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1531  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Hello, just bought a 2002 2550 - suggestions to modernize her on: March 05, 2012, 11:16:22 am
The latest 2009-2012 Ford center console snaps right onto your engine cover.  It offers lots more storage.
Is that a Ford item or a PC item?
That would be a "Ford" item.  Ford E-Series center consoles (the snap-on cup holder thing) are interchangable from the middle 90s thru to today.  They are gray with black plastic tops.  They have 5 top bins, two large front-load bins, and also holds 2 cups.  I believe the people who are selling them, got them from places like ambulance companies who toss them as part of the retro-fitting process.

They are sold on ebay:  Click Here To See One For $45 With Shipping

I have one that if you were close to me (West Dundee, IL) I'd sell it to you for $30.  I was planning to paint it the color of my brown-ish center console, then send it to a shop for the wood grain, but decided against it due to excessive costs.  When it fit my brother's 1998 E350 motor home I then offered it to him as a Christmas present, but his wife didn't like it because with their old fat/wide driver seat with power seat controls inboard, there was not enough room to get her legs past without lifting over the driver seat.  Passenger seat was still fine.

1532  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Hello, just bought a 2002 2550 - suggestions to modernize her on: March 04, 2012, 08:48:24 pm
Hi Bbutler,

I am not familiar with the 2002 2550 floor plan.  Regardless I did more than a few things with our 2007 2350 on a 2007 E350 chassis.  Some interior, some suspension.....maybe I should say lots-of-suspension.  Click Here to see them.  You will likely find some applicable as we have the same the earlier chassis and older PC houses.
BTW: The latest 2009-2012 Ford center console snaps right onto your engine cover.  It offers lots more storage.
1533  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Troubleshooting electrical problems in rear camera hookup on: March 03, 2012, 01:49:30 pm
I have the Sony monitor without the mirror. When I start the engine, I can see what is behind the coach. I have add a 8" extention with coupler from Kayalu. The monitor is now positioned where the mirror would be. Now the monitor is like looking in the rear view mirror.  George
I really like that George !

Hey, What are those leuvers in your side window?  Do they have screens in them?  Where did you get them?  Are they fairly secure for security sake?  Would you leave the rig unattended with them installed?
1534  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Toads or tow vehicles? What brand do you use? on: March 03, 2012, 01:43:11 pm
Also, it's also hard to say where a vehicle is produced anymore.  You can say where the final assembly is made, but the parts are likely to come from a dozen different countries.
In 2007, I recall seeing a list of every 2007 vehicle sold in the USA.  One column had the percentage of parts and assembly in the USA.  The 2007 E-Series was at the very top of the list at #1 with a 97% parts and assembly made in the USA.  I recently tried to find that list on-line again but was not successful.

If anyone else finds it, please post the link to it.  I don't want anyone taking my word for it as I have been wrong before on other matters.  Nothing like confirmation.
1535  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question for 3100 owners on: March 02, 2012, 07:58:24 pm
Im going to make you guys jealous though: my wife hates to shop.
Okay Now........I am Jealous.

Joking aside, my wife's shopping is most often "gifts" for others.  At least it isn't piling up at home.   Smile  And she is frugal in her shopping too.....(sigh of relief)
1536  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question for 3100 owners on: March 01, 2012, 08:45:27 pm
gophoenix.  It seems a good place to store delicate items purchased on trips.  My wife often buys a picture in a frame or cardboard backing, leaving me to wonder how to protect it during the rest of the trip.
1537  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question for 3100 owners on: March 01, 2012, 07:00:00 pm
My dinette has 2 sets of seat belts per bench.  The belts bolt to the floor, not to the bench.
1538  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question for 3100 owners on: March 01, 2012, 05:40:47 pm
Interesting that the factory closed off that bench storage on you.  Like you say, maybe it houses too much infrastructure equipment.

Our front dinette has that power outlet, the power transfer switch, and the subwoofer.  The bench is accessible from the side and above for stuff to be dumped all around and on top of them.  Even with the obstacles, the storage is still well utilized.  BTW: our older model has no drawers.  That came standard a year or two later.
1539  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Toads or tow vehicles? What brand do you use? on: March 01, 2012, 05:23:04 pm
No Ron, I have not initially set up a secondary braking system but I definitely know there is something else attached to the RV. Have only driven it back from the shop to home (~15mi) & consciously maintained a greater distance for stopping although it did not appear to need it.  That being said, I keep a pretty safe stopping distance anyway so I may already be overly cautious (is there such a thing?)

