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1801  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Flat Tow a Smart Car on: October 02, 2012, 05:05:51 pm
A drive shaft disconnect would be useful when there is a drive shaft.  Such vehicles are rear wheel drive.  Front wheel drive cars wouldn't have a drive shaft.

I heard every front wheel drive Saturn car (not sure about Saturn SUVs), automatic or stick shift, were all approved for 4-wheel-down (flat) towing.  That is why they were so popular as a tow vehicle for so many years.  But they are dropping off the "Popularity List" as they age and are no longer made.
1802  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Flat Tow a Smart Car on: September 29, 2012, 10:37:28 am
The same rules of the Smart applied for towing our 2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder as is with many other vehicles.
Stick Shift Transmission - YES
Automatic Transmission - NO

The selection for flat towing a vehicle with an automatic transmission is not that abundant.  Also, some auto trans vehicles allow for towing, but with stipulations like special 500 mile procedures.

BTW: Not all stick shift transmissions are allowed either.  Selecting a tow vehicle does take some research.

1803  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dead starter battery on: September 27, 2012, 05:39:31 pm
Anne and Bob,

You ask some interesting questions that I have only a few answers for.

You are right, I was wrong concerning running the generator.  If you are plugged into 110V shore power, then you are all set to jumper to the front underhood chassis battery.  I assumed you were not hooked up to shore power.

It is a mystery why the chassis battery drains so quickly.  I do wonder if the newer 2009-2013 Ford chassis has more stand-by features like for example the built-in dash board GPS, wireless key fobs, alarm systems and such, features that have a small current draw even when everything is turned off.

PC owners do find their chassis door step lights on when they thought they were off.  Just be sure those little lights at the steps of the two front Ford doors are off when you leave.  If they are on, turn them off using the headlight dash board dimmer switch.

I think the entry door step does not draw power either way, but not 100% sure.

Hopefully someone else will chime in and provide better information than I have here.
1804  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Roof lamination on: September 26, 2012, 05:17:15 pm
To help clarify, I do have the same fiberglass sheathing condition as Greg in a small flat area or two on my own roof, but it has not caused any type of problem.  No buckling, rippling or any other issue.  Regardless it has always been a bit concerning to me too.  I should also include that mine doesn't seem to be getting worse over the years which keeps my worries way down.
1805  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dead starter battery on: September 26, 2012, 04:32:11 pm
Since you have two fully charged coach batteries sitting in a slideout tray on the same side of the rig as the chassis battery, I would carry extra long jumper cables.  Start the generator, hook up the cables, wait 15 minutes, and you are likely good to go.  If not, just wait a little longer.

The long cables could also come in handy throughout your trip if your tow vehicle needs a jump, or even a neighboring camper.
Walmart on-line sells a 4-gauge 20-footer in a nice case, EverStart for $37.00  SEE IT HERE
Walmart also sell a professional 2-gauge 25 footer (not sure about a case) for $89.00  SEE IT HERE
1806  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sani-Con Nozzle Issues on: September 26, 2012, 04:09:55 pm
How about taking a coat hanger, cutting out about 12", bending it into a U. Turn the U over the hose near the end and push it into the ground to hold the hose in place. simple, light weight and easy to store.
I like your very inexpensive, quick solution idea.  A "helpful" for Tom.
1807  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sani-Con Nozzle Issues on: September 26, 2012, 04:03:39 pm
I found a "twist on dump valve" that just, yes, twists on to the end where the cap sits, then attach the cap to that twist-on valve.  So far works like a charm, it is attached very snugly, so far it seems like it won't accidentally detach.
George, I never heard of it until your comment.  Though I don't need one myself, that is worthy for your first "Helpful".  Thanks for sharing that one.

For the record, this is what George was describing.  It installs in seconds and is very affordable for around $20 for those who need one last barrier of protection when twisting off the end cap.

1808  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dead starter battery on: September 25, 2012, 04:49:07 pm
Anne & Bob,

Sorry to hear of your troubles, but you have learned it is best to disconnect the ground cable on the starting battery while in storage.  So welcome to the "I Killed My Battery Doing Nothing" club.

