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271  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / We jumped! The year on the road has begun on: August 27, 2013, 07:34:24 pm
As you may know from previous posts, John and I intended to start a year on the road in the PC starting on August 30th. Our timetable was shifted forward a few days because the renter for John's house needed to move in by the 27th. After numerous delays I did my side of the settlement today (last minute, literally just before we hit the road) for the sale on my house with the final sign off scheduled for Thursday. We finished the clearing out and cleaning and repairing of John's house a full FOUR HOURS before control switched to the tenants last night (last minute again). The PC is now the only home we've got! The adventure begins.

For those of you thinkng about selling or renting your house at some point in the future so you can play in the PC full time, I'd like to give a little advice - Avoid the agony! Clean the stuff out NOW! You'd be amazed how much you can empty out of your house without really missing it. Do one room or storage space each month and stick to it. If you can empty out a room then close it off and pretend it isn't there, that's better yet. When you think you are down to the absolute must have items, repeat the process and see what else you can get rid of. We did a little bit ahead of time but not nearly enough. Getting it all sorted out, given away, sold or prepped for storage in one short month while trying to get our work hours in was evil. We are sure we have too much stuff with us while at the same time we are probably missing key items. All the organized lists go out the window (or in a random bin) when you are literally down to a handful of hours. We expect to take a few days to recover from that last push (and wait for our toad to be rigged - last minute again but not our fault, they couldn't get the parts) then we will start enjoying the freedom the Phoenix gives us. So many places to go, so many people to meet, so many ice cream shops we haven't hit yet (sweltering day, lifelong obsession).

At some point we will return to clean a bunch more stuff out of the storage locker since by the end of the moving ordeal,  we realized the house is too big for us and we don't need all that furniture and stuff so why the heck are we paying to store it? But that's for later. Now is for peaceful RVing in our awesome PC. We look forward to meeting many of you along the way.
272  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drivers Side Propane Connection? on: August 15, 2013, 07:05:07 am
Shipper, the grill you list does it look like it's low pressure. My understanding is that the grill cannot have a regulator since my hook up is AFTER the on board regulator. Going through two regulators is supposed to choke it down too much so you don't get enough heat.

Is your hook up before the rig' s regulator? If it is AFTER the regulator, have you had any problems with low gas/low heat?
273  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Our 2350's New Home on: August 14, 2013, 07:11:36 pm
Very nice! It even looks likes it's smiling.  Smile
274  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drivers Side Propane Connection? on: August 14, 2013, 07:03:42 pm
The factory ran the propane to the passenger side for us. We have a 2552 and the quick connect port is inside the storage bin that is to the left of the batteries. This line is AFTER the on board regulator which means it is a low pressure connection. We haven't found a low pressure grill we like yet and definitely are not up to modifying propane connections to work. We'll have more time to search once we are on the road for the year.

My logic was that the propane is already over there for the hot water tank so all we needed was a splitter but I think they still ran a separate line from the main tank. I was also concerned about potential sparks from the batteries so they installed the port on the left wall of the bin to maintain some separation.
275  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question on mixing tow bar and tow plate manufacturers on: August 08, 2013, 06:27:59 am
We decided to go with the Demco tow bar and Blue Ox base plate with the adaptors as recommended by the hitch guy. I was concerned we were adding additional parts to fail but the adaptor replaces a piece on the Demco tow bar so no additional parts or rattles. It actually looks like it will be a better join since the adaptor has three tabs interlocking with two on the base plate as opposed to the standard Demco one tab interlocking with two.

To answer Tom: No, we still have the noise. Ford says we have to wait for their regional repair guy to look at but they didn't call before we left for our 3.5 week trip and we are in crunch mode now trying to clear the house before our new tenants move in on August 27th. If we can get ourselves organized enough, we may try to book into the Ford dealer and repair shop that Phoenix uses in Mishawaka, Indiana. We will be up that way for the rally/reunion and could hit it on the way back down with a bit of a detour, but at least it will be going to someone that knows the RV. 

