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1  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.
2  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.
3  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.
4  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.
5  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).


6  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.
7  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. 


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.
8  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. 
9  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: ALASKA ADVENTURE on: January 08, 2017, 11:34:21 am
Yes, we our PC is the 2100. No toad. Won't be taking the bikes.So nothing hanging off the rear. 

The ferry is expensive and presents some challenges. They do charge by vehicle size, but categories not inches. Some of the cost will be offset by savings on gas and rv parks. We calculate about 30-35%. If we weren't renting a cabin, the savings would be up to 50%. We have to turn off the propane which means we need to develop a plan for the fridge. We are renting a cabin so can bring a cooler to our room or maybe put ice in the regular fridge to keep it cool while turned off. Will surely purge anything perishable.

In spite of the price and challenges, we hear it is a spectacular trip--if the weather cooperates. Heard from a friend of a friend that did it and they were miserable because it was stormy the entire time andthat was in July!

10  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: ALASKA ADVENTURE on: January 07, 2017, 10:12:17 pm
Thanks for all the information and suggestions.

We are driving up and taking the ferry back--probably from Whittier via Juneau to Billingham. Figure by that time we will be ready for a break from the driving. We are renting a cabin and will keep our own folding loungers with us so we can rotate around on the deck and if weather is bad, stay inside.

Seriously debated dates and know it turns cold early in Alaska.  Too many complications going earlier. Part of the reason we are leaving then is that Glenwood Springs is ripping out one of two bridges across the Colorado River and traffic will be horrible. We want to be gone for as much of it as possible.  Our target date to be on the ferry is September 1 to avoid any serious weather. We are trying to work in the PC Rally in Sisters, Oregon on our return.

Ron, Thanks for the tip about on/off ramp angle. Hadn't thought about that and all the books and web sites we have been studying don't mention it either. Because of tail sag on our 2100, we have already added air bags and skid wheels. Will look into what we need to do to have maximum inflation. With the short wheel base, this could be a problem, but I'm sure they load lots of vehicles with short wheel bases.

11  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: ALASKA ADVENTURE on: January 07, 2017, 02:11:15 pm
Sparky (and anyone else reading this),
Did you do the 2014or 2015 Alaska trip again?  Read your 2012 blog and it has a lot of good information. Also read everything currently posted on the forum.

We are planning a trip from Colorado starting in late July/early August and could use any and all input from forum members.
Has anyone out there taken the ferry with their RV? We are seriously considering and sounds like we must book soon because they start filling up in February/March for the summer through September. It will be expensive, but sounds like a magical adventure as well as a break from some of the driving.  Because I, the dear wife princess, wants a cabin (you cannot sleep in the RV) price will go up even more. We are too old (70 and 81) to hang out on the decks or try and fight for space in the lounge.

Thanks in advance for all the advice.

12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Picking up your new PC. on: January 05, 2017, 05:39:32 pm
You have more things to consider than stuff. There is still the potential for bad weather in March. I remember driving through St. Louis on my way from Colorado to Kentucky in mid-March several years back when the Midwest was in a giant deep freeze (not above20 in the day and down below 0 at night). Everything that could freeze had to be moved into the hotel every night and then the car pre-heated in the morning before we put the stuff back. There were parts of the major interstates with terrible ice and when you exited, driving was a nightmare. So, watch the weather closely because you may need to still be winterized and/or postpone pick-up--a very hard thing to do.

As to the stuff, don't try and take everything you think you will eventually want when traveling, just bare bones it.  I had relatives in Chicago area. So flew into Elkhart and drove PC back to Chicago as first stop. The family supplied some things and I made a trip to Goodwill and a Walmart for everything else that was essential. You could do the Goodwill and Walmart right there in Elkhart and be equipped enough for the return trip.

Exciting times.  Good luck and congratulations.
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Opinion time on: December 25, 2016, 05:22:37 pm
We have the 2100 and highly recommend upgrades to stabilizers, shocks and something else. It's been a while so I don't recall everything, but there is a thread on the forum about such undercarriage upgrades.  Made a world of difference in the handling. I always choose to do too much to make sure we are safe rather than too little and take a chance.
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Better ride adding air bags on: December 01, 2016, 08:08:12 pm
We have added the standard air bags to the rear springs on our 2100. The goal was to raise the tail which it did by about 3". As Ron said, the ride is rougher. We feel it the most on sudden rod hazards--pot holes, speed bumps, drain ditches and the like. Not so much on just rough roads like gravel. We live with it because when fully loaded it had serious tail drag.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The Case of The Missing Power on: November 26, 2016, 08:39:36 am
Ron, why don't you like to leave your unit plugged in? Ours is stored outside under a carport and we leave it plugged in to a 30AMP RV plug (not to be confused with a 30 AMP dryer plug).
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