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 on: March 22, 2017, 06:07:43 pm 
Started by Cat House - Last post by Cat House
Heading from Alabama to Shawnee, OK, for a GMC International Motorhome Rally.  Found a great campground in Vicksburg, MS, at the Ameristar Casino.  If you stop in Vburg overnight be sure to go to Walnut Hills Resturaurant.  They are noted for Fried Chicken and delicious high calorie desserts Yummmmm.  Another great campground is the Texarkana RV  Park.  It is only 3 years old and well they offer military, Good Sam's or Passport America discounts.  The park is configured to host rallies, but has a smaller section in the back for overnighters. 

Love the PC and exploring the back roads of America.  Brought the PC home in mid Oct 2016 and this is the 8th trip. The only downside so far...the navigator seat is not wide enough to accommodate 3cats and a passenger. 😉

 on: March 22, 2017, 05:44:37 pm 
Started by Doneworking - Last post by Cat House
We have the little Costco jump starter and it works great.  Thinking about carrying one in each vehicle so we don't find it is in the other vehicle when needed.  It has been a life saver when the toad battery decided to take a vacation.

 on: March 22, 2017, 05:20:39 pm 
Started by PawPaw - Last post by Cat House

I use a homemade ironing pad made to tote to quilting class using fat quarters, two layers of insula bright and ironing board fabric.  Fabric right side down, insula bright layers, then top with iron board cover fabric.  Stitch a big x across fabrics or quilt as desired.  Add some binding tape around the edge and you have an ironing pad.  If you get real ambitious, you can add a button and loop and wrap it around the iron when you travel.  I have used my pad on several surfaces without marring them.


 on: March 22, 2017, 04:47:42 pm 
Started by rollingbnb - Last post by RheaNL
I have the 2100 with slide and electric couch. If you are considering the no slide with jackknife sofa situation would be slightly different. My RV was just dropped off to be serviced this morning so not available to measure.  You could call Earl at the factory and get some exact measurements.

I'm 5' and have used the dinette as a bed for myself and found it to be very comfortable.  Would not have wanted to be much taller. In one situation we could not put the slide out so hubby was on dinette and I (long ways) on the couch extended out to meet dinette.  Worked in an emergency situation. He is 5'6" but generally curls up to sleep.

Some things to keep in mind when using the dinette as a bed:
Make sure it comes with the extra cushion to fill in where seat cushion goes.
Put your head at the cab end otherwise you get furnace and fridge noise all night.
If people are also on couch you get feet in face syndrome.
If using both electric couch and dinette as beds on a regular basis, you need more bedding and a place to store it.


 on: March 22, 2017, 01:24:58 pm 
Started by jatrax - Last post by Doneworking
I am towing a 4000 pound vehicle with my 2350 on a Ford 350 chassis with lighter capacities than your 450.  Yes, your rig is a four feet longer but I don't think you have a worry.  We fill the Cherokee with all sorts of camping junk with the back seats laid flat.  Couple of hundred pounds worth.  The only time I am really cognizant of towing it is on a really steep mountain pass.  

And when I try to approach a gasoline pump.  You gotta kinda choose your spots to refill your PC unless you unhitch.   You can't make a very wide swing.  


 on: March 22, 2017, 10:19:09 am 
Started by rollingbnb - Last post by rollingbnb
Hello,  For the life of me, I cannot find any stats on the length of the dinette when it becomes a bed.  All I have heard is that it is big enough for a small child, and that different models have different size dinettes.  We are most interested in the 2100.  Anyone able to help us?

 on: March 22, 2017, 12:42:16 am 
Started by jatrax - Last post by Michelle Dungan
I'm no expert, but the 5,000 lb wt limit on hitch receiver might also have to do with vehicle frame extension limits.  And, an RV or vehicle manufacturer might only install a receiver no stronger than the vehicle frame rating.  Our Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is rated to tow (deadweight-only; no weight-distributing hitch receivers) 2,000 lbs.  The factory-authorized, dealer-installed receiver would have been a 1 1/4-inch unit rated at that amount or less (can't recall).  The weight limit was OK, but it wouldn't work with most bike racks.  So, I had a conventional 2-inch receiver installed, but this was rated at 3,500 lbs (ok for the longer-wheelbase Wrangler Unlimiteds).  If ever sold, I'd probably modify sticker to match vehicle weight limit.  So, you might check with PC and see what the frame can handle.  If more, and you want to tow a heavier vehicle, a heavier receiver might solve the problem.  But I'll bet that 5,000 lb receiver is on it for a reason, and it will match frame limits.

 on: March 21, 2017, 10:38:59 pm 
Started by jatrax - Last post by jatrax
Trying to figure out the limits on towing, and was hoping someone could check my work.

1) GVWR - On the E-450 this is I think, 14,500.  I have a weigh slip from our coach with full tanks, 2 passengers and all gear & food that says 13,560 so 940 pounds under.  As I understand it towing 4 wheels down the only additional weight here would be the tow bar.  So maybe 100 - 150 pounds max for the tow bar?  Anyway, easily under so no worries here.

2) GCWR - On the E-450 this seems to be 22,000 pounds per the Ford website.  So 22,000 - 14,500 = 7,500 pounds maximum towing capacity.

3) Hitch rating - the hitch on the 2552 says it is rated for 5,000 pounds.  I think de-rating that to 80% to allow for gear and fluids in the toad is reasonable.  So I get a maximum vehicle weight of roughly 4,000 pounds.

So no restriction on GVWR, and GCWR is way over the hitch rating so the limit is the hitch rating.  So I should be fine with a vehicle of around 4,000 pounds, max.

Anyone see any flaws in this?

 on: March 21, 2017, 05:04:10 pm 
Started by swiftboot - Last post by donc13
As I said, I am certainly not an expert, or even close, on mold; but, I don't believe boiling water does anything but kill whatever is alive in the water. I don't believe it removes any "food for mold" in the water.  Also, a half or more filled jug isn't the same environment as a closed 40+ gallon tank with a few cups of water left in it that is in an RV parked in one spot over the winter.

But I certainly could be wrong.

 on: March 21, 2017, 09:16:28 am 
Started by swiftboot - Last post by 2 Frazzled
In place of RV antifreeze in the traps you can use windshield washer fluid. It is generally cheaper and you still get protection down to -20. If you are using RV antifreeze in the lines, you are already putting some in the traps. Just saying.

I thought that mold could grow any where it is damp not just in standing water. If there is standing water in the tank, can't the mold grow on the sides and top of the tank?

I don't use RV antifreeze in the lines, I blow the water out.

Just MY opinion, but no, mold cannot grow on the top and sides of the water tank just because there's a little bit of water in the bottom of the tank.  Besides the fact the sides and top wouldn't be damp, plus there's no food source.

Again.. Just my opinion and experience.. I am NO expert on mold.

And thid:

Mold cannot produce their own food, thus they are parasitic in nature. Molds get food by absorbing minerals, sugars and water from the plants, soil, animals or decaying matter upon which they live.

This sounds good and logical but in reality, I have a semi-opaque jug of boiled water I keep on the counter for the dogs (elderly, finicky stomachs) and I have to wash it out periodically because the top and sides (above the water line) get slimy. I don't know what it is but something that I don't want to consume is growing there.

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