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601  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Need Help with trip west on: March 30, 2013, 08:48:22 am
George and Judi,

Colorado - we did the Pikes Peak Cog Railway and Air Force Academy - enjoyed both very much.
                Mesa Verde is one of our favorite National Parks - make sure you take the ranger guided tour (1/2 off with your America the Beautiful Pass) - very interesting to be in the "ruins"
                 An hour away from Mesa Verde is the "FOUR CORNERS".  Some folks say it is a tourist trap but we went anyway and spent three hours there talking to the local vendors.  Some very interesting arrow heads being made.  We bought one and had the maker sign it for us (very cool).  Keep it displayed in our foyer at home.

Utah - Arches National Park - another of our favorites.  Sign up for the Firey Furnace Tour - again 1/2 off with your pass but do it early online because it does fill up fast.  Make sure you take the Ranger guided tour the private ones are 10 to 15 times as much.  We paid $7.50 for it and others who took the private tour were paying $100 plus.  It is a 3 hour tour that takes you into the Firey Furnace part of the park.  Wear good shoes and take water.  The ranger is very informative and gets you to climb into to some very neat spaces.  Very educational as well.  Not difficult knowing you both are in great shape!!!!

Get to Zion National Park and try to camp in the NP campground - very, very fun.  Many nice hikes throughout the park.

Grand Canyon is also one of our favorites.  We actually did a three day hike to the water falls.  Stayed on the Supai reservations.  Probably the best and most adventurous trip we ever did.

On our way out West one of the campground host talked us into joining Passport America.  We did and were not sorry at all.  Many nice Passport Parks out West and the most we ever paid was $15 dollars a night.  If you want more info I'll send you a private email.  We did not reserve any campgounds except for the NP ones.  Others we just found as we were driving or did some rustic camping.  Many BLM camps in the area.

602  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Norcold Refrigerator Service Manual on: March 19, 2013, 02:46:14 pm
We had a problem with our refrigerator getting too cold even on the lowest setting.  The fins in the refrigerator were also frosting over very heavily.  After doing some research online we think we have found the probelm.  The thermistor located on the fins seems to be failing.  We tested with an ohms meter and it was not testing as it should.  We have replaced it and at this moment all seems well.

The important thing is that we found the Service Manual online.  It is very good for troubleshooting the refrigerator. It is at

When you click on the link it will download the manual.  


Update:  The new thermistor is working great after 8 hours.  The refrigerator is keeping a nice steady temperature!!!
603  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Travel Advice Requested for traveling to Wyoming from NE Penna. on: March 13, 2013, 08:46:24 am
We made the trip to YNP from Michigan a couple of years ago and had a great time.  We agree with Tom's suggestions about places to stop.  One thing to add is that if you are not members of Passport America (PA) it might be something to check into.

When we stopped at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD the campground we stayed at was R&R Campground and the owner showed us the Passport America book.  We were relunctant to join but at the time it only cost us an extra $22.00.  She showed us the many Passport parks out west and it became obvious we could save $$$. 

We did a review of the many parks and most of them got good to excellent reviews.  In Custer we stayed at the Broke Arrow Campground that was in the middle of anywhere you wanted to go.  An excellent campground at only $15 a night.  We visited Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Custer State Park, and a couple of the other NP in the area.

When we visited Devils Tower we stayed in their campground ($6 for seniors).  Totally rustic so you could check out your generator.  When we were parked we looked out our window with the Tower in the background.

On that same trip we visited Zion NP (stayed in the park) and Arches NP (stayed at OK RV Park in Moab, another PA Park at only $15).  Both great places to stay.

Enjoy your trip.
604  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Removing carpet on: February 24, 2013, 03:24:40 pm

   I would call Phoenix and ask them their thoughts.  They could probably answer all your questions.

605  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Shower Pan on: February 21, 2013, 12:22:49 pm
The towel bar behind the bathroom door looks really nice "BUT" seems like you could catch yourself on that when trying to enter the bathroom through that somewhat tight door opening (for me anyway).


Actually we never did catch ourselves on the towel rack attached to the back of the bathroom door.  I had worried about that too but it was no problem.

I had a very small (countertop) wastebasket (with cover) in the bathroom that fit next to the toilet.  Anything large went into the wastebasket underneath the sink in the kitchen.


PS - I have the same phobia about putting holes in the wall.
606  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Shower Pan on: February 21, 2013, 08:04:04 am
When we had the 2350 here is what we did to add a little more storage in the bathroom.

Bathroom Counter Extension (Image Bath-1)

Matching corian cut to size and fitted in place.  The step down design allowed for a cleaner look and no need to try and match the sink edge pattern.  The extension provides a place for the tissue both top and bottom.

Additional Storage For Tall/Bulky Items (Images Bath -2 & Bath-3)

Located between the shower and the sink cabinet this area was perfect for tall items like curly irons and bulky hair dryers.  Image Bath-2 shows the top in place and Image Bath-3 shows the top removed for easy access.

Keep Rings Out Of The Trap (Image Bath-4)

A simple sink strainer from Home Depot can save hours of work and that priceless ring

Just One More Hook (Image Bath-5)

Another trip to Home Deport for a matching hook.  Use existing screw in side of medicine cabinet to attach hook. 

607  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Shower Pan on: February 21, 2013, 07:50:10 am

   In the 2350 we put them on the back of the door.  They also worked very well there and did not do any damage to the wood.  What I like about it is that the wet towel hangs free and does not touch any wall.  The  only thing I do not like about them is I wish they were a little bit wider.  I fold my towel in thirds to make it look neat.  I use the fast dry towels from J C Penney and they dry in a few hours even being folded.  Here is a pic from our 2350.


