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1591  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Scheduled Ford service on: July 08, 2012, 10:51:02 pm

The manual specifies semi-synthetic so full synthetic seems reasonable to use.  With our tow vehicle pushing from behind, the engine gets extremely close to red-lining when using lower gears down long grades.  The full synthetic provides extra peace of mind.  And these days the cost of conventional oil is quite expensive, closing the gap with the cost of full synthetic.  I used to buy conventional oil for 99 cents a quart on sale.  No such sale these days.
1592  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Scheduled Ford service on: July 08, 2012, 05:49:57 pm
The Ford owners manual on my 2012 shows 6 quarts.  Are you sure about 7?
lmichael, read my post up one in the "UPDATE".  Barry-Sue is right.  It is in-fact 7 quarts.
1593  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Scheduled Ford service on: July 08, 2012, 02:40:39 pm
7?  I thought it was 6.  You confirmed it Barry-Sue so I must be wrong.  Or maybe they added a quart since 2007.

My owners manual does not cover the 6.8L engine.  What is that about?  It says 6.0 quarts but covers only one engine, the V8.  So I dug into the huge 3 volume service manual for my 2007 chassis.  The 6.8L-V10 is stated to take 6.9 quarts when replacing the oil filter.  So Barry-Sue is right.  It is SEVEN quarts of oil.

I am really good about watching fluid levels.  Maybe I've been putting in 7 quarts all along.  I do admit it has been a very long time (but not long in miles) since my last oil change.  I am updating my earlier post to reflect the 7 quart requirement.

Great Catch Barry-Sue.  I gave you a well deserved "Helpful"
1594  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Scheduled Ford service on: July 08, 2012, 11:55:25 am
I am about due for my first oil change and have started to try to find a Ford Dealer near me who can do it.  Do I have to do anything to use synthetic oil?  I may just do it myself.  Syd
Hi Syd.  If you have ever changed the oil on a car, the same rules apply to your PC.  You'll need 7, that is "Seven" quarts of 5w-20 full synthetic, any brand will do well as long as it is SAE rated.  As far as oil filters go, the Ford filter is FL820S, but any brand eqivalent filter works fine.  I like to buy my supplies at Walmart who sells the Ford brand oil filters along with a few other brands.  In their auto section there is a book, easily cross-referencing all the oil filter brands they sell.  I personally favor the Ford oil filter and Mobil-One full synthetic oil.

When removing the oil filter, make sure the black rubber gasket comes off with it.  If not, just grab it afterwards.  Then clean the seating surface on the engine, dip your finger in fresh oil and oil up the black gasket on the new filter.  This allows the new filter to be tightened by hand better.  It is a hand-tighten-only process.  No tools to tighten the oil filter.  That is critical to follow or you may damage the new filter, or over-compress & deform the gasket.

Before putting the oil drain plug back in, wipe the plug and the oil pan surface to remove any sand or dirt that could introduce gasket damage or a slow leak.  Then add a little fresh oil to the plug gasket.  Most oil change places don't do the easy extra steps, so doing it yourself is doing a better job.  ThumbsUp

Some of you know that I volunteer as a mechanic helping the under-resourced.  We have seen many vehicles come in with stripped oil pan drain plugs.  Some oil change kid is too lazy to insert the plug by hand in turn it by hand untill it seats.  He loads his impact wrench with drain plug in-socket and spins it on carelessly, cross-threading it.  Then the plug isn't seated on the pan right, then oil leaks forever.  The only true repair is getting a new oil pan.  I just don't trust those quick-lube shops.
1595  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Scheduled Ford service on: July 07, 2012, 04:53:34 pm
Our first motor home in 1983, watching the rig be driven in for it's very first oil change, the highest item, the "closed" roof vent got sheared off.  Thank goodness we didn't have a/c on that rig.  So I have done every oil change myself since.  With the Ford, it's extremely fast and easy given it is nicely high off the ground with no need to jack it up.

I change the oil on our driveway because we never put on enough miles per trip to do it on the road.  I use full synthetic 5w-20 oil as specified.  Oil and filter on sale costs me roughly $25.  I really enjoy doing the small mechanical things like this.

