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16  Main Forum / General Discussion / MPG - E450 - four summers on: August 13, 2015, 04:11:49 pm
For the record.

Total miles including flatland, hills, mountains, A/C no A/C, good gas, bad gas, idle time...
divided by...
total gallons used corrected for generator use by 0.5 gallon/hour.

2012 - 9,700 miles - 9.2 mpg
2013 - 12,500 miles - 9.6 mpg
2014 - 10.200 miles - 9.2 mpg
2015 - 9,400 miles - 9.2 mpg

We do not tow.
We cruise 55-58 mph on secondary highways
and 60-64 mph on interstate quality highways.
We avoid high rpm (>3000) cruise control downshifts.
We use long coasts with fuel injectors off whenever possible.
17  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Issues with 2910D CCC and Microwave/convesction oven? on: August 12, 2015, 09:54:56 am
I am probably the guy talking about CCC and the 2910.  When I got corner weigths it was apparent that the driver side duals are maxed out.  The only solution to date is twin beds like Gradygal's custom coach where the weight of the bed slide-out is eliminated.
18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Miles per year on your Phoenix? on: August 12, 2015, 09:45:38 am

We just returned from our fourth summer tour with around 48,000 miles on the odometer. Drove 10,000 miles on trips 1 and 4. Trips 3 and 4 were to West coast at about 14,000 each. 

Previously we drove 98,000 miles in 5 tours in our Winnebago View Sprinter which explains why we have seen so much of the USA and Canada before we bought the PC.

19  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Leak in bath area on: August 04, 2015, 12:46:07 pm

I find that water pressure can vary wildly a various campgrounds... up to 90-100 psi!

If there is any weakness in your system this will reveal it.

If the campsite water connection does not have a pressure reducer, it is a good idea to check the pressure. If it is 50-60 psi or more, it is advisable to put on your own pressure reducer.


20  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: FMCA Rally in Madison WI on: July 30, 2015, 05:18:09 pm
Aha!  We saw two Phoenix Cruisers today parked and talked to someone  at the PC display who is driving a 3100. That makes four of us.
21  Main Forum / General Discussion / FMCA Rally in Madison WI on: July 29, 2015, 09:45:40 pm
The exhibit area of new coaches opened today at 5 pm.  Earl was showing three models: 2910T, 2552 and 2351.  People were swarming them to take a look.  I note that they have 6volt house batteries now for an upgrade in power capacity.

We have not seen other Phoenix Crusiers at the rally. Is anyone else attending?  We are in lot J.
22  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Single A/C vs. Dual A/C on: July 16, 2015, 09:56:39 am
This is our fourth summer tour in our two a/c, 50 amp 2910D.  We can handle hot weather pretty good now. The front windshield is the major source for heat followed by the all metal coach door.  

The first thing we have done is to tint the the side and front cab windows and coach door window.

Routinely, we use an outside window "bra" for average conditions. The awning helps also to keep sun off of the coach door.

In severe heat conditions we add a aluminized "space blanket" over the windshield which is held in place with magnets.  Same on the inside of the entry door.

We also have aluminized insulation cut to fit the rear window, coach door window and cab windows. These store nicely under the bed.  The $2 space blankets store sandwich bags.

You evidently are aware of the weight situation with the water tank in the rear bed slideout, but I do not see how a single air conditioner could be satisfactory in hot, sunny conditions.
23  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: HWH levelers not retracting on: June 17, 2015, 07:48:22 pm

The sequence of what levelers are raised is of no consequence.  Raising a leveler is for best access to clean the seal and piston.

However, understand that the emergency brakes are on the rear wheels. If you fully extend both rear levelers it would be advisable to securely block the front wheels so the coach cannot roll forward or backward.  Ditto if you need to raise the rear for leveling.  In this case, driving your duals up on blocks helps keep more weight on the tires .

