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16  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Battery compartment latches on: August 12, 2014, 12:26:21 pm
Yep, you got it figured out and written well.

In my earliest days with our rig, I thought all was well latched, later to learn otherwise.  It requires "attention" to assure it is latched & well secured.  It is not a "Give It No Thought" latching mechanism.
17  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Floor Mats on: August 10, 2014, 10:11:47 am
We went with the original Ford carpet mats, purchased off ebay at the time, very cheap.  I had figured they would not last, but they did look nice.  That was 7 years ago.  To my surprise they still look new.  Apparently our travels are not to terribly dirty places.  I do like to marathon-drive with my shoes off and the Ford carpet mats helps with comfort.

I do shake & hit the driver's mat out clean on a regular basis.
18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New member on: August 10, 2014, 10:06:48 am
Welcome Ben & Bev.  Have fun in your PC adventure.  We really enjoyed our time in determining what was ideal for us, then to place our order.
19  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2009 owners manaul on: August 10, 2014, 09:51:11 am
Back in 2007, our PC-2350 owners manual was written years prior consisting of some poor quality photo-copies with captions, that covered the entire model line-up.  It covered simple systems not covered by product-specific manuals.  Being our first self contained motor home, I was quite uneasy to have such basic documentation.  I hoped for details that I could read through to familiarize myself before our maiden voyage.  I learned so much from our first weekend trip, never referring to that photo-copy document.

In PC's defense, I think they would need to hire 3, maybe 4 full time staffers for a year to create quality and detailed manuals for each PC model, then one staffer to maintain it thereafter.  Then there would be printing costs and such.  It would be a lot to invest in something that is really not necessary.  And how many manuals of each model would be printed?  Very few.  I personally would not want to see those costs added into the purchase price of the motor home.  As it is today the company controls cost by carrying over their sales brochure.  I once asked Aimee why the brochure does not have color pallets like we see in automotive brochures.  I was surprised what it takes to accurately provide color samples in a brochure.  Cost for that alone is quite high.

The way the company handles owners manuals and sales brochures, makes sense to me.  I'd much rather have a leather interior for example, than an a nice owners manual and sales brochure.  I do think it would be nice if they could update the pictures in the brochure to reflect current day color choices.  Maybe they already do that and I am not paying enough attention.  Keep in mind, Aimee is contracted to maintain the brochure and website.  She does what they pay her to do.  It is not a reflection on her.  It's what PC-USA decides to invest in.

 Cheers to both Aimee and PC-USA
20  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Pin hole in the Sani Con hose on: August 07, 2014, 04:33:24 pm
Thanks for the pics and detailed explanation.  I know your situation better now, and will see if I have simply been "Lucky So Far".
21  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Pin hole in the Sani Con hose on: August 07, 2014, 02:21:23 pm
I have been confused as to the pin hole so many of you deal with.  Is it where the hose comes out from the hose storage compartment?  Or is it located somewhere else?

If located by the pump, could you file down or replace the screw as some have mentioned, cut off the bad part of the hose (the last 2" or whatever) and re-clamp it?

Does anyone have a picture of the sharp screw and the damage it has caused?  I will have to look at ours and see if we too have this "sharp screw" condition.  We have not yet had a hole in our hose and it has been 7 years now.
22  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2350 Outside Storage on: August 06, 2014, 02:36:02 pm
Does any hitch box supplier offer a storage box that utilizes a side-by-side tri-hitch like this, ideal for strength and stability.

23  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Converting Fluorescent To LED Just By Changing Bulbs on: August 06, 2014, 11:46:31 am
Well I will soon be testing the waters on converting my PC florescent fixtures to LED.  My goal is to do it right and do it cheap.  After much research, I ordered a 5 meter reel of LED lighting that can be cut to length.  Here is the reel.


Our 2007 2350 has 9 florescent fixtures anticipating the reel will be enough for all.  I hope to achieve the following.
- reduce power consumption from 16 watts to 5.4 watts per fixture
- change from the florescent blue color to a soft warm white tone
- offer the same light intensity of 800 lumens per fixture
- utilizing the original fixtures means all mountings and screw holes are unchanged with no scars in the ceiling or elsewhere
- total investment for all 9 fixtures will be only $12.05

It will involve a significant amount of fixture modification but our fixtures are constructed to handle the modification well.  Everything florescent including sockets, unclip out making it clean to install the LED light strips and wire them up.  The new strips are 12v so it will be a simple soldering of 2 red and 2 black wires to the switch, and then from there to the PC wire tail with wire nuts.  I will need to experiment to determine the best surface within the fixture to stick on the 2 LED strips (one per florescent bulb position).  Our fixtures provide 3 surface options, straight down, 45 degree outward, and 45 degree inward.

My LED selection  HERE was based on THIS information which I summerized below.
- the LED number is the physical size of the LED  ex: 5050 = 5mm x 5mm
- older LED technology (5050 and 3528) consume more power
- older LED 5050 chips have 3 leds inside it, 3528 has only one
- newer technology LEDs 3020 and 3014 offer more lumens with less power

After I get one light fixture done right, I will document the process.
24  Main Forum / Photos / Re: 2015 2100 special, home in Florida on: August 06, 2014, 01:11:42 am
Very nice.  I look forward to your upcoming post on how your dog crates fit.
25  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Mpg on: August 04, 2014, 09:06:59 am
With our older 2007 PC with a standard windshield rear view mirror, since the mirror was useless for looking behind the rig, I mounted the back-up camera there, and later mounted the Scangauge on top of it as shown.  Now I don't hit my head on the monitor anymore, and it is so much easier to glance at. 
  
