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361  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Mapping Software on: October 20, 2014, 03:25:16 pm
I have a funny story on that. The boss was in San Francisco visiting customer sites and kept getting lost. He called the office and told us to upgrade his rental car for San Diego so that it included a GPS. We called him back and told him none were available but that we were able to get him a Volkswagon that came with a dog that would stick its head out the window and bark when it was time to turn... We were laughing hysterically but he didn't take it the same way. He threatened to get new office staff when he got back.
362  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Mapping Software on: October 20, 2014, 09:13:03 am
What mapping software does everyone use?

I've gotten into using Google Earth because we had it on the computers but we need signal for that and frequently don't have any. I drop little yellow pins on sites we would like to visit,  The yellow pins are how we planned our route from Ohio to Acadia, Maine. I dropped the pins, zoomed out, and there was a trail of yellow pins that we followed. We didn't get to hit them all, but we caught a lot of them. I'll be dropping pins for all the California suggestions and we'll see if the route becomes obvious. I can also then get directions from one pin to another and get an idea of mileage and drive time (right click a pin and select "directions from here", do the same for the pin you want "directions to here").

After we've visited a spot, I go back and either change the yellow pins if we already had it marked or drop a new pin for places we hadn't tagged yet: green tents where we've camped, food signs for good restaurants, blue stars for civil war stuff, little houses for places we've toured, etc. They have lots of little icons and you can add your own. I put brief info into the description field and the dates we were there. NOTE: if you go this route, consider leaving the pin name blank as it clutters up your map. I know Google Earth does a lot more but this is as far as I've gotten with it.

So does anyone have a better solution?
363  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Do I Need A New Sanicon Macerator? on: October 20, 2014, 09:09:14 am
Ron, we had dripping but it came from the bayonet connector. One of the bayonets had cracked which allowed that collar to slide farther and farther away from the pump. The farther it went, the more it leaked. Several others online have had the same problem. I mention this so you can eyeball that bayonet. I don't know if all those parts come with a new macerator pump. If not, and one of those pieces is cracked, you'll want to order that bayonet kit also (with new seals). We had to use an extending mirror to see the cracks.
364  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: California Cruising on: October 20, 2014, 09:05:19 am
Wow! Great info everyone. Thank you to all. We actually have signal for a few days so some frantic mapping will be going on and we'll be checking out all your suggestions. I've wanted to see the Monterey Bay Aquarium for many years so that is a definite stop and while we weren't sure where we wanted to go, we knew before we looking that we want to dodge LA.

365  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Traveling with Safe Plumbing in Winter on: October 18, 2014, 10:19:02 pm
Carol, I'll answer as best I can but the configuration of the 2350 will be different so I'm not sure if what we do when camping in freezing temps will work for you.

The outside shower- we make sure the taps are turned off, disconnect the hose and stick a baggie full of fiberfill in then lock the bin. Our water lines for the outside shower are in a little space under the driver side bed that can only be accessed by removing the bed board. The space is between the outside wall and the under bed storage. If we ever lift that board again I plan to insulate the inside of the shower box just for added measure. I tried leaving the pink stuff in the outside shower lines only but it just drains back down into the main supply lines since the faucets are above the lines.

Tank heaters - if the temps will be below freezing for more than an hour or two, the tank heaters are on, even if we have no hookups. If we will be camped any extended time with freezing temps, we find hookups.

Macerator - yes on your plan. To clarify, we will drain the tanks, dump in some antifreeze then run it through the Macerator and valves. This has to happen every time we dump if we will remain below freezing.

Hot water tank - we only turn it on when we need it. We've spent days below freezing and it never froze but now you have me thinking. It is well insulated, and the actual water tank is inside the heated space, but I guess it could be vulnerable if it was left off with extended cold weather since it has that big outside panel. I'll have to check the manual on that one and maybe watch the Phoenix build videos.

Driving - we have the truck heater running while driving in freezing temps and that keeps the inside of the rig warm enough. The cat sometimes disagrees but after logging her complaints, she settles down on my lap in the warm zone and all is well. It has never felt like the back of the house was near freezing while we were on the road. We've never run the propane furnace while driving, I'm not sure you would need to, but I don't see why you couldn't. I recommend checking your manual to see if it says anything about it.

Outside drain access - I'm pretty sure we don't have that. We have one small hole to drain our fresh water tank. We haven't worried about it but will stuff insulation around it if we expect extended freezing temps.

At one point we were camping in very cold temps, that didn't get above freezing for about a week, with an inoperable propane furnace and were having trouble keeping things warm so we took the extra step of leaving inside cabinet doors open to allow our wimpy heat to get to the plumbing. We hadn't started the antifreeze through the valves yet and those froze but luckily did not break and we were able to dump after they thawed (three states farther south). We now carry two gallons of the pink stuff and dump it in as needed.

The Phoenix does really well in cold temps. We drape a curtain to block the cold from the cab and make sure the truck vents are all closed. If there is warm sun, we open the blinds. If no passive solar gain, and as soon as the sun starts down, we button her up and cover all the windows. It took us a while but we've learned from our mistakes (and from a lot of knowledgeable and helpful people on this forum) and we don't worry about the weather anymore. We keep track of it so we know when to go into cold defense mode, but it's a few simple steps and you are good to go.

