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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / 85 Octane on: August 20, 2014, 01:15:13 pm
Last summer I commented to the group about encountering 85 Octane "regular gas" at Cody, WY.  My feeling then was that this was a marketing gimmick to increase profit.

This summer driving coast to coast I encountered both 85 octane in the mountains and 86 octane gas in high altitude areas.   Curious, I found the following in Wikipedia so I guess this gas is legitimate.

"United States: in the US octane rating is displayed in AKI. In the Rocky Mountain (high elevation) states, 85 AKI (90 RON) is the minimum octane, and 91 AKI (95 RON) is the maximum octane available in fuel.[38] The reason for this is that in higher-elevation areas, a typical naturally aspirated engine draws in less air mass per cycle because of the reduced density of the atmosphere. This directly translates to less fuel and reduced absolute compression in the cylinder, therefore deterring knock. It is safe to fill a carbureted car that normally takes 87 AKI fuel at sea level with 85 AKI fuel in the mountains, but at sea level the fuel may cause damage..."

Because my mpg was lower this summer and the engine lugged on hills and downshifted more than usual when using this gas, the following is of interest:

"Many modern engines are equipped with a knock sensor (a small piezoelectric microphone), which sends a signal to the engine control unit, which in turn retards the ignition timing when detonation is detected. Retarding the ignition timing reduces the tendency of the fuel-air mixture to detonate, but also reduces power output and fuel efficiency. Because of this, under conditions of high load and high temperature, a given engine may have a more consistent power output with a higher octane fuel, as such fuels are less prone to detonation."
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Business Cards and Brochures on: June 25, 2014, 12:38:45 pm
Tom,

This is my third summer carring the brochures and cards.  Of the constant stream of visitors I think only two have accepted my offer of a brochure.

Dick
3  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Sub-alpine dry camping on: June 21, 2014, 07:46:18 pm
Dry camping in the high sierras is cold at night... 30's and 40's. We learned three things:

1.  There is something plastic like drill chips in the furnace.  Last year it smoked us out so we did not use it. This year we ran it during the day until the burnt plastic smell got down to tolerable.  Gradually over a week the smell diminished to where it no longer caused your nose to stuff up. By the second week all the plastic had burned out and the furnace was ok.

2.  When it was coldest we ran the two coach batteries flat using the furnace at night. In the morning we could not start the generator the batteries were so low.  Even the propane/carbon monoxide detector was showing a red light for low voltage (9v threshhold).  The solution is to start the Ford engine.  When the the alternator charge rate got to 13.4v., there was enough in the coach batteries to start the generator.

3.  I noted also that when the temperature is near freezing at 8 to 9000 feet elevation, it was best to prime the generator with a short (3-4 second) crank, wait about 2 minutes for the gas to become vapor, then the generator will immediately pop off on the next try.
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New 7-Pin Connector Location on: March 22, 2014, 12:03:23 pm
Yep,

Completely clobbered it last summer.
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: slide problems on: March 19, 2014, 07:10:29 pm
Mike,

Based on past 100,000 miles I expect problems with slides, steps and batteries. 

With our Phoenix, water intrusion from the front slide has been the only problem so far. The situation where a slide will not come in I will handle by by-passing the coach and controlling the motor directly from battery. Otherwise, to do it the hard way I estimate maybe 300 cranks based on 6 turns per inch and 24 inches to go.

The steps only have had only switch and spontaneous deployment issues so far. When the steps eventually will not come in I have installed pull-pins to free the control arm.

The engine battery was replaced under warranty last month.  That is unusual.  The coach batteries are the usual problem.  I am ready for that with a desulfation and equalization type of charger and the battery tray having been changed to hold golf cart 6v kind.

Dick
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Decisions Decisions on: March 05, 2014, 12:24:52 pm
Richard,

There is one more thing not mentioned... looks.

