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1831  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Planning trip to utah, Colorado, and the Grand Canyon on: September 13, 2011, 11:59:15 am
That is one of my favorite destination areas with most time spent in southern Utah.  But I do NOT recommend going during the summer as it is way too hot.  95 degrees is considered a cool day.  105-110 is most common, but as they's a dry heat.  I don't care to feel like a muffin in an oven, browning on the top just before I hit flash-point.  April/May or Sept/Oct is ideal for cooler temps and also benefitial while the kids are still in school.  Families with school children fill up the national park system, campgrounds included.  Foreign tourists take over the region when I recommend to go which confirms when the best time is to go.  It is great to see and talk with them.  They get so excited and want to pick our brain.  There are fewer tourists than families, so there is some relief with crouds.  The only down-side is that the days are shorter which I really don't mind.  It forces us to rest more by calling it a day sooner.  We relax more then watching movies and games of Scrabble after dark.

How much time did you set aside for this trip?  Three weeks is pushing a very hard schedule.  I recommend four weeks, but even more is better yet.  I could write a 100 page planner, but won't.
1832  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: now what's he up to? on: September 13, 2011, 11:54:56 am
If you are discussing this shelf, it is a standard 11.25" pre-finished shelf purchased from Home Depot.
I made a pattern out of cardboard so the shelf follows the contour of the aerodynamic cap and non-perpendicular cabinet wall to the right.

1833  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Keep the sani-con? on: September 13, 2011, 10:30:00 am
Ron that is a nice looking vet you have there. Two questions about your picture. One did you paint the doors to match the vet or buy the vet to match the doors?. Two is what is that black wire looking thing on the side of your house?

David, I use the Rhino hose kit, which comes with end caps that seal the stink in the hose. I moved the bungee cords in the truck about two inches forward at the bottom. I can now lay the Rhino hose on the floor of the trunk. Works for me. I have not been able to find a good place to mount a hose holder under the motorhome like I did on my previous motorhomes.
I never realized the Vette matched the garage doors.   LOL   The Vette came along much later.
The black round wire thing is a garden hose hanger.  The picture was taken in the spring, before the hose came out for the season.

I too have a Rhino hose with end caps, but I did also buy a very nice 5 foot long sewage hose storage tube, designed for the application.  I think it was $60 with shipping included.  I have not yet mounted the tube on my 2007 2350, but I did "quickly" size it up, thinking the best place to mount it is just rear of the 55 gallon fuel tank.  The tube's back mounting bracket would mount to the chassis frame.  The front bracket by the opening would mount to the underside of the sani-con hose storage housing.  That places it's access along with the rest of the poop stuff.  In that position, the tube still seems high enough and forward enough to be protected from any road damage.  Surely no worse than the mascerator pump.

But the storage tube is not mounted, so my mounting thoughts are not confirmed.
1834  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Liquid Tape on: September 12, 2011, 12:00:48 pm
I used silicone grease a few years ago, but this past spring when I wired in a back-up light switch, I noticed most of the grease was replaced with road grime.  My idea did not provide long lasting results.

Billy, Your liquid tape idea sounds much better.   ThumbsUp
1835  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Keep the sani-con? on: September 12, 2011, 11:48:33 am
I can understand why DJM and Tom use the standard method.  But for me, the Sanicon is great for our travels.  I bought a storage tube for our Rhino sewage hose, but have not yet mounted it.  I can see that will be ideal for extended stays with camp side sewage.

The only time I open that 3" cap is after the season has ended.  I bleach & flush both gray and black tanks, then fill to the tippy top with fresh water, I then open the 3" sewer and let the last rush out in a fury.  No solid waste concerns as we don't do solids in the motor home.  We cannot risk smelling anything given the motor home is inside a heated garage, positioned under our bedroom.  Tank cleanliness is critcal under the circumstances.

This picture sort-of shows our situation.  The master bedroom is above the garage.  I need a better picture, especially now that the garage was just repainted bright white.
1836  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: QR Codes on: September 09, 2011, 11:05:39 am
Well I have an expensive mh but am too cheap to buy a smart phone.. Does that make sense?  DJM
It makes perfect sense to me.

My cell is a basic phone and I don't text either.  By the way, I worked for Motorola until this year when the company split in two.  Now I am disconnected from the cell phone portion.

