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721  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Getting mail on the road on: February 22, 2012, 06:17:57 pm
We are generally gone for 3 months or more in the winter months.  Most of our bills are autopay including our credit card.  For those that are not we make a few copies of the remittance portion of the bill prior to leaving home, take a few envelopes and then we call for the amount when the billing date arrives.  My sister lives across the street from us so she picks up our mail and sends it to general delivery every six weeks or so.  We have been doing this for a few years and it has been working good so far.
We would not be without internet access while traveling.  We can always look up bills due online as well.  However, we do not pay any bills online or look at any bank statements on line.  Having worked in the computer field for many years we do not trust the WIFI access.

Barry and Sue
722  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Towing Dinghys on: February 17, 2012, 07:31:52 pm
I think the first thing that needs to be considered when choosing a toad is the towing rate of the hitch.  On my 2012 2551 the towing rate of the hitch is 5,000 pounds.   I think this is the standard hitch on the PC unless you specifically request something different.    So, if  you start with a 4,300 pound car add a couple of bikes, a bike rack, tow bar, base plates, drop hitch, saftey chains, and all the extras you store in your toad  you could be pretty close to that 5,000 pound limit.

Thus before you choose your toad think about how much weight you will be towing.  That might guide you to one toad versus another.

Remember the motto of all toads:  "I GO WHERE I'M TOAD"  LOL

723  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Batteries on: February 17, 2012, 10:59:24 am
you can and should leave the batteries on when plugged into shore power. The only time you should disconnect the batteries is when you need to store the PC for two or more weeks without hooking up.


    Why should you leave the batteries on when plugged into shore power?  Since the converter provides 12v when you are plugged into shore power there should be no drain on the batteries so why charge them constantly.

The only time you should disconnect the batteries is when you need to store the PC for two or more weeks without hooking up.

    What is the signficance of the two week timeframe?  We usually sit for two weeks at a time - being at the COE Parks they only allow 14 days at one time so we move to the next one for 14 days.

724  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Batteries on: February 16, 2012, 08:56:40 am

Just remember, when you disconnect the shore power and want the Frig to run on propane, turn the batteries back on.
725  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Batteries on: February 15, 2012, 09:59:27 pm

    We disconnect the batteries any time we are hooked up to shore power.  However, there still seems to be a small charge into the batteries even with the switch in the store position.  We are not totally sure it functions as a complete battery shut off.   
726  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: February 15, 2012, 03:13:11 pm
Paul and Marilyn,

We agree with you - do not make any changes to your ride until you drive it.  On our 2350 we only changed the shocks and added a rear trac bar and the drivability was beautiful.  Don't forget, Ford made some changes from the 2007 to 2008 model year and for us the 2008 drove very well except for the rear tracking.  We spent considerably less than Ron and had a very good ride.  The new owner thinks it drives great as well.
727  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: February 15, 2012, 10:09:30 am
Paul and Marilyn
    Welcome to the forum.  If you decide on a Phoenix Cruiser you will really like it.  We are on our second in three years.  We started with a 2350 and now have a 2551.  We use ours for extensive travel in the summer and 3-4 months living in the winter months.  We are now into our 8th week down in Florida and are finding the 2551 to be just the right size for us.  Numerous storage and very easy living in a smaller unit.  Since we tow a car we find the PC to be very easy to use to go from one site to another and then use the toad for everyday site seeing.  The 2551 is actually easier to drive than the 2350.  And we have not made any changes to it-we do plan on changing to the Bilstein shocks once we get home and get the front end aligned.  But other than that it handles like a dream!
    Not to overwelm you but we thought we would list some of our changes to the stock unit for your consideration.
1.   Fully body paint - had it and still wanted it.  Our 2350 (brown in color with cherry cabinets) looked better then new when we sold it.  We choose the Classic Umbre with cherry for the 2551.
2.   Leveling jacks - had them and loved them so ordered again.
3.   Premium Convenience package - had and kept it in the new one.
4.   Insulated Glass - had it and loved it so ordered again.
5.   Slide out - had it and loved it so ordered again.
6.   Leather captain chairs - had it and loved it so ordered again.
7.   Window treatmeants - we had all the window treatments the same in the 2350 so kept them that way for the 2551.  In other words they all look like the valence above the sofa/dinette.
8.   No carpet - didn't have it in the 2350 and didn't order it in the 2551. Very easy to wash rugs or buy new ones.
9.   No table hardward installed on floor - We use the spider legs provided by PC.
10. No coffee pot - didn't have it and didn't miss it.
11. No ladder or roof rack - never used it and like the look without.  It would fit in the garage either way. 
12.  No hooks or hangers installed in rear storage compartment - we wanted to organize it ourselves. 
13.  No mirror by stove
14.  Driver seat swivel - we had the power seat on the 2350 and never used it so we opted to have the driver seat swivel instead.  Gives us that fourth seat we need when we have visitors. 
15.  Access doors under driver side bed
16.  Adjustable shelf in cabinets
17.  No outside shower - never used it on the 2350 except to winterize it and we don't miss it on the 2551.  Why have the opening in the side wall when it isn't needed.
18.  Reversed hinges on passenger side shirt closet so to have easier access for kitchen items.
19.  Motion light on outside.
20.  Max air fan in bedroom area in place of fantastic fan.
21.  Didn't mount fire extinguisher
22.  Did not install shower head holder so we could install them per our height.
23.  Ordered larger cabinets above the winged areas.
24.  We have a driver side flip table like the passenger side table since our drivers seat swivels.
25.  Added a 12 volt plug in bathroom for any 12 volt bath items.
26.  No TV - we installed our own TV on an extendable swivel mount.  It is fantastic and gives us a great viewing angle anywhere we sit.
728  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Bike Rack on: February 15, 2012, 09:25:01 am

