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391  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Any pets travel with you? on: March 24, 2013, 08:21:54 am
We plan to travel with our 17 year old calico cat, Snickers... for a full year. It will be interesting. She gets stressed by change- like moving a chair to a new spot in the living room. She also gets severely stressed out if we go away so we can't leave her anywhere. My theory on calicos is that their brains are as scrambled as their fur patterns. They are super sweet, though. We have a game plan but no idea if it will work. First step is a harness in case we have to fly with her or take her out without a carrier or walk her in the woods (she has been known to stalk deer - they aren't' quite sure what to make of her). She only had the harness on twice so far, but my face has healed nicely so it is time to give it another go. Next step is a soft sided carrier. I found a cool one on that zips to expand and double the space that we hope will fit behind the driver seat on the 2552. Hopefully she'll take to that so I won't have to pry her off John's head as we travel down the road. Once we get the PC we plan to visit it with her and maybe spend a night or two in there without turning it on so she can adjust to the new space. A few short test drives later, we'll be cruising with a happy, well adjusted psychotic cat - at least that's the plan. Oh, large quantities of catnip might also be on board.

If anyone has experience with psycho fireballs in an RV, please pass on any suggestions. We'll probably need all the help we can get.
392  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: E-450 replacement on: March 12, 2013, 08:00:01 am
When I first heard the Ford Transit was replacing the E-Series vans I started noticing them on the road and thought NO WAY! Then I researched a bit more and found the the vans I was seeing are the Transit Connect. These are the baby cousins of the bigger, commercial Transit vans that are coming out. The bigger vans are still smaller than the E-450 as already stated.
393  Main Forum / Polls / The RV Good Fairy on: February 28, 2013, 09:41:12 am
Here is an easier question to answer and to post in public:

The Good Fairy will give you AWESOME gas mileage forever AND grant you THREE (and only three) wishes for your RV. What would your three RV wishes be? List three things you would add, change or improve to attain your dream RV. 
394  Main Forum / Polls / Re: The Good Fairy on: February 28, 2013, 09:32:47 am
I'll go first. I would be designing and building homes that use alternate energy. Passive and active solar, geothermal, wind, etc. using green building techniques with sustainable resources.

395  Main Forum / Polls / Re: The Good Fairy on: February 28, 2013, 09:26:24 am
396  Main Forum / Polls / The Good Fairy on: February 28, 2013, 09:22:37 am
I was hit with this question years ago in a job interview and have used it myself with job candidates, friends, strangers, etc. ever since. Before I ask the question, let me lay out the parameters:
- Your response should be based on NO RESTRICTIONS.  Not money, physical capabilities, sex, race, age, education, knowledge, personal responsibilities, etc.
- The first thing that comes to mind is usually the truth in this case.  It is something hidden in your subconscious mind.

The Question:
The Good Fairy comes down and bops you on the head with her wand and you instantly become exactly what you want to be, doing what you want to do in life. What is it?
397  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Removing carpet on: February 27, 2013, 02:45:00 pm
Ahhh, Tom, you are showing your age. I was told they can't do that anymore due to lawsuits from customers that slipped and fell... like the alcohol they serve can't get you to the same place.
398  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Removing carpet on: February 26, 2013, 12:22:28 pm

I wonder if, when the slide comes in and out, the laminate would scratch.

When we ordered our PC, I had the vinyl squares on the wish list that someone on the forum said they got from PC to put under the slide rollers. Stuart was a might confused until I explained it was to avoid indentations from the rollers. He said they use a new "touchless" slide now so no worries about floor dimples. I imagine a touchless slide would solve the worries about dragging grit across the laminate also.
399  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Shower Pan - morphed into towel bars on: February 25, 2013, 05:10:18 pm
We don't have our PC yet so haven't been able to try out the towel hanging solutions. Tom's idea of mounting everything on the sliding door of the 2552 sounds like a plan and we may go that route but there are always more things to hang than you have hooks or bars for. We have a swing-out towel bar from Ikea that we bought for the house that we are holding onto to see if it works in the PC and I saw several items with potential on the Ikea site - (If this doesn't work as a link, I just searched for "towel holder" on the Ikea site). There are several over-the-door items, a few that might go right over the shower structure (depends on depth) AND some of those evil ones that require holes in the walls. Even if we can mount the swing one, I'm not sure I want to unless it can't damage anything if it swings while driving down the road.
400  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Heat Strip or Furnace on: February 16, 2013, 02:03:49 pm
[quote author=ron.dittmer link=topic=1264.msg9434#msg9434 date=1361023

Ron said "The furnace blower drains the batteries during the night, then the fridge which also depends on propane for the cold, and 12v to control it, it too dies.  It's not a train wreck.  You simply have to run the generator to get all things working again, but it takes many hours of generator run time to bring the batteries back to full.  That is why I carry a smart 40amp battery charger for just such occasions as it reduces the generator run time astronomically."

