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16  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How Long Did You Originally Plan To Own Your PC? on: July 13, 2017, 06:50:10 am
Re: overhead cabinets - over couch. There was a conversation on the forum somewhere about Phoenix installing deeper cabinets over the couch if requested. It wouldn't work over the dinette as there would be a substantial increase in head hitting. We've thought about asking to swap our cabinets out for deeper ones so boxes of cereal, crackers etc. fit up there but haven't gone that route yet. We store smaller items in the overheads and the tall stuff in the pull out pantry or shirt closet (neither of which are used for clothing).

Back to Ron's question - when we bought it was our intention to own the same unit until we can't or don't want to wander the country or live in the Phoenix anymore (hence the agonizing decision making up front - one shot deal). Even if we find our perfect retirement location and buy a house, we plan to keep the Phoenix with us so we can continue travel part time... until we can't or don't want to - safely.

We are happy with the layout and the quality. We are still stuck in Maryland but waiting for the time we get back on the road. We expect to have our granddaughter travel with us frequently and while the 2552 is tight for 3 (and 4 when she has a friend along), we manage it. We considered a bigger model but the math doesn't work out. We get more space for more people comfort but less weight allowance to carry those people and their things.

Our plan has not changed. Modifications will be made but we don't plan to get rid of the rig or trade to another unless something major forces us to.
17  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Keyless Door Lock on: July 10, 2017, 07:06:39 am
The deadbolt is to prevent someone using a credit card or some such thin but sturdy item to pop the lock, not to deter someone with a key. I can pop a regular house lock in minutes with a credit card. If the door closes on its own without turning the knob, then it has the sloped bolt and can be popped. The deadbolt is straight and drives into the doorframe. It cannot be popped in this manner. Just to clarify, I learned the door lock skill after locking myself out of the house on numerous occasions. I started carrying those "sample" credit cards they send you so I didn't bend up my driver's license or legitimate credit card.

Someone skilled in lockpicks could get in even if you get the locks re-keyed. Most security measures stop or deter a casual thief. Few things stop a determined one. It's quite easy to pop the locks on the truck door, jimmy a window, etc.   

18  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Hart Springs campground Bell, Florida on: June 24, 2017, 11:54:50 am
Will we be seeing you at Sisters Reunion?
If this question is for me, the probable answer is no. We are still stuck here in Maryland... way longer than we thought we would be. My name is on the list for purchasing bingo prizes for the Reunion but I'll have to purchase and send them out there. I already have a "wish list" on Amazon of potential prizes so I'm ready as far as that goes. I really want to be there and keep nudging John and suggesting we fly out and rent a cabin or something so we can see people but it's really unlikely. Our granddaughter will be back in school by then and we pick her up every day so we usually can't get away during the week during the school year.

We love western Oregon and Washington State so this was the perfect place for us but unless there's a huge, unexpected change in the next two months, we'll still be sitting here.
19  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Hart Springs campground Bell, Florida on: June 22, 2017, 11:02:32 am
Sorry for delayed response, we ran off to camp and had weak signal so I boycotted electronics. John used our cell signal booster for his stuff but I went for the hammock instead.

The RV park we stayed at is right across the Mississippi River and a tad down from the arch. It's easy to get to from the highway and mere minutes from the Arch. It doesn't get fabulous reviews but was well kept with friendly staff and had a good BBQ Restaurant on site. If I remember correctly there was some road noise and maybe trains but  you aren't going to find silence in an urban RV park. You do get to wondering on the drive to camp as you pass old industrial buildings but the camp itself was fine. It was http://www.cahokiarvparque.com/

20  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Air conditioner on: June 04, 2017, 07:15:20 am
Do you have a power manager on your electric? Ours will trip off and stay off if the campground power is flaky. We've had it hook up fine and run awhile then die later. Some campgrounds go into brown out mode when multiple units start running their AC units. They don't have enough power to support all the heavy use.
21  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 12v on passenger side drops out on: June 04, 2017, 07:13:00 am
Call the factory. There is a big bundle of wires running around your rig and they'll know which ones tie in where and which items pull power from them.
22  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Do you leave your sink cover over the sink while driving? on: May 29, 2017, 08:14:50 am
The micro sometimes  makes noise so now I put something in it to weight things down and it is less of a prob.
Another noise source for the microwaves (from at least 2013 on with household type convection oven/microwave) - the frame over the light fixture on the bottom is held by one screw and rattles. Bobby suggested I run a thin bead of silicone caulk on the loose side to hold it in place. I originally thought a screw had fallen out but it wasn't designed to have a second screw. I'm sure a single screw is fine in a house that doesn't move but the loose side does rattle a bit in an RV going down the road.
23  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Wind intrusion on: May 25, 2017, 05:34:27 am
Is the A pillar the part of the truck cab between the windshield and side Windows?
24  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Installing a child's car seat in PC2100 on: May 16, 2017, 08:13:13 am
Check the instructions for your specific model of child safety seat. Many don't really use the shoulder strap - it is secured down across the lap to keep it out of the way. My granddaughters safety seat had a five point harness as part of the seat. The seat was secured to the vehicle with the lap belt - and REALLY cinched down to prevent movement. IF the car was equipped with the additional strap that comes over the top of the seat back, that could be clipped on also but was not required. Not all vehicles or seat positions have those so many car seats do not rely on them. The standard seat belt shoulder strap only came into play when we converted the car seat to a booster seat. If your grandchild's car seat is similar to ours (or if you buy one with the same set up), then the front facing dinette seat with standard lap belt should work without alteration.

