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General Discussion / Phoenix Cruiser and Great Service
« on: February 16, 2022, 03:51:22 pm »
We are in a park in Florida with another PC.  We both needed to order parts so we contacted Dave Ponsler.  Dave did a tremendous job in getting us our needed parts.  THANK YOU Dave.  PC never disappoints!!

Barry and Sue

Adventure Anywhere / St. Lucie COE availability in Jan. 2019
« on: July 15, 2018, 12:27:25 pm »
I just noticed that St. Lucie COE in Stuart, Florida has 8 days available beginning Jan. 1, 2019 in case anyone is needing a site this winter.

Tips and Tricks / Link to Dinghy Towing Guide
« on: April 30, 2018, 06:55:32 pm »
Here is a link to the latest Dinghy Towing Guide http://www.motorhome.com/download-dinghy-guides/?utm_source=exacttarget&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MHC19702_04302018

This includes all the downloadable guides from 2000-2018

General Discussion / Thetford toss ins (drop ins)
« on: February 24, 2018, 07:56:25 pm »
WARNING IF USING THE THETFORD TOSS INS (deodorant for holding tank)

I just wanted to warn anyone using the Thetford toss ins for the holding tanks (they look and work like the laundry pods).  The plastic wrapper that you toss in is suppose to dissolve.

I was given six of these by Thetford.  I have used four of them.  This past summer I had to replace the impeller on the sani con but never knew what had caused the problem.  I replaced it and all was fine until our trip down to Florida this year.  It has been discharging water at a very slow flow.  I took it apart and found the culprit.  Those toss ins do not dissolve and the “plastic” wrapper was wrapped around the chopper preventing water from flowing. I cleaned the chopper and now all is well.

Adventure Anywhere / WP Franklin Site Available February 2018
« on: October 30, 2017, 12:46:03 pm »
We have been made aware that site 5 at WP Franklin will be available from February 14, 2018 through February 28, 2018.  It will become available at noon (EST) on Tuesday October 31st.

We know how hard it is to get a site during the winter so hopefully someone that needs some or all these days can get it booked when it becomes available.

General Discussion / Norcold Class Action Settlement
« on: July 22, 2017, 03:28:32 pm »
Last May we joined the Norcold Class Action Settlement that was posted on this forum by Gradygal.  We received our first settlement check today and the notice said we will be receiving three more checks over the next three years for a total of $186.

So if you joined the Class Action look for your settlement and call 1-877-449-8550 if you don't receive it.  The correspondence also states that we have a 3 year extended warranty against the cooling unit

Barry and Sue

Tips and Tricks / AAA Dollar Rewards
« on: June 08, 2017, 07:55:37 pm »
I thought I would share this info with current AAA members so you can save some dollars off your membership dues.

I went to my local AAA office to pick up some travel books and learned of a new program called AAA dollars.  All AAA Members are already enrolled. You just have to create a login and password on AAA.com.  When you shop online at a partner store, like Walmart, Kohls, Camping World etc... (they have a list online) you earn AAA dollars that are used to take money off of your annual membership rate.  You don't actually receive cash money but the AAA dollars that you earn will be deducted off of your membership dues.  The only thing you have to do differently is access the partners site through AAA.com.

I tried it to see if there were any hidden cost, and the items I selected from different merchants were the same price if I went directly to the site or went through AAA.com.  Once you find the store that you want to order from at AAA.com it takes you to the stores site and you shop as usual.

Hopefully this will save some money for you.

Tips and Tricks / Keyless Door Lock
« on: May 21, 2017, 05:00:24 pm »
This winter our coach entry lock broke on our 2012 2551.  It was a trimark model 060-0650.  The plunger, made of white medal,  cracked and the door handle became inoperable and unable to pull the plunger back to allow the door to open.  My wife happened to be inside and I was outside.  She let me in through the cab door and I was able to take it apart so that we could continue using it with just the dead bolt.

Upon returning home, I did some research and found this to be a common problem.  Trimark does not sell parts and has actually discontinued this model and replaced it with Trimark model 060-1650.

Instead of putting more money into a Trimark lock I decided to upgrade with a Bauer EM Alsentis keyless entry lock.  I read many forums and this lock got high reviews.  It was not a plug and play replacement on the PC but installed very nicely after a few minor modifications.  The Bauer company was very supportive in answering all my questions and even sent me an extra gasket to use for installation.

Comparing the two locks the Bauer feels very solid and closes very nice.  The keyless entry is wonderful.  The only cons I have read about them is that batteries may only last three months.  However, you do get a considerable number of warning signs that the batteries are getting low.  Since we keep the PC in our garage I will remove the batteries when in storage.  

It also comes with a key override so I will always have a key handy incase the batteries fail on us.  I picked up one of these https://www.amazon.com/Master-Lock-5408D-Mini-Silver/dp/B0014EERFA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495398511&sr=8-1&keywords=mini+key+safe on clearance for $1 at one of our local discount shops.  I keep it hidden on the outside with a key to the coach, a key to the cab and our toad key.  It has saved us on a few occasions.


