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31  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Search members by state on: May 07, 2017, 06:52:04 am
Thanks for responding. I guess the 58 people that viewed the post didn't read it.
WOW - slap down! I was one of the 58 that viewed it AND READ IT and I didn't know the answer to your question so I didn't reply (The question being "Is there a way to search forum members by state?") I browsed around and looked and tried to make it happen but ultimately didn't know the answer so I didn't reply. I suspect most of the other 57 people did the same. Most of us wait to see if someone has the solution rather than posting a "no clue" response. We don't usually get smacked down for that but everyone is different.

You did go on in your post to explain why you were asking but the post was a request for info, not an invitation to gather. We aren't from the mid-west but would join a local gathering if we were close enough at the right time and if it was open to out of area people.
32  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Reunion in Sister's Oregon, Anyone planning to attend:? on: May 04, 2017, 06:18:04 am
John backpacked a 50 mile, rim-to-rim-to-rim in the Grand Canyon with the Boy Scouts in August some years back. It was 113 degrees the day they hiked in. One day was enough to teach them to stop moving and seek shade by 10 am. They then started hiking by 4:00 each morning and it was still evil hot. A ranger told them that once the outside temp gets over your body temp, there is no way your body can regulate without outside help. He advised them to take off their shirts, dip them in the streams and put them back on soaking wet to gain evaporative cooling.  Better, but still wicked hot.

If you plan to see the North Rim, check seasonal closings. It is at a higher elevation and they close due to winter snow. John felt the north rim was more beautiful than the south rim but it is a long drive from nowhere to get to it.

Side note with more Ranger info - they airlift more people out of the canyon for drinking TOO MUCH water. This doesn't mean don't drink water, it means EAT. When you are hot, you lose your appetite. If you drink and drink and drink and do not eat, you effectively flush all the salts and minerals out of your system and it will crash. While you may not be planning a 50 miler in the canyon, you can still get sick and woozy from even a day of this severe inbalance.
33  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Low water pressure when hooked up on: May 02, 2017, 07:26:55 am
Kinks are possible. We have a 2013 2552. The plumbing is a combination of flexible tubing (like PEX) and metal connectors. However, you specifically mentioned the pressure is low on the outside shower. I'm pretty sure on the 2552 that the shore water connection inlet is a couple of feet from the outside shower outlet... at least for the cold water line. I don't know how the plumbing is run but if the inlet taps straight to that outlet then continues on around the coach, then your issue is within the first few feet of the system, which would include the inlet valve. Since they use the metal connectors, the flexible tubing should not have to turn hard corners so kinking is less likely, especially in that initial space. From the 2350 floor plan, it looks like you should have three taps within feet of the inlet: the outside shower, the bathroom sink and the bathroom shower. These should all be on straight runs of tubing so I'd pull that inlet valve first and check it. Once the valve is out, see if you can eyeball those first few inches of tubing. My brain says you should be dealing with a metal elbow pipe but it's possible the flex tubing was pulled tight right at the junction which would reduce the flow. This is all random guessing and speculation. Kermit is definitely your best bet. He can diagnose things over the phone and tell you exactly where to look or what to do to narrow down the possible issues.

Good luck. Please keep us posted on what you find out.
34  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2 AC units in a 2552 on: April 27, 2017, 06:52:03 am
Keelhauler, your idea is exactly what we decided on talking to Earl today! Great minds think alike, I hope. BTW, we lived in Avon, Ohio 2003-2008 before moving back south.
Thank you for the input everyone. Planning on finalizing this tomorrow so I can move on and worry about other things. 😬

"Other things" - all the cool RV/Camping toys and gotta have items to go IN your new RV. Enjoy the anticipation!
35  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Camp / RV chairs? on: April 26, 2017, 06:54:20 am
We're still looking for the perfect chair also. We've had the smallish bag ones - work fine but not lounge type chairs and we gave up putting them back in the bags. Tried the zero gravity lounger but it is big, bulky, heavy and usually has to ride in the toad (though throwing it on the bed if it is dry works also since it is one of the first things out of the rig). Now we have one of each but aren't totally happy with either. We don't do the sit at the table thing with them so comfort is more our plan.

