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16  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MICHELIN TIRE RECALL on: March 17, 2014, 09:26:40 pm
In preparation for spring travel, Pulled our PC baby out of storage today and went directly to Big O. Sure enough, we needed 7 new tires. Good news: doing tire replacement this late in the game, the store new all about the problems and procedures to replace the tires. Bad news: they are out, nationwide, of the Michelin tires. They are now replacing with Uniroyal or BF Goodrich. The "shop" felt the Goodrich were superior to the Uniroyal and possibly a little better than the Michelins. In another post about the tires, a blogger who had had a blow out and was dealing with Michelin gave the name of a direct contact: "Should you have any problems with getting your recalled tires replaced please call Lynn at (864)458-6309." Excellent advice because our shop called her and she quickly put her stamp of approval on our replacements. Can't imagine the millions this is costing Michelin.
Nicki Loth, Dillon, Colorado
17  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Starting engine with house battery on: March 06, 2014, 09:25:20 pm
I appreciate the great suggestions. It sounds like the best idea is to disconnect the battery when in storage to prevent this from happening again.
18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Starting engine with house battery on: March 04, 2014, 04:59:48 pm
I need some input from you car guys. I just returned from storage where I go to visit my RV and exercise its parts.  The engine battery was dead. (I usually go about once a months but it had been almost two months of very cold Rocky Mountain winter. Don't know if the temps and length of time since last visit was the problem or I left something on at the last visit, but am usually very careful about that.) I tried to activate the house batteries which were in storage mode so I could use them to crank the engine using the dash board switch. No luck and I feared they were also dead. Once I jumped the engine and got it started, I could activate the house batters and, as per the light panel, they were half-full.
Question 1--does the switch that puts the house batteries in storage mode require juice from the engine battery to take them out of storage mode? If so, is there any other way to activate stored house batteries to start a dead engine?
Question 2--We have chatted with other people in our storage lot and one uses a small solar trickle charger on the engine battery. Does anyone know about these or have knowledge/experience with them? Is there any particular one you would recommend? Are they hard to instal?

Thanks to anyone with some wisdom about this situation.

Nicki Loth
Dillon, CO
19  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Florida Travelers Winter of 2013-2014 on: January 22, 2014, 05:09:01 pm
Hi Janey,
We do have a 2012 PC2100 and love it, but do not "live" in it. Longest trip to date is 4 weeks. You might want to start a separate thread for input on various sizes and travel options like to TOAD or not.

Dillon, CO -- where PC is in storage and we are skiing
20  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MICHELIN TIRE RECALL on: January 02, 2014, 10:47:50 am
Our PC2100 is in storage but I do have a photo of the tire which show all the recalled info EXCEPT the production date. In the Michelin example it follows the dot sequence, but not on my tire. I have a bunch of other weird numbers there. I called Michellin and they said sometimes the production date is on the back of the tire. Has anyone else run into this problem?

The good news is that, as per the person I spoke with on the Michelin recall line, there is not any time limit to get the tires replaced. Guess I will figure it out next April when the snow melts.

Nicki Loth
Dillon, CO
21  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Registering and Titling Our 2552 In California on: November 24, 2013, 05:21:43 pm
Just a note to all new buyers....
We picked up our new PC at the factor and when I got to the DMV in Colorado (where they did the same visual inspection of all labels/plates), we discovered there had been a typo switching two digits in the label on the door frame. Required we have another "sticker" shipped from the factor with the correct information and another trip to the DMV. Advice to all new buyers--check all the labels and paperwork before you leave the factory.
22  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Time for a new computer but what? on: November 18, 2013, 09:00:06 am
In addition to RVing we do a lot of international travel which throws in another wrinkle. We have an inexpensive ACER (from Target) which weighs about 1 1/2 lbs. It can be thrown into a back-pack or tote for trips into places like McDonald's to use the WI-Fi. We took that route because chances of damage and/or loss are big. We also carry a small external drive and some flash drives and keep all the photos backed-up on those should anything happen to the computer. As to photos, I just do edits like sort, delete,  crop and organize slide shows. I save the serious editing for when I get home to the big computer with the giant, true color and stable monitor and gobs of memory. Also have an iPhone 5 and am looking at tablets, but have not taken that leap yet. My thoughts for what they are worth.....

Nicki Loth
Dillon, CO
23  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sanitizing 2552 Water System on: November 17, 2013, 10:56:47 am
Hi Mike,
You are making this thing way more complicated than necessary. We do the bit of bleach (no more than an 1/8 cup depending on how low the tank is) with each fill and carry a couple jugs of good tasting drinking water, purchasing at a store if necessary. We usually use the tank water for all cooking, coffee etc. and the jug water for straight drinking, teeth brushing, ice cubes, etc. We do this because we don't want to waste all the water necessary to go through the sanitation process, the tank can be contaminate during travels through tainted well water or a a dirty hose and sometimes the available water, while safe, is bad-tasting.

