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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: FANTASTIC FAN on: July 22, 2016, 08:05:37 am
Cindy & Dale--
Sorry about the fan but it sure sounds like a great trip you have planned.  Be sure to keep the forum posted!
I'm in east TN, not far from the mountains, so the heat is slightly less blistering, but only slightly.
Feel free to PM me if your travels here or there bring you near.  It would be lovely to meet you and your Baby Beast!
Wishing you a wonderful and safe road--
Carol
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: FANTASTIC FAN on: July 21, 2016, 08:26:11 pm
Unlikely, but... did you inadvertently turn the blue/red temperature sensor control all the way to red by accident?
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Love This Outside Carpet on: July 07, 2016, 10:04:19 pm
Nifty swifty! Where did you get it?  How easily does dirt and mud clean off before storing it away for travel? 
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Surge Guard on: July 03, 2016, 09:23:52 am
Yes, I told them.  I think it has something to do with the converter, personally.  Maybe a wonky switch or solenoid or something?  Bob checked some stuff out--not sure exactly what, though--and couldn't find an answer.
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Surge Guard on: July 02, 2016, 11:07:29 pm
Hi Jas,

Sorry about your trouble but I must say I was thrilled to see I'm not the only one with weird SurgeGuard behavior!

Mine started a little over a year ago and, like you indicate, it doesn't matter where I plug in and it also happens with the generator, that maybe one out of three times, the SG will count up to 128 secs then the screen will go blank.  And of course there is no connection without that built-in SG working.

When I was at Phoenix this Spring, they tried to replicate the problem several times and of course it did not happen then.  They really couldn't guess what was the problem.  They gave me a dummy electrical box that I can connect all the SG wires to if I ever decide to take the SG out.  I wanted this just in case the thing ever went totally bonkers and simply would not work.  I think that's one of the downsides to a built-in unit.  Unlike Progressive, SurgeGuard does not have a bypass switch.  If it breaks, you can't get shore or generator power without somehow bypassing it.

At one point I called SG and they said that the unit will do this if there is a faulty ground or reverse polarity somewhere in the rig.  In other words, it doesn't just react to the outside power source.  It won't give an error code, though, unless the fault is from the outside power source.  That's why the screen just goes blank.

After much trial and error, the only thing I have found that consistently works is to flip the breaker off for the converter/microwave whenever I hook up.  After the SG's 128 sec countdown and approval of the power source, I then flip that breaker on and all is good.

Maybe something like that will help you get by for now, until you can find a more permanent solution.  Please pass along to the rest of us what you discover, if anything!

Good luck!

6  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Trip Around Lake Michigan Shoreline (Some Lake Superior Too) on: July 02, 2016, 06:51:22 pm
Thanks, John!  And a happy Fourth to you and all the rest of the forum, as well.   Grin
7  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Trip Around Lake Michigan Shoreline (Some Lake Superior Too) on: July 02, 2016, 09:42:41 am
Hi John,

My first criteria in ranking a campground is the quality of dog walking available.  I have found State Parks to be excellent places to stay because usually they are on large parcels of land, have good roads and often decent trails (though I stick to the roads).  Based on that and the places between Michigan and Austin, depending upon your route, here are some notes on some of the places I've visited that may be along your way (and stars allotted out of 5 possible):

Lower IL:  Ferne Clyffe State Park (5 stars).  Good walks, charming, shady, good sites and facilities.

Western KY:  Columbus Belmont State Park (5 stars).  Great for history buffs.  Overlooks Mississippi River.  Great walks, nice sites and facilities.

"  "  :  Lake Malone State Park (3-4 stars).  Nice enough, very small.  Walks just so-so.  Downgraded mostly because it's so far off the main road, which may not matter to you.

Western TN:  Chickasaw State Park (3 stars).  Great walks but park very old, roads and sites and facilities in disrepair.

NE Arkansas:  Crowley's Ridge State Park (5+ stars).  Great walks, nice sites and facilities.

Eastern Ark:  Village Creek State Park (-4 stars).  Don't remember it much and notes weren't very detailed beyond the -4 stars.

