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1816  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: LED replacement lights on: February 09, 2012, 11:17:31 am
Thanks Sue.  I would love to see some pictures of your interior with both types of lighting.

Looking at the website, it appears the non-fluorescent festoon bulb is the type used in car dome lights.  Though advertised as a low light nightlight, I still like it very much for when we want to relax after cooking and cleanup.

Here is a festoon bulb.
1817  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: LED replacement lights on: February 09, 2012, 09:52:35 am
When you flip the switch in one direction you have the fluorescent lighting and when you flip the switch in the other direction you get a soft light similar to incandescent lighting and is a very nice warm lighting.  Sue
Hi Sue.  Your light fixtures intrique me.

Have you inspected one of your lights?  How is the soft light created?  Is the fixture a dual bulb system with both fluorescent and incandesent bulbs?  I assume the soft light is created with incandescent bulbs, but if not, then how?

Does the soft light make as much light as the flourecent light, or is it significantly less to be like mood lighting?  I would love to see a picture inside a PC at night with all lights on, set both ways.
1818  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: LED replacement lights on: February 08, 2012, 12:57:37 am
I would love to change out our flourecent bulbs with those direct substitution LED bulbs, but only if they emit soft white light like incandecent bulbs do for a warm feeling inside the motor home.  We don't like the cold blue light from the flourecents, but won't change them out for incandecent fixtures to stay easy on our batteries.
1819  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Advice regarding purchasing a PC. We are new to the PC and B+ World on: February 04, 2012, 09:26:02 am
I wonder if you filled up the tanks with fresh water, then added a pint of bleach  to each tank, then let sit an hour, if that would clean off the sensors.  If not bleach, maybe a septic tank cleaner of some sort.
1820  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How does your PC ride? on: February 04, 2012, 09:18:13 am
More air in the tires will improve handling by reducing tire sidewall sloshing.  It also improves fuel economy a bit.  But you get a harsher ride, uneven threadwear, and lesser grip on the road.

My PC has a sticker on the driver door piller, placed by PC-USA. stating 65 front, 60 rear.  I add 5 psi more all around because the tires look too flat, and I like the handling & fuel economy better.  So far I don't see uneven thread wear, but I only have 14k on the chassis.

I really need to do what bobander did and get my rig weighed while on a multi-week trip.  Then go from there to get it right.
1821  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Advice regarding purchasing a PC. We are new to the PC and B+ World on: February 03, 2012, 05:20:45 pm
He stores his extra sewer hose in the white pipe.  Sewer hoses are not neccessary for PCs, but some PC owners like to carry one for extended stays at one place.  Then they don't have to go outside now and then to turn on the mascerator pump to empty the tanks.  The tanks will continuously drain using the hose, bypassing the pump method.  The hose is a pain when on-the-run, draining the tanks on a regular basis.  But if parked for many days or weeks at a time, the hose is the better choice.
1822  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How does your PC ride? on: January 30, 2012, 10:40:05 pm
The pre-2008 E350 chassis does not come with a rear sway bar of any kind.  The front bar is the same one installed on an E150 van, so how good is that one for such an extreme application?  If you are a do-it-yourselfer, you could buy heavy duty Helwigs off the internet fairly reasonable.  My brother and I installed a rear on his E350 motor home without issues and he was very happy with the improvement.  I encouraged him to get a front bar, but he kept his original with worn bushings too.

I went all out spending $3900 from a local specialty shop which makes our 2007 E350 PC chassis handle beautifully.  I'll never know if I went overboard, but I can say it was well worth every penny.  I had them install both front and rear heavy duty sway bars, rear trac bar, heavy duty front steering stabilizer, all shocks replaced with Koni made-for-motor home, and a front end alignment.  What I learned about all this back then, I would do in a particular order to see how little money I could get by with.  At an absolute minimum, I strongly advise to get front and rear heavy duty sway bars and a front end alignment, then go from there.
1823  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: RV show schedule on: January 30, 2012, 05:07:28 pm
I might, and I do mean "Might" attend the RV show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosement, IL in February.  Here are the details:

Phoenix USA is not listed as one of the vendors.   Cry
1824  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New Ford Transit Van on: January 27, 2012, 06:48:02 pm
I stand corrected.  Bring on the Transit......PC-Transit that is!
1825  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New Ford Transit Van on: January 27, 2012, 02:00:22 pm
This has been a topic on other RV forums.

