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61  Main Forum / General Discussion / Macerator helper on: September 02, 2013, 09:58:15 pm
The black and grey tank flush feature is great!  The only problem is when a dump station does not have a water hose or the water hose does not have a coupling at the end.  Then there is no way to hook-up for flushing.

Rather than dig out my regular hose, I use a 10 foot section of flat hose with couplers on the ends.  This makes things simpler as you can see in this photo.

When done dumping,  just connect the ends of the flat hose, loop it over the macerator hose-hooks and secure with elastic cord.  As you see here.

62  Main Forum / General Discussion / Engine break-in vs. mpg on: September 02, 2013, 08:27:21 pm
At the start of this summer's tour I had around 12,000 miles on the coach  During the trip last year the engine changed over those miles as indicated by the engine-specific calibration factor of the Scangauge.  However, fuel consumption remained at a flat, unchanging  average of 9.4 mpg.  No sign of "engine break-in" that people talk about.

This summer after 4 to 5,000 miles, the average mpg and ScanGauge calibration finally began to rise as we meandered to the West coast.  (In CA and OR the average went down. Is their gas different?).  Never-the-less, back in Florida at 25,000 miles the overall average for the tour was 9.6 mpg.  I now think "engine break-in" is real.
63  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Estimating MPG as you go on: September 01, 2013, 10:19:26 pm

Here is the handy table I use when driving. 
When the gas gauge reaches one of these marks I check the trip odometer reading to get an idea of my mpg.

Note that you burn about 3 gallons before the gas gauge needle begins to move.  Also, at the empty mark you still have at least 4 gallons reserve.
64  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Shower Bar on: September 01, 2013, 09:50:54 pm
We are accustomed to having a removable overhead bar in the shower.  This is convenient for hanging wet towels and rain coats as well as creating extra closet space.  Home Depot had the end cup/socket pair of connectors and an adjustable length closet bar.  Installation was easy. 

The bar in place    The connector cup end

Bonus: I am 5' 9". It turns out the bar is so high that I never have to think about removing it to take a shower.
65  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / 12 volt connector in coach on: September 01, 2013, 09:26:46 pm
There is a need for a convenient 12 volt outlet. 
To satisfy this need the obvious place was by the 120 volt outlet on the side of the flip-out table. 

The table top is easily removed to allow drilling through the table wall and coach floor immediately below.  Wiring is routed directly from the coach batteries, through the adjacent storage compartment and up to the 12V connector.
66  Main Forum / General Discussion / Trip notes 2013 on: August 14, 2013, 01:13:34 pm

A. Our 2910 Phoenix Crusier attracts compliments everwhere we go; camp grounds, filling stations, taking pictures, entering National parks, at rallys and jazz camp, etc.  I have lost track of how many people have been in our coach to take a look. They have never seen anything like it. "Where did you get it? Who makes it?". I tell them it is made in Elkhart Indiana by a company that specializes in "Upscale downsizing".  Sales are usually direct to eliminate dealer profit. Customization is possible.  After-sale support has been beyond expectations.  (My pride and satisfaction must show).

B. Last summer I watched the engine breaking-in by way of a Scangauge % calibration factor change, however the mpg remained stuck at 9.4 mpg for the first 10,000 miles.  So far this year things are looking better. Fuel efficiency has been creeping up... at 22,000 miles now almost 9.6 mpg.

C. Our Sprinter had about 95,000 miles on it before we traded it to Stuart for our current rig.  Never had a need to rotate tires.  This Summer the right front tire got noisy. Had to rotate at about 17,000 miles.

D. We were shocked when we first tried to visit a California State Park.  We were "oversize" (longer than 25 feet) and would have to pay double to enter.    Our park plans ended immediately. I found that this is a new rule that started Aug. 2012.

