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16  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.
17  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. 

I got this adapter for the wiring, also at Lowes.

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.
18  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.

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:
19  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:

And this is the carrier:
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.
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.

20  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.  :-)
21  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MICHELIN TIRE RECALL on: May 17, 2014, 07:08:10 pm
I just had my 2007 Michelins replaced with Firestone Transforce HT tires upon the recommendation from the tire shop.  Granted I only drove about 3 miles from the tire place at a max of 50mph but the handling and ride are incredibly improved! And I had no complaints before! Now it's like it's on rails. And they're quieter.  Very pleased so far.
22  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 31" TV? on: May 12, 2014, 11:25:48 am
By the way, for those looking for a new TV, I'm pleased as could be with the new Samsung UN29F4000 I got.  I picked up an open box model from Amazon for $223.  I love the fact that it has an onscreen program guide for the OTA channels. (Shown on the photo below, but don't judge the display on that, it's a crappy phone pic)  I guess this is a feature most manufacturers dropped but it sure is handy.  I hooked my iPhone up to it with an HDMI adapter I got on Amazon and was playing Netflix on it with no issues.  I haven't tried the USB connection yet.....need to load up a flash drive & check it out.   I also picked up a quick release adapter so I can pull it off the wall and use it as a computer monitor if I need to. 
23  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 31" TV? on: May 10, 2014, 10:15:20 pm
Well, I got the new TV in today.  I opted for a 29".  I measured a few times and decided that was as big as I wanted to go.  I think I'm glad I did.  I went with the  Samsung UN29F4000 and am very happy with the color and sound. 

(Oh, and the hanging wires are from the old tv....I was just in a hurry to get back to work and hadn't pulled them out yet)
24  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Battery store switch on: April 17, 2014, 12:47:43 pm
Thanks for the reply.  No, I used a tester that plugs into a 12v outlet, which I plugged into the one next to the tv after turning the Store switch back on.  That's what showed 12.1v.  To double check, I hooked up the solar charge controller to the batteries & it showed 12.2.  Then I hooked the panels back up so it would recharge.  You know, I guess I didn't check them before I left....I just assumed they were fully charged when they were installed.  This could have been a bad assumption.  I guess I'll check today to see if they're fully charged which they should be, it's sunny, and then disconnect the solar again and see what happens. 
25  Main Forum / General Discussion / Battery store switch on: April 17, 2014, 12:14:47 pm
Hi all,
On Friday I got 2 new Deka DC27 house batteries installed in my 2008 PC2100.  I of course always use the "Store" switch to disconnect everything when I put it back in storage.  I usually have a solar charge controller hooked up (it just clips to the batteries, not hardwired) as the old batteries were shot and would only last a couple days before they were dead.  They were the original 2008 batts so not too surprising.  I intentionally did not reconnect the solar after I got the new batteries as I wanted to see how they'd look after sitting a few days.  Well, I checked yesterday (Weds) and they were down to 12.1!!  After only 5 days?  I was not happy.  So my question is, does that "Store" switch actually disconnect everything from the batteries or is some stuff still attached?  How could I find out what might be draining them?  Even if I didn't use the Store button it seems like that's not right as everything is off.  Inverter is off (and that plug Ron found that goes to the switch is pulled), fridge is off, water heater is off, all the lights are off....  I guess it's possible I got a dud battery but they tested them right in front of me so I find that a little hard to believe.

(edited to add pic)
26  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Michelin tire blowouts on May 25, 2013 and Update. on: April 12, 2014, 03:34:34 pm
How are the Firestones working out for you?  I need new tires.
27  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MICHELIN TIRE RECALL on: April 12, 2014, 03:32:57 pm
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.

Which Goodrich tire were they using?  I need to replace my Michelins as they are the original 2008 tires.  I sure wish they were in the recall.  And of course I can't find any in stock around here.  Someone else recommended  the Bridgestone Duravis....
28  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Showing prospective buyers. on: April 11, 2014, 08:36:19 pm
Tell me more about the reason you want the least amount of length.  The obvious reasons to me are: parking anywhere, driving in small towns, gas consumption, ability to use state/city parks with length limits. 

All of the above.  :-) Driving on narrow, winding mountain roads makes me appreciate the less than 8' width too.  And I do not, at this time, want to tow a vehicle.  I think you replied right as I edited my reply with a link to more pics, so here it is again:

Would more floor space be nice?  Absolutely.  Since it's just me I value the storage more.  I have a chair, a stool, 2 folding tables, a propane campfire, cables, a grill and assorted other junk under there.  I would surely miss having that space.  Everything's a compromise.

And yes, that's my portable solar panel on the ladder.  It's 100w.  I now pretty much only have it on there when it's in storage, it takes me 20 minutes to bungee it to my satisfaction whereas I can just toss it behind the drivers seat and go.  :-) But in storage it kept my tired original 2008 batteries topped up all winter.  I just had them replaced today in fact.

Here's more info on my solar setup:
29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Showing prospective buyers. on: April 11, 2014, 07:11:14 pm
I love my 2100.  It's perfect for one.  There's no one I like enough to full-time in it with another person, but I had a friend along for a week and it was fine.  The slide model loses all the under-couch storage and a good portion of the overhead so that would make a huge difference.  I bought a hitch carrier for a few things that are bulky & don't need to be inside anyway like my blow-up kayak and laundry spinner.  Because of the way the rear cap sticks out further a few feet above the hitch, it doesn't really add much length.  I have a huge waterproof bag for it that's currently just folded up in the tray. (Not shown in this pic)  It was a fraction of the cost and weight of those StowAway boxes, and if I absolutely HAD to minimize the length it could all come off & go in the shower.  :-)

Here are some more pics:

30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Roof top carrier on: March 17, 2014, 05:43:20 pm
While it's not rooftop storage, I just installed this lightweight aluminum hitch carrier and I like it so far.  I bought one with a fold-up hinged attachment as I was thinking I'd want it out of the way when not in use.  After I put it on I realized that due to the design of the rear of the coach it really doesn't stick out that much farther.  It's 60"x19"  The chair rack on the ladder sticks out almost as far.  So I removed the hinged part & it sticks out even less and it's less wobbly.  I picked up a big waterproof cargo bag to put in the tray.  I like the idea of the Stowaway, but the price and weight were a bit off-putting.  Right now I don't have anything on the carrier so the plate isn't obscured, but I picked up a plate holder from that I'll use when I have stuff on the carrier.  Not as pretty a solution as the Stowaway but I'm at $170 including the locking hitch pin and under 30 lbs in weight after I took off the folding mechanism which weighed close to 10 lbs.  The pic was taken with the hinge on so now it's even closer though the ladder blocks part of it now.  I am keeping the hinge for now so I can always put it back on if it works better.
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