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256  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: 12 Volt Charging Station on: December 06, 2013, 08:16:27 pm
Ok, note to self......next time I talk to Kermit I will implore him to document all the amazingly wonderful stuff he puts in our homes.  I can imagine some young, techie type motivated person that would love to put down in readable form everything we would want to know....pictures and everything.  Heck, I know a dozen that I could send up to Elkhart for a month and they would love it....well, after this frigid weather anyway. :-)

  - Mike
257  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Running Engine and Generator at Same Time on: December 06, 2013, 11:10:24 am
I hope it all turns out well.  How full are your tanks?

We've had a similar unusual week, but not as bad, here in the Bay Area north of San Francisco.  Low 50's during the day but into the 20's at night.  Ironically, our PC is sitting inside in one of the warmish repair bays of our local RV shop for a thermostat/heating issue.  I'm pretty happy that they've been too busy to finish the job quickly.

 - Mike
258  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What to do with an Fiamma Awning now that I have a new Electric Awning on: November 30, 2013, 08:18:55 pm
Might also want to look on the Sprinter/Caravan forums.  I remember a lot of discussion about Fiammas on those sites.  Might provide some idea of used costs.  Long shot, but maybe a local RV dealer might sell it for you on consignment?

  -Mike
259  Main Forum / General Discussion / Happy Thanksgiving! on: November 27, 2013, 07:54:54 pm
Lots of things to be thankful for this year, and among those are all of you amazing folks who have helped Joni and I for the past few months with our new PC.   Here's hoping you all have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

 - Mike and Joni
260  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Registering and Titling Our 2552 In California on: November 24, 2013, 11:16:42 am
Both the website and the DMV office were pretty clear in that 'vehicle' was a Ford and the 'body type' was a motorhome.  They also go as far as to physically verify the VIN, making sure all numbers match (door frame, engine, title, etc) and then certifying it.  Can't see them getting that part of the process wrong, even if you put the wrong (PC rather than Ford) VIN on the registration application.

- Mike
261  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Replaced filter on Generator on: November 23, 2013, 08:15:44 pm
Thanks!  Into the notebook.

- Mike
262  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Registering and Titling Our 2552 In California on: November 23, 2013, 12:33:53 am
Registering and Titling Our 2552 In California

For those that live in CA, thinking of purchasing a PC from Indiana and wondering about the California DMV process, I just went through it (new 2552, delivered to me in CA) and thought I'd share....

First, Phoenix Cruisers are (50 state) California Certified for registration here.  You have 20 days to register and pay fees, from the time the PC enters California.

I found dmv.ca.gov instructions a bit confusing as to what was required.  Here's what I would suggest to others.
 
Bring the following with you:

- Paperwork received from Phoenix USA: Bill of Sale, Odometer Disclosure Statement, Out-Of-State Delivery Affadavit (all three of these were delivered to me with the PC). Also, bring the two title certificates (one for the Ford and one for the PC, both of which I received via FedEx from Phoenix USA about a week after delivery)
- Completed Application for Title or Registration (form REG 343).  It can be found on the DMV website.  You'll be entering the info on this form for the Ford section of the PC. Most of this is pretty self explanatory, except for the Type Of Vehicle where you should check 'Auto' and body type should be 'MH'.
- Valid CA Smog Certificate.  Yep, brand new rig from out of state has to be smogged.  Average around here for a motorhome is about $130.
- Optional: Completed Verification of Vehicle (form 31).  This is to verify the Vehicle ID Number (VIN).  They will do this for you at DMV if you bring your PC with you or you can have the VIN verified beforehand by a trained Peace Officer, Auto Club Employee or Authorized CA Licensed Vehicle Verifier (for a fee) and you bring the completed form 31 in to DMV.  If you bring in your PC to DMV for VIN verification, you might want to check out the DMV office first for obstructions, low hanging trees, etc.  I'm glad I did this and decided to go to a neighboring town instead of mine.
-Your checkbook (they also now take debit cards). They will collect lots of fees (about $780 worth in my case) and both state and city 'Use Tax', which is pretty much your sales taxes (in my case, about $9,100)

They will give you your plates and stickers right then and there and will send you the new CA Title in about three weeks (unless you've financed)

I had a young DMV employee who obviously was not very familiar with registering an out of state motorhome, so it took a while (about 40 minutes). At least I had made an online appt and got right in when I showed up.

Hope this helps some prospective owners in CA.....

 - Mike
263  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Noisy Sharp Microwave Fan? on: November 22, 2013, 09:16:26 pm
 Hmmm...obviously the pix need to be turned 45 degrees clockwise.  LOL
264  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Noisy Sharp Microwave Fan? on: November 21, 2013, 10:16:46 pm
First time we used the microwave tonight we heard a clanking sound from the fan.  If you have a Sharp Carousel Convection Microwave Oven Model R-1874-T (or possibly similar) and the same issue, here's how I easily resolved it.  It appears that my unit was a bit too aggressively attached to the PC.  I set the oven to preheat, so the fan would run, then I removed the removable silver filter from under the microwave (picture one, below) then with a Phillips screwdriver, I backed the silver screw (top left in picture two) out a tiny bit at a time until the clanking stopped.  It didn't take but a quarter turn, at most.  Awesome convection/microwave, by the way.

  -Mike

265  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Jon Stewart comments on ObamaCare... on: November 20, 2013, 11:29:18 pm
Wow...you're a glutton for punishment!   LOL Wonder if I should give you a 'helpful' just for bravery?

 - Mike
266  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Time for a new computer but what? on: November 20, 2013, 08:15:47 pm
I echo Barry.  But from what I understand, besides being super easy to use, the Apple products are awesome with all things audio/video/photo.  Now that u have it, I'm sure you'll find all the amazing Apple software that will do what you want.

Just curious, what do you use your camera gear for?  Wouldn't mind seeing some stuff you've created!

- Mike
267  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Coincidence? on: November 20, 2013, 08:08:39 pm
Shipper: I have a yet-to-be-used trailer hitch....so I might just see if there is indeed a service team inside that trailer!  I'm sure a V10 could haul it, no?

  -Mike
268  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Bear Songs on: November 20, 2013, 08:02:24 pm
Oh, yikes!  As those in my family know, I have a phobia about bears.  Actually anything that can eat you, but bears seem more prevalent in that category.  Gorgeous powerful beasts tho!
269  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Coincidence? on: November 20, 2013, 03:37:48 pm
So, I had to bring my PC to Cordelia RV to take a look at my thermostat (gas heat /electric heat) issue and noticed their repair facility sits by the corner of the streets shown in the pic below.  I'm pretty sure they'll be able to resolve my problem!

- Mike
270  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: At long last - Our PC arrives! on: November 18, 2013, 01:39:27 pm
Holly: I searched the PC forum and didn't see any reference to condensation.  I've seen on other forums that some folks have that problem.  Matter of fact when we made our initial one night trip our neighbor who had a popup type camper van was washing and drying out a pad that he puts under his mattress that collects condensation.  I wouldn't think the 2552 would have that issue (at least on the passenger side) with the airflow grill and all those little heat sources under there.  Maybe the drivers side bed?

Ron: I was thinking about possible replacement materials (wood, composites or even maybe plastics). I know that the pressboard and MDF materials like the existing bed board are generally heavier than most woods, which would be another reason to replace.  I'll be stalking the shelves this week to see what I can find.

- Mike
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