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46  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Installing a child's car seat in PC2100 on: May 16, 2017, 08:13:13 am
Check the instructions for your specific model of child safety seat. Many don't really use the shoulder strap - it is secured down across the lap to keep it out of the way. My granddaughters safety seat had a five point harness as part of the seat. The seat was secured to the vehicle with the lap belt - and REALLY cinched down to prevent movement. IF the car was equipped with the additional strap that comes over the top of the seat back, that could be clipped on also but was not required. Not all vehicles or seat positions have those so many car seats do not rely on them. The standard seat belt shoulder strap only came into play when we converted the car seat to a booster seat. If your grandchild's car seat is similar to ours (or if you buy one with the same set up), then the front facing dinette seat with standard lap belt should work without alteration.

If the child is very young, the non-driving adult should sit with the child to help with entertainment. There are many magnet travel sets and games that keep all the pieces pretty much in one place. We used a DVD player and headphones on a long air trip so Chloe could watch movies (< 2 yrs old at the time) but these days you might be able to get what you need at your library. Ours have pre-loaded tablets (no wifi needed to play) with lots of games, play aways (audio books that you plug headphones/earbuds in) and lots of kids books on CD. Chloe likes to get the book and the CD so that she can follow the story while it reads to her (though she objects to some of the voices - the deep, gruff voiced guy speaking as a girl was especially grating to her). I recommend a "kid bag" that the child has free access to with all the travel toys you take. You can include a no spill cup and snacks. Chloe LOVED being in charge of "HER STUFF". Avoid crayons and other things that roll off the table unless you want to play pick up repeatedly during the trip. Now that Chloe is bigger, she uses a lap desk from Michael's that has two deep pockets on each side so her book, water pouch, drawing supplies, earbuds, etc., stay in the table. It didn't fit over the arms of her full car seat though so it wouldn't work for that. A car seat cup holder WILL hold crayons and such in a paper cup. 

Enjoy the grandchild journey! Chloe considers the PC to be HER camper-house and loves traveling in it. Read up on Fairy Houses before you go. That was Chloe's first activity when we hit camp - scope out a good "building site" and gather materials; pine cones, acorns, pine needles, rocks, sticks, moss, cool leaves, etc. We've left fairy houses in many campgrounds in many states throughout the north east US.
47  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Eliminating The Need To Carry Paper Documentaion on: May 09, 2017, 06:21:43 am
Barry, I recommend you back that up to a flash drive or external hard drive that you can store in a fire proof and water proof safe. We also have the electronic copies but still carry the binders. We might eventually ditch the paper but we did have a huge scare when our laptops were stored in cloth computer cases on the floor of a cabinet, we had water incursion (early on in the leak issue process), the cases sucked up the water and soaked the computers for an unknown amount of time and BOTH laptops gave us the blue screen of death. We were able to open them up and dry them in the sun for a day and were then able to restart them without loss of data but it was a scary time. It was also while we were still working and all the payroll and company data was on there... slightly stressful. Our computers are no longer stored on the floor.

The problem with paperless is the inability to view it if you don't have a functioning computer or nearby access to one. This would be more of an issue for boondockers as you could probably find a computer to borrow in a campground.

We have our family photos, music dvd's and MP3s, and general legal documents stored on the external drive or flash drives. We hope to add movies to that but for now, they are still on disc and we haul multiple zipped cases of them. We all have e-readers so we download our reading material and carry that along to reduce the number of books on board. We had Phoenix connect an HDMI cord to the back of the TV and run it into the front cabinet so we could access it and stream video from Amazon or show movies and pictures straight from the computer or our Kindle Fire. We considered an electronic picture frame but haven't done that yet.

As a side comment to e-readers, there are many free books to download both from Amazon and from Project Guttenberg    Amazon has a reading app you can put on phone or computer and Guttenberg downloads in different formats. John is a volunteer proofreader for Project Guttenberg. It is something he can do from anywhere we have signal. If you aren't familiar with them, check it out! A lot of the classics are there for you to read. If they don't pass another law blocking the expiration of copyrights (lobby against it, please), then thousands more titles will be opened up in 2019. They'll need a ton of volunteer proofreaders then if anyone is looking for a hobby and loves to read.

