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721  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Battery Switch next to streering wheel question? on: May 19, 2012, 09:27:37 am

On our 2008 model I had a bad battery and had to use that switch (on the dash) to start the motorhome.  The setup saved a call to AAA and a late start to the day.  The switch is the same on our new 2012 model.

I talked to Kermit the first time I needed to use it and this is what he told me.  

Push and hold the switch in for a period of time.  I had to hold mine for about 5 to 10 minutes. What this causes is the relay to remain operated.  It appears to be a charge that is put into the battery versus putting a jumper on the battery.  I have started the vehicle with the switch operated or released.   Not sure what the best way is but it worked either way.

I asked Kermit why it was made that it had to be held in and he stated that people would forget to release it if it was not spring loaded.

722  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: hwh leveling system question on: May 15, 2012, 08:48:46 pm

I know its not necessary but I like to use plastic pads under my jacks on the PC.  This keeps the jack pads clean, reduces rust and keeps the jacks from sinking into soft sand or soil.  I found that inch HDPE (High Density Polyethyelene) works great.  Wipes clean and dry in seconds and is strong as steel.  Very expensive if bought new but most plastic shops will sell scrap pieces for a few dollars per square foot.  I bought a couple of scrap pieces for $20 and cut them to size to make four pads.

723  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Veterans on: May 15, 2012, 05:04:03 pm
U.S.A.F 65-69 606thACW (606thACS)

724  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: WiFi on the road on: May 14, 2012, 08:16:53 am
One thing I forgot to mention is that if you are a military veteran you can get a nice discount from verizon on all of your service.  Just show them your DD214.  The phone was in my wife's name and we switched it to mine to get a better discoount then what she was getting through AAA. 

725  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: furnace question on: May 13, 2012, 05:48:59 pm

    Sounds like you did exactly as you were suppose to do.  Green light at furnace should turn on furnace.  What happens when you put it on Cool - does the furnace come on or the AC?  Maybe they are wired wrong.

726  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: loose wire to steps on 2551s on: May 12, 2012, 06:19:24 pm

   That wire is intended to be used to light the porch light when the step light is on.  Because the porch light is switched from inside the PC the wire is unused.  According to the installation manual it is a 16 AWG purple wire-Optional step light switch on#9506, #9507, #9508 Controls Only.

727  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: We're going to Elkhart on: May 10, 2012, 11:21:14 am

Smart move on the MCD shades.  We think they are the best!

728  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Trip to Elkhart on: May 09, 2012, 09:52:17 pm
Paul and Marilyn

  Great options

  I think you will like the DUO blinds better.  We had the day/night shades in the 2008 and liked them but in the 2012 we got the DUO blinds and they are the best.

729  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: We're going to Elkhart on: May 07, 2012, 06:57:14 pm

    We have stayed at Elkhart Campground when we were in the area.  If rusty water bothers you, try to fill your fresh water tank somewhere along the way that has good water.  Then you won't have to use their water.  We got very rusty water at the Elkhart campground the two times we were there.  Elkhart has terrible water--especially at the factory.   You might even ask PC if you can stay in their lot the night before - just call and see if they'll leave the electric cord out for you.

730  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Trip to Elkhart on: May 07, 2012, 04:55:34 pm
Paul and Marilyn

    Congrats  Celebrate

    Now for the wait!!!!

Barry and Sue
731  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: We're going to Elkhart on: May 07, 2012, 03:56:06 pm
During the course of planning trips I discovered Ohio offers overnight RV parking at four of their service plazas.  We have seen them from the turnpike and they look pretty good.

Here is a link to their webpage:

732  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Apollo 1/2 time oven/ microwave on: May 07, 2012, 01:33:41 pm

     I feel really bad for you.  That was always my one concern about these Apollo ovens.  I just don't know if they can stand the rigors of a recreational vehicle.  Many manufacturers use them but that still doesn't mean they are that good.  Are you going to be traveling near Elkhart - or could you make a side trip?  I would think if you could get your SANI CON and OVEN seen by the folks at PC you might have better luck.

733  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / The Wacky Cake (a great cake recipe) on: May 07, 2012, 12:15:25 pm
The Wacky Cake

I make this all the time in the PC since you mix it in the pan you bake in.  Taste great and very easy.

1 1/2 C. sifted flour
1 C. sugar (I use a little less)
1 tsp. baking soda
3 T. cocoa
1 tsp. vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla
5 T. butter, melted
1 C. cold water

Sift, flour, sugar, baking soda, and cocoa into ungreased 8 inch square cake pan.  Level off, and with back of spoon, make three holes in dry mixture.  Into one hole pour vinegar, in second hole pour vanilla, in third hole pour melted butter.  Pour cold water over all, and stir thoroughly with a fork to mix dry ingredients.  Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.  Spread with frosting whebn cool.

My Sharp convection oven was an exact 30 minutes, my Apollo oven is about 25 minutes.


734  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: WiFi on the road on: May 07, 2012, 11:41:25 am
We use our Verizon cell phone and Verizon's Mobile Broadband feature.  The cell phone is "tethered" (a Verizon term for being connected by a cable) to the computer and acts as a modem.  The Mobile Broadband feature can be turned on and off as required (no contract or activation fee) and is prorated on a daily bases if not activated for an entire month.  Depending upon your cell phone you may have to turn on Data Package and Mobile Broadband features or just the Mobile Broadband feature.

Our phone (we have an older model - not a smart phone) requires both the Data Package and Mobile Broadband feature and costs $50 per month for 2 GB.  Prorated it averages about $1.60 per day.  The 2GB meets our needs for email, update downloads and general surfing.  We do not do any video.  We generally use about 1GB a month.  They have different plans and many times will offer 4GB for the price of 2.  We have service everywhere we have telephone service.  Speeds are comparable to our cable service at home.  So far we have been very pleased with this arrangement.  As a matter of fact we will be turning it on this week as we are leaving for our trip to Washington DC.

We've never checked into the rates for Canada.  We like staying at the federal/state parks as well and as long as we have a cell signal we have internet access.  If you call verizon they will check your phone to see if it is capable for the Data Package and Mobile Broadband feature.  We had to buy the cable for our phone to use for the connection to the PC but it was only $5.00 through verizon.  We've been doing this for the last 5 years. 

735  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Trip to Elkhart on: May 07, 2012, 08:28:56 am
Thanks for the tips on the APPs.  Very helpful!!   Enjoy your visit.

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