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46  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Genet Starter Switch tries to engage on its own on: November 24, 2012, 03:20:35 am
I had intended to have the switch checked out for sure. I thought it really unusual for it to try and engage itself that way and mre unusual that I could not find it on the bigger rv sites.
47  Main Forum / General Discussion / Genet Starter Switch tries to engage on its own on: November 22, 2012, 09:19:07 am
I have had an unusual problem that is odd. I was working behind my shop in the garden last summer and during a break I could hear a chattering noise coming from inside the shop. I went to check on it and it stopped before I got there. While standing inside the shop looking for the source of the noise  it started again! It was coming from my PC! Who knows for how long it had been doing this. I went inside it to discover the switch on the genset was the culprit. I stopped the noise by going through the motion of flipping the switch as if i were shutting off the generator even though it was not running. I kept my ears open for the rest of the day and nothing. Three days later my wife asked what I had running in the shop. I go and check and it is the switch chattering again. I fear it burning up the PC and my shop so I disconnected the battery to the genset. Anyone ever run into this before? I have looked on several sites with no luck so far.
48  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Ride and Handling Improvement on 2006 2400 on: August 12, 2012, 10:38:01 am
Ron, I now have that fixed. I did not realize that I had that wrong. Thanks
49  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Ride and Handling Improvement on 2006 2400 on: August 12, 2012, 10:26:21 am
Good call Ron. When I first got it the literature that was in it (I got it used) was for a 2005 2350. I discovered later that it is actually a 2006 2400. The chassis is also 2006. Sorry for the confusion and I will try to fix it. Hope that clears up my misinformation.
50  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Ride and Handling Improvement on 2006 2400 on: August 12, 2012, 09:42:42 am
I keep tightening the arm bracket swivel points as they are not very tight to begin with. The harsh ride from the original shocks were a big contributor to the TV floating around so I hope the new shocks make the difference as it took several miles for the TV to work its way out of position.

As for the bar, I got it from Brazels out in Washington and from the warranty card I think they manufacture it themselves. I was surprised at what it looked like after all my prep work for the other type bar. The brand name is UltraTrak and the warranty card address is their address which is why I think they build it. I also wanted to get the tune for the V 10 they have but wifey was starting to put the stoppage on the credit card spending! Jon says they do the programming themselves and it is nothing you can buy off the shelf from Edge or Bullydog. They also have one of those rear wheel rollers used to test performance at the wheels. I dont remember what its callled. How many places have that?! I looked the website over and they have quite the place out there.

as for other improvements I do want to replace those barrel chairs. They are not comfortable to sit in at all. I would like to replace the driver and passenger seats as well to add some creature features. It appears that I would be spending a lot of money on it but compared to trading for a new one it is pocket change as I would need to upgrade the new one to have the things this one has. The new ones (any brand out there) have some of the stuff we wanted but didn't have a lot of what we already get in this one. To me it is not worth the $50k difference and still have to upgrade the new one. We looked at one that didn't even have the ability to dry camp! What good is that? We dry camp a lot now that we read how you do it. Thanks for that by the way. It really has added to our RV experience. We had been totally unfamiliar with that until recently.
51  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Ride and Handling Improvement on 2006 2400 on: August 12, 2012, 07:13:06 am
hey Ron, I have been reading a lot of you as it seems I find you on other sites also. I prepared for the sway bar by searching forums and found you there also. I studied the pictures posted and crawled under my camper to locate the holes. To my surprise I opened up a package to see a straight round  adustable bar intead of U shaped bar. I installed it and it works great!

