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16  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Amateur Radio question on: October 28, 2016, 10:38:15 pm
We drove our new to us 2012 Phoenix Cruiser hame and missed not having the two meter radio installed for the initial trip home. Any hints or tips?  How did you handle the antenna for your rig? Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Marilyn - KA4JKW

Marilyn, as you can see from picture, that is my HF radio mount behind the passenger seat. Not the best place for a rig to be mounted as cannot be used while mobile. I do have a 2mtr Kenwood TM-D700 mounted under the dash just left of the doghouse. Not the best place as kind of a knee catcher at times. If you have a rig such as this with the remote head, it can be mounted in a better place, such as under the seat, with the remote head mounted on the doghouse drink tray. 

Antenna options I used was the mirrors.  One for screwdriver type HF antenna, and the other for a 5/8~ 2mtr/440 mount. I did run a #10 wire from the antenna mount to the cab door frame for a better ground connection.

Hope this helps.

Denny, k9aeg
17  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: StowAway screen door. on: October 28, 2016, 10:27:55 pm
Talk to Phoenix about the southco latch. Mine broke also, and they sent me a new one without cost.  2nd one appears to be better quality.  The refrig is something else. Probably needs to be serviced by dealer, as much more complicated, and who knows... One could purchase the wrong part, and still not have a working unit.
18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Upgrading Ford factory radio sterio on: October 28, 2016, 10:05:11 am
Thanks ragoodsp.  I think between you and Ron, this project will not get off the ground. I don't need more stuff to clutter my life, especially if it isn't helpful.  I have been using my android tablet for navigation, which works fine. No sense then to change to something that is difficult to use and see.
19  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Upgrading Ford factory radio sterio on: October 27, 2016, 07:53:13 pm
Thanks Ron... You are alway a blessing to be heard from on this forum.  You have more than ever answered my questions, meaning, issues I was thinking about, you have answered.

On another line, I believe I have a posting problem on this forum.  1st of all, I do not get email notifications of my postings. Others I do.  2ndly, I do not see my postings in the "Show unread posts since last visit".  I probably don't have something setup correctly.

Thanks Ron,

Denny
20  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Recliner Damage on: October 27, 2016, 07:40:20 pm
Mine is a 2012 also.  Mine is nice and flexible soft with no problems.  Wonder if this was just a bad batch of vinyl (well, lets call it what it is, certainly not Leather as advertised), from China?  I do put auto upholstery cleaner/conditioner on a few times at year. But I'm not convinced that this is the problem, and leaning towards, Bad Product instead.

Denny
21  Main Forum / General Discussion / Upgrading Ford factory radio sterio on: October 26, 2016, 06:50:07 pm
Has anyone upgraded the Ford factory radio to lets say a Smart Radio Stereo? You know the type, with built in GPS, Apps and back-up camera capable.

Does the Ford have the universal "dual din" footprint, to make installation possible?

Thanks
Denny 
22  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Sofa End Table on: October 22, 2016, 11:33:52 am
Nice job. Thanks
23  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Cooktop Ignitor on: October 07, 2016, 08:50:01 am
Thanks... I thought one would have to replace battery from the back which would be a pain... Well, now I'm am tempted to order one.

Denny
24  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Cooktop Ignitor on: October 06, 2016, 08:54:51 pm
Easy to change battery?   Or should one decide on a battery-less unit?
25  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Protection Against Blowouts and Getting Rear-ended? on: October 02, 2016, 07:38:46 pm
Good concern...
I added wheelwell protection for that stuff around them using just hard-backed carpet.   

See my other post where I added a back bumper using laminated Oak.  (I'm a woodworker... just seemed a natural  Smile )


Denny and Barb
26  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Any Experience with new 6 Speed Transmission on: September 13, 2016, 08:10:48 pm
Fuel economy is Fuel economy.... Meaning you cannot squeeze out more than is needed to get from point A to point B/
Saying that, yet an extra GEAR is nice. But not Maybe advantage as on would like to think...

Remember, Most of our driving is in "High Gear".   Period.... You get what you get when Torque Converter is Locked Up!
Just saying... 

Denny and Barb
27  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Dead battery salvation on: September 10, 2016, 10:15:49 am
You guys can tell me if this is a good idea, or not to keep engine battery charged. See picture below. I used a "add a circuit" device to connect the house batteries to the engine battery.  It's a trickle charge setup that has a 5 amp fuse in series with a 10 amp blocking diode.  The blocking diode is to prevent the house batteries from draining the engine battery.  Been using for a month now, and no problems so far.  Now this also solves playing dash radio without killing engine battery.

So what your thoughts a d feedback?
28  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Side storage locks on: September 10, 2016, 09:48:26 am
yep 2 Frazzled, the locks can be programed to any 3 numbers. And also, they are mechanical so they may need to be WD-40'ed occassionally, just as your present locks need. The black rubber covers, should keep them pretty clean however.
29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New King Bed for 2552 on: September 09, 2016, 07:43:00 pm
I agree with 2 Frazzled... A motorhome that large should have a "permanent bed" as our 2350 has.  Just saying.
30  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Side storage locks on: September 09, 2016, 07:37:18 pm
Thanks for the comments.   

I wear glasses full time. So I am not a good candidate to say weather good eyes are needed to see the digits.

However, my wife is blind with anything up close. She cannot see her phone without her HELPER glasses.

But she can see these lock numbers good enough with her naked eyes.   

Maybe this helps.. Maybe not... Just saying.

Denny and Barb
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