If the child is very young, the non-driving adult should sit with the child to help with entertainment. There are many magnet travel sets and games that keep all the pieces pretty much in one place. We used a DVD player and headphones on a long air trip so Chloe could watch movies (< 2 yrs old at the time) but these days you might be able to get what you need at your library. Ours have pre-loaded tablets (no wifi needed to play) with lots of games, play aways (audio books that you plug headphones/earbuds in) and lots of kids books on CD. Chloe likes to get the book and the CD so that she can follow the story while it reads to her (though she objects to some of the voices - the deep, gruff voiced guy speaking as a girl was especially grating to her). I recommend a "kid bag" that the child has free access to with all the travel toys you take. You can include a no spill cup and snacks. Chloe LOVED being in charge of "HER STUFF". Avoid crayons and other things that roll off the table unless you want to play pick up repeatedly during the trip. Now that Chloe is bigger, she uses a lap desk from Michael's that has two deep pockets on each side so her book, water pouch, drawing supplies, earbuds, etc., stay in the table. It didn't fit over the arms of her full car seat though so it wouldn't work for that. A car seat cup holder WILL hold crayons and such in a paper cup. 

Enjoy the grandchild journey! Chloe considers the PC to be HER camper-house and loves traveling in it. Read up on Fairy Houses before you go. That was Chloe's first activity when we hit camp - scope out a good "building site" and gather materials; pine cones, acorns, pine needles, rocks, sticks, moss, cool leaves, etc. We've left fairy houses in many campgrounds in many states throughout the north east US.
25  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Eliminating The Need To Carry Paper Documentaion on: May 09, 2017, 06:21:43 am
Barry, I recommend you back that up to a flash drive or external hard drive that you can store in a fire proof and water proof safe. We also have the electronic copies but still carry the binders. We might eventually ditch the paper but we did have a huge scare when our laptops were stored in cloth computer cases on the floor of a cabinet, we had water incursion (early on in the leak issue process), the cases sucked up the water and soaked the computers for an unknown amount of time and BOTH laptops gave us the blue screen of death. We were able to open them up and dry them in the sun for a day and were then able to restart them without loss of data but it was a scary time. It was also while we were still working and all the payroll and company data was on there... slightly stressful. Our computers are no longer stored on the floor.

The problem with paperless is the inability to view it if you don't have a functioning computer or nearby access to one. This would be more of an issue for boondockers as you could probably find a computer to borrow in a campground.

We have our family photos, music dvd's and MP3s, and general legal documents stored on the external drive or flash drives. We hope to add movies to that but for now, they are still on disc and we haul multiple zipped cases of them. We all have e-readers so we download our reading material and carry that along to reduce the number of books on board. We had Phoenix connect an HDMI cord to the back of the TV and run it into the front cabinet so we could access it and stream video from Amazon or show movies and pictures straight from the computer or our Kindle Fire. We considered an electronic picture frame but haven't done that yet.

As a side comment to e-readers, there are many free books to download both from Amazon and from Project Guttenberg https://www.gutenberg.org/    Amazon has a reading app you can put on phone or computer and Guttenberg downloads in different formats. John is a volunteer proofreader for Project Guttenberg. It is something he can do from anywhere we have signal. If you aren't familiar with them, check it out! A lot of the classics are there for you to read. If they don't pass another law blocking the expiration of copyrights (lobby against it, please), then thousands more titles will be opened up in 2019. They'll need a ton of volunteer proofreaders then if anyone is looking for a hobby and loves to read.

Also check your public library for electronic downloads. Ours has music, videos, books, audiobooks and magazines - all free to use and many free to keep. The amount of "paper" we carry electronically would overflow our rig but can be tucked in the palm of your hand... and stored in a little fireproof safe.





26  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Search members by state on: May 07, 2017, 06:52:04 am
Janey,
Thanks for responding. I guess the 58 people that viewed the post didn't read it.
WOW - slap down! I was one of the 58 that viewed it AND READ IT and I didn't know the answer to your question so I didn't reply (The question being "Is there a way to search forum members by state?") I browsed around and looked and tried to make it happen but ultimately didn't know the answer so I didn't reply. I suspect most of the other 57 people did the same. Most of us wait to see if someone has the solution rather than posting a "no clue" response. We don't usually get smacked down for that but everyone is different.

