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1  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: July 28, 2014, 10:47:25 pm
Nice rig, nice dog, nice campground!  ThumbsUp

   - Mike
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Pin hole in the Sani Con hose on: July 28, 2014, 10:45:36 pm
Bruce:

Wow, that IS coincidental!

I've thought about putting a drop cloth of some kind on the ground like you do, but haven't gotten around to it.  When that hose expands and then contracts it picks up pebbles, wood, sand, etc.  Good idea!

Not sure what else you, or anyone can do beyond what you've done.  The obvious ways the hose can fail are exterior materials puncturing it, materials going through the hose puncturing it, age, over pressurization....can't think of anything else besides a bad hose.

Since we use ours exclusively, we now carry repair parts and a spare hose.

    - Mike
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Pin hole in the Sani Con hose on: July 27, 2014, 10:29:58 pm
It seems that Kermit isn't aware of this yet, or hasn't fixed it, but I also encountered a pinhole in the Sanicon hose this trip.  As lghjr has said: "The "bushing" that the hose passes through to storage had two sheet metal screws within a half inch of the hose on mine.  I changed to machine and nylocks."

This is exactly the problem, and I used the same solution.  Gonna give Kermit a call on this one, as it is an easy fix, but horrible problem.

   - Mike
4  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Lake Allatoona - Clark Creek North Campground on: July 25, 2014, 10:52:31 am
A while ago before our trip I noticed GradyGal had posted a picture of their rig by a lake.  It looked so nice asked Judi about it and she said it was taken in Acworth Georgia at the Clark Creek North Campground (Army Corps)

Well, we plugged that in as our midpoint destination going north from the Orlando area to Nashville.  VERY nice campground right on Lake Allatoona.  We stayed in site #14, which was very private, very large, very well constructed, lots of grassy area and trees all around.  This site is by itself on a peninsula with a little path down to the lake.  While it was a weekend and there were a lot of boats and jetskis, the area near this site is a no wake zone, so there wasn't much noise and it was fun watching all the boaters.  We spent two nights here and could have happily spent a week. 

Thanks for the info, Judi!

    - Mike
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: One HWH Leveler Not Extending on: July 24, 2014, 12:07:55 pm
Bruce:  Thanks...that eliminates the need to do the manual thing.  Did the tech give you a reason why this happens, or whether it will magically fix itself?  Seems like a systemic thing, given we have the issue on the same leveler.   I'll probably spend some time looking over the schematics and do some investigation.  If nothing else, I'll have a better understanding of how they actually work.  I'll let you know if I find anything interesting.

   - Mike
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / One HWH Leveler Not Extending on: July 24, 2014, 11:03:20 am
We've just returned from a long trip, during which we deployed our levelers about 40 times with no problems.  On our last two stops the right front leveler failed to extend initially and had to be manually coaxed into the down position.  Once it was in the down position it operated correctly.  It also stored correctly.  I think Bruce and Sharon reported encountering this problem, with the same leveler, but not sure if anyone else has had this problem and what the solution/outcome was.  Hoping someone has an idea before I start tinkering with it or attempting to contact HWH.

  - Mike
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford 350/450 shifting advice on: July 24, 2014, 10:36:55 am
We aren't experienced mountain drivers (well, in an RV that is), but did have the opportunity to tackle a few mountains on our recent trip coast to coast.

We have a 2552 and tow a heavy Ford Edge (4500+ lbs), both loaded typically for long trips.  This is the first trip I've used tow/haul mode and only used it when there was either a series of upcoming ascents/descents or one long or steep ascent/descent.  I was impressed by how it functioned, and was especially glad I had it going down a very very steep and windy section coming out of Yellowstone.  Never had much of a problem with long, steep ascents if I was able to get the speed up beforehand. But even when I was 'trapped' behind slow moving big rigs I managed 40 mph at about 4300 rpm.....and sometimes was even able to gain speed and pass other rigs, albeit slowly, while on the grade.  If you are familiar with grades such as between Cheyenne and Laramie on I-80, or going over the Donner Pass on I-80 (either direction), then this is the type of grade I'm referring to.

I am very happy we have tow/haul!

    - Mike
8  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Santa Cruz Redwoods on: July 24, 2014, 09:33:30 am
Wow, that's awesome! And although the pictures are great, I'm betting it's a lot more beautiful in person. Only about 2 hrs from us....so it's now on our must-do list!  You mentioned there are three RV parks nearby.  Any recommendations regarding those?

