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General Discussion / Re: Ultra leather
« on: November 12, 2019, 09:34:29 pm »
The reality is.... the PC advertised material called "ultra leather"  is a cheap imitation vinyl, not the trade marked Ultra Leather material. A lot of buyers paid extra for a material that is not anything other than a horrible grade vinyl. I believe the brand was "Halo" not sure of its origination, but Ron probably has it correct. A quick price check puts the PC (Halo) ultraleather at around $5/yard. The real deal UltraleatherTM  can run up to $100/yard. Most buyers would be much happier with standard, no extra charge cloth. I hope the new option of "Leather" is actually something that will be an asset, but like man made materials there is a huge quality range of "Leather", some good some not.
The trade marked Ultraleather company has been around a long time, they appear to stand by their products. Verbage can make profits for a company like PC, and lots of unhappy customers. If I were to be looking at a used PC I would steer away from their ultraleather, of at least expect to have to live with poor quality upholstery, or figure in a reasonable amount for replacement. Sorry, just the facts, and a some opinion.

General Discussion / Re: Failed Experiment
« on: November 10, 2019, 10:46:24 pm »
I agree with Calcruiser, check out Tiger. Slide in campers usually, but not always have rear access doors. That always makes it a pain to hook up anything on the rear and easily enter the camper. Also having a side entrance, like the Tiger, gives you the ability to have a nice awning covered doorway, social area.
I get it having too much, with your PC and tow, makes a long complicated load for sure.
Good luck with your next purchase.

General Discussion / Re: Convertible couch release Mech. Broken
« on: September 27, 2019, 10:09:47 pm »
This is a lousy design. Our cables chaffed through very quickly. PC will sell you new cables, the spring situation needs to be addressed also, not enough spring and too much black spray paint. We made some modifications, things work better than original. I would take a hard look at building a better system, this is not complicated engineering, and if this is what we get from American made..... please someone introduce more Asian influence. Of course if your screen door latch hasn't broke yet it will, door latches and 120v outlets will come soon. Make a list and save on shipping.

General Discussion / Re: Anyone using Ready Brute Elite tow/brake system?
« on: September 20, 2019, 10:10:33 pm »
Hank, since our CRV is a 2012 also, just curious what base plate you went with? I'm considering the Blue Ox.
I can't see really any draw backs to the system, a little crude maybe, but simple. I understand cables, some of this electronic excess drives me nuts.
Thanks for both of your input.

General Discussion / Anyone using Ready Brute Elite tow/brake system?
« on: September 19, 2019, 10:55:47 pm »
We just picked up an older CRV, not really sure I want to tow yet, but thought I would like the option. This system appears to be less invasive, and cheaper.
Any thoughts?

General Discussion / Re: Leveling Jacks pro & con
« on: September 14, 2019, 10:53:44 pm »
With the 2351D, I think you could be in a catch 22 situation. I suspect with the extra slide you are going to be pushing the rear axle max. I don't know what the jacks add, but it must be several hundred pounds. I think most people under estimate the weight of their stuff.

 With two slides I think you would really appreciate the stability and ease. I know its about the only option I would do again without hesitation.

Get real weights, and make an informed decision. Leave yourself some room, maybe even consider another model.

General Discussion / Re: Battery Charger Question
« on: September 10, 2019, 10:36:57 pm »
I agree with Gandalf, spend a little more go with the GPL 6CTS. I've got four, can't be happier, so far. They can be mounted , terminals inward, a little modification to the shelf, reduce the cobweb of wires PC creates with all the extra loops, totally unnecessary and really not to very high standards.

General Discussion / Re: WINTER CAMPING
« on: September 05, 2019, 11:05:37 pm »
Ashby, this is how we handle it. We have a +/- 30 gal grey tank, +/- 20 gal black tank. We dump two gals of RV antifreeze in the grey, one gal in the black. We run the macerator pump off the grey until it is full, pumps pink out the hose.
We only run the tank heaters when we are underway. I don't know what the heaters draw or what you have for batteries but I assume they do consume some amps. I also should mention we have lots of battery and solar capacity, and heaters on the macerator.

Donic 13, yeah I get the step system, the way its suppose to work anyways. Add cold, moisture and who knows what, things can and do go south. Even under ideal conditions most of us have had bad experiences with the plunger switch, allowing the steps to randomly extend. I haven't checked for a fuse, but pulling it would be a positive cure, I think a simple switch might be easier. Thanks for your thoughts.

