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211  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Euro chair on: August 12, 2015, 09:43:17 am
We use the provided clamp to secure our Euro chair.

We've never taken it outside, but do move it around inside for various purposes.  Having a stairwell cover gives you a bit of extra room for this.

 - Mike
212  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Miles per year on your Phoenix? on: August 12, 2015, 09:29:13 am
We use ours exclusively for the business of pleasure, and like you have put about 14,000 miles on ours.  Arrival of our first grandchild put a few trips on hold, so we expect we would normally double the miles.

  - Mike
213  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: August 11, 2015, 09:51:36 am
Welcome, Chuck!

We spent some time up in your neck of the woods last year (stayed in Wilson and used the toad to explore, then spent a week on the Erie Canal). Nice area!

We will be up in Oregon this fall as well, so maybe we will see you.  We will be heading up thru Bend to the Columbia River and back down thru Coos Bay.

- Mike
214  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I95 in Connecticut on: July 29, 2015, 08:45:48 pm
I'm originally from Connecticut and historically I95 is much better towards the end of summer rather than spring or early summer.  They do a lot of work to correct winter-induced problems and they don't usually become apparent until late August or early September.

Doesn't answer your question, and if anyone has recent info I'd also like to know.

    - Mike
215  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Single A/C vs. Dual A/C on: July 21, 2015, 07:29:10 am
Oh.....and I'm not sure if the standard PC A/C units have any way to adjust the direction of airflow, but the Coleman has adjustable fins on the forward and rear ends which allow for directing the air a bit.
216  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Single A/C vs. Dual A/C on: July 21, 2015, 07:23:31 am
We are the culprits who had the Coleman Mach 8 unit installed at the factory.  There are four varieties available: 13,500 BTU A/C, 13,500 BTU Heat Pump, 15,000 BTU A/C and 15,000 BTU Heat Pump.  We chose the 15,000 BTU A/C.  The standard units installed in a PC are 13,500 BTU units.

Noise is a very relative thing, obviously, and comparing the Coleman Mach 8 to a standard unit I would say that they are comparably noisy on high speed and the Coleman is quieter on low speed.

We also have wood floors which probably contributes to any noise being amplified a bit more than carpet or other materials.

Other benefits of the Coleman:

- Lowest low profile unit made
- Lightest low profile unit made
- Has the largest BTU resistance heater of any RV air conditioner
- Built in Kansas

These units are built by Airxcel and bear the Coleman name.

The chart on their website shows interesting info like fan speeds, amperage and such for comparison:

- Mike
217  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rattle My Brain... on: July 19, 2015, 11:09:39 am
Aside from 'normal' road noise, almost all of our squeaks, rattles and vibrations stemmed from the stuff we stored in the rig.  We isolated them one by one and pay more attention to how load something new. There were a few rattles caused by things like shades or cabinent doors, but if you have a partner with good ears, you'll find them.  The one noise hardest to locate turned out to be the way I stored some cans in the outdoor storage cabinet under the sink area.

  - Mike
218  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Single A/C vs. Dual A/C on: July 15, 2015, 10:34:48 pm
We have a 2552 with one A/C which we upgraded to a 15000 BTU Coleman unit.  A non-scientific study in our PC seems to indicate that the A/C can cool the rig down up to 25 degrees on the hottest days.....if we are careful with not leaving the doors open, ensuring the shades are down, ensuring the a/c is started early in the day, etc.  We have 50 amp service and if I had to do it all again I would keep the 50 amps and the Coleman unit, and add a second A/C.  Mostly because we would want to do some traveling in hotter climates at times (or may find ourselves there) like Arizona in July when it's 110 in the shade.  But, that's just us. 

   - Mike
219  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: DC power Use and Store switch on: July 11, 2015, 09:00:43 am
Hasn't happened to us yet, and I won't be much help here except to suggest calling Kermit or the Intellitec RV products technical helpline (Mark Bayus 419 965 3014). Probably a long shot since it is the weekend and all.

   - Mike
220  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Adventure Anywhere - A New Adventure on: July 08, 2015, 11:04:54 am
Congrats Ron!  She's a beauty.

We had our first grandchild, Charlie, last August and took her on her first RV camping trip (fairly locally) a couple weeks ago.  She loved it!  You're gonna have a whole lotta fun!

  - Mike
221  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rescreening the Coach screen door on: June 28, 2015, 09:45:45 am
Not sure if yours is the same, but ours is a Stowaway screen door.  Liftco is the frame and coach door.

Stowaway is apparently made/sold by a number of companies (Stowett, Lorge).  There are mobile screen repair companies all over the place ( for instance) and kits available to fix small holes at places like Home Depot, Ace, Lowes (

I'd suggest calling Kermit, as Sue suggested.....he might have material that can be replaced.

   - Mike
222  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: June 25, 2015, 09:41:04 am
Welcome Gretchen!  I'm sure you'll be a happy camper in your PC.  When we first got our rig I couldn't understand how folks just jump right into full-timing....but after living in ours on and off I definitely get it now.  Very nice, mostly easy life and no house upkeep!  Of course, Holly and John make it seem easy! 

   - Mike
223  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: HWH levelers not retracting on: June 19, 2015, 07:36:29 pm
Well, I just looked this up on the HWH website.  They only recommend cleaning the jack rod with soap and water or WD40, or lubing with WD40 depending on the situation.  They actually state that if silicone has been used then one should clean off the silicone with WD40.  It appears their stance is that the jack rod/cylinder itself should be clean but not necessarily lubed.  They do state there are other points which should be lubed with WD40.

Here is the FAQ link:
Here is the document link:

- Mike

224  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: HWH levelers not retracting on: June 16, 2015, 05:55:48 pm
I've had the same problem for a few months now (front right jack not extending on the first couple tries). Finally decided to try Dick's method and it works wonderfully.  No more frustration and much more playtime. 

- Mike
225  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Another one for the checklist... on: June 16, 2015, 05:51:05 pm
Our PC's generator exhaust pipe is held up by a u-bolt which is attached to the generator frame with a 2 inch piece of rubber of some type.  The rubber on ours broke on the way home from our last trip and wasn't really noticeable until I was giving the rig a once over preparing for another trip.  The u-bolt was also pretty rusty.  This is an easy fix if you can squeeze in there, but not something one would normally check routinely.

   - Mike
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