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301  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Hershey RV Show 2015 on: September 20, 2015, 07:27:50 am
Oh, the Amazon work is order fulfillment: pulling stock, shipping and receiving.
302  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Hershey RV Show 2015 on: September 20, 2015, 07:23:01 am
Bill, thanks for the pics. Earl and Kyle told me about the macerator but my bum knee wasn't willing to scrunch down there to check it out. Earl said it pumps the tanks almost three times faster. Nice. I saw John's eyes light up at that.

They also have cool LED lights along the inner edge of the awning that operate on their own switch. Also nice.

We hurt ourselves at the show. ONE day is not enough. Lots of walking and climbing in and out of RVs. Three years ago John and I went as nearly totally clueless wannabes. This year we went with a completely different viewpoint.  Phoenix wins hands down on inside storage which is big with us. The kitchen beats out all but the big ones. Even some of the big guys had less functional kitchens and less bedroom storage. Some of the rigs were built on the Freightliner chassis (34-40 feet) and there were three steps up to get in the CAB door with that first step from the ground being a big one. It was at least five steps to get in the house door. It was a BIG trucker dude type rig. We did a LOT of steps.

My granddaughter was shopping for one for her and her dad (6'4") and their two large dogs. She really liked the ones with bunk beds. She said "Daddy gets the big bed, I get the top bunk and the doggies get the bottom bunk." She found that floor plan in travel trailers, class A's and class C' s.

We were floored at the cost of the tiny tear drop shaped trailers. One was barely more than a bed you could just sit up in and it was over 6K.

One interesting vendor was Amazon camperforce. You apply and commit to work mid-September until December 23rd. They pay your full hook up campsite and ten dollars and change per hour plus an additional dollar per hour completion bonus (if you stay the whole time). A couple can make $113k in one season. You can make even more with shift differential and overtime. The rest of the year you go out and play.

You can pull this up online. The Texas site is full but they are still hiring for KY, TN  southern IN. The rep said temps are usually lows in 40's and highs in 50's or 60's for that time with weather turning bad in January and February.

303  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Hershey RV Show 2015 on: September 18, 2015, 01:24:30 pm
Tom, I just checked the website - WOW, looks nice. I expect to see you two back up here with great tans and nice relaxed smiles. A whole month? Post pics once in a while so we can all envy you. I especially want one of you guys shooting out of those water slides. We'll meet you at The Tilted Kilt for lunch when you get back so you can tell us all about it.
304  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Hershey RV Show 2015 on: September 18, 2015, 11:20:19 am
Ron, here's a video clip from Gary Bunzer's site (The RV Doctor). He is giving several seminars I hope to attend. I liked the aerial shots of the show on the clip
305  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Hershey RV Show 2015 on: September 18, 2015, 11:02:38 am
Wow, Ron, you make me feel bad. I just want to go and give Earl a hard time (and Kyle if he is there). Grammy always told me I was her little angel, but my halo was just a little crooked. I'm OK with that. It's a little far for you to do it for a day buy it might be a fun thing for next year if you can put a few vacation days together. They might be able to use your help driving the rigs out (and back if they don't sell them at the show). You should check with Earl. 

As for the show, it is massive. I just printed the discount tickets and their blurb says "21 Acres of displays. Over 1,200 RVs!!!"
Oh boy, I can't wait.

306  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: RV Shows?? on: September 18, 2015, 10:52:28 am
We did have problems getting the base plate and hitch assembly but that is because we bought one of the first of the totally redesigned Forrester model. Demco had not designed a plate to fit the car yet and we waited months with no luck, so we have a hybrid. I believe our hitch is Demco but our base plate is Blue Ox. We had to pay extra for adapters for the connection from hitch to base plate to make them match. Our base plate "pegs" have two "fingers" and our hitch arms (with the adapters) have three fingers. The two fingers are held securely between the three fingers when towing. I believe if we had had a straight Demco set up, it would have been one finger on the arms held between the two on the baseplate. I don't know if what we have is better, but it was such a pain getting it all straight that I tell myself it is. I figure it is harder to bend or break those two fingers than it would be with a single one. I assume the standard setups for either brand work well together. Our RV mechanic just preferred the Demco hitch. So, I recommend checking around to see who will be installing your towing system and ask them for recommendations and explanations as to why they chose one over the other. If you are doing the install yourselves, then the internet as Ron suggested and other RV'ers are your information source. 
307  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: RV Shows?? on: September 18, 2015, 10:18:31 am
We tow our all wheel drive 2014 Subaru Forrester four wheels down. It was listed in Motor Home Magazine's Dinghy towing guide and the user manual said it could be towed but the salesmen wasn't sure so we checked directly with Subaru and they confirmed that it could be flat towed. We do not need any height adjustment for the hitch going to the Phoenix. There is no limit to the speed you can tow it at. You do not need to stop every few hours and run through the gears.

We hook up the hitch, take off the emergency brake, turn off the display screen (to save battery), put the car in neutral, turn the key to "accessory" and away we go. With both of us doing our part, we can hitch up, set the car and roll out in under 5 minutes including hooking safety and electrical cables. We love it!

We also had the SMI braking system installed and it works well.
308  Main Forum / General Discussion / Hershey RV Show 2015 on: September 18, 2015, 10:07:50 am
We will be at the Hershey show tomorrow (Saturday). If any of you will be there and want to meet us, we'd love to meet you. Send me a private message through the forum and I'll respond with my phone number so you can call or text me and we can coordinate. We will be easy to identify. I'm the one with a knee brace and trekking poles (torn ACL - hence the last minute decision - I had to be able to walk).

