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376  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Acadia national park on: August 02, 2014, 08:40:57 am
Buffalo Rose,
Here is the report on Acadia. Ill start with we loved it! We did not want to leave and could easily have spent a month and still not done all wed like to do. We are the outdoorsy kind so our activities tended toward nature rather than retail but we did wander a good many stores during our time there. After being there, I strongly recommend you have a car as stated by those before me.

Park Pass: You have to have the park pass to travel through Acadia. I recommend calling to see if you can get that at the campground in case you want to go there first. We went to the visitor center to get ours and the line was long. The Federal Senior Pass covers you so you dont have to pay the $20 weekly pass fee but you will have to hang your pass in your vehicle during your stay. They give you a card holder that hooks on the mirror.

Campsite: Blackwoods Campground check in is at NOON. If you get there ten minutes before that, theyll have you turn around and leave. You can park along the side of Rte 3 on the way in. They assign the sites, you have no choice (though I did see someone asking to switch sites and it looked like they were going to be allowed to do it.) Our site was a pull through that was sloped a bit so we were never fully level but with the 2350 you should be able to angle to get reasonably level. We have the 2552 and a 12x12 screen house that we fit on the site as well as our Subaru Forester. I recommend you tell them that you dont mind a back in site. SOME of these looked totally level. The sites are large, shaded and beautiful. You buy firewood along the road on the way in. The park does not sell it. Note that some sites have a pretty decent walk to the rest rooms if there are no empty sites to cut through. If you need to be close to the rest rooms, tell them that when you check in.

Water spigots are near the rest rooms and a few other spots but not all over. It was a distance for us. We used collapsible water jugs and either lugged it around to camp or drove to the spigot, filled up and drove it back. Dishwashing dump station is also outside the rest rooms. There is no place to wash dishes there. You do that at camp then carry the water to dump.

Dump station is convenient. Things to note: There is ONE dump station for a huge campground. We didnt encounter a line but Im sure it can happen. It is closed during daily check in times due to the location. Any line at the dump station would block access to the camp loops.

Showers: The town of Otter Creek is just up the road and youll drive through it on your way in to camp. There are pay showers there that were never full. It is $2.00 in quarters for 4 minutes and/or 10 gallons of hot water. You can turn the water off and back on so you dont exceed the 10 gallons, but it will still shut off at 4 minutes. Note that there is a little general store in Otter Creek if you forgot anything or if you want REALLY GOOD blueberry muffins. Proprietor is a very nice man.

Boondocking for three days with no hook ups means you can easily use your rig for all water requirements and dump as needed. We took ours out to dump once during our week there and easily set it back in the mostly level section of our site. We had four people on board so tanks filled faster.

Bar Harbor has RV parking along the edge of a park on Rte 3. It is on the outbound side of the road. It isnt a lot of space but we never saw it filled. Most parking in Bar Harbor is free 2-Hour parking until 6 pm. There are two free all day parking areas. One on Rte 3 near the RV parking and the other is out a ways along the road that parallels the harbor. There are a few free parking lots a block off the main road through town. We usually parked on Cottage Street and always found a spot.

Activities: Check the park website for Ranger program schedules. A few items to note the sandbar that you can walk out on to Bar Island in Bar Harbor is exposed two hours on each side of low tide. Thunder Hole is best 2-3 hours before high tide (and more so after a storm). The best tide pooling is on the west side at Ship Harbor and Wonderland. The Wild Gardens of Acadia at the Nature Center are very cool if you like plants or are curious about what plants grow in what areas. Two popovers and a beverage at Jordon Pond House now cost $10.00. They are excellent, but still. If you are over near Seawall early in the day, there is the Common Good Caf that works on a donation basis. Money earned is used to finance their winter soup kitchen and meals on wheels type of activities. Not the spiff Jordan Pond surroundings but nice view of the ocean, free wifi and good food. They sell (also excellent) hot popovers with jam and several butters as well as oatmeal and coffee and juice between 7 and 11:30 each day. You serve yourself and drop your donation in a box. We ate both places and enjoyed both.

The park visitor center (or campground) gives you the National Park brochure/map and other items as requested. We got the carriage road map and ranger program schedule. However, the most useful item was a free weekly Acadia booklet that they had at Blackwoods and also on a table at the Harbor (indoor hallway in front of the Whale Watch store). They are probably also at the information center in Bar Harbor but we never went in there.

