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61  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Music while traveling options on: July 05, 2016, 06:37:49 am
Ours runs off the house batteries/inverter and doesn't use that much juice to worry about.  But like Bob said a wireless Bluetooth speaker is probably an excellent option.  There are soooo many different types and price ranges available now (Best Buy, Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, Walmart, etc) and the nice part is that it would be portable, allowing you to listen to music or books while in the shower, at the beach or hanging out under your awning.  The newer varieties allow you to use just one speaker, or if you buy another speaker it will pair with the original and provide better stereo.

    - Mike
62  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New recliners in place of sofa/bed on: July 02, 2016, 05:41:52 am
Those side tables are a great idea!  What is the name of the company you used?

    - Mike
63  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Modified the back DVD for cosmetics on: July 02, 2016, 05:36:17 am
Nice job!  ThumbsUp
64  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: 2016 Phoenix Rally - Washington DC on: June 30, 2016, 09:38:46 am

Great info, Holly!

When we visited the area we stayed at Cherry Hill RV Park in College Park.  We asked to reserve premium site 935 when we booked and were surprised when we showed up that they had actually managed to hold it for us.  The site was fairly roomy and shady with nice outdoor furniture and in close walking distance to a large dog run area, swimming pool, sauna, spa, laundry room, cafe and outdoor theater.  Cherry Hill is a huge place with many different types of areas to stay, some more rustic than others, and many amenities and services you don't often see at other campgrounds (like dog walking services). Public transportation (bus) stops at the campground and goes right into DC or to the Metro Station.  As Holly said, the Metro is quick and clean and we used it many times (only a five minute drive from the campground, with ample parking) There are also DC bus tour companies that leave right from the campground. We did the "DC At Night" Grayline tour, which was interesting but there was not nearly enough time to see things at many of the stops. There is a hop-on, hop-off Big Bus option around the mall area which seems like a great way of seeing many of the sites.  We did that in NYC and it was very convenient.

    - Mike
65  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Soundproofing the cab on: June 22, 2016, 05:32:27 am
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66  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Soundproofing the cab on: June 20, 2016, 05:52:38 am
Great write-up!  Thanks for sharing!  Which part of the project do you think gave you the biggest bang for the buck?

    - Mike
67  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Refrigerator Cooling on: June 15, 2016, 07:16:42 am
Same experience with our 2552.  No problems with the refrigerator, even in the 7,000-9,000 ft elevations.  Longest continuous operation has been about 1-1/2 months.  Like Tom, we keep ours at a setting between 4-6.  Anything higher and it gets really frosty in there.

   - Mike
68  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Campground Host on: June 12, 2016, 07:31:34 pm
Wow!  Awesome opportunity.  I wish we could free up the time to do that!  We aren't that far but have other commitments about now. That area is amazing!  Thanks for the heads-up!


---Mike
69  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How Much Are You Towing on: June 04, 2016, 05:01:57 am
We tow a Ford Edge, which is fairly heavy at almost 4300 lbs.  We've taken it cross country over quite a few different types of roads, including steep mountainous stretches (like over the Sierras) without much of a problem.  The steepest portions kept our max speed at about 40 mph or so going uphill, but that is really the only time I notice I'm towing anything.

   - Mike
70  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New PC 2552 Pickup on: June 03, 2016, 07:51:07 am
We had our 2552 delivered to us.  Our first night out with the rig revealed three problems, all of which related to relatively unusual upgrades.
- Hard-wired SurgeGuard was miswired.  Walked through troubleshooting on the phone with Kermit and we located the problem....a missing jumper wire on the transfer switch.  I installed it, problem solved.
- Missing 50 amp power cord.  Kermit offered to reimburse me to buy one locally or he would fast track a delivery from the factory.
- A/C problem (Coleman 15000 BTU unit). Brought the rig into a local repair facility, Kermit authorized repair, they found a loose wire in the rooftop unit, Kermit paid them.

About 10 months or so later we had a generator mounting bolt fail.  Brought it to our local repair facility, Kermit authorized repair and paid them.

