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31  Main Forum / Photos / Protection & Convenience on: October 25, 2014, 01:06:50 am
Last summer we had a grill guard installed on our PC. The motivation was more than a couple close calls with moose and caribou up here and deer while traveling thru Ohio and Pennsylvania. While searching for a grill guard we kept looking for side steps. Our PC is four wheel drive and a good 6-8 inches more ground clearance than a standard PC, that makes getting in and out of the cab a challenge. We also wanted a rear bumper to offer a little additional protection when backing up or when parking on ferries. We couldn't find anything commercially available in spite of hour upon hour of searching the internet and talking to a bunch of truck/van customizers. Finally I stopped into a couple of local boat builders who pointed me to a local weld shop. We met with the young owner and explained what we wanted. He specializes in working with aluminum. Both the sidesteps and bumper in the attached photos are made with aluminum plate so they are light weight but very strong. We left it up to him to come up with the design. We are very pleased with the results.
32  Main Forum / General Discussion / Electrical ? Issue on: October 24, 2014, 11:33:45 pm
While getting the PC ready for winter I noticed some "crud" built up around the truck battery posts. I proceeded to take off the cables and cleaned them and the posts as I have done on this and other vehicles over the years. When I finished and started the truck all seemed good. Later I tried to lower the HWH leveling jacks and the panel was lit but when I pressed any button all I heard was a click. I checked under the coach and all the lights on the control unit were also lit but no reaction when I pushed the panel buttons. I pulled the panel next to the emergency brake and all the fuses looked ok. I checked the coach circuit breakers and all was fine. I checked the ford fuses under the hood and they all seem to be good. I checked the rest of the truck and coach systems and everything seemed ok except for the leveling jacks and the generator. The generator has the same problem as the jacks. When I push the switch to prime the generator the light goes on and your can hear it priming. When I tried to start the generator all it did was click like a car with a dead battery. Since finding this issue I've checked all the battery connections and rechecked all the fuses in the truck and for the coach. Today, I even changed all the fuses inside the coach with no improvement. I know it has to be something simple, but its got me baffled. Both the jacks and generator worked fine before I decided to clean the battery posts. Any thoughts on what might be causing the problems? Thanks.
33  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Advice on visiting Glacier National Park on: September 24, 2014, 02:53:53 pm
The attached photo was taken at Denali National Park last weekend. We always carry bear spray when we hike or travel around the state. I am not a gun advocate but bear spray is only effective at a distance of 10-30 feet. At greater distances avoid contact, at lesser distances a large caliber pistol is the only effective deterrent. In this instance we stayed in our vehicle and prayed that he would choose not to unwrap us. My wife had the bear spray at hand and I had the .357. He crossed in front of us and I took another photo. They are beautiful and majestic animals.
34  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Help! Fuse for Sanicon? on: September 02, 2014, 11:00:00 pm
You might need to call the PC plant to find out where the fuse is. Meanwhile just use the gravity discharge. All you need to to do is remove the cap at the rear (left side) of the coach attach a hose and open the valve right before the cap. This allows you to bypass the sanicon as long as the valves are ok for the black and gray tanks. If those valves are not working you will have to climb underneath to open each manually. If you do not have a hose to attach to the gravity discharge you might have to borrow one or buy one. We always carry one in the event of such a situation. You can attempt to turn the sanicon impeller manually from the outside on the end with a flat head screwdriver in the event that something is stuck in there and blocking it from turning. Good Luck!
35  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Floor Mats on: August 07, 2014, 06:17:22 pm
We purchased mats from the local ford dealer. They were only $45 for the pair. We have had them for two years and they are holding up really well.
36  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: One HWH Leveler Not Extending on: July 24, 2014, 03:05:28 pm
We have experienced the same issue at various times with each of the four units at various times. We noted that it tended to happen after long trips or when the undercarriage was exposed to particularly dusty/muddy/dirty conditions. After talking to technicians we do our best to keep the units relatively clean and regularly use WD40 to lubricate the springs. This seems to keep incidents of hesitation to a minimum.
37  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Power step on: July 09, 2014, 01:32:01 am
I re-read your original posting and realized I missed the whole issue. The problem you describe is that the switch that is supposed to override the step retract function isn't  working the way it is supposed to. You should be able to activate the switch and the steps will remain extended with the door closed until you either turn off the switch or activate the coach ignition and start the engine. If that isn't happening then there must be a problem with the switch or the wiring.

My previous reply described the process I had to follow when my steps extended and retracted randomly while driving, when stopped, switch on, or switch off; the only thing that stopped it was pulling the fuse near the parking brake. I finally resolved my problem by replacing the step control panel.
38  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Power step on: July 08, 2014, 10:31:52 pm
 We also have experienced the same problem. Our resolution did not involve a blown fuse. If the fuse is good, I would attempt to adjust the bolt on the frame of the door that activates the step switch. There is a bolt that can be easily adjusted with an adjustable wrench to insure there is sufficient pressure when the door closes to activate the switch. If that doesn't fix the problem contact Carol at the factory and ask her to send you a new door switch. It can be easily replaced with a Phillips head screwdriver and electrical tape. If that doesn't work then contact the factory about a replacement step control panel. Replacing that it a little more involved but doable with a little patience.
39  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Supersprings on: June 04, 2014, 02:25:15 am
The addition leaf improved handling and reduced travel of the rear suspension without making the ride harsh or stiff. We were very pleasantly surprised. Keep in mind we have 4 wheel drive so our suspension is somewhat more rigid than a stock unit. 
40  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.
41  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.

42  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.
43  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
44  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.
45  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.
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