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136  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Flourescent Bulbs don't fit on: September 17, 2016, 05:16:25 am
One of the guys at the rally gave me a couple of the bulbs out of his rig as he had converted his fixture to LED. IT didn't fit. I had to unscrew the fixture from the ceiling to get it in. Once the fixture was partially free and no longer flexed to the curve of the ceiling, the bulb went in. The GE bulbs still would not. They are visibly longer than the ones Phoenix used even though they are all clearly labeled as the same size. I will go through the box and see if it is a quality control problem and maybe I got some normal size ones I can use.

On a second note, the light still didn't work. It's possible the gifted bulbs are burned out but they don't "rattle" like my burned out ones. Next move is to test the gifted bulb with a bulb that is currently lighting. If the bulb is good, I'll have to trouble shoot the fixture. OY - all I want is a little light.

We were at the rally so I was lazy and packed all the bulbs away and went out to play. There's always another day for this stuff. We aren't totally in the dark yet.

137  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New King Bed for 2552 on: September 16, 2016, 06:57:42 am
Wonder if this stove needs matches to start.. I had nice one you push the knob and it starts as you turn it on... finding a match these days takes some doing... although I do have an antique collection in big snifter at home. Patricia

2016 and earlier - need to light stove. We keep long BBQ lighter in drawer. Use for stove, grill and campfires.
2017 has electronic ignition and glass top.
138  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: About Dinettes, Why A Dinette Is Bigger When Not In A Slideout on: September 16, 2016, 06:39:15 am
Henry J, what am I looking at behind the right side of your dinette? It appears to be a wooden wall where the wing wall or  driver seat would be.
139  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Flourescent Bulbs don't fit on: September 16, 2016, 06:28:54 am
We are sitting here at Cherry Hill waiting for the rally to wake up. Are you referring to the store in the campground or a different one nearby?
140  Main Forum / General Discussion / Flourescent Bulbs don't fit on: September 10, 2016, 06:22:37 am
Our fluorescent bulbs have been burning out gradually over the years and we have reached the point I have to actually replace them or live in the dark (I told you in previous posts we aren't fix it people, besides, all the fixtures have two bulbs plus the soft light so it wasn't critical). I measured the fixture and ordered these bulbs and they don't fit. They seem to be a hair longer than the fixture has space to slide them into. You can't flex a thin glass rod so we're stumped. Do we have to buy special bulbs to fit the fixtures?
141  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New King Bed for 2552 on: September 10, 2016, 06:09:07 am
Drawers under the driver side bed? What happened to the Gray Water tank?
The grey and black tanks are in the back in the 2552. The driver's side bed has a narrow passage that is closed off between the outside wall and inside storage. The water lines, power lines, outside shower box etc. that connect the rig to the outside world run through that built in "conduit". The rest of the space is storage and Phoenix has a hinged bed board that you lift to access the space (with little hydraulic type lifter things to hold it up). The bass/woofer/whatever piece of the sound system takes up a piece of that space at the rear but the rest is all storage. We emulated someone here on the forum (Sue and Barry I think) and had cabinet doors installed so we can access the space without raising the bed board. My thought was that the drawers would keep me from using a lot of the space under that bed. I cram a lot in there, even using the space behind the sound system for seldom used items.

The passenger side bed has the fresh water tank, inverter, furnace and other "mechanicals" but no storage and no easy access hinged board (but you can take out the screws and get in there when needed).
142  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Side storage locks on: September 10, 2016, 05:54:29 am
I remember an older post about switching this type of lock and am wondering how they fare over time. I've had bike locks with similar number dials and the weather tends to make them bind and become stiff and difficult to work. I assume you can squirt grease or something in there. Anyone online have an older dial type lock that can give feedback? It would be nice to reduce the keys but not if I'm going to have to punch out a lock somewhere down the line.

