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31  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: May 31, 2017, 06:06:41 pm
Welcome Esther,

We live in Highland, MI not far from you.  We owned a 2350 and now a 2551.  You made a good choice going with a PC.  If we can help you with anything please do not hesitate to ask.

We camp a lot up North so maybe we'll see you on the road.  We camp at Fort Myers Beach during March and North Fort Myers during Jan and Feb.

Barry and Sue
32  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Keyless Door Lock on: May 23, 2017, 04:27:45 pm
No matter when we use a keypad in public we always cover what we are doing with our other hand so we are not concerned about someone seeing our code.  This includes ATM machines as well.
33  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Do you leave your sink cover over the sink while driving? on: May 23, 2017, 04:25:40 pm
We leave our sink and stove covers in place while traveling.  We do not hear any rattles coming from that area.  We use the covers all the time.  Having had the sink cover cut in half makes it easy to still use the sink when preparing meals and gives a nice prep area as well.  When we do need to store them they go in the storage space behind the stove top.
34  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Keyless Door Lock on: May 23, 2017, 07:27:42 am

The AP and Bauer are one and the same.  If you look at the AP Product website they list the keyless entry lock as the Bauer.

According to the Bauer website they have three different keyless locks.  There is the Bauer NE, Bauer EM, and Bauer EM Alsentis.  The Bauer NE is for travel trailers and is different from the other two in that it does not have the two pin safety latch to meet the FMVSS206 safety requirements for motor vehicles.  The Bauer EM and Bauer EM Alsentis both have the two pin safety latch.  The Alsentis model is the latest technology for touch pads.  It requires less power, uses less battery and can distinguish between human touch from liquid.  I believe they do not even make the EM model without the Alsentis technology.  There might get be some older ones out there but I think there were touch pad problems thus they now make only the Alsentis which is basically a software upgrade.

Now that I have installed one, the installation was not hard.  Because I had not done this before I really took my time.  The hardest part was making sure the striker plate was in the right spot.  I had to file a very small portion of the plunger hole to get a good fit.  Bauer also sent me an extra gasket to insure no leaks.  I have full body paint and had to touch up one very small unpainted area that only I would have probably noticed.

35  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Keyless Door Lock on: May 21, 2017, 05:00:24 pm
This winter our coach entry lock broke on our 2012 2551.  It was a trimark model 060-0650.  The plunger, made of white medal,  cracked and the door handle became inoperable and unable to pull the plunger back to allow the door to open.  My wife happened to be inside and I was outside.  She let me in through the cab door and I was able to take it apart so that we could continue using it with just the dead bolt.

Upon returning home, I did some research and found this to be a common problem.  Trimark does not sell parts and has actually discontinued this model and replaced it with Trimark model 060-1650.

Instead of putting more money into a Trimark lock I decided to upgrade with a Bauer EM Alsentis keyless entry lock.  I read many forums and this lock got high reviews.  It was not a plug and play replacement on the PC but installed very nicely after a few minor modifications.  The Bauer company was very supportive in answering all my questions and even sent me an extra gasket to use for installation.

Comparing the two locks the Bauer feels very solid and closes very nice.  The keyless entry is wonderful.  The only cons I have read about them is that batteries may only last three months.  However, you do get a considerable number of warning signs that the batteries are getting low.  Since we keep the PC in our garage I will remove the batteries when in storage.  

It also comes with a key override so I will always have a key handy incase the batteries fail on us.  I picked up one of these on clearance for $1 at one of our local discount shops.  I keep it hidden on the outside with a key to the coach, a key to the cab and our toad key.  It has saved us on a few occasions.


36  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Replacement Sani Con impeller on: May 18, 2017, 04:54:33 pm
The impeller on our Sanicon Model 5800-6004-HB deteriorated and disintegrated this winter while in Florida.  After reading many forums I concluded that this is not an uncommon occurrence.  I finally got around to fixing it (90 minutes from start to finish).  I ordered Thetford part no 70477 impeller kit.  It included an instruction sheet, the impeller and two gaskets.   It was difficult to find online and the cheapest price that I was able to find was $53.  Thetford wanted $71.

