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1576  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need help to diagnose an electrical Problem on: May 08, 2012, 11:22:32 am
As long as you also use shore power on occasion, I would think you'd be covered.

I think the problem would arise if you use one power source exclusively.  The transfer switch would then stay in that one position all the time.

This is all my own theory here.  I have nothing to back myself up.
1577  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need help to diagnose an electrical Problem on: May 08, 2012, 09:51:55 am
gophoenix,

It sounds like your power transfer switch needed to be exercised, just as I suspect for ge_montana.

That switch is a mechanical thing.  Ours is mounted under the front dinette bench (no slide-out).  A few years back, out of curiosity I removed the cover and seen it looks like something that could use exercising once in a great while.  Though I personally never had issues, that idea was in-mind if an issue flaired up.  Your experience aligns with my theory.  Hopefully ge_montana reads this and gives it a try with successul results.

I suppose it wouldn't be a bad idea to go through that ritual once annually.
1578  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need help to diagnose an electrical Problem on: May 07, 2012, 11:12:21 pm
It sounds like the outlets you have issues with are the same ones that get powered through the power inverter.

Understand that power to those outlets you mentioned comes from 3 different power sources.
#1 - With The On-Board Power Inverter
#2 - When The RV Is Plugged Into A Power Pole
#3 - When Running The Generator


I am NO expert here, but I do wonder if your power transfer switch is faulty and simply needs a little exercise to work properly again.  I would try this and see is all is well afterward.

Unplug RV from power pole
Run generator and see if those outlets are working....(confirm your microwave is getting power too)
Turn off generator
Plug back into power pole
Test outlets again.


Report Back.  I am very curious about this problem of yours.
1579  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Trip to Elkhart on: May 07, 2012, 05:19:03 pm
Okay.......... Paul/Marilyn, you are such a tease.  You didn't share any detail.

Were you able to walk through the same model/floorplan you ordered?
Did you decide on a 2100 as originally planned?
Did you decide to get a slide-out or not?
What options are you considering?
What options did you completely rule out?
Full body paint job, half, or none?

You can't just say "We ordered one" and leave us hanging here.

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1580  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: May 05, 2012, 02:11:19 pm
.....and you can't see my good looken bride of 63 years......
Frank,

I love it.  Cheer  Get that picture bigger.

We are far behind you coming up on 34 years this summer.

Congratulations on your PC too.

Ron

PS to Aimee....It would be cool if we could place some pictures of ourselves and our rigs for others to review in our profiles, but surely not critical at all.
1581  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Cleaning Lime/Calcium Stains on: May 04, 2012, 03:05:46 pm
I would have thought that CLR and Lime Away type products would have been safe to use on any surface.  Was that a painted finish or a raw fiberglass finish?  Regardless, it is good to know the B&T remover works.

I believe kerosene is equivalent to that B&T remover.  I have used kerosene to remove lots of crud off my painted surfaces including my Corvette.  It is a very simple penetrating oil that has no effect on paint.  Just be sure the kerosene you use does not have any additives.  Use only pure kerosene.

Kerosene is also excellent for a car with an engine compartment that looks like a solid blob of grease & grime.  Spray down the entire engine compartment with kero, let it soak in, then spray again, then power wash off.  Today they sell more environmentally friendly cleaners, but I have not had the same good results.  The blobs of greasy crud doesn't disolve anywhere near as well.  I wonder what is more environmentally friendly?  Disolved crud, or half disolved crud?
1582  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Knock Knock on: May 04, 2012, 02:36:11 pm
I wish PC-USA would do a mass emailing to registered owners, sending each owner 3 or 4 brochures each year just for that purpose.  It would be nice to hand people a current brochure.

For us we will give a tour once or twice per 3 week vacation, and a few other inquiries who refuse to impose.  So maybe 3 to 4 inquiries per vacation.  Each inquiry gets an old 2009 brochure.  We generally don't get a lot of visitors because we camp mostly in primitive camp grounds and take the tow vehicle around.  So all our visitors are had while in route.

Our church has an annual Fathers Day event called Dadsfest where the boys bring out their toys.  From classic & exotic cars and trucks to boats to RVs to motor cycles and the occasional "What is that?" all kinds of really cool stuff comes out to the event.  A racing team comes with a drag racer.  They will start one up and you feel you are in a war zone.  Then there is massive farm equipment where you can get comfortable inside a wheel rim, military equipment, basically anything that moves.  Oh yes, a helicopter.  Last year they tried to bring in a manned Meijer blimp (like a Good Year blimp) but the winds were not cooperating, so it just circled.  Free food to all, and the bands 7th Heaven and American English played there as well.

