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361  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TV Bracket(s) on: October 12, 2013, 06:19:29 pm
I'm assuming it is a bracket on the bottom of the TV. It looks like a metal plate with a screw-in knob that is at least an inch across. It screws UP into the TV. As for the backup camera, I kinda figured it should have more screws. I'll double check with Kermit to make sure there isn't some reason they were left off then we may give it a go ourselves. It doesn't seem loose or anything but with the number of times I hit my head on it, we probably need the reinforcement.
362  Main Forum / General Discussion / SMI Brake Assist on: October 11, 2013, 06:46:20 pm
I mentioned on our vvvibration noise post that our next repair stop was for the SMI Brake Assist we had installed in our toad. It was apparently just a bad fuse installed up front then user error or lack of experience. Once a good fuse was in there and we adjusted the sensitivity knob, we were good to go. She seems to be operating as she should and is hopefully taking a load off the coach brakes on these hills.

A few notes for other purchasers:
- the SMI will depress your brakes on and off and on and off when the turn signal lights go on and off IF the knob is set too low. We now keep the car door open when testing lights to listen for the brake system. The slot is vertical so if the knob is loose, it will drop down to a more sensitive setting. Sometimes too sensitive as was our case. We now know how to watch for that.
- if parking on a hill, the SMI will continue to depress your brake pedal until the Phoenix brake lights go out, which is several seconds after you turn her off. THEN it shuts off allowing the toad to slam down onto the tow bars. We have been trained to run back to the toad and get the emergency brake on and put it in gear. We then have to remember to reverse the process before rolling out. Just start the Phoenix first to engage the SMI to avoid the slam. Obviously this is easier with a copilot.
- other than these quirks, it is a pretty simple system. We turn it on and off with the flip of a switch.
363  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TV Bracket(s) on: October 11, 2013, 06:11:23 pm
I forgot - while you guys are out counting TV Brackets, can you check the number of screws holding up your back up monitor? We have two even though the mounting plate has holes for four.
364  Main Forum / General Discussion / HEAT along the passenger wing wall on: October 11, 2013, 06:06:01 pm
 Our passenger seat is the toasty zone. We were doing a long, slow, twisty climb up to about 3600 feet elevation on the Blue Ridge Parkway when it felt like a heater fan was blowing up my left arm. I felt the wing wall and it was really hot. We could smell hot metal. We pulled over and felt the lower back edge of the door frame and it was almost too hot to touch. The outside skin was cool so it is rising up from underneath. The engine temp was within normal limits. We checked under the rig as best we could but couldn't identify any culprit. Is this normal for times when the engine has been pulling hard for a while?
365  Main Forum / General Discussion / TV Bracket(s) on: October 11, 2013, 05:54:21 pm
How many brackets are holding up your TV? I've been trying to track down a rubbing noise along the left edge of the TV over the driver and noticed there is a bracket bolted in on the passenger side and a hole on the drivers side that looks to be in about the same spot. Should there be two brackets? Besides not wanting to wreck the rig, I've become fond of John and don't really want to plant a TV in his head.
366  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HWH Levelers or 50 Amp upgrade? on: October 11, 2013, 05:45:57 pm
Bob, one thing we regret not having installed during the build is the Progressive Industries power manager. We've already hit some dicy power and were thankful we have the portable version but we almost left it hanging on the pole once and it is kind of big to stuff into the back bin BUT we do not plug in without it Keelhauler has his hard wired in and has confirmed that it is truly plug and play. If you blow a part due to bad electric, you replace that part. SO much better than frying the wiring in the rig or any electronics you may have onboard.

Well, two things; I LOVE solar and wish we had it installed at the factory. Someday...
367  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Because I love y'all the mostest on: October 11, 2013, 07:54:06 am
Ah, Tom, we thought you were being extra nice when you offered to drive us to the factory to pick up our PC. Now I know it was a secret plan to get around your wife's "NO FACTORY" rule.
368  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tank heater(s) -- 2008, 2900 PC on: October 11, 2013, 07:50:28 am
Another potential freeze zone is the outside shower. I haven't crawled around yet to see if there is a shutoff valve for it but I've read on the forums where people have forgotten to winterize that line and it froze.
369  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: "TOW Haul" feature as shown on dash and trans light keeps coming on. on: October 11, 2013, 07:43:43 am
An addition to Bob's info; Kermit told us that when you have the tow-haul switch on, you can tap the brake on a descent and the truck will downshift into a lower gear. Tap it again and it downshifts again. This helps reduce the constant braking on some of the steep hills. John wants me to point out that the engine revs way up when you do this so be aware.
370  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HWH Levelers or 50 Amp upgrade? on: October 11, 2013, 07:37:36 am
This is totally personal opinion and we have the 2552 so it isn't exactly the same as finding level with the 2350 but I would totally vote for the levelers. We have been full time for a month and a half and have camped everywhere from paved pads to crooked parking lots to mud holes with "gravel pads" (that's a generous description). We haven't even hit the National Forest sites yet. We love our levelers. They won't get you level in every situation all by themselves but they sure get you there most of the time with minimal pain and effort. We watch other campers setting up and leveling and repeatedly say how happy we are that we don't have to do that. I watched a couple last night setting up a travel trailer on a questionable gravel pad. The brave wife stood in the rain in ankle deep water and mud in the dark holding the flashlight so hubby could back it in. They then spent a good 20 minutes trying to level her. I've seen fancy plastic blocks, huge wooden blocks (where do they carry all that?) and what looks like stacked firewood, all in an effort to get somewhat level, often still sitting at a tilt. We pull in to the most level section of ground we can get, set out the jack pads if we are on soft ground, then drop the jacks and level... all in minutes.

