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391  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Silicone Cookware on: January 28, 2013, 04:34:33 pm
We just got back from our test camping trip to Florida. We reviewed all the models and all the mods that you and others have done to your rigs and made our own little wish list (just need to clean it up and type it up). While lounging in the RV during one chilly night (36 degrees), John piped up that if we decide to full time in the unit more than a year and we think the 2552 is too small - we'll just trade in for a bigger one. The gypsy spirit is calling him. He REALLY liked the cushy camping life with the RV. Lots of hiking, lots of lounging, lots of chatting with really nice people - all good. We tried to stay in camp and "live" in the RV and did so most of the trip but we discovered it was just too easy to unhook, stow our gear and run off to play for the day. We know that with a toad, it will be even easier. So, yes, John is excited. We will be heading for Phoenix soon for a tour and a sit down with Stuart. AND our "on the road" date might be moved up if we can get all the pieces to fall into place. So far, so good. YEE HA!
392  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Silicone Cookware on: January 28, 2013, 10:41:34 am
Carol, thanks for the info. I think I'm going to take the plunge and buy a set that fits the PC micro/oven. The light weight and lack of rattling will probably outweigh any negatives that come along.
393  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: January 25, 2013, 08:17:04 pm
Got to meet the owner of the third PC we saw this week. Bonnie from Florida says to tell Kermit hi and that she has nothing but good things to say about the PC. She loves her green 2700. I think it is a 2006 which is why we couldn't match the model to the brochure. The newer ones have a wider front slide that includes the fridge. Bonnie's slide is smaller so it must have just the couch on the slide.
394  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: January 24, 2013, 07:48:02 pm
We're up to THREE! You all might think I'm pulling your leg at this point BUT as we were driving out for the day, yet another PC was pulling in. As soon as we got back to camp we did our walk-about and hunted it down. We've done two sloooowwww passes and are pretty sure no humans are around. We hope we'll get to meet the owners tomorrow. It is puzzling us as we can't figure out which model it is. I even took the PC "catalog" with us that I got at the Hershey show (along with a friendly couple we met that wanted to see what we were thinking of buying) but it doesn't seem to match any of the floor plans. If people WERE inside they are probably wondering why four people were standing in the road staring at their RV. John teased me that I looked like someone with a nature guide trying to identify an unknown bird. I figured it was time to mosey on before someone called the men in white coats. I like Payne's Prarie but am not sure why it is collecting so many Phoenix Cruisers. Whatever the reason, we are very pleased to meet these people and get their thoughts on the Phoenix. Once in a while, things just fall into place.
395  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: January 24, 2013, 11:10:19 am
We found TWO! We are sadly coming to the end of our two week test camping in a rented RV in  Florida. We rolled into Payne' s Prairie on Monday and sitting there in the next campsite was a beautiful green 2006 2551 from Georgia. We chatted with the owner and he had all good things to say about his PC. He said he is an 80 year old RV'er that plans to keep cruising until he can' t do it anymore. So 15 minutes later as we did our required wander around the campground, in pulls a 10 year old 2350 from Michigan. Again, TOTALLY happy owners raving about their PC, all the great places they've gone and the great service they received on a recent problem with a baffle. They were singing praises to Kermit and Phoenix (and admitted they were working their way into buying a 2552 - I keep hearing it is dangerous to go back to the factory after you buy your PC - a newer model always wants to follow you home.) I've seen comments on this site and elsewhere saying some of the helpful folks on this forum are actually shills for Phoenix but the happy owners we've run into are just regular people out enjoying what they say is a quality made vehicle bought from a company with great customer service and they didn't even know about the forum. Well, our test camping has been great and we hope to change our profile soon to show we OWN a PC instead of just want one. Happy trails to all, Holly
396  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Our New Christmas Nativity Scene on: December 09, 2012, 07:09:17 am
Ron, If you were`t so far away we`d come stand in front of your house with a bouncing 6 year old to ooh, aahh and point at the beautiful Nativity scene like lawn goobers. VERY nicely done.
397  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need suggestions for "test" camping in an RV on: December 09, 2012, 06:58:02 am
Greg, thank you for the inside info. We will definitely add Cedar key to our must see list. Enjoy your trip to Paine`s Prarie. I hope the bison and other critters let you get a peek at them.
