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General Discussion / Re: Cruiser 2552 - specific questions
« on: May 20, 2024, 11:59:47 pm »
If you change to a 7500/750 pound hitch and tow that much with that much tongue weight, you might deform the frame extension that is likely rated for a 5000 pound hitch.  There used to be some old PC factory videos that showed the frame extension welded on the back of the Ford frame.  It does not look impressive.  I assume they were designed so that there was not so much extra weight hanging off the back of the PC of which is already quite heavy.....most especialy for us with back wall spare tire compartments.

General Discussion / Re: Radio upgrade
« on: May 13, 2024, 06:46:38 pm »
You had mentioned "Front Speakers" being bad.

Long ago, I affordably upgraded the front door speakers on our 2007 E350 chassis to these.  I transferred the connectors from the original speakers to the new ones so they electrically plug-in exactly like the OEMs.

They sound better.

General Discussion / Re: Giving it up
« on: May 06, 2024, 08:24:42 pm »
Take good care of yourselves Chuck and Sheila!

General Discussion / Re: Window Ventilation and other ramblings
« on: May 06, 2024, 05:17:21 pm »
I thought that got settled many months ago....I surely hope so.

General Discussion / Re: Window Ventilation and other ramblings
« on: May 04, 2024, 10:52:15 pm »
Hi there!

Our PC (CLICK HERE TO SEE IT) has the older style sliding windows which naturally lets in a breeze and also the rain.  We deal with rain by extending awnings.  We'll extend the full width passenger awning just 12" to 18" for a minor windy rain.  I read over and over that the frameless awning windows work great with ventilation, but you MUST USE the overhead exhaust fan to get well ventillated.

About dinettes in PCs.....not all dinettes are the same.  Make sure the distance between benches is sufficient for your particulars.  The size of the table is a good indicator.  CLICK HERE to see the dinette in our 2007 PC-2350.  Note that because we do NOT HAVE a slideout, how the angled transition wall is utilized to increase the size of the table and leg room.  If the dinette is inside a slideout, things may get pretty tight.

One more benefit to a dinette without a slideout, is the size of the overhead cabinets.  They make great pantry space for us.

A few people have special ordered model 2552 without slideouts.  They also deleted the 1 foot wide pantry on that wall.  The extra linear footage, pulls the dinette benches apart which makes the table nice and big, and also nice leg room.

That is one way to avoid the Schwintec mechanism.....don't have any slideouts.

I found it. Pulled the furnace out and found the wires that go to the outlet above the cabin passenger side. Cable seem to have never been connected.

WOW!  Great research and determination you have there Victor.  Who would have guessed such a thing.  I am happy for you.

I learn something new every day.

General Discussion / Re: Awning tie downs
« on: April 20, 2024, 10:12:51 pm »
We have the old style crank-up awning with self-storing poles that attach to the side of the motorhome.  I have not yet staked them down with ropes to the ground.  I might if we stayed in one place for a very long time.


Repeating myself.....

The duplex outlet itself might be bad.


General Discussion / Re: 2007 San icon diagram
« on: April 19, 2024, 09:28:35 am »
Found 2 hot wires coming out of floor. A black and yellow. Good news is macerator runs with power.
BE CAREFUL.  My 2007 macerator colored wiring is backwards.  Hooking Black to Black and Orange to Orange, runs the macerator "BACKWARDS".  Maybe this is only my 2007 2350, but the color mixup could be chronic across many models and model years.  I really don't know.

I learned this when replacing my original macerator (PICTURES HERE) with a new one of a different brand.

General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself!
« on: April 19, 2024, 09:21:24 am »
The faded gray front bumper cover can be easily restored using the product called Wipe-New.  It is extremely easy to apply, offering fantastic results.

The headlights can be easily restored using a medium grit polishing compond and a buffing wheel.  I do it all the time on vehicles I work on at an auto charity.  It offers very fast results.  Use the same buffer and compound on the rest of the chassis and PC house to bring back any lost luster.

General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself!
« on: April 18, 2024, 08:30:27 am »
Your decals are in excellent condition for 21 years.  Nice find!  That tells me it has been stored out of exposure to sunlight. Your roof should be like new as well.
The headlights are translucent and yellow'd, the front bumper is badly faded, so I think there has been significant exposure to the sun.  Yet even so, no worries.  Everything can be addressed by a determined owner, without breaking their bank or back.

It is possible that the receptacle itself has gone bad.  Phoenix uses receptacles that do not require an electrical box.  Their interconnection is not of the greatest reliability.  Maybe power is getting to that receptacle.

General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself!
« on: April 17, 2024, 09:15:28 am »
Ron.Dittmer’s posts also constitute a meticulously documented knowledge base for 2350 owners.
For public (and my own) convenience, I post the links to all of my posts in one place, HERE.

Another resource are the pictures of my PC projects.  Most are organized in albums HERE, but some are loose HERE.

General Discussion / Re: 2007 San icon diagram
« on: April 16, 2024, 09:22:05 am »
The tire was the original spare. I had put it on last year it had about 2000 miles.  I think 17 years old was the problem.  The tread peeled off original good year tire.

We still have our original 17 year old spare with the sticker still on the threads.  I maintain 80 psi in it, figuring if we need to use it, I would take out whatever air is needed pending where it gets mounted.  Who knows, maybe someone else in a crisis situation would want to buy the tire & wheel from us with an offer we can't refuse, so it is aired up to it's max rating for any application.

Since replacing all our original tires 3 years ago, I consider it for "Emergency Use Only".  Thanks for the reminder to keep it so.

General Discussion / Re: Ford E450 6.8L Coolant
« on: April 15, 2024, 09:19:21 am »
My own research for our 2007 E350-V10, sums it up similarly....inconclusive.

I recently added THIS ANTIFREEZE to our 2007 E350-V10 chassis overflow bottle to bring it back to full-cold.

It states this on the container.
North American Vehicles
GOLD Antifreeze + Coolant
Hybrid Organic Acid Technology
For Use In Ford 2002-2010

This is copied from my 2007 E-Series owners manual.
• Add Motorcraft Premium Gold Engine Coolant or equivalent
meeting Ford specification WSS-M97B51-A1. Refer to
Maintenance product specifications and capacities in this chapter.
Note: Use of Motorcraft Cooling System Stop Leak Pellets or an
equivalent product meeting Ford specification WSS-M99B37-B6, may
darken the color of Motorcraft Premium Gold Engine Coolant from
yellow to golden tan.
• Do not add/mix an orange-colored, extended life coolant such
as Motorcraft Specialty Orange Engine Coolant, meeting Ford
specification WSS-M97B44-D, or DEX-COOL brand with the
factory-filled coolant. Mixing Motorcraft Specialty Orange Engine
Coolant or any orange-colored extended life product such as
DEX-COOL brand with your factory filled coolant can result in
degraded corrosion protection.
• A large amount of water without engine coolant may be added, in case
of emergency, to reach a vehicle service location. In this instance, the
cooling system must be drained and refilled with a 50/50 mixture of
engine coolant and distilled water as soon as possible. Water alone
(without engine coolant) can cause engine damage from corrosion,
overheating or freezing.
• Do not use alcohol, methanol, brine or any engine coolants
mixed with alcohol or methanol antifreeze (coolant). Alcohol
and other liquids can cause engine damage from overheating or
• Do not add extra inhibitors or additives to the coolant. These
can be harmful and compromise the corrosion protection of the engine

I hope I did okay.

I assume 2011 and newer uses a different antifreeze.

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