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« on: January 22, 2009, 11:22:27 am »

We Bought Our PC-2350 New In June 2007.
Here Are Things Bought & Changes Made For It To Serve Us A Little Better.



1) Improving Space Efficiency In Front Cabinets
We have the cherry finish option.  I found close matching pre-finished shelving at Home Depot.
The top shelf holds our RV documentation, from manuals to vehicle registration and insurance.
The vertical slots are used for park literature and all the rest.


In the right cabinet, I added a shelf to store our laptop computer.  I also added a power strip underneath it with outlets at various orientations to accommodate all our different charging power supplies.  The laptop, cameras, cell phones, video camera, & two-way radios, all plug in at the same time.  All chargers are ready to go at the flip of a switch when we are driving, plugged in, or when the generator is running.



2) Two Gallon Water Pressure (Accumulator) Tank
Improves the performance of the fresh water pump.  Water pressure and temperature is more consistent when dry camping.  The pump runs very quietly and cycles on and off at nice comfortable intervals.  No more quick on/off loud groaning and vibrations.  Simply stated..."Now It Just Feels Right".
Write-up with pictures available.  Provide your email address.
Cost Of Project $50


Given it's location in the outdoor storage compartment, I made an enclosure to protect everything.



3) Slide-Out Bedroom Tray
It mounts under an overhanging cabinet at the foot of our bed, utilized as a shelf.  We use it all the time.
Cost Of Project $20



4) Entry Door Limiter
This limits the swing of the entry door.  On a strong windy day, the door can easily rip out of your hand, swing around, and crash into the side of the RV.  When our awning poles are attached to the side of the RV, this prevents the door from hitting the pole there.  The limiter is engaged and disengaged in seconds with the door open or closed.  It is not visible when not needed, and is self storing.  It also never gets in the way when entering or exiting the RV.  The rope stretches a little so it offers a nice "Soft Stop" action.  Flange weld nuts are perfect to hook the rope on.
Cost Of Project $5


Flanged Weld Nuts work great for hooking the rope on and off from.



5) Window Shade String Reinforcements
I reinforced the shade tensioners that hold the shade strings at the bottom.  No more issues with those things pulling out of the wall when bumped hard, and bumping them is very easy by the dinette and bed.  The solution looks nice too.  Write-up, pictures & drill template available.  Provide your email address.
Cost Of Project $3 per window



6) Foam Rubber, Drawer & Cabinet Liners
Wow, what a difference this made with rattles in the RV.  We bought solid foam rubber drawer liner material on a roll from a home improvement center.  Everything stays put better, and rattles much less.
Cost was $7 for a nice size roll.  A few rolls were needed.  A little carpet tape keeps them in place.



7) Wall Clock With Indoor & Outdoor Thermometer
Hang the clock on the wall, and place the transmitter in the rear compartment in it's holster.  The clock displays a lot of information including indoor & outdoor temperatures, and indoor relative humidity.  It is also an alarm clock.  I mounted it to the left of the entry door so it forces us to get out of bed to turn it off.  It's great to know the outside temperature.
Cost was around $30



8) Tow Our Jeep Liberty
With a Unified Tow Brake, our Liberty is very easy and safe to tow.



9) Suspension Improvements On Our 2007 Ford E350 Chassis
Having all this work done by a truck suspension shop was a costly $3900, but I cannot emphasis enough, how this has improved the handling, comfort, and safety of the motor home by leaps and bounds.  Our PC-2350 now handles like an SUV...not an RV.  No more wandering, boat rocking, swaying, or wrestling when trucks go by or with cross-winds or on uneven road surfaces.....you know....those highways with the groves from heavy truck traffic.  My wife can sit at the dinette, and her coffee will stay put on the table.  You can also nap in the rear bed without getting tossed around.  Mountian roads are taken with the greatest of confidence, even when towing the Jeep Liberty.  The RV stays planted on the road in a hard turn, with the brakes able to do their job well.  This package also eliminates any need for stabilizer jacks when parked.