Tow bar appears to be extremely close to horizontal; definitely well within the 3" limit expressed in the manufacturer brochure (I think they actually say 4" but the shop went even lower).  I think the dual hitch actually helped that as the Fit is fairly low to the ground in front.  Remains to be seen how everything works in unison when I try the tow bar & bike rack together later this month when I travel to Sonoita/Bisbee.
It sounds like you are better set up than we were without secondary braking for our little MR2 Spyder, given your light 2552 and newer E450 with the improved brakes introduced in 2008.  I would like to say you are all done, but you will know better after conditions test your setup.  Increased braking distance is certain.  Just be extra careful the first time you decend a 7% grade for the next 10 miles on a snaking byway with cliffs abound.  We decended out the north east road from Yosemite with the 2100 pound MR2 in-back pushing hard, my wife almost wetting her pants.....and me too.  We would have gone over the edge if not for the HD sway bars, rear trac bar, Koni Shocks, Safe-T-Plus, etc.  Being in low gear helped until we'd get close to red lining the tachometer which then forced us to brake hard and often.
1540  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question for 3100 owners on: March 01, 2012, 04:14:42 pm
Funny you mentioned that gophoenix.  We too experienced the same with ours 4 years ago....the hidden outlet in the front dinette bench.  I discovered it when putting stuff inside the bench compartment wondering what's that electrical box sticking inside the compartment.  Unfortunately, ours does not run off the invertor.....only shore and generator powered.  It would have been nice when using a laptop on the table.
1541  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Toads or tow vehicles? What brand do you use? on: March 01, 2012, 04:08:21 pm
Picked up the Honda Fit from Cliff's Welding in Mesa, AZ last week & hooked up the Blue Ox bar, elec & safety cables to it.  We had the split hitch installed so we can try out the bike rack in the top portion.  The 2552 is a bit more sluggish - but that is to be expected I guess.  All things considered, we're still doing fine & are comfortable with the ride.
pyrthkr

1) Did you setup your Honda Fit with a secondary braking system, if so, what type?  If not, what is your comfort factor with the increased braking distance?  Or do you even notice an increase?
2) Is your tow bar horizontal, or at an angle between the motor home and the Fit, especially with the dual hitch adaptor?
1542  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question for 3100 owners on: February 29, 2012, 11:24:07 pm
Back to the initial question.

I own an older smaller 2350, so you need to consider my opinion from a different perspective.  I would not normally reply except for the topic of a seat in between the entry door and the passenger seat.

Put plain and simple.....we really find this seat comfortable for relaxiation, watching television, and yet offer a 3rd very comfortable seat for another passenger who can recline, relax, and look over the shoulder of the front people out the front window as shown here.  We don't have a 3rd passenger that often, but when we do, they are so grateful to have that seat instead of the seat that originally came with the rig.

The pics below show the seat in various positions including a passenger (my wife) belted in, simulating transit.













Original Seat

1543  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Towed vehicle - question on: February 29, 2012, 08:51:14 pm
Level hitch is very important, no doubt.
When I read this, a lightbulb went off inside this aging brain of mine.

Why would the bar being level, be of such great importance?

I assumed it had only to do when braking hard, having the front of the tow vehicle lifting, especially if going over a really big bump in the road.  But now I think there is a bigger reason.  I think it has to do with "bucking" that would be significantly amplified when the tow bar is at an angle.

Level = no bucking even when the motor home and tow vehicle are not bouncing in unison.

Angled Tow Bar = Lots-Of-Bucking, pushing the tow vehicle forward-backward with every unequal motion between vehicles.  If the motor home's rear bouces downward while the tow vehicle bounces upward, the bar at an angle greatly changes the horizontal distance between the two vehicles which would cause the bucking.  It's not much, but enough to feel it.

How's that logic?
1544  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Troubleshooting electrical problems in rear camera hookup on: February 29, 2012, 07:25:36 pm
Thanks for the link.  That looks real slick.  But I do understand the complaint about it being on the small side.  It is hard to say which is preferered.

Adding:
1545  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Troubleshooting electrical problems in rear camera hookup on: February 29, 2012, 02:19:14 pm
Ron,
Our 2011 PC 2350 has the backup camera, with sound, integrated with the backup mirror.  Unfortunately, it is not parked at our house, or I would take a picture.  We are pleased with it being one unit rather than 2 separate pieces.  We don't have problems with bumping into it.  We don't have problems "seeing" it.  We feel it functions fine for us.  We actually were very happy when we picked it up to see it was "all in one".  We never had it separate- so it might just be a case of what one gets used to.
Roni   
  I would love to see a pic of the backup mirror turned on.  Maybe someone else has a pic.  Maybe PC-USA has a pic of it shown for one of their models. 

So yours has sound too?  Nice that you have that.  Is the speaker in the mirror as well?
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