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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electric bed on: April 14, 2018, 04:00:52 pm
There are some posts on the forum about an electric bed that failed. In that case the problem was a loose wire and there was an easy fix. If memory serves, remove the vertical front piece (screws are under the "buttons"...I think) for access to motor and wires.
     We have the 2100 and electric sofa is our only bed. Thus, it is put in and out every day we are in the RV and it has not failed.
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tiny grey tank issue on: April 04, 2018, 10:46:40 pm
We use a swim suit and the outdoor shower when boondocking. ...or would they consider that dumping grey water? Always use all natural biodegradable soap.
3  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: 3 Weeks In Banff, Jasper, Yoho, & Theodore R. NP too 8/2010 on: March 31, 2018, 01:31:29 pm
We did that itinerary in 2013, but continued on up to Edmonton and a little east to Elk Island. We were gone from Colorado almost five weeks. Just drove past Yellowstone, Glacier, Waterton and other sites we have seen many times and five weeks wasn't enough. Ron is correct that if you want your trip  to feel more like a scenic tour than a road race, try and make it at least four weeks. There is another active thread about needing reservations you should follow as well.  Becoming more and more of a problem.

We do not tow and had no problem renting cars in Baniff, Jasper and Edmonton. There are some beautiful scenic roads in both parks that will not accommodate an RV.

I can check and see what I have left of an itinerary.
4  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Travel in North Central USA on: March 30, 2018, 01:18:40 pm
The necessity of reservation combined with people who abuse the system has become a real problem in national park and Colorado State Parks. We have found that just rechecking the appropriate on-line reservation site daily, spaces do open as people cancel/change reservations. As we travel, we also just check early in the day at the location for spaces opened up due to no shows or early departure.

We stayed in several Canadian provincial parks last year. They are trying to get a handle on the problem with penalties around holidays. One we stayed in used a system similar to the Georgia State Park system described above.

Certainly does destroy that wander lust that drew so many of us to the RVing lifestyle.
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Inflatable kayak on: March 29, 2018, 03:02:28 pm
When deflated and in the sack (paddles come apart as well), the sack is about 35 lbs. (depending on what has been added like our life belts), it is larger than a filled kitchen trash bag, but not as large as an outside trash can.

I have kayaked in it with my daughter and 3 year old granddaughter and it was still above water level, but very calm waters. You can look at the Sea Eagle web site and it gives weight ratings.
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ladder on: March 29, 2018, 02:55:55 pm
Just one gravity chair between the ladder and coach body. One piece of exterior tubing kind of balanced on one step which was bungeed in place and then bungee cords around ladder and chair. Maybe solid twill style tie down straps which have no give would have kept it from rubbing on the coach paint. Regardless of strap type, it was a time consuming nuisance to put it there and not a pleasant chore in the rain. Thus the stand it in front of the kitchen solution.
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ladder on: March 27, 2018, 08:40:01 pm
When we went to just one zero gravity chair, and ours were some of the smallest made because we are short, it did fit behind the ladder quite nicely.  However, even though covered and lightly padded for dirt water protection, did some rubbing on the paint job. Also, it was a bit more of a hassle to wrap, stow and bungee. Thus its final resting place in front of the kitchen.
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Inflatable kayak on: March 27, 2018, 08:33:04 pm
Don't  know the length of ours. their web site for more information. Ours is in the RV in storage at the moment. I think Sea Eagle even makes a one man kayak.
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ladder on: March 27, 2018, 03:50:03 pm
I have started a new thread about inflatable kayaks. Don't want to take this one off track.
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Inflatable kayak on: March 27, 2018, 03:44:37 pm
We have a 2 person Sea Eagle which makes many sizes and styles.  There are several other companies. Purchased ours used on Ebay and had it for about eight years. Purchased for our first trip to Lake Powell and has held up well with no punctures/damage even being drug in and out of Colorado lakes/streams over coarse gravel and sharp rocks and being abused by grandkids.

Handles very well in the water even with moderate wind. We avoid heavy wind. Very easy to inflate/deflate. When inflated, easy to carry to the water and get in and out.We do wear a heavy garden glove for the carrying so the rope doesn't cut our hands. Comes with a foot pump for inflation and deflation is accomplished by unscrewing the input  ports which are about 2 inches. Easily folded and when in the bag with seats, paddles and pump is relatively compact (fits easily in our aisle with slide in) and weights about 35 pounds. First couple Lake Powell trips (about 1 1/2 days for us) we hoisted it to roof and lashed down. As we aged (now 71 and 82), it was easier to put it in the aisle and set outside the door on the one night in transit.

