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Old 04-05-2017, 06:47 PM   #1
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Hi! I just purchased a 2017 Pleasure Way Ascent. I wanted to connect with other owners to get ideas for storing and to learn anything essential about my new vehicle. Please share with me any ideas you have or discoveries you've made about the Ascent.
I also wondered if anyone has used leveling blocks with an Ascent.
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We got ours in February and have gone camping a couple of times. We haven't dewinterized yet, we'll do that this weekend.

Ours is an earlier 2017 model without the swivel seats. We didn't think we needed the seat to swivel, and so far, we are fine with it. Because the seats don't swivel, we can attach a seat-back organizer where we keep our doggie supplies. We also placed a basket right behind the seat on the floor to store a few items. Useful, but we are looking for a set of drawers that might fit there.

Our manual is a little out of date and does not describe the charge disconnect or the 12V fuse/breaker system accurately, but we've figured it out.

We have used Lynx leveling blocks. We decided we need two of those bags. But that's a lot of precious space usage in an Ascent. We have it under the sofa for now, but I saw someone store them underneath the passenger side floor mat. Might try that this weekend and see.

There is a wimpy sewer hose in the short storage tube. I have not used that yet because we've been winterized. Not sure which of the nicer hoses fit in that tiny tube. We might have to store it under the sofa or install a larger tube. I asked about that in the gear section on this forum but didn't get much response.

We have been using an RV cover that has worked well in our freak March snow storm as well as cherry petal storms.

We don't use sheets. We have commandeered a duvet from the house as a sofa cover/bed cover, and use our backpacking sleeping bags that haven not seen much use in the last decade We think we may want to sew a pair of ottoman covers.

Can't really do a full report on the kitchen/bathroom yet, but will report back after we used them.

We have been using our Ascent for weekend lunch outing and day trips with our dog. We love the super-easy maneuverability. I won't be able to park a 24' Sprinter in our parking space without the tail being halfway out in the street.
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Old 04-07-2017, 06:16 PM   #3
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Manx.. Thanks so much for all your information!
I was looking at RV covers so I definitely appreciate the link.
Thanks for the ideas on bedding and storage.
We still have not used ours yet. We have a trip planned to a nearby lake next week.
We did buy replacement sewer hoses but they are still in the box so I'm can't recommend them.
Thanks for connecting with me!
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Hi, Everyone.

I just bought my 2017 Ascent in February. It also is on the older chassis so the front seats don't swivel but candidly, I also own a 2014 Roadtrek CS where the front seats do swivel and I never used the swivel.

I lined my kitchen drawers with Zip-n-fit which is much easier and faster to use than normal drawer liners which require a straight edge or exacto. I found the lining helps to keep things from sliding around and reduces some rattling.

Speaking of rattles, I tied all my flatware with those tiny rubber bands to eliminate silverware rattle and it helps a lot.

I bought lots of cozy fake fur blankets and a couple nice pillows for the back. They really help make the lounge area comfy.

I bought a wireless thermometer and placed it inside the lithium battery compartment so that I know when the temperature inside there is below freezing. When it is below freezing I disconnect the batteries using the red disconnect above. I only reconnect when the interior temperature inside that compartment reads above freezing. This is important for lithium batteries as charging below freezing will damage them.

I Rainexed the back windows because I found when driving on wet roads they cloud up pretty quickly. Since Rainexing them they have been really clear. I do the same for the side mirrors.

I purchased two entry way carpets: one for the entry and the other in front of the kitchen. I found they help a lot in keeping the RV clean. When they get dirty I just sweep them into the sliding door footwell and then sweep the footwell out. Super simple.

I disconnected the shower head in the bathroom as I never intend to take a shower in there and it frees up space and looks cleaner.

