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181  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Scangauge on: December 06, 2016, 10:39:11 am
I was browsing sites for a school STEM lab and hit a gift idea that sounds intriguing. Has anyone heard of this, researched it or used it? It sounds like a scangauge type connector that feeds to your cellphone or table with downloadable apps. I found the reference here:

the item description is:

OBD II Bluetooth Reader
Most cars in the US produced after 1996 are equipped to tell you a great deal about the engine and other components. Without a 'reader' there's no way to get this info. This Bluetooth-enabled OBD II reader plugs right into your vehicle's OBD port and sends its data to your phone or tablet. Freeware apps allow you to create incredibly detailed real-time dashboards of all kinds of fascinating things. If your vehicle's been worked on and has to pass an inspection, but needs a particular driving pattern for the code to clear, this unit is indispensable. I always leave one plugged in to each of my cars.

Recommended by Tim Deagan, Fire Whisperer and Make: Contributing Author

182  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Length and Width Restrictions on: November 28, 2016, 07:34:13 am
I forgot to mention that we did consider the length of the 2552 and some of the road restrictions out west. While we know we can't go on ALL the roads, it is our intent to drop the tow vehicle and drive separately on a some of them that don't allow trailers or that have 30' restrictions. Some of those restrictions only apply to a short section of road so we'll unhook, drive separate, and hook back up.
183  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Length and Width Restrictions on: November 27, 2016, 08:09:51 am
We've only really had an issue once and it was because of the placement of that road restriction sign and not our willingness to follow them. We drove the Blue Ridge parkway just after the government closed a bit back. Since the Federal campgrounds on the parkway were closed, we had to find our way off to a private campground. We used AllStays, found a campground, verified space and headed off the exit... only to find a road restriction sign AT THE END OF THE EXIT RAMP... We couldn't back back onto the parkway and we couldn't take the road to the left (can't remember why). There was no ramp back on to the parkway so we went down the restricted road. There were a few seriously tight switchbacks and our 2552 with Subaru trailing behind was definitely stretching from the drop off, over the yellow line and nearly brushing the inside wall of the road. I leaned out the window to tell John when the tire was getting close to going over the edge. As we angled down toward one particularly tight turn, we stopped and waited and watched a semi truck come close to jackknifing on the turn. Once he cleared, we gave it a go and mentally noted we would never take that exit again (no, I don't remember which one, which makes it hard to hold true to that promise) AND we both blew out a few choice words for the guy that decided that restriction sign should be a couple hundred feet past the point of no return. I suspect the guy in the semi had done the same.

Any other close calls were due to creative directions from the GPS. Ghost roads... on the maps, on the GPS, invisible to us. 
184  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Barbecue hardpipe location on: November 23, 2016, 06:52:13 am
The standard propane hookup is in the propane tank bin on the driver side. If you had Phoenix add a quick connect on the passenger side, it is installed in the first bin back from the door. Please remember that hookup will be low pressure and may not work well with a standard camp stove.
185  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Selling your PC 2400? on: November 20, 2016, 05:03:55 am
Ron... you worry me sometimes. Only a car guy would say vehicle emissions smell "friendly." I can't even begin to put fumes and friendly together in my brain.
186  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: M&G Engineering Hydraulic Brake System on: November 18, 2016, 05:07:10 am
Double check how the lights in the toad work. Our Subaru Forester couldn't be wired directly into its existing light system so our installer put additional bulb lights inside each existing rear light unit on the toad. They are difficult to see except at night. We've had people tell us we have NO brake lights on the toad but when we check they work fine... you just can't see them well in daylight. I don't have a workaround yet. I've considered the wireless magnetic light bar but that's one more thing to store. I'd prefer to upgrade the bulbs in some way to have them brighter or reflect better.
187  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Cruiser Sighting on: November 18, 2016, 05:00:13 am
I'm not sure of the etiquette in campgrounds either but have strolled past PC's repeatedly watching for human activity (I do frequent "walk abouts" when in camp anyhow so I just direct them in that direction", I've called out to say hello to see if anyone answered and once knocked on a door and left a note. I try to stay below the level of stalker. Only once was an owner not thrilled to meet and chat with me and they were having an electrical situation with potential wiring meltdown so I'm blaming it on that. At the Intervec Phoenix Travel Club Reunion in DC we spotted a cruiser that wasn't with us and after several wanders past it I left a note but not no reply so I figured anything further would be stalking and so I never met those folks.