Also, can the numbers be reset? We had to cut a dial type bicycle lock off the electric post once. We use it to secure our Progressive Industries electrical box to the post and apparently accidentally changed the number while it was still attached (or someone changed it for us). Murphy's Law helped out and it was one of the times we broke camp minutes before we were supposed to vacate the site... except we couldn't. We had to get out my Dremel and cut the lock off.
143  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New King Bed for 2552 on: September 09, 2016, 05:46:01 am
I agree about the bed. The "bolsters" aren't big enough to lean on or make it a day bed and one of the reasons we picked the 2552 is to have a permanent bed that keeps the sheets on it (as well as that bathroom access Tom commented on. AND we can switch up where people sleep so one of us doesn't have to share a bed with "Great Aunt Martha". We also have a Sofa Butler tucked between bed and wall and slide our books and such down there too. We'd have to move all that out when the bed was closed in with bolsters. The new set up does not seem like the ideal "nap" configuration but I know it will appeal to those that need to sleep side by side or the taller people that want to sleep more diagonally. If the bolsters aren't attached, you could just leave them home and use the beds as twins. Since we full time when we're on the road, we'd be hard put to find a place to stash them. I'll have to remember to ask Kermit about it at the Phoenix Reunion in DC next week. He usually brings a 2910 or 3100 so maybe he'll have the new beds in there for us to check out. Nineteen rigs coming so if anyone out there is in the area and has been browsing the forum and thinking about a Phoenix, Kermit always hopes to sell his "model" unit. Give Earl a call to see what's coming and if it's what you want. Also, these rigs are coming in from every direction so you might be able to arrange to meet one of them on their way through your area. Several units will be up at the Hershey show about the same time and they try to sell those before the end of the show also. September is a good time to find a Phoenix on the east coast this year.

Back to the new designs: I was just commenting on how awesome the solid counter in the Phoenix is compared to other brands and now it's gone. I hope the options are still there to have things the old way. I don't see any drain holes in the cook top which is a plus and it is rounded so it might be easier to clean if you dump a lot while cooking (not admitting anything here, just saying.)

I also liked the fact they shifted the faucet to the corner of the sink a year or two back. I was jealous and was hoping the next logical step was putting in a sink with a corner drain so all the pipes and things tucked back behind and between the drawers and hot water tank and could be accessed by removing the drawers. I noticed the faucet moved back to center. I wonder if anyone had problems with it being to the side. It seemed to me it would be easier to fill a pot on the stove with the corner configuration as well as that plumbing access underneath.

Ah well, to each his own. I like what we have way better than the new models so we'll just have to take really good care of her so she lasts. That said, I'm sure that new bed will be a selling point for a lot of people.

144  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Side storage locks on: September 09, 2016, 05:18:30 am
Embrace getting old, Ron... Senior Discounts, extra perks AND people expect less of you. "Oh, sorry, missed that. Eyes aren't what they used to be, you know" or "OOPS, Senior Moment, totally forgot we talked about xx" (fill in OMG,-I don't-want-to-do-that-with-this-person activity.) AND the big one - retirement. "Oh, that sounds awful. Thank goodness I don't have to worry about that anymore, I'm retired Smile  "

Speaking of senior discounts. I don't know if I've mentioned that we finally figured out Outback Steakhouse gives a 15% discount to AARP members. You need your card and it doesn't cover alcohol. My brain clicked when we were dining there once and I realized every head in the place had "silver" hair... hmmmm. Checked for discounts and hit it. Can you say Bloomin' Onion?

G'day mates!

145  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Kicken' the tires on: September 06, 2016, 07:29:22 am
We walked the 2350 and 2552 at the Hershey RV show then added Phoenix to our list of 5 finalists to research further. We linked up with Tom Hanlon here on the forum and walked his 2552 twice (thank you Tom!) Tom made us stand in the shower, sit on the toilet, lay down on the beds, sit on the couch and so on. We went back to measure space and take pictures. We then drove to the factory and walked the assembly line asking questions about the installation of our cell phone booster, potential options we wanted, and so on. We ordered that same day. Note that when you visit the factory, you may not see the model you want but you do see every step of the assembly. They usually have a unit at each station from the bare frame with heat shields being installed (where we talked to the installer), through the plumbing and electric (where we talked with the electrician), on through four or five more stops where the cabinets, bath fixtures, TV's and sound systems, refrigerators, slides, etc. are installed. If the installer is on site, you can talk to him/her. We were able to tour several units in the finishing area that were being picked up in a day or so plus any trade-ins on the lot. Besides seeing many of the interior and exterior colors in person waiting pick up, we sat in the customer lounge and checked out the sample boards for each color scheme offered before selecting ours. I agree that you should tour the factory if at all possible and if you can find the unit you want, check it out. Earl might be able to help you. He contacted us directly to ask if wed show ours to a couple of potential buyers that wanted to see a 2552 in person and we were happy to oblige for one of them but were out of the area for the other so Tom jumped in and showed his rig. Most Phoenix owners are happy to show off their baby.
146  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Anyone Else With This Stove Related Problem? on: September 06, 2016, 07:08:42 am
When we order our new PC I am thinking of specing this style stove.  This should eliminate the burned knob problem.

