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166  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' 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
167  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
168  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Pin hole in the Sani Con hose on: July 28, 2014, 10:45:36 pm

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
169  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
170  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
171  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
172  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
173  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
174  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 it's now on our must-do list!  You mentioned there are three RV parks nearby.  Any recommendations regarding those?

   - Mike
175  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
176  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
177  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
178  Main Forum / Photos / Re: 2450 non-slide on: July 12, 2014, 11:37:36 am
Awesome looking!  Congrats and safe travels!

   - Mike
179  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
180  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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