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16  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New PC 2552 Pickup on: June 03, 2016, 07:51:07 am
We had our 2552 delivered to us.  Our first night out with the rig revealed three problems, all of which related to relatively unusual upgrades.
- Hard-wired SurgeGuard was miswired.  Walked through troubleshooting on the phone with Kermit and we located the problem....a missing jumper wire on the transfer switch.  I installed it, problem solved.
- Missing 50 amp power cord.  Kermit offered to reimburse me to buy one locally or he would fast track a delivery from the factory.
- A/C problem (Coleman 15000 BTU unit). Brought the rig into a local repair facility, Kermit authorized repair, they found a loose wire in the rooftop unit, Kermit paid them.

About 10 months or so later we had a generator mounting bolt fail.  Brought it to our local repair facility, Kermit authorized repair and paid them.

Finding a good local repair shop is probably a good idea.  We were lucky to have an independent guy who does excellent work close by, as well as a large RV dealer which has a huge shop and does decent work.  I don't generally like going to Camping World for work if I can help it.  If you have any places near you that store RV's, you can check with the owner of the place.  They usually know of good RV repair places locally.

  - Mike
17  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: May 31, 2016, 07:52:23 pm
Welcome, Jim...John...Henry...Kate!   It amazes me sometimes how many different ways we all use our PC's.    I'm a dog guy, but can't imagine what it takes to travel with two border collies, plus a German shepherd (which are amazing and I've had both). Two fat little Pomeranians are tough enough these days. 😀  Diesel vs gas, shorter vs longer, all very interesting.  In the end, I haven't read many (actually, any) posts saying they made a grave error moving to or buying their first PC.

Cheers to all y'all!

     - Mike


18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A Billion Questions (2100/2400) on: May 27, 2016, 06:27:14 am
Hi Kate, and welcome!

Can't really comment on the models you are interested in as we have a 2552, except to say that I was originally pretty nervous driving such a large box but it didn't take long before I was almost as comfortable driving it as our SUV.  Most people Ive talked to share this experience.

Internet can be a challenge, depending on location in the world.  We have a roof-mounted satellite (which we love) but don't have Hughes with it, just Dish Network service for movies and such.  Our internet is generally through our Verizon cell service (phones, pads and hotspot device) and/or Wirie AP wifi booster.

We are retired and in our 50's.  Most of the RV folks we encounter are our age or older, but agree with Nicki that there seems to be a general influx of younger folk......and we see more of them in Campgrounds vs. RV Parks, and on weekends vs. weekdays.  As well, we find more of a younger crowd in those places that cater to kids/families, such as the KOA campgrounds.

Do you need 50 amp service?  Obviously not, but adding it after the fact isn't really an option.  Looking back on it, the cost/benefit to us was positive.  Since we can use 20/30/50 amp it gives us more options. Being able to run multiple devices (A/C and microwave, for instance) is not always something you might do but when you need or want to it is really nice to have that capability.  We have found that when 50 amp service is available at a campground the outlet and breaker are generally in better shape than the 30 amp, since it gets less use.  The only downside for us (and it isn't much) is the larger size power cable necessary to store and haul around.  I would suggest determining as best you can how long and how often will you be camping in areas where you will want to run the A/C and imagine what other equipment you might want or need to run at the same time.  Do you need the extra A/C unit?  I wouldn't think so for the size RV you are looking at, but we upgraded our one A/C unit to a higher capacity model and it is still takes a while to cool down a 2552 in blazing heat and keep it cool.  On very hot days it can cool down the rig about 20 degrees.  If we had it to do over again, we would have added the second A/C. Not only would it provide the additional cooling, but would also provide the ability to run the rear unit when we were in the front, or the front unit when we were back in the bedroom (reducing the noise a bit)

Probably the best advise I would give you is to try to determine how you will use your RV.  By that I mean do you see yourself dry-camping, boondocking, off the grid type stuff?  Mostly in state or national parks? Campgrounds like KOA's?  High end RV parks with full services?  This will probably drive the answer to many of your questions.

Best of luck with your decision....it's all fun!

   - Mike
19  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thanks for the years of assistance and comradery, and so long on: May 21, 2016, 11:24:14 am
Good luck and happy continued adventuring, Greg and Kathy.  You'll be missed!

  - Mike
20  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Give the gift of Science on: May 10, 2016, 09:13:18 am
Great idea, Holly!  Our granddaughter is a bit young just now but we will definitely keep this in mind.

   - Mike
21  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Wood floors on: May 10, 2016, 09:09:45 am
We have the cherry floors.  Only a few years old, but we've put it through its paces with two small dogs, spills, dragging furniture/boxes and all kinds of weather.  Our main concern was sand that invariably gets brought in on shoes/paws from various campgrounds, but the floor still looks brand new.  It's very easy to sweep/vac and mop (we use a Swiffer-type wet mop thing from Bona). No tripping hazards.  It really does wonders for the overall appeal of the interior. We are glad we chose this floor and would recommend it.

