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226  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Storage Organization - Neo Cubes on: April 26, 2014, 09:28:50 pm
I found these at the Container Store and I admit that I wanted them first... and figured out how to use them later. I have two in the cabinet over the passenger seat with a bluetooth keyboard, portable solar charger and the remote controls. The second one holds our cable for the cable connection as we prefer to store it inside. They snug side by side, front to back along the outside wall of the cabinet and keep these items from wandering like they used to. They are lightweight and attractive and I plan to use them for service bins for fancier occasions. They would hold napkins, silverware, etc. Not shown is a shallower, double wide one that we have on the shelf in the shirt closet to hold our snack food (we swore we wouldn't allow junk food on board but there it is... in a very attractive tray). They are called Curver Neo Squares. Manufacturer is here but only US seller I found is Container Store with two color choices, brown and green. The squares measure 7.75 x 7.75 x 5.5 high.
227  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Storage Organization - craft boxes on: April 26, 2014, 09:20:53 pm
I found these "Creative Options" craft boxes at Costco then again at Michael's Crafts. They measure 14" x 14.25" (hinges) x approx 3.5" deep. They fit on the shelf in the shirt closet, the bin next to the batteries, and (tilting to get it in there) in the front cabinets over the driver's seat, and under the bed. John has two for tool type stuff, we use one for electronics (cables, tags for cables, adapters, little speakers, etc.) and one for fix it stuff (command strips, felt pads, mini-screwdriver kit, sewing kit, etc.) The one in the front cabinet with seldom used cables and such has become the new "floor" of the cabinet and we put the other stuff on top of it. They come in different colors and run about $5.00 each unless you get them at Costco in the 5 pack for $20.00. They have snap down latches that hold well.
228  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Storage Organization - literature/membership on: April 26, 2014, 09:11:44 pm
Literature / Membership - for all that paperwork, we use an old zippered pouch I had. It goes where we go. Whether in the Phoenix or Subaru, it sits next to the passenger's feet. It has two compartments. The large one easily holds a spiral notebook, full size brochures and all those little flyers and tourist stuff we pick up along the way. Campground maps also go in there. This is the temporary storage. When it gets fat, we clean it out. Keepsake papers get put away elsewhere and the rest goes in the trash or starts the campfire. The smaller pocket holds our "keeper" items that we want with us. This includes our National Park Passport book, Georgia State parks camping club (green stamp type program to get free nights), Georgia's geocaching brochure where we are collecting stamps, and a wallet holding all those membership cards: National Parks annual pass, Good Sam, CoachNet, Passport America, KOA, AAA, AARP, etc., etc., etc. John originally had them in his wallet but it was reaching critical mass so we bought a wallet just for the cards. We plan to get another fan fold insert because the wallet is already full. This keeps everything together and with us.
229  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Storage Organization on: April 26, 2014, 09:02:30 pm
We've test driven a few options to organize all our "stuff" and I finally started taking pics so I can post them here. Keep in mind each little organizer takes up space and add weight on its own. Even with that in consideration, I can't stand having to move all the little bits and dig through a well mixed pile of stuff to find the one cable or device I need.

The first item up are really cool little zipper bags that I found at Walmart for $2.99 each (sometimes in the office supplies, sometimes on hangstrips in random departments - crafts, do it yourself, groceries, depends on the store). I am up to probably 10 or more of these now and love them. They measure 12" wide by 7 1/4 high. If you ever had a cloth zipper pencil pouch, this is that same pouch on steroids. Some items we store in them: RECEIPTS waiting to be entered in the computer; CAMERA bits such as extra memory card, battery charger, download cable, manual; BINOCULAR straps, cleaning cloth, etc.; GEOCACHING- GPS, pencil, notebook, ready to toss in day pack and go; LED EMERGENCY flashers; TIRE repair kit; rolls of different kinds of TAPE (little buggers liked to wander and pick up crud); RADIOS - walkie-talkies with rechargeable batteries and cables; GRANDDAUGHTER'S brush, hairbands, toothpaste, toothbrush; CAT'S brush, nail clippers, meds; etc. We tried ziplock baggies but they just weren't doing it. Now we use the sharpie to label the pouch, load her up and stuff her in the cabinet or bin. The upper cabinet with shelf behind the drivers seat has several lined up, standing on end (with a bit folded down on each). Some are in John's tool bin. All are easily grabbed when needed.
230  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 26, 2014, 08:46:01 pm
We also use our cutting board a lot as a counter extender but I doubt she can get it with the double wide drawers. It was an inset to the smaller drawer set.
231  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drivers Side Propane Connection? on: April 26, 2014, 07:56:15 pm
We looked at the nesting pans and had them on our wish list then realized we already had a set of nesting titanium pans in our camping gear. The largest pan is not too big so we tossed one larger pan under the bed for soup and spaghetti making days. We can't make the mega batches but more than enough for our camper house. We'll make the giant batches when we go gypsy on the family.
232  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drivers Side Propane Connection? on: April 26, 2014, 07:21:56 pm
 Heart Shower ThankYou AWESOME!! We are in. We so miss having a gas grill. Now I have to figure out where to have it delivered.
233  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 26, 2014, 04:07:40 pm
I just checked the inventory page and the new units coming off the line have the single spray faucet set on the sink corner between the stove and sink. This means you can get to the connections through the drawer cabinet. I wonder if they changed it after Bobby had to play Houdini for us. I like the new set up, not enough to trade in our baby, but it is nice. You could put water straight into a pan on the stove.
234  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 26, 2014, 03:57:27 pm
Someday Barry WILL install a different faucet for me!!!!

