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61  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Off the eaten path... on: April 11, 2014, 08:58:29 pm
So, I love to cook.  And I love to eat.  And I love to travel.

If you like Guy Fieri's 'Drive Ins, Diners, and Dives', but wanted some of those recipes there is a two book set available by Morgan Murphy that covers the same type of thing, but all in the south.  The books have great descriptions of the restaurants (including addresses), wonderful pictures and recipe descriptions....AND all the recipes!  All of those secret, scrumptious, kept in the family type of recipes.  

I just received them today, but they both look amazing.  I am taking them with me on all trips.  Keep this in mind as a gift for anyone who likes to cook....

http://www.qvc.com/Off-the-Eaten-Path-2-Cookbook-Set-by-Southern-Living-Search-Results.product.F11554.html?sc=F11554-SRCH&cm_sp=VIEWPOSITION-_-1-_-F11554&catentryImage=http://images.qvc.com/is/image/f/54/f11554.001?$uslarge$

 - Mike
62  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Sewer Hose Storage on: April 11, 2014, 08:38:35 pm
Ok, you get a big  ThumbsUp

If not a sewer hose, then maybe enough space for a few dozen Keurig coffee K-Cups!

  - Mike
63  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ultra Breeze vent cover installation on: April 11, 2014, 08:27:39 pm
Those look pretty nice.  Did you install them to use the fans when it's raining and/or to reduce sun/heat?

  - Mike
64  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Showing prospective buyers. on: April 11, 2014, 08:15:35 pm
Nice!  It isn't so obvious to new or prospective owners what the trade off is regarding the slideout (more floor space vs more storage space) And is that a solar panel on your ladder?

Tell me more about the reason you want the least amount of length.  The obvious reasons to me are: parking anywhere, driving in small towns, gas consumption, ability to use state/city parks with length limits.  There is a neat little 'park' or overlook near me that is elevated above a part of the Napa Valley, but is limited to under 30' vehicles.  Is the limited size limiting in the time you can spend at a time on the road or on a trip?  (I already know your input, Ron, and will give you a 'helpful' by default)  Wink

  - Mike
65  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Sewer Hose Storage on: April 10, 2014, 11:10:46 pm
So far there are only two things that I occasionally forget and one of them is the macerator hose cap.  I love Dick and Trish's idea of coloring the cap in a bright color.  Gonna hafta do that this weekend!

So far we've never used the 3" connection (and all the hoses and connectors, which reside in the slideout storage, still in their original packaging). I am probably going to do the same as Barry, with a toolbox setup.  If I ever start really hurting for space, I might install a tube under the rig to hold the 3" hoses.

  - Mike
66  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rig baths on: April 09, 2014, 09:37:47 am
Ah!  Didn't think of that! shrug
67  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Boon docking questions on: April 08, 2014, 09:43:12 am
Not a lot of experience with boondocking (yet), buy I have some interesting resources:

Harvest Hosts (small annual fee, stay free at wineries and farms): www.harvesthosts.com
RV Golf Club (small annual fee, stay free at golf courses/resorts): www.rvgolfclub.com

Overnight RV Parking: www.overnightrvparking.com
Boondockers Welcome: www.boodockerswelcome.com

Many Cabelas,  Cracker Barrel Restaurants, Walmarts.

The AllStays iPhone/iPad app shows many places in different areas to boondock.  There is a very nice city park not far from me that allows 4 RVs to park overnight (one night only) and is right next to the River and a very nice little town.

  - Mike

68  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rig baths on: April 08, 2014, 09:26:34 am
Thanks, Shipper!  Wonder why the 'don't wash on site rule' but someone can come in and do it for you.  I'm guessing you didn't have close neighbors and the site wasn't dirt which would get muddy.....or was there a special wash area?

Just got to Bakersfield yesterday and saw quite a few truck washes along the way on I-5.  This RV park also has the no wash rule, but there were business cards for mobile wash companies at the registration desk.  I'll have to ask how that works today.

  - Mike
69  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Showing prospective buyers. on: April 05, 2014, 12:02:04 pm
Yep, that's lucky!

