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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Swapping out the inverter... on: December 19, 2014, 09:01:03 am
I use my computer plugged in to the outlet under the dinette, which is not on the inverter, so as long as I am not dry camping, it is all right.  I don't really understand from the replies above whether the other outlets are safe or not for electronics when we are plugged in to shore power (or generator) but use an inverter outlet.  I thought I read somewhere that in such a case, the inverter will be bypassed.  Anyhew, maybe PC will reconsider having an option to put in a pure sine wave inverter for people who ask for one.  Grin
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Swapping out the inverter... on: December 17, 2014, 09:33:59 pm
I asked PC about putting a pure sine wave inverter in when they built my unit for that reason, but they only wanted to use the modified sine wave that they've been using all along, indicating that there haven't ever been any complaints about it.  I didn't push the issue, and instead I got a nice adapter thingie so I could charge electronics from the dashboard when driving.  Then, once I moved into my rig and started using stuff and sort of understanding how things work, I realized that the inverter would only be charging my computer (or phone or whatever) if I were not plugged in to shore power, but using the house battery.  I usually am plugged in somewhere, so it is my understanding (and I may be waaaayyyyy wrong, in which case I welcome correction) that if I am plugged in to shore power or even using the generator, then even the inverter plugs won't be using the inverter, because it isn't needed then.  It is only needed when using just your battery power.  So when I did dry camp, I made sure my electronics were charged up ahead of time and if they needed charging while out there, I could use the adapter while driving or just take my chances with an occasional charge being done with the modified sine wave inverter.  Sorry, that was way too long, and probably confused, and maybe wrong.  But it's my two cents!
3  Main Forum / Photos / Re: White Sands National Monument on: December 15, 2014, 12:43:40 pm
Pretty shots!
How well does your PC handle when driving on snow?
4  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Valley of the Gods, Utah on: December 15, 2014, 12:39:42 pm
Looks like a heavenly drive!
I'm glad the damage wasn't any worse.
I don't tow a vehicle, either.  My tow is my dog pulling on the leash.  We can't go as far as you's guys with toads, but we do all right!
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: December 11, 2014, 07:33:18 pm
Welcome Stewie's Waggin'--What a great name!
I hope you enjoy many years and miles in your PC.  I bet it will be hard waiting for Spring, but at least you will have lots of time to get things ready!  (and if you celebrate Christmas, gift choices will be easy this year hahaha)
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: December 06, 2014, 07:03:48 pm
Welcome David and Sharon, and congrats on your new (to you) motor home.  I hope you have many splendid years of enjoyment with it!
7  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Santee SP, South Carolina on: December 05, 2014, 07:41:36 am
Hi Holly!

Yes, I discovered Georgia yesterday and am gonna sit here for a spell (at beautiful Crooked River State Park).  I love that non-site-specific camping feature, too!

While in VA, I made it through plenty of nights in the teens and 20s and a number of days that didn't get out of the 30s with all my plumbing intact, thanks for asking!  I am happy to know that I can easily camp in those conditions, but I did not want to have to drive in icy or snowy weather, so it was definitely time to head south.

I've been following your blog and am happy you made it to Oregon, congratulations!  Your posts and pictures of your travels through the Southwestern states and California have been really enjoyable.  Thanks for sharing your travels so well, and good luck getting settled into a Northwestern Winter.


