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46  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Every little bit of storage counts on: March 18, 2017, 10:39:59 am
We've had ours open a few times and had no trouble opening or closing it so go for it. It's best to find out there's a problem sitting in the driveway then out on the road somewhere.
47  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Customizations on new 2552 on: March 16, 2017, 07:35:41 am
I forgot to ask, does that dinette make into a single bed? That would be great when the grandchild is along.
48  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Customizations on new 2552 on: March 16, 2017, 07:28:24 am
WOW! Your rig looks awesome. I love pretty much all of it. You lost the storage from one shirt closet and a good chunk of space under the passenger bed but what a great mod with the small dinette. John would claim that in a heartbeat - "his" cockpit seat, "his" kitchen, "his" eurochair, and "his" office (the dinette). I'd get the couch and navigator position (the navigator thing is for the best - John gets lost in parking lots). Now that I think about it I may need to talk to him. This whole RV thing was my idea.

The only downside I see to your mods is that storage loss (though you gained a bit back above the dinette) and the fact somebody gets that inside space on the bed but as a friend says "everything is a compromise" - I think what you gained is amazing. Well done!

As for resale, if I ever kick the bucket, John may be potential buyer. He would want for nothing more while he wanders the world (and pines my loss of course).

Beautiful, beautiful home. Enjoy your travels in your awesome new rig.

 
49  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: First night camping on: March 10, 2017, 09:21:55 am
We are very happy with our Sears Craftsman Inflator. We hunted around for one that had enough pressure to handle the RV tires and this one does the trick. John uses it frequently to top off the RV tires, the Subaru tires, and occasionally to blow up inflatables. We recently bought inflatable kayaks and intend to blow them up with this inflator but we haven't tested that yet so I can't say how long it will take. We did inflate a snow/water tube with it and it was quick. It is loud - as all inflators are but we usually only have it on a few minutes.

In the attached pics you can see the mesh pocket in the back where all those attachments live. They come in a little zipper bag that we stuff in the mesh. The inflator normally rides on the upper shelf in the rear cabinet of our 2552. We carry an outdoor extension cord that we use with this inflator as well as for our computers so we could work outside on a picnic table (we originally worked half time from the rig via the internet - now retired.) If you have concerns on drawing down the battery, you can follow Ron Dittmer's advice and kick on the generator when running the inflator. We've never run it long enough to worry about that but if we had to fill a totally flat tire, we might consider it.
50  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: First night camping on: March 09, 2017, 07:39:27 am
Oh my goodness! All I can say is it does get better. While we have massive amounts of camping experience, we knew nothing about an RV so our first outing was a major learning experience but we got to set up in good weather with daylight. You'll quickly get comfortable with all your systems and you'll get good at troubleshooting on the fly. I hope you also jump on this forum when you need help. I've put out an SOS a few times and got answers from forum members in minutes that saved the day. Don't hesitate to ask for help. Besides a typed response, we can always use the private message on the forum to send a phone number to you if you want someone to help walk you through something.

51  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: On the Road! on: March 09, 2017, 07:19:07 am
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Found some smooth road today and things drove much better.  Still some vibration above 70mph but no control problems.

Ah, I forgot the road conditions when I said we have no handling problems. There are some seriously rumpled roads out there and we have pulled over more than once to check for flat tires only to find the road is warped.
52  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: On the Road! on: March 08, 2017, 07:06:17 am
Jatrax, consider getting a front wheel alignment when you get back. We have a 2552 and tow a Subaru Forester with a hard case carrier on top AND a bike rack with two bikes hanging off the back. That's a lot of weight strung out and catching the wind. We have no problem with handling even at high speeds. We got the wheel alignment early on so I don't know if there was a major difference but I do know that your handling should still be good over 65... like even up to 80... if anyone wants to admit to flying at that speed. I'm talking handling of the truck, not dealing with evil cross winds. Those will get you no matter what you drive.

