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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Really? on: March 27, 2017, 10:32:45 am
Catsaplenty, I am sorry it did not come out as well as we all hoped and reassured you that it would. Phoenix has gone to great ends to satisfy many of us and I'm sorry that they did not carry through on their promises to you. I don't know what else you could have done short of refusing delivery of the rig as it was not as you ordered. I know that in itself would have added to your stress. I hope that your future joy with your PC will help dull the pain of the process of getting it. I hope you have many happy traveling adventures and that we get to meet sometime down the road.
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Two PC's on the same day? on: March 26, 2017, 08:41:31 am
We spotted one in a yard on the western side of South Mountain near Hagerstown, MD. Our GPS told us the little back roads were the way to go and though we were skeptical, it was right... AND it took us right past a Phoenix we didn't know was living 20 minutes from where we're staying. If you are on the forum and want to meet other owners, drop us a line. 
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dewinterizeing on: March 21, 2017, 09:16:28 am
In place of RV antifreeze in the traps you can use windshield washer fluid. It is generally cheaper and you still get protection down to -20. If you are using RV antifreeze in the lines, you are already putting some in the traps. Just saying.

I thought that mold could grow any where it is damp not just in standing water. If there is standing water in the tank, can't the mold grow on the sides and top of the tank?

I don't use RV antifreeze in the lines, I blow the water out.

Just MY opinion, but no, mold cannot grow on the top and sides of the water tank just because there's a little bit of water in the bottom of the tank.  Besides the fact the sides and top wouldn't be damp, plus there's no food source.

Again.. Just my opinion and experience.. I am NO expert on mold.

And thid:

Mold cannot produce their own food, thus they are parasitic in nature. Molds get food by absorbing minerals, sugars and water from the plants, soil, animals or decaying matter upon which they live.

This sounds good and logical but in reality, I have a semi-opaque jug of boiled water I keep on the counter for the dogs (elderly, finicky stomachs) and I have to wash it out periodically because the top and sides (above the water line) get slimy. I don't know what it is but something that I don't want to consume is growing there.
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Every little bit of storage counts on: March 18, 2017, 10:39:59 am
We've had ours open a few times and had no trouble opening or closing it so go for it. It's best to find out there's a problem sitting in the driveway then out on the road somewhere.
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Customizations on new 2552 on: March 16, 2017, 07:35:41 am
I forgot to ask, does that dinette make into a single bed? That would be great when the grandchild is along.
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Customizations on new 2552 on: March 16, 2017, 07:28:24 am
WOW! Your rig looks awesome. I love pretty much all of it. You lost the storage from one shirt closet and a good chunk of space under the passenger bed but what a great mod with the small dinette. John would claim that in a heartbeat - "his" cockpit seat, "his" kitchen, "his" eurochair, and "his" office (the dinette). I'd get the couch and navigator position (the navigator thing is for the best - John gets lost in parking lots). Now that I think about it I may need to talk to him. This whole RV thing was my idea.

The only downside I see to your mods is that storage loss (though you gained a bit back above the dinette) and the fact somebody gets that inside space on the bed but as a friend says "everything is a compromise" - I think what you gained is amazing. Well done!

As for resale, if I ever kick the bucket, John may be potential buyer. He would want for nothing more while he wanders the world (and pines my loss of course).

Beautiful, beautiful home. Enjoy your travels in your awesome new rig.

7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: First night camping on: March 10, 2017, 09:21:55 am
We are very happy with our Sears Craftsman Inflator. We hunted around for one that had enough pressure to handle the RV tires and this one does the trick. John uses it frequently to top off the RV tires, the Subaru tires, and occasionally to blow up inflatables. We recently bought inflatable kayaks and intend to blow them up with this inflator but we haven't tested that yet so I can't say how long it will take. We did inflate a snow/water tube with it and it was quick. It is loud - as all inflators are but we usually only have it on a few minutes.

In the attached pics you can see the mesh pocket in the back where all those attachments live. They come in a little zipper bag that we stuff in the mesh. The inflator normally rides on the upper shelf in the rear cabinet of our 2552. We carry an outdoor extension cord that we use with this inflator as well as for our computers so we could work outside on a picnic table (we originally worked half time from the rig via the internet - now retired.) If you have concerns on drawing down the battery, you can follow Ron Dittmer's advice and kick on the generator when running the inflator. We've never run it long enough to worry about that but if we had to fill a totally flat tire, we might consider it.
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: First night camping on: March 09, 2017, 07:39:27 am
Oh my goodness! All I can say is it does get better. While we have massive amounts of camping experience, we knew nothing about an RV so our first outing was a major learning experience but we got to set up in good weather with daylight. You'll quickly get comfortable with all your systems and you'll get good at troubleshooting on the fly. I hope you also jump on this forum when you need help. I've put out an SOS a few times and got answers from forum members in minutes that saved the day. Don't hesitate to ask for help. Besides a typed response, we can always use the private message on the forum to send a phone number to you if you want someone to help walk you through something.

