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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Swapping out the inverter... on: December 17, 2014, 10:02:17 pm
Thanks. I do dry camp almost all the time. I had a small inverter that I plugged into the 12v outlet by the tv that I used for the longest time as I thought using the 2000w inverter to run under 100w of electronics was a waste. But I guess I got tired of extension cords hanging out of the cabinet and started using the built-in inverter.  And promptly had a hard drive fried. Maybe a coincidence but it's also pretty noisy which I don't care for.
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Swapping out the inverter... on: December 17, 2014, 08:47:13 pm
Hi all, I use a lot of electronic gadgets and I am a bit afraid of the MSW inverter in my PC Cruiser. I had my first ever hard drive failure while plugged into it, and have had issues with the new laptop. So I am thinking of swapping it out with a pure sine wave model. Any one else ever do this?
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Levelers being balky on: December 17, 2014, 08:43:53 pm
Thanks for the replies. Yes, the parking brake is set, there's a different light that shows when I forget.  I've always had the engine running when leveling as I thought the manual said so, but I see now that was just on the written notes the seller gave me.  But I've always done it that way, and I used to be able to level as soon as I turned the system on, and now there's a delay. I'll crawl under one of these days soon and see what's what....I have to reattach my hitch wiring socket somehow.  (And the leveler delay started before the hitch dragging incident so they're not related)
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Levelers being balky on: December 16, 2014, 02:52:25 am
Hmm.....I'll have to go check the manual again. I could have sworn it said "ignition on"
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Levelers being balky on: December 15, 2014, 10:23:17 pm
I looked in my manual but didn't see anything about this....  When I try to use the levelers, I put the rv in park with the engine running and turn on the system. When I press the arrow for the jack I want to extend, the red light by the power button, which had been steady, blinks and the jacks don't move. I'll try it again and again, and eventually after a few minutes, the jacks will extend.  It used to be that as soon as I wanted to level it would work, this delay is a new thing.  Storing the jacks works as it always did. Any ideas?
6  Main Forum / Photos / Re: White Sands National Monument on: December 15, 2014, 01:10:47 pm
Haha I don't know and hope never to find out. :-)  That's all sand. :-)
7  Main Forum / Photos / White Sands National Monument on: December 14, 2014, 11:31:44 pm
I get cold just looking at these pics but it was 65 deg last month when I was there.
8  Main Forum / Photos / Valley of the Gods, Utah on: December 14, 2014, 11:15:54 pm
This dirt road is not really recommended for RV's. A couple people told me I could do it no problem but it was beyond my comfort zone in a few places. I dragged the hitch carrier a few times, and ripped the wiring socket off. :-(  Ah well, it was a gorgeous drive.
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2100 - No slide - Question on: July 17, 2014, 10:57:50 am
Nope, no air bags.  Not sure what may have been done to the suspension as I bought it used, but the seller didn't talk up any upgrades and one would think he would have.  I love the high ground clearance.....I'd be terrified with some of the rigs out there and their low ground clearances.  Being fairly short, when I level it, I sometimes have to use a stepstool at the door,  but it's a small price to pay.  Thanks for the compliments on the pics.

Gail

10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2100 - No slide - Question on: July 15, 2014, 09:53:25 pm
I have a no-slide 2100.  The couch as-is is not terrifically comfy but doable.  I picked up a Coleman SUV Quickbed air mattress that fits like it's made for it and that's way better.  However, I grew weary of making and unmaking the couch into a bed, and storing all the bedding, so I now leave the dinette made up full time.  As Ron said, that makes a lot more storage room available, including the fact that I no longer need to store the bedding.  Pics of my rig are here:
https://picasaweb.google.com/111242799135308646733/PhoenixCruiserPC2100?noredirect=1

I do have much less bedding now, I was carrying memory foam, sleeping bags & air mattresses for both beds, but I've gotten rid of most it....if I have company it will be BYOB.  :-)

11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TOWING- cargo trailer on: July 14, 2014, 10:10:53 am
Haha....the name is Gail and you're very welcome.  I have never towed anything ever so was pretty phobic about doing it.  I was dreading going to the Uhaul place and trying to back up to the trailer to hook up.  When I got there, the lot was so crowded I didn't know what to do, just parked right in front of the door.  It turned out to be a non issue, they brought the trailer to me using a little dolly that went under the hitch.  Awesome.  While the 5x8 trailer has a 4-wire connection, it fits that 5 wire adapter as well.  The 5th wire is for trailers with a brake controller, according to the Uhaul guy, so it's good to buy that one & then you can tow either one.  I couldn't see the trailer in the mirrors at all.  I drove from northern VA to Panama City FL.....left at 8:30PM on the 4th of July & got there on the 6th.  Spent the nights at Cracker Barrels in Roanoke, VA & Columbus GA, plus took an afternoon siesta at the SC Welcome Center.  Thankfully we had a couple cool nights. 

