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376  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Suggestions for modifications on: June 20, 2014, 10:57:43 am
Congratulations! I know you've been planning for your Phoenix for quite some time now. As for mods, the front of your 2450 will be very similar to our 2552. My suggestions are:
- Water sprayer on the toilet (after that I know nothing about that bath)
- Cut the kitchen sink cover in half side to side so it doesn't go through the handle cut
- We like the Corian on our flip up shelf (adds weight)
- Kitchen faucet offset at the corner between the stove and sink (may be standard now)
- Deeper cabinets over the couch (if you get the couch)
- Propane quick connect on the passenger side
- HDMI port/cable attached to back of TV and pulled through into front cabinet (so you can plug in camera, Kindle, Computer and have it display on the TV screen - we use for photos, videos, etc.)
- Vinyl throughout, personal choice but so much easier to clean with a pet

- I regret not getting a solar panel; it is an increase in cost and weight... but I wish we had one

Remember that the desk/cabinets you saw in our PC behind the passenger seat are not standard. We use them a lot but they do make it tight next to the euro chair when the slide is in so there is a trade off. They also add a good bit of weight.

We also bought the StarLights smart light 1000 porch light (motion detector with daylight sensor), and shipped it to Phoenix. They installed it prior to the paint phase. Once we got it, we replaced the clear lens with amber. If we remember to turn it on, it lights up as we approach so we can see to get into the house safely.

I hope you are able to sell your Rialta quickly and order your new Phoenix. Now that the decision is made, the wait is going to seem brutal. I also recommend a trip to the factory if you can do it. You'll see other rigs being built and options they chose and will probably have a "wouldn't it be nice if..." moment. There is also a whole new color scheme coming out for 2015 that isn't in the brochure you have.

If you have any questions, feel free to send a personal message. We love our Phoenix and know you will also. Enjoy the excitement!
   John and Holly

377  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Travels with Sparky and Minou on: June 20, 2014, 10:27:22 am
Minou's favorite spot is also our cat Snickers' favorite spot. She feels protected like she is in a cave, but can keep an eye on us no matter where we are in the MH. She has her own blanket on the foot of the bed under there as well as her stuffed Jack-a-lope that she uses as a head rest. We have some command hooks on the side of that cabinet (no TV back there) and John hangs a shirt on them that closes off that side so the cave feels safer.
378  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: RV Repair Flowchart on: June 14, 2014, 01:35:15 pm
Consolidate that repair kit by rolling the duct tape directly on the can. It becomes an all in one, ready for anything.
379  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Lazy Furnace on: June 13, 2014, 10:42:35 pm
Update - we think it's fixed. We were at the factory for some other work and Bobby called the Atwood repair guy they use and he came out the same day (Phoenix never fails to amaze us with their ability to get things done). He couldn't reproduce the problem at first but then found that the igniter was sparking outside the fire box. So the propane was in the box and the spark was outside the box, hence no ignition. He swapped out the igniter and we all hope that fixes it. It is chilly here in northern Indiana tonight and we are hoping for a drastic dip in temperatures to test it out. They are calling for 45 or above but that is close to the magic number for us so it might work just because it always worked at that temp. We'll still aim to camp very cold some time before the furnace warranty runs out just to make sure it really works when we need it.
380  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.
381  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.
382  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.
383  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).
384  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.
385  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
386  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.
387  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.
388  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.
389  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.
390  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.
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