I have also used some of your other tips and tricks like the TV you used. It fit and works great. I added adjustable mount that doesn't work so well. It has to be encrdibly tight to keep the TV from moving. I haven't got enough drive time with the better ride to see how much that reduces that movement.
52  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Ride and Handling Improvement on 2006 2400 on: August 11, 2012, 09:52:38 am
Bob, you are correct. I was really surprised at the service. We looked at other ones new and used while we were there but elected to stay with what have as we are slowly getting it customized to our tastes. Did you see they were featured in Motor Home magazine? I was also in there at the end of the letters to the editors on safety suggestions. I can never wait until I have time for another trip. Safe travels Bob.
53  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Ride and Handling Improvement on 2006 2400 on: August 11, 2012, 07:37:40 am
I have been reading Here and other RV sites where Ron Ditmer and many others have been adding sway bars and installing shocks on their Ford rigs. I recently did this to my Cruiser and what an improvement! If you travel in yours a lot do yourself a favor and change it. You will not regret it. I didn't use the torsion bar on mine as I got mine from Brazels called UltraTrak bar. The only thing I would change is to not do it myself! I have discovered I am not the young guy that is invincible like I once was. I did get it done myself with my wifes help but i am not doing that again lol! Took me a week to recuperate. Ha! I think am going to sell my tools so I don't get the stupid idea to DIY work like this again!

Our next improvement was to take a little trip back the factory for fun and to fix a couple things the grand kids broke by accident. While we were there I asked about some other things i had been curious about and the next thing we know there are three people working on it. Five hours later we get it back good as new! I asked Kermit what we owed and it was a no charge on all of it! Where can you go and have a company fix your mistakes! Free! Thank you PC!
54  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Planning trip to utah, Colorado, and the Grand Canyon on: February 10, 2012, 11:01:09 am
Al B,

Did you just share that with everyone here, or did I?  I am with you 100% in agreement.  We did that trip 4 years ago and loved it so much that we hope to do it again in September, this time towing our 4x4 Liberty.  We plan to get deep into Escalante to take a boat ride to Rainbow Bridge.

But our finances are shakey this year so we will see what will come.  Our obligations to our children college education zero'd us out, but it's over for us now.  First priority is a new tear-off roof, 2nd is a 110 foot storm sewer in the side yard.  Yata yata yata.  We are honkering down right now.  Hopefully it will work out.  I hope our massive garage sale planned for June will contribute.

A lot of the Phoenix main website pictures are of us taken on that trip.  We camped across from the trail head to the 3rd largest arch in the country......Morning Glory Arch (natural bridge) with a 243 feet span.  Needless to say the morning sun lights it up in it all it's glory.

Our campsite there.


Ron, You are correct in you posted most of the pictures but you have inspired some of us (me) to make some changes and improvements in our MH. I just wanted to thank you for that and all the pictures and effort you have put into this site.

As for the trip out west we did ours last September and I could not have been happier with it other than a minor issue with the Cruiser that turned out to be my fault but was I really giving my PC heck for a while! I am humbled now. It was an easy fix. We took the pass through Colorado and bypassed Estes park as we had been there before. It is awesome going over the pass. Denver, not so much. Took our time and stopped to see many things out through there and continued on to and through Utah. Went through Arches National Park and continued on down to Cortex CO and toured the Mesa Verde Park. From there we continued on to a place I had want to see for years. Monument Valley. We stayed on the reservation and you need to be aware that this is PRIMITIVE camping but the views are incredible. From there we went to Williams AZ and drove up to Grand Canyon for an awesome day. I only wish we had stayed at Mather"s campground in the park. We had another PC park right beside us and they were staying there and told us it was great so we have no first hand experience. I wish I had written down their names to keep in touch. They told us Mathers had plenty of sites available at the time. No hook ups but we prefer it that way. BTW, it does get cold at night there. From there we went to Las Vegas as we had never been there. We now know why it is called Sin City. We spent two and half days there and that was a two days day too long but we needed the rest. Back on the road we headed up to Zion and Bryce canyon and both were eye popping views. We live in Iowa and making this trip in three weeks is exhausting but wonderful. An earlier poster suggested 4 weeks and he is right on. Doing all of that we got to see a lot of things but they were all in a whirlwind and not savored like a great trip should be. Pick a few priority things you really want to do or see and enjoy the adventure. The only reason I would do that trip again is for the same reasons I did it the first time. A lot of things I want to see and a short time to see them.
55  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Nashville TN campground on: February 10, 2012, 10:18:24 am
We have stayed more than once at Two Rivers Campground. It is a nice campground with a pool and entertainment just as another poster has said and it is just down the road from the new Opery house. Due to its good location we will probably go there again when we go back down to visit. I think there is a KOA a little further down the road from Two Rivers but we felt the cost excessive when comparing the two. Have fun!
56  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electric sofa/bed question on: January 31, 2012, 03:28:08 pm
We have a 2006 2400 and find the couch very uncomfortable when unfolded as a bed. It sounded like you had rebuilt the couch to accept memory foam and leather. I want to be sure I make sure I understood that correctly. If I did could you describe what you did with a little more detail and maybe throw in a picture or two. We love our Cruiser but hate the barrel chairs and bed. I welcome any and all comments and/or suggestions for improvements.
57  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Oil on: August 12, 2011, 04:27:42 pm
I had an 1996 3/4 ton Dodge V-10 pick up that i used to pull my 32' fifth wheel for years. I had trouble with that engine when I first got it with two engine failures in less than 3,000 miles. They were replaced courtesy of Chrysler and both had the same problem from the factory. The last one was never a problem and, following the advice of a mechanic, I switched to Mobil One after a 15,000 mile break in on it. I faithfully changed the filter and added one quart of oil every 3,000 miles and then did a complete change of oil every 24,000. I sold that pick up a few years ago with 321,000 miles on it and it still runs great for the new owner today, although he doesn't put many miles on it. Last year it had 372,000 mi8les on it and he changed it back to regular oil as it started leaking a little oil form the front and rear main seals and he didn't like the mess. The change reduced the oil leak but did not stop it. I have not had the courage to do that again on my other vehicles but I am sold on Mobil One oil and use it in everything I own.

