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1696  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 29, 2012, 11:18:39 pm
Hi Gary,

I think I am right there with you on that idea.  If it would fit in my garage, I would love a rear walk-around queen bed oriented front/rear that is not in a slide-out.  The closest model to that is no longer offered.  It was called model 2950 which had rear twin beds.  It seems it wouldn't take much to make a rear queen from that model when extending it to the length of the largest PC offered today.

The factory will build upon request as long as it is in the plan to also offer the model to the general public.  It never hurts to ask Kermit the owner.  He just might go for it given he just discontinued the 2950 rear twin last year due to unpopularity.

1697  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Getting in and out of the 2350 rear bed on: April 29, 2012, 02:56:30 pm
This topic would be interesting to my wife as she too sleeps on the wall side of our 2350.  She gracefully lets me sleep on the isle side for two reasons.
1) That is our relative sleeping position at home
2) I would feel cramped without the ability to over-hang my feet when a larger gap forms between my head and the head board.

My wife struggles getting out unless I first do, so most often I get out for her easier exit.  The few times I don't is when she is try not to disturb me.  "Just disturb me please".

It seems to me there are a few places for a grab bar to attach
1) to a ceiling joist, but you run the risk of bumping your head on it.
2) above the thermostat
3) to the shirt closet.  But we have a TV there which would not allow for it.

Something like this is "Hospital" like, but are very strong and have no sharp edges to get hurt on if bumped.  These are bought at most home improvement stores.
1698  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Scangauge users on: April 27, 2012, 01:59:14 pm
I was hoping the scanguage would provide an improved 1.32 mpg, not .132 mpg.  It is well understood that motor homes often move along at 55-60mph instead of 65-75mph.  The rare one-finger salute is of no concern to me.  Actually with our old motor home, we couldn't do much over 60mph if we wanted to, and I think I got the finger 3 or 4 times in 24 years.

BTW:  Unfortunately I fall into the "more prep and less use" group as my job demands many extra hours.  There was a time I hoped to retire ahead of schedule, utilizing our PC more often as many of you do.  But like many working class people in the USA, the changes in the economy makes retiring "ON" schedule for me deamy.  So it goes.  Hey, at least I have a job.  No complaints here.
1699  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Scangauge users on: April 27, 2012, 12:48:51 pm
I was thinking of buying a Scanguage.  The company told me it comes with a 6 foot cable and a longer cable or extension is NOT available.  I was hoping to plug the connector into the OBD-II connector below, run the cable up the left door pillar and across the top of the windshield behind the headliner, and mount the gauge on top of the rear view mirror.....actually to the back-up camera of which I plan to mount where the rear view mirror is.  The actual mirror would be retired.

Does anyone know if the 6 foot Scanguage cable is long enough to do this?
1700  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Big v10 or small v10 on: April 26, 2012, 08:54:52 pm
Oops....senior moment there.  I corrected my post.  I tow a Liberty, not Wrangler.  I read over and over, Wrangler Wrangler Wrangler.  It just came out that way.

I think the Wrangler would make the perfect vehicle to take along on vacations, but the Liberty is better for my wife around town when not on trips.  I rate our Liberty second best.
1701  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Big v10 or small v10 on: April 26, 2012, 06:26:39 pm
I had wondered of the possibility that being marginally powered by the 5.4L-V8 might yield the same fuel economy as the 6.8L-V10.  We will never know.
1702  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Big v10 or small v10 on: April 26, 2012, 05:37:01 pm
Has anybody actually felt limited by the power of their V10 powered PC motorhome?
Our 2007 E350 with 6.8L-V10 towing our Jeep Wrangler (Correction ...LIBERTY...senior moment), I feel has more power than needed.  I wonder if I could have gotten by with the 5.4L-V8 option and save some gas.

I suppose it depends on where you are coming from.  Our first motor home was "Very" under-powered, yet we did fine going 57 mph on the open road and slowing down in the up-hill climbs.  A little 2.4L-L4 (96hp) engine handling 4500 pounds was a bit of a stretch.
1703  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Troubleshooting electrical problems in rear camera hookup on: April 24, 2012, 11:09:35 am
My wife's everyday set of keys is starting to resemble a chandelier with all the bling.