If you are mechanically inclined, you can install some of this yourself and save big money.  I bought Roadmaster sway bars, but I have since learned that another company Helwig, makes a much lower cost product that is also easier to install.

- Replaced the smaller stock front sway bar with heavy duty Roadmaster version


- Added a rear heavy duty Roadmaster sway bar as there was none on the 2007 E350 chassis to begin with
- Added a rear Henderson trac bar (the blue thing) to eliminate rear tail wagging (Both In Same Picture)

The landscape timbers are simply being stored under the RV.  Just ignore them.

- Replaced the stock Ford shocks with Koni-RV adjustable shocks set to the stiffest setting.  Since 2007, Koni now offers their FSD line of shocks for the E350/E450 which provide a soft ride under normal driving conditions, and kick into heavy-duty-action when conditions call for it.  But be warned, the price for FSDs will "Shock" you.

- Replaced the stock steering stabilizer with a heavy duty version by Safe-T-Plus


- Got A Wheel Alignment Done  The shop had to use off-set bushings to set the camber correctly.  I thought this sounded crazy, but since have learned this is common with motor homes.


10) Replaced Generic Plastic Bathroom Faucet With A Nice Pivoting One
When you need the sink clear, simply swivel the faucet aside like a kitchen faucet.  The water falls closer to the middle of the bowl providing nice room for your hands under the running water.



11) Drop In Sink Drain Basket
Fits perfectly flush.  No more lost items down the drain.  Called a 1 inch drain basket, sold in all home improvement and hardware stores.  It simply drops in.  Costs around a dollar.



12) Folding Shower Stool
Works great, very strong, folds up very thin.
Cost Of Stool $15 at Bed Bath & Beyond


We store it here.



13) My Wife Irene's Handy Work With Curtains & Pillows
The original curtains were a lighter green.  Her new curtains & throw-pillows match the green appoints perfectly.


Our rig had no sink window curtains so Irene made a set for it too.



14) Self-Storing Dish Rack, Fit's Perfectly!



15) Towel Rack Over Toilet In Bathroom
The picture shows only one towel in each, but we fold-n-roll and stand up all needed towels to fit during trips.  The upper for me, the lower for my wife Irene.



16) Nicely Stored 2' x 4' Fold-In-Half Folding Table With 4 Height Settings
Sold in places like Walmart, Meijer, and Costco, but not all the time.  It may be considered a seasonal item.

Stores Easily Inside Rear Compartment


Shown Set At It's Highest Setting
Highest - nice for a cooking work surface
Middle setting - nice for eating at with regular lawn chairs
Lowest setting - nice with low lounge chairs



17) Made A Shield Between Batteries and Tires, Made Of Pickup-Truck Bed Liner Material
More pictures HERE.
BEFORE


AFTER



18) Installed a 19" Widescreen TV/DVD Combo In Bedroom Area
The TV overhangs the cabinet on the isle side, but is flush with the cabinet door.  It does not interfere much when getting in and out of bed.  Well worth it to us.  Widescreen DVD movies are enjoyed in bed.  This TV uses much less inverted power than the main TV with sound system.
No concern of draining the batteries when watching TV in bed.
We bought our two TVs years ago.  The LED TVs sold today use so much less power, tempting me to replace ours.



19) Replacing Ford Single CD Radio With Ford 6-CD Radio
Used ones are sold cheap on eBay.  I paid $70 including shipping.  Fairly easy to swap radios.  If you are going to do it, first remove your old radio so you can compare connectors while internet shopping.  There are a few different connector designs that look similar and you'll need the one that matches your Ford chassis.



20) Replacing Barrel Chair With A 3rd Captain Seat
Replaces the original pedestal-mounted barrel chair in minutes.  Much more comfortable and more safe than the original barrel chair.



21) Wired Backup Lights To Switch By License Plate For After Dark Dingy Tow Hookup & Unhooking
The switch is water proof, bought on the internet.  The back-up lights are ideal when hooking up in the dark.



