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 on: Today at 08:40:00 am 
Started by JJCruiser - Last post by Gail Staton
Always had a generator and agree with the other forum members. 

Gail

 12 
 on: Today at 08:36:37 am 
Started by kls81 - Last post by Gail Staton
Kate,

You have been given great information and advice from Paul, Nicki, and Mike.   Most of your modifications questions would have to be answered by the great folks at PC.

I want to correct the info you have about our dinette use.   We always have it in the dinette position, never made up as a bed.  I will do that and get back to you with the dimensions and lounging comfort.    We have the Electric Tri-Fold Sofa/Bed in the slide.  The 2100 without the slide would not be suitable for us.
 
Like Nicki and her husband, we find the 2100 to be very comfortable and the perfect size for our needs and travel style.   We also made a number of upgrades to improve its handling.   All is well now. We do like being able to drive it anywhere with ease.

I do hope you can see the PC models of interest.   Spending a couple days at the RV shows allows for easy comparison between models and revisiting a couple times to check out things you may have forgotten or just want to see again.  We visited the PCs multiple times in the four days we spent at the Tampa show attending a rally with rv friends.

Gail

 13 
 on: Today at 06:27:14 am 
Started by kls81 - Last post by Pax
Hi Kate, and welcome!

Can't really comment on the models you are interested in as we have a 2552, except to say that I was originally pretty nervous driving such a large box but it didn't take long before I was almost as comfortable driving it as our SUV.  Most people Ive talked to share this experience.

Internet can be a challenge, depending on location in the world.  We have a roof-mounted satellite (which we love) but don't have Hughes with it, just Dish Network service for movies and such.  Our internet is generally through our Verizon cell service (phones, pads and hotspot device) and/or Wirie AP wifi booster.

We are retired and in our 50's.  Most of the RV folks we encounter are our age or older, but agree with Nicki that there seems to be a general influx of younger folk......and we see more of them in Campgrounds vs. RV Parks, and on weekends vs. weekdays.  As well, we find more of a younger crowd in those places that cater to kids/families, such as the KOA campgrounds.

Do you need 50 amp service?  Obviously not, but adding it after the fact isn't really an option.  Looking back on it, the cost/benefit to us was positive.  Since we can use 20/30/50 amp it gives us more options. Being able to run multiple devices (A/C and microwave, for instance) is not always something you might do but when you need or want to it is really nice to have that capability.  We have found that when 50 amp service is available at a campground the outlet and breaker are generally in better shape than the 30 amp, since it gets less use.  The only downside for us (and it isn't much) is the larger size power cable necessary to store and haul around.  I would suggest determining as best you can how long and how often will you be camping in areas where you will want to run the A/C and imagine what other equipment you might want or need to run at the same time.  Do you need the extra A/C unit?  I wouldn't think so for the size RV you are looking at, but we upgraded our one A/C unit to a higher capacity model and it is still takes a while to cool down a 2552 in blazing heat and keep it cool.  On very hot days it can cool down the rig about 20 degrees.  If we had it to do over again, we would have added the second A/C. Not only would it provide the additional cooling, but would also provide the ability to run the rear unit when we were in the front, or the front unit when we were back in the bedroom (reducing the noise a bit)

Probably the best advise I would give you is to try to determine how you will use your RV.  By that I mean do you see yourself dry-camping, boondocking, off the grid type stuff?  Mostly in state or national parks? Campgrounds like KOA's?  High end RV parks with full services?  This will probably drive the answer to many of your questions.

Best of luck with your decision....it's all fun!

   - Mike

 14 
 on: May 26, 2016, 11:26:31 pm 
Started by JJCruiser - Last post by RheaNL
Like Paul, had a 24' travel trailer without, now have the PC with. It is the only way to go. Offers so many more conveniences and maintenance is easy and inexpensive.

