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1621  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Aime's Matchmaking Service on: August 08, 2012, 04:47:40 pm
Aimee and the rest,

I changed my location to be more specific to where I live, and added two additional lines in my signature.

What do you think?
1622  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electric tow hitch on: August 08, 2012, 11:16:43 am
Billy, It is natural to shoot the messenger.

I have a lot of bullet holes in me from my comments from how PC-USA could take a better picture, to fixing a flat tire yourself with it on the vehicle.

Welcome to my world. Cheers

Now watch your "Helpful Rating" drop.

PS:  I won't do that to you as I appreciate your post.
We lack perspective if we have nothing to compare against.
1623  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electric tow hitch on: August 08, 2012, 08:05:41 am
The main issue I have with it is the tongue weight goes from 20 pounds with a conventional 4-wheel-down method, to multiple thousands of pounds.  That will throw any class-C into an over weight condition.  I also would be very concerned making a sharp turn in the forward direction,  It seems the tow vehicle is too close to the motor home.  My Jeep Liberty is much farther from my PC's rear bumper than that thing, but when in a very sharp u-turn scenerio, the two vehicles get within inches of eachother.

Very interesting.  Thanks for sharing Billy.
1624  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I think I have a brilliant idea on: August 08, 2012, 07:51:57 am
Aimee, I did run this post deep down a different road.  I appologize for that too.  Hopefully the detour is past.
1625  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I think I have a brilliant idea on: August 07, 2012, 11:35:12 pm
We told her that it was Ron's referral, so hope that he benefits for having to spend all that time with us on the Grand Tour.  His online pictures helped, but the actual hands on visit to his unit was what made us sure.

 ThankYou njheart.  You are my first official.  ThankYou
1626  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I think I have a brilliant idea on: August 07, 2012, 10:52:26 pm
Ron: I don't believe there was ever an "active" gift-referral program over the past 5 years as I have never recieved a gift of any kind from Phoenix-USA, and I have done a lot of referral-became-a-sale for them.

Aimee: For the referral program, either you need to actively tell them before the client comes in and purchases, or the buyer needs to tell them specifically "I am referred by Ron Dittmer"  For them to say "oh I saw a unit while we were camping and I loved it!" is not enough.
Over the years, I have corresponded with many people, some people for hours on end with numerous detailed emails with pictures of my PC and other units to help explain.  Some correspondance yield a sale for the factory.  I never ask anyone to say I referred them.  It would throw "question" as to my intentions.  I figured, if Stuart or someone there would probe the buyer as to how they came about to buying a PC, then it would come out by itself.  But I'll never ask anyone to mention my name as a referral.

Once I asked a buyer to say hi to Stuart for me.  That was all.

I do it for the fun and comradery.  A gift is never the mission.  If it was, I would had dropped off-grid long ago.  But a gift would be nice.  I mean a real gift, not money.  Things for our PC that we wished we had ordered from the start like leather dinette cushions with more dense foam for example.  A mirror next to the stove.  Compass and temperature rear view mirror.  Things like that.
1627  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I think I have a brilliant idea on: August 07, 2012, 04:55:22 pm
I don't believe there was ever an "active" gift-referral program over the past 5 years as I have never recieved a gift of any kind from Phoenix-USA, and I have done a lot of referral-became-a-sale for them.

Aimee's "Where Are There PC's To See" interactive map sounds cool.  But I wouldn't mind some much simpler.  Place a eye catching "Look" symbol by our name that when clicked on, will state we live in zip code 00000 and are willing to show our PC to interested parties.  We could control this in our profile.  Make it fancier by adding a place for us owners to add a link to web pics, so the person would know what he will see during his visit.  Click on the zip code to be sent to the web for a map or description of where it is.  Maybe a protective filter of some kind would be a good idea.
1628  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2350 or ? What did you choose and why? on: August 05, 2012, 09:50:06 pm
njheart,

I am so happy that you closely examined all your options and picked the one that meets your needs best.  Personally, I think a 2552 is ideal for the two of you given your personal circumstances.  You got the slide out after-all, a feature hard to pass up, especially when considering your large dogs.

You will surely have questions about options to consider, so ask away here on this forum.  You might also want to ask the PC community for their thoughts, if a 2552 will require a tow vehicle for your particular travel style and considering your dogs.

Congratulations on a great decision.  I am sure you'll love your new home on wheels.

Welcome to the PC family.

Blessings,
Ron
1629  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2350 or ? What did you choose and why? on: August 03, 2012, 11:40:54 am
njheart and sister live 40 minutes from our house so they are coming to see our unit this week before their visit to PC-USA because the factory might not have a 2350 with or without a slideout to see.  They can determine for themselves if what we have is worth consideration along with seeing new units in Elkhardt.
Those two wonderful women came to our house last night and closely examined our 2350 with no-slide.  We spent a couple hours together going over our unit and discussing PCs in-general.  I tried my best to show them our rig "face value", making sure I did not try to pursuade them in thinking ours is ideal for them.  njheart & sister decided that for themselves.  They really liked our unit and seemed set on getting one like it but with a sofa instead of the dinette that we have.  njheart did mention that she owned a motor home with slide-out in the past and didn't want one again.  They really want the over-all motor home length as short as possible for best mobility, and the 2350 seemed ideal to both of them.  They expected our rig to look longer so they were happy to see that is was shorter in-person.

