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376  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Shower Pan - morphed into towel bars on: February 25, 2013, 05:10:18 pm
We don't have our PC yet so haven't been able to try out the towel hanging solutions. Tom's idea of mounting everything on the sliding door of the 2552 sounds like a plan and we may go that route but there are always more things to hang than you have hooks or bars for. We have a swing-out towel bar from Ikea that we bought for the house that we are holding onto to see if it works in the PC and I saw several items with potential on the Ikea site - http://www.ikea.com/us/en/search/?query=towel+holder (If this doesn't work as a link, I just searched for "towel holder" on the Ikea site). There are several over-the-door items, a few that might go right over the shower structure (depends on depth) AND some of those evil ones that require holes in the walls. Even if we can mount the swing one, I'm not sure I want to unless it can't damage anything if it swings while driving down the road.
377  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Heat Strip or Furnace on: February 16, 2013, 02:03:49 pm
[quote author=ron.dittmer link=topic=1264.msg9434#msg9434 date=1361023

Ron said "The furnace blower drains the batteries during the night, then the fridge which also depends on propane for the cold, and 12v to control it, it too dies.  It's not a train wreck.  You simply have to run the generator to get all things working again, but it takes many hours of generator run time to bring the batteries back to full.  That is why I carry a smart 40amp battery charger for just such occasions as it reduces the generator run time astronomically."

I was asking Stuart about power usage and potential battery drain while boondocking and he said the generator gives a trickle charge so recharging the house batteries with it will take a long time. He said to turn on the truck engine and run it for something like 15 minutes to recharge your house batteries instead.

I'm still a gonna-be so I have no first hand knowledge. I'd love everyone's feedback on this one.
378  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: February 11, 2013, 05:00:54 pm
We ordered Sunlit so we won't have twins like I thought but we can still camp next to each other and tell people they are cousins. Ours just doesn't have that beautiful bronze tan yours does.
379  Main Forum / General Discussion / Graduated from wannabees to gonnabees on: February 11, 2013, 04:39:36 pm
 Cheers  John and I just ordered our 2552 and will become Phoenix Cruiser Owners sometime in late April or early May. It's going to seem like forever!
380  Main Forum / General Discussion / Working from the PC on: February 08, 2013, 12:12:07 pm
We will be ordering a PC 2552 next week. YAY!
We plan to live and work in it so cell phone and Internet access are very important. I researched satellite Internet and decided against it.
We use Verizon and currently have 2 Android 4G cell phones and 2 laptops. I plan to add a 4G hotspot MiFi device as our wireless router.
So we need to purchase a cell phone booster. I did some research, found Wilson Electonics, and talked to a salesman there.
It looks like their SOHO 60 cell phone booster will do the trick. (FYI, SOHO stands for small office-home office.) Current model only supports 3G but salesman said 4G model will be out in a few months.
Required equipment:
   Outside antenna
   RG58U thinnet cable (coaxial cable connecting antenna to signal booster)
   Signal booster with power adapter
   Short cable (from signal booster to inside antenna not sure if its also RG58U cable)
   Inside antenna
Some questions for anyone that has done something like this or seen it done:
   What type of outside antenna should I use? Salesman suggested trucker/RV antenna.
   Where should I mount outside antenna? Salesman suggested front of RV but I was thinking more toward the back.
   Where should I install signal booster? My preference is in one of the front cabinets over the cab.
   How much separation should I allow between outside and inside antennas? Install guide says 20 feet but salesman says booster can be adjusted for less separation.
   Will signal booster work if I am outside RV? Wed like to be able to use our laptops and cell phones while sitting outside the RV (under or near the awning).
My current thoughts are to ask Phoenix to mount the outside antenna towards the back of the RV and run the cable to one of the front cabinets. We would then and mount the signal booster and inside antenna in one of the front cabinets.
