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 on: December 12, 2014, 06:12:52 pm 
Started by 2 Frazzled - Last post by 2 Frazzled
We've lived full time in our Phoenix for over 15 months now and have corresponded with many other owners and soon to be owners. One question that has come up is "would we get the custom desk/cabinets again if we were to buy another Phoenix?" This is a tough one. We requested the desk because we were both working half time when we went on the road. We needed space for two people to work on laptops for hours at a time with room for the mouse and assorted paperwork spread about. We also occasionally needed to set up our little printer alongside one of the laptops. This custom desk worked great for us while we were working. We worked outside at picnic tables when the weather was good but we were fully functional working inside with the desk. One person was on the desk and the other sat on the couch or bed with a nifty little lap desk holding their computer. We retired a few months back so the desk doesn't get used as much (though John is sitting at it now while he works on our blog). We talked about this and came up with the following analysis (hey, he's an engineer and IT guy - we analyze):

Pros: Lots of storage space. We keep all of our office supplies, first aid kit, flash lights, pocket knives, printer paper, Good Sam and other campground books, receipts to be entered into the computer, DVDs, CDs and more in those cabinets. They are handy for the "quick grab" stuff that you want near the door. We stuff computers or bins of off season clothing in the big space at the bottom. We can use the desktop/table to dine on or as a quick work surface for meal prep. It is still John's preferred workspace for lining up all the receipts and notebooks and plugging away at the computer.

Cons: The cabinet bumps the Euro Chair out an extra foot from the wall. Space between the Euro Chair and couch is tight when the slide is in (maybe a foot clearance, enough to get by). The desktop is too big to use as a side table to the chair so we have a little side table for holding John's Kindle, coffee, etc. when the desk is closed. The Euro Chair is designed for kicking back and lounging. It is a tad too short and sloped back so we have to use booster pillows to get to a comfortable height on the desktop. The front passenger seat rotates but it is WAY too low to use the desktop as anything other than a place to set things. You can't work on a computer from there. The height issue is the same for using the desk as a dining table. Doable, but not perfect.

So, our conclusion - no, we would PROBABLY not get the desk again, BUT we'd get the same cabinets that come in the 3100. We are used to the space constraints with the cabinet. John likes a desk. He likes to line up the notebooks, travel guides, receipts, etc. so that his workspace is organized before he settles in to computing. I think we would miss the desk even though it doesn't get used as much. I suspect that if we did not have the desk, he would be less happy when he worked on the computer inside. We are totally happy with our house so this isn't an issue we need to address any time soon. It is more a thought exercise to help out people thinking about getting the desk. Note that people viewing our Phoenix do not realize we are more scrunched up front. We've often heard the comment that we have so much space. WE know we are scrunched because we've been in PCs without the desk and know what we gave up to have it. We don't regret it.
I took a few pictures to show what the desk looks like. We move the chair around when we use the desk. Sometimes it is on the side so that you block the doorway. Sometimes it is at the end and we deal with the support post between our feet (and it blocks access to the cab). Sometimes John sits angled at the corner... I'm not sure why.

 on: December 12, 2014, 07:22:58 am 
Started by aimee - Last post by ron.dittmer
Welcome to the PC family Dave and Kristina.  Smile

 on: December 11, 2014, 07:33:18 pm 
Started by aimee - Last post by Carol
Welcome Stewie's Waggin'--What a great name!
I hope you enjoy many years and miles in your PC.  I bet it will be hard waiting for Spring, but at least you will have lots of time to get things ready!  (and if you celebrate Christmas, gift choices will be easy this year hahaha)

 on: December 11, 2014, 01:06:48 pm 
Started by aimee - Last post by 9X
Holly,  we live in Clover Hil 2l East a block or two north of FCC.  A PC gathering would be fun. Private message me and lets see if ww can arrange a suitable time and meeting place.


 on: December 11, 2014, 11:14:50 am 
Started by aimee - Last post by AMW
Welcome Dave, Kristina and Stewie,  seems like there are quite a few PC owners in PA.  y'all need to drive south and get rid of all that "winterizing".  Happy travels to you.

 on: December 11, 2014, 09:59:47 am 
Started by aimee - Last post by Stewie's waggin
Hello members,

We are Dave and Kristina (and our sm dog, Stewie).  We recently purchased our first RV and decided to go with Phoenix Cruiser after much research.  It is winterized in our driveway in Penna. right now and we are very excited to get on the road as soon as the weather breaks. 
This forum has been very helpful in understanding our PC and we look forward to the future traveling the roads and highways of this huge country. 

 on: December 10, 2014, 03:40:04 pm 
Started by aimee - Last post by 2 Frazzled
Welcome David and Sharon! John and I would also love to meet you. Our home base is Frederick (Ballenger Creek area). We'll be staying at our son's house in Frederick for the holidays. Maybe we can do a little PC People gathering.


 on: December 08, 2014, 10:25:22 pm 
Started by NLK - Last post by BGolden
with hitch extension    Cheers

BGolden, is that hitch extender needed for swing clearance?  I would figure shorter/closest to MH the better.

Yes Steve it is. It allows the trunk door to open fully.

 on: December 08, 2014, 09:31:50 pm 
Started by NLK - Last post by Steve
with hitch extension    Cheers

BGolden, is that hitch extender needed for swing clearance?  I would figure shorter/closest to MH the better.

 on: December 08, 2014, 05:17:34 pm 
Started by Barry-Sue - Last post by Dynadave
Most of the products discussed here to  stop rust are acid based and convert rust to iron oxide. Most farm supply stores  such as Tractor Supply sell products to treat rust, one of the names that it is sold under is Ospho, I also believe it is much less expensive. Autozone also sells a similar product as do most auto parts stores.  Rustoleum sells spray cans that are called Rust Reformer that works quite well on lightly( surface rust) rusted surfaces, it is kind of a primer/rust converter. Usually it is best to let the product dry and cure for 24 hours then follow up with a coating of paint. As stressed in other posts, don't get it on your skin, use eye protection, and have the area well ventilated. I have used these products on my RV's and classic cars and they work well if you follow the directions, money and time well spent.

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