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 on: October 17, 2016, 01:08:41 pm 
Started by Michelle Dungan - Last post by jfcaramagno
We had two Sprinter based motorhomes and neither had diesel fumes inside. The filler is not really in the door jamb, it has its own door which the driver's door holds closed.

 on: October 17, 2016, 12:56:45 pm 
Started by ron.dittmer - Last post by jfcaramagno
Apparently you get what you pay for. Consumer Reports top rated space heater, the Dyson AM09, costs $450. Rated third, the Comfort Zone CZ499R is $70. The tenth rated Pelonis HF-0063 is only $30.

 on: October 17, 2016, 10:02:10 am 
Started by ron.dittmer - Last post by 2 Frazzled
Ron, I also checked out the Pelonis and read numerous reviews but haven't purchased yet. These small ceramic heaters definitely get the higher ranking and satisfaction level. I don't know how true this is but in the reviews several people mentioned that the design had changed and they were no longer as happy with the new models (looks like that planned obsolescence thing again - or overzealous cost reduction). People were looking for the older model Pelonis heaters to get the lifetime reliability and superior performance they were known for. I did that for a while but then just started avoiding cold places.

When we were stuck in evil cold with a broken furnace a few years ago, we resorted to using two small electric heaters but neither was so overly remarkable to list here. They kept us from freezing but warm and cozy we were not. Of course we were in an ice covered RV in a barren campground with wind and snow whistling around us. Not our favorite experience. 

 on: October 17, 2016, 09:49:29 am 
Started by catsaplenty - Last post by 2 Frazzled
If you cook, you do not want paper towels or spices over the stove. I purchased the magnetic paper towel holder recommended by another forum user (which they loved as it worked for them). I popped it right up there under the microwave and turned on the stove - the whoosh of hot air lifted the end of the paper towels, they unrolled toward the flames and I was grabbing and smacking and turning the stove off as quickly as possible. We returned the magnetic holder and bought an over the cabinet door one that hangs on our pantry and holds the towels vertically similar to this one I put felt pads on it where it touches wood to prevent marring.

Spices should never be stored near a heat source, it ages them prematurely. Ours are in the cupboard and occasionally sit on the shelves mentioned below if we aren't blasting heat in that zone.

We purchased a kitchen "wall bar" system from Ikea and two hanging wine glass holders/rack/shelf things that hook over the bar. Phoenix installed the bar over the back of our stovetop and the "shelves" ride in the cabinet and get put up as part of our setup. We use them to hold the little jar of ground coffee, sweetener, and miscellaneous small countertop clutter items - we normally remove these prior to firing up those burners. The wine racks aren't shown anymore on the Ikea site but I think it was the Grundtal system shown here - we had to go with the shorter bar. It's possible these systems won't fit with newer models as they widened the kitchen window (jealous) but there may be something out there at kitchen stores that will fit. Someone else on the forum used the Fintorp series and hangs a basket on it for fruit and such

We kept the mirror and like it. It is easy to clean and brightens the area. If you hate the idea of glass, Ikea and home stores sell metal backsplashes/panels for your walls. The glass tile is beautiful but heavy and I figure it will be harder to clean than a smooth sheet of glass as you now deal with grout. A metal panel would be about the same to clean as the mirror but might show streaks and spots even more clearly than the mirror (due to reflection of the front of the rig - it confuses the eye... until it gets really bad then you have to clean it).

We also have a small, clear Command hook next to the mirror where we hang a silicone mitt when in camp (rides in the drawer).

 on: October 17, 2016, 09:23:02 am 
Started by Michelle Dungan - Last post by 2 Frazzled
We can attest to the ability to roll off the jacks because we did. Early on, shortly after purchase John jacked up the back and down we went. We didn't "roll" due to the locked wheels in the back that then hit the ground but we did drop forward. Needless to say, lesson learned - we never did that again.

I have a question on the concern of frame bending. Isn't the frame what they use to securely lift the vehicle for repairs? Vehicles occasionally stay up on those lifts for days, seemingly with no issues. I understand the jacks are probably a more limited contact zone than the lifts but they are supporting both sides of the steel frame or one side is supported on the tires. Surely vehicle design takes those factors into consideration or the jacks would not be deemed safe for use. They've been around for years.

 on: October 17, 2016, 09:11:57 am 
Started by Michelle Dungan - Last post by 2 Frazzled
It's cool they can hide the fuel filler door but it seems the gas fumes would frequently wind up wafting into the vehicle being so close to door and windows. It will be interesting to see how that works for people.

 on: October 17, 2016, 08:57:24 am 
Started by ron.dittmer - Last post by ron.dittmer

I have looked again at the $70 Pelonis (West Marine) more closely, but having difficulty justifying to spend $39 more than the Holmes from Walmart.  I looked on ebay for the Pelonis.  Many used ones for sale but wouldn't buy used.  Current day production new ones on Ebay start at the same price as West Marine so no deals there to be had.

One more matter is the Pelonis sheet metal housing.  I like a plastic housing better for being bounced around in motor home without damaging other items or itself via denting.  Also as mentioned, the knobs are better protected and the integrated handle of the Holmes is very nice.

Still, I don't want to rule out the Pelonis just yet.  One thing going for it is that it is significant smaller.

 on: October 17, 2016, 08:45:59 am 
Started by ron.dittmer - Last post by Carol
Love my oil filled heater.  I store it between the driver's seat and the back of the front dinette seat.  If you drive with the driver's seat all the way back, though, it wouldn't fit.  You probably need at least 5 to 5 1/2 inches at the top of the heater between the two seats (the heater stands 25 inches high on its wheels).

 on: October 17, 2016, 08:40:16 am 
Started by catsaplenty - Last post by Carol
Love the mirror.  Agree with Mike about it adding a little bit visually to a sense of roominess (every little bit helps!) and also the fire hazard danger of hanging things over the stove.

 on: October 17, 2016, 07:46:49 am 
Started by Michelle Dungan - Last post by TomHanlon
    I have been using HWH jacks since 1989. The HWH jacks that Phoenix has put on will rise 6 inches. that is enough to lift the front tires off the ground about 1 inch but will not lift the rear tires off the ground. The rear tires are almost off the ground, so be very careful. As we all know the parking brake locks the rear brakes, so if you were to lift the rear tires you could roll forward or backward. If you lift the front off the ground, but not the rear, you will be safe but the PC will wobble as you walk around inside it. I carry two plastic ramps that are about 12 inches long and use them if the jacks are not enough. When up on the ramps, I will place a 2 inch board under the jack to stabilize the PC. I rarely do this, only in extreme cases.

   As for the refrigerator, todays units are not as sensitive to being off level as back in the 1900 and early 2000s. Check you owners manual.

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