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1  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: California Cruising on: Today at 10:11:43 am
That speed limit its very good to know. Thank you Mike! John would probably have been OK, but I would have gotten a ticket.
2  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: California Cruising on: October 20, 2014, 09:52:35 pm
Mike, re: Lake Tahoe - we spent a week on the south shore about 6 years back (in a timeshare we had traded into). We drove around the entire lake and took that paddle boat cruise and hiked several trails with our 2 year old granddaughter strapped to John's back, and checked out the just closed ski resorts (my son would have loved to have gotten there a week earlier). It was a beautiful place and a great trip.

We also found the world's best hamburger (at least the best I've had so far). I'm a bit of a hamburger purist. No cheese or bacon or goo to cover the flavor. Just perfectly grilled beef with fresh lettuce, tomatoes and dill pickle slices - heaven. AND my favorite to date was found at the Bridgetender Restaurant in Tahoe City, CA.

Tahoe would be a heck of a detour from our planned route... but they have those great hamburgers. I might have to try to whisper in John's ear while he's sleeping and see if the idea takes hold.
3  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: California Cruising on: October 20, 2014, 09:23:11 pm
Those state park restrictions sound a whole lot like boondocking. While we don't mind boondocking and prefer to do it a woodland or parkland environment, we would object to paying for facilities that are not available. Are they still charging full fees to camp there?

Ron, I'm surprised at your answer. We have spent a week to ten days with no outside water or facilities. We don't behave like we are on full hookups, of course, but we do just fine. We are extremely frugal with water, carry extra jugs for drinking, use disposable plates etc. to avoid needing to wash dishes, take lots of sponge baths (or find a nice lake to swim in) and do just fine. We are on full hookups now and it feels like luxury. I hope we don't get spoiled.

 I thought you guys spent a good bit of time in BLM sites which are usually full boondocking.
4  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Mapping Software on: October 20, 2014, 03:25:16 pm
I have a funny story on that. The boss was in San Francisco visiting customer sites and kept getting lost. He called the office and told us to upgrade his rental car for San Diego so that it included a GPS. We called him back and told him none were available but that we were able to get him a Volkswagon that came with a dog that would stick its head out the window and bark when it was time to turn... We were laughing hysterically but he didn't take it the same way. He threatened to get new office staff when he got back.
5  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Mapping Software on: October 20, 2014, 09:13:03 am
What mapping software does everyone use?

I've gotten into using Google Earth because we had it on the computers but we need signal for that and frequently don't have any. I drop little yellow pins on sites we would like to visit,  The yellow pins are how we planned our route from Ohio to Acadia, Maine. I dropped the pins, zoomed out, and there was a trail of yellow pins that we followed. We didn't get to hit them all, but we caught a lot of them. I'll be dropping pins for all the California suggestions and we'll see if the route becomes obvious. I can also then get directions from one pin to another and get an idea of mileage and drive time (right click a pin and select "directions from here", do the same for the pin you want "directions to here").

After we've visited a spot, I go back and either change the yellow pins if we already had it marked or drop a new pin for places we hadn't tagged yet: green tents where we've camped, food signs for good restaurants, blue stars for civil war stuff, little houses for places we've toured, etc. They have lots of little icons and you can add your own. I put brief info into the description field and the dates we were there. NOTE: if you go this route, consider leaving the pin name blank as it clutters up your map. I know Google Earth does a lot more but this is as far as I've gotten with it.

So does anyone have a better solution?
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Do I Need A New Sanicon Macerator? on: October 20, 2014, 09:09:14 am
Ron, we had dripping but it came from the bayonet connector. One of the bayonets had cracked which allowed that collar to slide farther and farther away from the pump. The farther it went, the more it leaked. Several others online have had the same problem. I mention this so you can eyeball that bayonet. I don't know if all those parts come with a new macerator pump. If not, and one of those pieces is cracked, you'll want to order that bayonet kit also (with new seals). We had to use an extending mirror to see the cracks.
7  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: California Cruising on: October 20, 2014, 09:05:19 am
Wow! Great info everyone. Thank you to all. We actually have signal for a few days so some frantic mapping will be going on and we'll be checking out all your suggestions. I've wanted to see the Monterey Bay Aquarium for many years so that is a definite stop and while we weren't sure where we wanted to go, we knew before we looking that we want to dodge LA.

8  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Traveling with Safe Plumbing in Winter on: October 18, 2014, 10:19:02 pm
Carol, I'll answer as best I can but the configuration of the 2350 will be different so I'm not sure if what we do when camping in freezing temps will work for you.

The outside shower- we make sure the taps are turned off, disconnect the hose and stick a baggie full of fiberfill in then lock the bin. Our water lines for the outside shower are in a little space under the driver side bed that can only be accessed by removing the bed board. The space is between the outside wall and the under bed storage. If we ever lift that board again I plan to insulate the inside of the shower box just for added measure. I tried leaving the pink stuff in the outside shower lines only but it just drains back down into the main supply lines since the faucets are above the lines.

