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1666  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Still here on: May 11, 2012, 03:21:54 pm
I am not sure why you would need two 25' electrical extension cords in addition to the one with the coach.  I have been RVing since 1964 and have never had a need for anything but the cord with the coach.  That is an expensive buy if you never use them.  Maybe Ron could help on why he recommends them.
We usually camp in primitive camp grounds where electric is either non-existent, is limited to just a few sites or sometimes set far back for sharing sites.  Admittedly we most often don't need any extension, but the rare time we do, it is great to have.

On rare occasion when those few electric sites are taken, we'll camp next to an occupied electric site and use the extensions to get power to charge our batteries and use the long as an electric outlet is available.  We would never inconvenience the occupant, always asking before using.  Many people are more than happy to share when electric is scarce.

It is disappointing when you are 10' short of cord, resorting to using the generator, sometimes working within generator rules & restrictions.

As gl1500 says, 30 amp cords can be very expensive, around $125 each, but I found our 30 amp extension cords on clearence for $25 each.  With patience, you may as well.  Usually they are found on clearence at the tail end of the RVing season.
1667  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Still here on: May 11, 2012, 12:10:21 pm
You will get a lot of great input on options to consider, and such.

I got these items from Walmart, some found in their automotive-RV section

- Two 25' long 30amp extension cords (but don't use both with the a/c, a electrical safety concern)
- Two fresh water hoses (the white ones)
- A "Y" hose adapter with shut-offs
- A 2'x4' folding table that stores nicely in the rear compartment (when taking out those silly eyelets with bungie cords)
- Get a tool box and set yourself up with a nice set of tools and small supplies like fuses, hardware, etc.

About the rear ladder and roof rack.  It was our decision to get the ladder and rack but not mounted, just storing them at home.  5 years later and still no regrets about that decision.  But it is not a popular decision.  I figure if I ever changed my mind, I could still mount them.  But not so if doing it in reverse.

I wished we had the factory add a separate outdoor light switch with an extra light on each side and rear so we could light up the campsite in all directions when needed.

Also to have two porch lights, one one each end under the awning.  One light makes too much shadow.  If two lights is too bright, put in lower wattage bulbs.

If the one porch light today was mounted on the opposite side of the entry door, less bugs would get inside.  That would work well with the two light setup.
1668  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Electrical mystery - kitchen electric outlet has moods on: May 10, 2012, 10:04:34 pm
That is very wierd.  I would first start by killing the power to that outlet, remove it's cover plate and inspect the connections.  If all is well, then.........
1669  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Post delivery inspection on: May 10, 2012, 09:36:13 pm
Amen x2.

That pretty much summed up our At-Home inspection 5 years ago.  Nothing concerning or disappointing with workmanship and quality.

I do have to say that our 2007 2350 handled poorly when loaded up on our maiden voyage with tow vehicle.  I think the aspect ratio of the 2350 wheel base to it's rear over-hang is much worse than the 3100.  The following year in 2008 Ford equipped all E350 cut-away RV chassis with a rear sway bar so I think our 2007 was one of the last with no rear sway bar of any kind.  Also, in more recent years PC-USA relocated the 2350's fresh water tank more forward which reduces that heavy rear over-hang condition.  Our fresh water tank is against the rear wall.  When our fresh water tank was filled, that was when the condition was at it's worst.  But we addressed all such issues with aftermarket suspension upgrades since mile #800 on our odometer.  It was worth the $3,900 extra investment to make it "Tops".  Since then, our PC handles much better than my daily commute vehicle.

ragoodsp, it is probably my "poor handling" posts that you recall.

Congrats again!  Glad all is well. more thing.  I don't know if this holds true to today, but our dark cherry cabinetry had haze spots where putty was used to hipe some staples.  A damp wipe-down removed all that haze, looking so much better.  It was very simple, fast and easy to do.
1670  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Trip to Elkhart on: May 10, 2012, 09:25:10 pm
Why not have the factory do it? They can use the same flooring as the rest of the PC. Just need to call them and ask.
100% in agreement!
1671  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Inverter on: May 10, 2012, 09:17:20 pm

So you have an inverter in your 2006.  I know it became standard in 2007.  Maybe it was an option in 2006, and you have that option.  Good for you.

Apparently there were a number of different brands used in PCs.  We have a 2000 watt Tripp-Lite inverter, mounted behind the cabinet door with the fancy bronze grille.  It was sealed with hindges on both sides.  We removed one side of hindges and placed a latch & door handle for easy access.  I understand why PC sealed it....for child safety.  You don't want curious kids in there where they could get electricuted.  If we have grand kids one day, I'll have to get a child safety latch for it.
1672  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Floor mats on: May 10, 2012, 09:06:18 pm

We bought brand new in the package original Ford mats, same color as our Ford interior.  Cheap too.  It's been a while but I want to say $45 with shipping included, about 4-5 years ago..
1673  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Still here on: May 10, 2012, 09:00:38 pm
Maybe the entire bed-cabinet can move with the one bed.
1674  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Still here on: May 10, 2012, 04:27:50 pm
Supporting Billy's comment.  I think the factory can accomodate Gary's request with a motorized fold-down couch on one side that can mate up to the bed across the isle to make a King size bed.

