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1666  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rubber Floor Mat on: September 26, 2013, 02:56:52 pm
Ah!  I am watching it as I am typing here.  Thanks Tom.
1667  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rubber Floor Mat on: September 26, 2013, 12:06:44 pm
You can see in the new video that the cut away comes without any carpet. It is a great video, because Aimee loves us as much as we love her.
What new video?  I will have to sniff around the website.
1668  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: September 26, 2013, 12:03:12 pm
Linda and I bought our 2006 used 2100 at the factory in June.  

......to Glacier National Park in the spring and summer.
Welcome Steve and Linda!

We just got back from Glacier NP.  We were there for 10 days last August.  What a park.

The Going To The Sun Road vehicle restriction did not permit our PC-2350 on that road, but your PC-2100 will be permitted from either end, east or west.  You might need to fold in your outside mirrors when going up and down from the west because that road is more narrow than the east side.

If you like hiking for a full day, there are two hikes I highy recommend.
- Ice Berg Lake (4 miles there & 4 miles back)
- The Garden Wall from Logan Pass to Granite Park Chalet, then down to a lower parking area called The Loop.  There you take the free shuttle back up to Logan Pass to get back to your 2100.  That is 13 miles one way which includes the turn-off to see Grinnell Glacier from above.  Don't cut that short.  Most of the hike is down hill, but it does take all day.  Start early AM, the views are awesome.

Avalanche Lake is 5 miles round trip.  Hidden Lake is less.  Both are very nice.

Bears are abound, especially on the east side Many Glacier, both black and Grizzly.  You can't miss them.  Just watch for people pulled off the side of the road.  But no worries using common sense with food and clean-up, at the camp site and while hiking too.  We camped in Rising Sun with a black bear who visited the camp ground often.  No worries at all with any hard shell RV.  We enjoyed many camp fires in the evening and the bear never bothered us.  He did like the raspberry patch all around our camp site which had him sniffing around during one day that we witnessed.

Welcome to the PC family!
1669  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Report on alignment and handling of our 2552 on: September 26, 2013, 11:33:25 am
Yes, agree with my southern neighbor.  My next 2350 will probably be on a f450 chassis.
I assume you meant E450.  Regardless, keep in-mind that a 2100, 2350, and the 2400 built on an E450 will have an extremely rough ride because the chassis is over-kill for the application.  Some people on this forum talk about their 2551 on E450 having a very rough ride.  Ten-ish years ago the 2551 was built on the E350 but PC-USA switched to the E450 somewhere along the way, I assume because it was too close to or exceeding the max load limit.  But now that the later E350 handles 1000 pounds more weight, I wonder if the 2551 could once again be offered on the E350 chassis to get a softer ride.  Especially if it lacks a slide-out.

It is a debatable trade-off, a softer ride versus load capability.  The E450 does offer more cabable brakes so there are other benefits to the E450.  You can never have too much braking power when towing.
1670  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rubber Floor Mat on: September 26, 2013, 10:02:08 am
Stuart said the carpet was already in there and it would be $500 to tear it out and put in a mat. We skipped that option... and didn't totally buy the story that Phoenix bought the chassis with our color of carpet already in the cab.
I do wonder if the cut-away chassis specific for RV application is delivered to the PC factory with no floor covering of any kind.  The RV cut-away chassis does not come with outside mirrors, seats, dash panel inserts and other things lacking because the RV outfitters like PC-USA install their own.
1671  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rubber Floor Mat on: September 25, 2013, 02:45:29 pm
The mat appears to be the same Ford would install on the assembly line inside an industrial cut-away chassis for box truck applications.  It might be had through any Ford dealer parts department.
1672  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Questions from a Newbie on: September 25, 2013, 01:06:52 pm
As to the rocker switch on the panel to provide momentary charging, I have always just carried a good pair of heavy duty battery cables...
Bingo!

I carry an extra long set of heavy duty jumper cables and have used them when my chassis battery died, jumping power from the pair in back to the under-hood dead one up front.  It worked great.  Having them along on trips is also handy to help a stranded camping neighbor.

The rocker switch up front by the driver's left side is pretty much a novelty to me.  It won't charge a truly dead/failed battery, only help a discharged one, and then it takes a very long time.  Jumper cables are always dependable and quick.

Adding: About the hot water tank plastic drain plug.
If memory serves me right, that requires a 15/16" socket.  I bought just the socket and keep it loose inside my RV tool box along with my travel socket set.  Just make sure your HWT socket works with your socket set.  It may require an adaptor.

