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Thanks for all the feed back. Another screw up on my order, hopefully I can rectify it correctly. The backsplash, and lighting need help......
Doug

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When we ordered our PC they were putting mirrors on the wall next to the stove. We opted not to do that. I believe you could have had a chunk of stainless installed in lieu of, but not sure if that actually happened or not. Does anyone have any info?
Doug

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General Discussion / Re: PC 4x4 / Battle Born package options
« on: January 26, 2020, 11:47:38 am »
Brian,

I have no experience with a 2552, but we have a 2350 4x4, currently 26k miles since we ordered it. It really comes down to how you are going to use your MH. We live in the west and have found that we are enjoying the off seasons much more than the busy seasons. That can equate to colder temps and poor roads.
 The quigley would handle rock crawling just fine, but the PC will not. I have owned a lot of 4x4's in 50 years, I would say this is no worse driving than any other. You will lose about 1-2 mpg( I'm around 8.5), gain 17" wheels, more ground clearance, some suspension upgrades.
I'm not sure why you could not tow with it, maybe Ron could elaborate his concerns. We do not tow at this time,but have purchased a toad for if and when we decide.

 The 4x4 gives you a little more of a peace of mind for year round travels, but there are other good alternatives. We  custom ordered our chassis with a limited slip rear end, not sure thats what PC provides. If you opt to not do a conversion now, a locking rear differential can be added, as can a complete 4x4 conversion down the road.
You mention you are coming from a large 5th wheel, you might also consider the weight the conversion adds, taking away from your net carrying capacity, something you might miss.

When we ordered our PC, lithium was not an option, so I have no experience there. We have completely gutted the charger/inverter/ panels/batteries  and added 600 amps in 4 lifeline 6 volt AGM's and 640 watts of solar. The system is great, but heavy, and really overkill. We mostly camp away from the crowds and services but you have to remember you do have a generator. I hate them and really didn't want one, and rarely use it, but it is still a good alternative for those gaps you might have in power shortages. Water is always your limiting factor.

I would be very hesitant to strap some extremely expensive lithium batteries into the current mounting location, without a complete heated /monitored/secure enclosure. I would also be hesitant to be a test for a new product for PC, who has no experience with lithium and very little with solar, or related quality components. UNLESS you live next door to the factory and enjoy that kind of thing.
 Congrats on retirement and enjoy your travels.
Doug


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General Discussion / Re: Ultra leather
« on: November 12, 2019, 09:34:29 pm »
The reality is.... the PC advertised material called "ultra leather"  is a cheap imitation vinyl, not the trade marked Ultra Leather material. A lot of buyers paid extra for a material that is not anything other than a horrible grade vinyl. I believe the brand was "Halo" not sure of its origination, but Ron probably has it correct. A quick price check puts the PC (Halo) ultraleather at around $5/yard. The real deal UltraleatherTM  can run up to $100/yard. Most buyers would be much happier with standard, no extra charge cloth. I hope the new option of "Leather" is actually something that will be an asset, but like man made materials there is a huge quality range of "Leather", some good some not.
The trade marked Ultraleather company has been around a long time, they appear to stand by their products. Verbage can make profits for a company like PC, and lots of unhappy customers. If I were to be looking at a used PC I would steer away from their ultraleather, of at least expect to have to live with poor quality upholstery, or figure in a reasonable amount for replacement. Sorry, just the facts, and a some opinion.
Doug

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General Discussion / Re: Failed Experiment
« on: November 10, 2019, 10:46:24 pm »
I agree with Calcruiser, check out Tiger. Slide in campers usually, but not always have rear access doors. That always makes it a pain to hook up anything on the rear and easily enter the camper. Also having a side entrance, like the Tiger, gives you the ability to have a nice awning covered doorway, social area.
I get it having too much, with your PC and tow, makes a long complicated load for sure.
Good luck with your next purchase.
Doug

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General Discussion / Re: Convertible couch release Mech. Broken
« on: September 27, 2019, 10:09:47 pm »
This is a lousy design. Our cables chaffed through very quickly. PC will sell you new cables, the spring situation needs to be addressed also, not enough spring and too much black spray paint. We made some modifications, things work better than original. I would take a hard look at building a better system, this is not complicated engineering, and if this is what we get from American made..... please someone introduce more Asian influence. Of course if your screen door latch hasn't broke yet it will, door latches and 120v outlets will come soon. Make a list and save on shipping.
Doug

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General Discussion / Re: Anyone using Ready Brute Elite tow/brake system?
« on: September 20, 2019, 10:10:33 pm »
Hank, since our CRV is a 2012 also, just curious what base plate you went with? I'm considering the Blue Ox.
I can't see really any draw backs to the system, a little crude maybe, but simple. I understand cables, some of this electronic excess drives me nuts.
Thanks for both of your input.
Doug

