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301  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Bear Songs on: November 15, 2013, 05:42:05 pm
Tom, that gives me an idea! I'll etch my name on those bells so if a grizzly does get me, John will be able to collect that bear's scat, bells and all, so that people at my memorial service can have a sense of closure. The scat (and an ample supply of Jack Daniels) should make for some memorable toasts and an enjoyable wake.
302  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drive line vibration diagnosis on: November 15, 2013, 09:18:07 am
I just figured out Panhandle Driveline IS the name of the shop and I found the address on the internet. Is there someone in particular you dealt with? We'll be visiting them before too long. I don't know if our vibration noise is the same as yours but it sounds similar enough and our rigs came out about the same time so the chance of a like problem seems good. It would be AWESOME if they can fix this.
303  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drive line vibration diagnosis on: November 15, 2013, 09:07:47 am
Mark, PLEASE send us the name and location of your mechanic. We are dawdling our way through Georgia but would happily reroute to wherever this guy is if he can fix our vibration noise. Thank you so much for posting all this information.  Holly and John
304  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Bear Songs on: November 15, 2013, 09:03:28 am
Friends of ours moved to a nice little cabin just outside of Glacier National Park. It was ideal. There was a pond out front where they watched Moose graze and trails through Flathead National Forest just outside their door. Their three kids were picked up by the school bus at the foot of the hill and Laura could jog blissfully around the "neighborhood" exercising with the wonders of nature all around her. Being avid outdoorsmen they were very happy. The little neighborhood only had one other full time resident. One day he called Laura to tell her that Star was headed her way. "Star? Who's Star?" Oh, that's our resident grizzly. "YOU NAME YOUR BEARS?" Well Star did pay a visit to the new neighbors. She checked the front porch and the trash cans and even climbed the stairs to the back deck to look for any goodies in the BBQ grill. She left nice, big grizzly bear paw prints in the snow. Well, even nature lovers become a little concerned with a grizz living next door so changes were made. One of the parents walked the kids to the bus stop in the morning and greeted them again in the afternoon. Laura strapped bear bells on her ankle and continued her runs singing loudly all the way "Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way. Oh what fun it is to run with a grizzly bear today".

They still live there. They still hike and cross country ski through the forests. They still kayak and raft down the rivers. The boys are grown now and everyone in the family has their own bear spray that clips to their pack straps every time they head out into nature AND they have spares that they issue to guests before each hike. So if you are in grizzly country, get your bear spray and your bear bells and sing along with nature.

305  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: First trip on our 2350: a report on: November 15, 2013, 08:45:39 am
After many, many years in a tent (or no tent at all), I am very happy to have the security of the hard sided MH. While those critter noises still wake me up, I do not lay awake wondering if the next noise will the entry of an unwanted guest. Something pushed up against the Phoenix the other night and rocked us a bit. The first reaction was WHOA... bear, deer, really big raccoon, human? Then, after a mental inventory of what was outside and accessible AND that I had checked all locks, it was "don't care - going back to sleep". Whatever it was went away.

We don't have bear spray yet but it is on the list. Just as a heads up, it is actually illegal in some states so you don't want to flaunt it. I will, however, still clip it to within easy reach on my pack straps when hiking in bear country and risk a fine. I also plan to get bear bells. I'll put a friend's bear story in the around the campfire posting.
306  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: First trip on our 2350: a report on: November 14, 2013, 06:40:55 am
So what is this one? I found the picture on the internet but we saw one at a campground last week. Actually they had a car with the tent on top and the car was pulling a trailer with a flip out tent on top. They had a whole herd of people. We think some were sleeping in the car, some in each tent AND more in two tents on the ground in the next site. This is legit by the way. It mounts on your roof rack and flips closed then zips into what looks like a car top carrier bag.
307  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Winter travel and overnighting iin low 20 degree weather on: November 14, 2013, 06:27:25 am
We are currently camping in below freezing weather (dropping for just for a few hours each night) but we have 30 amp hookups. My nagging worry applies here though. What about the outdoor shower? I can't find shutoff valves. I unscrewed and drained the shower hose and am basically hoping that is enough. I've played with a few ideas: 1) buy a bag of pillow type fiberfill stuffing at a craft or fabric store and cram it in the cabinet as insulation OR 2) put a large plastic bag in there, spray the gently expanding foam into the bag and close the compartment until it sets up (Not the super expanding stuff, it can expand until it breaks things). I would have to first put something over the faucets to prevent the foam from expanding behind them and thus never coming back out.

I worry about those few freezing hours (possibly unnecessarily) but Dick and Trish will be in a hard freeze for days so their shower is more likely to freeze.

Any suggestions?
308  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: First trip on our 2350: a report on: November 13, 2013, 07:14:42 am
Sparky, I don't know the answer to your question but I know that when I first started comparing motorhomes one of the magazines (Motorhome Mag?) had a footnote that stated the Phoenix Cruiser had been classified as a "B" until recently when they changed it to the "C" for comparisons. Come to think of it, Motorhome Mag may be the place to search, be back if I find anything.
309  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Noisy converter? on: November 12, 2013, 04:23:00 pm
aren't all the lights, vent fans and refrigerator fan powered by the inverter?

These items are 12V and powered directly from the house batteries.


