Archive for October, 2009

A Long Walk to Dinner – PressurePro Customer Profile

After last week’s Customer Profile, Joe Durrance, a longtime user of PressurePro, took the time to write and send me a breathtaking profile from a recent trip of his. As PressurePro wants these Profiles to be customer testimonials not only of your travels with PressurePro, but of the experiences of your travels, I wanted to take time to post his story here.

Thank you for sharing Joe, and safe travels!

Try a 6.6 mile walk to dinner, uphill?   But a ‘log rolling’ dinner it was!    It had to be because all the guests had to climb up to the top of Mt. Le Conte in the Great Smoky Mountains to get there, the only access being by foot.  We chose one of the longer, steeper wilderness trails ascending over 3800 feet in the 6.6 mile climb.  The Rainbow Falls Trail offers its travelers spectacular vistas around every switchback.  Overlooking the mountains with the Smoky’s legendary blue mist in the air,  we could even identify the Pigeon Forge’s famous shopping strip in the distance.

Mt. Le Conte Lodge is an old rustic split log cabin located at one of the Smoky Mountains highest peaks.   Open to the public nine months of the year, you may need paid reservations a year in advance.  There are no roads or motor vehicles, only foot paths lead you to this hidden lodge at 6593 feet elevation.  Arriving at the lodge is akin to finding an oasis in the middle of the desert, a truly welcome sight  for weary hikers even though  they are in the heart of the unspoiled backwoods.

Cabin (Custom)

The lodge provides its guests a cabin with bunk style beds, potable water from an outdoor hydrant, flushable toilets as well as two meals.  Only the bare necessities are provided at this altitude.  A bucket and water basin allow for a well earned sponge bath and we were advised that the dinner bell would be rung only once so be listening.  Early the next morning, another full and hearty meal is served to furnish the required calories for our long descent back to civilization.  The lodge dining room is supplied three times a week by llama ‘mule’ train.  Making the ascent each Monday, Wednesday and Friday they bring in all perishables as well as clean linen for each new guest.  Presently, llamas are being used instead of horses because of the shape of their hoofs and because of the way a llama sets his foot straight down on the trail.  Llamas do little damage to the trail as he carries his precious cargo.  As a matter of fact, I am told the llamas do less harm to the fragile foot trails with their padded feet than hikers do with their hiking boots.

If hikers still have any steps left in their weary feet after the ascent to Mt. Le Conte Lodge, they must not miss the spectacular 320 degree panorama view of the earth from Myrtle Point.  One of the greatest highlights of this trip was witnessing the magnificent sunset from this altitude.  Only a 10 minute hike from the semi- comforts of our cabin takes us to the Cliff Tops for a glorious sunset over the Great Smoky Mountains.   The clean air at this elevation causes the colors to be truly thrilling.  I love the amazing way the leaves filters the color of the sunlight as it makes its way thru the overhead canopy to light the forest floor in infinitely different hues.  The leaves falling so fast it reminded one of snowfall as it covers the trail under our boots sometimes making it difficult to find our path.

I had to believe I was in good physical shape because of my diligent daily exercising, but these steep trails found several weaknesses in my fitness plan.  The ascent took us over 6 hours, which includes occasional stops to enjoy mid October’s changing fall colors.   Looking down on the expansive forest from this height, afforded us a view you seldom attain.  The full array of nature’s fall colors is unmistakable from the top view looking down on the foliage.  Two days after our decent down the 7.1 mile Bullhead Trail I am still sore from muscles I forgot I had.

Mountain View (Custom)

An unanticipated benefit of this hike was the great way the trials of this journey permitted me to bond with my family.  My two sons, ages 30 and 36 and my daughter age 34 and I, age 65, walked to the top of the mountain and down again the following day.  Together, the four of us challenged the might of the mountain and succeeded.  I think we know each other a lot better after this excursion and feel a closed connection than any of us have felt since they have grown up.

As difficult as I may have made this seem, I must still enjoy myself because before leaving the spectacular beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains, I have already made new reservations for the following year.

