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346  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Blue Ridge Parkway October 2013 on: October 17, 2013, 05:28:32 pm
 Heart Shower The gates are open! We just hopped up onto the parkway to check and the gates to picnic areas and campgrounds are open. We move up into the park tomorrow. We spoke to a very happy, very helpful ranger and watched as campers started pulling in. YEE HA!
347  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Success with the Engine Light and lights with car on: October 17, 2013, 07:03:14 am
Excellent! We were worried about you and are very glad to hear that all is well and you can play in Atlanta without that worry nagging at you. Enjoy the rally and we hope to run into you on the road again soon.
348  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Blue Ridge Parkway October 2013 on: October 16, 2013, 07:29:53 am
I tried to access Skyline Drive at Front Royal last week and the gates were closed. I assumed the whole thing was shut down. Guess not!

Shenandoah National Park, which Skyline Drive runs through, is closed. Any roads in the park with a gate have been locked off. People are still accessing hiking trails and areas that cannot be easily blocked off.

Blue Ridge Parkway, the road only, is open. If you are in the area and want to see beautiful colors, I recommend heading out because most of the other people stayed home. I've NEVER been on it with so little traffic and that includes times of extreme fog. You can get in and out of the overlooks with ease and most of the time you are the only one there. It is now hitting peak color on many areas of the parkway so it is a great time to go. Most of the parkway runs through National Forests. Their campgrounds and facilities are also closed but the forest roads and hiking trail access points are open and in use. I would advise caution due to hunting season. We carry dorky blaze orange vests (Walmart) to wear in ANY woods during hunting season. They fold up small and live in our hiking pack ALL the time. Just because hunting is not allowed where you are, does not mean a hunter's bullet stops at the property line.

