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 on: February 14, 2018, 05:44:47 pm 
Started by mhoecker - Last post by Time Aweigh
Sorry, more off topic. Jatrax's dad was right on! STOP - Stop, Think, Observe, Plan

 on: February 14, 2018, 11:51:22 am 
Started by aimee - Last post by jatrax
We made reservations for the 2018 April 15-19 PC Rally at Pismo Becah that was on this board when we first logged in. I have not seen any mention of it since.
Have you received the February newsletter?  The details are in there.  Let me know if you did not get it and send me your email via the private messaging function and I can forward it to you.

 on: February 13, 2018, 08:33:52 pm 
Started by aimee - Last post by Volkemon
Welcome to the forum!

Mrs V and I got a 2006 model 2350 and have been THRILLED with the coach, and even more so with the community here.

We have a festival scheduled near that date, and do not expect to be at this years rally.  LOL Someday...

Check back, answers will be here.


 on: February 13, 2018, 05:19:56 pm 
Started by aimee - Last post by G and E
We recently bought a 2005 2551 PC and have taken a few short trips. The PC is really fun to use!

We made reservations for the 2018 April 15-19 PC Rally at Pismo Becah that was on this board when we first logged in. I have not seen any mention of it since. Is this still happening? Where can I go to find more details?

Thanks for the help.

 on: February 12, 2018, 07:58:37 pm 
Started by Sarz272000 - Last post by Sarz272000
If anyone runs into a PC for rent we would be interested.  Before we make such a large purchase we want to try one.  A weekend with a PC would be fantastic.


Ron and Linda

 on: February 12, 2018, 07:03:07 pm 
Started by ron.dittmer - Last post by BlueBlaze
I just finished this project on my own 2008 2350, and I thought I'd add a few comments to Ron's.

First of all, there are a bunch of options for LED's.  The stock fluorescents are 8w T5 tubes, which are 400 lumens per tube.  A 60 watt incandescent is 800 lumens, so each stock fixture is the equivalent of one 60 watt light bulb.

The three most common LED strips use 3528's, 2835's, or 5050's.  3528's only make 8.5 lumens per LED, so you'd need a almost a hundred to equal 800 lumens.  Not very practical, but they are probably the most common strips.  If you're not careful, that's what you'll wind up with.  I settled on 2835's.  30 of them are 870 lumens.  That's two 10" strips, which fit perfectly in the fixtures.  Thirty 5050's would also work, but a little dimmer, at 720 lumens.  You also want to make sure to get "Warm White" (3000K) for the color.

Here's what I used.  $8.59 on Amazon.  You only need one reel to do all 9 fixtures:

Here's some others that aren't waterproof  (which we don't need) but I shied away because they said they were only 82 lumens per foot.  Probably a miss-print.

Unlike Ron, I thought the Cruiser could use a little MORE light, so I also ordered a reel of 3528's and added  two of those strips to four of the fixtures, for 1,125 lumens total (equivalent to a 75 watt lightbulb).  I put three of them on dimmers and put two in the living room overhead and one in the bath.  The one without a dimmer went over the sink.

Ron mentioned that the pots he used as dimmers didn't seem to work very well.  After some digging on the internet, I found out why.  Apparently human perception requires a logarithmic dimming action to seem right, which is why the dimmers sold for LED's have some extra circuitry.  I found these dimmers on Amazon, 3 for $7.50:

You have to remove them from the plastic box, but the circuit board fits perfectly in the space under the switch, where the original ballast for the florescent was.

By the way, the trick to getting the fluorescent ballast circuit board out of the fixture is that the switch is soldered to circuit board. You have to unsolder it before the board will come out.

The last thing to consider is what wire to use.  The worst case were my four 1125 lumen fixtures.  The 2835 LED's are .2 watts per LED and the 3528's .06 watts.  That comes to 7.8 watts per fixture.  7.8 watts divided by 12 volts gives .65 amps per fixture.  Since 24 gauge stranded is good for 1.6 amps, about anything would work (network cable is 24 gauge), but I had some old 22 gauge RS232 cable, so that's what I used (did I mention I was a computer geek in a previous life?).  I guess you could use 18 gauge zip wire if that's what you've got, but it's way overkill and it might be a little big to solder to the strips.  

Like Ron, I found the stickum on the LED strips to be not so great and the strips kept coming unstuck.  I used some silicon caulk (RTV) like he did.

When you connect the fixtures to the RV wiring, on mine, they used white for the negative and some other color like red or yellow on the +12V side, depending on the circuit.

Last thing, you might want to test all these fixtures before you re-install them.  You've probably got an old 12V A/C adapter from some long forgotten gadget in your garage junk drawer.  It will work just fine, and the LED strip even comes with a barrel connector that will probably fit it.

 on: February 12, 2018, 09:48:37 am 
Started by sailors35 - Last post by KB9OMH
Before I changes to Aluminum wheels, I would use Tie wraps around the covers and wheels through the holes on the inside. worked very well for me.


 on: February 12, 2018, 09:04:17 am 
Started by sailors35 - Last post by Carol
Thanks CalCruiser!
And, Swiftboot, on my 2014 model you just pry the cover off.  Nothing to unscrew.

 on: February 12, 2018, 08:15:32 am 
Started by sailors35 - Last post by keelhauler
There are 8 nut covers. 4 unscrew off with mine.

 on: February 12, 2018, 07:12:37 am 
Started by Sarz272000 - Last post by Sarz272000
Thanks for all your views. It doesn't appear what we are looking for is available at this time.

Have a great day

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