Personally, I LOVE meeting other Phoenix owners and would be happy with a knock on the door or note letting me know where to find you. I figure the RV is my home and friends can drop in and say hi any time. Even those friends I haven't met yet. If it's bad timing I can always say so.
188  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Satellite TV? on: November 18, 2016, 04:52:13 am
Wiggle room is good. ALWAYS round up in mental calculations for the height of the rig before driving under that bridge.
189  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Standard split reclining sofa/chairs on: November 06, 2016, 08:02:55 am
The sofa works fine for me. I'm 5'5" 150 lbs. I have a little squishable throw pillow I use to take the corners off at different angles. I lounge sideways or diagonally for watching TV and use my regular bed pillow to get comfy for that. I have slept on one half of that sofa continuously for 6 1/2 weeks one summer our granddaughter traveled with us and have spent many additional weekend travel nights on it without any problem.

If you give up the couch, you give up the ability to sleep four in the 2552 unless you carry mats and put people on the floor or have them sleep in the recliners. We've slept three or four on several occasions with no problem. By having the twin beds and the couch that makes into a queen bed, we are able to shift around according to who is on board. If we have two guests that don't share a bed, John and I can take the couch and put the guests in the twin beds.

It's all a matter of personal taste. If you never expect to have guests say on board (including grandchildren), then you could forego the couch.
190  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: November 05, 2016, 11:19:01 am
I feel like I know many of you since reading so many posts on this forum.
Yeah, I always kind of worry about that. You know, the startled look then "OH, YOU'RE 2 Frazzled"...

WELCOME!!   MeetYa
191  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: LED light problems on: November 05, 2016, 11:15:11 am
I haven't replaced the bulb yet but I'm pretty sure you can do so. They are those snap in things, not screw in. Several people on the forum have replaced bulbs, some with LED equivalent.
192  Main Forum / Photos / Re: 2100 Pictures on: November 05, 2016, 11:09:15 am
Awesome, we will give that a go. I've got the Rustoleum and some product that the Home Depot guy said works as a base coat on metal and converts the rust to something as part of the base coat. I think I'll go with tried and true and get the Chassis Saver instead. I'll still wire brush first to get loose crud off. Thanks for the info.
193  Main Forum / Photos / Re: 2100 Pictures on: November 04, 2016, 11:53:38 am
We picked up our 2552 in May 2013. It has been outside ever since. It gets high humidity and over 100 degree summer days and nasty ice and snow and the occasional below freezing winter nights. We've camped across the country north to south and east to west so it's been in just about every climate area of the lower 48. We were full time for a year and a half with a good bit of camping the rest of the time. The full body paint looks new except a few spots we dinked. It is automotive paint and holds up as such. Our car is out there right with it, is the same age, and looks just as good.

The Diamond Shield on the Phoenix is just starting to show a touch of brown under some spots along the edges but John tends to be exuberant during vehicle washing so he may have loosened the edge. I don't see any areas affected by bugs. My guess is random brown spots in the main sheet of Diamond Shield would be due to tiny nicks from road debris that allow the water to penetrate and then eventually mold.

Our thermal windows have experienced all those temperature changes and have bounced down many uneven roads and we have no fogging so far.

We take moderate care of the RV and with a quick clean up it looks almost as good as the day we bought it. There are a few dinks inside and out that we put there but other than that, she has held up beautifully. My biggest challenge is rust and crud on the tow bar and jacks but we didn't clean those as much as we should have. This is the first year we've had to touch up the caulk on the roof and it took John less than an hour to strip it, clean it and recaulk one seam where the cap joins the roof. We didn't have leaks but our inspection showed some possible loose edges so we cleaned and caulked it. 
194  Main Forum / Photos / Re: 2100 Pictures on: November 02, 2016, 08:45:49 pm
The colors page will get you there - I suggest comparing the lower body paint shown under the color "graystone" - that looks to be a 2100 or 2400. And for the full body paint on a shorter rig, look at the color "toast" which I believe shows full body paint on a 2350 (longer than the 2100 but as close you get on that page. 

Besides the beauty of the full body paint, you get an easy care exterior with automotive paint instead of the gel coat. Many, many owners have the lower body paint and are happy with it. It requires different care so you just have to plan accordingly. Choose what is right for you.

195  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Re. Sandyc Replacing Norcold w. Dometic, & Options on: November 02, 2016, 10:26:18 am
The electrical power control/surge suppressor can be hard wired into the rig either by the manufacturer or a very knowledgeable and capable owner OR purchased as a separate, portable unit. We use the Progressive Industries portable 30 amp unit and love it. It has saved us from some very badly wired or faulty campground connections. There are several different brands and I haven't reviewed them lately but one selling point on the Progressive I liked is the replaceable parts - not having to replace the whole unit - if something zaps it and fries it. 

It is an expensive item so we use a cable and lock to fasten it to the post when possible.

Several owners on the forum have a unit hardwired in their Phoenix.
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