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301  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Weather Tech Floor mats on: June 17, 2013, 08:17:23 pm
Thanks all for the info on the floor mats. I expect we'll be ordering the mats for the Cruiser and the liners for the toad. We like to play in the mud and it's best to put these things in place BEFORE you trash the carpets. Having the pics is awesome. Thanks bobander, that made it easy to see what will work. A helpful to you for the effort on our behalf.
302  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Weather Tech Floor mats on: June 17, 2013, 06:28:22 pm
Ron, the floor "mats" are the ones shown above. Weather tech also has the tray style floor "liners" which would probably be a trip hazard in the center since there is no raised floor there.
303  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Weather Tech Floor mats on: June 16, 2013, 09:33:47 am
Did you get the floor mat or floor liner that has raised sides? I like the raised sides but they look like they would make little trip spots in the center, between the seats. However they would keep mud, snow and potentially kitty litter in an off the carpet, easy dump pan.
304  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Chicken Slop Recipe on: June 16, 2013, 06:21:57 am
Need a quick meal with little clean up? Try chicken slop. It was one of our go-to hot meals for backpacking. You need a gallon size ZipLock bag (yes, brand makes a difference - the seams have to hold in boiling water). Open 1 bag of Stove top stuffing and dump it in the ZipLock. Toss in one chicken bouillon cube if desired. Open one can of chicken and dump it in liquid and all. Pour in boiling water - amount called for on stuffing package. Now zip the bag and gently squish until mixed. The stuffing will absorb the water. You can eat it right out of the bag with a spoon then zip and toss the baggie. You are left with one or two dirty spoons. (John and I used to share this on the trail -I always called dibs on snuggling and mixing the hot bag on cold winter hikes.)
305  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: June 14, 2013, 01:27:30 pm
The credit goes to Tom Hanlon. He suggested it, we requested it, and Phoenix accommodated us, as usual. An additional benefit is a nice, dark bedroom. You close the door to the bathroom, close the door curtain thing to the forward area, pull down the awesome window blinds and you have instant night even in the middle of the day. We haven't tried it with the fan cranked high but it works fine with the fan on low since there is space above the door for the air to pull through.

I think if you put that fan on high and closed the bathroom door, it might just levitate anyone sitting on the head.
306  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New members looking for advice on: June 14, 2013, 01:22:50 pm
Try calling the Ford Motorhome Assistance Center at 1-800-444-3311. They've helped several of us find a nearby Ford dealer that can handle Ford warranty issues on the PC.

Just FYI - Barry and Sue have an awesome contact list on this forum that can be found at:
Main Forum > Links and Contacts > Product Contacts

They have numbers for customer service for just about any part of the PC you need help with. 
307  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: June 14, 2013, 05:39:35 am
Sorry, Ron, I wasn't clear. I didn't mean to put the litter box under the bed. I meant to use it for kitty bed/hidey spot. Our cat's hidey spot is on the twin bed under the shirt closet. We put clear command hooks on the shirt closets since we like to hang our jammies near the bed during the day. The jammies hang almost to the bed which creates a nice "cave" under that cabinet. Once she chose her spot, we threw her blanket back there to mark the territory. She prefers Johns's side (yesssssssssss!) so HE gets yelled at during the night if his feet stray into her space. Marcia has four cats so she may need a bigger hidey spot. Under the bed might do it.

We also asked Phoenix to skip the fan in the bedroom and put that second fantastic fan in the bath. That will help draw the litter smell straight up and away. However, with the box right there it gets scooped quickly so that should help with the odor too. Besides, we two-legged critters can be stinky too so all that stink is in the same zone and the box is out of view of guests.
308  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: June 13, 2013, 04:45:29 pm
We are fairly new owners of a 2552 with only one cat. We have the litter box in the bathroom set in front of the shower door and are already on our second box due to a good size cat trying to hit a too-small target. One miss and we got a bigger box. We saw a nice "corner" box with high sides that would have fit beautifully but it was gone before we got back for it. My measurements say we may be able to get away with an 15x15" triangular box and MAYBE 18x18... if we can find one again. We slide the existing box out of the way when we shower and the box of clean litter fits nicely between the toilet and the wardrobe. I think it will fit in the bottom of the linen closet also but my better half likes it to be more accessible. I keep a little camping whisk broom with dustpan between the sink and shower for quick cleanups of escaped litter.

I also read a post either on this forum or another where they put the litter box in the foot well of the passenger seat. That area is carpeted in our rig so I'm leery of that but we may be buying those heavy rubber floor mats so the box may be moving during longer stays. When I pivot the seat, the area is pretty well hidden.

