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 on: Today at 12:14:58 pm 
Started by butch50 - Last post by ron.dittmer
6V batteries are already a lot taller than 12V as I learned when converting to 6V HERE.  In my case the easiest solution was to eliminate the battery tray and install maintenance-free sealed AGM batteries.  That was one of highest ranking changes I made to our 9 year old PC over the years.

Is our rig really 9 years old this coming June?  Wow how time flies.  It seems more like 5 years ago when we were placing our order.

 on: Today at 12:06:21 pm 
Started by aimee - Last post by ron.dittmer
Ron, we asked for delivery in August because we have to be on the farm for milking twice a day until then.  Earl said they would probably start the build in late May.

 on: Today at 10:53:41 am 
Started by Barry-Sue - Last post by Gail Staton
Thanks for sharing your experience, Sue.   If I didn't love our portable induction burner I would certainly consider the Aroma Grill.  I never use the propane burners.


 on: Today at 09:01:23 am 
Started by Barry-Sue - Last post by Doneworking
Barry and Sue, thanks for sharing this information.  I would never have even thought about the possibility of it occurring or the cause.  Wow. 

I drive a Jeep Grand Cherokee with keyless entry.  On three different occasions the remote start feature has activated unexpectedly.  Twice parked outside and once in our garage.  On at least one occasion, the rear hatch entry door has opened on its own accord.  The problem is, you push the key fob twice on those buttons (remote start and rear entry) in rapid succession and it happens.  Well, guys tend to carry more than one thing in their pockets and apparently other "stuff" like other keys, coins, etc., bounced against the buttons just right and .......started or opened.   This is dangerous and apparently without dismantling a bunch of stuff under the hood by an electronics guru, there is no fix.  It is amazing to me that there are not some steps an owner can take to disengage this remote junk. 

My wife has a 2014 Cherokee Trailhawk and carries her key in a small, hard sided plastic case to prevent this from occurring.   With at least two-thirds of a Walmart Super Center in her purse, it is probably a logical solution  LOL   Alas, I don't carry a purse but probably should given the stuff I like to carry in my pockets. 

In any event, I mention it hear as a cautionary tale to others that may have these keyless wonders. 

Thanks again for the post on the generator self starting.   Life was simpler when you started them with a rope, but sure wasn't as easy!


 on: Today at 08:28:35 am 
Started by butch50 - Last post by keelhauler
With only 200 W of solar, you really don't need anymore batteries. You will have trouble keeping those two charged.
I don't know what PC is doing standard now but I would definitely go with 2 - 6v deep cycle Trojan batteries.
They can do this if you let them know before they start building. The batteries are about 1-1/4" taller.

 on: Today at 08:19:38 am 
Started by aimee - Last post by Polish Prince
Ron, we asked for delivery in August because we have to be on the farm for milking twice a day until then.  Earl said they would probably start the build in late May.

 on: Today at 03:23:39 am 
Started by aimee - Last post by Pax
Welcome!  I notice that Kermit is now offering free delivery to anywhere in the lower 48! You are relatively close to the factory, but that would have saved us $3000 a couple years ago!

   - Mike

 on: February 09, 2016, 11:50:49 pm 
Started by aimee - Last post by ron.dittmer
....and Ron - sorry but we did go with the slide out.

 rolling on the floor   rolling on the floor   rolling on the floor   rolling on the floor   rolling on the floor   rolling on the floor    rolling on the floor

Oh my new Polish Prince friend, you most certainly do not need to apologize.  I am so happy you are ordering what you want, not what I like.  I provide my "other" perspective only so that you can make your own best educated decision in weighing the pros and cons to each choice.

You mentioned receiving your rig in August.  Does it now take 1/2 year to get a special order processed?  Or did you intentionally request the rig to be ready in August?  I wonder when the cut-off is to get the rig built on a 2017 chassis.  I think it might be 4 weeks later.....something to think about.

 on: February 09, 2016, 09:28:38 pm 
Started by Barry-Sue - Last post by Joseph
Sure wish we would get the rain in Southern Ca. Our lakes look like mud puddles.   

 on: February 09, 2016, 08:47:57 pm 
Started by butch50 - Last post by JimInVA
George and Jill,

Here's a post that might give you some additional ideas related to batteries...


Try this again with Toms sage advice:
My wife and I live in Alaska and we like to hang out in remote places that most people would consider cold. I first chose PC because it has all internal plumbing. I added 4x4 because I didnt want to have to run at the first hint of snow or Icy weather. I also like to be able to get in remote areas. I seldom go anywhere I cannot get into with two wheel drive but I have the insurance that if the weather changes I have the 4 wheel drive as a backup. Winter driving in general up here is much safer on the highways if you have 4x4. Third I do only backcountry camping or boondocking so I upgraded the Inverter to a 3000 watt pure sine wave and upgraded the battery charger to a 45 amp Lithium battery charger. That leads me to the batteries; I had PC put in the largest battery box they could put in. It will accommodate an 8D flooded battery. I am installing 400 amps of Lithium or LiPo batteries. They weigh one third to half of a flooded battery but put out twice the usable power and maintain a constant voltage throughout. The other nice thing is they charge twice as fast, have very little loss of power over time and should last three to four times what a flooded battery will last. The down side is their cost but over time that should negate itself. I also had PC wire for 300 watts of solar power on the roof and an additional 100 watts that will be ground deployed. I will install this once I get home. I also had them wire most of the coach thru the inverter with only one plug and the AC on Alternate Current. I had a number of other small items done on the interior like a plug in the back closet and one under the bed to accommodate a cordless vac. and my cordless drill/impact-wrench/flashlight/screw-gun. Many other changes were just things that fit us best. Probably the change that maybe the most controversial is our paint; Flat Black with Camo trim. I know that everybody that lives in warmer climes are probably rolling their eyes. For us we wanted something that would blend into most environments and we could pick up some nice radiant heat especially early in the morning when we like to sit outside and watch the sun rise and later when we want to watch the sunset. The nicest part of dealing with PC is being able to get what you want. Our rig is not for everybody and that is the way it should be for everybody. This is the fourth rig for us and we have owned a large TT and a fifth wheel and a large camper which is a 4x4. Our favorite is still our camper for the places it can take us and ease of use but it does not do well in the cold and is very limiting on how long you can stay before needing propane and dumping. We hope we have built our dream rig. PC has been great at accommodating us even though they probably think we are nuts and we are but thats beside the point. The only thing I could not get that I wanted and was out of PC control, was I would have preferred a diesel. I have several diesel trucks and my believe is they get better gas mileage and seem to last longer have a lot better torque than any of the gas engines I have ever owned. I know when I am towing large items they seem in a league of their own.
We also got the levelers because I am tired of trying to level rigs with blocks and we never seem to camp anywhere it is level. The satellite seemed decadent but it gets dark early in the fall and tv reception outside any city is nonexistent here. We spend the majority of our time outside but when its stormy sometimes the tv is a nice diversion when all the books we have brought are exhausted. We can also get the weather and watch the news.

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