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1741  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2350 or ? What did you choose and why? on: August 20, 2012, 06:49:51 am
The ladder sure has it's pros & cons.  We have been very lucky so far travelling without a ladder.  If something comes apart up-top, we are dependant on a place that will loan us a ladder.

As njheart noted, it will be "Very" nice to have an entry light switch to control a couple of interior lights just like in a regular house.  Having their own on-fixture switch would be nice to choose which comes on.  As do many older rig owners, we enter in the dark and fumble around a bit feeling for a light switch.

I want to mention again how much I wished we special ordered a second porch light under the awning, located to the rear.  Having light from two different directions eliminates many shadow problems.  If it's too much light, then install lower wattage bulbs.

A 2nd porch light switch would be great for additional porch lights to the rear and driver side for full camp-site illumination which will be great when backing into a camp site in the dark to avoid trees and such.  And with dogs, the lighting may also be useful when taking them out at night.

Our 2350 has a cheapy exhaust fan in the bathroom which for the size of the bath is surprisingly effective.  But for a 2552, having a Fantastic fan in the bath and a second one up front makes a lot of sense.
1742  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Aime's Matchmaking Service on: August 16, 2012, 01:12:25 pm
when we return around 1 September, I plan to give Ron Smile a full mileage report.  Jack
It will be very interesting to hear what you average.  Thanks Jack.  Be sure to post it in that topic.
1743  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Euro Chair Questions on: August 16, 2012, 12:08:12 pm
The sofa has two seat belts = 3th & 4th passenger can be belted.
Yes Tom, I always understood that one.  I was just making sure about the restrictions of use for the euro-chair itself.  Thanks!
1744  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: On-Vehicle Tire Repair on: August 16, 2012, 11:57:34 am

You offer great advise on removing a lodged rock between dualies when an air compressor is on hand.  ThumbsUp

I gave you a "Helpful" clicky.
1745  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Newbie very interested in the 2552... on: August 16, 2012, 07:56:59 am
I always thought my leather seats (at least the seating surfaces) were real leather.  You have me wondering.  I have to say they are much softer than other leather seating I own in other vehicles, and I don't stick or sweat on them either.
1746  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Euro Chair Questions on: August 15, 2012, 05:13:16 pm
Thanks all for the detail.  Euro chair = no 3rd passenger in that seat during transit.
1747  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Euro Chair Questions on: August 15, 2012, 03:48:12 pm
Does the chair come with a seat belt?
1748  Main Forum / General Discussion / Euro Chair Questions on: August 15, 2012, 03:36:50 pm
Someone on another forum asked me about the Euro chair and I didn't have an answer for him.

- Does the Euro chair clamp to the floor or is it free to move around?
- If clamped, is it easily unclamped to move about?
- If clamped to the floor, is it strongly held and safe to be used while in transit?  Does it come with a seat belt?

1749  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Replacing cutting board with a drawer???? on: August 15, 2012, 02:12:16 pm
Ron, after seeing your post, we went to BB&B and got the basket and got it installed yesterday.  Margie
You are ahead of me there.  I bought my BB&B basket a month or more ago but haven't yet installed it.  But there is no hurry either.  Sadly our rig will stay in the garage for 2012.  Too many set-backs in many areas of life has our vacations and get-away weekends all messed up.  It is one of those years.  Angry
1750  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Replacing cutting board with a drawer???? on: August 14, 2012, 09:29:10 am

Did you give any more thought to, and discuss the drawers under the stove with the factory?  I always felt they would be better served as open drawers, not drawers behind a cabinet door.  Maybe better yet to have them as wider drawers, combined with the ones to the left.
1751  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Back up lights on: August 13, 2012, 08:05:04 am
Probably not quite what you had in-mind, but I added a "Waterproof Toggle Switch" above the rear license plate to turn on the backup lights.  This so they could be used as a work light when hooking and un-hooking my tow vehicle in the dark.  Their low position lights up the work area perfectly.  I no longer need to hold a flashlight in my mouth.  Smile  The motor home does need the parking lights on for the switch to work.

I did originally consider wiring the switch by the driver like I did with my first motor home, but this was much easier and provided control right when I needed it.

Though there is an internal rubber gasket to prevent water from getting in the switch through the handle, I mounted it upside-down to assure water would never collect inside it.

