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16  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Vent Fan on: November 28, 2016, 08:20:01 pm
Oh, Thanks so much for that quick check.  I would love to hear about your more accurate comparison.  I look forward to your evaluation tomorrow or whenever you get around to it.

I love the affordable price  ThumbsUp, but I would hate to special order this big monster from Walmart just to return it.  I know they would place it on a clearance shelf and take a loss.  I don't want to do that to any retailer.

I can understand that the UV light will weaken the plastic, making it brittle with extended exposure.  I am not worried about that matter given our indoor storage.  Yet good to know.
17  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Vent Fan on: November 28, 2016, 07:38:08 pm
Hi Barry-Sue,

Thank you for sharing your experience with the Camco aero-flo product.  The lady in the video HERE mentions it is 9" tall.  On Amazon it states 7" tall.  It looks quite tall when watching the video.  Height is a big concern for me because of our low garage door opening.  If the Camco aero-flo stands any taller than our Duo-Therm A/C unit, it won't work.

Assuming yours is mounted at the highest point in the center of your roof, how does it compare to the height of your Duo-Therm A/C unit?  I'll need to measure the height of our A/C unit, but am concerned the spec'd dimensions don't consider the air gap between roof and the product.

Given the curvature of the PC roof and our Fantastic Fan at the top-center, is there any concern over the excessive gap between the sides of the Camco aero-flo and the roof itself?  Do you feel any need to stabilize it better, or is it very solid with all the air turbulance while driving down the highway?

Thanks again,
Ron Dittmer
18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Vent Fan on: November 28, 2016, 11:29:20 am
Done since brand new, something irritating with our standard Fantastic fan of 10 years now, is how the wind catches underneath the cover when it is open, lifting and dropping it.  The clunking noise is bad.  When closed up, there is no noise.

How well does the MAXXAIR resist that irritating clunking?
19  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: ? about tow vehicle, need help on: November 28, 2016, 10:41:51 am
Hi Sandyc,

A back alley method to provide a good idea whether or not your vehicle can be towed with all 4 wheels on the ground is to research if a tow bar hardware kit called a bracket or base plate is available.  If you can't buy a tow bar bracket to mount onto your vehicle to accept a tow bar, then your question is kind-of answered by reverse engineering.  As previously discussed, there are flavors of vehicle models (manual versus automatic) that come into play.  That is where your owners manual will help.  If you can find the proper tow bar bracket (or base plate) for your little pickup truck with manual transmission, then it seems promising.

Even if your vehicle is permitted by the auto maker for towing with all 4 wheels on the pavement, you'll need the proper bolt-on bracket to actually tow it.  ROADMASTER and BLUE OX are the two biggest suppliers I know of.  I would imagine there are other brands to check out.

I reinforce the previous replies.  As newer vehicles have become more and more "Techie" with push button start and so much else, there is more to consider.  It seems tow dollies will be become more popular to get past all that for newer front wheel drive vehicles.  Not so much with 4WD and AWD vehicles.

Ron Dittmer
20  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Length and Width Restrictions on: November 26, 2016, 05:25:42 pm
Paul's wife and Gail remind me of my wife Irene.  rolling on the floor

Every time we run into a situation where our 2350 with Jeep in-tow is too long and limiting, Irene says that she wished we never sold our little Toyota Mirage of which my typical response is...

Irene always remembers what was good about that little RV, forgetting everything that it lacked which was just about everything.
- no full time bed that was big enough to actually use
- no usable dinette (ended up being our full time bed)
- bed was rediculously small and uncomfortable (the 2350 bed is wonderful by comparison)
- no stove
- no fridge
- no furnace
- no air conditioning (no roof and no chassis)
- no toilet
- no practical sink
- no shower
- no hot water
- no TV
- no screen door
- no awning
21  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Length and Width Restrictions on: November 25, 2016, 04:35:24 pm
 "Going to the Sun" highway in Glacier National Park must also be studied before a trip.
We were in Glacier in 2013.  Our PC-2350 was officially too long for the Going To The Sun road.  I think the limit is officially 22 feet, so model 2100 would be fine.  Given there are large shuttle buses running to the top of the pass from the east, I believe the limit is related to parking at the top, not the actual road itself from the east.  From the west to the top of the pass, the shuttle buses are smaller so just maybe the hair-pin turns in the road on that side are an issue with a vehicle over 22 feet.  As I recall, the width of the entire 2 lane road on either side of the pass seemed just fine for a PC.  It must be all about the hairpin turns.
22  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The Case of The Missing Power on: November 25, 2016, 01:56:32 pm
Our PC is coming up on 10 years old and I experience this.  With everything in the house shut off and the kill-all switch off as well, and the batteries disconnected, when I place the battery lead on the battery terminal, I get a big spark.  If I lift the lead and immediately touch the battery terminal again, I don't get the spark.  To this day 10 years later, I never understood why it happens.  One thing certain, there is a minor power drain when the batteries remain connected to the motor home while in storage.  Since I go in there now and then over the winter, I leave the batteries hooked up, but I occasionally recharge them manually with my Black and Decker charger.  I am not comfortable having the rig plugged into a wall outlet all the time.
23  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Wishes on: November 25, 2016, 01:15:03 am
Ours too.
24  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2551/2552 Slide in or no slide: Will the front half of the couch extend to a bed on: November 24, 2016, 10:09:27 am
Mike,