When leaving on a vacation, I hand over her own set of "Trip" keys which has only what she needs for the motor home, 4 keys in-all.  I include an illuminous orange plastic fob to find the keys quickly if dropped in tall grass or weeds.  I learned that from one bad experience.  When hiking and such, my wife leaves her purse in the motor home so the compact keys are friendly for her little blue jean pockets.
1704  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A/C leaking inside on: April 23, 2012, 04:16:05 pm
I wonder if it's worth supplimenting the roof a/c with chassis/dash a/c to help cool down quickly and more importantly remove more humidity faster to minimize ice build-up.  With a slide-out, you are likely getting some humid outside air coming in from around the seals.  But with the dash a/c on (not recirculate) you are drawing in outside air that get's dried out as it enters, and it creates a positive pressure in the cabin with the dry air.

Our chassis/dash a/c cools down our cabin faster than our roof a/c, even at idle.  I bring in fresh air from the outside through the dash, and let the hot humid air out the bathroom roof vent.  In comes cool dry air from up front, and out goes hot/humid air out the rear roof.  We do have a smaller model 2350 with no slide-out and also have thermal windows which both help with the fast cool-down process.
1705  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Remote door entry - F450 on: April 23, 2012, 03:58:03 pm
I too had wondered if my 2007 was setup for key fobs.  But "No" as confirmed by PC-USA and Ford via the chassis VIN number.
1706  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Literature Storage on: April 22, 2012, 09:37:02 am
it looks like the construction of it took up alot of space.
Absolutely.  We were able to sacrifice the cabinet for literature more easily than most other PC owners I think because our no-slide dinette provides a lot more storage than the popular couch in slide out.  This cabinet was our literature cabinet anyways so the unit I constructed made it work much better.
1707  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Literature Storage on: April 20, 2012, 12:54:48 pm
Many of you have seen our literature storage, but for you who have not.......

The top shelf is for PC manuals in binder, and Ford manual too.  The slots are for travel literature, anything else paper including books.

1708  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire pressure/weight on: April 20, 2012, 12:48:35 pm
I have yet to weigh our 2007 2350 without slide out.  I put 65psi in the rear tires and 70psi in the fronts which is 5 psi more than the door sticker states to have.

I really need to weigh our rig when on a trip.
1709  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sofa bed on: April 12, 2012, 09:59:00 pm
Jack,  Given you have a 2400 means that couch "is" your bed.  Though I don't have your situation, I surely understand the need for a better bed.

That is great information for those who regularly sleep on an old jackknife sofa (with standard cushioning) or airbed.  Some people here state the extra foam you mention is Memory Foam.

I gave you a "Helpful" rating.
1710  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2350 with Ford V10... What can I expect for MPG (no Tow) on: April 12, 2012, 02:16:41 pm
Hi Denny, Welcome to the PC family.

I agree with Barry-Sue on both accounts.

We own a 2007 2350 with no slide out.

The Ford chassis has the same engine, transmission, and drivetrain since 2005 or 2006.  The 2012 Ford chassis might weigh a few pounds more than pre-2008s but not influential.

The PC motor home portion has not changed either except slide out versus no slide out, around a 350 pound difference, again not influential.

Our fuel economy aligns with Barry-Sue's.

We tow a 4300 pound Jeep Liberty 4x4 100% of the time.
We cruise at 5mph over posted speed limit with towing restrictions, but limit top speed to 70mph.
Our 3 week trip from the Chicago area to the farthest point being Jasper Alberta was just under 4000 miles where we averaged 9.2mpg.
We plan to slow down to improve our mpg.  I would really like to hit the 10 mpg mark on vacations.
We averaged 10.2 mpg not towing, taking a load full of family to a wedding 350 miles away.

It seems best fuel economy is achieved by limiting top speed to 60 mph.  But that is hard to do with such a strong engine.  The temptation is to go faster becasue the engine does not strain to do it.  But it shows up in the mpg calculations.
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