I understand the E350/E450 cut-away and stripped chassis will NOT be discontinued, only the E150/E250/E350 van.  Ford will continue to build the E-series for ambulances, box trucks, and other retro-fit applications including motor homes.  My concern is that cost will quickly increase as quantities of common parts to the basic van decreases.

I believe the T-Series van is a heavy duty work truck that is not very different from a Dodge Caravan.  It has a very small engine and front wheel drive.  I understood it has a heavy duty unibody which means there are no frame rails to build an RV house onto in a cut-away application.  If that is true, I don't envision Ford offering a specially designed duel rear wheel, rear wheel drive cut-away T-Series for larger class B+/C motor homes.

I think a T-Series (Transit Van) for motor home applications might be compared to the front wheel drive VW van that was used from 1996 to 2005 for the Winnebago Rialta and Vista motor home series.  VW delivered half chassis to Winnebago.  They actually came as twins, bolted together back-to-back.  I wish I had a picture to show that.  Everything from behind the VW van doors was 100% supplied by someone other than VW.  The frame, suspension, brakes, etc, it was all a kit car back there.  VW dealers wanted nothing to do with these, making service and warranty work very difficult for owners.  The Rialta and Vista single rear wheels and are quite a lot smaller than your typical motor home, much smaller than a PC-2350.  I considered many of their features more novity-like than practical.

I think any T-Series used for a motor home would resemble one of these.  If you love your PC slide outs, shower, fridge, stove, and all the rest, you wouldn't be very happy with one of these.  The expanding Rialta bathroom was really something.  Imagine yourself showering in an airplane bathroom, no....worse than that.

Rialta 1996-2005

Vista 2002-2005 (I think)
1826  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Proof of Purchase on: January 26, 2012, 12:30:08 pm
That is a good reminder.

I got a fat white 3-ring binder that I keep everything related to our rig inside.  Exception is the Ford chassis manual kit which is kept next to it, both stored here.

I do question "Proof Of Purchase" as I got the owners manuals and installation manuals for everything, but no actual receipt as PC-USA purchased them from the suppliers, not me personally.
1827  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Planning trip to utah, Colorado, and the Grand Canyon on: January 26, 2012, 09:17:08 am
Al B,

Did you just share that with everyone here, or did I?  I am with you 100% in agreement.  We did that trip 4 years ago and loved it so much that we hope to do it again in September, this time towing our 4x4 Liberty.  We plan to get deep into Escalante to take a boat ride to Rainbow Bridge.

But our finances are shakey this year so we will see what will come.  Our obligations to our children college education zero'd us out, but it's over for us now.  First priority is a new tear-off roof, 2nd is a 110 foot storm sewer in the side yard.  Yata yata yata.  We are honkering down right now.  Hopefully it will work out.  I hope our massive garage sale planned for June will contribute.

A lot of the Phoenix main website pictures are of us taken on that trip.  We camped across from the trail head to the 3rd largest arch in the country......Morning Glory Arch (natural bridge) with a 243 feet span.  Needless to say the morning sun lights it up in it all it's glory.

Our campsite there.
1828  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Xantrex inverter on: January 25, 2012, 09:02:53 am
I think the reason why some outlets are not on the inverter is for concern an owner may overload an inverted electrical circuit, damaging the motor home in some way.  For example, in our 2007 2350 no-slide, we have an outlet in the front dinette bench that is NOT functional with the inverter.  I wish it was as our laptop computer would have utilized it nicely.  I think the factory reserved that outlet for a toaster which could never safely opperate off the inverter.  That outlet works only with the generator or shore power.

I think it may be possible to power that dinette outlet through the inverter as the circuit breaker panel is very close to my inverter.  I may be able to simply rework the wiring in that area.  But I never had enough enthusiasm to dig into it as we have adapted well to work around it.

I feel that if you cannot rework the wiring in the circuit breaker/inverter area to accomplish the electrical change, then I would not mess with it.
1829  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: January 24, 2012, 07:46:03 pm
Welcome newbees Deena & Avery!  We are happy you've joined our family & forum.  Balloons
1830  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Humming noise on: January 22, 2012, 08:01:21 pm
About Inverter fan noise.....

We handle our older Tripp-Lite power consumption  by shutting it down on the inverter itself.  There is a small switch on the upper right area by the LEDs there.  Placing that switch in the middle of the 3 positions kills the inverter completely which is very important when in storage and also when dry camping.

So in saving power, the fan noise and LED blinking is gone which is great when sleeping.  We only turn on the inverter manually when we want 110v.  This subject gets deeper on the older inverters.  My old thread here covers this in great detail:,73.0.html
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