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631  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.

632  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.

633  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.

634  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.

635  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. 

636  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.


637  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Parkways in New York on: September 11, 2012, 07:42:14 pm

Just gave you another helpful because we used your directions to bypass BOSTON.  Worked great.  We are now sitting in Freeport and will be moving to Bar Harbor tomorrow.

Thanks again.

638  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: September 11, 2012, 07:39:52 pm
If you plan to camp in cool or cold weather, PCs are designed for it.  Just be sure to get the thermal windows to maximize it's insulation properties.  I would assume a little insulation "R" rating is lost with a slideout, but have no personal experience with one.  Maybe someone else here will chime in about how tight a slideout seals against freezing temps.

We have had a slide on both of our PCs.  We have camped in zero degree temps and remain nice and warm.  We generally extend the slideout but if someone is concerned that they might lose a little insulation if you are in cold temps just keep the slideout retracted.  We have had a 2350 and a 2551 and you have access to everything with the slideout retracted.  The "BEST" of both worlds!

639  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dead starter battery on: September 02, 2012, 04:37:04 pm

As a precaution retract the PC steps so they cannot put a drain on the battery.

If the battery can be easily removed I would take it to a good auto parts store and have them test it.  Otherwise, fully charge the battery and wait at least 12 hours and then check the output voltage.  If the voltage is around 10V you probably have a bad cell.  If not you might have a drain on the battery.

640  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Bangor , ME to Burlington, VT on: September 01, 2012, 12:47:08 pm
Will be heading west from Bangor, ME in a couple of weeks.  Can anyone comment on the driving conditions on RT2 between I-95 and I-89.

641  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Add a sprayer to your toilet on: August 30, 2012, 07:38:01 pm

Just finished the installation and testing of the sprayer.  Works great, definitely a helpful.

642  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Parkways in New York on: August 24, 2012, 05:59:20 pm
Bill and Karen

Thanks for the links.  A helpful from me!!

643  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Parkways in New York on: August 24, 2012, 08:21:12 am
Jerry, I ended the garbage mail from Good Sam by telling them to take me off their mailing list.  The only thing I get now is the magazine.  Sure did stop alot of junk mail.

644  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Parkways in New York on: August 23, 2012, 08:04:47 pm
Thanks for the two replies - I gave you each a helpful.  I sure wish mapquest or other routing programs would allow for the avoidance of these parkways.


UPDATE 8:15 PM - I just logged into the Good Sam Club website (since I do have a membership) and I tried their routing program and it is actually "VERY NICE".  It did allow me to put in avoidances per state like parkways, tunnels, major bridges etc...   Very helpful indeed if you have a good sam membership.  Even will send the routing to your email so that it can be printed out. 
645  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Parkways in New York on: August 23, 2012, 08:43:43 am
In planning our trip to Maine I was reading that New York does not allow RVs on certain Parkways.  I've looked at the New York State DOT site and have called them but am wondering if others have found this to be a real issue.  What do you do to avoid these roads?  Is New York the only state that we have to worry about?  Any advice would be appreciated.

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