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1606  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Alignment experience on: August 21, 2012, 09:16:43 am
The shop we went to here did not want to do the alignment right away when the rig was new.  George there advised we first put on 500 to 750 miles before getting a first alignment, something to do with letting the suspension "seat or settle in" if I recall correctly.  He said the tires will survive well so not to worry about them.  He advised to go on one trip to get those miles on the rig, and be sure to load the rig for a real trip, and "Keep Everything" in it when bringing the rig in for an alignment.  He said be sure the waste tanks are drained and the fresh tank, gas tank, and propane tank are all full.....then bring it to the shop.  He also said it wouldn't hurt to add weight just behind the front seats to simulate me and my wife sitting in the front seats.

Having "true" weight and weight distribution during an alignment, offers the best alignment.  The shop's recommendation falls in-line with why it is not ideal for Phoenix to do an alignment before delivery.

If you click on that link I provided, you will see the shop's specialty are motor homes, emergency vehicles like ambulances and fire trucks, buses and the big trucks.  They know their stuff.  That is why I also had them take care of our suspension upgrades.  They have been doing this since 1972.  Oh, they also solved all my troubles with my 1st motor home in 1995.
1607  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Cooling during hot weather on: August 21, 2012, 08:58:26 am
gradygal, that is a good idea.  I'd like to have that done some day to our cab glass.

Here in IL, the cops love to pull over front door windows for being heavily tinted so I can't specify them as dark as the PC windows.  But there is surely a good compromise in there somewhere.
1608  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Improvements & Enhancements, 2007 PC-2350 on: August 20, 2012, 09:25:13 pm
For many years including our 2007, PCs did not come with any kind of door closure device.  I came up with the rope thingy and it works so well for us that we never considered upgrading to the one mounted on PCs today.

BTW:  Thanks for the compliment on my "Improvements" post.  It's nice to know people still find it and read through it.  Some of my ideas no longer apply to later rigs, but to someone buying an older rig, they could relate to much more.
1609  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2350 or ? What did you choose and why? on: August 20, 2012, 05:03:16 pm
I bought 2 vent covers from Wal-Mart and they work well with the dinky fans.
But, I'd not consider one for the Fantastic Fan. Just too restrictive.
I didn't know that Walmart sells something like that.  Was that an on-line purchase or a store purchase.  It would be nice to have one for the dinky bath fan.
1610  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2350 or ? What did you choose and why? on: August 20, 2012, 04:59:06 pm
I looked at the Fantastic Fan Ultra Breeze covers on-line, and I am fairly impressed with how they out-perform the competition with air flow.  I also like that as with the Maxx brand, you don't add more holes in the roof to mount it.  Both brands mount to the fan housing.  The Ultra Breeze measures 10-1/4" high which may or may not work with my garage door opening.  I'll have to measure before shopping for a deal.

I like what I see in them.  I would surely get the outer screen as well.  I think the screen is optional, a must to help keep out a persistent squirl.
1611  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Cooling during hot weather on: August 20, 2012, 04:46:35 pm
The coach door is an impressive design, particularly the clever upper hinge, however the window is not tinted like the rest of the coach.
Interesting.

Our 2007 PC-2350 coach has tempered glass thermal pane windows including the door window, all made by Hurd, all are darkened including the door window.  I am quite impressed with how well they keep out the heat from direct sunlight, as well as heat in-general.

The same goes for the cold.  Our old rig had dark plexi-glass single-pane windows.  Coldness would radiate right through them, creating a down-draft right on our heads where we slept.  They also sweated, soaking anything that touched them.

With our Hurd thermal PC windows, it's quite the Thermos bottle except up front from the cab area.  We don't have a slide out which I think helps further.  At night we'll draw that pleated privacy curtian which solves any draft from up front, which I am sure you all have discovered that too.
1612  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: August 20, 2012, 01:31:13 pm
Hi Carol and Vince,

We own a older 2007 2350 on the E350 chassis.  We tow all the time because of our vacationing style.  We need extreme mobility for the places we vacation in and need a vehicle that can handle primitive roads.....very primitive roads.