Finding a good local repair shop is probably a good idea.  We were lucky to have an independent guy who does excellent work close by, as well as a large RV dealer which has a huge shop and does decent work.  I don't generally like going to Camping World for work if I can help it.  If you have any places near you that store RV's, you can check with the owner of the place.  They usually know of good RV repair places locally.

  - Mike
71  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: May 31, 2016, 07:52:23 pm
Welcome, Jim...John...Henry...Kate!   It amazes me sometimes how many different ways we all use our PC's.    I'm a dog guy, but can't imagine what it takes to travel with two border collies, plus a German shepherd (which are amazing and I've had both). Two fat little Pomeranians are tough enough these days. 😀  Diesel vs gas, shorter vs longer, all very interesting.  In the end, I haven't read many (actually, any) posts saying they made a grave error moving to or buying their first PC.

Cheers to all y'all!

     - Mike


72  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A Billion Questions (2100/2400) on: May 27, 2016, 06:27:14 am
Hi Kate, and welcome!

Can't really comment on the models you are interested in as we have a 2552, except to say that I was originally pretty nervous driving such a large box but it didn't take long before I was almost as comfortable driving it as our SUV.  Most people Ive talked to share this experience.

Internet can be a challenge, depending on location in the world.  We have a roof-mounted satellite (which we love) but don't have Hughes with it, just Dish Network service for movies and such.  Our internet is generally through our Verizon cell service (phones, pads and hotspot device) and/or Wirie AP wifi booster.

We are retired and in our 50's.  Most of the RV folks we encounter are our age or older, but agree with Nicki that there seems to be a general influx of younger folk......and we see more of them in Campgrounds vs. RV Parks, and on weekends vs. weekdays.  As well, we find more of a younger crowd in those places that cater to kids/families, such as the KOA campgrounds.

Do you need 50 amp service?  Obviously not, but adding it after the fact isn't really an option.  Looking back on it, the cost/benefit to us was positive.  Since we can use 20/30/50 amp it gives us more options. Being able to run multiple devices (A/C and microwave, for instance) is not always something you might do but when you need or want to it is really nice to have that capability.  We have found that when 50 amp service is available at a campground the outlet and breaker are generally in better shape than the 30 amp, since it gets less use.  The only downside for us (and it isn't much) is the larger size power cable necessary to store and haul around.  I would suggest determining as best you can how long and how often will you be camping in areas where you will want to run the A/C and imagine what other equipment you might want or need to run at the same time.  Do you need the extra A/C unit?  I wouldn't think so for the size RV you are looking at, but we upgraded our one A/C unit to a higher capacity model and it is still takes a while to cool down a 2552 in blazing heat and keep it cool.  On very hot days it can cool down the rig about 20 degrees.  If we had it to do over again, we would have added the second A/C. Not only would it provide the additional cooling, but would also provide the ability to run the rear unit when we were in the front, or the front unit when we were back in the bedroom (reducing the noise a bit)

Probably the best advise I would give you is to try to determine how you will use your RV.  By that I mean do you see yourself dry-camping, boondocking, off the grid type stuff?  Mostly in state or national parks? Campgrounds like KOA's?  High end RV parks with full services?  This will probably drive the answer to many of your questions.

Best of luck with your decision....it's all fun!

   - Mike
73  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thanks for the years of assistance and comradery, and so long on: May 21, 2016, 11:24:14 am
Good luck and happy continued adventuring, Greg and Kathy.  You'll be missed!

  - Mike
74  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Give the gift of Science on: May 10, 2016, 09:13:18 am
Great idea, Holly!  Our granddaughter is a bit young just now but we will definitely keep this in mind.

   - Mike
75  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Wood floors on: May 10, 2016, 09:09:45 am
We have the cherry floors.  Only a few years old, but we've put it through its paces with two small dogs, spills, dragging furniture/boxes and all kinds of weather.  Our main concern was sand that invariably gets brought in on shoes/paws from various campgrounds, but the floor still looks brand new.  It's very easy to sweep/vac and mop (we use a Swiffer-type wet mop thing from Bona). No tripping hazards.  It really does wonders for the overall appeal of the interior. We are glad we chose this floor and would recommend it.

   - Mike
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