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331  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Wheel cover installation problem on: January 22, 2015, 10:26:00 am
Awesome - thank you Mike! I'll start shopping for air sensors.
332  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Wheel cover installation problem on: January 21, 2015, 10:16:50 am
John recently struggled to put air in the front tire so I read this post to him No, not while he was kneeling in the muddy gravel swearing at it, I'm not that dumb. I was hiding in the house for that part. But later, I read it to him and he got this look of horror on his face and said "I'm not taking those things off". I reminded him he wanted those tire air pressure sensors that Mike has so we'll have to take them off then (OK, maybe I'm dumb, I should have timed the comment better).

So to redeem myself I have a question for Mike: Is it easy to put air in the tires with the sensors on? (Thereby giving us one instance of aggravation getting the wheel covers back on in lieu of continued aggravation each time the tires need air.)
333  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Help! Leak in the bathroom on: January 21, 2015, 10:05:11 am
Mark, I'm sorry to hear about your difficulties but am glad you were able to fix the leak. I suspect you now have an answer to something I've been wondering about - do the shower wall panels have a lip where they overlap or are they flat pieces laid against each other? Also do they sit against a raised lip on the shower pan? I'm just curious to know if the only thing keeping water from behind the walls is the caulk or if the walls themselves help at all.

We've squeegeed some of the visible line of caulk off where the panels meet so I'm trying to determine if that was my only line of defense. I have the caulk but we are in the cool and humid northwest so we would have to keep windows open for the fumes while trying to dry out the caulk. Not sure how that would go and I'm not sure I'm ready to give up being snug and warm for a day... or more.

Thanks for any info,
334  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Winterizing your Motorhome - factory video on: January 20, 2015, 09:42:56 am
Found a link to this on the PC home page. Also a link for their new blog is there. Good video starring Earl with a few appearences of the voice of Kyle. The video walks you through all steps. One thing I would have added is a mention to turn off your hot water heater and let it cool before you open the plug and drain it but otherwise it is all there. Note: the fancy outdoor water port they suck the antifreeze through is only on the newer models, 2014 and on I think. For our 2552, we have a clear hose next to the water pump under the passenger bed that goes in the antifreeze bottle and a little valve to open to let the pump suck it in. Even though we've winterized several times, I did learn something from the video. I didn't know I had low point drains until Tom Hanlon recently told me they were near the hot water bypass. I found them and turned them and fiddled with them while John looked under the house and said "nope, no water is coming out". We gave up on them and went on with winterizing. So when I watched the video I learned that you pull the little handles straight up to open them... duh, never tried that, but in my defense, I do try to avoid breaking things I don't understand. Here is the link to the video or you can find it at the bottom of the company's home page in the "Announcements" bubble.

Amy, would it be possible to put a pinned "About your Phoenix Cruiser" topic under "Links and Contacts"? I think that subject would be generic enough to cover any instructional videos that the guys come up with or even written documents the want to post.

335  Main Forum / Polls / Snowbirds on: January 17, 2015, 09:04:34 am
I'm curious. How many PC's are snowbirds? I know there are comments here and there but I thought putting them in one post would be good. This question is good for the reverse snowbirds that live in the warmer zones and "fly" north for the summer too. I'm not looking for specifics like your town or street. More like New York City area to Miami for January through March.

Several questions:
1.  Where do you travel from?
2.  Where do you travel to?
3.  Which months do you normally relocate?
4.  How many years have you done this?
5.  Do you have a group of friends you see every year at your seasonal location?
6.  Do you dream of relocating to your favorite snowbird destination?
336  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Another Crazy idea from CrazyG.. on: January 11, 2015, 01:23:15 pm
Tony, I agree about the technology. The conduction cooktops are extremely energy efficient compared to standard electric burners. I'm not sure how electric compares to propane on the green energy scale.

I'd like to comment on the perceived shortcomings of the Phoenix cook top. We've been full time in our Phoenix for almost eighteen months now and have no problem preparing food on the cook top. We have two adults full time, an additional child for up to six weeks at a time, and occasionally one or two extra adults. We don't have the space of a commercial kitchen but you quickly adapt to what you've got. With two burners and a convection microwave, we prepare full, healthy meals on a regular basis and pulled off a full Thanksgiving dinner this past November. The few times we do resort to heat and eat, it is because we are too busy playing to cook dinner. We had a four burner propane range at our old house. I can't remember ever using four burners at once. If we even used three, it was few and far between. If we need to prep food for a large crew, we'll plan it out to use our crock pot and outdoor grill.

