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46  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: New England Fall Colors & Shores on: September 21, 2016, 12:43:33 am
Thankyou Buffalo Rose for that.

A question to all from my wife lrene asking about whale watching.  Any chance for that at a particular coastal area during that time period?
47  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: New England Fall Colors & Shores on: September 20, 2016, 05:47:24 pm
Pax/Mike, I had been on those two websites before to get educated.  Good to know I am researching in the right places.  Good to know there is an adequate amount of primitive camping which is our camping style anyway.  I will check out Allstays.  As far as low clearance bridges and such is concerned, I was under the impression they get as low as 10"-4".  Our PC has a 9'-10" height when empty, even less when loaded up on a trip.  I will review that website you gave me on vehicle height clearances.  Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

Gail Staton, Thank you for your well wishes.  We'll be taking pics and vids as always.  I'll make it a point to share some when we get back.

Tall Guy Gary, We have three weeks to work with, not two.  If we find we have a week extra to utilize, I will consider your input on Nova Scotia.  When searching the web, the White Mountains area keeps coming up.  We'll be sure to spend some time in that area.  In Acadia, one way or the other, we will be spending time there.  If not camped inside the park, then nearby.  I assume that plan will work as long as we avoid the three day holiday weekend 10/8-10/10.  Thank You for your input.

JOHN, It has been on my mind to stop by the PC factory.  The last time we were there was in June 2007.  It would be real nice to meet Kermit, Earl, Kyle and the gang there in-person.  The fellow John who showed us around over nine years ago had left during the big recession.  We'll be passing through in both directions on week days during this trip, days when they are open, so it looks very promising.  Yes, please watch for us.  We'll have our eyes open for other PC family on this always as in past trips.

Please keep the input coming!
48  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / New England Fall Colors & Shores on: September 20, 2016, 10:12:16 am
Hi All,

We are leaving soon on our first visit ever to New England.  We will surely visit Acadia NP, maybe Nova Scotia if time permits.  I wonder if we will arrive too soon for the fall colors of Vermont & New Hampshire given our time there will be 9/26-10/12.

I've read through member posts on the subject.  Thank you all for that.  Since we own a tow vehicle, it seems better to bring it along rather than to leave it home.  We assume the weather can get cold so we'll bring our warm hooded jackets with removable thermal liners, gloves etc.  We'll also carry a couple of large umbrellas.

As far as camping accommodations is concerned, as usual we will "wing" it without reservations for we never know where & when we will be in any one place.  Given the time of year, will this be an issue?  Will Acadia NP, state parks, and other primitive public land camp grounds be filled?  If so, can we rely on private RV parks?  Or is the color tour season inundated with people just like us?  I expect Columbus Day weekend 10/8-10/10 will surely be a crowded time.

I looked on-line for a color tour route and found THIS loop route.  If we follow it, will we get the best of fall colors in New England?

As far as shores go, other than Acadia National Park, I'd love some input on that too.

I do wonder if Nova Scotia is worth the trip.  Maybe it's best to focus on New England.

All input is welcomed.
49  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: "After market" HWH Levelers on: September 19, 2016, 11:38:16 pm
Two Hams In A Can, Jeff and Suzanne,

Did you see THIS 2006 PC-2400 for sale in Iowa by an RV sales & service center?  I believe it has only one house battery and no whole house inverter.  If you can do without them, make a low-ball offer and see what happens.  It is the close of the RV season and so they might let it go cheap.  Use the single battery and no inverter as your reason for your low offer.  How low an offer you ask?  I'd offer $32k over the phone and see what happens.

If you wonder, I don't believe there is any way to retrofit a second battery and inverter without extensive modification, likely not worth doing.  You'd be much better off buying a PC with them included.  I think they were added mid year 2006 so some 2006s have them, some don't.

