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166  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Crock Pot Stew on: May 21, 2014, 09:30:38 am
We finally tested our kitchen sink cooking and it worked great. The recipe was the McCormick beef stew seasoning mix, meat and veggies (doubled). The method was to prep meat and veggies and put in fridge overnight. Set crock on counter for quick access and set out whole potatoes (cut at last minute to avoid discoloration), knife, cutting board and seasoning packet.

In the morning- Cut the potatoes, lay the silicone dish drying mat in the bottom of the sink, set the crock on it, dump meat, potatoes and veggies in it, mix the spices with water and pour that in then put the lid on. I laid a silicone hot pad between the cord and the edge of the pot to protect the cord from the heat. Plug into the kitchen outlet and turn on the inverter.
Dinner cooks while you drive. Even though the crock was over filled, we had no spillage.

One negative is that you smell that stew cooking all day while you drive. While it smelled heavenly, it was killer on the hunger pains. The McCormick seasoning was very good and we added a loaf of crusty bread to round out the meal. Leftovers went into the freezer for a quick meal another day.
167  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Lazy Furnace on: May 14, 2014, 08:43:42 pm
Quick update, we took the PC in to an Atwood tech in Jackson, MS. It was around 90 that day and they could not reproduce the problem. They DID say the igniter was going through the whole series of sparking, pausing, sparking, etc. We now have to wait and deliberately camp cold then take it to an Atwood tech again before its two year Atwood warranty runs out.
168  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: wireless toad lights on: May 09, 2014, 08:08:31 pm
Thank you! AHFY. John started tracking fuses and decided to leave it for another day. We'll check the ones you mentioned first if the fuse numbering matches our model year. The way we read it, we have to disconnect the battery before playing with the high currency fuses.
169  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: wireless toad lights on: May 09, 2014, 06:06:18 pm
I guess I have a string of questions on this so I'll list them out.
- If using wireless lights do you fore-go the electrical cable from coach to toad?
- Does the Phoenix 7 prong wiring port on the back include a trickle charge to the toad?
- If yes to both questions above, then using wireless lights means no power to toad.

Now for a somewhat separate issue:
- If yes to #2 above, I don't think our trickle charge is working, we've already replaced the toad battery after killing it 3x (though we now know how to turn off the display in the car so we don't drain it as much)
- Somewhere on Forum I saw someone talked to Kermit and he told them there is a fuse that can blow and you no longer get a charge to the toad. I can't find that post now that we need it. Does anyone know which fuse this might be and where we'd find it? The Ford manual lists 6 or 7 fuses that reference power to a towed vehicle. If no one has a clear answer, we may just have to start pulling fuses.

170  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: May 06, 2014, 08:10:46 am
I wonder if the sun did that.  Was it brown where the sun doesn't shine?
Yes, every single piece of Diamond Shield was brown. I was wondering if there was a problem with the adhesive to start with. Maybe it was old or not properly mixed and the adhesive behind the film is what actually molded. I can't believe enough water would get back there, that evenly, to have that effect. I saw pics online of other people with problems but it was a few spots here and there and I can imagine those might come from a scratch or stone ding that pierced the shield and let water in but not this one.

I don't know who Phoenix has installing the Diamond Shield, in-house or not, but I wanted to clarify this particular application was installed in Florida after market, not through Phoenix. I don't recall seeing anything on the forum about problems with the Diamond Shield on other PCs.

171  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Even the critters want a Phoenix on: May 06, 2014, 07:55:17 am
have you run into any other birders with Phoenix rigs?
Not that we're aware of. We've met probably 15 or more Phoenix owners on the road plus the 29 at the rally last year but birding never came up. It would be cool if you could gather a group. You could be the Phoenix Feathers... or is that Phoenix Phethers?
172  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: May 05, 2014, 06:22:17 pm
Here are the pictures. They have this discoloration EVERYWHERE there is Diamond Shield, not just the places you see the cracks and nicks. I believe a Diamond Shield rep or some such is working with them to get the removal price down because it is so bad. They searched online and saw where people successfully removed their film with a hair dryer or heat gun so they gave it a go. Some came off with major work but the film on the one mirror took the paint off with it. I recommended they contact the factory to get their paint colors so they can redo that mirror.

They bought the PC from their parents who bought it from someone else. They are the third owners. They live in Florida. I searched online also and one owner with much smaller patches of mildew under the film was told the reason it did this is the weather in Florida.

Remember, these pictures are of an after market application, NOT the installer Phoenix uses. The owners figure it was not properly installed but since it had changed hands, it had no warranty to go back on. I don't know how much time passed between the installation of the film and the first signs of mildew.

I have the email address of the owner of the this PC and will pass along any words of wisdom you might have. I also expect they'll be on the forum before long.

