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106  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Camping in Alabama on: February 18, 2014, 04:57:34 pm
Does anyone have suggestions for camping in Alabama over the next two weeks? Keep in mind the higher altitudes might be a bit too nippy. One park we looked at is closed until they get power back and reopen the roads... yikes! We are inclined to hop back to Georgia due to our favorable experiences there but we hear Alabama has great parks also and would like to check them out. We will be traveling in a north/northeast type of route with an expected hard run up to West Virginia for a (chilly) wedding on March 16. We will be wandering the somewhat warmer climes until then. We are in the far west Florida panhandle at the moment.
107  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drive line vibration diagnosis on: February 18, 2014, 04:04:49 pm
Update - We FINALLY made it to Milton, Florida and took the PC to Panhandle Driveline. William took it for a test drive and said - "not the driveline". He had a gizmo to measure the frequency of the vibration and said the driveline has an rrr-rrr-rrr when it vibrates while ours is a steady rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. He thinks it might be wind. He worked for Ford for 16 years and did a lot of noise diagnosis before and after he became the service manager. Then he had his own transmission company and now he has the driveline company. What all that means is he knows Ford noises. He showed us a few places to start trying to restrict movement of things in the engine compartment and on the Phoenix to see if we can silence the sound. After all that the charge was zero. We tried to compensate him but he wouldn't take payment. He gave us a smile, a handshake and wished us luck in our travels. WOW - we are so not used to that.
108  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Actual length of our 2552 on: February 17, 2014, 06:28:55 am
Wow! That's good to know. I plan to keep ours at 27' since some of the National Park campgrounds have a limit of... 27 feet. I figured we were fudging just a little but it seems we are fudging a good bit more. Most sites have room to hang your tail so unless we are butt up against a tree or fence we should be OK with the "adjusted" measurement when we book a site. Those nice views of the site they put on Reserve America help us figure out if the back end is blocked in some way. No problems so far but we aren't trying to tuck her into a garage either.
109  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 31" TV? on: February 14, 2014, 06:59:16 am
No noise from inside the TV. We have a slight rubbing squeak from the top left edge where it touches the cabinet that I plan to resolve with the magic felt pads now that you reminded me while we are in camp. The TV is butted up right against the cabinets.

A note for those planning to swap out their TV - consider attaching an HDMI cable prior to mounting. Phoenix did this for us and we can hook our computers or Kindles to feed through the TV. The cable just pops out the top of the front wood facing in the side cabinet (I think they slipped it through between facing and ceiling). I had to add a male to female adaptor to connect but it all works great. I plan to set up a photo file of our favorite family, friends and travel pics. The TV will become a giant digital photo frame as well as a place to stream videos when we have connection and enough data.

Holly
110  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2014 Phoenix Crusier Rally on: February 14, 2014, 06:41:48 am
Tom, at some point they send out a link to the registered people showing who is in each site with a picture of the people to help jog memories (you can pretend you remembered all the names that go with the faces). I suspect it is too early in the process for that yet.
111  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Any pets travel with you? on: February 13, 2014, 06:03:43 am
Mikes post reminded me to update on Snickers, the nanny cat, who travels with us everywhere. After a few nights of misery in the new surroundings, she settled in. She does not like to be confined while traveling (and yowls continuously) but as a free kitty she now has her travel routine down pat. As soon as she sees us locking down to travel, she gets in the corner of the passenger side bed under the shirt closet. She can brace herself there for the turns and bumps (good exercise for an 18 year old cat). However, about 5 minutes after we hit steady highway speed she heads to the front and requests her throne on the passengers lap.  As soon as the coach downshifts once or twice or she feels it rolling down an exit ramp, she heads back to the bed and braces for those turns. We do have a harness and leash and outdoor pet pen but she is not fond of any of them. She seems to prefer being in her carrier with the door open so she can see without being seen. Too many scary doggies in the campgrounds.

