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1846  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Do I need two Air Conditioners? on: May 07, 2013, 09:02:45 pm
we use those aluminum colored reflectors and then close our privacy shades as well in the evening.
Us too.  Maybe four years ago I found Made-For-Ford-E-Series pop-open sun shades at Walmart on clearance real cheap.  I should have bought a few sets.  They are a perfect fit.

They look very similar to these.
They store in the back pocket of a front seat.
You cannot see through them from either direction.
Not as shown, our mirror (now backup camera) is protected from the sun.
1847  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Linoleum floor covering on step on: May 07, 2013, 01:34:44 pm
We noticed a slight ripple in our 2007 vinyl floor covering within the first year or two.  It's hardly noticable, but it is there.  It has not gotten worse since.  I wonder if the bouncing rig moves things around very slightly to create the ripple.  Either the flooring is not 100% glued down, or the decking shrunk as is common with wood, or maybe both.

About runners and such, I bought rug runner material off a big roll at Menards for our outdoor storage compartment to protect the lower fiberglass surface.  I had enough left over for that first entry step.  I wished I had enough extra to do the rear compartment.
1848  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Do I need two Air Conditioners? on: May 07, 2013, 01:15:42 pm
Hi Mike,
We have yet to camp in 95 degree weather.  But I believe our no-slideout rig along with the thermal windows makes some difference because we noticed our rig stays quite warm in cold weather.  The worst of the cold (and I assume summer heat) comes from the cab area.  As you have read from other owners, there are some common sense practices that help in hot weather camping.
- yes, the thermal windows (I really like our thermal windows for temperature control and sound deadening)
- yes, a slide out leaks some amount of air, and I think (but uncertain) is not as well insulated.
- equip your rig with window awnings and use them to prevent direct sunlight on your glass.
- buy one of those expensive shade thingys that you place outside over the windshield.  We don't own one of those.
- van side window shades of the same brand and general design.
A 2350 no-slide does not have a lot of cubic feet to cool.  I think you will do fine.  I say this because at home last summer, I did run our a/c once in 100 degree heat for 3 hours straight.  Our 2350 was parked outside a few weeks for a garage sale.  We didn't stay in the rig so we didn't generate heat inside.  I was just exercising the a/c unit & generator and to draw out humidity.    It seemed exceptionally cold inside.  But coming in out of 100 degree heat can be misleading.  I set the thermostat all the way so it wouldn't shut off.
A lot has to do with how often you open the door, cook, etc.

I cannot imagine having two a/c units on top of such a tiny rig.  Just ask the factory for the highest outut unit.  With two a/c units, you will require 50 amp service which throws the rig wiring into a different category.  I think the cost of the a/c and such wiring will become economically impractical.


1849  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: May 05, 2013, 10:37:00 pm
having a hard time finding lots of pics with dinettes.
Here are some pictures of our 2350 dinette without a slideout.  Being that or rig is a 2007 model, the table legs are the old design.  The new design has the table attached to the wall and one leg at the opposite end.  I think the table top pivots down to the "Bed" position by simply flipping up and locking the leg under the table, then the table drops down.  Hopefully someone with the new design will clarify with pictures.  I would like to see how it works myself.

In our pictures, you see the framing is finished in cloth but the cushions are leather.  This is because we originally had cloth cushions.  The new dark green cushions are much more comfortable as they have more dense foam and are thinner, providing better support and more room to boot.

For the 2350, the dinette inside a slideout is significantly smaller and tighter with less leg room, less head room, and a smaller table.
1850  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Squeaks on: May 04, 2013, 10:46:11 am
The felt outside on the antenna seems to hold up very nicely, even when wet.  They don't degrade or get ugly.  At least not yet for us, but we do store our rig indoors.  The felt is very thick, dense yet cushy, very effective.
1851  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Squeaks on: May 03, 2013, 11:37:25 pm
The only serious squeeking we've had was in our TV.  I ended up opening the TV and installing felt pads throughout inside it where metal squeeked.

Our rig had a significant "Banging" problem on rough roads from day one until a couple years ago when I put similar thick felt pads on the bottom of the roof-top antenna feet and it's wings.  No more banging.

