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361  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Best paper maps on: June 07, 2014, 02:40:02 pm
Tom, a friend of ours downloaded Sean Connery as his GPS voice. He is young and just getting into that woman trained thing so he thought it was really cool to have James Bond tell him where to go. And James Bond always gets the girl and wins in the end so you can trust him to eventually bring you through, albeit there may be some great adventures before you get there. Just make sure the girl you get is the one you're married to.
362  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Best paper maps on: June 06, 2014, 07:04:00 pm
Oh no, Tom, not you too! We get in some of those creative out of the way places and John's comment while pointing to the GPS is "She told me to".

Oh well, at least he spends the drive arguing with HER instead of with me. Plus I get to save the day after she gets us lost. Handy dandy Google Maps on my phone has bailed us out time and again... but when it comes time to find our way again, he always go back to his first love - the GPS.
363  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Doubling Drawer Storage Of Galley Base Cabinet on: June 03, 2014, 10:04:26 pm
Most departments in Home Depot have catalogs behind the desk with items they don't have in the store. Sometimes they are special order and sometimes they are just deliver to store items. HD carries so many different things, it is impossible to fit them all in one store. Stores stock items that sell well in that region. If you are looking for specific plumbing parts, hit their department counter and ask to see their catalogs or CD showing additional items. You'll be amazed.
364  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Reunion in Colorado on: June 01, 2014, 09:19:37 pm
Correction - I just checked and there are 33 sites booked for the reunion so far. One is Kermit who brings a unit to show and/or sell (unless someone ordered one to be delivered at the reunion, then the one he drives is already sold).
365  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Reunion in Colorado on: June 01, 2014, 08:42:02 pm
John and Holly will be there. There were spaces left last time they sent info out. We hope to see you there!

(note: I sent you a personal email about this)

Add on comment - there were 28 names listed last I checked.
366  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Fixing rusted entry way on: May 30, 2014, 09:48:35 pm
Bill, that extra foot on the 2450 might give you enough room to take the kitties along. They would stop yowling after the first 24 hours then rule the castle with two servants to feed them on demand  Eat
367  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Fixing rusted entry way on: May 29, 2014, 05:01:33 pm
Bill, I found the "exploded diagram" for the Stowaway Retractable Screen Doors here: - it was too big of a file to attach but I downloaded to my user manual file for future reference. I couldn't find installation instructions online as they apparently only sell to "certified installers". There also isn't anything in our user manual stack from Phoenix, so this is the best I can find. Hope it helps. This is their main website:  and another of their websites:

John and I wish you the best of luck. If we tried to take ours apart, the only one left standing would be the cat. There would be blood, random tools, screen bits and two bodies. We do so admire those with mechanical skills.
368  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New water heater installed on: May 21, 2014, 11:01:13 pm
My dad has a sixteen or seventeen year old Coach House and his engine heats the water. I believe he can also heat with propane, not sure about electric. I assumed the Class B's all did that but don't know for sure.
369  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Crock Pot Stew on: May 21, 2014, 10:55:33 pm
I believe ours is a four quart crock. I overloaded it with eight cups of veggies and between two and a half to three pounds of meat. I never thought of those liners. We'll have to get some for even easier clean up when needed. For those thinking of buying a crock pot, make sure it has a removable crock so you can clean it. The base cannot be immersed in water. Also when using it at home, I often loaded it the night before and put it in the fridge. Then I could just drop the crock into the metal base, turn it on and head for work. My big crock does not fit in the PC fridge so we put the prepped food in containers in the fridge overnight.

Mike, tell Joni we nosh on carrots while driving. I won't lie and tell you it takes your mind off the smell of the stew but it does give your stomach something to keep it occupied until it gets the good stuff. You'll be amazed at how fast you can get set up at camp and get in line with your bowl after smelling that food all day. It's a great motivator.
370  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Crock Pot Stew on: May 21, 2014, 09:59:45 am
Clean up isn't bad. It is a glazed ceramic pot so it pretty much wipes out if you don't let it sit too long. Due to the food starting high and cooking down you get a crust at the high water mark but it scrapes off fairly easily. I carry a large silicone scraper for pre-cleaning plates and pots and such plus a little two by two inch hard plastic scraper from pampered chef that I use to scrape crusted on stuff like the crock pot, cast iron, etc. As I typed this I realized that if I used that silicone scraper to scrape down the top edges of the crock periodically as it cooked down, there wouldn't be a baked on crust.

