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211  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Windemere on Lake Guntersville in Alabama on: September 18, 2013, 10:31:30 pm
Very nice!  I understand that lake has some great big ole bass....and ya might see a bald eagle or two!  Gorgeous!  Congrats!
212  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Trading for a 5th wheel on: September 16, 2013, 09:25:19 pm
...and if ya reeeeealy wanna tote that vw around, I suggest this:
http://youtu.be/2kLAxnJ8Pnk
213  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Trading for a 5th wheel on: September 16, 2013, 09:21:13 pm
J rolling on the floor LOL
Can't imagine the stress on that vw roof!
214  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: September 16, 2013, 11:54:26 am
Congrats....and welcome!

When ya figure out all the switches, let me know!  LOL

- Mike
215  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Balloon festival in NY on: September 15, 2013, 12:30:58 am
Sounds like alot of fun!  That's my neck of the woods. Originally from Connecticut, I spent many a day/night camping in the Adirondacks (Long Lake, Forked Lake). Can't wait to get back there, and we are envious!  Are you really going up in a balloon though??
216  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Inductive stovetop anyone? on: September 13, 2013, 09:18:33 am
I didn't notice a whine at all, and it didn't seem to irritate the dogs at all. Whining can occur on any of the units I think, but it's related to the pan thickness.  This is what Fagor says: 'During cooking, some cookware, especially pieces with a thin or non-uniformed bottomed surface, can emit a very low noise and vibration. In this case, there is no risk for the cooktop or for the cookware. However, cookware with a thick flat base will help to avoid such noise or vibration completely.' The Magma stuff i use is very heavy duty.  I havent had any problems with low/medium heat, but I haven't used it extensively enough to compare heat settings on a wide variety of pans, like cast iron.  Not being able to use it for dry camping is a trade off, I suppose, but the Fagor unit only uses 1800w to allow you to Sear and Stir Fry.  The other wattages are Melt=300w, Warm=600w, MedLow=800w, MedHigh=1000w, Boil=1300w.  The other things I like about the unit are the built-in timer, and also that it turns itself off if no cookware is detected.

-Mike
217  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How did you take delivery? on: September 13, 2013, 08:46:43 am
Ahhhh...so it's driven to you, not trailered on a transport truck? I had asked Earl about this but he hasn't responded.  I know he said at the time we purchased it that the delivery price varies depending on fuel costs and at that time it was like $1.40 a mile.

-Mike
218  Main Forum / General Discussion / How did you take delivery? on: September 12, 2013, 11:34:29 pm
I've searched around and there isn't very much posted about how anyone has taken delivery of their brand new PC, except from a few that that picked it up from the factory.   Anyone have it delivered to them, either at their home or some other location between their home and Elkhart?  How did the process work? Did someone drive the unit to you, or was it delivered on a transport? To your home or some 'publicly accessible' site, like a Walmart...or storage facility?
219  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Petosky Reunion on: September 12, 2013, 10:49:20 pm
Yay!  Was wondering when someone would post about this.  Especially interesting to us newbies!
220  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Inductive stovetop anyone? on: September 12, 2013, 02:24:22 pm
 I decided to purchase one for use both in the RV and and out by my bbq at home, and settled on the Fagor 1800w portable unit (attached pic) I've used it a few times at home and I really like it.  It puts out no heat at all, except from the pan or pot itself.  It has easy controls (7 settings) and can be dialed down nicely. It is 12x14 and weighs 8 lbs.  Some might be annoyed by the little fan underneath, but it doesn't bother me. I used the nesting Magma pots/pans with it, but any magnetic cookware would work.  Their website has a nice video clip of it. It's $149 on their site, or $134.20 on Amazon.

  -Mike
221  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Do you use pads with your auto-leveler? on: September 08, 2013, 11:00:46 pm
That's exactly what I was wondering about.  We plan on doing pretty much the whole spectrum of camping (from overnighting at golf courses, national parks, state parks, normal RV campgrounds, all the way to a couple of 'ritzy' RV resorts) I imagined there would be those instances where we would need to really level up a corner or two.  It looks like 12x12 is the optimum size, but how many do you carry?  Right now I'm thinking at least four, maybe six?
222  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Are you a complete newbie like me? on: September 08, 2013, 08:49:01 pm
If you're still interested in seeing a new 2552 after the the second week in October and want a nice little tour of the Napa Valley just let us know...Joni would be more than willing to show you around. Me? I'll be shopping for more 'stuff' to stuff into a rolling house.
223  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Do you use pads with your auto-leveler? on: September 08, 2013, 01:28:20 pm
Thanks Barry and Tom.... Handles seem like a good idea. One of the interesting features of the Utility Blocks are the slots that you can use to slip in an awning rod to help place or retrieve the pad.  I think I'll go with Barry's suggestion on the HDPE and steal the Utility Block idea and cut some slots and a hole in them and use a rod to save my still-somewhat-young back.  Was wondering about the dimensions to use, so thanks for that too, Barry.

   -Mike
224  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Do you use pads with your auto-leveler? on: September 07, 2013, 08:47:22 pm
Do any of you use pads under your autoleveler?  If so, how often, and what have you found that works well?  From what I've read, there may be alot (?) of instances where your metal leveler 'feet' may sink into gravel, soft soil or dirt, etc.  Some sites might be so not-level that you might need a bit of height under one or more of the jacks? I've been looking at many of the pads out there, including descriptions of home made blocks, and what appeals to me most at this point are the 'Utility Blocks' by Campers Friend.  Here are the links:

YouTube Video:
http://youtu.be/WpXLh7cMkl0

Manufacturers Site:
http://www.campersfriend.com/product_details.php?ID=4%22%20class=%22footerlinks%22%3EUtility%20Block

Basically promoted as leveling blocks, which I don't think I need, but having something that is durable under the leveler jacks seems appropriate.  I'm thinking they would do well under the tires while the rig is stored, too.  Opinions?

  - Mike


225  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Are you a complete newbie like me? on: September 07, 2013, 07:37:12 pm
Emily,

Thanks.  I've had a number of emails saying my post was very helpful.

After exhaustive research on the open container stuff, I don't feel that concerned with a seal broken on a wine bottle/box or a bottle of gin, or for that matter anyone in the coach with a glass of wine while driving down the highway/freeway as long as they are not within reach of the driver.  The laws for most states seem to indicate they understand the difference between a car/van and a motorhome.  I'm not going to be at all concerned in 95% of our amazing states.  And I have read quite a few posts like Tom that indicate that they have not been pulled over and searched for open containers.  I certainly cannot advise you, but I am not not going to be concerned anywhere except for Wisconsin and South Carolina (mostly because I cannot figure either state out regarding their laws). For instance, my own layman's understanding is that you cannot have any type of open container (including broken seal on bottle/box) in any vehicle whatsoever in Wisconsin.  Yet, my same understanding is that Wisconsin does allow minors to consume alcohol under supervision of an adult.  So, I'll just steer clear of Wisconsin or dispose of anything with the seal broken.  Completely subjective opinion. And there seem to be MANY police and highway patrol officers that do not understand (or agree with) the states laws (again, second hand information based on what I've read).  Same old disclaimer: laws require your own individual research, and may change at any time.

Hope you join the Phoenix Cruiser team!  The more I learn, the more I'm convinced I made the right decision.

Best,

   -Mike
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