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196  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Lake Powhatan Recreation Area, NC on: October 23, 2013, 08:15:42 am
I forgot to mention that when your GPS says you have arrived... you haven't. Keep driving about 1 mile and there is a can't miss sign for rec area. Another note is John and I are into nature and seldom make use of amenities in a park. Those items I mentioned are about it. The camp hosts sell firewood and ice but there are no extra buildings, game rooms, snack bar, movie rentals, etc. It looks like they run a few activities in the summertime. Also, we have Verizon and can get fairly good signal in about a half dozen of their sites without kicking on our cell phone booster. Our mi-fi is getting 2 bars at 4G. However, they said that some people have no cell service at all in here. We drove around the campground with cell phone and mi-fi in hand checking signal prior to selecting our site since we work from the rig via the internet. And, if you are here during hunting season and plan to hike or bike outside the campground, bring an orange vest. It is better to look dorky than dead. Walmart sells them. We always wear them in/near hunting areas. It seems someone is always hunting something. If you don't do dorky, I saw one female mountain biker in a day-glo pink top. You couldn't miss her flying through the woods but there was no dork factor there.
197  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Lake Powhatan Recreation Area, NC on: October 22, 2013, 05:07:19 pm
Gorgeous campground! We stumbled upon Lake Powhatan Recreation Area just outside of Asheville NC. Our site is a large, shaded, almost level, paved pad that easily fits the cruiser and our toad, with gravel pad for the picnic table and fire ring, very nice showers and baths, and full hook ups for $31.00 per night (no additional tax or fees, electric post handles up to 50 amp service). Everything looks new. We are in a National Forest but the campground is run/managed by CFAIA (Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association -  http://www.cfaia.org/campgrounds-recreation-areas/lake-powhatan-campgrounds-in-north-carolina.php). There are numerous hiking and mountain bike trails nearby and several campers are carrying kayaks (we think to use on the nearby French Broad River since the lake here is beautiful but small and does not allow boats). There is a nice sandy swimming beach and a fishing pier on the opposite side of the lake. The lake and streams are stocked with trout and posted signs say no minimum size but limit of 7 per day. We are ten minutes from Asheville and even closer to the Blue Ridge Parkway and NC Arboretum. Biltmore is nearby as well as tons of other parks and sites. Very nice. They have a 14 day camping limit which is probably good because we would probably never leave.
198  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: SMI Brake Assist on: October 21, 2013, 05:22:03 pm
Ron, are you saying you broke your wife's car?
199  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question on propane furnace on: October 21, 2013, 05:20:03 pm
We do have a little ceramic heater that does a good job of keeping us warm. We've only used it down to about 40 degrees. We couldn't use it the last few nights because we were dry camping with no power hookups. We are now in the Asheville area and plan to camp with hookups for the week so we should be set with heat strip and/or electric heater. The forecast was calling for snow where we were camped so we decided to move on down the road. We hope to camp in the Smokies next so the propane heater will be back in play.
200  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Generator won't start on: October 21, 2013, 05:05:19 pm
Gas tank was full. Several questions
- is the air cleaner another name for air filter, if so do we just spray carb cleaner into the opening where the filter was? Meaning into whatever hole it was covering.
- can you hear the fuel pump from inside or should we be starting the genie from outside? Are we talking about the Ford truck pump or does the generator have its own?
FYI - the Onan manual leaves much to be desired.
There is a bracket type switch on the right side of the housing. It is switched to on and I got the impression that it's purpose was to block power to the house batteries in case of some sort of overload. Since it is on I figure it isn't the problem.
201  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Motor mods on: October 20, 2013, 09:30:27 pm
Would Bill drive something like that? If so, would his DW agree to navigate? Seriously, how drunk do you have to be to think that's a good design idea? I understand beer can chicken (very good by the way) but that vehicle had to have way more"creative juices" involved in the planning stages.
202  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Goodbye to PC on: October 20, 2013, 09:08:53 pm
WOW! That is sweet! Congratulations - You must be really excited. ENJOY!
203  Main Forum / General Discussion / Question on propane furnace on: October 20, 2013, 08:57:10 pm
It's cold in these hills (35 degrees this morning). We are boondocking and using the furnace at night. John and I both think we were told that we cannot run the furnace without opening the window or running a fan... which seems counter-productive but we don't want to die from lack of oxygen. Any advice from you experienced folks?
204  Main Forum / General Discussion / Generator won't start on: October 20, 2013, 08:50:49 pm
Our gennie won't start. It cranks but doesn't turn over. It's been 5 1/2 weeks since we ran it. It only has 18 hours on it. My question is... is there a kill switch or fuel shut off that may have been put into play during one of our many service stops? We adjusted for altitude, checked battery connections on both ends, waited until the air temp was reasonable, checked the air filter, and ran the truck while we cranked it just in case it needed a little extra oomph. We don't have a socket that fits the spark plug but plan to get one in a day or two and pull that. Is there any thing else we missed?
205  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Blue Ridge Parkway October 2013 on: October 17, 2013, 05:28:32 pm
 Heart Shower The gates are open! We just hopped up onto the parkway to check and the gates to picnic areas and campgrounds are open. We move up into the park tomorrow. We spoke to a very happy, very helpful ranger and watched as campers started pulling in. YEE HA!
206  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Success with the Engine Light and lights with car on: October 17, 2013, 07:03:14 am
Excellent! We were worried about you and are very glad to hear that all is well and you can play in Atlanta without that worry nagging at you. Enjoy the rally and we hope to run into you on the road again soon.
207  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Blue Ridge Parkway October 2013 on: October 16, 2013, 07:29:53 am
I tried to access Skyline Drive at Front Royal last week and the gates were closed. I assumed the whole thing was shut down. Guess not!

