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136  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Boon docking questions on: April 08, 2014, 09:43:12 am
Not a lot of experience with boondocking (yet), buy I have some interesting resources:

Harvest Hosts (small annual fee, stay free at wineries and farms): www.harvesthosts.com
RV Golf Club (small annual fee, stay free at golf courses/resorts): www.rvgolfclub.com

Overnight RV Parking: www.overnightrvparking.com
Boondockers Welcome: www.boodockerswelcome.com

Many Cabelas,  Cracker Barrel Restaurants, Walmarts.

The AllStays iPhone/iPad app shows many places in different areas to boondock.  There is a very nice city park not far from me that allows 4 RVs to park overnight (one night only) and is right next to the River and a very nice little town.

  - Mike

137  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rig baths on: April 08, 2014, 09:26:34 am
Thanks, Shipper!  Wonder why the 'don't wash on site rule' but someone can come in and do it for you.  I'm guessing you didn't have close neighbors and the site wasn't dirt which would get muddy.....or was there a special wash area?

Just got to Bakersfield yesterday and saw quite a few truck washes along the way on I-5.  This RV park also has the no wash rule, but there were business cards for mobile wash companies at the registration desk.  I'll have to ask how that works today.

  - Mike
138  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Showing prospective buyers. on: April 05, 2014, 12:02:04 pm
Yep, that's lucky!

I just found a 2005 PC2100  just down the road a couple of miles at a dealer.  Only has 8800 miles on it.  I'll probably send them down there to look at it, since the floor plan is much the same as the new ones.  Interesting that it's called a Phoenix Sport.  Camping World in Roseville (about an hr away) has a 2012 PC2100 (22000 miles) on their lot as well.

Hey, maybe we should talk to Kermit and set up a NorCal PC Dealership!  No real work, since they sell themselves .....and think of the trade in deals we could make for ourselves!  LOL

  - Mike
139  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Showing prospective buyers. on: April 05, 2014, 10:02:25 am
Gotcha, Holly...we wanted to do the same thing....see one in person, regardless of model, to get a feeling for the quality.  We drove from the S.F. Area to the L.A. Area to check out a used 2552 and we're glad we did.  Gotta get me some of those brochures.  Earl is getting good at pointing in our direction.

Tom: I wish I had gotten into metallic camping earlier in life, like you.  It's such a great way to relax, and having had some high-stress jobs it would have done wonders for my mental well being.  Oh, and 'young' is just a state of mind.  'Carefree'?  You strike me as someone who knows how to enjoy life.  (Advise on the step well is noted)

  - Mike


140  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Showing prospective buyers. on: April 04, 2014, 09:52:17 pm
Thanks Ron!  Great input, for sure.  If they appear interested, I would certainly point them to this forum to get other great info.  I agree that the 2100 looks like a great alternative to tent camping or ClassB RV'ing.  And the no-slide option does provide for more storage for sure.  It sure is a neat looking rig....very compact but just about everything included.

  - Mike
141  Main Forum / General Discussion / Showing prospective buyers. on: April 04, 2014, 08:23:38 pm
We've shown our rig now to quite a few folks, but never to anyone interested in the smaller PC's.  Tomorrow we show ours to someone interested in the 2100.  Was wondering if anyone out there has any input regarding these units.  Slide or no slide, options, issues, etc?  I know it depends on how folks are going to use their rigs, or think they will use their rigs.  The 2100 is so completely different to our 2552.  The young couple is driving a few hours to see ours, and has indicated they are interested in seeing the driver and passenger seats since they are identical in all units (basically). But I'm sure they will be looking at a lot more than that.  Haven't seen too many owners of the 2100 on the forum.

   - Mike
142  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rig baths on: April 04, 2014, 12:34:08 am
Thanks for all the input!  Guess I'll load up some basic cleaning tools for when an RV park has a specific area for cleaning and then just use a truck stop wash on our travels.  Don't have the luxury of washing it at home due to 1) Space, 2) Lovely tree-lined street with low hanging branches, and 3) Local restrictions (actually, EVERYTHING is restricted in CA......so, why are we still here?   Oh yeah, the weather.  Sposed to be in the 80's in N. Cal. next week and in the 90's in Bakersfield)

Thought about the waterless wash products like Bruce uses and others mentioned seeing, but our rig has Diamond Shield and they specifically say not to use any waterless products (http://www.diamond-shield.com/index.cfm?)

