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 on: Today at 11:31:30 am 
Started by Polish Prince - Last post by Barry-Sue
I installed a DB meter (Decibal 10 - free) on my iPad. As we are driving under various conditions I checked the noise level.  We are running at between 60-70.  This is very acceptable to us since normal conversation at 3 feet is 60-70 DB.  We have no noise issues in our cab or coach.

Sue

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 on: Today at 10:51:26 am 
Started by 2 Frazzled - Last post by 2 Frazzled
I have been remiss. I was asked to post info for travelers coming into the DC area for the annual rally of the Intevec-Phoenix Travel Club in September. I am now giving it a shot. I included some ideas and links because there is way too much to cover here. I encourage others to post here with suggestions.

Washington DC bound

There are so many things to see and do in the DC area, you could spend months here and just scratch the surface. Civil War sites abound (http://www.civilwartraveler.com/) as well as monuments and museums and natural spaces. You can drive from the cool splendor of the Appalachian Mountains, across the rolling hills of the Piedmont with wineries, farms and gardens, to the beautiful Chesapeake Bay with all its wild and wonderful estuaries, then on across the bay bridge to our flat and sandy Eastern Shore with more farms and more history then roll on until you reach the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean and you can drive all that in under 5 hours.

There are beautiful campsites all around, but few really close to DC. If you plan to wander DC, stay at Cherry Hill so you DO NOT have to drive in DC or around the beltway. Traffic here is evil and many people drive aggressively. Metro is safe and clean and gets you around quickly with little fuss. They have a trip planner so you know how to get from point to point http://www.wmata.com/ and the Metro map can be printed online or picked up at the stations. http://www.wmata.com/rail/maps/map.cfm  NOTE: on Metro escalators the unwritten rule is walk left, stand right. This means you stand on the right side so those in a hurry can race up the escalator past you on the left side. There are lots of people in a hurry in DC. Also, NO food or drink on Metro this includes water. You may carry it closed but dont eat or drink on the trains or in the stations. You will get a ticket.

Finding your way around the highways: John rolls his eyes on this but the way I describe the area above DC is this: Think of DC as the head of an alien. The beltway around DC is the aliens head. It has two antennae: One goes north-east and is I-95 with Baltimore at the top of the antenna. One goes North-west and is I-270 with Frederick at the top of the antenna. The two antennae are connected east/west by I-70, thus forming a triangle. Item to note: there are no tolls traveling east to west on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge or the bridges over the Susquehanna River (northeast MD). Youll pay $8-24 going west to east depending on number of axles.

We are on the Atlantic Flyway so birders can find numerous spots to watch the migrating flocks http://www.visitmaryland.org/list/top-spots-nature-watching-and-birding; http://dnr2.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/plants_wildlife/birdingmd.aspx. If you are into bald eagles, we recently stayed at Elk Neck State Park and hiked Turkey Point (1.5 miles round trip, easy walking on gravel road). We had 20 eagles in the sky overhead at one time. We then drove over to their boat ramp (Rouges Landing) to check out an Osprey nest just 12 or so feet over our heads on a light post on the sidewalk with three little chicks watching us over the edge and one parent watching us even more closely. We had a beautiful campsite there with full hookups and the sunsets looking across the bay from the swim beach were spectacular.

Dinosaurs once walked this land. A real dino dig is going on not far from DC in Laurel MD. http://history.pgparks.com/sites_and_museums/Dinosaur_Park.htm The park is free and open daily with interpretive signs but paleontologists demo their work on the first and third Saturdays of each month (just in case you are arriving early or staying after the rally since the rally aligns wit the SECOND Saturday of the month). The public helps hunt for dino bones during these open houses.

For a nature day trip try Patuxent Wildlife Research Center https://www.fws.gov/refuge/patuxent/ with a tram ride (check days and times), visitor center, and lots of nature to see.

