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61  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Toads or tow vehicles? What brand do you use? on: November 09, 2012, 03:57:23 pm

Curb weight is the total weight of a vehicle with standard equipment, all necessary operating consumables (i.e., motor oil and coolant), a full tank of fuel, while not loaded with either passengers or cargo.

Starting at 3,970 you need to add the weight of any options that were installed at the factory (i.e. skid plates and 4WD) or anything added by a previous owner, plus the weight of the towbar, plus the weight of any cargo you add to the GC.  Easiest way to determine the weight of the CG is to go to a scale and get it weighed.  This can usually be done for about $10.

I looked at the hitch on our 2012 2551 and the hitch is bolted to the frame.  It looks simple enough to remove and have a higher rated hitch installed.


I would definitely be talking with PC before I did that: reasoning is that most of the frames have been sectioned and plugged.  On the 2007 I had, parts welded in were not full length welds, so by default the new parts were not as strong as the original frame, from which all those numbers derive.
62  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Big Bend National Park on: November 03, 2012, 11:17:19 pm
One other thing you mentioned was fishing.  When we were there I did not see any water in or out of the park that could not have been waded to Mexico.  Don't know what that would equate too for your fishing but I do know that upstream was very light on snow fall this year and eventually that has to play out in the lower Rio Grande.
63  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Big Bend National Park on: November 03, 2012, 03:49:24 pm
We went in spring 2003 (IIRC) and did not leave Tulsa until rains had been in the area for a week or more.  That made all the difference because everything was in bloom.  I kinda used the NOAA site to watch the winter/spring storms come into and through that area.  Staying in the park is doable but pretty desolate on the river and the mountain camp grounds are just that; in the island mountains.  We choose a commercial campground in Alpine and made big loops to the park: lots of driving but more amenities and neat things in the area to see and do.  Again IIRC that road to the Rio Grande campsite on the East side of the park rte 20,  is/was 20 something miles of dirt road.  There is a road on the West of the mountains that goes to the river (Santa Elena canyon) but I do not remember campgrounds on that side, may have changed though. The West side road is long, lots of elevation change and long, with nothing much but scenery, and did I mention long.  Oneway in and out unless you want a very long stretch of back country  dirt road, that I would not recommend unless extensively rigged for roughing it.  There is a commercial resort type place on the West side outside the park on the river around Terlingua.  As I remember it that place has the only green outside the mountains all the way West to Presidio on a farm-to-market hwy.  The only services (gas mostly) is at the junction in the park, and in the year we were there fuel was over four bucks so I would anticipate VERY high prices for anything inside the park.  Nearest wallyworld is Ft Stockton.  Don't forget the Marfa ghost light.  Only other thing is, that is huge country and driving long distances is very much a part of the trip, with miles and miles and miles of desert/yucca interrupted by similar scenery.  The BB Ranch Park West of BB Park has no amenities IIRC.  Border Patrol was on heightened alert while we were there and they have check stations on the way out of the park and other roads that lead away from the border, stopping mandatory and since I had a cover on my pickup bed they pretty much went through it every time until I started leaving the park admission receipt on the dash and then they looked at it and waved me through. 
64  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Setting up a toad on: November 02, 2012, 10:08:28 pm
I have had both Blue Ox and Roadmaster.  Liked the fit and finish of the Ox better but definitely liked the lower weight of the Roadmaster setup.
I realize that's not helpful, just an opinion.
Never had a problem or failed to perform with a Roadmaster brake setup, although there have been significant updates/upgrades made in that arena since I had that equipment.

Part of the fun of RV'ing is getting stuff together and making it work to our preferences.
65  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: RV and wheel covers on: October 30, 2012, 11:54:03 am
I say this all in the past tense as we now have an RV port under which we store our motorhome - something I highly recommend.

As do I, and it certainly never hurt anything in the resale department either, although for the moment that is not something usually thought of.
66  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rather be camping? on: October 21, 2012, 02:05:58 pm
I could not agree with that statement so I wrote something else.  I can have a very good day at work, and bad day camping, though most often reveresed which is why I wish I could retire.

I retire at 52 because I could, and would happily have worked another 10 if I could have found a job doing what I was doing.

It ain't all it's cracked up to be.
67  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: (outside) water drain "faucet," etc. on: October 19, 2012, 12:23:42 pm
I think the turning portion just pops out the top.  Very easy to replace without messing with the rest of the fitting and all

It can as you say be removed, but in Tulsa, among 2-3 RV dealers I was never able to find a replacement part (taken from a new one) that didn't drip-to-outright leak.  Finally found one that with a few wraps of teflon tape worked okay.  At least it solved the problem.  Replacing the entire valve body was a pretty good project on an '07.
Hard to get to under the bed behind the tank, about 5-6 inches to work in.
68  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Pads for slide out rollers on: October 06, 2012, 07:46:17 pm
Had to do that in a carpeted rig too, except there were tracks, then indentations where the slide stopped , and on one side black residue from the rollers I guess.
69  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: New Cabinet behind driver's seat in our 2910 on: October 06, 2012, 07:43:45 pm
Did you send in the measurements?  I would bet it won't be long before PC copies that.  Good job.
70  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: America the Beautiful Senior Pass on: October 02, 2012, 11:30:00 pm
And the entrance fees have gone up.  I figure with the pass we saved something on the order of $125 in 3 weeks and several NP's.  The biggest plus for me is that while cash customers line up there seems to be an automatic card reader lane or a pass lane with virtually no waiting.
71  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dead starter battery on: September 29, 2012, 02:52:04 pm

It seems to me that it would take more power to just leave the steps out rather than every time you open the door the steps come out and you close it and they go back in.  Does anyone know how much the steps draw when they are out? Or how much it takes to move the steps out and back when the button is not pushed?

It doesn't take any power to leave the steps out, a limit switch cuts power when the step reaches the, well, "limit".
72  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dead starter battery on: September 28, 2012, 11:35:14 am
If the dead starter battery is in the same coach with the leveler problem (I did not back check the threads) I would suspect that there is still a problem with how that leveler control box is wired (you can check that control for power underneath the coach, power lights will be on and visible through the plex'g cover, it would not necessarily show up on the operator panel in the cab if it is mis-wired). 

Easy way to see what the current draw is would be to unhook the positive side of the coach battery and put an amp meter in series with whatever load is present when everything is supposed to be shut off. 

If the load is higher than 10 amps the fuse in the meter will blow to protect the meter.  If that fuse blows you have a major problem that could cause major damage.

If it is just a parasitic load then you have to determine what is on that should not be and correct it. 

Another, not recommended way, is to time the discharge rate, from a fully charged battery and then determine what uses that amount of power in an idle state, and then correct that condition.
73  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: fridge not working... on: September 19, 2012, 09:28:30 pm
Try holding the mode button down (2 seconds IIRC) to reset the electronic board and make sure you have airflow over the fins inside the frig.
74  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: drawer glides in PC 2350 on: August 26, 2012, 01:27:10 pm
I remade the plastic brackets out of 12ga sheet metal and that pretty much solved the problem.  I will say the tight space to work in made measurements and installation a joy, though.
75  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Add a sprayer to your toilet on: August 24, 2012, 01:36:37 pm
If you take the shower spray head off and pass the hose through the ring retainer, then put the shower head back on the hose, the shower hose/head becomes long enough to use for the purpose.  Easy-peasy.
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