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316  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.
317  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. 
318  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.
319  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. 
320  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.
321  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.

322  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.
323  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?
324  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.
325  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.
326  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.
327  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: June 02, 2013, 07:18:31 am
Congratulations! We have had its one month and are loving it. Enjoy!


328  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Awning Recall on: May 30, 2013, 10:38:58 am
RELIEF!!!! - We spoke to Carol at the factory this morning and she said that our awning was serviced either the morning of the day we picked up (5/1) or the previous day. Apparently the service guy didn't tell Dometic yet because they don't show the recall as completed (you'd think he'd want to get paid). Carol is sending the paperwork to us showing the completed repairs. Once we talked to Carol, we had to call Dometic to stop their frantic search for a service tech (6 calls to us yesterday) then call the techs they found and call off the dispatch of an emergency on-site repair at our campsite (#13 - for luck). Kudos to Phoenix for fixing it before our pick up... not too many kudos though because just telling us about it would have saved a lot of time, effort and stress.

Back to working and relaxing in the woods. This is our first "work" outing in the RV to test the cell booster, internet access, etc. Some good, some bad, some we have to figure out but it works well enough to get us by until we figure it all out and make it work even better. Three more months before we take the leap and run off in the PC (and the three months includes 3-4 weeks in the RV rolling out to and around the Black Hills and back) BUT WHO'S COUNTING?
329  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Awning Recall on: May 29, 2013, 03:34:07 pm
Ours is the first serial number on the list. We haven't had the recall done yet so I'm not sure why it says recall was completed. We are trying to get Kermit or someone at the factory to tell us if they had Dometic do the fix prior to our pickup... we don't really think so though, figuring they would have told us. We DID call Dometic and they are trying to get someone to our campsite before we have to leave on Sunday. Since we may have to drive it again before service, they read the safety instructions to us. HOLY COW! I will print a shortened version here. DO NOT use this as the official info - if you have to move your rig, call Dometic and let them read to you. I could have missed something. Of course, if you call Dometic, they read to you, you have to drive it, the awning deploys and you wreck... they are going to try to claim no liability because you were warned.

So here goes:
1 - Secure the hardware arms. Ensure that the front arm is fully closed against the back channel. Secure with something like zip ties BETWEEN the motorhome and the channel. Secure the arm as close to the top as possible. You must secure it with at least 3 ties on each arm. (Note that there is NO space between the channel and the motorhome, we'd probably have to unscrew the channel enough for it to pull away.)
2 - Repeat with the rear arm.
3 - Secure the awning fabric. When the awning is closed, there is a small amount of fabric visible between the rail running along the motorhome and the roller assembly. Locate the forward edge of the fabric, toward the front of the RV. Measure back one foot and cut a three inch slit running parallel to the tube and rail. Measure another one foot back from the back end of the three inch slit and slit the canopy toward the back, stopping when you are one foot from the end of the fabric at the rear of the motorhome. If properly done you will have, from front of motorhome to rear, one foot of fabric, a three inch slit, one foot of fabric, a really long slit, one foot of fabric. Now secure the fabric with three fasteners. One through the three inch slit. One as close to the middle of the awning as possible. One at the back end of the long slit. (Dometic will replace your awning fabric.)
4 - Proceed to a service facility. Do not exceed 50 mph.

If the service guy can't get out here, we'll be making a run out for some cable ties and sharpening the kitchen knife.
330  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Problems with Norcold refrigerator door on: May 27, 2013, 05:41:15 pm
So what I'm getting out of this string is that everyone with a new PC (or new Norcold door) should set a reminder for about a month prior to the expiration of the warranty on the Norcold, check for hinge cracking or damage (which sounds likely) then call to replace the door under warranty. THEN set a reminder for when the new door is out of warranty, check for damage... and repeat as necessary.

I guess when there are only a few players in the market, you don't have to worry about design defects.
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