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1501  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sani Con valve problem. Need suggestions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on: October 24, 2011, 03:19:50 pm
Lots of good advise.

My input......The problem is one of two thngs
1) The electrical valve controller is not working strong enough or not at all
2) The electrical valve controller is working properly, but cannot budge a stuck valve

If the controller "Is" working properly, it should move at least a tiny bit until it stops against the stuck valve hardware.  If you see the controller move only a tiny bit, get under there and grab the valve handle too, and help it along.

If the controller is determined to be dead, check the wiring.  Failure is likely due to corrosion on crimped wire connections.  Clean all internections, best to solder them together and insulate them with shrink tubing.

If I determined my valve controller is not working, I would apply 12v directly to it, and ground directly from it, to bypass the electrical system just to see if it works properly all by itself.  If it does not work, reverse polarity to get it to reverse direction.  If still nothing happens, then replace it.  You could test it easily once it is removed from the RV.  Just touch the two wires across the chassis battery one way, then reverse the wires to get it to move in the opposite direction.  If it is not moving right, buy a new one.
1502  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Full Timing? on: October 22, 2011, 02:38:25 pm
DownBy TheRiver,

Your comments humble me.

jdw has provided you with great insight for full-timing.  As our trips in our 2007-2350 never exceed 3 weeks at a time, I cannot comment on much in that regards.

jdw did mention how his gray sewage tank fills quickly.  Ours does too as we both have 2350s where the gray tanks hold only 23 gallons.  To squeek past that, I simply open both gray and black tank valves and blend the two into one large 58 gallon tank.  Phoenix USA taught me that trick on pick-up day in 2007.

There happens to be a 2900 on Ebay right now, a 2005 with less than 3000 miles located on a dealer lot in Fredrick Colorado.  Current bid is $20,100 with no reserve.  You might want to look at it, if only for reference.  The single biggest complaint I have with it, is the dinette in the slideout.  My wife and I found that very confining, learned when visiting the factory in 2007.  If I was a single person purchising that particular one for full-timing, I would gut that slideout and put in something more friendly.  Maybe install a desk/table with good upper and lower storage, adding a free-standing single comfy chair stool that stays on the main floor, using the step-up as a foot rest.  I also think that particular one on Ebay has only one battery and no inverter.  I would miss not having twin batteries & inverter.  Maybe something could be retro-fitted, though would be quite a challenge.  Lastly, I would replace the barrel chair with a 3rd captain seat, making that my recliner for TV and whatnot.

But there is nothing like special ordering a brand new PC made exactly as one wants with everything just right.  They make each to standard specs, but will customise per individual needs at little to no extra cost.

Click Here to see it on Ebay.

1503  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Forum Tech Issues on: October 22, 2011, 08:58:49 am
As always, Thank You Aimee.   ThumbsUp
1504  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Forum Tech Issues on: October 21, 2011, 03:56:30 pm

I just emailed you a screen shot of the issue.  I never noticed it until brought up here.  I personally have always looked at the title in the gray bar just below that.  Maybe the best thing to do is to simply remove that cut-off title, letting us all use the identical title just below it.
1505  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 6 way power seat on: October 21, 2011, 01:07:23 pm
With no slide a swivel drivers seat is useless anyway.
YES, a swivel driver seat for us with a 2350 with NO slideout would have no value as shown here.
1506  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Announcing Our New Arrival on: October 21, 2011, 09:57:41 am
Okay now Barry-Sue, you got to post your mods for us all to read.  Come on....give it to us.  Don't leave me hanging here.
1507  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 6 way power seat on: October 20, 2011, 09:44:00 pm
We have a 2007 Ford E350.
I drive 90% of the time on our trips.  I am 5'-11" tall.
My wife drives 10% of the time.  She is 5'-2" tall.
The power driver seat adjusts well for each of us.
I personally like to adjust the power seat into various heights and tilt-angles while driving to extend my tollerance before our next stop.  I think the manual driver seat lacks many of those position changes.

Having a swiveling driver seat in a PC without a 3rd seat or other obstacles, would make a welcoming 2nd living room seat, especially beneficial as shown here in Barry-Sue's brand new Ford 2012-2551.
1508  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Announcing Our New Arrival on: October 19, 2011, 07:15:53 pm
Congrats to you!

With the driver seat swiveling, you won't miss the 3rd seat in a 2552.  I also like your night stands, one on each side of the front seats.  Is that stock or special requested?

Funny about the sink cover.  I bet they have been throwing them all away.
1509  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire rotation on: October 14, 2011, 06:51:57 am
If you are a high mileage RV traveler, then tire rotation along with tire balancing would be smart.  But most people will replace their tires due to age rather than uneven thread wear.

My garage kept 2007 PC-2350 with original tires is now 4.5 years old with 16,000 miles on the odometer.  The tires still look brand new, no signs of wear that I have observed.  When the tires get to be 12 years old, I will have roughly 45,000 miles on them.  Whatever uneven thread wear I have due to the lack of tire rotation, will be so much less a concern as compared to their age.

Nobody but me plans to keep their tires that long.  It will depend on sidewall cracking and other observation.  My tires stay in a climate controlled garage and the weight of my 2350 without a slideout is much less than the max rating of the tires.  I had the same scenario with my first motor home....12 year old tires (twice), never rotating them worked out well.