Our bike rack is a Thule 990 dual track.

729  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Bike Rack on: February 14, 2012, 02:08:38 pm
I guess we have the best of both worlds.  We find the bikes behind the PC much easier to use then when they were behind the toad.  The back storage compartment is very accessible with the dual receiver.  If we want to take the bikes with us when we use the toad we just move the bike rack to the toad.  We like keeping them behind the PC at the campgrounds and do not have to take the bikes with us everytime we go somewhere in the toad.  

During travel, there is alot less wind resistance with the bikes behind the PC.  It is great storage for them and they are not sitting out in the open when we are at a campground.    Since we have used both methods we can honestly say "for us" we prefer them behind the PC.

730  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: LED replacement lights on: February 09, 2012, 07:24:31 pm
Here's a couple of pics--One with all the bright fluorescent lights on and the other with all the "nightlights" on.  When watching TV we usually just have one in the bedroom area turned on or the one over the sink.  Gives us a nice "low" light throughout the PC.

731  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Bike Rack on: February 09, 2012, 07:13:50 pm
Here is an idea for those that can use a dual drop receiver.  Bikes can ride between the PC and the toad.  During travel they are out of the wind and when you get to the camp ground they are out of the way but yet easy to get.

A couple very important items.  MAKE SURE THERE IS ENOUGH ROOM BETWEEN THE HOOD OF THE TOAD, THE TOW BAR AND THE BIKE RACK.  Double check your turning radius to make sure there are no problems.   It could turn out to be very expensive if any two were to meet during a turn!!!!!

732  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: LED replacement lights on: February 09, 2012, 11:02:43 am

Here is a link to the lights that we have in our 2012 2551. We have the starburst series. We cannot find the manufacturers name on our lights but they look exactly like these.  They have the two cool white bulbs that light up when the switch is in one direction and the nightlight festoon bulb when the switch is in the other direction.  The nightlights are very nice at night.  Sometimes we just use one of the lights at night when watching TV at other times we may use a couple of lights.  If we get a chance tonight we will try to take some pictures.

733  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: LED replacement lights on: February 08, 2012, 06:17:21 pm
We really like the lights in our early model 2012.  When you flip the switch in one direction you have the flourescent lighting and when you flip the switch in the other direction you get a soft light similar to incandecent lighting and is a very nice warm lighting.  Every light fixture in our 2551 has this feature.
We understand that the lighting company that made these no longer carry them.

734  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: new shower hose on: February 07, 2012, 09:03:03 am
Nice idea  ThumbsUp
735  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Things We Have Added to Our 2350 - Dining Table on: February 07, 2012, 09:02:31 am

We do not have the factory supplied brakets so I cannot answer that question.  The poles themselves are the same ones that they used prior to the spider legs so I'm sure that the poles will still go into the brakets but with the spider legs permanently attached to them I do not know if they will work.  We just found that it was easier to attach the poles and them set them up and add the table top.  The way they are supposed to be used is that you but the spider legs on the floor, add a pole to each one and then add the table top.  We just found the table to be really sturdy by having the poles allready tightly attached to the spider legs.  The table can be moved without too much difficulty if we have it set up and have to get into the drawer.  Many times we'll set the table and then once we sit down we move it closer to us.  That is how sturdy it is.  We do not have carpet so I do not know if they would make any difference.

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