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391  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Water in outside rear compartment on: March 11, 2014, 09:20:35 am
Bob, we had our fabric pet pen in the rear bin and when we pulled it out recently it was wet and mildewed. We didn't see anywhere things were leaking and wondered if it came from the hoses either draining a bit more while we bounced along or possibly moisture on the outside of both hoses and electric cables. We wipe them down before stowing but even a little water can add up to a puddle if you have enough items draining in there. We plan to clear out the rear bin to see if water is gathering even when it is empty. This test phase has to wait until we are back down in warm weather in a few weeks. If we find a leak or find there is no leak and it is just drainage, we will post it here.
392  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Trip Planning via PA Route on: March 09, 2014, 06:51:57 pm
We liked Twin Mills Resort which is 40 miles east of Elkhart or about 20 miles east of Shipshewana We also stayed at Shipshewana North but you can hear the traffic on the interstate and it is a drive into town - unlike Shipshewana South... however, there is an Amish custard stand on site at the North campground so that makes up for a lot. We loved Potato Creek State Park but that is a trek from Shipshewana and it is difficult to get in on a weekend during the high season. If you hit Potato Creek, try to get into the renovated loops or plan on having an extra extension cord to reach the posts in the older loop. Your best spot all depends on what you plan to hit while you are there. If you plan to spend days enoying Shipshewana, then the south campground is the best location... and is very close to their giant flea market.
393  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: still enjoying the southwest in our PC on: March 06, 2014, 07:49:04 pm
Awesome pic. Stay warm for the rest of us.
394  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Lazy Furnace on: March 05, 2014, 08:37:21 am
Tom, John thinks we filled the tank outside of Asheville, NC back in October or November at a KOA. We peered into that little tube with a flashlight and it looks shiny clean (don't tell, the manual says you aren't even supposed to open the cover unless you are a certified tech). We'll see if we can pull the tube and check for critters farther in when it warms up a bit today.
395  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Lazy Furnace on: March 05, 2014, 07:21:08 am
Mike, stove works fine this morning and it's below freezing, fridge was on propane for about 6 hours the other day and it worked fine with no faults but it wasn't under 40 degrees. We haven't used the extra propane port yet. I know with propane it isn't necessarily the tank that freezes, it's the lines. Our Boy Scout troop had 11 lb tanks and woke one morning to frozen lines. We learned to turn propane off at the tank and let the stoves and lanterns go until they burned out then turn those off. That cleared the lines enough that the propane worked in the morning. Not as easy to do on the rig but might be needed in bitter cold weather.

I have the Trailer Life "The RV Handbook" by Dave Solberg 4th Edition and "Woodall's RV Owner's Handbook" by Gary Bunzer 4th Edition. However, I never thought to look there until you told me to. Thanks for the help, I'm off to read.
396  Main Forum / General Discussion / Lazy Furnace on: March 04, 2014, 07:46:27 pm
Our furnace is finicky. We thought it was a random intermittent problem but now we think it just doesn't like to run when it gets below around 35 degrees. We usually use a little ceramic space heater while we are plugged in with the heat strip as backup but are headed north and know we are going to be in some evil cold temps so we figure we'll need the furnace. We turned it on the other night and it fired right up, burned for a few minutes, then turned off. When it tried to turn back on it didn't ignite. We hear the fan, then the igniter, then the igniter, then it all turns off and we have to cycle the thermostat controls to turn it back on and it does the same thing. We tested it during the day and it worked fine (sometimes took two shots with the igniter but it did light). Then we tested after it got cold that night and it flaked out again. It usually runs once even when very cold but won't ignite a second time. We checked our propane and it is at 2/3 (on the tank meter, we didn't rely on the idiot lights). So we've had two thoughts, neither of which fit the scenario well: 1) something overheats so after the initial burn, it won't go again... but it tries to go; 2) the propane is freezing/liquifying in the lines so it isn't getting enough to burn... but it lights that first time.

We plan to call the factory but figured we'd hit the owner pros first to see if you can shed light on the problem. As always, your help if VERY greatly appreciated.

397  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Decisions Decisions on: March 04, 2014, 07:29:06 pm
I can't speak for the ACE or other smaller A's (though we crawled in and out of most of them) but I can make note of a few things that put us in the 2552 instead of the 3100 - size and payload. Some national parks and state parks have a 27 foot limit. Many have a 30 foot limit. We expect to spend a lot of time in both types of park so we refused to even look at anything longer than 30 feet. When we were ordering our Phoenix, Stuart tried to talk us into the longer unit with the belief we'd just be trading in for a bigger one in a year anyhow. The extra space would be awesome but I questioned what the extra length, slide and dinette would cost us in weight. I didn't get a tried and true figure since every rig is different but it was in the range of about 1,000 lbs. I believe the payload on the 2552 is about 3k so we'd lose a full third. That may be OK for short trips or even a few months with a loaded car tooling along behind but to carry everything we would need as full timers (plus what we need in office gear for the work side), we just didn't think it was enough.

