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1  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Utah on: April 27, 2017, 08:14:47 pm
We will be in the Jackson area a week before you.  Looking forward to it.  As far as temps in Utah and NM, that's tricky.  Depends on where you'll be going.  Here is some known average data.....

New Mexico average temps in June:

75   37   Eagle Nest
83   47   Taos
84   49   Santa Fe
94   64   Carlsbad
88   62   Albuquerque

Utah average temps in June:

75   45   Bryce Canyon Park Headquarters
89   57   Canyonlands Park, The Needles
86   58   Capitol Reef National Park
93   58   Moab
96   62   Zion National Park

Good luck and safe travels!

  - Mike
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2 AC units in a 2552 on: April 26, 2017, 02:11:34 pm
As far as location of two units on the 2552 I believe one is along the centerline and between the microwave and pantry, the other along the centerline between both beds close to the bathroom door.  Not a huge distance apart, but the two different 'rooms' they serve would provide some noise baffling between the two.

I've tried researching noise levels of different models from different companies and found precious little regarding technical specs or advertised sound levels (actual decibels) Different designs of different brands at different times can have significant impact on noise.  Noise can emanate from motors, fan blades, etc.  On the Coleman Mach 8 15,000 BTU unit, which I have, there were changes made to the fan blades over the recent years which reduced noise.  On other companies units, the diffusers were recently redesigned to reduce noise.  Personally, I think the diffuser makes a huge impact on noise.  Trying to disperse and divert air by pushing it over fins and flaps creates a racket (remove your ceiling diffuser and see the difference)

Knowing as much (or as little) as I do now, I would have specified two non-heatpump units (one 13.5k and one 15k btu) with high CFM rates (they apparently range from 275-350 or so), multiple fan speeds and well engineered diffuser/motor/blade designs.  For us, very low roof profiles (like our Mach 8) or savings of a couple hundred dollars (Dometic) are not as important as good performance and reduced noise.  We like nice sunny weather but aren't terribly comfortable at temps over 100 degrees or at very high humidity levels, so two units would have made us much happier.

   - Mike
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Camp / RV chairs? on: April 26, 2017, 01:15:25 pm
We've settled on the Kamp-Rite Director's Chairs, available at many places.  They are comfortable, can be used as table seating, fairly lightweight, easy to fold/unfold, have a great flip-up side table, can be hung upside down from a ladder rack (like this one:, can be stored in tow vehicle, or stores temporarily behind drivers or passengers seat in our 2552 while underway. 

   - Mike
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Esterior Paint Scheme on: April 25, 2017, 11:03:36 am
Some people may not be aware that you can mix/match interior and exterior colors.  We have Sunlit exterior and Cafe interior.

  - Mike
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sewer Hose on: April 24, 2017, 07:02:31 am
Like the others, we carry a Rhino 3" and the support frame for it.  Have never used it, but good to know it's there.

As to tank treatment, we swear by Happy Campers Organic.  Really does a great job in both keeping the tanks clean and odors eliminated.

   - Mike
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: On the verge- question on new stove on: April 18, 2017, 06:16:32 pm
We have it recessed and find it fine for our purposes, and we do cook a lot,but as Keelhauler said it limits the size of pots/pans.  We also have an induction unit which comes in handy and can be used inside or out.  With a recessed stovetop we find the extra counter space (with the covers in place) a big plus many times .

   - Mike
7  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Low Cost Macerator Pump Replacement (Saved A Pile Of Money) on: April 16, 2017, 04:23:33 am
Ron:  This is an older post, but you referenced it recently in a separate later post.  I was wondering if you had ever gotten around to determining where the greatest noise emanated from, the piping or the motor/strap/frame?

 - Mike
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Got "Bob" home on: April 15, 2017, 05:50:32 pm
 rolling on the floor

Beats 'Rettihs' I guess!
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Every little bit of storage counts on: April 11, 2017, 05:48:45 pm
Just checked our PC and jotted down the info of our charging device.

QuipAll (modelPCAJS400)

It's a pretty versatile device. Can charge a number of different things and had the capability of providing power thru the OBDII connection in order to save settings while changing or disconnecting the vehicle battery.  We received the unit as a gift a couple years ago and really love it.  It can be found here.....
10  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: National Park Fees on: April 11, 2017, 11:05:44 am
Been thinking of moving out of California for the same reason.  shrug

   - Mike
11  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: 2017 PC Rally on: April 10, 2017, 06:03:41 am
Just a couple of other places to mention in the Bend and Sisters area....

Crux Fermentation Project (Bend):   If you are into beer, this is a must.
Cascade Alchemy (Bend):   Great little microdistillery.  Tastings and free mini-tour.
Restaurants (Bend):  Greg's Grill and Anthony's At The Old Mill are both great and located at the Old Mill shopping area on the river.
High Desert Museum (Bend):  Worth a second, and third mention.
Other Stuff (Bend):  Sunriver Resort, Cascade Lakes Highway, Mt. Bachelor, Tumalo Falls, Pilot Butte State Park, Tower Theater.

Sisters Movie House (Sisters):  Very unique, clean, reasonably priced gem.
Camp Sherman (15 miles from Sisters):  Hiking, biking, fishing along the beautiful Metolius River.
Art Galleries and Antique Shops (Sisters):  A number of nice shops just off Main.
Hardtails Bar and Grill (Sisters):  Full service, fun, great brews and food.
Nugget News (Sisters):  Local newspaper  Great local info, coupons, etc.

    - Mike
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Got "Bob" home on: April 09, 2017, 03:28:30 am
We stole our name from somewhere on the net and call it the 'Cramalot Inn'.

  - Mike
13  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: 4 Way Water Fill Valve on: April 08, 2017, 05:12:51 am
Just curious if those that have had this problem use a pressure regulator at the campsite water supply?

    - Mike
14  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / National Park Fees on: April 07, 2017, 12:08:23 pm
Found this recently on the AARP website....

"Older people can expect a big jump sometime next year in the fee for a lifetime pass to visit national parks, as part of a larger move to pay for major projects and enhanced services.

The fee for a lifetime pass for citizens 62 and older will go from $10 to $80. An annual pass will cost them $20, which they can apply to the cost of a lifetime pass at a later point if they decide they want one.

But if you get a lifetime pass before the change is implemented, it will cost only $10. Passes can be purchased online for an additional service fee of $10 or at any of the parks without an extra charge.

National Park Service officials are unsure how long it will take to implement the change, but its expected before the end of 2017. Meantime, they are spreading the word informally.

We dont want anyone to feel blindsided and say, Why didnt anyone tell us about this, said Kathy Kupper, a Park Service spokeswoman. We dont know whether well get any pushback. It [the higher fee] is still a great deal.

Earlier this month, Congress approved legislation, the National Park Service Centennial Act, that raises fees and sets up an endowment to help pay for projects and visitor services. The cost of the senior pass has not been increased since 1994, when it jumped to $10.

The move is intended to improve the visitor experience and provide more opportunities to volunteer in parks across the country."

    - Mike
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Coleman Mach 8 air conditioner not working on: April 04, 2017, 07:43:44 am

We had an immediate problem with our Coleman unit when we received our PC as well.  A quick call to Kermit got us authorization to bring it to our local RV service center (we tried changing out the thermostat ourselves, which turned out not to be the problem). The issue was a loose connection (wire nut) on the rooftop unit.  All has been well since.  Your problem may be different, but hopefully it is as easily resolved.

    - Mike
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