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1576  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Anyone have experience with RV Camping Connect? on: March 20, 2013, 10:41:38 am
Aimee, I am sending you a PM.
1577  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: March 13, 2013, 03:56:07 pm
Welcome jampodd,

I grew up first tent camping then popup trailer camping with my parents.  Grown & married with our first child born on our 5th anniversary and I said no way we are doing without a motor home.  It's been a house-on-wheels since.  The first MH a Toyota-Mirage owned 24 years, our PC-2350 owned 6 years and counting.

The 2552 is extremely popular, maybe #1 seller.  I think the most popular sell-off is the 2350 for people can't tollerate getting in and out from the bed.  I wonder if the old 2950 with rear bedroom, had a rear double/queen bed turned sideways, would also have been too difficult for most.  I thought it would have made  a good arraingement.

PC-2950 Floorplan
1578  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Maserator doesn't work on: March 12, 2013, 11:39:27 pm

Do yourself a favor and call the factory for a price on a new replacemet.  The cost just may surprise you.  And regarding installation, simply stated, it's something that can be handled by a near novice.  If you can't install it yourself, I am sure any handyman can at nominal cost.

If or when my 6 year old mascerator dies, I will be replacing it ASAP for I really appreciate it's ease of use for dumping.  The bonus to that is the envious audience it sometimes draws at the dump station. Smile
1579  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: E-450 replacement on: March 12, 2013, 12:13:29 pm
Just went to the Ford site and there is a dedicated section for the new Transit chassis. The DRW chassis has a GVWR of 10,360 lbs., That is the heaviest rating that I can see.  Very limited application in the RV idustry I would have to conclude.   Thanks
10,360 is surely on the "Light" side.  Our 2007 E350 GVWR is 11,500 which is 1,000 less than the E350 made beginning in 2008.

Our 2350 with no slide out weighs 9,200 before we start adding to it with our own stuff, two people, and 41 gallons of fresh water which I assume brings our rig mighty close to that 10,360 mark.  I think the early 6 wheel Sprinters were around 10,500 but increased to current day 11,030 some time thereafter.
1580  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: E-550 replacement on: March 12, 2013, 08:49:34 am
I wonder if the 4000 pound deficiency of the Transit is because it is of a 4 wheel Heavy Duty van, not a 6 wheel cutaway.
1581  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: E-450 replacement on: March 11, 2013, 03:56:45 pm
I read the E450 will not drop away when the Transit debuts.  But I wonder if the E350 will continue to be around if the Transit and E350 host the same capabilities.  I saw the new Transit van, a locked up prototype, shown at the Chicago auto show.  It's no small van in physical size, a close cousin of the Sprinter.  Assuming the power train is capable, and a DRW (Duel Rear Wheel) version becomes available, it could replace the E350.  If Ford drops the E350, then PCs currently constructed on the E350 may be adjusted to fit a Transit.

I hope Ford would retain the stance of an E350, not modelled after a Sprinter with the rear wheels set inside so far.  I am turned off by the tires inset like that, seemingly carried over from Europe for their narrow streets.
1582  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Floor renovation on: March 09, 2013, 08:36:11 am

I find your posts quite interesting.  Most people on this forum have newer rigs with projects done for improvement sake.  You are the longest PC owner I know who bought his rig new in 2004, who travels a lot with his rig, and now entering the renovation stage of ownership.

Thanks for sharing your experience and ideas.
1583  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Removing carpet on: February 26, 2013, 08:15:56 pm
A cork floor?  That sounds interesting.  I'll have to check that out.

One thing about our PC, whatever the cost per square foot of flooring, the over-all cost is peanuts as there is so little floor to cover.
1584  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Removing carpet on: February 26, 2013, 09:56:05 am
I wonder too Judi, I would think you'd need to keep the slide rollers and floor exceptionally clean or sand and such would get ground into or abrasion of the laminate, messing up the finish.  I installed laminate in our home office, and it's okay.  Our hardwood floor in our living areas takes a better beating and abrasions can easily be doctored.

When our PC carpet gets tired, I plan to do either laminate or hardwood.  Given we are slideless, I just might go laminate for ease of installation.  But given laminate is a floating floor, I wonder what happens when hitting a bad bump in the road.  I am concerned of buckling after a bad shift in the floor.

