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61  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Newbie very interested in the 2552... on: July 06, 2012, 10:41:52 pm
Great pictures, Ron.  It is always fun to see the inside of someone else's rig,

A question:  Can the Driver's seat with the power options be made to swivel? 

Or do you just order another seat like the passenger swivel chair? 

We ordered the power driver's seat because Bob is 6'3" and I am 5'6".  If I just raise the seat up an inch or and closer to the wheel, we both can see out of the side mirrors without any changes.
62  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TV on: June 22, 2012, 12:40:32 pm
I think painting our name on it would work.  Great idea! We ordered our 2551 without the ladder so won't have a ladder to attach to.  Besides, the reason we opted for the Tailgater is that everytime we got all set up in a park it turned out that a tree branch was exactly in the wrong placefor the antenna even though it looked clear when we set up.  Otherwise we would just get another rooftop model.  It would sure be nice to be able to park in a shady spot and then just put the Tailgater in an area that gets southern skies.  We are just adding the receiver to our Dish account that way it will only be $10 a month.
63  Main Forum / General Discussion / TV satellite antenna on: June 21, 2012, 09:41:11 pm
Just ordered our Tailgater satellite antenna.  Next question:  How do you keep it from being stolen.  I can just see it sitting out there near the driveway in some RV park just waiting to be picked up.  Do you chain it to a stake?  Stake out the dog next to it? Take it in at night? or just watch cable when you are in a park.  Bob is asking me all these question and, geeeez, how should I know.  Can someone with a Tailgater give me info?  Thanks.
64  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TV on: June 17, 2012, 12:21:29 pm
We don't have our Tailgater yet.  Just wondering how to install it after we get our new 2551.
65  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TV on: June 16, 2012, 01:59:45 pm
We have Dish network and a satellite receiver that we used on our old RV. Not a DVR just the basic receiver.  We have receivers in the house so this one is strictly for the RV and we won't be moving it about. We used a Wingard automatic satellite antenna on our old rig but found a problem withtree branches interfering and figured a portable would be the key.  I have been looking on Camping World and thought the Tailgater portable antenna looks good.  Or the VuCube which looks the same configuration.

It says it doesn't need dc power so can I just plug it into the cable jack?  Or should I call the factory and ask for a satellite antenna jack back near the cable?  But will this get satellite to our bedroom TV too?  All these questions!!

Now you know why they call me a "Newbie".
66  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Inverter on: June 16, 2012, 01:45:34 pm
Waiting for our 2551 to be built.  Downloaded the Owner's Guide for Xantrex Inverter after reading all the posts on inverter noise etc.  It seems you can turn it off when dry camping by pushing the power button.  That turns off all the features of the inverter and I would suspect the charging mode too.  But when you want to turn it on, you don't just push power button you have to push and hold the Power button for 5 seconds, go through the modes and then select Inverter Mode setting and select "I". And that is supposed to turn everything on.  They say that when left in Invert mode when dry camping it draws less than l amp.  If that is 1 amp per hour for the full 24 hours a day of dry camping that would be a little less than 24 amps.  So I guess for a one night dry camp you could just leave it on but for extended dry camping turn it off. 

Maybe someone who has the new Xantrex Inverter can make it simpler for me.  I have only read the manual.  Want to be prepared when the new rig gets here.

Also does the new Xantrex make noise at night?
67  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: June 16, 2012, 09:35:54 am
I am hearing that the inverter is noisy even when it is not on charge only mode.  Sounds like I need to have an on/off switch installed unless there is another way to do it on the Xantrex.  We have always had a converter on our motorhomes and our boat inverter just turned off or on.  Lots of new stuff to learn.  Thanks.
68  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: June 15, 2012, 11:10:24 pm

i always thought that Florida had lots of seafood.  Not like Port Townsend though.  We are surrounded by water and the local fish store has fresh Black Cod, Sockeye salmon, live crab and oysters and clams.  I will have to pack carefully.  The oysters freeze quite well for fried oysters or oyster stew but they don't taste good raw after they have been frozen.  You must have gulf shrimp?  We sold our boat (45' Puget Trawler) last spring so we need our PC like yesterday.  Used to catch our own fish etc.  Now relegated to the fish store which is better than Arizona. 

Do you know what kind of Inverter they are putting on the 2551?  It's not mentioned anywhere, just that it is an 1800 watt.  We had a 2000 Trace Inverter on the boat and we left it off unless we wanted to use AC for something.  That way it didn't drain the batteries.
69  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: June 14, 2012, 09:45:15 pm
Thanks everyone.  We are sure excited to see our new rig.  Especially since we have never seen a PC.  We are taking our little Norcold freezer with us this fall filled with fish, crab and oysters.  Seafood in Arizona is not great.  We can get fresh sockeye pretty cheap, vacuum pack it and freeze for later eating.  I had thought of putting the freezer in that drawer on the passenger side.  It would fit but would need a dc outlet and a vent.  Suppose if we were going to carry it all the time we could get the factory to install an outlet back there and some kind of vent under the bed.  Thanks to G. Garrett who measured the drawer space for me and also the space behind the drivers seat.  Bob has decided we can just set it behind the seat since there is ample room between the slide when it is in and the back of the chair.  I'll just put a potted plant on it or something.  I am one of those "everything in its place" people and the middle of the living area is not the place for a freezer but it is only for our trip south (and north).

We ordered the thermal windows after a desert drycamp experience in October where it was 90 degrees outside and 120 degrees inside the Pleasure Way.  Our generator would not handle the Air Conditioner.  Needed a tuneup.  We had never had a problem in our Dynasty with the heat because it was well insulated.

I am learning all about the inverter reading all the messages.  Will probably run it on manual like we did on our boat.

Thanks again everyone.

Anne & Bob
70  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: June 12, 2012, 10:43:56 am
We ordered our new 2013 Phoenix Cruiser 2551 last month and we are really excited.  We have never seen one in person but after six months of internet looking we think that we have made the right decision.
Five years ago we sold our 38' Monaco Dynasty Diesel Pusher.  Not wanting to be RVless we bought a 20' PleasureWay Ford Excel TD which has the two beds in the rear.  Great unit with a Ford 350 Triton V-10 motor.  It is great for travelling from Point A to B but the refrigerator is too small (no ice for my scotch if I want to keep the rest of the stuff frozen).  We have never had a shower in the rig since it reminds us of our old sailboat shower. Difficult. And when one person goes to bed early and the other stays up 3 hours later and the TV is right over his bunk.  Now you have the picture.  So we bought a PC 2551.  It is like someone watered our PleasureWay and it grew 6 feet.
We looked at a LOT of rigs and they were either too tall or wide body or had a corner bed.  We almost ordered the PC with the corner bed but when I said "Who gets to sleep on the outside?" since we both get up in the middle of the night we quickly decided on the 2551.  We watched videos and looked at pictures and scratched Stuart's brain and think we have made the right decision.  Even ordered the window covers. Of course it will have HWH hydraulic levellers.  We have  had the leveling blocks to go under the low wheel and what a pain (in the rain usually) and then remembered our Dynasty and how easy it was to level.
We live in the Pacific Northwest and Arizona so we ordered the thermal windows.  Can't wait to go drycamping in the desert again in comfort.  It has been fun reading about everyone's adventures.  We are having our rig delivered so won't get to see the factory but are still excited.

Just sold our Pleasure Way yesterday.  Sold it for what Stuart said we would get.  Yeah Stuart!!  Now we are boat-less and RV-less.  Hurry Hurry.

Anne & Bob
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