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241  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Decisions Decisions on: March 04, 2014, 07:29:06 pm
I can't speak for the ACE or other smaller A's (though we crawled in and out of most of them) but I can make note of a few things that put us in the 2552 instead of the 3100 - size and payload. Some national parks and state parks have a 27 foot limit. Many have a 30 foot limit. We expect to spend a lot of time in both types of park so we refused to even look at anything longer than 30 feet. When we were ordering our Phoenix, Stuart tried to talk us into the longer unit with the belief we'd just be trading in for a bigger one in a year anyhow. The extra space would be awesome but I questioned what the extra length, slide and dinette would cost us in weight. I didn't get a tried and true figure since every rig is different but it was in the range of about 1,000 lbs. I believe the payload on the 2552 is about 3k so we'd lose a full third. That may be OK for short trips or even a few months with a loaded car tooling along behind but to carry everything we would need as full timers (plus what we need in office gear for the work side), we just didn't think it was enough.

We did three days at Hershey two years ago to narrow down our choices. I recommend you spend a lot of time up front and make a list of maybe five things you HAVE to have. We were dragging by day three of the show but we left with a list of (and brochures for) 4 or 5 possible units. THEN we were at the decisions-decisions point. Our five points would have been: 1) length; 2) payload/weight; 3) functional bathroom; 4) functional kitchen; 5) room for two people to work. Everyone will have a different list depending on how they like to travel, where they like to stay, and what they do when it rains for 5 days and they are stuck inside.
242  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Gulf Islands National Seashore FL on: February 26, 2014, 05:44:34 pm
Thank you Judi! We couldn't get into Loop A but it did look like the better spots. We came in after a big rainstorm so there was a lot of standing water. It drained off in time for it to rain again. We watched the neighbor's stuff float by this morning but it is a matter of attitude - how often do you get a moat around your castle? The concrete pad keeps the rig high and dry. The water is already draining off and the sun is due out again just in time for us to leave tomorrow. We did have two gorgeous days to explore here so we're happy. I am so impressed at how you track all the site numbers. We can't even remember what site we're on while we're sitting on it.
243  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: New York's Amazing Adirondacks on: February 26, 2014, 08:34:53 am
We can't give personal recommendations as we haven't been there yet but we met a couple that toured all up there and gave us a list of places they stopped and loved. Three were in New York: Letchworth State Park with beautiful campground, stone trails, waterfalls, lots of CCC work; A nice private campground in Wilmington in Adirondacks, on a lake, they explored Lake Placid and Nat'l History Museum of Adirondacks, said it was great (didn't have the name); Ausable Chasm - narrow canyon you can get narrated float trip and hike near Lake Champlain. You'll need to research these but it's a start. The couple were youngish, outdoorsy people that spent a lot of time exploring on their bikes and watching nature when we met them in Florida so their perfect spot may or may not be your perfect spot.
244  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Gulf Islands National Seashore FL on: February 26, 2014, 08:26:47 am
For all you snowbirds that dont want to return to the frigid north yet, but need to at least start the journey, I recommend Gulf Islands National Seashore Fort Pickens area (just outside of Pensacola, FL). It has soft white sand beaches with emerald water, a fort to tour as well as numerous military batteries, lots of bicycle opportunities, a fishing pier, and nesting osprey and Great Blue Herons right next to the campground. The campground is basically a line-them-up type but there is decent space between each rig. The bathhouse in E loop looks brand new and is well kept. The camp store is only open on weekends so shop first. This is a National Park so those with the Federal Pass get in free ($8.00 otherwise) with $13.00 per night camping fees for water electric ($26 otherwise). You are allowed to take shells and driftwood. There are trees in the campground but you will get a lot of sun in most sites. It is a short walk along a boardwalk to the beach or you can drive to the public beach with accessible bathhouse and picnic shelter and park just inside the first dune. A 15-20 minute drive gets you to Pensacola Beach and Gulf Breeze with lots of stores. Another 15 gets you to Naval Air Station Pensacola with an awesome free Naval Aviation Museum, Lighthouse and another fort. We have been around 50-60 at night and 75-80 during the day but we are going to drop into the 40s tonight so this is not the sit and sweat Florida weather but it beats the heck out of those single digits up north.
245  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Camping in Alabama on: February 20, 2014, 06:36:43 pm
Hey, Cheaha Mountain is 2,413 feet tall - compare that to Florida. Cheaha is one of the state parks that looked cool to visit until I saw the park alert: "Due to inclement weather we received on February 11th and 12th the Park is closed until further notice. If the power is restored and roads are opened we could possibly open on February 18th, but doubtful. Two active phone numbers are 256-488-5111 and 1-800-610-5801. Call before you come."

Mmmmmmmmmm, maybe later. I'll bet it will be really peaceful those first few days they are open. That posting is still on there today so they are still closed.
246  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drive line vibration diagnosis on: February 19, 2014, 07:23:40 am
If you want to rent our dog, Cooper, he barks and points to any new strange sound....just let us know.   - Mike

Mike, we may take you up on that when we get out your way. We'll even spring for the Doggles so he can stick his head out the window to help pin it down.