As for the TV, it would be nice and warm behind it but it would be very tight for kitties. I agree with Ron that a critter space behind the passenger seat might be just the thing. You would probably have to forego the Euro-chair but I'm sure it would be do-able. Another possible kitty spot is under the driver side twin bed. We copied someone else's upgrade and had Phoenix install cabinet doors for easy access (standard access is by lifting the bed board - easy enough but I'm lazy). If you had Phoenix cut the openings then left them without doors (or got doors to install later if desired) then your kitties would have a very nice hiding spot. You lose storage though.  The same idea might work for under the dinette seat (big, beautiful drawer that we don't have in the 2552).

I also agree with Judi - I'm sure you'll love your PC as much as we love ours. The hardest part of having one is waiting until you get to go play in it again. Good luck on your decision. By the way, I see a gold star by your name. 
309  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Cleaning/polishing front part of roof on: June 13, 2013, 04:18:45 pm
Our problem would be getting the little grand-monkey to come back down. She'd be hooting and hollering and hosing everyone in sight. So just a word to the wise, choose carefully the seeds you plant in a young, adventurous child's mind... Meanwhile, I'm looking for my rope and a sturdy branch. Don't tell her mother.
310  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Aime's Matchmaking Service -- input needed on: June 10, 2013, 07:27:46 pm
Holly passed this one to me because I speak Geek.

Nice job Aimee. What follows are my comments.

1. I recommend segregating PC owners from visitors. The two groups are very different. Some owners may be more willing to meet other owners than with non-owners.
2. I'm assuming the back and forth between the owner and visitor would be similar to Craigslist where both parties' e-mail addresses are anonymous.
3. All communications between the owner and visitor should remain anonymous until both parties agree to direct communication.
4. I'm not sure how hard it would be to search for owners within a certain distance of a vistors location. I'm not sure how you'd pinpoint the owner's and visitor's locations.
5. I recommend that visitors be required to submit a survey before being allowed to schedule another visit.
6. I recommend that owners be required to submit a survey before receiving a referral fee.
7. Will there be a process or procedure for removing a visitor from the list? What about an owner?
8. Will this be a separate portal from the forum?

I'd be interested in looking at the database schema for this project.

I'd also be willing to communicate with the developer. However, as a programmer myself I know programmers can be a little sensitive about other programmers sticking their noses into someone else's business.

311  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Aime's Matchmaking Service -- input needed on: June 10, 2013, 05:32:12 pm
Woo Hoo! They didn't vote us off the island. We like Tom too, who we met when Aimee set up for us to see his rig; AND he fixed our cutting board. I took it out to season it then couldn't get it back in. But Tom fixed it all.

I'll have John, the IT Guy and programmer, read it over in a few and see if he notices anything the non-techies among us missed.
312  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: New fruit basket installed on: June 07, 2013, 10:38:22 pm
I have that same basket at home and was trying to figure out if I could mount it securely in the PC. We have several baskets on racks at the house that hold my Magic Bullet, food chopper, vitamins, etc. They really help keep the counter clear. I'm hoping to get at least one one basket for the road. Did you just screw the rod holders into the wall?
313  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Vvvvvvvvvvibration Noise on: June 06, 2013, 08:51:29 am
Update on our noise. We took it to the local Ford "big truck" shop and they kept it two days before telling us "what noise?" It's a truck. Trucks make noise. John drove down, took them for a test drive, waited till she started singing, then said THAT noise. OH, THAT noise; OK we'll look at it; we may call Ford to see if this is normal for the V10 engine.

The PC has been there another two days and we hope to have an answer by noon today but I have a feeling they won't have fixed anything. We told them we need it to camp in tonight and asked if it would be fixed. Their answer; well, it will be ready to pick up either way... implying a good chance there will be no fix. I LOVE car dealer repair shops. We should have cancelled our local appointments back in May and camped out at the Ford dealer in Indiana to wait out the week until they could look at it.

We are going back through Elkhart in July so we may book an appointment with the Ford dealer there and see if they can quiet her down a bit. At least they know what the engine is SUPPOSED to sound like. What noise, indeed.
314  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Missing the Tetons on: June 06, 2013, 08:38:33 am
Ron, We met some fellow RV'ers in Florida that gave advice on Glacier: if you want to cross through it on the Going to the Sun road which has AWESOME views, they recommend you leave your car/RV/whatever behind and take the bus tour so your eyes are free to enjoy the view. They recommend that you sit on the same side of the bus each way (always on left or always on right) so that you get to see everything in both directions. They said the bus drivers are taken back and forth numerous times as passengers prior to being allowed to drive it so that they have seen everything and can concentrate on driving the bus safely around the hairpin turns. There are also length (21ft including bumpers) and width (8 ft including mirrors) restrictions as well as seasonal (open late June, last day to drive the entire road in 2013 is Sept 22).

Enjoy your well-deserved trip. We can't wait to get out west and spend time in all those beautiful parks.
315  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: rain entering my 2552 on: June 02, 2013, 07:29:42 am
Our awning has a loud clank at the front rail when we extend it. I was wondering if it is normal or has something to do with the recall repair. Anyone know? The knob is not tight at all. It clanks when the metal bar pops off the metal upright track.
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