It's crazy there.  The event draws 10's of thousands of people on Fathers Day weekend.  The past couple years I have taken my Corvette, but this year I think it is time to pull out the PC again.  Those old 2009 PC brochures are great for that event.  I had placed a box full of them by the door and many would get taken.  I still have a few hundred 2009s to distribute.

The event is sponsored by the church's C.A.R.S. ministry HERE, so my 26" with surround has the movie Cars playing with the volume cranked up high, appropritate and cool.  Everybody loves to take a peek.  The first time I brought our PC, I let people walk in but it seen too much traffic.  Adding the problem that the kids (and adults too) would get hooked on the movie and plant themself inside, making it hard for others to walk around inside.  The last time there with our PC in 2009, I roped it off so people could take that first step and get a real good look inside, but not walk around in.  That was much better.

It's always a lot of fun,  time to bring our 2007 2350 there again.
1583  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Overnight Parking - Nontradional Campgrounds on: May 02, 2012, 10:18:11 am
For us...

#1 - Walmart
#2 - Rest Area
#3 - nothing consistent enough to mention
1584  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Trip to Elkhart on: May 02, 2012, 10:11:52 am
Doing that is a whole lot of fun.  It be interesting to read about their experience.
1585  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What tires are ya'll buying? on: May 02, 2012, 07:54:38 am
I have read on other forums that another thread pattern called RIB (not M&S) will provide a slightly nicer ride and improve fuel economy a tad bit as well.  But they are much less effective in mud and snow, so if you plan to drive under such conditions, stay with M&S.  RIB tires are not all-season tires.  All tire manufactures offer M&S and RIB tires.

I read about cracked tires on motorhomes all the time, but is never discussed on other vehicle forums.  I wonder what that is all about.  Is the rubber on truck tires different, or is it simply that the tires sit around too long, exposed to the elements?

Our 2007 is garage kept, opposite the garage window, so it's pretty much in a cave.  Five years so far without any cracks.  I never apply any type of tire dressing either.
1586  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New 4x4 finished on: May 02, 2012, 07:38:01 am
We are the proud owners of the latest 4X4 PC.
Congratulations on your new PC 4x4 2400.  Smile
1587  Main Forum / Links and Contacts / Re: Product Contacts on: April 30, 2012, 05:12:13 pm
An "official" welcome is in order for Frank.  Congrats!

Be sure to post your questions in the "general" section.  We all had questions and none are stupid.  Just ask away. 
1588  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 29, 2012, 11:18:39 pm
Hi Gary,

I think I am right there with you on that idea.  If it would fit in my garage, I would love a rear walk-around queen bed oriented front/rear that is not in a slide-out.  The closest model to that is no longer offered.  It was called model 2950 which had rear twin beds.  It seems it wouldn't take much to make a rear queen from that model when extending it to the length of the largest PC offered today.

The factory will build upon request as long as it is in the plan to also offer the model to the general public.  It never hurts to ask Kermit the owner.  He just might go for it given he just discontinued the 2950 rear twin last year due to unpopularity.

Ron
1589  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Getting in and out of the 2350 rear bed on: April 29, 2012, 02:56:30 pm
This topic would be interesting to my wife as she too sleeps on the wall side of our 2350.  She gracefully lets me sleep on the isle side for two reasons.
1) That is our relative sleeping position at home
2) I would feel cramped without the ability to over-hang my feet when a larger gap forms between my head and the head board.

My wife struggles getting out unless I first do, so most often I get out for her easier exit.  The few times I don't is when she is try not to disturb me.  "Just disturb me please".

It seems to me there are a few places for a grab bar to attach
1) to a ceiling joist, but you run the risk of bumping your head on it.
2) above the thermostat
3) to the shirt closet.  But we have a TV there which would not allow for it.


Something like this is "Hospital" like, but are very strong and have no sharp edges to get hurt on if bumped.  These are bought at most home improvement stores.
1590  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Scangauge users on: April 27, 2012, 01:59:14 pm
I was hoping the scanguage would provide an improved 1.32 mpg, not .132 mpg.  It is well understood that motor homes often move along at 55-60mph instead of 65-75mph.  The rare one-finger salute is of no concern to me.  Actually with our old motor home, we couldn't do much over 60mph if we wanted to, and I think I got the finger 3 or 4 times in 24 years.

BTW:  Unfortunately I fall into the "more prep and less use" group as my job demands many extra hours.  There was a time I hoped to retire ahead of schedule, utilizing our PC more often as many of you do.  But like many working class people in the USA, the changes in the economy makes retiring "ON" schedule for me deamy.  So it goes.  Hey, at least I have a job.  No complaints here.
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