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16  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Anyone Going to FMCA Rally in Lakeland Feb 2-5 on: January 26, 2017, 10:00:16 pm
Marge and I perform with the Frustrated Maestros musical group. We will be there on the 30th for rehearsals.  Leave the 4th or 5th.  I play trombone.  Marge is in the chorus.

Lakeland is a new venue so all I can say is that the Maestros are parked together where ever that may be.
17  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What does your Phoenix weigh? on: December 25, 2016, 10:07:40 pm
One of the things the motor home industry was infamous for was overweight designs.  It was not apparent until some organizations, rally speakers and tire vendors put in a decade of effort to make people aware of the need of weighing all four corners. RV makers have responded and the problem is less. 

Phoenix is aware of the industry trends and I think now only has an overweight concern on the duals under the rear slide of the 2910 models.  Because the water tank is in the slide, that corner will be several hundred pounds overweight with full gas and full water.  If you tow, the tongue weight and cantilever effect are also of concern.
18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Recliner Damage on: October 25, 2016, 06:17:51 pm
Summer 2015
Drivers seat peeling.  The source for the chairs did not respond. Went to the factory where they removed the seat and sent it to be repaired while other work was being done.  Later that day the like-new seat was installed.  No charge. 

Later the Euro chairs also had pealing arms and headrests.  The factory sent replacements; again no charge. I found that it was a pretty good job to do the replacement.  Sorry to say but one of the new replacements is peeling again.
19  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: need travasak on: January 21, 2016, 12:17:22 pm
After a couple years in our Sprinter we discovered them.  Loved them. Still have them. Travasac went out along with a lot of folks in RV supplies during the recession.

In cold weather you sleep with the heavy winter side up.

20  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC 3100 and PC 2351 Owners ... purchase dilemma on: November 27, 2015, 02:45:11 pm

Go with smaller.

After 95,000 miles in a 24ft Sprinter, our need for "elder comfort" lead us to having a regular bed.   I really miss all the agility, parkability, turnability, accessabilty, etc. that we used to have.  Trips  now are more park and sit rather than poke around all day then look for a place for the night.  A lot of the fun and freedom is gone.

21  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Roller skid wheels on: September 30, 2015, 07:14:13 pm
For the record I destroyed the plug hanging down the first year.  Bob at the plant was not surprised and replaced it in the rear covering... like you see now.
22  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question for 2910 Ownersa on: September 03, 2015, 07:40:24 pm
I agree with Jim and Beth about the 2910 with double beds but not so much for access space.  More important is for weight reduction off the driver side duals which are maxed out with the slide room on them.

We do not have any particular problem getting in and out of the short queen bed... or with the space available around it.  We also have no problem with kitchen storage.  I have been in th 2910T and felt clustrophobic with the dinette room filling space that I am accustomed to when on the road.
23  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MPG - E450 - four summers on: August 29, 2015, 02:00:33 pm
Ok everybody, time to cover what was not covered related to driving for mpg.

First, turning off your injectors.  Injectors squirt fuel as needed. One for each cylinder.  When, at speed, you take your foot the accelerator, fuel is no longer needed, the injectors tun off. The engine continues to turn which gradually slows the mph.  This is the way to get "free mpg" as you approach a stop or go downhill.

Second. There is an injector technique that can be used in long rolling hills which I think of as "driving above the average mpg (Scangauge)".  I find that rather than taking my foot off the gas to turn off the injectors, I can accelerate while driving downhill and still drive considerably "above the average mpg". 

For example, the Scangauge shows the average mpg so far is 9.0 mpg.  Rather than taking my foot off the gas to get "free mpg" on the next hill, I give just a little gas to hold at maybe 20 mpg and also accelerate to get a run at the next hill.

The result is that the speed build-up carries me farther up the next hill before a downshift occurs and the average mpg slowly but steadily gets better.  This is more effective than just taking your foot off the gas on big hiils... and more interesting. Eventually, I catch up to the average mpg and cannot improve but only maintain the highest mpg.  From this I determine the true mpg of the engine under those conditions with that specific gas.

Finally, I note that the mpg can be as much as 1 mpg higher or lower than normal with some gas.  Ethanol free gas seems to do better a little more frequently.
24  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Weighing all four corners of your PC on: August 13, 2015, 05:46:21 pm
Safe CCC weight distribution judged by weighing only the front and rear axles may create a false sense of proper tire loading. Getting the weight of the four corners of your coach is the only secure measurement for safe loading on tires.  Finding where to get this type of weighing is a problem if you are not at a rally.

At the past FMCA International Rally in Madison WI an exhibitor, Recreational Vehicle Safety & Education Foundation (RVSEF), provided four corner weighing.  This is the organization that revealed the early RV industry overweight building practices.  Now RVs have more sensibly distributed dry weight and must now be equipped with a safety and weight label about cargo carrying capacity., tel: 321-453-7673, Walter Cannon, Executive Dir. email:

This is a resource if you are wondering about tire loading on your coach... particularly if you have the water tank in a bed slide-out.

The person I talked with was Shane Hess, email:  He indicated they had portable corner weighing scales at two locations, Florida and I think Arizona. 
25  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.
26  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.
27  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.

28  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.


29  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.
30  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.
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