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1681  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Floor Mats on: August 10, 2014, 10:11:47 am
We went with the original Ford carpet mats, purchased off ebay at the time, very cheap.  I had figured they would not last, but they did look nice.  That was 7 years ago.  To my surprise they still look new.  Apparently our travels are not to terribly dirty places.  I do like to marathon-drive with my shoes off and the Ford carpet mats helps with comfort.

I do shake & hit the driver's mat out clean on a regular basis.
1682  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New member on: August 10, 2014, 10:06:48 am
Welcome Ben & Bev.  Have fun in your PC adventure.  We really enjoyed our time in determining what was ideal for us, then to place our order.
1683  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2009 owners manaul on: August 10, 2014, 09:51:11 am
Back in 2007, our PC-2350 owners manual was written years prior consisting of some poor quality photo-copies with captions, that covered the entire model line-up.  It covered simple systems not covered by product-specific manuals.  Being our first self contained motor home, I was quite uneasy to have such basic documentation.  I hoped for details that I could read through to familiarize myself before our maiden voyage.  I learned so much from our first weekend trip, never referring to that photo-copy document.

In PC's defense, I think they would need to hire 3, maybe 4 full time staffers for a year to create quality and detailed manuals for each PC model, then one staffer to maintain it thereafter.  Then there would be printing costs and such.  It would be a lot to invest in something that is really not necessary.  And how many manuals of each model would be printed?  Very few.  I personally would not want to see those costs added into the purchase price of the motor home.  As it is today the company controls cost by carrying over their sales brochure.  I once asked Aimee why the brochure does not have color pallets like we see in automotive brochures.  I was surprised what it takes to accurately provide color samples in a brochure.  Cost for that alone is quite high.

The way the company handles owners manuals and sales brochures, makes sense to me.  I'd much rather have a leather interior for example, than an a nice owners manual and sales brochure.  I do think it would be nice if they could update the pictures in the brochure to reflect current day color choices.  Maybe they already do that and I am not paying enough attention.  Keep in mind, Aimee is contracted to maintain the brochure and website.  She does what they pay her to do.  It is not a reflection on her.  It's what PC-USA decides to invest in.

 Cheers to both Aimee and PC-USA
1684  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Pin hole in the Sani Con hose on: August 07, 2014, 04:33:24 pm
Thanks for the pics and detailed explanation.  I know your situation better now, and will see if I have simply been "Lucky So Far".
1685  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Pin hole in the Sani Con hose on: August 07, 2014, 02:21:23 pm
I have been confused as to the pin hole so many of you deal with.  Is it where the hose comes out from the hose storage compartment?  Or is it located somewhere else?

If located by the pump, could you file down or replace the screw as some have mentioned, cut off the bad part of the hose (the last 2" or whatever) and re-clamp it?

Does anyone have a picture of the sharp screw and the damage it has caused?  I will have to look at ours and see if we too have this "sharp screw" condition.  We have not yet had a hole in our hose and it has been 7 years now.
1686  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2350 Outside Storage on: August 06, 2014, 02:36:02 pm
Does any hitch box supplier offer a storage box that utilizes a side-by-side tri-hitch like this, ideal for strength and stability.

1687  Main Forum / Photos / Re: 2015 2100 special, home in Florida on: August 06, 2014, 01:11:42 am
Very nice.  I look forward to your upcoming post on how your dog crates fit.
1688  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Mpg on: August 04, 2014, 09:06:59 am
With our older 2007 PC with a standard windshield rear view mirror, since the mirror was useless for looking behind the rig, I mounted the back-up camera there, and later mounted the Scangauge on top of it as shown.  Now I don't hit my head on the monitor anymore, and it is so much easier to glance at. 
  
The bracket I used to mount the monitor is part number 250-8088 at T&A Service and Supply 800-658-3423  $48 plus shipping.

I am sure you could mount a Scangauge on top of the center mirror in the same manner.

1689  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: July 31, 2014, 07:42:41 am
Congratulations  Ann.  A very beautiful rig you have there.  If any questions or concerns come up, be sure to ask your friends, all us here on the forum.

Ron
1690  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: vibration in driveline on: July 29, 2014, 12:39:01 pm
What models of Cruisers have the 3rd shaft. Is this just a problem of the 2900 and 3100 series or does it also effect the shorter units?
All Ford E350/E450 Phoenix Cruisers with a 138", 158", or 176" wheel base would get an unmodified Ford chassis.  I recall the 2400 model starts with a 176" stock Ford wheel base and actually gets shortened.

I quickly gathered what data I had on-hand, unknown to me which ones get a 3rd drive shaft.  It seems the 29** models would have three for the distance from the trans to the rear differential is getting way out there.  I wonder how the chassis industry handles other large trucks, school buses and all.

Model - Wheel Base
2100 - 138"   (unmodified)
2350 - 158"   (unmodified)
2400 - 164"
2551 - 194"
2552 - 194"
2700 - 192"
2900 - 208"
2910 - 218"
2950 - 208"
3100 - 218"

Back in 2007 when selecting a 2350, I learned that meant getting an unmodified chassis of which I felt good about.  But honestly it would not have been a deal breaker one bit if our choicel required a wheel base adjustment.
1691  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: vibration in driveline on: July 28, 2014, 05:16:21 pm
Is the "drive shaft balance" problem seen  only on Ford frames that have been modified longer and shorter?  Or is the problem also seen on the stock 158" and 176" wheel base chassis.  If it's only noticed on stretched frames, then I would assume something goes wrong during that process.  I think the drive shafts are changed out, so it could be bad drive shafts.  I wonder if Ford supplies them, or maybe supplied by another company who does not have the same quality control as Ford.

