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31  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cabinet squeak on: February 26, 2018, 03:37:28 am
Our tv is a bit too snug against the cabinets over the driver and squeaks at times. I've shoved felt pads and thin foam in there but haven't hit on a permanent fix. Not sure if that could be your squeak butt worth checking.
32  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Travel in North Central USA on: February 23, 2018, 05:34:47 am
Great info Joe R. Thank you! Chloe does like learning new things, and history... and rocks (she gets it from me - John's auto-response is "no rocks, we aren't carrying your rocks"). We tend to read everything in the visitor centers. If it says most people spend 1-2 hours, we budget 4-6.

As a side note, we had a neighbor that started putting rocks in her garden that she collected here and there. Her son started it by engraving a rock from his area with type and location found and giving it to her to remind her of her visits. She placed them engraved side down so it wasn't obvious but she could lift and read them if needed - and take them with her when she moved. A sharpie would probably do the trick too.

We hope to hit the west half of the U.P. So we will be using this info. Thanks again!
33  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Utilizing Black Tank for Gray Water Overage on: February 23, 2018, 05:12:01 am
I know some people use their outside shower when boondocking. If you aren't far enough off the beaten path to avoid startling people, they sell pop-up shower/changing stalls. I would recommend biodegradable soap like we've used on wilderness trips. No water is going into your tanks.

John and I also do"bucket baths" after which the wash water dumps into the toilet. Those little hospital wash bins fit right down in the bottom of the bathroom vanity. Our spillable bath products ride in them just in case.

And for in between clean, alcohol free wet wipes do the trick.

I'm pretty sure a good many people on this forum dry camp (Ron D included) and with water management and conservation, it can be done comfortably. Our longest with no hook up and no dump was ten days with two people on board.
34  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Auto Step Issue on: February 22, 2018, 07:41:25 am
Ditto to comments above. We had the added problem of finding our step out and truck battery dead after storage once. We used to store with with the step in and kill switch off for house batteries but the step runs off the truck and apparently was running in and out by itself. Being the terrible fix-it people that we are, after looking and not finding an easy fix, we discovered that by leaving the step switch in the locked out position, our battery drain went away. When you put your key in the truck, the step retracts. It then goes out as soon as you remove the key. This means the step remains out while she sits in the storage lot but it works. It will be on our repair list for the next trip to Phoenix.
35  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Travel in North Central USA on: February 21, 2018, 10:08:37 am
CKK, we did hit Macinac Island last summer but might do it again if our route goes that way. We would have bikes along this time and could do the independent exploring we missed last time. And we would restock our fudge supply.  Yahoo!

Tall Guy, thanks for the tips. I'll be checking into all of them. We are all nature and animal lovers so the Wolf Center sounds perfect. I may even be able to get Chloe into their July summer camp. She'd love it! She's a bit of a star with friends now. They are jealous. When asked where she was on back to school night last August, she replied "probably feeding fruit loops to baby bears". Next year she can tell them she was studying wolves! Beats the heck out of laying on a couch playing with their phones.
36  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Travel in South East Canada on: February 21, 2018, 09:17:10 am
Thank you all for the great info. There is still a chance we will go that way but our slightly OCD granddaughter is focusing on the continuation of the trip up to Voyageurs that we planned last year. She had a great time on the part we got to but her mind seems locked onto what we missed, like a mental to-do list waiting to be checked off. It didn't help that the US map with state stickers got delivered... serious excitement over that. She's looking to tour and camp in every state. Maybe I'll see if they sell a Canada sticker map so we can get her up to the Bay of Fundy, Niagara Falls Canada Side and all the other cool stuff we want to experience.

