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General Discussion / Re: Cold Weather Camping
« on: November 03, 2021, 07:24:57 am »
It’s Montana in late November and I need to be prepared for every type of weather imaginable.
We spent much of the month of September in Glacier NP Montana.....beautiful country.

We had morning frost in early September outside the park near Many Glacier.  We camped in a private campground near Babb called Leaning Tree which had 20amp service.  It was nice to run the cube heater during the night at 500w or 1000w pending how cold.  I imagine today it would get cold enough to have extra precautions in place.

General Discussion / Re: Cold Weather Camping
« on: November 01, 2021, 10:24:20 pm »
If going during the next few weeks (not during the dead of winter) your PC is deigned to operate with full plumbing functionality.  Just make sure you maintain interior temperatures in the low 70's and all your outdoor storage compartments are always fully latched.  All fresh water plumbing and the fresh water tank are inside the heated interior.  It is the waste water that is outdoors, hence the need for the two waste tank heaters.

With our 2007 2350's particular arrangement of mechanical features, if we were camping in freezing temperatures consistently below 20F, I would add two 4" round vents on the side of the bed platform, placed as far apart from each other as possible, then mount a switched 12V computer fan into one of them to circulate room air under the bed to assure the fresh water tank and related plumbing stays warm enough.

The outside shower on our 2350 is inside the bathroom vanity and it is vulnerable to freezing.  I would remove the shower hose with head, then stuff insulation inside it to protect the faucet in there from freezing.  I would also add high and low mounted 4" round vents on the side of the vanity cabinet to circulate warm air via convection within the vanity.

These 4" round vents are sold at Home Depot.

With shore power available, it goes without saying that a couple of 110V 1500 watt cube heaters will be very handy.

General Discussion / Re: Selling my 2021 PC 2552
« on: November 01, 2021, 11:16:30 am »
Or post your pictures like I do on places like flickr.  There you have total freedom with picture quantity, picture quality, and order shown.  You can even post short videos.

Just provide the link to your pictures in your ad.

General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself!
« on: November 01, 2021, 06:55:45 am »
Welcome palaback!

You sound like Irene and me.  We try our best to utilize the national park system (and free overnight places) so our smaller PC-2350 is very friendly for that along with the needs for general boondocking.

You are in the right place for seeking ideas for small changes/improvements.  Our PC-2350 is now 14.5 years old so I've had a lot of ideas and time for minor changes and improvements.  Some of what I did no longer applies to a new PC, but some still does.  I have tried to document with pictures, on this forum my changes of significance.  CLICK HERE for my list of posted articles.

General Discussion / Re: Jeep (Toad) braking system
« on: October 28, 2021, 10:40:56 am »

I am glad you found a way to get setup without spending a fortune.  If like Irene and I, you will appreciate having a tow vehicle that isn't painful to manage.

We love towing our Jeep Liberty.  One trip only, we left it home.....won't do that again.  It's not that our PC is so difficult, but rather our Liberty is so easy and unlimited in the places we travel to.

General Discussion / Re: LED bulb swap simplified
« on: October 25, 2021, 09:22:59 pm »

Thanks for the link and the wattage.  They seem ideal for our porch light, stove hood light, and Sanicon light.  They might be blinding for our closet light, shower light, and outdoor storage compartment light.  I will try and see.

General Discussion / Re: LED bulb swap simplified
« on: October 25, 2021, 09:37:14 am »

I am curious.  How many watts are each LED bulb?

General Discussion / Re: PC YouTube Video
« on: October 24, 2021, 07:03:41 pm »
Are the fiberglass walls actually laminated over plywood or foam cores?
As I understood back in 2007, the make-up of PC walls are as follows.
1) Outside is a thick gel-coat fiberglass sheet, maybe 1/4" thick.
2) Core is aluminum studs, alloy framing for large openings, and block foam insulation
3) Inside is prefinished tempered hardboard

The sandwich is vacu-bonded together, an interesting process where the components are glued and assembled, then somehow quickly placed in a huge bag and the air is sucked out.  It is a process not very different to linen bags and a vacuum cleaner at home, used for compact storage of huge bulky fluffy items.

