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1  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Direct TV home hd receiver on: May 27, 2016, 10:02:45 pm
We have Direct TV and take our receiver from home for use in the PC.  As Tom said you lose your local programing when traveling.  We generally stay in one place for a week or so, once set up we call Direct  TV, customer service and provide our location to receive the local programing. This past winter I think we called 4 or 5 times. Depending on the techs experience level they may not know what your talking about so you may have to push them to ask for help. One time this winter I called to change and they apologized, thinking I was having a technical issue and gave me 3 months of HBO free for the inconvience. Surprisingly they don't charge for the location changes.
We use a carry out dish and not all of there receivers are compatible with it, I don't know if this is an issue with the fixed dishes.
Almost forgot there are setting changes that you have to make to the receiver, this is done both when you take the dish out to be used with the portable and when it's returned to the house.  Customer service walked me through the steps which are straight forward.
Bob
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Flat towing on: May 19, 2016, 03:08:17 pm
George,
I will have the wire and fuse on hand when we see you in August.
Bob
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Flat towing on: May 19, 2016, 12:54:53 pm
We have towed our 2014 CRV for 10000 plus miles and haven't noticed any handling issues. 
As discussed in an earlier posting we have run the battery down several times, particularly
when towing for more than one day. I have installed a trickle charger under the hood and now plug it in over night when we will be towing on multille days. The "Toad Charger" device looks like it's worth pursuing.
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: questions to ask during walk-through of new PC on: April 25, 2016, 04:55:30 pm
In addition to the good suggestions above you will want to check that the appropriate systems work on the different power sources, i.e., generator, battery and shore power, both inside and out.  Check all external lights and the outlets.  Having been on the forum for several years and reading it religiously I was aware of issues others had had with new units, such as mounting issues with the TV and bathroom door. A great resource for what to look for if you haven't already.
On ours which we have had for 4 months we have had a problem with the water distribution valves and the frig is not automatically switching from electric to gas. I do some wood working and have an issue with the way some of detailing has been finished off, specifically inside closet doors, which I need to address this summer.
Considering the number of systems involved and the countless vendors who are furnishing your new unit its to PC's credit that we we encounter so few issues.
Good luck and enjoy
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Quality on: April 13, 2016, 09:09:10 pm
Adding to what Paul mentioned about the sourcing of materials, we have noted a few things we feel we're of a better grade on our 2012 PC then on our  new 2016.   They are minor, at least we hope, but the improvements made over the years more than make up for these changes.  One of the things we picked up right off is the rear ladder and roof rack are not as substantial as previously installed, so Ron the one in your basement maybe increasing in value.
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Quality on: April 13, 2016, 04:07:34 pm
We've had our new PC for 3 months now and have been living in it since pick up, so it got a fast break in. The only significant issue so far is with the water distribution box, the new type. One morning I found water running out the overflow hole while hooked up to city water. Called and talked to Kermit who said they had a bad batch and immediately sent a new one. Incidentally any one with this style might want to check the vent hole in it as mine is open to the inside, nice bug entry,, the actual vent is on the drivers side.
Other than that were good.
Bob
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Which Trip Planning software for 2016? on: April 08, 2016, 06:15:04 pm
We also depend on Allstays.  We also find " Inroute" great for time and distant planning.
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A few questions before I do a factory tour on: March 06, 2016, 11:43:48 am
Mike
Thanks for the suggestions.  Your correct about not being able to connect directly to the cable hookup.  Winegard sells an adaptor for doing it, but it's pricey. I looked quickly the other day for some knockouts under the hood without success, am heading off now to do that and will begin to pursue your other suggestions.
Bob
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A few questions before I do a factory tour on: March 06, 2016, 07:01:25 am
Used the awning lights last night and in my opinion they provide plenty of lighting.  They are LED's and run the entire length of the awning on the inboard side.
We traded our 2350 for a unit already completed and have a couple of small things we would have done differently, one is exterior covers for the vents which we missed immediately and will install when we get back home. The other thing is wiring for our satellite dish. We have a carry out one and have to run the cable through the passenger window which is less than desirable. Still working on just how to devise a better system.

10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A few questions before I do a factory tour on: March 05, 2016, 09:03:16 am
We have the new awning lights and I have only turned them on to make sure they work, my first impression was that they provide nice lighting.  Will give them another try tonight and report back.
Bob
11  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: PC Sighting on: February 23, 2016, 09:37:09 pm
Phoenix Crusiers appear to be active and on the move in central Florida. Since heading south just after Christmas we have seen at least 5 including 3 today at Hillsborough River state park near Tampa.  We have also been fortunate this winter to meet Sue and Barry as well as George and Judi.
Phoenix ownership has opened up immediate conversations and friendships, even if I can't always remember the names of those we've met.  These encounters have been great in the sharing of ideas and knowledge and generating a to do list when we return home this spring.

12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Towing lights not working on: October 09, 2015, 08:10:53 am
We had the same problem last year while traveling.  Ours is on a Sprinter chassis so there will be a different electrical setup. The service center could not locate any bad fuses, eventually called Kermit who immediately told us where the blown and hidden fuse was.
As it turned out the problem was one of the light sockets that had been installed in the tail lights of our Honda for the towing break and signal lights was bad and shorting out and blowing the hidden fuse.  
Good luck.
13  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Acadia national park on: October 02, 2015, 05:36:10 pm
Not knowing where your starting from this may or may not help.  We make the trip from southern points to our home in Maine a number of times per year we avoid I95 like the plaque.  We take I 84 to Newburg NY, pick up I 87 to Mass Pike, when we're in the Phoenix, in the car we will stay on 84 to the Mass Pike.  Driving though southern Conn.  and Hartford, can be miserable, with lots of traffic and numerous lane changes. The Mass Pike route is more expensive with tolls and an extra 100 miles or so but in our estimation well worth it.  From our experience there are also better camping locations with this route, although I am sure there are good spots to be found. If you take the Mass pike all of our GPS' try to exit us in Worcester, which can again put you into heavy traffic. Stay on for another 10 miles or so and exit on I 495 ( try to avoid 495 during the commuting hours) This is where you would end up if you went (and survived taking 95). From this point on its 95, NH and Maine turn pikes.  Here you have a choice of getting off on route 1 in Brunswick or going on and picking up route 3 around Agusta. As we live in the Camden Rockland area so we always get off at one of the Brunswick exits. Route 1 to route 3 in Bucksport which takes you to Ellsworth and follow the signs from there. 
We just got back from Virginia taking the Hartfofd route this week and encounted no problems. We were also at Acadia a few weeks ago.  Sites are nice, although ours required a bit of leveling, as do a number of them. Their saying our foliage is running late by at lesat a week, so not telling just how colorful it will be here. In addition to all the great things in the Park the Canadian Maritimes are a relatively short drive away We always enjoy  Campobello and Roosevelts home, if interested remember a passport is necessary.  Hope this helps, and feel free to ask for more information.
Enjoy your trip
14  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Smartphone Travel Apps on: September 04, 2015, 01:28:40 pm
GoPhoenix
We find ALLSAYS indispensable both when on the road and at home  when planning trips.
If your updating your apts does that mean your not selling?
15  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Bike Racks on: July 30, 2015, 07:46:05 am
We have the one with the  tire hoops and it's ok.  It's a little loose in the PC hitch, will need to add a shim to prevent it from rocking and the locking mechanism I find can be difficult to release when removing the bikes.  I purchased a cross bar for my wife's bike but ended up not needing it.
Overall I am happy with it.
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