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16  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Holding tanks how does everyone deal with the whole size of the holding tanks. on: February 02, 2017, 08:43:26 am
Here is a little water saver commonly used in the Class B world (where tanks are sometimes REALLY small)

https://www.amazon.com/Danco-88814-Faucet-Spray-Head/dp/B000MQTPGC/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1486042827&sr=8-3&keywords=sink+dish+sprayer

Unlike the spray head in most rvs, these are positive off and don't drip water.  I have used them on four different motor homes over the years and for boondocking they are big water saver.

Paul
17  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: back up camera on: January 30, 2017, 05:52:32 pm
My PC came with a hardwired Sony and it not a good system.   It is just poor in quality of picture.  I am curious what  Tadi system you installed.  Did you just cut the existing wires and power from there or how did you do it?   I don't want to go through another season with this camera.  Also, where did you mount the monitor?

Paul
18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Battery watering systems on: January 26, 2017, 08:56:14 am
I have found that a simple $2 kitchen baster works as a giant eyedropper to fill the batteries.  I simply use a good LED flashlight to inspect them.  Also, I keep a gallon of distilled water in the garage. 

I have strips of colored paper cut to about 1/2 inch wide by a few inches long that I dip into each hole until my thumb stops them.  Then, I observe the distance from the top of the water mark on the paper to my thumb to determine if I am up to the magic ring in each hole.  That is easier sometimes than trying to use the flashlight.  Probably more accurate as well.

Paul
19  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: euro chairs on: January 25, 2017, 09:06:37 am
We find the eurochair to be....adequate and comfortable.   The arms sloping downward are not as comfortable to my taste as straight arms.   The reclining sofa is also pretty nifty.  And, it makes a decent and acceptable bed.   

Lets face it:  putting all this in a coach less than eight feet wide requires some pretty unique design and every piece of furniture must be comfortable, affordable and fit the limited space.  Also, they must be multi-functional.  SO....everything is a compromise.  And everyone has their own personal tastes, particularly when it comes to comfort and usability.

The most comfortable seats for me personally in any RV were the Flexsteels in our first Roadtrek twenty years ago.  Or, maybe my back was twenty years younger????   Help

Paul
20  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Battery Disconnect/Selector Switch on: January 19, 2017, 10:17:40 pm
Here is my super duper, ultra sophisticated Okie disconnect switch:

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Battery-Cutoff-Switch-Car-Rv-Boat-Truck-Link-Terminal-Quick-Disconnect-Kill-Key/119498120

Paul
21  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2351 Corner Bed Opening Windows on: January 19, 2017, 01:32:10 pm
Well, the window by the bed is a problem for us with our rig.  All the windows are something less than we would desire.   We like windows that open much wider.  On our previous rig, we had twin beds in the back across the van camper (Roadtrek 210) with really nice sized windows on each wall and loved to open them full blast and enjoy the sounds out in the woods and the amount of air circulation. 

The windows not opening further are, in my opinion, probably the biggest complaint we would have for our PC.   I think I will pursue some mod for the escape window.  I didn't know it could be opened the length stated for the stick without causes problems.  If you only opened it four or five inches it would quadruple the air flow.   Another project for spring!

Paul
22  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: RV Wind Generator on: December 31, 2016, 09:53:41 am
About two years ago we were camped in a NF campground in Colorado.  I spotted a rig and had to talk to them, of course.  It was a 190 Roadtrek Popular (3500 Chevy Van conversion Class B, about 19+ feet long).  The occupants were a couple full timing in the Roadtrek.  The guy was a retired professor from one of the universities in Florida.  He was a kind of self taught engineer type guy as well.  He had designed and built a nifty wind generator on a pole that telescoped up to a few feet above the rig, about 12 feet above the ground when extended.   He also had a couple of hundred watt solar panels on the roof.  He told me the small wind generator worked great and really kept the batteries up on windy days and was super for those days with wind and clouds which obliterated the solar panels.  It was a neat system and this couple had lived this way for a year touring North America.  Also, they had a large StowAWay carrier on the back.  If you look up the specs for a RT190 you will discover an unexpectedly large carrying capacity for the rig.  We owned an identical RT model for many years and it was incredibly well designed and built.