Also check your public library for electronic downloads. Ours has music, videos, books, audiobooks and magazines - all free to use and many free to keep. The amount of "paper" we carry electronically would overflow our rig but can be tucked in the palm of your hand... and stored in a little fireproof safe.

48  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Search members by state on: May 07, 2017, 06:52:04 am
Thanks for responding. I guess the 58 people that viewed the post didn't read it.
WOW - slap down! I was one of the 58 that viewed it AND READ IT and I didn't know the answer to your question so I didn't reply (The question being "Is there a way to search forum members by state?") I browsed around and looked and tried to make it happen but ultimately didn't know the answer so I didn't reply. I suspect most of the other 57 people did the same. Most of us wait to see if someone has the solution rather than posting a "no clue" response. We don't usually get smacked down for that but everyone is different.

You did go on in your post to explain why you were asking but the post was a request for info, not an invitation to gather. We aren't from the mid-west but would join a local gathering if we were close enough at the right time and if it was open to out of area people.
49  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Reunion in Sister's Oregon, Anyone planning to attend:? on: May 04, 2017, 06:18:04 am
John backpacked a 50 mile, rim-to-rim-to-rim in the Grand Canyon with the Boy Scouts in August some years back. It was 113 degrees the day they hiked in. One day was enough to teach them to stop moving and seek shade by 10 am. They then started hiking by 4:00 each morning and it was still evil hot. A ranger told them that once the outside temp gets over your body temp, there is no way your body can regulate without outside help. He advised them to take off their shirts, dip them in the streams and put them back on soaking wet to gain evaporative cooling.  Better, but still wicked hot.

If you plan to see the North Rim, check seasonal closings. It is at a higher elevation and they close due to winter snow. John felt the north rim was more beautiful than the south rim but it is a long drive from nowhere to get to it.

Side note with more Ranger info - they airlift more people out of the canyon for drinking TOO MUCH water. This doesn't mean don't drink water, it means EAT. When you are hot, you lose your appetite. If you drink and drink and drink and do not eat, you effectively flush all the salts and minerals out of your system and it will crash. While you may not be planning a 50 miler in the canyon, you can still get sick and woozy from even a day of this severe inbalance.
50  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Low water pressure when hooked up on: May 02, 2017, 07:26:55 am
Kinks are possible. We have a 2013 2552. The plumbing is a combination of flexible tubing (like PEX) and metal connectors. However, you specifically mentioned the pressure is low on the outside shower. I'm pretty sure on the 2552 that the shore water connection inlet is a couple of feet from the outside shower outlet... at least for the cold water line. I don't know how the plumbing is run but if the inlet taps straight to that outlet then continues on around the coach, then your issue is within the first few feet of the system, which would include the inlet valve. Since they use the metal connectors, the flexible tubing should not have to turn hard corners so kinking is less likely, especially in that initial space. From the 2350 floor plan, it looks like you should have three taps within feet of the inlet: the outside shower, the bathroom sink and the bathroom shower. These should all be on straight runs of tubing so I'd pull that inlet valve first and check it. Once the valve is out, see if you can eyeball those first few inches of tubing. My brain says you should be dealing with a metal elbow pipe but it's possible the flex tubing was pulled tight right at the junction which would reduce the flow. This is all random guessing and speculation. Kermit is definitely your best bet. He can diagnose things over the phone and tell you exactly where to look or what to do to narrow down the possible issues.

