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316  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Registering and Titling Our 2552 In California on: December 09, 2013, 07:22:12 pm
Thank you, we will definitely look into it. We have relatives in Spearfish which is at the top of the Black Hills so we are familiar with the area and would welcome the excuse to go back and spend time in Custer State Forest. For those unfamiliar, they have a huge herd of bison that just wanders across the road, herds of pronghorns, burros, and numerous other critters as well as gorgeous scenery. Note the bison are contained and do not wander freely through the campground. You drive over cattle grates when you enter their area.
317  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Registering and Titling Our 2552 In California on: December 08, 2013, 02:42:23 pm
We are considering South Dakota. Do you have to go there and set everything up or can you do it remotely? We figured we'd need to go there to get drivers' licenses if nothing else. Also, do they charge the sales tax over again? We already paid Maryland 6% so we don't want to pay another state also. Our tenant has only been in our house for three months and already wants to extend a year so the Phoenix will be our full time home at least through August 2015. We need to seriously consider this residency and mail forwarding. We haven't seen our mail since we left the DC area on October 2nd. It is going to our son's house and he did scan and send pics of the envelopes but we haven't been successful in getting him to actually send it to us. This is not cutting it. So, how hard and costly was the process in South Dakota?
318  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: 12 Volt Charging Station on: December 06, 2013, 06:11:31 pm
We are finally in a park with cable so we can test our system. We've only gotten fuzzy or no picture so far so we didn't know if it was the park cable or our wiring. We tried with the booster LED off and it doesn't work. We tried with it on and have crystal clear cable TV which is contrary to what works for others. Oh well, at least it works.
319  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tow a Grand Cherokee with a PC 2350 (Ford)? on: December 06, 2013, 09:19:07 am
We tow a manual all-wheel drive 2014 Subaru Forester four down. All we have to do is turn the key to accessory, put her in neutral, and take off the emergency brake (and flip a switch on our SMI brake assist). I think the base weight is around 3500 lbs and we are probably a bit over 4000 lbs with the bikes, car top carrier and other gear for our full time journey. It has ample space for 4-5 passengers and decent cargo space (lots if you put the back seat down). It gets decent gas mileage for our run about trips and can handle "off road" conditions (unlike the Honda CRV that says it is not meant to be driven off pavement). This is not to say it is for rugged off roading like the Jeep may be but it handles the campground roads and most of the back country roads we might be driving on.
320  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Winter travel and overnighting iin low 20 degree weather on: November 27, 2013, 03:43:32 pm
I found this while I was looking up the EZ one mentioned above:  looks interesting, big enough for the rhino flex.
321  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Winter travel and overnighting iin low 20 degree weather on: November 27, 2013, 03:15:25 pm
I tried having one installed when ours was built and Stuart told me no. Now I guess we'll have to figure out how to install one ourselves. We may never NEED the 3" hose but there will be times we want to use one if we stay in place long enough with full hookups. We have the hose and caps and elbow but just cram it into one of the bins for now.
322  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Registering and Titling Our 2552 In California on: November 24, 2013, 07:10:50 pm
I guess Maryland is lax. We took only the paperwork to the DMV. This DID include a MD Inspection Certification so maybe they just match the VIN on our Title paperwork with the VIN on the Maryland inspection form and figure they are good to go. No one ever had all items in hand at the same time except us.
323  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Registering and Titling Our 2552 In California on: November 23, 2013, 06:19:42 am
Good info Mike. We also took a good bit of time at the Maryland DMV but I don't think our processor was a newbie, just hadn't processed that many motor homes. I want to pass on something I overheard during one of our trips to the factory. Kermit was talking about someone in California having trouble with their PC registration. Apparently there are two VIN numbers. One that comes on the Ford truck and one that Phoenix puts on there for the motor home. I got the impression you are supposed to register with the Phoenix VIN and the owner was registered with the Ford VIN, thus causing problems down the line (though I don't know what problems that might be). Your posting reminded me that I need to go through the documents and see how ours is registered. I'm pretty sure she registered it as a Ford instead of a Phoenix. Again, don't know what effect mis-registration may have.
324  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Time for a new computer but what? on: November 22, 2013, 06:10:54 pm
I will add to Ron's air blast recommendation - take it outside to do this if you can. Otherwise you will be amazed at the amount of crud that was in that computer and is now wafting through the house.
325  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Just another opinion on the ObamaCare roll-out! on: November 20, 2013, 06:50:00 pm
You have to be signed in to vote.
326  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Coincidence? on: November 20, 2013, 06:44:03 pm
 ThumbsUp Excellent!
327  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: 12 Volt Charging Station on: November 19, 2013, 06:59:26 am
Thank you Bob! We now know how one more piece works. Little by little, we're getting there.
328  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: 12 Volt Charging Station on: November 18, 2013, 09:47:38 pm
Is the 12v hole in the wall plate for the TV booster? If so then most of us will have it. We have been plugging our phones into the 12v on the dash at night. So I guess that is why we have not had the problem. I have the 12v charger because I like to listen to Pandora on the cell phone through the dash radio. When I do it tends to run the battery down. So I plug the phone into the dash and the ear plug into the aux/line in hole on the dash. I am not sure if Phoenix still installs the aux/line in on the dash. I had to ask for it on the second PC.

1) The 12v is in a wall plate with what looks like a coaxial cable screwed/plugged onto the top half. If that cable is the TV booster, then yes, it's on the same plate (someday I'll figure out what a TV booster is).
2) The Ford truck manual says not to leave things plugged into the 12v outlet overnight. I assume due to a possibility of draining the battery, so we've avoided that. John likes to leave his phone charging overnight so we needed another option.
3) We have a rectangular plastic plate in the dash with one little metal ring/hole that looks like it would fit a small earphone/speaker jack. If that is the aux/line in then we have it on our 2013 and we sure didn't request it special since I don't know what that does either.
329  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: At long last - Our PC arrives! on: November 18, 2013, 09:34:35 pm
Here is a cut and paste of one post on mildew under the mattress and there was another string somewhere with debate on non-thermal vs thermal with condensation, etc. but I can't find it. The post was from Chily in Tips on March 1 2013.

 Prevent Mattress mildew.
on: March 01, 2013, 04:58:46 PM Reply with quoteQuote 

To prevent mildew under the mattress we placed a slat-frame assembly bought from IKEA. It vents the space under the mattress very effectively. No more mildew!



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330  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sanitizing 2552 Water System on: November 17, 2013, 07:29:20 pm
We do the same tank sanitizing but managed to refill with bad, smelly water at one campground so we had to flush her again. We also clean the spigots before we hook up each time by squirting bleach UP into the spigot and around the threads. Then we squirt a little in the hose, hook her up to the spigot, flush the hose out, then hook her to the rig. The small bleach bottle at the store had four little squirt holes in a pop up cap. It lives in the back with the hoses.

We just hooked up at a new site and are amazed that the water spigot and the sewer drain share a little 1'x2' cement pad. Not much separation. Get the bleach!
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