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1741  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: F-550 on: February 03, 2013, 07:44:32 am
Keep in mind the reason for the "when towing" fuel economy being not so bad is because once at our destinations, all locally driven miles in parks, cities visited. and all other poor gas mileage conditions, are done with the tow vehicle.  The PC is basically driven and towing only on the open road.
1742  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: F-550 on: February 03, 2013, 12:42:04 am
BTW Ron, I know this is off topic but you pulled a car with your PC and I am curious what kind of mileage hit did you take on fuel towing?
Here is our tracked fuel economy, trip averaging.

2007 E350 chassis with no mods to engine.
10.2 no towing
9.6 towing 2200 pound Toyota MR2
9.2 towing 4200 pound Jeep Liberty
1743  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: F-550 on: February 02, 2013, 11:03:27 am
It never hurts to ask Kermit, but I highly doubt he would change the process  in constructing his primary walls.  Maybe a question to ask would be, "How tight is the block insulation that is added inside the walls?  If I paid more, could I be guarranteed a better insulated motor home with existing insulation metheds?"

Yes the slide out is a source of cold & heat, and also insect infestation.
Do you have the thermal window pain option?  We have thermal windows.  We notice a very big change for the better.  Cooler in summer and warmer in winter.  The interior is also much more quiet in camp grounds, truck stops, rest areas, Walmarts, on-the-road, everywhere.  That was a pleasent surprise.

Of coarse another huge source of air infilteration is the cab up front.  Other than sun shades, curtians, and home made quilted walls, there is little that can be done.  Be sure your dashboard heater/defroster is in the "Off" or "Recirculate" position as it closes the front vents to the outside.

Our 2007-2350 has thermal windows and no slide out, and we find it nicely insulated, very comfortable in sub freezing temps.  The only sense of cold draft comes from the cab area, but we don't attempt to do anything about it becasuse we generally don't stay where it gets so cold.  Sometimes camping at high altitude in September, it gets below freezing at night.  I think controlling "drafts" is the biggest challenge.
1744  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: testing on: February 01, 2013, 05:28:56 pm
I just ran CCleaner again.  Some things are fixed.  Not everything though.

Some pictures here still have some red X's.
http://www.phoenixusarv.com/community/index.php/topic,91.0.html
The X's are controlled in PC testimonials.
1745  Main Forum / General Discussion / PC Projects Over Winter on: February 01, 2013, 01:32:46 pm
Ron: are you talking about taking your door off completely on the right side and making a stack of drawers?
I am seriously looking into......

- Remove the right side door and all 6 small drawers, nothing reused except for some drawer glides.
- Remove the three 2" wide cabinet pieces (2 horizontal rails & 1 vertical stile) that are in between the six drawers.
- Install 2 horizontal cabinet rails, finishing the cabinet to accomodate 3 large drawers that would span across where the six are today.
- The interior cabinet wall divider between left and right side drawers would need to be removed or modified.
- The depth of the new drawers would be determined by the closest back wall obstruction.
    I think the new drawers can be deeper (farther to the back wall) than the old ones but further research is needed..
1746  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: testing on: February 01, 2013, 01:23:51 pm
Now my little shrug s are X'd
1747  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Toilet Maintenance on: February 01, 2013, 12:59:01 pm
I will have to inspect my seat.  Thanks Gradygal for that "Watch-Out-For" tip.
1748  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: testing on: February 01, 2013, 12:57:36 pm
Okay, something still is not right.

After all this cleanup, when I go into the For Sale section, the pictures are the white box with red X and I can't get rid of them.

 shrug shrug shrug shrug shrug shrug
1749  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: testing on: February 01, 2013, 12:43:25 pm
Here at work, I now see that removing all the whte boxes with red X's is something I control.  As Aimee talked about cache, I believe that is the answer.

I ran a free computer program called CCleaner and that resolved the problem by cleaning out the cache and all that.  We use the free version of CCleaner at work.  Irene and I use it on our home PCs too.  It is very safe, reliable, and trust worthy.  I also clean out old registries.

If you are not comfortable download free CCleaner, then you'll have to go into tools/internet options and in there clean out the cache.  Don't ask me which buttons to select there.

CCleaner cleans it all out automatically and also a lot of other garbage elsewhere on your computer like temporary internet files and such.  If you have never cleaned your computer of all that kind of stuff, you will see lots more memory available and your computer should run noticably faster.