Unless you plan to drive on roads where a motor home cannot go, I strongly advise you do NOT tow another vehicle on your first long road trip and see how you adapt getting around in it.  I understand your initial feeling of the rig being so big, but in reality , it is not.  If you are like 99% of everyone else, you will quickly get comfortable driving it.  One week into a trip, and you will relax over it.

Just don't get overly confident, especially when backing up.  That is where the biggest challenge will lie.  Have a spotter outside.  Don't rely solely on the backup camera & mirrors.  Low hanging tree branches and eves & awnings of building structures are one such concern that the driver cannot see.

Also watch for the rear-end-swing when making sharp turns going forward.  It can take you by surprise, even more-so with the E350 as it has a shorter wheel base.  Watch your rear view mirrors closely when making sharp turns in a forward direction.  You clear the obstacle with a little room to spare, then turn but the rear end will swing and hit it anyway.

A good video to watch of someone who forgot how high his rig was,  Click Here to see a worst case scenerio.
1613  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2350 or ? What did you choose and why? on: August 20, 2012, 06:49:51 am
The ladder sure has it's pros & cons.  We have been very lucky so far travelling without a ladder.  If something comes apart up-top, we are dependant on a place that will loan us a ladder.

As njheart noted, it will be "Very" nice to have an entry light switch to control a couple of interior lights just like in a regular house.  Having their own on-fixture switch would be nice to choose which comes on.  As do many older rig owners, we enter in the dark and fumble around a bit feeling for a light switch.

I want to mention again how much I wished we special ordered a second porch light under the awning, located to the rear.  Having light from two different directions eliminates many shadow problems.  If it's too much light, then install lower wattage bulbs.

A 2nd porch light switch would be great for additional porch lights to the rear and driver side for full camp-site illumination which will be great when backing into a camp site in the dark to avoid trees and such.  And with dogs, the lighting may also be useful when taking them out at night.

Our 2350 has a cheapy exhaust fan in the bathroom which for the size of the bath is surprisingly effective.  But for a 2552, having a Fantastic fan in the bath and a second one up front makes a lot of sense.
1614  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Aime's Matchmaking Service on: August 16, 2012, 01:12:25 pm
when we return around 1 September, I plan to give Ron Smile a full mileage report.  Jack
It will be very interesting to hear what you average.  Thanks Jack.  Be sure to post it in that topic.
1615  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Euro Chair Questions on: August 16, 2012, 12:08:12 pm
The sofa has two seat belts = 3th & 4th passenger can be belted.
Yes Tom, I always understood that one.  I was just making sure about the restrictions of use for the euro-chair itself.  Thanks!
1616  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: On-Vehicle Tire Repair on: August 16, 2012, 11:57:34 am
GoPhoenix,

You offer great advise on removing a lodged rock between dualies when an air compressor is on hand.  ThumbsUp

I gave you a "Helpful" clicky.
1617  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Newbie very interested in the 2552... on: August 16, 2012, 07:56:59 am
I always thought my leather seats (at least the seating surfaces) were real leather.  You have me wondering.  I have to say they are much softer than other leather seating I own in other vehicles, and I don't stick or sweat on them either.
1618  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Euro Chair Questions on: August 15, 2012, 05:13:16 pm
Thanks all for the detail.  Euro chair = no 3rd passenger in that seat during transit.
1619  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Euro Chair Questions on: August 15, 2012, 03:48:12 pm
Does the chair come with a seat belt?
1620  Main Forum / General Discussion / Euro Chair Questions on: August 15, 2012, 03:36:50 pm
Someone on another forum asked me about the Euro chair and I didn't have an answer for him.

- Does the Euro chair clamp to the floor or is it free to move around?
- If clamped, is it easily unclamped to move about?
- If clamped to the floor, is it strongly held and safe to be used while in transit?  Does it come with a seat belt?

Thanks,
Ron
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