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211  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Blue Ridge Parkway October 2013 on: October 15, 2013, 06:55:22 am
Yes Tom, the Blue Ridge Parkway is open during shutdown HOWEVER the facilities are not. Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park has only a few road access points so they gated those and you cannot drive in. Blue Ridge has far too many access points so it is open. We saw one ranger in 200 miles and probably fewer than 200 other vehicles. There are concessionaires that have successfully lobbied the government to be allowed to reopen. So far we passed a trading post (gift shop) right on the parkway and the Mabry Mill restaurant/gift shop which just re-opened two days ago. I read that an Inn and Restaurant in NC (Pisgah Inn I think) defied the shutdown since they lease the property but the rangers blocked access to their parking lot and they had to shut down. The owner filed suit and was open again before long. We plan to eat there as a show of support. All campgrounds are shut down so we are camping nearby. So far only one campground was full. Most are pretty empty. It's a slow, twisty, up and down, sometimes foggy, and BEAUTIFUL drive.
212  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Blue Ridge Parkway October 2013 on: October 14, 2013, 05:26:28 pm
Here we are enjoying the mostly empty Blue Ridge Parkway. Gorgeous color. No traffic.
213  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HEAT along the passenger wing wall on: October 14, 2013, 07:49:35 am
The outside of the door was not hot. When I opened the door and touched the inside door jamb is where it was heating up. I think we have some decent climbs coming up in NC. We'll keep checking it to see if we can track the heat. Thanks for all the analytical effort. We'll let you know if we find anything.
214  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: October 13, 2013, 06:50:37 pm
Oops, forgot the links: http://www.bridgewalk.com/   and  http://www.officialbridgeday.com/new-river-gorge. NOTE - you cannot jump off the bridge. Only experienced base jumpers can. They have to apply and be approved. Base jumpers are parachutists that jump off of Bridges, Antennas, Skyscrapers, and Earth (cliffs). You jump off a fixed object and use a parachute to break your fall. Bridge day is the ONLY day they can legally jump off the New River Gorge Bridge.
215  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: October 13, 2013, 06:42:09 pm
We LOVE the New River Gorge and have actually done the high-line off of the bridge on bridge day (harness up, walk out under the bridge on the catwalk, clip on, climb out on the girders, and DROP OFF - it was awesome). If you can stay until October 19th, it is Bridge Day. They close the bridge and the base jumpers jump off the bridge; Rapellers are climbing and rapelling below it; Rafters and kayakers can run the river then stop just before the bridge and watch the jumpers. They have vendors and local merchants set up booths. It's a heck of a party! The next day is usually the final dam release for the Gauley so even more fun. Even if you can't stay until the 19th, try the bridge walk where you they take you out on the catwalk (you just don't jump off). If you do it, tell Benji that Holly and John say hello and we plan to get back up that way eventually. Benji runs the bridge walk and is the one that put us down that high line... as well as off the cliffs at the top of the gorge... and rafting the New and Gauley rivers... and then we brought out the Jack Daniels to celebrate the end of the season - YEE HA! We really need to get back there. We hope you have an absolutely wonderful time there.
216  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HEAT along the passenger wing wall on: October 13, 2013, 04:11:31 pm
Sorry, Sparky, it was my right arm (I get confused and loose track of body parts). The hot water heater was not on. There is no internal component right there, just the passenger seat with cabinets and euro chair behind it. I surely have no clue what is underneath.  The muffler/tail pipe is around there, a bit back in but it is possible the heat from that was rolling off the heat shield and toasting it up under the passenger seat as we climbed the hills. I crawled under and it feels like the side of the heat shield ends pretty close to edge of what I believe to be the muffler... or some such exhaust type component, instead of being centered over it.
217  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: October 13, 2013, 03:59:02 pm
Bill, you drove the wrong way. We are in gorgeous woods with fall colors but the road is PAVED. We are seeing maybe 1 or 2 cars per mile. Since all the facilities are closed, people are avoiding the Blue Ridge Parkway but, as you said, the PC has a bathroom... and fridge and power and all the comforts of home so we don't care. I hope you find your way safely out of the woods and your dear wife is still speaking to you when you get there.
