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46  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HEAT along the passenger wing wall on: August 19, 2014, 04:15:50 pm
Like many, our 2007 E350 has the passenger side hot floor issue.  I had purchased a kit that wraps the passenger side exhaust manifold but chickened out because I was concerned over the manifold itself.  The kit cost a bit over $100 and didn't look like much for the money spent.  The insulating material would have been held in place using some thin metal wire ties.

I completely lost interest since we have been traveling in places where the temps don't get too high.  You can bet I'll be thinking again during our next hot vacation.
47  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Protecting exposed plumbing inside cabinet on: August 18, 2014, 04:05:52 pm

If you later get more ambitious, you could box in the filler tube to create a shelf above.  Add a tall lip to prevent things from sliding off during braking.

Every PC has little hidden areas that could be utilized for additional storage.
48  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2350 Outside Storage on: August 18, 2014, 03:54:19 pm
I know Ron does not even have a ladder on his rig.
I requested the ladder and rack to be included, but disassembled and placed inside our rig, not installed on the rig.  I wasn't sure if I would regret deleting the rack & ladder, so I wanted them on-hand just in-case I later change my mind.  7 years so far, and no real need for them.  The first year we had an incident where I parked our rig in a standard car parking spot and some low hanging tree branches got tangled around the a/c unit.  I was able get out of trouble, but I surely would have used the ladder if it was there.  That was the only time I questioned my decision, quickly learning to be more careful about that hazard.

I seen a number of ladders on other motor homes which never age well.  Dirty & poorly formed caulk blobs around each mounting point was another issue to me.  I also didn't want so many screw holes in the rear wall and roof, dependent on the caulk to seal.

Our rig shown without roof rack & ladder, has a cleaner look to it.

With the ladder, our rig would still fit in our garage, but surely would be in the way of getting around it without opening the garage door.  That was another factor in my decision.
I would give up that space if I could magically change our rig from a 2350 to a 2450.
49  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Converting Fluorescent To LED Just By Changing Bulbs on: August 18, 2014, 03:41:20 pm
While waiting for my 3-way switches to arrive, I researched replacing my incandescent porch and closet fixture style light bulbs.  I have 2 outdoor, 3 indoor, and one in the stove hood.  I purchased 6 of the following off Amazon.

Details can be reviewed by Google-searching:
3x 1156 1141 1003 BA15S RV LED Light Bulb, Cone Shaped, 2 Watts, 240 Lumen, 10-30V DC, Warm White 3000K, 2-Pack  

Supposedly sealed like a regular light bulb, good for the porch, Sanicon, & shower lights that can get wet.  None of the fixtures are weather tight.

1/10th the power but has same color tone and lumens, though not in the direction of the socket

I selected the same color tone as the original bulbs, the color to the left.
It should match the other LED lighting I am converting over to.
50  Main Forum / Photos / Re: 2015 2100 special, home in Florida on: August 16, 2014, 07:26:01 am

I see you built a platform for the crates, offering some large flat storage areas.  Nice practical touch there.  That has me wondering if you could have had the factory build a low profile cabinet-faced platform to match your couch-bed on the other side.  This way if you ever wanted to travel without the cages, you could toss a cushion/matress there for a second couch-bed.  Is there a reason why it would be a bad idea to have such a platform made taller to create additional storage?

Just the gears turning inside my head.
51  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Converting Fluorescent To LED Just By Changing Bulbs on: August 14, 2014, 07:35:00 pm
The LED spool just arrived today.  I quickly powered them up to a 12v battery to confirm the tone is a warmer white color.  I will likely wait until the switches arrive before diving in.

It seems you could simply adhere the strip of LEDs to the back side of bottom cabinet lips to offer a very tasteful lighting condition.  The lights would shine down and to the adjacent wall, but not directly inward.  You'd need to dress the wiring to them.
52  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Converting Fluorescent To LED Just By Changing Bulbs on: August 13, 2014, 05:52:40 pm
While in my power-reduction mode, I will also be replacing my conventional incandescent light bulbs in the stove hood, closet, shower, outdoor storage compartment, porch & Sanicon fixtures.  
53  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Converting Fluorescent To LED Just By Changing Bulbs on: August 13, 2014, 04:16:09 pm
During lunch today, I bought a package of 20 drop-in replacement 3-way switches off Ebay HERE for $8.34 including shipping.  They spec'd the same dimensions as my original switches...Yippie!  This means converting my florescent lights to LED and integrate additional LED mood/night lights for less than $2.00 per light fixture.  And seemingly easy to do.  I look forward to receiving the LED reel and switches so I can get started.
54  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Converting Fluorescent To LED Just By Changing Bulbs on: August 13, 2014, 07:30:24 am
I removed the light fixture over the kitchen sink and removed all of the florescent electrical content simply by unclipping and unsnapping things off.  I did have to use a soldering iron to remove the circuit board because of the way the on/off switch pierced through it from behind.  Everything could easily be reassembled back to "original" if my lighting conversion is not satisfactory.