Hint:  If you ever throw out a computer hard drive, open it up, destroy the disks for security, but also remove the pair of magnets.  Those magnets are the strongest I ever had.  I stick one on the bottom of the oil filter to capture any metal particles and the other to the transmission pan for the same reason.
1596  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Our 2910 Single slide on: July 07, 2012, 02:19:52 pm
That is where I keep my mixing spoons, spatulas, aluminum foil and most importantly my corkscrew! Cheer Cheer
Yep.  The place today without that new drawer, those large utensils are under the main fork-n-spoon drawer where it's a struggle to get them out every time.
1597  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Newbie very interested in the 2552... on: July 07, 2012, 11:35:19 am
Our six to eight hour driving days are few and far between.
There you go.  There are big differences in driving situations.  It's all about your vacationing style and circumstance.  Us working with 3 weeks at a time, we start out and end our trips driving 15 or more hours per day, bee-lining across the great plains.  Usually on the way back home we drive 24/7, so shifting my body weight around with the 6-way to extend my drive times is very welcoming.  That will give my wife an extra hour or more of rest before her shift.  Then my bladder will determine when to stop rather than my butt.  Smile

BTW: I agree with Barry-Sue.  The front leather seats are extremely comfortable, much better than most other vehicles with leather interiors, and even home furniture.  We have no regrets with that investment.
1598  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Newbie very interested in the 2552... on: July 06, 2012, 11:07:33 pm
Can the Driver's seat with the power options be made to swivel?  Or do you just order another seat like the passenger swivel chair?  

We ordered the power driver's seat because Bob is 6'3" and I am 5'6".  If I just raise the seat up an inch or and closer to the wheel, we both can see out of the side mirrors without any changes.
You can order either seat to swivel or 6-way power, but not do both swivel and 6-way power.  If getting neither, the seat simply moves forward and backward and the back rest pivots.

You have the same situation as we do with the difference in people height so the power driver seat would be very nice for the reasons I stated higher.  I think you may be right in thinking you won't need to adjust the mirror settings between drivers with the 6-way power driver seat.
1599  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Cloths Chute for 2350. on: July 06, 2012, 05:03:15 pm
Very nice ideas.  Both are great!  Thanks for sharing.
1600  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Our 2910 Single slide on: July 06, 2012, 04:49:29 pm
The slide out basket came from Bed Bath and Beyond,
I'll have to run to BB&B during lunch one day this week.  Thanks again for that information.
I went to BB&B and picked up the 3 compartment tray you have.  They also offered the same size tray with more compartments, but the 3 compartment seems to be more useful.  Now I have one more thing to do.

Thanks again gradygal!
1601  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Newbie very interested in the 2552... on: July 06, 2012, 04:25:55 pm
Hi Zorba, Welcome!

You ask many good questions.  I will try to be brief in my answers.  Remember that we own a 2007 2350 (2007 Ford chassis too), bought new in 2007.

Model 2552 was introdced in 2011 or 2012 so you won't find one older.

Way over-kill to have 2 a/c units, might be beneficial only for zone cooling in the longest of PCs, not the 2552.  With well insulated walls & ceiling, and double pane windows, two a/c units is a waste of money and introduces one more large hole in your roof.

We have cherry cabinets because my wife wanted them.  I do like them, but the interior is darker from them.  Just expect that draw back.

100% agree with double pane windows.  We have them and love them.

Power awning was introduced in 2009 or 2010.  I have the older box awning.  For as often as we use it fully opened, it's fine, though admittedly is some work compared to pushing a button.  What I like about ours is the lack of tracks on the side of our rig.  I see that being it's only good point.

Swivel seat(s) are optional, so are power seats.  My wife and I love our power driver seat and pasenger swivel seat.  The driver seat accomodates my 5'11" body, and her 5'-1" body.  Each can make the seat the height best for them, and also make significant changes while driving.  I love to take advantage of the 6-way adjustments to change my weight distribution to squeeze in an extra hour of drive time.  I would be in torture if I couldn't do that.

With the 3rd seat (the one behind the passenger), the passenger swivel seat is nice having guests when parked.  It does not have the 6-way adjustments, but while driving the passenger can do many other position changes to take care of extended sitting times.  We like our decision on seat stuff.

I wished I thought of 270 degree docking lights when we ordered ours.  I later considered installing them, but dropped the idea because it was too evassive to retro-fit.

Just about everyone thinks differently then me about the ladder and roof rack.  They all like it or love it.  I asked ours be placed inside in pieces, and so it is stored in my basement at home.  5 years and so far I have no regrets, but I do have all the parts in-case I change my mind.

Folding bikes won't fit inside the rear compartment.  The rear hitch you think you won't utilize, you will for a bike rack.

A few PC owners have gotten serious with solar panels up-top, one person did a real nice job of it.  He had the antenna mounted rearward so he could place the panels nicely.

Me being the odd ball, I wished we never had an antenna at all.  With digital technology, and the remote places we travel, we can't utilize it.  We watch movies on DVD and use RV park cable service (the few times we've stayed in RV parks).

One of my main regrets is not getting the leather dinette seating.  Our cloth makes sliding in and out from the dinette a bit of a chore.  We got leather everywhere else, thinking the cloth would be a nice accent as seen here.  It does accent nicely but surely not worth the hassle.  The leather wipes up nicely too.  Not so with cloth.

