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1771  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2551 Can't get the front seat to swivel. on: October 25, 2013, 12:02:42 pm
It's a tight fit. You need to slide the seat all the forward and then tip the back forward. You should be able to turn it then. After you get it turned you can tip the back to a better position.  Jim
What jampodd Jim says, works for us too.

No need to open the door.
- push seat all the way forward
- place backrest as far forward as possible
- swivel seat

What I don't understand is how that will help watch TV.  Wouldn't you be facing the wrong direction?  For reference, here is our front seat swivelled.  My wife was demonstrating how the 3rd captain seat in our 2350 works for watching TV, so just ignore that.

My wife will watch a movie in the passenger seat while we are in transit.  She faces forward, lifts the armrest of the 3rd seat out of the way, pushes her front seat back as far as it goes, and reclines adequately to watch TV.  You should be able to do the same.  Admittedly, it's not ideal, but it does work.

I always wondered how people watch TV from the couch in slideout.  From only the rear most position?
1772  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Possible toad - 2013 Ford Edge on: October 25, 2013, 11:57:34 am
You'll be fine even loading it up.  Just don't load it with patio blocks for your next camp site.  Smile  Our tow vehicle weighs the same as yours and all is well with good secondary braking.
1773  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Motor mods on: October 25, 2013, 11:53:57 am
It looks as though that fellow rear ended someone throwing the boat forward, bending that front bar on the boat trailer.  The right front corner of the RV looks a bit mangled too.  As strange as that is, what caught my eye were the single rear wheels on the RV.  That could be the reason for the accident in the first place.
1774  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Optional Ford V-8 on: October 24, 2013, 11:29:59 am
Sparky, We went on a 31 day vacation last August.  At the end, neither of us wanted to head back home.  We were very comfortable in our 2350 for the entire trip, lacking nothing.  I think our larger 3-drawer galley helped a lot with that because our operational efficiency increased dramatically.  We both wondered if we cashed out of our house and contents that we could full-time in the 2350.  It is a serious change in life style.  The things we would miss most is our relationships with family, friends, and with our church.  We are both very active there.  Then there is the "job" thing.  We're doing our best to prepare for retirement but just not there yet with funds.  At age 55, we still have time.  Every year counts big now.
1775  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Optional Ford V-8 on: October 23, 2013, 08:26:41 am
This topic interests me.

I've always wondered if the 5.4L-V8 engine would have been benefitial for us with our 2350.  It's lightly questionable only because we tow a 4300 pound vehicle most of the time.  Even so, the V8 might be adequate.  Going solo our 2350 with V10 feels like over-kill.  I don't know our top speed but it wouldn't surprise me if we could get beyond 100 mph.  If we were to get a 2100, no doubt about it, I would want the V8.  It will save $1000 in the purchase price.  I'd rather have more PC upgrades than excess power and lower mpg.  Supposedly the V8 will improve fuel economy by 10% for the right application.  I don't believe the same applies to the E450 given the heavier load.  But then again, maybe the 2551 and 2552 may benefit.

I suppose I feel this way about it because of our history with motor homes.  We owned a Toyota chassis motor home for 24 years with a carbureted 2.4L-L4 engine that was a real slug.  All Toyota chassis at the time were California emissions equipped yielding only 96 hp.  Empty with the pedal to the metal, top speed was 78 mph.  Loaded up with people and gear with conservative driving practices, you can imagine how sluggish it was.  57 mph was our sweet spot in speed limit.  We consistently averaged just over 20 mpg on trips but we did have to take our time getting everywhere.  Driving 24 hours a day across the plains made it work.  But those days are done.  You can see pics of our old Toyota rig HERE

Many delivery trucks built on the E450 are equipped with the 5.4L-V8 so it can't be detrimental to any motor home.  I imagine it's more a matter of performance.  Still I'd want the V10 in a longer PC.
1776  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drive line vibration diagnosis on: October 23, 2013, 07:38:50 am
Kudo's to you for being up front regarding this matter
I agree with sparky.  Having posts like this are immensely helpful to anyone else having the same troubles, now or in the future.
1777  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question on propane furnace on: October 22, 2013, 11:24:30 am
Any combustionable heater runs a risk of asphyxiation (depletion of oxygen) in an enclosed vehicle like a well sealed PC.  That would result in death.  Electric heaters don't burn oxygen or give off harmful fumes.
1778  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Winterizing on: October 22, 2013, 12:07:40 am
I blow out the lines with compressed air, drain the HW tank and fresh tank, drain the waste tanks and call it done.

I cheat not using anti-freeze because our garage doesn't see freezing temperatures.
1779  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Goodbye to PC on: October 22, 2013, 12:03:20 am
That is living on the road in great comfort.
1780  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: SMI Brake Assist on: October 21, 2013, 11:49:10 pm
Ron, are you saying you broke your wife's car?
No her Jeep Liberty is not broken.  Just that the tires now rumble loudly.  I don't have the money to put into new tires right now so she drives with the rumbling noise.  Fortunately she travels most often around town a few miles from home.

I am thinking of buying 4 good used alloy wheels off Craigslist and put new smooth thread quiet street tires on for around town.  I'd retain these rumbly old tires for towing on trips and for winters given they have a good aggressive thread pattern for off-road and snow.
1781  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: SMI Brake Assist on: October 21, 2013, 04:54:02 pm
About suppliment brakes in-general.  I've learned a lesson with our Unified that if the tow vehicle's braking system is set more sensitive so that it will help slow down the motor home, the tow vehicle wheels could be locking up and skidding.  Our tow vehicle tires rumble from all the skidding going on during a test drive from home to work and back.  Cry
1782  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Generator won't start on: October 21, 2013, 04:46:17 pm
One of the first things to check is how much gasoline is in the PC fuel tank.

As a safety feature of the generator, if your gas tank is less than 1/3 full the generator will not be able to draw any fuel.  Barry
I always heard it was 1/4 tank but experienced the same.  It's more like 1/3, not 1/4.  A fill-up at the gas station might be the answer here.

I would also listen for the fuel pump while priming.  The fuel pump on ours turns on after the priming light goes out.  So hold and listen long after the light goes out.
1783  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drilling into the closet on: October 21, 2013, 04:30:29 pm
Great idea, thanks!  Putting shelves in these closets is testing my limited carpentry skills.  Almost everything curves and curves at different rates.
Oh yes!

I created patterns made of cardboard for our front cabinet shelves.  It took a lot of patience.

As far as I know, all interior walls are 1/8" thick.  Plan to use screws with that depth in mind.  When screwing into the light colored wall material like seen in my pic above, be sure to pre-drill to the screw inside thread diameter.  This will prevent the wall material from fracturing and breaking out.  You want the threads of the screws to bite in, but the center shaft of the screws must pass through or they will force your pre-drilled hole larger in a bad way.
1784  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question on propane furnace on: October 21, 2013, 04:21:51 pm
I agree, it's a good idea to carry an electric space heater.  When placed between the two front seats, I would think it would be effective in warming up any cool air coming from that area.

We've never camped in below freezing temps with shore power available.  Does the heat strip contribute significantly?  I assumed it could maintain a comfortable temperature after the interior gets warmed up by the furnace.

To you with slideouts.....Do you get any cold penetrating around the perimeter of your sideouts?
1785  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Motor mods on: October 21, 2013, 12:45:58 pm
That would be great for clearing snow off the roads. rolling on the floor
I agree!

I was thinking that would come in handy when there is cattle on the road.  I could have used that air scoop last trip  LOL
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