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1666  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dead starter battery on: September 25, 2012, 04:49:07 pm
Anne & Bob,

Sorry to hear of your troubles, but you have learned it is best to disconnect the ground cable on the starting battery while in storage.  So welcome to the "I Killed My Battery Doing Nothing" club.

You might want to consider carrying extended length jumper cables to bridge between your coach and starter batteries.  Or do what I do and carry a 4/10/20/40 amp battery charger and extension cord that will run off the generator.

FWIW, my 2007 E350 chassis starting battery seems to drain down every-other month like yours did, but 5 years running, and all is still well after that mishap.  Hey, it's better than my Corvette which will drain down after 4 to 5 weeks.
1667  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New member/owner on: September 23, 2012, 08:23:45 am
I agree about the suspension as well.  Our 2350 on a 2007 E350 chassis needed a lot of help, but we think because of the ratio of the wheel base to rear over-hang, and adding that our fresh water tank is mounted against the rear wall.  Other PC models are less dramatic with these circumstances which may not require the same suspension investment.

The Ford E350 prior to 2008 didn't come with a rear sway bar so we had no rear sway bar at all.  2008 to today has both front and rear sway bars straight from Ford, though debatable if they are adequate for motor home applications in general.  Given PCs are not massive like conventional class Cs, the stock bars seem to be satisfactory to most PC owners, but less effective with models 2100, 2350, and 2400 due to their dramatic wheel base to rear over-hang ratio.

I feel any PC built on an E350 prior to 2008, the owners certainly should install a heavy duty rear sway bar, if not done already.  Having no rear sway bar at all is surely a formula for handling troubles for models 2100, 2350, and 2400.
1668  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New member/owner on: September 22, 2012, 11:05:45 am
I have seen a few 5th wheel with tow vehicle trains.  When we'd pass them, I'd think "WOW, that's long.

A tow vehicle generally has no complaints from us PC owners.  Many of us don't tow anything at all, but my wife and I tow a Jeep Liberty for the at-destination mobility.

Hopefully your adjstment from a 5th to a 2910T will be uneventful with the pros outweighing the cons by far.
1669  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New member/owner on: September 22, 2012, 10:06:56 am
We ordered our 2350 this year and took possession in June... coming from a Rialta, we are very very pleased with our unit..
D&B, you make an excellent point worth noting and adding to.

We came from a 17 foot long basic (extremely basic) motor home SEEN HERE.  It was much smaller than your Rialta, and we used it for 24 years, so when we graduated up to a 2350 5 years ago, it was like moving into a mansion.  A satisfying deciision depends on what you are used to, where you were coming from, and where you want to be heading in the way of the size and floorplan of a motor home.  Assuming that part of Johnnycrab's decision is in good order, they surely picked the right manufacture.

Congratulations Johnnycrab!  Welcome to the family.
1670  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Window awnings on: September 17, 2012, 12:47:40 pm
Hi Tom,

We have an individual awning for our driver-side dinette and really appreciate having it for both sun and rain.

About the passenger side.  Can you open your main awning a foot or two to help with the sun and rain?  We do that and it works well as long as the sun is not too low.  Is your issue more with early morning/later afternnon sun that has you thinking about this?  I have seen a small awning under the large one, but not yet on a PC.

I would think PC-USA can ship you a window awning that matches your main awning.  Installation seems like a do-it-yourself project.  The question is whether there is enough room between the top of the window and the underside of the main awning.

Best of luck,
1671  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: September 08, 2012, 07:48:22 pm
Ron when you go "New" I'd sure like yours! I could probably afford it by then.
Don't hold your breath.  We are hoping this one will give us another 25-30 years of service. Smile
1672  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dead starter battery on: September 05, 2012, 01:08:49 pm
This also applies to my older 2007 E350 chassis.

