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61  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Curious as to those of you who down sized on: May 07, 2017, 09:42:05 pm
Trip average for us is ~9.5 towing our Jeep.....2007-E350, 2007-2350
62  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Desired 30A Cord Length? on: May 06, 2017, 02:01:44 am
I too like the cord Tom Hanlon recommended.

If you camp in RV parks all the time, you will almost never use anything longer than 25'.

We stay most often in national parks, monuments, forests, BLMs, and state parks.  They rarely offer electricity, but when they do, the power source often calls for a cord longer than 25/30 feet.
63  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Four-year-old tire failure after 14,000 miles on: May 04, 2017, 08:57:05 am

It sure looks like you did everything right and had the right safe guards in place too.  I guess this one is simply "Bad Luck".  I like your idea of replacing all the tires.

One thing I would try is to inform Michelin of the tire failure.  If you get lucky, they might want what is left of the tire and give you a new one or maybe a new set of 7 tires.  Sometimes these matters are handled on a case-by-case basis as if it was under a recall.

If you get stuck paying the bill on your own and are good with internet sales, you should be able to sell the 6 remaining "good" tires (4 years and 14,000 miles) on Craigslist, recovering the cost of purchasing one replacement tire.  Depending on your area, used RV tires can sell well.  The local landscapers in my area run around with tired 6-wheel pickup trucks and bald tires.  Six new-ish tires at the price of one is a gold-find to them.


With all this talk, I looked again at the rear axle stats with our 2007 2350.  Here they are for the curious.

2007 E350-SD 158 DRW
2007 PC2350 with no slideout
Actual weight taken on truck scales.

6760 - rear axle with rig empty, carrying no water, but having a full tank of gas & propane
8220 - rear axle max load condition during a multi-week trip including a full tank of fresh water, gas, tow vehicle, etc.
7800 - rear axle max load rating stated in the 2007 Ford chassis specs

In my case, the rear axle is the weakest link, not the tires.  Someone had mentioned to me that the suspension work I had done when the rig was new, may have increased the rear axle rating.  I wouldn't know and really can't do much more about it so I don't sweat it.  That 440 overage would explain the slight rear end sag I have when on trips.  Adding one more leaf spring might make it right, but I'm just living with it.  If I traveled without water, I'd be in good shape, but I won't do that.

Ron Dittmer
64  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Low water pressure when hooked up on: May 01, 2017, 09:17:54 am

It sounds like you have a good plan of attack.  I hope you find the culprit.

65  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Four-year-old tire failure after 14,000 miles on: May 01, 2017, 09:16:00 am
Bruce and Sharon,

It is unfortunate that your PC got damaged by the failed tire.  I have a few questions about your particular situation.  Maybe you had previously disclosed the information in other threads, but I don't recall.  Here's my list of questions.

1) Do you have a TPMS system installed? (tire pressure monitoring system)
2) Do you have stainless steel braided rear tire valve extensions?
3) Have you weighed your rear axle during a typical trip?  If so, what was it?
4) What tire pressure do you maintain in the rear tires?
5) The bad tire that lost it's thread, is it still pressurized? If so, how much air is in there?

If you can rule out that you had everything in good order at the time of the incident, then you can surely say that it is the fault of the tire.  I wonder if you could hold the tire manufacture accountable, having them cover the cost of your repairs.  I never heard of anyone trying it before, but who knows.

Good luck with your repairs and replacement tire.  I hope to read how it's going for you.

One other thing.  Since you were driving a while on one rear tire, you might want a professional examine that tire.  Not just the outside, but also for inside for cord damage from being over-loaded and driven on like that.

66  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Low water pressure when hooked up on: April 30, 2017, 08:23:44 pm

I can't imagine any of the plumbing developing a kink in the line.  It sure sounds like something is dislodged in the line somewhere.

I am not sure if you had tried this, and not sure if it is even possible.  But can you remove the check valve at the city water connection, cap it off with a garden hose with in-line ball valve shut-off, pressurize the system with the on-board pump, then release the pressure quickly to see if a floating obstruction flies out?  Who knows, maybe a pebble will fly out.  Collect what shoots out into a bucket to see it you find something.

A 99 cent in-line shut off ball valve like this would provide a fast-blast of release.

After reading about Two Hams In A Can's crazy story about massive amounts of calcium deposits in their fresh water system, maybe you have a similar problem.  Maybe you have a big chunk of calcium in the line causing the problem and my suggestion might just pop it out.  If you find that to be the case, maybe you'll want to run a solution of CLR through your fresh water system to dissolve a build-up of calcium.

