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391  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: October 13, 2013, 06:42:09 pm
We LOVE the New River Gorge and have actually done the high-line off of the bridge on bridge day (harness up, walk out under the bridge on the catwalk, clip on, climb out on the girders, and DROP OFF - it was awesome). If you can stay until October 19th, it is Bridge Day. They close the bridge and the base jumpers jump off the bridge; Rapellers are climbing and rapelling below it; Rafters and kayakers can run the river then stop just before the bridge and watch the jumpers. They have vendors and local merchants set up booths. It's a heck of a party! The next day is usually the final dam release for the Gauley so even more fun. Even if you can't stay until the 19th, try the bridge walk where you they take you out on the catwalk (you just don't jump off). If you do it, tell Benji that Holly and John say hello and we plan to get back up that way eventually. Benji runs the bridge walk and is the one that put us down that high line... as well as off the cliffs at the top of the gorge... and rafting the New and Gauley rivers... and then we brought out the Jack Daniels to celebrate the end of the season - YEE HA! We really need to get back there. We hope you have an absolutely wonderful time there.
392  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HEAT along the passenger wing wall on: October 13, 2013, 04:11:31 pm
Sorry, Sparky, it was my right arm (I get confused and loose track of body parts). The hot water heater was not on. There is no internal component right there, just the passenger seat with cabinets and euro chair behind it. I surely have no clue what is underneath.  The muffler/tail pipe is around there, a bit back in but it is possible the heat from that was rolling off the heat shield and toasting it up under the passenger seat as we climbed the hills. I crawled under and it feels like the side of the heat shield ends pretty close to edge of what I believe to be the muffler... or some such exhaust type component, instead of being centered over it.
393  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: October 13, 2013, 03:59:02 pm
Bill, you drove the wrong way. We are in gorgeous woods with fall colors but the road is PAVED. We are seeing maybe 1 or 2 cars per mile. Since all the facilities are closed, people are avoiding the Blue Ridge Parkway but, as you said, the PC has a bathroom... and fridge and power and all the comforts of home so we don't care. I hope you find your way safely out of the woods and your dear wife is still speaking to you when you get there.
394  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TV Bracket(s) on: October 13, 2013, 06:33:41 am
Pax - YANKEES??? For a Marylander? He'd toss my butt right out of the coach WITH the helmet. Otherwise the hard hat idea is not bad. John is liking the truck driving man image. Get him a hard hat and plaid flannel overshirt and... MACHO!
395  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question With Older Zone Defense Backup Camera on: October 13, 2013, 06:29:10 am
Have you called Zone Defense? I found what is probably your manual as well as a product brochure but other than "built in mic" there's nothing in what I found that will help you. The numbers I found are: (866) 672-1212 + Tech Support: (866) 672-1212
396  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TV Bracket(s) on: October 12, 2013, 06:19:29 pm
I'm assuming it is a bracket on the bottom of the TV. It looks like a metal plate with a screw-in knob that is at least an inch across. It screws UP into the TV. As for the backup camera, I kinda figured it should have more screws. I'll double check with Kermit to make sure there isn't some reason they were left off then we may give it a go ourselves. It doesn't seem loose or anything but with the number of times I hit my head on it, we probably need the reinforcement.
397  Main Forum / General Discussion / SMI Brake Assist on: October 11, 2013, 06:46:20 pm
I mentioned on our vvvibration noise post that our next repair stop was for the SMI Brake Assist we had installed in our toad. It was apparently just a bad fuse installed up front then user error or lack of experience. Once a good fuse was in there and we adjusted the sensitivity knob, we were good to go. She seems to be operating as she should and is hopefully taking a load off the coach brakes on these hills.

