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 on: July 14, 2014, 06:09:18 pm 
Started by bobander - Last post by grimes34
We actually saw a similar case in Florida back in March...looked like it had been applied over dusty sand!

We have a 2007 2551, And the only part of the paint finish that looks bad is the "Diamond Shield" !

 42 
 on: July 14, 2014, 05:29:56 pm 
Started by Carol - Last post by Carol
Woooo, thanks for the warning, Ron (and thanks for the original drawer idea to begin with!).  That sounds like a horrible mess!  I will follow through on the child safety locks and someday hopeful get them installed.  Meanwhile  I will drive carefully (as if I don't anyhow hahaha) and will watch the drawers' load.

 43 
 on: July 14, 2014, 05:22:32 pm 
Started by ColoRockiesFan - Last post by Carol
Thanks for putting that link in for your bike storage project, Sparky.  At some point, when everything I need to do subsides a bit, I wanted to check into a folding bike and your storage idea is perfect!

 44 
 on: July 14, 2014, 03:36:32 pm 
Started by Wood Waterstone - Last post by skipper
We have had our 2552 for almost a year and always deploy the levelers if nothing else to stabilize the vehicle.  Even the so called level lots where we park aren't usually level and I like to lift the right side a tiny bit more than the left so the a/c and rain drain to the side we don't spend much time.

Ours aren't auto level and it takes some practice to figure out which buttons to push and how long.  In fact, I'm still practicing!  We have bubble levels in the kitchen and my wife tells me when we are level.  I find the indicator lights on the unit that tell you when you are level can be off quite a bit.  And like someone else said, the up arrow means move the vehicle up, not lift the leveler up.  I need to cut some wood pieces to put under the pads when we park on loose gravel or dirt because we sink in a little over a weekend.

The levelers will completely lift the front end off the ground which should help in the event I ever have a front flat.  I understand if the levelers won't respond after being deployed, you can drive off of them.  I've never tried it and I wouldn't want to.   I think they are a very worthwhile accessory.  Mark

 45 
 on: July 14, 2014, 01:27:32 pm 
Started by BuffaloRose - Last post by NHWanderlust
Dont miss the popovers at the Jordon Pond house.

 46 
 on: July 14, 2014, 01:15:45 pm 
Started by Carol - Last post by ron.dittmer
I see the factory did the 3 drawer galley that I originated here: http://www.phoenixusarv.com/community/index.php/topic,1751.0.html
I wonder if you are pioneering it for them because I will tell you right now that their method for holding your drawers shut will NOT, and I mean ABSOLUTELTY NOT keep the drawers closed.  When conditions are right, they will pop open and smash through the built-in drawer glide stops and end up on the floor.  I tried a number of experiments from those roller closures you mentioned, to a very strong 5 double magnet per drawer method.  Nothing short of a true latch will keep the drawers closed when conditions are worst.  I thought I had it licked with 5 double magnets per drawer, until we were well into our trip in Glacier NP, taking a jolting hair-pin turn to the right.  The extreme jolt and centrifugal force opened the drawers fast as bullets and they all ended up on the floor.  The first time it happened, only the top drawer opened and held.  The second time in another location, all 3 drawers ended up on the floor with the drawer glides broken.  We finished the trip with dinette cushions wedged in place to prevent it again.  What a big pain.  Fortunately we were doing that only the last week of our 4 week trip.

I advise you do this, a very cheap and simple non-intrusive insurance policy.

Buy child safety latches for those three drawers, the kind that allow you to open the drawer a couple inches for you to push the latch aside to open the drawer to it's fullest.  Even if you don't install them, have them in a tool box in the rig so you could install them during a trip.  Hopefully when it happens the first time (and it will happen) your built-in glide stops won't break on you, avoiding ball bearings all over the floor.

Maybe our problem was putting to much heavy stuff as seen in that post of mine, but that was our goal to begin with, placing all kitchen things in the kitchen.

I see in your picture, the factory was able to place that heater vent inside the kick board below the bottom drawer.  That is great.  Hopefully they will apply that to all galley cabinets in the future.

Ron

 47 
 on: July 14, 2014, 12:50:37 pm 
Started by Carol - Last post by ron.dittmer
2 Words....I'm Jealous!

 48 
 on: July 14, 2014, 12:32:06 pm 
Started by LRS - Last post by ron.dittmer
I started that thread with a question on simply changing florescent to LED bulbs.  It seems the best method for me personally is to change out the fixtures.  But I did not yet make up my mind.  There is substantial cost to either method whether modifying the fixtures or changing them.

Here is the thread:  http://www.phoenixusarv.com/community/index.php/topic,1789.0.html

 49 
 on: July 14, 2014, 10:24:29 am 
Started by Sparky - Last post by Sparky
Gail
  good info again,,, we are hauling furniture so not worried about  the weight so much,,,when I pick up the furniture in Dallas I am going to have to back the trailer or take it off the hitch.. figure I can un-hitch and man handle the trailer ( I hope).. other wise should not be to much backing up... :)dread the 2500 miles to Portland but will be worth it to finally get rid of this junk haha thanks again  and like I said earlier were heading to Alaska after that so sort of killing two birds  d(&&** kids hehe
sparky

 50 
 on: July 14, 2014, 10:10:53 am 
Started by Sparky - Last post by racephoto
Haha....the name is Gail and you're very welcome.  I have never towed anything ever so was pretty phobic about doing it.  I was dreading going to the Uhaul place and trying to back up to the trailer to hook up.  When I got there, the lot was so crowded I didn't know what to do, just parked right in front of the door.  It turned out to be a non issue, they brought the trailer to me using a little dolly that went under the hitch.  Awesome.  While the 5x8 trailer has a 4-wire connection, it fits that 5 wire adapter as well.  The 5th wire is for trailers with a brake controller, according to the Uhaul guy, so it's good to buy that one & then you can tow either one.  I couldn't see the trailer in the mirrors at all.  I drove from northern VA to Panama City FL.....left at 8:30PM on the 4th of July & got there on the 6th.  Spent the nights at Cracker Barrels in Roanoke, VA & Columbus GA, plus took an afternoon siesta at the SC Welcome Center.  Thankfully we had a couple cool nights. 

I did have to slam on the brakes once when someone cut me off.  I definitely knew the trailer was there then.  As I said, I am pretty sure I overloaded the trailer though.  I had 10 cases of wine in there.  :-)  I did try to weigh everything while loading but the scale died halfway through so I just had to hope for the best.

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