For life vests we use one designed for paddle boards. Ours is the  Onyx M-16 Belt Pack Manual Inflatable Life Jacket for Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Kayaking and Fishing. It is full approved by the USCG and makes paddling so much easier.
https://www.amazon.com/Onyx-M-16-Manual-Inflatable-Jacket/dp/B013RLI9XS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1522179667&sr=8-1&keywords=paddleboard+life+jacket

11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ladder on: March 26, 2018, 10:30:37 am
We have the 2100 and carry folding chairs. How we carry them has gone through several phases.
First we had 2 zero gravity chairs and purchased hooks that attach to the ladder. They worked well, but several things I tried did not work to keep the chairs clean and/or dry. Clean and dry was important because we also used one for husband inside for watching TV/movies. The one we have (which is one of the smallest made because we are small people) fits great between couch and dinette when slide is out. 

I was not fond of the zero gravity chair. Husband loved his. For me we purchased a very light weight compact folding directors chair. (Currently in storage so can't tell you more. It will fit in back storage area, under dinette when traveling or shower stall.

The final resting place for the zero gravity chair while in transit is in front of kitchen bungee corded to the knobs. It is not in the way to get in/out at the rear door, stays dry and clean, and is very handy if we want to use it for a mid-day lunch stop--which we have done. We traveled for two months from Colorado, through Alaska and home again and that is the system that worked for us. Even took the zero gravity chair into our cabin on the ferry. Husband would not want to be without it.

As to other exterior storage....
We purchased a 2100 because we wanted SHORT for driving, parking, camping in national parks and BLM land where short is frequently necessary. Adding a hitch storage box would defeat our goal/purpose.

On some trips we bring an inflatable kayak. When a couple days trip to the destination, we have hoisted it on top and lashed it down. It only weighs 35 lbs., but a challenge to get up and down.  When just a day trip to destination, it sits in the aisle.

If you want other information on ways we have minimized/downsized to fit all we need in the 2100, send a PM.

Nicki......Glenwood Springs, CO
12  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Are you a working full-time RVer? on: January 28, 2018, 09:33:30 am
In our travels we have met many full-time RVers who still work now and again. I'm not talking about you full-time employees where your RV is your home office. Most common work for RVers is campground host or managing campgrounds, but I have met some who pick up other odd jobs that are short term in locations where they want to spend some time.

I am looking for the later. I have a daughter having twins in early April and and a 3 1/2 year old is also involved. She is looking for a nanny/granny type person. Her home is on 1 1/2 acres overlooking beautiful Glenwood Springs, Colorado.  There is room to park an RV with a water and electric (30 amp) source and place to dump.

Anyone interested? As you travel and meet people who still pick up occasional work and might be interested in 6+ months in the beautiful Colorado Rockies, please give them my email address (RheaNL@hotmail.com).
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: January 28, 2018, 09:22:44 am
Welcome and congratulations on your new PC.

We own a 2013 PC2100 and tracked and calculated mileage the first few years then gave up. As previously mentioned, factors such as terrain, weight, towing, and speed can make a difference. Ron mentioned the use of your fuel for the generator, but did not remind you that when calculating mileage, be sure to factor in home much you have been running the generator.

We did did a lengthy trip through western Canada and Alaska last year (from Colorado) as have many others on the forum. FABULOUS!! There are a couple threads you can go to for more information. I have a basket full of materials. If you would like any of them, PM me and I can get them in the mail. We spent over a year planning and it paid off. So, start studying while waiting for delivery of you PC.
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: December 22, 2017, 09:19:56 am
Two points.....

As to custom construction.....JATRAX's custom coach was constructed under the Kermit (previous) ownership. The new owners who took over the company in mid-summer may have a different view/approach to building coaches with lots of customization.

As to the electric sofa bed......We have the power sofa bed in our 2100.  I made custom sheets/blankets which we leave on all the time. During the day we fold the sofa back into a couch and put a throw over the bedding. So rolling and removing bedding is not necessary. Also, because when a bed it is not an innerspring mattress, you do not feel your partner's movement very much...at least we don't but neither of us moves a lot. We do not have the added pet issue so no additional sharing is required. If you (or anyone reading this) would want to go our route of leaving the bedding on, I would recommend you get the sofa bed without the fold down arm rest/cup holder. I do feel it on occasion when moving around.
15  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: 3" sewer hose on: October 27, 2017, 10:03:06 am
Absolutely carry one.  First time you crack or jam the macerator you will be glad for the extra equipment. We have a 2100 so not much storage but still considered it essential.

Like Carol, we dry camp a lot in national forest and on BLM land so don't stay connected.  Broke the macerator twice and it jammed once between the two breaks. After the second time, I disconnected the macerator, removed all the parts in the side compartment and store a 10 ft. 3" hose and flushing hose in there. We carry a 10 ft. extension in with the spare tire should we need a longer hose. Increases the process a few steps, but overall way less hassle, at least for us.
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