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376  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Towing Ford Edge Limited AWD on: June 26, 2014, 07:03:24 am
Re: the SMI, Stay In Play, we have the little LED strip on a leash in the toad that is supposed to velcro to the back of the toad's mirror. The velcro melted off the first day in the DC heat so it now gets put on with a stretchy hair band. We have considerable difficulty seeing that light as the sun glints off the toad's front window or the rain makes it hard to see. At night our back up camera picks up the red glow from the PCs rear lights but we have a better chance of seeing the little red LED then if we watch closely enough... instead of watching the road. We will probably have that PC dashboard light installed sometime in the future.
377  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rear Storage Compartment Table - Sale Alert At Menards on: June 23, 2014, 06:29:13 am
Argggg! We just bought it for full price when we were in Elkhart. No Menard's near us now.
378  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New chassis on: June 20, 2014, 04:44:14 pm
I'm not a car guy (car gal?) but I thought the difference between the F-450 and E-450 was the body they stuck on basically the same chassis. E was econoline van and F was... I don't know, Ford Truck. Is the front of the "F" that different from the "E"? If not, I think you just insulted my motor home. I love the sleek lines of the Phoenix. The one in the picture looks boxy and crude compared to ours and obviously has that "crawl back out of the cab" requirement instead of our open space.
379  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Anyone Else With This Stove Related Problem? on: June 20, 2014, 04:36:02 pm
We have not (yet) melted the knobs but the flat decal has bubbled up on the top/rear edge (toward the small burner). We try to keep all the pans and the heat diffuser shifted back away from the knobs but we have not been totally successful on that. I don't have a solution.
380  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Travels with Sparky and Minou on: June 20, 2014, 03:05:50 pm
Snickers is 18 and has been the camper house queen for 10 months now but seems extremely content. She goes outside once in a great while to sniff around and peer under the rig but then wants right back in. She has a harness and leash but really doesn't like them so she'd rather stay inside than get the harness strapped on.
381  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

382  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.
383  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.
384  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.
385  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.
386  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.
387  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.
388  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).
389  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.
390  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
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