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16  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.
17  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. 
18  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!

19  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.

20  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.

21  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.
22  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.
23  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.
24  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).
25  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Length and Width Restrictions on: November 26, 2016, 08:35:37 am
Living and traveling in the Rocky Mountains there are lots of length restrictions. One of the reasons we wanted to stay small with our PC 2100. We did do the Going to the Sun road in Glacier and had no problem...except the driver couldn't enjoy the views.  Independence Pass just east of Aspen is another interesting road we have done in the 2100 and many more times in a car. It goes down to one lane with hairpin turns. Have seen many a stuck RV and that is when the citation happens. Many of our national forest and BLM campgrounds have length restrictions for good reason as well. I most often see the RV America rentals driven by foreign drivers wedge somewhere they do not belong. Those signs are there for a reason and we abide by them. At times when the only notation is "No RVs" we inquire and frequently are told it would not be a problem for the 2100 and proceed without a hitch. I think some of those signs just paint with a broad brush.
26  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Steer SafeH on: November 15, 2016, 01:56:06 pm
      I have spent hours inside, outside and under our PC2100 wondering what could be done with the design to make it handle better, ride higher and not have tail drag. The answer is not much without changing everything we love about the unit--good turning radius, rear kitchen, short height, narrower than most width.  Make the wheel base longer and that effects turning radius. Also, as Ron said, if wheel wells are relocated that really messes with the design and if the floor is raised, then the unit gets taller which we don't want. The wheel base being so short there is not much room toward the cab for the 3 liquid tanks which create tail drag. We put air bags on top of the springs (makes ride a little rougher) and had the drag wheels put on the trailer hitch for tail drag. We did ad other things (heavy shocks, anti sway bars, etc.) There is another thread on the forum that discusses improvements many of us have made.
     All that said, I would buy the PC 2100 again in an instant knowing it would need some additional work to improve handling.
27  Main Forum / Photos / Re: 2100 Pictures on: November 02, 2016, 09:41:52 pm
Looks like the smaller photo posted but not my narrative.
We are very happy with just the lower body paint and our only cleaning problem is that the PC is tall and we are small. Many excellent suggestions on quality cleaning products here on the forum.  I would put the money into insulated windows.  Something we wish we had in the cool/cold Rocky Mountain weather.
28  Main Forum / Photos / Re: 2100 Pictures on: November 02, 2016, 09:39:06 pm
Don't think the photo posted (to large) so will try again.
29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Seeking Recommendations For A Compact Inside 110V Heater on: October 17, 2016, 04:25:51 pm
I have the older version (5+ years) of the Lasko 754200 for $24.50. Love it!  Is very small, puts out a lot of heat, can be set at variable temps, and fan is not loud enough to wake us at night when on low.
SIDE NOTE: If you read the rules of any RV park (which we all agree to when signing the registration), most forbid use of an electric heater.
30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Hydraulic Jacks and Frame Bending on: October 16, 2016, 11:26:24 pm
Yes, I did (stupidly) play with the front  HWH leveling jacks to see how high they would lift our 2100. They will lift the tires off he ground. That is as far as I went and did not leave it there long. However, that is not the intent and they should never be used that way.  Rather like standing on the ground with crutches and lifting both feet. A good shove/strong wind will push you off the jacks or crutches. They could not have made up the 4" difference you experienced. They can adjust for 1-2" but for me the real love affair is with how stable it makes the unit in high winds (a frequent problem in our wild west) and with us walking around inside.

SIDE NOTE: When I have been where spaces are so out of level, I have found they usually have a stock pile of boards to use for leveling, even in national/state parks. Just ask at the office/check-in pointy.
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