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16  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Santa Cruz Redwoods on: July 22, 2014, 11:18:19 pm
HENRY COWELL REDWOODS STATE PARK

This park is a major attraction for us here in the Santa Cruz mountains.  It is one of the lesser-known in California, so we thought you might like to read our view of it.  

The parks spectacular scenery draws travelers from all around the world.  The history here includes the native people who lived in the area before Spanish rule, early entreprenueurs starting in the 1800s., and the later development of tourism.  Many dignitaries including General John C. Freemont and Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Benjamin Harrison visited here.

Among the large amount of plant life in the park are the tallest old-growth coast redwoods (up to 280 feet tall) growing along the short Redwood Grove Loop Trail.  A photo below is a slice of one of these trees with life rings that show it started growing over 2,000 years ago.

Visitors can enjoy hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, swimming, fishing and wildlife viewing on more than 4,650 acres of forested and open land in the state park.  There is a small no-hookup campground here.  The Roaring Camp railroad next door runs a Redwood Forest Steam Train up Bear Mountain and a Santa Cruz Beach Train to the famous Boardwalk (only seven miles away).  

Were camped in one of three small private full-hookup RV resorts located just outside of the park near Felton, CA.  Were among second-growth redwood trees that grew up after the original old-growth trees were clear-cut by loggers about 150 years ago.  Fortunately, the coastal redwoods refuse to die even when cut completely down.  A daisy-ring of genetically identical clones sprout from the roots that were left in the ground.  A photo below shows our Phoenix Cruiser parked next to one of these rings that contain seven young trees.

We hope you will have a chance to visit the area sometime, too.
17  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Santa Cruz Redwoods on: July 17, 2014, 08:37:52 pm
We're now in the Santa Cruz Redwoods for a two week get-away.  It's only about 50 miles from our home on the Monterey Bay coast, but it feels like a different world.  We love walking with Sparky through the big trees.
--Sharon and Bruce
18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Power step on: July 08, 2014, 04:59:50 pm
We had that problem when we first received our 2350 last year.  The fuse that's in the line leading to the switch was blown.  That fuse was located behind the plastic cover just below the hood release.  It took some effort to pry the plastic cover off.  I'm not certain that the fuse is in the same place on your rig, but it's likely there.
In our case the fuse was blown due to a short in the line that happened during the manufacturing process.  The step worked just as you described until we located the short, removed it (an errant staple), and replaced the fuse.
--Bruce
19  Main Forum / General Discussion / Mold on outside caulking near the rear and front caps on: July 07, 2014, 01:14:25 pm
We just noticed some dark colored mold growing on the outside caulking where the rear and front caps join the side walls.  We can scrape most of it off, but it seems to be extending under the narrow vertical trim pieces that cover those seams.
Any suggestions on how to kill this mold where it may have grown deeper into the caulking behind the trim pieces?
--Bruce
20  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HWH Levelers on: July 07, 2014, 12:59:34 pm
We also have and like the HWH leveling jacks that the factory installed for us. 
The only problem we've had is that one jack (the front driver side jack) almost always fails to extend (drop the jack leg down from its store position) on the first attempt to start the leveling process.  We than hit the "store" button to retract all of the jacks and start over.  It sometimes takes two or three attempts (or some gentle pounding on the jack under the coach) to get this one to extend (make the leg drop down).
The HWH Operators Manual states that the jacks require very little maintenance and the jack rods should not be wiped and do not need to be oiled or sprayed with anything.  But, maybe we need to add a touch of lubrication to the hinge(?) bolt to make the jack leg drop down.  Any suggestions?
--Bruce
21  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Towing Ford Edge Limited AWD on: June 26, 2014, 10:33:05 am
The Invisibrake system that we installed in August has worked very well for us.  The little red light on the PC dash indicates when the brake is applied on our Honda CR-V toad.
--Bruce
 
