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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dinette bed size on: Today at 04:47:42 pm
I have the 2100 with slide and electric couch. If you are considering the no slide with jackknife sofa situation would be slightly different. My RV was just dropped off to be serviced this morning so not available to measure.  You could call Earl at the factory and get some exact measurements.

I'm 5' and have used the dinette as a bed for myself and found it to be very comfortable.  Would not have wanted to be much taller. In one situation we could not put the slide out so hubby was on dinette and I (long ways) on the couch extended out to meet dinette.  Worked in an emergency situation. He is 5'6" but generally curls up to sleep.

Some things to keep in mind when using the dinette as a bed:
Make sure it comes with the extra cushion to fill in where seat cushion goes.
Put your head at the cab end otherwise you get furnace and fridge noise all night.
If people are also on couch you get feet in face syndrome.
If using both electric couch and dinette as beds on a regular basis, you need more bedding and a place to store it.

Nicki
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Every little bit of storage counts on: March 19, 2017, 08:14:49 am
Thanks Mike.  Good to know. Will probably check on various types/brands then get one each for PC and car.  We head to Alaska this summer and I am scrambling on cutting weight but still having every thing we consider essential.  This will help a lot.
Nicki
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Every little bit of storage counts on: March 18, 2017, 09:15:18 pm
We store a 10' sewer hose around the spare tire. We were very glad for it the first time the macerator would not work. Very light weight so no added pounds in the rear.

Just saw in Costco a very small lithium power bank made for jumping car batteries.
https://www.costco.com/Lithium-Jump-Starter-And-Portable-Power-Bank-.product.100312116.html?catalogId=10701&langId=-1&storeId=10301&krypto=BbExLyjFAg%2FHB0n%2BDxeeboAx%2F7lXKz1LvLM7mTE1pJ5mYfXMpOXQsplyfYN4NpDgdHYxt%2FTq7Yej%0AR9mdOCepvguBItorlvOvC01O6WYUt5zX3u6jb04cXTC%2BXN77AL8B

Anyone know if this works? Beats the size and weight of extra long jumper cables.

Nicki 

PS to Ron: I am traveling but thank you for the detailed instructions on how to can just say "Click Here." Will study once I am home and have time.
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: First night camping on: March 09, 2017, 09:44:05 pm
In a few months or years you will be laughing at these adventures. You take me back to my first travel trailer trip over 40 years ago.  AND, I am still having those "...and I thought an RV was a good idea because......?" moments.
     Get some jack pads. Lots of types/prices, but here is what I use.
https://www.amazon.com/Level-Trek-LT80050-Jack-Pad/dp/B007HRUY82/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1489113733&sr=8-7&keywords=rv+jack+pads
They are necessary and you have already experienced why they will be invaluable. We also only use the jacks when stopping for the night if spot is not level or wind is bad.
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: On the Road! on: March 09, 2017, 09:37:36 pm
Winter weather (freeze thaw cycles) and truckers with chains destroy the interstates in snow country and especially in the mountains. Then all summer there is "construction" as they patch and repair all the damage.
     While we are on "bad roads" anyone on this forum who is planning a trip that will take them on I-70 through Colorado between August and November 2017, change your plans or be prepared for serious traffic and delays.  We only have two bridges over the Colorado River (I-70 is on the west side of the river and Glenwood and Aspen are on the east side) and one is getting replaced. We already have traffic nightmares with "closures" but when the main highway 82 bridge comes down in August it won't be pretty.
6  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: How To Add A Link To A Website, In Your Post Or Reply on: March 07, 2017, 11:25:09 pm
Thanks Ron.  My confusion was that when I pasted the link it did not turn orange until the reply was posted. Will try your instructions next time.
Nicki
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Water mystery-need help on: March 04, 2017, 03:49:54 pm
This thread is of great interest to me since I live in the land of decomposing rock and battle mineral build-up in the house. Had not even thought about the impact on the RV. Then what should appear in one of my RV newsletters--a link to an article on the problem and how to treat it. Is a bit of work, but the time is worth it to avoid the problems described.
          http://rvtravel.com/curing-the-curse-of-hard-water-rv-plumbing-issues/
Hmmm? Guess I don't know how to make that a hyper link, but cut and past for the article.