Shenandoah National Park, which Skyline Drive runs through, is closed. Any roads in the park with a gate have been locked off. People are still accessing hiking trails and areas that cannot be easily blocked off.

Blue Ridge Parkway, the road only, is open. If you are in the area and want to see beautiful colors, I recommend heading out because most of the other people stayed home. I've NEVER been on it with so little traffic and that includes times of extreme fog. You can get in and out of the overlooks with ease and most of the time you are the only one there. It is now hitting peak color on many areas of the parkway so it is a great time to go. Most of the parkway runs through National Forests. Their campgrounds and facilities are also closed but the forest roads and hiking trail access points are open and in use. I would advise caution due to hunting season. We carry dorky blaze orange vests (Walmart) to wear in ANY woods during hunting season. They fold up small and live in our hiking pack ALL the time. Just because hunting is not allowed where you are, does not mean a hunter's bullet stops at the property line.

I feel sorry for the rangers. They are under orders to block access to the places they have spent their whole careers caring for and sharing with the public. If you see one, please be kind. We've heard of some nastiness directed toward the rangers that are just doing their jobs. And think how much it must aggravate to be that one guy we saw working. There he is getting hated by the public, not allowed to do what he loves to do AND all his coworkers get extra free, paid vacation.
208  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Blue Ridge Parkway October 2013 on: October 15, 2013, 07:41:39 am
I forgot, there is a visitor center outside of Roanoke that is open and has a really nice, really big, three-dimensional map of the Blue Ridge Parkway as well as other exhibits, travel brochures and a gift shop. It is down a spur road so even the few people on the parkway don't realize it's open. It's privately operated so somehow they got the park service to leave the access road open. All the park operated historical buildings and the restaurant at the site are closed. We are now in Boone, NC and will be playing around here for a bit before rolling south so I don't know what else is open below Mile Marker 220. Note that all the park operated pull offs that have a gate are closed. This includes picnic areas, loop roads (like the one up Roanoke Mountain), etc. Most of the visitor center parking is just open drive in lots so people are pulling in those and walking the trails and grounds. I saw orange cones set to the side at one visitor center and figure the rangers were told to set them out and then someone came along and moved them out of the driveway. With the Phoenix, we don't need the restrooms and restaurants (though we would have happily given our money to the park in exchange for food and camping) so we are quite content on our journey.
209  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I killed my carburetor on the Onan Generator on: October 15, 2013, 07:29:46 am
Anne, thank you for posting this. As newbies we are still trying to figure out what we have to do and when to keep all the systems happy. My brain told me we had to exercise the generator if we stored the Phoenix but since we are in it full time I didn't think more about it. Reading your post made me think we should be exercising it periodically anyhow. We haven't needed to run it for over a month so I figure it's time.
210  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drive line vibration diagnosis on: October 15, 2013, 07:09:04 am
This might be the cause of our vibration issue also so I am glued to this topic. I'm not sure I can get a decent picture underneath to see if we have the same angle. I, too, thought Phoenix sent the chassis out to be extended but then Earl's walk through video seemed to say they do it themselves. I watched them putting the heat shield on during our factory tour but I did not see if they did or did not do the chassis extension themselves. Skipper, thanks for the excellent post.
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