I suggest you first narrow down your planned use.
   Do you like to sit upright outside at a table (for eating or computer use or coffee or whatever)?
   Do you boondock or camp in places that do not have picnic tables?
   Do you like to lay back and stare up into the trees or read a book or watch the world go by?
   Do you like to have somewhere to set your drink or snack without having a separate table?
   Do you tow a vehicle that can carry oversize chairs?
   Are you more comfortable in the wider camp chairs that they sell now?
   Do you spend a LOT of time in the chairs? (if yes, worth spending more)
   Do you like to visit with other campers where you will need to be able to tote that chair along?
   Do you go to camp programs where you need to be able to carry the chair along?
   And so on. First question - why do you need the chair? Then go from there.

We don't lounge in camp for long periods of time. If it is nice we are usually out exploring. If it is nasty, we are usually inside chilling. We do have a screen house for buggy areas (Acadia) but bought one without a floor so we can set it up over a picnic table. We do use our chairs a reasonable amount but not enough to warrant paying a huge amount for them (not that I've found the perfect one for any price... yet). Many, many days have gone by where we set the chairs out, ignore them, then pack them up again to move to the next spot. But that's our way of doing it so far.
36  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sewer Hose on: April 24, 2017, 06:23:27 am
We also bought a Rhino AND the support thingy and toted them all over the country. We've needed the 3" hose once, I think (maybe twice) and have never used the bulky support thingy. The hooks on our macerator cracked and opened up a leak when we ran it so we went with the 3" hose to dump then went for the macerator repair. The sales rep before Earl said I didn't need to carry one because all the campgrounds sell them. If there is a dump station, they usually sell the hose.

That said, many people keep the 3" hose hooked up when they are stationary for a while. It is quicker and quieter to dump that way. Some people also keep their grey tank open to drain through their 3" hose for most of their stay but I've read that isn't the best practice as you are opening a sewer vent so the fumes go up through your rig and out into the campground.

John has left the macerator hose out on the ground a few times to stay hooked up (valves closed) but I worry that hose will puncture.

As for length, it will depend on your camping style. If it is just for emergency use at dump stations, you just need a short hose as you drive right up to those. If it is to leave hooked up while camping, you'll need a longer one (or two short ones with connector) so that you can reach randomly placed drains at the campsites. We've had them placed at the rear of the site, right next to our macerator and almost to the front of a back-in site (why? - nobody knows).

We had an extra outside cabinet added behind the driver door on our 2552 (thanks to Tom Hanlon's suggestion) and our messy stuff goes there - 3" hose and jack pads. The stupid support thing rides in the car top carrier - as pristine as the day I bought it. We expect to use it when we start camp hosting as we'll stay hooked up with the 3" hose then. 
37  Main Forum / Photos / Re: I found Him At The Dump Station on: April 24, 2017, 06:03:19 am
the way the tires seem set back?
38  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Help! Ron Dittmer or anyone on: April 23, 2017, 11:47:25 am
Bill, this is no help right now but sort of on topic. We went to an RV show and bought "Emergency Tape" which I think is self sealing silicone tape. I've been told it is sold at Home Depot and like stores also. Part of the sales pitch for this wonder product was that not only could you use it to patch a leak until you can fix it BUT you can put it on your connections BEFORE they leak to help keep them from wriggling loose. I have always intended to do this but my laziness has kept it from happening and the tape has now journeyed around the country without use.

However, if you are going to start unscrewing panels and checking fittings, I suggest you first get some of this stuff and wrap all your connections as you find them even if they aren't leaking. You just stretch the tape, wrap the hose while the tape is stretched, then release the tension and it sort of glues to itself. No sticky stuff or mess. Supposedly it can stand up to pressurized hoses, radiator hoses, etc. Since I haven't used it yet, I can't guarantee that but I figure it can't hurt. You can easily cut it back off if you need to access the connector later.

Good luck with the leak. If you get back up toward us and need tools or assistance, give us a call and we'll come running. We may not know what we're doing but we're happy to help you disassemble your rig and play RV Doctor.
39  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Fort De Soto Campground, Pinellas County, Florida on: April 20, 2017, 08:59:51 am
Never been there but online info looks nice. My usual method for checking out campground is: Here is the link to ALL Florida parks, zoom in to outside of bay near Tamps and you'll see the little "C" in a circle, hover over it and you'll see the park name, click for info and links It looks like the bath houses are close and convenient, there is water and electric at every site and there might be only two dump stations, one near the entrance and the second near the causeway connecting the two islands/keys.

