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181  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.
182  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.
183  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.
184  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.
185  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.
186  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.
187  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.

Pics are attached.
188  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bilstein Shocks on: July 25, 2016, 09:19:39 am
Good point, Barry. My suggestion if that is true in your area, is to have the internet quote on hand (printed out, bookmarked on your phone, whatever) and ask the tech to match the price for the parts. Make sure you already have the itemized quote so they don't just load the cost onto the service side of the work. Some places will "match price" with other suppliers. It's always worth a chance to ask.
189  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: SO JUST HOW FAST DO YOU GO? on: July 18, 2016, 06:48:21 am
We tend to drive the speed limit or a bit below. John is more conservative and usually stays more in the 65 range even with higher speed limits. On several trips where it was hours and hours of pure highway driving, we drove 75 and 80 when the speed limit AND lack of traffic allowed.

We had a family emergency late January last year and drove from the northwest corner of Oregon to Maryland in just over three days. We maxed the speed limit most of the way and traded off driving. There was very little parked time. We totally killed the battery on the toad (never started her up during the race cross country) but the Phoenix was awesome. Gas mileage was not.

Our preferred driving is a comfortable meander on more scenic roads and we are really cautious in city traffic.

I had a defensive driving course in the Army and the one thing I remember is this quote "Everyone out there is an idiot - drive accordingly"
190  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Furnace inquiry on: July 14, 2016, 07:45:04 am
Excellent info. Thank you.
191  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sofa Bed Will Not Extend on: July 12, 2016, 07:09:21 am
I suggest checking for any time of manual or documentation for the sofa bed in the massive packet Phoenix supplies. I don't think we have anything for ours but it's always possible there was something for yours. After that, I agree with a previous post that you should call the factory. They are unbelievably helpful and knowledgeable about all the different components of the Phoenix.
192  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: LED light problems on: July 11, 2016, 07:37:55 am
I don't have the LED lights either. My suggestion is to see if you can find the manufacturer and the model number and do a google search. It's possible it is a problem with that brand or model fixture. We've had several faulty items (generator fuel pump, furnace igniter, etc.) and the problems were known by the manufacturer but they did not put out a recall, they just fixed them when owners tracked down the problem and reported it to them (and argued it, and pointed out that they had numerous instances of failure so they needed to stop blaming Phoenix for their poor quality control). Kermit did say that it is unfortunately common in the RV industry  where so many different components are brought together. It aggravates me that some of the manufacturers get away with blaming it on everything else even when they know it is their fault. I know Phoenix has taken hits for repairs of equipment that should be covered under the manufacturers warranty. That said, there are manufacturers out there that stand by their products and it's wonderful when you deal with those.

Good luck on your lighting problem. Please keep us posted with what you find out.
193  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Furnace inquiry on: July 10, 2016, 03:25:04 pm
We had a lengthy (and cold) struggle with our furnace. The string can be found here,1717.0.html

The solution was replacing the igniter.
194  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Lazy Furnace on: July 10, 2016, 03:22:11 pm
Final update since I'm about to link this post to someone else's query - our furnace was fixed by replacing the igniter as described in my last post. We've used the furnace numerous times since that repair and it works fine. Several people on the forum have had problems with the Atwood furnace and they have resolved it by replacing the igniter. I'm sure that doesn't fix it for everyone but it worked for us. I am assuming the repairman repositioned the igniter when he replaced it to ensure it sparked inside the fire box.

Others have had pinholes in the ceramic portion of the igniter that caused arcing or some such. New igniter fixed the problem.
195  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Yogurt Fruit Snack Cups on: July 06, 2016, 05:47:06 pm
And another recipe. We like keeping these in the freezer during the hotter months. You can adapt for whichever fruits are in season or to suit your taste. We've used peach yogurt with sliced peaches, strawberries, and bananas and a few other combinations but always come back to the original recipe. This is from "30 Day Gourmet's Big Book of Freezer Cooking". Since they are in their own paper wrappers, you just pull them out of the freezer, thaw slightly, eat, then toss the paper. No fuss, no muss. Not all of mix makes it into the freezer as John usually raids my bowl of goop before I get them all frozen.

Yogurt Fruit Snack Cups - servings 24 (or more)

3 bananas
24 oz nonfat strawberry yogurt (I just dump in the 2 lb bucket commonly found in stores)
16 oz frozen sliced strawberries, slightly thawed and UNDRAINED (or sliced fresh strawberries)
8 oz crushed pineapple UNDRAINED

Mash the bananas in a bowl. Dump in everything else and stir (remember you do not drain the fruit - it all goes in)
Line muffin pans with paper cups, ladle in the yogurt mix and freeze for at least 3 hours.
Remove cups from muffin pan and seal in labeled freezer bags then return to freezer.
To serve: Allow to thaw for 10 minutes. You want to eat these slightly slushy. You can also microwave them for 15 seconds for a quick thaw or just gnaw on them frozen.

I also like to throw in a cup or two of blueberries (either fresh or frozen). This increases the number of servings. We have tried these with plain yogurt, thus reducing the sugar but the flavor then is very much determined by the sweetness of the fruit used. I pureed strawberries once and added them to plain yogurt and they were sweet enough for us but I'm lazy so we usually just dump in the flavored stuff. Enjoy!

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