John, Chloe and I expect to be there most of the day so we can check out the Phoenix booth, the vendors and hit a few seminars.

To head off the questions, NO we are not looking for another RV. We are totally happy with our 2552 and plan to play in her for a long time to come. We will, however, continue to check out and covet the upgrades that Kermit has added to the Phoenix since we bought ours.
309  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: RV Shows?? on: September 17, 2015, 06:23:20 am
We haven't hit all the parks out west but we spent a year and a half wandering full time in our 2552 with no problem driving the roads or fitting into a campsite. I will admit some of the roads with tight turns take more concentration but we could do it without any problems. There will be places we can't take our Phoenix and we'll route around those then visit the sites in the Subaru we tow. We are temporarily grounded to help with our granddaughter but you can see a lot of our campsite pictures and travel descriptions on our blog listed below. We kept a journal and will be posting our whole first year as soon as we motivate ourselves. (Hey, we're retired and lazy. It took a while but we learned to slow down, sometimes too slow).

Most sites are longer than the posted length and we are able to not only fit the rig but park the Subaru across the front. We've even backed into a standard parking space that had room for us to hang our tail back over the grass. We fit as well as those extended bed trucks that way.

We also noticed a lot of the parks, both state and national, are upgrading their campgrounds so many of the sites are being enlarged. The RV population is growing and those campgrounds bring much needed income.

So the size of the RV you are most comfortable with is based on how you will use it. We needed more space and storage (and a bigger bathroom) than the 2350 offered and more payload than the larger models offered. For us, the 2552 is the sweet spot.

310  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Good Morning from Nashville. on: September 16, 2015, 06:50:35 am
Excellent! We are so bummed we had to miss this year. Washington DC is in our neck of the woods. I was asked last year to work on some additional day trip ideas and entry route layover sites so I better get on that. Once I get a list I'll set up a separate DC Area topic so everyone can see it and add ideas. I've never been to Cherry Hill but have heard it is very nice. The bus line runs right to the campground and takes you to the Metro so you don't need to worry about driving in DC. You DO NOT want to drive in DC.

I expect the planned day trip will go into DC but there is so much to see you could easily go every day. The Smithsonian Museums are all free as are all the monuments. I think the shuttle from the air and space museum downtown to the huge museum out near Dulles airport is also free. The National Zoo is free but parking there is high. You can reach it by Metro and walking a few blocks or transfer to a bus. The new baby panda will be out and about by then.

Cherry Hill Campground is centrally located so it is a quick hop into DC, a short drive up to Baltimore and a bit longer drive to the Chesapeake Bay. There is a ton of stuff to see and do as well as hang out with awesome people. I can hardly wait!
311  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: hauling scooter on: September 12, 2015, 07:59:23 am
I'm interested in this topic also. I tried to convince John a class b with a scooter was the way to go when we first geared up. We quickly decided the b wasn't going to do it for us and our Phoenix has been perfect. Towing the Subaru with a car top carrier works well for our full time travels but once we settle somewhere again the scooter would be an awesome choice... as long as I get to drive.

Campmuch, are you looking for feedback on:
   - hitch weight capabilities of the Phoenix to haul a scooter
   - effect of that weight hanging off the hitch (does it lower the back end, affect the drive, etc.)
   - traveling with only a scooter as a secondary vehicle while in camp
   - access issues with the rear bin when mounting something on the hitch

I'm pretty sure people on the forum can help out with these even if they don't have a cool scooter. Some carry a motorcycle, many have cargo boxes and/or bicycles.

If you do get a Vespa, please post pictures both on and off the Phoenix.
312  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: hauling scooter on: September 12, 2015, 07:34:26 am
Awww Mike, you can do better than that. Tell her you're trying to figure out a way to attach a baby seat so the grandchild can go along. Just a little tug on the grandmother heart strings.
313  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Macerator pump leak and door strut failure on: September 01, 2015, 06:53:40 am
I bop onto the forum at least once a day and have personally logged issues and responded to other people's requests for help with issues and have never seen any censoring on the part of Phoenix USA as it pertains to the motorhome. I know they will block people that get on the forum and repeatedly get nasty but they warn everyone of that. So yes, Phoenix does pay for this forum but they do not censor legitimate comments or concerns on the forum. They refer to it as "the owner's forum" and pretty much let us run with whatever we want.
314  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Macerator pump leak and door strut failure on: August 27, 2015, 06:50:38 am
I'm not understanding the vacuum. We do the hose walk and wiggle thing to empty the last bit of liquid but have never noticed any type of vacuum.
315  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Mice in the coach. on: August 15, 2015, 06:35:35 am
We have not had any even though we stored the rig in mouse city for a while. I did put peppermint potpourri in there as a deterrent so that may have helped. I want to note that the site I found the sachets on said they won't get rid of mice that are already there, just encourage new ones to find a less stinky place to live. It couldn't hurt to toss some around while you work on the problem.

An exterminator once told me that the mice leave pheromones that draw other mice to the same spot so besides catching the ones you've already got, you need to clean really good to scrub out that scent so they don't keep getting replaced.

As for entry, I suggest watching the video showing the build of the 2551 to help locate possible access points. They could chew through the sealant used around the plumbing that goes through the floor (on the fresh water tank under passenger bed, low drain points under kitchen sink, drains to black and grey tank, etc.)

I know mice can get into cars through the engine compartment so they can probably access through the truck also. Many vehicles have rubber covered "port holes" through the firewall to allow wiring to be installed. You may be able to inspect them from the engine side of the wall. Check both driver and passenger side as universal designs are used to allow for right or left side driving.

Good luck! I hope you are able to clear them all out quickly.
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