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16  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Best paper maps on: June 19, 2014, 08:14:55 pm
I just simiply love maps.  I have had several GPSs over the years and find them useful, but for pure joy I love to look at and use maps.  And I prefer the official state maps over the Rand Mc books and the AAA mpas.   The state maps have other cool information and show a lot of little roads to explore as well as maps of the larger cities.    I have a 1910 world atlas.  I love to look at it and think how the world has changed.   I have a set of dvds with years of National Geographic maps on them, from back a hundred years ago ( a gift from my wife about 2000, don't have the ones since then).  I LOVE MAPS.  I don't think some electronic screen will ever replace my love for that folded, faded paper!!

17  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire Pressure: 2014 PC2350 loaded on: June 19, 2014, 07:54:28 pm
I am glad you asked this question.   I will be very interested to see the answers that are posted.   We have had our 2013 2350 for less than a year so we are still learning about it.  I run 70 Front, 75 Rear when cold.   In hot summer weather I check the pressure every few hundred miles on a long trip and may adjust downward a bit.   When you are going down an interstate and it is in the 90s or more, you will really pick up some air.
18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Solar installation on: June 15, 2014, 10:01:50 am
Denny & Barb...........I tried to hit the studs with limited success.  I took the finish covers off the Fantastic and the bathroom vent to find a couple of the studs.  You can see them when you take the covers off.  Still, it is a stretch to find them and they are clearly used as wiring chases.   SO, I mounted the solar panel to two 1 1/2 inch wide by 48 inch long buy 1/8th inch thick pieces of aluminum stock using the four Z mounts that came with the panel.  Then, I applied roof sealant to the bottom of the two struts and positioned it on the roof.  Then I screwed self taping #10 by 3/4" screws through the struts and into the roof, penetrating the roof material and the underlying (thin) plywood.   In the couple of instances where I could hit the studs, I used 1 1/4" screws, figuring they would not go all the way to the bottom of the aluminum stud/chase.   The studs I penetrated carried only 12v wire.   Apparently, this worked.   After doing all that, I applied a liberal amount of roof sealant (three caulking tubes worth) to the tops of the struts flowing it onto the exterior roofing about a half an inch on all sides and covering all the screws.  WHEW!  I let it set a few days, drove up the interstate at 70 mph and inspected it.  No problems.  We just got back from a 1500 mile trip and I inspected it several times and am convinced it is really up there tight. 

I am sure there is a better, more appropriate way to do this, but it worked for me using this method.  My fear was hitting the wiring.  Thanks to folks on this forum for furnishing me the roof schematic and some other ideas. 

Paul
19  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Solar installation on: June 14, 2014, 09:40:04 pm
Well, I installed the 100 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel kit from Amazon on the roof and just got back from two weeks boondocking in Northern New Mexico.   We were parked in partial shade but the daylight sun was intense.  We were in the mountains at about 8000 feet.   I was very pleasantly surprised at just how well this little $180+ package worked.  It kept my batteries topped off and refreshed just fine.  I was more than surprised that there was a few amps flowing even when the panels were mostly covered by filitered sunlight from created by the trees.   This turned out to be a really good project.  Of course, the installation took about three times the length of time I anticipated, as usual for my projects.   I may buy another 100 watt panel and add it up there on the roof with the first one.   For boondockers, this is a really good panel at a very good price, compelte with cables and controller.
20  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: traveling I 70 west of Denver on: June 14, 2014, 05:47:31 pm
Last Thursday, June 12, we came home from Northern New Mexico.  We pulled Bob Cat Pass in our 2350 pulling a Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk.  This was the first time out with the PC and the Trailhawk in the mountains.   From Red River to the top of the pass is a little over three miles and an eleveation gain of about 1200+ feet, so a winding, twisting little state highway going up at 6-7 degrees.   We spent the steepest part of the climb in second gear and were going 25 mph.  That initial climb may well be over eight degrees.   The problem is, you cannot get up speed to maintain, so you are constantly struggling.   Worked just fine.  I have pulled that pass many times in a worn out Chevy Van, a Roadtrek 190 and a Roadtrek 210.   They all had trouble and the PC pulling the toad had no more or less trouble.  

I can't imagine you would have any trouble on I-70.   As others have said, just be cautious and use good down hill driving techniques on the downhill side of the Divide.   It is a long way down at a pretty good grade but nothing that should cause any problems properly driven.  

My wife and I decided it would just be simpler to unhook and pull Monarch and a few other 12000 foot passes with her driving the Jeep.   4000 pounds is a lot to be pulling up those slopes if you have a second person with you who could drive the toad. 