Sue, when they replaced the counter they accidentally swapped the hot and cold water lines on the kitchen faucet. Those lines are attached before the counter is set in. They are extremely difficult to get to once the counter is attached. We watched poor Bobby try to stuff himself under that sink and fold his arms into unnatural angles to reach the attachments. If John ever attempted such a thing I'd have to be far away or there would be no peace between us. I know Barry is way better at such things but it would still be a tough task.
235  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 26, 2014, 03:44:56 pm
Buffalo, bear, couger, cranky camping buddies - doesn't matter. If my light goes on and there is a big critter out there, I may take a picture but I am NOT opening the door. For four legged trespassers, make noise - honk the horn if needed. For two legged friendlies, roll a truck window down just enough to toss out a beer, roll it back up then go back to bed.
236  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drivers Side Propane Connection? on: April 26, 2014, 03:37:39 pm
Mike, are you saying that you are using the grill WITH a regulator on the Phoenix low pressure propane hook up? I was told that would not work because you are choking down the flow twice so you would not have enough pressure, and therefore heat, to cook steaks etc. We have searched in vain for a low pressure stove that we like and had decided to follow a you tube video to mangle a Coleman grill to remove the regulator and add a quick connect. If your stove works, I'm buying one.
237  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 26, 2014, 09:48:40 am
Credit to Tom Hamlin on the sink cut. He advised me when we ordered but we didn't think to clarify when they replaced the counter. Our sink handle does not hit the window knob but Tom's does. I don't know if that is hit or miss or if the deliberately shifted the placement.

One other suggestion before hitting the road - shop now. I buy a lot online and you can set up to get packages while traveling but it is considerably easier to receive a package, test the item, and return or exchange it if needed while you are sitting in the comfort of your own home. We often don't know how long we'll be in one place and don't want to have to sit and wait for things to arrive, however, we also don't want to spend too much time wandering stores looking for that specific mounting bar that fit my bike (many stores, much aggravation, paid too much then it became a mangled mess when we got rear ended - arrrggg - that's ok, it killed the bike too so we decided the replacement will not need a mounting bar). That was just an example - finding the right grill is another and we are still working on that one. So, buy what you know you need. Hold off on storage/organizer bins since you have to fit those to your belongings and storage space.
238  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 26, 2014, 09:14:57 am
Welcome Carol! You are going to love wandering in your Phoenix - we certainly do. Just a note to keep in mind as you read the responses, Phoenix is constantly improving and upgrading their units. Example: Mike's exterior water controls - I have no idea what he's talking about and his rig is only a year older than ours. He probably doesn't realize that what he has is different than the older models. Phoenix doesn't list out all the new goodies they are using and it seems that popular options frequently become standard features.

A note on cutting the kitchen sink cover- first decide if you want it top to bottom (default but goes through the handle hole) or left to right. We originally had left to right and it was easier to open with the cut out on one piece but I tended to turn it so I could use the water with half the sink covered (no biggie but then the beautiful counter pattern didn't match). When they replaced our counter they cut it top to bottom and it matches when in place the way I like it but is harder to lift out with the cut through the handle hole. If they changed the faucet placement to the corner as I saw in one rig, then side to side would work beautifully. If you want this done, call and ask now as they have the counter manufacturer cut it with a power water stream so it is a finer cut so the insert fits right and doesn't rattle.

Hope our info helps and that we get to meet you on the road sometime.
239  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: PC Current Draw on: April 23, 2014, 11:10:07 am
An additional note on the Progressive Industries Power Manager. We have the one that plugs into the post and it has recently saved our bacon a few times. At a State Park in Tennessee, our power shut off, then came back on, then later shut off. We checked the Power Manager and we were getting low voltage - brown out conditions. There were only about a half dozen people in the campground but the campground power system was old and we were at the end of the line. There was a fifth wheel next to us and we asked if they had any problems. Their answer was no and all they had running was their AC - that cycled on and off. We think we dropped power when their compressor surged on. Our power manager shut us down rather than let us run our microwave, etc. in brown out conditions (which we've been told can gradually kill the appliances). It was a pain to keep losing power BUT we were happy the power manager worked. We kicked on the generator to finish cooking the turkey breast and the power became steady when the other campers left the park.

The next park we went to (Mississippi this time) checked out OK but then we lost power, then it came back, then we lost it. Back to the power manager for answers. This time was high voltage surges. The power manager simply shut us down, waited, then came back online. When the weekend crowd left, the power leveled out and all was well once again.

We may have Phoenix hard wire one for us to make life a little easier than the bulky plug on the post but we definitely would not hook up without one.
240  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Cleaning the Gray Tank on: April 23, 2014, 08:55:04 am
We've had misreadings on our tank monitors several times. We full time and use our on board toilet exclusively if we are anywhere near camp so it gets a lot of action. We use the flush sprayer whenever we can which is usually at a dump station IF they have an attachable hose. Some cut off the threads on their hose so you can't screw it on the rig and the water thief thing doesn't work (John got an extra shower that day - incoming water not tank water). John likes to flush each tank three times if he can. The flush sprayer frequently gets us to good readings but occasionally that doesn't work and we move on the the GEO Method found here: -- I found it somewhere else and that site said to us Dawn dish soap so we did, and we had the sudsiest waste hoses in town. We've cut the recipe in half due to smaller holding tanks and plan to switch over to powdered laundry soap to go with the water softener. We use this method if we can dump before driving, pour in the stuff AND add gallons of water, then have full hookups at the next site. The idea is you dump and clean as well as you can, pour in the solution with lots of water to make sure it swishes up the sides, drive around, then use the tank as usual and dump when full. It takes a little planning but you usually get nice clean tanks. Sometimes it takes two rounds but it gets there.
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