The bracket I used to mount the monitor is part number 250-8088 at T&A Service and Supply 800-658-3423  $48 plus shipping.

I am sure you could mount a Scangauge on top of the center mirror in the same manner.

26  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: July 31, 2014, 07:42:41 am
Congratulations  Ann.  A very beautiful rig you have there.  If any questions or concerns come up, be sure to ask your friends, all us here on the forum.

Ron
27  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: vibration in driveline on: July 29, 2014, 12:39:01 pm
What models of Cruisers have the 3rd shaft. Is this just a problem of the 2900 and 3100 series or does it also effect the shorter units?
All Ford E350/E450 Phoenix Cruisers with a 138", 158", or 176" wheel base would get an unmodified Ford chassis.  I recall the 2400 model starts with a 176" stock Ford wheel base and actually gets shortened.

I quickly gathered what data I had on-hand, unknown to me which ones get a 3rd drive shaft.  It seems the 29** models would have three for the distance from the trans to the rear differential is getting way out there.  I wonder how the chassis industry handles other large trucks, school buses and all.

Model - Wheel Base
2100 - 138"   (unmodified)
2350 - 158"   (unmodified)
2400 - 164"
2551 - 194"
2552 - 194"
2700 - 192"
2900 - 208"
2910 - 218"
2950 - 208"
3100 - 218"

Back in 2007 when selecting a 2350, I learned that meant getting an unmodified chassis of which I felt good about.  But honestly it would not have been a deal breaker one bit if our choicel required a wheel base adjustment.
28  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: vibration in driveline on: July 28, 2014, 05:16:21 pm
Is the "drive shaft balance" problem seen  only on Ford frames that have been modified longer and shorter?  Or is the problem also seen on the stock 158" and 176" wheel base chassis.  If it's only noticed on stretched frames, then I would assume something goes wrong during that process.  I think the drive shafts are changed out, so it could be bad drive shafts.  I wonder if Ford supplies them, or maybe supplied by another company who does not have the same quality control as Ford.

For reference, here are the spec's (last revised Oct. 2003) on modifying the E350/E450 wheel base.  https://www.fleet.ford.com/truckbbas/non-html/Q18.pdf

ADDING:
On page 16, it states as follows which indicates the drive shaft is modified, not replaced.  Whoever is doing that isn't always getting it right.  I wonder what is stated under Bulletin Q-40.  I wonder if you could take the driveshaft in to a specialty shop and have it made right, or replaced with a "right" one.  I understand that drive shafts come off easy.  Tow truck drivers do it right in the middle of the street when they have to.

Driveline System Reassembly
DRIVESHAFT REQUIREMENTS
--- Proper driveshaft modification is necessary to maintain vehicle safety, reliability, and customer
satisfaction.
--- Driveshaft usage is determined based on the vehicles maximum speed, driveshaft length,
driveshaft diameter, and axle ratio.
--- For driveshaft modification, refer to Bulletin Q-14, Guidelines for Modifying Light Truck Drivelines
and Q-40, Econoline Driveline Angles.
29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford 350/450 shifting advice on: July 17, 2014, 08:01:44 am
With our 2007 E350-V10 & current day Torqshift transmission, towing our 4200 pound Jeep Liberty, I have yet to be worried over the drivetrain except when engine braking.  The RPMs can sometimes get very close to red-line.  At my second oil change I switched to full synthetic oil in hopes to provide a little extra edge to my concerns.

Whether engine braking or climbing, the Triton series engine, V10 or V8, is designed to rev very high compared to the GM engines.  As a result, the engines can get loud which can make you feel you are over-stressing something.  But in reality, all is well.

I personally love the tow haul mode.  I called Ford twice over the years, asking if Tow-Haul could be reprogramed to be "On" by default, but I get the same disappointing answer.

As Barry said, try not to loose momentum when driving in the mountains.  When you do, just take it slow (or slower) in a lower gear.  You want the rig to rev high with the least amount of throttle.  Once in a great while you will simply find yourself at very high RPMs in a very low gear, going very slow.  As uncomfortable as it might feel, the drivetrain is designed to work just like that.  As always, give consideration to the other drivers around you.

In answer to your Tow-Haul mode question... It changes the shift points under both conditions, accelerating and decelerating.
30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2100 - No slide - Question on: July 15, 2014, 11:02:28 pm
I too enjoyed racephoto's (Gail's) pics along with her creative ideas.  I love her little rig.  

I did find it interesting that the 2350 weighs only 305 pounds more than a 2100, neither having a slide out.  That comes to 122 pounds per linear foot.  I realize it is not linear, but still interesting.  I wonder how the 2450 compares.  I had assumed it would be better on an E450 chassis, but now think the E350 would do it best as PC-USA is supplying.  I think the 2450 wheel base is that of a 2551 which would place more weight forward where most extra chassis capacity resides.  The 2450 would have a much better balance load, maybe preventing rear sag.  The stock 2100 and the 2350 both have a bit of a rear end sag to them when all loaded up, ours included.  I've always thought we could benefit from rear air bags to bring up the rear by a couple inches.  But I really don't have issues with it a tad low in back.  It does clear the garage door without a worry right now.  With air bags, I'd have to remember to let the air out before driving in.  It's a tight fit already.

Gail, Your 2100 does not appear to have the common sag.  Do you have air bags in back?
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