You did go on in your post to explain why you were asking but the post was a request for info, not an invitation to gather. We aren't from the mid-west but would join a local gathering if we were close enough at the right time and if it was open to out of area people.
27  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Reunion in Sister's Oregon, Anyone planning to attend:? on: May 04, 2017, 06:18:04 am
John backpacked a 50 mile, rim-to-rim-to-rim in the Grand Canyon with the Boy Scouts in August some years back. It was 113 degrees the day they hiked in. One day was enough to teach them to stop moving and seek shade by 10 am. They then started hiking by 4:00 each morning and it was still evil hot. A ranger told them that once the outside temp gets over your body temp, there is no way your body can regulate without outside help. He advised them to take off their shirts, dip them in the streams and put them back on soaking wet to gain evaporative cooling.  Better, but still wicked hot.

If you plan to see the North Rim, check seasonal closings. It is at a higher elevation and they close due to winter snow. John felt the north rim was more beautiful than the south rim but it is a long drive from nowhere to get to it.

Side note with more Ranger info - they airlift more people out of the canyon for drinking TOO MUCH water. This doesn't mean don't drink water, it means EAT. When you are hot, you lose your appetite. If you drink and drink and drink and do not eat, you effectively flush all the salts and minerals out of your system and it will crash. While you may not be planning a 50 miler in the canyon, you can still get sick and woozy from even a day of this severe inbalance.
28  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Low water pressure when hooked up on: May 02, 2017, 07:26:55 am
Kinks are possible. We have a 2013 2552. The plumbing is a combination of flexible tubing (like PEX) and metal connectors. However, you specifically mentioned the pressure is low on the outside shower. I'm pretty sure on the 2552 that the shore water connection inlet is a couple of feet from the outside shower outlet... at least for the cold water line. I don't know how the plumbing is run but if the inlet taps straight to that outlet then continues on around the coach, then your issue is within the first few feet of the system, which would include the inlet valve. Since they use the metal connectors, the flexible tubing should not have to turn hard corners so kinking is less likely, especially in that initial space. From the 2350 floor plan, it looks like you should have three taps within feet of the inlet: the outside shower, the bathroom sink and the bathroom shower. These should all be on straight runs of tubing so I'd pull that inlet valve first and check it. Once the valve is out, see if you can eyeball those first few inches of tubing. My brain says you should be dealing with a metal elbow pipe but it's possible the flex tubing was pulled tight right at the junction which would reduce the flow. This is all random guessing and speculation. Kermit is definitely your best bet. He can diagnose things over the phone and tell you exactly where to look or what to do to narrow down the possible issues.

Good luck. Please keep us posted on what you find out.
29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2 AC units in a 2552 on: April 27, 2017, 06:52:03 am
Keelhauler, your idea is exactly what we decided on talking to Earl today! Great minds think alike, I hope. BTW, we lived in Avon, Ohio 2003-2008 before moving back south.
Thank you for the input everyone. Planning on finalizing this tomorrow so I can move on and worry about other things. 😬

"Other things" - all the cool RV/Camping toys and gotta have items to go IN your new RV. Enjoy the anticipation!
30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Camp / RV chairs? on: April 26, 2017, 06:54:20 am
We're still looking for the perfect chair also. We've had the smallish bag ones - work fine but not lounge type chairs and we gave up putting them back in the bags. Tried the zero gravity lounger but it is big, bulky, heavy and usually has to ride in the toad (though throwing it on the bed if it is dry works also since it is one of the first things out of the rig). Now we have one of each but aren't totally happy with either. We don't do the sit at the table thing with them so comfort is more our plan.

I suggest you first narrow down your planned use.
   Do you like to sit upright outside at a table (for eating or computer use or coffee or whatever)?
   Do you boondock or camp in places that do not have picnic tables?
   Do you like to lay back and stare up into the trees or read a book or watch the world go by?
   Do you like to have somewhere to set your drink or snack without having a separate table?
   Do you tow a vehicle that can carry oversize chairs?
   Are you more comfortable in the wider camp chairs that they sell now?
   Do you spend a LOT of time in the chairs? (if yes, worth spending more)
   Do you like to visit with other campers where you will need to be able to tote that chair along?
   Do you go to camp programs where you need to be able to carry the chair along?
   And so on. First question - why do you need the chair? Then go from there.

We don't lounge in camp for long periods of time. If it is nice we are usually out exploring. If it is nasty, we are usually inside chilling. We do have a screen house for buggy areas (Acadia) but bought one without a floor so we can set it up over a picnic table. We do use our chairs a reasonable amount but not enough to warrant paying a huge amount for them (not that I've found the perfect one for any price... yet). Many, many days have gone by where we set the chairs out, ignore them, then pack them up again to move to the next spot. But that's our way of doing it so far.
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