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76  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Utah - Zion and Bryce Canyon on: April 14, 2016, 02:05:30 pm
Visit Capitol Reef National Park in south-central Utah whenever you get a chance.  We spent a few days there four summers ago and loved the small park and the little town just outside.
The May 2016 issue of Motor Home magazine has a nice article on the park.
Bruce and Sharon
77  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Our Sparky's last trip on: April 08, 2016, 05:50:25 pm
We appreciate all the good wishes weve received here as it does help get through the grief of loss by sharing memories with those who understand.  In time well be ready to adopt another furry kid as we know how many doggies need a loving forever home.  Weve gone through this before and know the hole in our hearts will eventually mend, although Sparky and his smile will always be part of us. 
--Bruce and Sharon
78  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Our Sparky's last trip on: April 05, 2016, 04:54:01 pm
We lost our precious Sparky (a Jackhuahuapart Jack Russell, part Chihuahua) yesterday evening to liver cancer.  He was a joyful little dog that found his way into the hearts of everyone he met.  Even at the end he could smile and wag his tail while sitting up in our lap.

One of the main reasons we purchased our PC was to allow him to travel with us.  He loved hiking with us wherever we took him and made the trips more enjoyable for us.

It is a tough time right now for us, and we will miss the little furry guy forever.

Bruce and Sharon
79  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Factory Visit and Stabilizer Question on: April 02, 2016, 06:43:55 pm
We've posted on our experience with adding the Safe-T-Plus previously (copied below).  After almost three years, we feel the same way on the topic:

After traveling in our 2014 Model 2552 for several weeks, we want to report how happy we are with our decision to buy it.  Living in it is a pleasure and driving it is fairly easy.  The ride is comfortable enough and not at all the truck-like feeling that we anticipated.

We did experience some wandering of the coach while driving on the freeway that was bothersome in keeping the vehicle going in a straight line due to the many minor steering wheel adjustments required.  This was something we could live with, but hoped could be improved.

We wanted an expert opinion on the handling and wheel alignment to see if even minor improvements could be made.  So, we had Hendersons Line-up in Grants Pass, Oregon do their Road Performance Assessment with us.  They describe this as a systematic, diagnostic 15-mile road test that reveals steering and suspension problems over a variety of road surfaces.

The report we received (both verbal and written) was very encouraging.  They feel that no improvement was needed in suspension, braking, or weight distribution.  They did suggest that we install a Safe-T-Plus unit and check the alignment of all wheels.

The reason for the Safe-T-Plus is to improve the tracking under normal circumstances and to provide safety in situations such as a blowout, a sudden gust of wind from a passing truck, or a pothole in the road.  It is a steering control device that will automatically stabilize the vehicle.

We followed both of the recommendations.  Only minor adjustments were needed in the front wheel alignment and none for the rear wheels.  The Safe-T-Plus definitely eliminated most of the wandering and gives us more confidence while driving.

The peace of mind we enjoy now justifies the cost involved.

Hope this helps you make your decision,
Bruce and Sharon
80  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I ordered a new PC but I still have one question on: March 25, 2016, 03:14:21 pm
We've had plastic toilets in some of our previous RVs and ceramic ones in others.  We've found that the ceramic ones are easier to keep clean.
So, we're happy to have a ceramic one in our present 2552.
--Bruce and Sharon
81  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: towing. is it worth it for a 24ft? on: March 14, 2016, 03:51:03 pm
Before we ordered our 2552 we purchased a 2350 thinking that we would travel without the toad, but we never did for the same reasons as those already posted here.
--Bruce and Sharon
82  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Option on: March 13, 2016, 07:11:51 pm
Hi Fred,

We have the hickory interior with the matching laminate flooring and are extremely happy with that choice.  It all still looks like new, is easy to clean, and does not show dust, dog hair, etc. easily.  We just occasionally sweep it with a Swifter (and it can be damp mopped if needed).

--Bruce and Sharon
83  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Leak in Sani-Con hose on: March 03, 2016, 06:42:13 pm
SaniCon hose replacement

This is an update on my original post on this subject (this turned out to be longer than expectedIm hoping it might help others with a similar problem):

Ive had a chance to look closely at the point in the hose that was leaking.  The hole is in very first section of the expandable portion of the hosecan only see it by stretching the hose there (in the photo of the new hose that Ive attached here it would be in the expandable section of the hose nearest to the metal clamp).

The old hose looks exactly like the new one in the photo as long as the hose is not stretchedno sign of any damage.  The only time that the hose is stretched is during a dumping operation (as in the photo with the loop of expanded hose taken while the pump is in operation).

