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451  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Beware a very serious Dingy Towing Danger on: September 14, 2010, 08:51:31 am
Not to make light of a potentially serious issue but keep in mind that all vehicles with power steering are very difficult to steer when the engine is not running. This does not necessarily mean the wheels won't track properly when under tow. Generally speaking, it's the towed vehicles "Caster" that causes the wheels to follow the arc of turn. The same thing that causes a vehicle's tendency to straighten when the steering wheel is released while moving ahead and to dramatically turn to an extreme when backing. Just like the front wheels of a shopping cart at your local Wal-Mart.

The steering wheel of our Edge is all but impossible to turn unless the engine is running. However, I've towed it almost 20,000 miles with no issues whatsoever.

Regardless, all members of a tow-bar, hitch, frame and frame mounting hardware must be periodically checked to insure safety.
452  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Using refrigerator while driving on: September 10, 2010, 05:41:38 am
Congratulations on your Phoenix.
We seldom Dry camp so our use is a bit different than Ron Dittmers.
Like others, I have my opinions, as listed below:
1.   Reefer: I manually set the Reefer on Propane when driving and change to electric when in a campground. I do this to help me remember to shut off the Reefer when fueling. Obviously you dont want a flame when taking fuel. This has worked well for us in over 25 years of having various rigs.
A word of warning: If you have the 3-way Reefer, Id suggest you not run it on 12-volts. Doing so requires a lot of current and unless very heavy wires and high amp alternator supply it, it can stop you dead. I speak from personal experience from experience with 2 separate units. 
2.   Water heater: We use electric exclusively and turn it on & off manually. I will say our Phoenix has the best water heater weve ever had. Its fast and the water is very hot, which is just fine for us.
3.   Dual-pane widows:  I do not like them because our last 2 units had them and over time the seals went south and the windows fogged between the glass panes due to condensation. This is a fairly common problem and there is no easy fix; the windows must be completely removed and rebuilt with new seals. I found this particularly annoying with our Alpine and it is expensive. Id rather put up with a little extra noise and use the heat-strip or furnace on very cold nights than have to go through the window repair again.

As to the quality of a Phoenix; our other units were considerably larger (and more costly) but, after completing an almost 11,000 mile trip this summer, I must say the PC quality is just as high as our Alpine was and its easier to drive. Its certainly less expensive to operate/maintain, easier to maneuver and doesnt require that we tow a car for the side trips when away from home.

With the help available on this forum, Im sure youll be able to have any questions answered and I think your biggest problem will be deciding where you want to go next (you can always do the Captain Kirk thing; point and say That way).

Youre gonna love it.
453  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Higher lights on: September 06, 2010, 11:52:13 am
That is definitely a possibility.
I went under it this morning and, being a bit anal, am not entirely comfortable with the way the hitch is secured to the frame. The tubing used sure is substantial and the welds look fine but I'd be more comfortable if it was cross-drilled in 2 places per side and had grade 8 bolts through it and the frame.

It wasn't us but I've seen what happens when welds break and a TOAD and hitch takes off across oncoming traffic. It ain't pretty.
Which is why I had my safety cables and breakaway switch secured to the frame rather than just the hitch.

I'm not going to make any immediate changes simply because I've found the PC easy enough to drive under any condition we've experienced to date and a TOAD may not be necessary.

Sure wasn't that way with the Alpine. That thing needed a ball-field to turn around in.

So far, the PC is a joy to own and operate.
454  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Higher lights on: September 06, 2010, 09:52:49 am
Thanks Ron.

I did this to my Alpine just to provide more awareness that there was something in front of some pretty stupid drivers. How in heck can you not see a wall 8-1/2 feet wide and 13 feet high? It was even worse when towing.

The PC, having really low mounted lights that cannot be seen when towing will only compound the issue. Regardless of all the additional lights I have on the Edge.

The lights I'd like to install are super bright 1" wide by 15" deep by 1-1/2" high surface mount LED type.

I'll eventually call Kermit.

Thanks again.
455  Main Forum / General Discussion / Higher lights on: September 06, 2010, 08:58:38 am
I'd like to add LED Stop/Signal/Run lights higher in the rear of our PC.
In order to do so, I'll have to run 3 wires per side between the rear cap and inner bulkhead up to about mid-way of the rear window's height.
Does anybody know if there is a clear path to do that?

