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 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.

 on: October 17, 2016, 07:07:08 am 
Started by catsaplenty - Last post by Pax
We have the mirror and have gone back and forth over whether to remove/replace it.  On the one hand the mirror is very easy to clean and it does make the interior of the rig look a bit bigger or less confining.

We thought that a magnetic surface would be perfect, allowing magnetic paper towel holders, spice bottle holders, etc to be easily used and removed.  Then we thought that it might pose a bit of a fire hazard having these things right over the burners.  Still mulling this over.

Another nice option is glass tile with sticky-backs, which looks very easy to install and (according to reviews) seem to hold up and clean very well.  Apparently available at Lowe's or Home Depot.

Am interested in hearing how others have used this surface area...

    - Mike

 on: October 17, 2016, 06:58:52 am 
Started by ron.dittmer - Last post by Pax
The unit we have (Pelonis) is very robust and well made.  It is also extremely small (check the specs I posted) but puts out a lot of heat when needed.  The only possible issue for some is the "handle", which is a 'tab' with a hole in it for your finger.  I'll post some good pix of the unit and the controls later this week.

   - Mike

 on: October 17, 2016, 06:49:52 am 
Started by Michelle Dungan - Last post by Pax
We've had the front tires off the ground a bit once and it took a while to get it there (the jack stroke is pretty significant but I've never measured it.)

From various points in the manual:

- Park with the front of the vehicle facing downhill if possible.

-Care must be taken not to raise the rear of the vehicle too high or the vehicle may roll forward or backward off the jacks.


-If the ground is too uneven, the jack may not have enough stroke to level the vehicle. The vehicle may have to be moved. REMEMBER, if lifted too high, the vehicle may roll forward or backward off the jacks.

- (in the ROOM EXTENSION PROCEDURES section) If the vehicle is equipped with kick-down jacks, the wheels MUST be blocked securely. It is recommended to complete the Leveling Procedure before operating room extensions. It is recommended to retract room extensions before retracting jacks.

  - Mike

 on: October 17, 2016, 02:13:20 am 
Started by Michelle Dungan - Last post by Michelle Dungan
That's just what I was wondering, too.  It seems like there's be a lot more than four inches travel to lift the tires off the ground.  If not, I may stick with blocks.  For the 2x8 or 2x10s needed to fully support tire tread, redwood works well as it doesn't quickly split.  For 4x, regular Douglas fir is OK.  A chain saw makes a nice rough angled cut for tire grip, but there are limits to how high a pyramid you want to stack, and they do take up a lot of room in back of the Roadtrek.  But if levelers would let me leave most of this firewood behind on the next rig, I'd consider them.

 on: October 17, 2016, 01:49:29 am 
Started by ron.dittmer - Last post by Michelle Dungan
It looks like a better design than the Lasko 754200 for $24.50 also listed, which appears to be similar to one under a Home Depot-only label purchased several years ago for occasional use in a chilly back room.  So far, so good with it, but the somewhat recessed knobs on the unit you identified might be better protected when packed away in its box.  Both have similar reviews that run the gamut, as does that unit mentioned earlier that is available at West Marine.  I'd have assumed they'd sell something more marine grade, which would be worth it if Mike reports the case or controls to be more robust, but didn't read enough reviews on it to know if that was the true.  It does seem like more planned obsolescence on many small appliances, anymore.

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