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286  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Hershey RV Show 2015 on: September 18, 2015, 11:02:38 am
Wow, Ron, you make me feel bad. I just want to go and give Earl a hard time (and Kyle if he is there). Grammy always told me I was her little angel, but my halo was just a little crooked. I'm OK with that. It's a little far for you to do it for a day buy it might be a fun thing for next year if you can put a few vacation days together. They might be able to use your help driving the rigs out (and back if they don't sell them at the show). You should check with Earl. 

As for the show, it is massive. I just printed the discount tickets and their blurb says "21 Acres of displays. Over 1,200 RVs!!!"
Oh boy, I can't wait.

287  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: RV Shows?? on: September 18, 2015, 10:52:28 am
We did have problems getting the base plate and hitch assembly but that is because we bought one of the first of the totally redesigned Forrester model. Demco had not designed a plate to fit the car yet and we waited months with no luck, so we have a hybrid. I believe our hitch is Demco but our base plate is Blue Ox. We had to pay extra for adapters for the connection from hitch to base plate to make them match. Our base plate "pegs" have two "fingers" and our hitch arms (with the adapters) have three fingers. The two fingers are held securely between the three fingers when towing. I believe if we had had a straight Demco set up, it would have been one finger on the arms held between the two on the baseplate. I don't know if what we have is better, but it was such a pain getting it all straight that I tell myself it is. I figure it is harder to bend or break those two fingers than it would be with a single one. I assume the standard setups for either brand work well together. Our RV mechanic just preferred the Demco hitch. So, I recommend checking around to see who will be installing your towing system and ask them for recommendations and explanations as to why they chose one over the other. If you are doing the install yourselves, then the internet as Ron suggested and other RV'ers are your information source. 
288  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: RV Shows?? on: September 18, 2015, 10:18:31 am
We tow our all wheel drive 2014 Subaru Forrester four wheels down. It was listed in Motor Home Magazine's Dinghy towing guide and the user manual said it could be towed but the salesmen wasn't sure so we checked directly with Subaru and they confirmed that it could be flat towed. We do not need any height adjustment for the hitch going to the Phoenix. There is no limit to the speed you can tow it at. You do not need to stop every few hours and run through the gears.

We hook up the hitch, take off the emergency brake, turn off the display screen (to save battery), put the car in neutral, turn the key to "accessory" and away we go. With both of us doing our part, we can hitch up, set the car and roll out in under 5 minutes including hooking safety and electrical cables. We love it!

We also had the SMI braking system installed and it works well.
289  Main Forum / General Discussion / Hershey RV Show 2015 on: September 18, 2015, 10:07:50 am
We will be at the Hershey show tomorrow (Saturday). If any of you will be there and want to meet us, we'd love to meet you. Send me a private message through the forum and I'll respond with my phone number so you can call or text me and we can coordinate. We will be easy to identify. I'm the one with a knee brace and trekking poles (torn ACL - hence the last minute decision - I had to be able to walk).

John, Chloe and I expect to be there most of the day so we can check out the Phoenix booth, the vendors and hit a few seminars.

To head off the questions, NO we are not looking for another RV. We are totally happy with our 2552 and plan to play in her for a long time to come. We will, however, continue to check out and covet the upgrades that Kermit has added to the Phoenix since we bought ours.
290  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: RV Shows?? on: September 17, 2015, 06:23:20 am
We haven't hit all the parks out west but we spent a year and a half wandering full time in our 2552 with no problem driving the roads or fitting into a campsite. I will admit some of the roads with tight turns take more concentration but we could do it without any problems. There will be places we can't take our Phoenix and we'll route around those then visit the sites in the Subaru we tow. We are temporarily grounded to help with our granddaughter but you can see a lot of our campsite pictures and travel descriptions on our blog listed below. We kept a journal and will be posting our whole first year as soon as we motivate ourselves. (Hey, we're retired and lazy. It took a while but we learned to slow down, sometimes too slow).

Most sites are longer than the posted length and we are able to not only fit the rig but park the Subaru across the front. We've even backed into a standard parking space that had room for us to hang our tail back over the grass. We fit as well as those extended bed trucks that way.

We also noticed a lot of the parks, both state and national, are upgrading their campgrounds so many of the sites are being enlarged. The RV population is growing and those campgrounds bring much needed income.

So the size of the RV you are most comfortable with is based on how you will use it. We needed more space and storage (and a bigger bathroom) than the 2350 offered and more payload than the larger models offered. For us, the 2552 is the sweet spot.

291  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Good Morning from Nashville. on: September 16, 2015, 06:50:35 am
Excellent! We are so bummed we had to miss this year. Washington DC is in our neck of the woods. I was asked last year to work on some additional day trip ideas and entry route layover sites so I better get on that. Once I get a list I'll set up a separate DC Area topic so everyone can see it and add ideas. I've never been to Cherry Hill but have heard it is very nice. The bus line runs right to the campground and takes you to the Metro so you don't need to worry about driving in DC. You DO NOT want to drive in DC.

I expect the planned day trip will go into DC but there is so much to see you could easily go every day. The Smithsonian Museums are all free as are all the monuments. I think the shuttle from the air and space museum downtown to the huge museum out near Dulles airport is also free. The National Zoo is free but parking there is high. You can reach it by Metro and walking a few blocks or transfer to a bus. The new baby panda will be out and about by then.