When we were down to three on our short list, the stand-out beauty of a Phoenix Cruiser was the deciding factor.  This fact has been reaaffirmed endlessly by people we meet on our travels.
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Starting engine with house battery on: March 04, 2014, 06:25:29 pm
Nicki,

One of the first things I noticed when we got our new PC was the periodic high current draw from the engine computer as it checked stuff when you were not using the engine.  From various Ford forums it was clear this frequent drain would bring a battery down to unserviceable levels in a few weeks.  Accordingly I added a cut-off switch directly onto the negative battery post.  When we are not using our PC it sits at the side of our house so I have shore power.  That way a trickle charger keeps the engine battery happy.  However,  if we were to leave our PC say for a cruise, I can disconnect the battery.

Please never try to start the engine by use of the coach battery switch on  the dash.  This is solely for charging the engine battery.  The wiring is unsuitable for the very high current needed for jumping the engine battery.  For this emergency, carry jumper cables that will reach your house battery.
8  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Dead battery salvation on: February 12, 2014, 08:26:06 pm
In the situation where the engine battery will not start the engine, Phoenix Crusier provides a switch to connect the coach battery to charge the engine battery.  The wiring is not heavy so it is dangerous to try to crank the engine with the switch engaged... only use it for charging.

Unfortunately, if your engine battery has a dead cell, no amount of charging from the coach battery or external charger will help.  The only salvation is a jump start.

To be self-sufficient, carry at all times jumper cables 12-feet long of 8-gauge or heavier.  This allows you to connect to the engine battery and jump start directly from your coach batteries.
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Good source for Michelin recall on: February 05, 2014, 11:33:56 am
The Michelin dealers in Southeast Florida were unable to handle the recall for various reasons. (They only get $4 per tire from Michelin and can charge the customer nothing).

The first dealer to the North was ready and eager to serve.  I was in and out with 7 new tires the next day after I called. 

I recommend:
St. Lucie Battery & Tire
5500 Orange Ave. (1/2 mile East of I95)
Fort Pierce, Fl
772-461-1746
Artie is your man
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: FMCA Rally Brooksville Florida Jan 30 - Feb 2 2013 on: December 24, 2013, 08:06:23 am
The past two years there has been several Phoenix Crusiers at Brooksville. Marge and Dick are performers with the Frustrated Maestros musical group. Our 2910D will be parked with that those coaches near where we play eadh day.  Can't say exactly where because of the cut-backs in electrical availability but just find a trombone player and say hi.
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Macerator dead on: December 02, 2013, 12:53:29 pm
OK. It's working now.  Switch was ok.  Removing the end cover and turning with a flat-blade screwdriver cleared whatever was in it. Good lesson. Thanks guys.
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Macerator dead on: December 01, 2013, 07:33:11 pm
Jack,

Like what you do with a garbage disposal I suppose.  I will check the back side for how to do this.
Thanks,

Dick
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Macerator dead on: December 01, 2013, 09:03:40 am
Good idea.  I will try it first.
Thanks for the offer, but Palm Beach County is too far from Satsuma to be practical.

Dick
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Macerator dead on: November 30, 2013, 07:12:38 pm
This morning I was all set up to dump, switched on the macerator pump and nothing.  No hum. No click. Nothing.

Dumped the old fashoned way.

Ok, we are back home now. I will have time to trouble shoot.  Give me some ideas like: where is the fuse? Connector? How to clear jam? How to test the motor?

Thanks and happy thanksgiving.

Dick



15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Window tint, driver and passenger side windows on: November 17, 2013, 12:51:41 pm
 Steve,

"Tinting" meaning of the type that blocks a high percentage of ultraviolet rays is a no-brainer.  Do it.

The tinted windows that come standard do not qualify. Consider them too... at least the enrty door because of the unusually high heat transfer in that area due to the metal door. 

In addition to the cab doors, you can get an almost imperceptable "tint" on the windshield with around 70% UV protection.  The only drawbacks are some optical effect with polarized glasses and concern for the use of adhesive tape .

Dick
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