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1801  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: DC connections between the Ford and the PC?? on: November 26, 2010, 07:13:49 pm
Yes the Ford alternator charges the PC batteries after it's own battery is charged.

The generator does NOT charge the Ford battery.
1802  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I Wish I Had This On My 2350 on: November 16, 2010, 08:16:23 am
I snoozed at the keyboard.  It was rockrat asking for a propane "outlet" on the passenger side.  Not a work light by the propane tank.

Tom, I like your idea of having a porch light on the driver side to help with hooking up or unhooking the RV facilities in the dark.

Now that I think about it, I find myself in the dark way too often, messing with the tow vehicle while holding a flashlight.  I would appreciate a "down light" in the back there with a switch mounted on the ceiling inside the rear compartment or in the outdoor storage compartment.  The chassis backup lights don't shine down on the hitch area.  That is something I could add myself, nonevasively.  I will be calling the factory to purchase one porch light and switch.
1803  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I Wish I Had This On My 2350 on: November 15, 2010, 05:48:16 pm
Don, rockrat,

I too am quite surprised about the contraversey over porch lights.  I think their points should have been more in regards to campground edicate, falling in to the category with barking dogs, loud music, and generator usage.  If I were special ordering a new PC for myself a second time, I would request more porch lights controlled with a separate switch for extra lighting when needed.

I like our porch light for the sani-con system, so I could see the desire for a light by the propane tank too.  But given the potential for spark if turning on the light while filling the tank, that would be a safety hazzard the factory is avoiding.  It could even be a regulatory thing.

1804  Main Forum / General Discussion / I Wish I Had This On My 2350 on: November 13, 2010, 11:26:02 pm
I sent an email to Kermit, the owner of Phoenix USA.  Here it is.

Hi Kermit,

Here is something cheap and easy to include on every brand new Phoenix Cruiser.  It would be great to have, and as far as I know, no other class-C manufactures offer it.

Add 3 or more porch lights, evenly spaced across that same side of the motor home.  Place the extra 3 on their own switch.  If it's too bright, then simply replace the bulbs with lower wattage ones.  I wished our 2350 had 4 porch lights evenly spaced across that entire side of the motor home, spread out to control shadowing.  Placed just below the awning high as possible.  When anyone blocks a single light source, the shadow is detrimental.  But with light coming from 4 sources, it would be so much less an issue.  It would also be nice to have a well lit campsite when desired.  Cost of the 3 extra lights and one extra switch is cheap enough that when added to MSRP, nobody would care of the slight price increase, but they would definitely appreciate the extra lights.  You would have one more great feature that nobody else is doing.

Ron Dittmer
1805  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Roof delamination? on: November 10, 2010, 09:55:27 am
From the first time I washed my 2007 2350 back in July of 2007, I noticed the top fiberglass sheet is not fully glued to the substructure.  It seems to be a floating sheet to some degree.  I had assumed the factory intentionally did not glue the entire fiberglass sheet down, maybe something like is common with linoleum floors at home where you glue the perimeter and a few spots in the middle.  I think doing something now after the fact, would only do harm.

Still, the factory should be made aware that it's customers have the condition and do question it.
1806  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire Pressure on: November 05, 2010, 12:13:06 pm
Those tire impact clubs are sold at every truck stop.  I always wondered if I should buy one for tire inspection and.......a defensive instrument.
1807  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire Pressure on: November 05, 2010, 08:52:08 am
My only experience with tpms (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) is with my 03 Corvette which has no spare......but has runflat tires.  I appreciate tpms for that application.

But with my PC and tow vehicle, I have no issue checking pressure just before and once during a trip.  Impact inspection done on the dualies more often.  My tire inspections are usually done when filling that huge Ford E350 gas tank because there is so much time to kill.
1808  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire Pressure on: November 04, 2010, 11:10:52 pm
The shop that did all my suspension work recommend for my 2007 2350.....
65psi in front
60psi in rear

I tried that which seemed 5psi too liitle based on the look of the tires.  So I do
70psi front
65psi rear

Less pressure makes for a softer the ride, so you don't want to go higher than you have to.
1809  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Alignment on: November 04, 2010, 02:22:52 pm
Interesting story about the spare tire.  I never used mine so I don't know what I have.

