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1486  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Dinette redo on: January 09, 2012, 11:07:43 pm
We go from a picnic table to eating off of our laps to a nicely set dinner table.  Here's a pic of how we set the table tonight.  It was just too hot to eat outside at 81 degrees and the full sun shining down (lol).   Eat
Sue, you and my wife would get along well with your "At Home" table settings.   rolling on the floor
1487  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Door Mat on: January 09, 2012, 04:52:25 pm
 ThumbsUp Barry-Sue
1488  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Dinette redo on: January 09, 2012, 03:01:25 pm
Trudy, I could easily manage with your indoor eating arrangement as it seems to be setup well and quite comfortable for two people.

But for my wife Irene, eating on separate tables would not fly with her.  It has to do with how we used to eat separately in our old motor home.  She is lovin us eating together at a regular table again.  Like most of you, Irene does prefer to eat outside, but quite often we are brought indoors due to weather or temperature, mosquitoes, or early night fall.  When we do eat in, Irene enjoys table settings done just right.  It's got to look right to her or she won't be feeling right about it.

A benefit to the dining table that I appreciate more is how the two of us sit across from eachother to play cards or a game like Scrabble.  I only wish the seating was more comfortable for longer periods.  Denser foam cushions and angled back rests (like you did Trudy) would both help.  
1489  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Window Awnings vs. Sun Screens on: January 09, 2012, 12:53:06 pm
Just for reference to other readers, not to address the situation in-full.

A couple years ago I bought affordable silver reflecting "Made For Ford Econoline" pop-open sun shades from Wal-Mart.  They cover just the inside of the windshield, blocking out the sun and cannot be looked through into the rig at night.  They store nicely in a seat back pocket.  The van door glass is not considered.  They work great for the quick daily no-fuss application, but for extended stays or storage in hot climates, this is not as good as what you people are using.
1490  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Door Mat on: January 08, 2012, 08:28:49 pm
We bought similar material by the foot off a roll at a home improvement store.  I cut it to size for the main entry door step and also in the outdoor storage compartment.  In this picture, it is the brown mat in the foreground.  It protects the fiberglass surface and eliminates rattling noises too.
1491  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Dinette redo on: January 08, 2012, 08:22:32 pm
Oh now that is "Tops".  If I had a slideout like you have Trudy, I'd be looking into this.  You basically made a day bed with a real nice pull-up table.  ThumbsUp
1492  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Magnetic Mount Paper Towel holder on: January 08, 2012, 08:05:31 pm
Has anyone considered putting the paper towel holder over the entry door?  I considered it until my wife brought home a beautiful "God Bless Our Home" decal for over the entry way.  No way would I cover over that.
1493  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Rally at W P Franklin COE Park in Florida on: January 07, 2012, 11:40:01 pm
What a good looking bunch of people.  Wink

It is great to see you getting together.  Maybe one day my wife and I would join a gathering, but my limited vacation time says it would be very unlikley.  
1494  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2552 on: January 07, 2012, 11:23:10 pm
Another suggestion - Don't limit yourself with the existing floor plans.  Phoenix Cruiser is very willing to work with the customer to give them what they want.  Check out what  George and Judi designed for themselves,434.0.html

.......everyone is different, everyones needs are different and you need to consider what is going to work best for you.
Barry-Sue, I agree completely with your statements.  What works fine for one couple, can be disasterous for another couple.

I really like gradygal's dinette no-slide alternative which is ideal for two people.  As much as we appreciate the bench storage, the single bed, and seating for four with our booth dinette, it sure can be quite uncomfortable after a while.  I have to get up every half hour or so to get my self straightened out.  More dense foam with angled backs would make a huge improvement.
1495  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Banks system on: January 06, 2012, 05:50:37 pm
Yes Jerry, I agree.  I should have also mentioned there is plenty of power anyway when towing our Jeep.

I had also considered the improved fuel economy the Banks claimed but could not justify it.
1496  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Magnetic Mount Paper Towel holder on: January 06, 2012, 05:47:53 pm
I hope you all will be disciplined to remove the towels before lighting up the cook top.  For me and my household, that would spell disaster.
1497  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Magnetic Mount Paper Towel holder on: January 06, 2012, 04:33:28 pm
I thought all PC microwave ovens hang over the stove top.  Paper towels hung over the stove top is concerning.
1498  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Banks system on: January 06, 2012, 04:11:47 pm
I looked into a Banks sytem but decided against it as the cost ran high and a bit too evasive for my comfort.
1499  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2552 on: January 06, 2012, 02:41:33 pm
I cannot comment on some points, but can on others given my older 2350 and the 2552, both without a slideout, will have some common features.

I think the 2552 comes with a free-standing euro chair placed behind the passenger seat.  Am I right?

If so, you can request a 3rd captain seat, identical to the ones used up front.  The only real advantage is that the seat is bolted to the floor and has seat belts, safe for a 3rd person to travel in.  Here are some pictures of my wife modeling our 3rd captain seat in our NO-slide with dinette 2350.

As Tom mentioned, slide outs are extremely popular, so I won't get into why we are very happy with our decision in not getting the slideout in our 2350.  I will say that back in 2007 when we bought ours, the slideout was much smaller which I could not see enough benefit unless you needed the couch with fold-out queen bed to sleep 2 more people.

In recent years the fridge has been included in the slideout which makes the interior much more roomier than it used to.  And in the 2552 you get a pull-out pantry next to the fridge when you get the couch, which is a very nice extra feature as shown here.

Looking at the floorplan of the 2552 with dinette in a slide-out, you give up the pantry to maintain good leg room and large table.  I would assume then a dinette without a slide-out would re-introduce a pantry when you consider the dinette is then moved farther forward about a foot closer to the driver like we have as shown here.  You further gain wall space by deleting the slide-out walls & related wood trim.  Maybe the pantry gets near 2 feet wide.

I wonder if all other models with the dinette booth in a slide-out would be cramped as shown here in this older model that does not include the fridge.

For comparison, this is our NO Slide-out dinette.  It also demonstrates how one can sit anywhere on the front facing booth and watch TV when traveling as well as when parked.  One of us will lean against the outside wall with a pillow to get comfortable while the other takes the captain seat.

It would be interesting to see some dinette booth pics and dimensions in the larger slide-out in the 2350, 2551, and 2552
1500  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: So I Need New Pics for the Home Page on: January 05, 2012, 04:04:52 pm
I would love to see that one gradygal.

Aimee, I sent you one from last summer's trip.  Crop out what you don't like.
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