Tips and Tricks / Replacement Sani Con impeller
« on: May 18, 2017, 04:54:33 pm »
The impeller on our Sanicon Model 5800-6004-HB deteriorated and disintegrated this winter while in Florida.  After reading many forums I concluded that this is not an uncommon occurrence.  I finally got around to fixing it (90 minutes from start to finish).  I ordered Thetford part no 70477 impeller kit.  It included an instruction sheet, the impeller and two gaskets.   It was difficult to find online and the cheapest price that I was able to find was $53.  Thetford wanted $71.

Now for the good news.  For anyone that has this same Sanicon model and needs to replace the impeller it is manufactured by Jabsco USA and the part number is 6303-0003.  There are many different sources for this impeller including many of the local marine shops and I have seen them as low as $16.  Some are actually sold as kits to include gaskets and "O" rings. 

Now for a little bad news.  The gaskets that came with the kit were not an exact fit and would require a little modification to work properly.


Tips and Tricks / Eliminating The Need To Carry Paper Documentaion
« on: May 08, 2017, 03:18:10 pm »
We have two large binders with all of our PC manuals/documentation that we carry with us.  In order to free up some space and eliminate some weight I decided to download all manuals/documentation to a jump drive as well as my laptop.  I found most manuals/documents on this website https://www.manualslib.com.  There were a few things that I could not find online so I scanned them in.  I now do not have to carry those two bulky binders. 


Tips and Tricks / Small hand held vacuum
« on: April 17, 2017, 02:40:38 pm »
We wanted a very small hand vacuum for the PC.  We finally decided  on this one and are we glad we did.  

It is very small but very powerful and it comes with a 27 inch hose, a crevice tool and two brushes perfect for getting the dust off all the wood corners and ledges.  It received excellent reviews on many sites.  Home Depot and Walmart were sold out and Amazon was highly priced.

We ordered it from Ace Vacuum https://www.acevacuums.com/micro-hand-held-vacuum-sct-1-carpet-pro.html for 26.95 and free shipping.

General Discussion / Euro Chair Specs
« on: February 26, 2017, 09:15:07 pm »
We are looking for some information on the euro chairs.

How high off the floor is the seat?
How wide is the euro chair including arm rest?
How wide is the seating area i.e. How wide is the chair if you don't include the arm rest?
Are the arm rests removable?


Adventure Anywhere / Koreshan State Historic Site Reopens
« on: November 29, 2016, 12:07:41 pm »
Koreshan State Historic Site is reopening on 12/15/16.  It is located in Estero, FL just north of Bonita Springs.  Great winter weather!!!  It has been closed since 4/11/16 because they were fixing their water and electrical at the campsites.  They just opened up their reservation system today so you can start booking for the winter.  Sites are going fast.

Also - Site 39 at Jonathon Dickinson State Park is now available from 2/11-2/18.  It is a full hookup site in Jupiter, FL.  
         There are some openings at St Lucie COE in February as well.

Tips and Tricks / Apollo Oven Power Loss
« on: April 18, 2016, 05:38:47 pm »
While using our Apollo microwave/convection oven this winter we suddenly lost power to it.  Everything else in the PC was fine.  After removing it from over the stovetop (thanks to Bobby's instruction), and removing the metal cabinet we noticed a black spot on the white mesh cloth (see pic below).  We pulled the sleeve back to expose a High Temperature Fuse.  We checked wire continuity on each side of the fuse and it was fine.  We then jumpered the fuse and this restored power.  We now knew we had a dead fuse that needed to be replaced.

We called the Apollo Service Center and their technician confirmed that the temperature fuse was at fault.   He ordered a new High Temperature Fuse ($30.00 very over priced) for us.  We replaced it and all is fine.

The part that we replaced was a microtemp G5A00 rated at 120 degrees Celsius. The new fuse that was sent to us was a microtemp G5A01 rated at 152 degrees Celsius.

Additional research indicated that the normal life span for this type of device is between 5-6 years.  We will order a spare (less than $2.00) before our next trip.

The Apollo technician was very helpful.  He said if the oven is in a "dead condition", there are three safety components that need to be checked.
    1.  A 20 AMP, 120 volt fuse located on the top right rear corner (you can see this in our pic).
    2.  The magnetron thermostat which is mounted to the side of the magnetron tube.
    3.  The High Temperature Fuse (this was our failure).

Barry and Sue

Tips and Tricks / Woodalls/AAA campground guide
« on: April 08, 2016, 12:33:51 pm »
Periodically I would buy the Trailer Life Campground directory (now the Good Sam directory).  Woodalls had a very similar directory.  Recently I went to AAA and they handed me 7 directories (separated by geographic region) titled Woodalls/AAA campground guide. 

They are just like the older Woodalls/Trailer Life guides.  Since I am a member they said they are free (at least in Michigan).  Very nice because I just have to carry the regions we will be traveling in.

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