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256  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: PC Current Draw on: April 23, 2014, 02:21:21 pm
Ditto on the benefits of a surge protector.  We haven't done a ton of camping yet, but it already saved us twice. We have a factory installed 50 amp Technology Research Corp Surge Guard.  It wouldn't let power to the rig due to a reversed neutral on the power post at Skyline Wilderness Park (Napa).  We moved to a different site and all was well. It also dropped power from the rig when there was a low voltage condition at Porto Bodega RV Park (Bodega Bay).  Power was restored about ten minutes later when the voltage was stabilized.

There is a small monitor panel on the wall next to the generator switch, and the bulky brick portion is hidden between the drivers side bed and the exterior wall.  The unit monitors and displays voltage, amps, faults and keeps a history of all faults.

   - Mike
257  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Cleaning the Gray Tank on: April 22, 2014, 10:21:41 pm
Good to know this, Barry.  I had that wand on my list of things to get (maybe later), but reading your post prompted me to order it online from CW.

Just wondering, have you ever used the gray tank flush connection and valve in the macerator  cabinet?

I also have some alternative sensors on my list which, by the sales pitch anyway, sound good.  Figured I'd try them if my sensors failed.

   - Mike
258  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: SEQUOIA NP on: April 19, 2014, 11:15:29 am

Are you looking for info about the different campsites within the park?

If you are looking for something just outside the park, there are a few full hookup RV campgrounds close by to Sequoia. 

Sequoia RV Ranch is right on the north fork of the Kaweah River (river sites available) and is located in Three Rivers, CA. The park is about 8 miles to Sequoia.

Three Rivers Hideaway is also in Three Rivers and also on the Kaweah River.  It is about 3 miles from Sequoia.

I haven't been to either but friends stayed at Sequioa RV Ranch and enjoyed it. They were there in July and it was over 100 degrees for a few days.

   - Mike
259  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Battery store switch on: April 17, 2014, 12:39:51 pm

You said you checked it after 5 days, so I'm assuming you did this from the control panel.  Did you check it from the same control panel prior to storing?

   - Mike
260  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Noisy ceiling air conditioner. on: April 16, 2014, 08:57:15 pm
Yup, the Mach 8 is pretty awesome (ours is a 15k btu non-heat pump unit).  Low profile on the roof, relatively quiet when on low fan speed.

Of course, the low profile A/C doesn't really matter when you have a Winegard Mission satellite on the roof.  It's the only thing on our PC that was grazed by a rogue low branch.  Luckily the dome is resilient plastic and I could just pop the dent back out.

   - Mike
261  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Any pets travel with you? on: April 16, 2014, 09:37:25 am

One of concerns while we travel is, of course, the welfare of our pets.  We have, and will continue to take them along on side trips as much as possible, since they enjoy it as much as we do.  But there are times when they are too tuckered out, or we want to go someplace that doesn't allow dogs.  If we intend on going for a full daylong sightseeing adventure, like in Washington, DC we plan on finding a good pet resort somewhere close by for the day or even overnight. 

But if it will just be for a few hours or so, we want to know they are safe and comfy in the rig, so we tested out a few things and settled (for now) on an iPad/iPhone app called 'Presence'.  It allows you to use the iPhone to remotely view the iPads cameras, like a security camera system.  You can also hear what is going on through the iPads microphone (incessant barking or growling)

We have two iPhones and two iPads, so we have the app on all of them.  We set up the iPads in strategic places in the rig so we can see the dogs from different angles.  We also have a dial thermometer viewable from one of the iPads so we know what the temp is in the rig (in case power goes out or there is some other problem and we lose the A/C or heat)

We tested it out in Bakersfield last week and it worked perfectly.  The temp was 94 degrees outside.  We went out to lunch and were able to open the app on our iPhone, see the dogs playing and the thermometer read 74 degrees in the rig.  We were even able to talk to them, which was kind of funny....they looked over at the iPad and cocked their heads from side to side, so we knew they could hear us.