Nicki
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC2100 & levelers on: February 25, 2017, 05:51:16 pm
I also us the Tri-Lynx levelers which I purchased just because they were there when I needed them. Had done no research.  Like them a lot for all the reasons Ron listed. Ran into one situation where one pack wasn't enough, but added a board under and worked fine.
9  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Michelin Tires Video on: February 12, 2017, 12:00:56 pm
WOW! Thanks, Mike.  I would call the video excellent.   Learned a lot and now to to put that knowledge to work.
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Intro & order placed for 2552 on: February 09, 2017, 07:04:13 pm
As another Colorado owner, welcome to the family--almost. Not too many PC owners in Colorado. We are in Glenwood Springs.
Nicki
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Slideout insulation on: February 06, 2017, 06:09:34 pm
Our bed is also in the slide on our 2100.  We camp in the Rockies with cold nights and had the same issue. To repair I had the slide out and crawled around inside and out in the dark. My husband manned a light from the opposite direction and I identified one large (about a quarter) and several small leaks around the slide mechanism parts.  Depending on where they were I used a combination of foam insulation and gorilla tape to seal all the leaks--even pin-hole size. Made a big difference.

The same can be said for extremely hot situations and how the leaks effect the efficiency of the AC. We experienced that before repair in Big Bend NP (112 in day/90+ at night). With slide in we could keep the rig at a good temperature, but a struggle when it was out. Hottest place since repair was cool at night so not much of a test.
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Power sofa in 2100 on: January 12, 2017, 06:20:16 pm
     My husband and I find the sofa very comfortable.  Our longest trip to date is about 4 weeks. We agreed on departure if we needed a break we would on occasion stay in a hotel.  Never needed to. We will be tested this summer when we are gone 8+ weeks on a trip to Alaska.
     Some things to consider when it comes to bed comfort.....
1. How tall are you and what is your body mass. (We are 5'and 5'5" with petite and small body mass)
2. What are your sleeping habits. Do you move a lot. Get up a lot. (We move little and usually only I get up at night so I have the side by the bathroom.  There is a small space between end of bed and table should my husband need to sneak through.)
3. What kind of bedding do you like. Some people use sleep sacks/sleeping bags. (We prefer sheet so I have made a couple sets of custom sheets which we leave on the bed and put a throw over them during the day when the sofa is folded. At first I took the sheets off so we had access to the arm rest and full use of it as a sofa, but soon learned it was less work and just as functional leaving the bedding on.)
4. What are your bedtimes. (We generally retire and rise at close to the same time. If your bodies are on different schedules, it is a small space for one to sleep while the other is awake with lights and making noise.)
5. In what climates will you be traveling. (We have found when it is hot--adding humidity ramps up the problem--we are more prone to wanting more space and have, on a couple occasions, used the dinette as a bed.)

As to outside storage, the real secret is to not drag a lot of "stuff." We find total storage to be more than adequate for our needs. I have added equipment that is compact and light weight compared to some stuff we use take (i.e. gas grill, table canopy).

Nicki

13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Swivel Cab Chairs E-450 on: January 11, 2017, 11:22:05 pm
Ron, you have a lucky wife to be chauffeured and have you crawling around under the coach. We share driving about 60% husband, 40% me, but I get to do 95% of the work on the PC that we don't pay someone else to do. And also agree about the tweaks in seat position while driving. We do the same and so easy with the automatic seat.
14  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: ALASKA ADVENTURE on: January 10, 2017, 04:13:12 pm
Thanks, Sr. Member. Living in Alaska you would know and any other advise on the whole trip would be welcome as we build our itinerary. We just made our ferry reservation yesterday for August 28. A 5% cancel fee until 31 days out. We are departing from Whittier and taking the chance on the rough seas.  We will be in a cabin and requested mid-ship so we should be able to ride out any rough seas. Scheduling did not really allow for the extra time it would take to get to Haines, it didn't save that much money, and you don't get first choice on the best cabins. We spoke with a highly experienced and knowledgeable agent in Juneau who was able to answer all our questions and provide information that is not easily accessed on any web page. Anyone planning on booking any Alaska ferry, do not depend on the internet, call the reservation center. They are in Alaska, highly trained and speak great English! Go figure.

 The agent said many people just show up and get the shock that there is no room and the ferries are fully booked unless someone with the same size vehicle is a no-show. With the Whittier-Billingham ferry only running about every two weeks this time of year you don't wait around for the next one. Their choice is hang around and pray or head back to the open roads. That goes for the local ferries as well. 

Nicki

PS We also have no pet.  If you do this trip with a trip, as someone previously said, the pet must stay in the vehicle and their is an additional $50. You are given access to the vehicle to care/walk the pet, but that is it.  Also, you need health certificates and a shots history. Same for driving through Canada.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Swivel Cab Chairs E-450 on: January 10, 2017, 03:50:55 pm
We have the power driver seat in our 2100 and the swivel passenger seat. We love the power seat because as we switch drivers it is so much  easier to readjust with each driver tradde off. Also, I'm only 5' tall and it can be made higher without an added seat cushion.  As to the swivel seat, it is tight in the 2100 because the dinette is right behind it.  But once turned it is my husbands lounge chair when reading and relaxing--but cannot watch TV from it.  Was worth the money for us to have a place for him and an additional chair when company comes calling. 
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