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31  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 15-Amp Service on: March 05, 2011, 03:40:37 pm
Tom, thanks for your reply and the advice.  I appreciate it.  Unfortunately where I live close to the largest lake in IL the Corps of Engineer campgrounds typically have only 15-amp service.  At least that's the information on their website.  I've been checking sites out close to home for my first campout in my PC that I bought used from the factory in January.  I want to start with full hookups for that first trip so I won't have to be concerned about conserving electricity or water.  Most likely I will sanitize my fresh water tank and system while camped there too.  If necessary I will reserve a site with 30-amp service, but I shouldn't need the A/C that early in the season.  If it is warm enough I might crank it up just to ensure it's operable.   So far those full-hookup sites are only reserved beginning with the Memorial Day weekend. 

Thanks again,
Glenn
32  Main Forum / General Discussion / 15-Amp Service on: March 05, 2011, 01:11:08 pm
I'm sure a number of you can answer this question for me.  If I find myself at a campground with only 15-amp service available and I use an adapter for 30-amp to 15-amp to plug in what limitations does that put on my usage?  Can I still use the roof air, microwave/convection, or TV for example?  Am I limited to using maybe just one of those at a time?  Your expert advice is appreciated.

Glenn
33  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Finding digital tv signals over-the-air on: February 24, 2011, 03:11:57 pm
I honestly don't remember if the antenna booster was turned on or not when I tried searching for channels.  The PC is still in its storage garage at this point, but I should have it out in a week or two and I will definitely try your suggestions.  I have higher hopes for success now than before!  Thanks. 

I did check Verizon and it would cost $80/month for their largest wireless internet plan (10 GB).  I already have the 3 GB plan that costs $35/month and I only average about half the usage that plan offers.  The difference of $45 would offer a savings over the $71 I now pay for DirecTV at home if I wanted to use Verizon's service exclusively.  I'd still have local channels at home via the roof antenna for the bulk of my use and I could use the wireless signal for movies.  I even have my old Dell computer still that will work wirelessly with the Verizon FiveSpot so I could designate it just for use on the home TV and even be able to surf the internet on my newer laptop at the same time if I chose.  Still, if the crank-up antenna on the PC works as well for me as it is for many of you I will happy with that. 

Thanks again everyone!

Glenn
34  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Finding digital tv signals over-the-air on: February 24, 2011, 03:06:19 am
I was hoping for better news, but am not terribly surprised at what you had to say.  During the walk-through at the factory the TV scanned for channels from inside the garage and we got an excellent picture in no time.  I even commented on how great the signal was from inside the building.  Was that because they knew which way to point the antenna and possibly because Chicago broadcasts some strong digital signals that can be picked up in Elkhart? 

I own exactly zero DVD movies because I never enjoy watching the same movie more than once,  Has anyone experimented with streaming video from Netflix, Hulu, etc. using the Samsung TVs we have in our PCs?  Some TVs have that ability built in.  I have a FiveSpot with Verizon Wireless for internet service as well and though streaming movies takes a lot of memory maybe it would be cheaper to pay more monthly for a more expensive plan than to go with satellite and the headaches that entails.  I really don't like the idea of putting a dish on the roof of the PC and using a portable dish would just be too much trouble in my opinion. 

The best idea is to probably wait and see just how often I camp where cable TV is offered, but my preference is generally to camp in State Parks and National forests. 

Thanks for the input.

Glenn
35  Main Forum / General Discussion / Finding digital tv signals over-the-air on: February 23, 2011, 07:36:17 pm
I haven't had much time to play with the Samsung TV and surround sound system on my 2010 PC yet, but the one time I cranked up the roof antenna and turned on the TV I got a message that no signals were available.  Now I know there are at least six digital stations available on my home TV using the roof antenna, but maybe the motorhome antenna is too low to get those signals.  It did occur to me that if the RV antenna was not aimed in the right direction I might not get a signal from any station.  If that is the case does a person have to turn off the TV, move the antenna, and repeat that process multiple times until a signal is received?  Is there a way to move the crankup antenna once the TV begins its search without confusing the procedure? 

Any help is appreciated from the "expers" on this forum.  Thanks again, everyone!

Glenn
36  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Mods to our '04 2350 - Bathroom on: February 23, 2011, 10:36:08 am
Any thoughts on how to best use that space in the recess of the shower wall just below the toilet paper holder you added?  A magazine rack would seem logical to me, but I've not been able to find anything pre-made that would fit.  Do you have any recommendations on how a shelf board might be attached across that opening?  I assume there are plumbing pipes in that rise above the floor.  I like the other things you have done to your 2350.  Have you added any more since your last post? 

Glenn
37  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TV light on on: February 23, 2011, 10:26:37 am
On my 2010 2350 the double plug under the kitchen counter is one of the plugs that works with the Inverter turned on.  There are others that were pointed out to me during my walk-through, but I don't remember which ones they were now.  Just use a tester or a night light in all the plugs with the battery disconnect switch and the generator turned off and the Inverter turned on.  I should do that test myself to refresh my memory on which plugs are wired to the Inverter. 

Hope this helps.

Glenn
38  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Raising Venetian blinds on: February 18, 2011, 03:17:18 pm
Thanks, EVERYONE!  I felt there had to be an easier way than loosening the tension screws, but I just never considered that the lower bar just slides up and down on those strings.  They actually work a lot like the pleated shades in that regard. 