8  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Santee SP, South Carolina on: December 04, 2014, 08:23:27 pm
Almost lost my silver rig in the thick fog and Spanish moss!  
This is a lovely state park, although a little on the rough side... mostly sand and some gravel, so lots of pot holes and exposed tree roots in the campground loop road... drive slowly!  All sites have water and electric, and there are showers in the comfort stations.  Gorgeous view out your windows if you camp near the overlook.  All sites nicely shaded.  There is another campground to the East, but I was in a rush to leave so did not check it out.  The park is just a few miles west of I-95 so very convenient if you need a stop-over while traveling that route.  
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: December 01, 2014, 05:30:50 pm
Welcome to the family and the forum, Dave and Betty.  Don't worry, scared is good!  Keeps ya on yer toes.   LOL
Looking forward to your full-timer perspective!
10  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Rear view monitor position on: November 26, 2014, 09:05:45 am
I love the rearview mirror, too!  There is a blind spot behind me that the side mirrors cannot pick up.  The rear camera doesn't either, as I have it set to view fairly close to my bumper to assist with backing into places.  The rearview mirror helps me with that blind spot, although it took awhile to get used to what I was seeing and where it was.  I also rely on the compass on the mirror when selecting a camping spot.  If it is hot and sunny, I like to park with my nose facing East, if possible.  Gives the hot midday and late afternoon sun less surface and window area to bake me!
11  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Any pets travel with you? on: November 22, 2014, 11:13:54 pm
Nice to hear Pepper and Ginger are still enjoying the joys of the road with you!  I don't know what I'd do without my traveling companion, Dawny.  She loves getting to a new place and discovering all the new smells and critters.  And all the miles and miles of doggy walks we have put onto our six legs has made us both much more fit and healthy than when we set out this past July. 
12  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Traveling with Safe Plumbing in Winter on: November 10, 2014, 02:12:33 pm
Thanks Bob & Sharon.  Yup, I spoke to Kermit at PC after getting the forum's input and researching online.  He did state that the water heater is one of the more vulnerable items to freezing, and to leave it on if the temps are below freezing.  It is very expensive to replace.  My other vulnerable spot is that outside shower, but as someone previously noted, on the 2350/2351 there is a cutout for that plumbing under the bathroom sink.  I took the shower head off, drained the water out of the tube, then stuffed washcloths in the outside compartment.  Leaving the bathroom sink door open so it gets heated should prevent problems there.  All the other ideas and suggestions should be followed, as well, and I should be fine.  Thanks again everyone, and I hope this is also helpful to others!
13  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Pleated Front Curtain on: November 05, 2014, 08:51:41 am
2Frazzled's suggestion about the silver emergency blanket got me thinking (danger! danger!).  I currently use two Magic Shade sunshades (by Auto Expressions, purchased at Walmart, extraordinarily reasonably priced) on my dash to block out sun in the summer and for privacy any time I am parked.  They are made of that extremely lightweight silver material you spoke of and they are bound on the edges with some kind of oval spring so that when they are opened up they are totally flat and can be snuggled in between the dash and the visors to fit really nicely.  As the weather has gotten colder, I've noticed that they trap a nice layer of cold air in between them and the window when I open up in the morning.  I think I'm going to get an extra pair to put along the driver and passenger windows at night and see how much more cold air gets trapped.  I also use the accordion curtains at night for more thorough privacy.  Plus I think they are pretty.
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Why PC instead of similar priced Class A on: October 31, 2014, 05:42:53 pm

Which PC model are you buying?  

As for reassurances, in general, I adore my non-slide 2351 (solo full-timer with dog).  I find it to be solid and comfy and lovely.  As I walk around campgrounds, mine is among the smallest around, until you get to the Class B vans and then the tent campers.  I love that I can maneuver into many spots that longer, taller units could not.  I love that low bridges and tree branches don't freak me out.  I think those cab-over-beds are nice for kids, for sure, but I believe they come at the expense of a low profile.  

You said this is going to be your first RV.  My question is, is it going to be your family's first experience with camping?  If you have been tent-camping and roughing it, then even a small motor home will be luxurious in comparison.  If you haven't been camping at all much, then, yes, two adults and two children might be a challenge compared to living in your house.  But I'm not sure going an extra few feet in length will solve that.  Also, if you will primarily be using this in fair weather, your children (especially as they get older) might well get a kick out of tent camping on your site while you and your wife enjoy the amenities and comfort of your cabin-on-wheels.  There is also the question of how you like to camp...  Are you outside around the campfire and on lots of walks and stuff?  Or do you enjoy being cozy inside with a couple of TV's and--in some cases!!--a fireplace?

Last note, I spoke to Kermit today re a small leak that I've discovered in my rig.  As others on this forum have experienced before me, the customer service that you get from Phoenix USA is personal and of extraordinary quality.  I don't know how the other company(s) you are considering compare, but I believe this is a really important consideration when buying something so expensive and so likely to have issues crop up as it is bumped and jostled over hundreds and, perhaps, thousands of miles.

Oh, and I am at a campground south of Alexandria, VA for at least the next few weeks.  If you have not seen a PC yet, or even if you have and you'd like to see another, you are welcome to stop by.  You can find my contact info under my profile.

Whatever you decide, I hope you and your family enjoy many miles and many, many wonderful memories in your new rig!
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Another New Model Being Offered, The 2450 on: October 28, 2014, 05:49:38 pm
If you get a slide, then there isn't extra space for a pantry on the dinette side.  That extra space is taken up by the nice size dinette and the slide walls.  If you get a non-slide unit, you get a pantry (or closet of that width) on the dinette side and on the passenger side you get either the same or the longer bed.  Just FYI, instead of putting the slide-out pantry into that extra foot on one or both sides, you can have a simple narrow closet that actually gives you a lot more usable space.  In my (non-slide) unit, I have the slide-out pantry between the kitchen and the bed and a closet suitable for storing tall items between the dinette and frig. I took measurements of the pantry and closet options and posted them in my thread in Photos.   Cheer
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