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166  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.
167  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.
168  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"
169  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.
170  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.
171  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.
172  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.
173  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.
174  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.
175  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.
176  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Flip Up Counter issue on: August 11, 2016, 06:26:21 am
The counters are in different places in different models. They all block something when up which is why they are designed to be up temporarily. The flip up counter in the 2552 is across the house door. I have been known to sqeeeeeze by or crawl under if it is set up and loaded with something and I need to get into the house. The cab doors would give easier access but we keep those locked.
177  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Flip Up Counter issue on: August 09, 2016, 08:13:35 am
Have you considered my proposal to put it in your oven at home set to the lowest setting? 

Yes, we plan to try the hair dryer and oven before hitting the chemicals. Our first attempt will be to take it down, prop it in an upside down position in the rig, and hope the evil heat we're supposed to be getting this week will make her slide the other way. If that doesn't work, on to the other suggested fixes.

We'll post results in case someone else has this happen. If anyone out there does have the composite counter top on your flip up and your rig is somewhere hot, the suggestion to keep it in the upright position while stored sounds like an excellent one... and one we will follow in the future.
178  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Flip Up Counter issue on: August 08, 2016, 06:15:34 am
Ron, I'm not sure the number of years is a good comparison. We were full time in the Phoenix for over two years, or over 700 days with that counter in use most days. Even while temporarily grounded, we're camping at least 30 days this year. That's a lot of stuff going across that surface. That said, the standard wood very well may have stood up fine, we just like having the other counter material. It seems easier to maintain. At least it did right up until our evil weather melted the glue. We are hopeful we can get it fixed before we roll back out on in full time mode again.
179  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Flip Up Counter issue on: August 07, 2016, 10:13:53 am
Thank you for the suggestions. We will give them a try from the easiest to the more complicated. We'll let you know what works. And in the future, we'll store it in the "up" position.

We love having the composite type counter on the flip up as we do a lot of cooking and dish washing inside and we would have probably destroyed the wooden one by now.
180  Main Forum / General Discussion / Flip Up Counter issue on: August 05, 2016, 09:45:29 am
We've had some wicked heat and humidity in the DC area this last month or so. It was apparently hot enough to melt the glue holding our flip up counter together. We have the same material on it that is on the main counter. This is quite heavy and that weight combined with the intense heat seems to have softened the glue and the counter top material slid down on the wood base... then restuck. The PC was stored in a storage facility parking lot in the sun with the vent open. It's never seemed horribly hot in there when we stop by but we didn't go during the intense heat days. We had her out a month ago and there wasn't any noticeable problem but you can definitely see it now. We left the counter in the down position in the hope that it will continue the slide and come all the way off but just in case it doesn't, does anyone have suggestions on how to free up that glue so we can slide it back together and glue it back down? We have about an inch gap right now.

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