One other issue is that we want to be able to power the signal booster when we are driving and when we are boondocking so we may need an outlet that runs off the truck battery. Anyone know where those outlets are on the 2552? Does anyone know of any issues adding an outlet in the cabinet where the signal booster is mounted? Am I correct in thinking that the standard electrical outlets in the RV use shore power when available but automatically use the house batteries when there is no shore power so they will work when boondocking? If yes, do they also work while driving?
Wed like to buy the outside antenna and cable and provide it to PC so they can install the antenna and run the cable for us. Has anyone had them do that? If so, is there anything else we need to consider?
John
381  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC Projects Over Winter on: February 04, 2013, 12:12:39 pm
Ron, I have NO IDEA where you are with dimensions, etc., or what will or will not work but I recommend a quick look at Ikea for the drawers they use in their PAX wardrobes. I know a lot of people do mods to Ikea products since they are "flat" packaged to begin with which enables cutting and playing prior to assembly. Our Ikea store also has a damaged area where you can pick up the components from damaged cabinets, etc., where maybe the drawer parts are intact but the frame is damaged so you might get even more savings. So far the furnishings we've bought from Ikea have been quite sturdy. They have drawers for kitchen cabinets, wardrobes, living room shelving, etc. Checking Ikea could get you the "bones" needed to build sturdy custom sized drawers. If we hadn't decided to buy a PC, we'd be remodeling our kitchen and walk in closet using Ikea storage. Sigh, my dream kitchen will have to wait while we run away and play. I'm good with that.
382  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: January 30, 2013, 08:53:40 am
Ahhh, the Phoenix Cruiser addiction. Those that have it want more to join their ranks. Those irritating diamond commercials came on last night and I pointed out to John that he was lucky that I wasn't into diamonds. His reply was no, I just wanted a Phoenix Cruiser and it is more expensive than a diamond. My reply - but most women that want diamonds want more than one... (and you probably see it coming...) he said aaaand do you think you will only EVER want one Phoenix Cruiser.... silence on my end. I sure don't want to promise anything at this point. I guess I could promise only one at a time?
     Holly - soon to be Owner of (possibly first) PC
383  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Silicone Cookware on: January 28, 2013, 04:34:33 pm
We just got back from our test camping trip to Florida. We reviewed all the models and all the mods that you and others have done to your rigs and made our own little wish list (just need to clean it up and type it up). While lounging in the RV during one chilly night (36 degrees), John piped up that if we decide to full time in the unit more than a year and we think the 2552 is too small - we'll just trade in for a bigger one. The gypsy spirit is calling him. He REALLY liked the cushy camping life with the RV. Lots of hiking, lots of lounging, lots of chatting with really nice people - all good. We tried to stay in camp and "live" in the RV and did so most of the trip but we discovered it was just too easy to unhook, stow our gear and run off to play for the day. We know that with a toad, it will be even easier. So, yes, John is excited. We will be heading for Phoenix soon for a tour and a sit down with Stuart. AND our "on the road" date might be moved up if we can get all the pieces to fall into place. So far, so good. YEE HA!
384  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Silicone Cookware on: January 28, 2013, 10:41:34 am
Carol, thanks for the info. I think I'm going to take the plunge and buy a set that fits the PC micro/oven. The light weight and lack of rattling will probably outweigh any negatives that come along.
385  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: January 25, 2013, 08:17:04 pm
Got to meet the owner of the third PC we saw this week. Bonnie from Florida says to tell Kermit hi and that she has nothing but good things to say about the PC. She loves her green 2700. I think it is a 2006 which is why we couldn't match the model to the brochure. The newer ones have a wider front slide that includes the fridge. Bonnie's slide is smaller so it must have just the couch on the slide.
