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211  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Any pets travel with you? on: March 06, 2014, 05:52:17 pm
Omigosh, what a cutie!!!
212  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Decisions Decisions on: March 05, 2014, 01:09:18 am
Only thing I can add to what John/Holly said is that I would be sure to take a look at the cargo carrying capacity.  When I was looking at class A's I was astounded at how much cargo 'area' many had, but how little 'capacity' was available before becoming overloaded.  In a couple of cases, the CCC was as little as 600 lbs, but there was enough space to put thousands of pounds of stuff.

  - Mike
213  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Lazy Furnace on: March 05, 2014, 01:01:56 am
Does the stove and fridge work ok?  I know you also have a propane connection in the passenger outside compartment.  It work ok too?

Determining whether the problem is related to a specific piece of equipment rather than all propane related equipment is important.

If just the furnace, it could be a number of things like air or moisture in the line, or something gumming up the orifice, or not sensing the flame or the ignition board is defective or a bad ground or possibly the flame rod is dirty, etc.

If it is affecting all equipment, it may be more related to the propane.  Keeping the tank warm can help in some situations.....(the following borrowed from another site)

LP Gas Pressure

A furnace is a consumer's friend when the outside temperature gets colder. Unfortunately though, cold is an enemy of LP gas. The BTU capacity of LP per volume decreases as the outside temperature gets colder. Therefore, based on how full the LP tanks are, the ambient temperature outside and how many BTU's the furnace is, there may not be enough gas to sustain ignition on the furnace. Using the charts below, let's say that a 40,000 BTU furnace won't fire up, and we also know that the 65 lb. LP bottle on the RV is 40% full and it is 0 degrees F. outside. One's first thought might be that the burner or valve is bad. However, if we use the chart, the vaporization capacity of the tank in these conditions is only 38,500 BTU's. The furnace is not going to perform very well because there is insufficient BTU capacity in the tank. If you were to put an insulated fire resistant blanket over the tanks and a 75 watt light bulb under that, you would probably raise the temperature of the bottles 10-20 degrees and almost double the BTU capacity of the tank. This in turn would allow the furnace to operate properly. So keep in mind that a furnace problem is not always a component problem.

20 lb. Bottle (*30 lb. Bottle multiply X 1.40)
% Full...+20 F..........0 F........-5 F......-10 F.....-15 F......Degrees

65 lb. Under Mtd. LP Gas Tank BTU available at
% Full...+20 F.........0 F.........-5 F.......-10 F......-15 F.....Degrees

Luckily, I don't think that the time or cost of having a tech look at it will be very much at all.  They are fairly simple pieces of equipment. 

I was advised to take a look at Trailer Life's RV Repair and Maintenance Manual by Bob Livingston (4th edition).  I did and eventually bought a copy, even though it has been out of print for years (got it on eBay).  Lots of great info for problems like this, but trying to describe the entire troubleshooting process is a bit difficult here.

Only other advise I could give would be....head south not north!

    - Mike
214  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Any pets travel with you? on: March 03, 2014, 10:12:58 pm
I hear ya!  When we get the harnesses out our 2 Poms go crazy for 15 seconds and then prepare to be outfitted. 

You have GOT to post a picture of what a chihuahua-papillon mix looks like!   I'm imagining a hot dog with wings, but I'm probably way off!

  - Mike
215  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: 1st checkup on Obamacare on: March 03, 2014, 10:07:18 pm
Ok, a little gross, but got a snicker out of us...

Would hate to be president!   Grin
216  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Newbies on: March 03, 2014, 10:04:36 pm
 chandelier Welcome Woot!

We love ours!  I'm sure you'll love yours!  Any issues, just call Kermit!  Wink

 - Mike
217  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: New York's Amazing Adirondacks on: March 02, 2014, 05:23:19 pm
Thanks, Holly/John.  Did a lot more research and dug deep into my memory.  Once we started putting the coast to coast to coast itinerary together we decided to pick two spots in the area. There just isn't time to see everything in this country, dang it!  We'll be staying at Adirondack 1000 Islands RV Park, on to Lake Placid (good jumping off point for Whiteface Mt and Ausable Chasm). From there we are splurging and taking the ferry across Lake Champlain to Burlington VT before exploring New England and visiting family in the Boston area.  Our trip looks amazing on paper.  Hope it turns out better than that!  Only downside is hitting Lake Havasu when it will be about 106 in the shade.

We also couldn't resist scheduling one night at Clark Creek North COE Campground (Acworth, Georgia), since gradygal's posted picture of the place looked so alluring.

 - Mike
218  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Screen door protection on: March 01, 2014, 07:04:38 am
Oops...I gave the wrong link in my last post.  The latch is a snap-in, not a side-mount
219  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
220  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
221  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
222  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
223  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
224  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

225  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
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