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 on: May 26, 2016, 05:44:06 pm 
Started by kls81 - Last post by kls81
Thanks, Gail! I don't anticipate being in Florida in the summer (way too hot!), but if I make it down that way sooner or later, I'll let you know.

How do you find the rear-kitchen floorplan? As mentioned, something about that makes the space feel larger to me. Maybe it's because there isn't a door always staring you in the face, as well as the separation of tasks between food and relaxing.

Do you find the 2100 driveable? I've driven my dad's truck (F-150) and am guessing a E-350 might handle similarly to that, anyway, but that's me being new to this in terms of actually driving it. (Unsurprisingly, even at the Totally Experienced Driver age of 16, I was not allowed to drive the Class A.)

I saw you have the dinette set up as a permanent bed. I wonder if my sewing desk setup with a daybed instead of a sofa might work for my needs. Can you lounge on the dinette bed adequately? What are the dimensions, if it's not too much trouble? (Estimates are fine!)

Hershey is a good idea but it's a 5-hour drive from me, so here's hoping there might be someone more local in the interim!

 52 
 on: May 26, 2016, 05:33:35 pm 
Started by kls81 - Last post by Gail Staton
Welcome Kate,
 
We own a 2013 2100 with a slide.   Although we live in Vero Beach, FL you are welcome to see ours should you ever be in our area.

You may want  to visit the RV show in Hershey, PA mid September.   Check with Earl later on to see if they ae bringing a 2100 or a 2400 to the show.   We first saw the PCs at the Tampa, FL show held in January every year.   Those two shows are the largest in the country and just about every RV type and  manufacturer is represented.

Gail


 53 
 on: May 26, 2016, 03:57:28 pm 
Started by aimee - Last post by kls81
Thanks for the kind welcome, Jim! I've got a massively long questions thread just below this that I suspect might be a bit too long, but I tried to break it up as much as possible for readability.

My problem is I'm too much of a magpie with ideas at the start. "Do I want this or this or... ooh, that?" At least I know I don't need a 3100, so I guess it could be worse. But I've been playing with the cost estimator on the 2100 and 2400 and have got it as low as $87,000 or so and as high as $125,000 (nearly as much as my house!). Hence why I'm taking the time to plan.

 54 
 on: May 26, 2016, 03:36:28 pm 
Started by aimee - Last post by JimInVA
Greetings, Kate... and welcome to the forum!!

There is a lot of information, here.  Like, you, I'm planning for the perfect PC.  I've found that making a list of treasures (ideas) that I've found within the many threads and posts was the only way I could keep up with it all.  And I've still only scratched the surface.  I suspect you'll be pleased with how many will take time to respond (though I'm guess that many have begun to pursue their own spring/summer travels).  Enjoy the process... and my best to you!

Jim

 55 
 on: May 26, 2016, 02:33:48 pm 
Started by gradygal - Last post by frecklestweety
We received notification that there is a Class Action against Norcold. It pertains to the fridge--our Model N6 manufactured from January 2009 to December 2013. The Class Action also includes the N8 and the 1200 Series.

The problem is in the cooling unit. There is a safety related defect in the cooling unit. If you observe yellow or green residue at the cooling unit, immediately turn off the unit.

The website is WWW. NorcoldClassAction.Com. To join the Class Action, if you have one of these units, you must join by Aug. 26, 2016. You can submit a claim online.

George
[/quote      I also receive a post card and checked my frig out and filed a claim . Lets see what happens.  My Norcold was an n6-series.

 56 
 on: May 26, 2016, 01:15:52 pm 
Started by kls81 - Last post by kls81
Sorry in advance for the spam.

Hi all,

Im a potential first-time RV buyer (looking at next summer, ideally) who grew up RVing with my parents (we had a Dolphin C in the late 80s/early 90s and later on a class A behemoth). I lived in it when I was a kid for several months at one point, so Im not entirely new to things. When I was a kid, it was a dream of mine to own one of those tiny campers with the bed over the coach that were prevalent in 1990 or so, but I probably need a little more space than that, realistically speaking.

Im in a place that I can afford one, and its practical for job purposes et cetera for extended trips, though not fulltiming (renting out the house when Im away). Im interested in the 21 no-slide 2100 for a couple of reasons:

  • The rear-entry floor plan seems roomier.
  • The discrete kitchen space seems roomier.
  • Im just one person; I dont mind unfolding a bed and stowing it away, so a permanent bed is unnecessary.
  • The maneuverability of a 21 foot RV appeals to me (as a petite person who currently drives a Mini Cooper; Id be lost in a 30-foot thing just owing to my size, and my driving habits).

There are some questions I am thinking about, though. Some of these may be feasible ideas, and some may be less than feasible. Im just spitballing to see what works. This is for me, a solo traveler at the moment who doesnt intend to fulltime but who does intend to drive distances.

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Dinette: Id rather have a single seat at the dinette (facing the TV) and turn the other dinette booth (which contains the furnace underneath) to a desk setup. The floorplans show a window stretching this length; would it be possible to build a desk/eating table out of the dinette that ends below the window? Ideally, Id like it to contain a sewing machine inside it; as is, the space beneath the dinette is wasted space. (Im a knitter/sewer and would need crafting in my RV.) I realize this will eliminate the ability of the dinette to turn into a bed; Im not bothered by that since it would be for solo travel. Alas, itd probably affect resale value should I sell it, though.

