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1486  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Trip Around Lake Michigan Shoreline (Some Lake Superior Too) on: July 29, 2011, 02:37:09 pm
We spent 2 weeks traveling around Lake Michigan's shoreline in June and July this year.  We decided on this trip to significantly reduce miles to lower our fuel cost, compared to our cross-country trips from the Chicago area.  We never did this before, so it was a new experience for us.  We found MI state parks to be our favorite places to camp at, though we spent most of our daytime elsewhere.  We enjoyed light houses, golf, sight-seeing shorelines, and quiant shore-side towns.  We spent a little time in Traverse City during the Independance Day weekend for their Cherry Festival.  It was a much slower paced trip than we are accustom to which was also nice.  We did jump around in the Upper Penninsula to Lake Superior shores (light houses, Sault Ste Marie locks, Tahquamenon Falls )  We finished up at Pictured Rock National Lake Shore, then spent the last day from there heading back home to the Chicago area, via Wisconsin.

We pulled the Jeep on this trip and was very happy we did.  I think we put more miles on the Jeep than on the PC, and the Jeep's 4x4 capability came in handy one day in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore.

I stumbled on this "Adventure Anywhere" picture opportunity in the rest area just north of Mackinac Bridge.  Taking the Jeep during the day, there were very few opportunities for pics of the PC with scenery.  One of these days, I'll have to update my Flickr site to post trip pics.

1487  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: inverter fan on: July 28, 2011, 11:41:13 am
Based on my older Tripp-Lite inverter, it sounds like the inverter is fine.  Our inverter fan will do the same when first turned on as long as there is no request for 110V.  As an experiment, plug in a 110V night light with the typical indoor Christmas tree size light bulb, and then turn on the inverter.  See if that night light stays on, and also observe the inverter fan.  The inverter fan might turn on and stay on only when significantly more power is requested, like running a coffee maker for example.  Also use the night light to check each outlet.

I do wonder if your TV is okay.  If it does not work, bypass the inverter and plug your TV directly to an external power source.  Also see if things change when running the generator.

The more you experiment with, the smarter of a discussion you can have with Kermit.

Good Luck there Billy
1488  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Oil on: July 27, 2011, 11:49:58 am
I really don't see a benefit in a larger oil filter as the one I use is spec'd for the V10.  But you are right in saying there is room for a massive one.

The magnets I use for oil filters were taken out from old computer hard drives.  They are the strongest magnets I know.  Be careful when handling a pair of them.  They will pinch to cut your skin & draw blood.

Here is a picture I found on the web, and they really are this strong.
1489  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Oil on: July 26, 2011, 10:32:22 pm
Standard oil filter for me.  I do stick on the bottom of the oil filter, a very strong magnet, done in hopes to capture more metal particles.
1490  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Oil on: July 26, 2011, 02:11:54 pm
After the first year of ownership, I decided to stay with full synthetic 5W-20, and a Motorcraft oil filter.  Given I put on less than 6000 miles per year, I change the oil anually just before my first trip of each year.  The motor home stays in doors when not on trips so the engine does not see seasonal climate change and humidity variations.  That makes me feel more comfortable with an anual oil change.
1491  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: electrical on: July 25, 2011, 10:45:47 pm
So in summary then.......

When extending your PC's 30 amp yellow power cord with one pictured above, it is recommended not to add more than one additional 25 foot, 30 amp extension cord purchased from Walmart, Menards, or other retail outlet.  The extra 25 feet might be getting near or slightly exceeding the recommended length when running the A/C, so be observant.

If you need to add 2 or more 30amp extension cords to reach the power peg, do NOT run the A/C that way.  If you need A/C, run the generator or engine's dash board A/C.  With a 30amp extension cord, limit your 110v usage to regular house hold items.

How does that sound?
1492  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: help planning vacation to yellowstone on: July 25, 2011, 04:53:53 pm
You'll never sell that 2350 of yours.  But, you're always welcome to come visit us in the Pocono Mountains, Vacationland of the east.
You are right about not selling our 2350.  As long as we need to cuddle up in bed, and live in a house that won't fit anything larger in the garage underneath, the 2350 is final.  But  ThankYou for the invitation.
1493  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: help planning vacation to yellowstone on: July 25, 2011, 03:57:11 pm
David, Before you make a decision on the 2551, take a ride over to my place and look at a 2552.
If I were getting close to placing an order on a 2551, I would take up that offer to check out a 2552.
1494  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: electrical on: July 25, 2011, 02:51:05 pm
Are you saying that using these extension cords is questionable?  I assumed they were all rated to the 30amp application.
1495  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Toads or tow vehicles? What brand do you use? on: July 25, 2011, 02:38:40 pm
Our Liberty is a gaser and doesn't require money......yet.  It's just awefully irritating to drive.  The active handling/traction control is near dangerous.  When you need to get going fast, the engine likes to slow down so you don't lose control.  It over reacts way too much from the throttle action of the driver .

One other irritation which is now an industry trend, is the lack of a passenger side & rear door key hole.  When on vacation, we don't carry the huge bulky key with integrated keyless entry, to reduce bulk in our pockets.  We also don't want to submerge it when swimming or when caught in the rain.  We are camping outside afterall with an outdoor fun-mobile, right?  Who would take away all but one key hole on an outdoor fun-mobile?