I gather you are trying to determine if the forward half of the couch can be used as a single bed with the slideout in, or if you have a noslide couch 2551 or 2552.

Ron
25  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Wishes on: November 24, 2016, 09:54:47 am
Thank you Gail and Hal.

I too wish all our PC family a Happy and Thankful Thanksgiving.  God Bless America.
26  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Barbecue hardpipe location on: November 24, 2016, 09:45:08 am
I have found the little bottles to offer lots of cook time for our particular Coleman grill.  I never timed it, but if I were to guess, a bottle provides at least  2 hours.  Does anyone have times with their grills?

If we stayed in one place for a season at a time, and grilled a lot during our stay, I could see myself considering a gas line.
27  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Wood Valances with LED lights on: November 23, 2016, 09:49:58 pm
I really like that  ThumbsUp.  Nice work!

Now if only MCD could make their shades out of THIS stuff.
28  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Barbecue hardpipe location on: November 23, 2016, 09:46:04 pm
BillG,

Historically we don't go through that many little propane bottles, primarily because of the time of year we have traveled in our PC.  We typically have done one 3 or 4 week RV trip in the fall when daylight is less.  As a result, we often get back to our site after dark, tired from a day's hike, and neither of us are up for grilling.  Our story this past 3 week trip out east to New England, we visited many area restaurants, so grilling was actually done just one time.

I told Irene that we need to do a spring trip next year when the days are longer so we can go through some little propane bottles.  Smile  We will see what happens.

Ron
29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Barbecue hardpipe location on: November 23, 2016, 10:25:33 am
Hi All,

I am curious why the outside propane line is desired?  It is not just people here, but also other RV owners on other forums who desire them.

When we use our grill, we like to do so on the campground provided picnic table, intentionally to get away from the motor home.  We don't like the billowing smoke getting inside the PC, and we don't want any greasy film developing on the side of the PC.  Having flames so close to the motor home is another uncomfortable condition.  We like some distance and being able to freely move and rotate the grill as conditions mandate, like for wind direction as an example.  We could move the picnic table or setup our portable table and grill up against the PC and under the awning like when raining, but we do our best to avoid it.

Carrying a couple of those tiny $3 propane tanks is really no trouble at all.  I like to store the spare tanks in the rear compartment around the area of the spare tire.  I would think it is easier to handle a tiny propane tank, than a propane hose that limits mobility and is something to be watchful around the campsite.

Am I missing a grand benefit in having an outside propane connection?  It seems more of a hassle than a help.  Please share your thoughts and experience.

Ron
30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rear stableizer on: November 22, 2016, 10:29:51 pm
I have heard a few 2350 owners are happy with their PC just as it is without the suspension upgrades.  I suppose it depends on what you are used to, or maybe the conditions have not yet been testy enough.

My brother swore his 22 foot Starflyte on a 1998 E350 chassis handled beautifully.  I followed behind him one day and I witnessed his rear end swaying and swinging all over the road, yet he thought all was fine.  That is until I convinced him to add a heavy duty rear stabilizer bar....he had no rear bar at all.  He didn't realize how bad it was until it was made much better.  Now he says it's perfect, but I know he could use a heavy duty front bar as well.  I guess you don't know what you are missing until you have it.

I feel there is a big safety factor at hand as well.  But safety is a very hard sell.  With the upgrades, the rig is more firmly planted on the road.  When misjudging a curve on a mountain byway, the upgrades improve steering control and braking while in the turn.  It takes only one serious "oops" and you could pay a whole lot more in vehicle repairs, or worse yet hospital bills.  Then the $1000-$1500 in chassis suspension upgrades suddenly makes $en$e.

Then there are the lesser benefits like more comfortable driving (less driver fatigue) more comfortable for your passengers, and improved stability while parked.

So, how do you know if you could benefit from such upgrades?  You can perform a simple test as described HERE.
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