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301  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Inductive stovetop anyone? on: September 13, 2013, 08:23:13 pm
Ron, you keep ratting your wife out on things she's done in the PC. When do we hear from her?

Oh, this is (of course) Holly and not John asking the question
302  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Full-timers on: September 13, 2013, 08:15:19 pm
We sort of qualify. We bolted out of our house on August 27th of this year - a full 4 hours before the renters took over. We camped with friends in Aberdeen MD then headed for the Intervec-Phoenix reunion. We stayed in a hotel last night in South Bend, Indiana while the Phoenix was visiting a Ford dealer and will probably doing that again a few nights next week if they have to pull the tranny. So, we are new at the full time thing, but we do not have a physical house anymore. In fact, we spend the last two days at a very nice park in Mishawaka working at a picnic table with the cat in her carrier and the litter box on the floor of the toad. It is John, Holly and Snickers-the-kamping-kitty for a year or more in a 2552. We are still organizing our stuff and have one more trip to storage to drop off the excess before we roll away. We work part time from the Phoenix via the internet. We hope to have amazing adventures... if we ever get out of Indiana.

So how long have you been full time in the 2350?
303  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Pictures from Petoskey on: September 13, 2013, 09:56:59 am
Very nice Bill but where is the picture of the horse in "action"? For those that didn't see it, Bill took a video of the view from the carriage as the horses clip-clopped down the street... and pooped as if on cue for a true live action shot. Wonderful vacation memories.

I thought I'd toss in a picture of the campfire/party held at Kermit's site after he rolled out. Well, what else do you do with vacant prime real estate? There's a big empty spot in the middle of the group - so we had a party.
304  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Petosky Reunion on: September 13, 2013, 07:53:50 am
John and I were also at the reunion in Petoskey and had a great time. I believe there were 29 PCs there and they were all great people. We met each day for a catered breakfast, one dinner banquet was catered and we had one pot luck dinner. The schedule included a trip to Mackinac Island, bingo, a silent auction fundraiser, an open house to check out other rigs and a short business meeting after one breakfast. We also gathered for an impromptu group campfire with one member providing awesome electric accordian music.

The club officers did a great job setting everything up and getting a whole bunch of laid back people to the events. We met many new friends and added far too many upgrades and RV toys to our wish list.

I agree with FrecklesTweety that the campground and their staff were excellent! Kermit was there with a beautiful new 3100 that we all got to check out and he explained converted and inverters for the different model years of the PC.

The factory pays for your first year of membership if you buy new so you get a no-risk free trial. We plan to be in Colorado Springs for the reunion next year. After all, we have a whole bunch of new friends to catch up with and hope to make a bunch of new ones. Hope to see you there!
Holly
305  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Which model is best for us? on: September 11, 2013, 03:11:45 pm
Whoa, Tom, them's fight'n words. I don't have to sleep with John but the Teddy Bear stays!
306  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Which model is best for us? on: September 11, 2013, 08:42:01 am
Welcome Randall and Chris! I see you are in Michigan - 29 PCs just rolled out of Petoskey yesterday at the end of the 20th reunion of The Intervec-Phoenix travel club. Many are still in the area and most owners are happy to show and discuss their unit. Several members were headed to Frankenmuth and we are sitting in a state park in Cadillac, MI with a route down to Grand Rapids area tonight then on down to Indiana. There are also several owners that live in Michigan that you can contact. Tom Hanlin gave us the deluxe 2552 tour before we bought which included lying on the twin beds, standing in the shower, etc. After his tour, we knew it would work for us. We drove to Elkhart for a factory tour and were very pleased with the quality of work they do AND their willingness to answer and explain without the hard sell. We ordered our new home that day.

We have the 2552 and just started a year on the road living and working in the PC. So far it's been awesome. If you do join the Phoenix family, mark your calendar for the second week in September when the club meets again in Colorado Springs. We met so many wonderful people and had a blast!
307  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Sound under bed in 2552 on: September 05, 2013, 07:31:03 am
We were told it is the inverter fan. It cycles on and off whenever it decides to. This will happen even if you do not have the inverter "on" at the panel. Electricity runs through it, it gets hot, the fan cycles on.
308  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Any good campgrounds between Elkhart IN and Potosky MI on: September 03, 2013, 08:47:19 pm
I know this is probably too late to help FrecklesTweety but we are sitting in the Covenant Hills Campground in Otisville, MI. I believe we are within 25 miles of Frankenmuth where we will be playing tomorrow with the help of our Toad (which is FINALLY rigged and rolling with us). With our Passport America membership, it should be $16.00 a night and it looks like they are all full hook ups. We'll see if that rate holds true when we complete check in tomorrow morning. We arrived after their 4:00 closing. They told us on the phone to just pick a site, set up and register in the morning. We did a walk-about of the camp and it looks like it is a full fledged summer camp merged with an RV park. I find myself hoping the climbing wall and zip line are not closed for the season. The giant bouncy thing in the lake looks like I could have fun seriously hurting myself also. Our site is nicely wooded. It is not TOTALLY level but not bad and a little tweaking of the jacks got us level. They have what looked like fairly level, graveled, pull through sites with a modern bath house in another loop but with full hook ups we'll probably shower in our rig. There are lots of sites, some sun, some shade, some near playgrounds, some tucked away in the woods. It's the type of camp we like. The camp is about 12 miles off the highway (23?? 75??) - I don't know where we are except somewhere north of Flint and south of Frankenmuth.  We'll be here two nights then on to Petoskey!
309  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / We jumped! The year on the road has begun on: August 27, 2013, 07:34:24 pm
As you may know from previous posts, John and I intended to start a year on the road in the PC starting on August 30th. Our timetable was shifted forward a few days because the renter for John's house needed to move in by the 27th. After numerous delays I did my side of the settlement today (last minute, literally just before we hit the road) for the sale on my house with the final sign off scheduled for Thursday. We finished the clearing out and cleaning and repairing of John's house a full FOUR HOURS before control switched to the tenants last night (last minute again). The PC is now the only home we've got! The adventure begins.

