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631  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Campground near PC factory on: August 20, 2011, 01:49:24 pm
We've stayed at the Elkhart Campground.  It is just about 10 minutes from the factory so very convienient.  Nice place but water is rusty.  So if you go fill your tanks at home.  Met two other PC owners when we were there.

We've also stayed about 30 minutes away at the Shipshewana South Campground.  Nice place as well and just a 1/2 mile from the flea market.  Water was much better. 
632  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: S&S RV Service in Gettysburg, Pa. on: August 19, 2011, 12:46:24 pm
Bob and George

I contacted Koni about FSD shocks for the E450 Chassis and according to their representative , "Koni does not have a FSD shock for the Ford E450 but the adjustable shock works just as well".

633  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Water tank issues on: August 17, 2011, 07:38:54 pm
My understanding is that you only have a few seconds before you burn out the heating element with an empty tank.  This information came from a dealer when we bought our first travel trailer.

I always turn the water heater off at the circuit breaker before I drain the tank for the winter.  Also, I always confirm the breaker label and mark it in red when I get a new RV.

Don't need a senior moment when I'm de-winterizing on the road.

634  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: My first post - Hi everybody on: August 17, 2011, 07:02:07 pm
Welcome to the group.  Hope you enjoy your travels as much as we do.

Barry & Sue
635  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thinking About a Phoenix Cruiser on: August 01, 2011, 10:13:25 am

Depending upon the size and weight of your enclosed trailer and motorcycle the Sprinter chassis may have some towing and axle limitations.   A fully loaded Sprinter (GVWR of 11,030 pounds) has a maximum towing capability of 4,220 pounds.  The rear axle has a rating of 7,720 pounds but I'm not sure exactly how the added tongue weight is going the affect the loading of the rear axle.  These represent maximum numbers  and have no margin for error or safety.
Best bet is to contact the PC factory and get their input.  They are very helpful and well informed.

636  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Camping Activities on: July 31, 2011, 10:15:30 pm
How do you transport your kayak and/or canoe?
637  Main Forum / Polls / Camping Activities on: July 31, 2011, 12:53:56 pm
Nice to see what people have a passion for doing.   Might spark a new interest.

Please describe "OTHER" activies in a reply.

Barry & Sue
638  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2004 Oven in a 2011 RV? on: July 27, 2011, 08:06:52 pm

What campground did you stay at while you were in Elkhart?

639  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Toads or tow vehicles? What brand do you use? on: July 24, 2011, 11:06:07 am

We tow a 2004 Chevy Cavalier (2500# automatic) 4 down.  The tow bar is a Blue Ox Aladdin with Break Buddy as the supplemental breaking system.  The Aladdin is aluminum and weighs 36 pounds.  Same speed limitation of 65 MPH but do not need to pull any fuses.

I was surprised at how many newer cars equipped with automatics can be towed 4 down now.

Here is a link to the Motor Home Magazine towing guide. A lot of good information but there is more than a little advertizing.

Remco website is also a good source of information.  They will tell you what needs to be done to your car to make it towable.

640  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: New Brunswick, PEI, Cape Bretton, Nova Scotia Campgrounds and Resturants on: July 22, 2011, 08:29:09 pm
A couple of years ago I was taking with a friend of mine from Canada and he said that Direct TV was illegal in Canada.  After reading your posts I thought I would do a little research.  Here is what I found.

FAQ's from DIRECT TV confirm that they are not authorized to offer service or transmit a signal into Canada

Can I get DIRECTV in Canada?

We are prohibited by law from offering service outside the United States. DIRECTV abides by all applicable legal restrictions and does not condone or support violation of law

Is DIRECTV service available in Canada or Mexico?

We are legally prohibited from transmitting the DIRECTV signal outside the United States

Canadian Law

Here is the portion of the Radiocommunications Act that is used to forbid the decoding of Direct TV signals.

The Radiocommunication Act Section 9(1)(c) states: "No person shall...decode an encrypted subscription programming signal or encrypted network feed otherwise than under and in accordance with an authorization from the lawful distributor of the signal or feed".

"This section of the Radiocommunication Act has been the subject of recent court challenges involving retailers who sell American DTH satellite receivers and services in Canada. This resulted in confusion due to differing judgements rendered regarding the interpretation of section 9(1)(c). A Supreme Court of Canada decision in the case of Bell ExpressVu v. Richard Rex, made on April 26, 2002, confirms that provisions in the Radiocommunication Act forbid the illegal decoding of satellite television programming."

The Radiocommunication Act Section defines lawful distributor”, in relation to an encrypted subscription programming signal or encrypted network feed, means a person who has the lawful right in Canada to transmit it and authorize its decoding;

As I see it, Direct TV cannot offer service outside of the U. S. and cannot transmit signals outside of the U. S. By definition they are not a "lawful distributor" within Canada.

641  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tow bar alighnment on: July 14, 2011, 04:49:53 pm

Wise choice. 

642  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: So what can I do for free (or cheap) near Gadsden, AL? on: July 14, 2011, 04:43:18 pm

Try the AAA tour book if you have one for AL.  Also, here is a link to Gadsden City Site.

643  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tow bar alighnment on: July 14, 2011, 11:46:28 am


Here is a link to the drop hitch I'm looking at.  It is a dual drop so I can put my car and bike rack behind the PC.  The supplier did provide detailed information and will do custom work.  Double check his rating.

644  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Emergency Road service on: July 13, 2011, 06:08:10 pm

   We use the AAA RV plus membership.   We do not have any AAA insurance--just their membership.  It cost us about $72 dollars a year and they will change a tire or tow you (up to 100 miles) to a facility for major repairs.  When we had a travel trailer we had a blown tire and they were out in 15 minutes, changed it and we were back on the road.  You also get the added benefit of their trip tiks and travel books/services.  The membership money for us is pece of mind when we travel.  It covers all your vehicles, not just your RV so if you have a flat on a car, or lose battery or whatever, they'll be there to help.  Also gets you three gallons of gas if you run out.  Just don't remind my DW of this one!!
645  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What Would You Do For A Phoenix Cruiser on: July 13, 2011, 12:40:00 pm
Might gain an inch or two if I removed some of the trim.
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