24  Main Forum / General Discussion / Web site link needed on: June 16, 2015, 04:09:42 pm
 ThankYou"From the PC home page there is a link to the Forum home page. From the Forum home page there is no similar link back to the PC home page.

It is annoying to have to do a search to get back.  What am I doing wrong?
25  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / HWH levelers not retracting on: June 11, 2015, 05:48:55 pm
In the last few campsites one of the levelers refused to retract.  To get it up I had to drive forward enough so it could swing up. (Yes, the levelers are designed for that).  The shiney piston part simply would not retract all the way in spite of pushing or banging on the base. If there was clearance it would extend properly for leveling but not fully retract when done. 

A search came up with the suggestion to fully extend the jack, spray WD40 generously inside the metal sleeve at the top of the piston and ,using a twig or stick, swab a paper towel around inside the metal sleeve. I did that repeatedly until the black gunk up in there was gone. That was followed by spraying WD40 all over the piston and wiping it clean of any residue. 

The jack retracted normally after this treatment and has been behaving properly since. 
26  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Simple rattle fix on: June 03, 2015, 02:05:41 pm
For years now we have been living with a particular rattle when driving.  Mainly driver's side. MCD shades were suspect hitting each other or the window frame. Velcro loop stuff made a difference but no solution.  Padding the glass tray in the microwave made a difference but no solution. Padding pots and pans... nada.  Locking the oven fan outside vents... nope.  Maybe something inside the MCD shade box?  Maybe the slide topper has something loose?  We lived with it and dreaded rough roads.

On a call-back from Kermit about pealing vinyl on drivers seat, Marge mentioned the rattle. He suggested push the slide-out button briefly. Just enough to put pressure on the mechanism but not move the slide. Eureka!  That is the solution!  What a super simple fix.
27  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2910D vs. 2010T on: May 13, 2015, 03:53:59 pm
Your height is a problem for both the rear slideout bed and for headroom.  Other tall owners describe a bedtime configuration of sliding the "short queen" mattress down 12 to 14 inches for the feet and filling in the head space with something. This results in a "crawl-over" situation. 

Possibly a twin bed alternatitive could be reasonably close to providing enough length... if you can deal with the air conditioner(s) and light fixtures, etc. in the ceiling.
28  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2910D vs. 2010T on: May 12, 2015, 10:58:43 pm
Yes, it is a bit awkward eating at the flip-out table.  The euro chairs are too low or the table is too high in our unit.  It reminds me of when I was a kid. We tend to pick up our plates and hold them near our mouths when eating.

When the people at the plant discovered that I had raised the chairs about two inches, they said that they could have the table unit made at any height we wanted.  I declined but really, our table should be another 2 or 3 inches lower to be about the same as the dinette we had on the previous Winnebago View.

To have a dinette requires the 2910T.  For a long time I thought that did not make much sense because you lose that sitting area under the canopy.  Now in our fourth summer trip I found that we never sit forward of the entry door so that argument is not valid.
The other awkwardness is that to sit up to the table you must slide the eurochair out sufficienty to allow the arm to clear the cabinetry that supports the table.  This means the practical eating surface is only about 16 inches wide... about half the available surface.

As for whole-body paint, we have it but I would have never ordered it because of cost but, our unit was loaded for a show - along with other things cheap-me would never order. After the fact I admit to gloating a lot because of the endless compliments we get.

29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 12 volt air compressor on: May 10, 2015, 07:55:16 pm
Home Depot has a Husky 120v, 150psi inflator on sale for $24.95.  I use it to pump the duals to 80 psi.  It has about the same moderate inflation rate as the 12v Slime unit that just failed alter 3 years. It does not get as hot either.
For faster inflation, I too am planning on getting an Avair that clips directly on a battery.
30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: trasfur swith on 2551 year 2009 on: March 16, 2015, 06:52:48 pm
It is cleverly concealed in the wall in back of the drivers seat. Use a magnet to locate the screws in the fabric covering the baseboard.
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