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46  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Closing front curtains on: August 17, 2016, 05:07:45 am
FYI - Costco had/has nice pop up sun shades and we purchased the normal and large. Normal works OK in the Subaru Forester. Large is too big for the Subaru but still too small for the Phoenix. We can prop them in there and the visors hold them mostly in place and block some of the heat but they are nowhere near fitted. Just in case anyone has been eyeing them and wondering.
47  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC Plant on: August 14, 2016, 05:19:07 am
I suggest calling to check on that daily use fee at Potato Creek. It has been several years but my recollection is that we paid it on the first day but got in free with our camping pass the days after that. You pay the fee at the park entrance then drive a good way to the campground where you register for your site. They charge the fee so people don't lie about being on the way to camp there. It's a big park with several different areas.
48  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC Plant on: August 13, 2016, 08:56:11 pm
We've stayed at Shipshewana North and Twin Mills which are both east of Elkhart. Both were nice. Shipshewana North you can hear the highway AND the Amish buggies clip clopping past. They also have a custard stand on site that may or may not be open that late in the season. Coming from your direction, Potato Creek would be my pick. We stayed there and liked it a lot. We were restricted on spots as we wanted electric hook ups but if you are camping, you'll have many more options. It is a beautiful park with a human swim beach, doggie beach and swim area, boat rentals, trails and more. Lots of wildlife to watch and places to explore. We would definitely go back. It is a good distance from Elkhart.
49  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tourer or Destination Camper? on: August 12, 2016, 06:55:16 pm
I'm not sure full timers work with your query but if they do, you missed "wanderers". Once we got used to being able to go where we wanted, when we wanted, we tended to stay in an area longer with a few days to a few weeks at one site and sometimes a month or more in one general area.
50  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Exterior Paint on: August 12, 2016, 06:52:37 pm
I recently noticed dirt/discoloration under the very top edge of the Diamond Shield on the nose of the truck. I figure it is only a matter of time before we have to work to get it off. Ours is outside full time and has been in most climates during our travels so it has had evil heat, humid air, dry air and sheets of ice on it.
51  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Flip Up Counter issue on: August 11, 2016, 06:26:21 am
The counters are in different places in different models. They all block something when up which is why they are designed to be up temporarily. The flip up counter in the 2552 is across the house door. I have been known to sqeeeeeze by or crawl under if it is set up and loaded with something and I need to get into the house. The cab doors would give easier access but we keep those locked.
52  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Flip Up Counter issue on: August 09, 2016, 08:13:35 am
Have you considered my proposal to put it in your oven at home set to the lowest setting? 

Yes, we plan to try the hair dryer and oven before hitting the chemicals. Our first attempt will be to take it down, prop it in an upside down position in the rig, and hope the evil heat we're supposed to be getting this week will make her slide the other way. If that doesn't work, on to the other suggested fixes.

We'll post results in case someone else has this happen. If anyone out there does have the composite counter top on your flip up and your rig is somewhere hot, the suggestion to keep it in the upright position while stored sounds like an excellent one... and one we will follow in the future.
53  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Flip Up Counter issue on: August 08, 2016, 06:15:34 am
Ron, I'm not sure the number of years is a good comparison. We were full time in the Phoenix for over two years, or over 700 days with that counter in use most days. Even while temporarily grounded, we're camping at least 30 days this year. That's a lot of stuff going across that surface. That said, the standard wood very well may have stood up fine, we just like having the other counter material. It seems easier to maintain. At least it did right up until our evil weather melted the glue. We are hopeful we can get it fixed before we roll back out on in full time mode again.
54  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Flip Up Counter issue on: August 07, 2016, 10:13:53 am
Thank you for the suggestions. We will give them a try from the easiest to the more complicated. We'll let you know what works. And in the future, we'll store it in the "up" position.

We love having the composite type counter on the flip up as we do a lot of cooking and dish washing inside and we would have probably destroyed the wooden one by now.
55  Main Forum / General Discussion / Flip Up Counter issue on: August 05, 2016, 09:45:29 am
We've had some wicked heat and humidity in the DC area this last month or so. It was apparently hot enough to melt the glue holding our flip up counter together. We have the same material on it that is on the main counter. This is quite heavy and that weight combined with the intense heat seems to have softened the glue and the counter top material slid down on the wood base... then restuck. The PC was stored in a storage facility parking lot in the sun with the vent open. It's never seemed horribly hot in there when we stop by but we didn't go during the intense heat days. We had her out a month ago and there wasn't any noticeable problem but you can definitely see it now. We left the counter in the down position in the hope that it will continue the slide and come all the way off but just in case it doesn't, does anyone have suggestions on how to free up that glue so we can slide it back together and glue it back down? We have about an inch gap right now.

Pics are attached.
56  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bilstein Shocks on: July 25, 2016, 09:19:39 am
Good point, Barry. My suggestion if that is true in your area, is to have the internet quote on hand (printed out, bookmarked on your phone, whatever) and ask the tech to match the price for the parts. Make sure you already have the itemized quote so they don't just load the cost onto the service side of the work. Some places will "match price" with other suppliers. It's always worth a chance to ask.
57  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Nitrogen on: July 19, 2016, 06:06:30 am
Someone told me that once you put Nitrogen in a tire, you can't put regular air in again until the nitrogen is cleared out. You can't just go to the corner gas station to add air which could be a problem on road trips, especially some of the out of way areas we go to. I don't know if this is true or not but something you may want to verify.

I was also told they put green caps on the valve stem to make sure people know it is nitrogen in there so they don't accidentally add air.
58  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: SO JUST HOW FAST DO YOU GO? on: July 18, 2016, 06:48:21 am
We tend to drive the speed limit or a bit below. John is more conservative and usually stays more in the 65 range even with higher speed limits. On several trips where it was hours and hours of pure highway driving, we drove 75 and 80 when the speed limit AND lack of traffic allowed.

We had a family emergency late January last year and drove from the northwest corner of Oregon to Maryland in just over three days. We maxed the speed limit most of the way and traded off driving. There was very little parked time. We totally killed the battery on the toad (never started her up during the race cross country) but the Phoenix was awesome. Gas mileage was not.

Our preferred driving is a comfortable meander on more scenic roads and we are really cautious in city traffic.

I had a defensive driving course in the Army and the one thing I remember is this quote "Everyone out there is an idiot - drive accordingly"
59  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Furnace inquiry on: July 14, 2016, 07:45:04 am
Excellent info. Thank you.
60  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sofa Bed Will Not Extend on: July 12, 2016, 07:09:21 am
I suggest checking for any time of manual or documentation for the sofa bed in the massive packet Phoenix supplies. I don't think we have anything for ours but it's always possible there was something for yours. After that, I agree with a previous post that you should call the factory. They are unbelievably helpful and knowledgeable about all the different components of the Phoenix.
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