As for the countertop - Phoenix DID replace it and did a very nice job. We had to return because they swapped the hot and cold water and the sprayer was leaking. Poor Bobby had to wedge himself under the sink and swap the hookups. In another post Ron Ditmer talks about how difficult it is to work in the tight space under the sink. Ron was correct as Bobby confirmed that the faucet hook ups are all attached prior to mounting the countertop at the faucet.
276  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Check your valve stem cores on: August 08, 2013, 06:10:25 am
I agree it's a good post. Extra thanks to all of you. I added the little tool to our Amazon shopping cart. The "Things to keep checking" list keeps getting longer. I know for some of you seasoned RV'ers, it is second nature, but it's pretty mind boggling to us newbies. Note to self - redo the checklists... again.
277  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Tips for a Small Kitchen on: August 04, 2013, 06:11:05 pm
Sue, thank you! I'm ordering the pitcher now. I looked at those but my engineer said it was still too big. If it fits in your fridge, it will fit in mine. I'll placate him by telling him that his new coffee pot will go in the cupboard where the big brita was.
278  Main Forum / General Discussion / Question on mixing tow bar and tow plate manufacturers on: August 04, 2013, 05:51:16 pm
We bought a 2014 Subaru Forester to use as a Toad. We are happy with the car but didn't realize it would be so hard to get a tow plate for it. Apparently there was a total reworking of the front end for 2014 so the suppliers have to get their hands on a Forester to design and fabricate a tow plate for it. Our tow guy was going to put a Delco tow plate and Delco tow bar on our rig. Now we can't get the Delco tow plate (no clue why, Delco told our guy they would have it by early July but no joy there) so he said he can get a tow plate from Blue Ox but then he needs to install a Demco Tow Bar to Blue Ox Base Plate Adapter. It's only another $81.00 so we aren't worrying about the cost (comparatively speaking with the rest of the money to hitch this thing up) but it is potentially one more part to go wrong. Does anybody have experience with such a thing?
279  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Tips for a Small Kitchen on: August 04, 2013, 05:29:26 pm
Water Pitcher - this one is a request for a solution. John and I live on water and keep a Brita pitcher in the fridge at home. Currently it rides in the cabinet over the Euro Chair as it doesn't fit in the fridge (so not a good place for it but I haven't dropped it on his head yet, so kudos for me on that one). I've been shopping pitchers but haven't found a fit yet. Any suggestions?
280  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Tips for a Small Kitchen on: August 04, 2013, 05:24:47 pm
Knife Dock - our second helpful item is a bamboo and cork knife dock from The Container Store. John wanted a full set of knives on board and I figured that meant a full stock of bandaids to patch us up every time we stuck a hand in the drawer. Some of the RV knife docks looked nice and light but not too safe or sturdy. This one has a bit of weight to it but we decided to go with the extra ounces and save our blood. We have a full set of chef knives and steak knives tucked between the cork slices. It fits down in the bottom of one of the deep drawers (we have the 2552) and we set our little bamboo cutting board on top of it. The cutting board tips up easily to allow access to the knives. The system worked extremely well on our recent trip.
281  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Tips for a Small Kitchen on: August 04, 2013, 05:18:31 pm
I'm starting this thread to share some of our tips and hopefully gather some of your tips. We just spent 3.5 weeks in the motorhome and did a little cooking which tested out some of our systems.

TUBTRUGS: I'll start with my favorite one which is Tubtrugs. We met these wonderful buckets on a friend's farm where they pull all kinds of duty. I chose the Extra Small Shallow tubs to use as dishpans. I've done the three pan washing with Boy Scouts using those dollar store pans and I wanted something a bit better and less grungy looking. Tubtrugs cost a good bit more but are AWESOME! They are food grade, heavy duty, have sturdy handles, are flexible and come in a rainbow of colors. So cool. So, I bought three and John laughed at me for being so excited to get dish pans. Now HE really likes them (but still laughs at me). We stack the three tubs in the sink. If you push them to one corner you can still run the water and dump your old coffee down the drain. We toss our random dirty dishes in the pan as we go along then cover them all up with the sink covers until it is time to wash. Then we lift the top tub out with the dirty dishes in it and set it on the flip-up shelf. The second tub gets a few inches of rinse water and sits to the right and rear of the sink. The third stays in the sink and gets the hot soapy water for washing. I also use a silicone dish drainer to set the rinsed dishes on. We just droop it into the sink so the water runs off. The dishes move from tub to tub until they are done then you wash each tub and toss them on top of the dishes. They are also great for lugging the condiments and place settings out to the picnic table and getting everything back in again. They sell them on Amazon but I bought from the manufacturer's site to get the colors I wanted. http://us.tubtrugs.com/   Now I want a bigger one as an RV wash bucket but am not sure where to store it... they do flex to fold a little at the top, so there may be hope yet.
282  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Summer Projects III on: July 30, 2013, 08:19:48 pm
Every time I eliminate a noise, the next most prominent noise moves forward into thought.  Now it's the stove top grates.  I made them to be snug fitting, but they still rattle.  I think I'll be living with that one.  Maybe while on the open road, I'll take them out.....just to note the next noise, ha, ha.

Ron, we bought a flat, roll-up silicone dish drainer and decided that it fit nicely for storage between the stove grates and stove covers. The bonus is that it does double duty by silencing the stove grates while moving. Actually, it does triple duty as we use it as a hot pad also. We found ours at The Container Store. Similar or same one found here: http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=18568080

Good luck on your noise control. I'm working on the shaking and rattling at the top of the house door. Bobby said he could put thicker weather stripping there but that may skew the fit of the door latch. Maybe strategically placed thin stripping or felt pads to close the gap only where it occurs will fix the problem. I plan to play with it next time out. Has anyone else had the same problem or resolved it?

283  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Any 2350's in the Colorado area? on: July 10, 2013, 07:43:13 am
If you can't find a 2350, we have a 2552 currently in St Louis, moving today toward SD, passing Rapid City in a couple days. We are staying in Spearfish SD for all next week then rolling past Rapid City again next Sunday the 21st before heading East to the factory. If they can't see the 2350 and just want to lay eyes on a Phoenix, let us know, we're happy to help. We also have brochures on board.

Holly
284  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Duo Therm Penguin A/C on: July 04, 2013, 06:20:36 am
Holly,
      Check you shore power, sounds like you are drawing too many amps and drawing down the voltage when the compress come on. Check your power plug and see if it's getting warm. If it is then get a volt meter and check out the voltage at the plug

Jim

Thanks Jim, we are still learning all this and haven't bought all the right tools yet. The volt meter just jumped to the top of the list.
285  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Duo Therm Penguin A/C on: July 03, 2013, 06:01:17 am
We haven't slept with the AC on yet but have a different problem. When the the AC compressor kicks on, the TV goes out for a few seconds then comes back. We were hooked up to shore power and didn't get any errors on the outside surge suppressor. Anyone have the same problem or have suggestions? We leave Friday for a three week trip out to the Black Hills and back and expect we'll be using the AC a lot.

Holly
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