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General Discussion / Goodbye to PC
« on: September 25, 2013, 06:07:53 am »
I have enjoyed reading the posts here, all the improvements that can be made and help when I have had problems. PC is probably the best manufacturer of Class Motorhomes I have known but DW and I will heading into the wild blue yonder come January leaving the working world behind. We decided that if we are going to be together 24/7 that we needed a little more room than what our 2400 offered. Last weekend we purchased a diesel pusher that will afford us the space that we will need and the comfort of traveling i have never experienced. We are really sad to see our PC go as I was getting things set up like I want with several additions suggested to me by Brazel's RV and other additions from people on this forum. PC has always been there for us when we needed the help and fixed thing that I am sure other manufacturers would have never even offered to fix without a $ sign attached to it. I cannot say enough good about PC at all. They are a great company but it is just time for us to move on in our journey in life. Thanks to everyone for the great forum, good times and the years we have enjoyed our PC and I wish all of you safe travels. tymote

Around the Campfire / What doesn't kill you
« on: July 25, 2013, 07:24:06 am »
My 14 almost 15 year old granddaughter recently went through a very difficult and challenging week in her life and I had hoped it would not have a lasting effect on her. I now know she is back to her old self again after she posted this note;

What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger.
Except bears, bears will kill you!

She is back to her off the wall humorous self again! 2o2

Tips and Tricks / To tow or not to tow. That is the question.
« on: July 20, 2013, 06:37:34 am »
I am wanting to buy a tow bar for the new Honda CR V we bought last weekend. I am getting a lot of pushback from DW.She is not relishing the thought of dragging that much money across the country behind a MH to possibly come unhooked, chipped up by rocks and basically costing several thousand more to get set up for towing. We have a PC 2400 which is really small enough to drive and sightsee by itself.  2o2 We have done just that since we got it five years ago. I anticipate buying a larger MH in the future so I was making some plans for that now. Example: I have my eye on a Roadmaster Sterling tow bar that has less than 2,000 miles of use for less than half the cost of a new one. It includes some extras that do not come with the tow bar that are needed but are bought separately. I want to go ahead and get it whether we tow this year or, most likely, next. She prefers to wait and see if we really even want to tow because we like this PC so much and it is so handy. Soooo, my question; is it worth the cost to set up a toad and does it have an adverse effect on the performance of your MH? I have installed a tune on the engine from Brazels RV which really made a big difference in the performance and drivability of the MH, especially the transmission. Currently we do not travel that much but I/we want to travel a lot in the next few years. Coast to coast and border to border and then some Mexico and Alaska. (My reasoning for buying a bigger MH) Let me know your thoughts, good or bad.

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.

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!

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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