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316  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: March 15, 2015, 07:20:52 am
Hello Greg,
I scrolled back through your posts and don't think this subject was covered so I wanted to toss one more thing out for consideration - 4 wheel drive. Phoenix offers that option and it might be worthwhile for someone that truly wanders the back roads of our national parks and forests. We have the standard E-450 chassis and have been fine but we tow a Subaru so all our creek crossings and trips down rutted dirt roads have been in that instead of the Phoenix. I know that option would probably require a wait as there aren't that many used ones out there but it's such a thrill to have your perfect house presented to you at the end. Good luck on your search and decision making.
317  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: East Coast Phoenix Rally ??? on: March 14, 2015, 09:30:24 pm
If we are in the area we would be interested.
John and Holly
318  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: How-to Videos - Playlist and looking for more ideas! on: March 11, 2015, 07:56:43 am
Holy cow, Kyle!  (say that three times fast...  rolling on the floor )

Ahhh, Carol, you may have just doomed Kyle to a lifelong nickname. I know with the company I used to work for, nicknames stuck like glue, like them or not. We had "Love Muffin" "Fat Boy" "Beer B#@#h" and so on. I can picture Kyle arriving in the morning to be treated with "Holy cow, Kyle! What did you think of that traffic?" Followed later by "Holy cow, Kyle! That's an awesome idea" and so on throughout the day... and all the days to follow.

Since this type of playful teasing can wear on a person, I'll make an attempt to use the power of words for the good of Kyle, I'll toss in one more catch phrase for the subconscious mind to consider: "Holy cow, Kyle! You've done such a great job that you deserve a raise!"
319  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rotate passenger seat on 2552 on: March 07, 2015, 03:01:27 pm
The seats rotate toward cab center so isn't that counter-clockwise for the passenger seat? I find it easier with the door open though it can be done with the door closed. I'm pretty sure I put it all the way forward to get the release of the locking mechanism, then move it forward and back as needed to clear the console and side column.
320  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Nashville, Tenn in Sept 2015. on: March 06, 2015, 03:22:15 pm
We also enjoyed Andrew Jacksons home, The Hermitage, which is 20 miles from downtown Nashville. The ticket price includes headphones for an audio tour. You wander the museum and grounds and stop at each marker then key in the number for that piece of the tour. Each tour stop had a number for adults and a number for kids. Being curious, I started listening to the childrens recording as well as the adults. It was great. The adult version is very informative and worth hearing. The kids version is narrated by Polly, Andrew Jacksons parrot and its fun. I made John sit at a picnic table before we left so he could listen to Polly.

We hit quite a few Civil War sites in this general vicinity. If people are interested in doing the civil war tour, let me know and I'll get John to put together some info.

We never actually went into Nashville so we have no info on that. We stayed at Cedars of Lebanon State Park east of Nashville then moved down onto the Natchez Trace so we skirted around the bottom of Nashville.
321  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Nashville, Tenn in Sept 2015. on: March 06, 2015, 03:12:58 pm
Tom, Shiloh Military Park is only 150 miles from Nashville  While there are probably many wonderful things within 150 miles of Nashville, Shiloh has the civil war battlefield, the eagles and Hagys Catfish Hotel for some good food right along the Tennessee River. It is a beautiful battlefield with a good auto tour route. We toured it in one day but John went back for a second day and rode it on his bike so he could view more of the markers. The battlefield includes a loop with a hike through Indian Mounds so they are preserving two different eras of history. AND they have the Shiloh Eagles. We saw a bunch of people in lawn chairs with binoculars and cameras on tripods and wondered what they were looking at. As we neared, we realized a pair of eagles nest in a tree right next to the main road in the battlefield. The eagles ignore the humans and soar just overhead as they fly around the nest. Hagys Catfish Hotel had very good food and is just outside the park This battle included Corinth which is up the road a bit and has a very nice visitor center also. They also have a quaint, old time general store where you can get good food and all kinds of goodies from a real soda fountain
322  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Mouse Repellent on: March 06, 2015, 02:34:59 pm
I know mice chew wires but I was afraid to put pouches in with the engine where I might forget them and get them tangled into something when we move it. I'm hoping the intense cold will hold the mice at bay until we get out of there. We came in after the hard freeze so most of the mice should have been snuggled into other people's cars by the time we got there. We took ALL foodstuffs and edibles and freezables out of the rig before storing it so there shouldn't be anything to make them think it is a better place to live than the snug nests they should already be in. Most of the vehicles near us look like they haven't been moved in a very long time.