Sold everywhere like grocery stores, Walmart, Home Depot, maybe even in truck stops.  Trim to whatever size & shape you desire.  They have an adhesive backside.
1852  Main Forum / Photos / Re: around america twice with our 2004 2350 on: May 03, 2013, 07:58:51 pm
I have been stuck here at work for 26 straight days so far, 80+ hours a week.  Now I got the money but don't have the time.  It's one or the other.   Cry
Your trip is soooooo envy'd.  I am very happy for you.  I would love to do a "season" vacation but the best I can get is 3 weeks.  With over 10 years til retirement, I think Christ's return will come before I can do something like that.

BTW:  We love our no-slide dinette too.  Wouldn't buy a PC without one that way.
1853  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Picking up our 2552 on Wednesday on: May 01, 2013, 11:47:25 am

Is there any concern of a power surge from the Onan4000 generator?  If so, then the protection should be installed by the power transfer switch instead of by the power plug.

EMS-HW30C - Internal With Remote Display

EMS-LCHW30 - Internal With Display On The Unit

EMS-PT30C - Portable With Display

SSP-30 With NO Display (Has LED Panel)
1854  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Picking up our 2552 on Wednesday on: April 30, 2013, 11:17:59 pm
Is it hard to install the "Rig Internal" surge protector ourselves?  This seems the ultimate solution.....or are there concerns with this type.
1855  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Skin Care for our Cruiser on: April 30, 2013, 01:57:06 pm
Hey, I found that thread.  The product is sold by Lowes for floors of all things.  It is called Red Max Pro.  It is sold by the gallon.  Some RV people swear by it.  I would first try it in an easy-to-reach area to test how it goes on and the look after dries.  If it's a disaster, just get some car polish and take it off.

That thread references this thread which has some good pictures.
1856  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Picking up our 2552 on Wednesday on: April 29, 2013, 10:27:54 am
The only theft I ever experienced in campsites was firewood and the campsite itself, and I can't call it theft.  More like a misunderstanding.  It comes down to marking/demonstrating the site as "Occupied".
1857  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Picking up our 2552 on Wednesday on: April 28, 2013, 03:28:31 pm
Maybe the factory installs them inside upon request.   It might be easier than you think.  Common sense says to install inside just after the power transfer switch.  This way you are protected from both the pole and the generator.

Call first thing Monday morning and ask.  Maybe it will be ready when you get there.  Just pay that extra with a separate check.
1858  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Picking up our 2552 on Wednesday on: April 27, 2013, 04:24:57 pm
Back in 2007 when we picked up our rig at the factory, the only thing we had the factory modify on-the-spot was the clamp-on exhaust pipe tip.  It was exceptionally long, easily bumped into with your shin.  I was also concerned it could catch the edge of our garage door frame.

Stuart went to work quickly, removing the clamped-on tip and had it cut beautifully out back and had it back on in a jiffy.  I later painted the tip to match the rig but the paint came off quickly from the heat.  I then considered replacing the tip with a fancy chrome one but never did.

Do others here have an exceptionally long exhaust pipe sticking out?
1859  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Connector for the Door is missing to hold the door totally open on: April 23, 2013, 09:34:08 pm
....does not matter how many times you try and remember to open the door and hold on YOU FORGET...
Yep!  So far we never had the door "crash" into the rig but a good thump was enough for me to come up with the rope idea.

I used to have a picture of the rope with the door closed.  It does store perfectly (out of the way open, closed, and while passing through) and can be easily hooked or unhooked with the door open or closed.  I added second round button hook thingy in the door frame also on the sink side, for storing the rope and bungie cords between the frame and sink cabinet.

I actually have expanded to 2 ropes of different lengths.  The second one is an indoor clothes line that doubles as a longer door limiter.

I would buy a real door limiter but we've gotten well used to our rope system.  Maybe one day I'll order the real thing from the factory.
1860  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 23, 2013, 10:24:29 am
My opinion,

The 2350 falls short in 3 primary areas

- handles worse, but can be resolved
- small bathroom  
- confining bed & bed access

But every model falls short in some manner.  It's come down to what is more important to the owner.  For me, if the longer length didn't matter (because of our garage depth) along with sleeping separately, I would prefer the 2552, even considering the benefits of our 2350.

- huge 2007 outdoor storage compartment
- easy maneuverability
- unmodified Ford stock chassis
- 10% better fuel economy
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