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1696  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Website Privacy Policy on: February 02, 2014, 03:09:05 pm
Aimee,

I read through your privacy policy and find it to be near perfect.

What I say next means nothing to me personally, but it might mean something to a select few whom I believe are the people you are addressing in the first place.

As forum members, our "forum activity login time and usage" statistics are made available to the PC community in a very easy to understand graph.  I feel that publically available data would be considered private information by "that select few", so it might be a good idea to mention that graph in your privacy statement.  I love the "Stats" page and hope you don't do anything different with it.

Just a kind suggestion, not a request.
Ron Dittmer
1697  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Transfer Switch Manual on: January 24, 2014, 10:58:41 am
My Power Transfer Switch is located under my front dinette bench.  It's in a steel box.  I hope that would be enough.  I do store my heavy maintenance supplies in that bench to distribute the weight better, things like tools, jack, and cords, but no flammable liquids there.  Something to ponder.

Sorry to hear you were scrutinized like that.  Insurance companies can be your friend or your foe.

That chirp and loud click we all hear when powering up our rigs by the entry door activates a battery Isolation Solenoid, located behind the bottom doors under the fridge in our 2007-2350.  That thing worries me because we had one in our first motor home that went bad and nearly caught fire.  It was located under the hood, used to switch batteries to the alternator.  It nearly melted a near-by primary wire harness.

I listen close every time I click it, making sure I hear the same sound.  If it ever sounded different, I would immediately investigate.

It looks like this.
1698  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC from 5th wheel on: January 22, 2014, 02:01:12 pm
Something to consider.....PC-USA will deliver your 2552 to your door and drive away with your 5th wheel on a trade-in.  People do it all the time.  I read now and then how well it worked out for them. 

If you want to inspect a 2552 in your area, contact Aimee the moderator.  She will set you up with the nearest "willing" 2552 owner.
Just so you know, the factory will gift $500 to any PC owner willing to show off their rig that yields an actual PC sale.  You would need to inform the factory of that person's help.

If a 2552 can't be found in your area, a 2551 is the next best review for you.  It's easy to imagine a 2551 stretched a little longer to include the right-side euro chair and left-side pantry.  I believe the galley and the bedroom on-back is identical.  Something to keep in-mind.
1699  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: January 21, 2014, 04:37:42 pm
Welcome Joe!

The 2552 is the hottest selling PC, most popular in the PC community, and quite eye catching to owners of other brand motor homes, especially older couples.  The 2552 is one of the lighter rigs built on the E450 which makes it very well suited for towing the 5000 pound limit defined by the hitch.  As far as using the rig as your get-around-town vehicle, I can say that our shorter model 2350 (23'-8" long) seems to be pushing the limit for us.  We could surely get by as we have done so on one trip.  I suppose a lot depends on where and for how long you'll be wishing you brought your car from home.  For us, some trips are real nice to get around in our Jeep Liberty because without it, we'd miss out on so much.  But our vacation around Lake Michigan, I think it would have been better to leave the Liberty home.  Each trip's agenda dictates when to take it and when to leave it home.  For us it's not something we absolutely must bring on every vacation.  But yes absolutely on "some" vacations.
1700  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Protective Bug Screen for front of PC on: January 11, 2014, 07:16:12 pm
I use warm water, Dawn dish detergent, with the Magic  Eraser,  bugs come right off.
Bill G
Oh yes, Magic Eraser.  That thing works quite well on lots of things without any kind of abrasion or other damage.  I wonder how well it would work on getting those gray marks off the fridge shelves.  I've used an automotive product for that but maybe M.E. would be better.
1701  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sprinter question on: January 02, 2014, 03:44:17 pm
With our 2007 Ford E350 PC-2350, if I don't disconnect all batteries during long term storage, both the coach and house batteries will drain way down even though I have everything completely shut down.

We live in a cold winter climate with our PC stored in our heated garage.  If stored outside, I would keep the batteries in the warm house basement.
1702  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Fresh Water Tank Drain on: January 02, 2014, 12:57:09 pm
Our first pc was a 2007-2700, and it had the fresh water valve on the passenger side outside wall.
Our 2007-2350 does not have an outside water spicket of either kind.  Not for the fresh water tank and not for shore water.  We have the tank drain tube under the rig as all PCs have.  As mentioned by others, the next best thing we have is the outside shower on the left side of the rig.

Adding anything short of a frost-proof sillcock would not be appropriate considering freezing temperatures.

