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61  Main Forum / Polls / Re: PC with TOAD or Others on: June 25, 2016, 08:40:39 am

We have both a toad and bicycles.

When we bring the tow & bikes together, our bikes go on the back of the tow vehicle.  It is nice to have it this way for us because most often we need to drive to a point for the day, then "bike" from there.

An unrealated comment.  Look closely at our setup in the picture below.  Note the tow bar is not horizontal.  This picture was taken before I fixed the tow-vehicle-bucking I discussed HERE.  If you have a comment or question on tow-vehicle-bucking, please do so in that discussion, not here so we don't veer off this subject matter.  It just seemed right to point it out since this is a good picture of the bad condition.
62  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2016 - 2351 Options and Modifications on: June 23, 2016, 10:47:43 pm
I wonder what the Ford part number is for the insulation-backed full coverage black rubber cab mat, for the box truck cut-away.  If reasonably priced, I'd consider buying a new one and see how it fits right over the PC-installed cab carpet for heat & sound, and no fuss over muddy shoes.
63  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Suggestions for modifications on: June 22, 2016, 03:55:31 pm
I would go with the light hickory wood, I am getting sick of the dark cherry......Ron G.
I can relate to your comment.  Back in 2007 when we were picking out interior colors, my wife Irene really wanted the cherry.   I much preferred the maple only to save the money but Irene said the cherry looked so rich.  With the florescent lighting of the era, neither wood tickled me so it was easy for me to agree to.

Today I feel good with our cherry cabinets since I changed from florescent to LED lighting.  One day I may splurge and change out the dated brass hardware to brushed stainless.  It just has not yet bothered me enough to make the change.  A real good local hardware sale just might inspire me to get going.
64  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New speakers on: June 22, 2016, 09:36:29 am
Interesting post RonG.  We listen to our Ford dash radio playing CDs often when on the road and I agree with you in that the sound quality could be better.  Your solution seems easy & affordable.  I especially like the simple no-mod replacement they offer.

I need to research if our older door panel design of 2007 uses the exact same speaker & connector as the current-day 2009 to 2016.

Thank you!
Ron Dittmer
65  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited as a toad? on: June 20, 2016, 10:13:53 am
Having once had (very short time) a Monica Covina (Sprinter based) I never even considered for a moment towing my Jeep Liberty CRD, 4500 lbs.  While that 3.0L is a work horse the Sprinter chassis IMO is close to it max. when fully loaded.  I would never pull a toad weighing over 2800 lbs behind a Sprinter, just not safe.  
I agree with you.  I don't endorse towing a Wrangler with a PC-Sprinter.  Actually I don't endorse a PC-Sprinter towing any vehicle for it seems over the edge.  An exception might be a Smart car or other similarly weighted vehicle.

Just sharing with you all what that PC-Sprinter owner shared with me.
66  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Stop By And Say Hello This Weekend (Just Look For My PC) on: June 20, 2016, 12:14:15 am
Today/Sunday was a bigger crowd being two separate waves of church services, but being Sunday morning & early afternoon, it was mostly families with kids of all ages who hung out mostly at the various play areas, so it was about the same traffic through our PC.  I finally handed out the last of my huge stash of 2009 brochures.

The most popular two comments were "I can drive this rig", and "This rig has everything yet is so small".

The most popular two questions were "How much is a new one?" which I said would be near $90,000.  I recommended they go on the PC website and plug in their model and options on the price calculator for they may want fewer features to control their purchase price better.  The second most popular question was "What is your gas mileage?"  I said for my particular model, the Ford averages 10-11 mpg, the Sprinter 16-18 mpg.  Neither towing.

It was entertaining to observe that many people thought our rig was brand new and me a sales rep.  For Pete's Sake, our PC is 9 years old.  I think the brochures threw them off with the "Sales Rep" idea.

I did meet another PC owner in his early 80s who is not a forum member.  He lives in the area and bought a 2013 2551, lightly used from the factory a couple years ago.  Of coarse I encouraged him to join us here.

My wife and I were both talking with the many hundreds of visitors.  I was particularly interested in my wife's comments to them.  Smile
67  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited as a toad? on: June 19, 2016, 11:48:57 pm
Someone either from this forum or connected with me a few years ago.  They stopped by the house to say hello.  They owned a PC-2350 Sprinter and towed a late 4 door Wrangler.  They said the Sprinter handled it fine, just going slower in a lower gear up steeper grades.

Strange they had a very unique problem towing the Wrangler.  The design/style of the front fenders and tires of the Wrangler would on occasion shoot a rock forward at the back of their PC.  Their rear PC window was shattered.  They said it will be the second rear window they will be replacing.
68  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Stop By And Say Hello This Weekend (Just Look For My PC) on: June 19, 2016, 07:46:55 am
Last night I estimated 350-400 people looked inside our PC.  My stash of old 2009 brochures was significantly reduced.

The fireworks show was the best I've seen locally, even corriagraphed to music like Disney World.

Today will be twice as many people.  The event today/Sunday will wrap up around 2:00-2:30pm.
69  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Blu Ray firmware update on: June 18, 2016, 09:25:56 am
We have the 2007 chrome finish "Executive" brand head unit.  I think it would be okay in a house where you have 110V all the time.  But in our motor home where I shut off the inverter to conserve energy, the Executive quickly defaults to a simple DVD/CD player.  It has been a very long time since I fussed with it, but I recall it does not save any settings, and no feature to scan for local radio stations.  I would fuss if stationary & plugged in for months at a time like spending winters in Florida, but being on the move all the time, it's limited to playing DVDs & CDs.