Cherry Hill Campground is centrally located so it is a quick hop into DC, a short drive up to Baltimore and a bit longer drive to the Chesapeake Bay. There is a ton of stuff to see and do as well as hang out with awesome people. I can hardly wait!
292  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: hauling scooter on: September 12, 2015, 07:59:23 am
I'm interested in this topic also. I tried to convince John a class b with a scooter was the way to go when we first geared up. We quickly decided the b wasn't going to do it for us and our Phoenix has been perfect. Towing the Subaru with a car top carrier works well for our full time travels but once we settle somewhere again the scooter would be an awesome choice... as long as I get to drive.

Campmuch, are you looking for feedback on:
   - hitch weight capabilities of the Phoenix to haul a scooter
   - effect of that weight hanging off the hitch (does it lower the back end, affect the drive, etc.)
   - traveling with only a scooter as a secondary vehicle while in camp
   - access issues with the rear bin when mounting something on the hitch

I'm pretty sure people on the forum can help out with these even if they don't have a cool scooter. Some carry a motorcycle, many have cargo boxes and/or bicycles.

If you do get a Vespa, please post pictures both on and off the Phoenix.
293  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: hauling scooter on: September 12, 2015, 07:34:26 am
Awww Mike, you can do better than that. Tell her you're trying to figure out a way to attach a baby seat so the grandchild can go along. Just a little tug on the grandmother heart strings.
294  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Macerator pump leak and door strut failure on: September 01, 2015, 06:53:40 am
I bop onto the forum at least once a day and have personally logged issues and responded to other people's requests for help with issues and have never seen any censoring on the part of Phoenix USA as it pertains to the motorhome. I know they will block people that get on the forum and repeatedly get nasty but they warn everyone of that. So yes, Phoenix does pay for this forum but they do not censor legitimate comments or concerns on the forum. They refer to it as "the owner's forum" and pretty much let us run with whatever we want.
295  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Macerator pump leak and door strut failure on: August 27, 2015, 06:50:38 am
I'm not understanding the vacuum. We do the hose walk and wiggle thing to empty the last bit of liquid but have never noticed any type of vacuum.
296  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Mice in the coach. on: August 15, 2015, 06:35:35 am
We have not had any even though we stored the rig in mouse city for a while. I did put peppermint potpourri in there as a deterrent so that may have helped. I want to note that the site I found the sachets on said they won't get rid of mice that are already there, just encourage new ones to find a less stinky place to live. It couldn't hurt to toss some around while you work on the problem.

An exterminator once told me that the mice leave pheromones that draw other mice to the same spot so besides catching the ones you've already got, you need to clean really good to scrub out that scent so they don't keep getting replaced.

As for entry, I suggest watching the video showing the build of the 2551 to help locate possible access points. They could chew through the sealant used around the plumbing that goes through the floor (on the fresh water tank under passenger bed, low drain points under kitchen sink, drains to black and grey tank, etc.)

I know mice can get into cars through the engine compartment so they can probably access through the truck also. Many vehicles have rubber covered "port holes" through the firewall to allow wiring to be installed. You may be able to inspect them from the engine side of the wall. Check both driver and passenger side as universal designs are used to allow for right or left side driving.

Good luck! I hope you are able to clear them all out quickly.
297  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Issues with 2910D CCC and Microwave/convesction oven? on: August 13, 2015, 06:57:55 am
Ron, the convection microwave in the newer models is lower than the one you have. We have the 2552 so the oven is not in the slide and is thus in the higher configuration. At 5'5" I don't have any real problem with it. It is a reach up to get food out but we have the same set up at my son's house when we stay there. If it doesn't interfere with cooking on the range top, the lower oven in the 2910 would be nice. I believe that configuration switches the fridge OFF the slide. Can a 2910 owner let us know if you still gain storage space under the fridge? If not, I suspect they put mechanicals there and you gain storage elsewhere (where the mechanicals are in the other models).

So the set up is:
     Fridge on slide/oven NOT on slide - oven is higher, more space above cooktop, no storage under fridge.
     Fridge NOT on slide/oven on slide - oven is lower, less space above cooktop, possible storage under fridge
298  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Mouse Repellent on: July 31, 2015, 04:24:39 pm
We actually solved that problem by paying a bit more for a better storage site without the mice. Our camper house is now happily parked in the same storage facility that we store all our household stuff (stuff that we should have sold - and are now working on selling).  I know this facility sprays for critters and we are parked on gravel instead of back in a muddy field. We've used the rig several times this summer and no sign of any critters... not too much peppermint smell anymore either even though the sachets are still tucked around inside.

As for the post it note, I guarantee we'd knock it off the steering wheel onto the floor and then wander around with it stuck to a shoe.  We copied an idea posted on this forum about hanging an ornament on your TV antenna crank. Well, we apparently forgot to move the ornament from the crank to its "reminder spot" on the gear shift before we put up the antenna. We had to cut the string and untangle it from spring up in the crank so no more reminder there. I guess we needed a reminder to move the reminder. We seem to be in competition for the RV Ditz Awards. I think we have a pretty good chance of winning this one.
299  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Battery Maintenance 2015 on: July 07, 2015, 06:50:10 am
Kermit did our walk through when we picked up our Phoenix and told us that our batteries are NOT maintenance free and we would need to watch them and add water, which we do as needed. I don't know if they've changed the type of batteries since then. Kyle, if you see this can you drop a quick note here to tell us if Phoenix has installed any maintenance free batteries?
300  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Wild Ponies Of Assateague Island Assateague State Park, Maryland on: May 21, 2015, 06:12:14 am
Karen must have felt like she was in heaven with all those horses so close. Did you get hit with that monsoon while you were there? How were the green headed horse flies?
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