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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Really? on: February 05, 2017, 02:16:30 pm
I hope you find the above responses to your dilemma to be reassuring, Catsaplenty.  It won't be long and these hard months of planning and waiting will be a distant memory as you set out on your new journey.  Exciting times ahead!

(And Holly, hahahaha--you made me laugh.  I didn't take any offense at "mature," and indeed interpreted it as old-er/old-ish.  But if you have doubts in the future, a great term is "seasoned."  Makes me think of quite a lively old-er/old-ish person.   Cheer  Also, thanks for your kind words about the blog.  I enjoyed yours, too, when ya'll were actively traveling.  You should let Aimee put a link to it on Phoenix's Blog page (same goes for all those other bloggers out there).
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Coconut Oil in Tanks on: February 05, 2017, 02:03:37 pm
Thanks for the clarification, Donc13.  It was my fault for using too much.  The clumps were definitely the coco oil, though, as I am extremely careful about what goes into my tanks (wiping all dishes and pans with paper towels before washing them and well, at the risk of TMI, nothing solid goes into the toilet).  They weren't solid solid clumps.  Gelatinous would maybe be a better word.  At any rate, it was gunky and was sitting on the bottom of the exit pipes and all inside the macerator.

No damage done.  I'm flushing the tanks really good now and the macerator was doomed anyways because of the little accident that resulted in it having to be removed in the first place.  My fault for using too much!
3  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Ford E-350 Instrument Issues on: February 05, 2017, 01:57:04 pm
Hi John--Glad you are enjoying your PC.  Bummer about the electrical gremlin, though.  I had nearly the same thing happen to me three months into my travels.  The rig was off while I was away for a bit and when I returned I found lights blinking, radio going on/off, all sorts of crazy stuff.  Long story short it was, like 2 Frazzled suggests above, the circuit board.  Ford took care of the issue under warranty.  Although they did not find anything to definitively prove that was the issue.  But they tried testing other stuff and apparently when you don't get your answers elsewhere, you replace the circuit board.  Must have been the problem, since that fixed it just fine.  Good luck!
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Coconut Oil in Tanks on: February 03, 2017, 06:59:10 pm
I've searched and cannot find the original thread where someone mentioned adding some coconut oil to the waste tanks to help with the problem of sticky valves so I'll post a new thread here.

I had sticky valves to the point where when I was finished dumping and tried to close the black or gray valve, the light would continue to blink.  I tried the coconut oil and it worked... for the first few weeks, then the problem came back and stayed back.

This week I stupidly entered a parking lot with a bad grade between the lot and the road and bottomed out my left rear corner, damaging the pipe that connects the macerator to the rest of the tank plumbing.  I called Phoenix and Kermit recommended having the macerator removed and using the regular dump system until I make it back to Elkhart with my annual honey-do list.  (Remember, for those of you who don't know, Phoenix only charges $50/hour to work on their rigs for you and no one knows their business better than they do.)

Ok.  So when my helpful fellow removed the macerator today we found clumps and glumps of oily gunk all over the place.  I am in TX and it's not terribly cold, but still the oil partially solidified.

Please don't take this as any disrespect to the original poster of the idea, but I wanted to put it out there that if you want to try using the coconut oil, proceed with great caution.  The problem may well be with me.  I tend to err on the side of "Well!  If a little bit works well, then a little bit more will work even better!"  I may have used too much (a cup or so per tank after each dump).  I don't know.

In any case, I wanted to get this posted for anyone who is considering using the oil.   Grin

5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Motorhomeless on: February 02, 2017, 11:41:04 am
Will miss your expertise and forum contributions, but, Wow!, Newmar Class A!  Ya'll gonna have a grand time.  Wishing you safe and wonderful travels in your soon-to-be new motorhome.
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thanks on: February 01, 2017, 10:39:36 pm
You've been a wonderful forum contributor, Gail.  Sorry to see you go, but happy to hear you will continue your travels.  Keep in touch and maybe we'll catch up to one another in Florida yet!
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: January 12, 2017, 02:49:04 pm
Hi & Welcome, CKK,
I full-time solo (with dog and without toad) in my 2351, bought new in mid-2014.  Rather than leave a long reply in the forum addressing some of your questions and points, feel free to message me via the forum and we can either talk via email or phone, whichever you are more comfortable with.
 Grin
Carol
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The Two Waste Tank Electric Valve Actuators, Can They Be Serviced? on: January 09, 2017, 08:14:08 pm
Thanks for that tip, Donc13!
Like Ron's situation, my macerator valves had become stubborn about closing all the way for a couple of months this past fall (light would not stop blinking).
Since you made your suggestion, I have used the coconut oil every 2nd or 3rd dump and the situation is much improved.
Thanks!
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What does your Phoenix weigh? on: December 26, 2016, 03:31:25 pm
Hi Ron,
Thanks for reassurance from an expert!
Our rigs are almost the same, as that extra foot on mine is simply taken up by a closet/pantry, one each side, both close to the rear axle.  I notice our weights are pretty close, too, with mine slightly heavier on both axles.
Since you have an axle weight, not corner weights, I'd just caution you to perhaps take care how much you load into that right rear storage compartment, especially if you travel with full water.  I think that's the weak point on our models when it comes to weight distribution in the design.
Happy trails, and safe miles!
Carol
P.S. After upping my rear tires to 72psi today and going for a drive, I could tell it felt better.  Great ride and, if anything, it took the bumps better than before!
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What does your Phoenix weigh? on: December 26, 2016, 09:52:43 am
Sure, John.  Grin

The inflation/pressure table for my tire and weight suggests a minimum of 45 psi on the front and 65 on the rear tires.  (Thanks for posting that, Keelhauler!)

