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631  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A/C heat strip on: December 05, 2012, 06:09:49 pm
Just some info on the heat strip.

The heat strip is really a coil that runs on AC power and provides 1500 watts or 5600 BTUs of heating power, similar to that of an electric floor heater. Contrary to popular belief, the heat strip puts out as much heat as the kind you plug into an outlet - about 5600 BTUs. The difference is that the air conditioner has a higher volume blower and the air does not feel real hot but it is suppose to be 5600 BTUs.  The A/C blower blows air over the element and out the ducts, providing heat to the RV. It really cannot heat up the RV in very cold conditions as others have said but once the RV is at a desired temperature it will maintain that heat.

With that said we do use it in the mornings to keep the chill out.  But we also have a small electric ceramic heater to use in the main living area when watching TV.  Less noise and due to the lower volume blower feels much warmer.

632  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: closet rod on: December 03, 2012, 08:10:53 am
Ozzie & Ben

The ones that we use are from Walmart that look like this:

Since we bought these I see that they now have some that actually have a non slip hanger so the clothes grip to the hanger as shows here:

However, our clothes have never fallen off the hanger and our hangers have never fallen off the rod. 

Just thinking if you want you could buy something like a swim noodle, cut it to length and slip it over the rod the keep the hangers in place.  Have never tried it but might be a cheap solution.

633  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: closet rod on: December 02, 2012, 10:33:35 am
We also use the plastic hangers from Walmart and have never had a problem.  I sometimes intermingle these with the hangers I get when buying at Kohls or other stores.  We have been on some rough roads and have not experienced any falling off.

634  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thank You Kermit on: November 29, 2012, 04:43:49 pm

Smart move.  Can't wait to see some pictures.

Barry and Sue
635  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Missing Money - A helpful sight to look for money beng held by the state on: November 28, 2012, 08:40:32 am

Sorry Tom but we already have that one.

636  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Missing Money - A helpful sight to look for money beng held by the state on: November 27, 2012, 03:35:49 pm
Didn't know where to post this link so I thought I would do it here.  Figured it could be something you can tell your campfire friends.

The link is to a website that allows you to get to most of the 50 states unclaimed property (including money) search.

If you click on any of the states in green it will link you to that particular states website that allows you to search for any money the state may be holding for you because they claim that they do not know where you are.  Most of the states offer this service for free from their website and most of the states will then send you your money for free.  Every state has different rules.  I have found money for quite a few people including ourselves.  Barry had an insurance policy and when one company bought out the other company they claimed they could not find him so sent the money to the state.  It took about six months to get the check but it was a nice windfall (paid for many, many days of camping).  You do not have to login to this site so just click on the state and it should take you to that states particular page that deals with unclaimed property.

If the state is not in green you can just go to the state governments website and look for their search for unclaimed property.

There are companies that will do this for you but then charge you a finders fee.  Do it yourself for free.  If you moved to different states in your lifetime make sure you search each of those states.

Hope someone finds some cash that belongs to them.

637  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Refrigerator Temperature on: November 24, 2012, 12:48:59 pm
I need to keep good control of the temperature of the refrigerator since I need medication refrigerated and it must not freeze.  I found a "taylor" indoor/outdoor" wireless temperature gauge similar to the one shown here on amazon

I have been using it now for a couple of years.  I found it on clearance for only $5.00 so if it didn't work it wasn't going to be too much of a loss.  I put the outdoor gauge on a shelf in the frig and I am able to see the temp without having to open the door.  It works really nice.

638  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Replacement coach batteries on: November 22, 2012, 05:49:35 pm

I generally use Interstate Batteries as replacements for both the coach and van, they worked for us in the past.  They also have a good distribution system with many outlets.

639  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Let there be Light on: November 22, 2012, 05:26:14 pm
We were getting tired of getting a flashlight to search for something under the bed so we installed some rope lighting and a switch under the driver side bed in the 2551.  Works great.  Login to see a before and after pic.

640  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need suggestions for "test" camping in an RV on: November 22, 2012, 05:22:27 pm

     The swamp buggy races are still going strong.  And yes---still in Naples.  Login to see a couple of pics.

641  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need suggestions for "test" camping in an RV on: November 19, 2012, 08:37:22 am
I disagree with Tom as well.  We never have experienced the long lines everywhere you go.  The only places to avoid where you might run into this are those famous "SPRING BREAK" places during a short 2-3 week  time frame--usually the first two weeks in March.  What is nice about January and February is the weather and all the fun activities the cities put on.  There are always concerts in the park, art shows and yes don't forget the swamp buggy races.

642  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need suggestions for "test" camping in an RV on: November 18, 2012, 06:50:14 pm

    We have been going to FL every winter since 2003 but we always plan ahead.  The state parks are 11 months in advance, the COE parks are 6 months and the private parks are a year.  With that said, however, we have met many on the road in FL that rely on others cancelling.  I guess it depends on how lucky you feel and exactly where you want to be.  Northern Florida is not as busy but if you want to go to the Keys plan ahead. 

643  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: My first winterizing... on: November 18, 2012, 11:50:47 am

Just a couple of things.

Now that your water heater is empty there is a chance you will burn out your heating element if you connect your PC to shore power and have the water heater turned on.  I always turn the water heater off at the 120v breaker box as part of my winterization.

There are low point drains for the hot and cold water.  I don't know where they are in the 2100 but in the 2350 and 2551 they are under the drawers in the kitchen area near the water heater by-pass.  You might want to open them and see if anything comes out.

Not sure if this is necessary but I also blow out the SanCon flush lines for the black and grey tanks.

I also remove any 9V, AA or AAA batteries  plus the smoke alarm.  In the spring when I reinstall the smoke alarm I also put in a new battery .


644  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Small little fix behind stove top on: November 17, 2012, 12:56:53 pm
Behind the stove top in the 2350 and 2551/2552 there is an area to store the sink cover and stove top covers.  When PC builds this area they leave the two ends open.  Well, every once in a while when I am chopping vegetables a small piece of food goes flying and it just never lands in that area.  It's like it has eyes and always finds one of those openings and then falls down behind the drawers.  It is then a chore to take the drawers out and search for whatever has fallen.  Problem now solved.  We covered those openings with a small piece of laminate.  YEA!!!!!  Login to see pics.

645  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Shelf behind/above toilet in 2552 on: November 16, 2012, 08:13:43 pm

   Nice idea. 

   We found a lucite orgnazer in a smoked color at bed bath and beyond that is just a little smaller than the shelf.  It has non-skip pads on the bottom.  I leave it there during all of our travels and it stays in place.  Even though that shelf is narrow it really does come in handy.

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