Tom, did your pouches stick in there or just sit on something in the engine compartment?
323  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Mouse Repellent on: March 06, 2015, 08:47:04 am
We heard that the place we are temporarily storing our Phoenix is overrun with mice and that they nest inside the cars and campers stored there. I made mouse repellent sachets and put them all over in the bins and inside the coach and we hope they work. It is hard to tell. We might not get mice because they never tried to get in, because they couldn't find a way in, OR because they came shopping for a new home, smelled the peppermint, and moved in somewhere else. As long as we don't get mice, I'm happy.

What we did was treat corn cob litter with pure peppermint oil - a LOT of peppermint oil - like, eye watering within three feet peppermint smell. Then we packaged it up in pretty little sachets and put them all over in the bins and inside the house. I'm sure we'll reek of peppermint for months after we get back on the road but we're good with that... we won't need as many showers  Smile

We are moving the PC as soon as the storage place digs out the road in front of us so this is a temporary measure. I have full instructions for making the sachets on our blog but here are a few pics for those interested. The pouches are quilting squares glued together. Old socks would work as well. Has anyone else heard of this peppermint trick or tried it?
324  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Batteries coach and chassis on: March 04, 2015, 09:00:28 am
Excellent suggestion! I find I use my cell phone camera more and more as a back up brain. I take pictures of the list of pre-reserved sites posted at the campground entrance so we know which ones are available as we drive through, the cost of the different sites so we know what to fill in on the little envelopes, schedules at museums, parking lot signs so we can find the car again, etc. etc. etc. We also take pics of the informational signs along trails and and parks so we can reference them when we post something on the blog. Our memories cannot be trusted to get that stuff right, even if we think we'll never forget it. The wiring of the batteries is a an extremely important thing to get right and an excellent use of the "back up brain" photo method.
325  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Fluorescent light failure and melted housing on: March 03, 2015, 07:40:35 am
WOW! I am so glad you were there to catch that. One of our bulbs is flaky and works when it wants to. Hopefully your bulb was a fluke but we'll be checking all our fixtures. Thanks for the heads up.
326  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Passenger Airbag Deactivation Switch on: March 02, 2015, 08:27:41 am
Mike, I hope you are able to resolve this. I was browsing the internet and saw the letter requirement but thought that might be old info. Is the data you are looking at current? I also saw a lot of trucks for sale with that switch in them so it hopefully isn't too difficult to get done.

For anyone unfamiliar, the 2552 was created as an extended 2551 to resolve this same problem. However, the original mod was to put a fully anchored, auto seat style captain's chair behind the passenger seat so a baby or young child could be properly fastened in. Since most people don't need that, the subsequent 2552s came with the movable Euro chair which we personally love. While I'm sure you can get the captain's chair if you order it during the factory build, I don't know if you can have it added later. That's a question for Earl. And to swap back the other way would leave multiple holes and marks in the flooring.

Ron Ditmer has pics on the forum of his captain's chair in his 2350 which has the same space in that area. It is fully functional and swivels and reclines. It just can't be moved around the coach like the euro chair can.
327  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: sound deadening on: March 01, 2015, 09:09:33 pm
I suggest contacting Earl to clarify that sound deafening option. It may be something new so we can't weigh in or it could be something many of us have but it was called something different back in the day (remember when vehicles came with radios.... before they became sound systems?) If the option deals with that Ford engine noise then I'd also recommend it.
328  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Questions on: February 23, 2015, 07:36:44 am
The RV ac is powered by the generator. I see you are looking at the longer models so this wouldn't apply but I believe the units built on a Sprinter chassis have a propane generator... diesel truck, propane genny. The Ford is gas truck, gas genny.
329  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Questions on: February 22, 2015, 09:09:49 am
We full time in a 2552, never had a vehicle larger than a little hatchback before we bought the Phoenix and our Subaru Forrester as a tow vehicle. We are both totally happy with the handling of the Phoenix. We still haven't hit the scales yet but figure we are running close to maximum weight on the Phoenix and the toad due to bikes on a rack, gear inside and a cargo carrier on the Subaru roof. We've crossed the Rockies several times with no problem and drove all through the Appalachians. We do slow down on steep inclines but not dangerously so. Downhill with tow-haul has been no problem. We did add an SMI brake assist system but crossed the Rockies once without using it and had no problem.

I agree with everyone else's comments on the leveling jacks - get them unless you only camp on paved, level sites. We are set up and level within minutes with no fuss, no muss. You'll really appreciate them the first time you set up in the rain, in the dark, or after an unexpectedly long day on the road.

I can sleep with my feet a bit above my head but having to hang on to the mattress to avoid rolling off the side of the bed makes for a sleepless night.

The factory is a must see.
330  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cold Weather Camping on: February 22, 2015, 08:52:42 am
Why lay in your hammock wondering if a coconut is going to get you? Be proactive and shimmy up that tree, hack off those coconuts, and make pina coladas to sip while you lie there contemplating the wonders of the world... like free coconuts.
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