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1846  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dash 110V on: December 06, 2010, 11:33:43 am
I assume you are refering to the round 12V cigarette lighter outlets, not the standard house 110V outlets.

Speaking for the Ford chassis and is very likely the same for the Sprinter, the dash mounted round 12V outlets are supplied by Ford.  Those 12V outlets work the same as with any normal car.  I think one is powered up with the igition switch on.  I think the other is always powered up.  Both run off the main engine battery.

In my 2007 2350, the 12V outlet in the passeger side overhead compartment is the only 12V outlet in the coach portion of the motor home.  Power to it is supplied by the coach batteries.  It is there to utilize typical 12V accessories.  One example would be a 12V cell phone charger typically used in a car.  It's a place to charge such things in hiding.

I setup that cabinet for charging all kinds of electronics, from cell phones to video cameras, to digital cameras, to navigation, to rechargable flashlights, to laptop computers.  Most utilize 110V power via that power strip shown.  Note the laptop computer stored on the shelf.  I need to make a second shelf above that one for better utilization of space.


BTW:  On my 2007, that 12V outlet has a red reset button.  That button is related to the antenna signal booster.  The 12V outlet and antenna booster share the same electrical box in the wall there.  You can't see it in the picture.  It is to the left of the white duplex 110V outlet shown.
1847  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Using 110V on: December 04, 2010, 11:43:21 am
I should have also mentioned, plugged into 110v, but with the inverter off and the batteries out, you have ONLY 110v opperations.  That means everything that runs off 12V, one being the interior lighting, will not work.
1848  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Using 110V on: December 03, 2010, 11:39:58 pm
Referencing my 2007 2350 with Tripp-Lite inverter.  When plugging into 110V without coach batteries, I would make sure the inverter is shut off using the 3 position switch on the inverter itself, and also install rubber boots on the battery cables to insulate them as insurance you won't accidentally short power to ground if the interter was ever accidentally turned on.

You should have 110v throughout the RV with the inverter turned off and no coach batteries.  There is an electro-mechanical switch in a steel box which makes it happen.  In my 2350 with no slide, that switch is located in the front-most dinette bench.  I don't know where it is located on other models.
1849  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Unknown switches on driver's side 2008 2551 on: December 03, 2010, 05:29:48 pm
On my 2007 2350, one switch is for the two driving/fog lights located on the front lower bumper skirt.  The other switch has spring-back action.  When pushed and held in, the engine starts from the coach batteries.  That is to be used only if the engine battery is dead.
1850  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Mods to our '04 2350 - Front Cabinets on: November 29, 2010, 09:27:34 am
I am curious.  What did the factory charge you for that extra cabinet?
1851  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: DC connections between the Ford and the PC?? on: November 28, 2010, 02:07:26 pm
Yep, the engine battery is full nearly all the time, so most of the time, the alternator is working on the RV batteries.  The setup works quite well.
1852  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Made A Decision Replacing The Barrel Chair on: November 28, 2010, 02:05:55 pm
I have tried a few times (not trying be be pesty) contacting Pauls Seating, but got no return emails and no return calls.  I wonder if they are in shut down or something.  I never gave them any money so I am not worried, but still I want a 3rd captain seat.  The last I talked with Paul, he said they had to back-order my particular color material, the gray.

I will try later this week again.
1853  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: DC connections between the Ford and the PC?? on: November 26, 2010, 07:13:49 pm
Yes the Ford alternator charges the PC batteries after it's own battery is charged.

The generator does NOT charge the Ford battery.
1854  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I Wish I Had This On My 2350 on: November 16, 2010, 08:16:23 am
I snoozed at the keyboard.  It was rockrat asking for a propane "outlet" on the passenger side.  Not a work light by the propane tank.

Tom, I like your idea of having a porch light on the driver side to help with hooking up or unhooking the RV facilities in the dark.

Now that I think about it, I find myself in the dark way too often, messing with the tow vehicle while holding a flashlight.  I would appreciate a "down light" in the back there with a switch mounted on the ceiling inside the rear compartment or in the outdoor storage compartment.  The chassis backup lights don't shine down on the hitch area.  That is something I could add myself, nonevasively.  I will be calling the factory to purchase one porch light and switch.
1855  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I Wish I Had This On My 2350 on: November 15, 2010, 05:48:16 pm
Don, rockrat,

I too am quite surprised about the contraversey over porch lights.  I think their points should have been more in regards to campground edicate, falling in to the category with barking dogs, loud music, and generator usage.  If I were special ordering a new PC for myself a second time, I would request more porch lights controlled with a separate switch for extra lighting when needed.

I like our porch light for the sani-con system, so I could see the desire for a light by the propane tank too.  But given the potential for spark if turning on the light while filling the tank, that would be a safety hazzard the factory is avoiding.  It could even be a regulatory thing.

1856  Main Forum / General Discussion / I Wish I Had This On My 2350 on: November 13, 2010, 11:26:02 pm
I sent an email to Kermit, the owner of Phoenix USA.  Here it is.

Hi Kermit,

Here is something cheap and easy to include on every brand new Phoenix Cruiser.  It would be great to have, and as far as I know, no other class-C manufactures offer it.

Add 3 or more porch lights, evenly spaced across that same side of the motor home.  Place the extra 3 on their own switch.  If it's too bright, then simply replace the bulbs with lower wattage ones.  I wished our 2350 had 4 porch lights evenly spaced across that entire side of the motor home, spread out to control shadowing.  Placed just below the awning too.....as high as possible.  When anyone blocks a single light source, the shadow is detrimental.  But with light coming from 4 sources, it would be so much less an issue.  It would also be nice to have a well lit campsite when desired.  Cost of the 3 extra lights and one extra switch is cheap enough that when added to MSRP, nobody would care of the slight price increase, but they would definitely appreciate the extra lights.  You would have one more great feature that nobody else is doing.

Ron Dittmer
1857  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Roof delamination? on: November 10, 2010, 09:55:27 am
From the first time I washed my 2007 2350 back in July of 2007, I noticed the top fiberglass sheet is not fully glued to the substructure.  It seems to be a floating sheet to some degree.  I had assumed the factory intentionally did not glue the entire fiberglass sheet down, maybe something like is common with linoleum floors at home where you glue the perimeter and a few spots in the middle.  I think doing something now after the fact, would only do harm.

Still, the factory should be made aware that it's customers have the condition and do question it.
1858  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire Pressure on: November 05, 2010, 12:13:06 pm
Those tire impact clubs are sold at every truck stop.  I always wondered if I should buy one for tire inspection and.......a defensive instrument.
1859  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire Pressure on: November 05, 2010, 08:52:08 am
My only experience with tpms (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) is with my 03 Corvette which has no spare......but has runflat tires.  I appreciate tpms for that application.

But with my PC and tow vehicle, I have no issue checking pressure just before and once during a trip.  Impact inspection done on the dualies more often.  My tire inspections are usually done when filling that huge Ford E350 gas tank because there is so much time to kill.
1860  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire Pressure on: November 04, 2010, 11:10:52 pm
The shop that did all my suspension work recommend for my 2007 2350.....
65psi in front
60psi in rear

I tried that which seemed 5psi too liitle based on the look of the tires.  So I do
70psi front
65psi rear

Less pressure makes for a softer the ride, so you don't want to go higher than you have to.
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