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 on: May 10, 2016, 10:51:18 am 
Started by catsaplenty - Last post by catsaplenty
Good thoughts already.  I had not thought about asking to have different vinyl shipped to them for installation.

Mike - I appreciate the thoughts - especially noting about sand.  I had been thinking about muddy paws but you are certainly correct that the sand would pose a larger test to the durability.  Thanks for the report.

 72 
 on: May 10, 2016, 09:13:18 am 
Started by 2 Frazzled - Last post by Pax
Great idea, Holly!  Our granddaughter is a bit young just now but we will definitely keep this in mind.

   - Mike

 73 
 on: May 10, 2016, 09:09:45 am 
Started by catsaplenty - Last post by Pax
We have the cherry floors.  Only a few years old, but we've put it through its paces with two small dogs, spills, dragging furniture/boxes and all kinds of weather.  Our main concern was sand that invariably gets brought in on shoes/paws from various campgrounds, but the floor still looks brand new.  It's very easy to sweep/vac and mop (we use a Swiffer-type wet mop thing from Bona). No tripping hazards.  It really does wonders for the overall appeal of the interior. We are glad we chose this floor and would recommend it.

   - Mike

 74 
 on: May 10, 2016, 08:51:22 am 
Started by catsaplenty - Last post by gradygal
On our first PC, the 2350 Sprinter, we had the factory install an Armstrong vinyl flooring that replicates wood flooring. We ordered it from Home Depot and had it shipped to the factory for installation. It really looked good. That was before they offered wood flooring as an option.

We did not have it installed in our 2551 or the 2910 due to the additional cost.

I don't like the look of the standard vinyl as compared with the wood but we cover it with throw rugs so it is not all that offensive.

Judi

 75 
 on: May 10, 2016, 06:12:34 am 
Started by 2 Frazzled - Last post by 2 Frazzled
BUTTERFLIES - This is to all the parents and grandparents out there (or the curious). Amazon has a special today on Insect Lore kits - both butterfly and ladybug. I just paid $16.00 for a refill cup of caterpillars direct from InsectLore. Our 5 chrysalises have been hanging for a week so we will have butterflies any day now. On Amazon you can pay $15.00 and get the kit with the pop up habitat OR pay $18.00 and get the habitat set with two cups of caterpillars (5 in each). My granddaughter LOVES raising butterflies. They are painted lady butterflies and can safely be released anywhere in the world. I highly recommend these sets. NOTE: there are two types of set; one has LIVE caterpillars so the cycle starts immediately; the second is a voucher where the receiver sends in for butterflies when they are ready. It costs an extra $8 to redeem that voucher so the live kit is best if timing works. The caterpillars are in a self contained cup so no random critters wandering around. You don't open it until a few days after they all go into a chrysalis. Then you move the lid with the chrysalises into the habitat - again, all is contained. It takes 7-10 days from receipt to chrysalis and another 7-10 to butterfly. They recommend releasing after three days of observation.

This is an awesome gift to ship to a child. Just make sure someone will be there to receive the caterpillars or they leave them on the porch. They are insects but they can only bake in the sun so long.

The ladybug habitats are also on sale. I bought one years ago but it went to her daycare so I don't know how it went. I'm considering buying a new kit since it is cheaper than the refills.

We raised butterflies once and put host plants and flowers into the habitat for the butterflies instead of releasing in 3 days as recommended. The butterflies laid eggs. LOTS of eggs. Once the thread-size caterpillars hatched, we cleaned their waste daily with a tiny paintbrush and fed them host plants until they grew up. We built a big habitat out of a clear bin and had almost 100 chrysalises. This was a huge amount of work but we enjoyed watching them grow through every life cycle stage. Chloe wants to do it again. (Note that if you do this, you have to use flowers and leaves that have not been sprayed with pesticide).

So, give the gift of science and raise some pollinators today and enjoy your butterflies!

 76 
 on: May 09, 2016, 10:23:35 pm 
Started by catsaplenty - Last post by Dynadave
I have wood floors in my summer cottage and my 70 pound dog has really marked them up. His claws have left their marks everywhere.  I have vinyl  floors in my 2010 3100 PC and there is no problem , no marks. Can't comment on how the wood used in the Rv would hold up, but I am satisfied with the vinyl.

 77 
 on: May 09, 2016, 08:33:15 pm 
Started by catsaplenty - Last post by catsaplenty
Hello again to all - still working on the best set up for me.  I know pretty much all the videos show Cruisers with the wood floors.  I have seen photos from an owner showing the vinyl floor.

