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136  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.
137  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?
138  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 zentangle.com and tanglepatterns.com - 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.
139  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.
140  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Hershey RV Show on: September 01, 2016, 06:53:56 am
Just a thought - I don't know when your trip is but September 14-18 is the Hershey RV show with travel/set up days on each end as well as what must be a crazy rush to get units ready for the show and the Intervec Phoenix Reunion/Rally is September 11-15 (with at least one travel day on each end). Earl and Kyle are usually at the Hershey show and Kermit comes to the rally for at least a few days. You don't want to hit the factory when they are all gone. Bobby will be there to show you the rigs and assembly line and he is awesome but your build questions and requests would need to go to Earl. In addition to that, a good many rigs will have gone out with them. Kermit brings a beautiful new rig to the rally and Earl takes at least 4 different models to Hershey.

141  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Xantrex Pro 1800 Inverter Problem on: September 01, 2016, 06:42:42 am
Hmm, that's another do it yourself project we may pay Phoenix to do - convert the passenger side bed in our 2552 to lift like the driver's side does so we can access those components stashed under there. I figure they don't want people messing with them but I can be well behaved with that. I'd just like to be able to see them, test them and resecure them when necessary... and eventually go for that pure sine wave inverter to protect phones and such.
142  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Entry Lock on: September 01, 2016, 06:37:11 am
Ron, we have one key for the Ford cab doors/ignition and one key for the house latch/deadbolt. Then one key for one bin and a separate key for the other bins. Then we have the hitch pins (three locking pins but one key for all), two for the locking bike rack (one locks the hitch, one locks the bikes on) and one for the hard shell car top carrier. Then one for the Subaru, the house, etc. The keys drive me nuts so I bought wire key rings for the rig keys and put them on separate rings in the order from the front of the RV to the rearmost item. That worked well until John unscrewed his ring and dropped all those keys. Now his ring is a jumble and mine is in order so I have to figure out which set I have before I start matching locks.

I love the idea of the electronic lock. We are staying at my son's house and he has one on the front door. It is awesome. We need keys for the car but other than that we don't carry the things. You do have to make sure you change out the battery before it dies. The battery lasts a long time so we tend to forget where we stashed the actual key for the lock. One of these days we're going to get locked out due to dead battery. You can change the code whenever desired on the electronic lock so it can be reset after giving out to friends or the dog walker. We can give the code over the phone and people can get in then we change it again for security. Very nice. Some of the new ones have "one time" use codes to give to service people or whatever. You can reset those also.

We will probably have one on the rig someday... once we figure out how the do-it-yourself portion of the install... or once we visit Phoenix and they do it for us. We are so bad at fix it stuff.
143  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: RV Cover for 28 foot 2552 on: August 27, 2016, 10:28:37 am
I live in Cleveland, OH. Have never seen the sun.  Smile

I hear ya! I grew up on the east side of Cleveland and never saw the sun. I joked about it with John and he didn't believe me until we drove up into Ohio - we hit full cloud cover at the state line and stayed in it throughout the visit. As we drove home we exclaimed "Look, blue sky" and directly under that cloud edge was a sign that said "Welcome to Pennsylvania"
144  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: About Dinettes, Why A Dinette Is Bigger When Not In A Slideout on: August 27, 2016, 10:25:47 am
Ron, are you sure the slide out is different in the 2350 and 2552? I though the front portion was identical in these two models. The difference in the models being the bedroom and bath/the area back from the partition door.
145  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Phoenix Cruiser as a Party Mobile on: August 22, 2016, 01:47:30 pm
Our Granddaughter turned 10 last Friday and her birthday wish was a party at Build-A-Bear (about an hour away) then a picnic at a park. The minimum party number was 5 plus John and me made at least seven seats needed to get there... with only 5 seats in the Subaru and no second vehicle. I hit on the idea of using the Phoenix as our second vehicle and it worked as an awesome party mobile (and let Chloe invite a few more guests). We loaded the ice cream and cupcakes and taco bar fixings into the rig then divided up the 6 kids for the ride. They took turns so they all got to ride in the RV. We rolled into the the park and found a spot in the shade near some picnic tables and a playground. We kicked the generator on to heat up the tacos and laid everything out on the tables. We didn't have to worry about missing a serving spoon or forgetting matches or anything because it was all on board. It was perfect and a good time was had by all.

So, even if you aren't out wandering the country, keep your Phoenix in mind in case you ever need a party mobile. It beats hauling coolers and boxes of stuff around. If it was too hot, we would have kicked on the AC and partied inside.

A side note on Build-A-Bear - they were awesome. All the kids loved making their own stuffed animal and picking an outfit for them. They all helped each other "shop" for the outfits and oohed and aahed over the stuff... and they all want to go back. The party cost was not terrible if you consider what you pay for goodie bags, decorations and such and the stuffed toy beats the heck out of the goody bag junk.

We could have skipped the dinner just taken them to the mall food court after the party and they would have been happy there too (but then no fun in the party mobile). You can also order online and either get the critter pre-stuffed (no fun in that but good if no Build-A-Bear nearby) OR have it shipped flat. You take your sad little flat animal to Build-A-Bear and they help you stuff it for free and give you a nice box... even if you bought all your clothing and everything online, you still get to use their stuffing machine, "wash" station, dressing "room", etc. Great store for kids... and maybe adults. John wants a Minion. We volunteer a lot and call ourselves Minions so he wants a stuffed minion. We'll be going back to Build-A-Bear soon to bring a cute little yellow critter to life. I suspect it will go on the road with us when we return to the wild and free retired life... someday soon I hope.
146  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Closing front curtains on: August 17, 2016, 05:07:45 am
FYI - Costco had/has nice pop up sun shades and we purchased the normal and large. Normal works OK in the Subaru Forester. Large is too big for the Subaru but still too small for the Phoenix. We can prop them in there and the visors hold them mostly in place and block some of the heat but they are nowhere near fitted. Just in case anyone has been eyeing them and wondering.
147  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC Plant on: August 14, 2016, 05:19:07 am
I suggest calling to check on that daily use fee at Potato Creek. It has been several years but my recollection is that we paid it on the first day but got in free with our camping pass the days after that. You pay the fee at the park entrance then drive a good way to the campground where you register for your site. They charge the fee so people don't lie about being on the way to camp there. It's a big park with several different areas.
148  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC Plant on: August 13, 2016, 08:56:11 pm
We've stayed at Shipshewana North and Twin Mills which are both east of Elkhart. Both were nice. Shipshewana North you can hear the highway AND the Amish buggies clip clopping past. They also have a custard stand on site that may or may not be open that late in the season. Coming from your direction, Potato Creek would be my pick. We stayed there and liked it a lot. We were restricted on spots as we wanted electric hook ups but if you are camping, you'll have many more options. It is a beautiful park with a human swim beach, doggie beach and swim area, boat rentals, trails and more. Lots of wildlife to watch and places to explore. We would definitely go back. It is a good distance from Elkhart.
149  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tourer or Destination Camper? on: August 12, 2016, 06:55:16 pm
I'm not sure full timers work with your query but if they do, you missed "wanderers". Once we got used to being able to go where we wanted, when we wanted, we tended to stay in an area longer with a few days to a few weeks at one site and sometimes a month or more in one general area.
150  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Exterior Paint on: August 12, 2016, 06:52:37 pm
I recently noticed dirt/discoloration under the very top edge of the Diamond Shield on the nose of the truck. I figure it is only a matter of time before we have to work to get it off. Ours is outside full time and has been in most climates during our travels so it has had evil heat, humid air, dry air and sheets of ice on it.
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