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451  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: help planning vacation to yellowstone on: October 14, 2010, 09:39:10 am
Generally, wed rather use US Highways to drive through places than to use Interstates to drive past them.

We are also from NE PA and have a few suggestions, depending on how much time you have:
1.  Pick up the Mormon Trail in IL and meander through some neat areas. In NE youll pass Chimney Rock National Historic Site and a few other parks. The park in Scottsbluff, NE is pretty neat and a 2350 is small enough to be allowed to make the climb to the summit (if you need tire work, Dales Tire in Scottsbluff treated us well).

2.  In our experience, Cody, WY, the eastern gateway to Yellowstone, is a must. We stayed at the KOA and used the shuttles to town, took the city tour, visited the museum, watched the nightly gunfight outside the Irma Hotel (built by Buffalo Bill and named after his daughter). There is a Bus at the KOA that will take you to the nightly Rodeo, which was fun. Park the PC and use the local transportation.

3.  While in the area, drive the Chief Joseph highway to where it ends at US 212 (Beartooth Highway). Turn right at the T and head to Red Lodge, MT over Beartooth Pass (approx. 10,950 feet and open only from May to October). Its a very interesting and beautiful drive but be aware there are severe grades and switchbacks. I stayed in 3rd gear most of the way and used the brakes for very short jabs. DO NOT RIDE THE BRAKES!!!! There is a Gas station in Red Lodge; use it (we did the Beartooth both ways). Charles Kuralt called the Beartooth Highway The most scenic drive in America.

Above all, stay safe and God bless.
452  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Made A Decision Replacing The Barrel Chair on: October 10, 2010, 10:35:28 am
Hi Ron.

Please let em now what Kermit tells you.
If you do get a Captain's chair, let me know which model you chose.

Bob
453  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Four Weeks Chasing Continental Divide on: October 08, 2010, 08:12:38 pm
Glad to hear you had a great trip.
We did some of that earlier and also had a great trip.

Stay safe; there're a lot of idiots out there (but you know that).
454  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 6-CD Radio For The Ford Chassis on: October 01, 2010, 04:10:09 pm
There is a tool for removing the Ford radios that makes things a lot easier (pretty cheap too).
455  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Questions for new 2350 on: October 01, 2010, 04:08:36 pm
I suggest you look at covers for both vents. They're not that expensive when considered in the whole and I believe you'll want the 2nd later.
As for the seat; is there a reason you can't have both?
I've done this with my other MHs after I bought them and liked the result (being up/down adjustable helps with that small step in the cabin).
456  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: What Is That Banging I've Been Tollerating For The Past 3 Years? on: October 01, 2010, 09:05:28 am
As for the Corian Guillotines; I had to make a panic stop in our Alpine and the sink cover took off and hit the back of my seat. Hence my quick computer-like mind's decision to secure them where they can't become dangerous (we place then under the mattress behind the bulkhead until they're needed).
457  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Zero Gravity Chairs on: October 01, 2010, 08:58:15 am
I am looking for a folding chair to use when watching TV and the idea of storing it behind the Driver's seat appeals to me.

But before I buy anything, I'd like to know what a "Zero Gravity Chair" is.

Can anyone give me a source?

Thanks.
458  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: heat in the cab from engine on: September 30, 2010, 06:58:54 am
We've noticed the same thing and simply placed a folded bath towel on the passenger side floor, which made a big difference.
A more permanent fix would be to lift the carpet and insert some under-hood insulation before securing the carpet again.
Following that, install a heat shield between the exhaust pipe and floor.
459  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Is a slide-out practical? on: September 30, 2010, 06:49:50 am
We've had a number of motor homes and have enjoyed them. When discussing However, to use the OP's word, perhaps a bigger question is whether it truly practical to have a motor home at all?
There are those that argue they are not and considering the initial cost, poor fuel economy, ongoing maintenance and depreciation, debating them can be a bit dicey. But, in our case, the advantages of having one, based on personal preferences and lifestyle, present adequate support upon which to make a decision.

All the points made against having a slide, in my opinion, are viable and it's simply a matter for personal choice when making that final decision. I will add that when time to sell it arrives, for whatever reason, any motor home with a slide will be more appealing to prospective buyers.

I believe it all comes down to what I call the "Giggle factor" (how many dollars are you willing to spend per giggle?).
460  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: What Is That Banging I've Been Tollerating For The Past 3 Years? on: September 29, 2010, 12:40:38 pm
Tom,

You may want to start by duplicating a few of the things we did:
A.  Remove the grills (they have protrusions on the bottom that simply insert into holes - 2 per grill).
B.  Apply felt or rubber stick-on patches:
      1.   Behind the lower rail of the blinds and shades (which stops them from bumping metal to wall),
      2.   At all contact points of the counter extension (including the metal arms),
      3.   Between the cabinet doors and frame,
      4.   Between the back of the screen door and mounting frame.
      5.   At the sides between the upper metal part of the blinds and mounting frame.
      6.   On the antenna between any close points and roof.
C.  Do not place anything hard at the bottom of the cabinets or drawers.
D.  Wrap glass items in a paper towel before placing them in the drawers.
E.   Place a soft item between pots & pans, etc.
F.   Wiggle the vinyl-covered shelves over the Driver and Passenger seats. If they squeak, a little tightening could be in order (pry off the button to expose the screw head).

I'm really very bad with strange noises and drive Peg nuts with them. But she's been a good sport and has been quite successful chasing the noises I object to. Now, unless we are on a bad road surface, our rig is almost as quiet as our Edge and Mercury cars, which is saying something.

Regardless of the above, there will probably be noises that simply cannot be eliminated.
461  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: What Is That Banging I've Been Tollerating For The Past 3 Years? on: September 28, 2010, 06:58:13 pm
Be really, really careful when driving with those Corian type covers in place.
Personal experience tells me that a panic stop will turn them into Guillotines.
They'll want to go forward and there's little other than flesh to stop them.

We store them under the mattress in the rear, along with the burner grills, to eliminate noise and provide safety.

Be careful out there folks, too many fools behind the wheel make safe driving a challenge.
462  Main Forum / General Discussion / Air shocks on: September 22, 2010, 07:13:08 pm
Has anybody installed air shocks on an E350 chassis?
463  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: WTB: Captain Chair, Gray Or Green Leather (earlier style) on: September 14, 2010, 08:57:42 am
Ron,

Looks like we are of similar mind yet again.
I'd be interested in possibly purchasing the other Captain's chair, depending on color.

I've seen a "Euro" swivel type recliner having a flip-out foot rest but I can't remember where.
464  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.

Example:
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.
465  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.
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