I hope this helps. Let me know if there is something in particular you are interested in. We might have seen it or done it and have info on it. I also have a Guide to the National Parks e-book with some good information that can be loaned out. Send me a personal email with your personal email address and Ill lend it to you. Amazon lets you keep it a maximum of 14 days then it goes away on your device and I can access it again. You should be able to read it on Amazons Cloud Reader even if you dont have a Kindle.
377  Main Forum / Photos / Re: 2450 non-slide on: July 13, 2014, 05:49:33 am
Beautiful! It looks perfectly ready to help you enjoy your travels.

I have one curiosity question. What did Phoenix use as a latching system on the large kitchen drawers?

378  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Acadia national park on: July 12, 2014, 08:31:55 am
We roll into Acadia tomorrow for two weeks of boondocking in the National Park campgrounds (one week in each). There are flush toilets but no showers at camp (pay showers outside the park). We plan to "bathe" at least once or twice a week at Echo Lake if the water is warm enough (swim then wash up in a bucket back at camp). We've backpacked so bucket washing is nothing new. The campgrounds do have a dish washing station so that will help us some on the grey water and we have a solar shower water bag that we plan to use for outdoor washing up at the site. We'll have 4 people for 4 1/2 days and 3 people the rest of the time. Since we are driving from one campground to the next between the weeks, we hope to recharge batteries that way and avoid using the generator and disrupting the solitude of the forest if we can. This is our biggest boondocking test so far. John and I can easily do ten days or more with just the two of us but we'll have two untrained visitors so we have to work with them. We've already scheduled off work since all we've read says NO cell signal at either campground. I also checked the Verizon map and it shows dead zones on that side of the island so our cell phone booster won't help this time. It will be nice to be unplugged. We have our Subaru with us so driving around won't be an issue.

We plan to hit the Whale and Puffin tours, drive to the top of Cadillac Mountain, do the Tidal Pool Ranger program and probably tons more. Will report back after we rejoin the electronic world.
379  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: July 12, 2014, 08:18:58 am
Spotted - Older model 2551 or 2552 with Vermont plates spotted in campsite #2 at Crawford Notch State Park, Dry River Campground. We stopped here for two nights so we could take the Cog Railway up Mount Washington. Shortly after settling in to Site #5, we spotted the PC in #2. It was just there overnight and we never saw people outside. As I was reluctant to invade their space and knock on the door, we didn't get to meet them. Was it anyone on the forum?

380  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HWH Levelers on: July 12, 2014, 08:08:10 am
Sparky, we have the factory installed leveling jacks on our 2552 and love them. They don't always get us totally level due to some extreme slopes we've camped on but they make it so much easier to get level most of the time. We are full time and have moved 54 times since October 2, 2013 (far too many times). Those jacks have been deployed just about every time. Even if we are level, we drop them to stabilize the rig. As noted previously, we wish they could be controlled individually but we manage as they are. Ours have never stuck down and only once did one jack refuse to extend on the first try, however, we retracted and tried again and it dropped down. The jacks are drive-off jacks so if they do get stuck down,  you pull forward and they kick back up. We know this because in our newbie days, John jacked the rear tires off the ground and we rocked forward off the jacks (major no-no, those rear tires are your brakes). We do use little yellow jack pads to avoid digging into soft ground but they are lighter and thinner than leveling blocks. John's favorite set up seems to be front tires off the ground. I don't know why. Maybe it's a guy thing. Even when I think we are level he decides the front needs to come up. At least the back tires stay firmly on the ground now.

I suggest you oil those springs and test the jacks. Just drop and retract a few times. You don't have to be on level ground, just flatish ground. Lumpy ground sometimes makes it so we can't get them down under us but moving the rig a bit usually resolves that.

The jacks make set up so much easier, I can't imagine being without them at this point. I suspect that once you've tried them out, you'll seldom camp without them.

381  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How do you send a reply to a personal message????? on: July 08, 2014, 07:18:42 am
Margie, did you try responding from your "messages" screen while logged in to the forum? If so, and it didn't work, then Gail needs to send another personal message to you that includes her actual email address in the text area so you can respond directly.
382  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.
383  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.
384  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.
385  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.
386  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.
387  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

388  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.
389  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.
390  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.
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