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166  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: At long last - Our PC arrives! on: November 18, 2013, 09:34:35 pm
Here is a cut and paste of one post on mildew under the mattress and there was another string somewhere with debate on non-thermal vs thermal with condensation, etc. but I can't find it. The post was from Chily in Tips on March 1 2013.

 Prevent Mattress mildew.
on: March 01, 2013, 04:58:46 PM Reply with quoteQuote 

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To prevent mildew under the mattress we placed a slat-frame assembly bought from IKEA. It vents the space under the mattress very effectively. No more mildew!

 

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167  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sanitizing 2552 Water System on: November 17, 2013, 07:29:20 pm
We do the same tank sanitizing but managed to refill with bad, smelly water at one campground so we had to flush her again. We also clean the spigots before we hook up each time by squirting bleach UP into the spigot and around the threads. Then we squirt a little in the hose, hook her up to the spigot, flush the hose out, then hook her to the rig. The small bleach bottle at the store had four little squirt holes in a pop up cap. It lives in the back with the hoses.

We just hooked up at a new site and are amazed that the water spigot and the sewer drain share a little 1'x2' cement pad. Not much separation. Get the bleach!
168  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: At long last - Our PC arrives! on: November 16, 2013, 07:29:05 am
My plan for the bed boards was actually a thin sheet vinyl glued down with cut outs for the appropriate access panels, hinges, etc. or some sort of lattice or Ikea bed slats that would lift away from splinters and provide air flow. The Ikea bed slats are way too wide and we just weren't in the mood for cutting and finishing both ends of each slat. The lattice we found wouldn't do what we wanted. I was back to thin vinyl but my son kept begging to be let at it with the sander and polyurethane. It seems to work well. We haven't had much condensation (yet) that others wrote about so I don't know if we will need to address moisture later or not.
169  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: At long last - Our PC arrives! on: November 15, 2013, 09:32:56 pm
considering we plan to have this rig for a long time, I'm definitely going to install the lifters....once and done.

Mike, we had pulled that bed board off also just after we bought her but for a different reason. We sanded the board, rounded the edge and coated the top and edge with several coats of polyurethane. Then we screwed her back on. The lifters would definitely have been a better plan and may wind up in there in the future as they would allow us to get in and blow out any dust or debris that is making those fans unhappy. The sanding and polyurethane on the bed base was suggested by others on the forum to reduce the splinters and snagging of the mattress and bedding on the rough wood. I'm sensitive to chemicals and didn't want the dust overload so we took the boards out of the rig before applying the poly.
170  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: 12 Volt Charging Station on: November 15, 2013, 09:22:55 pm
There is a round, 12 volt outlet in the front wall of the cabinet over the passenger seat. I didn't know it was there until Barry suggested we charge our cell phones with it. Then I went to the cabinet with a flashlight, stuck my head in, and THERE IT WAS! A nice round hole in the wall, just perfect size for a car charger plug. No clue how I missed it before but I bet you have one also.
171  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Very sad sign of the times on: November 15, 2013, 06:41:32 pm
This was posted on the door of the mechanical room for the bathhouse at COE McKinney Campground at Allatoona Lake, GA. I assume they have had people break in and steal their plumbing in the past.
172  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / 12 Volt Charging Station on: November 15, 2013, 06:33:01 pm
New toy! We recently learned that the inverter in the Phoenix (and apparently most RVs) is a variable Sine Wave inverter instead of a Pure Sine Wave inverter (thank you Barry for helping clueless people yet again). The reason we care is that I charged my cell phone from an inverter outlet when we had no shore power. It would not turn on again. I had to remove the battery, wait a while, reinstall the battery and then it started back up. We thought it was my Samsung phone until John had the identical thing happen on his Motorola. Johns phone is now flaky on charging sometimes it does, sometimes it doesnt. I mentioned this to Bobby when we were at the factory and he checked our inverter power and said we were good. Barry posted electrical wizardry right around then so I did a personal email to him and he gave us the resolution. Our cell phone chargers cannot handle variable sine waves. Computers and other large devices (or maybe devices with the bigger/badder converters on their cords) can usually handle it. Barry suggested we charge our phones using the 12v outlet in the front cabinet. Since we have so many devices and plan to boondock a reasonable amount, I figured we needed a multiple outlet solution and found it in the automotive department at Target the Bell Charging Port. It plugs into the 12 volt outlet in the cupboard. It has two USB charging ports and three 12 volt ports. There is an on/off switch on the side so you can leave multiple things plugged in and still shut it all off with one switch. The little Bell medallion lights up blue so you know when it is live. It has a small compartment for earbuds and such and comes with Velcro so you can mount it on your dashboard or console. I simply set it up in the cupboard and plugged it in. Works like a charm and Johns phone charges on it with no problems.
173  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Bear Songs on: November 15, 2013, 05:42:05 pm
Tom, that gives me an idea! I'll etch my name on those bells so if a grizzly does get me, John will be able to collect that bear's scat, bells and all, so that people at my memorial service can have a sense of closure. The scat (and an ample supply of Jack Daniels) should make for some memorable toasts and an enjoyable wake.
174  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drive line vibration diagnosis on: November 15, 2013, 09:18:07 am
I just figured out Panhandle Driveline IS the name of the shop and I found the address on the internet. Is there someone in particular you dealt with? We'll be visiting them before too long. I don't know if our vibration noise is the same as yours but it sounds similar enough and our rigs came out about the same time so the chance of a like problem seems good. It would be AWESOME if they can fix this.
175  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drive line vibration diagnosis on: November 15, 2013, 09:07:47 am
Mark, PLEASE send us the name and location of your mechanic. We are dawdling our way through Georgia but would happily reroute to wherever this guy is if he can fix our vibration noise. Thank you so much for posting all this information.  Holly and John
176  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Bear Songs on: November 15, 2013, 09:03:28 am
Friends of ours moved to a nice little cabin just outside of Glacier National Park. It was ideal. There was a pond out front where they watched Moose graze and trails through Flathead National Forest just outside their door. Their three kids were picked up by the school bus at the foot of the hill and Laura could jog blissfully around the "neighborhood" exercising with the wonders of nature all around her. Being avid outdoorsmen they were very happy. The little neighborhood only had one other full time resident. One day he called Laura to tell her that Star was headed her way. "Star? Who's Star?" Oh, that's our resident grizzly. "YOU NAME YOUR BEARS?" Well Star did pay a visit to the new neighbors. She checked the front porch and the trash cans and even climbed the stairs to the back deck to look for any goodies in the BBQ grill. She left nice, big grizzly bear paw prints in the snow. Well, even nature lovers become a little concerned with a grizz living next door so changes were made. One of the parents walked the kids to the bus stop in the morning and greeted them again in the afternoon. Laura strapped bear bells on her ankle and continued her runs singing loudly all the way "Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way. Oh what fun it is to run with a grizzly bear today".

