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1501  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Noisy converter? on: November 14, 2013, 12:46:13 pm
There are a few things that use inverted power 24/7 unless you go out of your way to disable or unplug them.  They are your GFI outlet in the bathroom, your TV and possibly your head unit with CD/DVD player.  They just might be the reason why the inverter is blowing it's cooling fan for what appears to be randomly.  That is why many of us turn on the inverter only when 110V is needed, otherwise utilizing 12v system features.
1502  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Noisy converter? on: November 08, 2013, 10:17:19 am
I have replaced cooling fans in a number of different electronics.  If one day my Tripp-Lite needs a new fan, I'll replace it too.  Exact replacement cooling fans can be purchased on the internet for very cheap.

But before you replace your fan, first blow out the inverter with compressed air, It could be debris sucked in and caught in the fan itself.

The same applies to computers, both desk tops and lap tops..
1503  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Sanitary Suggestion on Blk Tank & Gas Mileage on 2551 on: November 08, 2013, 09:43:49 am
And to think I get so much crap for sharing that we don't do #2 in our PC toilet.  rolling on the floor

My wife does put TP down the toilet, a need for #1.  She tries to keep it to a reasonable minimum.  The TP breaks up and flushes out quite cleanly when there are no gooey patties and sticky boulders down there.
1504  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC 2350 Fuel Mileage on: November 01, 2013, 03:29:04 am
The reason I was curious as to the fuel mileage on the 2350 with the Ford V10, is because on the first 2552 on the E450 and the V10, we were averaging 5.3 to 6 MPG at 55 to 60 MPH.  All Interstate, no mountains and no towing.  Mileage verified with a Scan Gage and checked with computer.  Ford said the 5.4, V8 should get better mileage.  Bob
Bob, Your side banner profile data is confusing.  Please clarify your history with PC model & chassis ownership and your experience with each.  You imply ("on the first 2552") you are on your second PC, maybe first owning a 2552-V10 and now maybe a 2551?.

I heard as a rule of thumb, assuming the V8 is not being over-worked, it should get 10% better fuel economy over the V10.  For us with our 2350, that would be about 1 mpg better.  But I do wonder if the V8 will be over-worked if towing or if in the larger PCs.  I feel the V8 would be ideal for the 2100 and 2350 if never towing.
1505  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC 2350 Fuel Mileage on: November 01, 2013, 03:25:02 am
I keep accurate pencil & paper records.  Trip averaging over the course of entire trips as follows.

2007 E350-V10 chassis, 2007 PC-2350 (no slideout) burning octane 87 (per owners manual) except at high altitude when 85 is sold.

Trip #1, over 5000 miles driven, 9.5 mpg, towing 2100 pound vehicle
Trip #2, near 4000 miles driven, 9.2 mpg, towing 4300 pound vehicle
Trip #3, over 5500 miles driven, 10.6 mpg, not towing anything

All trips originated near Chicago with destinations out west in canyon or mountain regions so there is significant driving on the flats through the Great Plains.
1506  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Broken latch-Where to buy on: October 30, 2013, 12:49:00 pm
I wished the non-moving hook was made much stronger.  That would solve all issues for me.
1507  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Broken latch-Where to buy on: October 28, 2013, 11:34:42 am
Years ago I asked PC-USA to buy 12 latches from them.  They sent me 12 free of charge.  I broke 3 or 4 latches to-date....8 to go before I run out.  I tend to break the non-moving piece, a shirt cuff will get hooked on it.
1508  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drive line vibration diagnosis on: October 28, 2013, 11:30:32 am

I am sorry to read that your saga continues.  At least a resolution is at hand.

Reading through your post has me thinking about the joints on my E350.  Do I have grease fittings there?  I need to inspect them.  If I have only caps, I'll install fittings, and then grease as I have done up front with my ball joints and steering linkage.  Our rig now has near 22,000 miles.
1509  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Which shocks come standard from the factory? on: October 25, 2013, 05:08:38 pm
Maybe I'll get bold and adventurous and try to replace the shocks myself
I hear of people doing that all the time at home on the driveway.  The only challenge is the one under the driver.  You supposedly hold the top nut still and turn the shock.
1510  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Optional Ford V-8 on: October 25, 2013, 02:29:51 pm
GoPhoeinx was going in style from the start.  Smile

About that Toyota of yours, what year was the chassis with 2.4L-L4, did it have fuel injection or a carb, automatic or manual, and did it have true dual rear wheels or was it the older goofy dangerous design like we originally had?  We later changed the rear axle to the true dually design via a "Partial" Toyota recall.

Our rig weighed only 3600 pounds plus what we added in people, food, and gear.  What did yours weigh?
1511  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Need tips on Hot Springs NP on: October 25, 2013, 12:14:10 pm
In Arkansas?  I thought the government shut it down permanently a while back due to lack of public interest.

I just found their website so I guess I am wrong.  Maybe they are just considering shutting it down.  I would call them to be sure it is not something planned.  You might get there and they'll be boarded up.
1512  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2551 Can't get the front seat to swivel. on: October 25, 2013, 12:02:42 pm
It's a tight fit. You need to slide the seat all the forward and then tip the back forward. You should be able to turn it then. After you get it turned you can tip the back to a better position.  Jim
What jampodd Jim says, works for us too.

No need to open the door.
- push seat all the way forward
- place backrest as far forward as possible
- swivel seat

What I don't understand is how that will help watch TV.  Wouldn't you be facing the wrong direction?  For reference, here is our front seat swivelled.  My wife was demonstrating how the 3rd captain seat in our 2350 works for watching TV, so just ignore that.

My wife will watch a movie in the passenger seat while we are in transit.  She faces forward, lifts the armrest of the 3rd seat out of the way, pushes her front seat back as far as it goes, and reclines adequately to watch TV.  You should be able to do the same.  Admittedly, it's not ideal, but it does work.

I always wondered how people watch TV from the couch in slideout.  From only the rear most position?
1513  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Possible toad - 2013 Ford Edge on: October 25, 2013, 11:57:34 am
You'll be fine even loading it up.  Just don't load it with patio blocks for your next camp site.  Smile  Our tow vehicle weighs the same as yours and all is well with good secondary braking.
1514  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Motor mods on: October 25, 2013, 11:53:57 am
It looks as though that fellow rear ended someone throwing the boat forward, bending that front bar on the boat trailer.  The right front corner of the RV looks a bit mangled too.  As strange as that is, what caught my eye were the single rear wheels on the RV.  That could be the reason for the accident in the first place.
1515  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Optional Ford V-8 on: October 24, 2013, 11:29:59 am
Sparky, We went on a 31 day vacation last August.  At the end, neither of us wanted to head back home.  We were very comfortable in our 2350 for the entire trip, lacking nothing.  I think our larger 3-drawer galley helped a lot with that because our operational efficiency increased dramatically.  We both wondered if we cashed out of our house and contents that we could full-time in the 2350.  It is a serious change in life style.  The things we would miss most is our relationships with family, friends, and with our church.  We are both very active there.  Then there is the "job" thing.  We're doing our best to prepare for retirement but just not there yet with funds.  At age 55, we still have time.  Every year counts big now.
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