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61  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Does your Phoenix Cruiser have a slide out? on: April 27, 2014, 03:22:33 pm

1. Yes, with sofa
2. No problems
3. Yes, definitely.  The extra breathing space is necessary.
4. Yes, definitely. 
62  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drivers Side Propane Connection? on: April 26, 2014, 07:29:40 pm
Yay!  I'm sure you'll like it.  I would take a good look at the optional case though.  You may find it too big and may want to make your own or find an alternative.  Magma makes such great products.  I also love their nesting pans.

  - Mike
63  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drivers Side Propane Connection? on: April 26, 2014, 06:37:55 pm
John/Holly:

Yes, it works with the low pressure side of things.  The type 3 regulator is actually a control valve for low pressure.  A type 1 regulator allows you to use those little canisters.  Here's the link to the actual site where you can read about it, and the link to the manual is on the right side of the page.

http://www.magmaproducts.com/Products/Marine_Products/Gas_Barbeque_2/Adventurer_Series/A10-603/a10-603.html

- Mike
64  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drivers Side Propane Connection? on: April 26, 2014, 01:11:00 pm
Well, I've been using my BBQ during trips for a while now and can say that it's a really nice piece of equipment.  It is a Magma model a10-603 w/optional Magma LPG hose kit model a10-225 and type 3 regulator.  This is the RV model with flip out legs, not the boat model with boat mounts.  It is high quality stainless steel, but light and easy to clean. It weighs about 15.5 lbs and is 22.6"x14.8"x13.3".  The grill surface is 9"x18".  The size may look to be too small for some folks, but it is a bit deceptive.  I've cooked enough for four easily on the thing.....lobster tails, steak, burgers, corn, asparagus. It puts out lots of heat and I have had no problems with moderate wind so far.



I also purchased the carry/storage bag, and I have to say that it is well oversized.  You can also store utensils, hoses and regulators (LP bottles too) in it.  Since I have an LP gas connection of the side of the rig and don't carry bottles, the BBQ and hoses with storage bag fit nicely in the top shelf of the rear passenger side storage compartment.  Without the bag, it takes up lots less space.

I paid about $160 for the BBQ alone on Amazon, but it is also available at Sears, Camping World, etc.  Highly recommended!

I've also used the grill mats that you can get from QVC or Amazon.  They can be cut to size and they're reversible, reusable and washable.  What I like is that it keeps the grill cleaner, grill marks still come through and you can easily grill small or thin things like veggies.

   - Mike
65  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How and where to mount a larger GPS? on: April 26, 2014, 11:23:04 am
Looks about perfect to me!  Much better than trying to fool with the suction cup on the windshield, or the cup holder mounts.  I'm careful (picky) about permanent type installations, but it's in the right location for me, and out of the way of most of the other 'stuff' like radio, fan switches, etc.  Yup...gunna hafta do this!

  - Mike
66  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 26, 2014, 07:29:13 am
I can't say for sure at this point...just started looking at the remote cameras for a possible future add-on.  I would imagine the standard monitor would work, I'm not sure the standard wiring from the camera to the monitor would work, and I'm sure you'd need a different camera.  There are wired and wireless options out there and I would have liked to have the wired variety.  Wireless can be installed after the fact, but appears to cost a bit more and may not be as reliable.....but this is just from preliminary research I've done, not first hand or even second hand knowledge.

  - Mike
67  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 25, 2014, 10:37:05 pm
Hi Carol, and welcome!  

Your Greystone/Sterling rig will certainly be a pretty thing!  I think the options you listed were good ones.

Some of the things we had installed we are now very glad we did.....

- 50 amp service.  Gives us the ability to run pretty much anything at the same time (ie: don't need to shut down the A/C to run the microwave/convection oven, etc)

- Hard wired Surgeguard.  Built-in protection from bad power situations at a campground.  Eliminates the need to have a portable device which needs to be stored, and locked at the power post so it doesn't get stolen.....or borrowed.

- As Sue mentioned, we also had the bathroom sink cut-out included and it does make a difference in ease of using the bathroom area for multiple purposes.  I like Sue's idea of having the kitchen sink cover cut in half (like the cover for the stove) Wish we had done that.

- We had a propane line from the propane tank on the drivers side over to one of the outdoor storage compartments on the passengers side.  It is really convenient when using a BBQ!  No need to store those little propane tanks. (Thanks to Holly and John for this advise!)

Some of the things we didn't have done, that we now wish we had:

- Either have the wooden bed platforms made of a smooth surface wood, or have the particle board wood platforms that come stock treated with a sealant.  The stock platforms are difficult to deal with due to splintering.

- Have all the exterior storage locks keyed the same, using a tubular cam lock....not the standard lock/key that is on most every other motorhome.

- Our PC came with two keys for the main coach door.  I would have asked for four from the factory.  They are fairly unique locks/keys and difficult to acquire.

- I would have opted for a rear view camera that was remotely controlled from the cab drivers area, and/or side view cameras installed.  With the one fixed camera, you have to make a choice whether you want to see the area you are backing into, the area further back while driving, or the area around the tow vehicle/tow bar.

- Kermit might have a great way of locking the sliding hideaway screen door on the main coach door.  I had to come up with my own, which wasn't easy.  The reason?  The screen door is always on spring tension, and latches to the door frame when in place with a plastic latch.  Any significant pressure on the screen or the door (like a dog jumping onto it) will make the door spring open, allowing little furry critters out when you wanted them to be in.

- Sue also mentioned having shelves put in.  This is so much easier and cheaper to have done at the factory.  It gives you options for using, moving or removing the shelves without much interference from mounting hardware.  We did this after the fact, and it wasnt the easiest or most elegant job.  The factory has the exact same wood which matches, and they ensure the cabinet walls are properly reinforced to handle shelves.

The only other advise I would give:

- Unless they changed very recently, the PC Owners manual is, well, crap. (sorry, Kermit). Either take video of your walkthrough at the factory, or take pictures and good notes.  Tell them you want to see the manual before they give you the walkthrough.

- Ensure every piece of equipment is started and run so you can see it works.  This make take some time, so get some good sleep the night before :-)

- Ensure the main power cord is actually stored in the rear outside cabinet.  Mine was missing :-)

- Have them run through how your TV, BluRay, DVD, satellite, cable all work....and how to switch between them....including the rear tv if you have one.  Not something you want to figure out afterward.

- Have them label the four-way water switch on the drivers side (outside behind a locked cover).   It has embossed labels already from the manufacturer: City, Normal, Tank, Sanitize/Winterize.  This can be confusing for some, like me.  I labeled them: Use City Water, Use Tank, Fill Tank, Sanitize/Winterize.

All this may sound critical, but we truly love our PC.  The folks at PC USA really are great, responsive and friendly.....and the rig is made exceptionally well. Again, welcome!!

- Mike and Joni
68  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
69  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.  http://www.rvprobes.com/howitworks.html

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

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
71  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Battery store switch on: April 17, 2014, 12:39:51 pm
Gail:

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
72  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
73  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:

http://www.peoplepowerco.com/products/

   - Mike
74  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
75  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
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