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 on: February 21, 2017, 12:35:24 pm 
Started by garmp - Last post by sailors35
I once had a white 25' flat hose.  Cannot seems to find the flats anymore, but did see one on Lazydays site but with mixed reviews.  Any thoughts , experiences, etc.

Thanks

 42 
 on: February 21, 2017, 11:54:25 am 
Started by garmp - Last post by Two Hams in a Can
We were camping with family when one of the party connected their hose to the water inlet, turned on the water and ants started pouring out.  After inspecting their hose we saw many ants crawling around inside.

Good point. Tip: Carry a Clorox Kitchen Cleaner with bleach, emptied of it's original contents and refilled with a 15% bleach/water mix (bleach won't destroy the Clorox sprayer like it will with an ordinary sprayer).  Then, when you get to a campsite, spray the spigot and your PC's hose connection and let it sit while you plug in.  I have personally witnessed inconsiderate RVers who dump their tanks at the full hookup site, then wash out their 3" sewer hose by holding it up to the spigot, allowing splash to go everywhere.   pulling hair out  Then, like Barry & Sue said, flush the faucet to wash out the ants and spiders that go looking for cool, wet dark places.   Wink     Cheers

 43 
 on: February 21, 2017, 10:02:44 am 
Started by garmp - Last post by Barry-Sue
We carry three 10's and a 4.  We just replaced a 25' because the center liner collapsed and was blocking off the flow of water.  We buy ours at Walmart.  A raccoon will chew through a hose no matter what you pay for it just looking for fresh water.  This happened to us at Fort Desoto.

We carry ours in a covered plastic container with other fresh water accessories.  We always sanitize a new hose and then again at the end of camping season when we sanitize everything including the container they are stored in.  We also store all of our hoses with the two ends connected.  We were camping with family when one of the party connected their hose to the water inlet, turned on the water and ants started pouring out.  After inspecting their hose we saw many ants crawling around inside.

 44 
 on: February 21, 2017, 08:43:02 am 
Started by garmp - Last post by Two Hams in a Can
We commonly use a 25 ft hose...it seems to cover most shore water hookup situations.  However, that being said, there probably will be situations where you will need more hose length.  We have a 50 ft. hose the previous owner left in the PC; and since we don't have a spare tire with us, we keep the long hose in the spare tire compartment.  During our fulltiming days, we camped at a city RV park in the UP, and there was a 4 spigot water bib placed where it served four camp sites; and it took all of 50 ft. of hose to connect.  We boondocked at Kathryn's Landing Nat'l Rec Area on the Colorado River, and rather than move our (then) Airstream trailer, we had 150ft. of hose in the back of the truck, and was able to fill up without moving; but, that was an extreme case.  Carry whatever "floats yer boat".   Cheers

 45 
 on: February 21, 2017, 08:35:29 am 
Started by tnedator - Last post by gandalf42
"There are varying opinions on batteries:
1) Only buy Costco golf cart batteries, they are cheap, rugged and work well.
2) Only buy pairs of 6volt batteries, they are 'better' than 12volt
3) Only buy pairs of 12volt batteries, if one fails you still have one
4) Only buy AGM batteries because they are 'better', somehow
5) Only buy regular lead acid, all this new AGM stuff is just fluff to make you spend more money
6) Only buy Lithium, lead acid is so last century"

Great summary!  exactly!

"I've read them all and more from folks positive they are right."  yep, they are all right and what ever you choose you are wrong!  rolling on the floor

"My theory is buy the best battery for the purpose at the best price and don't sweat it.  More important is actually understanding the technology and charging cycle of the battery you are using.  Tune your charger to what the battery manufacturer recommends.  One thing I already regret is not insisting on replacing the standard Parallax converter with a more modern 3 or 4 stage one.  Used improperly you can fry your batteries on old tech single stage chargers without really understanding why. "

I can't figure why PC is using a Parallax converter/charger. Parallax's webpage tells you nothing about the charging profile and as far as I know they are still using the cheap 2 stage charging. When I first got the Born Free (which had a Parallax in that early model) I was blithefully dumb and left the RV plugged in too long and fried the batteries. That was my first education on charger/controllers. i replaced it with a Progressive Dynamics converter/charger and the batteries with Lifeline AGMs (which are the only AGMs I know of that like an equalization) and can now leave the RV plugged in at home for months at a time.