Another benefit to "not" rotaing your tires over so many years is to observe uneven thread wear, not between tires, but on each tire, mainly the front tires.  It would indicate if you need a wheel alignment.

I have a unique situation, but it does make a point about age versus threadwear.  
1510  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Refrigerator Hinge on: October 13, 2011, 03:50:24 pm
Here is something that could be of interest.  I copied this from another website.

A few weeks ago, the upper hinge on my Dometic fridge door broke and the door fell on the floor. I then noticed that the freezer door hinge was also cracked and ready to break. A call to Dometic confirmed that the only fix was to replace the doors. I invested over $300 in new doors. Today I found a post on a "Sportscoach" site that mentions a less expensive route. The following is quotation from that message. "The upper freezer door hinge broke on my Dometic refrigerator. I checked with Camping World and other sources and was told my only solution was to buy a complete door for $150 or so. Not liking this answer I called Dometic. They said that kits are available to repair all of the door hinges and are available through All Seasons RV Appliance Parts & Service in Elkhart, IN. You can reach them at 800-348-7697 or 800-344-0673. The upper and lower hinge repair kit cost $18.95, can be charged to a credit card and shipped anywhere
1511  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Slide Room Leak - Help on: October 13, 2011, 03:38:08 pm
The only way I could imagine water coming in through the slide out topper is if you were on an extreme angle leaning toward the opposite side
That is what I was thinking.  A wind-driven rain fying at an angle will get past the edge the roll-up awning.  If the pitch of the motor home is so, collected water on the roof will run toward the coach.  You might also have a unique condition because your slideout is much larger than all other PC models.

I would make sure that any water that finds it's way on top of the slideout flows to the outside edge.  I would also call Kermit and ask him for some advise.  Maybe there is an adjustment that can be made by yourself or reputable shop.

Maybe there is an aftermarket skirt available to address side entry rain.
1512  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: what magazines or books to read for a newbe on: October 12, 2011, 03:09:26 pm
Our camping is done mostly in State Parks and the off the beaten path camp grounds.
Hi (again) Rich.  We too find ourselves camping off the beaten path more often then not.  We especailly appreciate BLM camp grounds as they are usually nestled near creeks & rivers and other scenic highlights.

As I mentioned to you through direct email, any of the newer PCs with two batteries and the inveter, makes for a great power source for such camping.  All tanks, gasoline, fresh water, waste water, and propane, all in combination make the PC work well for extended periods without services.  But if you both must bathe daily, that would become an issue.  40 gallons of fresh water will last only so long.

When camping without hookups for extended periods, you will need to monitor your batteries closely if you use the inverter a lot.  With power to the inverter killed, the batteries last a long time.  We invert to watch TV (DVD movies) and enjoy the PC coffee maker so we keep the batteries maintained through 1 hour daily charge times using a 4/10/20/40 amp charger set to 40 amps, powered by the generator.
1513  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Pictures Of A 2007 2350 With Fixed Dinette (no slide out) on: October 11, 2011, 03:28:10 pm
Ron, you got me thinking! I like the extra storage space.
When in discussion with other PC owners of 2350s with slideouts, the lack of storage does seem to be a problem for them.  Our dinette benches do offer a lot more storage, and we utilize all of it.  The higher ceiling above them also has taller overhead cabinets for more storage there too.  We use them for cookware and all non-perishable food.  With the 2350, we have a whole lot of exterior storage as well.  We never have issues with storage.

But I do have to admit, the dinette is not something to sit on for hours on-end.  I understand why some people like Judi & George ordered theirs with two captain chairs and a swing-up table.  But that does sacrifice the two bench seat storage areas and the single convert-a-bed.  That single bed has come in handy a few times for us.  Once I got sick on a trip and needed to sleep alone for 3 nights.  In another situation during a weekend get-away with family at a private camp ground, the place surprised us with a one pup tent per site restriction.  We quickly had a house guest which we were happy to accomodate.

With our 2350, we replaced the uncomfortable barrel chair by the entry door with a 3rd captain seat.  At least then one of us can get comfortable.  In the middle of watching a movie, we will take an intermission and then switch places.

We could NEVER consider any twin bed model.  Our first night saying "Good Night Honey" from across the isle would have us quickly squished together on one of the twins.  We would much rather deal with the limited access of the rear corner "double" bed.

The slideout today with the fridge included weighs over 300-400 pounds more than one without a slideout.  You would have much less concern of over-loading the chassis, especially a Sprinter.

The 2450 is a 2350 made one foot longer to provide a pull-out pantry on each side.  You have the option to sacrifice the pantry next to the stove to get a longer double bed for easier entry/exit.
1514  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Auto drain valves on: October 10, 2011, 08:35:35 am
I like Tom's advise to lube the track/slider area and pull manually to make sure it's not stuck.  Also check wiring.
1515  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Forum Tech Issues on: October 06, 2011, 10:39:44 pm

All fixed opperating with IE8 here at home.

So far it's looking great there Aimee.  That-a-girl!
You are really something.  You respond with tech support on the Phoenix forum so much faster with better results than our hot line at work.  Cheer
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