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376  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Tips for a Small Kitchen on: August 04, 2013, 05:18:31 pm
I'm starting this thread to share some of our tips and hopefully gather some of your tips. We just spent 3.5 weeks in the motorhome and did a little cooking which tested out some of our systems.

TUBTRUGS: I'll start with my favorite one which is Tubtrugs. We met these wonderful buckets on a friend's farm where they pull all kinds of duty. I chose the Extra Small Shallow tubs to use as dishpans. I've done the three pan washing with Boy Scouts using those dollar store pans and I wanted something a bit better and less grungy looking. Tubtrugs cost a good bit more but are AWESOME! They are food grade, heavy duty, have sturdy handles, are flexible and come in a rainbow of colors. So cool. So, I bought three and John laughed at me for being so excited to get dish pans. Now HE really likes them (but still laughs at me). We stack the three tubs in the sink. If you push them to one corner you can still run the water and dump your old coffee down the drain. We toss our random dirty dishes in the pan as we go along then cover them all up with the sink covers until it is time to wash. Then we lift the top tub out with the dirty dishes in it and set it on the flip-up shelf. The second tub gets a few inches of rinse water and sits to the right and rear of the sink. The third stays in the sink and gets the hot soapy water for washing. I also use a silicone dish drainer to set the rinsed dishes on. We just droop it into the sink so the water runs off. The dishes move from tub to tub until they are done then you wash each tub and toss them on top of the dishes. They are also great for lugging the condiments and place settings out to the picnic table and getting everything back in again. They sell them on Amazon but I bought from the manufacturer's site to get the colors I wanted.   Now I want a bigger one as an RV wash bucket but am not sure where to store it... they do flex to fold a little at the top, so there may be hope yet.
377  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Summer Projects III on: July 30, 2013, 08:19:48 pm
Every time I eliminate a noise, the next most prominent noise moves forward into thought.  Now it's the stove top grates.  I made them to be snug fitting, but they still rattle.  I think I'll be living with that one.  Maybe while on the open road, I'll take them out.....just to note the next noise, ha, ha.

Ron, we bought a flat, roll-up silicone dish drainer and decided that it fit nicely for storage between the stove grates and stove covers. The bonus is that it does double duty by silencing the stove grates while moving. Actually, it does triple duty as we use it as a hot pad also. We found ours at The Container Store. Similar or same one found here:

Good luck on your noise control. I'm working on the shaking and rattling at the top of the house door. Bobby said he could put thicker weather stripping there but that may skew the fit of the door latch. Maybe strategically placed thin stripping or felt pads to close the gap only where it occurs will fix the problem. I plan to play with it next time out. Has anyone else had the same problem or resolved it?

378  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Any 2350's in the Colorado area? on: July 10, 2013, 07:43:13 am
If you can't find a 2350, we have a 2552 currently in St Louis, moving today toward SD, passing Rapid City in a couple days. We are staying in Spearfish SD for all next week then rolling past Rapid City again next Sunday the 21st before heading East to the factory. If they can't see the 2350 and just want to lay eyes on a Phoenix, let us know, we're happy to help. We also have brochures on board.

379  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Duo Therm Penguin A/C on: July 04, 2013, 06:20:36 am
      Check you shore power, sounds like you are drawing too many amps and drawing down the voltage when the compress come on. Check your power plug and see if it's getting warm. If it is then get a volt meter and check out the voltage at the plug


Thanks Jim, we are still learning all this and haven't bought all the right tools yet. The volt meter just jumped to the top of the list.
380  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Duo Therm Penguin A/C on: July 03, 2013, 06:01:17 am
We haven't slept with the AC on yet but have a different problem. When the the AC compressor kicks on, the TV goes out for a few seconds then comes back. We were hooked up to shore power and didn't get any errors on the outside surge suppressor. Anyone have the same problem or have suggestions? We leave Friday for a three week trip out to the Black Hills and back and expect we'll be using the AC a lot.

