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271  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / First Aid Kit on: March 04, 2016, 07:56:56 am
We have a very well packed first aid kit on board the Phoenix but a recent mishap has made me reevaluate what should be in there. While we are not usually in full wilderness camping mode, we have been far from other people on several occasions and usually don't know exactly where an emergency facility is so we need to be ready.

The mishap was while we were putting the vinyl windshield cover back on the rig at the storage site. I think my left hand is jealous of my right hand because it slammed the driver door on it really hard... hard enough for the door to latch. I was able to yank the door open-mid scream to get the hand out but the gash on the knuckle did not want to stop bleeding. Luckily we were within 2 miles of an Urgent Care facility. Watching them glue my finger back together gave me the inspiration to update our first aid kit. We already carry a first aid clotting agent (there is a special one for those on blood thinners also), gauze bandaging, butterfly bandages and first aid tape, but I am adding super glue and steri-strips which is what they used on me. The glue seals the gash and the steri-strips act almost like stitches (let the glue dry first). They used a medical super glue but I figure the standard stuff will do in a pinch. I am also adding the stretch bandages that stick to themselves because those are way easier than wads of tape and they make an excellent outer wrap on the injury.

Mini First Aid training: The gash on my finger was on a knuckle, not terribly deep but gapping wide and bleeding. The first aid was: 1) Soak the finger in a cup of Iodine (owwee) then pat dry with sterile gauze; 2) put the super glue in the wound, line up the edges, squeeze shut and blow to dry - try not to glue your fingers to the patient; 3) stick steri-strips across the wound like stitches; 4) cover with bandaids (or gauze and tape); 5) splint; 6) wrap with the stretch bandage. Instructions are to keep dry at least 24 hours and let steri-strips fall off on their own... and watch for infection. Voila, no need to hunt for a medic! (Deep wounds may need stitches so don't glue those - find a doctor)

So, the reason for this post is to encourage everyone to check out their first aid kit and beef it up if necessary. If you don't carry one, get one!
272  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Amazon Smile on: March 04, 2016, 07:22:34 am
Personally, we love Amazon. When we are on the road, we pick a future town to deliver our stuff to General Delivery and it's there when we get there. We got to the point we were ordering cat food online after finding local stores didn't stock Miss Picky's chosen brand. Most of the stuff in our Phoenix came via Amazon. So I was quite happy to find out that they have a charity program going that costs shoppers nothing extra and doesn't change the shopping experience - Amazon Smile. You go to Smile.Amazon.Com (I searched and accessed from within Amazon so it already had my account info) and select a charity from their list. Now you do your Amazon shopping by going to and .5% of all eligible purchases automatically goes to your chosen charity. If you don't have a preferred charity, our granddaughter's PTA, which we belong to, would love the help (Ballenger Creek Elem PTA).

If you have a favorite charity that isn't in there, I was told it is easy to set up as long as they have government nonprofit/charity status. That you'd have to check out though. I wasn't in on the set up but saw a link for setting it up on Amazon Smile site (Ron, your church comes to mind).

So pick a charity and have fun shopping!
273  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Awning doesn't completely roll up on: March 04, 2016, 06:27:32 am
We have not had that problem but I believe 2013 is the first year they put them on the 2552. The purpose is to add support and prevent sag so my suggestion is to figure out how the awning is mounted and see if something has loosened up. It worked before but doesn't now so something changed.
274  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: PC Sighting on: February 24, 2016, 06:51:18 am
Our Phoenix meetings usually generate wish lists of new toys for the rig: cool chairs, better organizers and so on. We aren't much on diy so no to do list for us, just wishful thinking.
275  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: PC Sighting on: February 23, 2016, 05:34:19 am
Not us. We are also hanging in Maryland.
276  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Therapy on: February 18, 2016, 12:43:16 am
I totally agree!
277  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Free National Park Pass for Fourth Graders on: February 16, 2016, 04:51:28 pm
I ran across this program online and wanted to pass it along in the hope that you will all pass it along. The NPS is giving a free annual national park pass to fourth graders that do an online activity or a classroom activity (the teacher then prints their paper pass). They can take their paper pass and exchange it for a plastic keepsake card at select sites. The website says the NPS will repeat this every year for fourth graders only (someone decided 9-11 year old kids are open to discovering the world around them so they plan to draw them in). The pass gets all kids under 16 plus three adults into NPS sites that charge entrance fees (and that accept annual passes). The rules and regulations as well as the link for the child to access the online activity are all linked through this site: They have to be able to print their paper pass immediately after competing the activity.

John finally hit 62 so we have the Senior Pass but we paid $80.00 for an annual pass before he hit that benchmark. The Fourth Grade kids pass runs on a school calendar so it is September through August. If you have 4th grade grandchildren or school affiliations that you can pass this on to.... share the info. It works for home schooled children also that are 10 years old/4th grade equivalent. All the info is online. We will be getting a pass for our 4th grade Granddaughter, Chloe, and will let her "pay" our admission to any NPS sites we hit through August. She is already heavily into the Junior Ranger program so this just adds one more cool NPS keepsake.
278  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Favorite Exterior Color on: February 14, 2016, 06:24:58 am
It is truly a personal choice. All of the color schemes have some light areas and that is where the dirt shows. We are very happy with our full-body Sunlit which might be similar to toast. There is a nice contrast in the colors and we get a lot of compliments. Most of our camping is under trees so we don't worry about solar heat gain. In cold weather we do try to get an open site to catch as much sun as possible. The roof on all of them is white and the awning keeps one side of the rig cool so color doesn't matter there in hot weather. If our plan was to live in full sun in deserts and on beaches, we would have considered all white. Most people buy the motor home to experience different areas so color shouldn't be a consideration there.

