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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Kicken' the tires on: September 05, 2016, 07:48:27 pm
We did lots of online research, then took a week trip around the Midwest to tour the plants of the four finalists. Phoenix emerged the clear winner. That said we did not see our specific model before we  ordered and and we should have insisted on seeing the paint color we chose on a vehicle. Everything turned out ok but our expectations were not matched by what was delivered. It is a big investment take your time.
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC2100 & levelers on: August 22, 2016, 08:23:14 pm
We have a 2400 with levelers. We love them for a lot of reasons, but one we have really come to appreciate is extra stability of the unit when camped where there are strong gusty winds....not kidding!
3  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Handling US mail on an extended trip on: July 26, 2016, 01:25:17 pm
We have a service that visits the house once a week to water plants check for leaks etc. they also pick up and hold our mail. We used to have a neighbor pick up the mail and water the plants but after a while that seemed like an imposition and the service is pretty inexpensive and very professional. We switched as many of our routine bills to auto pay or e-bill and the house sitting service will forward the first class mail when we request it.
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sofa Bed Will Not Extend on: July 09, 2016, 01:16:18 pm
Our couch has a three prong plug that must be plugged into an outlet that is located against the floor at the outside wall. On one occasion somehow the plug was dislodged from the outlet. We plugged it back in and all was well.
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Are there any other 4X4 Cruiser owners on here? on: June 09, 2016, 11:57:42 am
We own a model 2400 4x4 and cannot imagine driving it on any of the beaches we know. We have found the 4x4 very useful in snowy conditions and on gravel roads marginalized  by rain, but it is not in our opinion suited for off road use. That being said, with enough money for suspension and tire modifications, we are confident you can adapt a 12,000 lb vehicle to travel safely in the sand.
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: E-350 windshield replacement on: May 22, 2016, 03:31:27 pm
We have replaced our E350 windshield twice since we  bought our 2012 PC. One place referred to it as an  Econoline windshield, the other as an E450 DRW cutaway chassis. In both instances the new windshield fit perfectly and there was no leakage issues. In both cases the replacement windshield was available from stock and installed without modification.  Econoline was the old name for the full size Ford van and came in both E350 and E450 chassis. Long story short it should not be difficult o find a replacement. Stay away from the  Alaska Highway if you want it to last more than a year or two!
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Emergency preparedness on: May 07, 2016, 09:46:54 pm
We built each of our seasonal emergency preparedness kits by referring to both  aaa.com and  ready.gov. We have four kits, one for each of our vehicles and another for the house. We adapt each of them by season. The seasonal adjustments are particularly important in our climate as they would seem to be in yours.
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: GPS, Back Up Camera, Radio Dead,Dead, Dead! on: April 28, 2016, 09:40:39 pm
I found my notes from my conversation with Kermit. It was a 40 amp Ford fuse #12. I also have a reference to p222 of the owners manual. Good luck!
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: GPS, Back Up Camera, Radio Dead,Dead, Dead! on: April 28, 2016, 12:14:56 am
This same thing happened to my rig several years back. It is a Ford fuse and I don't remember which one. Give Kermit a call at the factory and he will tell you which one.
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tank Monitor Panel on: April 16, 2016, 08:35:40 pm
I resolved the problem by removing the panel, removing the wiring connector, using a bit of contact cleaner, reseating the connector, and reinstalling the panel. At least for now I seem to be getting  accurate readings from each of the buttons.
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Tank Monitor Panel on: April 03, 2016, 02:52:26 am
With nice weather lately we have been out waking our PC  from its winter sleep.  With unit connected to shore power I was checking the tank monitor panel and the button for the propane tank showed two solid lights and one light flickering. The battery button showed one solid light and two flickering lights. I disconnected from shore power and it did the same thing. The water buttons each seemed to read properly. I physically checked the propane tank and the gauge at the tank showed full and both of the batteries tested fully charged. We have had weird readings on the monitor for the gray, and black water tanks in the past, but never had any issue with either the propane or battery indicators. Has anyone experienced anything similar?  Any ideas what might be causing this and how to resolve?
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Might Look At 2400 Used on: March 30, 2016, 02:11:09 pm
We have a 2012 model 2400 that we bought new and has 59,000 miles. Our unit has 4 wheel drive on the E350 chassis. We have generally been very pleased with all aspects of the vehicle's performance. Our sofa bed has the memory foam construction and is very comfortable. The only nuisance is the nightly ritual of preparing the bed and morning stowing of bedding. We looked at the 2350 but did not like the fixed location and size of the bed. We will be selling our unit later this spring but we have many great memories of our travels and camping experiences. And as many others have testified on this site, the people at Phoenix are very supportive and helpful to theownersof their motorhomes.
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A few questions before I do a factory tour on: March 06, 2016, 01:46:41 am
We do have leveling jacks and the installer for Phoenix does make an adjustment for the height of the 4x4 but there have been a number of occasions where we had to use pads under one or more of the corners to get fully level. It works fine 90% of the time.
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A few questions before I do a factory tour on: March 06, 2016, 01:34:54 am
We have a 2400 with Quigley 4x4. The  4x4 shifter can be a pain for getting from the drivers seat to the coach but you get used to it. We have had our unit  for 4 years with  59,000 miles of travel and the selector has never  moved out of 4H  unless I wanted it to.  Living in Alaska we use  the 4x4 more  than most and it has always performed flawlessly, but keep in mind it is a 7 ton vehicle. It is fine on snow and  good on dry gravel but mud and ruts get real dicey really quick. We ordered our unit on a 350 chassis and we will order a 450 next time. The folks at Quigley are almost as nice as the folks at Phoenix and they would be happy to answer any questions about added weight from the conversion.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2400 Sofa Bed on: February 10, 2016, 08:32:03 pm
Yes, yes, and yes....we roll up our topper and store it  behind one of the Euro chairs while we are traveling. The bed is comfort foam and surpringly comfortable even without the topper. Both sides recline and adjust individually.
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