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76  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2551/2%52 owners on: August 06, 2017, 10:12:35 am
I don't have pics on hand but we followed Tom Hanlon's suggestion and had Phoenix mount two towel bars and the TP holder to our sliding door. We supplied them to Phoenix prior to the completion of the build. They can also install them at pick up if you let them know you're bringing them in. The TP holder bit the dust because I bought one that allowed one side to swing up to change out the paper. Very cute but in hindsight, extra moving parts are not good in an RV. Our towel bars are still holding fine. Our TP holder is now the handle of our toilet brush. We have a little white one that looks like a tall cup. A ring on the brush makes a lid on the cup so the brush is hidden. When our TP holder first broke we used the toilet brush as a temporary holder and decided it works great so it became permanent. When traveling the cup with TP on the post/handle rides behind the hose for our optional toilet sprayer (also installed by Phoenix at time of purchase). The hose coil holds it against the back wall so it doesn't roll around and the TP is a little out of the way but still accessible. When in camp, we set it right in that front corner where Barry-Sue have their TP holder mounted.

Barry-Sue, are your towel bars stuck to the bubbly glass or do you have smooth glass on the outside of the shower? I'm determined to get our toothbrush holder to STAY UP but the bubbly glass has dropped everything I put on it (suction cups, command strips).
77  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Our Phoenix pride is back. on: August 05, 2017, 07:11:49 am
We had a three day stint in Elkhart for slide repairs way back when. We had a cat on board and had trouble finding a reasonably priced hotel that allowed pets. Many hotels were full with constitution workers staying long term in the area. Football season does a number on accommodations also.

We opted for a rustic cabin at Eby's Pines campground (no bathroom or kitchen.) We just took our necessary gear out of the rig. We weren't there much as we opted to tour the area while we waited but it was a nice campground with very friendly staff.
78  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2017 2910T - Awning Problem/Question on: August 03, 2017, 08:40:27 am
Same with us. Sometimes it rolls out without help and sometimes not. I watch while I hold the switch and just reach up and nudge it. I don't roll it back in first but since I'm watching, it doesn't unroll much before I push it. We hear the metallic "pop" as the awning bars release from the railings mounted to the rig so I think that tension holding the bars is what causes it.
79  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Total Eclipse in August on: August 03, 2017, 08:34:41 am
Whoa, jatrax! I hadn't thought about the impact to the locals. I hope all goes well and the stargazers are well behaved and leave your little piece of the planet in good shape.

I went back on that Junior Ranger site and was quite surprised to see that the Eclipse booklet info and link were gone. I suspect I downloaded a draft copy (over 22 megabytes so I can't attach it here) before they pulled it back off the site. The booklet is a joint project between the Planetary Society and the National Park Service. I found a note on the Planetary Society site saying the booklet is coming soon (scroll down - it looks like you are at the bottom, but you're not). If you are interested in this booklet, you can check back on their site or the NPS one I linked before. The planetary society website has a lot of interesting information about the eclipse also (and the CEO is Bill Nye - how cool is that?)

More info on the NPS site: The Junior Ranger Badges listed and linked further down the page are just the ones that are available online AND that put their link there. There are many, many, many more. If you are traveling to some of the parks and want to know if they have a booklet, you can google that park name with the words Junior Ranger Badge and see if anything pops up, click on the the "things to do" "kids" section of the specific park's website or call them. I like downloading the book in advance if it is available so Chloe can work on the puzzles and learn a bit about the park before we get there. It takes less time at the park to complete the badge and she already knows the basics so she is ready to explore and find even more things.
80  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Length of Camping Trip on: August 02, 2017, 04:23:43 pm
John and I had to institute a "Zone Rule" - one person moving around in a zone at a time. Anyone staying in the rig with us is instructed in the rule first thing. Examples: if John is cooking, I'm in the living or the bedroom and ask before crossing his space so we don't collide midway; If we are both in the bedroom getting dressed, one gets the floor (to access bins and change clothes) and the other waits on the bed until the zone is clear then they get a turn. Also, the one that is up asks the other if they need anything prior to settling back down. It's easier than fighting for the space and it isn't like anything is seriously out of reach for the person standing.

