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 on: September 20, 2016, 11:38:28 am 
Started by ron.dittmer - Last post by Tall Guy
Hi Ron,
My wife and I are heading to Acadia Sept 30 arriving October 1 late in the evening, I'll be looking for your rig.  Nova Scotia is well worth the trip but you'll want to spend no less than a week there, so given you're only out for two weeks I'd stick with New England.  Possibly New Brunswick's Bay of Fundy National Park but no more as you'll no doubt feel rushed.  In New Hampshire my favorite place is the White Mountains, there you'll find Franconia Notch State Park, the Kankamangus Highway along with several very nice National Forest campgrounds.  Availability shouldn't be an issue if you get to the campgrounds early.  Blackwoods campground is the only one open in Acadia's Mount Desert Island, I checked about a week ago and they still had over 100 sites still available so I didn't make a reservation.  We should be on the beginning of the color season at least that's why I planned the two weeks I did.  We can look at the color in the Mid-West and consider it beautiful but it doesn't compare to Vermont and New Hampshire!

Hope we cross paths but I'll wish you a terrific trip now just in case we don't!
Gary

 42 
 on: September 20, 2016, 11:22:21 am 
Started by ron.dittmer - Last post by Gail Staton
Ron,

Have a great time.  Glad you and Irene are going to be able to test out all the newer improvements/mods you've made.

Give us a report when you return.

Safe travels.
Gail

 43 
 on: September 20, 2016, 11:09:45 am 
Started by ron.dittmer - Last post by Pax
Ron:  I'm originally from Connecticut and envy your tip (maybe we'll try it next year). I can't help you with all the questions you asked, but here is some info... 

The link to the loop map you posted just shows a route from Logan Airport to downtown Boston, which is not something I'd advise in an RV. 

Here are two links to fall foliage sites in New England:  http://www.discovernewengland.org/fall-foliage-maps  https://www.yankeefoliage.com/peak-foliage-forecast-map/
The foliage depends on quite a few weather factors, as you can imagine but the time frame of your trip pretty much falls in the zone.

Private RV parks are a lot less prevalent in New England than many other parts of the country (take a look at the Allstays map)  There are quite a few state parks and campgrounds with primitive accommodations (especially in the Adirondacks, which you might want to look into in addition to New England)

I'd advise being very cognizant of the roads you choose to drive on in the RV.....many have low clearance underpasses, covered bridges, tunnels, etc.  There are also quite a few toll roads.  If your route takes you onto a 'Parkway' I would investigate the restrictions there. A good general starting site for traffic/road related stuff is http://newengland511.org/

  - Mike

 44 
 on: September 20, 2016, 10:12:16 am 
Started by ron.dittmer - Last post by ron.dittmer
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.

 45 
 on: September 20, 2016, 09:01:10 am 
Started by Two Hams in a Can - Last post by Two Hams in a Can
Thanks for the heads up, Ron.  The lack of the second battery and whole house inverter probably wouldn't bother us since we plug in everywhere we park; but it would be a good price point to use.  However, with a 2400, we will hold out for a 2012 - 2013 so we would have the corner cabinet across the door from the kitchen. . .gotta have some place for the Keurig! Grin.  We are also keeping our eyes out for a 2551/2552 that might fit our budget.  Anyway, we can't buy anything buntil mid-December due to stuff going on here in Homewood.  Suzanne is directing a play that is auditioning this month and opens December 9th at Drama Group in Chicago Heights so our life is on hold throughout this.  We would like to meet up with you one of these days.  Cheers     =J & S=

 46 
 on: September 20, 2016, 08:15:01 am 
Started by Rosy Phoenix - Last post by BandD
We have that same fixed panel at the head of our slide-out sofa-bed.
Diane made a cover for the rest of the bed, not including that panel.
It means that the panel isn't protected by the cover, but we quickly
put the Superbag on the bed as soon as it's slid out, and the panel
seems in fine shape.

http://www.rvsuperbag.com/

Note: Diane found some straps that you clamp to the edges of the
fitted sheet.  They were hard to put on - they go underneath the mattress
and among the machinery.  But the resulting sheet is great!

 47 
 on: September 19, 2016, 11:38:16 pm 
Started by Two Hams in a Can - Last post by ron.dittmer
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.

 48 
 on: September 19, 2016, 11:12:46 pm 
Started by Two Hams in a Can - Last post by randallandchris
Just today had an issue with our HWH levelers, the LF would not retract.  Surprising since they have worked well for 18K miles and over 7 months of camping.
Was able to locate the power/reservoir unit and manually retract it but found the reservoir covered with oil and the breather/fill cap loose so will check the oil level when I can gain better access and obtain their special oil.
Note:  if ever attempting manual retraction make sure you've clearance so won't be pinned when vehicle lowers.

 49 
 on: September 19, 2016, 08:20:17 pm 
Started by Sarz272000 - Last post by BandD
Regarding bedding for the power-king bed in the new 2552,
we'd have mattress covers on the two mattresses, and throw
our RV Superbag over them after extending them.  With the
separate twins, someone else might need two smaller
Superbags, but we'd almost never use the separate twins anyway.

See http://www.rvsuperbag.com/

We simply love ours, to sleep on the 2350's electric sofa-bed.
The sheets are Velcro'd into both top and bottom, and Diane
made a spare set of sheets so we can wash them.  The two sides
of the bag are different thicknesses: for summer, we put the
thinner one on top.  For winter we'd put the thicker one on top.
We've never needed the thick one, as I recall.

Bill

 50 
 on: September 19, 2016, 04:57:51 pm 
Started by dshaffer - Last post by dshaffer
Bruce and Sharon,

Thank you for your kind offer to let us see your rig, I'll get back to you as we get closer to November.

Dan

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