Good luck. Please keep us posted on what you find out.
51  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2 AC units in a 2552 on: April 27, 2017, 06:52:03 am
Keelhauler, your idea is exactly what we decided on talking to Earl today! Great minds think alike, I hope. BTW, we lived in Avon, Ohio 2003-2008 before moving back south.
Thank you for the input everyone. Planning on finalizing this tomorrow so I can move on and worry about other things. 😬

"Other things" - all the cool RV/Camping toys and gotta have items to go IN your new RV. Enjoy the anticipation!
52  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Camp / RV chairs? on: April 26, 2017, 06:54:20 am
We're still looking for the perfect chair also. We've had the smallish bag ones - work fine but not lounge type chairs and we gave up putting them back in the bags. Tried the zero gravity lounger but it is big, bulky, heavy and usually has to ride in the toad (though throwing it on the bed if it is dry works also since it is one of the first things out of the rig). Now we have one of each but aren't totally happy with either. We don't do the sit at the table thing with them so comfort is more our plan.

I suggest you first narrow down your planned use.
   Do you like to sit upright outside at a table (for eating or computer use or coffee or whatever)?
   Do you boondock or camp in places that do not have picnic tables?
   Do you like to lay back and stare up into the trees or read a book or watch the world go by?
   Do you like to have somewhere to set your drink or snack without having a separate table?
   Do you tow a vehicle that can carry oversize chairs?
   Are you more comfortable in the wider camp chairs that they sell now?
   Do you spend a LOT of time in the chairs? (if yes, worth spending more)
   Do you like to visit with other campers where you will need to be able to tote that chair along?
   Do you go to camp programs where you need to be able to carry the chair along?
   And so on. First question - why do you need the chair? Then go from there.

We don't lounge in camp for long periods of time. If it is nice we are usually out exploring. If it is nasty, we are usually inside chilling. We do have a screen house for buggy areas (Acadia) but bought one without a floor so we can set it up over a picnic table. We do use our chairs a reasonable amount but not enough to warrant paying a huge amount for them (not that I've found the perfect one for any price... yet). Many, many days have gone by where we set the chairs out, ignore them, then pack them up again to move to the next spot. But that's our way of doing it so far.
53  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sewer Hose on: April 24, 2017, 06:23:27 am
We also bought a Rhino AND the support thingy and toted them all over the country. We've needed the 3" hose once, I think (maybe twice) and have never used the bulky support thingy. The hooks on our macerator cracked and opened up a leak when we ran it so we went with the 3" hose to dump then went for the macerator repair. The sales rep before Earl said I didn't need to carry one because all the campgrounds sell them. If there is a dump station, they usually sell the hose.

That said, many people keep the 3" hose hooked up when they are stationary for a while. It is quicker and quieter to dump that way. Some people also keep their grey tank open to drain through their 3" hose for most of their stay but I've read that isn't the best practice as you are opening a sewer vent so the fumes go up through your rig and out into the campground.

John has left the macerator hose out on the ground a few times to stay hooked up (valves closed) but I worry that hose will puncture.

As for length, it will depend on your camping style. If it is just for emergency use at dump stations, you just need a short hose as you drive right up to those. If it is to leave hooked up while camping, you'll need a longer one (or two short ones with connector) so that you can reach randomly placed drains at the campsites. We've had them placed at the rear of the site, right next to our macerator and almost to the front of a back-in site (why? - nobody knows).

We had an extra outside cabinet added behind the driver door on our 2552 (thanks to Tom Hanlon's suggestion) and our messy stuff goes there - 3" hose and jack pads. The stupid support thing rides in the car top carrier - as pristine as the day I bought it. We expect to use it when we start camp hosting as we'll stay hooked up with the 3" hose then. 
54  Main Forum / Photos / Re: I found Him At The Dump Station on: April 24, 2017, 06:03:19 am
the way the tires seem set back?
55  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Help! Ron Dittmer or anyone on: April 23, 2017, 11:47:25 am
Bill, this is no help right now but sort of on topic. We went to an RV show and bought "Emergency Tape" which I think is self sealing silicone tape. I've been told it is sold at Home Depot and like stores also. Part of the sales pitch for this wonder product was that not only could you use it to patch a leak until you can fix it BUT you can put it on your connections BEFORE they leak to help keep them from wriggling loose. I have always intended to do this but my laziness has kept it from happening and the tape has now journeyed around the country without use.

