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286  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Mouse Repellent on: March 06, 2015, 02:34:59 pm
I know mice chew wires but I was afraid to put pouches in with the engine where I might forget them and get them tangled into something when we move it. I'm hoping the intense cold will hold the mice at bay until we get out of there. We came in after the hard freeze so most of the mice should have been snuggled into other people's cars by the time we got there. We took ALL foodstuffs and edibles and freezables out of the rig before storing it so there shouldn't be anything to make them think it is a better place to live than the snug nests they should already be in. Most of the vehicles near us look like they haven't been moved in a very long time.

Tom, did your pouches stick in there or just sit on something in the engine compartment?
287  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Mouse Repellent on: March 06, 2015, 08:47:04 am
We heard that the place we are temporarily storing our Phoenix is overrun with mice and that they nest inside the cars and campers stored there. I made mouse repellent sachets and put them all over in the bins and inside the coach and we hope they work. It is hard to tell. We might not get mice because they never tried to get in, because they couldn't find a way in, OR because they came shopping for a new home, smelled the peppermint, and moved in somewhere else. As long as we don't get mice, I'm happy.

What we did was treat corn cob litter with pure peppermint oil - a LOT of peppermint oil - like, eye watering within three feet peppermint smell. Then we packaged it up in pretty little sachets and put them all over in the bins and inside the house. I'm sure we'll reek of peppermint for months after we get back on the road but we're good with that... we won't need as many showers  Smile

We are moving the PC as soon as the storage place digs out the road in front of us so this is a temporary measure. I have full instructions for making the sachets on our blog but here are a few pics for those interested. The pouches are quilting squares glued together. Old socks would work as well. Has anyone else heard of this peppermint trick or tried it?
288  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Batteries coach and chassis on: March 04, 2015, 09:00:28 am
Excellent suggestion! I find I use my cell phone camera more and more as a back up brain. I take pictures of the list of pre-reserved sites posted at the campground entrance so we know which ones are available as we drive through, the cost of the different sites so we know what to fill in on the little envelopes, schedules at museums, parking lot signs so we can find the car again, etc. etc. etc. We also take pics of the informational signs along trails and and parks so we can reference them when we post something on the blog. Our memories cannot be trusted to get that stuff right, even if we think we'll never forget it. The wiring of the batteries is a an extremely important thing to get right and an excellent use of the "back up brain" photo method.
289  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Fluorescent light failure and melted housing on: March 03, 2015, 07:40:35 am
WOW! I am so glad you were there to catch that. One of our bulbs is flaky and works when it wants to. Hopefully your bulb was a fluke but we'll be checking all our fixtures. Thanks for the heads up.
290  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Passenger Airbag Deactivation Switch on: March 02, 2015, 08:27:41 am
Mike, I hope you are able to resolve this. I was browsing the internet and saw the letter requirement but thought that might be old info. Is the data you are looking at current? I also saw a lot of trucks for sale with that switch in them so it hopefully isn't too difficult to get done.

For anyone unfamiliar, the 2552 was created as an extended 2551 to resolve this same problem. However, the original mod was to put a fully anchored, auto seat style captain's chair behind the passenger seat so a baby or young child could be properly fastened in. Since most people don't need that, the subsequent 2552s came with the movable Euro chair which we personally love. While I'm sure you can get the captain's chair if you order it during the factory build, I don't know if you can have it added later. That's a question for Earl. And to swap back the other way would leave multiple holes and marks in the flooring.

Ron Ditmer has pics on the forum of his captain's chair in his 2350 which has the same space in that area. It is fully functional and swivels and reclines. It just can't be moved around the coach like the euro chair can.
291  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: sound deadening on: March 01, 2015, 09:09:33 pm
I suggest contacting Earl to clarify that sound deafening option. It may be something new so we can't weigh in or it could be something many of us have but it was called something different back in the day (remember when vehicles came with radios.... before they became sound systems?) If the option deals with that Ford engine noise then I'd also recommend it.
292  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Questions on: February 23, 2015, 07:36:44 am
The RV ac is powered by the generator. I see you are looking at the longer models so this wouldn't apply but I believe the units built on a Sprinter chassis have a propane generator... diesel truck, propane genny. The Ford is gas truck, gas genny.
293  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Questions on: February 22, 2015, 09:09:49 am
We full time in a 2552, never had a vehicle larger than a little hatchback before we bought the Phoenix and our Subaru Forrester as a tow vehicle. We are both totally happy with the handling of the Phoenix. We still haven't hit the scales yet but figure we are running close to maximum weight on the Phoenix and the toad due to bikes on a rack, gear inside and a cargo carrier on the Subaru roof. We've crossed the Rockies several times with no problem and drove all through the Appalachians. We do slow down on steep inclines but not dangerously so. Downhill with tow-haul has been no problem. We did add an SMI brake assist system but crossed the Rockies once without using it and had no problem.

I agree with everyone else's comments on the leveling jacks - get them unless you only camp on paved, level sites. We are set up and level within minutes with no fuss, no muss. You'll really appreciate them the first time you set up in the rain, in the dark, or after an unexpectedly long day on the road.

I can sleep with my feet a bit above my head but having to hang on to the mattress to avoid rolling off the side of the bed makes for a sleepless night.

The factory is a must see.
294  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cold Weather Camping on: February 22, 2015, 08:52:42 am
Why lay in your hammock wondering if a coconut is going to get you? Be proactive and shimmy up that tree, hack off those coconuts, and make pina coladas to sip while you lie there contemplating the wonders of the world... like free coconuts.
295  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: The Enlisted Marine on: February 03, 2015, 08:01:47 am
 rolling on the floor. Excellent!
296  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Three Rivers State Park in Florida on: February 01, 2015, 02:54:10 pm
That is a gorgeous spot. Your Phoenix looks very happy there.
297  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Leak In Overheads on: January 31, 2015, 05:41:39 am
We had water coming in that speaker after John got a little over zealous scrubbing the roof and knocked the rubber boot for the TV antenna out of line. I don't know if the water could also make it into your cabinets from there but the boot is easy to check and eliminate.
298  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Children say the funniest things on: January 30, 2015, 08:12:24 am
Yikes! When I finished laughing I pictured us in a similar position with the eight year old granddaughter. My saving grace would be that my common "stall while I think" tactic with her is to throw out that "why do you ask" or "where did you hear that" first. I do expect the real tough questions to come our way one day.
299  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2551 Sofa Modification on: January 26, 2015, 10:49:21 am
We like the sofa in our 2013 2552 but I suspect it is different than those installed previously. Ours is actually two memory foam seats that recline individually with the touch of a button. I think it is the same sofa they are putting in now. I also think the sofa style is determined by the space so if you get a slide and pantry, the sofa is smaller. Same goes for the dinette- Ron Ditmer has a wider dinette because he has no slide. It's still a trade off.

That said, that's a beautiful sofa you found!
(And I'm jealous of the drawers)
300  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Winterizing your Motorhome - factory video on: January 22, 2015, 10:51:07 am
I'm so jealous. We bought early 2013, probably just before the new models came out so we don't have that nifty valve. It would sure making filling the fresh water tank a whole lot easier. Plus it would move the antifreeze job to John's side of the coach instead of in-house with me. I've gotten good at it though. Phoenix has the little hose hooked up under the bed already so it is quick and easy to pop it into the antifreeze jug, open the valve, and start the process.
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