I hope this helps!


366  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: California Cruising on: October 18, 2014, 09:10:36 pm
Thanks Bill! I'll be plotting our route and will see what we can work in. Is there any problem running hwy 1 with our 2552 with Subaru on the back... and bikes on the back of that?

Pismo Beach gets extra points just to get our rig washed. Colorado and Utah have a massive amount of dust. It's all different pretty colors, but is still dust.

367  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / California Cruising on: October 16, 2014, 06:11:07 pm
We will be heading for the west coast soon. Just a bit more time in Bryce Canyon and Zion then off we go. We know some, if not all, of the national parks in California are in winter mode so we may not get to play in them this trip. We are thinking about running up the coast on highway 101 but aren't sure yet where we'll pick it up. Our plan is to winter in Oregon and/or Washington state so we need to get up there eventually.

Any suggestions for this time of year?

(Also we saw a PC heading away from Bryce as we drove in on this past Tuesday - anybody from the forum?)
368  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Does your Phoenix Cruiser have a slide out? on: October 03, 2014, 09:18:14 pm
Our slide no longer leaks. Phoenix took care of it for us and we've rain tested it a few times now so all is well. We would not hesitate to get the slide out again and have had no other problems with it.
369  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Wonderful trip to Utah and Colorado on: October 03, 2014, 10:33:49 am
We just got into Moab last night. We plan to hit Arches and Canyonlands and maybe Dead Horse State Park. We already found the Moab Brewery  Smile  Does anyone have recommendations for the area? Also, are there any other PC's near by?

We will eventually be moving on to Bryce and Zion, and somewhere down the road we'll swing up through California on our way to winter in western Oregon... or Washington... or both.
370  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: spare tire on: October 01, 2014, 11:57:10 am
I don't know diddly squat about tires but I'll throw in one bit of info for consideration and Ron may be able to expound on it a little further. We have the sensor for our weather station stuck up in the top right corner of our rear bin. It FREQUENTLY registers over 100 degrees. I know tires can take heat but to be somewhat continuously baked might affect that tire. Ron, don't you have your weather sensor inside the spare tire cap? If so, what kind of readings do you get when you are out camping and the sun is hitting the tail of the PC?

Tire guys - would this matter?
371  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Full-timers on: September 30, 2014, 09:11:11 am
We finally got our blog up and running. We're new at this so please bear with us and feel free to give feedback. We still plan to put in pages for our first year, our coach, about us, etc. But it was all too overwhelming and too much like work for the newly retired. Those things will come gradually. This won't be an every day blog as we will not always have the necessary resources to make it happen (internet connection, time at home, motivation, something worth posting), but we will update as often as we can. We can be found at
John & Holly
372  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Reunion in Colorado on: September 17, 2014, 05:26:31 pm
Location for next year's reunion was announced - Nashville, TN! The club went back to the old method of West (2014 Colorado), central (2015 Tennessee), and east (2016 TBD). So all you east coast owners and soon to be owners should sign up and come out to play with the travel club. The next two years are going to be close to home.
373  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Leak from Sanicon pump on: September 17, 2014, 05:18:08 pm
Ours broke last month and the repair shop was told by Thetford that it was a warranty repair. Our coach is a year and a half old so we were pleasantly surprised but wondered if it is a known problem that they just didn't issue a recall on. In keeping with our not so great luck, the new seals sent with the new part were defective and Phoenix wound up fixing it for us again when we were there.
374  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC vs.Nexus on: September 08, 2014, 08:41:06 am
We saw the Nexus at the Hershey show in 2012 so it must have been right after they started in business. I can't remember much except the sales lady proudly telling me how sturdy it was and that it was the heaviest "something"at the show. I recommend checking the dry weight of the finished rig against the gross vehicle weight of the chassis. Extra storage is great only if you have the ability to safely carry the extra stuff otherwise you have very nice, but empty, bins.

Our folding camp chairs and grill fit nicely in the bin of the 2552. My big anti-gravity lounger rides in the car.

Have fun at the show
375  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: September 08, 2014, 08:20:30 am
Welcome! We belong to several clubs/groups and have saved a good bit on camping fees with the memberships. They include: Good Sam, Passport America, AAA, KOA, and the Federal Senior pass. We are aware of Escapees and FMCA but have not joined those as yet. My recommendation is to see what each group offers and compare to your style of travel and camping. Example: Passport America campgrounds give half off camping to members but usually not on weekends. If you only camp on weekends or if there are no campgrounds near your travels that belong, then you won't recoup your annual fee (40.00 I think).

If you plan to spend any length of time in Georgia, we recommend joining Friends of Georgia State Parks (discount for all veterans). You'll recoup your money quickly with free nights, discounted camping and free admission to state historic sites. We absolutely loved their parks and plan to winter there one year using their half price winter camping deal (specific parks).

We bought a separate credit card wallet to hold all our cards because John's wallet was ready to burst.

You're going to love your Phoenix - enjoy the adventures!
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