Thanks so very much for solving my problem.  Now I can wash those windows!   ThankYou

Glenn
39  Main Forum / General Discussion / Raising Venetian blinds on: February 18, 2011, 09:15:46 am
I feel a litte foolish posting this question as the answer would seem obvious, but I can't figure out how to raise the Venetian blinds on the entry door or the kitchen window.  There is no strings evident for doing that as is typical on such blinds - only the wand for adjusting the tilt of the blinds.  It appears it might be necessary to remove the screws in the string tension at the bottom of the blinds, but that doesn't seem realistic.  I'm trying to wash the inside of those windows. 

Try not to make me look too foolish if there is a simple answer to this.   LOL

Thanks, Glenn
40  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rear vs. side storage areas (2350 model) on: January 31, 2011, 07:01:59 pm
I like the idea of leaving the ladder folded up out of the way and less appealing for kids to try and climb.  That would make access to the rear compartment even easier than to the side compartment as there is only one key lock on the rear one. 

Thanks for all the ideas.  I'm sure I will experiment with numerous arrangements for storing things in those two compartments before I come upon one I prefer.  I may just have to wait and see if my particular rig has problems with water collecting in the side storage drawer.  My guess is that will most likely happen from road splatter as opposed to rain. 

We are under a winter storm watch here now through Wednesday PM and I am really anxious for spring to show its face.  I look forward to sharing experiences and ideas with everyone.  That reminds me; can someone explain to me why my "Helpful rating" is -1?  How are those assigned?   sad

Thanks again, Glenn.
41  Main Forum / General Discussion / Rear vs. side storage areas (2350 model) on: January 31, 2011, 01:17:35 pm
I have yet to take my Phoenix Cruiser 2350 camping as it is still winter here in Illinois, but I'm spending lots of time in it doing whatever I can to be prepared once Spring arrives.  I bought the Hickey's trade-in early this month. 

It seems more difficult to me to access the rear compartment with having to pull the ladder pins and folding it up before opening that compartment than it is to gain access to the side compartment. Has anyone moved their power cord to the side compartment for this reason?  Does the drawer that's part of that side compartment ever collect water while driving, washing the coach, etc.?  If so, it would still be ideal for storing water-proof items like the garden hose and power cord.  Enclosed plastic boxes could also be use to protect items stored there from water. 

On that same subject, I'd like to store my lawn chairs in the rear compartment as I seldom use them, buit the eye hooks mounted in the center of the bottom of that compartment prevent the chairs from setting on the bottom of the compartment.  If I remove those hooks could I replace them with short bolts and hooks to plug the holes.  What about the hooks that are designed to hold the power cord?  Can I remove them and replace fill those holes in the same manner?  I don't know that the back side of the compartment wall is accessible. 

What ideas do any of you have for the best use of these areas? 

Thanks, Glenn
42  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Questions for new 2350 on: October 01, 2010, 03:57:48 pm
Personally I would choose the swivel passenger seat because it adds extra comfortable seating to the coach when camped.  It is also less important for the passenger to be able to adjust their seat setting while in motion as there are no pedals or steering wheel to take into consideration. 

It would also seem logical to cover the vent over the living area as opposed to the shower as it would do no damage for it to rain in the shower. 

If you've read my last post you know I think you are very smart to go without the slide-out!  What are you going to do about thermapane windows?  That's one I'm still wrestling with as many people report that the seals break with all the motion of the RV and then the windows get condensation between the panes of glass.  While I'd enjoy the extra insulation and quiet I'm not sure it would be worth it. 

Good luck with your new toy! 

Glenn

43  Main Forum / General Discussion / Is a slide-out practical? on: September 29, 2010, 03:16:12 pm
Since my posted message of August 9, 2010 on "Buying New" prompted a lot of discussion on slide-outs I thought it would be interesting to see how many advantages vs. disadvantages we can list for a slide-out.  I've given it a lot of thought and know from the sales of units with slide-outs that I am in the minority, but I am definitely not sold on slide-outs.  Here are the advantages and disadvantages I can see for a slide-out to get things started.  I challenge owners of rigs with slide-outs to find more advantages for them than disadvantages. 

Advantages of a slide-out:

- Added floor space

Disadvantages of a slide-out:

- Added weight to the chassis
- Reduced cargo carrying capacity
- Smaller storage compartments associated with the slide-out
- Smaller couch/dinette in slide-out space
- Weakened structural integrity of coach wall
- Reduced R-factor for insulation
- Introduction of moisture, dirt, and insects when slid inside the rig
- Potential for water leaks
- Maintenance of mechanism and gaskets
- Expense of option

Let's all play nice now...  Smile
Glenn

44  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Buying new on: August 10, 2010, 03:06:51 pm
It appears my topic has been hijacked by whether or not a slide-out is practical.  If anyone still has a comment on my original post regarding how they chose their PC model whether by examining a motor home at the factory or by relying on the brochure and this forum I'd welcome it. 

Thanks, Glenn
45  Main Forum / General Discussion / Buying new on: August 09, 2010, 02:03:24 pm
When those of you who bought new PCs were shopping for your motor home did the factory have models available for you to see or did you base your purchase strictly on information in the brochure and this forum?  I've bee watching for a 2100 non-slide model in inventory for months now and it has never appeared.  I'm wondering if the economy has forced PC to only build rigs as they are ordered as opposed to having them on hand for immediate sale?  Another approach would be to build them to a point where options would still be available to new buyers though I guess that would be limited as cabinetry and fabric color might have to be decided too far in advance. 

I've even searched the website for pics of sold 2100 non-slide units without success.  I am finding some used PCs on the market in the model I like and may have to do some traveling to check those out I guess.



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