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 on: November 09, 2015, 04:27:47 pm 
Started by Dave - Last post by TomHanlon
Very nice report about your trip and the 2552. Well done.

 on: November 09, 2015, 02:51:52 pm 
Started by Dave - Last post by Dave
After 17 years of full time rving we downsized to our new 2552.  We were a little concerned about the gross reduction in size from a 40 foot Allegro bus.  We shouldn't have worried. We are very comfortable in our cruiser.  Our trip started in Naples, Fl and continued north to Knoxville Tn, Shipshewana In, South Haven Mi, Manistee Mi, Traverse City Mi and south to Ludington Mi, NW Kentucky and the bourbon tour, Nashville Tn for the annual Phoenix gathering, back to Knoxville and on south to Tallahassee Fl, Cedar Key Fl, Lazy days CG, and back to Naples,Fl, our home base.

4000 + miles at 8.8 mpg incl generator,overall.  Not bad for a new engine.  We trow a honda cr-v.

The rig ran wonderfully with only a couple problems.  We were near the factory at that time and the troubles were taken care of by Bob in short order.  What a great change compared tp weeks in Red Bay at the Tiffin service center.

We found that the floor plan worked great for us and showed the forethought of the planning at Phoenix.  Good storage, ease of use all added up to near perfection for us.  We had read somewhere that Ford had made some improvements in the front end of the 2015 E450 and we were surprised at how well the rig steered going down the road.  We later found out that they beefed up the shocks and added a steering control bar to the rig.  It drove just fine, no wandering and funny stuff. 

We have been most of the places we went before except for Cedar Key, Fl.  What a great place!  Small funky cg, break bike riding, eating and shopping.  This little spot is like 1940.  you can walk, ride bikes, or drive anywhere and see history of the place. 

This unit is a pleasure to drive and just cruise around in.  The size lets us go just about anywhere we want.  We're back home now and are planning the trip for next summer, maybe out west, although I have promised myself that I won't drive across the great flat again.  I don't know how many times we've made the drive.  We used to live in California and drive to Florida to visit Betty's family and now we live and travel to California to visit our kids and grandkids.  Can't seem to get it together. 

I'll be glad to answer any questions you might have about the rig or the trip.


 on: November 09, 2015, 11:14:33 am 
Started by bookspook - Last post by Pax

Although I'm not at our rig and can't do the measurements right now, I think there is enough room behind the passenger seat for the cages if you remove (or eliminate upon ordering) the barrel/Euro seat.  I think that way you'd be able to set them up and leave them there.  You'd want exact measurements first though...

The other possibility is to have the cages placed in one location during travel (strapped to the sofa or bed?) and move them to a better location when you are parked and the slide is out (behind the drivers seat?). The only other spot I can think of is right in front of the fridge when the slide is out, but you'd have to slide the cages out of the way to access the fridge.

- Mike

 on: November 08, 2015, 10:31:32 pm 
Started by 9X - Last post by RheaNL
We have a 2013 and it came with the Camco winterizing connection.  I love it. We never blow the system, just lots of RV antifreeze.
First two winters we stored above 9,000 feet with temps sinking to -35 and nothing froze including the water left in the hot water heater. So, no worries Ron.
A few more items...
If mice/rodents are a possibility, remove all food and food-like items (i.e. scented candles) and use some form or rodent deterrent. There is a separate discussion thread about choices. We use the pine oil packets. Only purchased once and then refresh with pine oil each year.
Remember to winterize the outside shower if  you have one.
I rubber band a piece of paper towel inside a baggie over all faucets, sprayers, shower heads to keep pink drips under control. Saves on clean-up later

 on: November 08, 2015, 08:02:27 pm 
Started by bookspook - Last post by jfcaramagno

I wonder, with three cats do you need to put the parrots up by the ceiling? Or can the parrots manage the cats on their own?

 on: November 08, 2015, 07:21:31 pm 
Started by bookspook - Last post by Barry-Sue
Hi Marcia,

We have a 2551 that is similar as far as the bedroom and bathroom area of the 2552.  If you are traveling alone with your parrots and cats then you could remove the mattress from one of the beds and use that area for them.

If you at times need more sleeping arrangements then maybe the sofa can be used.


 on: November 08, 2015, 04:49:45 pm 
Started by bookspook - Last post by bookspook
I have 2 parrots that travel with me.  Those of you with the 2552, can you tell me where you would place 2 cages in your rig.

Cage dimensions are:   18 x 18 x 31 and 14 x 16 x 21

I'm looking at 2552s and trying to see if I can make this work, along with the 3 cats pulling hair out



 on: November 08, 2015, 02:38:08 pm 
Started by BuffaloRose - Last post by Gail Staton
Very nice ideas.  I love seeing what others have done to make PC living a little more convenient.  Thanks for sharing.

We have a few items to think about after returning from this trip.


 on: November 08, 2015, 02:25:42 pm 
Started by ron.dittmer - Last post by Gail Staton

I share the sentiments and good wishes for you and Irene as expressed by the other forum members.    We just returned from a  nine day RV trip two hours ago.   Now you two can enjoys those shorter trips from time to time and not have to wait for vacation to travel. 

Hal often says,  "I don't know how I had time to work with all the fun things that fill our days."   

Enjoy the wonderful times ahead.


 on: November 08, 2015, 01:22:30 pm 
Started by ron.dittmer - Last post by ron.dittmer

I think your statement is very good for everyone to keep in mind when doing life.

Thank you for your kindness over the many years here on the PC forum.  And thank for you for your encouragement.  I do hope to manage my retirement in a very useful manner, both for us with our household, the people around us, and also the really big picture if you get what I mean.


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