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  1. desert_connect

    2017 TC XLT simple camper

    Thanks, Robin. I did lot of searching to find an opening window. I finally found and purchased the window through Van Windows Direct in southern CA. https://www.vanwindowsdirect.com/collections/vanwindowsdirect-van-windows/products/passenger-sliding-door-half-slider-window-ford-transit-connect-2014-2020
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    Whiting out emblems? Or "Blacking out"?

    I didn't paint mine I removed them for a clean look.
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    Disable Perimeter Lighting

    I am in southern Arizona. The build date is about one month before (Nov. xx 2016) the BCM update. So, the first dealer updated the BCM but could not turn off the P lights. The second dealer confirmed the first did intact update the BCM but also could not turn off the P lights. I bought a ForScan and worked on it myself, toggling it on/off several times first following procedures posted by others and also several more times following other reasonable possibilities and finally gave up. If I am camping I open my drivers door before shutting off the ignition, or flash the hi/low beams after opening all the doors. Then I never fully close the doors, only 1/2 latched. This will keep the P lights off as long as I do not deviate from that procedure. The interior lights are useless for camping also because after 10 minutes the power to them is shut off so I installed my own with live power. I also totally shut off the interior lights and I NEVER use them at all because they don't operate the way I want use them. I have never been so disgusted with a vehicle in all of my life. If this is progress, I am not looking forward to the future.
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    Disable Perimeter Lighting

    I've had my 17' TC to the deal twice to change the perimeter lighting issue and also played with it myself a dozen times with ForScan. Guess what, they are still on!
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    Disable Perimeter Lighting

    Without a doubt jrm223 is correct that many more TC's are used in a commercial application than private which brings me to my question. Why don't the perimeter lights illuminate when the engine is running? Many deliveries are made w/o shutting off the engine. I have never understand the logic from all perspectives.
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    2015 TC transmission fluid change

    You are correct, GBL.
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    Need to change angle of backup camera

    There are two different camera view angles. Your screen is probably in the striaght down view that helps hooking up a trailer. You can change it in the menu.
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    Introducing myself..

    Welcome.......looks like you are about ready to load up and hit the road! My brother and I are talking about heading over to Parker for the "Van Build". It's only a 200 mi drive from home. Me in my 17' Connect and him in a 95' Ford E350 ambulance conversion. Hope to see you there.
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    New here from South Florida

    My experience has been there are far more right hand open spots at the filling station than left.
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    2017 TC XLT simple camper

    Thanks.......there is a window similar in size to the you described on Amazon for 113$ w/free shipping https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q87QHF2/ref=dp_cerb_1. Vintage Technologies RV, Cargo, Teardrop Trailer Horizontal Window 22" x 12" x 1-1/2" Wall Thickness, Black Frame, Radius Corners
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    2017 TC XLT simple camper

    Thanks, windguy. Thanks, jrm223. The window is frameless itself but does have the metal door frame around the window inside. An inside screen and magnets could work I'll give that some thought, thanks.
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    2017 TC XLT simple camper

    We have returned from 12 more days of van camping, this totals up more than 50 nights in two years. The new sliding door window worked out great for extra ventilation along with the lithium gen/batt powered fan and our new little dog likes it too. As a temporary solution for this trip I gorilla taped a piece of fiberglass screen over the outside of the window and cracked the front door windows an inch when parked. Light rain was no problem and the air moving in though the side window and out the front windows seemed to keep the bugs out. Even with 99% humidity inside, according to the meter, the van roof and walls remained completely dry, no dripping like in the past. I will find a better solution for the screen and tweak the fan placement but overall this arrangement was a success.
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    Intelligent Oil Life Monitor

    I am not using the IOLM other than to turn it off when it tells me to change the oil. I am changing oil every 6k because it gets dirty and starts using a small amount of oil so it needs a change in my opinion. The IOLM on my 17' TC van has told me to change oil at 10, 2xx, both times so far and I am at 27,900mi now. I drive about 95%+ highway/freeway and the other few % around town.
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    Now I can see

    LOL.....yes, the crooked backing parkers are the ones that do not know how to use mirrors. The positive side of backing into any situation at time of arrival is the driver has the most control of and a birds eye view of the whole situation before doing so. Whereas backing afterwards the driver is somewhat blind of whats around them with less control of the situation and with todays high speed drivers a situation can change less than a second. Backing at arrival is in all "defensive driving and truck/equipment driving safety classes". If it were up to me ALL drivers would have to watch a defensive driving video to get their drivers license renewed primarily for on road etiquette and safety........something that seems to have been lost and traded for saving time in todays go fast world.
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    Fuel Mileage

    I should have also mentioned that along with the higher temps is very low humidity. The low humidity is probably a larger factor than the higher temps.
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