Nicki

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 on: May 26, 2016, 11:23:45 pm 
Started by kls81 - Last post by RheaNL
Another 2100 with slide owner. There are two of us and we find the space to be ample. We are also short (5' and husband 5'6"). To address some of your questions:
MICROWAVE - It is not as high like an in-home over the stove microwave. If you could see one in person you would see that it would probably work fine.
FRONT PASSENGER SWIVEL - We have that chair swivel. You cannot see the TV from there but my husband loves to use it like an easy chair for reading. Also if we have a group in it adds extra seating.
YOUNG RVers -- We are old (70 and 80) but meet many young RVers, some even full time. Now that offices are portable with a computer and wi-fi connection, the numbers are growing.
DISH WI-FI -- We have Dish at home and their wi-fi is through Hughes which we did not get with the TV because it is so bad. In theory Hughs is launching a new satellite which is suppose to improve things but we heard that rumor over a year ago and it has not happened yet.
REAR KITCHEN -- I love it and it is one of the things that drew me to the 2100. I find it very functional. I did do a modification to the flip-up table area. Can tell you more if you are interested.
DRIVABILITY -- We rented a lot before we purchased and found that every inch over 22' made it more difficult in heavy traffic, congested towns and for parking.  However, we did do a lot of undercarriage improvements to make the handling smoother. There are other threads on this forum about that. If you are going to do interstate highways you would probably want to do the same.
SEEING IS BELIEVING -- You must see them in person. A five hour drive is a small price to pay. We purchased the 2100 without ever being in one but we had been in several other PC models so could get the feel for it. Then I did a chalk outline on my garage floor and walked through it a lot before making the plunge.

Keep researching, but you have probably found the best company to work with you on modification so it suits you perfectly.

Nicki, Glenwood Springs, Colorado

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 on: May 26, 2016, 11:07:58 pm 
Started by kls81 - Last post by kls81
Thanks, Paul! Yeah, if I decide to go this route, I'm definitely calling the factory/touring/et cetera. I wouldn't buy sight unseen off the Internet; don't worry. I just wanted some sense of 'Yes, this might be feasible' vs. 'WTF this is utter nonsense.'

And yeah, that's what I was thinking re. length. Looking at the 2100 floorplan I wonder if you could get, say:

Port: Bathroom - Pantry (smaller than 2100 closet) - Sofa (jackknife/futon style, longer than 60' if possible).
Starboard: Door - Fridge - 2100 closet (where walled-in half of dinette is in current plan) - easy/Euro/chair - desk (overtop other half of 2100 dinette that currently contains the heater).

Something like that in 21' would be a pretty ideal setup for a singleton traveler, I'd think. All you'd lose as far as working space from the 2400 layout would be that little bit of counter near the door. And perhaps the desk combo could be shrunk enough to move the fridge in to allow for at least some of that counter space to be regained.

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 on: May 26, 2016, 07:24:36 pm 
Started by kls81 - Last post by Doneworking
Given the size of the investment and the modifications you desire, I would really encourage you to (1) call the PC factory and talk to them about your mods and (2) go to Hershey and spend a couple of days looking at the rigs.  On line is great, but seeing something in person will always be better for the three dimensional realization of what you are thinking about.  Holograms?  Grin  Nah, you can't smell the materials, see the true colors and chat with people that know about these things.   A five hour drive is a small price to pay to really understand what you are spending the big bucks to buy.  Besides that, any RV show is a lot of fun.

I think the 2100 is really a neat rig.  We have had Class Bs and it is a real step up, space wise, from a true B.  Most disagree with me, but my experience is pretty simple:  the longer the rig the more hassle it is to drive and particularly to park.  Like I said, most people find the opposite to be true to some point of diminishing return but that is not my personal experience. 

Paul


 18 
 on: May 26, 2016, 07:19:38 pm 
Started by JJCruiser - Last post by Doneworking
We have had three motorhomes without a generator and four with a generator over 35 years of rving.  I can summarize, be short and be simple:  we will never have an RV without a generator again.  

Paul

 19 
 on: May 26, 2016, 06:22:17 pm 
Started by JJCruiser - Last post by JoeyD
I don't know where to start... Every RV we have had has always had a generator and I can't imagine not having one. There is little or no maintenance.  I have it serviced once a year at a cost of $32. Living here in Florida, I look at my RV as a second home on wheels in case of a weather emergency.  One time last year we were without electric for a day.  I just got the RV, started the gen and put food in the frig and slept in it.

Although some don't approve, I sometime run the generator while traveling in the south so I can run the AC.  Even if not running while traveling, it is great turning it on when you stop for lunch so that you can warm something up in the microwave.

Lots of reasons to have one.

 20 
 on: May 26, 2016, 06:06:43 pm 
Started by JJCruiser - Last post by JJCruiser
Our current PC 2350 does not have a generator.  We often thought it would be great to have one giving us more freedom from needing to plug in when we camp (especially when we need AC).  Having never had a generator in our RVs, we can't say we truly know the real hassles of having one.  How reliable are they?  How difficult is it to change the oil and do maintenance?  Is there anyone that has a generator that never uses it or wishes they did not have one?

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