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61  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. 
62  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?
63  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.
64  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!
65  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.
66  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.
67  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.
68  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!!!
69  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: National Park Fees on: April 12, 2017, 09:41:20 am
You don't realize how ingrained the culture is (or how you've become accustomed to rude, "privileged people" behavior) until you travel outside the zone. We flew to western Montana years ago to visit friends. While driving from airport to friends' house in a rental car people waved at us, sometimes the whole time they passed. It was car after car coming the opposite direction (far less traffic than here, but still four or more cars in a row did this). Being from the DC Area, we pulled to the side of the road and checked the car but couldn't find anything wrong that would cause all this attention. Upon arrival we told our friends about our confusion and they laughed at us. They said "In Montana, a hand signal from another vehicle is a wave. People wave a friendly hello to everyone they pass. It's not the same hand signal they use in your area."

OH! So, around here we see lots and lots of "birds" and very few friendly waves.

So as you travel, aim for the places where everyone smiles and waves... and if you're in the DC area and several people wave, you either left your coffee cup on top of the car or there is a cop around the corner. Sometimes I smile and wave at random people just to mess with their heads.
70  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: National Park Fees on: April 11, 2017, 07:43:45 am
Holly, I think it maybe time for you to move out of the D.C. Area and all the political crap. 

I TOTALLY agree!
71  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: National Park Fees on: April 10, 2017, 10:21:16 am

(1) by striking “The Secretary” and inserting:

    “(A) The Secretary”;

(2) by striking “, at a cost of $10.00,”;

(3) by striking “shall be valid for the lifetime of the pass holder.” and inserting the following: “shall be available—

“(i) for a period of 12 months from the date of the issuance, at a cost of $20; and

“(ii) for the lifetime of the passholder, at a cost equal to the cost of the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass purchased under subsection (a).”; and

(4) by adding at the end the following:

    “(B) The Secretary shall issue a pass under subparagraph (A)(ii), for no additional cost, to any individual who provides evidence, under policies and guidelines determined by the Secretary, that the individual has purchased a pass under subparagraph (A)(i) for each of the 4 years prior to being issued a pass under this subparagraph.”.

Here is a link to the full bill:

Wow! Gotta love legalese. My translation: The pass will cost $20 per year. IF you can show sufficient proof that you paid $20 each of 4 consecutive years (having then paid $80), you get a lifetime pass and don't have to pay anymore.

Disclaimer: Above statement in no way implies inside knowledge or even accurate knowledge of the workings of political minds. Translations made were "best effort" and in no way should be construed to be word of law. Respondent is not liable for any direct or indirect injury, loss, stress, or mild or infinite confusion that may arise from use or attempted use of above statement."
72  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Got "Bob" home on: April 09, 2017, 09:39:41 am
Ours is named "Spirit" which is short for "Spirit of the Woods" - which is where we like to be with her - settled under gorgeous trees, listening to the sounds of nature.
73  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: National Park Fees on: April 09, 2017, 09:31:33 am
Interesting note on getting the word out. I'm on the National Park Service email list and while they send me email multiple times a week, not a whisper have I seen about the potential increase. I guess that would be too "formal" but I think a note saying it is under consideration would have been nice. I don't make the age jump in time either but John has the card so as long as I don't forget him at a rest area somewhere, we're good to go.

The National Park Service is stlll running their "Every Kid in a Park" program where 4th graders get a free annual pass. If you have friends, kids, grandkids that are eligible, it is a great deal and easy to do. Info here:

I also agree that $80 is still a great deal, especially for RVers that wander the parks.
74  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: 2017 PC Rally on: April 07, 2017, 08:55:47 am
There is usually a full day bus tour included in that Rally price. In DC we did an all day and evening tour with stops to visit the Smithsonian Museums, get dinner, view memorials at night, etc. The driver narrated the tour and even the locals learned new things. In Colorado, it included the bus and admission to get to and go up Pike's Peak. I don't think I know the plan for this one.
75  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Towing calculations on: April 04, 2017, 07:38:30 am
Whoa, whoa, whoa!!! "Man card"??? You are seriously going to get yourself in trouble with the women on this forum. We use a mechanic now but I know how to put air in the tires, change the tire, change the oil, flush the radiator, gap the points and more. I've also changed batteries, distributor caps and wiring. I am the one that does most of the troubleshooting on the rig (though John does most of the repairs that don't require a mechanic). 

I was once a poor person with a finicky car so I traveled with the matching repair manual and used it on many occasions. This skill cost me a boyfriend way back when. He was driving and my car died roadside. He got out to fiddle with this, that and the other thing under the hood. I sat in the car and pulled out the trusty repair manual. I figured out the problem, swapped a fuse from something we didn't need to something we did and called him back in to get on down the road. He was seriously upset that I had undermined his "manliness" by resolving the car issue myself. No amount of fiddling with the engine was going to fix it and nobody was nearby to see that I was the one that found the solution but his ego couldn't handle the situation and he was in the wind. His loss, my gain. I hereby revoke HIS "man card" because that guy was seriously lacking.

sorry for hijacking of the string - back to the regularly scheduled towing calculation discussion

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