Ask PC-USA if they will custom build a 2552 on an F450 diesel pickup chassis.  They may do it for you at a minimal charge over cost.  They are one of the few RV manufactures who are positioned to do such special requests.  That is how the 2552 and the 4x4 option both came to be.  Somebody asked if they would be willing to do it for them.
1602  Main Forum / General Discussion / RV (as an industry) Quality Re: Introduce Yourself! on: July 05, 2012, 10:43:40 am
You summed it up very well Jerry.
1603  Main Forum / General Discussion / RV (as an industry) Quality Re: Introduce Yourself! on: July 04, 2012, 09:29:23 pm
My wife and I had commented to a salesman on the overall lack of quality we were seeing in a particular manufacturers RV we were looking at.  He made a comment to the effect that these were homes on wheels, subject to a lot of motion and we could expect some problems.
Actually that salesman's is speaking "truth" by me.  Just imagine a regular house with aluminum siding being shaken as much as a motor home does over the years, a not so rediculous comparison, especially when the entry level motor homes are constructed nearly the same way.  Some manufactures have gotten better over the years, even a few lower end models have replaced RV aluminum siding with single sheets of flat-stock fiberglass, and the 2x2 lumbered walls & roofs made with steel and/or aluminum joists & rafters.  Kitchen cabinets are kitchen cabinets, made no different from what I can tell.  Low grade cabinets in an entry level motor home compare to the same low grade house cabinets.

With that said, our PC is holding up extremely well including cabinets & their doors and all the rest, most importantly outdoor related.  And I think most other PC owners here will have similar stories with higher mileage rigs.  I don't recall needng to tighten up anything yet in the 17,000 miles we've driven.  Oh wait, I did have to replace some screws that hold the entry door frame to the wall.  I even shared my experience HERE.  This is why RVers always carry a tool box, usually over-stuffed with tools and repair supplies combined.
1604  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Leaving today to pick up our new baby! on: July 04, 2012, 08:42:33 am
Ditto from me.

You'll have some questions, so be sure to ask them all to whoever there is helping you there, I assume Stuart.  And the questions that come up later, ask them right here.  We can help you through most of them.

I am slowly becoming obsolete to provide help for new purchases given that our rig is 5 years old now, but many here have newer rigs with identical appliances & electronics, and they are great at helping on-line.

On your way back home, take note how your little 2100 handles.  If it is all over the road with every passing truck, requiring you to counter-steer a number of times to keep it in between the lines and settle it back down to go straight again, report back with the details.  There is always something that can be done to take care of it.  Some models have more handling issues than others.  It will be interesting to hear what you experience as we don't have many members here with a new 2100.

Regardless of how it handles, once back home schedule a wheel alignment at your local truck & RV suspension shop.  Every motor home regardless of brand needs one when new, and PCs are no exception.  You must get an alignment with the rig loaded as if on a trip with all your stuff, a full tank of gas and propane, a full fresh water tank, and empty waste tanks, and if you can, place weights behind the driver and passenger seats to simulate yourselves.  The added weight and position of it greatly affects the alignment so you want it aligned with the most common load distribution.  I learned that from my local RV/truck/bus/emergency vehicle suspension shop.

Enjoy your new home-on-wheels.
1605  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Parts For Sale & Wanted - Post Your RV Items & Wanted Items Here on: July 03, 2012, 10:09:18 am
For Sale
Paypal required for payment (ask which email address to paypal to)

- $15 shipping included, (2 for $25) NEW 15" 11 LED 12V Outdoor Light Strip

- $15 shipping included, (2 for $25), NEW Porch Light, white, does not have the extra on/off switch

 - $15 for 2 with shipping, NEW foldout cup holders, brown plastic works with the cherry interior
Gray is shown, but they are brown.

- $75 shipping NOT included, USED Sagemint Green leather barrel chair in perfect like-new condition, no pets, no smokers.  Removed 2 years ago, rarely sat in
Shipping weight is 38.5 pounds including shipping carton.  Carton measures 25" x 25" x 29".  Use this data to determine your shipping cost from area code 60118 to you.
Pictures and details, CLICK HERE


- Good used next-to-the-stove mirror from someone near me who took theirs off because they didn't like it.  I live in West Dundee, IL and work in Schaumburg, IL.  Shipping seems too risky for a mirror, so I am looking for a local sale.
This is the mirror next to the stove.

Dinette Bench Seat Cushions In Gray or Green Leather.  A mix of gray and green would also be of interest.
Leather seat base cushions are more important than seat backs, but both are desired.

Here are my cloth bench seats today.

Here is my gray and green interior today.
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