381  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Upcoming Cruiser Reunion, on: July 01, 2013, 10:15:01 pm
Shipshewana has two campgrounds about 20 miles east of Elkhart. Tom Hanlon recommended it and we were happy with it. We loved shopping in the Amish bulk food store there. We stayed in Shipshewanna north which is close to the highway and Tom stayed in the south campground. It was kind of cool to wake to the sound of horses clopping along with an Amish buggy.
382  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Sound Bar Added on: June 26, 2013, 01:27:31 pm
Thank you Sue! I will post any successes... and maybe failures if they don't number too many. We've already forgotten that we've perched sunglasses and headlamps up there but were quickly reminded when they zinged across the room on a turn. So far no damage to the stowed items or the parts of the RV that helped "catch" them but a little railing type shelf would cut down on the flying objects.

383  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Sound Bar Added on: June 26, 2013, 08:02:36 am
How did you mount it? We got the sound system in our PC so we have speakers galore but were thinking of putting a shelf/ledge thing up there to hold flashlights, binoculars, etc. Similar to another post where someone said they took their valances off the windows and mounted one upside down above the door. I'm not moving the valances but would like something above the door to hold the "stuff" that we like to keep handy. 
384  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Pantry on: June 19, 2013, 06:36:06 pm

If an owner is having a PC built, the factory will adapt that closet with sliding shelves upon request.

We also requested the adjustable shelves and they slide a smidge but don't slide out due to the frame on the closet door. Judi, do your shelves actually slide out?
385  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Weather Tech Floor mats on: June 18, 2013, 05:13:04 pm
Oh no, Ron! I just flashed on an image of you cruising down the road in your jammies and socks happily sipping coffee while your wife surfs the web at the dinette. A happy RV family!
386  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Weather Tech Floor mats on: June 17, 2013, 08:17:23 pm
Thanks all for the info on the floor mats. I expect we'll be ordering the mats for the Cruiser and the liners for the toad. We like to play in the mud and it's best to put these things in place BEFORE you trash the carpets. Having the pics is awesome. Thanks bobander, that made it easy to see what will work. A helpful to you for the effort on our behalf.
387  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Weather Tech Floor mats on: June 17, 2013, 06:28:22 pm
Ron, the floor "mats" are the ones shown above. Weather tech also has the tray style floor "liners" which would probably be a trip hazard in the center since there is no raised floor there.
388  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Weather Tech Floor mats on: June 16, 2013, 09:33:47 am
Did you get the floor mat or floor liner that has raised sides? I like the raised sides but they look like they would make little trip spots in the center, between the seats. However they would keep mud, snow and potentially kitty litter in an off the carpet, easy dump pan.
389  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Chicken Slop Recipe on: June 16, 2013, 06:21:57 am
Need a quick meal with little clean up? Try chicken slop. It was one of our go-to hot meals for backpacking. You need a gallon size ZipLock bag (yes, brand makes a difference - the seams have to hold in boiling water). Open 1 bag of Stove top stuffing and dump it in the ZipLock. Toss in one chicken bouillon cube if desired. Open one can of chicken and dump it in liquid and all. Pour in boiling water - amount called for on stuffing package. Now zip the bag and gently squish until mixed. The stuffing will absorb the water. You can eat it right out of the bag with a spoon then zip and toss the baggie. You are left with one or two dirty spoons. (John and I used to share this on the trail -I always called dibs on snuggling and mixing the hot bag on cold winter hikes.)
390  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: June 14, 2013, 01:27:30 pm
The credit goes to Tom Hanlon. He suggested it, we requested it, and Phoenix accommodated us, as usual. An additional benefit is a nice, dark bedroom. You close the door to the bathroom, close the door curtain thing to the forward area, pull down the awesome window blinds and you have instant night even in the middle of the day. We haven't tried it with the fan cranked high but it works fine with the fan on low since there is space above the door for the air to pull through.

I think if you put that fan on high and closed the bathroom door, it might just levitate anyone sitting on the head.
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