I know my front end is well under max load rating, but 45 psi seems insanely low to me.  After talking to the weigh master in Texas where I just got weighed, she confirmed 65 (which is what I've been putting in there) isn't going to do any harm other than make for a rougher ride on bumps and stuff.  I've had no problems with the fronts at 65 in the nearly two years since the first weigh in and I don't find the ride to be uncomfortably bumpy or rough.  But then, I have nothing to compare to as this is my first RV.

I have been running with 65 on the rear tires since the first weigh-in but after talking to the weigh master this time I've decided to up them to 72.  My rear is close to max and the one side is at max.  72 would give me a 10 percent cushion above the minimum recommended.  (According to the tire sidewalls, I can go up to a max of 80 psi.)

One reason I like that cushion is because of the variation in these tires' pressures at different "cold" temps.  If I were to run at the bare minimum recommended, then on a particularly cold morning I would actually have to add air to my tires to get them up to the minimum pressure.  This way, they will still meet that minimum even on a frigid cold morning.

My reasoning and my conclusions may well be flawed in some way.  If anyone notices something not right there, don't be shy and please speak up.  It's only taken two and a half years for some of this stuff to start to make a semblance of sense to me!
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What does your Phoenix weigh? on: December 24, 2016, 10:57:33 am
I just happened to weigh my 2015 2351 (no slide, no toad, E-350 chassis) the other day at an Escapees SmartWeigh scale where they do each of the four corners.  Like you, I had the FW, Lp, and gas tanks full and the waste tanks empty.  Here are my numbers.

Front passenger:  1800
Front driver:  1725
Rear passenger:  4275
Rear driver:  4050
Grand total:  11,850 (comfortably under the total GVWR of 12,500, with each axle also under their maximum weight rating of 5,000 front and 8,500 rear)

Nice thing about weighing all four corners, if you can, is you can get a good picture of the side-to-side ratio as well.  My sides are within 300 pounds of each other, which the weigh master said was within safe margins.

I can also see that my passenger rear corner is at the max (if you divide the axle rating in half), which is good to keep in mind as I pack and repack.  It also gives me the weight to use when checking the tire inflation charts for all the tires on that axle.
12  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Olando bound on: December 17, 2016, 10:04:19 pm
Thanks for the reports, Cat House, and a Merry Christmas to you and yours.  Smile
13  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Shake down tour on: December 13, 2016, 10:48:02 pm
Hi Garmp,

Here are three state parks in Illinois that I've liked a lot.  All three are super reasonably priced, have lots of trees, and nice areas/paths to walk.  None have sewer hookups but all have a dump station.  Be sure to call ahead to make sure wherever you choose to go is open, especially if you go as early as March.

Kickapoo SRA (off of I-74 near border with Indiana):  Two years ago it was just $20 per night for electric hookup.  My notes say (I have no actual memory remaining of it--thank goodness for notes) that it had great sites, great walks, and that the signals for the TV antenna and Verizon were good.

Wolf Creek State Park (about half way down the state and a bit to the west of I-57):  Also just $20 per night (electric and I think water, too).  Big sites, big park, lots of nice walking.  The campground isn't right on the lake but it's an easy drive if you have your toad with you.  (Later edit--I just realized you'll have a 2100 and it will be easy enough to bop around in that without a toad!)  TV and Verizon pretty good.  (Side note:  I've never stayed there, but on the other side of the lake from Wolf Creek State Park is Eagle Creek SRA.  It also has a campground.  It's part of the same system, so I presume it would be similar to Wolf Creek.)

Ferne Clyffe State Park in southern Illinois off of I-57 just after the I-24 split:  Again, $20 per night for electric and water hookup.  Sites are a little small but overall it's a very charming, sweet park.  Lots of nice walking trails.  TV and Verizon signals good.  There are actually quite a few National Park, State Park and Rec & Wildlife Areas on the southern tip of Illinois.  Some day I'd like to do more exploring there.

Be sure to report back on any gems you find when you get out there.  Meanwhile, have fun planning.  You are in a great part of the country, surrounded by lots of great camping choices!
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Steer SafeH on: November 16, 2016, 07:04:00 pm
Just wanted to throw my two cents in to balance the list a little bit.  My 2351 on the E350 with a 170" wheel base handles like a dream (no modifications).  My FW tank is under the bed against the rear wall and I travel with it full or close to full (waste tanks empty).  I did get a slight drag one time (no damage) when exiting a gas station over a dip to the road.  Since then I've been more careful and have had no more scrapes.
15  Main Forum / Photos / Re: 2016 2910 single slide on: November 07, 2016, 10:13:25 pm
Beautiful, and so nicely decorated!
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