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391  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: December 11, 2013, 06:55:59 am
Yet another one! A 2009 full body green 2100 was sitting in the beach campsite at Ft Clinch State Park in Florida. We spotted it on our drive through and talked to the happy owners and met their camper dog Willow. They are heading home to Pennsylvania. They had an interesting story on the purchase. They spotted the Phoenix at a dealer in PA in 2011. It was new, never owned, but basically two years old. The price was too high but they loved it so they called the factory and talked to Kermit to see if he had another one they could buy. He did some sort of magic and the dealer called and offered it to them at the lower price so here they are! They had already walked through the river campsite and spotted ours but we were out when they came by. NOTE: The island is beautiful. The park is very nice. They have a smallish, open to the sun, beach campground as well as the totally shady, wooded, river campground. They have a historic fort that we still need to tour. However, there is a Nuclear Sub Base nearby that apparently messes with your cell/internet signal. You have good signal, good signal, no signal.... good signal, no signal. Makes working from the rig very hard. Our booster is helping and the nearby town has a nice library that welcomes you to their computers or power outlets.
392  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Happy Holidays to everyone on: December 09, 2013, 07:26:35 pm
Ditto on the thoughts and sentiments. And, FrecklesTweety, congratulations on that new electric awning. Santa brought you that special something a little early this year and I can tell from your email that you are enjoying it. I love pushing a button and having that awning go out so I can imagine the joy the first time you put out your new awning. I hope we meet again on the road sometime soon. Happy travels! John and Holly
393  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Registering and Titling Our 2552 In California on: December 09, 2013, 07:22:12 pm
Thank you, we will definitely look into it. We have relatives in Spearfish which is at the top of the Black Hills so we are familiar with the area and would welcome the excuse to go back and spend time in Custer State Forest. For those unfamiliar, they have a huge herd of bison that just wanders across the road, herds of pronghorns, burros, and numerous other critters as well as gorgeous scenery. Note the bison are contained and do not wander freely through the campground. You drive over cattle grates when you enter their area.
394  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Registering and Titling Our 2552 In California on: December 08, 2013, 02:42:23 pm
We are considering South Dakota. Do you have to go there and set everything up or can you do it remotely? We figured we'd need to go there to get drivers' licenses if nothing else. Also, do they charge the sales tax over again? We already paid Maryland 6% so we don't want to pay another state also. Our tenant has only been in our house for three months and already wants to extend a year so the Phoenix will be our full time home at least through August 2015. We need to seriously consider this residency and mail forwarding. We haven't seen our mail since we left the DC area on October 2nd. It is going to our son's house and he did scan and send pics of the envelopes but we haven't been successful in getting him to actually send it to us. This is not cutting it. So, how hard and costly was the process in South Dakota?
395  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: 12 Volt Charging Station on: December 06, 2013, 06:11:31 pm
We are finally in a park with cable so we can test our system. We've only gotten fuzzy or no picture so far so we didn't know if it was the park cable or our wiring. We tried with the booster LED off and it doesn't work. We tried with it on and have crystal clear cable TV which is contrary to what works for others. Oh well, at least it works.
396  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tow a Grand Cherokee with a PC 2350 (Ford)? on: December 06, 2013, 09:19:07 am
We tow a manual all-wheel drive 2014 Subaru Forester four down. All we have to do is turn the key to accessory, put her in neutral, and take off the emergency brake (and flip a switch on our SMI brake assist). I think the base weight is around 3500 lbs and we are probably a bit over 4000 lbs with the bikes, car top carrier and other gear for our full time journey. It has ample space for 4-5 passengers and decent cargo space (lots if you put the back seat down). It gets decent gas mileage for our run about trips and can handle "off road" conditions (unlike the Honda CRV that says it is not meant to be driven off pavement). This is not to say it is for rugged off roading like the Jeep may be but it handles the campground roads and most of the back country roads we might be driving on.
397  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Winter travel and overnighting iin low 20 degree weather on: November 27, 2013, 03:43:32 pm
I found this while I was looking up the EZ one mentioned above:  looks interesting, big enough for the rhino flex.
398  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Winter travel and overnighting iin low 20 degree weather on: November 27, 2013, 03:15:25 pm
I tried having one installed when ours was built and Stuart told me no. Now I guess we'll have to figure out how to install one ourselves. We may never NEED the 3" hose but there will be times we want to use one if we stay in place long enough with full hookups. We have the hose and caps and elbow but just cram it into one of the bins for now.
399  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Registering and Titling Our 2552 In California on: November 24, 2013, 07:10:50 pm
I guess Maryland is lax. We took only the paperwork to the DMV. This DID include a MD Inspection Certification so maybe they just match the VIN on our Title paperwork with the VIN on the Maryland inspection form and figure they are good to go. No one ever had all items in hand at the same time except us.
400  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Registering and Titling Our 2552 In California on: November 23, 2013, 06:19:42 am
Good info Mike. We also took a good bit of time at the Maryland DMV but I don't think our processor was a newbie, just hadn't processed that many motor homes. I want to pass on something I overheard during one of our trips to the factory. Kermit was talking about someone in California having trouble with their PC registration. Apparently there are two VIN numbers. One that comes on the Ford truck and one that Phoenix puts on there for the motor home. I got the impression you are supposed to register with the Phoenix VIN and the owner was registered with the Ford VIN, thus causing problems down the line (though I don't know what problems that might be). Your posting reminded me that I need to go through the documents and see how ours is registered. I'm pretty sure she registered it as a Ford instead of a Phoenix. Again, don't know what effect mis-registration may have.
401  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Time for a new computer but what? on: November 22, 2013, 06:10:54 pm
I will add to Ron's air blast recommendation - take it outside to do this if you can. Otherwise you will be amazed at the amount of crud that was in that computer and is now wafting through the house.
402  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Just another opinion on the ObamaCare roll-out! on: November 20, 2013, 06:50:00 pm
You have to be signed in to vote.
403  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Coincidence? on: November 20, 2013, 06:44:03 pm
 ThumbsUp Excellent!
404  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: 12 Volt Charging Station on: November 19, 2013, 06:59:26 am
Thank you Bob! We now know how one more piece works. Little by little, we're getting there.
405  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: 12 Volt Charging Station on: November 18, 2013, 09:47:38 pm
Is the 12v hole in the wall plate for the TV booster? If so then most of us will have it. We have been plugging our phones into the 12v on the dash at night. So I guess that is why we have not had the problem. I have the 12v charger because I like to listen to Pandora on the cell phone through the dash radio. When I do it tends to run the battery down. So I plug the phone into the dash and the ear plug into the aux/line in hole on the dash. I am not sure if Phoenix still installs the aux/line in on the dash. I had to ask for it on the second PC.

1) The 12v is in a wall plate with what looks like a coaxial cable screwed/plugged onto the top half. If that cable is the TV booster, then yes, it's on the same plate (someday I'll figure out what a TV booster is).
2) The Ford truck manual says not to leave things plugged into the 12v outlet overnight. I assume due to a possibility of draining the battery, so we've avoided that. John likes to leave his phone charging overnight so we needed another option.
3) We have a rectangular plastic plate in the dash with one little metal ring/hole that looks like it would fit a small earphone/speaker jack. If that is the aux/line in then we have it on our 2013 and we sure didn't request it special since I don't know what that does either.
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