I live about an hour from you, not too far off your path to Iowa.  Stop by to examine a 2007, a year newer with two batteries and inverter,  no-slide 2350 if you want.
50  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Improvements & Enhancements, 2007 PC-2350 on: September 19, 2016, 08:50:42 am
What, no pictures. Please post some. Wink
Good morning Tom!

I keep adding them to the end of the original post to keep it all in one place.
51  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New King Bed for 2552 on: September 19, 2016, 06:18:17 am

Thanks for that information.  I figure the spare tire was deleted for reasons of weight ratio.  I only wished they kept the spare tire compartment in some fashion, maybe style it differently so it looks like a regular storage compartment where you could mount a spare tire inside, or use to store your zero gravity chairs.  Keep it an ever flexible decision for the owner, even after taking delivery.

Our 2350 weight ratio is worse only to a 2100.  Our older 2007 model has the 41 gallon water tank sitting up against the rear wall over the rear bumper.  Between that and the spare tire, they introduce the slight rear end sag and significant handling issues.  Though our handling issues got addressed via other means, the weight ratio remains poor.  On trips, the weight on our rear axle is near the limit, but the front axle has so much margin.

I wonder how our rig would look and handle without carrying fresh water & spare tire.  That would make for an interesting experiment on a weekend get-away.

As to your other comment,  Cheers to Kyle, Earl, wife, and daughter Aimee who created the PC website and manages this forum.  While I am at it, Cheers  to Kermit and all the rest of the PC family.  Cheers
52  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cablw TV doesn't work on: September 19, 2016, 06:03:57 am
Awesome that the PC family found your resolution.  The people here are great.

Even us seasoned PC owners sometimes forget the simple things like that.  It was a good reminder for me.  The last time my wife and I utilized CATV has to be about 6 years ago.  Like yourself, we might be away during the first debate and will want to watch it too.
53  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Improvements & Enhancements, 2007 PC-2350 on: September 18, 2016, 09:59:09 pm
Added #34 Shallow Shelf In Bathroom Under Medicine Cabinet For Toothbrushes Toothpaste And More

The hooks are brass to match the rest of the interior.  The brushed stainless faucet will always mismatch everything else.  I had thought about painting it.

I really only wanted the two hooks to the right.  The left-most hook is using the hole leftover from the door knob from when the wood was a door.  Maybe my wife Irene will find a purpose for that left hook, like hooking her rings on during her shower and at night.
54  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Arrive at destination and toad battery is dead on: September 18, 2016, 09:30:27 pm
Hi Bill,

We have the same condition with our tow vehicle, a Jeep Liberty.  When we stop for the night while remaining all hooked up like at a Walmart for example, I have to unplug the umbilical cord as well.  If I don't, the battery in the Jeep powers up something in the PC that I can't recall now.  I seem to recall it is related to the back-up camera and the tow brake system, but not sure.  I'll have to make note of it the next time we tow.
55  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cablw TV doesn't work on: September 18, 2016, 09:18:57 pm
If all the suggestions offered don't make a difference, drive to a site as close to the RV park office as you can and plug into that CATV.  It could be the CATV service to your specific camp site is bad.
56  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: backup camera on: September 18, 2016, 04:15:33 pm
We lost the sound on our 2007 Zone Defense back-up camera system a number of years ago.  It was so nice to have sound to get quiet verbal commands from my wife when pulling late into a campsite at night.  I can't locate the microphone in back anywhere, and nobody at Phoenix or Zone Defense could tell me either.  I was hoping to clean the mic hole of bugs or something to get sound again.

If anyone with sound knows where the mic is and has a solution, I would love to hear about it.
57  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: More battery power, please on: September 17, 2016, 11:03:44 am
Lots of good battery info and feeling better may not have totally ruined ours since don't think rest voltage was below 11v, but how do you correlate rest voltage to what's showing on the meter while playing a dvd knowing DW won't appreciate turning everything off to check.
Randall & Chris,

I added this to my previous post to help clarify.

What I refer to as "resting voltage" is the voltage of the batteries when nothing is using them.  That "resting voltage" or "idle voltage" should not get below 12.1V.

