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1576  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: February 10, 2012, 12:33:51 pm
After my last reply, I was inspired to ask Kermit why the 2100 did not get a bigger slide out as the other models did.  It turns out there is good reason, consideration of the wheel well there.  Extending the slide farther back up to the bathroom will have all that extra slide weight cantelievered over one track.  It has to do with long term reliability.  So the 2100 won't be getting a bigger slide.

About the V8 versus the V10, it sure is nice to tow another vehicle with the V10, so I agree with you on ruling out the V8.

There are so many nice options and extras offered for PC's.  You'll enjoy your visit there, evaluating what is worth investing in.  But beware, you just might find yourself selecting a bigger rig.   LOL
1577  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Bike Rack on: February 09, 2012, 09:01:18 pm
I never thought of that one.  Thanks for sharing.

BTW, I just noticed you don't have the rear ladder or roof rack.  I thought I was the only one who decided against it.
With all the jabs I get about it, here I am not alone.   LOL
1578  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: LED replacement lights on: February 09, 2012, 08:54:57 pm
As I imagined, those night lights are real nice, much more like home.  I wish we had that integrated night lighting.
Thanks for the pictures.
1579  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: February 09, 2012, 07:04:35 pm
Ron,

How would the refer fit into the slide out? It is on the other side of the coach. You would have to remove the wardrobe and the bathroom sink to get it to fit. Sure one could put the wardrobe on the passengers side, but the sink is a different problem.

Also when you upgrade the engine (V8 to V10) and/or the truck (E350 to E450) you are changing more than just the engine, which one must also consider.
Thanks for catching that Tom.  You are right about the closet being there.  I forgot about that when I was replying.  I should have stated to see if can the closet could be included in a bigger slide.  Like you say, the bathroom sink might be of concern if using the stock 2350/2551 slide.  If it doesn't work, maybe they can fab a slightly smaller slide so they can leave the sink alone.  One thing about the factory, they are up for little mods upon request, soon to offer them in the next model year.  One thing for sure, such a tiny 2100 would greatly benefit from a bigger slide out.
About the V8 versus the V10.  I think the motor home package E350 chassis may be ordered with the smaller V8, keeping everything else the same.  But maybe not.  I never tried to order one myself, but Ford's website with the "build it yourself" tool implies it can be ordered that way.  In these times with fuel economy concerns, offering such a tiny motor home with a huge slide out and smaller motor for improved fuel economy, might have it's own life in the PC lineup.  PC-USA is always doing new twists to old models, hence the birth of the 2552 for example.
1580  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: February 09, 2012, 12:53:59 pm
Hi Paul & Marilyn,

About model 2100.....
I wonder if the slideout PC-USA shows on their website is not accurate.  For all other models, in recent years the fridge has been included in the slideout which is very nice as it opens up the interior much better.  You might want to ask about that.

Another thought.......
I've always wondered if model 2100 on the E350 chassis would be better off with Ford's V8 engine instead of the V10, solely for improved fuel economy.  The V10 is used in the largest of gasoline powered motor homes which seems to be over-kill for such a tiny 21 foot motor home.  These days with the price of gas, fuel economy is very important.  The factory can easily order a fresh Ford E350 chassis with the V8 engine.  It appears to save roughly $1,200 in the purchase price as well.  See below.

We own a 2007 model 2350 with V10 engine.  We average 9.2 mpg when towing our Jeep Liberty and 10.2 when not towing anything.  The V10 is nice when towing, but way more than enough when not.  If you plan to tow all the time, I would stay with the stock V10, but if you tow seldomly or not at all, then I would look into the V8 engine.  If it increased your fuel economy by only 10%, that would make a big difference.  But I would hope you would get at least 15% better fuel economy, getting you very close to 12mpg when not towing.

Fords website here says that for the E350 chassis, the 6.8L-V10 engine is almost $1,200 more than the 5.4L-V8.  For the E450, the difference is greater yet.  I wonder why.
]http://bp3.ford.com/2012-Ford-E-SeriesCutaway/?branding=1&lang=en&type=comm#/Models/Style[BodyStyle:SEXRCD]
1581  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: LED replacement lights on: February 09, 2012, 11:17:31 am
Thanks Sue.  I would love to see some pictures of your interior with both types of lighting.

Looking at the website, it appears the non-fluorescent festoon bulb is the type used in car dome lights.  Though advertised as a low light nightlight, I still like it very much for when we want to relax after cooking and cleanup.

Here is a festoon bulb.
1582  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: LED replacement lights on: February 09, 2012, 09:52:35 am
When you flip the switch in one direction you have the fluorescent lighting and when you flip the switch in the other direction you get a soft light similar to incandescent lighting and is a very nice warm lighting.  Sue
Hi Sue.  Your light fixtures intrique me.

Have you inspected one of your lights?  How is the soft light created?  Is the fixture a dual bulb system with both fluorescent and incandesent bulbs?  I assume the soft light is created with incandescent bulbs, but if not, then how?

