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256  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Small, quiet electric heater suggestions??? on: August 27, 2014, 10:12:06 am

We have a tiny Pelonis unit which does a great job. It can really crank out some heat for its size.
Pelonis Honeycomb Ceramic Disc Furnace - Model PF-1212  (1500W variable, 5A min draw, 12.5A max continuous draw, 5200 btus, $65 @ Amazon, auto/man, heat/fan/off, adjustable thermostat, overheat protection, safety tip-over switch, 6-3/4h x 5-3/4w x 5-1/4d)

Obviously with heaters you need to watch the amp draw as it relates to what source you have (20, 30 or 50 amp campground power....or generator) and what other devices you are using in the rig.

With many heaters the amperage is determined by the setting on a switch (low, medium, high). On this Pelonis unit the amp draw and heat provided is determined by the variable thermostat and current ambient temperature, meaning it will draw a lot if the rig is cold and you have the thermostat way up, but then as the rig heats up the amp draw goes down. 

If you are looking for tiny, they don't get any smaller than this I don't think.  Love the ceramic disc feature, for efficiency and safety too.

   - Mike
257  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Hello to everyone! on: August 23, 2014, 01:24:46 pm
 obliged  Hello....and welcome!  What color didja get?

    - Mike
258  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Camgrounds in New Jersey or Delaware on: August 21, 2014, 09:23:57 am
Jackson is a pretty good location, too.  The shore from Asbury Park to Cape May (incl. Atlantic City, Ocean City, Wildwood) are all very accessible, and Philadelphia is a nice day trip.  I'm originally from CT and spent a lot of time in Wildwood.  Many campgrounds along highway 9.  Beaches shouldn't be too crowded after Labor Day.

  - Mike
259  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HEAT along the passenger wing wall on: August 20, 2014, 06:29:36 pm
Ya know, there are limited components that cause a lot of heat and if you ignore engine and exhaust then you start to think about electrical issues, which can cause a buildup of heat.  Usually when you have this problem you usually trip a breaker or blow a fuse, but I wouldn't rule out the electrical wiring and devices in that area....side view mirror heaters, electric windows and door locks.....and possibly electric step and leveler.  Other than mice huddling around a little campfire in your door panel, I'm at a loss.
260  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Camgrounds in New Jersey or Delaware on: August 20, 2014, 05:13:07 pm
Hmmmm....nevermind. shrug
261  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HEAT along the passenger wing wall on: August 20, 2014, 03:41:43 pm
Holly :

I crawled under there this morning and I am totally flummoxed (that's a word, right?) about what is causing your heat problem.  My exhaust runs straight down the rig, a bit off the centerline and about 3 feet away from the passenger side of the rig.  It also is right next to the framing member that runs down the rig, and this framing member is between the side of the rig and the exhaust..  Between the frame and the side of the rig is a very large open space running from the passenger door down to the battery compartment.  This is the area I think you were describing, and on my rig there is absolutely nothing there but space....almost enough to warrant another storage compartment!  I hope the attached pix show what you need to see.

   - Mike

262  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Camgrounds in New Jersey or Delaware on: August 20, 2014, 11:30:15 am
We've never been here, but this place was recommended more than once to us.

Liberty Harbor Marina and RV Park
Jersey City, NJ

The views look amazing and appears to be a great location for side trips to NYC.

    - Mike
263  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HEAT along the passenger wing wall on: August 19, 2014, 10:16:09 pm
We have a 2014 2552 and just did an 8500+ mile trip cross country with a lot of steep long climbs.  We didn't notice any extraordinary heat anywhere in the cab area except a bit warmer on the floor between the two cab seats. 

   - Mike
264  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Interior LED strip lights on: August 15, 2014, 12:33:05 am
Hmmmm....don't have anything like what you described on my 2014 2552.  Got a picture?

   - Mike
265  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Battery Maintenance while boondocking on: August 11, 2014, 09:42:48 am
I don't have any direct experience with (or anything more than general knowledge of) chargers, but during our last trip we met some folks who love and recommended this portable solar charger....