22) Relocated Backup Monitor To The Mirror Position & Added Scanguage-II
Easy to glance at and I don't hit my head on the monitor anymore.
Universal bracket kit part number is 250-8088 at T&A Service and Supply 800-658-3423  $48 plus shipping



23) Replaced The 5 small Galley Cabinet Drawers With 3 Huge Capacity Heavy Duty Drawers
This increased our drawer storage by over 85%, nearly doubling it.  CLICK HERE for all the details.





24) Converted Florescent & Incandescent Lighting To Warm Low Power LED Lighting
CLICK HERE for all the details.

Converted all florescent light fixtures to warm white LEDs, and added an LED mood/night light to each, controlled by a 3-way switch.


Note the 3-LED nightlight circuit on the side.  When all nightlights are on, they offer very nice cozy atmosphere throughout the cabin.  Each nightlight is only 0.275 watts.


The pair of long LED strips generated too much light so I disabled every 3rd circuit to achieve the proper amount of light which also reduced power consumption to just 4.33 watts per fixture.


The closet, shower, outdoor storage, porch, and Sanicon lights all got sealed & frosted LED bulbs that use one tenth the energy.



25) Reinforced The Fridge Door Hinges
The fridge door lower hinge can break on very rough roads when heavy items are stored in the door shelves.
These reinforcements resolve any such concern.  As shown, I put one on every hinge.





26) Added two 12V Outlets In The Center Console Front Face (one of the two has a pair of USB outlets)
Relocates all charging away from the gear shift lever area for safer driving, provides easy access for the passenger, cleans power cords off our cup holders.
Power is received from the high-power cigarette lighter outlet.
The short vertical dark gray wire seen under the radio, supplies power to the outlets.
Not seen is a hidden in-line connector to easily disconnect the center console, required to remove the engine shroud.
Cost Of Project $7.85  (wires & connector not considered)



27) Added A 3-Way Display, Volt Meter, Clock, And Temperature, In The Stove Hood Control Panel
CLICK HERE to read about it.
Cost Of Project $24.43



28) Replaced Limited Coverage Boot Tray With A Full Covering Shoe Mat
Cost Of Project $9.00


29) Custom-Fit Reversible Cutting Board Over Sink
Cost Of Project $26.00 (Bought At Bed Bath & Beyond, then shaped to fit)


30) Changed From Two Liquid Acid 12V Batteries, To Two 6V AGM Sealed Batteries
Increased energy capacity & battery performance.  Sacrificed the battery tray to fit, but no need for the tray with sealed batteries.
CLICK HERE to read the details.
Cost Of Project $360
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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2009, 07:08:44 pm »

 Cheer  I am SO impressed!  Those cabinets look great.  It seems like you guys really spend a lot of time in your RV and putting in the extra effort and time to do them so they look perfect is definitely better than getting them in there quickly and putting in extra time being displeased with them every time you see them.  Wink

And the clock/thermometer is just plain cool.  nod ThumbsUp
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2009, 10:21:36 pm »

Those are great improvements. Please send me more info on the Entry Door limiter, Window shade string reinforcements, water pressure tank and thow in the front cabinet idea.
We have already moved the little stool into the bath room.
When the weather breaks I'll show you how we stopped the door from swinging shut when the wind blows.
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« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2009, 09:47:44 pm »

Very nice, Ron. I'm interested in replacing my TV with a larger one, as well. Can you describe how you remove the existing one? I think I probably have the same one you had. Does the TV slip upward out of its rack. Or is it necessary to remove panels in order to get to the mount behind? Thanks for sharing your experience and any advice you can give.  George
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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2009, 03:50:28 pm »


My hat is definitely off to the Missus for those curtains. They really are lovely!  obliged
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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2009, 03:55:31 pm »

I'm interested in replacing my TV with a larger one, as well. Can you describe how you remove the existing one? I think I probably have the same one you had. Does the TV slip upward out of its rack. Or is it necessary to remove panels in order to get to the mount behind?