   - Mike
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: July 22, 2014, 09:10:35 am
We had heard that the Atlanta traffic was some of the worst, but having commuted the I-80/I-880 corridor for many years I didn't think much of it.   We recently did the drive from the Lake Mary Florida area up to Acworth Georgia just outside Atlanta recently in our 2252 (towing an SUV).  The trip was about 375 miles and took us right through Atlanta.  It took us a bit over 12 hrs.  We had forgotten we would be going through ATL on a Friday and also hit it in commute hours.  Topping that off, there were two accidents that had us in 'parking lot mode' for hours.

I doubt that plowing through Atlanta will be on our agenda in the future.   LOL

   - Mike
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: July 20, 2014, 07:42:14 am
Welcome, Ann....and congrats!  ThumbsUp

It's so neat that Kermit can work some magic and customize the rig to your needs!  Happy trails to you and your little puppy!   Grin

   - Mike
11  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Hand-Held Bug Zapper, Fun & Effective on: July 12, 2014, 11:50:50 am
When an uninvited insect guest gets into our rig, it always goes for the ceiling.  First time, I squished it...which was obviously not the thing to do on the light colored ceiling material.  Ick!

Mostly we just break out the mini vac and suck 'em up...especially in areas where Mosquitos wait by the door for us to open it!

By the way, we have found that those Thermacell units really do keep the bugs away from you.  We have two now.  One is the lantern type (just an LED light) that we keep on the picnic table or chair table, and the other is the one you can wear on your belt when walking the dogs or hiking.  We leave that one by the coach door when not walking with it and it does a great job of keeping the bugs away from the entrance.

  - Mike
12  Main Forum / Photos / Re: 2450 non-slide on: July 12, 2014, 11:37:36 am
Awesome looking!  Congrats and safe travels!

   - Mike
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HWH Levelers on: July 06, 2014, 07:06:43 am
We love ours!  Leveling takes us all of about 30 seconds.

As far as our experiences with them......they work as advertised and they easily level and stabilize the coach. I only have one complaint, and this may be an individual thing.  To extend the levelers you press the 'up' button.  I guess I'm a bit dyslexic or something, because this took some getting used to.

Value?  Considering how much we are (and will be) using our PC, I think it's a terrific value when considering the alternatives.  Probably depends a lot on how much you will use the rig and what the alternative choices are for stabilizing/leveling. 

   - Mike
14  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Dog Keeper on: June 27, 2014, 05:52:38 am
We have two little Pomeranians that love to get all tangled up in the picnic tables, chairs and each other at our campsites.  Here's what we did to solve that problem.  These umbrella stands are lightweight and you can fill them with water to weight them down.  The protrusion on the top holds the end of the leash in place very nicely.  They fit nicely in our toad, but they are small enough to fit in some of the PC storage cabinets if need be.  The dogs love it because they have free space to roam around in a 360 degree area.  They are $9.95 at Lowes.


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15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Towing Ford Edge Limited AWD on: June 25, 2014, 08:59:15 pm
Jim:

We've towed the Edge locally (California) for a while and are now halfway through an 8500+ mile trip around the country.

I also had the same concerns as you regarding the 5000lb bubble, but two things:  1) It's not over 5000lbs.  2) In our experience, it tows like a dream.   Our PC is a 2552, sort of the middle of the line.  We gone over the Sierras, the Rockies, the Berkshires, and the Catskills and there have only been a handful of instances where I knew the Edge was back there and dropping our speed.  Right now I think the only place I wouldn't tow it is in the hills of San Francisco!  Also, we store some stuff in the Edge while being towed....not really heavy stuff, but beach gear, some chairs, fishing equipment, stuff we've bought and need to mail home, etc.

I'm not familiar with the ready brake, but you mention possibly needing to lower the tow to be more level with the rig.  On this subject, I'd refer you to Ron and others who managed to get it in my head to ensure that the towed vehicle and rig equipment are within a couple inches of each other.  I have no experience with mine being out of sync more than that, as mine is almost totally level.

Regarding the Stay-In-Play....I have no experience with anything else, but I can tell you that after the initial installation I haven't worried or thought about it...it works exceptionally well.  One thing to bear in mind though....apparently, the company suggests that a little LED be installed above the dash in the toad so you can see when the brake is applied by using your backup camera.  Um....we didn't do that.  Instead our mechanic ran the little led to our PC dash (in the little coin holder) and I can see it every time the brake is applied.  The Stay-In-Play is proportional and progressive.  It requires both deceleration AND coach brake light to be activated.  Step on the brake a little and you get a little...step on it hard and it BRAKES! 

I must say it was a bit unnerving to have the tow gear installed on the Edge.  I mean it's a $40k car and they had to do a bit of grill renovation to get the baseplate on, but it looks pretty good especially when you remove the easily removable tow 'tabs'

I've never had the problems that Paul has with the keyless ignition.  But I may not be carrying everything he does in his pocket!  I figure if my wife has 30 or so handbags, then she can carry everything except the car remote! Wink

   - Mike

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