Washington, DC far too many things to list so Ill just put in a few links so people can browse: https://washington.org/things-do-washington-dc; https://washington.org/topics/free-attractions; https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g28970-Activities-Washington_DC_District_of_Columbia.html; https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/United_States_of_America/Washington_DC/Things_To_Do-Washington_DC-TG-C-1.html; NOTE: references to the DC beltway are inner loop and outer loop this refers to the two parts of the same highway(s). The inner loop is the half going clockwise around DC. The outer loop travels counter-clockwise. Rush hour starts before 5:30 am and doesnt really end until after 7:00 pm. Depending on where you are, there is a slight let up between morning rush and lunch rush (maybe 9-10:30), then again between lunch rush and evening rush (maybe 2-3) but still busy. Government gets out at 3:30 and the rush is truly on.

Arlington, Georgetown and Alexandria all good places to see while in DC

Baltimore, MD beautiful harbor, science center, aquarium, street performers, shops, and more. Check out Little Italy (lots of Italian restaurants AND Vaccaros Italian Pastry Shop), visit the Taverns and Shops in Fells Point, wander the Inner Harbor (MD Science Center, National Aquarium, Phillips Seafood, McCormick Shop, USS Constellation, Pirate Cruises), get some history at Fort McHenry (where Francis Scott Key penned the Star Spangled Banner), and so much more. The circulator buses are free so you can park then tour http://www.charmcitycirculator.com/. http://baltimore.org/events

Frederick, MD used to be known as a hick town but now a vibrant city with free concerts and events throughout the summer and fall. Beautiful Baker Park runs through the City with Carroll Creek Park lined with benches and trees and fountains for a beautiful walk right down town. City center has historic buildings and lots of lots of great shops and restaurants. Frederick has a very walkable downtown and your four legged friends are welcomed at many venues.  http://www.visitfrederick.org/

Gettysburg, Antietam, Harpers Ferry All great stop overs on the way in to DC from the north.

Williamsburg, VA Colonial Williamsburg is definitely worth a few days if coming or going in that direction. Besides the living history in the colonial area itself, there are numerous other things to see and do: Merchants Square, Yorktown Victory Center, Jamestown Settlement, Busch Gardens (European Village Theme, including a beer garden) http://www.williamsburgva.gov/Index.aspx?page=5; http://www.visitwilliamsburg.com/;   There are also tons of outlets up Rte 60 all the way to Lightfoot, VA.

Virginia Beach popular destination with ocean beaches, a long paved boardwalk, shops, resorts  http://www.visitvirginiabeach.com/visitors/things-to-do/

Norfolk, VA Naval Station. There is usually a ship in harbor open to tour as well as the base tour. http://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrma/installations/ns_norfolk/about/installation_guide/visitor_information.html http://www.norfolkvisitor.com/norfolknavy/

Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive, Monticello, Fredericksburg all great stop overs on the way to DC from the south or southwest.

Annapolis Maryland state capitol, Naval Academy, boats, historic shops and more. Good place to book a tour on the Chesapeake. http://www.annapolis.gov/visitors; https://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g29494-s409/Annapolis:Maryland:First.Time.Visitors.html; http://www.visitannapolis.org/; http://www.usnabsd.com/for-visitors/

Chesapeake Beach, MD fishing charters on the bay. While Im sure they have them in Annapolis also, this is where the locals go to book a fishing trip. http://www.chesapeakefishingcharters.com/  Trophy bass (rockfish) season is in the spring so the fall limits are 2 per day, minimum 20, only one can be over 28. You can also go out on head boats here and fish for spot or other smaller fish.
 


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 on: Today at 08:02:05 am 
Started by ragoodsp - Last post by Gail Staton
The cab noise in our 2100 is exactly what we expected on a E350  V10, very tolerable.  However the slide does rattle at times and bothers me but not Hal.   Kermit said, after bringing in the slide all the way, back off slightly but not enough to break the seal.   I think it will release the tension on the brackets and stop the rattle.   

I would not give up the slide even if the rattle continues.   We prefer to travel in a small motorhome and the slide makes such a difference with the expanded livability.

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 on: June 28, 2016, 07:17:53 pm 
Started by jfcaramagno - Last post by Gail Staton
Eight years ago Lake Tahoe was one of the stops on one of our many trips.  Thanks for bringing back memories of our stay there.