Sofa/Wardrobe: Can you cut the wardrobe in half and make half of it into a longer sofa a la the 60 thats in the 2400? With that I would just need a dual-fold sofa (as Im under five feet and can fit lengthwise on a 60" sofa; I know from experience as I own one) to sleep comfortably. Something like this is what I have in mind, though thats wider at 84. Alternately, a superlong (72"?) sofa in the 2400 would work too if it just folded out once, and would be comfortable for two. Im basically looking to avoid the slide, both for practicality and for weight limits.

Kitchen: I am short. The convection microwave is high. Especially in the 2100 (since I assume the 2400 can put it in the extra counter space), is there any place the microwave can be put where someone of my height can reach it? Similarly, can the overhead cabinet heights be lowered (giving more cabinet space!) for someone of my height?

Passenger seat: Unnecessary. Can something else be put there that doesnt impede the passenger side exit (since I assume that the passenger side exit is a requirement and/or sealing it off is too much work)? This would probably involve messing with the chassis, though, so disregard if it's a massive expense.

Satellite internet: Does anyone have this? What do you pay per month? HughesNet seems to be the only game in town from a bit of Googling, but my parents have it and, at least at their place, its pretty terrible. Supposedly theres also Dish-brand satellite for RVs, but I havent seen any facts and figures on that. I was thinking of the automatic dish and adding solar panels so as to defray power consumption overall. I have a Karma Go mobile hotspot that runs off the Sprint network as well, but Id like the option to Netflix/Hulu if I want, since Id have it anyway.

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Alternately looking at a 2400 (same floor plan, but with longer sofa and non-permanent table which Im assuming could be done into a desk/dinette too instead). I like the extra cabinet space/the flexibility of putting a smaller wardrobe into the 2400, but Im concerned about maneuverability in a 24 length compared to a 21 length. Is there a difference in those three feet? I would not be towing anything.

Also (though this has nothing to do with a floorplan), I am younger than the retiree RVer crew (just turned 35 this month). While I love meeting people of all ages, how much of a younger crowd is there in the RV community these days? I just hung out with kids/teens as a kid/teen, so dont have a sense.

Lastly, what would you consider crucial for a solo RVer, and what can I live without? Bluetooth/navigation/backup and leveling jacks are critical for me, as is the collision system; if I keep the passenger chair Id like to be able to swivel it; I want wood floors and insulated windows as well for as much homeyness as I can. Do I need 50 amp shore power with a second AC, or just the shore power, etc.? Would things like maintenance-free batteries simplify my life as a new RVer? And, as the most fantastical question I can think of, is it possible to shorten the entire build by a few inches, as its custom-built and for a tiny person? A 6 interior height (making the whole thing 96 total exterior height) would be more than sufficient.

Thanks for any thoughts/ideas/spitballing. If anyone is in upstate NY (Glens Falls to Poughkeepsie, out to Oneonta or Syracuse), Id love to take a look at either the 2100 or 2400. Thanks!

 57 
 on: May 26, 2016, 01:09:17 pm 
Started by aimee - Last post by kls81
Hi! I'm Kate, and I'm looking at purchasing a smaller RV in about a year! The back-kitchen floorplan Cruisers caught my eye. I grew up RVing as an only child with my parents (Dolphin Class C in the late '80s and in the early-mid '90s a huge class A), though haven't owned one of my own. I'm interested in the 2100 and 2400 (and have a lot of questions, so stay tuned for the spammiest question post in the world.)

I knit, and am the same username on Ravelry, if anyone's on there.

Nice to meet you all!

 58 
 on: May 26, 2016, 06:26:23 am 
Started by JoeyD - Last post by gradygal
Holly,
Thanks for the info. We are looking forward to spending time at Schoodic Woods. I didn't like that the other two National Park Campgrounds in Acadia didn't have water and electric at the sites but Schoodic is new and does. And from what I understand, the free bus into Bar Harbor stops at the campground--it's an hour into Bar Harbor. We shall see!
Judi

 59 
 on: May 26, 2016, 05:43:41 am 
Started by JoeyD - Last post by 2 Frazzled
Judy, a ranger told me that some of the best tide pooling is on the Schoodic Peninsula BUT it is very "cliffy" and you have to watch the tides as they come up quickly and can trap you out on the rocks. So, if you guys are shore walkers, go early (follow the tide out), enjoy, and take pictures to post if you find really cool stuff. We didn't make it over to the Schoodic so I guess we have to go back sometime.

As for the side slide window, please keep us posted. I've also seen them in other motorhomes and it has a mini-sunroom effect that I like. The Phoenix slide doesn't go out very far so the window might have to be relatively small and located close to the outside wall. We also have those "scissor" supports on the side that may get in the way. I don't know, I haven't checked it out yet. I suggest cutting a paper window to see how big it could be. Once you align it inside, do the same outside (spacing in enough for the outside wall) and see where it all hits. A window on each side of the slide would give you the ability to look back toward your hookups without having to run back to the bedroom windows to check on noises and problems (and your spouse while they hook up or unhook).

 60 
 on: May 25, 2016, 06:43:23 pm 
Started by RheaNL - Last post by bobander
after market wind shield is better than the original.

Please elaborate, I would have guessed the opposite.

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