For bedtime, one plans to sleep on the rear corner bed, the other on the sofa.  We did discuss what kind of sleeper sofa will be in a 2350 with no-slide.  It won't be the same one used in a slide-out.  It may be the old uncomfortable jack-knife style sofa.  I think the factory can have one made with memory foam which might take the edge out of the discomfort.  Have any of you experience with a 2012-2013 no-slide sofa?

njheart sure knew a lot about PCs from this discussion board and has a good list of what they want and don't want.  They question a few things, one being the tiny swing-open awning style windows on new models.  They liked our older sliding windows for improved air circulation while parked.  They are very familiar with the new windows as they have them in their "B" today.  They will ask about slide-open windows to get much more air flow.  They do have dogs that will travel with them, so they need to be mindful that a dog might be smart enough to slide an open window more and get out.  I suppose placing a pre-cut yard stick in the track would limit the window opening.  There is always a work-around for such concerns.

One thing that surprised them was the height of the toilet.  It is plainly too tall for both of them.  They have a question to ask the factory about a lower pedistal....maybe no pedistal.

One thing emphasised over and over (and over) again.  If there is something they wished was different, from awnings to sofas to toilet pedistals, to whatever......Just ASK the factory about any such wishful deviations.

I do hope the two ladies have the opportunity to examine a 2551 or 2552 when they visit the factory.  I would feel a lot better if they got a real good look at either one before any final decision.

To njheart & sister...
It was a pleasure meeting you both.  Keep us all informed along the way during your continued research.

Blessings,
Ron
1630  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Gray water by-pass? on: August 02, 2012, 09:20:58 pm
I'm with Tom.  Say we're parked in an unlighted, deserted, no hookup campground with really smelly pit toilets and it's 40 degrees outside and I wake up at 2am with a desire to go to the toilet.  Do I get up, get dressed, get a flashlight, and head out into the woods with the wolves and bears?  Or, do I roll gently out of my twin bed right by the rear bathroom and enjoy the comfort of modern plumbing? Even if it means flushing the tanks at the next stop with hookups, I don't have to think twice.  Jerry
If that be our situation, we'd be utilizing the bathroom that way as well.  But it has not come up yet.
1631  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Gray water by-pass? on: August 02, 2012, 12:02:02 pm
Good Question Tom,

We dry camp in primitive camp grounds without hook-ups.  But there are public toilets, either flush or pit present.

I'll always draw a comment or two when I mention we don't do #2 in our PC.
1632  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Gray water by-pass? on: August 02, 2012, 09:07:44 am
Jerry, You kill me.  rolling on the floor
1633  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Holding Tanks on: August 02, 2012, 08:16:23 am
This is a copy of my reply on another post that applies to your question.

We too have a 2350 with the gray tank being the smaller 23 gallon one.  Given we almost exclusively dry camp, the gray tank always fills long before we run out of fresh water.  To buy time, (per Phoenix USA instruction) I flood the gray water into the black tank by first opening the gray tank valve, then the black tank valve, wait for the gurggling sounds to quiet down, then close the black valve, and finally the gray valve.  I usually do this once between every fresh water fill-up, so it is done very frequently during trips.  If getting very close to empty with the fresh water tank, sometimes I have to do it twice before dumping.  It is no big deal.  Only an inconvenience.

Given we don't do #2 in the bathroom, without fecal matter to be concerned about, I am tempted to keep both valves open all the time, but worry that if sewage ever did back up into the shower pan for any reason, it would be contaminated with urine.  It does seem a remote possibility which has me tempted.  Also, I think some rigs of other brand motor homes, have the shower pan dumping into the black tank.
1634  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Gray water by-pass? on: August 02, 2012, 08:12:02 am
We too have a 2350 with the gray tank being the smaller 23 gallon one.  Given we almost exclusively dry camp, the gray tank always fills long before we run out of fresh water.  To buy time, (per Phoenix USA instruction) I flood the gray water into the black tank by first opening the gray tank valve, then the black tank valve, wait for the gurggling sounds to quiet down, then close the black valve, and finally the gray valve.  I usually do this once between every fresh water fill-up, so it is done very frequently during trips.  If getting very close to empty with the fresh water tank, sometimes I have to do it twice before dumping.  It is no big deal.  Only an inconvenience.

Given we don't do #2 in the bathroom, without fecal matter to be concerned about, I am tempted to keep both valves open all the time, but worry that if sewage ever did back up into the shower pan for any reason, it would be contaminated with urine.  It does seem a remote possibility which has me tempted.  Also, I think some rigs of other brand motor homes, have the shower pan dumping into the black tank.
1635  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: On-Vehicle Tire Repair on: July 31, 2012, 09:44:25 am
Using the dash receptacle the first time burned up the socket and blew the fuse
The kit I mentioned in the beginning of this thread, the pump has those alligator clips, a long cord, and a long coiled air hose, apparently having that in-mind.  Between the battery up front and the pair of batteries in-back, there is power close by as well.
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