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1771  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Awning question on: December 19, 2011, 11:41:44 am
Reporting on my 2007 14' box awning this morning.

I got on a ladder and while sighting down my awning, I cranked it open just a 1/2 " (basically cracked it open) and it was perfectly straight, not bowed in any way.  Then as I cranked it a few inches farther out, the ends bowed outward, obviously because that is where and when the spring loaded poles started to push harder.  Upon returning it to 1/2" from closing, the frame straightened out again.  So my point is ...the frame flexes a lot.

This has me now wondering if the two main spring loaded awning arms need all their hinge points lubricated well so they are able to fold inward without so much resistance.  Maybe the answer to your troubles is in a can of WD40.
1772  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Awning question on: December 19, 2011, 12:58:40 am
It's strange, because it fits nice and tight in the middle, but both ends have about a 1/4" gap.....same gap on both ends. Any thoughts?
Yes Trudy, I do have a thought about that.

Open the awning less than an inch.  Get on a step ladder and "sight" down the outer frame (the frame that is now away from the PC, the metal that holds the end of the awning material).  Does it have a slight bow in it?  If so, which way does it bow?

Just maybe yours has an excessive reverse bow, possibly formed from not using the center support often enough.  If that is so, see if you can reverse the bow the other way, (ends closer to PC, center away).  It might be as easy as setting up your awning, install the center support and tighten up the awning.  The center support will hold the center out while the ends pull the frame in slightly.  If that does not yield the desired results, maybe adding slight extra pressure by two people, one on each end to encourage a gentile bow to form again.  Obviously caution and gentileness is critical, avoiding deforamtion.  You don't want much of a bow.  Just a tad bit.  I would start by simply straightening the frame.  No bow at all.  If it's better but not enough, then do a tiny bit more.

It's just a thought, not speaking from actual experience dealing with such a problem..

Adding:  Read my next post below...................................................................
1773  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Favorite model ( if money was not an object) on: December 17, 2011, 10:36:31 pm
That 05 likely does not have the inverter with two batteries, but at the right price, who cares?

I think the dinette in the slideout will be very cramped for most people.  If I bought it for myself, I might either replace it with a couch or make it a single bench (facing forward) with huge table/desk combo with shelves (with railings), cabinet doors, and such.
1774  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Favorite model ( if money was not an object) on: December 17, 2011, 02:31:09 pm
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1775  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Moving Front TV to Better Location (for me) on: December 10, 2011, 05:37:29 pm

Given the absense of the TV, that is the best custom-made use of that space I have ever seen. BRAVO!!!
1776  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Awning question on: December 10, 2011, 01:52:48 am
Last summer, I hastily rolled up our box awning during a wind storm.  The one end did not seal tight afterward, leaving at least 1/2 inch, maybe closer to one inch sticking out.

Once back home I opened the awning to it's fullest having the extra awning material sagging.  My wife on one end and me on the other, we pulled the excess material tight while our son slowly cranked it all back inside.  All fixed with both ends sealed tight!  
1777  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: DS Marker on: December 09, 2011, 12:14:51 pm

I did open the picture larger, but still could not make out what you used.  I will admit, it does look nice.
1778  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: DS Marker on: December 09, 2011, 11:47:42 am
What is that round silver thing, a door knob?  A real close-up pic would help.

What comes to my mind to close up such an "Oops" hole is to install a vent plug.  Then it serves a purpose, allowing air to circulate between the under-bed and cabin to control trapped humidity that might accumulate under the bed.  Just as important, people will think is was designed to be that way, not seen as someone's mistake.

Vent plugs can be bought at home improvement centers and hardware stores.

Here are a couple varieties of plastic vent plugs.  They come in many diameters, colors, materials & styles.

1779  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Sofa Table on: December 05, 2011, 12:09:18 pm
I really like that table idea for the slideout sofa people here.  We personally would not utilize it as we have the dinette, but I could see others would.
1780  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rusty hinges on: December 05, 2011, 12:05:31 pm
Humidity is hard on everything, from house to motor home.  Houses have a/c that runs all the time.  No so with motor homes parked and waiting to be used.  A dehumidifier with a continuous drain, would be good to have running.  Especially in the southern super-humid regions.
1781  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Holiday Sale (In case you don't subscribe to our e-mail list) on: December 05, 2011, 12:01:13 pm
Nice Holiday Offer!
1782  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Solar output on: December 01, 2011, 05:03:46 pm
Very interesting.

The 2000 watt Trip-Lite inverter in my 2007 2350 draws 12 amp hours sitting idle with no load, documented accordingly.  I don't know how the newer 1800 watt Xantrax compares, but such a continuous load would have quite a negative impact on the effectiveness of solar panels.

We dry camp a lot.  Because of the power drain from the inverter, we turn it off until 110v is needed.  I unplugged the jack from the back of the control panel which then I can manually control the inverter there.  With that jack plugged in, the control panel is only an LED monitor.  Details here:,73.0.html
1783  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How does your PC ride? on: December 01, 2011, 01:43:30 pm
Bill & Diane,

First look underneath the rig, just behind the rear axle.  Is there a bar that goes left to right?  If so, somebody previously had added a rear sway bar.  The 2006/2007 Ford E350 chassis is not equipped with one back there when it was brand new.

About the front sway bar, if the ends of the front bar goes through holes into the lower control arms with rubber grommets, then you have the stock front sway bar.

Let me know what you find.  If you are picture savy, then take some pics and share them.

If you have no upgrades of any kind, I will then ask you to perform a small easy experiment when driving your 2350 next time.

Look through my post here to see my aftermarket sway bars to give you an idea of what to be looking for.,8.0.html
1784  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Elkhart - Things To Do on: December 01, 2011, 10:30:28 am
We live 160 miles, 3 hours from the factory.  We had our walk-through where Stuart shortened the tail pipe extension for me, and then we headed home.  We never had any type of warranty claim.  After the warranty had ended, I wanted to purchase a new battery tray after I finished my battery shield, but they shipped one for free.  The same with some door latches and door knobs.  That was real nice of PC-USA.

Stuart hit his head real bad trying to get that tail pipe extension off.  I think he saw stars.  That was 4.5 years ago.  To this day I feel real bad about that.
1785  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Solar output on: December 01, 2011, 10:19:13 am
Soon after we bought our 2007 2350, I thought it would be real cool to have two large solar panels.  I eventually concluded they would be near useless when considering the kind of camp sites we seek in the shade, and storing the rig in a dark garage.  I am sure an array of panels would have done "some" good, but not as much as the demand would call for.  If we lived in the desert region with lots of sun, camping often in such places without electricity or shade trees, I would reconsider.
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