When your inverter is on with the TV, lights and all the rest, the "working voltage" will be less than the "resting voltage".  Unfortunately a volt meter does not tell you what's really going on until after you turn everything off.  There are much better, more complex systems that do, but I am hoping to learn enough with a simple volt meter in constant view.  I hope it will come down to "feeling out" the reading after a vacation or two.  I have yet to go on a multi-week trip with the new volt meter installed so I am not sure how well I'll be able to determine when the batteries need charging under "working voltage" conditions.  I may be dependent on readings after turning everything off.  I will find out soon enough.

58  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: More battery power, please on: September 17, 2016, 08:46:57 am
I have seen that chart many times.  I understand that a complete battery drain, regardless of it's technology (wet acid, gel, AGM, other) will permanently degrade it by some amount, making it's energy bucket permanently smaller.  The name of the game is to never let the batteries go below 12.1V (or 50%) when they are at rest.  Pending the demand when they are in-use, the voltage can immediately drop into the 11's.  Turn off the hungry electrical items that are eating energy, and the resting voltage goes back up.  What I refer to as "resting voltage" is the voltage of the batteries when nothing is using them.

I installed a volt meter HERE to offer an additional means of monitoring, in an "IN MY FACE" location.  As I previously mentioned, when the batteries are getting used, the voltage can drop below the safe zone of ~12.1V, but when everything is turned off, a fully charged battery will immediately rise back to ~12.7V.  It's not the best method to monitor the batteries, but between the Tripp-Lite monitor, the main PC monitor, and the added volt meter, I hope to take better care of our batteries.

A simple alternative to my volt meter is a 12V plug-in one like THIS.  Unfortunately there are no 12V outlets in the house of a PC that are in plain view.

The battery indicators on our 2007 2350 Tripp-Lite control panel is a 3 colored LED light as follows.  For me, it's not enough information to work with.
GREEN - fully charged
GREEN/YELLOW - partially drained
YELLOW - needing a charge now
YELLOW/RED - batteries are permanently degrading, charge immediately
RED - batteries are dead

Like with the Tripp-Lite battery meter, the battery monitor on our main control panel HERE isn't enough for me.  It doesn't help that I have to push the button to read the meter.  Continuous metering is a constant reminder to pay attention.  The one I installed and that plug-in one uses so very little energy.
59  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Gonna use the home phone in the PC on: September 16, 2016, 01:06:43 pm
Since our house has good quality internet via our cable TV provider, we switched our brick & mortar house phone service to NetTalk, a carbon copy of MagicJack.  We pay around $40 a year for unlimited nation wide phone service.  It works extremely well with our Gigaset 300 wireless house phones which has an answering machine.  Our original Siemens wireless house phone system was not compatible with either MagicJack or NetTalk.  We bought a 1st replacement wireless house system which also had issues.  The 2nd attempt, the Gigaset 300 system works perfect.  And it works well with the old wired phones sprinkled around the house.

I wanted to drop the house phone altogether and reply exclusively on our cell phones, but my wife Irene wanted to keep the house phone so this was a great compromise.  I thank her for doing all the research trying the two different service providers and 3 different house phone systems to come up with a good working, very affordable home phone service.  I am glad Irene found a cheap means of keeping the house phone, especially now that I am retired.
60  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: About Dinettes, Why A Dinette Is Bigger When Not In A Slideout on: September 16, 2016, 09:47:56 am

So I take it then that your dinette cannot be converted into a bed?  I don't see the little "rests" for the table when making up a bed.  Nothing about your dinette looks right.  It's like I am looking at a different brand of motor home.  Are you certain you did not ask for anything unique with regards to the dinette?

One thing I always liked about our dinette is that we have the option to convert it into a bed and also a day bed, a decent size couch by adding large backrest & armrest pillows.  It won't be a reclining couch like many PC owners have these days, but it surely offers a ton of storage underneath.
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