Hal has installed  levels on the dash and at the refrigerator.  We can check front to back and side to side.  This system has worked for us for 16 years and about 125,000 miles.

Thanks for the info Carol and Ron.   Never know when we might need a level for other purposes and our phones do lay flat.

Gail

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 on: June 28, 2016, 12:35:54 pm 
Started by ragoodsp - Last post by ragoodsp
I have posted before about going the wireless toad lighting route and wanted to give a two year update.  I have a set of eTrailer.com LED wireless lights that I have now used a fair amount and I have to tell you they really are great.  I cut two 6" radius circle pieces of Diamond Shield and placed each on the roof just inside the roof rack rails on my Jeep Trailhawk so the light pads do not scratch the paint (they are suppose to be scratch less but I do not trust the felt material).  I just place the lights on the circles, very strong magnets hold them in place.  The remote transmitter plugs into the PC plug (will have to purchase a four plug to 7 round adapter), turn the light switch on that is on the base of one of the lights and away you go.   8 double A batteries last up to 10 hours of continuous operation.  Lights are up high, my bike rack does not block any lights and I do not have to cut into any Jeep electronics or deal with corrosion of splices , etc in a few years like I always have in other toads. Just my two cents.  Thanks, Ron G

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 on: June 28, 2016, 11:53:34 am 
Started by jfcaramagno - Last post by ron.dittmer
Just be sure your phone lies flat on the PC floor when using it as a level, for the PC floor is the proper reference point.

Some phone cases don't allow the phone to lie flat.  Something to consider for people like me.

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 on: June 28, 2016, 11:41:14 am 
Started by jfcaramagno - Last post by TomHanlon
Thanks Carol that will be handy.
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 on: June 28, 2016, 08:06:55 am 
Started by jfcaramagno - Last post by Carol
Apology in advance for a slight hijack of the thread but, speaking of leveling, I learned a neat i-phone trick recently.  Probably works on other smart phones, too.  Mine came with a compass app already on it.  When I open that up, then slide the screen left, my phone is turned into a level!

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 on: June 28, 2016, 08:04:03 am 
Started by jfcaramagno - Last post by Polish Prince
Ron, your baby is always level and warm.  We should all spoil our PC's like you can.

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 on: June 28, 2016, 07:53:54 am 
Started by ragoodsp - Last post by 2 Frazzled
House noise, same as above. I pick a noise, track it down and figure out how to silence it. Sometimes I win, sometimes not.

BUT, as for cab noise... that will vary. When we first bought our Phoenix we had evil noise. We had to yell loudly and often repeatedly to each other to be heard across the cab. After several trips to Phoenix and many days living in a hotel while our Phoenix lived at the Ford dealership, we wound up with no solution. The dealer tried to get approval for a complete rebuild of the transmission and housing to locate what they thought was a wandering screw caught in between metal parts somewhere but Ford denied the request as there was no solid evidence that it was the problem and all their other tests came back negative.

We then took someone's advice here on the forum and went to a drive train guy in the panhandle of Florida who used to be the service guru that found and fixed noises for different automobile manufacturers. His answer was it is probably some kind of wind noise that kicked in when you got up to a certain speed. He explained that to reduce costs, manufacturers reduced the number of screws used to hold different parts. Those parts can now catch the wind and sing. We happened to get one that roared. You can test this "loose parts" theory by opening the hood and trying to wiggle those plastic shields and such in there. There are a lot of possibilities.

I am happy to say our growling rumble died down to a good degree. I'm sure we've become somewhat accustomed to it but we know it is also quieter as we have to talk loudly over the truck noise, but no more screaming "LEFT TURN!!!!!!" over and over. We even listen to the radio now, turned up more than in the Subaru, but at least we can hear it.

So, it will vary. It is a truck. The truck cab itself has a certain amount of wind and road noise. It is hauling a good load up and down and around the country which sometimes makes her rumble AND there is always a chance that yours will "sing"... but I sincerely hope not.

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