Four at Dining Hall (Custom)

October 22, 2009 at 9:44 pm Leave a comment

PressurePro featured on KTLA

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Brian Brawdy, featured just last week right here on PressurePro’s blog, is now in California spreading word on Green RVing at the 57th Annual California RV Show. Brian, who is traveling the country in his Green RV promoting and educating the industry with his ‘Conservation through Exploration’ tour is an expert at all things Green, and for good reason. For the last year, he has traveled the nation living full time in his modified camper testing and innovating products that can help adventure seekers reduce their footprint.

And what all did Brian talk about while being interviewed by KTLA this morning? Find out for yourself here!

Green RV featured on KTLA – California RV Show 2009

October 16, 2009 at 9:52 pm Leave a comment

PressurePro Customer Features

When we first started the PressurePro Blog, we did so not only to keep customers updated on the events and happenings at PressurePro, but also wanted to leverage it as a tool to introduce PressurePro customers to each other. We have noticed over the years that PressurePro customers tend to band together to travel, share stories and more; and we’d love to aide in introducing you. As such, with today’s posting we begin introducing our newly launched ‘PressurePro Customer Features’.

These features are just what they sound like, postings made just about you, your travels, your experiences with PressurePro and more. We’ll include images, information, anything that you’d like to provide…. But you have to send it to me! In addition, these features might just pop up from any occurrence where customers happen to pop in to the headquarters, go to meet our distributors, or come to see us at shows. Really, anywhere where Vanessa can finds you with her camera in hand (which is nearly everywhere she goes).

To kick off our Features, we want to introduce to you Jim and Charlotte Schroeder. Jim and Charlotte have been customers since their original system purchase in early 2004, and just happened to be traveling through to North Kansas City to visit family and friends. Since two of their sensors were starting to show signs of battery loss (yes, you heard me right, his sensors were just now being replaced after over 5 years of use!!!!) they slid on in to visit us. In fact, they did more than just visit, they somehow, without even asking, had Phil – PressurePro’s President and CEO – out laying on the sidewalk installing the inner dual sensors!

Not long after, Jim and Charlotte were back on the road for a short trip up North, but watch for their Bounder to be heading south soon, as they – and pup Tinkerbell – are heading down to warmer weather and a bit more blue skies in less than a week. Since we couldn’t con them into letting us all hitch a ride with them out of this recent gloomy weather, we’ll just wish you safe travels again from the warmth of our offices and publically tell Jim and Charlotte again how nice it was meeting them.

Safe travels!

Phil, Rhita, Doug, Robin & Vanessa

October 15, 2009 at 3:29 pm Leave a comment

The ‘King of Green’ visits PressurePro

Many of you might already know of Brian Brawdy, and his mission to help bring consumers closer to truly being green. In Brian’s ‘Conservation through Exploration’ Tour, getting ready to kick off on its second leg, Brian continues to travel the nation teaching consumers how to reconnect with their planet in a healthy and sustainable way. (In case you haven’t heard of Brian before, we’ll provide more information for you below!)

This Monday, Brian took time to drive across the Midwest to join us at PressurePro headquarters to learn a bit more about PressurePro’s Tire Pressure Monitoring System and how it can help provide numerous benefits for his travels. These benefits, which include reducing fuel use, extending tire life, decreasing maintenance, lowering emissions and more, not only will help Brian make his rig even more green than ever, but also add safety and savings to his travels.

PressurePro is proud to have met Brian, and is looking forward to assisting him in continuing to spread the word how to bring conservation to exploration for the RV industry and beyond. Stay tuned for more information, as this certainly will not be the last time you hear about our new friend Brian and his travels, now assisted by PressurePro!

MORE ABOUT BRIAN:  Battling skin cancer in November 2007, Brian experienced the harmful rays of the sun first hand. “With the sun’s energy traveling 92 million miles to reach Earth, I was determined to harness that same energy in a positive way.” Since purchasing his 1181 Lance Camper, personally designed to collect the natural energies of the sun, wind and rain, Explorer Brian Brawdy has traveled North America full-time in his RV.