We did three days at Hershey two years ago to narrow down our choices. I recommend you spend a lot of time up front and make a list of maybe five things you HAVE to have. We were dragging by day three of the show but we left with a list of (and brochures for) 4 or 5 possible units. THEN we were at the decisions-decisions point. Our five points would have been: 1) length; 2) payload/weight; 3) functional bathroom; 4) functional kitchen; 5) room for two people to work. Everyone will have a different list depending on how they like to travel, where they like to stay, and what they do when it rains for 5 days and they are stuck inside.
398  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Gulf Islands National Seashore FL on: February 26, 2014, 05:44:34 pm
Thank you Judi! We couldn't get into Loop A but it did look like the better spots. We came in after a big rainstorm so there was a lot of standing water. It drained off in time for it to rain again. We watched the neighbor's stuff float by this morning but it is a matter of attitude - how often do you get a moat around your castle? The concrete pad keeps the rig high and dry. The water is already draining off and the sun is due out again just in time for us to leave tomorrow. We did have two gorgeous days to explore here so we're happy. I am so impressed at how you track all the site numbers. We can't even remember what site we're on while we're sitting on it.
399  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: New York's Amazing Adirondacks on: February 26, 2014, 08:34:53 am
We can't give personal recommendations as we haven't been there yet but we met a couple that toured all up there and gave us a list of places they stopped and loved. Three were in New York: Letchworth State Park with beautiful campground, stone trails, waterfalls, lots of CCC work; A nice private campground in Wilmington in Adirondacks, on a lake, they explored Lake Placid and Nat'l History Museum of Adirondacks, said it was great (didn't have the name); Ausable Chasm - narrow canyon you can get narrated float trip and hike near Lake Champlain. You'll need to research these but it's a start. The couple were youngish, outdoorsy people that spent a lot of time exploring on their bikes and watching nature when we met them in Florida so their perfect spot may or may not be your perfect spot.
400  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Gulf Islands National Seashore FL on: February 26, 2014, 08:26:47 am
For all you snowbirds that dont want to return to the frigid north yet, but need to at least start the journey, I recommend Gulf Islands National Seashore Fort Pickens area (just outside of Pensacola, FL). It has soft white sand beaches with emerald water, a fort to tour as well as numerous military batteries, lots of bicycle opportunities, a fishing pier, and nesting osprey and Great Blue Herons right next to the campground. The campground is basically a line-them-up type but there is decent space between each rig. The bathhouse in E loop looks brand new and is well kept. The camp store is only open on weekends so shop first. This is a National Park so those with the Federal Pass get in free ($8.00 otherwise) with $13.00 per night camping fees for water electric ($26 otherwise). You are allowed to take shells and driftwood. There are trees in the campground but you will get a lot of sun in most sites. It is a short walk along a boardwalk to the beach or you can drive to the public beach with accessible bathhouse and picnic shelter and park just inside the first dune. A 15-20 minute drive gets you to Pensacola Beach and Gulf Breeze with lots of stores. Another 15 gets you to Naval Air Station Pensacola with an awesome free Naval Aviation Museum, Lighthouse and another fort. We have been around 50-60 at night and 75-80 during the day but we are going to drop into the 40s tonight so this is not the sit and sweat Florida weather but it beats the heck out of those single digits up north.
401  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Camping in Alabama on: February 20, 2014, 06:36:43 pm
Hey, Cheaha Mountain is 2,413 feet tall - compare that to Florida. Cheaha is one of the state parks that looked cool to visit until I saw the park alert: "Due to inclement weather we received on February 11th and 12th the Park is closed until further notice. If the power is restored and roads are opened we could possibly open on February 18th, but doubtful. Two active phone numbers are 256-488-5111 and 1-800-610-5801. Call before you come."

Mmmmmmmmmm, maybe later. I'll bet it will be really peaceful those first few days they are open. That posting is still on there today so they are still closed.
402  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drive line vibration diagnosis on: February 19, 2014, 07:23:40 am
If you want to rent our dog, Cooper, he barks and points to any new strange sound....just let us know.   - Mike

Mike, we may take you up on that when we get out your way. We'll even spring for the Doggles so he can stick his head out the window to help pin it down.

403  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Camping in Alabama on: February 18, 2014, 04:57:34 pm
Does anyone have suggestions for camping in Alabama over the next two weeks? Keep in mind the higher altitudes might be a bit too nippy. One park we looked at is closed until they get power back and reopen the roads... yikes! We are inclined to hop back to Georgia due to our favorable experiences there but we hear Alabama has great parks also and would like to check them out. We will be traveling in a north/northeast type of route with an expected hard run up to West Virginia for a (chilly) wedding on March 16. We will be wandering the somewhat warmer climes until then. We are in the far west Florida panhandle at the moment.
404  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drive line vibration diagnosis on: February 18, 2014, 04:04:49 pm
Update - We FINALLY made it to Milton, Florida and took the PC to Panhandle Driveline. William took it for a test drive and said - "not the driveline". He had a gizmo to measure the frequency of the vibration and said the driveline has an rrr-rrr-rrr when it vibrates while ours is a steady rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. He thinks it might be wind. He worked for Ford for 16 years and did a lot of noise diagnosis before and after he became the service manager. Then he had his own transmission company and now he has the driveline company. What all that means is he knows Ford noises. He showed us a few places to start trying to restrict movement of things in the engine compartment and on the Phoenix to see if we can silence the sound. After all that the charge was zero. We tried to compensate him but he wouldn't take payment. He gave us a smile, a handshake and wished us luck in our travels. WOW - we are so not used to that.
405  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Actual length of our 2552 on: February 17, 2014, 06:28:55 am
Wow! That's good to know. I plan to keep ours at 27' since some of the National Park campgrounds have a limit of... 27 feet. I figured we were fudging just a little but it seems we are fudging a good bit more. Most sites have room to hang your tail so unless we are butt up against a tree or fence we should be OK with the "adjusted" measurement when we book a site. Those nice views of the site they put on Reserve America help us figure out if the back end is blocked in some way. No problems so far but we aren't trying to tuck her into a garage either.
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