Ron, if you are camping at 10,000 ft in October you are considered a Winter Camper in my book...!!!!


General Discussion / Re: WINTER CAMPING
« on: September 02, 2019, 06:48:02 pm »
I have to admit I'm not a fan of carpet either....BUT before I head over to eastern Montana in a few months I am installing a full floor piece. It's going to be a big throw rug basically. I want to be able to pull it out easily and dry it if needed, and depending on how much abuse it takes I might just throw it out at the end of the winter season. These floors loose a lot of heat.

I have no problem with the furnace, although I think they should have run another vent forward. Have not tried the heat strip, I can't imagine it would help much. We rarely run the generator or plug in, so as long as the LP holds up why subject yourself to all the noise.(maybe thats why they have a surround sound option :cool)

Another issue I'm going to address is a cutoff switch for the external electric steps, if the steps are going to freeze in a solid ball of ice, I want them to be in the UP position.

A simple cutoff valve to the external shower would have been a thoughtful design, so you could make sure the system didn't freeze. We got by last year removing the hose and insulating the compartment, but once we got into warmer temps it was the first place I looked for damage.


General Discussion / Re: WINTER CAMPING
« on: August 31, 2019, 01:11:27 pm »
I don't remember seeing that post. We were in 10 degrees, with up to 10" fresh snow last fall. Not much competition for good camping spots! There are some modifications that will make your life easier. I'm still working on a few, but overall winter camping has always been a big part of our lives.

General Discussion / Re: 2019 E450 2350 Rough Ride
« on: July 27, 2019, 05:35:03 pm »
Can you comment on the ride when you were over weight on the rear?

General Discussion / Re: 2019 E450 2350 Rough Ride
« on: July 27, 2019, 05:26:38 pm »
We have a very similar, but different beast with the Quigley. They swap rims to 17" so our tires and pressures would be different.
 My thinking, and it might be flawed, if you are running max axle limits, run max air pressure, if not, drop your air pressure some. Its something that you have to feel comfortable with. We have a tire pressure monitor so I'm able to watch things pretty closely.

Personally I think you will be wasting your breath talking to PC. They have known about the 2350 sag for years and haven't addressed it. Quigley even put 3" spacers under the springs to help level out their work, but the house is designed with too much weight aft. It doesn't have to be that way.

I think we have both been sold a bill of goods with the air bags, I can't wait to get them off.


General Discussion / Re: 2019 E450 2350 Rough Ride
« on: July 26, 2019, 07:14:05 pm »
I have a 2350/450 too. Rear air bags also. I figured the ride would be rough, and not great steering with the 4x4 option,but it sucks like you mention. I was hoping the air bags would help the 2350 sag, but they really did not. I'm pulling them off, and taking it to a custom truck spring builder to have them add and re-arc as needed to address the sag issue. Not sure what to do with the front end, but I think once the rear sag is gone, things will get better.
This might seem too simple but play with your tire air pressure some, its not the cure, but it helps. Summer heat makes pressures high, and the higher it gets the rougher the ride.

General Discussion / Re: Peeling Cab Seats
« on: July 26, 2019, 10:24:05 am »
I don't know who is doing PC work now. I would stay away from Pauls Seating. They were the ones that installed the so called ultraleather a few years ago, and maybe that is what you are having problems with. The real Ultraleather TM is a great product but can cost 10x more than the material that Paul pushed off on PC buyers. Besides, their actual workmanship is poor. If Pauls is doing the current leather work I would be extra cautious.
There was a post with pictures some time back of another Elkhart company doing work, it looked good from the pictures, I would check them out.

General Discussion / Re: Leveling Jacks & Aluminum Wheels
« on: July 25, 2019, 08:24:40 pm »
I didn't do much prep. I think I wiped them down first with MEK, then alcohol,  then sprayed them with a relatively cheap rattle can of flat Rust Oleum. The paint job has held up better than most things at the 18k mile mark. We have a black and white theme, so flat black worked well for us.
I can appreciate nice aluminum wheels, I know how to keep them clean( I owned a car wash for 27 years) and looking nice, but I use my motorhome more as a tool, not garage art like you mention.

The commercial pads like Mike mentions look great, we just use chunks of pressure treated 2x8's. The only time I really screwed up( with pads anyway) and should have used a pad was when we arrived at a campsite in late fall on an afternoon when the temps had melted the snow some, I put the jacks down, during the night they sank somemore, then froze hard into the ground. That required a shovel to dig them out, another lesson learned.

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