    - Mike
266  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Pin hole in the Sani Con hose on: August 04, 2014, 09:00:44 pm
Yep, what Barry said!   exactly!

   - Mike
267  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Pin hole in the Sani Con hose on: August 04, 2014, 01:48:20 pm
When the pinhole appeared in my hose I made a temp repair using a liquid type tape, let it dry and then applied another coat.  I then wrapped that with a bit of fusion tape.  It lasted a couple days before I could acquire a new hose.

 - Mike
268  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Mpg on: August 03, 2014, 12:51:28 pm
Tim:  It's an add-on device, by Linear Logic, that plugs into the OBD2 port on your car or RV (usually below the dash under the steering wheel area) It can display a wide variety of engine info as well as show what the real problem is when your engine trouble light comes on (and can clear the trouble so the light goes off, like a mechanic does). I have the ScanGauge 2 and just noticed they have a new ScanGauge-E which can graphically display fuel consumption.

I find mine useful on the road, if nothing more than to make me feel more confident that all is well.

The link is:

    - Mike
269  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / The Border on: August 02, 2014, 09:37:19 pm
So, on our recent trip we were making our way east from St. Ignace Michigan to upstate NY and decided to take a route through Canada for a short period....from Sarnia to Niagara.

We get to the border and our Canadian Border Guy looked very bored, asked us a couple questions and waved us on.  Very easy.  Nice drive through Canada with a quick stop at one of their 'rest stops' which have full services, including pretty darn good food courts.

We get to the Niagara checkpoint and there we meet up with the US Border Patrol guy we named 'Dirty Harry'.  He looked mean, spoke with a grit in his voice and had a disconcerting twitch in his nose/mouth area.  He asked us where we were coming from.  I told him.  He then asked (well, mostly growled) where we were going to and if we stopped anywhere in Canada.  I told him.  At this point, our two Pomeranians are barking and growling like they wanted a piece of this guy.  He grunted, frowned and slowly got out of his booth and ambled alongside our rig.  There was a knock on the coach door.  I'm seriously thinking at this point 'Should we let him in??'

Joni apparently wasn't thinking what I was thinking and opened the door for him.  He appears in the doorway, stops in the stairwell and our dogs are now looking a bit sheepish.

Officer Harry then asks me the same questions he asked before.  I answer him the same way, but this time with a bit of a stutter.  He takes a long look up and down the rig and then at the dogs in their fluffy car seats.  They start wagging their tails and acting all cute and friendly.  Officer Harry breaks into a smile, pets the dogs and tells us to have a nice day.  I almost ran him over as he made his way back to his booth, and while it did look like he reached for his sidearm I don't think he actually drew his weapon. 

The dogs earned their keep for the trip.

   - Mike.
270  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New member on: August 02, 2014, 11:37:20 am
We love ours as well.  It is a very comfortable, livable home on wheels.  We don't have the dinette, but opted for the power sofa/recliners/bed and use some nifty foldable tables for meals inside.  I miss the extra horizontal space that the dinette would afford, especially when preparing meals inside, but everything's a trade off.

We love the fact that there are many options for power, water, sewer, television which gives you a lot of flexibility in how and where you choose to camp.  Just returned from a 3 month, 8500 mile tour of the country.  In some places we stayed up to a week and others just a night.  We found that once you get used to hooking up and setting up, it really takes very little time or effort.  One of my favorite things about our rig is the 17' awning, which really makes a difference in not only keeping the rig cooler, but also in creating a nice outdoor area.

Our MPG is about the same as Tom' the 9-10 range and about 1 mpg less when towing our Ford Edge.  I can do better than that by keeping a close eye on the ScanGauge and staying in the best MPG zone in relation to RPM, but that gets a bit tiring and not generally worth the effort.

Lastly, we love our wood floors!  Very durable, easy to clean (even with two little furry dogs), looks great and is a bit classy.

    - Mike
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