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631  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Mattress bottom protected on: October 02, 2012, 07:47:22 pm

     We are going to be camping near you from 1/10/13 for two weeks.  After we leave WP Franklin we head over to the St. Lucie locks for two weeks.  I think Vero Beach is a short distance north of Stuart.  If you can't get a site there for a few days stop on by.  Cheers

Barry and Sue

PS - Just saw your post - we'll see you Jan 2.  Looking forward to it.  And I think site 22 is a nice pull thru site even though it is described as a back in.  PARTY at the WP Franklin Locks on the second of JAN. 
632  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Mattress bottom protected on: October 01, 2012, 03:39:13 pm

       Barry said you can stop those old man night breaks by getting a clock that runs fast.  That way it may be morning on that clock when you get up to go!! rolling on the floor rolling on the floor

633  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Mattress bottom protected on: October 01, 2012, 03:35:52 pm

     After we polyurethaned we just let it air out and never had an issue with the fumes.

634  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Check your shower seams on: October 01, 2012, 10:31:52 am
We've got a leak in our 2010 2551 shower, and can't locate it. Very elusive.


Did you ever find the leak in your shower?  I found some water in our sink cabinet when I was cleaning and don't know if I spilled something or have a small leak so was just checking if you found the cause of yours.

635  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Mattress bottom protected on: October 01, 2012, 08:12:03 am
Syd and Margo

    Safe travels and see you in Jan.

Barry and Sue
636  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Mattress bottom protected on: September 30, 2012, 05:58:12 pm
The mattresses are a special size for the RV.  When we had the 2008 2350 I was going to replace the mattress because it got very uncomfortable.  There were a couple of places in Florida that I looked into.  One was in Fort Lauderdale.  This was the company I was looking into to   Barry sold the RV before we had it replaced so my problem was solved.

If you do a search online you'll find other companies in FL. 

For us the polyurethane took care of 99% of the wood splinters so that is another way to prevent the problem.

If you call PC they could also advise you on where to get another mattress or they may even sell you one.  If they are going to an RV show in your area you might even ask them to bring it down with them.

A word of warning on turning the mattress over.  When we got our 2551 we asked Carol if they could be turned and she said no.  The twin ones are made with two types of foam - a more firmer foam on the bottom and then a sleeping foam on top.  She told us the label should always be on the top side.  I do not know if this is true for all mattress sizes and I also know that it was not true for model year 2008.  I do not know when they changed.

637  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Cherry Finish Maintenace and Repair on: September 30, 2012, 12:45:26 pm

   We might have a couple of ounces of the cherry stain left over that we got from phoenix when we ordered our unit.  If we do and you need some let me know and I will put it in a small jar and bring it to WP in January.

638  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Cherry Finish Maintenace and Repair on: September 30, 2012, 09:06:29 am
I found another Minwax product that I have used to repair any missing stain on the cherry cabinets.  It is the stain marker.  It can be seen at

This marker actually has stain in it compared to the putty.  The putty is great to do a fill in of any nicks or dents but if I just have a small scratch that is in need of stain I use this.  I run over the scratch with the marker, wait just a second or 2 and then take a paper towel and dab over it.  By dabbing with the paper towel you remove any of the stain that is sitting on top of the wood but it keeps the stain within the scratched area.   Again the red mahogany was a great color match for the cherry cabinets.

I did "MAJOR" fall cleaning of the PC last week (took me three days) and now everything looks brand new again.   Now I get to start cleaning the house.  pulling hair out
639  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Mattress bottom protected on: September 30, 2012, 08:47:29 am

   I too tuck the back corners in and have no problem doing this with the yoga mats in place but I have always lifted the mattress ever so slightly so as not to drag it along the wooden board.  I guess just different ways of doing it.  And yes, the polyurethane stopped 99% of the splitters but I still did not like that stray one every now and then.  Maybe I'm just being overprotective!!!

640  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Mattress bottom protected on: September 29, 2012, 03:27:58 pm
I finally found something that fully protects the bottom of the mattress from any more stray wood slivers.  We had polyurethaned the wood boards but there were still a few stray slivers.  I was at the Five and Below store and found yoga mats for $5.  They fit perfectly on the shorter bed of the 2551 (login to see pics) and are just a little short for the longer bed.  The mattress pad protects the edges and the yoga mat protects the rest.  They also prevent any sliding of the mattress on the wood boards.

641  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Flat Tow a Smart Car on: September 28, 2012, 04:39:26 pm
Here is a site I have used in the past to check if a car is towable four down..

They have a great customer service center (1-800-228-2481 ) and have been willing and able to answer most questions in the past.

BUT as everyones says check with Mercedes just to be on the safe side.

642  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Florida campground on: September 26, 2012, 06:47:30 pm

   While I cannot recommend a specific park if you look at you will get an idea of what parks are in the particular area you want to be, how people rate them, and what they have to offer.  It even allows you to click on the website of the park and check out the rates, rental cabins, amenities etc...

I find this site very useful when looking for a campground.  You get a pretty good idea of what type of place it is.  I used this site for our last trip out east and found all the information that I wanted.  We were not disappointed in any of the campgrounds we stayed at and averaged $29 a night for the 22 nights that we camped.  That included using a few Passport America parks that were recommended on this site.

643  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New member/owner on: September 22, 2012, 06:50:46 pm

Congratulations on the new PC.  We have had 2 PCs and they were both great.  The crew at phoenix is dedicated to doing a good job and wants to make the customer happy.  You have made a very good decision.

We have had a 2008 2350 and a 2012 2551 both drove and handled differently from the factory.  On the 2008 2350 we had to do several things to the suspension to make it very drivable.  In the case of the 2012 2551 it was very drivable from the factory, all we did was get a front end alignment.  Before you make any suspension changes drive it in as many different conditions as possible. Then you can determine if anything needs to done.

644  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: AC not blowing cold on: September 22, 2012, 06:16:10 pm

   In our 2551S 2012 the AC model number is 640315 with heat strip.  We purchased ours in October, 2011.

   I would call your RV insurance company and see if they would cover it since it was due to a lightning strike.  Depending where it happened, if you were sitting at home, maybe homeowners would cover it.  Just thought I offer those suggestions. 

645  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Planning a trip to Maine and Cape Cod on: September 13, 2012, 03:56:26 pm

We are into the second week of our trip out East.  Our visit to Cape Cod was just a day trip and we stayed in Plymouth, MA at the Pinewood Lodge Campground in the midst of a Pine Forest.  We are now in Bar Harbor and staying at Mt. Desert Narrows.  Nice campground as others have stated.  We chose this one because we are Passport America members and it is only half price from Sun-Thurs.  A good deal at less than $20 for a campground in this area.  They gave us an Ocean Front site and it is gorgeous.  All campgrounds we have been to are about half full.  I did not make any reservations for any of them and just called them when we were on our way.  No problems this time of year.  It may get busy as the color changes start.


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