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31  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Supersprings on: June 03, 2014, 09:51:20 pm
After consulting a bunch of truck and motorhome people we went with adding a leaf to the rear set. We gained 2 inches ride height and improved ride. The cost was considerably less than the quotes we received for air bags.
32  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: valve extenders and tire pressure monitoring system on: June 03, 2014, 01:21:21 pm
 I have had the inner valve extension work loose and result in a slow leak as well as another one wear thru due to rubbing against the wheel cover. An earlier post recommended using some type of "hold tight" substance to keep the extension securely on the valve. I have purchased replacement flexible extensions from PC factory (cheaper than Amazon) and used a tiny drop of loctite to secure them and wrapped them with electrical tape at points where wear could occur. We travel a lot of rough roads so not sure our experience is typical.

33  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Incorrect heading indicated on mirror compass? on: May 18, 2014, 09:19:05 pm
Don't know about the sensor but do know that longitude and latitude effects the accuracy of the compass. Somewhere in the literature you we're provided  when you bought the PC is a brochure on the mirror /  compass that explains how to reset it for the area where you are traveling. Sorry can't be more specific.
34  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Does your Phoenix Cruiser have a slide out? on: April 30, 2014, 12:11:51 am
1 yes with sofa/bed
2 no mechanical but several operator caused issues
3 yes, but not that is required for sleeping,  we would like the option rather than the necessity
4 same as above
35  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: ALASKA in May??? on: April 30, 2014, 12:05:03 am
We live in Alaska year round and we have travelled the Alcan  in April and several times in May. Traveling at that time of year  has its benefits as well as drawbacks. Travel by  RV  can be really tricky. There are very few campgrounds that are open and even fewer places to dump your tanks. The weather can be beautiful as it is this year or very treacherous.  We have a 2400 with 4 wheel drive and we carry chains when we travel in May or October and we have had to use them on several occasions. The later in May the more campgrounds and dump sites that are open and the better chance of avoiding snow in the Yukon. If you are adventuresome and resourceful come in late April. We would be happy to respond to any specific questions you might have.
36  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Stain Color to match the cherry interior on: April 12, 2014, 03:33:29 pm
 Short answer .... No wife mixes various shades of MinWax and a applies to scrap of the wood I am using until she finds a match. The formula seems to change based on wood moisture and grain characteristics.
37  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Where can I rent a Phoenix Cruiser on: March 27, 2014, 12:59:42 pm
Like you, we wanted to rent a PC before buying.  We were not able to locate anyone who had a unit for rent. In doing our research we narrowed the field to three manufacturers based on things like floor plans and owner reviews. Then we took an extended road trip to visit each of the finalist manufacturing plants. Scheduled tours of the facilities spending as much time as we could talking with the people on the floor rather than the sales folk. The Phoenix people are very special. That made the decision easier for us.
38  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electric Couch Transitiion Piece on: January 22, 2014, 02:36:40 am
We store ours in the bottom of the wardrobe.
39  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sprinter question on: January 02, 2014, 08:26:09 pm
I leave my batteries in place over the winter. My PC is stored outside and I start the coach and run the generator once a month. Last winter the first time I went to start the coach the truck battery was dead. I jump started and it charged up but was dead a week later. Before that I had problems with rear step switch. I removed the fuse for the step switch which is located behind the kick panel next to the emergency brake on a Ford and the truck battery stayed charged the rest of the winter. Don't know if this is relevant to your Sprinter issue but it does sound like you have a slow drain somewhere.
40  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Winterizing on: October 21, 2013, 08:46:41 pm
I live in Alaska. Proper winterizing is critical. I downloaded  a bunch of checklists from various sites and combined the best from each. The other responses cover all the basics. I blow out all the water lines with compressed air then run antifreeze thru the entire system. It only takes about a gallon. My unit has a switch near the water pump that allows me to siphon antifreeze directly out of the bottle. Last winter we had 44 days at 10 or lower with no issues in the spring getting the unit ready for camping.
41  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question on propane furnace on: October 20, 2013, 09:53:51 pm
Sure hope you are wrong about the open window thing, we have been running our furnace for almost two years with all the windows sealed tight without any ill effects....that we are aware of.
42  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Generator won't start on: October 20, 2013, 09:50:10 pm
 Don't know about any kill switch or fuel shutoff, but I have had similar issues with starting even after pressing the prime switch for 10 seconds or more. Ours always started eventually so patience is required, sometimes waiting 5 minutes between attempts. Starting it regularly minimizes the issue on our unit.
43  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Black Tank Insulation on: October 18, 2013, 03:20:24 pm
Most of our 44,000+ miles was traveling thru Canada and US. We do have mudflats and they appear to be at the right height (about 4"). I spent some time under the unit yesterday and there does not seem to be a simple way to use a piece of sheet metal or other material to protect the bottom of the tank , although I like the idea and will continue to think about it. The black grainy material used on the roads in portions of the state is just native crushed stone/gravel. This aggregate is often combined with a petroleum tar/oil to pave road surfaces where icing is a problem to improve traction.
44  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Black Tank Insulation on: October 13, 2013, 08:16:15 pm
The black water tank on our 2400 is located directly behind the driver side rear wheels. Over time the insulation around the tank has been damaged by impact with road debris off the rear tires. Has anyone else encountered this and come up with an effective fix for this condition. When I was at the plant last spring they gave me a roll of aluminized tape that I applied but it has been shredded by a summer's worth of road debris. I am looking for a more long term solution. Thanks.
45  Main Forum / General Discussion / Valve extensions on: September 27, 2013, 10:40:44 pm
Not long ago there was an interesting discussion on this forum of loose valve cores. Since then I've been monitoring tire pressures and valve condition a little more than usual. On a recent trip that involved a little more than 12,000 miles driven over a five week period I had two scary situations come up involving rear tire valve extensions. First, during a routine tire check I noted that one of the valve extensions was rubbing against the wheel cover and had worn thru the outside metal into the rubber. I removed it and was able to split it open with a slight twist. About a week later on the opposite side the inside tire pressure was very low. I filled it back up and checked it about 20 miles later and found that the pressure had dropped. I called AAA and went to a recommended tire shop  where they removed the wheel to check for leaks. It turned out that the valve had split where the stem  joins the wheel rim. The technician told me he often sees this with dual wheel valve extensions due to vibration over extended period. Our PC has 44,000 miles since we took delivery 17 months ago. I realize most users don't put their units thru the stress that we do, but it might be wise to keep an eye on the condition of those rear tire valve extensions as well as the valve cores.
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