I've adopted a rule: travel with only the stuff you need on that trip. Most of my cabinets are empty. The only stuff I travel with are dishes (Correlle dishes since they are break-proof), flatware, one pot, one pan, a Nespresso coffee maker under the sink and a Boudin water boiler. One spatula, one knife, one ladle, a small cutting board. A few non-perishable snacks are always available. The rest of the cabinets are empty. I found in my Roadtrek that I was carrying around all this stuff and rarely used any of it. So now, I keep things like a grill, chairs, a foldable table at home and only load them up if I know we're going to need them.

I added thin little rubber pads under each of the arms that holds the two flip up counter extensions. This has reduced some rattles.

I store the microwave platter in a foam sleeze in the microwave and this has reduced that rattle as well.

All dishes have a foam lining pad between them and this has stopped them from rattling.

I do use the toilet when it has been well below zero. I just flush with anti-freeze. This has been a huge benefit for us, just having a toilet available during the winter.

I did have a problem updating the Becker map pilot module. I bricked it and Mercedes had to replace it so be careful about updating your Map pilot.

I had a bypass valve under the refrig crack and antifreeze spilled out into the back of the coach and pooled at the foot of the sofa. It was easy to clean up and Pleasure Way fixed it right away and apologized profusely. They are so great to deal with.

I've had cross-wind assist kick in twice on the highway and was sure glad I had it. The winds were so strong that they tipped a big rig over on a bridge in Ontario. When the cross-wind assist activates you'll hear and notice it and a message will display on the information cluster on the dash.

I let out around 5lbs of pressure from each tire (40psi front/ 60 rear) since I'm not carrying much and the ride improved a bit.

I carry a 7 piece screwdriver set and a head lamp in the glove box.

I use the soap sheets instead of a bar or liquid soap in the bathroom. So much smaller and more convenient https://www.amazon.com/SODIAL-Washin...SIN=B00JA8UNYQ

I have a bathroom kit for the whole family. Everyone has their own toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash and floss. You never know when you might need it.

We use our Ascent as a weekender. We take it on long trips as it is so much more comfortable but we generally stay at hotels. We rarely use it for camping.

Agree with the wimpy sewer hose. Our dealer threw in a nice hefty 20 foot sewer hose when we purchased it.

Enjoy your Ascent. I can safely say it is one of the best purchases I've made and its build quality is on a different level than Roadtrek.
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Neilbalthaser, thanks so much for all your information!!
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I bought a wireless thermometer and placed it inside the lithium battery compartment so that I know when the temperature inside there is below freezing. When it is below freezing I disconnect the batteries using the red disconnect above. I only reconnect when the interior temperature inside that compartment reads above freezing. This is important for lithium batteries as charging below freezing will damage them.
Doesn't your lithium battery(s) include a management module that does this for you?
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Doesn't your lithium battery(s) include a management module that does this for you?
Not according to Pleasure Way. You need to manually disconnect when temperatures inside the battery compartment are below freezing. Apparently there is no sensor.
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Old 04-09-2017, 12:45 PM   #8
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Pleasure Way recommends that
when the temperaure is below minus 15F
for extrended period or time
that you should remove the battery and bring it indoors.
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Not according to Pleasure Way. You need to manually disconnect when temperatures inside the battery compartment are below freezing. Apparently there is no sensor.
I guess what PW indicates is possible but it's hard to believe that they are marketing a system that requires you to physically disconnect your batteries below (32 F) freezing. The battery management system typically supplied with a lithium battery monitors ambient temperature and below 32 degrees, it permits continued battery discharge but prevents battery recharge from the alternator, solar panels or shorepower until the management module triggers the battery heater pads to bring battery temperature back up above 32 degrees. Actually the conventional threshold employed for triggering the heater pad(s) is probably closer to 40 F than 32F

In a properly designed lithium battery system, the only critical temperature that requires hands on engagement is if for any reason, the battery temperature falls below -15 F. Under these circumstances, just disconnecting the battery is not enough. You either have to move the batteries or the coach to a warmer environment.
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Neilbalthaser Thanks for info and ideas. Never thought of Rainx on the rear windows...
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