For reference, here are the spec's (last revised Oct. 2003) on modifying the E350/E450 wheel base.  https://www.fleet.ford.com/truckbbas/non-html/Q18.pdf

ADDING:
On page 16, it states as follows which indicates the drive shaft is modified, not replaced.  Whoever is doing that isn't always getting it right.  I wonder what is stated under Bulletin Q-40.  I wonder if you could take the driveshaft in to a specialty shop and have it made right, or replaced with a "right" one.  I understand that drive shafts come off easy.  Tow truck drivers do it right in the middle of the street when they have to.

Driveline System Reassembly
DRIVESHAFT REQUIREMENTS
--- Proper driveshaft modification is necessary to maintain vehicle safety, reliability, and customer
satisfaction.
--- Driveshaft usage is determined based on the vehicles maximum speed, driveshaft length,
driveshaft diameter, and axle ratio.
--- For driveshaft modification, refer to Bulletin Q-14, Guidelines for Modifying Light Truck Drivelines
and Q-40, Econoline Driveline Angles.
1692  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford 350/450 shifting advice on: July 17, 2014, 08:01:44 am
With our 2007 E350-V10 & current day Torqshift transmission, towing our 4200 pound Jeep Liberty, I have yet to be worried over the drivetrain except when engine braking.  The RPMs can sometimes get very close to red-line.  At my second oil change I switched to full synthetic oil in hopes to provide a little extra edge to my concerns.

Whether engine braking or climbing, the Triton series engine, V10 or V8, is designed to rev very high compared to the GM engines.  As a result, the engines can get loud which can make you feel you are over-stressing something.  But in reality, all is well.

I personally love the tow haul mode.  I called Ford twice over the years, asking if Tow-Haul could be reprogramed to be "On" by default, but I get the same disappointing answer.

As Barry said, try not to loose momentum when driving in the mountains.  When you do, just take it slow (or slower) in a lower gear.  You want the rig to rev high with the least amount of throttle.  Once in a great while you will simply find yourself at very high RPMs in a very low gear, going very slow.  As uncomfortable as it might feel, the drivetrain is designed to work just like that.  As always, give consideration to the other drivers around you.

In answer to your Tow-Haul mode question... It changes the shift points under both conditions, accelerating and decelerating.
1693  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2100 - No slide - Question on: July 15, 2014, 11:02:28 pm
I too enjoyed racephoto's (Gail's) pics along with her creative ideas.  I love her little rig.  

I did find it interesting that the 2350 weighs only 305 pounds more than a 2100, neither having a slide out.  That comes to 122 pounds per linear foot.  I realize it is not linear, but still interesting.  I wonder how the 2450 compares.  I had assumed it would be better on an E450 chassis, but now think the E350 would do it best as PC-USA is supplying.  I think the 2450 wheel base is that of a 2551 which would place more weight forward where most extra chassis capacity resides.  The 2450 would have a much better balance load, maybe preventing rear sag.  The stock 2100 and the 2350 both have a bit of a rear end sag to them when all loaded up, ours included.  I've always thought we could benefit from rear air bags to bring up the rear by a couple inches.  But I really don't have issues with it a tad low in back.  It does clear the garage door without a worry right now.  With air bags, I'd have to remember to let the air out before driving in.  It's a tight fit already.

Gail, Your 2100 does not appear to have the common sag.  Do you have air bags in back?
1694  Main Forum / Photos / Re: 2450 non-slide on: July 14, 2014, 01:15:45 pm
I see the factory did the 3 drawer galley that I originated here: http://www.phoenixusarv.com/community/index.php/topic,1751.0.html
I wonder if you are pioneering it for them because I will tell you right now that their method for holding your drawers shut will NOT, and I mean ABSOLUTELTY NOT keep the drawers closed.  When conditions are right, they will pop open and smash through the built-in drawer glide stops and end up on the floor.  I tried a number of experiments from those roller closures you mentioned, to a very strong 5 double magnet per drawer method.  Nothing short of a true latch will keep the drawers closed when conditions are worst.  I thought I had it licked with 5 double magnets per drawer, until we were well into our trip in Glacier NP, taking a jolting hair-pin turn to the right.  The extreme jolt and centrifugal force opened the drawers fast as bullets and they all ended up on the floor.  The first time it happened, only the top drawer opened and held.  The second time in another location, all 3 drawers ended up on the floor with the drawer glides broken.  We finished the trip with dinette cushions wedged in place to prevent it again.  What a big pain.  Fortunately we were doing that only the last week of our 4 week trip.

I advise you do this, a very cheap and simple non-intrusive insurance policy.

Buy child safety latches for those three drawers, the kind that allow you to open the drawer a couple inches for you to push the latch aside to open the drawer to it's fullest.  Even if you don't install them, have them in a tool box in the rig so you could install them during a trip.  Hopefully when it happens the first time (and it will happen) your built-in glide stops won't break on you, avoiding ball bearings all over the floor.

Maybe our problem was putting to much heavy stuff as seen in that post of mine, but that was our goal to begin with, placing all kitchen things in the kitchen.

I see in your picture, the factory was able to place that heater vent inside the kick board below the bottom drawer.  That is great.  Hopefully they will apply that to all galley cabinets in the future.

Ron
1695  Main Forum / Photos / Re: 2450 non-slide on: July 14, 2014, 12:50:37 pm
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