I was asking Stuart about power usage and potential battery drain while boondocking and he said the generator gives a trickle charge so recharging the house batteries with it will take a long time. He said to turn on the truck engine and run it for something like 15 minutes to recharge your house batteries instead.

I'm still a gonna-be so I have no first hand knowledge. I'd love everyone's feedback on this one.
401  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: February 11, 2013, 05:00:54 pm
We ordered Sunlit so we won't have twins like I thought but we can still camp next to each other and tell people they are cousins. Ours just doesn't have that beautiful bronze tan yours does.
402  Main Forum / General Discussion / Graduated from wannabees to gonnabees on: February 11, 2013, 04:39:36 pm
 Cheers  John and I just ordered our 2552 and will become Phoenix Cruiser Owners sometime in late April or early May. It's going to seem like forever!
403  Main Forum / General Discussion / Working from the PC on: February 08, 2013, 12:12:07 pm
We will be ordering a PC 2552 next week. YAY!
We plan to live and work in it so cell phone and Internet access are very important. I researched satellite Internet and decided against it.
We use Verizon and currently have 2 Android 4G cell phones and 2 laptops. I plan to add a 4G hotspot MiFi device as our wireless router.
So we need to purchase a cell phone booster. I did some research, found Wilson Electonics, and talked to a salesman there.
It looks like their SOHO 60 cell phone booster will do the trick. (FYI, SOHO stands for small office-home office.) Current model only supports 3G but salesman said 4G model will be out in a few months.
Required equipment:
   Outside antenna
   RG58U thinnet cable (coaxial cable connecting antenna to signal booster)
   Signal booster with power adapter
   Short cable (from signal booster to inside antenna not sure if its also RG58U cable)
   Inside antenna
Some questions for anyone that has done something like this or seen it done:
   What type of outside antenna should I use? Salesman suggested trucker/RV antenna.
   Where should I mount outside antenna? Salesman suggested front of RV but I was thinking more toward the back.
   Where should I install signal booster? My preference is in one of the front cabinets over the cab.
   How much separation should I allow between outside and inside antennas? Install guide says 20 feet but salesman says booster can be adjusted for less separation.
   Will signal booster work if I am outside RV? Wed like to be able to use our laptops and cell phones while sitting outside the RV (under or near the awning).
My current thoughts are to ask Phoenix to mount the outside antenna towards the back of the RV and run the cable to one of the front cabinets. We would then and mount the signal booster and inside antenna in one of the front cabinets.
One other issue is that we want to be able to power the signal booster when we are driving and when we are boondocking so we may need an outlet that runs off the truck battery. Anyone know where those outlets are on the 2552? Does anyone know of any issues adding an outlet in the cabinet where the signal booster is mounted? Am I correct in thinking that the standard electrical outlets in the RV use shore power when available but automatically use the house batteries when there is no shore power so they will work when boondocking? If yes, do they also work while driving?
Wed like to buy the outside antenna and cable and provide it to PC so they can install the antenna and run the cable for us. Has anyone had them do that? If so, is there anything else we need to consider?
404  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC Projects Over Winter on: February 04, 2013, 12:12:39 pm
Ron, I have NO IDEA where you are with dimensions, etc., or what will or will not work but I recommend a quick look at Ikea for the drawers they use in their PAX wardrobes. I know a lot of people do mods to Ikea products since they are "flat" packaged to begin with which enables cutting and playing prior to assembly. Our Ikea store also has a damaged area where you can pick up the components from damaged cabinets, etc., where maybe the drawer parts are intact but the frame is damaged so you might get even more savings. So far the furnishings we've bought from Ikea have been quite sturdy. They have drawers for kitchen cabinets, wardrobes, living room shelving, etc. Checking Ikea could get you the "bones" needed to build sturdy custom sized drawers. If we hadn't decided to buy a PC, we'd be remodeling our kitchen and walk in closet using Ikea storage. Sigh, my dream kitchen will have to wait while we run away and play. I'm good with that.
405  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: January 30, 2013, 08:53:40 am
Ahhh, the Phoenix Cruiser addiction. Those that have it want more to join their ranks. Those irritating diamond commercials came on last night and I pointed out to John that he was lucky that I wasn't into diamonds. His reply was no, I just wanted a Phoenix Cruiser and it is more expensive than a diamond. My reply - but most women that want diamonds want more than one... (and you probably see it coming...) he said aaaand do you think you will only EVER want one Phoenix Cruiser.... silence on my end. I sure don't want to promise anything at this point. I guess I could promise only one at a time?
     Holly - soon to be Owner of (possibly first) PC
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