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91  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.
92  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.
93  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

94  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Furnace not working on: April 04, 2017, 07:19:51 am
I agree with Jatrax - make sure you have your paperwork and make it clear you ARE NOT going to pay since it is under warranty. You should be able to get a written quote to that effect. I am aware of two common problems with the Atwood Furnace. First is the igniter - here's our tale of woe,1717.0.html on that one. Second is the mother board. It's hard to tell if all the mother board replacements were needed as that is a larger repair cost so some shops may have replaced the mother board when it was actually the igniter. They get paid more. Someone on the forum went through the whole deal replacing mother board first, problem remained, replaced igniter and all was well. Our furnace has not acted up since we got the igniter replaced.

I can't recall if it is in our referenced post above but Atwood does not pay the service guys for warranty work until they send the damaged/replaced part back to Atwood and it is inspected. This by itself makes the service guy want to get the cash from you up front.
95  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: West Coast PC Reunion 2017 on: April 01, 2017, 12:38:44 pm
We pickup our new PC 6/28, so we will look forward to the West Coast reunion in 2018; we live in the Los Angeles area.
You WILL have your cruiser in time for the Annual Intervec Phoenix travel club rally/reunion which is being held in Sisters, Oregon this year - September. Great way to meet other owners, make new friends and just enjoy.
96  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Really? on: March 27, 2017, 10:32:45 am
Catsaplenty, I am sorry it did not come out as well as we all hoped and reassured you that it would. Phoenix has gone to great ends to satisfy many of us and I'm sorry that they did not carry through on their promises to you. I don't know what else you could have done short of refusing delivery of the rig as it was not as you ordered. I know that in itself would have added to your stress. I hope that your future joy with your PC will help dull the pain of the process of getting it. I hope you have many happy traveling adventures and that we get to meet sometime down the road.
97  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Two PC's on the same day? on: March 26, 2017, 08:41:31 am
We spotted one in a yard on the western side of South Mountain near Hagerstown, MD. Our GPS told us the little back roads were the way to go and though we were skeptical, it was right... AND it took us right past a Phoenix we didn't know was living 20 minutes from where we're staying. If you are on the forum and want to meet other owners, drop us a line. 
98  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dewinterizeing on: March 21, 2017, 09:16:28 am
In place of RV antifreeze in the traps you can use windshield washer fluid. It is generally cheaper and you still get protection down to -20. If you are using RV antifreeze in the lines, you are already putting some in the traps. Just saying.

I thought that mold could grow any where it is damp not just in standing water. If there is standing water in the tank, can't the mold grow on the sides and top of the tank?

I don't use RV antifreeze in the lines, I blow the water out.

Just MY opinion, but no, mold cannot grow on the top and sides of the water tank just because there's a little bit of water in the bottom of the tank.  Besides the fact the sides and top wouldn't be damp, plus there's no food source.

Again.. Just my opinion and experience.. I am NO expert on mold.

And thid:

Mold cannot produce their own food, thus they are parasitic in nature. Molds get food by absorbing minerals, sugars and water from the plants, soil, animals or decaying matter upon which they live.

This sounds good and logical but in reality, I have a semi-opaque jug of boiled water I keep on the counter for the dogs (elderly, finicky stomachs) and I have to wash it out periodically because the top and sides (above the water line) get slimy. I don't know what it is but something that I don't want to consume is growing there.
99  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.
100  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.
101  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.

102  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.
103  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.

104  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: On the Road! on: March 09, 2017, 07:19:07 am

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.
105  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.

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