53  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: On the Road! on: March 07, 2017, 07:39:27 am
Congratulations! We've done the cross country run and it isn't a whole lot of fun. Just remember your bed is always there waiting for you if you need to pull over and recharge. Drive safely and enjoy the journey. We look forward to seeing the photos of your new baby.
54  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Water mystery-need help on: March 06, 2017, 07:56:29 am
Ron, hyperlinks do not show up as orange in edit mode (where you do the actual typing). Once the information is posted, they show up as orange.
55  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Surge protector on: March 04, 2017, 07:38:07 am
We also use the Progressive Industries - NOT hardwired in. It's been awhile so you'll want to do your own comparisons but, at the time, it was the only one that advertised the ability to swap out parts. I read somewhere on the forum that someone had a part damaged, bought the replacement and made the swap with ease. It beats paying for a whole new device.

We have a steel cable with loops at each end and a small letter combination lock. We can sometimes close the electrical post cover and secure the device with just the lock but other times we try wrapping and locking with the cable. Don't tell anyone, but we've been known to "secure" it with the cable so it looks like you can't lift it off when in actuality, you can. Some posts don't have anything to secure it to so we try to make it look good.

If someone is intent on stealing things, they'll get them. Our security is for the impulse thief that sees an unsecured item they'd like to own, no one around, and away it goes. If they come with bolt cutters in hand, it's going with them.
56  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TOAD choice and Setup on: March 02, 2017, 06:29:31 am
I agree with PawPaw. We used the Motorhome Magazine Dinghy guide to narrow down our choices then went to Subaru for a Forrester. The Subaru sales rep AND the sales manager for that dealer told us it couldn't be towed 4 down. I found the towing section of the Forrester manual and it indicated it could be towed. We contacted Subaru directly and they sent confirmation that it could be towed 4 down. If we had listened to the sales guy, we would have missed out on our chosen tow vehicle. I'm sure it goes the other way with reps telling people they can tow when they can't. This can change from model year to model year.

http://www.motorhome.com/download-dinghy-guides/

Another note - somewhere on this forum it was mentioned that the Mini wasn't good for towing because it has such a narrow axle that it has trouble with the turns. I know others tow Mini's so it's just something else to clarify.
57  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Water mystery-need help on: February 27, 2017, 07:48:59 am
Double check possible open taps: outdoor shower, low point drains, indoor shower and make sure your pump lever is fully turned from the side position where you pumped in the pink stuff, to in line with the main pipe. IF you disconnected the pump itself, double check those connections and make sure they are secure with no leaks (our manual says to do disconnect the pump if you are blowing air through and NOT filling with pink stuff). Make sure all but the tap you are drawing from is closed. We get a lot of spitting and sputtering the first time out, sometimes for days but we don't normally run a lot of water through.

I like to pull clear water through to the kitchen sink first as it is farthest from the hook up, then the other water outlets in line. I do this cleanse of pink stuff PRIOR to connecting the hot water tank back in.

As a side note, we camped last weekend and took a fully winterized rig to the site. We didn't cleanse all lines and I noticed that after we were running clear water through, the toilet sprayer hose (an add on) was no longer pink and we occasionally got pink stuff out the previously clear taps. I figure the pink stuff is heavier than clear water so it gradually settles back into our lines from the sprayers, outdoor shower, etc. We had clear water in kitchen and bath and then a bit of pink, then clear, then pink and so on. We normally do the full flush of all taps right off but John thought he might be able to leave pink stuff in some of the lines that we weren't using. Didn't work. It drops down and mixes in.

If you are worried about freezing, you can see a good portion of your water lines to check. They pretty much run the perimeter of your rig and you can see them under the cabinets, sinks, etc. Phoenix puts all water lines on the inside of the walls and floor so they are in the heated space. The at-risk spots are hot water tank (which you drained so no worries) and the outdoor shower, which should have pink stuff in it. Oh, and the pump and valves on the macerator. We learned to pump a bit of pink stuff through there also.

I hope you find the solution quickly. Please post so the rest of us can learn.
Good luck!
58  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Check your macerator pump on: February 25, 2017, 07:39:35 am
2Frazzled,  could you please elaborate on the Onan generator fuel pump issue you referenced?  I am aware of water intrusion and circuit board issues with the Atwood furnace.  Was your igniter problem related to these defects?
Re: Atwood Furnace - no, though I suspect some people got stuck paying for new circuit boards when it was the igniter itself. Our igniter was either bad or not placed well. We never clarified, they just replaced the igniter and adjusted things and it's worked ever since. Several folks on this forum have posted that they had pinholes in the ceramic on the igniter which allowed the electricity to arc so they didn't get the spark at the end. Others had igniters that sparked but too far outside the propane gas chamber to ignite. Ours would ignite at warm temps so we suspect the placement was partially our problem.

