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46  Main Forum / General Discussion / RV Wind Generator on: December 30, 2016, 01:16:26 pm
We don't do much boondocking and don't know much about solar, etc, but I ran across this article on RV Wind Generators and it occurred to me that I've never read about this technology on this forum.  Thought I'd post it in case there is interest....

http://www.truckcampermagazine.com/news/new-product-free-spirit-energy-wind-generators

   - Mike
47  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: wood grain veneer sagging over speedometer on: December 27, 2016, 06:37:08 am
You can double check with Earl or Kermit but I'm pretty sure the dash kits have adhesive pre-applied and come on a backer-board/liner.  The piece is peeled off the liner and placed on a cleaned dash.  I had a small portion that was 'loose' and I just took a hair dryer to it for a minute or so.  Problem solved.

This site sells dash kits for the E450 (very cool) and also describes the installation procedures, adhesives used, troubleshooting, etc.  It wouldn't surprise me if most products out there were the same.  This one uses 3M 5849 Primerless adhesive.
https://www.carid.com/ford-e-series-dash-kits/

    - Mike
48  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: 2017 PC Rally on: December 25, 2016, 10:19:12 pm
Oh, and the Sisters Folk Festival is Sept 8-10th!  Good reason to show up early.

  - Mike
49  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: 2017 PC Rally on: December 25, 2016, 07:35:36 pm
It's set for Sept 11th thru Sept 15th in Sisters, Oregon (close to Bend)....at the Bend/Sisters Garden RV Park.

Bend is one of our favorite little cities, and Sisters is a cute little town with interesting shops, bars, restaurants.  In case I forget to recommend it when the date gets closer, we thoroughly enjoyed the High Desert Museum just south of Bend.

    - Mike
50  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Opinion time on: December 24, 2016, 10:24:28 am
We have the Safe-T-Plus.  It made a huge difference in my opinion.  Before purchasing it, the thing that sold me on it were the videos available on their website, other websites and YouTube showing what can happen with a tire blowout with and without a stabilizer.  But then again, maybe I'm just gullible.   Wink

    - Mike
51  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New to forum on: December 24, 2016, 10:20:38 am
Welcome Ernie and Pattie.....and Merry Christmas!

We have a 2014 2552 and can echo what Bruce/Sharon have said.

Like you've indicated you will be doing, we use our PC for short to mid range 'touring' trips (a few weeks to a few months at a clip).  Mostly RV resorts/parks, a good sprinkling of National/State Parks, and very little dry camping/boondocking unless it can't be helped.

From the factory, we needed to get the front end aligned and had Safe-T-Plus steering stabilizers installed.  Even very long days of driving (8+ hours) in some challenging conditions were (mostly) pleasurable.  I am 6' tall 175 lbs and find the cab extremely comfortable.  We have the power drivers seat.  My wife finds the passenger side pretty comfy as well.

I had no previous RV experience before our PC and found that getting in and out of tight spots or maneuvering around in parking lots and gas stations to be a lot less difficult than I had imagined.  And that is while towing a large SUV, which I understand you won't be doing.   I still over-worry at times, but have only gotten into one semi-difficult situation so far and even then it just took some small adjustments to resolve. 

We live on the West Coast and have family and other interests on the East Coast.  This means if we want to keep a coast-coast trip down to a few months we need to do a bunch of over nighters along the way at some point.  The PC is well equipped and efficient in this regard.  It takes us very little time to set up and tear down at full hookup sites and it's nice having the auto levelers, four way water control valve and macerator in this regard.

Regarding cooking and eating.....I love both and I cook extensively in the PC.  Our 2552 is pretty darned nice for cooking.  There is (subjectively) a lot of counter space if I flip up the counter extension and slide out the large cutting board.  The convection microwave is large enough for just about anything I want to roast or bake (and it has an option to run the oven without the turntable on, which some ovens do not). The refrigerator and freezer are right-sized, in my opinion, for someone that cooks a lot.  The pantry is also handy.  One extra item we purchased and love is a Fagor Magnetic Induction Portable Cooktop.  It has a pretty small footprint, but provides for a lot of versatility.  You can boil, fry, stir fry and even use it as a food warmer.  We use it both inside and outside (next to the BBQ for side dishes).  It does require induction compatible cookware (if a magnet sticks to it, basically)  The nesting cookware we already had work great with it.

