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61  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.
62  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.  
63  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.
64  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

ENGLISH DIMENSIONS
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"

METRIC DIMENSIONS
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

65  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.
66  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.
67  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.
68  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.
69  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
70  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".
71  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Pin hole in the Sani Con hose on: August 07, 2014, 02:21:23 pm
I have been confused as to the pin hole so many of you deal with.  Is it where the hose comes out from the hose storage compartment?  Or is it located somewhere else?

If located by the pump, could you file down or replace the screw as some have mentioned, cut off the bad part of the hose (the last 2" or whatever) and re-clamp it?

Does anyone have a picture of the sharp screw and the damage it has caused?  I will have to look at ours and see if we too have this "sharp screw" condition.  We have not yet had a hole in our hose and it has been 7 years now.
72  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2350 Outside Storage on: August 06, 2014, 02:36:02 pm
Does any hitch box supplier offer a storage box that utilizes a side-by-side tri-hitch like this, ideal for strength and stability.

73  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Converting Fluorescent To LED Just By Changing Bulbs on: August 06, 2014, 11:46:31 am
Well I will soon be testing the waters on converting my PC florescent fixtures to LED.  My goal is to do it right and do it cheap.  After much research, I ordered a 5 meter reel of LED lighting that can be cut to length.  Here is the reel.


Our 2007 2350 has 9 florescent fixtures anticipating the reel will be enough for all.  I hope to achieve the following.
- reduce power consumption from 16 watts to 5.4 watts per fixture
- change from the florescent blue color to a soft warm white tone
- offer the same light intensity of 800 lumens per fixture
- utilizing the original fixtures means all mountings and screw holes are unchanged with no scars in the ceiling or elsewhere
- total investment for all 9 fixtures will be only $12.05

It will involve a significant amount of fixture modification but our fixtures are constructed to handle the modification well.  Everything florescent including sockets, unclip out making it clean to install the LED light strips and wire them up.  The new strips are 12v so it will be a simple soldering of 2 red and 2 black wires to the switch, and then from there to the PC wire tail with wire nuts.  I will need to experiment to determine the best surface within the fixture to stick on the 2 LED strips (one per florescent bulb position).  Our fixtures provide 3 surface options, straight down, 45 degree outward, and 45 degree inward.

My LED selection  HERE was based on THIS information which I summerized below.
- the LED number is the physical size of the LED  ex: 5050 = 5mm x 5mm
- older LED technology (5050 and 3528) consume more power
- older LED 5050 chips have 3 leds inside it, 3528 has only one
- newer technology LEDs 3020 and 3014 offer more lumens with less power

After I get one light fixture done right, I will document the process.
74  Main Forum / Photos / Re: 2015 2100 special, home in Florida on: August 06, 2014, 01:11:42 am
Very nice.  I look forward to your upcoming post on how your dog crates fit.
75  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Mpg on: August 04, 2014, 09:06:59 am
With our older 2007 PC with a standard windshield rear view mirror, since the mirror was useless for looking behind the rig, I mounted the back-up camera there, and later mounted the Scangauge on top of it as shown.  Now I don't hit my head on the monitor anymore, and it is so much easier to glance at. 
  
The bracket I used to mount the monitor is part number 250-8088 at T&A Service and Supply 800-658-3423  $48 plus shipping.

I am sure you could mount a Scangauge on top of the center mirror in the same manner.

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