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1801  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Swap single pane windows for dual pane? on: March 30, 2013, 09:39:52 am
He said that the actual window sizes were too different, so we couldn't switch from the single-pane windows we have to doubles.
If  your plan is to swap out the glass alone, I would agree because the dual pain is much thicker.  It won't fit in the tracks of the single pain.

I assumed the project also replaced the frames which is why I mentioned high cost.  I would ask Kermit if the frames are interchangable.  If so, for cost sake, maybe replace only the windows having the greatest impact, the big ones next to where you sit and sleep.

I am referencing the earlier slide-open windows, not the current day pop-open flush mount.
1802  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Attachment Folder Size Increased on: March 30, 2013, 09:36:28 am
Thank you Aimee for your continued care of us!
1803  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: March 30, 2013, 01:03:42 am
In-Touch with you Gail!  You'll have to report back how it went for you.  Remember what I said about potential handling issues, and not let that get in the way of a good choice otherwise.  There are remedies.
1804  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Swap single pane windows for dual pane? on: March 29, 2013, 09:13:10 pm
It sounds expensive to do.

I can say we have dual panes glass and glad we have them, Real noticable improvement for thermal properties and also much more quiet when sleeping in Walmarts, truck stops, and rest areas.  Even more quiet when on the open road.  This comparing to our old rig, not to a single pane PC.
1805  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Need Help with trip west on: March 29, 2013, 08:57:33 pm
Hi Judi,

The only comment I have is about the area of Arches.

 ThumbsUp Arches is one of my favorite National Parks.  ThumbsUp

While there, you are only a few miles from Canyonlands.  Plan a full day there renting a Jeep Wrangler (early morning to late night) from Farabees in Moab, enter the canyon thru Potash, see Musselman Arch (I dare you to walk across it) drive down to the Colorado River (don't chicken out), then up the switchback mining road.  Once out of the canyon, tour the rim road and get to Pucker Pass and drive through it too.

Do NOT take your own vehicle because it will have permenent rattles and squeeks after that excursion.  Farabees has a map of exactly what I am talking about.  Call them for prices on renting a Wrangler and about the Jeep trail I mentioned.  Do NOT rent from any of the other Jeep rental outfits around because they rent old tired Jeeps.  Farabees rents brand new Wranglers and in the end the price is the same.  Unlike the others, you can return Farabees Jeeps dirty and after hours.  Given you will be there in summer, you might consider an enclosed Jeep with a/c.  Arches, Canyonlands, and Moab are about 5 minutes away from eachother.

That one Adventure Anywhere pic of our PC with little red car parked next to it in the canyon with Irene sitting in a lawn chair, the canyon wall across the water is Arches, but we were camping in a BLM campground across the street from the trailhead to the 3rd largest arch (maybe called a natural bridge) in the USA called Morning Glory.  That hike requires lots of drinking water though relatively flat.  We ran short of water and suffered in September.  The BLM campground was 5-10 minutes outside of Moab but in another direction of Arches & Canyonlands.

If you can swing your visit to the area in middle of September, you will enjoy the experience so much better due to lack of heat.  That also allows for a top-down experience with the Wrangler.

If you come back from your vacation and post that you did not rent a Farabees Jeep Wrangler and go down into Canyonlands, I will be so very disappointed.  People of all ages and back grounds drive that trail so don't ever think you are too old or inexperienced for it.  Anyone who is only a little daring can do it safely.  Aside from the adventure, the scenery is some of the best jaw dropping in the entire region.  Unlike most canyons, that one is best seen from inside on the middle plateau.

It is a full day adventure, but you won't burn but a 1/2 tank of gas, so don't worry about that at all.

Adding:
About your time in Arches, it's a small park, but much to enjoy.  If pressed hard for time, you MUST hike through The entire Windows section, hike to Delicate Arch, and also the loop trail with Dark Angel.  You don't have to hike all the way to Dark Angel but take that loop trail.  The three hikes I mentioned covers the cream of the crop.  But if you have the time, don't pass up the others including the Firey Furnace ranger guided hike as Sue mentioned below.  One afternoon we drove our tow vehicle down the rough road along with a moderate hike to tower arch.  We really enjoyed that.

As I mentioned earlier, we enjoyed camping in the area in a BLM on the Colorado River, but there are a number of RV parks close by in Moab, minutes from Arches.  Camping in Arches is ideal to me, but is in high demand.  Given our flexible trip schedule, making reservations 9 months in advance doesn't work for us.
1806  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Any rear end drag problems with 218' wheelbase? on: March 29, 2013, 09:01:47 am
I would install those affordable yet very capable Firestone airbags that RV people always talk about.  Set it up the cheapest & easiest way so each bag has it's own air valve.  This way if your rig leans to the left or the right due to your load, you can level it out as well as lift the rear up.  If you are buying a new rig, have the factory include this in your order.  They are good about adding such things.

