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Old 01-24-2019, 03:09 PM   #1
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Good advice from some good people!

Howdy all'y'alls,

I have been lurking on the forum for a while and have to say that after participating on several forums over the years such as specialty brand or non brand specific cars, truck, motorcyles, and the like I find people on this forum tend to be very helpful, non-combative, non-judgmental, and just all around good folks. What is really refreshing is that so many women (DW's as I see they are referred to) share their own perspectives. Thank you for all the advise I have gleaned so far.

Although I grew up camping in everything from tents to camper shells to slide-ins, to pop ups, to TT's to 5th wheels, class C,B,& A's, we have been out of it for about 18 years.

After reading hundreds of threads and loads of research we pulled the trigger on a 2015 Glacier Peak. We have not set eyes or touched it yet but here in a few weeks will do so. I have been in touch with Outdoor RV to see if there were any model specific things to look for, any recalls, or warranty or scheduled repair on this rig. Nothing jumped out.

I have also reached out to Thomspon RV in Pendleton Oregon to see if they could send me a build sheet on it so I know exactly how it is equipped. It is a Platinum not Titanium edition. Any other suggestions or recommendations on leveling blocks and other necessary items?

Any advise on what Analyzer/Surge protector to purchase? What about a water pressure regulator? I could make one from parts found at a hardware store but I see RV stores sell them ready to plug and play. I have asked the dealer ship to provide me with the necessary items needed to hook up at any regular RV park but know that I have lots of things to add once i take possession.

Can anyone tell me what the D in DW stands for? Thank you in advance for any and all ideas and suggestions.
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Old 01-24-2019, 03:23 PM   #3
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Regulator - Renator M11 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N7JZTYX


Surge/voltage/polarity - Progressive EMS-PT30X https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N0W4CZ8


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That's one interpretation....
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That's one interpretation....
Yeah, I thought it was a homonym for that structure that holds water back....
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Yeah, I thought it was a homonym for that structure that holds water back....
I hate to tell you but that was my initial thought too! But after reading how honorable and respectful people are on this forum I determined it had to be something else.

Wow, what quick responses!! I figured out that DRW is dual rear wheel so thought DW had something to do with the significant other some of us have. Darling Wife is what I am going to start calling mine but will call her DW for short. Thank you.
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Regulator - Renator M11 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N7JZTYX


Surge/voltage/polarity - Progressive EMS-PT30X https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N0W4CZ8

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Solo guy, thank you for the references. I might be ordering that water regulator this evening.

The Progressive SP looks pretty water tight. The video on the their link is for another product so hard to tell. According to the description it doesn't appear to have an analytical feature that I have found on other similarly priced products.
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I asked the exact same question when I joined a similar forum. Someone sent me a list if acronyms and meanings for the RV world. I printed it out, two full pages, single spaced, over 140 abbreviations. Still refer to it on occasion.
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I'm not sure how the GP is connected to shore power, but I'd recommend doing a hardwire Progressive EMS if it's not too complicated. I really like Rhino for sewer tube and the new stainless hoses to hook up the water. You don't say what your towing with, but B&W and Anderson are good hitches t look at. You will have to work hard to beat ORV and Thompsons. Welcome back to the RV lifestyle.
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I'm not sure how the GP is connected to shore power, but I'd recommend doing a hardwire Progressive EMS if it's not too complicated. I really like Rhino for sewer tube and the new stainless hoses to hook up the water. You don't say what your towing with, but B&W and Anderson are good hitches t look at. You will have to work hard to beat ORV and Thompsons. Welcome back to the RV lifestyle.
Thank you MtCamper,

I will look at the Rhino and Progressive EMS. Good advise!

For towing I have a 2018 GMC HD3500 duramax. Prior to that I had 2001 GMC HD2500 with a Reese 14000 lb slider hitch. The GP has a GVWR of 12995. It is just the DW and I and don't plan to have any other gear in the bed.

I used to tow a 1992ish 27' NUWa Hitchhiker but sold that back in 2003 so it has been a while since we RV'd. When I sold the truck this last July. I removed the hitch and will be installing that in the 3500.

I appreciate yours and any other advise so keep it coming!

We used to boondock at a lake with HH. With two kids (son and daughter) and two of their friends we could go about 8 to 10 days with out having to move the rig or charge batteries or add propane. I did carry extra fresh water so would add water as needed. Carried a small propane stove and cooked outside for most meals. No solar or generator. Boys were not allowed to use the RV toilet but girls were. We all cleaned up in the lake, and the DW was amazing at conserving battery power. If they got low I would charge with the truck.

Looking forward to getting out again and meeting fellow RVers. Cheers!
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I have a progressive EMS. mine is wired into the system not a plug in version. It works well and you don't have to worry about it walking away. I bought a pressure regulator with a gauge so I can see the water pressure. I found mine at Camping World and it cost about $60.
Another thing to add is a TPMS. Piece of mind to be able to see tire pressure and temp while driving.
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I have a progressive EMS. mine is wired into the system not a plug in version. It works well and you don't have to worry about it walking away. I bought a pressure regulator with a gauge so I can see the water pressure. I found mine at Camping World and it cost about $60.
Another thing to add is a TPMS. Piece of mind to be able to see tire pressure and temp while driving.
Thank you bddales. I am going to look in to that progressive EMS. Does it offer analysis as well? Can the lay person hard wire it in or does it take some serious electrical knowledge? You brought up a point I never considered about it "walking away". That never dawned on me. Does that kind of stuff happen in RV campgrounds? If so what is the world coming to?

TPMS, ever since this started showing up on vehicles, the last two I bought drive me nuts. The monitor always comes on when the temperature drops and forget it when you change wheels and tires from winter to summer. On my Lexus I have to take it to the dealer when I put my snow tires on for the season because of their pryitory (sp?) code. I have to take back to them when I put the summer set back on. A regular automotive shop or tire place cannot change it cuz the vehicle only has one slot for the TPMS.

With that said, I have pulled enough trailers over the years that I can see where that would come in handy. Thanks for the heads up, I will start researching. Any suggestions.

Does anyone on this forum know if there are any major differences between a 2015 Glacier Peak Platinum and a similar 2016 model Titanium series? I asked Outdoor and they could not equivocally say if there were. I have searched on line for specs and cannot find anythingoin 2015 models. I reached out to Thompson RV who originally sold this unit but have not heard back from them.
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