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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thetford toss ins (drop ins) on: March 19, 2018, 06:56:28 am
We use the pouches from Wal-Mart that come in a mostly blue bag and have never had a problem. We put water in first then drop the packet in. We haven't done the dissolving test. We don't sit in place for an extended time and we dump before storing so our tank is cleaned out before it dries. John flushes whenever there is a hose with threads available at the dump station.
2  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / NoVa Maker Fair on: March 15, 2018, 05:28:20 am
This is a shout out to anyone near northern Virginia - the annual NoVa Maker Faire is this Sunday at George Mason University. We went last year and the six hours it was open was not enough to see and play with everything we wanted. There will be hundreds of maker type people and groups. Lots of hands on stuff and demos and proud makers ready to show off their creations. We are taking the rig and camping somewhat nearby to cut our drive time that day.

If it sounds cool and you're not in the area there may be one near you. Check Make Magazine's website for info.
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Another new 2552! on: March 15, 2018, 05:16:50 am
Beautiful! Don't you just love that gleam when Sun kisses her? I still smile every time I see ours.
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Motor Home vs. Travel Trailer on: March 15, 2018, 05:14:35 am
We met a couple last summer in a beautiful FW.  They wouldn't stay at Cracker Barrel, Walmart etc.  because if they felt uncomfortable (crime, noise, cars racing around the parking lot......) they had to get out of the FW to get to their truck  to leave the area.
If we have a toad on the back, we have to get out to reset the toad before driving. We turn her off and lock her down overnight. We usually walk the rig before rolling. We've spent many nights in parking lots and never had a problem. I heard Cracker Barrel can be scary because they shut off the lights and don't have security cameras but Wal-Mart and others usually have both. We go to the area they tell us to but choose the best lighted spot. We also tend to be with other rigs or truckers.
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Motor Home vs. Travel Trailer on: March 14, 2018, 05:37:13 am
Most of our reasons have been listed but I'll toss in just a few. Our main factor when looking was no tow vehicle and no experience towing but we're really thankful we're in a motorhome for many reasons. Here are a few:
 - We traveled with a cat and she would sleep in a safe spot on the bed, get food or water and use her litter box while we traveled. We didn't choose motorhome for her but it worked far better than hours of howling in a carrier.
- There was one time John got really sick on a day we had to drive a good way to camp so he was tucked in the bed with quick access to the bathroom while I drove. He was down for three days and I dropped a day or so after him. I'm not sure where we would have sat for so many days or how we would have traveled in a truck cab with someone that sick.
- I'm an early bird and John needs ample wake up time. On long runs, I can get up and start driving while he sleeps or does his morning coffee and news. I've managed 3-4 hours of drive time before he was awake and coherent enough to take over. We're ready to roll when we get to our destination.
- And last, per our then eight year old granddaughter "if I'm hungry I can eat, if I'm tired I can sleep and I can use the bathroom if I need to go. Our camper house has everything we need... and nothing else.

6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rock guard for towing on: March 09, 2018, 04:34:12 am
We have the 2552 towing a Subaru Forester. No rock guard, no extra flaps, no dinks in the Subaru. That said, we don't take the rig down that many gravel roads at speed, mostly slow crawling through campgrounds. Our back country touring is done in the Subaru. I think the flaps block it or the overhang gets the hits... which reminds me that I need to check the tank insulation to make sure that isn't being torn up.
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Good bye Phoenix family on: March 08, 2018, 05:59:27 am
I forgot to mention that changing rigs doesn't get you out of our lunch visits. You go ahead and get that handicapped space up front and get a table and we'll hoof it across the back 40 to join you.
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Good bye Phoenix family on: March 08, 2018, 05:52:22 am
Hey Tom, did you read that listing? Where did you hide that booth dinette they mention? I know Beckley's never saw a Phoenix before you rolled in but, seriously? They have the rig on their lot! Electric hot water (and gas). I know you don't care, but they'd get a lot more interest if they listed all the features - which they could get off the Phoenix website. Sheesh, sales people.

9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Water Filtration? on: March 08, 2018, 05:36:13 am
We sanitize our system, flush with fresh water, and use it out of our taps. I like to run straight drinking water through a Brita but I do that at the house too. The only water that goes into our rig is from sources that are deemed " good enough" or potable. We use the blue sediment filter to keep grit our of our plumbing. As long as we don't have crud in our lines, we're good.

