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61  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: First trip on our 2350: a report on: November 12, 2013, 12:07:04 pm

From the official RV manufactures categories there is only: Class A, B, C... Chassis, Van, Truck.  Accordingly, we drive class C RV's. 

From a sales and marketing perspective, differentiaton is a driving force therefore the creation of product descriptors like class B+ or C- or super C.

62  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: At long last - Our PC arrives! on: November 12, 2013, 11:52:06 am

You are correct, there are two 50 amp lines... commonly down each side of the coach.  As for being overkill, think about what the 40 footers need and that there is no option between 30 amp service.

63  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How i do Ham Radio with the 2350 on: November 03, 2013, 08:41:50 am

When I looked at a mirror mount like what you did I was dismayed.  The fancy ones on my unit make it impossible.  A ladder mount was not possible because the ladder resonates strongly around 16 MHz  and completly detunes any antenna close by.  I found continuity from the luggage rack to the frame so my mount is a whip to that bar.  For listening, it is a wire over a tree limb or cicumferentially around the roof.  I operate in the space between clothes cabinets in the bedroom - a bit cramped.

Since the Pactor modem goes back a while and internet access is so available these days, I wonder where you go that is so remote.

64  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Electrical Schematics for PC's power systems. on: October 10, 2013, 05:52:05 pm

I am greatly impressed with your work on the schematics and and Bob Bander's follow-up on the breakers.  You two have filled a real need.
65  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What is in the box between the propane tank and the frame? on: September 23, 2013, 08:15:39 pm
One item not covered... The transfer switch is in the wall in back of the drivers seat.
66  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Leveling on: September 16, 2013, 08:06:36 pm
I share the concerns of Tom Hanlon and George B. regarding front/back level.  I see differences due to torsional twisting or "sway-back" effects on some sites.  The latter is an annoying problem that causes a compression at our entry door particularly when we use blocks on the rear without levelers.  The door bangs or jams on the striker plate... sometimes enough to be really annoying when we have enter through the front doors. In the most recent case the bend in the chassis was enough to entirely prevent the door from entering into the door frame.  This effect seems to be increasing the more we use our PC.
67  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: How much lift is "too high" with HWH jacks? on: September 13, 2013, 07:43:41 pm

The very first time I used my HWH levelers, the tires and chocks skidded and the rig fell backwards.  Later visiting the HWH plant I found that they design with this problem in mind.  My levelers we fine only needing some adjustment as to level sensing. 

They pointed out that the emergency brakes are on the rear duals.  Lifting the rear causes a coresponding reduction of weight on the tires that may end by, as I found, falling off.  If a camp site is more than a few inches low in the rear, I will use blocks under the tires and the same amount under the jacks.  Also, I now have four of the Harbor Freight solid rubber chocks.  These are serious business. They get hammered in whenever there is any concern about lifting with the HWH jacks.

As to the front wheels the HWH guys say you can safely raise the front wheels entirely off the ground.  Since then we do it routinely.  I even add blocks in front if the levelers max out before getting level. Marge still frets about tires being in the air so I beat some blocks under the tires mostly for effect. We also use a folding step in those high situations.


68  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.

69  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.
70  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.
71  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.
72  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.
73  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.
74  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.
75  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.
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