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1711  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electrical question an inverter on: May 23, 2013, 08:39:37 am
Hi Greg,

I cannot comment on your inverter because our rig has the older Tripp-Lite brand.

Good or bad inverter, you still need the right batteries.  What is best is highly debatable on RV forums.  I bought two large capacity MAXX deep cycle batteries at Walmart.  I like them.  They are bigger than the original ones so they offer more power.  They fit perfectly snug in the battery tray.  I like the design of the top.  Battery acid is better contained.  Whatever brand you buy, try to get the same manufacturing date.  The MAXX had stickers on them.  Example: May 2013.
1712  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: We're happy with our new 2350 on: May 22, 2013, 11:53:58 pm
Hi Ron, Thanks for the photo and comment on running the generator to charge the house batteries.  I don't completely understand the process here.  Could you explain in words what is going on in the photo?
Hi Bruce.  What you see pictured is our 110v battery charger plugged into our PC's outside outlet and hooked up to the coach batteries.  Whether plugged into campground power or the generator running, that outside outlet powers the battery charger which has multiple settings for various charge settings.  It is a 4/10/20/40 amp charger.  The slower the charge, the easier on the batteries.  The 4 amp setting is nice when the rig is in storage.  When you don't have enough time, you need to charge stronger to get the batteries back to full capacity.  Overnight on the 4 amp setting with dead batteries won't be enough, but the 10 or 20 amp setting will.  If you run your generator only an hour or two at a time, then set the charger for 40 amps to get the most from the run time.

Obviously you would never run the charger off the inverter.  If that worked, then you will have solved the world's energy crisis.

Does all this make sense?
1713  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cruise control on: May 22, 2013, 05:41:50 pm
Ahh a brand new rig.  It sounds complicated.  Good Luck.
1714  Main Forum / Photos / Re: pics from our 2004 2350 no slide out on: May 22, 2013, 05:16:47 pm
Very intersting to our alternate which is leaving the sink cover at home on a basement shelf.  Somone else had sawn their sink cover in half to offer some counter space but more "exposed sink" to rinse vegetables and such.

Lots of cool ideas on this forum.  Thanks for sharing!
1715  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire blowouts at 25000 miles - Michelin LT 225/75R16. on: May 22, 2013, 04:58:33 pm
I agree that under-inflation will cause a blowout.  Unfortunately it is a science project to determine what the right pressure should be.

Our 2007 chassis has the original tires and I have no plan to change them anytime soon.  I got 12 years from the last set with our first motor home.  With our PC, the tires are designed to handle a lot more weight than actual weight so I think we are okay as long as the right PSI is in them.

Oh, our rig is stored indoors all the time as well, no sun, no cold, no dampness, etc. which helps a lot.  17,000 miles on them so far.  They still look and smell like new.

If one of your duallies goes flat on you, better quick put 80psi in the other.  It's always a good idea to carry a cheap 12V tire pump.  I carry a repair kit like this one, bought cheap at Walmart.  It looks big bit it is very compact.  If the tire has gone flat because of a nail, I hope to fix the flat with a plug (not the Slime) while still on the rig.  It's much easier than changing the tire.  Then casually make our way to a tire repair shop for a better patch-from-behind repair.

1716  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: We're happy with our new 2350 on: May 22, 2013, 04:43:11 pm
We ran the generator a few hours to keep the batteries charged.
Just a quick comment on this, good data if dry camping a lot.

When it comes to battery charging, running the generator and plug-in offer a very slow charge.  That is why I do as pictured when charging very low batteries with the generator or an over-night plug-in.  It gets results.

I understand driving the motor home charges the batteries quickly like my battery charger.
BTW:  Bruce & Sharon, Congrats on the new rig!

1717  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cruise control on: May 22, 2013, 04:26:56 pm
Remember there are two Ford fuse panels, one underhood with lots of relays and fuses.  Given your rig is older, maybe there is a corrosion problem or a faulty relay.  Identify the appropriate relay and swap it with another identical one and see if the problem moved to the other system.  Refer to page 174 in your owners manual to identify your relays.  Don't swap relays with a critical system, like fuel injectors for example.

Not on our PC, but I've done this on other vehicles for troubleshooting.  A bad relay can be diagnosed this way.  Just take a bad relay to your local Autozone/Napa/whatever auto parts place for a direct replacement.  If you find a relay to be your problem, you just saved hundreds of repair dollars, and you learned something too.  A new relay will be in the $3-$10 price range.
1718  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Euro Chair - sliding assistance needed on: May 15, 2013, 10:03:16 pm
....I would have like to have installed small roller balls on the bottom but the base is not robust enough to support them.
I don't have the ever-praised Euro chair you all love so much so I don't know what I am missing, but.....

