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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Fluorescent light failure and melted housing on: March 03, 2015, 07:48:03 pm
Dave, I have the same LED fixtures you have, and I agree they are very bright...which is great in daytime, and when I'm cleaning, but not so nice for evening use.  In the evening I'm using only my small reading lights, but but I want a better choice.  I have a plan for a line of dimmable LEDs along the top edge of my upper cabinets that will shine up at an angle and flood the ceiling for adjustable warm ambient light. They will operate with a remote. Unfortunately my schedule doesn't give me a chance to work on this until May, but I'll post details and pictures when finished.  I'm getting the components from Inspired LED.
2  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Getting to Nashville - Bad Stretch? on: February 16, 2015, 11:53:11 pm
I've driven that route many times both ways in my 34' diesel pusher, E-350 long van, and every other vehicle I have had except my PC...never had any problems with it.  However from the south I much prefer I-65 thru AL instead in order to avoid Atlanta, which just gets worse every year.
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Wheel cover installation problem on: February 05, 2015, 09:06:17 pm
Are the wheel covers on my 2015 PC different than most? There is plenty of clearance for both my straight air tester and angled air compressor chuck.  I've also used the pass-thru gator caps on all my big vehicles for years and never had any problems with them.
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Leak In Overheads on: January 31, 2015, 08:46:56 pm
In Florida humidity definitely requires some effort to control.  My PC is in use about 50% of days October thru April, but a bit less in summer.  When not in use, I keep the AC set at 85 in summer and the heat set at 55 in winter, plus a dehumidifier set at 45 or 50% (and the bathroom door open, since there is no direct route for AC or heat into there).

I too am concerned about the excessive hot/cold in the cabinets over the driver and passenger seats. I'm planning to do something to improve the insulation in there, but haven't quite figured out yet what I want to do. The other temperature/condensation problem points I want to solve are the metal window frames and the plastic vent covers, which are allowing way too much hot/cold temperature exchange.  I have the double pane insulating windows, and the glass is doing its job, but the metal frames are extremely conductive and no thermal break at all.  The vent covers are too shallow to put the thick pillow insulators in, so I have the thin silver bubble type, but they don't create the air seal that I need.

Then there's the cab.  I already insulate my cab windshield and windows, but I also want to be able to completely block the entire cab area in cold weather camping, as the cab really pumps cold air onto the floor. 

Lots of projects.  thinking
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: December 11, 2014, 11:14:50 am
Welcome Dave, Kristina and Stewie,  seems like there are quite a few PC owners in PA.  y'all need to drive south and get rid of all that "winterizing".  Happy travels to you.
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: short time storage on: December 01, 2014, 04:06:42 pm
My PC does live in Florida and gets used a minimum of once a month, year round.  I have hookups next to my house and a shade structure to keep the sun off, so I leave it plugged in always when parked.  I also run the AC in hot weather set to 85 to keep the humidity down, and keep a small space heater set to 50 in winter if we have a cold snap of 30s or below.  I see no reason to have the inverter on when plugged in, since the shore power gives power to the entire coach.
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: December 01, 2014, 03:58:19 pm
Welcome Dave and Betty.  With 17 years of full-timing under your belt, I expect you will have lots of helpful ideas to share.
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: October 29, 2014, 05:26:08 pm
Welcome Charlotte and Milton.  Looking forward to details and photos as you make your new PC to suit your dreams. Celebrate
9  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Mapping Software on: October 20, 2014, 11:46:03 am
Ron, well maybe I would do better if I had four GPS, but only have three  Grin.  The object at the bottom of the photo that looks like a small screen is a temperature monitor screen that shows me the remote temperature in my farthest back dog crate so I know if the dash AC is not keeping them cool enough as I drive.

I miss my copilot with the paper maps.
10  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Mapping Software on: October 20, 2014, 09:33:18 am
Thanks John and Holly, I had no idea Google Earth had so many features.  I'm also very interested in what everyone does, as I have been so frustrated since Garmin changed their software and eliminated a feature that was very important to me (asking me whether or not I WANT to recalculate a route when I temporarily deviate from it).  I like planning my route on my computer down to every turn and loading it into my GPS for simple following on route.  Only my old Street Pilot still does that...my newer Dezl 760 has many new features that I love, but will recalculate my route at will if I skip a reststop or get off the route for fuel etc.  Not an insurmountable problem, but annoying because my choices in routing lean toward simplicity, easy turns and avoiding traffic (less of an issue now with the PC than with the diesel pusher, at least).  So I use both GPS and will I guess until the Street Pilot dies or Garmin puts the feature back into new software...and what's really crazy is technically I have three GPS because I also have the Rand McNally unit that comes with the in-dash upgrade in the PC (which I added solely for the backup camera).  I haven't used the Rand McNally unit yet because unfortunately the screen is not nearly bright enough for me to see important detail in bright daylight, and since the angle can't be changed it also has glare that I can't eliminate.
11  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Pleated Front Curtain on: October 20, 2014, 09:11:32 am
Thank you Nancy, I copied all this down and put it on my "to do" list.  Going to JoAnn's this week for the materials.  Yes, photos please. nod
12  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Pleated Front Curtain on: October 19, 2014, 08:35:24 pm
I'm interested in doing this as well, although I don't need blackout, I just want a real curtain for night privacy that's easier to use than the stock pleated unit that came with the PC.  So if I understand this right, you removed the pleated unit and used the original hangers and track for your new curtain.  I also assume you made the new curtain the same length.  I was thinking I would have to use traditional drapery pleating tape and drapery hooks, but from your description it sounds like I won't have to go to all that trouble.
13  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Before and after pictures of tile backsplash in our 2015 2450 on: October 17, 2014, 07:11:32 pm
Well done.  Nice upgrade.  I'll be very interested to hear how it holds up over time in a moving vehicle.
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2013 model 2551 12 volt batteries OK? on: October 16, 2014, 05:52:14 pm
Ron,
I have no clue what the best manufacturer would be, but I've had Interstate Batteries for every automotive and RV application for years and have no complaints.  Interstate Batteries has a dealer locator on their website, www.interstatebatteries.com.  I'm not a battery expert but everything I've read indicates that there is no better choice in terms of deep cycle applications than wet cell lead acid, especially for dry camping.  I would find it impossible to maintain them properly without an easy way to access the top of the batteries with plenty of clearance (drawer pullout).  In my class A, I had 4 x 6V batteries in a large non-pullout compartment with plenty of clearance above...I could almost get my whole body above them...but still they were a backbreaking hassle to pull all the caps and fill all the cells.  I love the PC pullout drawer, what a pleasure.  I'm plugged into shore power year-round (when not dry camping a few weeks a year), so I pull the caps and check the cells once a month.  I don't have to add water every time, but often...more often as the batteries age.  I like to have a good look at them anyway, and since I do watch them, I don't get corrosion and keep the terminals sprayed with anti-corrosion spray and wipe them clean every time.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2013 model 2551 12 volt batteries OK? on: October 15, 2014, 08:20:09 pm
Ron, The two 6V batteries Phoenix installed on my 2015 2100 are: Interstate Batteries, Deep Cycle Extreme, GC2-XHD-UTL.  The info printed on the label says "122mins@75Amps" "232 AH".  I can't pretend to know exactly what that means.
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