or not to tow. That is the question. on: July 29, 2013, 11:23:45 pm
Here is my setup without the riser.  This is bad because the difference in height causes bucking when either vehicle bounces.


Here is the same setup with the riser added.  With the tow bar level, the bucking is eliminated.
Note the two Quiet Hitchs added.  They eliminate all clanking.
1478  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Adding a roof vent cover for your fan. on: July 29, 2013, 11:08:45 pm
Ron - Sure you measured,,, looks like the ht difference from the top of the AC cover is at the most 3inches, looks more like 2,, wish I would have measured when I was on top.
My a/c unit is currently my highest point and it clears my garage door opening by just 1.5" when the rig is empty and low on fuel.

I didn't want to remove anything like a Max vent cover to get the rig in the garage because as I get older I forget more and more.....maybe I have too much stuff stored upstairs.  LOL
1479  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: To tow or not to tow. That is the question. on: July 29, 2013, 03:38:23 pm
Alan, we are covering a lot of ground.  Basically taking on the north/west region.  If we are not driving, we hope our bodies will cooperate with a lot of day hikes.  We will need to work up to that given the calluses that have formed on my buttocks from my job at the office.  We hope to keep our campsite accomodations primative whenever possible for the sake of cost, and avoid urban development as much as possible.  That is one of many reasons why the PC appealed to us.  It's a good rig for such independance.
1480  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: To tow or not to tow. That is the question. on: July 29, 2013, 12:31:49 pm
I need to get a picture of our Liberty in-tow with the riser in-place.  Test drives to work and back have proven to eliminate all the bucking.

But our upcoming 4 week trip, we made the decision to leave the Liberty home and try going solo.  Admittedly we have mixed feeling about it.
1481  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Adding a roof vent cover for your fan. on: July 29, 2013, 12:28:48 pm
I wish I could add two vent covers (bathroom and main) but they are too tall for our garage.  Oh well.
1482  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Summer Projects III on: July 29, 2013, 12:16:36 pm
With that loud banging our antenna had made, I never concluded what exactly was hitting the roof, either the antenna base or the wing tips slapping.  So I put these round felt pads on all four antenna feet and long strips under the wing tip areas that could make contact if flopping around.  The banging has been 100% eliminated.



Our TV rattled badly too.  I opened it up and placed the same felt pads and other thinner pads in between metal things inside which eliminated nearly all of the rattling.

Every time I eliminate a noise, the next most prominent noise moves forward into thought.  Now it's the stove top grates.  I made them to be snug fitting, but they still rattle.  I think I'll be living with that one.  Maybe while on the open road, I'll take them out.....just to note the next noise, ha, ha.
1483  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Driver's Seat power problem on: July 29, 2013, 12:00:24 pm
I would start by checking under the seat to see if a wire got pinched by the mechanism.  You might have to remove the side trim to get a good look.  If you find a connector under there, disconnect it and try another fuse.  If it doesn't blow then the short is after the connector, and vice versa.  Bob
That was my thought.

With my own power driver seat, the cabling seems vulnerable to abrasion damage, not cleanly dressed as I would have expected, but I couldn't come up with a better method either.  I once considered protecting the wires with split loom, but never followed through with that idea.  Now I got something else to do before we leave on our trip.

Here is what split loom looks like.  It is sold at all auto parts stores & Radio Shack, offered in different diameters.  It is sliced all the way through so it can be slipped over an existing cable with connectors already attached.  The general practice is to use the smallest diameter that works and electrical tape the ends to prevent it from moving around.




Keelhauler,
The power driver seat is an aftermarket feature supplied by Phoenix USA, not Ford.
1484  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 6 Years & Finally Broke My First Catch (WARNING) on: July 28, 2013, 11:18:56 am
Added WARNING
1485  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC Projects Over Winter on: July 25, 2013, 11:03:20 pm
Sparky, apparently your winter is our summer.  Hang in there.  Try working under a shade tree in the early morning  if you can.
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