173  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Even the critters want a Phoenix on: May 05, 2014, 03:46:19 pm
We don't know what it is. We never feed the wildlife and try to keep a clean camp so it isn't the food source. Our wanderings will be up through Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, to Phoenix in Indiana. Then east/northeast until we hit Acadia mid-July. Back down to Maryland to drop the granddaughter and finish retiring.   Celebrate  Then west to the Phoenix rally in Colorado Springs in September. That's a lot of nesting info to relay. I do have the Audubon apps on my Kindle so I can look the birds up when I catch them moving in.
174  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: May 04, 2014, 11:39:05 pm
We were working at the picnic table at Natchez State Park in MS, when in rolls another Phoenix Cruiser. They are a nice couple and adult daughter from Florida with a 2006 or 2008 green 2551 heading to Texas. They are not on the forum - yet. We encouraged them to check it out. We also encouraged them to seek help here for a problem with their diamond shield. Apparently it is an after market application (Lazy Days in Florida put it on when the Phoenix was either originally sold or resold). Water got behind the Diamond Shield and molded making speckled brown spots over all the areas with the diamond shield. They joked that they tell people it is their camouflage. They've had quotes for something like $1,500 to over $3,000 just to remove it. I checked our Diamond Shield warranty and it is restricted to the original owners so they are out of luck there. Has anyone heard of anything like this or seen it?

If I get out before they leave in the morning, I will ask if I can take a picture and post it.
175  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Even the critters want a Phoenix on: May 04, 2014, 10:58:25 pm
Earlier we saw them moving leaves and sticks around in that front opening of the grill on the Phoenix. They also were up on all the tires and the undercarriage of the car and the Phoenix and tried to fly in up under the open/slanted window glass. We are in the woods with lots and lots of other places for them to build but they have chosen us. We leave tomorrow and will try to remember to add "check for birds" to the task list for breaking camp. We don't want to have them tucked in the engine braving 50 mph winds and wondering what the heck just happened to their newly built house. They are certainly persistent.
176  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Right Mirror on: May 04, 2014, 10:29:58 am
Mike, I saw a Phoenix with the side view cameras at the Rally last year. They were mounted on the truck fenders. I thought they looked very cool but wasn't sure how well you could see around the wings of the Phoenix let alone the awning rail. I would think mounting them high on the widest part of the motorhome would make more sense but I really don't know how they work. Does anyone on the forum have them? If so, care to weigh in on how much they help?

I've also seen those "attachment" mirrors for trailers that you hook onto the existing mirror somehow. It sticks out another 6 or 8 inches. While it might look dorky, it could be helpful if you are expecting to be traveling through a lot of traffic. I haven't looked into those yet either, I just saw them in ads.

I would never give up our awning. There have been many times that little shade over the open windows was all that made it bearable (and often quite comfortable) when we are forced to camp in full sun. We love sitting out under the awning enjoying the cooler air in the shade.
177  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Insulated Glass on: May 04, 2014, 10:21:04 am
Ron, both the fixed top and operable bottom panes are dual glass/thermal. While the outer pane sits flush against the outside, the inner pane is smaller and tucks into the window frame when closed. In the photo you are looking at the full size outer pane on the right, a thick air pocket seal, the smaller inner pane (looks sort of green in the pic), the metal track for the window crank mechanism. I know you'll have to stare to make it out but it isn't totally photogenic.

The main thermal breaks in the Phoenix are then: 1) the cab, 2) the ceiling vents (large openings with plastic lids), 3) the house door frame (metal conducts heat and cold)
178  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Insulated Glass on: May 03, 2014, 01:46:05 pm
This should be a good time to visit DC. One recommendation - Take Metro!! Do NOT drive in DC. There is very little on street parking and the parking enforcement is quick and strict. The parking garages are high priced. People drive like maniacs and some of the roads are very confusing. You can easily get around DC using Metro and I'm pretty sure I read that Cherry Hill shuttles you to the nearest Metro station.

We also never did the tour trolleys but wanted to. You pay one price to get on and off all day at the different monuments, museums, etc. Their tours run every so many minutes so you just catch the next bus when you are done with an area. We've done a lot of DC walking and it can be a TON of walking. There are so many wonderful places to see but there is a lot of physical territory to cover to get to each of the sites. I've also done the walk over to Arlington Cemetery and don't recommend that walk either. Metro will hop you over there in a heartbeat and you still have enough energy to actually tour the place.

Enjoy your time in DC!
If you get a chance Baltimore's inner harbor is another great place to spend the day... as is Annapolis.
179  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Even the critters want a Phoenix on: May 01, 2014, 06:38:06 pm
Beats the heck out of going to "somewhere" in a handbasket
180  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Even the critters want a Phoenix on: May 01, 2014, 03:09:15 pm
We were doing some cleaning and organizing and left the large bin open. I noticed a little bird scope out the bin and fly off. Within minutes his/her mate came back to check it out and they started to fly back and forth with sticks and leaves. Someone came by to chat so it was another half hour before we got over there to evict them and they were pretty well settled in by then.  It just goes to show the livability of the Phoenix. Even the critters want to move in. Maybe Kermit could add a special birdhouse bin so they can have access to their nest and travel with us. They could sing us awake each morning and clean up all the crumbs around the picnic table each night.
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