Anyone have buckling issues with their laminate floor?
1585  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sofa bed & air mattresses in 2400 PC on: February 17, 2013, 10:06:46 pm
Funny story about that sofa air bed.

When the jack knife sofa was replaced with it some time around 2009-2010, I was perplexed that so many people praised the air bed.  I thought, "Wow, that must be some kind of magical air bed", for every air bed I ever slept on was horrible.  Fast forward to today and everyone is despirate to replace them.

The memory foam sofa bed makes a lot of sense.  Congrats to all who have one.

Given our no-slide dinette, we never had any type of sofa bed to provide 1st hand experience with.

Like Awilson is practicing, it is financially wise to change what's wrong with your PC, than replace the motor home itself, as long as the general floor plan is working properly.
1586  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Heat Strip or Furnace on: February 16, 2013, 02:40:43 pm
We have been in temps. in the twenties overnight and have yet to drain our batteries.
I should make it known that when we boon dock in cold temps during early nightfall fall time of year, we are power hogs.  We'll watch a long movie with the sound system blasting, make coffee, etc. etc. then go to bed with batteries semi-tired.  This is likley the reason that if we are not watchful, the furnace puts the last dagger into the batteries overnight.

Our Tripp-Lite generates 20 amps when plugged into shore power or generator, but I don't know how much of that is dedicated to battery charging.  But even at 20 amps, that is but half the output as my 40 amp charger.  We don't like running the generator for the noise & fuel so my method helps a lot with reducing that.
1587  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Heat Strip or Furnace on: February 16, 2013, 08:57:47 am

I agree with previous comments.  In cold weather like in the 40s and lower, the 110v heat strip works well to maintain a given temperature, but waking up in the midddle of the night to a cold rig, the main propane furnace is the right choice.  Unfortunately when it comes to heat and air conditioning, motor homes are extremely noisey, worse than being on the open road.

The 2350's rear corner bed window side position is going to be a cold spot if you don't have thermal windows and shades drawn.  I would cut a bubble wrap foil automobile windshield sun shade to a size that can be pressed in place and seals well to the glass on the inside.  The same goes for the sealed rear window.

Having a small 1500 watt electric space heater placed by the entry door will maintain a temperature and block cold air coming from the front cab area.  Many such models are very quiet.  The ceramic heater type seems ideal for the application, and they are very compact.  Of coarse you will need shore power to use it.

If you don't have shore power, then you are completely dependant on the propane furnace.  Just be sure that your batteries are well charged before going to bed.  Though the furnce is propane, it does use 12v to blow the air around, and that blower is a power hog.  You may wake up in the morning to a cold house, dead batteries, and a dead fridge.  The furnace blower drains the batteries during the night, then the fridge which also depends on propane for the cold, and 12v to control it, it too dies.  It's not a train wreck.  You simply have to run the generator to get all things working again, but it takes many hours of generator run time to bring the batteries back to full.  That is why I carry a smart 40amp battery charger for just such occasions as it reduces the generator run time astronomically.

You may find my post on conserving battery reserves very interesting.  CLICK HERE then scroll down to the 3rd block and you will see my 40amp charger in action.
1588  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thank You Kermit on: February 11, 2013, 10:22:30 am
I installed the leather dinette seats and stove mirror.  Here is a slideshow of my rig which now includes them.
1589  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Weight overload issue in 2910D duals on: February 11, 2013, 01:25:08 am
This is the first time I heard that any PC is over-loaded in any particular corner.  It sounds like your planned strategy is good.  Make sure those two tires are maintained at max tire pressure which is 80 psi for Michelins.

On other forums, I read all the time about rigs being over-loaded, some before people load it up for a trip.  It is a very common problem of which there is little one can do about it.

I still need to weigh our rig on all 4 corners while on a long trip.....full tank of gas, full fresh water, and empty waste tanks.  I've assumed that since we are slideless, over-loading is not a concern, but weighing in is also good to determine proper tire pressure.
1590  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The ultimate "white out" condition!! on: February 10, 2013, 07:06:00 pm
Thank you so much for accepting the snow that we here in the Chicago area had rejected.   ThankYou

We have been quite fortunate last winter and again this winter so far.  I know it will come around and whack us hard eventually.  Hopefully it will wait until after I retire and we have joined the PC gang down in Florida.  But that is too many years ahead for me to plan for.
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