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1831  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Refrigerator Hinge on: October 13, 2011, 03:50:24 pm
Here is something that could be of interest.  I copied this from another website.

A few weeks ago, the upper hinge on my Dometic fridge door broke and the door fell on the floor. I then noticed that the freezer door hinge was also cracked and ready to break. A call to Dometic confirmed that the only fix was to replace the doors. I invested over $300 in new doors. Today I found a post on a "Sportscoach" site that mentions a less expensive route. The following is quotation from that message. "The upper freezer door hinge broke on my Dometic refrigerator. I checked with Camping World and other sources and was told my only solution was to buy a complete door for $150 or so. Not liking this answer I called Dometic. They said that kits are available to repair all of the door hinges and are available through All Seasons RV Appliance Parts & Service in Elkhart, IN. You can reach them at 800-348-7697 or 800-344-0673. The upper and lower hinge repair kit cost $18.95, can be charged to a credit card and shipped anywhere
1832  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Slide Room Leak - Help on: October 13, 2011, 03:38:08 pm
The only way I could imagine water coming in through the slide out topper is if you were on an extreme angle leaning toward the opposite side
That is what I was thinking.  A wind-driven rain fying at an angle will get past the edge the roll-up awning.  If the pitch of the motor home is so, collected water on the roof will run toward the coach.  You might also have a unique condition because your slideout is much larger than all other PC models.

I would make sure that any water that finds it's way on top of the slideout flows to the outside edge.  I would also call Kermit and ask him for some advise.  Maybe there is an adjustment that can be made by yourself or reputable shop.

Maybe there is an aftermarket skirt available to address side entry rain.
1833  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: what magazines or books to read for a newbe on: October 12, 2011, 03:09:26 pm
Our camping is done mostly in State Parks and the off the beaten path camp grounds.
Hi (again) Rich.  We too find ourselves camping off the beaten path more often then not.  We especailly appreciate BLM camp grounds as they are usually nestled near creeks & rivers and other scenic highlights.

As I mentioned to you through direct email, any of the newer PCs with two batteries and the inveter, makes for a great power source for such camping.  All tanks, gasoline, fresh water, waste water, and propane, all in combination make the PC work well for extended periods without services.  But if you both must bathe daily, that would become an issue.  40 gallons of fresh water will last only so long.

When camping without hookups for extended periods, you will need to monitor your batteries closely if you use the inverter a lot.  With power to the inverter killed, the batteries last a long time.  We invert to watch TV (DVD movies) and enjoy the PC coffee maker so we keep the batteries maintained through 1 hour daily charge times using a 4/10/20/40 amp charger set to 40 amps, powered by the generator.
1834  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Pictures Of A 2007 2350 With Fixed Dinette (no slide out) on: October 11, 2011, 03:28:10 pm
Ron, you got me thinking! I like the extra storage space.
When in discussion with other PC owners of 2350s with slideouts, the lack of storage does seem to be a problem for them.  Our dinette benches do offer a lot more storage, and we utilize all of it.  The higher ceiling above them also has taller overhead cabinets for more storage there too.  We use them for cookware and all non-perishable food.  With the 2350, we have a whole lot of exterior storage as well.  We never have issues with storage.

But I do have to admit, the dinette is not something to sit on for hours on-end.  I understand why some people like Judi & George ordered theirs with two captain chairs and a swing-up table.  But that does sacrifice the two bench seat storage areas and the single convert-a-bed.  That single bed has come in handy a few times for us.  Once I got sick on a trip and needed to sleep alone for 3 nights.  In another situation during a weekend get-away with family at a private camp ground, the place surprised us with a one pup tent per site restriction.  We quickly had a house guest which we were happy to accomodate.

With our 2350, we replaced the uncomfortable barrel chair by the entry door with a 3rd captain seat.  At least then one of us can get comfortable.  In the middle of watching a movie, we will take an intermission and then switch places.

We could NEVER consider any twin bed model.  Our first night saying "Good Night Honey" from across the isle would have us quickly squished together on one of the twins.  We would much rather deal with the limited access of the rear corner "double" bed.

The slideout today with the fridge included weighs over 300-400 pounds more than one without a slideout.  You would have much less concern of over-loading the chassis, especially a Sprinter.

The 2450 is a 2350 made one foot longer to provide a pull-out pantry on each side.  You have the option to sacrifice the pantry next to the stove to get a longer double bed for easier entry/exit.
1835  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Auto drain valves on: October 10, 2011, 08:35:35 am
I like Tom's advise to lube the track/slider area and pull manually to make sure it's not stuck.  Also check wiring.
1836  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Forum Tech Issues on: October 06, 2011, 10:39:44 pm

All fixed opperating with IE8 here at home.

