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16  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Swivel Cab Chairs E-450 on: January 10, 2017, 08:06:25 pm
We have the power driver seat in our 2100 and the swivel passenger seat. We love the power seat because as we switch drivers it is so much  easier to readjust with each driver trade off. Also, I'm only 5' tall and it can be made higher without an added seat cushion.
 I agree with you.

Adding that I do most of the driving an find it valuable to change my position while driving to extend my time between rests.  Sometimes I like to tilt the seat backward then forward after a while, raise it and then lower it, change it up to keep me less stiff behind the wheel.
17  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The Two Waste Tank Electric Valve Actuators, Can They Be Serviced? on: January 10, 2017, 08:01:02 pm
I just signed up for a can also,  thanks for the tip.              Ron,  you have access to your rig,  would it be possible to  post a picture of the area I should be lube-ing  /  cleaning ?   (valve)  New to this
gig and still learning the ropes,  as they used to say.    Besides,  you're retired now,  have the time,  and love tutorials !

Ha, ha.  I have no clue yet as to what I will be spraying.  This is a new experience for me.  Hopefully my problem is on the outside the valve assembly with accessible moving parts needing cleaning & lubrication.  If the problem is inside with the rubber seals and sliding valve door, I will likely replace the assembly.

I will post my investigation but not anytime soon.  It's a cold garage floor having a forced air garage furnace mounted to the ceiling (heat rises).  A heated garage floor would have been a much better means to heat our garage.  I won't be crawling around under our PC until March/April.  Most importantly, I have other more pressing wintertime honey-do house projects to get finished now that the holidays are behind us.
18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The Two Waste Tank Electric Valve Actuators, Can They Be Serviced? on: January 10, 2017, 11:08:14 am
I just bought a 12 oz aerosol can for $18.38 HERE with free shipping.  I don't know if it's the best deal out there, but the best I could find in 10 minutes of research.

19  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The Two Waste Tank Electric Valve Actuators, Can They Be Serviced? on: January 10, 2017, 10:58:51 am
Ron, I use Boeshield T-9 Lub. It a waterproof lubrication I was told to use on my bike chain, does not collect dirt or water. So I use it on all moving parts of my 3100, steps, battery slide value actuators, slide. works great, not cheap at all, 4 oz. can is $20.00, cheaper on line when ordering mult. cans

Hi Jim,

I never heard of it, but reading up on it I think I will give it a try.  It does sound like the right spray lubrication for a waste tank valve.  I could use it on much around the house and garage.

Thank you for the suggestion!
Ron Dittmer
20  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: ALASKA ADVENTURE on: January 07, 2017, 10:30:52 pm
Thanks for all the information and suggestions.

Ron, Thanks for the tip about on/off ramp angle. Hadn't thought about that and all the books and web sites we have been studying don't mention it either. Because of tail sag on our 2100, we have already added air bags and skid wheels. Will look into what we need to do to have maximum inflation. With the short wheel base, this could be a problem, but I'm sure they load lots of vehicles with short wheel bases.

21  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: ALASKA ADVENTURE on: January 07, 2017, 09:57:47 pm
I hear that Alaska ferry fares are expensive.  I believe they charge by the inch.  Towing a Jeep with tow bar could easily double the cost.  If such cost isn't much an issue for you, then go for it.  You could drive the PC & Jeep independently to wipe out the length added by the tow bar.

Nicki owns a 2100 according to her profile.  I assume they would not tow anything.

Consider bringing inside any kind of receiver-mounted storage rack or bicycles to keep the over-all length as short as possible.  That is what my brother did with his receiver-mounted storage rack.  He said doing so saved him good money.

I would think some internet research on the Alaska ferry system will provide cost.
22  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: ALASKA ADVENTURE on: January 07, 2017, 04:53:56 pm
Has anyone out there taken the ferry with their RV?
Hi Nicki,

My brother and his wife did a 10 week Alaska RV trip and they did take the ferry often in the lower coastal and absolutely loved the ferry experience along with avoiding the piles of miles he'd have to drive to otherwise see the coastal.

He had one warning riding the ferries.  Depending on the high/low tide condition, the on/off ramps are often at steep angles.  He lost his waste pipe a couple times and bought a 2 lb. sledge hammer at first opportunity to bend back his skid plates.....more than twice.