Holly
218  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TV Bracket(s) on: October 13, 2013, 06:33:41 am
Pax - YANKEES??? For a Marylander? He'd toss my butt right out of the coach WITH the helmet. Otherwise the hard hat idea is not bad. John is liking the truck driving man image. Get him a hard hat and plaid flannel overshirt and... MACHO!
219  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question With Older Zone Defense Backup Camera on: October 13, 2013, 06:29:10 am
Have you called Zone Defense? I found what is probably your manual as well as a product brochure but other than "built in mic" there's nothing in what I found that will help you. The numbers I found are: (866) 672-1212 + Tech Support: (866) 672-1212
220  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TV Bracket(s) on: October 12, 2013, 06:19:29 pm
I'm assuming it is a bracket on the bottom of the TV. It looks like a metal plate with a screw-in knob that is at least an inch across. It screws UP into the TV. As for the backup camera, I kinda figured it should have more screws. I'll double check with Kermit to make sure there isn't some reason they were left off then we may give it a go ourselves. It doesn't seem loose or anything but with the number of times I hit my head on it, we probably need the reinforcement.
221  Main Forum / General Discussion / SMI Brake Assist on: October 11, 2013, 06:46:20 pm
I mentioned on our vvvibration noise post that our next repair stop was for the SMI Brake Assist we had installed in our toad. It was apparently just a bad fuse installed up front then user error or lack of experience. Once a good fuse was in there and we adjusted the sensitivity knob, we were good to go. She seems to be operating as she should and is hopefully taking a load off the coach brakes on these hills.

A few notes for other purchasers:
- the SMI will depress your brakes on and off and on and off when the turn signal lights go on and off IF the knob is set too low. We now keep the car door open when testing lights to listen for the brake system. The slot is vertical so if the knob is loose, it will drop down to a more sensitive setting. Sometimes too sensitive as was our case. We now know how to watch for that.
- if parking on a hill, the SMI will continue to depress your brake pedal until the Phoenix brake lights go out, which is several seconds after you turn her off. THEN it shuts off allowing the toad to slam down onto the tow bars. We have been trained to run back to the toad and get the emergency brake on and put it in gear. We then have to remember to reverse the process before rolling out. Just start the Phoenix first to engage the SMI to avoid the slam. Obviously this is easier with a copilot.
- other than these quirks, it is a pretty simple system. We turn it on and off with the flip of a switch.
222  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TV Bracket(s) on: October 11, 2013, 06:11:23 pm
I forgot - while you guys are out counting TV Brackets, can you check the number of screws holding up your back up monitor? We have two even though the mounting plate has holes for four.
223  Main Forum / General Discussion / HEAT along the passenger wing wall on: October 11, 2013, 06:06:01 pm
 Our passenger seat is the toasty zone. We were doing a long, slow, twisty climb up to about 3600 feet elevation on the Blue Ridge Parkway when it felt like a heater fan was blowing up my left arm. I felt the wing wall and it was really hot. We could smell hot metal. We pulled over and felt the lower back edge of the door frame and it was almost too hot to touch. The outside skin was cool so it is rising up from underneath. The engine temp was within normal limits. We checked under the rig as best we could but couldn't identify any culprit. Is this normal for times when the engine has been pulling hard for a while?
224  Main Forum / General Discussion / TV Bracket(s) on: October 11, 2013, 05:54:21 pm
How many brackets are holding up your TV? I've been trying to track down a rubbing noise along the left edge of the TV over the driver and noticed there is a bracket bolted in on the passenger side and a hole on the drivers side that looks to be in about the same spot. Should there be two brackets? Besides not wanting to wreck the rig, I've become fond of John and don't really want to plant a TV in his head.
225  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HWH Levelers or 50 Amp upgrade? on: October 11, 2013, 05:45:57 pm
Bob, one thing we regret not having installed during the build is the Progressive Industries power manager. We've already hit some dicy power and were thankful we have the portable version but we almost left it hanging on the pole once and it is kind of big to stuff into the back bin BUT we do not plug in without it Keelhauler has his hard wired in and has confirmed that it is truly plug and play. If you blow a part due to bad electric, you replace that part. SO much better than frying the wiring in the rig or any electronics you may have onboard.

Well, two things; I LOVE solar and wish we had it installed at the factory. Someday...
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