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1636  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Heated Water Hose on: January 24, 2013, 10:31:19 am
I wonder if wrapping the hose with generic plumbing heat tape, would be an affordable alternative.  But maybe it would be difficult to manage.  Maybe keeping it straight using wire ties?  Heat tape is sold in all freeze area home improvement centers.

1637  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: January 24, 2013, 10:19:59 am
Welcome aboard wes.  Thank you so much for the offer to help us PC owners.  I am not sure how much help will be needed, given the quality of our units is quite good.  But regardless of that.... thank you for the offering.

I am in contact with a new PC owner on a Yahoo PC forum with a 2008 2350 on a 2007 chassis.  His rig has inverter issues.  He is thinking he has a converter which if so, would be a post delivery modification.  Maybe that fellow will chime in and ask you some questions.
1638  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rear valve stem extenders on: January 23, 2013, 08:29:12 am
Our 2007 PC2350 with 17,000 miles, the tire hoses are holding up perfectly, though admittedly all I do is add air.  I have never disturbed any connections since new.  I suspect the first time I touch them, I will have issues.  I learned long ago that tire rotation is not worth it for motor homes.

On other RV forums, people use various varieties of these.  The best kind is not an extender, but a valve that is shaped like this in the first place.


For such extenders, metal valves are required, not the standard rubber valves as cars have.  This because the centrifical force from the weight of the extender will fatique the rubber stem over time.  But I think motor homes all have metal valves to begin with because the PSI rating of rubber stems is not rated high enough for our application.
1639  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need advice on traveling south from Inidana on: January 22, 2013, 12:53:50 pm
Hook up a compressor to the water inlet and let air blow all the water out of all the lines.
Me too.  I use this, bought at Walmart.


The hot water heater manufacturer says to remove the drain plug and drain as much as possible, but there will be half a gallon or so remaining and that is OK.  Not to worry about freezing as there is plenty of room for expansion.  If the manufacturer feels this is acceptable then it must be safe.
The reason for the extra 1/2 gallon of water that cannot be drained is to protect the 110V heating element.  If it is not submerged in water when turned on, it will self destruct.  Owners don't make it a habit to make sure the hot water tank is turned off with the tank drained, when plugging in at home for battery maintenance.

Always make sure your hot water tank in the 110v mode is turned off after draining the hot water tank, just in-case you plug in at home at a later date and have forgotten about it.  If you hear a boiling sound, that is your queue to check that switch.

This is the 110V heating element.
1640  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New Proud Owners of 2910T on: January 20, 2013, 08:37:43 pm
Very cool story JoeyD,

When I first laid eyes on a new 2007 2350 at the RV show at the Rosemont Horizon, I had the same words.....this can't be.
1641  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: January 20, 2013, 08:34:01 pm
Welcome frecklestweety,

My condolences in the loss of your husband last spring.

It sounds like you are hard to hold down.  That is awesome.  I think you bought the perfect motorhome for a senior single who brings a friend on occasion.  It sounds like you have some great plans for when the weather warms up.  I don't know for certian, but you might be the first Great Grandma toodling around in a PC.

If you have any issues that surface with your 2551, don't be too quick to get a repair shop involved if you have a little time.  Ask Here First.  Okay?  Give us a day or two to reply.  Quite often, it doesn't take much to make repairs.  Even someone such as yourself could handle with a little care and patience.  But maybe you already know this with your old rig.

Blessings,
Ron Dittmer
1642  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: entertainment center...while driving? on: January 17, 2013, 01:28:44 am
You plug the I-thingy into the other thingy, then plug that thingy into the back of the bigger thingy.  Then turn on the main thingy and Wholla!





It was meant to be funny.
1643  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Satellite TV on: January 16, 2013, 04:03:40 pm
Ugh!  Time-Warner just jumped our monthly cable/phone/internet bill over 26%!    
That's a big increase....Wow.

Up until 2004 we were antenna TV people, and even then our cable service was generic.  After some years of cable, we switched back to antenna TV which demonstrates the impotance of TV for us.  We do enjoy movies so we have a hefty collection.  We try hard to keep each movie purchase under $5, most often around $1 to $3 per movie.  The non blue ray movie duplicates are stored in our PC.

For Internet service, we have U-Verse by AT&T.  It's not the fastest available but works well for home internet.  That is until.....

In an effort to further reduce our monthy services, we switched our house phone to Net-Talk.  It's the same type as Magic Jack.  It costs $30 per year for unlimited phone calls in the USA & Canada, peanuts compared to conventional phone service.  Unfortunately because our internet service is on the slow side, Net-Talk gets quirky.

Because Net-Talk is quirky, when our cell phone contract is up, we will consider getting a different cell phone contract with unlimited phone usage.  Then we will consider dropping the house phone completely.

I HATE monthy bills...period!  I have to accept gas, electric, internet, Visa, and a single phone bill.  There are enough bills that come randomly and bi-annully.  

I could not imagine subscribing to services such as satelite radio unless I lived where there was no antenna radio around.

Funny though, we worked hard to cut down on monthly services so my wife now has us joining a health club with a monthy fee.  At least that one is a great investment in our health & our ballroom dancing.
1644  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need advice on traveling south from Inidana on: January 10, 2013, 07:22:10 pm
Tom and all,

Yes, I suppose it would have to be non-poisonous or there'd be cross bones and warning labels all over it.  Still it kind-of freaks me out to think of consuming that stuff.  Maybe it's a natural fruit punch, not only safe to drink, but nutritious too.  They are simply missing the percentage of real fruit juice, ha, ha.