Middle-Western Ark:  Lake Catherine State Park (4+ stars).  Nice walks, sites, and facilities.

"  "  :  DeGray Lake Resort State Park (4+ stars).  Another one where I didn't note the details, just the stars.

You didn't ask about TX and since you live there you probably know more about their parks than I do, but in case you haven't been to these two, I'll mention them since they are among my favorites:

North/East Texas:  Bonham State Park (5 stars).  Great on all counts, but very small so may need reservation if passing through on a weekend.

East Texas:  Caddo Lake State Park (5 stars).  Great on all counts, and absolutely beautiful setting on the bayou.

Happy trails and have fun making all your plans while you wait for the big day!

Carol



8  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Level Phoenix Cruiser on: June 28, 2016, 08:06:55 am
Apology in advance for a slight hijack of the thread but, speaking of leveling, I learned a neat i-phone trick recently.  Probably works on other smart phones, too.  Mine came with a compass app already on it.  When I open that up, then slide the screen left, my phone is turned into a level!
9  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Stop By And Say Hello This Weekend (Just Look For My PC) on: June 20, 2016, 08:31:08 am
Sounds like a great time, Ron and Irene.  PC is lucky to have owner-fans like you.  Not only do you spread good words about their product, but to open up your rig to hundreds of visitors over a weekend is really something!  Glad all went well and you had such fun.  Smile
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: June 10, 2016, 12:00:29 pm
Hi John,
Nope, no second thoughts about going slideless here.  And the reasons are all cited by Ron.  HiThere
Sounds like if you go with the couch, your decision is made for you, though I must say that Ron's design idea on growing the dinette is pretty cool.  Along those lines, I'll say as a solo traveler I love my dinette.  I can enjoy the TV from the frontward facing bench.  I can leave my table set up with paperwork, computer, some home decor things (table lamp, pictures, and a couple of knickknacks) and still have room to eat a meal.
Like Ron said, it all depends on how you travel, how long you stay in one place, and what you do when you get there (stay inside a lot or always out and about, mostly be alone or constantly entertaining?).
Good luck, have fun, and keep us posted!
Carol
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: May 31, 2016, 04:30:10 pm
Welcome, Buffalo Tim, Wife, and menagerie.  Sounds like you have a great set-up and loads of fun when you're on the road with your crew.  Glad you were able to fix your damage, but I imagine that was quite the unpleasant surprise.  Happy t(r)ails!
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: May 30, 2016, 09:22:25 pm
Welcome to the forum, John.  I don't have a diesel but I did investigate them back when I was trying to decide what to buy.  Two years later I can say I'm really happy with my 2351 on the Ford E350.  By not spending so much money on the diesel initially, I could afford to get other options that I would not have been able to afford otherwise (solar, full body paint, etc.).  Also, being not at all mechanically inclined, I felt a Ford would be easier to find servicing for when needed.  I know the diesels can last a lot longer, but I figure that the $15,000 or so I saved at the beginning can go into a rebuilt gas engine someday if me and my PC ever make it that far!
Good luck with your search.
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thanks for the years of assistance and comradery, and so long on: May 21, 2016, 08:01:43 am
You're going from one well-built rig to another.  Those Road Treks are sweet!  Good luck and happy trails to both of you on the road ahead
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Emergency preparedness on: May 07, 2016, 08:45:00 pm
My backpack go-to bag has cash and checkbook in it.  If needed, then I will throw in the PC, address book, purse, wi-fi with charger, and cell phone with charger.  If I know bad weather is in the area, I keep everything handy to stuff into the bag.  I also try to keep everything close to fully charged.  If something comes up unexpectedly, I'll be happy to get at least the backpack, phone, and doggy to a safer spot.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: THANK YOU on: April 11, 2016, 07:21:27 pm
Wow, thank YOU campmuch for your participation and helpfulness in the forum.  I wish you good luck in selling your rig, and hope that life has wonderful things in store for your future.  Thanks for your contact info--that was truly generous!
All the best--
Carol
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