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Tips and Tricks / Re: Handling US mail on an extended trip
« on: November 26, 2016, 08:07:08 pm »
I retired 2.5 years ago from the postal service after 38.9 years as a letter carrier. I had a few snowbirds that wanted their good mail forwarded and their bulk mail held till they returned in the spring, which I did for them cause I'm such a nice guy. ;)

They would have someone (family, friend, neighbor) stop in every few weeks to get what was there so it wouldn't pile up.

You can pay for priority forwarding if you want you mail badly. All your mail is held and then put into a priority box and mailed to you each week.

How we will handle it: Talk to postmaster if gone for more than 30 days. Authorise in writing, to have someone pick up held mail each week, take my stamps, envelopes, and bill addresses and phone numbers with us. We pretty much know what and when bills are due each month.

Waiting for Earl to tell us, they have rolled our chassis in he back door.  :beg

Your letter carrier is working long hours trying to get all those fruitcakes from Aunt Flo delivered on time, and have you noticed how early it is getting dark these days?

Be nice to your letter carrier this Christmas, they really appreciate it!

My Best and Merry Christmas to all,

Hope to see ya on the road next year,

Bill and Karen Graser  :)(:

Photos / Re: Before and after pictures tile and super sprigs
« on: November 24, 2016, 08:48:00 pm »

Was that Smart Tile you used in your remodeling of the kitchen backsplash? We're you able to get the dark top trim through them?
Ordered our 2552 two weeks ago, now the wait. :beg

Bill G

General Discussion / Re: Barbecue hardpipe location
« on: November 23, 2016, 07:04:04 pm »
I too thought about and inquired into a LP hookup under the awning. When told it was an extra $110 for a hose one tosses under the rig, I didn't relish the thought of crawling under the rig to get the hose that is just out of reach, and cleaning dirt out of the connection.  >(

It seemed like a simple matter of tapping off the cook top or water heater lines to an outside connection. Having ordered our PC and first RV two weeks ago, I contacted a more experienced RVer (Ron) who enlightened me with his usual sound reasoning.

I'll be carrying a few extra tanks when we tour this beautiful country. At about $3.50 per tank, you would have to go through 31.42857 tanks (4.02679 gallons) to reach the price of the hose. That doesn't sound like much, guess I should ask Ron how many tanks he goes through a year.

Besides, you could always sell one for a friendly profit to the guy whose eggs are half cooked. Or better yet, throw one in the campfire, or place some strategically around the perimeter shooting them with your rig defence S&W, to scare off the attacking Zombie hoards or grizzly bears!  roflol

General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself!
« on: November 17, 2016, 08:18:57 pm »
Welcome swiftboat, we are newbies also. Ordered our 2552 with dinette slide a week ago. Now the wait.  :-[ There are members who have been most helpful on my learning curve, don't hesitate to ask. Guess we'll have to settle looking at the maps and planning our first road trip over the winter.

My Best,

Bill and Karen

General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself!
« on: October 31, 2016, 06:14:02 pm »
Yes to your second sentence....the cab length of every Ford 450 chassis should be the same. Curious as to how much of the stated length is actually the camper/house/living part. The brochures give you the width but not length of the BOX.


General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself!
« on: October 31, 2016, 05:56:55 am »
Thanks Bruce, but what is the length of the actual living space? Trying to find d the lengthy of the cab as it comes from Ford so I know what to subtract from the stated length of the different models.

General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself!
« on: October 28, 2016, 08:56:20 pm »
Haven't figured out how to reply individually so I'm trying this.

Thanks to everyone for the warm welcome. We will be meeting with Earl next Friday and will be trying everything out and asking a lot of questions.

As I told Ron, it turns out I must have shrunk as the tell of the tape says I'm now 6'2.5" so interior height shouldn't be an issue. Glad to hear the cockpit shouldn't be an issue but nothing like putting ones butt in the seat.

I spoke to Earl about the slides and PC is now using the Lippert slide system, check their web site.

I was wondering, what is the distance from the front bumper to the back of the cab as the chassis comes from Ford? Trying to figure the lenght of the living space in a 2552.

Thanks again, and my best to all,

Bill G.

General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself!
« on: October 27, 2016, 02:13:35 pm »
(I Hope I'm Doing This Right) :-D

My lovely wife and I have been toying with the idea of getting an RV for a while. I had unexpected open heart surgery two years ago this November 10th and it changes the way one looks at the time one has left on God's green earth.

 Karen, (my lovely better half) had never been Out West, so we took a two week road trip the first of this month to visit Mt. Rushmore, Cody Wyoming, into Yellowstone staying at the Old Faithful Inn for two nights where it snowed 2+ inches. Beautiful!! Leaving Yellowstone, we headed south through Jackson Hole and the Grand Teton area, into Grand Junction, through the mountains of Colorado to Durango where we stayed a few nights then headed home to the Cincinnati area.

 Along the way we saw many campers and motor homes and the idea of traveling the back roads of this beautiful country in an RV is taking up a lot of processing time in our brain cells. We bought a little Viking pop-up to take on our honeymoon to Vermont and New Hampshire 33 years ago, but sold it after 4 years when we built our home.

 I took to the internet to educate myself, and we stopped at four RV dealers on the way home last week to look at trailers and motor homes. The short of it is, from cute campers to boxy Cs, to big As with little crash protection, back to looking for a more streamlined C, I found Earl at Phoenix Cruiser.
I've watch Earls videos numerous times and looked at all the pictures and like what I see! I look at other RV manufactures, but keep coming back to PC. Karen and I agreed, Id research and choose the mechanical/ build of an RV and she picks the floor plan and gets to do her nesting thing. We guys don't need much! I like the 2552 for the two of us.

 So a few questions:

1) What sort of track system is on the slide outs? Any issues with the slides and do they have the roll out canopy on top as I've seen on other makes?

2) Im 64, anyone have any height issues other than the AC unit? Earl tells me they can adjust the sleeping area. I guess stick my feet into the closet.

3) Correct me if Im wrong, the 450 VAN chassis is used which means the big engine hump. Is there plenty of leg/feet room by the pedals so the gas foot isnt over to the left which means a sore hip after a few hours?

Ill be lurking taking notes to ask Earl next weekend when we drive up to tour the factory and check out a few models.

Trying to find the balance......Tomorrow is promised to no one, but also, not living like there is no tomorrow.

 Safe Travels,

Bill G.

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