Like you say, it's all about freezing/expanding of the water .  Square bottom water tanks as we all have would likely see a little stress from an inch of frozen water.  Too bad the inside of the tanks don't have a nice radius to pop the ice upward as pressure builds.

Actually I should have a lot less than that inch of water.  I do angle the rig on a steep slope at home so more water finds it's way to the corner of the tank where the drain is.  When our well water is left standing for months at a time, a bacterial clear slime will form on the sides under the water line.  Less water = less bactria.  Spring time disinfecting is essential in RVs.  Our old rig had a carry-on 7 gallon water jug for on-board water.  If I forgot to empty it in the fall, it was all slimed up inside.
1645  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need advice on traveling south from Inidana on: January 10, 2013, 04:11:31 pm
I have a related question.

My fresh water tank always has some water inside that just won't drain out because the drain valve is understanably very close to, but not at the very bottom of the tank.  Given roughly an inch of water inside, you don't add that pink anti-freeze in the fresh water tank....do you?  Isn't that pink stuff poisonous?

Since my garage is heated, I never had to worry about that, but wondered what others do.

Ron
1646  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: white switch on the dash on: January 10, 2013, 01:22:28 pm
I don't depend on that switch.  If my chassis battery is dead, I would surely first try it, but....
I really plan to use long jumper cables from the coach batteries.  On our 2350/E350 all batteries are on the same side of the rig and not that far from eachother.
My backup to that is to use the "start" feature on the battery charger we carry along which would run off the generator.

If not to help myself, then to help others.
1647  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Moving Backup Camera Monitor To The Rear View Mirror Position on: January 07, 2013, 05:56:10 am
I did look around the web and found that there are a number of brackets for monitors that utilize the mounting slug for the mirror.  gradygal, I will investigate yours.  Do you have the link to that post of yours?

I am strongly leaning in this direction of replacing the mirror with the monitor, and placing the Scanguage on top of it.  I do realize it's not as convenient for viewing and interaction, but I really didn't want to clutter my dash board.  I got "A Thing" about the stock look.  It must be my Corvette that has me thinking this way.
1648  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How to sell our toad on: January 05, 2013, 01:12:27 pm
For me, there is no "Other Than Craigslist" for free advertising stuff for sale including something like a Tracker.

Unfortunately, there are a select few who appreciate it setup for being towed.  But the general public will shy away becasue they don't know how many rolling miles it has.  You might be better off removing all the towing stuff and sell it as just another vehicle.  With rare exception, nothing sells a typical vehicle better than "stock/unmodified".

Sell the towing hardware separately.  Take pictures now while it is still on your Tracker, then use the pics for your hardware sale.  Be sure to save every nut, bolt, washer, etc. and include them in your sale pics.  Also include any paperwork, installation instructions etc.
1649  Main Forum / General Discussion / PC Projects Over Winter on: January 04, 2013, 10:25:32 am
Hey All,

It's time to be thinking about a few changes off season.  One matter that has always bothered me is the location of our backup camera monitor.  I often hit the monitor with my head when getting in or out from the driver seat.  Given the center mirror serves no purpose, I'd like to mount the monitor where the mirror is, and do without a mirror.  This would move the backup camera much more forward, surely out of my way.  Also, the monitor would be better viewed there.

Once done, I'd like to mount a ScanGauge on top of the monitor, but I question if the cable that comes with the ScanGauge is long enough.

Has anyone here removed the mirror and mounted the monitor there?  If so, how did you do it?  Where did you get the mirror-style bracket from?
Also, have you mounted a ScanGauge there?
1650  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 3100 impressions on: January 03, 2013, 12:50:36 pm
We with an older 2007 model, my wife and I both agree that flourecent lighting provides a "cold" feel to the interior rather than a warm feel as would be with incandescent lighting.  But flourecent was chosen in the industry to provide more light with less energy.  I understand some PCs made around 2010-2011 have a combination light fixture with both flouresent and a small incandescent for mood lighting.  That sounds like a nice feature.

Are these the latches you are all talking about?


Our 2007 has this type and we have broken a couple over the years.  We soon got with the program on how to avoid the break, most often with the male portion.  With a dozen free from the factory back in the day, we have enough to last as long as the rest of the motor home.  Our latches work well with no door rattling or opening on their own.  If yours do, the latch likely needs adjusting, or you lost a door bumper pad similar to this.


Our near 6 year old mascerator pump still works well though there is a little dripping by the pump only while pumping, seemingly harmless so far.   I really appreciate the mascerator setup.  If I ever have trouble with mine, I will keep it the same, just making repairs to be good as new.

About a few little things seemly odd like the screws sticking out as you have mentioned.  Don't let those few odd things darken your over-all evaluation because they are not representative of the rest of the rig.  All motor homes are heavily hand-crafted with such little quirks expected.  If you can easily remedy the little things, then I wouldn't get hung up on them.

About PC slideouts in general.  Our rig has zero so I have no experience with them.  But I hear on other forums that mechanics who work on motor homes, say that PCs have the best made in the industry.
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