Across the board for all types of stereos, I wish manufactures would reintroduce a high tech equivalent to a tuner knob, base, treble, and a joystick to adjust speaker balance & fade.  Each Blu-Ray, DVD, CD, and radio station is different and changing these settings for each situation through menus is not practical.

If or when our Executive dies one day, I would likely install a Blu-Ray player like Paul (Doneworking) did.

Sorry John & Carol for redirecting the subject.  I hope you get resolution with your firmware.
70  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited as a toad? on: June 18, 2016, 08:49:20 am
It does take about one mpg from me.
I have tracked fuel economy closely for many years and have the same experience as Tom.  Towing our 2006 Jeep Liberty versus not towing anything is a 1 mpg sacrifice.  It's okay because our two-vehicle combined fuel economy trip average is better.  Our Liberty gets better economy driving around on day trips at our destinations and easier to park in national parks where parking is very limited.

We went on one long trip out west without our Liberty and dearly missed not having it, especially the 10 nights spent in Glacier National Park.
71  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited as a toad? on: June 17, 2016, 09:07:36 pm
Hi JJ,

We own a 2007 PC-2350 built on a 2007 E350 chassis with V10 engine and Torqshift transmission.  We tow a 4300 pound Jeep Liberty just fine.  The issue at hand is all about braking, not accelerating because the E350 engine and transmission does fine powering up mountains and such.  I installed a Unified Tow Brake By US Gear in 2009 and really like it.  But there are many different good tow braking systems out there.  Do your homework on the right tow braking system for you and your vehicle of choice.
72  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Stop By And Say Hello This Weekend (Just Look For My PC) on: June 16, 2016, 09:38:23 am
Hi All,

I will be displaying our 2007 2350 this weekend at Dadfest 2016, details HERE.  Forecast is no rain, middle 80's

HERE is Dadfest of a previous year to give you an idea.  Each year is different.
Saturday evening starting around 4:30pm, ending with a FIREWORKS SHOW at dark.
Sunday morning ending around 1:30pm.
It all shuts down during the church services so you are encouraged to attend church inside HERE.  Dress for a picnic as seen in the pictures.  FYI: It is a bible-teaching Christian inter-denominational church, people from all Christian denominations.

If you live in the area and are considering a PC to purchase but never seen one in-person, I'll give you the grand tour.  I can go over the minor differences between our 2007 and a 2016.  I will even send you off with a 2009 brochure.  If you decide to go but get lost, or get there and can't find me, give me a call at 847-915-8802.  The event will be in the "West" lot.  You won't see the event when entering and parking your car because that lot will be out of view.

If you wonder, I make it a point to show-off our PC once every third year.  I rope off the entry door so people can step on that first step inside, but not on the main floor because it is just too much traffic.  They do get a good look inside.

Ron Dittmer
73  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Converting Interior Lighting To Low Power Warm LED Lighting, Very Affordable on: June 14, 2016, 08:36:55 am
Hi All,

It has been a few years since I converted my fixtures.  I wanted to provide an update.

They are great.  We enjoy clean warm light and we also appreciate all the little night lights which we use for mood lighting about the rig.  If all 9 night lights are turned on, they use less energy than one regular LED light.  So we turn on fewer regular lights.  I can tell the difference in power consumption compared to the florescent lights.  The quality of light is a huge improvement with how we feel in our PC at night.

I do have one recommendation, a deviation from my original post.  Unless you have an eye condition that requires more light, I advise to make all fixtures the way I did for the ones over our bed.  Make all fixtures with the 6 tiny pod units, none with the 4 large pods.  This done only to save more energy.  Though the large 4 pod units provide the right amount of light, the 6 tiny pod ones do too, just a little less light.  The difference in brightness is not enough to say one wins over the other.  Then why not save the energy?  One day if I ever get bored at home during the winter, I will convert my 4 big pod lights into the 6 tiny pod ones like I have over our bed.  It involves moving those little resistors around by desoldering and resoldering which should not be a big deal.

74  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Campground Host on: June 13, 2016, 06:49:19 am
Boy, that does sound inviting.  But we can't be away from our grand daughter that long.  We can't deal with abandoning our house during the summer for that long either.  But thank you for the invitation!
75  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Cleaning exterior of PC on: June 13, 2016, 06:29:34 am
It's time to bolt some nice sturdy pulleys in that garage ceiling and strap into a climbing harness. With a little grace and style and you can fly like Peter Pan without putting your weight on the front of the Phoenix.
Holly, You just kill me.  rolling on the floor

But you do have the gears in my head going again.  I am imagining a platform attached inside (or maybe outside) to the garage door frame.  Support the short end with long legs that hinge like a folding table for self-storage.  Come up with a quick-release method to the garage door frame for easy setup & take-down.

Just drive the PC up to it, put a ladder in front, get up on the platform and scrub off all them bugs.  A section of an old discarded Formica counter top would make a comfortable platform to slide around on.  No splinters and it wipes clean & dry too.
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