Speaking of the front end alignment......and more.

With only 800 miles on ours, I had the following done by a motor home/truck specialty shop.

- front wheel alignment
    This done with the vehicle loaded as if on a trip. (needed offset bushings to get it right)

- heavy duty front stabilizer bar
    The Ford bar is near ineffective given the weight of a motor home

- heavy duty rear stabilizer bar
    There is NO rear stabilizer bar on a pre-2008 Ford E350 chassis

- rear trac bar (ideal when towing)
    This thing stabilizes the rear of the RV, preventing side-to-side horizontal motion

- Koni-RV shocks all around, set to the stiffest setting
    The factory shocks are inferior.  They are the same ones installed  on a standard E250 van.

- Front Safe-T-Plus steering stabilizer, replacing the stock one.  Like the shocks, it is inferior.

Our 2007 2350 handles like a dream, towing or not.
1810  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Waste Tank Sensor Probes on: November 04, 2010, 12:41:38 pm
....Peg put a cup of full-strength bleach in the bowl and it sat until the seal went.
Somehow I can't be too hopeful the seal survived that.

Did you get your recliner yet?
Straight Bleach Until Failure?  How long did the straight bleach sit in the bowl?
I used a bleach solution, not sure what strength, guessing maybe 4-6oz sitting in the bowl with the rest water, filled to near over-flowing.  I had it soaking like that for maybe 3-4 hours.  My toilet bowl seal with trap door is fine.

About the recliner......replacing my barrel chair with a 3rd front captain seat.  I called Pauls Seating early this week, asking when I could expect delivery.  I left a message but did not yet hear back from him.

Last I heard he was ordering material to match my other seats because he was out of stock.  Maybe the hang-up is there.  I quickly learned, Paul is not too good on returning calls or email.  It requires extra patience.  It's okay as I am in no hurry.  Still, I'd like it to move along.
1811  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Waste Tank Sensor Probes on: November 04, 2010, 08:19:42 am
I must have gotten lucky because our factory originals have been working fine since new.
1812  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Towing with a PC on: November 03, 2010, 09:02:13 pm
I recalled about the battery because we seriously considered an 04 in 07.  We would have bought it except the seller wanted too much.  For not so much more money, it opened us up to special ordering exactly what we wanted brand new.  Still an 04 is just like a 2010 with only minor differences, the battery (s) and invertor being the biggest that I can remember.  An 04 is the first year of today's version.
1813  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Making a good coach better on: November 03, 2010, 05:06:45 pm
I always place 3" foam pipe insulation around the slide seams when it is extended otherwise it is just the rubber seals and the outside, very drafty...I justmust remember to remove the foam before retracting the room
Maybe you have describing this already.....If I had a slide-out, I'd consider adhearing skinny versions of those swimming noodles, adheared completely around the backside of the fancy wooden framing of the slide-out.  The slide-out would stop a little short of full-extension, but it would have an extremely good seal from noises, bugs, wind, etc.

Is that what you were describing?
1814  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Making a good coach better on: November 03, 2010, 03:45:42 pm
Since you are touching on the subject of insulating the slide over the fridge, is the slide made like the rest of the RV, with 1.5-2" insulated walls on the 5 sides of the open box?
1815  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Towing with a PC on: November 03, 2010, 03:40:00 pm
I think the newer torqshift transmission introduced in 2006 has added a little extra "edge" in such extreme towing circumstances.  Our 2007 E350-V10 2350 tows our 3800 pound Jeep Liberty with no issues so far.  I admit we have not yet climbed that I-80 Vail pass towing the Jeep.  Only with a 2100 pound car with no issues that time.

BTW: BillRo, It's great to have you on-board.  You are the only 2004 owner I know who spends time here.

Do you have a single coach battery or twins?
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