So the only time we are actually using the inverter is if we are not plugged into shore power and plug something into one of the inverter outlets? If so, then figuring out a way to easily turn the inverter on and off would be a great help IF that is the fan we hear running. Kermit told us it is the CONVERTER fan that we hear and most people will never hear the inverter as it has a little fan and is tucked back in under the bed.
310  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: At long last - Our PC arrives! on: November 12, 2013, 04:06:30 pm
Holly with all those bungies, you could hook them end to end and hook one end back here in Maryland and the other end to your PC. When you are ready to come back home, just put the PC in netural. Might be a little fast but just think of all the gas you will save.  rolling on the floor

Tom, we could also use the extra bungees as defensive projectiles should there ever be a need to defend our home against critters or ornery humans. They have so many uses. What did we ever do without bungees or the internet?
311  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: At long last - Our PC arrives! on: November 12, 2013, 08:44:44 am
Bill Golden suggested leaving the ladder up to avoid the extra steps of opening it and then securing it every time we go into the back cabinet. Since we don't go on the roof much and we DO go in and out of that storage a lot, it makes sense. Bill also suggested securing it. I figure it is possible to hit a hard enough bump to bounce the ladder up and off the locking point so we put the ball bungees on for peace of mind. We use them on: TV cable, space heater cord, two drinking water hoses (2 bungees each), two electric cables (2 bungees each), and two outdoor extension cords (we work on computers at the picnic table). We have regular bungees on the bike rack because we needed longer cords. We use Bongo Ties for our computer cords and all those chargers for our phones, Kindles, MiFi, computer cords, mice, etc. I also bought little kableflags for the chargers because we have so many and just can't remember what they go to (sometimes it doesn't matter but sometimes it does). We were overrun with wires and hoses and cables that all want to stretch out and tangle with something else but now they all tuck into their spots where we can find them easily. I ordered a large purse organizer (that you put all your stuff in then lift out of one purse and set into another) figuring it could sit in the cabinet with the chargers in the pockets all nice and neat but it literally shipped on a slow boat from China and didn't arrive before we hit the road. We have a bamboo drawer organizer up there just because we owned it and it had four sections. Not my perfect solution but functional. With us working and living here full time, we REALLY need organization and control of STUFF.
312  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: At long last - Our PC arrives! on: November 11, 2013, 07:44:10 am
Mike, I don't know how to link to previous posts but somewhere on this forum, Barry (of Barry-Sue) posted showing the use of command hooks to hold his fishing rods. He uses the hooks with the flexible rubber loop that hooks on and off. We use the same hooks for our cell phone booster cable in the cupboard and it holds great! Barry has his rods on the loopy hooks in the rear cabinet. There is a picture here somewhere. Try the tips section - they consolidated a lot of theirs into one post there.
313  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: At long last - Our PC arrives! on: November 10, 2013, 09:28:07 am
Wow! I'm sorry about the extra "experience" you had on your first trip. Good thing you have two Poms, as that eliminates any fighting over who gets the foot warmer.  I took several other owners' suggestions about an extra heat source and bought a small, ceramic heater from Lasko. It has an 800 watt/lo and 1000 watt/hi setting. It does a good job of keeping us toasty on chilly nights. We sometimes close the bedroom curtain/door part way and put it on the floor next to my bed where it warms us nicely. It makes a little noise but not too bad and is not as disruptive as the on/off cycle of the heat strip with blower. The control dials are on top so I can reach them from my bed and adjust it up before crawling out in the morning. We have camped down to 27 degrees so far. We set the heat strip to 60 and turned on the little space heater. One night the heat strip never went on - the space heater did the trick. Some campgrounds don't allow electric heaters but we haven't hit that yet. The heater tucks in under the passenger bed or for a quick move from site to site, it lays face down in the bottom corner of the bed and hasn't moved yet. We ALWAYS unplug it before leaving the rig and when not in use. I also bought a little black hexagonal silicone pot holder from Walmart that we put under it on the floor. It doesn't seem to heat up the floor but it does vibrate a little so the pot holder quiets it. We actually have 4 of the pot holders. One black for the floor fan, one red for the coffee pot since we sometimes tuck it away in the cupboard while it is still hot, and two blue ones for the kitchen to use as trivets or pot holders. We use a ball bungie to wrap the heater cord for storage (love ball bungies, use them on our hoses, power cords, heater cord, BBQ tools and to hold our ladder in the up position so it is out of the way until needed). Even when you get your thermostat fixed, I recommend the little heater. It does an awesome job.
314  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Cloudland Canyon State Park GA on: November 09, 2013, 05:09:17 pm
The Georgia State Park deal gets better! They have a program for an RV camping club where you get this brochure and each night you stay in a state park you get a sticker on your brochure (each paid night, freebies don't count). When you have nine stickers, you get the tenth night free. You can save them up and cash in multiple nights at a time. I also saw on the state website a snowbird special where, if you book in and pay for a full month between Nov 1 and Feb 28, you pay half price for the site. They list the parks it is good at. Since the rates seem to be 28-30 a night, that puts you at 14-15 with the special. The sites have water and electric and a few have cable. We may never leave Georgia.

For you golfers, they have some golf specials also.
315  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Noisy converter? on: November 09, 2013, 07:10:14 am
In our unit, the inverter outlets are: bathroom, kitchen, and in the cabinet over passenger seat (and driver - we added one). Also in our rig, just those outlets are white while all others are black but Kermit said the color doesn't really designate inverter or not. An easy way to tell is unplug from shore power and use a nightlight or something to check which outlets have power.

I have a question though, aren't all the lights, vent fans and refrigerator fan powered by the inverter? I thought everything that ran while on battery had its power run through the inverter first.
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