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Tips and Tricks / Re: Doubling Drawer Storage Of Galley Base Cabinet
« on: June 03, 2014, 08:52:50 pm »
Hi Ron,

My second try was to see if the homedepot.com site had anything like those rubber parts.
Couldn't find any.  Maybe your local store is somehow specialized?

Tips and Tricks / Re: Doubling Drawer Storage Of Galley Base Cabinet
« on: June 02, 2014, 10:00:59 pm »
For those who want to reproduce Ron's project:
I wasn't able to find the hose or rubber couplings at Home Depot, or another big local hardware store.

I found the rubber couplings at bestmaterials.com, parts named
        Drain Coupling, 2 to 2 In. Straight Adaptor, PVC Rubber    and
        ELL Coupling, 90 Degree Drain, 2 to 2 Inch, PVC Rubber
for about $17, not including shipping.

I found the hose at a salt-water aquarium place in Utah (liverocknreef.com), part named      
       1 1/2 inch ID by 2 inch OD flexible clear braided hose

for $3.30 per foot.  The *shipping* was hugely expensive (almost $20), and I asked
for a cheaper shipping method.

These might not be parts that do the job, due to some mistake on my part,
so watch this space for revisions.

Thanks very much, Ron for sharing this project!


General Discussion / Re: Replacement Backup Monitors
« on: April 30, 2014, 10:56:28 am »
Hi George,

We just replaced our factory monitor by wiring the camera into our radio/GPS.  Would you like the monitor?   It's a Voyager model AOM562A, 5 1/2 inches on the diagonal.  Worked when we removed it.  It's yours if you like.


General Discussion / Re: How and where to mount a larger GPS?
« on: April 27, 2014, 02:16:54 pm »
We replaced the standard Ford double-DIN (4 inches high) radio in our 2007 E350 rig
with a Kenwood DNX9960 radio with GPS, based upon advice from a couple of fellow
Forum members.  We get the ability to play our CDs, our iPods, etc.  The DNX has a
7-inch screen that covers its whole front face. 

As a bonus, we were able to hook up (with the help of a *really bright* local technician)
the back-up camera display to the DNX, so the rear view appears in the dash.  No more
head-bumps on that screen dangling from the cockpit ceiling!

I'm very pleased with the results. 

General Discussion / Amazon hires RVers as holiday staff
« on: December 15, 2013, 12:35:35 pm »
Hi Folks,

Article in Today's SF paper says that, because Amazon builds its huge distribution centers in small towns, they have no resident overflow workers to turn to, so they hire RVers as temps.  Pretty good article, I think:


They talk about seasonal RVers and full-timers as well.

Season's Greetings you all!

Bill and Diane and Spark

General Discussion / Re: Goodbye to PC
« on: October 09, 2013, 10:52:32 pm »
Hey Alan,

You're part of the family now.  Please do stop back once in a while.

Bill & Diane

« on: July 27, 2013, 09:54:45 am »
Hi Sparky,

I love this project - I have short legs and the stock toilet in our 2350 is quite high.

What's the part number on your new toilet?  I've been looking on the web and can't
find any Thetford that looks like your picture...  I hope you saved the box    ;-)

Bill and Diane

Tips and Tricks / Skin Care for our Cruiser
« on: April 14, 2013, 11:33:31 am »
Our PC sits outside in the sun all the time.  We wash it thoroughly every
few months, but have no service available to wax it (and I'm reluctant to
spend too much time on a ladder).

I'm now noticing that the bulb over the cab is getting that dusty white
chalky look to it.  Looks like a fiberglass boat left too long unmaintained.
What I'd do with the boat would be to buff it out and wax it.

I thought that clear coat would prevent this chalking effect...

What's the best care for the PC's skin?

Bill & Diane

General Discussion / Re: Storage of Phoenix Cruiser
« on: April 08, 2013, 10:44:10 pm »
We covered our Road Trek for many months at a time, here in the San Francisco
area.  White synthetic canvas-like stuff.  Don't know how water or vapor tight it was.

I blame that cover for many 2-inch-long tear-drop shaped places where the Trek's
paint came off.   And I blame the fact that it was a pretty tight fit over the unit, so
there was very little air circulation under it.

So I would have a sun cover on a frame, not the unit itself, with room for air to
flow between the two.  Some of our neighbors in the RV storage yard have built
frameworks out of PVC pipe, standing in 5-gal buckets of concrete, then stretched
blue tarps over the frame.  They hold up surprisingly well to the wind - gusting to
40 mph here yesterday!


General Discussion / Re: Swap single pane windows for dual pane?
« on: March 29, 2013, 11:23:25 pm »
Hi Shipper,

I asked Kermit, at the PC factory, whether we could make that switch
for our 2350S unit.  He said that the actual window sizes were too different,
so we couldn't switch from the single-pane windows we have to doubles.

General Discussion / Re: I would consider it a personal favor...
« on: March 27, 2013, 05:42:20 pm »
It's on its way Aimee.


Tips and Tricks / Re: Floor renovation
« on: March 08, 2013, 02:10:31 pm »
The new floor looks quite attractive.  What's the material?
How is it attached?  Isn't there vinyl tile over the whole floor
under the carpet?  Did you remove the tile as well?  I know
some floor coverings require a wooden sub-floor surface under

Thanks for posting!
Bill & Diane

Polls / Re: Toads or tow vehicles? What brand do you use?
« on: November 12, 2012, 12:37:38 pm »
We tow an '09 Honda Fit, four down.  Roadmaster Falcon All-Terrain towbar.  Brake Buddy
braking system for the Honda.  All from Craigslist including the Honda.

Also, we have two of those 4-conductor electrical sockets and on plug extra.  The ones
that connect the PC's lights to the toad's.  Holler if you could use them.  No cable, just the
sockets and plug.

Bill & Diane

Tips and Tricks / Re: My 2350 handling problem
« on: November 05, 2012, 12:04:29 am »
Hi Folks,

Another data point - took our 2350 to a frame-and-axle place near us in Oakland.
They called me into the pit under the front end, and said  "we can't align this for
you".  I said 'why', and the mechanic grabbed the front and back of the driver's-
side wheel and wiggled it back and forth over an inch.

Then we looked at the ball joints.  Apparently the Ford factory only installs sealed
ball joints - no lubrication fittings at all, and the joints wore out after about 50K miles.
The replacement ball joints have grease fittings!

I had them put a read anti-sway bar on while the were under there, which we
haven't tested at all yet.  The front end, however, didn't wiggle nearly as much
after the ball-joint-ectomy.

Our next long trip will be Alameda to Ventura for Xmas, towing our Honda.  A car
to drive while visiting Mom's.  Yay!  Thanks again to Dale and Bonnie for the example.

General Discussion / Re: Mounting Solar Panels
« on: October 19, 2012, 04:21:30 pm »
Cool diagram!  Thanks!  Are the red areas air ducts?


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