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 on: July 16, 2017, 02:08:01 pm 
Started by Thomas4854 - Last post by renotse
Those of you who know me, know that I am not into extra holes....ceiling vents, slide outs, crank-up antennas, ladders & roof racks and such.  Speaking of which I wish we had a 360 degree fixed antenna available back in 2007.  Our crank-up added a pile of holes, a plate and a tube full of caulk in the beautiful B+ roof.   Cry  If we ever had to replace our B+ cap for any reason, that dang antenna is going with it.

It's just some thoughts after owning ours for so long now.  I am not suggesting rentse follows along.  He needs to do what is right for him.

I agree on the premise of minimum roof holes and wall openings. But,  it would seem I'm not sticking to my principle on this build. Let me explain. We live in Texas and frequently head out to the dessert of South Texas and Arizona.
 My previous coach Was a Leisure Unity Sprinter based non-slide twin bed. The coach had the normal array of sky lights (2) vent fans (2), crank up antenna, plumbing vent, It was pre-wired for solar and satellite terminated on the roof, and had a 15k Dometic H/P. We figured that was the normal number of roof holes and never gave it another thought.  That Coach was flawless and tight as a drum, driving in rain at 70 mph. For 5 years and 32k miles it was weather tight. Why cant Phoenix USA do as well? ..... I believe they can!

The 15k Dometic H/P on that coach was centrally mounted and ducted through the coach. Without the ducted air, the air distribution would have been totally inadequate. We know because the unit had a bypass vent that you could open and all the air would be diverted straight out from the single vent just like a non-ducted unit. It was great for standing under after a hot hike, or for my wife to use during a hot flash, but little else.

With one  a/c, and without duct distribution, on the PC 2552 there are going to be hotspots.Period.

I opted for two a/c primarily for air distribution reasons but there are other redeeming factors to consider. The ability to have two separate climate zones when the bedroom is shut off. And if we find we dont need the second A/C on those seriously hot summer afternoons, Ill have the security of a redundant unit. If one breaks down it won't mean the end of my trip. Another benefit is the 50 amp service that is required when adding the second A/C. Some folks opt for 50 amp upgrade without adding extra A/C just for freedom from the 3600 watt limit of 30 amp.

All this for a couple grand and one extra hole..........I'll take it. Wink


 82 
 on: July 16, 2017, 01:44:31 pm 
Started by randallandchris - Last post by randallandchris
Just weighed our slightly extended 2400 at Cat scale.  Lightly loaded with us, clothes mostly, 3/4 fuel, full water, empty holding tanks.
Front axle 3680# or 74%
Rear axle 8360# or 98%
GVW 12040# or 96%
Was thinking of adding Sumosprings to lift the rear but still couldn't even add the weight of a scooter or a cargo rack.
Suggest anyone ordering a PC larger than a base 2100 should at least consider the E450.

 83 
 on: July 16, 2017, 01:11:57 pm 
Started by jatrax - Last post by RheaNL
I just use my phone and have a few LED light switches (https://www.amazon.com/VIBELITE-Battery-Operated-Cordless-Nightlight/dp/B01IOS6LPM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1500224706&sr=8-1&keywords=led+light+switch+lighthttp://[font=Verdana]view on Amazon[/font]) hanging around the PC should the batteries fail. They can just be lifted off their hook and used just like a flashlight.

 84 
 on: July 16, 2017, 12:52:12 pm 
Started by Thomas4854 - Last post by ron.dittmer
When we ordered our 2552 we elected to have the optional vent and three Max Fans installed.  We attempt to choose our camping destinations where we are able to be comfortable with the fans only.  The non ducted air conditioners are in my opinion excessively noisy.
THREE Max Fans in a 2552?  "WOW" with all 3 running, it must get quite windy inside.  Are you certain one would not be sufficient?  It seems to me that if you put one Max Fan or Fantastic fan in the rear bathroom, and open a "forward" screened window, you would have plenty of flow-thru ventilation.  

In our 2350, we have a Fantastic roof vent in the bedroom area and a generic power vent in the bathroom.  They are only a couple feet apart from each other with the bathroom wall in between them.  I wished I had foreseen 10 years back when ordering ours, that we could have placed the quality-made Fantastic fan in the bathroom and have one less major hole in our roof.  Then add a vent above the bath door mirror to allow air to pass through the door when closed.  Have it louver-controlled so we could close it off for throne-time privacy.

