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391  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Does your Phoenix Cruiser have a slide out? on: April 29, 2014, 11:27:48 am
1. Does your Phoenix Cruiser have a slide out? -- Yes, one slide with fridge and couch on it

2. If you have a slide out, do you have any problems with it? -- Yes, it leaks

3. If you were to get another new Phoenix Cruiser, would you or would not get the slide out? -- WITH slide

4. I you where to get any new motorhome, would you or would not get a slide out? -- WITH slide

Clarification. Our slide out was one of the first touchless slides Phoenix installed. It leaks. They quickly figured out there was a problem with the new slides and changed the installation method so I think we were in a very small window of units that leak (the luck of the draw yet again). We thought the little gutter thing Kermit put on fixed the problem but it still leaks. We now tilt down or that side or pull in the slide during rainstorms. We had torrential rain and wind last night with the slide in and no leaks. We will be headed back to Phoenix next month to get it fixed. We've already spoken to Kermit and he said to bring her in. Phoenix has been very responsive about the problem and the delay is due to our travels and our preference to have them do the work rather than some random RV place.
392  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Lap Desk on: April 26, 2014, 10:06:26 pm
This is another "probably shouldn't have" but working on a couch or bed gets tiring with a big laptop balanced on your legs. Add in the excessive heat off the bottom of the computer and it can be unpleasant. This laptop desk has adjustable legs that can be rotated 360 degrees and locked at every 15 degree increment. You quickly set the angles for the way you work and you are good to go. I wrote down my favorite settings so I can get it back quickly - I have no memory. You can't lean on it but you can put a decent size laptop or tablet computer on there and have it angled just right. It can also be used as a bed tray for sickies. John and I have both used it and are pleased with it. It folds flat again in no time but feels like the top could crack with a good knock so I pop it back into its original box and slide it down behind the couch until I need it again. Eventually I will make it a padded case with a rigid back to protect the tray top. My 12-13" wide laptop fits on it but no room for the mouse. This is another item that has many brands, some cheaper. I got mine on a deal of the day but sales can be had if you shop around.
393  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Storage Organization - Sofa Butler on: April 26, 2014, 09:53:21 pm
We have the couch instead of the dinette so during bad weather I usually work and play on the computer either sitting on the couch or on the bed. We've found the Sofa Butler works well for that. It takes up a chunk of the middle of the couch but I usually have my feet angled off anyhow. If you sit straight, it can go on the side or in the middle and it tucks down next to the mattress on the bed. There are several different brands (many cheaper) but this one has a deep pocket that is about 1/2" wide at the bottom and 1" wide at the top where I can put papers, a notebook, my kindle, etc. It has two cup holders with cut outs for mug handles and a center pocket for your cell phone or remote. It's one more thing to haul and store but it is also one thing we use every single day. It does not shift or move when tucked in the couch no matter how many times I get up and down.  If the mattress is snug against the wall, it doesn't move in the bed either. We don't leave it in the bed when sleeping. The cup holders are big so little cups might rock in it. We use travel mugs so no spills there.

394  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Storage Organization - Neo Cubes on: April 26, 2014, 09:28:50 pm
I found these at the Container Store and I admit that I wanted them first... and figured out how to use them later. I have two in the cabinet over the passenger seat with a bluetooth keyboard, portable solar charger and the remote controls. The second one holds our cable for the cable connection as we prefer to store it inside. They snug side by side, front to back along the outside wall of the cabinet and keep these items from wandering like they used to. They are lightweight and attractive and I plan to use them for service bins for fancier occasions. They would hold napkins, silverware, etc. Not shown is a shallower, double wide one that we have on the shelf in the shirt closet to hold our snack food (we swore we wouldn't allow junk food on board but there it is... in a very attractive tray). They are called Curver Neo Squares. Manufacturer is here but only US seller I found is Container Store with two color choices, brown and green. The squares measure 7.75 x 7.75 x 5.5 high.
395  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Storage Organization - craft boxes on: April 26, 2014, 09:20:53 pm
I found these "Creative Options" craft boxes at Costco then again at Michael's Crafts. They measure 14" x 14.25" (hinges) x approx 3.5" deep. They fit on the shelf in the shirt closet, the bin next to the batteries, and (tilting to get it in there) in the front cabinets over the driver's seat, and under the bed. John has two for tool type stuff, we use one for electronics (cables, tags for cables, adapters, little speakers, etc.) and one for fix it stuff (command strips, felt pads, mini-screwdriver kit, sewing kit, etc.) The one in the front cabinet with seldom used cables and such has become the new "floor" of the cabinet and we put the other stuff on top of it. They come in different colors and run about $5.00 each unless you get them at Costco in the 5 pack for $20.00. They have snap down latches that hold well.
396  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Storage Organization - literature/membership on: April 26, 2014, 09:11:44 pm
Literature / Membership - for all that paperwork, we use an old zippered pouch I had. It goes where we go. Whether in the Phoenix or Subaru, it sits next to the passenger's feet. It has two compartments. The large one easily holds a spiral notebook, full size brochures and all those little flyers and tourist stuff we pick up along the way. Campground maps also go in there. This is the temporary storage. When it gets fat, we clean it out. Keepsake papers get put away elsewhere and the rest goes in the trash or starts the campfire. The smaller pocket holds our "keeper" items that we want with us. This includes our National Park Passport book, Georgia State parks camping club (green stamp type program to get free nights), Georgia's geocaching brochure where we are collecting stamps, and a wallet holding all those membership cards: National Parks annual pass, Good Sam, CoachNet, Passport America, KOA, AAA, AARP, etc., etc., etc. John originally had them in his wallet but it was reaching critical mass so we bought a wallet just for the cards. We plan to get another fan fold insert because the wallet is already full. This keeps everything together and with us.
397  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Storage Organization on: April 26, 2014, 09:02:30 pm
We've test driven a few options to organize all our "stuff" and I finally started taking pics so I can post them here. Keep in mind each little organizer takes up space and add weight on its own. Even with that in consideration, I can't stand having to move all the little bits and dig through a well mixed pile of stuff to find the one cable or device I need.