Holly
398  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need suggestions for "test" camping in an RV on: December 07, 2012, 07:53:35 am
I LOVE the Kayak snuggle picture. I wonder if he/she thought they'd found a friend or if they just wanted a ride. We also snorkeled with rays and sharks and squid and barracuda and lobsters and all sorts of other critters in Belize. We booked with Hugh Parkey's Belize Adventures. Absolutely awesome trip. They have a private island in the calm waters behind the reef with over the water cabanas, a restaurant, manatee museum (they do manatee research there) and a full padi dive shop (we don't dive but had a blast snorkeling). We found them at the National Geographic Travel and Adventure Show that comes to DC every year (as well as other cities in the U.S.) Their guides and trips and accomodations were excellent. The food and service were great;  the price was great. They totally took care of us from the time we landed at the airport to the time they dropped us back for our flight home. We can't say enough good things about them and the cool things we did. We stayed on the island for several days with snorkeling, kayaking (booked one sunset kayak tour with them and their guests have full use of their kayaks whenever they want), manatee tour, etc. We then did three days in San Ignacio with guided tours of the Belize Zoo, several Mayan ruins, a horseback ride through the "jungle", cave tubing, zip lining, etc. We were supposed to finish after our three days in San Pedro where we did a bit of shopping, snorkeled with sharks, rays, turtles, and took a sunset sailing cruise but I didn't want to leave so we quickly booked a few days back on the island for relaxation. Nothing beats laying in a hammock under the palm trees on a white sand beach with azure water lapping the shore. I swear I'm going back some day.
399  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Morning sex on: December 06, 2012, 03:53:08 pm
Absolutely AWESOME Billy!  rolling on the floor
400  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need suggestions for "test" camping in an RV on: December 06, 2012, 03:44:36 pm
Ron, we've done a similar search on the east and west coast. Went to the power plant outflows near Ft. Lauderdale (warm water, hundreds gather), no manatees.  Drove up to a spring on the east coast, reports of mother and child playing at the boat ramp the whole week before... but they apparently left just before we got there. Hit the gulf coast on another vacation and checked out a power plant that has actually set up viewing platforms for the crowds of people watching the crowds of manatees but the gulf had warmed up and they had left days before. Went to the gulf and kayaked where they feed on the grasses... no manatees. This time we are camping for a whole week near a place called Manatee Spring. I'm hoping my luck improves. If it does, I'll post pictures. Meanwhile you can google "manatees gather at power plant" and select images to see just how many we missed!
401  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need suggestions for "test" camping in an RV on: December 06, 2012, 07:16:51 am
Thank you everyone for your suggestions. We finally booked and ARE going to Florida but more north than south. We're renting from CruiseAmerica in Gainesville and staying in two different state parks near there. One is Manatee Springs and I am on my never ending quest to watch Manatee happily playing in the water. We saw some in Belize but we kept our distance so as not to disturb so we really only got a quick look at one that swam under our boat and checked us out super briefly. With any luck some will be hanging out in the warm, clear spring water where I can watch them. The other park is Paynes Prarie - they have Bison. Now I've been in the midst of hundreds of Bison in South Dakota but Bison in Florida is rather intriguing. Who woulda thought you'd find them there amidst the alligators?
402  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Von's receipt on: December 06, 2012, 07:08:24 am
Sorry Billy, my fingers don't always type everything my brain is trying to say. Those massive receipts probably MAKE money for the store. The ones I get have ads and coupons on them so somebody is paying the store to print all that stuff and give it to you (no way they can claim environmental reasons on those). Reusable bags probably cost them more money in time for the cashiers. Have you watched those poor people try to bag groceries using the customer's wad of miscellaneous bags? I try to organize and make it easy on them but my wad of reusable bags is just as much a PIA as the other guys... when I remember to take them in. AND they all seem to have a collection of looong receipts in the bottom - go figure!
403  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Von's receipt on: December 04, 2012, 05:59:44 pm
No Billy, they are eliminating them to help the environment. Our county is doing the same thing. Now it costs 5 cents for a bag if you don't bring your own. I'm a tree hugger so I am good with that...except that the memory is not cooperating so I keep leaving all those wonderful reusable bags in the car. I truly miss my brain.
404  Main Forum / General Discussion / Silicone Cookware on: December 02, 2012, 06:21:14 am
I'm wondering if anyone has done extensive cooking with silicone cookware. It seems to me that it would be perfect for the RV as it is lightweight, non-stick for quick easy cleaning, can be used in the microwave, freezer and oven and it doesn't rattle. I bought my granddaughter a cookbook/bakeware set called "Bake it in a Cup" that came with small to standard size muffin cups and we had fun making eggs, lasagna, ham and cheese rolls (her ABSOLUTE favorite), frozen yogurt snacks, desserts, etc. You do have to set the silicone on a sturdy pan since they flex when you move them but I figured I'd be toting a baking sheet anyhow. I purchased mega-size baking cups and plan to experiment with those. The added bonus of baking in the cups is individual servings that cook a bit quicker and store easily (think meatloaf,lasagna, meat  or veggie pies, etc.) AND you can set the whole meal on one tray in the oven/microwave as the cups keep the different foods separated. SOUNDS perfect but reality doesn't always follow my logic. So before I buy more squishy cookware, I thought I'd tap the RV Brain Trust on this forum. Anyone with silicone COOKWARE experience?
405  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Missing Money - A helpful sight to look for money beng held by the state on: November 30, 2012, 05:20:01 pm
I've lived in several states but there doesn't seem to be any money for me, however, I found some for my sister and sent her the link. So, does that count as her Christmas present or do I still need to go shopping?
H
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