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121  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Report on alignment and handling of our 2552 on: March 24, 2014, 11:13:37 am
Resurrecting some older posts in order to get in some of our experiences now that we've had our rig a while.

Our experience with handling was almost identical to Bruce and Sharon, in our 2552.  It wandered a bit and required a lot of minor steering adjustments while driving.  Could live with it.

First, I had an alignment done.  One very minor adjustment was needed.  So minor, they didn't even charge me.

Then I brought it our local RV guy who attended the Henderson class for mechanics.  He gave our rig the Road Performance Assessment and we decided to go with the recommended Safe-T-Plus and also the rear Henderson bar (as Greg and Kathy did, and as Ron recommended ages ago). Quite a noticeable improvement.  After a long drive I'm much less fatigued.  Other similar products from other companies would probably work just as well.  He also said our tires felt a bit overinflated so he weighed all four corners and recommended 70lbs front and 75lbs rear, according to the Michelin chart for RV's. 

In case anyone is interested, our rig was pretty balanced side to side.  It was pretty much loaded up for a trip and our tanks were: water-1/3 full, grey-1/2 full, black-empty, propane-full.  No passengers.  Here's the wheel position weights:
Front right: 2200 lbs
Front left: 2330 lbs
Rear right: 4390 lbs
Rear left: 4320 lbs

One sort of interesting note.  During the Road Performance Assessment, our guy said he wanted to test how the rig handled if you had to swerve into the next lane or wide shoulder when you didn't have room to stop quickly in an emergency.  I reluctantly said, "um, uh....ok"  He checked for traffic anywhere near us and when it was clear for a great distance he cut the wheel into the next lane (I think we were going about 40mph). It was a bit scary, but the PC handled amazingly well and straightened out quickly in the next lane without any swerve or fishtail or even much of a lean.  He did this one more time into the other lane again and it handled just as well.  He was impressed, and I wiped the sweat off my brow.  I am the epitome of a defensive driver and don't ever anticipate needing to make this maneuver (gee, should I hit the guy in front of me or the guy in the next lane?), but now that it's been accomplished at least I know that it can be done. 

  - Mike
122  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thermopane Windows on: March 24, 2014, 10:14:38 am
While we haven't yet lived in the PC when it was below 40 degrees (yet) our first few nights were chilly.  I realized after a couple of nights that the cab AC/ventilation system wasn't in recirc mode.  When I switched it to recirc, the cold infiltration was noticeably lessened the following nights.

Our emergency window doesn't seem to have the same issues that you describe, Holly, but we will focus on it more next time out.  I wonder if the rubber seal around that window is warped or damaged in some way.  In any event, here are a couple of things that I had stored away in one of my folders for possible future reference.  They deal with temporarily sealing out the cold from windows, and some general full timing info for cold weather....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3s0bY6IAXI

http://www.marxrv.com/skp/survive.htm

   - Mike
123  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thermopane Windows on: March 22, 2014, 11:50:22 am
Ours are Hehr windows:  http://www.hehrintl.com/

124  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Half Time Apollo Micro/Oven on: March 21, 2014, 06:49:10 pm
Which model is it, do you know?  Not sure if this is yours....

http://dutchmen.com/image/data/documents/parts/Apollo_Microwave_Model.pdf

 - Mike
125  Main Forum / General Discussion / New 7-Pin Connector Location on: March 21, 2014, 05:30:37 pm
Apparently, PC-USA has recently moved the location of the 7-pin connector on all new models.  It is now located next to the bottom left side of the license plate (you can see the location in the pictures of the PC's for sale in the 'Inventory' section of the website) From what I understand there have been issues with the old location in some situations where there were drainage 'gulleys', parking lot/gas station entrances that are elevated or depressed, etc.

Has anyone had any issues with the old location next to, but a little lower than, the receiver?  I would think it may be more of an issue with the longer 2910 or 3100?

  - Mike
126  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: March 19, 2014, 08:36:15 pm
Welcome, folks!    Cheers

The club is: http://www.intervecphoenix.org/  and the west coast chapter is hosting the Pismo gathering.

We are also in N. Cal., so if you need any local assistance, we'd be more than happy to help!

   - Mike and Joni
127  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: slide problems on: March 19, 2014, 05:44:18 pm
None here yet.  What kind of issues are you having?  Only thing I can contribute at this point is that you have a PC that is a few yrs old....has the maintenance been accomplished....visual inspections, lubrication, etc?

  - Mike
128  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: WALT DISNEY WORLD, FLORIDA on: March 16, 2014, 11:30:17 am
I know it probably depends on the time of year, but how far in advance would one need to reserve at Camp Wilderness?
129  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: WALT DISNEY WORLD, FLORIDA on: March 15, 2014, 02:01:54 pm
I know that Fort Summit KOA in Davenport (SW Kissimmee) has shuttles to the park...or at least did last year.  Friends stayed there for a week in a TT and enjoyed it.

  - Mike
130  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Any pets travel with you? on: March 15, 2014, 12:20:27 am
Our two Pomeranians love their car seats, so we also use them in the PC (attached with the sofa seat belts).  They are soft and comfy (so they tell me) and have storage underneath.  They also sleep in them at night.

http://t.brookstone.com/dog-car-seats-331892p?catId=L3_AutoSaleView%7CL2_AutoSale%7CL1_Auto

They are available at a lot of different places.  With a couple of rest stops, they have no problem between campgrounds.

  - Mike
131  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Lazy Furnace on: March 14, 2014, 08:58:13 am
Well, at least you know the problem now...that's great!   If you want I can overnight a couple of Pomeranians....they can at least keep your feet warm. SadDog
132  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Lazy Furnace on: March 13, 2014, 10:58:47 pm
Holly:

I agree with George, Sue, Tom.....  In my experience, all of these types of equipment (incl water heaters, home furnaces, etc) operate basically the same.  And most failures I've seen have been due to incorrect gap or bad sensor (sometimes a bad control board). I'm a bit stymied by the fact that it works in relatively warmer environments and fails in colder.  However, since the home systems are very similar I wouldn't necessarily wait for an RV tech to look at it.  I might opt to call a reputable HVAC tech in the area.  Might be quicker, and cheaper.

  -Mike
133  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: March 13, 2014, 10:41:24 pm
 Cheers  Welcome Earl and Rose!!   Cheers

134  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: still enjoying the southwest in our PC on: March 07, 2014, 09:39:34 pm
Yikes.  So I'm thinking there are two major issues to deal with getting there.  Keeping warm....which is the lesser of the concerns, given a generator, furnace and heaters, tank heaters, water inside the coach space.  The other is the roads.  Do you look for windows of opportunity and check road conditions all along the way?  We are going on a coast-coast-coast trip this spring/summer and I might be a little more brave after that, but at this point I'm impressed!

You must be having a ball in Arizona...our last trip there (not in an RV) we visited Sedona (side trip from our base in Scottsdale) which was beautiful, but they have a lot of roundabouts in the main road.  I wonder now about how RV-friendly those are if we ever go back.

When you do get back to Wisconsin in May/June you should realize that many folks (us for one) have that area on our must-see list.  We'll be doing Sturgeon Bay and Lone Rock this May.  I wanted to take in Lake Geneva as well, but time isn't on our side.

If you make it out to the Clarkdale, AZ area, the Verde Canyon Railway train tour is really nice.

http://verdecanyonrr.com/

  - Mike
135  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: still enjoying the southwest in our PC on: March 06, 2014, 09:07:51 pm
I'm sure we are pretty much all jealous!  But how the heck did you get out of northern Wisconsin in February in an RV?? 

   - Mike
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