Does the soft light make as much light as the flourecent light, or is it significantly less to be like mood lighting?  I would love to see a picture inside a PC at night with all lights on, set both ways.
1583  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: LED replacement lights on: February 08, 2012, 12:57:37 am
I would love to change out our flourecent bulbs with those direct substitution LED bulbs, but only if they emit soft white light like incandecent bulbs do for a warm feeling inside the motor home.  We don't like the cold blue light from the flourecents, but won't change them out for incandecent fixtures to stay easy on our batteries.
1584  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Advice regarding purchasing a PC. We are new to the PC and B+ World on: February 04, 2012, 09:26:02 am
I wonder if you filled up the tanks with fresh water, then added a pint of bleach  to each tank, then let sit an hour, if that would clean off the sensors.  If not bleach, maybe a septic tank cleaner of some sort.
1585  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How does your PC ride? on: February 04, 2012, 09:18:13 am
More air in the tires will improve handling by reducing tire sidewall sloshing.  It also improves fuel economy a bit.  But you get a harsher ride, uneven threadwear, and lesser grip on the road.

My PC has a sticker on the driver door piller, placed by PC-USA. stating 65 front, 60 rear.  I add 5 psi more all around because the tires look too flat, and I like the handling & fuel economy better.  So far I don't see uneven thread wear, but I only have 14k on the chassis.

I really need to do what bobander did and get my rig weighed while on a multi-week trip.  Then go from there to get it right.
1586  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Advice regarding purchasing a PC. We are new to the PC and B+ World on: February 03, 2012, 05:20:45 pm
He stores his extra sewer hose in the white pipe.  Sewer hoses are not neccessary for PCs, but some PC owners like to carry one for extended stays at one place.  Then they don't have to go outside now and then to turn on the mascerator pump to empty the tanks.  The tanks will continuously drain using the hose, bypassing the pump method.  The hose is a pain when on-the-run, draining the tanks on a regular basis.  But if parked for many days or weeks at a time, the hose is the better choice.
1587  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How does your PC ride? on: January 30, 2012, 10:40:05 pm
The pre-2008 E350 chassis does not come with a rear sway bar of any kind.  The front bar is the same one installed on an E150 van, so how good is that one for such an extreme application?  If you are a do-it-yourselfer, you could buy heavy duty Helwigs off the internet fairly reasonable.  My brother and I installed a rear on his E350 motor home without issues and he was very happy with the improvement.  I encouraged him to get a front bar, but he kept his original with worn bushings too.

I went all out spending $3900 from a local specialty shop which makes our 2007 E350 PC chassis handle beautifully.  I'll never know if I went overboard, but I can say it was well worth every penny.  I had them install both front and rear heavy duty sway bars, rear trac bar, heavy duty front steering stabilizer, all shocks replaced with Koni made-for-motor home, and a front end alignment.  What I learned about all this back then, I would do in a particular order to see how little money I could get by with.  At an absolute minimum, I strongly advise to get front and rear heavy duty sway bars and a front end alignment, then go from there.
1588  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: RV show schedule on: January 30, 2012, 05:07:28 pm
I might, and I do mean "Might" attend the RV show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosement, IL in February.  Here are the details: http://www.chicagorvshow.com/

Phoenix USA is not listed as one of the vendors.   Cry
1589  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New Ford Transit Van on: January 27, 2012, 06:48:02 pm
DBTR,
I stand corrected.  Bring on the Transit......PC-Transit that is!
1590  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New Ford Transit Van on: January 27, 2012, 02:00:22 pm
This has been a topic on other RV forums.

I understand the E350/E450 cut-away and stripped chassis will NOT be discontinued, only the E150/E250/E350 van.  Ford will continue to build the E-series for ambulances, box trucks, and other retro-fit applications including motor homes.  My concern is that cost will quickly increase as quantities of common parts to the basic van decreases.

I believe the T-Series van is a heavy duty work truck that is not very different from a Dodge Caravan.  It has a very small engine and front wheel drive.  I understood it has a heavy duty unibody which means there are no frame rails to build an RV house onto in a cut-away application.  If that is true, I don't envision Ford offering a specially designed duel rear wheel, rear wheel drive cut-away T-Series for larger class B+/C motor homes.

I think a T-Series (Transit Van) for motor home applications might be compared to the front wheel drive VW van that was used from 1996 to 2005 for the Winnebago Rialta and Vista motor home series.  VW delivered half chassis to Winnebago.  They actually came as twins, bolted together back-to-back.  I wish I had a picture to show that.  Everything from behind the VW van doors was 100% supplied by someone other than VW.  The frame, suspension, brakes, etc, it was all a kit car back there.  VW dealers wanted nothing to do with these, making service and warranty work very difficult for owners.  The Rialta and Vista single rear wheels and are quite a lot smaller than your typical motor home, much smaller than a PC-2350.  I considered many of their features more novity-like than practical.

I think any T-Series used for a motor home would resemble one of these.  If you love your PC slide outs, shower, fridge, stove, and all the rest, you wouldn't be very happy with one of these.  The expanding Rialta bathroom was really something.  Imagine yourself showering in an airplane bathroom, no....worse than that.

Rialta 1996-2005


Vista 2002-2005 (I think)
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