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 on: August 21, 2016, 07:57:20 pm 
Started by catsaplenty - Last post by ron.dittmer
We have the driver side dinette window shade, the one window most common in the 2100 to 2552 slide out with couch.  It is shown here in the stored position.


I like it a lot.  I wished we had also gotten the matching one for the bathroom on the same side for heat & privacy.  Because our windows are the older slide-sideways design, the shades naturally offer needed rain protection.  As others mentioned, the drawbacks are that they block the view and darken the interior.  But that is no issue in the bathroom with a skylight.  I don't know how new shades are today, but the strap on our 9 year old shade has multiple hoops on it to adjust to some degree, how low it goes.  The difference between the least to the most is not much, but is something.

For the passenger side as shown, when needed I open our older design box awning a little to supply shade on that side of the rig, without the full awning setup.  How much is limited to the natural sag before interfering with the entry door.  It offers fast easy shade and rain protection.  Unlike most of you today with your luxury motorized awnings, opening our older box awning further does get more involved when the poles need to come out.



 42 
 on: August 21, 2016, 06:08:16 pm 
Started by Dingman - Last post by Pax
Yep!   ThumbsUp. Besides the Coleman, our largest benefit was to insulate both the cab area and the coach door.  Our next PC will definitely have two Coleman A/C units, because we do spend a good amount of time in areas close or above 100 degrees.

 43 
 on: August 21, 2016, 05:46:15 pm 
Started by catsaplenty - Last post by Carol
Cats--
I love my passenger side awning over the dinette.  I agree with the above posters about its additional benefit of providing privacy when in close quarters.  As to cutting down on heat, when you are battling the sunshine on a blazing hot day, every bit helps, and that solid awning will totally block the sun.  As to your question regarding ease of use, I haven't had any problems.  If you are on the short side, though, I imagine you might need a footstool or something that will lengthen your reach so you can grab the tab and pull it down.
Enjoy your planning!
Carol

 44 
 on: August 21, 2016, 05:37:58 pm 
Started by catsaplenty - Last post by frecklestweety
I am in the fun (but expensive) phase where I debate myself on which options I will order.  I will be FT and will spend most of my time in national land camp areas.  Where I need to use the solar power, I will obviously need to park out of the shade and some parts of the county just dont have any shade available in camp.  I was wondering about the awnings on the windows in the living area on the drivers side. I was hoping to find someone here who has those awnings who will share if they are effective for helping with heat. I found a couple of older threads where questions were asked about these awnings but I dont see that anyone answered about whether they help the heat.   It sounded like the awnings were considered more of an asset back when the windows slid open a way to help keep rain out.   Perhaps they offer too little shade to help since the whole side of the RV will be heating up anyhow.  The thread responses did talk about the cab windows- and for those I do plan on getting the Magna Shades.  I also will be getting the insulated windows.  If I didnt really want the slide out, I would see about them adding a full length power awning on that side too!  I appreciate any information if the optional window awnings help, are they a PITA to work with, etc.  Thanks
I have the awnings and they do keep the sun out and provide also some privacy and some rain protection unless it really blows and pours.  I really like mine and glad I got them.

 45 
 on: August 21, 2016, 05:14:21 pm 
Started by Pax - Last post by garmp
Wow! That's neat. Not sure exactly what I'd do with it now, but my nephew will go crazy over this.
Thanks a bunch.

garmp

 46 
 on: August 21, 2016, 03:12:59 pm 
Started by Dave R - Last post by Dave R
Can any one recommend a cell phone booster antenna that will work well in a 2351? 
I am told by the we boost tech reps that their RV booster may or may not work because it need a minimum of 20' between the inside and outside antenna.

I am looking to create a hot spot with my iPad so I can use multiple devices.

Thanks for your suggestions.
Dave Help

 47 
 on: August 21, 2016, 02:22:26 pm 
Started by Dingman - Last post by Dingman
  Hello, after spending some time in the Phoenix, AZ area I decided to upgrade to a 15000 btu roof A/C from the 13,500 unit that came factory installed and hope this will improve the cooling enough in our 3100 PC so it is tolerable in hot climate....I have seen a few PC's that have two roof A/C but know it would be too spendy to put 50 amp service in my coach.

  Here is an update to my original post.   The Atwood 15000 btu heat pump seems to make a big difference  in cooling our coach...(for the better!)  however neither my wife or I can deal with the constant shutting off and restarting of the unit when it cools off at night and the thermostat is more easily satisfied...This shutting down and restarting has prompted me to order a Coleman 15000 btu roof unit to replace the Atwood unit because the Coleman has a constant running  fan and when the thermostat is satisfied only the compressor kicks out, the fan continues to run at the preset speed, making  it much easier to sleep.  So far the Coleman unit seems to cool about the same or maybe a little better than the Atwood...Had no trouble selling the Atwood here on the desert what with the hot summer we have had this year.  Incidentally the Coleman is an A/C only model (no heat pump)  and we may add the electric heat device later. Karl and Joyce...

 48 
 on: August 21, 2016, 02:10:52 pm 
Started by randallandchris - Last post by ragoodsp
I agree 100% with you Joseph.  Many other manufacturers are focusing on  that 34-35 foot sweet spot in the  market.  I really hope Kermit considers such a move in the near future!!

 49 
 on: August 21, 2016, 02:05:35 pm 
Started by catsaplenty - Last post by HenryJ
There is indeed a lot to consider with your plans for camping out..We had the window awnings on side windows in our just traded in (for a PC) class A.. they were very nice and we loved them. At the plant we saw one used unit that sold when we were there that had the side window awnings you can open. They do offer shade and privacy. The side "solar" blind that is black does help with the heat coming in. We have had our PC now 1 month and that was an easy determination right off when we were camping near the plant. We did get the awning and are pleased with its cover however it is difficult to open.. like you need to tip over that way with your set up so it comes out like it should. May need some assist (don't get your fingers pinched) getting it out and deployed. We have the insulated windows.. they look very nice but still heat comes in. Did not see if individual window awnings were available on these. Might need an outside vendor for that one. We have 3 slides and  the awning will be a nice shade when we are off with the group camping. We can offer shady spot for sharing a tall tale or a tall drink. best wishes on your adventure... Wish the shower water supply inlet was taller in place..in the shower. it is low and annoying... we did ask for and got single handle faucets and love those.  Amazing what you need to think of. I suggested Earl have a list.. he thought it might create some confusion... but I think it might solve a lot of Oh I Wish I had that  after the fact.
On the road home had a lot of comments when we stopped for fuel... lot of people liked the size.
We do too. Looking forward to next trip.  Regards, Patricia

 50 
 on: August 21, 2016, 02:05:26 pm 
Started by ragoodsp - Last post by ragoodsp
Glad to hear That I am not  the only "wing nut" out there!!!   Thanks for understanding Ron D.,  Ron G.

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