Nicki Loth
Dillon, CO
24  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Tips on Big Bend National Park on: November 11, 2013, 06:05:41 pm
With the PC winterized and in storage, I am dreaming of the spring trip in April--once ski season is over. We are planning on heading south from Denver, through New Mexico, with goal destination of Big Bend National park. We want to do lots along the way. Have been to NM many times so have many good ideas, but would welcome unique suggestions. We have not been to that part of Texas, so am looking for input from any experienced travelers in that area and in the national and/or state park.
25  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: First trip on our 2350: a report on: November 11, 2013, 06:00:43 pm
Congratulations on joining the PC family. Two comments.
As to the manuals...Since you purchased used you may not have gotten all the manuals. While the one produced by PC is not extensive, when paired with all the manuals on each component that we received when purchasing new, I have never been unable to find the information I needed. So, maybe you can download some of the missing manuals. Also, the factory is wonderful. Doesn't matter if you purchased a used unit, they will answer you questions and help you to address any problems.

As to your trip to the Rockies....We live in the mountains 80 miles west of Denver and camp extensively in the state. Also traveled up the "spine" of the Rockies this summer as far north as Jasper in Alberta. Our PC 2100 does great on all the mountain roads. Any questions or suggestions are welcome. If you are in our area (Dillon), let us know and we can compare notes.

Nicki Loth
26  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: At long last - Our PC arrives! on: November 10, 2013, 10:24:31 am
A little late for you, but for others reading this post that are in the purchase process, here is a suggestion. When I (my husband could not come due to business) picked our PC2100 up at the factory a little over a year ago, I videoed every minute of the "walk-through." Anything that wasn't clear, I had Amanda and/or Kermit repeat or explain in a different way. I cannot tell you how many times we have pulled up those videos (on the camera or laptop). Then I took all those manuals, reviewed every one, sent in the warranty cards, and organized them with each in its own plastic sleeve and filed in a tote box which is kept handy. Also have referred to that box on numerous occasions. Even if you have owned other RVs (my previous was a 24' trailer), each new one is a whole new experience.

Don't hesitate to call a manufacturer, local authorized service dealer, or RV service center and pick their brains. We have gain great information this way as well.

.....and most important, just enjoy!

Nicki Loth
PC2100, Dillon, CO
27  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Sanitary Suggestion on Blk Tank & Gas Mileage on 2551 on: November 06, 2013, 02:21:18 pm
I also put TP in a plastic bag. I started doing it because I could not find a biodegradabile TP that I liked.  Not flushing TP is standard in many countries as well as with some homes on septic systems. So, no big deal. It is beneficial in many ways--frees up holding tank capacity, helps keep holding tank cleaner, reduced risk of jamming up macerator, and you can use any TP you want. Just a warning to others who might switch to this routine--you have to stay focused to not just drop the TP in the bowl. At first I still used biodegradabile until I developed a new habit. Also, I have a sign on the door at eye level which the toilet faces.
28  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Leveling on: September 15, 2013, 04:20:22 pm
We are in the 2100 so shorter usually makes the job easier...but sometimes harder.  We have the HWH jacks and when they say level, my eye, cabinet doors and level say "wrong!" I found a concrete pad that, as per several levels, was as close to level as I was going to get. Parked the rig on it and installed several of those small stick-on levels and checked where what was level. The fridge showed perfect all directions which was the important thing. Now we go with those and ignore the HWH indicators.

We would like to find someone local (Colorado) who really understands the HWH jacks and could teach us all the ins and outs of operation. The manual and internet information is very scant. We may drive by the factory in Iowa next year and will stop in for help.

Nicki Loth
Dillon, CO
29  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Do you use pads with your auto-leveler? on: September 08, 2013, 10:23:10 pm
We do lots of national forest type camping which means uneven and unpaved ground. Therefore, we usually use leveling pads. They were also great on my granddaughter's asphalt drive where we would have surely sunk in because of the heat. Purchased them at Wal-Mart and have seen the same ones in any RV store parts section. They do not have handles, but we always having hiking poles that work great to position the pads and scoop them out when moving.
30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Meals - in RV parks and dry camping on: August 24, 2013, 11:41:59 am
We are in the 2100 and with limited cabinet space you  learn what is important. We also dry camp lots. When cooking at home I make extra and freeze. As we head out I take the first few days unfrozen. Extras are a toaster oven (which requires electric or generator), I use the micro and convection features a lot. Have a 6 in. electric skillet that will run off the inverter. Great too cook eggs, soup, heat leftovers, etc. We grill some, when time and weather allows. For that the frozen fresh meats, fish, etc. are frozen individually so they can be quickly thawed or even grilled frozen. Most the staples others mentioned, but always pastas and rice to make quick meals. I bring spice blends (great ones from Penzey's) and Cinnamon. I buy milk, OJ, tomato juice in small cans/bottles and replace as needed. Always carry some of the small milks that don't require refrigeration as back-up.
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