Most people don't know where their water comes from (even the bottled stuff).The tap water here is sucked out of the Potomac river, filtered and treated with chemicals until it is deemed "good enough" and run through old, sometimes damaged pipes to the house. In the summer you can smell the chlorine in it when you shower. If we put some in a jar and let it settle, we can see sediment and unidentified stuff in it. I haven't looked under a microscope but I'm sure there would be swimmers in there. The wastewater here is treated and dumped back into the Potomac to cycle through again. Unless you live at the source of the river, your drinking water includes the waste water from plants upstream. Some bottled water comes from similar places.

I've also backpacked and pulled gritty brown water out of an almost-dry spring that animals had probably slurped from and added in the rainwater running off a filthy, rusty metal AT shelter roof onto my dirty tarp, and strained it through my not-so-clean bandanna. I then sucked it through a backpack filter and boiled it for three minutes. Voila, potable water. It was probably cleaner than our tap water. I didn't get sick and I'm not dead. You'd be amazed at what stomach acid can kill off.

We taste and smell the water at campsites before filling our tanks. We got bad water once at a campground from their freshwater tap. I got sick and we emptied and sanitized the system - lesson learned. We carry a small backpack filter for camping where the rig can't go and it doubles as an emergency filter for drinking water if we can't find clean stuff. We've never needed it but it might give you peace of mind.

My advice, sanitize your system before a trip and use it. You control your water supply.

10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Water Filtration? on: March 06, 2018, 03:52:22 am
We use the blue Camco filters between tap and rig plus a slim Brita pitcher in the fridge for drinking water. We only drink if our lines have sanitized. When we're full time on the road the water system is in constant use just like a regular house. If we are just week-ending or doing sporadic trips, we tend to use bottled water so we don't have sanitize each time. We carry two collapsible water jugs that we fill as needed from home and campground faucets.
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Utilizing Black Tank for Gray Water Overage on: February 28, 2018, 06:18:24 am
The hepvo does look cool but there is a disclaimer that it is for occasional use. That could be a cover your butt disclaimer or it's possible it wouldn't hold up to constant use. Something I would check before having installed. I'd rather have that on the kitchen sink but only if it lasted years with full time use.
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cabinet squeak on: February 26, 2018, 03:37:28 am
Our tv is a bit too snug against the cabinets over the driver and squeaks at times. I've shoved felt pads and thin foam in there but haven't hit on a permanent fix. Not sure if that could be your squeak butt worth checking.
13  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Travel in North Central USA on: February 23, 2018, 05:34:47 am
Great info Joe R. Thank you! Chloe does like learning new things, and history... and rocks (she gets it from me - John's auto-response is "no rocks, we aren't carrying your rocks"). We tend to read everything in the visitor centers. If it says most people spend 1-2 hours, we budget 4-6.

As a side note, we had a neighbor that started putting rocks in her garden that she collected here and there. Her son started it by engraving a rock from his area with type and location found and giving it to her to remind her of her visits. She placed them engraved side down so it wasn't obvious but she could lift and read them if needed - and take them with her when she moved. A sharpie would probably do the trick too.

We hope to hit the west half of the U.P. So we will be using this info. Thanks again!
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Utilizing Black Tank for Gray Water Overage on: February 23, 2018, 05:12:01 am
I know some people use their outside shower when boondocking. If you aren't far enough off the beaten path to avoid startling people, they sell pop-up shower/changing stalls. I would recommend biodegradable soap like we've used on wilderness trips. No water is going into your tanks.

John and I also do"bucket baths" after which the wash water dumps into the toilet. Those little hospital wash bins fit right down in the bottom of the bathroom vanity. Our spillable bath products ride in them just in case.

And for in between clean, alcohol free wet wipes do the trick.

I'm pretty sure a good many people on this forum dry camp (Ron D included) and with water management and conservation, it can be done comfortably. Our longest with no hook up and no dump was ten days with two people on board.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Auto Step Issue on: February 22, 2018, 07:41:25 am
Ditto to comments above. We had the added problem of finding our step out and truck battery dead after storage once. We used to store with with the step in and kill switch off for house batteries but the step runs off the truck and apparently was running in and out by itself. Being the terrible fix-it people that we are, after looking and not finding an easy fix, we discovered that by leaving the step switch in the locked out position, our battery drain went away. When you put your key in the truck, the step retracts. It then goes out as soon as you remove the key. This means the step remains out while she sits in the storage lot but it works. It will be on our repair list for the next trip to Phoenix.
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