Greetings fellow Parkliner owners and lookers
For those of you that have followed Cari's & my Parkliner #35 build thread
know, we were early adopters and had some interesting times getting our little gem up to spec.
This marks our second season with our rig as it was delivered to our home on the Oregon coast in April of 2013...driven all the way from the plant! By the time it got to us there were rub marks showing and we quickly got to work after confirming from another PL owner that there was a common issue in our _generation_ of PL's (the 30 series).
Then came some concerns over the battery
placement and proper venting. Since i live in a fishing community on the Oregon Coast i had several long discussions at various boat works and each, including some retired USCG mechanics swore that these batteries were safe to place in a boat's bilge/engine room un-vented. So i took their advice and left them inside, BUT...then in my own OCD way vented in/out the battery bay and sealed off the PD power center/converter
. I then, at my own expense, after much research and discussion with PD and Optima techs, installed an Optima 1200 Digital Charger
to charge and maintain the Optima batteries. I am 100% pleased with this tweak and told Parkliner i would prefer not changing placement of the batteries at this time.
All that said, to say this:
My wife and i are so happy that we took a gamble on this then-new startup called Parkliner. Our little home on wheels is a wonderful fit to our one-week-away every five or so weeks lifestyle. As i type we've just returned from ~500 miles of adventure up in the hills of the Pacific Northwest... about 60 of which was on forestry roads pulling the Parkliner. We pinch ourselves up in the woods having such a cute egg as part of our camp.
A ramble on our set up's consumables for our 6 days out: When we broke camp we had used ~15% of our battery bank (charging all our tech toyz + running the MaxxFan), 4 gallons of filtered fresh drinking water, ~7 gallons of tap/tank water for showers and kitchen clean up, less than 2 canisters of Butane ($1.75ea) in the camp stove for cooking/heating all meals + shower-water for the 6 days out on the trail, and each of our two Engle Deep Blue ice coolers were: 34 degrees in freezer, and 39 in fridge
when we arrived back home...with ice remaining in both.
And truth be told? As i type this i'm sitting in our Lazy Boy love seat in our 38 foot Mobile Suite 5th wheel surrounded by solid Hickory luxury parked just off the 6th hole at a golf course on the oregon coast... BUT ...
Where would we both rather be?
Up in the woods with our van