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1621  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Shade for the new PC on: September 02, 2014, 10:13:23 pm
A very affordable and effective alternative to indoor parking.   ThumbsUp  Just make sure it is well anchored, maybe installing those floatation noodles around the piping that might make contact with the rig on a very windy day.  Just slit them then wrap the pipes.
1622  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sewer bypass for Sanicon? on: September 02, 2014, 10:08:31 pm
I thought the factory installed a conventional gravity feed Twist-&-Pull on every unit, located further underneath the rig.  It is set back a little farther, maybe out of sight on your rig..
1623  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: August 29, 2014, 02:05:23 pm
It sounds like you know what you want based from much experience.  Good for you.
1624  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: August 29, 2014, 09:11:56 am
Bob & Sharon bobojay,

Your long term Sprinter experience was interesting to read.  I do wonder if your alignment challenges would have been best addressed by a truck suspension shop, for example the place that took care of our Ford E350 HERE.  They did things that a regular alignment shop would never tackle like changing the bushings from centered to offset to compensate for the extreme circumstances.

About your next rig, possibly a 2100 or 2350 Phoenix Cruiser.  I have always thought that if we never towed one of our vehicles, the smaller 5.4L-V8 engine would have been the better choice for our 2350.  The V10 does a great job and I cannot complain about having more power, but I feel the V8 would do the job of getting around solo just fine.  Under extreme conditions like climbing steep grades, the V8 surely would not do the job as well, but for my wife and I, that condition is not the norm.  I'd be fine just taking on those grades a little slower.  On the flats, how fast does one in a motor home need to get up to 65 mph?  Motor homes in general need to be driven conservatively for safety sake and also for the sake of the occupants, the house, and contents.

I understand that the V8 engine would increase fuel economy by 10% and the purchase price would be reduced by $1000.  Less important but worth mentioning is that the V8 offers more room under the hood for mechanical repairs, and the engine weighs less.

The E450 chassis is another debatable subject matter to me.  Just keep in mind that the 2100 and the 2350 already have plenty of extra cargo carrying capability, more than you will ever achieve under normal use.  The E450's bigger brakes and hydraulic brake booster are surely welcomed, but a rougher ride comes with it.  Motor homes get shaken up enough as it is.  I would not want to shake up my house any more than necessary.  Maybe a leaf spring or two in back could be removed to soften the ride of a 2100/2350 E450.  In general, a softer ride is achieved by having the actual load close to the max capability of the chassis.  For example, the ride of an empty box truck will jar your body.  But load it up and the ride smooths out nicely.

I am not trying to convince you to go with my ideas.  Just sharing my thoughts, giving you something to think about.  One thing certain, I don't claim to be an expert with these things.
1625  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electrical Nightmare on: August 28, 2014, 11:07:14 pm
I am very happy to read your problem is 100% resolved along with all expenses covered.  I am surprised the distribution panel was faulty by Ford.  I never heard of such a warranty problem with a vehicle.  I would have thought the problem was somehow related to the conversion.  Again, I am glad all is well.  Now you can get on with enjoying that new home of yours.  Smile
1626  Main Forum / Photos / Re: 2015 2100 special, home in Florida on: August 28, 2014, 12:41:16 pm
Hi all, new forum member here and first post, not an owner yet.

Any chance you could take an exterior full side view pic to see the difference between the shorter & longer wheelbase 2100? Your unit is beautiful, and you guys sure came up with some great ideas on that interior!
Welcome aboard!

I do not think model 2100 is offered with more than one wheel base.  Are you sure you don't mean model 2350 and the stretched version of it unofficially referred as model 2450?
1627  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Do celebrate your PC's birthday? on: August 25, 2014, 03:17:48 pm
Birthday wishes to both!
1628  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Hello to everyone! on: August 25, 2014, 03:16:21 pm
1629  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: August 25, 2014, 11:31:30 am
Congratulations Janey! I'm glad it finally worked out for you and you are happy with your new baby.
Congrats & Welcome from me too! 
1630  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 85 Octane on: August 20, 2014, 05:08:47 pm
Maybe I've been wrong all these years.  I had always understood that the lower the octane, the faster the fuel burns, the more volatile the fuel is.  Lower octane gas is sold at high altitude to compensate for the thinner air.  Octane slows the burn to reduce pre-detonation we all know as knocking.  High performance engines have a pre-detonation condition due to higher compression, heat, and other factors which is why they require higher octane.  But like I said, maybe I am wrong.