You need to know what you want to charge and how to charge it correctly both in regards to converter/chargers and if you go solar, the solar charger.

The Parallax can work fine if you keep an eye on the water levels of regular lead acid batteries and if you employ a separate charger to periodically do an equalization. But..for a few dollars more PC could have gone to a better charger.  shrug

 46 
 on: February 21, 2017, 08:07:01 am 
Started by tnedator - Last post by gandalf42
 Not correct about the code catchers.

  http://www.snopes.com/autos/techno/lockcode.asp

I like snopes but their article is talking about first generation code catchers from several years ago and viral stories of unknown origen. Mike Wendland's robbery happened about a year ago with a near new RV. His is a personal account from someone well pubished. Unfortunately his reports are on podcasts not youtubes that I could find.

The speed with which they broke into his rig was surprising and the police told him they believed a code catcher was used.


 47 
 on: February 21, 2017, 07:51:10 am 
Started by garmp - Last post by Pax
Once again I think this also depends on how you travel and where you 'camp'.  We carry a 12' and a 6'.  We use them about equally I would say, and we've only needed to couple them together one time in order to reach the water supply.

    - Mike

 48 
 on: February 21, 2017, 06:44:40 am 
Started by tnedator - Last post by budlight
  Not correct about the code catchers.

  http://www.snopes.com/autos/techno/lockcode.asp

 49 
 on: February 21, 2017, 01:27:10 am 
Started by tnedator - Last post by jatrax
Quote
On batteries, I was thinking two 12v AGM batteries, so if one bit the dust, I would lose capacity but not my whole 12v system. Am I wrong in thinking this way?
You are not wrong but in the real world the likelihood of that event happening someplace you could not in a day or so get new batteries is pretty slim.  One of those things that gets argued on the internet because it is technically correct, but just doesn't matter.

There are varying opinions on batteries:
1) Only buy Costco golf cart batteries, they are cheap, rugged and work well.
2) Only buy pairs of 6volt batteries, they are 'better' than 12volt
3) Only buy pairs of 12volt batteries, if one fails you still have one
4) Only buy AGM batteries because they are 'better', somehow
5) Only buy regular lead acid, all this new AGM stuff is just fluff to make you spend more money
6) Only buy Lithium, lead acid is so last century

I've read them all and more from folks positive they are right.  My theory is buy the best battery for the purpose at the best price and don't sweat it.  More important is actually understanding the technology and charging cycle of the battery you are using.  Tune your charger to what the battery manufacturer recommends.  One thing I already regret is not insisting on replacing the standard Parallax converter with a more modern 3 or 4 stage one.  Used improperly you can fry your batteries on old tech single stage chargers without really understanding why.

Here is a good read on batteries: https://www.solar-electric.com/deep-cycle-battery-faq.html

And another one: http://www.jackdanmayer.com/Batteries_and_charging.html

 50 
 on: February 20, 2017, 10:34:26 pm 
Started by tnedator - Last post by tnedator
Thanks everyone. A lot of foods for thought.

Yes, I was talking about the electric awnings without arms that are becoming common on coaches.

On batteries, I was thinking two 12v AGM batteries, so if one bit the dust, I would lose capacity but not my whole 12v system. Am I wrong in thinking this way?

If I get the euro chair in the 2552, is there still room to turn half the sofa into a bed with the slide closed?

Ron, I'll check our that thread you linked to and I've tread a number of your posts on other forums. You are a great ambassador for PC.


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