Now for the good news.  For anyone that has this same Sanicon model and needs to replace the impeller it is manufactured by Jabsco USA and the part number is 6303-0003.  There are many different sources for this impeller including many of the local marine shops and I have seen them as low as $16.  Some are actually sold as kits to include gaskets and "O" rings. 

Now for a little bad news.  The gaskets that came with the kit were not an exact fit and would require a little modification to work properly.

37  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Installing a child's car seat in PC2100 on: May 15, 2017, 03:26:05 pm

We had the same issue after promising camping trips to the youngsters so I arranged for short trips close to home on several occasions and I drove them in a separate vehicle.  Being somewhat close to home, if at all possible, allowed for visitors at night and we had some great campfires with the whole family while the youngsters got to camp with us.  We didn't want to take the chance of installing a child's car seat in a non-approved way.

38  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Eliminating The Need To Carry Paper Documentaion on: May 09, 2017, 07:59:15 am
John and Holly

Yes thanks, we have our documents stored in multiple locations.  We carry the laptop and jumpdrive, but also have it on a desktop, a backup external hard drive, and a cd rom.  Family members have access to it so if we are not able to access it from where we are they can read it for us.  Might be overkill but I've been working in the computer world since I was in the Air Force since 1965 (before laptops were even a dream). 

Good point about not storing your electronics in places that "might" see unexpected water.  Ours are always in cases and off the floor.
39  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Eliminating The Need To Carry Paper Documentaion on: May 08, 2017, 03:18:10 pm
We have two large binders with all of our PC manuals/documentation that we carry with us.  In order to free up some space and eliminate some weight I decided to download all manuals/documentation to a jump drive as well as my laptop.  I found most manuals/documents on this website  There were a few things that I could not find online so I scanned them in.  I now do not have to carry those two bulky binders. 

40  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Camp / RV chairs? on: April 26, 2017, 08:02:18 am
We do carry the zero gravity chairs in our toad and use them when we are setup for an extended stay.  We were given 2 of the Lafuma zero gravity chairs many years ago and they are very comfortable but are not small.

When always carry the GCI chairs in our PC.  They fold up very small and are also comfortable for us.  We find the bag chairs uncomfortable in that you seem to be sitting in a bucket.  The GCI chairs are more solid and do not sink when you sit in them.  We have had ours since 2008 and they still look brand new.  Ours are similar to these:

They take up very little room, easily transportable and easy to fold down.  No bags to worry about.
41  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Small hand held vacuum on: April 17, 2017, 02:40:38 pm
We wanted a very small hand vacuum for the PC.  We finally decided  on this one and are we glad we did.

It is very small but very powerful and it comes with a 27 inch hose, a crevice tool and two brushes perfect for getting the dust off all the wood corners and ledges.  It received excellent reviews on many sites.  Home Depot and Walmart were sold out and Amazon was highly priced.

We ordered it from Ace Vacuum for 26.95 and free shipping.
42  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 11, 2017, 09:25:49 pm

Safe travels and enjoy the new rig!
43  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Utah journey on: April 11, 2017, 06:05:28 pm

According to they are dong extensive road work in Arches NP.  They are still doing some ranger led tours but are not taking advanced reservations.  It is first-come first-serve.  If you are there and the Fiery Furnace tour is available, it is one of the best tours we have ever taken. 

When at the four corners you are also close to Mesa Verdi NP.  Another great park. 

Barry and Sue
44  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Grille bug screen & windshield sun screen on: March 31, 2017, 09:06:52 am

Here is a link to an old post on window screens.  We have now used these for 8+ years and they still look brand new.  We bought the material at a local awning shop, gave them a pattern of our windshield and side windows and it cost in total about 80 dollars.  We attach the windshield one with heavy duty Velcro and use magnets for the side windows.,159.msg563.html
45  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: sewing machines on: March 22, 2017, 07:53:10 pm

I setup my small table top ironing board on the kitchen counter.  It woks great for me.  I tried it on the bed and as you say it is not stable enough but the sink counter works great.  I also have an ironing pad but I tend to use the ironing board more.

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