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1741  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Shake down trip on: April 10, 2013, 04:07:42 pm
No, No, No...Silly.  They drink they wine so that the smell of the bleach doesn't bother them so bad.  Wink
That girl has us figured out. Smile
1742  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Shake down trip on: April 10, 2013, 01:34:21 pm
Sounds great.

You will surely want to disinfect the fresh water system before consuming any on-board water.

Before the start of a new season, I add a 1/2 gallon of bleach (much more than recommended) to the fresh water holding tank and then fill with water to over-flowing, run the on-board pump, open all faucets, and get the bleach solution throughout all pipes and fixtures.  Close up everything and let the bleach solution do it's thing for an hour.  Then drain and flush multiple times.  Since much of the bleach ends up in the holding tanks, I flush them too as I hear the bleach can be hard on tank valves.  Where we live, I can simply drain all tanks into a culvert next to the driveway.

During the first days of our trip following, we smell a litttle chlorene in the water so we boil it out when cooking, and drink bottled water.  The smell reminds me of Chicago water.  Better to smell a little chlorene than to get sick from the water.

If your fresh water tank is like ours, you can't completely drain the fresh water tank because the drain valve is on the side by the bottom rather than on the bottom.  It leaves less than an inch of water.  I park on an incline at home so the water rushes to the drain valve.  It gets much more bleach solution out that way.
1743  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Changing of the Guard on: April 09, 2013, 11:31:26 pm
Earl is my father
I "Love" it!
1744  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Changing of the Guard on: April 09, 2013, 08:56:52 pm
Welcome Welcome Welcome

Welcome  Welcome Aboard Earl  Welcome

Welcome Welcome Welcome

We look forward to working together with customer referrals and maybe more.
1745  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Storage of Phoenix Cruiser on: April 09, 2013, 11:29:07 am
I agree and support the idea of covering the rig to protect much more than paint.

I understand covers which do not fit properly can do abrasion damage from constant wind bashings.

A good fitting cover made of Tyvek sounds most interesting.  I have worked with Tyvek before.  That material is very impressive for resistance to tearing, it's a good water barrier, and it holds up well over time.  It is extremely light weight making it very easy to man-handle when covering a motor home.  I think the Tyvel covers sold are white, ideal for hot regions.

I would call Kermit and ask if he knows of a local company near him who can make a custom-fit cover for your model PC.  Kermit would much rather talk on the phone then answer emails.
1746  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Connector for the Door is missing to hold the door totally open on: April 08, 2013, 10:45:48 am
I should also mention that the newer door limiter prevents the door from hitting the awning pole when the awning is open.  Either awning design benefits from it.

With our older 2007 without the limiter, I rigged up a home made rope thingy which works adequately with a couple bungie cords to the awning pole or door mirror.  The only reason why I have not gone with the newer design is because it is essential to open the door 180 degrees while in our garage.

Here is my rope thingy, nice to have on windy days to maintain control if ripped away from your hands.  Good head clearence too when entering/exiting.  When the door is closed, the rope lays beautifully into a stored position.


Here is our rig in the garage.  With my Corvette parked next to the rig, between the car and the pole, my PC door needs to open 180 degrees.  It looks like it will hit the pole, but it is a near miss, a close 3".
1747  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I would consider it a personal favor... on: April 08, 2013, 08:13:16 am
So where is my lollipop?
Lollipop?  I didn't get a lollipop either.  Cry  After days and days...or was it weeks and weeks it took writing my 3 sentence testimony, I didn't get lollipop either.  Where's mine?

Oh wait...I got something better.
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1748  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Connector for the Door is missing to hold the door totally open on: April 07, 2013, 10:51:45 pm
You might also consider the door opener used on newer models.  I think it opens just past 90 degrees and stays there.
1749  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 05, 2013, 12:30:38 pm
.....the owner said his was one of the chassis where Ford added front sway bars if that's the right term......
Actually he got it backwards.  In 2008, Ford added a "Rear" sway bar to the E350 chassis on that PC-2100.  The front bar has always been.  Hopefully the smaller diameter Ford bars will be enough for satisfied handling.

I look forward to your report Gail.  Well wishes!
I got an email from Gail last night.  She bought that 2008 2100, I think on the road heading home with it today.

Congratulations Gail!
1750  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Any rear end drag problems with 218' wheelbase? on: April 03, 2013, 01:56:32 pm
Interesting!  For our PC2350 on 2007 E350, it made a world of difference....worth every penny.

There are many influential factors which changes opinion dramatically from one owner to another.
1751  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Any rear end drag problems with 218' wheelbase? on: April 03, 2013, 10:00:32 am
The longer wheelbase I think is the biggest asset to better handling.
In total agreement.  I wonder if the suspension upgrades always discussed (HD stabilizer bars and all) would change "Good Handling" into "Great Handling".  Has anyone with longer PCs (say a 2700 and longer) done such upgrading?  It would be interesting to read your thought on your experience.
1752  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 02, 2013, 11:50:34 pm
BTW, I like what you did with the kitchen drawers, I may look into that as well. I've already used some of your ideas like making the third chair a captains chair, it will be put to good use when my grand-daughter starts camping with me.
Thanks for the compliment but I can't take any credit for the 3rd captain chair idea.  I am so bad remembering people's names, but it was another member here who special ordered his PC-2350 with the captain seat instead of a barrel chair at the time.  I love our captain seat, not just for our own relaxation, but very nice and safe for a 3rd passenger.  They sit higher yet still able to look out the front window fairly well by reclining a bit.

I think I can take credit on the galley drawer modification as I have not heard of anyone else ever discussing it.  Smile
1753  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Swap single pane windows for dual pane? on: April 02, 2013, 10:03:19 am
I am quite surprised to read that there is a 200 pound differnece between single and dual pane glass.  I suppose it also depends on the PC model.  The larger the model, the more glass there is.
1754  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 02, 2013, 10:00:51 am
Bruce and Sharon,

Going from a 37 footer to a 2350 is quite dramatic.  I hope you have actually walked through a 2350 crawled onto its rear corner double bed.  Many people find that the deal breaker.  Many others who bought a 2350 switch rigs later to a 2551 or 2552.

As for my wife and I, we could never sleep separately so we deal with the inconveniences of our 2350 bed. 

Someone recently did something custom, converting his 2552 twin beds into a single massive bed.  Somehow he is able to break-down the center isle portion quickly.
1755  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 01, 2013, 12:58:21 am
jampodd,

You ended up doing pretty much the same as we did back in 2007 with Roadmaster bars, Koni shocks, and Safe-T-Plus.  We also have a Henderson rear trac bar, but no Sumo springs.

I preached about this until people got tired of reading about it.  Some people thought I was a bit "Out There" over the subject.  Then I thought maybe the improved chassis introduced in 2008 is "THAT" much better.  If your smaller 2552/E450 was so much improved, I can't imagine the benefits larger motor homes would experience.

So now we all know.  Thanks for sharing this data.  It would have made for a great You Tube video for all the RV world to see.

Ron.....not crazy after-all.
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