PSW

21  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Replacement Backup Monitors on: May 27, 2014, 07:19:17 pm
We bought our PC used (for ten months) last fall and it had the standard Sony camera/monitor from the factory.  I made a big mistake.  I had purchased a wireless backup camera and 7" monitor on a one time special at Sam's Club for $79 a few years ago for our Roadtrek.  I sold the RT and the camera was included.   That little wireless camera performed flawlessly and  the monitor was clear as a HD tv.   Now, I have a smaller monitor and it is just not that clear.  The Sam's special was never repeated to my knowledge.   All this makes me wonder if I would be better off searching for a similar little unit.   Cables and connectors would not be a problem since it was wireless. 

Many people have had problems with wireless cameras working satisfactorly.  I did not.  I should have kept it.  I think I noticed on the PC pricing "Build and Price" link that the camera is about a grand.   My $79 camera was perfect.   Maybe, just maybe, I was simply lucky.
22  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Converting Fluorescent To LED Just By Changing Bulbs on: May 24, 2014, 09:35:28 pm
I have wondered about the same thing:  changing those to LEDs.  Here is another possibility on Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Cabin-Bright-8-12-Fluorescent-Replacement/dp/B00CWMQKMQ/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1400981432&sr=8-8&keywords=led+replacement+for+flourescent+tubes
23  Main Forum / General Discussion / Solar installation on: May 04, 2014, 11:35:19 am
I am thinking about adding a small solar system to our 2350.  I am looking at the Renogy 100 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel kit from Amazon, complete with controller.  I am familiar with the math and charging rates of these kinds of installations and I know that 100 watts is pretty minimum.  All we really want from the system is a slow trickle charge for our battery bank when we are boondocking for several days.  Having come from a B Roadtrek, we would take day trips in the RT which recharged our batteries.   There is nothing less desireable than the sound of a genset in a national forest IMO.  BTW, I have changed all the incandescent bulbs in the PC to LEDs which is a big deal for us as to how we use power when we camp.   Where we go, there is no over the air tv and we seldom use any of the entertainment stuff other than the radio (remember those primitive devices?) for a little news.  No cell service where we go most of the time in the summer (way back in the NM and CO mountains). 

I searched these PC forums for solar and got some great ideas on the installation.  My only hesitation is drilling into that pristine roof.   It was noted (and a schematic was shown for a different model) that the PC construction has metal cross members every two feet across the roof for strutural integrity.  Obviously, you would need to mount (or a least partially mount) to those.  One post I researched indicated that those supports are also used for a wiring chase for some lights.  Sounds nasty to drill into if you hit a wire.  Is that in fact the case?  I understand the roof to be a thin fiberglass or similar material over plywood but I have no idea of the plywood thickness.  Anyone know how thick? 

Also, anyone that has done their own installation more recently than those posts (some of which are a couple of years old), do you have any tips or thoughts to suggest?  I plan to over engineer the mounting by using the standard Z mounts to attach to flat aluminum stock a couple of inches wide, mount the stock into the roof and then also use a good RV sealant/glue the length of the aluminum stock (1/8 inch thick by 2 inches by 48 inches) to further assure integrity of mount.  I have done a lot of mods on Bs and Cs over the years, so I can figure out the wire runs, etc.  Just properly attaching that puppy is my biggest concern.  I suspect finding the metal cross pieces in the PC frame will be pretty easy with stud finders or magnets. 

Any ideas, thoughts, suggestions or personal experiences would be appreciated.   Perhaps I also need to call PC and double check with them about the wire chases. 

I just got a braking and towing system for our new Cherokee Trailhawk and so I don't want to spend much for a small solar assist to charging.  I figure if I like the 100 watt system, I will add another panel before fall.

Paul
24  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Insulated Glass on: May 04, 2014, 11:11:28 am
We bought our ten month old 2350 last fall.  We found it, amazingly, about three miles down the street.   We were getting ready to order a new 2350 and we intended to order the thermal glass.  We live in a really hot part of the country and it gets colder than most realize during the winter.  So, thermal glass would have been ordered if we had bought brand, spanking new and not ten months old.  

With that said, we came from a Class B world to the world of Class C Phoenix Cruiser.  Simply stated, it is not possible to comfortably cool a Class B when the temperature is above about 90 degrees or even less than that if you are directly in the sun.  It is simply the nature of how Bs are constructed and their compact size.  So, with our non thermal glass, we feel like we have died and gone to a cool heaven.  I can't even imagine how much better the comfort would be with thermal glass but I am sure it is a worthy investment.   Like many B owners, I made templates of the windows and cut inserts out of foil faced insulating sheet material which was stored under the mattress.  On really hot days, we popped those in the windows for a miserable dark camper van in order to lower the heat a few degrees.   No more!   We really love our PC and one of the principle reasons we gave up the convenience of the B was HEAT.  Go thermal if you have the option.

Paul
25  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Sewer Hose Storage on: April 15, 2014, 08:46:26 am
I will check out the spare tire area. Thanks for the tip.  I am one of those that has had a macerator on my previous unit (Roadtrek 210P) for almost eight years.  If you have trouble with the macerator pump or hose and you are camped, you will appreciate the "emergency" big hose.  My Roadtrek did not have a backup system (ours was a 2007, later years one was added), so I made one myself.   Macerator hoses crack and bust and boy that can be messy!!  I can testify to that fact, believe me.