Next I usually choose the RVparkreviews to see what people say. Keep in mind people camp differently so when I see a negative review that says nothing close by, I'm happy if all I want is a quiet place to camp. I just make sure we have everything we need on board before we go. Note the cell service comments. If you are trying to keep in touch with the family group, this might be important to you. I also use Google maps to zoom in to the campground then change it to satellite view so I can see the tree cover, spacing between sites, etc. And last, I Googled "fort desoto campground pictures" and looked at images where I can see large, flat campsites, most with gorgeous water views.

You will have a long drive to anywhere but it looks like a beautiful place to stay. Enjoy!
40  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: On the verge- question on new stove on: April 20, 2017, 08:39:07 am
Another ? About this. How difficult is it to keep the Corian sink clean? I thought it was easy to scrub out stains, but I know the one we have in our bathroom the entire sink has discolored some. It's over ten years old.
I know stainless cleans easy but also scratches.  Help
The white sink does get stains on it but it cleans easily with a pasty mix of baking soda and bleach. I do it periodically. Our stains are mostly coffee. We use small shallow TubTrugs as wash bins when we don't have full hookups (most of the time) so not a lot of water goes into the sink bowl and food bits settle and sometimes leave marks. John is a coffee addict so lots of coffee gets dumped in there but not rinsed out right away. Most stains wash off and the tough ones get the baking soda and bleach treatment. After that it looks like new. I am sensitive to chemicals so our cleaning agents are primarily baking soda, white vinegar and bleach (with windows open to vent bleach fumes). We use little windex wipes on the mirrors and windows, Liquid Gold wipes or lemon oil on the wood and Simple Green on the vinyl floor.

As an added item, I use the same baking soda/bleach method to clean that white plate in the microwave. We bought a round silicone mat that fits it so it isn't often an issue and we NEVER bake directly on it anymore like it recommends in the manual/cookbook. The silicone lifts off for cleaning and the plate stays white.
41  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 110 Volt Power Questions on: April 14, 2017, 03:40:50 pm
Check reviews before you buy any adapter. Some overheat and some don't. We carry the little guy that Ron showed but haven't used it yet.
42  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Furnace not working on: April 14, 2017, 03:37:48 pm
Excellent result! So glad you were able to get it fixed with little pain. Good service is hard to find so hang onto their number.
43  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 12, 2017, 10:04:15 am
Welcome, Will and Joyce!! I'm glad to hear you found your way to a Phoenix. I'm sure you will both love it and enjoy many happy adventures together. I look forward to your future input and welcome your questions (we always have questions). The only long term problem we've found with the Phoenix is that we get depressed when we aren't out in her.  It's an addiction we are OK with. ENJOY!!!
44  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: National Park Fees on: April 12, 2017, 09:41:20 am
You don't realize how ingrained the culture is (or how you've become accustomed to rude, "privileged people" behavior) until you travel outside the zone. We flew to western Montana years ago to visit friends. While driving from airport to friends' house in a rental car people waved at us, sometimes the whole time they passed. It was car after car coming the opposite direction (far less traffic than here, but still four or more cars in a row did this). Being from the DC Area, we pulled to the side of the road and checked the car but couldn't find anything wrong that would cause all this attention. Upon arrival we told our friends about our confusion and they laughed at us. They said "In Montana, a hand signal from another vehicle is a wave. People wave a friendly hello to everyone they pass. It's not the same hand signal they use in your area."

OH! So, around here we see lots and lots of "birds" and very few friendly waves.

So as you travel, aim for the places where everyone smiles and waves... and if you're in the DC area and several people wave, you either left your coffee cup on top of the car or there is a cop around the corner. Sometimes I smile and wave at random people just to mess with their heads.
45  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: National Park Fees on: April 11, 2017, 07:43:45 am
Holly, I think it maybe time for you to move out of the D.C. Area and all the political crap. 

I TOTALLY agree!
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