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1  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Ozark AL KOA on: Today at 12:43:25 pm
So I was dreading the quick one-night stop I needed to make on the last night of our trip because it seems like it's not easy to find a campground right off the road that's not seedy, but we were lucky to find the Ozark KOA in Ozark AL on 231 between Montgomery and Dothan.  Easy in/out, right along the road but very quiet.  The sites were paved and clean, the landscaping was beautiful and maintained which made it very foot friendly for the dogs.  The bathhouse and laundry were spotless and I did not see one rundown or broken item in the park.  The staff was very friendly and helpful.  Not a vacation spot, but a perfect place to get off the road, cleanup, rest and regroup.
2  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Oak Mountain State Park AL on: Today at 12:03:28 pm
Another lovely state park.  Just on the south edge of Birmingham AL.  Stayed here one night on the way home and wish I could have stayed longer and had time to take nicer pictures.  Quiet, clean, easy paved roads and level site pads. Lots to do at the park...biking and an amazing golf course are only a few items.  There is a lake and beach and lots of activities, but the park is big so you would need a car or bikes to get around.  Only 2 miles off I-65, but get in and parked before dark, as it is five miles from the park gate to the campground.  The road is winding but paved and wide, but it's hard to see the directional signs in the dark.  I will definitely come here again when there is time to stay awhile.
3  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Henry Horton State Park, TN on: September 24, 2014, 10:05:47 pm
Here we are in Henry Horton State Park, near Chapel Hill TN, not very far south of Nashville.  This is our second trip in the new PC, and our first time ever in a state park.  So I have nothing to compare it with, but what a beautiful place. Quiet, immaculate, easy paved roads and site pads, plenty of room between sites.  We have been here three days between last weekend's competition in Huntsville AL and next weekend's competition in Franklin TN.  I will be sad to leave in the morning, it has been lovely.
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Reunion in Colorado on: September 13, 2014, 02:55:02 pm
I hope everyone is having a great time at the reunion event.  Is anyone planning to post some photos? Tom?
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: REAR AXEL OVER LOADED on: September 11, 2014, 10:24:58 pm
Bob, according to my sticker I should have 4041 lbs CCC, but like Tom said, that is based on an estimate from the factory.  I won't really know until I get weighed at a scale, and I haven't had an opportunity to do that yet.  The E450 chassis has 14500 lbs total capacity, and the factory estimates my rig weighs just over 10,000 lbs empty.  My best estimate of my cargo weight, plus full fuel/water/LP, is about 1500 lbs, so I'm pretty confident that I'm within capacity.
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: REAR AXEL OVER LOADED on: September 11, 2014, 06:53:06 pm
Just found my yellow sticker on the door frame of the passenger cab door.  It is a small strip sticker, easy to miss.
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: September 07, 2014, 08:56:09 pm
Congratulations Chet and Marsha.  I hope you enjoy your 2350.
8  Main Forum / Photos / Re: 2015 2100 special, home in Florida on: September 06, 2014, 01:28:32 pm
Yes, Bob, the wood is the "Hickory".  I wanted light colors to make the space look bigger, and I'm very happy with it.
9  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Wax/Protection advice please on: September 04, 2014, 05:15:17 pm
I have read every thread I could find regarding the best way to protect the finish on the PC, but I still have some questions that I'm betting someone can answer here for me.  I have the full body paint, so I assume automotive detailing methods apply in general...but what about the Diamond-Shield.  According to the Diamond-Shield literature, the 303 Protectant goes on after (on top of) the wax, does that sound right?  Is that because it is primarily a UV protectant?  I am pretty capable to give my PC a nice washing myself, but a really nice professional wax job is a bit over my head and I'm pressed for time getting ready for my next trip I've decided to hire a professional detailer that I trust to give it the first nice wax job on Monday.
10  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Pet Ramp solution on: September 03, 2014, 08:14:53 pm
I finally found a pet ramp that is a good size for the PC step.  My 4' aluminum ramp from the ClassA was longer than I needed and there was no place near the door that it could stow without being in the way.  My plastic ramp from the van was too thick and created a treacherous tripping hump where it rested on the step...also not easy to stow.  I found this one, 36"x14" (and there is a 12" wide available) on Amazon.

Sturdy aluminum but light and thin and easy to stash.  I peeled off the black tread because it was hot as a frying pan in the sun and replaced it with light sand colored aggregate anti-slip tape.  I did the PC step also because my old dog was also having trouble with the visibility issue of the black step.  Even with the kwikstep light, it looks like a hole from above to the dog, instead of a stable surface.  I don't know if the tape will last as well as the original, but we will find out.  So far my old girl likes it very much.
11  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Shade for the new PC on: September 03, 2014, 05:16:27 pm
Ron, actually the back wall would be a good place for some cross bracing, as I have enclosed the end anyway...I hadn't thought of that, as I rejected the idea of bracing in the roof, but didn't think about the end.  Thanks for the idea.  I'm pretty confident in the unit, but the cross bracing is worth looking into.  I also tend to over-engineer things, which is why I doubled the size/gauge of the steel that they initially specified for our wind zone.  I had a similar but one-third smaller unit over my E-350 van at our previous residence and it stood through five hurricanes up to 90mph steady was half the size/gauge and was only held to the ground with nylon rope and stakes...did get a few small tarp punctures from debris, but it stood.  Of course, if the trees start coming down, I just need to be lucky and have good insurance.  Better yet, pack up and go  LOL
12  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Shade for the new PC on: September 02, 2014, 10:35:13 pm
Ron, I have it well bolted to the concrete, 6" square footpads with 4 lags in each of the 8 legs.  The pipe is 1-7/8" schedule 40 steel, so it can't flex more than an inch in any direction.  It's 30'x16' and about 13' high, so lots of clearance if I park it on target.
13  Main Forum / Photos / Shade for the new PC on: September 02, 2014, 05:42:16 pm
Finally the shade project is completed.  What an ordeal.  I only semi-regret my choice (was fully regretting it during assembly).  I really wanted to build something nice, but code wouldn't let me put up anything that was not "temporary".  Not sure now temporary 1000 lbs of steel bolted to the concrete is, but ok, it's done.  Now to give the PC a nice bath and back it in...maybe tomorrow.  Right now I'm cooked.
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Technical Questions from a Newbie on: September 01, 2014, 07:19:33 pm
Bob, the TempAssure flyer was also in my packet.  I'm not sure exactly how to tell if I have it, but according to the flyer, TempAssure is standard with 5300 series.  I looked at the batteries and do not see a communication cord or temp probe stuck to a battery that I would expect to see.  However, I can't see the back or underside of the batteries, so maybe it's there.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Technical Questions from a Newbie on: September 01, 2014, 05:24:39 pm
Maybe the Parallax 5300 is specially made for Phoenix, I don't know.  I did have a xantrex all-in-one converter/charger/inverter with load management in my class-A and never had a moment of trouble from it...but it would be overkill for my needs now.  With the refrigerator able to run directly on DC, I barely need an inverter at all...but at some point I expect I will be glad I put one in.

Photos of the 4-page booklet that came with the 5300 are below.  Much of it I don't really understand, but if the photos are readable, maybe it will make sense to you.

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