I feel sorry for the rangers. They are under orders to block access to the places they have spent their whole careers caring for and sharing with the public. If you see one, please be kind. We've heard of some nastiness directed toward the rangers that are just doing their jobs. And think how much it must aggravate to be that one guy we saw working. There he is getting hated by the public, not allowed to do what he loves to do AND all his coworkers get extra free, paid vacation.
349  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Blue Ridge Parkway October 2013 on: October 15, 2013, 07:41:39 am
I forgot, there is a visitor center outside of Roanoke that is open and has a really nice, really big, three-dimensional map of the Blue Ridge Parkway as well as other exhibits, travel brochures and a gift shop. It is down a spur road so even the few people on the parkway don't realize it's open. It's privately operated so somehow they got the park service to leave the access road open. All the park operated historical buildings and the restaurant at the site are closed. We are now in Boone, NC and will be playing around here for a bit before rolling south so I don't know what else is open below Mile Marker 220. Note that all the park operated pull offs that have a gate are closed. This includes picnic areas, loop roads (like the one up Roanoke Mountain), etc. Most of the visitor center parking is just open drive in lots so people are pulling in those and walking the trails and grounds. I saw orange cones set to the side at one visitor center and figure the rangers were told to set them out and then someone came along and moved them out of the driveway. With the Phoenix, we don't need the restrooms and restaurants (though we would have happily given our money to the park in exchange for food and camping) so we are quite content on our journey.
350  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I killed my carburetor on the Onan Generator on: October 15, 2013, 07:29:46 am
Anne, thank you for posting this. As newbies we are still trying to figure out what we have to do and when to keep all the systems happy. My brain told me we had to exercise the generator if we stored the Phoenix but since we are in it full time I didn't think more about it. Reading your post made me think we should be exercising it periodically anyhow. We haven't needed to run it for over a month so I figure it's time.
351  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drive line vibration diagnosis on: October 15, 2013, 07:09:04 am
This might be the cause of our vibration issue also so I am glued to this topic. I'm not sure I can get a decent picture underneath to see if we have the same angle. I, too, thought Phoenix sent the chassis out to be extended but then Earl's walk through video seemed to say they do it themselves. I watched them putting the heat shield on during our factory tour but I did not see if they did or did not do the chassis extension themselves. Skipper, thanks for the excellent post.
352  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Blue Ridge Parkway October 2013 on: October 15, 2013, 06:55:22 am
Yes Tom, the Blue Ridge Parkway is open during shutdown HOWEVER the facilities are not. Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park has only a few road access points so they gated those and you cannot drive in. Blue Ridge has far too many access points so it is open. We saw one ranger in 200 miles and probably fewer than 200 other vehicles. There are concessionaires that have successfully lobbied the government to be allowed to reopen. So far we passed a trading post (gift shop) right on the parkway and the Mabry Mill restaurant/gift shop which just re-opened two days ago. I read that an Inn and Restaurant in NC (Pisgah Inn I think) defied the shutdown since they lease the property but the rangers blocked access to their parking lot and they had to shut down. The owner filed suit and was open again before long. We plan to eat there as a show of support. All campgrounds are shut down so we are camping nearby. So far only one campground was full. Most are pretty empty. It's a slow, twisty, up and down, sometimes foggy, and BEAUTIFUL drive.
353  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Blue Ridge Parkway October 2013 on: October 14, 2013, 05:26:28 pm
Here we are enjoying the mostly empty Blue Ridge Parkway. Gorgeous color. No traffic.
354  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HEAT along the passenger wing wall on: October 14, 2013, 07:49:35 am
The outside of the door was not hot. When I opened the door and touched the inside door jamb is where it was heating up. I think we have some decent climbs coming up in NC. We'll keep checking it to see if we can track the heat. Thanks for all the analytical effort. We'll let you know if we find anything.
355  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: October 13, 2013, 06:50:37 pm
Oops, forgot the links:   and NOTE - you cannot jump off the bridge. Only experienced base jumpers can. They have to apply and be approved. Base jumpers are parachutists that jump off of Bridges, Antennas, Skyscrapers, and Earth (cliffs). You jump off a fixed object and use a parachute to break your fall. Bridge day is the ONLY day they can legally jump off the New River Gorge Bridge.
356  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: October 13, 2013, 06:42:09 pm
We LOVE the New River Gorge and have actually done the high-line off of the bridge on bridge day (harness up, walk out under the bridge on the catwalk, clip on, climb out on the girders, and DROP OFF - it was awesome). If you can stay until October 19th, it is Bridge Day. They close the bridge and the base jumpers jump off the bridge; Rapellers are climbing and rapelling below it; Rafters and kayakers can run the river then stop just before the bridge and watch the jumpers. They have vendors and local merchants set up booths. It's a heck of a party! The next day is usually the final dam release for the Gauley so even more fun. Even if you can't stay until the 19th, try the bridge walk where you they take you out on the catwalk (you just don't jump off). If you do it, tell Benji that Holly and John say hello and we plan to get back up that way eventually. Benji runs the bridge walk and is the one that put us down that high line... as well as off the cliffs at the top of the gorge... and rafting the New and Gauley rivers... and then we brought out the Jack Daniels to celebrate the end of the season - YEE HA! We really need to get back there. We hope you have an absolutely wonderful time there.
357  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HEAT along the passenger wing wall on: October 13, 2013, 04:11:31 pm
Sorry, Sparky, it was my right arm (I get confused and loose track of body parts). The hot water heater was not on. There is no internal component right there, just the passenger seat with cabinets and euro chair behind it. I surely have no clue what is underneath.  The muffler/tail pipe is around there, a bit back in but it is possible the heat from that was rolling off the heat shield and toasting it up under the passenger seat as we climbed the hills. I crawled under and it feels like the side of the heat shield ends pretty close to edge of what I believe to be the muffler... or some such exhaust type component, instead of being centered over it.
358  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: October 13, 2013, 03:59:02 pm
Bill, you drove the wrong way. We are in gorgeous woods with fall colors but the road is PAVED. We are seeing maybe 1 or 2 cars per mile. Since all the facilities are closed, people are avoiding the Blue Ridge Parkway but, as you said, the PC has a bathroom... and fridge and power and all the comforts of home so we don't care. I hope you find your way safely out of the woods and your dear wife is still speaking to you when you get there.
359  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TV Bracket(s) on: October 13, 2013, 06:33:41 am
Pax - YANKEES??? For a Marylander? He'd toss my butt right out of the coach WITH the helmet. Otherwise the hard hat idea is not bad. John is liking the truck driving man image. Get him a hard hat and plaid flannel overshirt and... MACHO!
360  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question With Older Zone Defense Backup Camera on: October 13, 2013, 06:29:10 am
Have you called Zone Defense? I found what is probably your manual as well as a product brochure but other than "built in mic" there's nothing in what I found that will help you. The numbers I found are: (866) 672-1212 + Tech Support: (866) 672-1212
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