PS The mechanic that made the suggestion to me was an Amsoil dealer telling me about the high mile oil change. I tried it just not with Amsoil.

58  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Electrical Issue on: July 24, 2011, 02:04:27 pm
I'm sure it would have been covered by insurance but the cost was minimal and didn't reach my deductible. Parts run me about $22.00 give or take and labor was $75.00. Like I said it was a very simple thing to fix. We do love traveling in our PC because of the ease of getting around in it. When we travel it is our main vehicle. It is a good rig.
59  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Electrical Issue on: July 23, 2011, 10:03:08 pm
I am glad there are so many people that took this so serious. I have been rving for years but had not had a motorhome so the electrical was a new thing for me. To answer how I took care of it is I hired a licensed electrician to come and replace the neutral bar and backer plate. He had to cut off and repull some of the wiring and totally replace a couple of wires that were completely ruined. He checked all of the other connections coming into the motorhome and found a couple other connections that were a little loose. I have now added this to my checklist of things to do at the end of the season or before the next. Not sure I could have lived with myself had something happened to her after telling her not to worry about it, the breaker will take care of it. I am still in disbelief. I have pictures of it as I had thought about tackling it myself but i had already made enough of a mess without making it any bigger. It took all of an hour and a half from start to finish.
60  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Electrical Issue on: July 23, 2011, 10:27:49 am
I read the forum here when I have the time but I wanted to give everyone a heads up in case this has never been mentioned. My wife had to go out of town for several days on a family emergency and we always stay in out PC when we leave for more than a day or so because of the convenience. Our temperature has been horrific high in our part of the country so the air conditioning on the cruiser was working OT trying to keep up. The second day there she calls me upset because there are burning wire fumes in the cabin. I assured her that if the wiring was that hot the breaker would trip, which it did twice. I assumed the the length of the power cord was not providing enough power so I had her start the generator. Problem cured, so I thought. She came home a couple days later and when I walked inside the camper she was right. The smell of burned wiring was very strong. Upon further investigation and disassembling the electrical panel i discovered a mass of burned wiring on the left side of the power panel connected to what is called a neutral bar. It turns out the neutral wire for the air conditioner was loose and that heated the bar up to the point of melting the insulator backing plate and turning all the wires attached to the bar black. It was burned all the way through the backing plate and fractions of an inch from grounding to the panel wall. Disaster averted and the lesson here to me is that the breaker will not always trip and that you should take time to shut the power off, disconnect it from the coach and check that all electrical connections are tight or pay a professional to do it for you. Probably bouncing down the road and the vibration of it all got the screw loose and was the cause of this potentially disastrous problem. I had the electrician go through the rest of the cabin to be sure it is in tip top condition. He found others.
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