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1681  Main Forum / General Discussion / PC Projects Over Winter on: January 04, 2013, 10:25:32 am
Hey All,

It's time to be thinking about a few changes off season.  One matter that has always bothered me is the location of our backup camera monitor.  I often hit the monitor with my head when getting in or out from the driver seat.  Given the center mirror serves no purpose, I'd like to mount the monitor where the mirror is, and do without a mirror.  This would move the backup camera much more forward, surely out of my way.  Also, the monitor would be better viewed there.

Once done, I'd like to mount a ScanGauge on top of the monitor, but I question if the cable that comes with the ScanGauge is long enough.

Has anyone here removed the mirror and mounted the monitor there?  If so, how did you do it?  Where did you get the mirror-style bracket from?
Also, have you mounted a ScanGauge there?
1682  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 3100 impressions on: January 03, 2013, 12:50:36 pm
We with an older 2007 model, my wife and I both agree that flourecent lighting provides a "cold" feel to the interior rather than a warm feel as would be with incandescent lighting.  But flourecent was chosen in the industry to provide more light with less energy.  I understand some PCs made around 2010-2011 have a combination light fixture with both flouresent and a small incandescent for mood lighting.  That sounds like a nice feature.

Are these the latches you are all talking about?

Our 2007 has this type and we have broken a couple over the years.  We soon got with the program on how to avoid the break, most often with the male portion.  With a dozen free from the factory back in the day, we have enough to last as long as the rest of the motor home.  Our latches work well with no door rattling or opening on their own.  If yours do, the latch likely needs adjusting, or you lost a door bumper pad similar to this.

Our near 6 year old mascerator pump still works well though there is a little dripping by the pump only while pumping, seemingly harmless so far.   I really appreciate the mascerator setup.  If I ever have trouble with mine, I will keep it the same, just making repairs to be good as new.

About a few little things seemly odd like the screws sticking out as you have mentioned.  Don't let those few odd things darken your over-all evaluation because they are not representative of the rest of the rig.  All motor homes are heavily hand-crafted with such little quirks expected.  If you can easily remedy the little things, then I wouldn't get hung up on them.

About PC slideouts in general.  Our rig has zero so I have no experience with them.  But I hear on other forums that mechanics who work on motor homes, say that PCs have the best made in the industry.
1683  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Front tow hook on: December 27, 2012, 10:28:46 am
Hi Bob,

I don't have your answer on front tow hooks, but...on another forum, it seems common to install a front hitch on the Ford motor home chassis.  They use the front hitch for...
- front mounted back rack, scooter, storage, etc.
- manever a boat or other trailer around more easily in confined areas (maybe launching a boat too)
- tow the motor home with a bus sized motor home

With THIS THING a front hitch could meet your need if there is no good place to mount generic hooks LIKE THESE.

Your description implies there is a good place for tow hooks.  If you mount generic hooks, they must be bolted to the chassis frame.  Nothing related to the bumper itself, except bolt-sharing at the frame.

Blessings, Ron
1684  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year on: December 25, 2012, 05:01:38 pm
May my PC friends here ponder the true meaning of Christ-mas.  God bless you all with a wonderful year ahead.
1685  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Fireproof safe on: December 21, 2012, 10:27:24 am
Some motor homes came with a small floor safe.  My brother's Starflyte came with one mounted in an area behind the driver seat.  I don't know much about them or where to buy one, but maybe RV suppliers like Camping World and the kind have them for sale.

It would be nice to have a hidden-under-carpet floor safe that is fire & thief proof.
1686  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Some Friendly Advise For The Holidays on: December 13, 2012, 10:00:40 pm
I couldn't resist sharing that one.  An old co-worker sent it to me.  It had me in an embarrassing laughter at the office early this morning.  I am glad you all found it entertaining as well.

I wonder if it will get me some "Helpful" ratings.   rolling on the floor
1687  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Some Friendly Advise For The Holidays on: December 13, 2012, 11:32:05 am
This time of year, police set up roadblocks with some regularity, checking for drunk drivers.  As you well know, some people have had brushes with the law on their way home from a social gathering.  I would like to share our personal experience with this matter.
Last weekend we were out for the evening with friends.  We enjoyed a few cocktails and also some good wine with dinner.  Concerned we may have been slightly over the limit, we followed the advise we all hear about, and took a cab home.  Sure enough we passed a police roadblock but since it was a cab, they simply waved it past.  We arrived home safely without incident.  Given our level of intoxication, we dont recall where we got the cab nor what to do with it parked in our garage.
Be careful this holiday season.
1688  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Replacement coach batteries on: December 07, 2012, 04:04:16 pm
The 6V versus 12V battery discussion always draws debate, and this one inspired me to step out of my cubicle here at work at Motorola Solutions (the 2-way radio communications company) and ask an electrical engineer.  He has a masters degree, focus with power.  He also happens to be my 29 year old son.  He quickly reviewed our motor home scenerio and concluded this.