As for the 50 amp, we have had tripped the power a few times due to turning on the microwave while we have the AC on. We've pretty much learned to turn the AC to fan only, nuke the food, then turn the AC back on. We don't usually microwave for an extended time so it works. We don't know if you can use the convection part of the stove with the AC on when running 30 amps. Maybe someone else will weigh in with the benefits of 50 amps. I know some get it and add a second AC unit but I think that would be overkill in the 2350 unless you plan to camp REALLY hot areas for extended time.

So, that's my two cents worth. Hope it helps. Enjoy your factory tour and your new PC. We've had a few break in problems but LOVE ours.
371  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: October 09, 2013, 05:20:49 pm
We found TWO. We pulled into a campsite near Staunton VA and there was a Phoenix right up front. We did our walk about and found the owner - none other than FrecklesTweety and friend on their way to the Good Sam rally. She rolled south this morning and we headed out to tour the area. As we headed back to camp we saw another Phoenix heading north on 81. We are pretty sure it wasn't FrecklesTweety as there was no road and it was going the wrong way to be her though it was similar in color. So hi to whomever you are.
372  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Electrical Schematics for PC's power systems. on: October 07, 2013, 01:22:44 pm
WOW!!!! You are awesome! A big helpful to you.
373  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Hanging with the Big Dogs on: October 06, 2013, 04:00:22 pm
Ron, It's definitely a difference. We drove without a toad for a while since we had to wait for the fabrication of our tow plate. We could fit in a double head to head parking space in many places. Not a chance now. We have to be very careful which gas station we pull into because we need to be able to pull back out... hopefully without unhooking the toad. We've had a few close calls but haven't had to drop her yet. We now park at the back of big store or mall parking lots across multiple parking spaces and hope that nobody parks directly in front us thereby making it impossible to pull forward and out. AND we now hang with the big dogs at those rest areas. We seem to be in the minority about the noise from the semi generators. We turn on our inside fans and snooze right out. We've only slept a few hours at a rest area with semis but have spent several nights at Walmart tucked right in with the trucks and slept right through.
374  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Hanging with the Big Dogs on: October 05, 2013, 06:22:25 am
Tom, you forget we have a toad now. PC + hitch + toad + bike rack is looooong. Not that much extra room in those trucker spaces. (PC is 27.5' model 2552, tow bars add maybe 3', toad is 15' Subaru Forester, bike rack sticks out almost 3 feet). I'll try to remember to put a tape measure along her when we hook up again on Monday but from the measurements I find online for the products, it looks like we are about 48' long. Semi's are around 75-100' long so we could maybe get two of our setups in there.

So, grab your lady love and guard dog and hit the road and we'll share those parking spaces.
375  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Potato Creek State Park, IN on: October 03, 2013, 01:30:56 pm
If anyone is ever stranded in Indiana (or just passing through), we recommend staying at Potato Creek State Park. It is about 20 miles south of Mishawaka where Jordan Ford is located and about maybe 30-40 miles from the Phoenix USA factory. They do recommend reservations and we were not able to get in over the weekend but there were plenty of sites during the week (early/mid Sept). We did have to change sites since the older loops have two sites sharing one electric post and the sites are large. We needed at least a 50' cord to use those sites and didn't have one yet (we do now). The one picture of our campsite shows almost the whole site. It was huge. They have a beautiful lake where you can swim, fish, boat and generally hang out. It is open year round but winter campers have to stay in the horseman's loop. We didn't check that one out. They have woods, prairie, wetlands, lake, streams, etc. They have a little nature center and miles of paved bike trails as well as unpaved, beginner level, mountain bike trails. Nice park.
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