Maybe they can make one single bed on casters that can roll over and latch up to the other single to turn the two single beds into one double/queen bed.  Better than we experience on cruise ships.
1675  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Trip to Elkhart on: May 10, 2012, 09:07:28 am
Looking at the pictures of the current 2100, they show small door where Ron is talking about having one put, I guess it is what he is talking about.
Tom, I had to look for myself, and you are right.  PC is already doing that.  I see it's a very tiny door because of the outside transition wall.
Never mind me.

1676  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Trip to Elkhart on: May 10, 2012, 12:12:29 am
It sounds great.

I hesitate to suggest anything from our experience of 5 years ago because PC made changes over the years.

But.....Since you have the dinette.....  You might want to consider this.

More dense foam for the bench dinette.  Our foam was never dense enough, even when brand new.  Our butts get too close to bottoming out on the wooden bench.  When I shift my weight on the seat, I feel the board.  I am 180 pounds.

Leather dinette surfaces instead of cloth.  Won't wrinkle or bunch up when slouching or when sliding in and out.  The cloth does, especially with the softer foam.

I wished we had an outside access door to our front dinette bench seat storage.  I store heavy outside use items in my front bench seat to help balance the load better and wish I could get to those items without disturbing the interior.  The side bench cabinet doors are good for the stuff close to the door, but deep inside I have to remove the cushions to get to them.  Your front dinette bench likely will be outfitted with a huge drawer which will provide easy access to everything inside but limits storage volume significantly.  Given your dinette is on the right side of the motor home with the awning, having outside access to that huge storage compartment (without drawer) would be extremely convenient.

I would inquire if a lockable outdoor storage door could be added there, and leave out that front bench drawer.

Just some ideas.

A separate porch light (one on each of the 3 sides) on their own shared switch is a big wish of mine for years now.  If I had only thought of that 5 years ago when we ordered ours.  I was going to add them myself but it would have required too much interior damage to retro-fit them.  I bought the lights and switch and all, then decided against it.

For some reason the 2100 always suffered from a sagging rear end.  The 2350 does too but not as much.  I would ask if the factory could install adjustable rear air bags to lift the back end up to level on demand, especially important when loaded up for a trip.
1677  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need help to diagnose an electrical Problem on: May 08, 2012, 11:22:32 am
As long as you also use shore power on occasion, I would think you'd be covered.

I think the problem would arise if you use one power source exclusively.  The transfer switch would then stay in that one position all the time.

This is all my own theory here.  I have nothing to back myself up.
1678  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need help to diagnose an electrical Problem on: May 08, 2012, 09:51:55 am

It sounds like your power transfer switch needed to be exercised, just as I suspect for ge_montana.

That switch is a mechanical thing.  Ours is mounted under the front dinette bench (no slide-out).  A few years back, out of curiosity I removed the cover and seen it looks like something that could use exercising once in a great while.  Though I personally never had issues, that idea was in-mind if an issue flaired up.  Your experience aligns with my theory.  Hopefully ge_montana reads this and gives it a try with successul results.

I suppose it wouldn't be a bad idea to go through that ritual once annually.
1679  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need help to diagnose an electrical Problem on: May 07, 2012, 11:12:21 pm
It sounds like the outlets you have issues with are the same ones that get powered through the power inverter.

Understand that power to those outlets you mentioned comes from 3 different power sources.
#1 - With The On-Board Power Inverter
#2 - When The RV Is Plugged Into A Power Pole
#3 - When Running The Generator

I am NO expert here, but I do wonder if your power transfer switch is faulty and simply needs a little exercise to work properly again.  I would try this and see is all is well afterward.

Unplug RV from power pole
Run generator and see if those outlets are working....(confirm your microwave is getting power too)
Turn off generator
Plug back into power pole
Test outlets again.

Report Back.  I am very curious about this problem of yours.
1680  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Trip to Elkhart on: May 07, 2012, 05:19:03 pm
Okay.......... Paul/Marilyn, you are such a tease.  You didn't share any detail.

Were you able to walk through the same model/floorplan you ordered?
Did you decide on a 2100 as originally planned?
Did you decide to get a slide-out or not?
What options are you considering?
What options did you completely rule out?
Full body paint job, half, or none?

You can't just say "We ordered one" and leave us hanging here.

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