Though the reel of LEDs have not yet arrived, I got a jump start on this because I am locating a replacement switch from a single click to a double click.  Center being "off", one direction being full lighting.  The other being only a tiny strip of LEDs for mood/night lighting.

Here are the dimensions I need to find a physically same size replacement 3-way switch.  They are sold very cheap on ebay, 10 for $6.00 but they are not stating dimensions.   Cry

Switch Body - 0.73" x 0.48"
Switch Escutcheon Plate - 0.82" x 0.59"
White Switch Plate Opening (for body) - 0.75" x 0.51"
Lens Opening (for escutcheon plate) - 0.835" x 0.60"

Switch Body - 18.5mm x 12mm
Switch Escutcheon Plate - 21mm x 15mm
White Switch Plate Opening (for body) - 19mm x 13mm
Lens Opening (for escutcheon plate) - 21.2mm x 15.2mm

55  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Before/After pictures of the entry step and hitch on: August 12, 2014, 12:31:34 pm
I really want to get to sealing the back side of our step.  It starts with buying that chassis saver product.
56  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Battery compartment latches on: August 12, 2014, 12:26:21 pm
Yep, you got it figured out and written well.

In my earliest days with our rig, I thought all was well latched, later to learn otherwise.  It requires "attention" to assure it is latched & well secured.  It is not a "Give It No Thought" latching mechanism.
57  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Floor Mats on: August 10, 2014, 10:11:47 am
We went with the original Ford carpet mats, purchased off ebay at the time, very cheap.  I had figured they would not last, but they did look nice.  That was 7 years ago.  To my surprise they still look new.  Apparently our travels are not to terribly dirty places.  I do like to marathon-drive with my shoes off and the Ford carpet mats helps with comfort.

I do shake & hit the driver's mat out clean on a regular basis.
58  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New member on: August 10, 2014, 10:06:48 am
Welcome Ben & Bev.  Have fun in your PC adventure.  We really enjoyed our time in determining what was ideal for us, then to place our order.
59  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2009 owners manaul on: August 10, 2014, 09:51:11 am
Back in 2007, our PC-2350 owners manual was written years prior consisting of some poor quality photo-copies with captions, that covered the entire model line-up.  It covered simple systems not covered by product-specific manuals.  Being our first self contained motor home, I was quite uneasy to have such basic documentation.  I hoped for details that I could read through to familiarize myself before our maiden voyage.  I learned so much from our first weekend trip, never referring to that photo-copy document.

In PC's defense, I think they would need to hire 3, maybe 4 full time staffers for a year to create quality and detailed manuals for each PC model, then one staffer to maintain it thereafter.  Then there would be printing costs and such.  It would be a lot to invest in something that is really not necessary.  And how many manuals of each model would be printed?  Very few.  I personally would not want to see those costs added into the purchase price of the motor home.  As it is today the company controls cost by carrying over their sales brochure.  I once asked Aimee why the brochure does not have color pallets like we see in automotive brochures.  I was surprised what it takes to accurately provide color samples in a brochure.  Cost for that alone is quite high.

The way the company handles owners manuals and sales brochures, makes sense to me.  I'd much rather have a leather interior for example, than an a nice owners manual and sales brochure.  I do think it would be nice if they could update the pictures in the brochure to reflect current day color choices.  Maybe they already do that and I am not paying enough attention.  Keep in mind, Aimee is contracted to maintain the brochure and website.  She does what they pay her to do.  It is not a reflection on her.  It's what PC-USA decides to invest in.

 Cheers to both Aimee and PC-USA
60  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Pin hole in the Sani Con hose on: August 07, 2014, 04:33:24 pm
Thanks for the pics and detailed explanation.  I know your situation better now, and will see if I have simply been "Lucky So Far".
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