You might want to consider carrying extended length jumper cables to bridge between your coach and starter batteries.  Or do what I do and carry a 4/10/20/40 amp battery charger and extension cord that will run off the generator.

FWIW, my 2007 E350 chassis starting battery seems to drain down every-other month like yours did, but 5 years running, and all is still well after that mishap.  Hey, it's better than my Corvette which will drain down after 4 to 5 weeks.
1809  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New member/owner on: September 23, 2012, 08:23:45 am
I agree about the suspension as well.  Our 2350 on a 2007 E350 chassis needed a lot of help, but we think because of the ratio of the wheel base to rear over-hang, and adding that our fresh water tank is mounted against the rear wall.  Other PC models are less dramatic with these circumstances which may not require the same suspension investment.

The Ford E350 prior to 2008 didn't come with a rear sway bar so we had no rear sway bar at all.  2008 to today has both front and rear sway bars straight from Ford, though debatable if they are adequate for motor home applications in general.  Given PCs are not massive like conventional class Cs, the stock bars seem to be satisfactory to most PC owners, but less effective with models 2100, 2350, and 2400 due to their dramatic wheel base to rear over-hang ratio.

I feel any PC built on an E350 prior to 2008, the owners certainly should install a heavy duty rear sway bar, if not done already.  Having no rear sway bar at all is surely a formula for handling troubles for models 2100, 2350, and 2400.
1810  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New member/owner on: September 22, 2012, 11:05:45 am
I have seen a few 5th wheel with tow vehicle trains.  When we'd pass them, I'd think "WOW, that's long.

A tow vehicle generally has no complaints from us PC owners.  Many of us don't tow anything at all, but my wife and I tow a Jeep Liberty for the at-destination mobility.

Hopefully your adjstment from a 5th to a 2910T will be uneventful with the pros outweighing the cons by far.
1811  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New member/owner on: September 22, 2012, 10:06:56 am
We ordered our 2350 this year and took possession in June... coming from a Rialta, we are very very pleased with our unit..
D&B, you make an excellent point worth noting and adding to.

We came from a 17 foot long basic (extremely basic) motor home SEEN HERE.  It was much smaller than your Rialta, and we used it for 24 years, so when we graduated up to a 2350 5 years ago, it was like moving into a mansion.  A satisfying deciision depends on what you are used to, where you were coming from, and where you want to be heading in the way of the size and floorplan of a motor home.  Assuming that part of Johnnycrab's decision is in good order, they surely picked the right manufacture.

Congratulations Johnnycrab!  Welcome to the family.
1812  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Window awnings on: September 17, 2012, 12:47:40 pm
Hi Tom,

We have an individual awning for our driver-side dinette and really appreciate having it for both sun and rain.

About the passenger side.  Can you open your main awning a foot or two to help with the sun and rain?  We do that and it works well as long as the sun is not too low.  Is your issue more with early morning/later afternnon sun that has you thinking about this?  I have seen a small awning under the large one, but not yet on a PC.

I would think PC-USA can ship you a window awning that matches your main awning.  Installation seems like a do-it-yourself project.  The question is whether there is enough room between the top of the window and the underside of the main awning.

Best of luck,
1813  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: September 08, 2012, 07:48:22 pm
Ron when you go "New" I'd sure like yours! I could probably afford it by then.
Don't hold your breath.  We are hoping this one will give us another 25-30 years of service. Smile
1814  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dead starter battery on: September 05, 2012, 01:08:49 pm
This also applies to my older 2007 E350 chassis.

If I turn on the dome lights in the cab using the headlight control switch, then I turn off the dome lights individually using the switches by the light fixture, the running board lights remain on, I think indefinitely, though not 100% sure.
1815  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: drawer glides in PC 2350 on: September 04, 2012, 08:35:10 pm
The high quality ball bearing drawer glides are offered in many different lengths at home improvement centers.  Is it possible to use them instead?  You will need the same drawer-to-cabinet clearence as you have with the kitchen drawers.  Or possibly place them under the drawer if not.  I think some roller glides work for horizontal applications.
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