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46  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: PC Sighting on: February 23, 2016, 05:34:19 am
Not us. We are also hanging in Maryland.
Holly
47  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Therapy on: February 18, 2016, 12:43:16 am
I totally agree!
48  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Free National Park Pass for Fourth Graders on: February 16, 2016, 04:51:28 pm
I ran across this program online and wanted to pass it along in the hope that you will all pass it along. The NPS is giving a free annual national park pass to fourth graders that do an online activity or a classroom activity (the teacher then prints their paper pass). They can take their paper pass and exchange it for a plastic keepsake card at select sites. The website says the NPS will repeat this every year for fourth graders only (someone decided 9-11 year old kids are open to discovering the world around them so they plan to draw them in). The pass gets all kids under 16 plus three adults into NPS sites that charge entrance fees (and that accept annual passes). The rules and regulations as well as the link for the child to access the online activity are all linked through this site: http://www.nps.gov/kids/features/2015/everyKid.cfm They have to be able to print their paper pass immediately after competing the activity.

John finally hit 62 so we have the Senior Pass but we paid $80.00 for an annual pass before he hit that benchmark. The Fourth Grade kids pass runs on a school calendar so it is September through August. If you have 4th grade grandchildren or school affiliations that you can pass this on to.... share the info. It works for home schooled children also that are 10 years old/4th grade equivalent. All the info is online. We will be getting a pass for our 4th grade Granddaughter, Chloe, and will let her "pay" our admission to any NPS sites we hit through August. She is already heavily into the Junior Ranger program so this just adds one more cool NPS keepsake.
49  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Favorite Exterior Color on: February 14, 2016, 06:24:58 am
It is truly a personal choice. All of the color schemes have some light areas and that is where the dirt shows. We are very happy with our full-body Sunlit which might be similar to toast. There is a nice contrast in the colors and we get a lot of compliments. Most of our camping is under trees so we don't worry about solar heat gain. In cold weather we do try to get an open site to catch as much sun as possible. The roof on all of them is white and the awning keeps one side of the rig cool so color doesn't matter there in hot weather. If our plan was to live in full sun in deserts and on beaches, we would have considered all white. Most people buy the motor home to experience different areas so color shouldn't be a consideration there.

And Tom, John picked our color. He was not sure about my gypsy life plan and for one of the few times in my life, I was smart enough to shut up and go with it. I was thinking the slightly darker Cafe but am totally happy with Sunlit.

I'm pretty sure the colors are still paired - the two browns use the same colors just different placement so you are basically choosing Brown/Beige or Black/Gray. Then the choice is lighter or darker. 

If you make it to the factory or a show, they have actual samples to see and touch as well as units to check out and see how it all comes together.
50  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Favorite Interior Color on: February 14, 2016, 05:53:07 am
I'm not getting the poll choices so this won't show in the tally but I would opt for desert sand. We chose cherry cabinets and the light brown tones are beautiful with it. It's hard to see online but it looks like the countertops are similar to our Sunlit interior and we love the marbeling in them.

Update-poll was unlocked so my vote is in.
51  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Owners willing to show their rigs? on: January 25, 2016, 05:00:39 am
Our 2552 is in Frederick MD and is normally available for people to see. It's temporarily buried in snow but will be out and about again before too long. If anyone is interested, just let us know.
52  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Anyone going to Quartszite? on: January 25, 2016, 04:53:05 am
Excellent! When you listed Hagerstown as a stop, I thought it would have been fun to drive over and meet you since it's only a half hour from here so I was disappointed your route changed BUT you made a very wise choice. Glad your drive worked out OK. Enjoy Quartzite
53  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Surfing the States on: January 24, 2016, 07:25:45 pm
Thanks all for the info. I'll be pinning my little heart out these next few days.

Mike, we got between two and three feet of snow with drifts up to six feet. After two days with many hours of shoveling we reached the street which has one lane plowed (we could drive on it if there weren't so many people out there trying to go around each other and getting stuck). We are among the lucky ones. Many roads and apartments haven't been touched and won't be touched for a few more days. We have road access, were able to shovel out (though we'll be paying for that muscle abuse) and did not lose power. Temps tonite will be around seven degrees so heat is greatly appreciated. Life is good.

We don't know how the Phoenix is doing as she's several very snowy miles away. I'm hoping the high winds kept the roof accumulation down. We just took her for a run last week and she's parked on solid ground so we don't have to fret over digging her out yet. We'll clear the roof when we can get to her, hopefully before it packs down into icy slurpees. I hate belly crawling in slush.

West coast weather sounds so awesome right about now.

54  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Surfing the States on: January 23, 2016, 07:15:04 am
Here we sit with over a foot of snow on the ground watching as it works toward another foot or more. We have to shovel a path for the dogs to go out. Now I'm wishing I bought those snow shoes Costco had last month.

