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1  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
2  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.
3  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.
4  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
5  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.
6  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.
7  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.
8  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.
9  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: LED light for under Sharp Microwave/Convection oven on: October 13, 2014, 04:30:01 pm
E17 to E12 adapters, 3 in package, $9.99 Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JI8JMXG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I got the bulb from Ebay for about $5, but it appears out of stock now.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1x-LED-Bulb-800lm-360-Degree-E12-E26-5630-5730-36-SMD-110V-220V-240V-3200K-6500K-/191106682294?pt=US_Light_Bulbs&var=&hash=item2c7ed88db6

Here's a similar at 9W, but they state the lumens only at 650:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Led-lamp-E27-E14-G9-Gu10-E12-E26-B22-48-5730-Smd-360-9W-Corn-light-110V-220V-/191196482944?pt=US_Light_Bulbs&var=&hash=item2c8432cd80

The bulbs ship from china, so it takes about two weeks to get them.

10  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / LED light for under Sharp Microwave/Convection oven on: October 13, 2014, 01:04:53 pm
I love the Sharp Microwave/Convection in my new PC, but don't love the underneath light that is supposed to light the countertop/cooktop below it.  It had two 110V 20W appliance bulbs that generate plenty of heat but not much light.  I've been trying to find an LED replacement for these bulbs, and have been partially successful.  There are no LED bulbs with the E17 base, so I had to get a bulb with the E12 base and use an E17 to E12 adapter.  As you can see from the photo, the bulb is much bigger, so unfortunately I couldn't fit two bulbs into the space.  Still, the one bulb alone gives more light than the two before...800 lumens, using 8W instead of 40W, and giving off no noticeable heat.  So I improved the heat and wattage, and made a small but useful improvement in the amount of light.  I will be on the lookout for a similar bulb with more lumens, should one appear.
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cabinet door latches on: October 13, 2014, 12:43:48 pm
Our bathroom door fell off last week.  The hinges are adequate for cupboards but questionable for a door with a mirror.  1/2 inch # 4 screws attached it.  It is temporarily repaired with 1" #8 screws and tooth picks until we get home.

When I picked up my new PC, the bathroom door hinge screws pulled out of the wall the first time we opened the door.  Phoenix replaced with longer screws, but when I got home I had to replace again with even longer and thicker ones.  I had to remove the middle hinge entirely, as the wall wasn't perfectly straight and the motion of opening/closing was twisting that hinge and torquing the others.  So far the two hinges with longer/bigger screws are working fine and holding, but I'm on the lookout for a heftier set of hinges for this door.  Suggestions welcome.
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cabinet door latches on: October 13, 2014, 07:42:49 am
My last RV which I had for 13 years, had these same type latches on every door and drawer.  They never wore out and none of them ever broke or opened during driving.  On my new PC, the largest cabinet door (the wardrobe door) has two latches instead of one and it takes some pretty good force to open it.  So maybe adding a second latch to a door that opens too easily would help.  If latches are wearing out or breaking, maybe buying a different brand would help...or maybe contemporary versions of the latch are just not made as well as the older ones.
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cabinet door latches on: October 12, 2014, 10:03:17 pm
RVdesigner.com makes two versions of the "Cabinet Door/Drawer Push Latch" of the type that most of my PC cabinet doors have.  There is a 5 lb version and a 10 lb version.  I wonder if that means either 5 or 10 lbs force to open.  I don't know who manufactures the latch that PC uses, but I wonder what the rating of lbs of force open the latches on our cabinets.  Maybe it's possible to upgrade to a replacement that requires greater force to open and would stay more securely closed when driving.

I have not had problems with mine opening while driving yet, but they are very new and I have had only a few trips.
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Insulation on: October 04, 2014, 08:38:28 pm
Bob, I too noticed how hot the cabinets on either side of the TV were, and I can touch bare fiberglass with my fingers when I reach behind the inside cabinet wall.  One of the items on my list is to get some insulation into this cavity, and I would appreciate any advice from anyone who has added insulation as to what they used and how they accomplished it.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Converting Fluorescent To LED Just By Changing Bulbs on: October 01, 2014, 08:36:28 pm
Thanks Ron for the continued follow up.  I am still working on my plan to install soft LED lighting for evening use, so I will be very interested how many lumens you settle on per fixture.  I'm planning to experiment with LED strips on a dimmer.  I just have to decide how many lumens to start with.  I hope to have it done before my next trip in November.  I love the factory LED fixtures Phoenix installed for day use, but wow they are bright.  Nice for cleaning...you can see every corner.
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