If we ever tear ourselves away from our current main residence our next will obviously include indoor RV storage and space for loading/unloading and washing.

- Mike
143  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Wipers on: April 04, 2014, 12:20:24 am
Nice!  Interesting that there are two individual blades (passenger and driver).  Makes sense. 

   -Mike
144  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Wipers on: April 03, 2014, 10:07:57 am
Ron: I had to smack my forehead when I read your recommendation for removing the blades.  So simple, free....and it will remind me to clean the blades since they will already be in my hand!

Holly:  If we enjoy this year on the road as much as we hope we will, we might be crazy enough to put ourselves in a position where our families say, "you're gonna do WHAT??"  We use Amazon wish lists too and have racked up a bunch of Camping World gift cards that way.  Funny you mention Cracker Barrel.  We don't have any around where we live and haven't been to but one, many years ago, but friends gave us a bunch of Cracker Barrel roadmaps to help plan out general routes for our trips and by the looks of it there must be as many Cracker Barrels as there are Starbucks out here.

Back to the subject of wipers though.  It's amazing that they haven't change much at all throughout the history of automobiles.  Such important pieces of gear, especially in the daily torrential hour-long downpours in places like Florida in the summer.  Looking at all the reviews, the Bosch and the RainX Latitude seem to top the popularity lists, along with the OEM varieties.

  - Mike
145  Main Forum / General Discussion / Rig baths on: April 03, 2014, 07:50:11 am
Our PC is stored out in the weather at a storage facility, and there are very few car/truck wash businesses around here that are set up to wash an RV.  Aside from using the Camping World 'spa treatment', how frequently does everyone run across places to wash their rigs on the road across the country?  Do many RV parks have facilities (and if so, do they have the required tools like brushes...or should I toss one in the rig)?

  - Mike
146  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Wipers on: April 03, 2014, 07:41:36 am
I was hoping someone here had tried the PIAA Super Silicone wiper blades.  They are apparently used extensively by autocross and off road racing teams, as well as trucking companies.  The blades are silicone and come with a silicone application package (sort of like a Rain-X application). They are very well reviewed, but pricey ($20-$30 each). The replacement blades are around $8.  Since friends and family seem to have a hard time finding birthday presents for me I think I'll put these on my wish list and give them a test run.

  - Mike
147  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Dead battery salvation on: March 31, 2014, 11:28:27 am
I gotta remember that one, Bob!  It's one of those things I wouldn't think about when it actually happens!

- Mike
148  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thermostat? on: March 30, 2014, 09:33:29 pm
Um....cabin fever, Tom??   chandelier
149  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Report on alignment and handling of our 2552 on: March 29, 2014, 01:31:03 pm
Ron:  I think it's a mix of many factors, a lot being subjective.  I was happily surprised by how well my 2552 handled when I received it (subjective).  It had a bit of 'play' or 'float' when steering, but given the size and weight of an RV as opposed to a truck or car I assumed this was normal and it didn't bother me all that much (subjective). If I had previous experience to draw upon and compare  I might have determined that the 'float' was normal, too much or outstanding.  After the addition of the steering/suspension upgrades there was marked improvement.  Definitely wanted the Safe-T-Plus in case of a blowout anyway.  I'm assuming if I also change to Bilstein shocks there will be an improvement.  Other upgrades could be positive, depending on how our 2552 is loaded, whether we choose to run with full or empty tanks, how many people we are carrying, types of roof mounted wind catchers we have installed, whether we are on California back roads or NY highways, etc.   I now think that the same model in different circumstances will handle a bit differently depending on how and where they are used.  But again, right out of the box (or factory) mine was easy and comfortable to drive.  As my local RV tech told me, there are many additions that he could install to make the ride more comfortable or responsive.....just depends on how much things bother you and how much you want to spend.   Do I really need the total body massage heated drivers seat with aromatherapy?  Hmmmm...probably!  Actually, the only thing I would probably add in the future is a remote controlled rear view camera so I could move it around from the drivers area and see either the hitch, tow car or left/right traffic back there.
150  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Poor guy.... on: March 29, 2014, 11:34:01 am
Saw this bumper sticker yesterday and had to take pity on the poor guy....

"Shopping at Best Buy with your wife is like hunting with the Game Warden"
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