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31  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: October 23, 2014, 09:51:57 am
And I think I understand your point in that the industry may end up reverting back to what it was in the 70's.  Class C's will become "Minnie" motor homes again if the heavy duty cut-away chassis platform is not maintained.  Anything longer than 24 feet will be a class A like it was in those days.  The F-Series can fill much of the gap, but sacrificing house for hood.
32  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: October 23, 2014, 12:31:37 am
I am not talking 14,000 pounds, just 500 pounds more than the current day Sprinter to provide a little more edge and a better stance.
33  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire and battery advice on: October 23, 2014, 12:27:52 am
Our rig is a 2007 model year with tires dated spring of 2007.  Like you, we keep our rig indoors away from sunlight but I have no plan anytime soon to replace the tires.  Given your rig is a 2551, it is on the lighter side of motor homes so there is less tire pressure and less weight on the tires so the demand on them is less.  I would think you would be fine getting one more year from them and evaluate again one year from next spring.

Regarding batteries, assumed no winter camping plans, I would charge them and bring them into your house out from the extreme cold.  The same for the chassis battery.  Fill your main fuel tank up, blow out all water lines, drain all four water tanks, place numerous rodent traps around inside and abandon the rig until preparing for your first trip next year.

Next spring, I plan to replace our 5 year old 12V Walmart batteries with 6V Duracell batteries from Sam's Club.  I did some measuring and determined that my slide out battery tray will need to be replaced with a simple sheet of steel to get adequate clearance because the 6V batteries are so much taller.  The sheet steel will have angle iron screwed to it to cradle the batteries so they don't move around on the large surface.
34  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: California Cruising on: October 22, 2014, 04:15:57 pm
Oh so nice to hear I-80 is all good now west of Reno down that steep grade.  It was so bad 7 years ago, I swore I would never drive it again until repaired.  I didn't want to pay another $300 toll.
35  Main Forum / Photos / Re: 2450 non-slide on: October 22, 2014, 04:13:04 pm
I got a very good idea now.  Thank You Carol!
36  Main Forum / Photos / Re: 2450 non-slide on: October 22, 2014, 10:06:17 am
Hi Carol,

I am curious how the pantry cabinet between the fridge and dinette works.  Does something slide out after you open the doors?  It appears you have more than one door there.  I thought the entire thing pulled out as one piece like a drawer with little shelves & retaining railings.

What is on your other side to the right of the stove wall?  Same thing with the same operation?

What is the exact measurement of each of the two cabinets including their side vertical "stile" framing pieces?

Just curious for future inquiries.  I get lots of inquiries.
37  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Do I Need A New Sanicon Macerator? on: October 22, 2014, 09:54:07 am
I think what I am going to do is buy & install a new macerator pump from Phoenix for $350 + shipping.  Also their nice pump bracket.  Mine is still the old hardware store perforated metal strapping.  Then later rebuild the original pump if worth it, & carry it along as a spare.  It'll take up very little room in my maintenance storage compartment....our front dinette bench seat.  Since using full synthetic motor oil, I never need a mid-trip oil change, so I have lots of extra room for spare stuff like that.
38  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: October 21, 2014, 10:58:52 pm
I hope Ford would consider a cut-away Transit that is 500 pounds more capable than the current day cut-away Sprinter.  I think that would provide a platform the RV, box truck, and first responder industries can work with much better.  The E350 rear axle is already in hand.  Ford could simply install it on the cut-away Transit, add a leaf spring or two, increase the gauge of the framing like is currently done for the E450 today, and they have it.  Not much effort for much to retain in this market segment.
39  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Before and after pictures of tile backsplash in our 2015 2450 on: October 20, 2014, 10:25:55 pm
I used a latex caulk around the perimeter (including where the tile meets the counter) and grout in the center joints. I also used adhesive sheets to adhere the tile to the wall.

I will be keeping a close eye on the grout joints for signs of cracking but don't expect any..................we shall see   Smile
It will be interesting to learn how the grout holds up for you over the miles.
40  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: California Cruising on: October 20, 2014, 10:21:31 pm
Ron, I'm surprised at your answer.   I thought you guys spent a good bit of time in BLM sites which are usually full boon docking.
Yes we boon dock all the time, but we do dump and replenish every 3 to 4 days.  Apparently there is temporarily no operational dump station in or around the area in discussion.
41  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: California Cruising on: October 20, 2014, 02:08:50 pm
our favorite place: Lake of the highest and deepest alpine lakes in the world.  It's readily accessible on the north end via I-80, and on the south end via Hwy 50.  Weather permitting, of course.  It's about 2-1/2 to 3 hrs from the Napa area, so a day trip or overnight from the Bay Area is easy and a gorgeous drive.
Is I-80 fixed up between Tahoe & Napa yet?  Back in 2007 we drove to Napa Valley from Lake Tahoe down that very steep grade and the highway was so badly busted up in the slow lane.  I resorted to the fast lane to save our rig from getting shaken to pieces.  That cost us $300 in a speeding ticket trying to keep up with traffic in the fast lane.  We have not crossed the border into California since that trip.  I am close to getting over that welcome.  Maybe we'll spend our vacation money in California soon.
42  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Before and after pictures of tile backsplash in our 2015 2450 on: October 20, 2014, 10:55:49 am
Some sheet tile does not require grout.  Did you use grout?
43  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Mapping Software on: October 20, 2014, 10:54:03 am
That is a very funny picture showing 4 navigation units in operation.  My wife uses two of which I chuckle over.  Oh yes....we still miss turns and get lost.  I'm always telling her to look closer at the paper version Rand McNally Road Atlas.
44  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: California Cruising on: October 20, 2014, 10:49:08 am
That would be Samuel P. Taylor State Park, between Pt Reyes and San Rafael and it is indeed very nice.  Unfortunately with the CA drought there are some changes/restrictions there...

At Samuel P. Taylor State Park, in order to meet the park's basic water needs, and comply with water conservation, the park has taken the following actions:
 As of 1/20/14, and until further notice, the park dump station will be out of service.  RV's/trailers will not be able to fill their water tanks at the park.
 Beginning the week of 7/20/14 the restroom building next to site 58 will be closed and some water spigots in Orchard Hill Loop will be turned off.  Additionally, all park showers will be closed.  Chemical toilets will be available until this restroom reopens.  These service reductions will remain in effect until futher notice.

    - Mike

Bingo, that is the name of the park.  But how does one deal with those restrictions?  That would leave us in a real bind.
45  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: California Cruising on: October 20, 2014, 09:35:17 am
There is a very nice state park (named after someone) campground on Sir Francis Drake Blvd, 1/2 hour-1 hour north of the San Francisco Bay Bridge, a nice base camp to see the northern coastal area there.  Hopefully someone here knows the name of that state park.
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