608  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Shower Pan on: February 20, 2013, 05:59:08 pm

These are the ones we use

We put one near the top of the shower door and the other about midway down.  They work good but if I were doing it again I would just go to a hardware store and buy the cheap towel bars that allow you to cut the bar down to the size you need.  I would then attach the two ends to the front of the shower door with a heavy duty two-sided tape.

With these that we bought we attached with a heavy duty two sided tape (didn't use the adhesive that it came with).  We used these same ones in our 2350 so 4 years and no problems plus no holes in the walls. 

609  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: hot water heater question on: February 19, 2013, 08:33:48 am
I turn the them both on the night before we leave home while the PC is still plugged into the house.

Tom - why do you find it necessary to turn the hot water heater on the night before?  We usually turn ours on when we get to our campsite and then turn it off before we leave the campground.  If we do forget to turn on the water heater it only takes about 10 - 15 minutes to heat up the water.

          We also never use the propane on the water heater unless we do not have electric.

          Just a reminder - never turn on your hot water heater if you do not have water in the hot water tank.
610  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: hot water heater question on: February 18, 2013, 05:54:23 pm
The red light is only on if the propane is not working properly. 

It takes about 15 minutes for the electric to work unless you have a large block of ice on the bottom of the hot water tank, then it will take awhile longer.  I noticed that heating with the propane takes just about the same amount of time or a little less.  We use electric whenever we can.

611  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Satellite TV hookup? on: February 18, 2013, 01:43:20 pm

I could not receive Direct TV using existing wiring on my 2008 PC.

I contacted technical support for both ANTENNATEK and WINEGARD about this situation.  Both companies provided the same explanation, a DC filter is installed within the wall plate to block any DC voltage on the cable input.  The satellite dish requires approximately 12 - 18VDC to power the LNB portion of the dish.  This voltage is supplied by the satellite receiver and is required to pass through all cables and any wall plates that are installed.  This filtering action is what prevents the satellite dish/receiver from working.

Wall plates that are typically installed in the RV industry are ANTENNATEK Part Number 065840 or WINEGARD Part Number RV7012.  These wall plates provide the option of watching TV from the RV TV antenna or from an external cable source but not from a satellite provider. 


The existing OUTSIDE CABLE JACK is used to connect to either a satellite dish or to the park cable to the coach and a Diplexer is used to route the signals inside the coach.  Two modifications are required.  First, a new TV wall plate is installed near existing TV wall plate.  Second, a Diplexer is installed between the OUTSIDE CABLE JACK and the existing amplifier wall plate.

The Diplexer is a passive device that combines or separates satellite and cable signals.  In addition, the Diplexer will pass DC voltage on the satellite port but will block the DC voltage on the cable port.  The cable port of the Diplexer is connected to the CABLE IN port of the existing amplifier wall plate and the satellite port of the Diplexer is connect to the TV connection on the new wall plate.  The satellite receiver is then connected to the new wall plate.  Distribution of the TV signal within the coach is a function of the installed Television equipment.

This is the simplest solution and requires the fewest new parts, however, it does present a problem.  Since the OUTSIDE CABLE JACK is shared between the Satellite input and the Cable input there is a chance the Satellite Receiver may put 12-18VDC onto the park cable.  To prevent this the Satellite Receiver needs to be disconnected from 120VAC or RG6 cable opened to the Diplexer. The simple solution to this issue is to always unplug your satellite receiver prior to hooking up the RV park cable.

Hope this helps.


Send me a private email for additional information.
612  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Heat Strip or Furnace on: February 16, 2013, 11:07:15 am

   Here is a link to the ceramic heater that we use.

What we like about it is that it does oscillate, is very quiet, temperature controlled, and a very small footprint so it stores out of the way very nicely.  Once we are camped I usually store it on the floor in front of the drivers seat and just bring it out when we need it.

613  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Heat Strip or Furnace on: February 16, 2013, 08:29:33 am

We too bought a small electric heater.  It is a small Lasko model 5409.  It was on sale for under $30.  We use the furnance if it is very cold and need to heat up the whole RV very quickly.  If we camp in very cold weather (30 or below) we "might" leave it on all night.  But it is noisy and may wake you up.  On our way to FL from MI we camp in 10 degree weather so sometimes that furnance is a necessity.

We put the heat strip on the take the chill out but it too is noisy.

We have used the small heater a few times now in FL.  It is quiet and really does a nice job of heating the RV.

614  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: February 14, 2013, 08:53:16 am
We SAW one.

Except for planned sightings (George and Judi, Syd and Margo) we finally saw another PC.  We were traveling south on US 1 at mm 80 and a PC was traveling north.  First one in 6 weeks.

Barry and Sue
615  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Emergency TO GO Bag on: February 08, 2013, 09:22:59 am
The link shows pictures to an RV Fire at the Red Coconut in Fort Myers Beach Florida that happened yesterday.  A garbage truck exploded and the RV parked nearest the dumpsters was totally destroyed.  The family from Quebec lost everything.  It was really fortunate that they all got out safely.

It does remind me to get a TO GO bag ready with all important papers such as passports, checkbook, money etc...  Ideally it would be nice to have a fireproof case ready.

We've heard these people did find their wallets and the drivers license is still intact so they are going to Miami today to get their passports reissued.  The Fort Myers Beach community has stepped up and doing everything they can for this family.

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