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211  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Screen door protection on: February 28, 2014, 10:17:03 pm
Great question!  I don't know that I have the answer, but here is our situation and what we did about it....

We don't have little people, but we have two little Pomeranians.  The PC screen door has a latch which is 'spring loaded' on the door itself.  This latch comes in a variety of tensions from the manufacturer (Southco Inc) and I don't know what the standard tension is on the PC. Here is what it looks like:

Now, the PC's have a step down before the screen door.  Our dogs love to look out the door, sometimes jumping down into this step-well and right in front of the screen.  Since the door is latched mechanically with a spring tension, if they jump onto the screen it might unlatch and spring open.

There are probably dozens of solutions, but I can give you a couple.  For us, we installed a manual 'lock' to ensure the screen doesn't flip open with force from a four legged creature.  I am attaching pictures, but they may be 45 degrees rotated for some reason...have to figure this out.  The installation was extremely inexpensive and very easy to install.  It has worked out very well for us and we don't worry about the dogs nearly as much if we wander a bit from the rig.

Another solution.....friends of ours have a PC3100.  They also have dogs.  They are installing a 'hinged', removable three-sided barrier which fits into that step-well and comes up about 2 ft on three sides to keep pets out of the step-well and away from the door.

The screen door is very neat, in that it slides out of view when not in use and easily closes when you need it.  Unfortunately, it has no 'lock'.....and I haven't even found anything that I could retrofit from other patio type screen doors.

Hope this helps a bit...

   - Mike
212  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: February 19, 2014, 11:14:00 pm

We just recently set up for towing a 2013 Ford Edge Ltd AWD which is 4300 lbs, using a Blue Ox Towbar.  Ours has about an 8inch riser, due to the Edge configuration with adaptive cruise paraphernalia.  With our 2552 it tows remarkably well and handles nicely.  The only time I really notice is going up steep grades.  We were going to go with the Unified braking system, but our local RV tech recommended the SMI due to his own experience with Unified control boxes being returned with issues.  The SMI has worked very well for us and we are very happy with it.  Amazing how much better the whole rig brakes when we tow the Edge with the SMI.

Palo Alto isn't very far from us here in the Napa Valley area.  Give us a holler if you want to get together for a PC party!

    - Mike and Joni
213  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drive line vibration diagnosis on: February 18, 2014, 11:14:23 pm
Pretty amazing that the same model and virtually the same rig can have such different 'personalities'. Your vibration problem sounds a bit less extreme in terms of mechanical issues compared to Skipper, but probably just as frustrating.  Hard to find a solution to a wind problem when you're tooling down the road at 65.  I mean, what could it possibly be?  Ford radio antenna, Winegard antenna, mud flaps....or the way the wind flows around a rigid object like the side view mirrors or generator exhaust pipe??  If you want to rent our dog, Cooper, he barks and points to any new strange sound....just let us know. In any case, I hope you keep us updated!

  - Mike
214  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Actual length of our 2552 on: February 18, 2014, 09:40:26 am
It would be a good thing if they listed the height with all standard equipment, but also let the customer know what the height is for his/her own specific rig.  I would imagine that the standard a/c unit, for instance, has been changed during a model year...which would make the height different, possibly.

I opted for a Coleman A/C, which has a lower profile on the roof, but also had a Winegard satellite antenna factory installed which raised the clearance on my 2552 to 11 ft 6 in.  I've decided not to go under 12 foot bridges if I ever encounter them.  Unfortunately, tree branches aren't labeled/signed.

  - Mike
215  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / New York's Amazing Adirondacks on: February 14, 2014, 09:50:18 pm
Does anyone have any experience driving through or staying in the Adirondacks?  Which roads to avoid, campgrounds that are recommended?  I camped up there in my teen years, but that was ages ago.  I found quite a bit of info for the Finger Lakes and the Lake George/Lake Champlain areas but not much in between.  We would be interested in anything in the range from dry camping (if it was a particularly nice area), to limited hookups, to resorts.  Mostly we are looking for places to relax, take in the scenery/nature, maybe do some fishing or boating (not required though). It will be a relaxing stopover for us between the Erie Canal (a week on a canal boat through the locks) and the Boston area.

  - Mike
216  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 31" TV? on: February 13, 2014, 10:18:20 am
Oh....found this:

Exceeds Energy Star version 5.3.

Power Consumption Operational:       33 Watt
Power Consumption Stand by Sleep:    0.3 Watt

217  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 31" TV? on: February 13, 2014, 10:12:00 am
Ron:  It is about 12.5 lbs, and doesn't move around a bit.  The thickness is 3.7 inch.  I'll check the heat level next time I'm at the rig.  The Energy Star label lists it at the extreme low end of like models, with a rating of $6/yr. Here is a Consumer Reports review with specs....

- Mike
218  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Any pets travel with you? on: February 13, 2014, 09:41:23 am
Tom: Well aware....they've traveled with three extensively in TT's before the PC.

  - Mike
219  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Dead battery salvation on: February 12, 2014, 09:13:11 pm
I was planning to purchase a set of cables tonight and I thought that for a 2552 a 20' 4gauge would be more than sufficient.  I know Ron swears by his charger, and I'm sure at some point I'm going to agree.  Guess I can't wrap my head around it yet.  I think I should just listen to experience, and not wait until I'm in a bind.  LOL  At least then I can share the blame with someone.

   - Mike
220  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Dead battery salvation on: February 12, 2014, 08:28:31 pm how did you get yourself into that predicament?  shrug

   - Mike
221  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Any pets travel with you? on: February 12, 2014, 08:22:32 pm
<inquiring for a friend> Does anyone have a 3100 and travel with their pets?  How do you ensure they are secure during travel?  Does anyone use the space under the dinette? Anyone travel with 4 little doggies?

Joni and I use Snoozers dog beds for both travel and bedtime, but we have a 2552 and only two little pups.

222  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 31" TV? on: February 12, 2014, 08:32:47 am
Ours is a Samsung 32" LED TV Series 45 - Model UN32EH5000

  - Mike
223  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2014 Phoenix Crusier Rally on: January 29, 2014, 09:29:18 am
Although we live on the west coast now, I grew up in CT so I think that makes us eligible to attend if the timing is right.  Wink

We are making our way east in May with an Erie Canal charter in early June. From there we'll be exploring the Adirondack area, and into New England.  We are taking the southern route home and should still be on the east coast until late July.  Would love to be a part of a gathering.

  - Mike
224  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Transfer Switch Manual on: January 25, 2014, 11:45:40 am
If you happen to have 50amp service in your PC, here is the manual for the 240V transfer switch (PD52 series)...

Holly: Was interesting to see those pictures....apparently that little space between the drivers side bed and wall is where they installed my hard-wired SurgeGuard Unit.

  - Mike
225  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Transfer Switch Manual on: January 24, 2014, 01:36:27 pm
John/Holly:  As George said, it's at the bottom of the wall under the generator switch and inverter display panel.....ours has one long screw on the right side of the carpeted section of wall panel and then it swings away to the left exposing the transfer switch.

I'm interested in your pictures of the drivers side bed storage space.  Ours has a carpeted box/cover which hides all of those wires and pipes.  Does yours have that cover and you removed it?  If so, how did you get it off?  With all that shag rug, it isn't apparent how it's attached.

Barry: Thanks for the link to the manual.

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