In the winter quiet my brain turned to travel... preferably without the snow. I plan to compile a list of websites for finding cool places to visit and figured the folks on the forum are an excellent resource for this. I know each state has tourist info but I'm finding some of them are trying to be so all inclusive that it's hard to sort it all out.

We use the National Parks site, State Park sites, milebymile.com, roadsideamerica.com, civilwartraveler.com and random sites as we find them. Does anyone have favorite sites?

As an alternative you could list must see attractions by state. I'll put little pins on my Google Earth map which has become a travel log as well as a wish list. So if you have found a good source, please share.
55  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Remote Communications on: December 29, 2015, 05:37:06 am
We have friends off the grid in Alaska and they use Spot on all their dogsledding tours. They are permanently out of cell phone range and use a satellite link for the computer in their cabin. They were very happy with the reassurance Spot gave them and their customers. They may have upgraded to this other one by now.

I'll have to check this out when we go back on the road. That ping thing might not work for me though. I don't necessarily want people to know where I am. I read somewhere (maybe here) that someone's adult kids had the ability to track their parent's cell phone and would call to ask why they were stopping at a rest area for the third time in a short while. I seriously do not want that level of oversight to be in anyone's hands. The safety aspect sounds good though.

Thanks for the heads up Mike!
56  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC 3100 and PC 2351 Owners ... purchase dilemma on: December 02, 2015, 10:07:20 am
I highly recommend you "test camp" in a rented RV prior to purchase. We had a ton of camping experience but zilch RV experience so we spent two weeks camping with no tow vehicle. We had promised ourselves we would remain in camp the entire time since the trip was to test the livability of an RV and discover what we did or did not like about the bed, bath, kitchen, etc. However, we gave in to our whims and broke camp several times to run off and check out local attractions. This actually was good. We discovered it was fairly easy to unhook water and electric but there was so much "stuff" not secured inside at any given time and all that had to be cleaned up and stowed prior to driving. We also worried about some of the rough roads we drove on. The rental units are usually not in perfect shape and the clanking and rattling while we drove down the road told us we would not want to take our permanent "house" down the rougher roads if we could avoid it.

We had differing opinions on towing prior to the trip. By the end of the trip, we agreed we would tow. We also knew that we wanted a permanent bed but not a corner bed, we needed functional space in the kitchen and many other little things. We kept a notebook and pen on the table while we test camped and each wrote down our thoughts on what we liked and didn't like. That trip was invaluable to us and we feel like we really hit it right when we ordered our 2552.

It's not cheap to rent an RV but gave us great confidence in our decisions and saved us money in the long run.

H
57  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dip stick on: November 14, 2015, 08:23:49 am
After following Ron's steps, lay the dipstick on a clean paper towel. The oil transfers to the paper and you can see the difference between wet and dry zones even with clean oil.
58  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Cruiser sighhtings on: November 11, 2015, 06:37:50 am
Spotted my first PC today while driving east on Monocacy Blvd  The PC, probably a 2551 or 2552 was westbound heading for RT 15.
Probably Tom Hanlon. We're in Frederick but our baby is in storage right up the road. We drove that route last week on the way to emissions test station. They don't test over 25 feet or so but you have to take it in for them to look at first. We now have a waiver for life... or until we change our legal address.

We'd love to meet another Phoenix owner. If you feel the same, send me a personal message and we'll work out a time and place.
59  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Cruiser sighhtings on: November 06, 2015, 06:11:34 am
I'm glad you made it to the Trace. We enjoyed our run down it last year and met another Phoenix owner at one of the campgrounds we stayed at. I'm guessing you camped at Rocky Spring. That's where a tornado passed over us and touched down a few miles away. We had heard the warning on the weather radio and alerted the other campers so everyone was huddled in those cinder block bathrooms, even our cat (who seriously did not like the smells in the men's room). We had massive wind and rain but the camp was in pretty good shape after it passed. As we drove out on the Trace the next day, we saw where they had already cut and moved downed trees and branches. It is a very well maintained road.

I hope you had some fall colors. It would be gorgeous driving through them. I'd also like to drive it when some of those trails are blanketed in spring wildflowers. Thanks for triggering some great memories.
60  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Winterizing on: November 04, 2015, 05:56:32 am
That is quite a comprehensive list. Thank you for posting it. John does not want to put pressure on the system by blowing out the lines so we follow the winterizing video Earl has on the Phoenix site. This will be the first long freeze time that we are not in the rig so I guess time will tell if our system works. We have stored up to a month of freezing weather and have been living in her for shorter freeze times where we do a partial winterization to protect the Macerator and tanks.

We also pull out our more delicate electronics and all little batteries - weather radio, walkie talkie, GPS, remote thermometer, battery charger with batteries, little solar charger, etc. We have a little bin they live in until they go back in place.

And I pull the mattresses a couple inches from the wall to avoid condensation there and open one vent a bit.
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