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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dip stick on: November 15, 2015, 09:41:23 pm
Thanks. Ron .  I tried your method and it worked much better.  It's still hard to read but it's possible now.
I am glad it improved for you.  Like you say, it works much better, enough to get a reading but is still not ideal.
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dip stick on: November 13, 2015, 11:32:19 pm
I surely understand the difficulty and frustration in getting a clean accurate reading.  I learned to do it a certain way which has helped me a lot.  Try it and see if it works for you.

Remove the dip stick, wipe it clean, and then Wait One Minute Or Longer before inserting & withdrawing the dip stick the second time to get your reading.  This allows oil that got up inside the tube when removing the dip stick the first time, to flow back down to create a cleaner tube for the withdraw the second time for a cleaner reading.

Of coarse when inserting the clean dip stick to get the reading, make absolutely sure it is completely inserted, push hard so the yellow rubber boot is seated all the way in and proper.  Say "one one-thousand", then withdraw the stick to get your reading.  Always hold the dip stick tip-down prior to and during your reading so the wet line does not move.
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question For 2552 Qwners on: November 11, 2015, 11:38:13 am
Good input Tom,

Admittedly I have no slide out to study, but maybe the captain seat could be mounted further out from the slide, more into the room.  If that person wants to watch TV, they could adjust/slide the seat out further yet to view the TV.  I measured 7 inches of travel on our pedestal.  The captain seat could be pulled out of the slide out by that much.

So the question is: Between mounting the seat at the front edge of the slide out, and the additional 7 inches of travel the pedestal provides, will that be enough to watch TV without needing to lean forward to see around the wall of the slide out?

There is another consideration regarding seat height.  The floor in the slide out is higher, a small step up. The pedestal should be a little shorter to compensate for it.

Like Tom says, if you have Phoenix make the changes, they do much of the research for you.
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question For 2552 Qwners on: November 11, 2015, 09:23:36 am
The gears inside my head are turning.

Since Marcia is traveling with one other person, 2 large bird cages (with birds of coarse), and 3 cats, I wonder if a more dramatic modification might provide the solution, of coarse with sacrifice to something else.

If the couch inside the slide out was removed, then install a captain seat with pedestal like we have by our entry door, the change might provide enough out-of-the-way space for your little companions.  The cages could be mounted higher, the floor below for cat beds or litter box, the space in between could be cabinets to store all pet needs.  You might need to buy cages specifically fitting the motor home, not use the ones from home.

Unlike the bedroom shirt closet sacrifice idea, the birds would always be in "day" space, I think a better social setting.

With the new captain seat mounted forward inside the slide out, it would be directly across the isle from the euro chair where a table could be set up as needed for the two people to eat at.  If you replaced the euro seat with another captain seat, then you would have four matching seats which would look like the rig was designed that way to begin with.  Captain seats to match your front ones can be ordered from Phoenix regardless of the year the rig was made.  You would need to get pedestals & seat belts which Phoenix can supply.  Then go somewhere local to have the changes made.  Each additional captain seat will cost $500-$600 including pedestals, seat belts, and shipping.  With specific dimensions, Phoenix can even build a cabinet inside the slide out per your specifications, and it would match the rest of the interior like it came that way from the factory when new.  I would wait to order the cabinet until after the seat was mounted to know exactly the remaining space you have to work with to maximize the size and configuration of the new cabinet.  I would imagine the cabinet could cost around $500 including shipping.  Call Phoenix for prices on the chairs and cabinet to know exactly what such an idea would cost.

The captain seat pedestals adjust in all directions so they can slide out into the open floor space as needed to eat at a shared table or watch TV better.

Just tossing out this idea, one of many from the PC family.

5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: First trip in our new 2552. on: November 10, 2015, 10:06:01 am
Very nice report about your trip and the 2552. Well done.
I agree!
6  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Need The Strength Of "THE HULK" To Work Your Shower Head? If So, Read This. on: November 08, 2015, 01:22:30 pm

I think your statement is very good for everyone to keep in mind when doing life.

Thank you for your kindness over the many years here on the PC forum.  And thank for you for your encouragement.  I do hope to manage my retirement in a very useful manner, both for us with our household, the people around us, and also the really big picture if you get what I mean.

7  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Need The Strength Of "THE HULK" To Work Your Shower Head? If So, Read This. on: November 08, 2015, 08:34:17 am
Thank you so much Paul.
8  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Need The Strength Of "THE HULK" To Work Your Shower Head? If So, Read This. on: November 05, 2015, 09:29:21 pm
Want to add our congratulations on your retirement.  I know you will have many new adventures to share with us. We are thoroughly enjoying our time.  Also I want to say how much we enjoy your helpful information on the forum.  All of the folks on here are great.