Re: Onan generator - again, we just took it in and they fixed it. Folks on the forum told us they had read about bad Onan fuel pumps so we used those words when we signed up for service "we think the pump is bad, it isn't running" - this got us a warranty repair instead of a mechanic saying there was varnishing that required a full rebuild. Our genny worked fine once then the next time, nothing. Our wonderful forum told me to go out and stick my head near the generator when we tried to turn her over and listen for the pump to kick on. It never did so we knew that was the problem.
59  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Washington DC on: February 22, 2017, 03:33:47 pm
This is an old post but I thought I'd add to it. We are having gorgeous weather here in the DC area. We did a run away for the long weekend (a whole hour's drive) and camped at Cherry Hill. We were here in September for the Intervec-Phoenix Rally this past September so we knew it was a nice campground. They are open all winter with limited sites. They have heat strips on their water lines so you can have full hookups and enjoy DC from your rig. The public bus still stops here in the winter and the College Park Metro station is a few minutes away if you prefer to drive and take the train in to town. We do not recommend you DRIVE into DC. Even the locals try not to do that.

Cherry Hill in winter has: full hook up sites, bus transportation, manned office/camp store, mini-golf course ($1.00 person, goes to Children's Hospital), Cafe open from 8-1 (limited menu but several decent options for breakfast or lunch), adult outdoor exercise area, children's playground, laundry, indoor hot tub, indoor exercise room, TV room/lounge, game room, heated bath houses (so clean, so nice). You do get traffic noise but you can't camp any closer to DC. We were camped in front of their Conference Center building but most of the rigs were in a loop next to the bus depot. They also have full houses you can rent as well as several different level of cabins so if you don't want to bring your rig, you can get a group of people together and enjoy the area. The campground is a half hour from Baltimore (inner harbor, MD Science Center, National Aquarium, Fort McHenry, Little Italy and more), a half hour to the National Zoo if you want to drive, and probably a half hour to downtown DC using public transportation. There was nothing about electric heaters in their paperwork. We ran our propane heater and a little electric heater for the overnights.

If you are thinking of playing here in the winter/early spring, another worthwhile stop with winter hookups is the KOA in Harper's Ferry. They are very close to the upper visitor center where you catch the bus down into Harper's Ferry or you can drive in.

We had balmy weather with a few dips below freezing overnight. I don't know how it would have gone if we camped long term in below freezing temps. You might need one of those hoses that plug in so they don't freeze.

A few upcoming events:

Cherry Blossom Festival 2017 Opening Ceremony – Saturday, March 25
Blossom Kite Festival – Saturday, April 1
National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® – Saturday, April 8
Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival – Saturday, April 15

 
60  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Foil packet cooking and the magic of frozen bread dough on: February 22, 2017, 03:13:50 pm
I found a few other camp recipe sites I want to share.

http://markingmyterritory.com/camp-recipes/
My granddaughter can be a somewhat picky eater and she liked the Pineapple, Ham and Sweet Potato Foil Packet dinner (without the red bell pepper and red pepper flakes - picky doesn't do those).

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/07/20/cooking-around-the-campfire-9-easy-and-delicious-foil-packet-recipes/ Again, little miss picky really liked the Chicken Casserole (without the ranch dressing).

If you aren't camping this time of year, you can always try these and other foil dinners out by wrapping in foil and baking in your regular oven on a baking sheet. It's a good way to test and fine tune your foil dinner recipe (and practice the foil packet wrap). If you are customizing them for each individual, use a permanent market to put your "brand" or initials on the outside of the packet before cooking, just be careful not to puncture the foil. Air tight is key as the steam is what really cooks these and keeps things moist.

I'm sure there are tons more if your browse online using "packet cooking" or "foil dinners" as your search. Just be prepared to hit some really weird ones.

here is an updated link to Reynolds recipes  http://www.reynoldskitchens.com/recipes/packet-cooking/

And I think I put this one on here before but figure I'll throw it in again - King Arthur Flour  http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/
They have quite a few gluten free recipes on there and we love some of their no cook energy bites.

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