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391  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Vvvvvvvvvvibration Noise on: September 18, 2013, 05:03:19 pm
Here is the promised update: Jordan Ford had her for three full work days. Today they pulled a panel off the transmission to see if the noise resonated louder through that port. No change. They checked a few more things recommended by Ford manufacturing then made the tough call to us. The answer is they don't know. They've run all the tests. They've checked everything anyone can think of. They are done. After a full week of going back and forth, several days of working on park benches and a few random nights in hotels, we pick her up tomorrow with no resolution. We are going to request a copy of the full write up that they are putting in the system.

The only upside is that it looks like we'll get out of Indiana before it starts to snow. We weren't sure for a while there. We spoke to Kermit and he is going to take it for a test drive tomorrow just to make doubly sure it isn't due to anything Phoenix put on the chassis. It does appear that we may be stuck with the noise forever. Not our best day.

Eventually we head west for a quick family visit in Ohio then on to Gettysburg to try to get the SMI break assist fixed. It worked for less than an hour before it blew its fuse. When we replaced the fuse it started making all kinds of noise when we tested the turn signals etc. We figure they wired something wrong so we are running with it off for now.

Some day we'll laugh at all this... l hope.
392  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Leveling on: September 15, 2013, 08:47:28 pm
Speaking of level, did you know that if you unhook your toad on a slight slope withot first setting the brake, that it will roll across the campground on its own? We do now. We also know that John can run really fast and jump into a moving car and set the brake before it hits anything. I think I'll put that on one our checklists.
393  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Leveling on: September 15, 2013, 08:43:10 pm
Bill, this could work! Just make sure you install the eye screw directly over the intersection of the tiles in the vinyl. When the ball stops over the X, you've good. I can stop using floating tea leaves to find our level. The cat's toys will stop rolling into bathroom on their own. And best of all, the water in the sink can actually find the drain without my help! Genius!
394  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Overnight Parking - Nontradional Campgrounds on: September 15, 2013, 08:46:25 am
I ran into this one a while back. " network of wineries, farms and attractions that invite self-contained RVers to visit and stay overnight for free!" We haven't joined so have no say one way or the other. There is a $40.00 annual membership fee and I don't know how many "hosts" they have signed up. I just thought I'd post the option as it may be of interest to someone out there.
395  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Leveling on: September 15, 2013, 08:25:06 am
We have the HWH leveling jacks and John (being an engineer) goes by what they say is level. No matter if I say, "Look, all the water in the pan is flowing toward the rear passenger side". His reply "the jacks say we're level". So we go by what the jacks say and if the refrigerator goes into fault mode. So far, so good. There has only been one time when I was concerned the slope would be enough to roll me out of bed but John was happy and the refrigerator was happy so we were "level".

The only bubbles we have on board are in a little jar with a wand and are wonderful for stress reduction... and making your camping neighbors think you are nuts.
396  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Balloon festival in NY on: September 15, 2013, 08:12:34 am
Aww, Tom, You only live once. I'd do it in a heartbeat... and I'm afraid of heights.
397  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Inductive stovetop anyone? on: September 14, 2013, 03:06:29 pm
Ahh, that almost sounds like a challenge. The PC Forum people will be on the lookout for you now. We just might "happen" to camp nearby and chat with your lady. Wine might be involved.
398  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How did you take delivery? on: September 14, 2013, 03:03:07 pm
Maybe I'll win the lottery someday and can buy a new Cruiser, sure would be nice.
Sparky, you don't have to win the lottery. You just have to sell everything you own and make a run for the cliff. The running start is to make it harder to change your mind at the last minute. Not having a house to go back to for at least a year really helps with that. John had an epiphany when he hit 60. He decided that if we were going to do this, we should do it now while we can still do all the hiking, kayaking, rafting and general playing that we like to do. We did buy new since we had no experience, couldn't fully analyze problems with someone else's rig and we wanted the warranty to cover anything it needed that first year. The hardest part so far is getting the work time in but you do what you have to do to make your run away dream come true. We are sitting at a picnic table working through the day.

So far, we're REALLY liking it. 
399  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Pictures from Petoskey on: September 14, 2013, 08:13:49 am
AWESOME! Love the shirt.
400  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Inductive stovetop anyone? on: September 14, 2013, 08:12:16 am
Excellent - tell her we need some good Ron Ditmer stories. Even a Phoenix guru like you HAS to have some great bloopers.
401  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Vvvvvvvvvvibration Noise on: September 13, 2013, 09:53:34 pm
I have a sense of deja vu. Here I sit at Shipshewana campground north typing about our vibration noise. We have around 6,500 miles on our PC and she sang for most of them. John and I have become adept at screaming to each other when on the road. We still can't hear the other one, but we keep trying. Thank goodness we have an onboard bathroom as I'd never get him to stop just by yelling.

So, we've spent the last two days in Mishawaka while the Ford guys drove her, jacked her up and revved the engine and tapped on all her parts and felt for vibrations.  They've come full circle and think the noise may be coming from the transmission bell housing, which is what the first guy that looked at it thought back in May. They have a call in to Ford Motors to see if they can shed any light on the problem and I think to get the authorization to start tearing her apart.

While we wait for that response we'll stop by the factory and see if they can diagnose the cause of a water leak that came up last week. There was a heavy storm while we were out of the rig and we got a good amount of water on the floor behind the cab seats... enough to fry a computer and soak all our work papers. John was able to recover from the blue screen of death and we dried mine before turning it on. So far so good... computer wise. Not so great repair wise.

I know a few other people have had similar problems and I will post the solutions when we have them.  Until then, John, Snickers and I can be found hanging out on random park benches in Indiana.
402  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Full-timers on: September 13, 2013, 09:12:13 pm
We did consider a blog but haven't had time to research the set up yet. A blog would solve the problem of having so many family and friends that want to be kept updated - WAY too many emails or phone calls for us. Some suggested a FaceBook account with some sort of journaling that we can give access to but we aren't too keen on that idea either due to their data collection and potential viruses. So, we don't know yet.
403  Main Forum / Links and Contacts / Re: Phoenix Cruiser Owner's Club on: September 13, 2013, 08:30:02 pm
Frank is on the right and I have to agree, he's a trip. His wife is also great. Bill is taking the shot and is not in the picture.
404  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Inductive stovetop anyone? on: September 13, 2013, 08:23:13 pm
Ron, you keep ratting your wife out on things she's done in the PC. When do we hear from her?

Oh, this is (of course) Holly and not John asking the question
405  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Full-timers on: September 13, 2013, 08:15:19 pm
We sort of qualify. We bolted out of our house on August 27th of this year - a full 4 hours before the renters took over. We camped with friends in Aberdeen MD then headed for the Intervec-Phoenix reunion. We stayed in a hotel last night in South Bend, Indiana while the Phoenix was visiting a Ford dealer and will probably doing that again a few nights next week if they have to pull the tranny. So, we are new at the full time thing, but we do not have a physical house anymore. In fact, we spend the last two days at a very nice park in Mishawaka working at a picnic table with the cat in her carrier and the litter box on the floor of the toad. It is John, Holly and Snickers-the-kamping-kitty for a year or more in a 2552. We are still organizing our stuff and have one more trip to storage to drop off the excess before we roll away. We work part time from the Phoenix via the internet. We hope to have amazing adventures... if we ever get out of Indiana.

So how long have you been full time in the 2350?
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