I am no authority here, just throwing out ideas.
67  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Low water pressure when hooked up on: April 30, 2017, 06:25:55 pm
Paul at this point you should call Kermit at the factory. He may have an idea about your problem. Yes I see you purchased it used, but Kermit stands behind all PC regardless of how many people have owned it.  Is the pressure restricted for both the cold and hot water?

Have you tried hooking it up to the spicket without the pressure regulator? The water system can handle up to 100 psi without any problems. If there is anything in the line, this might blow it to one of the facets and the others should work after that. I would use the bathroom sink first as this is the easiest to take apart on the 2350. This is what I would do, but if you are not comfortable doing it, wait until you talk to Kermit.
I agree with Tom on all accounts.

Your symptom sounds like the check valve located at the city water inlet is faulty.  There may also be something foreign in the line.  Like Tom suggests, increasing the pressure could dislodge any object, and using the cold water line under the 2350 bathroom sink is a very easy connection to open and allow debris to discharge.

I have not tried it, but you might be able to hook a garden hose directly to that fitting under the bathroom sink.  It would make for an interesting experiment.
68  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: electrically operated dump valve on: April 29, 2017, 03:25:21 pm
This may be the ultimate solution to the incident....redundant switches controlling those two valves from inside.

I wish I could blend our tanks from inside the motor home because I always find the need to blend the tanks while taking a shower  rolling on the floor
69  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Grille bug screen & windshield sun screen on: April 27, 2017, 02:21:26 pm
Hey Bill!

I was as our local Walmart the other evening, walking through their clearance section and found this for $3.  I bought it.  Maybe I will try it on our next trip.  My only concern is if it could damage the paint or Diamond Shield.

Anyone here have experience with this type of bug screen?

70  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2 AC units in a 2552 on: April 27, 2017, 11:38:18 am
I love to read the excitement of new owners ordering their PC "Just Right" for them.  Enjoy your research Thomas!
71  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Camp / RV chairs? on: April 27, 2017, 11:32:12 am
To PC owners with the latest non-spare tire compartment.
I have the new non-spare trunk, no idea about the chairs yet but I don't think I could get any in mine.  I have enough trouble fitting the two fresh water hoses, power cord and water filter in there.

That is unfortunate.  Phoenix seems to have missed the opportunity to provide good storage specifically for folding chairs and loungers.  That would have been a real nice PC-exclusive feature.  That non-spare-tire compartment would have been a great place for such items which have no good place on nearly every class B+/C motor home.  Hanging chairs and loungers on the back of the rig works, but it wouldn't compare to such a weather tight, secure, easy access storage compartment.
72  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Camp / RV chairs? on: April 27, 2017, 04:41:28 am
I have a pair of these (' not sure which) picked up in store from Target.  They're a little heavy but comfortable and fold to a pretty thin cross-section:
Check weight limits on all chairs.
I like them a lot and wished I could justify them.  I would surely buy them if we stayed in one place long enough like snow birds do.  Unfortunately they don't store in our PC like the bag chairs do.  They'd end up in our tow vehicle along with the zero gravity chairs.

To PC owners with the latest non-spare tire compartment.  Do such chairs store in there?  How about gravity chairs?  I wished we had the option to remove our spare tire & mount, and store such chairs in the round compartment, pending the type of trip planned.
73  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2 AC units in a 2552 on: April 26, 2017, 06:25:57 pm
Just for the record for people who wonder about the 2350 with no slide-out.  The standard a/c unit works great in over 100 degree temps, but you have to do well at blocking out the sun in the cab area, and use your awnings to keep the sun off the thermal pane windows.  Depending on how bad the heat is, you may have to sacrifice the bathroom.  Keep that door closed and let it cook in there.

And don't be opening the entry door all the time.   Smile
74  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Camp / RV chairs? on: April 26, 2017, 09:54:42 am
This is an interesting subject.

Years ago we bought a pair of nice bag chairs with arm rests which work well for sitting upright.  They happen to store perfectly in the outdoor storage compartment, out of the way of everything else in the upper shelf areas of our older design 2350.  We recently bought zero gravity chairs.  Like Barry-Sue, we store them in the tow vehicle.  We appreciate the zero gravity chairs for star gazing.
75  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2910 Right Rear Mudflap on: April 26, 2017, 09:43:06 am
Or just don't back up onto the blocks.  Figure out where you want them, position the rig a little back from that, place the blocks, then pull onto them forwards. Cheer
Ditto, exactly what I do. DW stands up front where I can see her clearly and guides me on the blocks.
You would think that makes sense, but I want the wheel chocks on the down-hill side of the equation so gravity rests the tires against them.
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