For those of you thinkng about selling or renting your house at some point in the future so you can play in the PC full time, I'd like to give a little advice - Avoid the agony! Clean the stuff out NOW! You'd be amazed how much you can empty out of your house without really missing it. Do one room or storage space each month and stick to it. If you can empty out a room then close it off and pretend it isn't there, that's better yet. When you think you are down to the absolute must have items, repeat the process and see what else you can get rid of. We did a little bit ahead of time but not nearly enough. Getting it all sorted out, given away, sold or prepped for storage in one short month while trying to get our work hours in was evil. We are sure we have too much stuff with us while at the same time we are probably missing key items. All the organized lists go out the window (or in a random bin) when you are literally down to a handful of hours. We expect to take a few days to recover from that last push (and wait for our toad to be rigged - last minute again but not our fault, they couldn't get the parts) then we will start enjoying the freedom the Phoenix gives us. So many places to go, so many people to meet, so many ice cream shops we haven't hit yet (sweltering day, lifelong obsession).

At some point we will return to clean a bunch more stuff out of the storage locker since by the end of the moving ordeal,  we realized the house is too big for us and we don't need all that furniture and stuff so why the heck are we paying to store it? But that's for later. Now is for peaceful RVing in our awesome PC. We look forward to meeting many of you along the way.
310  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drivers Side Propane Connection? on: August 15, 2013, 07:05:07 am
Shipper, the grill you list does it look like it's low pressure. My understanding is that the grill cannot have a regulator since my hook up is AFTER the on board regulator. Going through two regulators is supposed to choke it down too much so you don't get enough heat.

Is your hook up before the rig' s regulator? If it is AFTER the regulator, have you had any problems with low gas/low heat?
311  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Our 2350's New Home on: August 14, 2013, 07:11:36 pm
Very nice! It even looks likes it's smiling.  Smile
312  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drivers Side Propane Connection? on: August 14, 2013, 07:03:42 pm
The factory ran the propane to the passenger side for us. We have a 2552 and the quick connect port is inside the storage bin that is to the left of the batteries. This line is AFTER the on board regulator which means it is a low pressure connection. We haven't found a low pressure grill we like yet and definitely are not up to modifying propane connections to work. We'll have more time to search once we are on the road for the year.

My logic was that the propane is already over there for the hot water tank so all we needed was a splitter but I think they still ran a separate line from the main tank. I was also concerned about potential sparks from the batteries so they installed the port on the left wall of the bin to maintain some separation.
313  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question on mixing tow bar and tow plate manufacturers on: August 08, 2013, 06:27:59 am
We decided to go with the Demco tow bar and Blue Ox base plate with the adaptors as recommended by the hitch guy. I was concerned we were adding additional parts to fail but the adaptor replaces a piece on the Demco tow bar so no additional parts or rattles. It actually looks like it will be a better join since the adaptor has three tabs interlocking with two on the base plate as opposed to the standard Demco one tab interlocking with two.

To answer Tom: No, we still have the noise. Ford says we have to wait for their regional repair guy to look at but they didn't call before we left for our 3.5 week trip and we are in crunch mode now trying to clear the house before our new tenants move in on August 27th. If we can get ourselves organized enough, we may try to book into the Ford dealer and repair shop that Phoenix uses in Mishawaka, Indiana. We will be up that way for the rally/reunion and could hit it on the way back down with a bit of a detour, but at least it will be going to someone that knows the RV. 

As for the countertop - Phoenix DID replace it and did a very nice job. We had to return because they swapped the hot and cold water and the sprayer was leaking. Poor Bobby had to wedge himself under the sink and swap the hookups. In another post Ron Ditmer talks about how difficult it is to work in the tight space under the sink. Ron was correct as Bobby confirmed that the faucet hook ups are all attached prior to mounting the countertop at the faucet.
314  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Check your valve stem cores on: August 08, 2013, 06:10:25 am
I agree it's a good post. Extra thanks to all of you. I added the little tool to our Amazon shopping cart. The "Things to keep checking" list keeps getting longer. I know for some of you seasoned RV'ers, it is second nature, but it's pretty mind boggling to us newbies. Note to self - redo the checklists... again.
315  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Tips for a Small Kitchen on: August 04, 2013, 06:11:05 pm
Sue, thank you! I'm ordering the pitcher now. I looked at those but my engineer said it was still too big. If it fits in your fridge, it will fit in mine. I'll placate him by telling him that his new coffee pot will go in the cupboard where the big brita was.
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