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1  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?
2  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.
3  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.
4  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.
5  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.
6  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 out...so I've decided to hire a professional detailer that I trust to give it the first nice wax job on Monday.
7  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.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JLRR3DU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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.
8  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 winds...it 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
9  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.
10  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.
11  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.
12  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.


13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Technical Questions from a Newbie on: September 01, 2014, 04:18:24 pm
Bob, I do not have an all-in-one (converter/charger/inverter) unit.  At the time my 2100 was built, PC did not offer and would not upgrade to an all-in-one unit  My converter/charger (Parallax 5300) is a combined with the AC/DC distribution panel.  I can't tell from the literature supplied if it is one or two stage, and I couldn't find any additional details online.  My inverter is a separate Xantrex unit, the XM1800, and there is more info for this on the xantrex site.
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: September 01, 2014, 12:13:25 pm
Welcome and congratulations Steve, Paulette and the two Bears  Celebrate
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Technical Questions from a Newbie on: August 31, 2014, 10:42:32 pm
Bob, I'm hoping I will not hit the antenna on anything, but since it is not higher than the AC unit, I expect I can stay out of trouble.  I wasn't concerned whether or not the KC antenna would give equal reception to the traditional crank-up antenna because I use the TV very little anyway. 

The stock converter/charger and Inverter setup is probably not optimal, but for a 30amp unit with only one AC I expect it to be adequate.  My needs are simple and I almost always have electrical hookup, so my inverter is rarely needed.  I was concerned about having enough inverter/battery capacity to run the refrigerator while driving (I don't like to run propane while driving), but we solved that by installing a 3-way refrigerator which runs on DC power without need of the inverter at all.
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