E. The macerator is a hoot.  At the jazz camp they parked us beside the maintenence building for electric and water only. Snooping around I found the sewer line for that row of buildings along a trail in back.  I also found a garden hose back there. That plus the macerator hose made the 50 feet to the path and the sewer so we could dump.
67  Main Forum / General Discussion / New compliment on: August 11, 2013, 02:15:55 pm
This morning leaving camp, I stopped to drop off garbage. Going back to the cab a red van came towards me honking to get my attention.  Had to stop me to say that my Phoenix Crusier was the most beautiful RV he had ever seen.  He said he had a 30 ft. Jayco so I think I understand where he was coming from.  I might add that this was the second such compliment and discussion at this campground.
68  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Dashboard glare fix on: August 06, 2013, 12:19:33 pm

There are times, particularly morning, when sun reflects from the dash up on to the windshield. This produces an annoying image that interferes with what you are trying to look at ahead.  

The fix was simple.  We looked around a Walmart fabric department for material that looked the blackest/least reflective and bought a half-yard.  Folded in half it fits perfectly on the driver's side dash to eliminate the glare problem.
69  Main Forum / General Discussion / Propane/carbon monoxide detector on: July 12, 2013, 11:01:24 pm
Before we left for our summer tour we heard beeping in the house that traced to our 2910D stored next to the house.  The LP/CO detector was signalling failure... again!  This is number three since our unit was born.  We currently are using number four. 

The nice folks at PC confirmed that the hook-up was correct but had no suggestions as to what may be causing so many failures. Neither did Atwood Mobile Products, LLC the seller of the unit.

To my best recollection the failures happened when on shore power.  Therefore, on the possibility of some sort of electrical pulse in the system, I installed a clip-on ferrite choke on the +12v line.  At the FMCA rally the RV Doctor, Gary Bunzer, suggested bring a separate +12v wire directly from the coach batteries to by-pass the converter/charger.

Any speculations from the group as to what may be going on or what else to try?
70  Main Forum / General Discussion / Games with gas pricing on: July 01, 2013, 09:38:39 pm
There is a new gimmick in gas price warefare.  I see the western states have de-rated regular gas from 87 octane to 85 or 85.5 octane for the same price.  The usual 87 octane is now called "blended" or "plus" or such and costs around 10 cents a gallon more (and "premium" yet another 10 cents more). 

In flat land that probably does not cause a problem because low octane pinging can be controlled by the engine computer.  I got fooled the first fill-up. Power was effected.  I had a struggle to pull the 11,000 feet of the Chief Joseph and Beartooth highways near Cody, WY.   I now pay the extra price.
71  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Moisture In Back Up Camera on: June 22, 2013, 04:04:21 pm

I have heard about this happening.  Accordingly, I formed a "drip-loop" on my cable so water runoff cannot run towards the camera housing.

If I saw moisture in my camera, I would call Elkhart for advice and to get the website of the camera manufacturer.

Alternatively, I see four phillips screws holding the back. I think I might risk it to open the case to dry the innards, see how it is supposed seal and take it from there.
72  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: FMCA Rally, Gillette, WY on: June 22, 2013, 03:34:13 pm

Showed our coach to Pat Bangasser of Texas.  They are looking to downsize from a largish class A. Husband Ernie has infirmities now and they hope to keep rv'ing with a smaller unit.
73  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: FMCA Rally, Gillette, WY on: June 20, 2013, 06:11:30 pm
Preregistration was 2340 coaches. Over 2800 arrived so far with a total of 5-6000 attendees.  The joint is jumping.

PC has a nice, full-page, 4-color ad up front on page 6 of the 144 page rally program.  We went to the exhibit location but was a bit saddened to find nothing on display.  

Aimee/Kermit, maybe we can help.  Our coach is open to visitors if you have inquiries from the FMCA rally.
74  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: FMCA Rally, Gillette, WY on: June 19, 2013, 09:43:52 pm
The motorhome display area open today at 5pm. Could not locate the PC exhibit from signs.  Later found the location on the rally map.  Try again tomorrow. 

Have not seen any PCs among the 2800 coaches parked here. The folks directly in back had 2700 and loved it but the short bed got to them so now they have a Serano.  One of the couples we ride with say they are considering downsizing to a PC however they did not respond to my offer of a brochure. Oh well.

If anybody wants to get together, we are in the Boxelder RV park, Lot 2, 2nd street, West side, site 47A.
75  Main Forum / General Discussion / FMCA Rally, Gillette, WY on: June 17, 2013, 11:31:46 pm
I see PC is exhibiting this week. Anybody else here?  I am located in the Boxelder RV park, area 6.
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