Ive been wondering how the old hose could have suffered any type of damage while on the road without some damage showing up on the outer edges of the hose.  The only thing that I can think of is the possibility that I might have pulled the hose too far into the storage cabinet when I had installed it as a replacement of the original hose (the one that had suffered a pin hole near the point where the hose enters the storage cabinet).  If I did that the hose could have remained in a stretched position at all times in the section from the pump to the storage cabinet entrance.  Then something might have come up off the road and hit it, or the hose could have overstretched from being under too much pressure during the dump procedures with no room for expansion.

 Anyway, this time the hose seems safe and secure.  Does it now look like yours does?

84  Main Forum / General Discussion / Awning doesn't completely roll up on: March 03, 2016, 04:55:13 pm
Just noticed after driving the PC home from our last outing that the awning was not completely rolled up.  It appears that the little arm-like support attached to the body of the PC at the mid-point of the awning is the cause.

That little arm is supposed to slip under the rolled up awing to provide support and keep it close to the body.  But as the awning is rolling up that little arm is hitting the metal surround (cover?) at the base of the awning and that stops the roll up.

Anyone have that happen?

85  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Half Body Paint on: March 03, 2016, 04:33:27 pm
We purchased our new half body paint 2552 in August 2013 and always store it outside.  We apply UV protection at least twice a year to the entire coach and it still looks as good as new.  We use and/or store it near Palm Springs, CA during the winter/spring months and near the mid-California coastline during most of the rest of the year.
86  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2016 - 2351 Options and Modifications on: February 27, 2016, 12:40:00 am
having to lean into the center of the cab to see the gps, or the back up camera is a royal pain.

I might not correctly interpret the above quote about the backup camera, but the following might lessen your problem of viewing the backup monitor:

If your monitor is like ours, you can adjust the devise at the rear of the monitor that holds it in place to change the position of the screen.  I made the monitor face more toward the drivers seat so now just a minor tilt of my head allows me to see the screen without leaning toward the center of the cab.

87  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Leak in Sani-Con hose on: February 25, 2016, 11:54:27 am
Our first hose failure was caused by that sharp screw where the hose passed out of the storage compartment.  At that time I replaced the screws with two small bolts and nuts.  I think I posted photos of those previously.

This time the hole was nowhere near anything that would touch the hose.  It was within an inch of the end of the hose where it connects to the macerator assembly.

I've not tried to repair the old hose, but am saving it for a possible future extension at some time.  I'm afraid that any repair I might attempt could fail at a very undesirable moment (during draining of the black tank?).

I'm happy that the replacement this time was easy and didn't take much time away from enjoying our trip.

88  Main Forum / General Discussion / Leak in Sani-Con hose on: February 24, 2016, 06:32:02 pm
About two years ago I posted about the pin-hole leak that developed on the original hose.  That one was replaced free of charge by the manufacturer Thetford(?).  I purchased another one at the time as a backup and was beginning to feel that it would never be needed (wishful thinking).
While draining the gray water at our campsite this week I noticed some dripping at the end of the hose nearest to the tank valve.  At first I tried to ignore it, but then it started leaking more and I could see that water was squirting out of a small hole in the hose.  So I stopped the process and used my "emergency" 4" hose to finish the draining.  Fortunately this happened before starting to drain the black tank.

Today while still in the campground I replaced the leaking hose with the backup that was in the storage compartment.  It was an easy job especially as I had done this before. I could see no reason the hose would develop that hole.  Maybe just the flexing while the unit was in action.

I'll be buying another backup hose just in case it happens again.
89  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Therapy on: February 18, 2016, 04:29:18 pm
We agree, too. 

We'll be taking our 2552 to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park for a week next Monday.  It's the largest California state park and is located within the Colorado Desert.  High temps for the week are forecast to be in the mid-80s with lows in the mid-50s.  Should be perfect for morning hikes in the canyons, swimming and relaxing in the afternoon, and sleeping at night. 

The campground is next to the cute little town of Borrego Springs that has many stores and restaurants that we enjoy.  So we won't be roughing it, but that is our favorite RVing mode in this phase of our life.

--Bruce, Sharon and Sparky the dog

90  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Questions on a PC on: February 08, 2016, 09:46:39 am
The two of us have no problem watching TV in our 2552 with the sofa.  Sharon loves to lie on the sofa while I sit in the Euro chair that is pulled out into the room just a little.  Very comfortable that way.
Bruce and Sharon
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