9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: On the Road! on: March 09, 2017, 07:19:07 am

Found some smooth road today and things drove much better.  Still some vibration above 70mph but no control problems.

Ah, I forgot the road conditions when I said we have no handling problems. There are some seriously rumpled roads out there and we have pulled over more than once to check for flat tires only to find the road is warped.
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: On the Road! on: March 08, 2017, 07:06:17 am
Jatrax, consider getting a front wheel alignment when you get back. We have a 2552 and tow a Subaru Forester with a hard case carrier on top AND a bike rack with two bikes hanging off the back. That's a lot of weight strung out and catching the wind. We have no problem with handling even at high speeds. We got the wheel alignment early on so I don't know if there was a major difference but I do know that your handling should still be good over 65... like even up to 80... if anyone wants to admit to flying at that speed. I'm talking handling of the truck, not dealing with evil cross winds. Those will get you no matter what you drive.

11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: On the Road! on: March 07, 2017, 07:39:27 am
Congratulations! We've done the cross country run and it isn't a whole lot of fun. Just remember your bed is always there waiting for you if you need to pull over and recharge. Drive safely and enjoy the journey. We look forward to seeing the photos of your new baby.
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Water mystery-need help on: March 06, 2017, 07:56:29 am
Ron, hyperlinks do not show up as orange in edit mode (where you do the actual typing). Once the information is posted, they show up as orange.
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Surge protector on: March 04, 2017, 07:38:07 am
We also use the Progressive Industries - NOT hardwired in. It's been awhile so you'll want to do your own comparisons but, at the time, it was the only one that advertised the ability to swap out parts. I read somewhere on the forum that someone had a part damaged, bought the replacement and made the swap with ease. It beats paying for a whole new device.

We have a steel cable with loops at each end and a small letter combination lock. We can sometimes close the electrical post cover and secure the device with just the lock but other times we try wrapping and locking with the cable. Don't tell anyone, but we've been known to "secure" it with the cable so it looks like you can't lift it off when in actuality, you can. Some posts don't have anything to secure it to so we try to make it look good.

If someone is intent on stealing things, they'll get them. Our security is for the impulse thief that sees an unsecured item they'd like to own, no one around, and away it goes. If they come with bolt cutters in hand, it's going with them.
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TOAD choice and Setup on: March 02, 2017, 06:29:31 am
I agree with PawPaw. We used the Motorhome Magazine Dinghy guide to narrow down our choices then went to Subaru for a Forrester. The Subaru sales rep AND the sales manager for that dealer told us it couldn't be towed 4 down. I found the towing section of the Forrester manual and it indicated it could be towed. We contacted Subaru directly and they sent confirmation that it could be towed 4 down. If we had listened to the sales guy, we would have missed out on our chosen tow vehicle. I'm sure it goes the other way with reps telling people they can tow when they can't. This can change from model year to model year.

Another note - somewhere on this forum it was mentioned that the Mini wasn't good for towing because it has such a narrow axle that it has trouble with the turns. I know others tow Mini's so it's just something else to clarify.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Water mystery-need help on: February 27, 2017, 07:48:59 am
Double check possible open taps: outdoor shower, low point drains, indoor shower and make sure your pump lever is fully turned from the side position where you pumped in the pink stuff, to in line with the main pipe. IF you disconnected the pump itself, double check those connections and make sure they are secure with no leaks (our manual says to do disconnect the pump if you are blowing air through and NOT filling with pink stuff). Make sure all but the tap you are drawing from is closed. We get a lot of spitting and sputtering the first time out, sometimes for days but we don't normally run a lot of water through.

I like to pull clear water through to the kitchen sink first as it is farthest from the hook up, then the other water outlets in line. I do this cleanse of pink stuff PRIOR to connecting the hot water tank back in.

As a side note, we camped last weekend and took a fully winterized rig to the site. We didn't cleanse all lines and I noticed that after we were running clear water through, the toilet sprayer hose (an add on) was no longer pink and we occasionally got pink stuff out the previously clear taps. I figure the pink stuff is heavier than clear water so it gradually settles back into our lines from the sprayers, outdoor shower, etc. We had clear water in kitchen and bath and then a bit of pink, then clear, then pink and so on. We normally do the full flush of all taps right off but John thought he might be able to leave pink stuff in some of the lines that we weren't using. Didn't work. It drops down and mixes in.

If you are worried about freezing, you can see a good portion of your water lines to check. They pretty much run the perimeter of your rig and you can see them under the cabinets, sinks, etc. Phoenix puts all water lines on the inside of the walls and floor so they are in the heated space. The at-risk spots are hot water tank (which you drained so no worries) and the outdoor shower, which should have pink stuff in it. Oh, and the pump and valves on the macerator. We learned to pump a bit of pink stuff through there also.

I hope you find the solution quickly. Please post so the rest of us can learn.
Good luck!
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