I just found a 2005 PC2100  just down the road a couple of miles at a dealer.  Only has 8800 miles on it.  I'll probably send them down there to look at it, since the floor plan is much the same as the new ones.  Interesting that it's called a Phoenix Sport.  Camping World in Roseville (about an hr away) has a 2012 PC2100 (22000 miles) on their lot as well.

Hey, maybe we should talk to Kermit and set up a NorCal PC Dealership!  No real work, since they sell themselves .....and think of the trade in deals we could make for ourselves!  LOL

  - Mike
70  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Showing prospective buyers. on: April 05, 2014, 10:02:25 am
Gotcha, Holly...we wanted to do the same thing....see one in person, regardless of model, to get a feeling for the quality.  We drove from the S.F. Area to the L.A. Area to check out a used 2552 and we're glad we did.  Gotta get me some of those brochures.  Earl is getting good at pointing in our direction.

Tom: I wish I had gotten into metallic camping earlier in life, like you.  It's such a great way to relax, and having had some high-stress jobs it would have done wonders for my mental well being.  Oh, and 'young' is just a state of mind.  'Carefree'?  You strike me as someone who knows how to enjoy life.  (Advise on the step well is noted)

  - Mike


71  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Showing prospective buyers. on: April 04, 2014, 09:52:17 pm
Thanks Ron!  Great input, for sure.  If they appear interested, I would certainly point them to this forum to get other great info.  I agree that the 2100 looks like a great alternative to tent camping or ClassB RV'ing.  And the no-slide option does provide for more storage for sure.  It sure is a neat looking rig....very compact but just about everything included.

  - Mike
72  Main Forum / General Discussion / Showing prospective buyers. on: April 04, 2014, 08:23:38 pm
We've shown our rig now to quite a few folks, but never to anyone interested in the smaller PC's.  Tomorrow we show ours to someone interested in the 2100.  Was wondering if anyone out there has any input regarding these units.  Slide or no slide, options, issues, etc?  I know it depends on how folks are going to use their rigs, or think they will use their rigs.  The 2100 is so completely different to our 2552.  The young couple is driving a few hours to see ours, and has indicated they are interested in seeing the driver and passenger seats since they are identical in all units (basically). But I'm sure they will be looking at a lot more than that.  Haven't seen too many owners of the 2100 on the forum.

   - Mike
73  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rig baths on: April 04, 2014, 12:34:08 am
Thanks for all the input!  Guess I'll load up some basic cleaning tools for when an RV park has a specific area for cleaning and then just use a truck stop wash on our travels.  Don't have the luxury of washing it at home due to 1) Space, 2) Lovely tree-lined street with low hanging branches, and 3) Local restrictions (actually, EVERYTHING is restricted in CA......so, why are we still here?   Oh yeah, the weather.  Sposed to be in the 80's in N. Cal. next week and in the 90's in Bakersfield)

Thought about the waterless wash products like Bruce uses and others mentioned seeing, but our rig has Diamond Shield and they specifically say not to use any waterless products (http://www.diamond-shield.com/index.cfm?)

If we ever tear ourselves away from our current main residence our next will obviously include indoor RV storage and space for loading/unloading and washing.

- Mike
74  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Wipers on: April 04, 2014, 12:20:24 am
Nice!  Interesting that there are two individual blades (passenger and driver).  Makes sense. 

   -Mike
75  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Wipers on: April 03, 2014, 10:07:57 am
Ron: I had to smack my forehead when I read your recommendation for removing the blades.  So simple, free....and it will remind me to clean the blades since they will already be in my hand!

Holly:  If we enjoy this year on the road as much as we hope we will, we might be crazy enough to put ourselves in a position where our families say, "you're gonna do WHAT??"  We use Amazon wish lists too and have racked up a bunch of Camping World gift cards that way.  Funny you mention Cracker Barrel.  We don't have any around where we live and haven't been to but one, many years ago, but friends gave us a bunch of Cracker Barrel roadmaps to help plan out general routes for our trips and by the looks of it there must be as many Cracker Barrels as there are Starbucks out here.

Back to the subject of wipers though.  It's amazing that they haven't change much at all throughout the history of automobiles.  Such important pieces of gear, especially in the daily torrential hour-long downpours in places like Florida in the summer.  Looking at all the reviews, the Bosch and the RainX Latitude seem to top the popularity lists, along with the OEM varieties.

  - Mike
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