It seems you could go to a store like Office Max or Office Depot and buy a real nice comfortable chair with or without wheels for around $100 on sale, in leather or other materials.  That might be a lot easier to come up with a hold-down method than retro-fitting the round ring base thing.  Maybe buy the chair for the base and pitch the seat if you love your Euro that much.
1719  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: May 08, 2013, 10:54:23 pm
9.5 mpg with a 2552 towing is exceptional!

The green interior was my wife's doing.  I take no credit.....or responsibility for that matter.

We are an hour north of I-80

Regarding my drawers (wood, not cloth) I got so close to completing the project before the OT kicked figures....Bch, bch, bch   rolling on the floor

Enjoy your trip!
1720  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Gas Mileage on: May 08, 2013, 10:23:34 pm
When discussing gas mileage with motor homes, there are a hundred variables.  Here are mine on one specific trip.

- 2007 E350-V10 chassis
- 2007 2350 Phoenix Cruiser with no slide out
- 9200 curb weight as stated on the PC sticker
- always towing a 4300 pound 2006 Jeep Liberty
- 1200 pounds of people, goods, and water
- trip from Chicago area to Jasper Alberta and much in-between
- top speed practiced is consistently 5mph over posted speed limit for towing
- gas mileage averaged over an entire 4000 mile journy, from home to home

Trip Average - 9.2mpg

I just installed a Scanguage-II.  It will be interesting how it compares to caluculating fuel economy the long-hand way.
1721  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: May 08, 2013, 10:07:44 pm
Ron, I don't think I caught any pictures before of the new dinette seating.  I love the contrast in texture and pattern/color.  Great job!
Pictures of the dinette in the 2350 slideout would be of value to those considering it.  Maybe Earl will get some posted next rig coming off the line that way.

Regarding our interior color scheme....It just sort-of happened that way.
We liked the green interior but not dark green captian seats for fear they would clash with the gray exterior.
Later we replaced the green barrel chair with the captain seat but went gray to match the other two.
Then this past winter we switched the dinette cushions from cloth to leather.  They ran out of original 2007 gray so green was an alternate.
The cloth dinette trim (same as the original cushions) also matches the valances throughout so it's not out of place.  There is even some dark green vinyl in the valances which makes the dinette a perfect match.  It seems the cloth trim would take a beating better than vinyl anyway.

PS: I still have to get those galley drawers done before or first trip of the season.  But still working crazy hours.  I only need one good day to finish them.
1722  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: May 08, 2013, 01:14:02 pm
adjustable shelves in closet that can be removed...Steve & Aleece  Grin
Very nice deviations, all of them.  Since you are adding removable shelves, I would consider the same for the shirt closet, the smaller hanging cabinet, just to the right of the microwave oven.  I added a fixed shelf there.  Maybe two adjustable shelves would be better.

Also ask where the subwoofer will be mounted.  I requested it go in the front most dinette bench seat and it does make most sense to put it there.  Back in 2007, they placed it under the main bed where precious outdoor storage is compromised, and it's best far away from the bed when one is napping while the other is watching TV.

I also highly recommend the thermal windows.

I do wonder of the value of the roof antenna.  If doing it over, I would request NOT to have one.  With digital, it's good only if the rig stays put.  It's a science project to figure out where to point it and then scan for channels, repeating the process until we give up and throw in a movie.  On The Go TV is best for DVD/BlueRay movies.  If you have money to burn, get a tracking satelite dish system though some people are disappointed in them too.  Broadcast TV is great at private campgrounds with Cable TV service.

Our rooftop antenna is nothing but an ugly roof ornament that put many holes and piles of caulk in the aerodynamic cap where it is mounted.  And it rattled a lot until I felt padded it in many places.  That large roof top space would be better utilized for a solar panel.

1723  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Do I need two Air Conditioners? on: May 08, 2013, 01:03:36 pm
Ron, any shade will work if you keep your car in the garage. 
I had that comment coming.  Ha, ha.

I just grabbed that picture off the internet as those shades look exactly like ours.
1724  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Do I need two Air Conditioners? on: May 07, 2013, 09:02:45 pm
we use those aluminum colored reflectors and then close our privacy shades as well in the evening.
Us too.  Maybe four years ago I found Made-For-Ford-E-Series pop-open sun shades at Walmart on clearance real cheap.  I should have bought a few sets.  They are a perfect fit.

They look very similar to these.
They store in the back pocket of a front seat.
You cannot see through them from either direction.
Not as shown, our mirror (now backup camera) is protected from the sun.
1725  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Linoleum floor covering on step on: May 07, 2013, 01:34:44 pm
We noticed a slight ripple in our 2007 vinyl floor covering within the first year or two.  It's hardly noticable, but it is there.  It has not gotten worse since.  I wonder if the bouncing rig moves things around very slightly to create the ripple.  Either the flooring is not 100% glued down, or the decking shrunk as is common with wood, or maybe both.

About runners and such, I bought rug runner material off a big roll at Menards for our outdoor storage compartment to protect the lower fiberglass surface.  I had enough left over for that first entry step.  I wished I had enough extra to do the rear compartment.
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