22  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Travels with Sparky and Minou on: June 20, 2014, 01:06:51 pm
Hi John and Holly,
Your cat Snickers is beautiful!
Minou is 17 years old and has traveled with us in an RV all of her life.  She's a total indoor kitty, so does love the "cave" in the PC.
Bruce and Sharon
23  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Travels with Sparky and Minou on: June 20, 2014, 12:56:02 pm
Hi Carol.
Sparky wears a STEP-IN Mesh EZ Wrap Bark Appeal Dog Harness when outside and while we're traveling in our car or RV.  Like you say, it's secure and comfy for him.  We attach the harness to a lease attached to a seat belt buckle so that he has some freedom to move about and/or jump up in Sharon's lap as we're traveling.  Here's one site that will give you more info on this and other harnesses:

http://www.spoiledsweetpets.com/barkappeal.html

Sparky is a very respectful dog, both at home and on the road.  We seldom have any issues with him and other campers' pets as we always walk him with his harness and lease.  He does get over-excited when we happen to pass close to large dogs or large-breed puppies, so we need to remind him not to bark at them.  A water spray bottle is a great help to get his attention.

When we leave him in the RV for an extended period of time, we leave a Kong filled with treats to keep him happy and occupied.

We hope you and your dog have many happy travels.

--Bruce and Sharon



24  Main Forum / Photos / Travels with Sparky and Minou on: June 20, 2014, 01:48:33 am
One of the main reasons we have an RV is to bring our pets with us while traveling.  Here are some of our photos taken during our first year with our Phoenix Cruiser.  Minou the cat is very shy, so she is seldom in any photo.  Sparky the dog always likes to be in the picture, so he's in most of them.
Bruce and Sharon

25  Main Forum / Photos / Sparky with us on Monterey Bay shoreline on: June 19, 2014, 05:46:36 pm
We're trying to learn how to post photos on this site.
This one was taken very near our home in Pacific Grove, CA.
Bruce and Sharon
26  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Roof air not working on: June 02, 2014, 08:23:05 pm
Dick,
We've been using the Pressure Pro tire monitoring system on our motorhomes and toads for about ten years and really like it.
It make it easy to quickly check the tire pressures and gives us some confidence that we won't have a tire problem on the road.  We still check the pressures manually at least once a month to see that the monitoring system is still working.

By the way, you might get more responses on this if you make a new post with a more descriptive Subject line.  IMHO.

--Bruce
27  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Before/After pictures of the entry step and hitch on: May 30, 2014, 11:58:22 am
Beautiful protection job!  Is the chassis saver applied with a brush? 
Seems like drips from bottom of the step could be hazardous while applying it.
28  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Where do you store your golf clubs on: May 27, 2014, 06:24:48 pm
Bob,
We store our golf clubs in our Honda CR-V toad.  None of the PC models have an outside storage area large enough to hold a set of clubs in a golf bag.
Bruce and Sharon
29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Entry Door Weather Stripping on: May 25, 2014, 11:47:09 pm
Barry,

Our entry door weather stripping is put on in four pieces--two horizontal and two vertical.

The vertical strip at the hinge-side of the door is cut square at both the top and the bottom, so it runs as one straight piece.

The top and bottom horizontal pieces butt up against the vertical hinge-side strip and and are cut at a 45 degree angle where they meet up with the vertical strip on the lock side of the door.

The vertical strip on the lock side of the door is cut at a 45 degree angle at each end to join into the top and bottom horizontal strips.

Hope this explains the installation.

We've not had any leaks there during our short ownership of our PC.

--Bruce
30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Incorrect heading indicated on mirror compass? on: May 18, 2014, 08:29:07 pm
During our last outing while driving about 150 miles, we noticed that the compass in the rear view mirror was showing some obviously incorrect headings.  Sometimes when we knew we were headed almost due north, the compass showed that we were headed south-west.
I talked to Kermit about this.  He thinks the errors are caused by the compass sensor being placed too close to the radiator.  When the radiator gets hot, the heat causes errors in compass heading.  Kermit said I could reposition the sensor that is located under the front bumper (driver side), but I can find no sensor anywhere.
Has anyone had any compass error like this?  Can you tell me where the sensor is located on your PC?
--Bruce
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