If you want to load the basic free version CCleaner, go to this website.
http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download
Then select the version on the lefthand side that says "X No Support"
I download from Piriform.com, the lower of the two choices, but either works fine.
Be sure to read through the subsequent forms as you will want to be notified of available updates and take advantage of them.

Ron
1750  Main Forum / General Discussion / PC Projects Over Winter on: February 01, 2013, 11:13:31 am
Thanks Gradygal for the picture.

I went into my rig this morning before leaving for work to take measurements.  I hope to order drawer faces to build extra wide drawers, going from six small drawers to three huge drawers.  I also will need two horizontal rails for the cabinet itself for in between the drawers.

My top left drawer is actually the deepest of the three, which you can see is the same with Gradygal's cabinet.  I am thinking of making it more shallow, better for  utencils, though is still one inch deeper than my utencil drawers at home.


Right now the drawer faces measure
8" - top
7" - middle
7" - bottom

I am thinking
6" - top
7" - middle
9" - bottom

The 9" drawer would be nice for tall cookware and even bulk food.

With dividers planned, nothing would slide around much when braking hard.
1751  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Moving Backup Camera Monitor To The Rear View Mirror Position on: February 01, 2013, 08:57:37 am
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The right door looks nice, but extremely impractical.  Compounding the problem, with the door open and any drawer or cutting board extended, it blocks access to our fridge and bathroom.  If I were to order my PC today, I would insist on combining the center drawers with the right side behind-the-door drawers, with adjustable dividers to compartmentalize them.  Cheaper for the factory and better for the customer.

Ron,
    I actually like the galley like it is because we replaced the drawers with a pull out pantry and that door hides the pantry nicely.  Also with the double slide there is no blockage of the aisle or bathroom in the 2551 with that door open.  I think it all depends on what model you have.  If I had larger drawers there I would tend to overload them and then have problems with the glides.  Just my opinion on this one. Sue
I can see the slideout pantry utilizing the door beautifully.  But for me, 3 nice wide kitchen drawer built well and using the heavy duty glides in place today, would handle much weight.  Much more weight than we'd be putting in.

You are right about the newer slideouts.  It does make sense that the fridge moves out of the way of all the drawers and such, allowing access to get around open drawers.

I will give this mod some serious consideration.  It all starts with wide drawer fronts of the right size and of the right finish.  I will ask the factory if they can have 3 drawer fronts made to my requested size.  Either me or my brother-in-law could build stronger than typical drawers.  The more I think about this, the more I think I could do it myself.
1752  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: testing on: February 01, 2013, 08:44:12 am
Everything seems back to normal this morning here at home.
1753  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Moving Backup Camera Monitor To The Rear View Mirror Position on: January 31, 2013, 04:03:58 pm
Thanks Gradygal/Judy.  Without actually on a trip yet to utilize it, I can already see this being a good modification, better meeting our needs.  Ron
1754  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Moving Backup Camera Monitor To The Rear View Mirror Position on: January 31, 2013, 12:39:24 pm
Somone has pictures on the forum.  I take Zero credit for this great idea.  Was it Gradygal's initial idea?  I may have that wrong.  Maybe it was Barry-Sue, maybe TomHanlon, maybe someone else.

The wire basket is a 3 compartment tray, just about the size of the butcher block cutting board.  The tray is silver, sold at Bed, Bath & Beyond.  Click Here To Get There.  It is ideal for cooking utensils and such.



I wish there was a clean way of restyling the galley base cabinet so those 3 drawers under the stove to the right look nice out in the open without a door covering them.  Drawers behind a cabinet door are quite the irritation.  The right door looks nice, but extremely impractical.  Compounding the problem, with the door open and any drawer or cutting board extended, it blocks access to our fridge and bathroom.  If I were to order my PC today, I would insist on combining the center drawers with the right side behind-the-door drawers, with adjustable dividers to compartmentalize them.  Cheaper for the factory and better for the customer.  Pitch the pretty symetry as seen here and give me 3 massive easy access drawers with adjustable compartments.  Vertical boards with grooves is all that would be needed for that.  Maybe it's something I can get my brother-in-law to do for me.  He is a cabinet maker.
1755  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Gun Control on: January 31, 2013, 12:34:20 pm
So GoPhoenix is a commedian too.  I didn't expect that from you.  Very funny.  rolling on the floor
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