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1741  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Replacment Batteries on: October 18, 2010, 03:10:23 pm
You and I have the same model year, though different models.

The thin wire with the plastic rectangular thing on the end is a temperature sensor.  If the batteries get hot from over-charging, that sensor will shut off the charging system.  Tape the plastic thing in between the batteries, to one of them, in the middle.  With the batteries pressed together, the temp sensor monitors both.

There is a lot of discussion on batteries in other forums.  Some people say it's best to use two 6 volt batteries in series instead of two 12 volt batteries in parallel.  Others say to buy gel filled batteries.  Then there is a 3rd higher-tech dry cell.  Costs can get up to $600 a pair.  I contemplated my options, and decided last July to replace my original batteries with a pair of Walmart's yellow label Everstart Maxx Marine batteries for around $75 each.  They are much larger than the originals with increased reserve capacity, but they still fit in the tray.  The height fits too.  it's a snug fit but still fine.  I keep my receipt in the RV.  If the Walmart batteries give me trouble, the solution is just a Walmart away.  One thing I like about them are the deeper wells.  You can fill them with distilled water until they touch those tubes, and you still have plenty of room to prevent over-boil.  I also like the integrated carry handle.
1742  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Fridge door fell off on: October 18, 2010, 09:53:12 am
Can anyone post a picture of the break?  Examining mine this morning, I can't picture where the high-risk area is as I think I have metal hinge brackets.

Is trhe break, the material on the door itself?  That looks to be well engineered, quite strong.
1743  Main Forum / General Discussion / Anyone Weigh Their Loaded PC? on: October 18, 2010, 09:48:43 am
I always wanted to weigh my rig during a trip, but have not yet done it.  I estimate we are fine, but wonder how close to the maximum chassis load capacity we get.  I also wonder how other PC owners get, especially those with slideouts.
1744  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Fridge door fell off on: October 17, 2010, 07:04:19 pm
I'd call the fridge manufacture first thing Monday morning.  Tell them your story.  Maybe they have a metal replacement.
1745  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: help planning vacation to yellowstone on: October 17, 2010, 07:33:19 am
Meant to post this last time;

Any ideas for stops on the way back?

DJM
After Teton National Park & Jackson, head south, then "B" Line it home on I-80.  With 3+ weeks, that's all you'll have time for, and I can't think of a substantial stop anyway.
1746  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: help planning vacation to yellowstone on: October 15, 2010, 05:53:29 pm
I suggest Crazy Horse in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Oh yes, I was to include Crazy Horse, but didn't type it in...senior moment there.

I could add taking the tour of the active current day industrial gold mine in Lead, and some others too, but then you burn the entire 3 weeks in South Dakota...Oops!
1747  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: help planning vacation to yellowstone on: October 14, 2010, 10:05:07 pm
Okay, 3 weeks then.

1) Want to tour a big city? Wilis (Sears) tower?  Chicago.  But difficult in an RV.
2) Badlands National Park (one night)
3) Minuteman Missle Silo & Control Center National Historic Site (at the entrance to Badlands) (half day) (NEED TO MAKE RESERVATIONS MANY MONTHS IN ADVANCE, ADVISE TO DO IT NOW) CLICK HERE
4) Waldrug (a few hours)
5) Mount Rushmore (half day) (the visitor center consession sells great icecream "cheap" there, all food is affordably family friendly)
6) Custer State Park, lots of buffalo, Needles Highway (next to Mount Rushmore) (half day)
7) Wind or Jewel Cave National Parks (half day)
8) Devils Tower (the movie close Encounters Filmed There) (half day)
9) Get to Yellowstone (too much to advise here)
10 After Yellowstone, be sure to head home south through Grand Teton National Park
11) Jackson WY
etc.

All those little stops before Yellowstone is real nice for the kids and parents too.  Much variety without killing much time.  EXTREMELY EDUCATIONAL.  They see desert formations, caves, a nuclear missle in it's silo (no warhead or fuel anymore) the underground control room, cold war history there. Mount Rushmore history is good too.

Be sure to make the kids watch the movie Close Encounters while driving to Devils Tower.  The ride is long enough, but get the move started right away.  Don't tell them you are heading there.  Don't mention Devils Tower anytime during the trip.  Let it surprise them.

At your first National Park entrance, buy the annual park pass.  It's a lot of money, but if you do as I advise, it will pay for itself and then some.  Don't buy it ahead of time because it's good for 12 months starting the month you buy it.
1748  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Made A Decision Replacing The Barrel Chair on: October 14, 2010, 09:35:48 pm
Carol at Phoenix USA and Paul agreed, I can reuse the swivelling pedistal.  The seat tracks that adjust the seat forward and backward will be included with the new seat.  I assume the seat tracks from my barrel chair are not transferable for some reason.  The tracks are mounted closer together than what is normally done up front in the cab.  This so the seat will mate properly to the pedistal.

I'll take some pictures along the way so others get a real good idea what to expect if they consider upgrading.
1749  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: SOME ONE WITH A NEW 2551 DID ALOT OF CHANGES, VALANCE USIDE DOWN BY DOOR FOR LIG on: October 14, 2010, 09:23:31 pm
Got it!

Wow, 300 days of sun would be hard on any motor home.  If possible, I would look into an RV cover or shelter.
1750  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The Best Slide on: October 14, 2010, 09:17:06 pm
I too am glad to read your slide issues were really nothing at all.

It's a good story to share with others who are interested in buying a PC.
1751  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: SOME ONE WITH A NEW 2551 DID ALOT OF CHANGES, VALANCE USIDE DOWN BY DOOR FOR LIG on: October 14, 2010, 12:42:43 pm
Paula and Norma,

I am curious.  You both mention excessive heat from the sun.  I realize the cab area will always be an issue, but Paula, you covered the RV windows with home-made shields.  Do you have single pane or duel pane thermal RV windows?  Our thermal panes keep out the heat real well, though I have yet to be in tripple digit heat.

About the windshield glass.  I found pop-open "Made To Fit The Ford Van" windshield shades, sold as a pair.  I got them from Walmart a couple years ago, but I am sure they can be purchased at Advance Auto Parts, Murpheys Auto, Auto Zone, Pep Boys, etc.  They fit perfectly, but do leave the side windows completely exposed.  They are a quick simple solution for people on the move like us.  Easy in & out, and they store easily in the backrest pocket of either front seat.  They are extremely effective in keeping out the heat, and offer windshiled privacy, but not the door glass.  For that we partially open the privacy curtians for a quick fix.
1752  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Made A Decision Replacing The Barrel Chair on: October 14, 2010, 12:02:58 pm
Paul emailed me today.  He is out of gray materail but has the green.  Checking to see if he can get more gray.
1753  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: help planning vacation to yellowstone on: October 14, 2010, 09:41:40 am
How many weeks do you have to work with?
1754  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sway Bars on: October 13, 2010, 04:50:19 pm
Glad it worked out so well for you.

I still wonder why Phoenix USA won't offer them as an optional suspension upgrade.  It seems an opportunity for them to make more money along with improved customer satisfaction.  Maybe Kermit needs to have made, two identical models side-by-side, one with and the other without the suspension upgrades.  Then take them both out for a drive on the interstate highway there on a gusty windy day.
1755  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Made A Decision Replacing The Barrel Chair on: October 12, 2010, 08:28:50 pm
Got it Bob, Thanks!
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