I would consider installing those affordable Firestone suspension air bags and just before getting on a ferry, pump them up to maximize your PC's rear lift.  On your little 2100, that should lift it's rump a whole lot higher than it's natural rear sag position.  I would also consider rear skid wheels, making sure they hang just one inch lower than the next lowest obstacle.

Ron Dittmer
23  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Picking up your new PC. on: January 07, 2017, 09:56:44 am
Would get a Liberty again if yours died?  Or something else?
You ask a very good question.

I am an advocate in buying used vehicles over a brand new one.  I have made a few exceptions in life like our PC for example.  We would have bought a used 2350 back in 2007, but there were none to be found.

We bought our 2006 Liberty at 3 years old and ~30,000 miles for $12,000 in the St. Louis area which meant less salt exposure compared to here in the Chicago area.  If we lost our Liberty tonight, given that it is my wife Irene's daily driver and she loves it "TOO" much, I might be on the search for the exact same body style Liberty in mint condition & low miles, and pay more than the books say it's worth.  Irene does not like the style of the newer Liberty so I can't see that a consideration.

But I would love to replace our 2006 Liberty with a small used 4x4 pickup truck with an extended cab and suicide doors, and use that as our tow vehicle.  Now that I am retired, a small pickup truck around here would be so much more useful than the Liberty that doesn't pull it's weight around the house.  I would most likely seek a 4x4 Ford Ranger or GM/Chevy Colorado.  But I am not certain they can be towed 4-wheel-down.  If we can't do that, they would drop off my wish list.  I also would need to research their curb weight.  Our 4x4 Liberty is ~4300 pounds, only 700 pounds less than our hitch is rated for.

My ideal tow vehicle would look something like this with a lockable flat or domed bed cover for our trips.
24  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Extend a drawer on: January 06, 2017, 09:28:28 pm
Depending on the depth of your cabinet, you could simply replace the drawer tracks with longer ones so the drawer would naturally extend beyond the front of the cabinet to be able to reach down behind it.  Nice strong pairs of drawer glides are sold cheap these days.  At least they are at the $10/$14 range per pair.  They have a bag sale going on right now, 15% off anything in the bag.
25  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Picking up your new PC. on: January 06, 2017, 09:10:04 pm
Hi jatrax,

If you are like us in the national parks and other public lands, your wife will eventually come to the realization that a Jeep is a very good idea.  Just be sure your first trip is in an area where a Jeep is an absolute necessity  Smile

Our first tow vehicle was a 2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder.  We went to Escalante and drove to the trail head to the narrows.  At the trail head were Jeep Wranglers and Libertys and us.  People there looked at us like we were crazy....................we were crazy......and determined.  We drove that little car through deep-entry dry river beds and other 4x4 terrain to get there.
26  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Full Body Paint vs Lower Body Paint on: January 06, 2017, 09:31:19 am
There are people on both camps, Paint or no paint.
I have worked building fiberglass boats in the 70's.
Gel coat is much thicker than paint.
If you use a good wax twice a year, it will look like new 10 years later, from my experience. In the past 25 years I have had 3 motorhomes, all with no paint.
You will never get anyone to agree on this subject.
You make a good point.  But the quality of the gel coat makes all the difference.  Every boat I ever saw was a lot better than the gel coat on our old Toyota/Mirage motor home.  I wouldn't know the quality of gel coat on PCs because ours is painted.
27  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Picking up your new PC. on: January 05, 2017, 05:44:08 pm
Hi garmp,

You are looking at 6.5 hours of driving time.  Don't forget, you will loose an hour due to the time zone.  Consider staying the night prior in a motel near the factory so you can get there when they open.  This will relieve a lot of stress so you can give Phoenix your full attention.  If you own a smart phone, consider having your spouse video record the walk through while you concentrate on the conversation.  Just make sure you saved-off then deleted all your old videos and pics so you have enough phone memory.

As far as your car rental is concerned, many rental companies will pick up your rental.  You don't necessarily have to drop it off at their nearest office.  I would think it is common practice there in Elkhart with people like you doing that on a regular basis.  Ask your local car rental company if they can pick up the car at your destination.  If you are not getting the answer you want, then ask Earl Robbins there at Phoenix.  He might offer some good advise.