As far as eating.....we have the sofa and tv table arrangement like Bruce/Sharon.  We went with this arrangement for a couple reasons and are happy with it.  We lounge for much more time than we eat, the sofas are much more comfortable than dinette seats and a good percentage of the time we like to eat outdoors anyway.  The Tablemate 2 tv tables can be easily moved around, even outside, are adjustable in many ways and come in many colors.  The legs fit underneath the sofa nicely.  You can view them here:  http://www.qvc.com/Tablemate-II-Adjustable-Multi-Purpose-Folding-T.product.V33755.html?upsh=1&sc=V33755-CSWB

Hope this helps.....again, Merry Christmas!

    - Mike
52  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC wheel covers on: December 23, 2016, 04:11:32 am
I'm also interested....and for the same reason. 

   - Mike
53  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thanks to forum members. on: December 21, 2016, 08:36:32 am
Very nice!  And the bow is nice touch!  Woot! Woot!

   Mike
54  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC 3100 - What's not to like? on: December 19, 2016, 05:40:58 pm
The 3100 is really nice.  The only thing I would recommend you do is take a good look at how much of the rig extends beyond the rear tires.  For many folks this isn't a problem, but I've seen two that bottomed out back there.

    - Mike
55  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / E450 Custom Upper Dash Panel on: December 13, 2016, 11:49:19 am
E450 Custom Upper Dash Panel

Found an interesting project on an interesting site.  This guy replaced the little storage bin and coin holder in the upper dash area with a custom panel which better suited his needs.  I'll probably take a deeper look into this after the holidays to better organize the dash area.  Right now I do have my secondary braking system remote light installed in the coin holder.  I can see moving this light to a custom panel, along with lightweight holders for my Scangage and TPMS, and possibly a couple of USB charging connectors.  No, I don't know what Front Panel Express (as mentioned in the article) charges for a small custom panel, but I do know that I wouldn't want to install one that I actually made myself for a few bucks.  LOL  In any case, with limited space for 'stuff' this little storage bin looks like an opportunity.

Here is the link:  http://rv-project.com/projects/upperdash.php

     - Mike
56  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: LED light problems on: December 13, 2016, 08:03:16 am
Keelhauler:  Thanks for the link to the replacement LED bulbs for the reading lights.  Purchased and installed them this last week during a lengthy trip and they worked out perfectly!  Great focused light and NO heat. ThumbsUp

  - Mike
57  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Water filtration for our PC on: December 13, 2016, 07:46:33 am
We also use the Camco inline filter and a Camco regulator (the one with a pressure gauge on it) It's amazing that water pressure in some campgrounds is so high.

We bring along along a Zero Water pitcher, which comes with a water tester.  No bottled water for us.

   - Mike
58  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bad solution to hear TV over too loud A/C on: December 11, 2016, 09:30:16 am
Might want to consider installing a moveable bracket for the tv at this point?

    -Mike
59  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Scangauge on: December 07, 2016, 08:45:11 am
Holly:  I read the description and many of the reviews on Amazon and this looks like an interesting alternative to a Scangauge-type device and LOTS cheaper.  Unfortunately, it doesn't work with standard iOS devices (iPhone or iPad) so I can't give it a whirl. Thanks for posting it.

    - Mike
60  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: RV Support Businesses in the East Bay Area on: December 02, 2016, 08:09:13 am
Bill:  Thanks for the info regarding those businesses.  Unfortunately, for us, we would have to drive through Oakland/Berkeley to get to San Leandro.  Not the safest thing to do these days, what with the protests/riots, highway/bridge/road shutdowns and highway shootings along I-80.

We've managed to locate some great services in the North Bay area, with the exception of RV or Truck washes.  The closest self-serve to us is over in Petaluma at Touchless Car Wash and Detailing.  They have one very large bay with catwalks on each side to reach the higher areas of a truck or RV.  The Camping World in Vacaville does a decent wash job, but they do not do either the roof or the cap over the windshield.  shrug

Dan Shavlik's RV Service in American Canyon is very good, but he is always pretty well booked up.  Triton Truck Service in Vallejo is a great resource for the non-"RV" portions of the PC.  They work on all sorts of big vehicles like Ambulances, Semi's, RV's, Fire Trucks, etc.   And Cordelia RV does a pretty good job with the RV-related equipment, but they also tend to be pretty booked up with warranty repairs on the RV's they sell.

Sure seems to be a lot of opportunity for new businesses in the Bay Area related to RV services.

   - Mike
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