Certainly the wood is impressive looking.  If I do this it would be the Hickory (I believe the Cherry is made by a different company).  So I am wondering how well you like your wood floors after a few years?  I will be FT with 2 dogs and one or more cats(aging population).  Will the finish on the wood hold up to all the wear and tear and the paws and claws?  Does it mop up nicely?  Do you have to worry about stuff seeping in between the planks?  Is it worth the price and the extra weight it adds on the carry weight? 

It seems that to some (perhaps slight) extent it may help with the floor R value.  The finish around the steps is not as flat as the vinyl would allow (tripping hazard?). 

I appreciate any experience you can share with me.

 78 
 on: May 08, 2016, 07:27:26 am 
Started by donc13 - Last post by 2 Frazzled
One more important item. Once you figure out what should be in your kit, make a list - clean, concise, easy to read - and tape it to the inside door of a cabinet or some other easy to grab place. If you have specific "Go Pack" put the list in there (preferably in a zip lock baggie). Panic time is NOT the time to count on memory to make sure you have everything you need.

In a perfect world, all your stuff is already in a ready to grab kit. In the real world, your cell phone, charger and other items are in use elsewhere or were pulled out to show someone or to use for some reason. Use your list, grab your stuff, and roll out.

 79 
 on: May 08, 2016, 07:20:53 am 
Started by donc13 - Last post by 2 Frazzled
I'll be honest and say we don't have a set kit put together but when a tornado was bearing down on us on the Natchez Trace, we did quickly grab basic items that we always have handy. John and I have had survival training so it's kind of funny but after the bare basics, most of what we brought was to keep the cat happy, or as happy as a cat can get locked in a stinky cinder block bathroom with a bunch of strangers while a storm screamed through.

Part of what you need for your kit will be determined by your own skills and where you are. Short term the cell phone, charger (solar charger is even better), weather radio, cash, passport and/or driver's license, credit card, check book, flashlight, first aid kit, water bottles etc. are great. Several of these assume you are somewhere with signal or power or stores where you can use them. That night on the Natchez Trace, we knew there might not be a Phoenix to go back to. The tornado swung overhead and touched down just a few miles away... but it WAS a few miles away so all was well.

Remember that if you need medications, those have to be with you. You don't know when you will get more. Never let your prescription run down too low.

If you are in a MAJOR disaster, you should be prepared for basic survival. You can go several weeks without food. You can only go three days without water. You need shelter. I recommend everyone tuck contractor weight trash bags (2 per person) into vehicle glove boxes or emergency kits. You can wear one to keep in heat and keep out rain, you can tie a string between two trees and make one or two into an A-frame tent, you can use one as a sun shield. Quick, easy, light weight shelter. They can also carry water or capture water when it rains. A mylar emergency blanket can do many of the same things as well as being shiny enough to attract attention from rescue teams.

Water. If you remembered your water bottle and are not in the arid desert (different skills needed there), you only need one more item: iodine tablets. I have strained pretty murky water through my bandanna (or t-shirt), treated with iodine, and drank it. I'm not dead. They sell a two bottle set that has iodine tabs and something that makes it taste less nasty. I find that worth the extra cost. Another option is a Lifestraw that will clean hundreds of gallons of water. We have a full fledged backpack water filter but these other items are better suited to a go bag. Whatever you get, make sure you know how to use it. The iodine tabs are tiny, the Lifestraw is super handy but takes more space.

Next up is fire. Get some of those magnesium sticks that shoot awesome sparks and stick one in each kit. Make sure you practice with them first. You need dry tinder (tiny burnable stuff, pine needles, cotton pocket lint, little strips from inside broken sticks (when it rains, wood is wet on the outside, dry on the inside). Get out your pocket knife and learn how to make wood shavings. Then build fires. Small, hot fires are best. Practice the skill before you need the skill.

I have a Boy Scout cap that says "Attitude, gotta have it." This is so true. The most important thing you can have is a good ATTITUDE. The best way to get a good survival attitude is self confidence... which you get by knowing what you are doing. There are classes, books, internet sites, etc. that can get you to that point. Hands on is the best way to get it into your brain. Challenge your friends and family. Have contests and build fires, purify water, build shelters using the items in your survival kit. Test different ways to do each thing. Then put together your kit, kick back, and enjoy the world.




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 on: May 07, 2016, 09:46:54 pm 
Started by donc13 - Last post by bhgareau
We built each of our seasonal emergency preparedness kits by referring to both  aaa.com and  ready.gov. We have four kits, one for each of our vehicles and another for the house. We adapt each of them by season. The seasonal adjustments are particularly important in our climate as they would seem to be in yours.

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