We're going to the rally in Duluth, MN in September so it looks like we'll drive up there this summer, then back to Maryland for a month, then back to Duluth for the rally, then to the Poconos in PA for a friend's wedding THEN wander back to the west coast to continue our retirement full time in the rig. Actually we'll be full time by the end of August but scheduled for a bit. We hope for a slow wander west but we'll apply for an interpretive host job and if we get it, we may have to move a little faster.
37  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tank Heater on: February 20, 2018, 08:33:45 am
You can also buy a jug of pink RV antifreeze and dump half in each tank. Make sure some pink stuff runs through your dump valves and macerator so they don't freeze. If you have hookups, turn the tank heaters on and leave them on until you go home or get above freezing. Use the toilet and sinks as usual.

You might want to check under the rig to see if the insulation is in tact on the tanks if you haven't done that already. Someone posted a pic where gravel had kicked up and torn up the insulation. Our tanks seem to be out of the line of fire and we don't drive miles and miles of gravel.
38  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Kyle no longer with Phoenix on: February 20, 2018, 08:24:24 am
We bought in 2013 and Kyle wasn't there yet. Actually, Earl wasn't there yet. We had the previous sales rep that had tons of "historical knowledge"... yet told me I was wrong when I said the grey tank on the 2552 was smaller than the black (off we went to Bobby so he could prove I was wrong... I wasn't). We bought in spite of him, not because of him. Earl seems to be a vast improvement for many reasons. Both the sales rep and one of the office staff left between our order and pick up.

There was no business manager yet. I think Kermit and the office staff handled that back then. Kyle offloaded them and assisted with marketing. I met him a few times and heard good things about him. I wish him well in his new adventures.

I have no qualms about recommending Phoenix to others. If businesses don't change and grow, they die.
39  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Travel in North Central USA on: February 18, 2018, 11:09:03 am
We couldn't get Chloe for as long as we wanted last year so we had to cut that summer trip short. Things we talked about and planned got dropped so she is thinking that might make a nice trip also if the Canada loop doesn't work out.

Last summer we were able to swing up the eastern side of Michigan into the UP, go halfway across so we could hit Pictured Rocks NP, then backtrack over the Mackinac Bridge and down to hit Sleeping Bear Dunes NP before crossing back into Ohio. Anything west of Munising MI in the UP was dropped due to time constraints and we were unable to hit the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, which we hope to hit someday.

So, if anyone has advice, suggestions and such for the Western half of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, please share. Our original plan was to travel up through Michigan, cross all the way over the UP into Wisconsin following the lake shore around to Isle Royale NP then swinging over to Voyageurs NP (we like to hit all the National Parks that we can). We would then swing down through Minnesota, Wisconsin and on around to circle back to Maryland. I believe there are some dinosaur/ice age fossil places over there that we'd like to find also.

40  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Travel in South East Canada on: February 18, 2018, 10:44:05 am
It is looking like we might get to do a 6-7 week trip this summer with the granddaughter and we are considering a loop that would run up into Canada at Niagara Falls, hit Montreal and Quebec areas, then follow along the St. Lawrence Seaway into New Brunswick and maybe hit Nova Scotia before dropping back into the states and wandering back to Maryland. I would definitely like to hit the Bay of Fundy for the huge tidal change. Chloe will be almost 12 and is very interested in Nature and Science and just generally seeing new things. We prefer nature and outdoors over urban areas and big cities but plan to at least do a day or two checking out each of the big Canadian cities we are passing through.

We've never traveled in Canada so we are looking for any words of wisdom, advice or suggestions. We would be leaving Maryland the last week of June and returning the first or second week of August. We will have no pets on board and are fine not taking liquor across the border. We know we will need passports for all three of us as well as a notarized letter from each of Chloe's parents authorizing us to take her out of the country. The letters may not be required anymore but can't hurt to have along.

Any thoughts?
41  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2017 Valve Stems on: February 15, 2018, 06:49:11 am
As a side note - we carry a small bottle off bubbles to test for leaks on air valves and propane connections. They are also a fun way to relax and meet new people. So, three for one: safety, stress relief and social ice breaker. If you get a multi-pack from the dollar store, you can give some to the noisy kids in the next site and tell them it's really awesome to waft bubbles from the top of that slide waaay over there.
42  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: RVing in cold weather on: February 07, 2018, 07:32:59 am
We camped for several days in below freezing weather. Our furnace was broken so we were heating with small space heaters. We were not winterized and nothing froze. They weren't great heaters so it was chilly in the living space. It was above freezing but we needed jackets and shoes on. We did have electric hook up. We don't have a heated hose so we didn't hook up to campground water.