As for melting knobs, so far so good. John put the large pan on the small burner once and our label got a few little bubbles but he is now trained to put large pans on the large burner (more stable that way anyhow). When we use our diffuser on the small burner, we make sure it does not overhang the knobs.
337  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Help! Leak in the bathroom on: January 11, 2015, 01:02:36 pm
We bought silicone "rescue tape" at the Hershey show a few years back and intended to wrap all plumbing connections with it to prevent that jiggling loose problem. We haven't gotten around to it and luckily haven't had any plumbing leaks but you may want to consider it since you are working on the connections anyhow. I've been told silicone tape is sold at major hardware stores and I'm sure you can find it online. You stretch it out and wrap with it. It merges/bonds to itself and does not come off until you cut it off. I've used it successfully on wires that came loose and were hanging under the steps.
338  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Another Crazy idea from CrazyG.. on: January 11, 2015, 11:42:38 am
Tony, keep in mind that you need compatible pains for induction cooking. Cast iron works - stainless steel doesn't. A simple test is using a magnet - if it doesn't stick to the bottom of your pan, that pan won't work on the induction cook top. We saw a cool demo at The Solar Decathlon in DC several years ago. The students had cut a cast iron pan in half, set it on the activated cooktop then dropped an egg so half was on the pan and half was on the bare cook top. The egg on the pan cooked immediately while the part on the cooktop itself sat there cool and raw.

I've read where people use an induction cooktop in their RV to save on propane costs when hooked up to power but the price of that cook top would pay for a lot of propane. Not to mention the cost of new pans if yours aren't compatible.
339  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Come see us in Tampa! on: January 07, 2015, 09:35:34 pm
Uh oh! Judi and George may be at the show for two whole days.... visiting with all those beautiful new Phoenix Cruisers... with the spiffy new paint colors and LED lighting and whatever else is new for this year. Do I sense a new Phoenix in your future?

I would love to hit one of these shows but we always seem to be many states away and since we are totally happy with our PC, it doesn't make sense to drive hours and hours to just visit. Maybe one of these days we'll be close enough to do it.
340  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: California Cruising on: December 25, 2014, 11:09:24 am
Awesome! Thank you. We fell in love with the cute little critters so our granddaughter received a stuffed mommy and baby, magnet etc. So she loves them now too. The video will be perfect.
341  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Swapping out the inverter... on: December 19, 2014, 10:30:41 am
We are far and away so we can't test this but could we hit the battery kill switch to lock out that power, plug in to AC power, then see if there is power to the inverter outlets?
342  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Swapping out the inverter... on: December 19, 2014, 07:33:01 am
Our cell phones died on inverter power. We pulled batteries and were lucky that they reset. Kermit said it was the charger cable that couldn't handle it and that the larger charger cords/wall warts (like those for laptops) should be fine. We haven't had problems with the laptops on the inverted outlets but we now charge the cell phones and Kindles directly from the round twelve volt outlets - two in the truck dash drawing from the truck battery and one in the forward cabinet drawing from the house battery. We bought a little multi port charging station that lives in that front cabinet and has two USB ports as well as a couple of round ones. So far it works for us.

However, that pure sine wave inverter is on my wish list also so I am very interested in how your swap out goes.

343  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Custom Desk in the 2552 on: December 14, 2014, 01:55:21 am
Hi Bruce! We hadn't realized you lived right there until after we had moved on up to Napa Valley. Then Mike told us we should look you up and we realized we had been within a mile of you. We now have a mental image of where you are and will try to touch base next time we roll through. I'm glad to hear your house came through unscathed. It's never good to hear about problems when you are away.

We got hit with one of those heavy storms and are glad to report that all the pieces of the Phoenix were still attached when it stopped blowing - we checked. A couple of those wind gusts felt like they could roll us right over. I had John make sure all the wheels and the jacks were solidly on the ground for maximum stability. Then we just sat it out. We were snug and dry and though there were branches and stuff down all over the campground, none of it came flying at us. The next day was clear, blue and beautiful with massive swells and crashing waves on the ocean. We're just outside of Newport, OR right now.

Enjoy your warm dry air and sunshine! We're actually enjoying our rain - the gentler stuff, not that monsoon thing that hit us.
344  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: GO NAVY on: December 14, 2014, 01:43:06 am
Well, gee Tom, isn't that the Army's job? To get in there and get the job done but make the more "delicate" branches of the armed forces look good? It sounds like they succeeded once again.
345  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Custom Desk in the 2552 on: December 13, 2014, 10:09:57 am
Sorry Ron! I don't know if this will be comforting or not but you'd probably have to give up that beautiful house and all the special things you have in it to do what we did. Ours is rented out but we aren't going back. It will stay rented as long as it keeps paying for itself and then will be sold. We've realized it's too big and the area we lived in (to be near decent jobs) is too expensive for retirees. Our next house, once we don't want to wander anymore, will be small and in a quiet, less expensive area.

Another thought, that may or may not comfort you, is that we envy you. You have all these creative and repair type skills (like the kitchen) that we are sorely lacking. You also have the motivation to keep getting stuff done. We're pretty bad at that.

As for destressing, even if it in place - find a way to do it. I have health issues now that can trace directly to the stress in my former job. I didn't quit when the doctor told me to. I had outside volunteer activities that ate up my time and my sanity. I was wallowing in stress and was miserable and grabbed that life ring when John offered it. It scared the tar out of him at first but we don't regret it and are NOT looking back. 
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