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31  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Getting in and out of the 2350 rear bed on: April 28, 2012, 03:03:53 pm
Hi Folks,

I have a request from Diane to research where we might put some sort
of grab-rail to lift herself up to climb over me and out of the bed.  She
suggests the corner of the cabinet at the foot of the bed.   I'm on the
aisle side because I get up in the night far more often than she does.

Anybody done any thinking like this?  I'll likely have to get something
fabricated for the grab-rail.  Fortunately there are lots of boat hardware
places (and welding shops) around here.

Bill
32  Main Forum / Links and Contacts / Re: Product Contacts (side mirrors specifically) on: April 28, 2012, 02:47:23 pm
Hi Folks,

Researching side mirrors, I found that the Ramco site is now ramco-eng.com,
and our mirrors (2007 2350S) are from Velvac, part numbers 715433 and 715422.

I'm looking to take off the stick-on convex mirrors and attach some larger ones below
the main mirror housing.  I'll keep you posted.

Bill/Diane

P.S. Aimee, it'd be cool if the lists could be on a wiki, so we could all update it.
       I think I saw that that would be a Xmas-holiday project...  How's it going?
33  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bathroom in 2350 on: April 25, 2012, 09:35:07 pm
Hi Folks,

Re: space in the bathroom.   Tall bottles, tooth brushes, etc would fall over in the
cabinet until we got some drawer dividers from The Container Store - "Interlocking
Drawer Organizers" small ones for the bottom shelf, large ones for the top.

We mounted the toilet-paper holder inside the under-sink cupboard door, so as not
to bump into it, and put a little "1.7 gal. Swing-Lid Can" between the shower and the
sink cabinet, held in place with a square of stick-on Velcro.  It's just the right size
to hold a plastic grocery bag.

We'll be rigging up a retractable towel-drying line in the shower as well.

Bill
34  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Travelling With Cats (or dogs) on: April 25, 2012, 06:47:00 pm
Hi Folks,

We travel with a 30 lb Cardigan Welsh Corgi, and his crate fits just fine
between the back of the driver's seat and the front edge of the slide.  We
want him crated so he doesn't run off in the event of a collision, and so he
doesn't fly forward if we hit something.

No cat boxes for him - we have to stop to pee hourly or so anyway.

BandD
35  Main Forum / General Discussion / Solar charger for house batteries during storage ... on: April 24, 2012, 12:43:11 am
Hi Folks,

We keep Callie, our 2350S, outside all the time and have no electric hookup for her.
Most times when I go out to do a project, there's a CHIRP! every so often that appears
to come from the propane detector near the floor.  Seems to be complaining about low
battery voltage, since it stops when I run the engine.

We've got a cheap solar panel that lives on the dashboard, plugs into a cigarette lighter
socket,  and the engine battery is always charged up.  I've been trying to think of a
way to have a similar small panel, perhaps on the curb-side outer wall just above the
battery compartment, to keep the house batts charged.

Has anybody done something like this?  Someday we may put a big panel on the roof and
run the supply line down along the refrigerator vent pipe as others have done, but for now,
a big panel isn't high on our priority list.

I was thinking of hinging the panel like the kitchen counter extension - vertical for travel
and propped up away from the wall during storage, at about a 45 degree angle.

Any thoughts?
36  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Any pets travel with you? on: March 02, 2012, 03:48:13 pm
Hi,

Until very recently, we had two Cardigan Welsh Corgis, about 30 # each.  When we had the Road Trek, we left the big double bed
set up in the rear, and put the corgis in travel crates on either side of the bed.  The crates were tied down, so they couldn't move,
even in a front-end impact.

There are a couple of situations that we are concerned about - the "internal crash" of dog against seats or bulkheads (or people),
and the possibility of the terrified dogs running around the accident scene if the doors were popped open in the impact.  On the
rare occasion that one of them isn't crated, s/he usually sits on the floor just between the people seats.

Now that we're down to one corgi, and have moved YAY! to a 2350S, we find that his crate fits nicely between the retracted slide
and the driver's seat.  He likes being closer to us, I think.  And we love having him along.

We've never had any comment about corgis at any park - haven't visited the National Parks though.
37  Main Forum / General Discussion / Getting mail on the road on: February 22, 2012, 01:03:51 pm
Hi Folks,

How do you handle getting bills and other critical incoming mail on the road? 