George,
We bought our PC without a TV.  I was able to reach behind the back wall, and bolted the TV in from behind.  I reached behind through the side cabinets.  I did trim a little wood from inside a side cabinet to make a larger pass-through to get my arm in back there.

As my TV runs fairly hot, I tried my best to get enough air circulating back there through.....

- adequate air space between the TV and back wall
- careful placement of a home-made wooden mounting bracket, as not to block air vents in the TV
- adding two computer style fans that run off 12V
- three large holes high up in the back wall to improve air circulation

The fans are mounted to circulate air from behind the TV to behind the back wall.  They are placed lower, with a conveniently located switch that is lower yet, reached easily from under the TV.  They are wired through a potentiometer to adjust the fan speed to reduce fan noise.  It works perfect.  With the air space on both sides of the back wall and additional air being added from under the TV, there is enough air volume to cool it down nicely.

I probably over-engineered the whole thing, but I feel better.  One thing for sure.  If we forget to turn on the fans, the TV does feel much warmer up top.  Better safe than sorry.
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« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2009, 10:22:03 pm »

Can you describe how you remove the existing one? <snip> Does the TV slip upward out of its rack. Or is it necessary to remove panels in order to get to the mount behind? George

George, you could definitely call Phoenix 574.266.2020 and ask them. They would know for sure how it's mounted and how to best remove it.
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« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2009, 04:51:04 pm »

Thanks for sharing all of your enhancements. . .great job. I especially like the idea of the faucet for the bathroom; we'll implement that idea.
How did you fasten the towel rack to the bathroom wall? How would you fasten to an outside wall?
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« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2009, 02:28:23 pm »

Bobbie,

I believe the finished wall board is the same, both inside and outside.  I predrilled holes and used simple wood screws.

When drilling holes, be sure they are the proper size.  Too big, and the screws strip.  Too small can be bad too.  With this wall board, if you force a wood screw into a hole too small, you can damage the wallboard.  The area around the screw will crumble.  Pick a drill size to match the inside diameter of the threads on the screws.

The wall board is only 1/8" thick which is not thick at all.  But don't be concerned.  If done right, there is a lot of strength to mount things like towel bars and racks without concern of it pulling off the wall.

Of coarse everything has it's limits too.  Shade string tensioners are noted for pulling screws right out from the wall when bumped real hard.
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« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2009, 05:45:01 pm »

These modifications look great.  You are correct.  Taking your time to do it right does pay off in the end.  Would you please send me the various details for all of your modifications?  I'd like to do the water pump mod first.  I too would like for the pump to not cycle as much.

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« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2009, 09:43:18 am »

Nice job Ron.
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« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2009, 02:47:17 am »

Hi all,
I'm very interested in all the improvements Ron Dittmer discussed. We recently purchased an 04 2350 PC and would appreciate incorporating many of Ron's ideas. Does anyone have contact info for him or details of his fixes? Many thanks,
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« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2009, 02:22:28 pm »

Now that our camping season is over, I can't think of anything more my 2350 could use except for one thing.....a propane tank shield.  I looked at it briefly, and it appears there is no simple implementation.  Over the winter, I will give it a closer look.  It might be a project never done.

Anyone here add a propane tank shield to protect it from the dual tires behind it?
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« Reply #13 on: November 19, 2009, 05:59:42 pm »

Ron.  Could you give us purchase info on the hose and reel you use in the rear compartment ?

Thanks

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« Reply #14 on: November 19, 2009, 06:48:47 pm »

Ron.  Could you give us purchase info on the hose and reel you use in the rear compartment? Tom
Tom,

I bought that "flat white hose on the blue reel" at a Wal-Mart we parked at over-night.  I don't recall the cost, but I did recall it was clearence priced.

It stores thinly, taking little space.  I wouldn't recommend it as a primary hose because it is a bit of a hassle to work it in and out from the reel all the time.  I have a standard white RV hose for that.  The one in the reel comes out when the other isn't long enough.

Come to think of it, I should have bought two of them.  Keep one in the reel and one loose for every day use.  I think the flat hose would store better without the reel than a standard hose.
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