   - Mike
22  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Emergency preparedness on: May 07, 2016, 08:31:52 pm
Not to be flippant, honestly......but if you run into a Walmart, all you really need is cash.   I have never seen any campground restroom as significant as my PC, but then again I don't generally use them.  Most weather events are fairly predictable and we have steered away from them for the most part.  Our plan is to move away from those areas as soon as possible, but always have the technology available to easily locate emergency services local to the area.  Our PC (2552) is not large enough to take anything of value in an actual emergency like you seem to be describing.  It already has power, water, sewer, refrigeration, heat, ventilation, etc.  We do have a satellite phone and canned goods.  Can't think of much beyond that.

   - Mike
23  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Furnace inquiry on: April 21, 2016, 07:33:09 pm
Great info!  Thanks!   Going into my notebook...

  - Mike
24  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Batteries - AGM, LFP, and Flooded Cell on: April 18, 2016, 08:54:26 am
I don't own these batteries, but just quoted the author of the article.
A quick search online showed there aren't an overwhelming number available yet apparently, but run in the range of $300-$400 or so each.  I don't know anything more about the batteries (positive or negative, no pun intended) than what I posted.  Just thought I'd share that in case others were thinking about replacements and/or possible better alternatives for their solar systems.  They do seem interesting.

  - Mike


25  Main Forum / General Discussion / Batteries - AGM, LFP, and Flooded Cell on: April 17, 2016, 02:34:49 am
There has been a lot of discussion about batteries, but I haven't heard about LFP type batteries until recently.  Here is an excerpt from RV'ers magazine:

Flooded cell This is the common wet cell battery that everybody loves and hates. Its cheap, messy, widely available. They have to be mounted in a well-ventilated area and must be kept right-side-up at all times. They can accept up to about 20 percent of their rated capacity when charging. High discharge rates will quickly drain them and shorten battery life. Normal life span is about 4-5 years or 500-1000 charging cycles.

AGM About 50 percent more expensive than wet cell, theres never an acid mess or need to replenish water. They can be mounted in a closed compartment and in any orientation. Charge acceptance, discharge, and life span are like wet cell.

LFP Nearly four times the cost of wet cell, but life span makes up for it: easily 8-10 years and 3000-5000 charging cycles. Fully sealed, any orientation, and about 1/3 the weight of wet cell or AGM. Perhaps most importantly for RV/solar applications, LFP will accept 3X its capacity in charge rate, which allows use of full solar capacity at all charge levels. They also can be discharged at very high rates without any penalty (I run my microwave on battery power). LFP batteries have been full-custom applications until recently, but there are now drop-in replacement LFP products for lead-acid batteries.

    - Mike
26  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Utah - Zion and Bryce Canyon on: April 14, 2016, 08:32:06 pm
Thanks!  I'll do some digging and find out more about it.  We don't subscribe to Motorhome Mag and their May '16 issue isn't available online yet.

   - Mike
27  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Which Trip Planning software for 2016? on: April 08, 2016, 09:15:53 am
Tom:

I think the DeLorme Street Atlas software is similar to the Microsoft Streets and Trips software.

We almost exclusively use Google Maps and Allstays for trip planning (along with our GPS to ensure the route doesn't  take us under low overpasses/bridges, etc). We like being able to easily switch between map view, satellite view and street view in Google Maps as well as easily see alternate routes.

Some others we've tried...

The Roadtrippers app does a pretty good job of showing lots of interesting things along your route, but not great for mapping and routing.

The Waze app does turn by turn nav, but it's big draw are the community-based aspects of the program, showing traffic, accidents, speed traps, good gas prices, etc that are reported by others in the area and on the road at the time.  It also provides alternate routes depending on traffic conditions.

I plan on trying out an interesting app called InRoute this week.  It looks to be more route-based (with alternate routing and multi-point waypoint routing).

I always keep an eye on the Technomadia site which is run by tech-savvy bloggers who have been full timing in RV's since around 2005 I think (www.technomadia.com). They usually list good RV-related software and apps for all kinds of things.

  - Mike
28  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Utah - Zion and Bryce Canyon on: April 08, 2016, 08:34:29 am
We had planned on doing some of the ranger-guided tours, so it's good to know y'all recommend them as well.  We aren't the most avid hikers and would have a difficult time keeping up with lots of you, so we will pick and choose our hikes carefully.

I have a free pass similar to the senior pass....it's a disabled veteran access pass for parks run by:

Bureau of Land Management http://www.blm.gov
Bureau of Reclamation http://www.usbr.gov
Fish and Wildlife Service http://www.fws.gov
USDA Forest Service http://www.fs.fed.us
National Park Service http://www.nps.gov
US Corps of Engineers http://www.usace.army.mil

I guess there aren't many avid fishermen (fisherpersons?) here.  Utah has some great trout fishing and I plan on using a guide/instructor to finally take the opportunity to learn fly fishing.
 
  - Mike
29  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Utah - Zion and Bryce Canyon on: April 07, 2016, 09:10:57 am
Nice....thanks Ron!  Got me thinking of the autumn return trip to catch Canyonlands and Arches!

   -  Mike
30  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Utah - Zion and Bryce Canyon on: April 06, 2016, 07:58:16 am
Thanks, Holly!  Great info.

We do plan on staying up near Bryce as well, but haven't decided yet whether to pick a place closer to Panguich Lake or to Kodachrome State Park.  Both are close enough to the Bryce entrance I think.

    - Mike
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