Originally Posted by kb5sej
We have had our 351DS for a little over a month now. We have put close to a thousand miles on it and have new camping sites booked each month through March. So far we love it and have had minor issues that RV City II in Benton, AR has taken care of.
I wish the Jensen radio came with a USB input. Has anyone worked out something there? I plan to replace/addon a couple of the electrical outlets with USB charging ports. My 5th wheel had more 12v connections that this rig. Need a place to plug in all the phones for charging.
The trim around the outside if the bathroom has come loose but not a big deal to fix. Unfortunately the towel bar on the bathroom door came loose over Christmas holidays. Not sure exactly how to fix that one.
I don't understand the large unused space behind the bedroom TV and may give a try to one of the ideas I have seen here.
Not impressed with the heating capabilities of the Ford itself while driving. Puts out Luke warm air when outside 30 or so. Does the front need a cover to help heat up the can? I hate to run propane or electric heat driving down the road.
Side windows are deafening... Tried several quick fixed on last trip but still have work to do there.
I am not sure how the twin thermostats work regarding heat. I only have heat strips in the front AC unit and it really doesn't do anything. Both thermostats have a furnace setting but if course there is only one gas furnace. Does the rear bedroom thermostat control the furnace at all? This pat weekend the furnace did not seem to come on like it should have in fact I "manually" turned it on by cycling the settings from off and back to furnace (and the furnace immediately came on.) I may have to have this looked at. Not an easy chores any dealer is several hours away.
The gas heat is controlled by front thermostat only. There is no problem running gas heat while driving if needed. I drove for 2 1/2 hours in about 35-38 temps and front heat did all we needed. I had mine set on bi level and directed swivel vents towards back. I did have coach at about 72 prior to departure though.
I have heat strips in front and rear. I found that they do ok to bout 35 or so. But both have to be set similar on thermostats.
I had same issues with side windows at cab area. Major rattling noises. I worked on both sides. On passenger side, I adjusted those 3 plastic slide clips that the glass closes into on vertical and all rattle went away. Drivers side was little more work. The screen and the window was rattling. For the screen I had way too much play at top where those springy plastic pieces are. I used some Velcro cut into 1 inch strips and wrapped the top of the bar in a few spots and that worked. Just used the soft side not hard scratchy part of Velcro. The glass was another matter. I adjusted those plastic slide clips to beat it got but still had rattle. Was much better but I hate rattles. I used a small flat screw driver and removed those slide clips one at a time and wrapped the metal frame with more Velcro behind each clip. I then placed those clips back on vertical frame on top of Velcro with good pressure. This caused those clips to close the gap in groove the glass comes into. Actually when I close that window a little pressure is needed to get it fully closed. This worked and no more rattles. Well actually I then could hear door squeaking since front cab area was so quite. Some lithium grease on latch fixed that.
For the USB charger ports. I have a himbox I use as bluetooth receiver and connects my phone through jenson on auxiliary port. This works well for audio streaming and directions audible from Siri. It has a USB charger port in cigarette lighter. I also have several ac USB blocks in outlets by bed for charging at night.
If you don't have a crown stapler for the trim go to lowes and get some of the colored trim nails. They work well and blend in well.
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