The inverter is a real sweet feature, but it won't power up the serious stuff.  It's great for watching TV while in transit or parked.  It will also power the coffee maker.  But when parked we've learned to just run the generator for those 5-10 minutes for coffee as not pull-down the battery reserves.  But no concern while driving because the engine up front supplies adequate amperage through the inverter.

PCs are really nice rigs for dry camping (no hook-ups).  Our trip last month was for 30 days out west.  We had 110v hook-up for only 2 nights (or was it 3?) of the 30, and only because it was available.  Never any water/sewage hook ups.  Just dump and fill as needed.  This considering just us two adults.  But I could see it being a bit different with kids.

BTW:  Welcome Doneworking/Paul!
1673  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Goodbye to PC on: September 25, 2013, 12:58:30 pm
Awilson,

It sounds like your plan is to go full time or at least for extended periods of multiple months, so I can understand the need for more room, and a diesel pusher surely offers the most for the footprint.  They are almost a story and a half with so much basement storage to keep the living space clutter-free.

I hope you connect with a great DP discussion forum as that is an art form (forum) all to itself.  Blessings to the two of you in your new venture in your diesel pusher.

Ron Dittmer
1674  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Another sani con tank flushing question on: September 24, 2013, 03:41:58 pm
Our older 2007 model has no such switch.  Like Tom says, it would be handy to have by the outside shower.
1675  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Report on alignment and handling of our 2552 on: September 24, 2013, 03:27:30 pm
This is a great discussion.

There are different brands of similar products that adddress the same things.

There are the variety of PCs from 21 to 31 feet in length with a variety of wheel bases.  It isn't hard for me to conclude that "By Inherrent Design", every 2100, 2350, and possibly the 2400 will experience more handling issues than a 2551 and longer.  This for two reasons, the same as many of you mentioned.
1) the ratio between wheel base and rear over-hang is worse on the shortest PC models
2) the E350 & Sprinter chassis are less capable than the E450 and are therefore more sensitive to weight distribution

On point #2, I feel this way because the E350 and Sprinter frames are of a thinner gauge steel and therefore could be flexing and/or twisting more than an E450 frame.  Anytime there is such flexing or twisting, it can affect handling.  Mind you that such flexing/twisting is not to be of concern as long as the weight limitations are respected.

If you pay close attention to commercials of redesigned vehicle model years, they often point out "improved body rigidity for better handling".  That is where I come up with that.

less flexing = less handling variation
1676  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Night/Day Shades Rattling on: September 24, 2013, 12:55:25 pm
Nice Story.  Our rig is over six years old and we still appreciate all those features you mentioned.

I wonder if our older style day/night shades rattle against the window frames.  I have other noises going on that drown out any such noise.  Nice tip if I quiet down the rest of our rig.

Welcome to the PC family!  Your 2100 with no slide-out and full body paint gets a double thumbs up from me.  ThumbsUp  ThumbsUp
If you find your rig likes to "wander" on the road, there are affordable suspension upgrades that will take care of it for you, so well that it will handle like a steady SUV.
1677  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Mercedes or E350 for ride and handling on: September 23, 2013, 04:15:29 pm
I can't knock the Sprinter.  Though I personally wouldn't go for one, I understand the attraction.

I find it interesting in what's upcoming from Ford called Transit.  It supposedly will be much more fuel efficient than the E350, comparable to the Sprinter but of coarse with Ford pricing.  I also wonder if PC-USA will be offering it.

Here is a 2014 Ford Transit Cut-Away.
More Pictures/Data HERE apparently for a box truck application.

1678  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Vvvvvvvvvvibration Noise on: September 23, 2013, 03:59:59 pm
Tom, I like your idea.
1679  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What is in the box between the propane tank and the frame? on: September 23, 2013, 03:59:20 pm
I agree that you need to use some common sense as to how long to hold the button in after the light turns on.  I hold it priming for 2-3 seconds after the light comes on, then go for start.

There is no hard fast rule for everyone because Onans seem to behave differently from one unit to another.  I suppose it comes down to finding what works best for your PC.

Also, it could possibly be the altitude adjustment on the carb isn't matching your actual altitude.  I wonder how many of us PC owners adjust that thingy?
1680  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What is in the box between the propane tank and the frame? on: September 23, 2013, 02:17:24 pm
About the Onan 4000 generator....

With our 2007 model, it primes after the light turns on, not beforehand.  We were doing the WRONG thing holding down the primer until the light came on.

When the light turns on, it is then that it first starts to prime.  If you listen very closely, you can hear the pump turn on when the light turns on.

So hold that primer switch long after the light goes on.  It still takes a few starting attempts, but with much less cranking.

Bob, if I never primed prior, my generator would require excessive cranking to start.  So I don't know what more to say.
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