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121  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.
122  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
123  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.
124  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.
125  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".
126  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.
127  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.
128  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.
129  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.
130  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!
131  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.
132  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.
133  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.
134  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Transfer Switch Manual on: January 24, 2014, 11:25:44 am
I'm not sure where ours is in the 2552. We pulled the bed boards out to finish them and there was all this stuff I didn't understand so I took pictures of it as seen below. Now I know what some is but not all. Best guess is that black block under the drivers' side bed though it doesn't look much like the pic in the manual. Does anyone have any idea where the transfer switch is in the 2552?
135  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: January 22, 2014, 09:41:31 am
We own a 2552, live in it full time, work in it part time and tow a Subaru Forester. We never RVd before, never towed anything before, and we owned small vehicles so navigating this baby was a new experience all the way around. We took a 4,000 mile trip last July with just the PC since our Toad was not ready. We could pull over at roadside stands (sometimes) and could park in a double head to head space or a normal space where we hung our tail over the grass as Tom did. We DID almost slam our stabilizer jacks on a parking bumper this way so you have to be careful with the maneuver and have your spotter back there. We easily parked at malls, Home Depot, Walmart, Cracker Barrel, etc. We took at least two or three spaces street side so if there is room, it can be done. You have to feed ALL the meters. We are still not comfortable maneuvering on some of those cute little walkable town streets but weve done it. Some of the corners do not give room to swing anything bigger than a sedan without invading someone elses road space. What we found on that trip is that we would opt to stay in camp and skip a dinner out or a nearby trail or exploration site to avoid having to batten everything down and unhook everything before we went. Its not a big deal but doing it day after day gets old. Coming back late all warm and mellow from a nice dinner then having to strap on your headlamp and drag hoses is not something we wanted to do repeatedly. Note that it can be done, we just choose not to. The July trip took our 2552 from Maryland to: Mammoth Cave Kentucky; St. Louis Arch and through St Louis (no problems); hopping through several Midwestern states stopping pretty much wherever we wanted; all through the Black Hills; Wall Drug; the Badlands; more states, more visitor centers, more campgrounds; the Amish market near the factory complete with horses and buggies (a little tricky parking but most tourist areas have RV parking areas and were MUCH smaller than most of those parked there); and then on back to Maryland with very few issues due to the size of the rig.

John refers to the PC as our Mother Ship and the Subaru as our shuttle. We dock the Mother Ship and easily wander the universe in our shuttle.

With the Phoenix, Subaru and Swing Daddy bike rack all strung together gas stations and parking become a little more of a challenge but we manage. We have skipped very few things due to our set up. In towns we tend to park at the far back of large store lots. Our solution to most parking problems is Google Maps. Pull it up on your phone and eyeball the places you want to go. I have navigated John through a lot of tight spots and side streets to get us where we want to go and to determine if we should even attempt to go there in the first place. It is a good way to find a safe turn-around spot when you are unexpectedly forced to travel in the wrong direction by divided highways or road construction.

We will be in southwestern Florida at least part of the first week of February and are happy to show you our rig and set up if you like. It is always better to go with someone local so you can go back again if you need to (as we did with Tom thank you Tom) but if there are no 2552s nearby that you can see, ours will be rolling through and well be happy to show it to you. Gradygal (Judi and George) live in Punta Gorda and are PC pros so even if you check out our rig to get a feel for the 2552, you still might want to visit with them for the full Phoenix scoop.
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