The app can use cell or wifi, and we tried both.  They both worked flawlessly, although I would be leary of using wifi in most places unless the signal was very reliable.  Bakersfield RV Resort has an outrageously fantastic wifi set up, with towers throughout the park and the ability to stream without a hitch or dropout. The live video only streams when you are logged into the app, so you don't use up your data plan continuously.

The app is used for many things, and has features like motion detection, remote control of appliances or lights, etc.  The best part is that it's free!!  We highly recommend it (and we are not affiliated in any way with the company or product)

Here is where you can read more:

   - Mike
262  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: WALT DISNEY WORLD, FLORIDA on: April 15, 2014, 11:37:22 pm
Great info, Sparky!  Thanks.  No wi-fi?  That's strange.  What kind of thing do they have that you hook up to cable to get wi-fi?

  - Mike
263  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Why PC? on: April 15, 2014, 11:24:41 pm
For us, in a nutshell:

- Quality of the build and materials
- Built on a Ford chassis with a Ford engine
- Small enough to live in comfortably for months, with all the built-in equipment necessary to do that.
- Didn't want the bunk over the drivers and passengers seat (cab) like a class C.
- Great floor plan
- Amazing customer service

  - Mike
264  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Directions for Samsung TV/DVD Player on: April 15, 2014, 11:09:51 pm
On ours, the surround sound runs through the Samsung BluRay.  So if we want surround sound on our TV, we turn on the tv, turn on the BluRay, turn the sound down on the tv and turn the sound up on the BluRay.  (The BluRay player remote has a white button labeled TV sound)

   - Mike
265  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Portable Table on: April 15, 2014, 11:01:19 pm
We store ours under the drivers side bed.  It is long but pretty thin (diameter) and easy to get to. We might at some point choose to store it in our tow vehicle, but for some strange reason we've found ourselves in a situation where we have everything we need stored away and still have extra space inside.  The exterior storage areas are chock full, however.

  - Mike
266  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Noisy ceiling air conditioner. on: April 15, 2014, 10:53:45 pm
Our Coleman is subjectively less noisy, especially on low fan speed, than the stock A/C.

Since the noise really emanates mostly from the fan, there should be a design at some point that distributes both the noise and air at various points.  Maybe a hybrid-duct type of thing.  (You listening, Kermit?)

   - Mike
267  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Macerator compartment labels on: April 14, 2014, 11:05:31 am
Ah!  Makes sense.  Since mine were not labeled at the factory I'll crawl under there to verify my configuration.

  - Mike
268  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Kitchen sink vent - aka "What smells bad?" on: April 14, 2014, 11:01:52 am
Great's going in my 'If this happens, check this' section of my notebook!

Please post your results after your Acadia trip!  I'm interested in what that would be like on a daily basis for a week or two (showering, dish washing, dumping the tanks at some point, etc)

    - Mike
269  Main Forum / General Discussion / Macerator compartment labels on: April 14, 2014, 10:51:26 am
Not exactly sure what to make of it, but checking out the pictures of the different models on the PC website I found that the gray/black electric valve switches and the gray/black flush valves are labeled differently on four different units.  I wonder if these valves are actually in different locations or just mislabeled?  I am sure that on my unit the black electric valve is on top and the gray on the bottom, but I'm not sure about my flush valves.

- Mike
270  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How and where to mount a larger GPS? on: April 14, 2014, 10:21:42 am

We have the stand-alone variety of Rand McNally GPS - Model RVND 7725 LM (the Good Sam unit). I really love the thing.  I've looked at others and found this one to have the features I need and only one failing: the 7" screen display wasn't as crisp as other 7" units.  We used TomTom, Garmin and the Stock Ford varieties in the past.

We have found that a good location for us is between the driver and passenger, allowing either of us to view or fiddle with it.  If we put the suction cup mount on it, it will fit in the cup holder...although not truly securely.  We also have a cup holder mount that works very well and holds it securely.  It slips into the cup holder, you turn a dial to make it expand inside the cup holder and then mount your device with suction cup to the flat top of the holder.

Link to the holder:

Here is an FYI project for making your own cup holder mount which seems simple and effective....

   - Mike
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