By the way, you can buy a fifteen foot water pond hose at HD or Lowes and it is perfect for a macerator hose.  I replaced my original hose with one of them and used it for five more years.  They cost less than twenty bucks and if you have problems on the road, offer a quick and easy solution to replace the hose.  I carry a couple of 1" PVC flexible pipe connections with me, which allow me to cut and splice the macerator hose in case of a problem on a trip. 

Paul
26  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Macerator compartment labels on: April 15, 2014, 08:34:56 am
When I got my 2350 last fall from the original purchaser (he only kept it ten months), he pointed out that the labels on the black and gray tanks were reversed.  He said they told him they just got them on backwards at the factory.  First thing I did was crawl under and confirm the error and then simply reverse the labels.   So, now black is black and gray is gray. 

PSW
27  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MICHELIN TIRE RECALL on: March 31, 2014, 05:35:44 pm
My spare was fine.....never been on the ground and was not in the recall.   Got the six new MS2 tires installed today at Discount Tire.   It was about six weeks as I recall waiting.  But this was no problem since the weather kept us from going anywhere.   We were going to leave tomorrow on a trip, but weather problems again............severe storms and possibly big hail.   Maybe later in the week.   We have now owned the 2350 for six months and have used it for a grand total of one time due to weather and some other commitments.   I think we will just pull it around back and boondock in our own back yard.  Cheers
28  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thermostat? on: March 29, 2014, 10:57:45 am
I just came in the house to apologize for posting this topic.  Keelhauler had already responded and he is absolutely correct.   I discovered my error about ten minutes ago but the wonderful folks on this forum are waaaaayyy ahead of this dumb Okie Help.

My excuses include stupidity, ignorance, and maybe age ( I just had a "major digit change" in that number).   Too many years with a mechanical thermostat may also be an excuse.  It is very intersting to go from an eight year old Roadtrek 210P to this 2350 and see what technology has done to all the "stuff".   I need to study more and cuss less pulling hair out

Thanks!!

Paul
29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Thermostat? on: March 29, 2014, 09:12:50 am
A new problem came up yesterday in our 2013 2350.   When I turn on the furnace at the thermostat, the AC also comes on.  Or, it may be the heat strips.  If I unplug from shore power, the furnace works fine from the thermostat.  

Two Questions:  
                         1.  Does this sound like a bad thermostat?  I pulled  the cover and checked the three wires for loose connections, no problem.  
                         2.  What kind of temperature should be coming from the heat strips?  Mine is barely warm.  I assume it is just a 1500 watt strip and should be putting out air equivalent to a small space heater.  Is that correct?  I am wondering if the AC is running at the same time as the strips, another sign of a control problem?  

Unfortuantely, I messed up my knee earlier in the week and can't make it to the top to check it out until the knee gets checked out.  

The model number on the back of the thermostat does not show up on a search of the Dometic website or a google search.  I wonder if it is discontinued or something.   I guess I will call PC Monday and see if they are still using that same thermostat.   Of course, I am just assuming it is the thermostat.  Unfortunately, the warranty is for two years for the original purchaser only and the unit is less than 18 months inservice, but I bought it from the original owner and therefore am the second owner.  

Anyone else had this problem on the unit?  

Paul





30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: new vehicle on: March 29, 2014, 08:51:23 am
We picked up our Trailhawk two weeks ago today.  I have driven Grand Cherokees since 1995 and currently have a 2011 GC Limited all tricked out.  The Trailhawk is my wife's and she is quick to point that out and slow to let me drive it !  I love the Trailhawk and we got it specifically to pull behind our 2350.   Having never towed before (former Class B people) we are kind of watching and waiting and reading the various forums to see what kind of rigging folks get for the Trailhawk.  

I don't know about your area, but there is a large Jeep dealer three miles from our home and we drove fifty miles to test drive a Trailhawk and get the color that we wanted.  There are simply not that many of them around here and they don't stay on the lot long.  After we had purchased the Jeep, we were walking out the door and the salesmanager of the small town dealership hollered at us.  He came over grinning and said he just got off the phone with a dealer that had called wanting to do a dealer swap for the Trailhawk.  Too late.  That dealer was just outside of St. Louis and we were just outside of Oklahoma City, about five hundred miles away!  Fully equipped and specific colors are really tough to find as verified by our two week internet search, at least in this part of the US.   

I must say, we are now a two Jeep family and kinda hesitated about that fact but quickly got over it.  If I were personally buying a vehicle today it would be a new Cherokee instead of a Grand Cherokee.  I have owned six Jeeps and this one promises to be the best and most fun.  Still, I miss that old 4L straight six engine.   What a motor!  

You are going to love this baby.

Paul
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