247  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Camping in Alabama on: February 18, 2014, 04:57:34 pm
Does anyone have suggestions for camping in Alabama over the next two weeks? Keep in mind the higher altitudes might be a bit too nippy. One park we looked at is closed until they get power back and reopen the roads... yikes! We are inclined to hop back to Georgia due to our favorable experiences there but we hear Alabama has great parks also and would like to check them out. We will be traveling in a north/northeast type of route with an expected hard run up to West Virginia for a (chilly) wedding on March 16. We will be wandering the somewhat warmer climes until then. We are in the far west Florida panhandle at the moment.
248  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drive line vibration diagnosis on: February 18, 2014, 04:04:49 pm
Update - We FINALLY made it to Milton, Florida and took the PC to Panhandle Driveline. William took it for a test drive and said - "not the driveline". He had a gizmo to measure the frequency of the vibration and said the driveline has an rrr-rrr-rrr when it vibrates while ours is a steady rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. He thinks it might be wind. He worked for Ford for 16 years and did a lot of noise diagnosis before and after he became the service manager. Then he had his own transmission company and now he has the driveline company. What all that means is he knows Ford noises. He showed us a few places to start trying to restrict movement of things in the engine compartment and on the Phoenix to see if we can silence the sound. After all that the charge was zero. We tried to compensate him but he wouldn't take payment. He gave us a smile, a handshake and wished us luck in our travels. WOW - we are so not used to that.
249  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Actual length of our 2552 on: February 17, 2014, 06:28:55 am
Wow! That's good to know. I plan to keep ours at 27' since some of the National Park campgrounds have a limit of... 27 feet. I figured we were fudging just a little but it seems we are fudging a good bit more. Most sites have room to hang your tail so unless we are butt up against a tree or fence we should be OK with the "adjusted" measurement when we book a site. Those nice views of the site they put on Reserve America help us figure out if the back end is blocked in some way. No problems so far but we aren't trying to tuck her into a garage either.
250  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 31" TV? on: February 14, 2014, 06:59:16 am
No noise from inside the TV. We have a slight rubbing squeak from the top left edge where it touches the cabinet that I plan to resolve with the magic felt pads now that you reminded me while we are in camp. The TV is butted up right against the cabinets.

A note for those planning to swap out their TV - consider attaching an HDMI cable prior to mounting. Phoenix did this for us and we can hook our computers or Kindles to feed through the TV. The cable just pops out the top of the front wood facing in the side cabinet (I think they slipped it through between facing and ceiling). I had to add a male to female adaptor to connect but it all works great. I plan to set up a photo file of our favorite family, friends and travel pics. The TV will become a giant digital photo frame as well as a place to stream videos when we have connection and enough data.

251  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2014 Phoenix Crusier Rally on: February 14, 2014, 06:41:48 am
Tom, at some point they send out a link to the registered people showing who is in each site with a picture of the people to help jog memories (you can pretend you remembered all the names that go with the faces). I suspect it is too early in the process for that yet.
252  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Any pets travel with you? on: February 13, 2014, 06:03:43 am
Mikes post reminded me to update on Snickers, the nanny cat, who travels with us everywhere. After a few nights of misery in the new surroundings, she settled in. She does not like to be confined while traveling (and yowls continuously) but as a free kitty she now has her travel routine down pat. As soon as she sees us locking down to travel, she gets in the corner of the passenger side bed under the shirt closet. She can brace herself there for the turns and bumps (good exercise for an 18 year old cat). However, about 5 minutes after we hit steady highway speed she heads to the front and requests her throne on the passengers lap.  As soon as the coach downshifts once or twice or she feels it rolling down an exit ramp, she heads back to the bed and braces for those turns. We do have a harness and leash and outdoor pet pen but she is not fond of any of them. She seems to prefer being in her carrier with the door open so she can see without being seen. Too many scary doggies in the campgrounds.

Snickers would love that snoozer bed... preferably up front where she can see out. I guess I'd get the couch.
253  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: February 11, 2014, 12:05:25 pm
And again! We are at Lake Kissimmee State Park in Florida. We came back from our wandering yesterday and what is in the site right next to us? A 2013 Phoenix Cruiser 2552 with full body Cafe exterior. We had a quick chat with the owners but they needed to set up and dodge skeeters so we hope to chat again before we leave.

Maybe Phoenix Cruisers are migratory and they somehow relay to their owners the path to take so they can find other Cruisers. Ours certainly seems to be able to find its "cousins".
254  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Keeping those flying pest out on: February 11, 2014, 06:59:44 am
I'm adding that screen to our shopping list. Better to keep them out than have to remove an active wasp nest.

Tom, that wasp did not need a tour. The Phoenix is super easy to drive for a human but not THAT easy. His little feet would never reach the gas pedal.
255  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Bike Rack on: February 11, 2014, 06:56:28 am
We just spent the weekend with Jack D and they have a dual hitch with the extender on the back of their 2350. They don't have a toad so the bottom receiver holds a cargo rack with heavy duty bins, etc., and the top receiver holds their bike rack. They could easily open their rear bin. I didn't pay attention to the ladder so I'm not sure if it can swing down when loaded.
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