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General Discussion / Anyone using Ready Brute Elite tow/brake system?
« on: September 19, 2019, 10:55:47 pm »
We just picked up an older CRV, not really sure I want to tow yet, but thought I would like the option. This system appears to be less invasive, and cheaper.
Any thoughts?
Doug

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General Discussion / Re: Leveling Jacks pro & con
« on: September 14, 2019, 10:53:44 pm »
With the 2351D, I think you could be in a catch 22 situation. I suspect with the extra slide you are going to be pushing the rear axle max. I don't know what the jacks add, but it must be several hundred pounds. I think most people under estimate the weight of their stuff.

 With two slides I think you would really appreciate the stability and ease. I know its about the only option I would do again without hesitation.

Get real weights, and make an informed decision. Leave yourself some room, maybe even consider another model.
Doug

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General Discussion / Re: Battery Charger Question
« on: September 10, 2019, 10:36:57 pm »
I agree with Gandalf, spend a little more go with the GPL 6CTS. I've got four, can't be happier, so far. They can be mounted , terminals inward, a little modification to the shelf, reduce the cobweb of wires PC creates with all the extra loops, totally unnecessary and really not to very high standards.
Doug

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General Discussion / Re: WINTER CAMPING
« on: September 05, 2019, 11:05:37 pm »
Ashby, this is how we handle it. We have a +/- 30 gal grey tank, +/- 20 gal black tank. We dump two gals of RV antifreeze in the grey, one gal in the black. We run the macerator pump off the grey until it is full, pumps pink out the hose.
We only run the tank heaters when we are underway. I don't know what the heaters draw or what you have for batteries but I assume they do consume some amps. I also should mention we have lots of battery and solar capacity, and heaters on the macerator.

Donic 13, yeah I get the step system, the way its suppose to work anyways. Add cold, moisture and who knows what, things can and do go south. Even under ideal conditions most of us have had bad experiences with the plunger switch, allowing the steps to randomly extend. I haven't checked for a fuse, but pulling it would be a positive cure, I think a simple switch might be easier. Thanks for your thoughts.

Ron, if you are camping at 10,000 ft in October you are considered a Winter Camper in my book...!!!!

Doug

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General Discussion / Re: WINTER CAMPING
« on: September 02, 2019, 06:48:02 pm »
I have to admit I'm not a fan of carpet either....BUT before I head over to eastern Montana in a few months I am installing a full floor piece. It's going to be a big throw rug basically. I want to be able to pull it out easily and dry it if needed, and depending on how much abuse it takes I might just throw it out at the end of the winter season. These floors loose a lot of heat.

I have no problem with the furnace, although I think they should have run another vent forward. Have not tried the heat strip, I can't imagine it would help much. We rarely run the generator or plug in, so as long as the LP holds up why subject yourself to all the noise.(maybe thats why they have a surround sound option :cool)

Another issue I'm going to address is a cutoff switch for the external electric steps, if the steps are going to freeze in a solid ball of ice, I want them to be in the UP position.

A simple cutoff valve to the external shower would have been a thoughtful design, so you could make sure the system didn't freeze. We got by last year removing the hose and insulating the compartment, but once we got into warmer temps it was the first place I looked for damage.

Doug

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General Discussion / Re: WINTER CAMPING
« on: August 31, 2019, 01:11:27 pm »
I don't remember seeing that post. We were in 10 degrees, with up to 10" fresh snow last fall. Not much competition for good camping spots! There are some modifications that will make your life easier. I'm still working on a few, but overall winter camping has always been a big part of our lives.
Doug

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General Discussion / Re: 2019 E450 2350 Rough Ride
« on: July 27, 2019, 05:35:03 pm »
Ron:
Can you comment on the ride when you were over weight on the rear?
Doug

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General Discussion / Re: 2019 E450 2350 Rough Ride
« on: July 27, 2019, 05:26:38 pm »
We have a very similar, but different beast with the Quigley. They swap rims to 17" so our tires and pressures would be different.
 My thinking, and it might be flawed, if you are running max axle limits, run max air pressure, if not, drop your air pressure some. Its something that you have to feel comfortable with. We have a tire pressure monitor so I'm able to watch things pretty closely.

Personally I think you will be wasting your breath talking to PC. They have known about the 2350 sag for years and haven't addressed it. Quigley even put 3" spacers under the springs to help level out their work, but the house is designed with too much weight aft. It doesn't have to be that way.

I think we have both been sold a bill of goods with the air bags, I can't wait to get them off.

Doug

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