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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Valentine's Day on: February 14, 2013, 02:52:09 pm
Thank you!

And Goddess bless everyone!  Heart Shower
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Heated Water Hose on: January 25, 2013, 06:25:18 pm
My father taught me to use heat tape for these applications. If its going to get REALLY cold, add insulation.
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need suggestions for "test" camping in an RV on: January 01, 2013, 03:17:42 pm
Nuts. If I have to make reservations, I might as well stay in a motel.
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Norcold class-action lawsuit on: January 01, 2013, 03:11:14 pm
I've been involved with RVs for decades - and the preponderance of problems with RV refrigerators seems to be with Norcold. They scare me to the point of being a major negative when looking/shopping rigs. Dometic has problems too, but it sure seems to me that Norcold has an order of magnitude more than anyone else.
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Replacement coach batteries on: December 07, 2012, 06:33:34 pm
That is EXACTLY my point - which is WHY you want to use 6 volts in series instead of 12 volts in parallel.
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Replacement coach batteries on: December 07, 2012, 02:53:49 pm
Nope. While its true about the AH being additive in parallel, the 6 volt batteries will have twice the amp hour rating - all other things being equal (size, make, chemistry, etc). Energy density is a constant - again, all other things being equal.

There is zero reason NOT to use 2 6 volters in series vs. 2 12 volters in parallel - while there are plenty of reasons NOT to ever use batteries in parallel. Its just bad design and bad practice. When it absolutely, positively, MUST be done, each parallel battery should be diode isolated - which becomes a bit of a problem in a rechargeable system.
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Replacement coach batteries on: December 05, 2012, 07:07:19 pm
Assuming your coach has 2 batteries, you really want to use a pair of 6 volt batteries in series, instead of two 12s in parallel. They'll hold a charge better and last longer. I think PC has gone to this setup on new coaches.
8  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Conserving Battery Reserves Without Shore Power on: October 18, 2012, 01:00:03 pm
...Daily use of 110v appliances (via the inverter) like making coffee and watching movies, drains the batteries quickly...
Which is why we have a small, stove top percolator so we can make coffee using gas!
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Newbie very interested in the 2552... on: August 16, 2012, 01:18:52 pm
This is an interesting development. Especially as I detest leather in the first place, and feel that you're ALWAYS better off without it.
10  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: On-Vehicle Tire Repair on: July 16, 2012, 05:27:47 pm
My father and I both have plugged countless tires.

We have NEVER had a problem.

Only in America...

As for air compressors, consider a chassis mounted compressor with (small) tank. Onboard air is WONDERFUL. It just takes too long to inflate a truck tire with one of the little guys...
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Scheduled Ford service on: July 12, 2012, 12:33:58 pm
... She was adding the oil down the dip stick tube...

My sister-in-law thought that was how it was done also. I think they see someone adding transmission fluid and
get the two confused...
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Scheduled Ford service on: July 11, 2012, 06:02:03 pm
In honor of this post, I'm going to learn how to change the oil in our 1981 Ford F100 this week.  It's high enough I can just slide under, so I'm gonna learn how to do it.  Wish me luck, and I'll let you know how it goes!
"Pro tip:" Don't over tighten the filter!  rolling on the floor
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Newbie very interested in the 2552... on: July 11, 2012, 06:00:55 pm
It appears that when you do buy a PC, you will add some panache to the population of mundane owners, as I presume that you are "Zorba, The Veiled Male", a man of renown whose websites on Google cover more than one screen.  Nice to see that PC's don't only appeal to old retirees like me.
Snort! Guilty as charged.

I may not be an "old retiree" like you - but I'm getting close! Amazing what some Henna and makeup will do for a guy!
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Newbie very interested in the 2552... on: July 10, 2012, 05:57:58 pm
Glad to hear it!  They do a remarkable job of line-iteming things at the factory and we needed to express that in the quote request form, and my wonderfully fabulous, dedicated developer did a phenomenal job with the quote request software.  Every line of that code we rolled out ourselves. The version we wrote for the factory is a little more robust with being able to add in one-off kinds of things, etc.
This reminds me of a story, many years ago now...

I went to Ford, Dodge, and Chevy. Told them all the same thing: "I want your 3/4 ton, turbo diesel truck. I want all the heavy duty stuff (springs, cooling, alternator, etc). I want your best NON POWER bucket seat (this was before idiots started putting leather in trucks). I want air conditioning. I want cruise control. I want a manual transmission. If it has a good stereo, fine. If not, I'll aftermarket it. Ditto for a rear sliding window. That's it. No baloney chrome, light, 'convenience' packages, power windows, etc.. Can you sell me a truck like this?"

Ford and Chevy told me "No way". Dodge told me "Yes. The only thing you'll get that you don't want is a tilt steering wheel (more stupidity as far as I'm concerned) that comes with the cruise control". At least with the tilt, I could set it straight on and forget about it.

I ended up buying a Ford used. It had started life as a stripper, but the previous owner had added A/C. I added cruise control, replaced the seat, installed a sliding rear window and life was good!
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Newbie very interested in the 2552... on: July 10, 2012, 01:24:29 pm
We had a 2006-2551PC and just bought a 2012-2552.
The 2552 has much more storage space.

They tell me they went to 2-6v Trojan batteries as standard. But if not, it is a no charge option.
Excellent. That's the way it should be!
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Cabinets- We like light colored cabinets. Make thinks much brighter inside.
I'll point that out to my wife - although neither of us care for blonde wood - but you're the second person to point this out, and it bears some thought.
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1-A/C is plenty. Where we travel we are lucky to find 15amp service. Can't see why you would want 50 amps, for a few minutes of microwaving while air is on.
Why not? If its available at the park, might as well be able to take advantage of it!
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By the way they put a fan in the rear of the refrigerator in the slideout, really required with no top vent.
Yea, from what I've heard about that kind of setup, this makes sense. Glad they've already placed a fan.
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Rig color, we travel in hot weather and prefer all white outside.
I've heard all my life that white is the most popular color choice for cars - which I've never understood as I like color, and lots of it! But with all that said,
I'm inclined to go with "mostly" white as its cheaper for one; and as you say, cooler for another!
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Unless you plan to drive you rig over 200K miles, you really can't ever justify having a diesel to save money. We drive a lot but probably only average 10K per year. Long trips is why I prefer power seats and we like all cloth everywhere. It is a very good quality material in the newer units.
Laughing... I'm a diesel person - of course I'll drive it over 200K miles. I just had a fight with my insurance company over my T-boned '85 Mercedes-Benz. They protested "Its a 27 year old car with over a quarter million miles on it!" to which I replied "Yes, and if all things go as typical for this vehicle, I won't have to pull the head for another 100K to 150K miles. That's another ten to fifteen years." They fixed it.

I'll take the gas motor if I must - and it looks like I must - by all accounts its a good one. But I sure do wish Americans (and Japanese to a lesser extent) would stop screwing around with inefficient gasoline engines. As a for instance, put a diesel in a Prius and you'd have my attention - as it is, all that expensive hybrid technology brings a gas motor to the same approximate efficiency as a diesel. What. Ever.

Glad to hear it about the cloth seats. One of my (many) pet peeves about the American car market is the in-ablity to be able to spec a vehicle by line item like, I'm given to understand, you can do in much of the rest of the world. Instead, we're stuck with these take it or leave it "packages". PC is a VERY refreshing change from that mindset.
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