Tank heaters - if the temps will be below freezing for more than an hour or two, the tank heaters are on, even if we have no hookups. If we will be camped any extended time with freezing temps, we find hookups.

Macerator - yes on your plan. To clarify, we will drain the tanks, dump in some antifreeze then run it through the Macerator and valves. This has to happen every time we dump if we will remain below freezing.

Hot water tank - we only turn it on when we need it. We've spent days below freezing and it never froze but now you have me thinking. It is well insulated, and the actual water tank is inside the heated space, but I guess it could be vulnerable if it was left off with extended cold weather since it has that big outside panel. I'll have to check the manual on that one and maybe watch the Phoenix build videos.

Driving - we have the truck heater running while driving in freezing temps and that keeps the inside of the rig warm enough. The cat sometimes disagrees but after logging her complaints, she settles down on my lap in the warm zone and all is well. It has never felt like the back of the house was near freezing while we were on the road. We've never run the propane furnace while driving, I'm not sure you would need to, but I don't see why you couldn't. I recommend checking your manual to see if it says anything about it.

Outside drain access - I'm pretty sure we don't have that. We have one small hole to drain our fresh water tank. We haven't worried about it but will stuff insulation around it if we expect extended freezing temps.

At one point we were camping in very cold temps, that didn't get above freezing for about a week, with an inoperable propane furnace and were having trouble keeping things warm so we took the extra step of leaving inside cabinet doors open to allow our wimpy heat to get to the plumbing. We hadn't started the antifreeze through the valves yet and those froze but luckily did not break and we were able to dump after they thawed (three states farther south). We now carry two gallons of the pink stuff and dump it in as needed.

The Phoenix does really well in cold temps. We drape a curtain to block the cold from the cab and make sure the truck vents are all closed. If there is warm sun, we open the blinds. If no passive solar gain, and as soon as the sun starts down, we button her up and cover all the windows. It took us a while but we've learned from our mistakes (and from a lot of knowledgeable and helpful people on this forum) and we don't worry about the weather anymore. We keep track of it so we know when to go into cold defense mode, but it's a few simple steps and you are good to go.

I hope this helps!

Holly


9  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: California Cruising on: October 18, 2014, 09:10:36 pm
Thanks Bill! I'll be plotting our route and will see what we can work in. Is there any problem running hwy 1 with our 2552 with Subaru on the back... and bikes on the back of that?

Pismo Beach gets extra points just to get our rig washed. Colorado and Utah have a massive amount of dust. It's all different pretty colors, but is still dust.

Holly
10  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / California Cruising on: October 16, 2014, 06:11:07 pm
We will be heading for the west coast soon. Just a bit more time in Bryce Canyon and Zion then off we go. We know some, if not all, of the national parks in California are in winter mode so we may not get to play in them this trip. We are thinking about running up the coast on highway 101 but aren't sure yet where we'll pick it up. Our plan is to winter in Oregon and/or Washington state so we need to get up there eventually.

Any suggestions for this time of year?

(Also we saw a PC heading away from Bryce as we drove in on this past Tuesday - anybody from the forum?)
11  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Does your Phoenix Cruiser have a slide out? on: October 03, 2014, 09:18:14 pm
Our slide no longer leaks. Phoenix took care of it for us and we've rain tested it a few times now so all is well. We would not hesitate to get the slide out again and have had no other problems with it.
12  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Wonderful trip to Utah and Colorado on: October 03, 2014, 10:33:49 am
We just got into Moab last night. We plan to hit Arches and Canyonlands and maybe Dead Horse State Park. We already found the Moab Brewery  Smile  Does anyone have recommendations for the area? Also, are there any other PC's near by?

We will eventually be moving on to Bryce and Zion, and somewhere down the road we'll swing up through California on our way to winter in western Oregon... or Washington... or both.
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: spare tire on: October 01, 2014, 11:57:10 am
I don't know diddly squat about tires but I'll throw in one bit of info for consideration and Ron may be able to expound on it a little further. We have the sensor for our weather station stuck up in the top right corner of our rear bin. It FREQUENTLY registers over 100 degrees. I know tires can take heat but to be somewhat continuously baked might affect that tire. Ron, don't you have your weather sensor inside the spare tire cap? If so, what kind of readings do you get when you are out camping and the sun is hitting the tail of the PC?

Tire guys - would this matter?
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Full-timers on: September 30, 2014, 09:11:11 am
We finally got our blog up and running. We're new at this so please bear with us and feel free to give feedback. We still plan to put in pages for our first year, our coach, about us, etc. But it was all too overwhelming and too much like work for the newly retired. Those things will come gradually. This won't be an every day blog as we will not always have the necessary resources to make it happen (internet connection, time at home, motivation, something worth posting), but we will update as often as we can. We can be found at spiritofthewoods.net.
John & Holly
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Reunion in Colorado on: September 17, 2014, 05:26:31 pm
Location for next year's reunion was announced - Nashville, TN! The club went back to the old method of West (2014 Colorado), central (2015 Tennessee), and east (2016 TBD). So all you east coast owners and soon to be owners should sign up and come out to play with the travel club. The next two years are going to be close to home.
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