We went from warm weather into the cold so our lines had been flushed and sanitized. We kept the holding tank heaters on and opened cabinet doors. We now know that we should have kept the hot water tank on or bypassed and drained it. We don't worry overly much about cold temps. The Phoenix can handle it as long as you have heat inside. I would prep as follows depending on whether you sanitize lines or not:

Rig is winterized, hot water tank is bypassed, water lines are drained or blown out or have pink stuff in them (including the outside shower), there is pink antifreeze in the macerator and dump valves: load at least five or ten gallons of fresh water, turn on tank heaters, keep interior above freezing. Carry bottled water for drinking, coffee and brushing teeth.

Rig is dewinterized: sanitize the lines if needed, put a little pink antifreeze down the toilet and shower and run it through the macerator and dump valves, keep hot water tank on if there is water in it, load water, turn on holding tank heaters, keep interior above freezing using Ford truck heater during the drive then furnace or electric heaters when stopped.

If you are dry camping at a Walmart, truck stop or such, you can run your generator the same as all the big trucks around you do. Make sure you have propane and it is turned on.

Set a reminder on your phone to turn off the holding tank heaters when you hit warm weather.

43  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Changes to Online Pricing on: January 31, 2018, 06:27:12 am
Bouncing ideas, feedback and input are all good, however, it doesn't guarantee that everyone will be happy. Just check our forum posts. I doubt if there is one topic we all agree on so it's guaranteed that someone will feel they weren't listened to. I once took over a position from someone that felt his way was the only way. He liked to "suggest" how things should be done. I chose not to follow his advice once and he became extremely upset and told me "When I make a suggestion, I expect it to be followed!" That's not a suggestion, that's a command.

44  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Changes to Online Pricing on: January 30, 2018, 07:09:41 am
That is one configuration. I recall going back and forth clicking full body paint vs lower body, basic cabinets vs cherry and so on. Did we need that surround sound system... No. Did we want it... Yes. Just picking which model we wanted had me running all kinds of comparisons. So back and forth I went with numbers until we were satisfied. THEN we went to the sales rep. Thank goodness we had done the upfront work and were somewhat committed to the Phoenix because the old rep (gone just after we purchased) was unresponsive on the phone and email, unhelpful once I finally got him on the phone, and downright rude when we got to the factory to discuss the purchase. We love our Phoenix but the only part of the sales experience that was good was being able to plan out our rig ahead of time with the "pricing tool". I know Earl is nothing like that but there is a limit to the number of inquiries that he'll be able to handle in a timely manner, especially during shows. Slow responses will turn off customers.

If the purpose of the change is to capture potential customer data for follow up (when the sales team isn't slammed), I suggest putting the pricing back the way it was and offering an opt-in to give contact info to get a full color brochure mailed out. We picked up our brochure at a show and it was seriously tattered by the time we were ready to buy. I'm computer savvy and know it is online but I still like to hold that paper while I'm thinking and planning. I carry brochures and potential buyers are always excited to get one. Many people would be willing to give info to get that brochure. If Phoenix goes this route, I further suggest a guarantee that personal information will not be shared, sold, or otherwise distributed and will be used in house by Phoenix only.

There can be an optional SHORT survey asking interest level, do you want contact, etc. With promise of no hard sales pitches - " we are here to help you plan YOUR perfect motorhome" or RV or some such. Because THAT'S what they do so well.

45  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Changes to Online Pricing on: January 26, 2018, 07:24:34 am
Checked it out and agree. I don't think it's a step in the right direction. I know most people want customizations and Phoenix can't list pricing for all options but having a price for the most common options gives customers a place to start. I'm not sure we would have a Phoenix if I had to go this route. I don't like going in blind with no set pricing.
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