If I turn on the dome lights in the cab using the headlight control switch, then I turn off the dome lights individually using the switches by the light fixture, the running board lights remain on, I think indefinitely, though not 100% sure.
1673  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: drawer glides in PC 2350 on: September 04, 2012, 08:35:10 pm
The high quality ball bearing drawer glides are offered in many different lengths at home improvement centers.  Is it possible to use them instead?  You will need the same drawer-to-cabinet clearence as you have with the kitchen drawers.  Or possibly place them under the drawer if not.  I think some roller glides work for horizontal applications.
1674  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Add a sprayer to your toilet on: August 24, 2012, 09:14:50 am
In the past 5 years, we have not yet needed a many of you can figure out why. Smile  If things change for us, this would be nice to have.

I am going to have to see if my toilet is setup for this.


A "Helpful" for you.
1675  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: time stamp on: August 24, 2012, 09:09:09 am
Testing Time Stamp...

Yep, mine is accurate now that I placed a -1 in my "Look & Layout" section.
1676  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: August 22, 2012, 01:29:45 am
Hi Tom-Reds,

Welcome to the PC forum!

Yep, my repeated "eye candy" thread is quite long winded.  Glad you got through it with something of value.

Our travels is just my wife and me.  We near exclusively dry camp.  I consider our PC excellent for our type of vacationing.

Given the way my wife and I use water, we find our independance to last 3 to 4 days.  Fresh water is always the first to go.  We could extend this duration but would rather enjoy nicer showers.

If we never run the Ford engine, with the 2 batteries we find the need to run the generator for an hour or so a day after the 2nd day.  This because with the inverter, we make coffee every morning and watch a movie nearly every evening.  That hour or so per day charging is done using a 40 amp charger for fastest charge times with minimal generator run time.  It is discussed in my thread here.  We don't like running the generator more than neccessary because it isn't a sound in the wilderness we (and any neighbors) appreciate.  If you don't tow another vehicle, then your PC gets driven a lot more which will charge the batteries, eliminating much of the need to run the generator.

If you plan to camp in cool or cold weather, PCs are designed for it.  Just be sure to get the thermal windows to maximize it's insulation properties.  I would assume a little insulation "R" rating is lost with a slideout, but have no personal experience with one.  Maybe someone else here will chime in about how tight a slideout seals against freezing temps.

The first 3/4 of the Ford's 55 gallon gas tank are available to the generator.  All motor homes are setup this way to assure the generator won't drain you dry.

10 gallons/42 pounds of propane lasts us 17-21 days with the fridge on propane all the time, cooking freely, and hot water on propane roughly every-3rd evening.  The most variation depends on how often we use our furnace which is limited-use.  We fill up with propane at end of week #2 to assure we don't run out for the sake of the fridge.  I want to add that the hot water tank heats up quickly and retains heat extremely well, so when we run the generator, we heat up the water with 110v, so we do not sacrifice the convenience of daily use hot water.
1677  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ron, more lights on: August 21, 2012, 01:09:42 pm
Just ran across this, more lights.
Oh Billy, that is awesome.  It looks like it could be a very easy, non-intrusive, clean looking, extremely effective installation.  I would need 4 lengths strung under my 14 foot box awning with 6" shy of each end..."Perfect".  I will give this serious consideration.

Thanks for sharing.....a "Helpfull" for you.

Oh, oh, I see it is a 120v system, not 12v.... But they do offer 12v ones as well.  I would tap into the 12v porch light right there.
1678  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Pedal Extenders on: August 21, 2012, 01:07:06 pm
Do you have the 6-way power driver seat?  I ask because we do.  My wife is 5'-1" with long torso and short legs.  She can adjust the driver seat fine for herself.
1679  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2350 or ? What did you choose and why? on: August 21, 2012, 09:33:28 am
In-store, Ron. Just at $20.00 each in the small RV section near Auto Parts.
Thanks Bob,  I will first see if the Ultra Breeze is low enough.  If it's too tall, I'll check out Walmart.
1680  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.
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