The Phoenix stoves are inset so the matching counter covers can go over it. That is one of the awesome things everyone notices when they compare their rigs to ours. They are seriously jealous of our potential counter space. My suggestion is to make sure you would still be able to have the stove covers with the new configuration. Many rigs have metal caps that fold down over the stoves. The feedback I've had is the caps rattle, get in the way and are downright ugly. Our counter is gorgeous and multi-functional. We would never go the other way.
147  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Trip Around Lake Michigan Shoreline (Some Lake Superior Too) on: September 06, 2016, 07:00:17 am
Suggestion - call each park directly and ask if they have first come, first served sites. Many parks hold a few sites out of the reservation system so they can accommodate people passing through. If you can't get in the day of arrival, you may be able to dry camp somewhere then roll in first thing in the morning to claim a site. Once in, they usually let you stay. I know it's dicey and you may not get in but we haven't missed yet. Now if it is 100 degrees out and nighttime temps are in the 80's, you might want to pay more and guarantee hook ups or plan to run your generator overnight in the Walmart parking lot so you don't bake.
148  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Rear Compartment Lined With Outdoor Fabric on: September 06, 2016, 06:54:08 am
Very nice! Ron, it isn't a matter of having nothing else to do, it's a matter of doing what you like and enjoy... and that which doesn't stress you out. For you, these little upgrades and fixes may not seem like a lot but they make you happy. What else can you ask for?
149  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Go ZEN on: September 02, 2016, 07:13:05 am
I want to share my newest addiction/obsession. It is called Zentangle. You can search the internet and find all kinds of patterns and information about it. Basically it is abstract drawing using patterns. Most of the patterns are a few simple strokes - a line, a circle, an ess curve, etc. ANYONE can do it. If you can write your name, you can tangle. Since it is abstract, there are no errors. Whatever your drew is what it is meant to be. At the most basic all you need is a pen, pencil, paper and some patterns. I've gone much farther and put together a binder with patterns I like and am using Pigma Micron pens and occasionally little paper artist tiles from Amazon. I also put together a pencil pouch that holds a small sketch book, a couple pens, pencil, smudge stick, and a few tiles so I can tangle while waiting for appointments and such (usually waiting to pick up the granddaughter).

It is a great hobby for on the road as it doesn't take much space. I'm hoping to introduce people to it along the way when we travel again and possibly use it as a value added type thing when we host. It is very relaxing, which is where the ZEN part comes in. You focus on drawing that line, then the next line, then the next line and you zone out. Besides being fun, it is used for therapy and to help people focus. I like it a lot. The Zentangle method uses 3.5 x 3.5 inch tiles and random designs so there is no extra planning or thinking. Anything bigger than that is Zentangle Inspired Art which is often planned out to some degree. I have attached a few pictures of my creations to give you an idea.

Check it out and try tangling!
A few websites are and - they both have links that will get you to many more sites... that link to more sites... that link to more sites... like I said, my new obsession.
150  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Xantrex Pro 1800 Inverter Problem on: September 02, 2016, 06:09:34 am
I think we need to formalize the naming convention of the component parts of Velcro. I use Posicro for the hook side and Negacro for the loop side.

JFCaramagno - You have messed with my head with those names. They sound like little superheros. Now every time I see velcro, images of tiny little dudes in spandex will flash through my brain.

Tom - thanks for the vote for sanity. I'm good with less work. I did take that bed board off once to sand and finish it to avoid any splinters so I know I could do it again if needed.
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