BTW:  Turning on the head lights of the tow vehicle to light up the wok place, made matters worse.  They just blinded me because they are much higher at eye level.  The PCs backup lights are nice and low, perfectly positioned for the job.

1752  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Aime's Matchmaking Service on: August 12, 2012, 10:26:57 am
Darn Ron, mines heated in the summer.   rolling on the floor Cheer
Billy, You just kill me.  Smile
1753  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Ride and Handling Improvement on 2006 2400 on: August 12, 2012, 10:20:23 am
I am a bit confused.  What rig do you own?  Your profile on the side says a 2005 2350, but your message here says 2006 2400.  Also, what is the model year of your Ford E350 chassis?

Do you have the whole house Tripp-Lite interter?
1754  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Ride and Handling Improvement on 2006 2400 on: August 12, 2012, 08:59:27 am
A straight adjustable sway bar?  Interesting.  What brand did you purchase?

About our TV.  I mounted it to an angle-cut board, then using three 1/4" lag bolts, bolted the assembly from behind to the cabinet.  I later concluded I did not like the TV facing so straight forward, even when considering the angle-cut board.  I increased the "down angle" by adding 5 washers (the kind you use with carriage bolts when building a deck) per lag bolt which tipped it more forward nicely.  Those washers also made a gap in back which increased air flow behind the TV.  The down-angle made it better for the passenger seat viewer when travelling, and also for the 3rd seat which was oiginally a barrel chair.

I had also added a wide homemade metal bracket to anchor the bottom of the TV.  That stabilized the TV perfectly.  It also helped when mounting the TV to the cabinet as there is a resting place while working-in the lag bolts.

During our last long trip, our TV developed more than the usual amount of rattling.  About 3 weeks ago, I dismounted it and brought it in the house.  I removed the back panel to discover the top-dead-center screw tab had broken off the plastic back cover.  I used a lot of 2-part epoxy and hope that won't happen again.

With the back of the TV removed, I went through every place where metal rattled or vibrated.  There is a lot of sheet metal in our TV, from framing to RF shielding.  After tightening all screws, I tapped with my finger-tip.  When I heard a vibration sound, I added adhesive backed rubber pads and such.  In the end, the TV no longer rattles at all.  I tested the TV in the house when finished and all works great, but I have not yet road-tested it.  If I did harm in the end and the TV fails in some way, then it will be time for a new thinner, light weight TV.

Our 2007 model, widescreen 26" TV is the first of it's kind and is quite heavy compared to new TVs.  TVs today seem much more appropriate for the application.  The new thin edge-lit LED TVs use much less power than our TV which is a huge factor with a whole house inverter and no hook-ups.  Considering the power hog that our TV is, I almost wished it would break so I could buy a new low power edge lit LED TV.
1755  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Ride and Handling Improvement on 2006 2400 on: August 11, 2012, 10:29:41 am
Awilson (Alan & Dianna),

Thanks for sharing your story.  Many PC owners, whether an original new purchase or a used purchase, have a similar story.  I personally have not yet gone back to the factory for the few minor issues that came up with my 2007 rig.  They were very easy to repair myself.  The factory is also very good about shipping such replacement parts to your house.  The only thing that actually broke on me were a few cabinet door latches.  There was no charge for the replacements.  Documented stories like yours really helps in demonstrating to the "curious" if a PC is worth considering.  Thanks for sharing.

BTW:  It seems the older 2100, 2350 and 2400 are the models that benefit most from the suspension improvements we did.  The older 1999-2007 Ford E350 chassis is one reason, and I think because our 41 gallon fresh water tank sits against the rear wall directly over the rear bumper, (not so with the later 2350 models), has an exceptionally heavy & long rear over-hang in relation to the wheel base.  The 2100 has a 138" wheel base, the 2350 has 158", and the 2400  has 164".  By comparsion, the next longest rig is a 2551 with a long 194" wheel base yet a similar overhang.  It also has the fresh water tank placed much more forward.  I eventually figured out why owners of longer models thought I had a loose screw.  It took some time for me to figure it all out.  I should go back in my old post and update it.

Now you and I can kick back and enjoy our travels without our hearts skipping a beat now and then.  I am glad to read someone new out there is benefiting from that old post of mine.  Thanks for sharing that Alan, and validating my story.
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