Two "miracles" here: (1) all the neat stuff he had self designed and built to boondock most of the time in a small Class B and  (2) two people still being civil after a year of living full time in a small van. 

Paul
23  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Length and Width Restrictions on: November 26, 2016, 07:39:55 pm
At this time in our lives, the 2350 is perfect.  We tend to spend a lot of time in one place and use our Jeep Trailhawk to run around.  With the back seat down we back that baby full of camping gear, food, all kinds of stuff and are good for two weeks in one spot in our 2350 as long as we manage our black tank very carefully.  This is normally in the NF in the summer and you are welcome to drip your gray water and return it to the earth.   We pump water up into the PC tank from an 8 gallon wheeled container we use to bring it from some source to the RV.  Like I said, the 2350 is fine for most tight spots camping.

We had everything on Ron's list in our Roadtrek 210P and we had more storage space than in our 2350, believe it or not.  On a rainy two or three days, a B can get pretty small. And a wet bath can get pretty tiresome!  So, the 2350 is great for us now. 

In a year or two, I suspect we will sell the 2350 and buy a new B and spend more time touring and less camping.  We had a little Intervec Horizon B that was 17 plus feet long and it was super to just get anywhere and tour.  Intervec was the predecessor to Phoenix Cruiser, some of the same folks.  I almost bought one to restore earlier this year but it was just more project than I have time to take on right now. 

I think rving (which we have been doing for almost 35 years) is a lot of fun when you stay flexible and know your needs and types of travel change over the year. 

Paul   
24  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Length and Width Restrictions on: November 26, 2016, 08:52:21 am
RheaNL, I have had a lot of afternoons of entertainment in the Rockies watching the European tourists with the rental Class Cs.  I admire their sense of adventure.  I wouldn't think of flying to an unknown land and renting something probably twice as long as anything I have ever driven!!  The Germans have a long, historical love for the American West that comes from the publication of "dime novels" concerning western heroes that were first published in Germany in the 1870s.   They come over to check out the beauty.  Many fly in to Canada or the northern midwest US cities, pick up a RV and head down into the Wild West.

I laughed when I read your post.  Last year we watched a group of four couples in about a 30 foot C trying to back into a NF campground campsite that would be barely OK with my PC 2350 but not anything much longer.  I cannot imagine them on Independence Pass.  Of course, this flatlander ain't gonna take his 2350 across there either Help

I sometimes get a little tight on a road or campsite and my wife reminds me of the benefits of our 1996 Dodge Roadtrek 190 we had from 1996 to 2002!

Paul
25  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rear stableizer on: November 22, 2016, 06:57:18 pm
The Lone Ranger here!  I live in one of the most windy parts of North America and I find my 2350 stock from the factory to be perfectly fine going down the road.  I never fight the rig at all when being passed by eighteen wheelers or with a cross wind gusting pretty doggone high.  Maybe I am just used to winds and that is why I seem to be the Lone Ranger on this forum concerning handling.

I don't mean to be disrespectful to anyone having problems with the handling, but am I the only owner that just seems to be trouble free and have a green light???

Paul
26  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New Owner on: November 12, 2016, 01:21:07 pm
We had a heat pump AC in a rig we owned a few years ago.  It was great!  (Our previous experience with a heat pump was in a vacation house we owned in Northern Arkansas and it gets cold over there.  We had a heat pump with auxiliary 10,000 watt heat strips.  The AC worked great in the summer and the heat pump worked fine as long as the temps were above 40 degrees.  As I recall, its efficiency dropped a bunch below that temp but the strips kicked on and kept the place nice and cozy.  That was my first experience with a heat pump so I was excited to get one in our rv later on.)

Now, with the Phoenix Cruiser we have the heat strips.  They work OK for just taking off a chill, but I fire up the propane heater if it is really cold and then maybe turn it off and use the heat strips to maintain the temp.  I would much prefer that our rig had the 15k AC and heat pump and I would certainly order that combo on any new rig if available. 

Like a couple of other posts have said, it is just an air conditioner in reverse, really. 

Your list of options on the new rig makes me want to play the old Mancini song "Dreamsville" because it will be a dream come true.   That will be one super nice RV. 