They still live there. They still hike and cross country ski through the forests. They still kayak and raft down the rivers. The boys are grown now and everyone in the family has their own bear spray that clips to their pack straps every time they head out into nature AND they have spares that they issue to guests before each hike. So if you are in grizzly country, get your bear spray and your bear bells and sing along with nature.

177  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: First trip on our 2350: a report on: November 15, 2013, 08:45:39 am
After many, many years in a tent (or no tent at all), I am very happy to have the security of the hard sided MH. While those critter noises still wake me up, I do not lay awake wondering if the next noise will the entry of an unwanted guest. Something pushed up against the Phoenix the other night and rocked us a bit. The first reaction was WHOA... bear, deer, really big raccoon, human? Then, after a mental inventory of what was outside and accessible AND that I had checked all locks, it was "don't care - going back to sleep". Whatever it was went away.

We don't have bear spray yet but it is on the list. Just as a heads up, it is actually illegal in some states so you don't want to flaunt it. I will, however, still clip it to within easy reach on my pack straps when hiking in bear country and risk a fine. I also plan to get bear bells. I'll put a friend's bear story in the around the campfire posting.
178  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: First trip on our 2350: a report on: November 14, 2013, 06:40:55 am
So what is this one? I found the picture on the internet but we saw one at a campground last week. Actually they had a car with the tent on top and the car was pulling a trailer with a flip out tent on top. They had a whole herd of people. We think some were sleeping in the car, some in each tent AND more in two tents on the ground in the next site. This is legit by the way. It mounts on your roof rack and flips closed then zips into what looks like a car top carrier bag. http://www.cascadiatents.com/Welcome.htm?m=1
179  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Winter travel and overnighting iin low 20 degree weather on: November 14, 2013, 06:27:25 am
We are currently camping in below freezing weather (dropping for just for a few hours each night) but we have 30 amp hookups. My nagging worry applies here though. What about the outdoor shower? I can't find shutoff valves. I unscrewed and drained the shower hose and am basically hoping that is enough. I've played with a few ideas: 1) buy a bag of pillow type fiberfill stuffing at a craft or fabric store and cram it in the cabinet as insulation OR 2) put a large plastic bag in there, spray the gently expanding foam into the bag and close the compartment until it sets up (Not the super expanding stuff, it can expand until it breaks things). I would have to first put something over the faucets to prevent the foam from expanding behind them and thus never coming back out.

I worry about those few freezing hours (possibly unnecessarily) but Dick and Trish will be in a hard freeze for days so their shower is more likely to freeze.

Any suggestions?
180  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: First trip on our 2350: a report on: November 13, 2013, 07:14:42 am
Sparky, I don't know the answer to your question but I know that when I first started comparing motorhomes one of the magazines (Motorhome Mag?) had a footnote that stated the Phoenix Cruiser had been classified as a "B" until recently when they changed it to the "C" for comparisons. Come to think of it, Motorhome Mag may be the place to search, be back if I find anything.
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