Another reference to my lack of interest in pay-for technical advancements would be when we first got cable TV......2004 and then only with the least amount of channels, the basic/basic service.  We got it only because it was cheaper than getting high speed internet service by itself, a package deal.  We since have switched to another carrier and cancelled all services, but the cable-TV still works so we still have cable.
1837  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Putting Up Awning While In A Real Bad Storm on: September 08, 2011, 03:54:51 pm
About the Winegard antenna.  I could see the value in having it during a blackout or similar community crisis like Tom recently experienced.  But that is a very rare instance of which then I would resort to the Ford dash radio to stay in-touch with the world.  I hope I never have to eat those words and be glad to have the roof antenna after-all because of a community crisis like that where I live here near Chicago.

About stuff screwed on the outside of the motor home........I guess my Fiero/MR2/Corvettte hobby for the past 20 years has me looking at my PC in similar fashion.  I don't like added things hanging off the body, disrupting smooth lines and such.  I also get into the detailing of my vehicles of which anything added on becomes troublesome with my polisher and such.

But at the same time I wished I had a few extra porch lights for improved campsite lighting, so I contradict myself.   shrug
1838  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Putting Up Awning While In A Real Bad Storm on: September 07, 2011, 02:20:30 pm
What bothers me about the electric awning are the vertical rails mounted on the side of the motor home.  I have a "Thing" concerning such things which for the same reasons I insisted the factory give me my roof rack and ladder in pieces, left inside the motor home.  I wished I had done the same with the Wineguard antena, leaving it in it's shipping carton.  If I ever accidentally punch a huge hole in my front aero-cap and it needs replacing, I'll save my insurance company some money and delete the antena.
1839  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electric sofa/bed question on: August 31, 2011, 03:20:38 pm
I think Irene and I could handle shows and factory visits.  Nothing longer would fit inside our garage, and I actually like the outdoor storage and maybe a few other basics of our older 2350, over later ones.  But a visit might push me hard to replace my cloth dinette cushions with leather.  I still live with that one regret.  Regardless, it is nothing a modification can't handle.

I wonder if I could swap my 2007 Ford front cab interior to the later design.  Maybe I'll find an 09-11 junker in the light tan one day.....20 years from now, ha, ha.  I would need a boring lifestyle to seriously consider that project.
1840  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: rv awning clamp on: August 29, 2011, 07:19:25 pm
That device would not apply to the earlier box awning as I have on my 2007.  But maybe it would be useful to work with the newer electric awning because the entire awning roll is open to the elements when rolled up, right?.  I understand Billy's question, wondering if it would be useful.  Sometimes such things prevent one potential problem, but create another, "abrasion while in transit" as one possibility.
1841  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rust below outside door hinge on: August 28, 2011, 07:32:05 pm
On my old motor home with only the gel-coat finish, it developed rust stains around hardware that eventually could not be 100% removed.  But at that elderly in it's 20's, I no longer was a perfectionist.

A polishing compound like mentioned above worked best, though I never did try CLR.  That might have done better.  It makes sense to use on gel coat, but not painted surfaces as it might etch the paint.
1842  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: August 24, 2011, 09:14:05 pm
Hi Vicki & Jack,


Any questions, concerns, we share everything here, not just the great stuff.  But we try real hard to be kind when issues pop up.  Phoenix USA takes really good care of the people who bought their creations, and we appreciate it so very much.  So if something concerns you, this is a good place to start.  Just ask your question.

A number of us have some interesting add-ons and modifications too.  So if you wonder....if only.....just ask.  Maybe someone here has done something about it already.

See you around!
1843  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New Colors on: August 24, 2011, 02:07:47 pm
I hate to be a party-pooper here, but I do not like the sunlit exterior color.  Specifically the creme color base.  If I were special ordering a 2012 sunlit, I would also special order a darker base color in metalic, something similar to the full body dusk.

All 2012 Interiors look great!  ThumbsUp
1844  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electric sofa/bed question on: August 22, 2011, 02:59:05 am
I never could understand how regular use of an air bed would have any kind of reliability.  If Phoenix is shipping you a new air mattress, maybe you could discuss a trade-up for the new 2012 couch bed combo with memory foam.  It looks like you have a chance of getting it to fit through the main entry door.  But if not, maybe through the front passenger door with seat and engine cover removed.

1845  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: S&S RV Service in Gettysburg, Pa. on: August 19, 2011, 01:51:26 pm
I have the red Koni-RV adjustable shocks and they seem to work just fine.  Since they were part of a larger over-all suspension upgrade, I cannot provide a direct comparison to the original Ford shocks.

They are set to the highest/stiffest setting on my E350 chassis as recommended per the suspension shop.
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