And Tom, John picked our color. He was not sure about my gypsy life plan and for one of the few times in my life, I was smart enough to shut up and go with it. I was thinking the slightly darker Cafe but am totally happy with Sunlit.

I'm pretty sure the colors are still paired - the two browns use the same colors just different placement so you are basically choosing Brown/Beige or Black/Gray. Then the choice is lighter or darker. 

If you make it to the factory or a show, they have actual samples to see and touch as well as units to check out and see how it all comes together.
279  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Favorite Interior Color on: February 14, 2016, 05:53:07 am
I'm not getting the poll choices so this won't show in the tally but I would opt for desert sand. We chose cherry cabinets and the light brown tones are beautiful with it. It's hard to see online but it looks like the countertops are similar to our Sunlit interior and we love the marbeling in them.

Update-poll was unlocked so my vote is in.
280  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Owners willing to show their rigs? on: January 25, 2016, 05:00:39 am
Our 2552 is in Frederick MD and is normally available for people to see. It's temporarily buried in snow but will be out and about again before too long. If anyone is interested, just let us know.
281  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Anyone going to Quartszite? on: January 25, 2016, 04:53:05 am
Excellent! When you listed Hagerstown as a stop, I thought it would have been fun to drive over and meet you since it's only a half hour from here so I was disappointed your route changed BUT you made a very wise choice. Glad your drive worked out OK. Enjoy Quartzite
282  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Surfing the States on: January 24, 2016, 07:25:45 pm
Thanks all for the info. I'll be pinning my little heart out these next few days.

Mike, we got between two and three feet of snow with drifts up to six feet. After two days with many hours of shoveling we reached the street which has one lane plowed (we could drive on it if there weren't so many people out there trying to go around each other and getting stuck). We are among the lucky ones. Many roads and apartments haven't been touched and won't be touched for a few more days. We have road access, were able to shovel out (though we'll be paying for that muscle abuse) and did not lose power. Temps tonite will be around seven degrees so heat is greatly appreciated. Life is good.

We don't know how the Phoenix is doing as she's several very snowy miles away. I'm hoping the high winds kept the roof accumulation down. We just took her for a run last week and she's parked on solid ground so we don't have to fret over digging her out yet. We'll clear the roof when we can get to her, hopefully before it packs down into icy slurpees. I hate belly crawling in slush.

West coast weather sounds so awesome right about now.

283  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Surfing the States on: January 23, 2016, 07:15:04 am
Here we sit with over a foot of snow on the ground watching as it works toward another foot or more. We have to shovel a path for the dogs to go out. Now I'm wishing I bought those snow shoes Costco had last month.

In the winter quiet my brain turned to travel... preferably without the snow. I plan to compile a list of websites for finding cool places to visit and figured the folks on the forum are an excellent resource for this. I know each state has tourist info but I'm finding some of them are trying to be so all inclusive that it's hard to sort it all out.

We use the National Parks site, State Park sites,,, and random sites as we find them. Does anyone have favorite sites?

As an alternative you could list must see attractions by state. I'll put little pins on my Google Earth map which has become a travel log as well as a wish list. So if you have found a good source, please share.
284  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Remote Communications on: December 29, 2015, 05:37:06 am
We have friends off the grid in Alaska and they use Spot on all their dogsledding tours. They are permanently out of cell phone range and use a satellite link for the computer in their cabin. They were very happy with the reassurance Spot gave them and their customers. They may have upgraded to this other one by now.

I'll have to check this out when we go back on the road. That ping thing might not work for me though. I don't necessarily want people to know where I am. I read somewhere (maybe here) that someone's adult kids had the ability to track their parent's cell phone and would call to ask why they were stopping at a rest area for the third time in a short while. I seriously do not want that level of oversight to be in anyone's hands. The safety aspect sounds good though.

Thanks for the heads up Mike!
285  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC 3100 and PC 2351 Owners ... purchase dilemma on: December 02, 2015, 10:07:20 am
I highly recommend you "test camp" in a rented RV prior to purchase. We had a ton of camping experience but zilch RV experience so we spent two weeks camping with no tow vehicle. We had promised ourselves we would remain in camp the entire time since the trip was to test the livability of an RV and discover what we did or did not like about the bed, bath, kitchen, etc. However, we gave in to our whims and broke camp several times to run off and check out local attractions. This actually was good. We discovered it was fairly easy to unhook water and electric but there was so much "stuff" not secured inside at any given time and all that had to be cleaned up and stowed prior to driving. We also worried about some of the rough roads we drove on. The rental units are usually not in perfect shape and the clanking and rattling while we drove down the road told us we would not want to take our permanent "house" down the rougher roads if we could avoid it.

We had differing opinions on towing prior to the trip. By the end of the trip, we agreed we would tow. We also knew that we wanted a permanent bed but not a corner bed, we needed functional space in the kitchen and many other little things. We kept a notebook and pen on the table while we test camped and each wrote down our thoughts on what we liked and didn't like. That trip was invaluable to us and we feel like we really hit it right when we ordered our 2552.

It's not cheap to rent an RV but gave us great confidence in our decisions and saved us money in the long run.

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