Our zones in the 2552 are: Living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. We were full time for a year and half (living AND working in the rig with most meals cooked and served in the RV), did a two and a half month trip with the then-8-year-old granddaughter along, and we had another adult on board for four days bringing us up to four people sharing a small space. We have since done trips with the granddaughter and one of her friends for up to four days and the zone rule has kept the frustration with each other to a minimum.

People are different and sometimes personal space is required. At that point we segregate ourselves as best as possible (bedroom door closed between us if we are stuck inside) or one of us heads off for a walk about if the weather and location are good for it. I suppose if one of us was a shopper, they could roll out to wander but that would be punishment to us so we work with what we've got.

John and I have lived weeks at a time in a small tent so the RV is spacious compared to that. It's all a matter of perspective and working out what each person needs. Long periods of serious togetherness doesn't work for everyone.

81  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Total Eclipse in August on: August 02, 2017, 04:08:03 pm
Found this map showing which National Parks are in line for a total eclipse 

I figured it might be of interest to those looking to catch the eclipse. The NPS site also commented that visitors should see if the parks have an astronomy program that night and stay for the night sky. Since the total eclipse is mid-day - there will be NO moonlight during the night. Areas with dark skies should have awesome star viewing opportunities.

For those with kids and grandkids, the NPS has a special Junior Ranger Badge for the eclipse. You can download the booklet from this page  The booklet has some good information for adults too. I sure didn't know what Syzygy was until I read it.

We won't be traveling for the eclipse so we'll only see about a partial eclipse of about 80%, however, we volunteer at the Earth and Space Science Lab so we'll get to view it through the telescope in their observatory (with sun filter.)
82  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Interactive National Forest Service Map on: July 29, 2017, 01:41:33 pm
I just happened upon this map. I don't know if it was posted on the forum before but figure it can't hurt to toss it out there. 

You can see NFS locations all over the US and zoom down to drill into the individual areas. You can click down through the levels to reach one specific area and get a short-ish description for it then scroll down inside that description box and click again to get to the website for that location. I've done a few quick drill downs and got info on regular campgrounds as well as primitive and disbursement camping.

Pretty cool.
83  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Freightliner on: July 17, 2017, 08:15:18 am
I pushed for that slide weight before we purchased. There is no definitive answer. They have changed slide vendors, there are different size slides and the furnishings make a difference in weight. All that said, I was given a really ballpark answer of about 1,000 pounds going from the 2552 to the 2910D or 3100. Again, different size coach, slides, different furnishings, and so on. After calculating water (we always carry some), gas, propane, food, clothing, tools, office equipment (since we were working half time from the rig in the beginning), people and so on... we bought the 2552. This won't be the right choice for everyone. We are full time when we are on the road and payload was far more important than space. With just the two of us, we're good. It gets crowded when we go up to three or four but we manage. The whole world is right outside our door.

We have never had our rig weighed.

84  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How Long Did You Originally Plan To Own Your PC? on: July 13, 2017, 06:50:10 am
Re: overhead cabinets - over couch. There was a conversation on the forum somewhere about Phoenix installing deeper cabinets over the couch if requested. It wouldn't work over the dinette as there would be a substantial increase in head hitting. We've thought about asking to swap our cabinets out for deeper ones so boxes of cereal, crackers etc. fit up there but haven't gone that route yet. We store smaller items in the overheads and the tall stuff in the pull out pantry or shirt closet (neither of which are used for clothing).

Back to Ron's question - when we bought it was our intention to own the same unit until we can't or don't want to wander the country or live in the Phoenix anymore (hence the agonizing decision making up front - one shot deal). Even if we find our perfect retirement location and buy a house, we plan to keep the Phoenix with us so we can continue travel part time... until we can't or don't want to - safely.