The materials for the roof is different.
1) Outside is a thin layer of fiberglass sheathing
2) Supporting it is one or more layers of thin Luan plywood
3) Core is curved aluminum rafters, framed openings, and block foam insulation
4) Inside has a fabric, later a foam-backed vinyl.  I don't know the supporting material.

Please correct any inaccuracies.

General Discussion / Re: Smoke Alarm Relocation
« on: October 23, 2021, 01:17:56 pm »

I know exactly what you mean.

When cooking with significant smoke that overwhelms the vented range hood, we developed the habit of removing the smoke detector and placing it on the dining table, then turn on the Fantastic fan.  I hang the detector back up before we sit down to eat.

One reason why I have not moved the detector is the imprint and holes left in the ceiling.  Interesting what LRUCH has to say about that.

To be honest, I never considered the problem big enough to warrant taking action, but now you planted the seed in my head.  :)

General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Reduces Their Models
« on: October 19, 2021, 06:46:40 pm »
It sounds like AAA-RV is a whole lot better than the free AARP Roadside Assistance included with my Hartford insurance policy.

Tips and Tricks / Re: DON'T Lose Your Water Heater Vent
« on: October 18, 2021, 07:56:57 am »

That is an "Excellent" tip.

I just went down into the garage to inspect my hot water heater vent panel and sure enough, it was exactly as you described.  90 seconds later it is now as you advised.

Mine was that way for 14 years, hanging on by a tiny bit of a crimp.  Now it will never come off without me first bending back the 4 tabs.

I can see how you lost yours after adding your very nice insect screen that happens to introduce outward pressure.

These simple tips are awesome.  Thank You!
Ron Dittmer

General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Reduces Their Models
« on: October 18, 2021, 12:03:58 am »
While on the side of I-90 45 miles west of Gillette WY in the middle of nowhere, we called our roadside assistance, AARP through Hartford.  They gave us numbers to call from the roadside with our working cell phone, but nobody would tow a motorhome, and nobody would work on a motorhome.  One repair shop did say that if we could get the rig there, they could get to it in 3 to 4 weeks time. It was doing our own research that we found both a tow and repair facility, then worked through AARP to make it happen with financial coverage which was also a ridiculous process.  They wouldn't forward our PC dimensions and weight, and AARP's questionable payment to the tow truck driver had him not taking prompt action.  We sat on the side of the highway for over 6 hours.  I eventually called the tow truck driver directly, gave our PC specs, and told him I will personally pay him which turned out to be $250.  I cannot recommend AARP/Hartford for RV-related roadside assistance.  Writing this reminds me I need to seek reimbursed.

So with that one-time (only time ever) experience, I can't endorse any kind of roadside assistance.  At least we didn't pay Hartford anything extra to have that terrible performing benefit.

General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Reduces Their Models
« on: October 17, 2021, 07:09:56 am »
Joseph, you make a good point.  Where does one begin, and then how far does one take it?  It comes down to "peace of mind".  Some people carry a spare tire and have never used it.  Others don't carry a spare tire for that same reason....they never needed one, so why carry one?

General Discussion / Re: Black tank valve…installed
« on: October 16, 2021, 08:23:49 am »
Donc, got the new shelves installed also.  Ain’t nothing square in that closet!
You got that right, I had the same issue.
Boy oh boy, that is surely an understatement.

A worst case scenario, try making this fit like a glove.  Paper and cardboard patterns was key.

General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Reduces Their Models
« on: October 15, 2021, 06:58:12 pm »
Like mentioned on this thread, it would be smart to carry a spare module.  It is easy enough to replace on the side of a road.  Just remember to include a spare supporting relay and fuse.  When my module failed, it took out both of them.

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