A few notes for other purchasers:
- the SMI will depress your brakes on and off and on and off when the turn signal lights go on and off IF the knob is set too low. We now keep the car door open when testing lights to listen for the brake system. The slot is vertical so if the knob is loose, it will drop down to a more sensitive setting. Sometimes too sensitive as was our case. We now know how to watch for that.
- if parking on a hill, the SMI will continue to depress your brake pedal until the Phoenix brake lights go out, which is several seconds after you turn her off. THEN it shuts off allowing the toad to slam down onto the tow bars. We have been trained to run back to the toad and get the emergency brake on and put it in gear. We then have to remember to reverse the process before rolling out. Just start the Phoenix first to engage the SMI to avoid the slam. Obviously this is easier with a copilot.
- other than these quirks, it is a pretty simple system. We turn it on and off with the flip of a switch.
398  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TV Bracket(s) on: October 11, 2013, 06:11:23 pm
I forgot - while you guys are out counting TV Brackets, can you check the number of screws holding up your back up monitor? We have two even though the mounting plate has holes for four.
399  Main Forum / General Discussion / HEAT along the passenger wing wall on: October 11, 2013, 06:06:01 pm
 Our passenger seat is the toasty zone. We were doing a long, slow, twisty climb up to about 3600 feet elevation on the Blue Ridge Parkway when it felt like a heater fan was blowing up my left arm. I felt the wing wall and it was really hot. We could smell hot metal. We pulled over and felt the lower back edge of the door frame and it was almost too hot to touch. The outside skin was cool so it is rising up from underneath. The engine temp was within normal limits. We checked under the rig as best we could but couldn't identify any culprit. Is this normal for times when the engine has been pulling hard for a while?
400  Main Forum / General Discussion / TV Bracket(s) on: October 11, 2013, 05:54:21 pm
How many brackets are holding up your TV? I've been trying to track down a rubbing noise along the left edge of the TV over the driver and noticed there is a bracket bolted in on the passenger side and a hole on the drivers side that looks to be in about the same spot. Should there be two brackets? Besides not wanting to wreck the rig, I've become fond of John and don't really want to plant a TV in his head.
401  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HWH Levelers or 50 Amp upgrade? on: October 11, 2013, 05:45:57 pm
Bob, one thing we regret not having installed during the build is the Progressive Industries power manager. We've already hit some dicy power and were thankful we have the portable version but we almost left it hanging on the pole once and it is kind of big to stuff into the back bin BUT we do not plug in without it Keelhauler has his hard wired in and has confirmed that it is truly plug and play. If you blow a part due to bad electric, you replace that part. SO much better than frying the wiring in the rig or any electronics you may have onboard.

Well, two things; I LOVE solar and wish we had it installed at the factory. Someday...
402  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Because I love y'all the mostest on: October 11, 2013, 07:54:06 am
Ah, Tom, we thought you were being extra nice when you offered to drive us to the factory to pick up our PC. Now I know it was a secret plan to get around your wife's "NO FACTORY" rule.
403  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tank heater(s) -- 2008, 2900 PC on: October 11, 2013, 07:50:28 am
Another potential freeze zone is the outside shower. I haven't crawled around yet to see if there is a shutoff valve for it but I've read on the forums where people have forgotten to winterize that line and it froze.
404  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: "TOW Haul" feature as shown on dash and trans light keeps coming on. on: October 11, 2013, 07:43:43 am
An addition to Bob's info; Kermit told us that when you have the tow-haul switch on, you can tap the brake on a descent and the truck will downshift into a lower gear. Tap it again and it downshifts again. This helps reduce the constant braking on some of the steep hills. John wants me to point out that the engine revs way up when you do this so be aware.
405  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HWH Levelers or 50 Amp upgrade? on: October 11, 2013, 07:37:36 am
This is totally personal opinion and we have the 2552 so it isn't exactly the same as finding level with the 2350 but I would totally vote for the levelers. We have been full time for a month and a half and have camped everywhere from paved pads to crooked parking lots to mud holes with "gravel pads" (that's a generous description). We haven't even hit the National Forest sites yet. We love our levelers. They won't get you level in every situation all by themselves but they sure get you there most of the time with minimal pain and effort. We watch other campers setting up and leveling and repeatedly say how happy we are that we don't have to do that. I watched a couple last night setting up a travel trailer on a questionable gravel pad. The brave wife stood in the rain in ankle deep water and mud in the dark holding the flashlight so hubby could back it in. They then spent a good 20 minutes trying to level her. I've seen fancy plastic blocks, huge wooden blocks (where do they carry all that?) and what looks like stacked firewood, all in an effort to get somewhat level, often still sitting at a tilt. We pull in to the most level section of ground we can get, set out the jack pads if we are on soft ground, then drop the jacks and level... all in minutes.

As for the 50 amp, we have had tripped the power a few times due to turning on the microwave while we have the AC on. We've pretty much learned to turn the AC to fan only, nuke the food, then turn the AC back on. We don't usually microwave for an extended time so it works. We don't know if you can use the convection part of the stove with the AC on when running 30 amps. Maybe someone else will weigh in with the benefits of 50 amps. I know some get it and add a second AC unit but I think that would be overkill in the 2350 unless you plan to camp REALLY hot areas for extended time.

So, that's my two cents worth. Hope it helps. Enjoy your factory tour and your new PC. We've had a few break in problems but LOVE ours.
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