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16  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Pin hole in the Sani Con hose on: August 04, 2014, 01:48:20 pm
When the pinhole appeared in my hose I made a temp repair using a liquid type tape, let it dry and then applied another coat.  I then wrapped that with a bit of fusion tape.  It lasted a couple days before I could acquire a new hose.

 - Mike
17  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Mpg on: August 03, 2014, 12:51:28 pm
Tim:  It's an add-on device, by Linear Logic, that plugs into the OBD2 port on your car or RV (usually below the dash under the steering wheel area) It can display a wide variety of engine info as well as show what the real problem is when your engine trouble light comes on (and can clear the trouble so the light goes off, like a mechanic does). I have the ScanGauge 2 and just noticed they have a new ScanGauge-E which can graphically display fuel consumption.

I find mine useful on the road, if nothing more than to make me feel more confident that all is well.

The link is: www.scangauge.com

    - Mike
18  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / The Border on: August 02, 2014, 09:37:19 pm
So, on our recent trip we were making our way east from St. Ignace Michigan to upstate NY and decided to take a route through Canada for a short period....from Sarnia to Niagara.

We get to the border and our Canadian Border Guy looked very bored, asked us a couple questions and waved us on.  Very easy.  Nice drive through Canada with a quick stop at one of their 'rest stops' which have full services, including pretty darn good food courts.

We get to the Niagara checkpoint and there we meet up with the US Border Patrol guy we named 'Dirty Harry'.  He looked mean, spoke with a grit in his voice and had a disconcerting twitch in his nose/mouth area.  He asked us where we were coming from.  I told him.  He then asked (well, mostly growled) where we were going to and if we stopped anywhere in Canada.  I told him.  At this point, our two Pomeranians are barking and growling like they wanted a piece of this guy.  He grunted, frowned and slowly got out of his booth and ambled alongside our rig.  There was a knock on the coach door.  I'm seriously thinking at this point 'Should we let him in??'

Joni apparently wasn't thinking what I was thinking and opened the door for him.  He appears in the doorway, stops in the stairwell and our dogs are now looking a bit sheepish.

Officer Harry then asks me the same questions he asked before.  I answer him the same way, but this time with a bit of a stutter.  He takes a long look up and down the rig and then at the dogs in their fluffy car seats.  They start wagging their tails and acting all cute and friendly.  Officer Harry breaks into a smile, pets the dogs and tells us to have a nice day.  I almost ran him over as he made his way back to his booth, and while it did look like he reached for his sidearm I don't think he actually drew his weapon. 

The dogs earned their keep for the trip.

   - Mike.
19  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New member on: August 02, 2014, 11:37:20 am
We love ours as well.  It is a very comfortable, livable home on wheels.  We don't have the dinette, but opted for the power sofa/recliners/bed and use some nifty foldable tables for meals inside.  I miss the extra horizontal space that the dinette would afford, especially when preparing meals inside, but everything's a trade off.

We love the fact that there are many options for power, water, sewer, television which gives you a lot of flexibility in how and where you choose to camp.  Just returned from a 3 month, 8500 mile tour of the country.  In some places we stayed up to a week and others just a night.  We found that once you get used to hooking up and setting up, it really takes very little time or effort.  One of my favorite things about our rig is the 17' awning, which really makes a difference in not only keeping the rig cooler, but also in creating a nice outdoor area.

Our MPG is about the same as Tom's....in the 9-10 range and about 1 mpg less when towing our Ford Edge.  I can do better than that by keeping a close eye on the ScanGauge and staying in the best MPG zone in relation to RPM, but that gets a bit tiring and not generally worth the effort.

Lastly, we love our wood floors!  Very durable, easy to clean (even with two little furry dogs), looks great and is a bit classy.

    - Mike
20  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
21  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
22  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
23  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
24  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
25  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
26  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
27  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
28  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
29  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
30  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
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