The first item up are really cool little zipper bags that I found at Walmart for $2.99 each (sometimes in the office supplies, sometimes on hangstrips in random departments - crafts, do it yourself, groceries, depends on the store). I am up to probably 10 or more of these now and love them. They measure 12" wide by 7 1/4 high. If you ever had a cloth zipper pencil pouch, this is that same pouch on steroids. Some items we store in them: RECEIPTS waiting to be entered in the computer; CAMERA bits such as extra memory card, battery charger, download cable, manual; BINOCULAR straps, cleaning cloth, etc.; GEOCACHING- GPS, pencil, notebook, ready to toss in day pack and go; LED EMERGENCY flashers; TIRE repair kit; rolls of different kinds of TAPE (little buggers liked to wander and pick up crud); RADIOS - walkie-talkies with rechargeable batteries and cables; GRANDDAUGHTER'S brush, hairbands, toothpaste, toothbrush; CAT'S brush, nail clippers, meds; etc. We tried ziplock baggies but they just weren't doing it. Now we use the sharpie to label the pouch, load her up and stuff her in the cabinet or bin. The upper cabinet with shelf behind the drivers seat has several lined up, standing on end (with a bit folded down on each). Some are in John's tool bin. All are easily grabbed when needed.
398  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 26, 2014, 08:46:01 pm
We also use our cutting board a lot as a counter extender but I doubt she can get it with the double wide drawers. It was an inset to the smaller drawer set.
399  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drivers Side Propane Connection? on: April 26, 2014, 07:56:15 pm
We looked at the nesting pans and had them on our wish list then realized we already had a set of nesting titanium pans in our camping gear. The largest pan is not too big so we tossed one larger pan under the bed for soup and spaghetti making days. We can't make the mega batches but more than enough for our camper house. We'll make the giant batches when we go gypsy on the family.
400  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drivers Side Propane Connection? on: April 26, 2014, 07:21:56 pm
 Heart Shower ThankYou AWESOME!! We are in. We so miss having a gas grill. Now I have to figure out where to have it delivered.
401  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 26, 2014, 04:07:40 pm
I just checked the inventory page and the new units coming off the line have the single spray faucet set on the sink corner between the stove and sink. This means you can get to the connections through the drawer cabinet. I wonder if they changed it after Bobby had to play Houdini for us. I like the new set up, not enough to trade in our baby, but it is nice. You could put water straight into a pan on the stove.
402  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 26, 2014, 03:57:27 pm
Someday Barry WILL install a different faucet for me!!!!

Sue, when they replaced the counter they accidentally swapped the hot and cold water lines on the kitchen faucet. Those lines are attached before the counter is set in. They are extremely difficult to get to once the counter is attached. We watched poor Bobby try to stuff himself under that sink and fold his arms into unnatural angles to reach the attachments. If John ever attempted such a thing I'd have to be far away or there would be no peace between us. I know Barry is way better at such things but it would still be a tough task.
403  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 26, 2014, 03:44:56 pm
Buffalo, bear, couger, cranky camping buddies - doesn't matter. If my light goes on and there is a big critter out there, I may take a picture but I am NOT opening the door. For four legged trespassers, make noise - honk the horn if needed. For two legged friendlies, roll a truck window down just enough to toss out a beer, roll it back up then go back to bed.
404  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drivers Side Propane Connection? on: April 26, 2014, 03:37:39 pm
Mike, are you saying that you are using the grill WITH a regulator on the Phoenix low pressure propane hook up? I was told that would not work because you are choking down the flow twice so you would not have enough pressure, and therefore heat, to cook steaks etc. We have searched in vain for a low pressure stove that we like and had decided to follow a you tube video to mangle a Coleman grill to remove the regulator and add a quick connect. If your stove works, I'm buying one.
405  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 26, 2014, 09:48:40 am
Credit to Tom Hamlin on the sink cut. He advised me when we ordered but we didn't think to clarify when they replaced the counter. Our sink handle does not hit the window knob but Tom's does. I don't know if that is hit or miss or if the deliberately shifted the placement.

One other suggestion before hitting the road - shop now. I buy a lot online and you can set up to get packages while traveling but it is considerably easier to receive a package, test the item, and return or exchange it if needed while you are sitting in the comfort of your own home. We often don't know how long we'll be in one place and don't want to have to sit and wait for things to arrive, however, we also don't want to spend too much time wandering stores looking for that specific mounting bar that fit my bike (many stores, much aggravation, paid too much then it became a mangled mess when we got rear ended - arrrggg - that's ok, it killed the bike too so we decided the replacement will not need a mounting bar). That was just an example - finding the right grill is another and we are still working on that one. So, buy what you know you need. Hold off on storage/organizer bins since you have to fit those to your belongings and storage space.
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