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106  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.

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

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 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

108  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: June 22, 2014, 07:59:57 am
Yet another sighting.  We are at Boston Minuteman Campground and when we pulled in there was a PC already set up near the office area......a 2552!  Turns out to be a nice couple from Arizona that has recently downsized. 
  - Mike
109  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Cruiser - Brand Ambassador Business Cards on: June 16, 2014, 12:59:44 pm
This is a great idea.  We get asked often for more info and a contact. 

We just finished a week long rental of a canal boat on the Erie Canal through Mid-Lakes Navigation.  The boats are really nice and you pilot them yourself up/down the canal and through the locks.  We had MANY people who wanted more info about them and luckily the company had a stack of brochures and cards on each boat.  We went through them quickly.

  - Mike
110  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: RV Repair Flowchart on: June 13, 2014, 06:22:27 pm

That's about true!
111  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: WALT DISNEY WORLD, FLORIDA on: June 04, 2014, 08:39:23 pm
Hiya Kyle!  Going to be close to The World in a few weeks, but mom lives in Lake Mary so we'll be staying closer to her.  Got to get to FW one of these days though.

Sooooo....what model PC do you have??

    - Mike
112  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rear Bumper on: June 04, 2014, 08:34:55 pm
Awesome totally woodworked rig!  Ya think Kermit would take on a project like that?  Let's see....I'd be worried about termites, forest fires and weekend warriors looking for some extra kindling for the campfire.  Actually, I've always regretted not becoming a carpenter.  Wood rocks!

    - Mike
113  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: May 30, 2014, 08:40:21 am
Came back to our site at Lakeshore Park Campground in St. Ignace, MI yesterday after an outing into town and noticed another PC (looked to be a 2551 or 2552) had moved in close by.  Never did see the owners and they left very early this morning.  This one had lower body paint and a motorcycle rigged to the back.

Very nice campground here, by the way.  Again, only about 10 rigs in the whole place.  Weather is beautiful.

    - Mike
114  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Before/After pictures of the entry step and hitch on: May 30, 2014, 08:31:23 am
Wow, nice clean job! 

  - Mike
115  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: On this Memorial day I remember. on: May 27, 2014, 09:46:43 pm
We'll said, Tom.  I could not be traveling this amazing and beautiful country were it not for the dedication and struggle of all of those who served us. 

  - Mike
116  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: May 23, 2014, 07:30:33 am
We were in Cody, WY a few days ago when a nice couple  from NY drove in with a 4 wheel drive 2350 on an E450.  Traveling with some enormous beautiful white dogs (Samoyed's, maybe)
[We just loved Cody, btw]

Also saw what looked to be a 2350 heading west on I-90 in the middle of South Dakota.

   - Mike
117  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Crock Pot Stew on: May 21, 2014, 05:30:53 pm
All great stuff!  I am going to have to do the slow cooker.  Told Joni about it but she was leary about smelling food all day making her hungrier and hungrier.  :-)

- Mike
118  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Crock Pot Stew on: May 21, 2014, 09:36:57 am
Great tip!  Sounds yummy.  Wondering how clean up is with a crockpot?

   - Mike
119  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New water heater installed on: May 21, 2014, 12:11:08 am
Is the purpose of that pipe to use the engine heat (radiator water) to heat up the coach water?

  - Mike
120  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Keeping those flying pest out on: May 21, 2014, 12:08:37 am
We put the screen you can buy at Camping World on the fridge, water heater and furnace.  They are cheap and very easy to install.  But I have seen others use the same type of window screen material that you described, Sparky, taped in place with duct tape from the inside so you can't see it.  Looks just fine and does the job.

  - Mike
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