Thanks in advance.
456  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: What Is That Banging I've Been Tollerating For The Past 3 Years? on: August 28, 2010, 06:40:38 am
I had the same problems.
The antenna was the reason I had to onto the roof in very high winds in Wyoming (it bothered me that much). A few of those rubber stick-on pads fixed that and I bent the wings up a bit.
The shelf was fixed the same way.

Also, I put some long (1/2" X 3") stick-on felt pads between the window shades and frame, which helped a lot.

None of these measures are new to us and we had so many of those felt things all over the Alpine you'd think we owned the company that makes them.
457  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Roof Rack Ladder on: August 25, 2010, 07:50:20 am
I do exactly the same thing as I go into the bay a lot more than I ever go onto the roof.
I had to do that in Wyoming to fix the antenna rattle that was driving me nuts.
It was extremely windy and I was almost blown off the roof.
I'm not big on using ladders.
458  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Big Thanks to Ron Dittmer on: August 25, 2010, 07:46:05 am
Hi Aimee.

How do I submit a photo, which was taken at Crater Lake and is kinda stunning in it's clarity.

459  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: test post on: August 22, 2010, 08:02:26 am
So far, it's working.
460  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: dry camping on: August 15, 2010, 06:04:23 pm
Not to worry. The AC and Microwave loads are too much for most inverters. And they'd suck a battery dry in no time if they were larger.
Need AC; use the Genny.
Same with the MW.
Don't expect too much from a couple of batteries lurking down under.

BTW, my FW tank also registers less than full when it's topped off. Same with my Alpine and others I've had. Unfortunately, it's kinda the nature of the beast.

These are probably not the answers you wanted but the good news is there's nothing wrong with your PC.
461  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Buying new on: August 10, 2010, 10:51:48 am
The slide shouldn't squeak while driving regularly. But, there's a good chance it will when driving at moderate speeds on rough roads, which are abundant here in PA. It's just something you may have to tolerate from time-to-time.

I do not move the PC with the kitchen tops in place. They are loose items and under severe braking can become very dangerous when they try to exit through the windshield.
462  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Buying new on: August 10, 2010, 06:39:14 am

I have never met an owner of a MH that did not do little things to their MH to "make it theirs". It seems to be the biggest commonality of us all.
We really like our Phoenix and believe you will like yours as well.

As for some people not wanting a slide or slides:
Slides provide more room but there are potential issues that go with that. Slides can leak, the mechanism can fail, they require maintenance and possibly adjustment, you have to learn to live with the squeaking that goes along with them and you must excercise care when running it out lest it hit something.

We've had MHs with and without slides and to be truthful, both have their advantages & disadvantages.

Ya pays yer money and takes yer chances.
463  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Heading west from Michigan to Yellowstone and then Utah on: August 07, 2010, 08:00:57 am
If it were me, I'd take I-80 west to another highway going north. I-39 will do that and get you to Beloit where you can jog over to 90/94 to the Twin Cities. I'd go 100 miles out of my way to avoid Chicago and the Dan Ryan. And avoiding most of the tolls will offset the gas somewhat.
464  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Heading west from Michigan to Yellowstone and then Utah on: August 05, 2010, 09:08:44 am
I lived in MI for 15 years and was able to hunt the UP a lot.

I-75 north of Saginaw gets pretty nice and making the trip through the UP is much nicer than taking I-94 West to I-80 or I-75 South to I-80. AND you can go from St. Ignace to Mackinac Island on the Ferry.
We stayed at the KOA on US 2 West (Lake Michigan Scenic Highway) about 4 miles from the Ferry when we were there in 2008 (they run a shuttle to the Ferry).
However, US 2 west of there was closed for a short stretch and we had to go around the Cut River Ravine. The detour (Cut River Rd.) was no trouble for a 36-foot Alpine towing an Edge so a PC can do it with no worries.

Above all, have a safe, trouble-free trip. You'll probably want to do it again.

Bob & Peg Mahon

465  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Deinstall Coffee Maker from Cupboard door on: August 05, 2010, 08:41:55 am
OK Mark.

Happy to help.
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