GIVEN IDENTICAL AMPERAGE BATTERY RATINGS FOR BOTH 6V & 12V BATTERIES, two 12V batteries will supply twice the power of two 6V.  I did a quick search on deep cycle batteries and found the typical 12V to be around 100Ah, and 6V to be around 200Ah.  If this is the comparison, then they hold equal amounts of energy reserve power.

12V - The remaining good 12V will get damaged if the condition continues for an extended period of time.
6V - The remaining good 6V will not be harmed
If one battery dies during a vacation and you catch it in time, you can isolate the two 12V batteries and continue on your trip with only one 12V battery.  In the case with 6V batteries, you will simply see a voltage drop which you can do nothing about until you replace the bad battery.  Given it is recommended to replace batteries in pairs, the 6V benefit seems to hold no value.  I also wonder how hard it is to find a pair of new 6V batteries in the middle of No Where USA.

12V batteries will charge evenly, 6V batteries will not.  If you vacation with limited charge times as we do, this could be an issue with 6V batteries, potentially unable to provide a full 12V if the charge is not allowed to complete.

My son is not familiar with lead acid battery technology, so there could be influencial factors that sway benefits to one versus the other.

Your isolation diodes for 12V sound like a good idea, though few people would apply it.
Your support for two 6V in series has a strong following so I am not really convinced one way or the other.

Just thought I'd put this into the discussion.
1689  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Our New Christmas Nativity Scene on: December 06, 2012, 08:59:13 pm
Just thought I'd share what I've been up to this past week.
The lighting was extremely tricky to get done properly and safely.
We bought the 5 figures from Meijer On-Line.


1690  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need suggestions for "test" camping in an RV on: December 06, 2012, 04:43:34 pm
Yep, just bad luck.  Those pictures are great.  It gives us something to return for.

My brother and his wife Kayaked with Manatees which were all around the two of them.  My sister-in-law was deathly afraid the kayak would tip over from bumping and they be swimming with the manatees, but the Manatees are quite respectful of visitors floating around in plastic cigars.

Except for this fellow.

I would love to snorkel with them like we did with 10 foot span, 30 foot with tail, Eagle Rays a few days later on our cruise.
1691  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need suggestions for "test" camping in an RV on: December 06, 2012, 01:25:50 pm
2 frazzled,

I hope you will see more Manatees than we did (none) last month in Cape Canaveral.  Hurricane Sandy encouraged them to leave the area because the waters got too cold for them.  Maybe it's better now.

We took a 7 day cruise leaving out from NYC on election day, with a stop at Port Canaveral.  We kayaked in the Mangroves of Cocoa Beach to see Manatees but none were found.  None at the big wildlife refuge either, just north of the landling strip for the space shuttle.
1692  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: EMPLOYEE NOTICE Pg13 on: December 06, 2012, 08:54:34 am
Sounds like a plan.  LOL

The government should have bailed out every working citzen over 50 instead of the banking industry by handing them each a million tax free dollars to retire early to open up the job market.  It would have cost tax payers the same but get better results.

Adding: The government could have done it in installments, like an expanded Social Security benefit.  Instead they pushed Social Security out further yet.  I am 54 years old and have to work til age 66.75 to get my full benefit, instead of age 65 as it has been since the beginning.

I would run for president except that I would surely get assasinated if elected.  rolling on the floor
1693  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A/C heat strip on: December 04, 2012, 01:11:05 pm
njheart is right.  The heat strip is not an electric heater than can bring the temperature inside a motor home from 15 degrees to 80 degrees.  It is ideal to use on a cool evening when there is a chill in the summer air.  Actually it will perform better than that as it can warm the interior far too much if you let it.

In winter conditions, you might find the heat strip usefull after the interior is all warmed up from the furnace.  It might maintain a comfortable pre-heated temperature.

BTW:  The roof top a/c unit recirculates air from inside the cabin, not drawing in air from the outside.  At least that is how it works with our 2007 model.

1694  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: closet rod on: December 03, 2012, 07:28:51 pm
PC-USA must have changed the closet hanger system since our days in 2007.  We have the design where each hanger slips through it's own slot.  I can't say that we like it, but I don't think the clothes would fall off the rod even in a roll-over, ha, ha.

I really like what Billy presented.  I may invest in them.

BTW:  Welcome Ozzie & Ben!
1695  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thank You Kermit on: December 02, 2012, 09:11:36 am

Thank you for your kind words of encouragement.  Like you say, obligations and priorities, house projects and health, it all got in the way in 2012, both financially and with available time.  But the road ahead looks smooth so we are hoping to make up next year with a nice 3 weeker out west and weekenders.

You are absolutely right.  I do think of you when I look at our updated dinette and mirror.  Thank you for the opportunity to help you.  You know it was a pleasure for me too.
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