We haven't yet been out longer than a month and so far, have been able to prepay the bills before we left.   The month, from Oakland, CA to Detroit, MI and back, was the trip that convinced us to get a larger RV.  The Road Trek was simply too small for two people and a Corgi.  We three are loving the PC!

Bill and Diane
38  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How does your PC ride? on: February 22, 2012, 01:00:29 pm
Hi Folks,
Our 2350 rides very well.  We've tried it on rolling, hilly roads (with full water and camping stuff) and loved the positive feeling of control, and of knowing what the chassis is doing.  I looked under the rig and found what looks like a factory-installed anti-sway bar on the front, and nothing other than springs and shocks on the back.

Ron suggested that we might do an experiment with the rig.  Ron?

Bill
39  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Improvements & Enhancements, 2007 PC-2350 (bunk boards roughness) on: February 17, 2012, 02:09:18 pm
Hi Folks,

Because I have the main bunk torn apart I have a chance to smooth out the top of the bunk boards.
I've gotten several splinters and scrapes making the bed from the rough surface of the boards.  So,
I'm painting the top with some cheap outdoor deck paint.  Really thickly.  Before I re-install the boards.

I have the bunk top off because I'm installing Ron's water pressure tank.

More fun!

Bill
 
40  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Planning trip to utah, Colorado, and the Grand Canyon on: February 14, 2012, 10:38:30 am
Hi Folks,

We had a great couple of days in NE Utah, staying in Manila (the KOA is on a hill with a great view) to see Flaming Gorge Dam and surrounding area - we're both engineers and love to see BIG machinery - go to see the turbine-generators.  Flaming Gorge is across the Green River - made famous by John Wesley Powell, I believe. 

Then stayed in KOA in Vernal while visiting Dinosaur Nat'l Monument.  There's a great restaurant for breakfast on the north side of highway 40, just east of 191.  KOA is on 191 a mile or so north of 40.  Lots of oil-rig crews were there early in the day.

In October/November, it was cool all day and quite chilly at night.

41  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How does your PC ride? on: January 30, 2012, 07:50:42 pm
Hi Folks,

Second weekend cruise, and I've looked more carefully under the rig.  There's a front anti-sway bar
that fits into holes in the axles?  There's nothing like an anti-sway bar on the rear.

What was that experiment, Ron?

P.S. Got a longer fix-it list this time, including the water pump surge tank.  It's really noisy the way
that it is!

42  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Mods to our '04 2350 - Miscellaneous on: January 09, 2012, 12:30:48 pm
BillRo:

Nice fixes.  I found the pins under "ball lock pins" - they are 1/4 inch diameter and have a grip length of 1 inch.  Amazon.com jas them and 6 inch lanyards - couldn't find any shorter lanyards.

Thanks!
 
43  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: ANY PHOENIX CRUISER OWNERS in SOUTH BAY area in CALIFORNIA on: December 04, 2011, 01:02:31 am
Hi Jeff,

We're in Alameda/Oakland - not very near but closer than many.  We just bought a
used 2007 2350 with a slide and a couch.  Have taken one weekend trip and have
A 4-item fixit list.  Not too bad except one of them is the macerator pump - it's
spraying all over the place.  I'm planning to get on it tomorrow.

How's your PC running?

Bill and Diane
 
44  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How does your PC ride? on: December 01, 2011, 11:18:46 am
We just took our used 2007 2350 out for our first weekend.  The road west out of Pedtaluma, CA toward the coast is smooth blacktop with both curves and hills.  The PC felt like a sports car to us.  Stiff for small bumps.  When the road tilted left, the coach followed.  There was never any rolling motion that wasn't an echo of the road's surface.  No bouncing up and down after a bump.

We had a full load of fuel and water and not much else.  Just our pillows and jammies.

I'd say the ride was fantastic.  I'll look underneath later and let you know if there are any
apparent suspension mods.  I've sure given up on the supplemental mods like Ron made
for now!

Bill and Diane
 
45  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: November 24, 2011, 11:14:12 am
Hi Folks,

Largely inspired by this extremely generous forum, we just bought a 2007 2350S here in the SF Bay Area.  We've travelled far, but not often, ThankYou in our former RoadTrek, and expect to be on the road still more in the Cruiser.
Our first trip starts tomorrow, to Bodega Bay, for the weekend. 

Bill And Diane
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