I did have to slam on the brakes once when someone cut me off.  I definitely knew the trailer was there then.  As I said, I am pretty sure I overloaded the trailer though.  I had 10 cases of wine in there.  :-)  I did try to weigh everything while loading but the scale died halfway through so I just had to hope for the best.
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TOWING- cargo trailer on: July 13, 2014, 09:57:01 pm
Actually, I just did this with my 2100.  I got the Uhaul 5x8 trailer, which does NOT have brakes.  The 6x12 does.  I got the hitch ball setup at Lowes (not being a Walmart fan) and this one worked perfectly.  http://www.lowes.com/pd_279878-29318-7023311_0__?productId=3180187 

I got this adapter for the wiring, also at Lowes.  http://www.lowes.com/pd_184422-29318-85212_0__?productId=3179833

I probably overloaded the trailer (scale broke halfway through loading), but still barely knew it was back there.  Until I had to slam on the brakes.....then it was a little squirrelly. Still it was a pretty painless trip, and I saved almost $2000 over what PODS wanted to do it.
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Solar installation on: June 17, 2014, 06:03:46 pm
The price are really coming down on the frameless/bendable panels too.  $219 for 100w Renogy panels.

http://smile.amazon.com/Renogy%C2%AE-Monocrystalline-Bendable-Solar-Panel/dp/B00IK19VF6/

Currently I have a Renogy 100 rigid panel as a portable setup but would love to get some of those bendy ones on the roof too.  Love the 3# weight!

Here's my portable setup:
http://gailsails.blogspot.com/2014/03/my-solar-setup.html
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Storage on: June 03, 2014, 11:49:51 am
Depending how much room you need and how important the stuff is you're storing, a hitch platform might be another option.  I couldn't justify the weight or expense of a Stowaway so I bought a lightweight aluminum hitch carrier and a waterproof cargo bag.  It's really a perfect combo for me.  If I ever absolutely needed that extra length back, and I almost did last week in a REALLY tight parking situation at a music festival, I could remove it all and stash it in the shower temporarily.  

This is the bag:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GA2HKQY

And this is the carrier:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004QEKG8C
I got the one with the folding shank but I'm not using the folding part.  It seemed like a good idea at the time but when I installed it I decided the added length & instability with the folding shank really wasn't worth it.  I still have it if I ever change my mind, as has been known to happen.  :-)  I got this on sale before Christmas so it was only @ $75

I initially bought a HUGE bag for it.  
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005CVZOPS
It was too big.  I couldn't move the ladder & get into the storage if it was full.  The smaller one is perfect.  

It hadn't been installed yet in this pic but I got a Plate-saver frame & mounted my license plate on the carrier.  Also, there's more space in the bag, the boxes are 12" high and the bag is 18".  So it does expand to be a little taller than shown.

The thing I like about this setup is it's flexible.  I can carry an item bigger than the carrier or bag if I need to.  If I need it off for whatever reason, it's a moderate pain but doable. The bag & carrier together weigh about 20# so easily movable.  If I need to put bigger items in the bag than the boxes allow I can yank out the boxes & fold them up again.  If they get dirty or wet buy new ones, they're less than a buck apiece.  Downsides are, it's not for expensive stuff as it's not lockable.  Also, while it hasn't leaked yet, I'm not putting stuff in that won't survive a few drops of water.  As time goes on I might find some plastic tubs that fit but it's not a priority.



15  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Fixing rusted entry way on: May 31, 2014, 02:51:01 pm
Thanks for posting that diagram.  I would like to move the handle on mine as it's in a bad spot....can't lift or lower the counter extension with the screen door closed.  I looked at the handle but couldn't see how it was attached.  Now I know.  :-)
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