A former New York police investigator who has spent the last 20 years studying philosophy, psychology and comparative religion, Brian now turns his energies to spreading the message of ‘Conservation through Exploration’ while reminding us that “Exploration is the sign of a healthy mind.” He works to shift the public’s view of RVer’s as ‘Gas Guzzling, Road Hogs’ to the true ‘21st Century Explorers.’ In 2008, Brian traveled to 48 states in 10 months in his Lance Camper. He continues to spread the message of conservation, exploration, emergency preparedness and the RV lifestyle. To date, he has appeared on television over 1500 times.

Referred to as an ‘Outdoor Adventure Expert’ and ‘Green RVer,’ Brian has been featured on CNN, Fox News, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, Miami Herald, The Vancouver Sun, The Denver Post, among others, and on NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, The CW and GlobalTV affiliates across North America with a total of over 1500 television segments to his credit. Brian is certified in Wilderness First Aid, editor of BuriedLogic.com, one of the fastest growing survival/emergency preparedness websites sites, a weekly blogger on RV.net and featured on GoRVing.com.

For more information, please visit BrianBrawdy.com

October 9, 2009 at 5:39 pm Leave a comment

Tire Pressure Monitoring Saves Money And Lowers Environmental Impact

PressurePro receives recognition from Green Advocate ‘SoutheastGreen’, and makes their hot news listing. Southeast Green serves as an organization working to connect communities and businesses to sustainable and green living. View the full article, and more tips on living and driving green, at www.southeastgreen.com.
Written by Sandra Cummins
For Southeast Green
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
For over 18 years Advantage PressureProTM has watched interest in Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPMS) products grow across all industries from autos, RVs, light trucks, tractor/trailer, buses and heavy industrial equipment users. Over the last 2 years however, they’ve seen interest in TPMS grow exponentially.  Drivers and fleets of all types are beginning to understand the significant benefits TPMS provides.  The increase in awareness of carbon emissions and lower fuel use, rising gas prices, the increased costs of tires and the understanding of the relationship of low tire pressure to accidents, injuries and deaths as well as insurance costs are stimulating strong interest in maintaining proper tire pressure.  As a leader in the TPMS market, PressurePro has taken time to share why these four simple letters, “TPMS” can have such an impact on safety and savings during your travels.  www.advantagepressurepro.com

Reasons to always keep your tires properly inflated (i.e. prevent under-inflated & over-inflated tires):

  • Vehicle Safety – Proper tire inflation greatly reduces the potential of a tire blowout that can lead to unwanted road-side emergencies, damage to vehicle, and even personal injury.
  • Accuracy / Reliability – Real time TPMS allows drivers to quickly respond to an audible beep and a visual alert emitted by the TPMS alarm when the tire pressure falls to dangerous levels. Aftermarket TPMS can usually detect any air leakage in seconds.
  • Improved Fuel Economy – The Department of Transportation estimates that 5 million gallons of fuel per day (over 2 billion per year) are wasted due to low tire pressure. Under-inflated tires increase the rolling resistance of vehicles and, correspondingly, decrease their fuel economy. By providing real time tire pressure readings, TPMS helps drivers maintain optimal pressure allowing increased fuel efficiency and big savings at the pumps!
  • Enhanced Vehicle Performance – Tires with low air pressures require greater stopping distances and cause deterioration in tire performance; for example, tires low on pressure skid and hydroplane more easily. TPMS provides the information drivers need to allow optimum performance of vehicles through greater stability, handling and braking in both wet and dry conditions.
  • Increased Tire & Tread Life – When a tire is under-inflated, more pressure is placed on the casing of the tire, causing the tread to wear more rapidly than it would if the tire were inflated to the proper pressure. It is estimated that properly inflated tires can extend the life of tire treads and casing by as much as 35%. TPMS provides the information needed to maximize tire and tread life.

In addition…

(to view the full article, click here

http://www.southeastgreen.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1117:tire-pressure-monitoring-saves-money-and-lowers-environmental-impact&catid=81:southeast-news&Itemid=83)

October 2, 2009 at 3:28 pm Leave a comment


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