So far it's looking great there Aimee.  That-a-girl!
You are really something.  You respond with tech support on the Phoenix forum so much faster with better results than our hot line at work.  Cheer
1837  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Invisible Jumpy Lines on: October 06, 2011, 05:46:56 pm
Then have at it Aimee.  Thanks for the effort.  At least you now understand the "Jumpy".
1838  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Invisible Jumpy Lines on: October 06, 2011, 05:44:13 pm
It must be an IE8 thing alone.  Don't worry Aimee.  I assumed everyone dealt with it but that is not the case.  It's not worth any more effort.

Thanks for looking into it.
1839  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Invisible Jumpy Lines on: October 06, 2011, 03:34:51 pm
I use Internet Explorer 8 both at home and at work.  Home is Vista, work is XP, both with Office 2007.  I don't plan on changing to IE9 anytime soon.  Here at work is a global decision.  At home I syncronize with work as much as possible for consistency.
1840  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Invisible Jumpy Lines on: October 06, 2011, 02:10:51 pm
Hi Aimee,

The “Jumpy Lines” thing started happening I believe since you changed from the green forum environment.  I think it happens only when replying, not when initially posting.  But I am not 100% certain.

I don't know if it is related to how many characters are typed or how many lines or "Enters" are used.  It might be a combination of things.  I suspect it might be related to all the little people expressions we can choose from along the top.

Try this to see if  “jumpy” happens to you.  Reply to this thread.  In the gray text edit window, hold the "Enter" down for 20 seconds or so.  Then start typing.  You should see "jumpy" happening.  With every key stroke the screen scrolls to show what you are typing for a split second, then jumps to the top or near the top of your reply.

We end up typing blind after a while.  Then we proof read by scrolling down.  Any editing, and it immediately reoccurs.  It is consistent.  I can count on it happening after so many lines of text, though the quantity seems to vary from reply to reply.


On this reply that I am typing right now, "jumpy" starts at the "3" and is always there from that point down.

Copy and paste my text into your reply and the same should happen for you.  Maybe this is a "Windows Only" problem.  You work on a Mac, right?
1841  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: power drain - batteries flat after 4 days of sitting on: October 05, 2011, 11:26:15 pm
You have the same model year as we do, so you have the same Tripp-Lite inverter and electrical setup.

What you are experiencing is typical.  You just need to get your charging/inverting electronics setup for the camping style you do.
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1842  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Moving Front TV to Better Location (for me) on: October 05, 2011, 05:13:56 pm
I can offer a little insight regarding the amount of space behind the main TV.

If your hand is not too large, you can squeeze it behind the TV through either of the side cabinets.  There is not a whole lot of hidden space, but if you build a new cabinet front "forward" just enough as not interfere with the opening of the side doors, then you'd have some decent space.

I understand your desire to relocate the TV.  We noticed that uncomfortable TV angle during our first PC with slide out experience at a local RV show.  I recall a few people mounting a smaller TV just to the left of the entry door on the wall.

Here is another idea, mounting the TV on an opposing cabinet door.  You open the door to angle the TV for better viewing.
I do realize the slide out is closed up in this picture, but it demonstrates how watching TV (TV in factory position) while in transit doesn't work out very well.
1843  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Solar panels on: October 05, 2011, 03:07:50 pm
I got the diagram Lou.  Thanks!

I wonder if the same 2x2 box aluminum studs are used throughout all walls and ceiling.

The wood/foam/plastic floor sandwich has what looks like a nice strong steel box framing as seen on their website slideshow on the making of a PC.

Has everyone here watched and listened to their "construction" slideshow?

Here it is:
1844  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Solar panels on: October 05, 2011, 12:49:22 pm

Remember the refer vent idea applies only to a unit where the fridge is NOT in a slideout.

Could you email me a copy of that 2350 roof diagram?  I would love to have it for reference.  Any clarity from Phoenix USA on the style/shape of the metal rafters used?
1845  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Towing with a PC on: October 04, 2011, 05:50:51 pm

Your logic makes perfect sense to me.  Cheers  I like that idea a lot.

The only thing I would suggest is to prepare your PC-2100 for a significant towing condition.  That is to do what we had done to improve the handling of our 2007 E350 PC-2350 motor home with tow vehicle.  A travel trailer will play hard-ball with your PC's rear end and these upgrades will combat that very well.

These either replace existing components, or are added where there is none.  A 2006 E350 chassis will not have any kind of rear stabilizer bar, nor a rear trac bar.  The original Ford shocks, front stabilizer bar, and steering stabilizer are substandard for the extreme condition you are considering.  The upgrades I state below will be real nice to have even when not towing, so it's a 2x benefit.

- heavy duty front and rear stabilizer bars (Roadmaster, Helwig or other equivalent)
- rear trac bar (Henderson or other equivalent)
- E350/E450 motor home specific shock absorbers (specifically Koni or Bilstein)
- heavy duty front steering stabilizer (Safe-T-Plus or other equivalent)
- realign your front wheels (often requiring offset bushings because the alignment can be so far out)

Given the heavy tongue weight of a travel trailer, you might also consider rear air bags, though I have no first-hand experience with them on a PC.
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