We are happy with the layout and the quality. We are still stuck in Maryland but waiting for the time we get back on the road. We expect to have our granddaughter travel with us frequently and while the 2552 is tight for 3 (and 4 when she has a friend along), we manage it. We considered a bigger model but the math doesn't work out. We get more space for more people comfort but less weight allowance to carry those people and their things.

Our plan has not changed. Modifications will be made but we don't plan to get rid of the rig or trade to another unless something major forces us to.
85  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Keyless Door Lock on: July 10, 2017, 07:06:39 am
The deadbolt is to prevent someone using a credit card or some such thin but sturdy item to pop the lock, not to deter someone with a key. I can pop a regular house lock in minutes with a credit card. If the door closes on its own without turning the knob, then it has the sloped bolt and can be popped. The deadbolt is straight and drives into the doorframe. It cannot be popped in this manner. Just to clarify, I learned the door lock skill after locking myself out of the house on numerous occasions. I started carrying those "sample" credit cards they send you so I didn't bend up my driver's license or legitimate credit card.

Someone skilled in lockpicks could get in even if you get the locks re-keyed. Most security measures stop or deter a casual thief. Few things stop a determined one. It's quite easy to pop the locks on the truck door, jimmy a window, etc.   

86  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Hart Springs campground Bell, Florida on: June 24, 2017, 11:54:50 am
Will we be seeing you at Sisters Reunion?
If this question is for me, the probable answer is no. We are still stuck here in Maryland... way longer than we thought we would be. My name is on the list for purchasing bingo prizes for the Reunion but I'll have to purchase and send them out there. I already have a "wish list" on Amazon of potential prizes so I'm ready as far as that goes. I really want to be there and keep nudging John and suggesting we fly out and rent a cabin or something so we can see people but it's really unlikely. Our granddaughter will be back in school by then and we pick her up every day so we usually can't get away during the week during the school year.

We love western Oregon and Washington State so this was the perfect place for us but unless there's a huge, unexpected change in the next two months, we'll still be sitting here.
87  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Hart Springs campground Bell, Florida on: June 22, 2017, 11:02:32 am
Sorry for delayed response, we ran off to camp and had weak signal so I boycotted electronics. John used our cell signal booster for his stuff but I went for the hammock instead.

The RV park we stayed at is right across the Mississippi River and a tad down from the arch. It's easy to get to from the highway and mere minutes from the Arch. It doesn't get fabulous reviews but was well kept with friendly staff and had a good BBQ Restaurant on site. If I remember correctly there was some road noise and maybe trains but  you aren't going to find silence in an urban RV park. You do get to wondering on the drive to camp as you pass old industrial buildings but the camp itself was fine. It was

88  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Air conditioner on: June 04, 2017, 07:15:20 am
Do you have a power manager on your electric? Ours will trip off and stay off if the campground power is flaky. We've had it hook up fine and run awhile then die later. Some campgrounds go into brown out mode when multiple units start running their AC units. They don't have enough power to support all the heavy use.
89  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 12v on passenger side drops out on: June 04, 2017, 07:13:00 am
Call the factory. There is a big bundle of wires running around your rig and they'll know which ones tie in where and which items pull power from them.
90  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Do you leave your sink cover over the sink while driving? on: May 29, 2017, 08:14:50 am
The micro sometimes  makes noise so now I put something in it to weight things down and it is less of a prob.
Another noise source for the microwaves (from at least 2013 on with household type convection oven/microwave) - the frame over the light fixture on the bottom is held by one screw and rattles. Bobby suggested I run a thin bead of silicone caulk on the loose side to hold it in place. I originally thought a screw had fallen out but it wasn't designed to have a second screw. I'm sure a single screw is fine in a house that doesn't move but the loose side does rattle a bit in an RV going down the road.
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