Adding: I was actually thinking of installing them on our 2350 but concerned of a rougher ride from them.  I would like a little extra posterior ground clearance because our E350/2350 does seem to sit an inch or two low in back when on trips.  A little higher would be a little better.
1807  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Any pets travel with you? on: March 28, 2013, 04:21:43 pm
So that you wont think thats a typo, shes travelling with six dogs.  nod
As Jed Clampett would say "Weee Doggie!"
1808  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Maserator doesn't work on: March 28, 2013, 03:57:50 pm
Regarding the electric step not going in and out properly.  Try this.

Open the door and stand outside.  Look in the lower right corner.  There is a bolt that pushes a button in and out.  By hand, push that button ALL THE WAY in and let it spring out.  Watch your shins if the step moves.  If the button does not spring out, it is faulty.  Spray WD-40 or equivalent in the switch to free up the internal mechanism.  If no luck, then replace the switch.

If the step works well by hand but not with the door, the bolt needs to be adjusted to push the switch in further.

If the step does not react to you pushing the switch by hand, then flip the left side wall switch to the opposite position and repeat.   Remember that little wall switch is labelled backwards.  "On" means "Off".  When "On" it means the step should stay down all the time regardless if the door is open or closed.  At least that is how mine is labelled.  It can be confusing.

If still nothing happens, lay on your back on the ground and clean the electrical contacts to the switch.  Then repeat.  Be careful when on the ground.  Make sure your body stays clear in case the step decides to move down.  You don't want it pinning you under the rig.  That would be embarassing. LOL
1809  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Maserator doesn't work on: March 23, 2013, 03:09:37 pm
At end of each season, I fill both waste tanks full...twice, first time with bleach solution and run maserator a little to get solution in it.  After a little time, then drain first manual method, then maserator method.

Clean smelling, clean maserator, working sensors, six years so far so good.  I don't expose everything too long with bleach as I hear it can do damage if soaking too long.  Odor control is critical in our under-the-house garage.
1810  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New tries for 2010 on: March 20, 2013, 10:58:57 am
As posted on the Yahoo forum...

Your 2551 is a light weight E450.  The load on your E-rated tires doesn't compare to huge class Cs so you are not near the limit of the load the tires are designed to handle.  Given your tires have no visual concerns, I would keep using them until specific issues come up which could be a number of years away.  When you see significant (and I do mean significant) sidewall cracking, cracking in between the threads, uneven or severe tire wear, a bulge in a side wall, things like that, then I would think about new tires right away.

If you won't have peace of mind about it, then spend your money and help the tire industry.

But as for me with our 2007 2350 E350, it has the original like-new-looking E rated tires, now with 17,000 miles.  I have no plans to change them until I see a better reason other than going by the calander.  It does help that our rig is kept indoors when not in use.

Our first rig owned for 24 years, I sold it with tires that were 12 years old.  It too had tires rated for a much heavier motor home.  At the time of sale, the tires did start to develop minor side wall and in-between-the-thread cracks, but too small to be of concern.

If our rig was at the weight limit of the tires, I might feel differently.
1811  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Anyone have experience with RV Camping Connect? on: March 20, 2013, 10:41:38 am
Aimee, I am sending you a PM.
1812  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: March 13, 2013, 03:56:07 pm
Welcome jampodd,

I grew up first tent camping then popup trailer camping with my parents.  Grown & married with our first child born on our 5th anniversary and I said no way we are doing without a motor home.  It's been a house-on-wheels since.  The first MH a Toyota-Mirage owned 24 years, our PC-2350 owned 6 years and counting.

The 2552 is extremely popular, maybe #1 seller.  I think the most popular sell-off is the 2350 for people can't tollerate getting in and out from the bed.  I wonder if the old 2950 with rear bedroom, had a rear double/queen bed turned sideways, would also have been too difficult for most.  I thought it would have made  a good arraingement.

PC-2950 Floorplan
1813  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Maserator doesn't work on: March 12, 2013, 11:39:27 pm
frecklestweety,

Do yourself a favor and call the factory for a price on a new replacemet.  The cost just may surprise you.  And regarding installation, simply stated, it's something that can be handled by a near novice.  If you can't install it yourself, I am sure any handyman can at nominal cost.

If or when my 6 year old mascerator dies, I will be replacing it ASAP for I really appreciate it's ease of use for dumping.  The bonus to that is the envious audience it sometimes draws at the dump station. Smile
1814  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: E-450 replacement on: March 12, 2013, 12:13:29 pm
Just went to the Ford site and there is a dedicated section for the new Transit chassis. The DRW chassis has a GVWR of 10,360 lbs., That is the heaviest rating that I can see.  Very limited application in the RV idustry I would have to conclude.   Thanks
10,360 is surely on the "Light" side.  Our 2007 E350 GVWR is 11,500 which is 1,000 less than the E350 made beginning in 2008.

Our 2350 with no slide out weighs 9,200 before we start adding to it with our own stuff, two people, and 41 gallons of fresh water which I assume brings our rig mighty close to that 10,360 mark.  I think the early 6 wheel Sprinters were around 10,500 but increased to current day 11,030 some time thereafter.
1815  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: E-550 replacement on: March 12, 2013, 08:49:34 am
D&B,
I wonder if the 4000 pound deficiency of the Transit is because it is of a 4 wheel Heavy Duty van, not a 6 wheel cutaway.
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