Here is a typical sillcock for residential use.  The actual seal is far inside the warm house.  I suppose it is possible to utilize one of these for an RV.


1703  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Happy Holidays to everyone on: December 10, 2013, 09:00:05 am
I too want to wish this ragtag family many blessings for the new year.

May your travels be safe and refreshing.  May you be in awe over the wonders of this world discovered in your PC, and affirm it has come from the paint brush of God.  May you be blessed with new friends and continue to grow with old friendships, and know the best friend of all is Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Very Merry Christmas to all the PC community and the staff there in Elkhart.

May Phoenix USA flourish in 2014.
1704  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tow a Grand Cherokee with a PC 2350 (Ford)? on: December 07, 2013, 12:56:54 pm
Back in 2008, my wife was dead set on getting a Wrangler for her every day use vehicle because "They Looked Cute".  We turned 50 that year and I knew better than to consider one.  But I had to do diligence and did some cost research.  I found used ones to be extremely expensive, much smarter to buy a new one instead.  So I took my wife to a dealer and thank goodness her test drive and tire kicking experience had her reconsidering.  While at the dealer she noticed a couple 1st generation Libertys on the lot.  After test driving & tire kicking a 1st gen Liberty (2nd gen was ugly to her) she concluded "It is just as cute, and it works for her too".  It was a month or so later, we bought our 2006 Liberty.  She was dead set on one with the raw plastic fenders which is the base model.  I was able to find one all decked out with alloys, options & sunroof, low miles, and at a bargain price.  It lacked only leather which was an ongoing disappointment, but I took care of that last Christmas, replacing her cloth skins with new leather ones.

Happy Wife is Happy Life.  She is actually very easy to please.



1705  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What to do with an Fiamma Awning now that I have a new Electric Awning on: December 06, 2013, 05:08:28 pm
It would be really nice if there was a "Parts For Sale" section for members.  I have lots of little stuff I could sell here, but it sits on a shelf in my basement instead.
1706  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tow a Grand Cherokee with a PC 2350 (Ford)? on: December 06, 2013, 05:02:15 pm
Tom,

I was referring to "curb weight", not weight rating.  I read that curb weight on the 1st gen Liberty (2002-2007) is 4300 pounds for the 4x4 with the 3.7L-gas engine.  The 4x2 weighs less at around 2800 pounds, the diesel weighs more.
1707  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tow a Grand Cherokee with a PC 2350 (Ford)? on: December 06, 2013, 04:01:43 pm
Steve smoline,

I don't see a problem towing a 4800 pound vehicle with a PC2350/E350-V10.  Just don't use the tow vehicle to store heavy items.

Any concern involves the limit of the 5000 pound hitch on the motor home, not the Ford chassis.  The E350/V10 will handle the job nicely.  We tow a 4300 pound Jeep Liberty which our 2007 PC-2350 E350/V10 motor home handles it just fine.  The gas mileage is right at a one mpg loss.  But no worries because at your destinations, you'll be saving the fuel driving the tow vehicle instead of the motor home.  The feel towing versus not towing is very noticable when accelerating but not once at a steady speed.

I can't imagine an extra 500 pounds more than we tow, making a noticable difference.

Tom, are you sure you have your weight right on your 2004 Liberty?  Is it a diesel?  Maybe that's where the extra weight comes in.  Our 2006 Liberty v6 gas 4x4 states 4300 pounds all over the internet.
1708  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Time for a new computer but what? on: December 04, 2013, 12:45:16 pm
Thanks Tom, and good luck to you too.

Let the games begin.
1709  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Time for a new computer but what? on: December 03, 2013, 07:08:59 pm
On Black Friday I bought THIS COMPUTER from Best Buy for $799.  There is a learning curve on Win8 for someone who doesn't work a smart phone, but we are going there too.  My wife ordered a pair of 4G Samsung Galaxy S4 phones and setup up with Straight Talk no contract plan of $45 per phone with unlimited voice, text, & data, data slowing down after 2.5GB in the billing cycle.  If Straight Talk proves to be a big disappointment, no contract means we can switch to something else.

I am in the middle of changing my email address to gmail to fit into all this stuff better.  No more Outlook, all managed on-line now.  It's time for a change in my email address anyway.
1710  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Time for a new computer but what? on: November 22, 2013, 06:38:41 pm
Especially if blowing out a desktop computer.  The cloud of dust is remarkable.
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