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1  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!
2  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. 
3  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!
4  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.
5  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!
6  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
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Another New Model Being Offered, The 2450 on: October 28, 2014, 12:56:25 pm
Ron--How about replacing the garage door, framing it so that it comes out 6 inches farther?   ThumbsUp
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire and battery advice on: October 24, 2014, 07:31:55 pm
Thanks for the info, Frecklestweety, and I hope your PC's last Fall trip is wonderful.  Drive safely!
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: October 23, 2014, 05:03:23 pm
I'd hate to have to "sacrifice house for hood."  I love my setup exactly as it is, but 25 feet is the max that I want or need.  It fits so nicely into even relatively tight camping spots and I have so much room for all that schtuff!  nod
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire and battery advice on: October 23, 2014, 04:57:56 pm
Freckles--I was in that part of PA at the end of Sept and met a couple of the ladies from that group at the small campground I was staying at.  If I had taken them up on their invitation to attend the rally, there would have been FOUR PCs there.  Maybe next year!
11  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Pleated Front Curtain on: October 23, 2014, 06:57:28 am
Beautiful work!
12  Main Forum / Photos / Re: 2450 non-slide on: October 22, 2014, 02:45:29 pm
Hi Ron,

The tall cabinet between the kitchen counter and the bed is PC's typical slide-out pantry.  Measures about 13 inches wide from the edge of the counter to the side of the wardrobe that hangs over the foot of the bed.  The usable inside width of the shelves is only 6 inches.  Despite the loss of space due to the slide-out mechanism, I find it a good spot for things like bleach, laundry and dishwasher detergent, generator oil, WD-40, spare shampoo, vinegar, Calgon, etc.  Basically things that I don't want to spill but won't be needing to access all the time.

The tall cabinet between the dinette and the frig is about 12 inches wide, with usable inside space of a little over 10 inches since there is no slide-out. 

You are correct that there are two cabinets.  The taller one on the bottom is tall and wide enough for a guitar in a hard case, plus room on the floor for hiking boots.  I put hooks on the inside walls up high and hang jackets and a heavier coat in there, and that helps cushion the guitar from moving around.  I suppose a golfer might find that a good spot for golf clubs!

The smaller cabinet above that also does not have a slide-out, so has that nice interior width.  I was worried that it was going to be a pain to reach things in the back but it hasn't been a problem.  I put extra paper products and light-weight cleaning products in there, and it is easy to stack them and keep them fairly neat and accessible.

Not sure what you mean by the measurement of the "vertical stlle framing pieces".  The slide-out pantry is just under four feet high, then you lose some of that space due to the slide-out mechanism.  The tall cabinet on the bottom, next to the frig, is four feet two inches, top to floor.  The cabinet above that is two feet high.  Adjustable shelving might be nice here, depending what people want to store.

Let me know if you have any other questions.  ThumbsUp

13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rear camera problem on: October 21, 2014, 09:47:31 pm
Maybe check the Ford vehicle fuse box... when my entire fuse box went bad, the backup camera did not work when I went to pick it up after servicing.  Ford found a yellow video feed wire, but no where to plug it in.  I took it back to the RV place that initially tried to work on it, and they fixed it by plugging it into the fuse box in place of another yellow video feed wire that was mistakenly plugged in by Ford.  They then had to tape it up because with all the messing around with wires, it would sort of go in and out of blue screen mode.  So maybe yours is loose? 
14  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Pleated Front Curtain on: October 20, 2014, 07:22:33 am
Wow, Nancy, what an awesome job (both the doing and the describing).  You could probably do a little custom-order business with that kind of skill.  Sewing is becoming a lost art.  Cheer
15  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Traveling with Safe Plumbing in Winter on: October 19, 2014, 11:00:03 am
Thanks for the helpful replies Holly, Sue, and Tom.  I'll give Phoenix a call this coming week, as well, to get their input.  I am less worried now about getting into trouble with Father Winter!
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