Snickers would love that snoozer bed... preferably up front where she can see out. I guess I'd get the couch.
112  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: February 11, 2014, 12:05:25 pm
And again! We are at Lake Kissimmee State Park in Florida. We came back from our wandering yesterday and what is in the site right next to us? A 2013 Phoenix Cruiser 2552 with full body Cafe exterior. We had a quick chat with the owners but they needed to set up and dodge skeeters so we hope to chat again before we leave.

Maybe Phoenix Cruisers are migratory and they somehow relay to their owners the path to take so they can find other Cruisers. Ours certainly seems to be able to find its "cousins".
113  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Keeping those flying pest out on: February 11, 2014, 06:59:44 am
I'm adding that screen to our shopping list. Better to keep them out than have to remove an active wasp nest.

Tom, that wasp did not need a tour. The Phoenix is super easy to drive for a human but not THAT easy. His little feet would never reach the gas pedal.
114  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Bike Rack on: February 11, 2014, 06:56:28 am
We just spent the weekend with Jack D and they have a dual hitch with the extender on the back of their 2350. They don't have a toad so the bottom receiver holds a cargo rack with heavy duty bins, etc., and the top receiver holds their bike rack. They could easily open their rear bin. I didn't pay attention to the ladder so I'm not sure if it can swing down when loaded.
115  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2014 Phoenix Crusier Rally on: February 11, 2014, 06:51:01 am
Maybe if there is an internet guru out there willing to donate their time to the travel club, they could set up online sign ups. I imagine they would have to use PayPal. Your spot is not reserved until they get your check. Our dilemma is that we didn't seem to get the email with the renewal and registration information. We were feeling unloved but figure it got caught in our company SPAM filter. It's that or we were REALLY bad at the polka last year.
116  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Bike Rack on: February 08, 2014, 06:33:24 am
I'd like to add one more thing to consider with all the hitch mounts - the ladder. We run with the ladder tied up using ball bungees so that we can get into the rear bin easier (that tip from Bill Golden). However, we occasionally need roof access. We've discovered that swinging the Blue Ox to the right blocks the ladder. So we swing left but the nifty cover only fits correctly if you swing both arms right. No biggie but another item to consider when storing everything back there. We just put the cover on and partially zip it as best we can.
117  Main Forum / Links and Contacts / Re: Phoenix Cruiser Owner's Club on: January 28, 2014, 10:56:11 am
I modified my earlier response to Tom to one that is more befitting of an owner of a Phoenix Cruiser. The couple on the right are none other than the illustrious Frank and Dee Jezek; Yoopers and polka dancers extraordinairre!
118  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2014 Phoenix Crusier Rally on: January 28, 2014, 10:53:54 am
Tom, we'd be in if we are close enough (more likely spring than summer). We expect to be in Maryland for spring break (April 11-19 or something) camping  with the granddaughter; then we work our way north/northeast. If location and timing line up, we'd skedaddle back to MD/PA for a gathering.
119  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Transfer Switch Manual on: January 25, 2014, 06:59:55 pm
Tom, pic 3 shows it only goes a little forward of the shower. I was thinking it's the water inlet on that side but could be wrong. We have human ice makers using cute little silicone cube trays from target that stack. As much as we like ice in our drinks, we wouldn't give up precious ice cream space in that freezer. Priorities! I can always pour the alcohol over the ice cream to cool it down.

Mike, that's a good spot for it. When I first talked to Kermit about it he was thinking it would have to go under the rig. It's not easy to get in there but not overly difficult either if you have to repair it.
120  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Transfer Switch Manual on: January 25, 2014, 08:08:17 am
Mike, the pics are of the narrow space between the under bed storage and outer wall. We unscrewed and removed the plywood boards that the mattress lays on so we could finish them. We had to dismantle the bed lifters also. It is a space we probably aren't supposed to need access to and hopefully never need to get to again.
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