Mike, the crock pot method would work well for your long drive days on your mega-trip. My crock is an old, round Rival that fits well in the sink and lives under the bed. If you go this route, you might want to consider "Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook" by Beth Hensperger and Julie Kaufman. I have the e-book (and the paperback in storage). There are some very good slow cooker recipes in there but some do require more spices than we have on board. Of course a really good foodie would probably adapt them anyhow.
371  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Crock Pot Stew on: May 21, 2014, 09:30:38 am
We finally tested our kitchen sink cooking and it worked great. The recipe was the McCormick beef stew seasoning mix, meat and veggies (doubled). The method was to prep meat and veggies and put in fridge overnight. Set crock on counter for quick access and set out whole potatoes (cut at last minute to avoid discoloration), knife, cutting board and seasoning packet.

In the morning- Cut the potatoes, lay the silicone dish drying mat in the bottom of the sink, set the crock on it, dump meat, potatoes and veggies in it, mix the spices with water and pour that in then put the lid on. I laid a silicone hot pad between the cord and the edge of the pot to protect the cord from the heat. Plug into the kitchen outlet and turn on the inverter.
Dinner cooks while you drive. Even though the crock was over filled, we had no spillage.

One negative is that you smell that stew cooking all day while you drive. While it smelled heavenly, it was killer on the hunger pains. The McCormick seasoning was very good and we added a loaf of crusty bread to round out the meal. Leftovers went into the freezer for a quick meal another day.
372  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Lazy Furnace on: May 14, 2014, 08:43:42 pm
Quick update, we took the PC in to an Atwood tech in Jackson, MS. It was around 90 that day and they could not reproduce the problem. They DID say the igniter was going through the whole series of sparking, pausing, sparking, etc. We now have to wait and deliberately camp cold then take it to an Atwood tech again before its two year Atwood warranty runs out.
373  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: wireless toad lights on: May 09, 2014, 08:08:31 pm
Thank you! AHFY. John started tracking fuses and decided to leave it for another day. We'll check the ones you mentioned first if the fuse numbering matches our model year. The way we read it, we have to disconnect the battery before playing with the high currency fuses.
374  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: wireless toad lights on: May 09, 2014, 06:06:18 pm
I guess I have a string of questions on this so I'll list them out.
- If using wireless lights do you fore-go the electrical cable from coach to toad?
- Does the Phoenix 7 prong wiring port on the back include a trickle charge to the toad?
- If yes to both questions above, then using wireless lights means no power to toad.

Now for a somewhat separate issue:
- If yes to #2 above, I don't think our trickle charge is working, we've already replaced the toad battery after killing it 3x (though we now know how to turn off the display in the car so we don't drain it as much)
- Somewhere on Forum I saw someone talked to Kermit and he told them there is a fuse that can blow and you no longer get a charge to the toad. I can't find that post now that we need it. Does anyone know which fuse this might be and where we'd find it? The Ford manual lists 6 or 7 fuses that reference power to a towed vehicle. If no one has a clear answer, we may just have to start pulling fuses.

375  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: May 06, 2014, 08:10:46 am
I wonder if the sun did that.  Was it brown where the sun doesn't shine?
Yes, every single piece of Diamond Shield was brown. I was wondering if there was a problem with the adhesive to start with. Maybe it was old or not properly mixed and the adhesive behind the film is what actually molded. I can't believe enough water would get back there, that evenly, to have that effect. I saw pics online of other people with problems but it was a few spots here and there and I can imagine those might come from a scratch or stone ding that pierced the shield and let water in but not this one.

I don't know who Phoenix has installing the Diamond Shield, in-house or not, but I wanted to clarify this particular application was installed in Florida after market, not through Phoenix. I don't recall seeing anything on the forum about problems with the Diamond Shield on other PCs.

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