It would be interesting to compare fuel economy versus octane.  We have always used the lowest octane due to cost per gallon, but wonder if spending more on premium would pay off with improved fuel efficiency.

Regarding power, we never had any issues such that I've wondered if we could have gotten by with the smaller Triton 5.4L-V8 engine.  Especially when not towing.
1631  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electrical Nightmare on: August 20, 2014, 03:00:47 pm
Armchair mechanics can never be taken seriously, but since you asked.....

Start with the obvious, simple, easy to inspect things, then go deeper if nothing is found.

After a quick general inspection of the easy stuff, I would electrically disconnect the house from the chassis.  Doing that might be as simple as turning off every circuit breaker and pulling out every fuse in the RV fuse panel in back.  I would also disconnect the two house batteries and insulate each battery cable so neither touches battery terminals, each other, or any other metal.  You might have to disconnect all the way forward at the battery isolator located under the hood up front.  If the chassis works fine again, then I would say the wiring is related to the house.  If the chassis is still messed up, then it is likely a Ford problem, assuming Phoenix did not damage anything chassis related.

Another circuit to isolate is the rear hitch connector & cabling.  Make sure nothing is plugged in there and that cable is not damaged in any way.  Phoenix would have installed it and it might have gotten damaged during the construction of the rig.  I understand the rear hitch cable is a separate part that can be unplugged from the chassis, somewhere in the area of the rear axle.

It does sound like you are getting back-voltage into the chassis in strange ways.  It could be a short somewhere, a power distribution panel connection come loose & touching other wires, or something simply wired incorrectly.  A simple wood screw could be piercing through a wad of wires.  That could create wild electrical behavior.

The idea here is to isolate the house from the chassis, and then reintroduce one circuit at a time to determine which circuit is making the chassis go bonkers.  If you can narrow the trouble circuit down to one, then you know where to look for a problem.  If it's a number of circuits, then you need to inspect for damage where they travel as a group, or a common feed to them.  
A professional repairman will likely follow something similar to what I have outlined.

Mind you I am not an expert here.  Just sharing how I would go about trouble shooting it.

Something inside me wants to say that it just might be related to the rear hitch wiring or the PC modified wiring behind the kick panel just to the left of the driver's left foot.  Phoenix reworks some chassis wiring there for the running board lights.  They install an in-line fuse there.  Pull that hidden fuse and see if all is well.
1632  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Fire extinguishers, suggestions please on: August 20, 2014, 11:18:46 am
We have one right where PC-USA mounted it against the kitchen cabinet by the main entry door.  It seems ideal for both inside and outside coverage, and has never been in our way.  I never considered additional extinguishers, but if I did get a second one, I think I would mount it in the outdoor rear storage compartment, a place to get to if the inside is too filled with smoke.  It is also located opposite the engine area.
1633  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: REFINSIH THOSE YELLOW LATCHES AND TRIM on: August 20, 2014, 11:06:48 am
Like you say Sparky, unpainted rigs have a collection of raw plastic parts & trim that yellows from sun exposure.

I had wondered if our rig was unpainted with yellowed components, I might consider having the entire rig painted, even if only plain white.  But that provides opportunity for something more extravagant.  Taking the rig to just anywhere can cost a fortune, but the factory might be able to bring the cost down to consideration.
1634  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Touch-up Paint on: August 19, 2014, 04:16:16 pm
I would call the factory.
1635  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HEAT along the passenger wing wall on: August 19, 2014, 04:15:50 pm
Like many, our 2007 E350 has the passenger side hot floor issue.  I had purchased a kit that wraps the passenger side exhaust manifold but chickened out because I was concerned over the manifold itself.  The kit cost a bit over $100 and didn't look like much for the money spent.  The insulating material would have been held in place using some thin metal wire ties.

I completely lost interest since we have been traveling in places where the temps don't get too high.  You can bet I'll be thinking again during our next hot vacation.
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