I don't carry that bulky key in every day life either because I drive another vehicle daily.  It's my wife's Jeep of which I drive only when we are together.  With that said, I can't open the door for my wife in everyday life.  I always have to open the driver door, then hit the unlock button for her.

Those goof ball bean counters in the auto industry really need to think smarter.  They save $10 in the cost of parts and labor but torture the people that bought the vehicle.  Shopping for the next 4x4 with key holes for every door, will be a very high priority.
1496  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Why Jeep Liberty? on: July 25, 2011, 12:56:47 pm
Reading through this, I am a bit confused about the Blue Ox.  Does it have a cross bar between tow vehicle mounting points as I show here with my previous tow vehicle, a 2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder, the same with my 2006 Jeep Liberty?


If you don't have a cross bar to distribute lateral stress equally across the two mounting points on the tow vehicle, that would be very concerning to me with my Liberty, but not my previous MR2 Spyder.  I say this because my Spyder had a hidden single cross bar bracket that was permanently bolted to the vehicle.  My Liberty has just two wimpy individual brackets, each bolting independantly to the vehicle.  Under severe lateral stress, it all goes to just one bracket.  My saving grace is the cross bar on the Falcon-II tow bar.

2000 MR2 Spyder CLICK HERE To See It mounting bracket distributes lateral stress from "S" turns.
2006 Liberty CLICK HERE To See Them 2 independant mounting brackets relies completely on the Falcon-II cross bar to distribute lateral stress.
1497  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Why Jeep Liberty? on: July 25, 2011, 08:59:59 am
Ron, I have never in my life seen a Roadmaster Falcon stored with the cross bar left on the tow bar instead of on the toad.  My previous motorhome had a Roadmaster and I distinctly remember the instruction manual showing unhooking the ends on the bar rods, not by unhooking the crossbar from the toad.  I realize it's six of one and half dozen of the other, but it means when you store it as shown  it obstructs getting into the rear compartment on the PC. Jerry
Jerry, you are correct in stating that I unhook the Jeep differently than what is considered normal.  You are also correct in stating the tow bar triangle interferes when opening the rear hatch.

But......

It is extremely fast and easy to hookup and unhook the two vehicles that way.  To get into the rear storage compartment, I pivot the hitch to the left, then drop it to the ground in the same direction which then clears the rear door.  That takes but a few seconds.

I would assume Roadmaster does not instruct people to do as I do for fear that they would drive the motor home with the hitch as shown in my picture.  That would be very dangerous because the latch to lock it vertically, could easily let go on the first big bump.  I do drive with it that way, but only very slow at camp sites when manuevering the motor home after unhooking.

I never unhook the two vehicles the official way.  It's just too much work and hassle.

BTW, after I unhook the triangle, I quickly twist and pull out the remaining tow brackets (Roadmaster calls Front Arms) to the Jeep, because they would fall out by themselves when driving the Jeep.

To everyone else, this is the triangle being discussed.


This is the twist and pull bracket called EZ, by Roadmaster.
1498  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Toads or tow vehicles? What brand do you use? on: July 25, 2011, 12:00:07 am
I might consider another Jeep, but quality remains an issue with Jeeps. DJM
I am with you on that one.  Our 2006 Jeep Liberty gaser does not impress me at all regarding quality and all the rest.  My wife likes it a lot because it's cute to her.  It's her daily driver, and so that is why we have it.  I do like towing a 4x4 very much, but would not consider anything Chrylser again.  I'd look closer at the Ford and GM lineup, and anything else that is not a Chrysler.

Sorry if I insulted any Chrysler owners here.
1499  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: help planning vacation to yellowstone on: July 24, 2011, 10:19:26 am
I did buy-direct from Pauls Seating, paying full price because the factory no longer installed my model chair (called Lexus) for their new PCs.  I was hoping PC-USA would rep for me, but I had to work direct with Paul.  I really didn't mind paying a little more because I was still able to get an exact match for a 4 year old rig.  A lengthy search of the shop revealed Paul no longer had the original leather and vinyl material.  Material from his supplier was very questionable too.  After many weeks of all that, someone in Paul's shop eventually found a small stash, just enough to make one seat.  The higher price I paid did include lumbar support which I didn't request, but was Paul's only in-stock back-rest frame.  I am very happy to have paid $425 which included delivery to the house.

About the jack-knife sofa in the earlier PC models, I have the dinette without a slide-out so I don't have first-hand experience.  But all I read from RV owners across all types of RVs, is how uncomfortable they are to sleep on.  I wondered if there was a place under or behind the jack-knife to store a rolled up foam topper, used to help with discomfort.

On one trip, I got sick and slept on our dinette converta-bed for 3 nights.  I was pleasently surprised how comfortable it was for my 5'-11" and 180 pound body.  I was just able to fully stretch out, the wood ticking both my hair and feet.  The cushions were also nice to sleep on.  I only regret getting the cloth dinette.  I wished I ordered the leather.  Maybe one day.  I still have the manufacture tags on each cushion, made by someone other than Pauls Seating.
1500  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Toads or tow vehicles? What brand do you use? on: July 24, 2011, 12:51:59 am
2006 Jeep Liberty 4-down with Roadmaster tow bar and Unified tow brake.



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