It sounds like you already have a collection of camping equipment.  I like your idea of bringing along all you need in your rental for a week long RV trip.  Hint: leave the tent and air mattress home Smile  Bring a little electric space heater too, just in case you have an issue with the furnace.  When our PC was 3 months old, I learned our furnace didn't work at a bad time on our first big trip camping at high altitude Brainard Lake, CO at 10,350 feet in subfreezing temps in September.  I got lucky, quickly finding a furnace kill switch outside behind the furnace panel.  I switched it on and we had heat.  It's that kind of thing you want a backup space heater for.

I also like your idea of staying at a local campground for the first night to make all your mistakes, and maybe find a few of Phoenix's too.  Many people do that, returning the next morning to get matters resolved, or learn about operator error.  So DON'T plan on getting there on a Friday for the next day Saturday they are closed.  I would play it safe and get to Phoenix on a Monday or Tuesday morning.  Doing so gives Phoenix more consecutive work days to assure you won't spend a weekend there.

It's going to be a long winter for you.  Hang in there.  Your day will come.

Ron Dittmer
28  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Correction Gtng 2 Trailhead , & former Lazy Daze, Born Free, & Camper Owners on: January 05, 2017, 09:12:48 am
Hi Michelle,

You remind me of ourselves in some ways.  Irene and I are both now 58 and retired.  10 years ago when we were 48, we had sold THIS rig.  We bought that one new in 1983 for $12,225 when we were 25 years old and owned it for 24 years.  Though we were young & skinny & nimble, we never slept in the cab-over bed after the 1st year.  It was a place for fluffy stuff and a bed for our kids.  We kept the dinette as a bed all the time when on trips.  You can imagine the seat belt laws we would be breaking today.

Being only 17.5 feet long, it fit in a regular parking spot like a car.  It was a blessing to own while raising a family.  Not only was it our get-away camper to our nation's parks, but it also provided me with utility to haul many kinds of things like a pickup truck.  It really was nice to have automobile mobility on our family vacations.  Nap time, feeding the family, diaper changes, whatever, we were always ready for anything wherever we were.

But approaching age 49 with our youngest child starting college, we found ourselves needed more.  A self contained vehicle with true practicality like a real bath, a real main floor bed, a real dinette, a real fridge, a good setup for indoor cooking, decent infrastructure like water & waste capacities and heating & air conditioning.  Most critical was that it had to fit in our garage that is 25'-0" long and a door height of 9'-11.25" of which our PC-2350 worked.  A 2351 would also.  We probably would have gotten a 2351 if it was offered back in 2007 when we ordered our PC.

If our 2350 PC had a cab-over bed, we would both sleep on the main floor bed and use the bunk for light weight fluffy storage, just as we did with our first rig.  At age 58, still not over-weight, we notice it becoming harder to do nimble things like getting in and out from our rear corner bed.  I could never imagine getting in and out from a cab-over bed anymore.  I understand why the twin bed PC models are so popular with the 60+ age group.

So that is my story.  Maybe you can relate to it.  If you decide to buy a different brand with a cab-over bed, maybe in a few years like us the cab-over bed will just be providing you with bulk storage at a cost to wind resistance, height restrictions, and handling sacrifices.  If you go with a cab-over bed brand, be sure you can still sleep on the main floor or you might find yourself selling the rig much sooner than originally planned.

Ron Dittmer
29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Full Body Paint vs Lower Body Paint on: January 04, 2017, 10:07:04 am
I have the same story.  Our previous motor home was a full gel coat.  It was impossible to keep looking right with every passing year.  And we had it garage kept for too.  The full body paint on our PC is so much easier to maintain.  Keep in-mind that if you are going to keep your PC out in the elements all the time as most people do, you can't just neglect it.  It still needs care.  I've seen a couple of older used PCs for sale where the full body paint job didn't hold up well, I assume because they never maintained the finish.  I would think that the desert sun would be hardest on the paint.

If you like the color white for it's ability to resist sun-fade and reflect the heat of the sun better, it might be worth considering getting the house painted white to match the Ford/Sprinter portion.  It should cost a lot less for it's just one color on the house and the cab being left alone.  White paint will be so much easier to maintain than the raw gel coat finish.

I wonder what it would cost to have the house painted white to match the white cab?
30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Generator statting power on: January 03, 2017, 11:25:19 am
The Ford voltage regulator, of course is regulated, puts out a higher voltage then the converter on my PC. So it will charge to 100%.
I have noticed the same with our old PC.  Driving does a great job charging.
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