9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Full Timing? on: November 04, 2015, 05:07:27 pm
Call the factory on that question.  I suspect it will be little if any at all.
10  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Milky Way over PC2100 on: November 04, 2015, 08:37:46 am
 ThumbsUp  That is really cool.  Thanks for sharing.
11  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Need The Strength Of "THE HULK" To Work Your Shower Head? If So, Read This. on: November 04, 2015, 08:17:49 am
From reading your posts I gather this advice may not apply to you, but one can never be sure.

AVOID death by chair!   It is so easy to settle into a routine of sitting and thinking, or reading, or watching TV. Sure, retirement means slowing down but that comfy chair will pull you in and suck the life out of you.

I know you are active in your church and community so that will help... but leads to more advice: learn to say no. If you don't, you'll wind up with a full time job that you don't get paid for. Now is a good time to make that "Bucket List" for each of you and get to it.

It will take time to adapt but I think you're going to love being retired. I was beyond ready but John was not. He was happy at his desk and in his chair. Within two months on the road, he was totally into it. So, congratulations, relax and enjoy!
I am right there with you.

I love short term projects, whether at home, helping family, church, neighbors, community, whatever.  But I don't want to be a crutch either with "Don't bother because Ron will come in and save the day" kind of thinking.  But I have said "No, I can't do that" way too many times in my life.  I really want to say "Count me in" much more often.  I would like to attend events like these Phoenix Cruiser annual outings for example.

My church is a mega church which holds their Global Leadership Summit in August, an event that packs our main 7100 seat auditorium with over-flow in our smaller auditorium. The event is broadcast around the country, and later around the world with over 200,000 in attendance.  I am asked to help of which I have done on rare occasion because I have to take time off work.  Now I can join my wife and be counted on to help pull off that event every year.  Christmas services go for an entire week prior to Christmas Day.  I can step it up during those times as well.  I enjoy helping in spurts.  You get the idea.

I can see I will continue to be a busy guy and that is how I enjoy life.  Since being at home for less than a week, I have already lost a few pounds from not sitting in a cubicle for 40 hours a week, tapping into vending machine junk food twice a day.

Please don't worry about me.
12  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Need The Strength Of "THE HULK" To Work Your Shower Head? If So, Read This. on: November 02, 2015, 11:12:14 am

Congratulations.  Retirement is a summer vacation that never ends.  Enjoy!

Barry and Sue

Thank You!
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Winterizing on: November 02, 2015, 09:35:22 am
Given our PC is stored in our heated garage, I don't winterize it.  But I do my best to remove all water.  I have a steep driveway that I take advantage of.  I drive the rig up on an angle such that the remaining fresh water in that tank finds the drain valve, so more water is removed.  I also open the 3" waste cap in back and get the last of the water sitting in there which is about a 1/2 inch deep given the Sanicon inlet design.  Of coarse I do that after I sanitize the sewage system.

I could but don't bother to blow out the 3 traps.  I really should do that in case I ever need to pull the rig out of the garage during the winter.

Just so everyone here knows.  After you drain your hot water tank, there is still 1/2 gallon of water inside it.  This is by design to protect the 110v heating element from burning out if accidentally turned on while plugged in.  The manufacture of the hot water tank claims it is designed to freeze with the heating element inside it but that just does not sit right with me.  This is simply an FYI.  I have no suggestion to offer.
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thank you on: November 02, 2015, 08:45:10 am
Tom, I hope you realize I was kidding about my "Road Construction Orange" suggestion.  I like your comments Tom about an emergency LED beacon.  Actually a huge bright orange tarp would serve multiple purposes if Chiuly wanted such emergency visibility.

I recall some years back, there was story in the news about a fellow who drove his motor home on a closed winter road.  The fellow got stuck and then snowed in.  He survived for months but eventually died of cold and starvation.  It wasn't until spring when they found his motor home and body.  I want to say it was in Washington State but uncertain.  I think they searched for him but his rig got buried in snow and not seen from above.  Cleaning the snow off a huge orange tarp and emergency beacon could have saved him.  A good VHF 2-way radio might have also helped.

I always think of that stranded motor home story when I read of people on forums going wilderness camping during questionable times of the year.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Moving up to class a on: November 02, 2015, 01:32:53 am
Well wishes from me too skipper.  Cheers
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