Paui
27  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Magneshades and AGM batteries on: November 09, 2016, 07:42:19 pm
We bought our PC2350 second hand, but the first hand had it only ten months.  Last spring I replaced the coach batteries because we were going to be boondocking for a month or so total in the summer months.  

I went to Sams Club and bought two six volt golf cart batteries.  I have always just bought my batteries from Sams or Walmart for years and had great luck with them.   I don't buy AGM but just the regular, old fashioned batteries and I check the water levels every time we take a trip.  It doesn't take two minutes and it is good insurance to get years of service.  I bought our previous rig new and kept the original golf cart batteries six years with no problems.  Candidly, for what we spend on these rigs to buy, maintain and store them a couple hundred bucks for two batteries every few years is not that bad a deal.   I have experience with AGM batteries and they are great.  BUT, I don't want to pay the extra dough and I don't mind maintenance on the batteries.  

By the way, not discharging batteries beyond some voltage (some say 11.9v, others have different numbers) is the most important part of the equation IMO.  Lots of information on line about managing batteries in RVs and it worth spending some time learning the basics.

Also, I use a very expensive (eight bucks) battery disconnect switch and disconnect every time I put the rig in the storage building.  Parasitic power drains are eliminated and a good set of batteries won't lose a tenth of a volt in a month under most conditions if they are in good shape.  

The previous owner had purchased the shades and I really like them.  My only caution is to be careful putting the windshield shade on the vehicle and don't let it slip onto the painted surface of the hood because it can scratch it in my experience.  I usually have my wife assist me in slapping them up there to avoid the problem.  They are great in the summer to crack the side windows and let in air in the cab area.  Blocking the sun from the windshield is also a big deal in keeping the rig cool.  They work very well in my experience. 

Paul
28  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Looking for the right vehicle to pull behind the PC on: November 01, 2016, 09:53:21 pm
We have a Trailhawk like Tom in his post.  Same brakes, different tow bar than Tom's.   We shopped and explored a lot of possibilities before we bought the Traihawk.  It is my iwfe's daily driver and I drive a Grand Cherokee.   We spend a lot of summer time in the Rockies and the Trailhawk is perfect for that purpose.   Also, when we flip down the back seats we have lots of room to haul stuff for our boondocking extended stays.   Again like Tom, we never have any sway issues. 

I think the Trailhawk may be the best driving Jeep we have ever owned in certain regards, the tranny being the most prominent.  Nine speeds.  Good mileage. Off road capability.  Tow flat all day long. 

Paul
29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The Two Waste Tank Electric Valve Actuators, Can They Be Serviced? on: October 28, 2016, 07:42:57 pm
I have a feeling Don posted about the coconut oil because he has used it for many successfu years of rving!   Yep, the old line standard treatment for seals in the dump valves and for the seal in the toilet as well.  The stuff really livens them up, is totally inert and totally biologically and environmentally safe.  A lot of folks swear by it.   I must say I tried it and got great results every time.  I have never had to replace a seal or valve.   And no, don't let your pet monkey in your rig or he will head for the seals.  Sorry, couldn't resist it.   rolling on the floor

Paul
30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: RV Insurance and Extended Warranty Insurance on: October 25, 2016, 09:30:48 pm
BlueBlaze mentions a very important factor in the price of insurance of any kind:  the deductible.  I never have less than $1000 deductible on any insurance policy and on some (roofs since we live in Stormland) I have a higher deductible than that.  The savings is significant.   Now, I fix virtually everything myself and enjoy doing it and that makes a difference.  I would never make a claim on something small even if I had insurance, just out of self reliance to fix it and forget it.  My last vehicular claim was fifteen years ago on a BT Cruiser....a dear deer.  Notice, I carefully said "a million miles without an accident with another vehicle" in the next paragraph. Cheer

We have Safeco insurance on everything and have for 25 years.  I have over a million miles total driving without an accident with another vehicle.   The last time I got a speeding ticket or warning was thirty years ago.  I guess I am just lucky.  But man it sure reflects in the lower payments for insurance.   Where you live, your personal driving record and your credit rating all play a part.  Using  credit rating is controversial, but it is a factor in pricing policies. 

Paul   
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