Those of you who know me, know that I am not into extra holes....ceiling vents, slide outs, crank-up antennas, ladders & roof racks and such.  Speaking of which I wish we had a 360 degree fixed antenna available back in 2007.  Our crank-up added a pile of holes, a plate and a tube full of caulk in the beautiful B+ roof.   Cry  If we ever had to replace our B+ cap for any reason, that dang antenna is going with it.

It's just some thoughts after owning ours for so long now.  I am not suggesting rentse follows along.  He needs to do what is right for him.

 85 
 on: July 16, 2017, 12:28:59 pm 
Started by renotse - Last post by renotse
On another thread, the topic of LED flashlights came up and seemed to get some interest. Since I am flashlight guy I thought Id share my thoughts.

Led flashlight quality vary significantly. The ones that are solid and waterproof can be found discussed here.  And they arent cheap.
http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/content.php

The link below is a very good source for reasonable and high-quality flashlights based on the 18650 Li-Ion batteries
https://www.solarforceflashlight-sales.com/
Stay away from Amazon generic flashlights.

Batteries are the key to LED flashlight and the Panasonic NCR18650B with protection circuit is king. Take a look at the chart.
http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?330236-2012-Battery-test-review-summary

Lots of Chinese fakes out there messing with the price. My Genuine Panasonic NCR18650B cost $14 each 3 years ago. The internet price has come down considerably but I fear its because many are chinese fakes. I dont have a current reliable source for My Genuine Panasonic NCR18650B but they are out there, just be diligent. Be leery of a $6 Panasonic NCR18650B

On chargers - Nitecore makes a super versatile 4 slot that charges just about any size and chemistry flashlight battery but it really shines on the 18650 Li-Ion
http://charger.nitecore.com/CHARGER/D/D4/

For the real geeks among you, watch this Charger comparison video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQJaumozgj4

Follow this advise and you'll only have to buy once


 86 
 on: July 16, 2017, 12:03:44 pm 
Started by jatrax - Last post by renotse
I use the Nitecore Srt7 both at home and camping. It is bright enough to stop anyone or animal long before they get close enough to wack. All my old Mag lights went to Amvets.

http://goinggear.com/nitecore-srt7-revenger-smartring-tactical-series-2-x-cr123-1-x-18650-960-lumen-cree-xm-l2-t6-cool-white.html

Nitecore makes great chargers. I have the older i4 but this new one looks even better. it charges Li-Ion and LifePo4

http://charger.nitecore.com/CHARGER/D/D4/

 87 
 on: July 16, 2017, 10:43:44 am 
Started by Thomas4854 - Last post by fandj
Another option you may want to consider is using the Max Fan Deluxe in lieu of the Fantastic Fan.  It has a built in rain shield cover which is lower profile than the Fantastic Fan optional rain cover to reduce solar panel shading during low angle sun periods.  The Max Fan also has 10 speed.  I have had both manufacturers fans in various camping units and prefer the Max Fan.  When we ordered our 2552 we elected to have the optional vent and three Max Fans installed.  We attempt to choose our camping destinations where we are able to be comfortable with the fans only.  The non ducted air conditioners are in my opinion excessively noisy.

We have two 160 watt panels mounted on the rear.  We anticipated we might want to add two more 160 watt panels in the front but so far have not seen a need to add them.

 88 
 on: July 16, 2017, 10:40:44 am 
Started by jatrax - Last post by TomHanlon
I use the Nitecore Srt7 both at home and camping. It is bright enough to stop anyone or animal long before they get close enough to wack. All my old Mag lights went to Amvets.

http://goinggear.com/nitecore-srt7-revenger-smartring-tactical-series-2-x-cr123-1-x-18650-960-lumen-cree-xm-l2-t6-cool-white.html

 89 
 on: July 16, 2017, 10:29:46 am 
Started by jatrax - Last post by jatrax
Ron, yes Maglite makes LED versions now.  The one in my coach is LED.  They also make LED conversion kits for existing lights and I have converted a number of mine.  They make a great light but what I really like is the heft and build quality.  I feel much more comfortable going out at night with my two pound Maglite in hand.

 90 
 on: July 16, 2017, 06:56:42 am 
Started by jatrax - Last post by ron.dittmer
Hope this doesn't send this too off topic, but I've found these mini flashlights (Blocklites) to be very handy....

https://www.walmart.com/ip/3-Pack-of-Blocklite-6-LED-Mini-Flashlights-w-Energizer-9-Volt-Batteries/39096884

   - Mike
Oh, I really like them.  I wonder how long they last.

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