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General Discussion / Re: Replacement of Fiamma 45i awning
« on: April 15, 2019, 07:15:42 pm »
We need an all weather setup that wont puddle water.

One side of the canopy is dropped to allow for water drainage.  In addition, both side of the awning are secured with ropes/stakes.  This technique has held up through some particularly impressive rainfall.  On one trip I placed the awning's manual crank arm on top of a table in order to function as a support and raise the center of the canopy by a small amount. Which helped with draining the water.  A kludge which worked.

General Discussion / Re: Newbie Furnace LP question
« on: April 06, 2019, 05:04:36 pm »
When switching over from electrical to gas, refrigerator false starts stopped when I remembered to turn the gas valve to [on] ~30 minutes before we disconnected from shore power.  Not sure why this works.  Although since beginning this practice we have never had a failed gas switch-over on the Norcold. (series N621). 

General Discussion / Re: Parallax Power Center
« on: March 21, 2019, 05:14:19 pm »
We carry the "RV Owner's Handbook" by Gary Bunzer, "The RV Doctor" and refer to it when we are trying to troubleshoot systems or understand basics. Most of his info should be on his website also but we don't always have signal so the book rides along.
As a gift, I received a copy of "Are you RV Ready" by Jeffrey E. Boyer.  Well written and containing excellent information.  I have referred to this book more times that I would have expected. Would recommend adding this guide to your RV documentation.

I agree with Herr Dittmer, no Facebook for der Frauen and myself.  Also no Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, ...  Only email.   But, to each their own.

General Discussion / Re: Do I need to winterize RV
« on: February 28, 2019, 08:11:21 pm »
When parked the RV has access to a 20 amp household circuit.  In the rear of the interior, where the water tank and plumbing are located, I placed an electric heater.  Which is on a thermostat to start when the inside temp reaches ~40f.  This technique has worked for me.  BTW: I also leave the cabinets open to help in circulating warmer air around the pipes.  Both black and gray tanks have been treated with anti-freeze.

General Discussion / Re: Screen door problem
« on: February 18, 2019, 06:28:11 pm »
Depending on availability at your location, you might find a screen door of the correct size at a local bone yard, one which handles motor homes and trailers which are less than roadworthy.  Although you might have to use the original hinges to install the replacement.

General Discussion / Re: Quality
« on: February 16, 2019, 06:17:18 pm »
Some of you might find this individual's take on quality in the recreational vehicle market to be prophetic and/or humorous.


- CD

Tips and Tricks / Re: Battery Maintenance while boondocking
« on: February 16, 2019, 12:19:13 pm »
Most of the outings in our PC2100 are boondocking.  To help maintain the charge on our single 12v battery we purchased a "50W Complete Kit Folding Portable Solar Panel Off Grid 12V Camping Home Caravan".  Manufactured by Eco-worthy.   The small size suitcase design takes up minimal space in the RV.  Granted, the 3amp output will not charge a low battery, but it does help maintain the battery, which has reduced the need to run the generator.  Now closing in on three years using the solar panel.

General Discussion / Re: Error message
« on: February 05, 2019, 01:00:01 pm »
To echo the advice of Herr Dittmer, if you are using Windows hardware you should install Ccleaner as well as Spybot S&D, and run these programs on a regular basis.  Both applications will not interfere with your anti-virus program.

I installed a linux OS on the geriatric -- but serviceable -- laptop we carry in the RV.  Which provides an additional layer of security.  Linux being not as popular a target for those distributing malware.

General Discussion / Re: Iím cold!
« on: January 16, 2019, 11:25:31 am »
I believe that the furnace in our 2100 is rated at 30,000 BTU.  But will need to double-check that,  Needless to say, the interior will warm quickly when that bad-boy kicks into action.   Also a pic of the Handy Heater -- operating at 350w -- in the RV's bathroom.  That little guy works very well in that small space. 

General Discussion / Re: Iím cold!
« on: January 15, 2019, 05:48:38 pm »
Herr Dittmer, (et al.),
The RV furnace in our 2100 has three ducts.  None of which are in the bathroom.   One duct, located near the rear door, can be directed to push some warm air towards the bathroom.  However, use of the "Handy Heater" in the bathroom had made this unnecessary. 
An open shelf on both sides of the cap storage areas makes it easy to arrange a blanket/temperature barrier; held in place with several medium-duty spring clips. In extreme cold the furnace will quickly create a livable temperature in the interior.  After which a single electric heater (assuming that we have an electrical connection) operating at ~800w is often all that is needed.  Disclosure: In winter we do sleep in our down bags, ones which my wife made ~40 years ago. (Anyone remember Frostline kits).


General Discussion / Re: Iím cold!
« on: January 14, 2019, 08:15:11 pm »
We have two 800/1500w electric heaters, but now often use only one when using the 350w small heater in the bathroom.  We have used both heaters on the low (800w) setting, and on the same 20a circuit.  Which, if I recall correctly, requires ~14 total amps (for operating both heaters).  This arrangement has not -- at least so far -- snapped the breaker. YMMV.

General Discussion / Re: Iím cold!
« on: January 12, 2019, 05:28:04 pm »
I found a small 350w heater at a garage sale.  Which has enough output to keep the rig's small bathroom at a comfortable temp during cold weather.
To block the cab area we hang a moving blanket, the kind which are perpetually on sale at a nearby Harbor Freight.  The use of which makes the interior
noticeably more comfortable when RVing in colder temps. 
As others have noted, small electric heaters are enough to keep the interior at a comfortable temperature. 

Thanks.  Very informative.  Herr Dittmer also makes some excellent point about one's selection of an RV chassis.  We considered a motor-home, one built on a Mercede$ chassis, before selecting the PC. One reason for going with the Ford chassis was because parts were readily available at several nearby bone yards.  An acquaintance with the Mercede$ model informed us as to the cost for replacing the alternator (gagging sounds go here). 


General Discussion / Re: Step lube
« on: December 12, 2018, 07:40:41 pm »
I first clean the step's moving components with WD or similar type spray.  Then  I wipe it down those areas and use a small paintbrush (flux brush) along with a minimum amount of synthetic grease on all the step raise/lower contact points. So far (knock wood) this has worked without any problems. 

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