However, if you are going to start unscrewing panels and checking fittings, I suggest you first get some of this stuff and wrap all your connections as you find them even if they aren't leaking. You just stretch the tape, wrap the hose while the tape is stretched, then release the tension and it sort of glues to itself. No sticky stuff or mess. Supposedly it can stand up to pressurized hoses, radiator hoses, etc. Since I haven't used it yet, I can't guarantee that but I figure it can't hurt. You can easily cut it back off if you need to access the connector later.

Good luck with the leak. If you get back up toward us and need tools or assistance, give us a call and we'll come running. We may not know what we're doing but we're happy to help you disassemble your rig and play RV Doctor.
56  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Fort De Soto Campground, Pinellas County, Florida on: April 20, 2017, 08:59:51 am
Never been there but online info looks nice. My usual method for checking out campground is: Here is the link to ALL Florida parks, zoom in to outside of bay near Tamps and you'll see the little "C" in a circle, hover over it and you'll see the park name, click for info and links It looks like the bath houses are close and convenient, there is water and electric at every site and there might be only two dump stations, one near the entrance and the second near the causeway connecting the two islands/keys.

Next I usually choose the RVparkreviews to see what people say. Keep in mind people camp differently so when I see a negative review that says nothing close by, I'm happy if all I want is a quiet place to camp. I just make sure we have everything we need on board before we go. Note the cell service comments. If you are trying to keep in touch with the family group, this might be important to you. I also use Google maps to zoom in to the campground then change it to satellite view so I can see the tree cover, spacing between sites, etc. And last, I Googled "fort desoto campground pictures" and looked at images where I can see large, flat campsites, most with gorgeous water views.

You will have a long drive to anywhere but it looks like a beautiful place to stay. Enjoy!
57  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: On the verge- question on new stove on: April 20, 2017, 08:39:07 am
Another ? About this. How difficult is it to keep the Corian sink clean? I thought it was easy to scrub out stains, but I know the one we have in our bathroom the entire sink has discolored some. It's over ten years old.
I know stainless cleans easy but also scratches.  Help
The white sink does get stains on it but it cleans easily with a pasty mix of baking soda and bleach. I do it periodically. Our stains are mostly coffee. We use small shallow TubTrugs as wash bins when we don't have full hookups (most of the time) so not a lot of water goes into the sink bowl and food bits settle and sometimes leave marks. John is a coffee addict so lots of coffee gets dumped in there but not rinsed out right away. Most stains wash off and the tough ones get the baking soda and bleach treatment. After that it looks like new. I am sensitive to chemicals so our cleaning agents are primarily baking soda, white vinegar and bleach (with windows open to vent bleach fumes). We use little windex wipes on the mirrors and windows, Liquid Gold wipes or lemon oil on the wood and Simple Green on the vinyl floor.

As an added item, I use the same baking soda/bleach method to clean that white plate in the microwave. We bought a round silicone mat that fits it so it isn't often an issue and we NEVER bake directly on it anymore like it recommends in the manual/cookbook. The silicone lifts off for cleaning and the plate stays white.
58  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 110 Volt Power Questions on: April 14, 2017, 03:40:50 pm
Check reviews before you buy any adapter. Some overheat and some don't. We carry the little guy that Ron showed but haven't used it yet.
59  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Furnace not working on: April 14, 2017, 03:37:48 pm
Excellent result! So glad you were able to get it fixed with little pain. Good service is hard to find so hang onto their number.
60  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 12, 2017, 10:04:15 am
Welcome, Will and Joyce!! I'm glad to hear you found your way to a Phoenix. I'm sure you will both love it and enjoy many happy adventures together. I look forward to your future input and welcome your questions (we always have questions). The only long term problem we've found with the Phoenix is that we get depressed when we aren't out in her.  It's an addiction we are OK with. ENJOY!!!
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