386  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: January 24, 2013, 07:48:02 pm
We're up to THREE! You all might think I'm pulling your leg at this point BUT as we were driving out for the day, yet another PC was pulling in. As soon as we got back to camp we did our walk-about and hunted it down. We've done two sloooowwww passes and are pretty sure no humans are around. We hope we'll get to meet the owners tomorrow. It is puzzling us as we can't figure out which model it is. I even took the PC "catalog" with us that I got at the Hershey show (along with a friendly couple we met that wanted to see what we were thinking of buying) but it doesn't seem to match any of the floor plans. If people WERE inside they are probably wondering why four people were standing in the road staring at their RV. John teased me that I looked like someone with a nature guide trying to identify an unknown bird. I figured it was time to mosey on before someone called the men in white coats. I like Payne's Prarie but am not sure why it is collecting so many Phoenix Cruisers. Whatever the reason, we are very pleased to meet these people and get their thoughts on the Phoenix. Once in a while, things just fall into place.
387  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: January 24, 2013, 11:10:19 am
We found TWO! We are sadly coming to the end of our two week test camping in a rented RV in  Florida. We rolled into Payne' s Prairie on Monday and sitting there in the next campsite was a beautiful green 2006 2551 from Georgia. We chatted with the owner and he had all good things to say about his PC. He said he is an 80 year old RV'er that plans to keep cruising until he can' t do it anymore. So 15 minutes later as we did our required wander around the campground, in pulls a 10 year old 2350 from Michigan. Again, TOTALLY happy owners raving about their PC, all the great places they've gone and the great service they received on a recent problem with a baffle. They were singing praises to Kermit and Phoenix (and admitted they were working their way into buying a 2552 - I keep hearing it is dangerous to go back to the factory after you buy your PC - a newer model always wants to follow you home.) I've seen comments on this site and elsewhere saying some of the helpful folks on this forum are actually shills for Phoenix but the happy owners we've run into are just regular people out enjoying what they say is a quality made vehicle bought from a company with great customer service and they didn't even know about the forum. Well, our test camping has been great and we hope to change our profile soon to show we OWN a PC instead of just want one. Happy trails to all, Holly
388  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Our New Christmas Nativity Scene on: December 09, 2012, 07:09:17 am
Ron, If you were`t so far away we`d come stand in front of your house with a bouncing 6 year old to ooh, aahh and point at the beautiful Nativity scene like lawn goobers. VERY nicely done.
389  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need suggestions for "test" camping in an RV on: December 09, 2012, 06:58:02 am
Greg, thank you for the inside info. We will definitely add Cedar key to our must see list. Enjoy your trip to Paine`s Prarie. I hope the bison and other critters let you get a peek at them.
Holly
390  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need suggestions for "test" camping in an RV on: December 07, 2012, 07:53:35 am
I LOVE the Kayak snuggle picture. I wonder if he/she thought they'd found a friend or if they just wanted a ride. We also snorkeled with rays and sharks and squid and barracuda and lobsters and all sorts of other critters in Belize. We booked with Hugh Parkey's Belize Adventures. Absolutely awesome trip. They have a private island in the calm waters behind the reef with over the water cabanas, a restaurant, manatee museum (they do manatee research there) and a full padi dive shop (we don't dive but had a blast snorkeling). We found them at the National Geographic Travel and Adventure Show that comes to DC every year (as well as other cities in the U.S.) Their guides and trips and accomodations were excellent. The food and service were great;  the price was great. They totally took care of us from the time we landed at the airport to the time they dropped us back for our flight home. We can't say enough good things about them and the cool things we did. We stayed on the island for several days with snorkeling, kayaking (booked one sunset kayak tour with them and their guests have full use of their kayaks whenever they want), manatee tour, etc. We then did three days in San Ignacio with guided tours of the Belize Zoo, several Mayan ruins, a horseback ride through the "jungle", cave tubing, zip lining, etc. We were supposed to finish after our three days in San Pedro where we did a bit of shopping, snorkeled with sharks, rays, turtles, and took a sunset sailing cruise but I didn't want to leave so we quickly booked a few days back on the island for relaxation. Nothing beats laying in a hammock under the palm trees on a white sand beach with azure water lapping the shore. I swear I'm going back some day.
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