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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: RV toilet paper on: February 24, 2018, 07:18:40 pm
We buy two ply rv toilet paper at Walmart.   

Since 2006 I have had an rv ( PC and Roadtrek) with a macerator pump and I have never, ever had a problem with the pump getting stopped up.  Never.  I don't worry about toilet paper but we are mindful of hair going down the shower drain because that will lock a pump faster than degradable paper ever would or could.   We have a small screen designed to fit over the drain in the shower specifically designed to catch hair.   They cost three or four bucks and you can buy them at most places like HD or Lowes. 

Personally, I have always meticulously maintained our various motorhomes for thirty five years of enjoying them but we bought them to use and we use them.   Everything on them.  We have used  campground showers once in all of our years of rving.  That is why we have a motorhome - to have our own shower, food, toilet and bed. 

Paul
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Auto Step Issue on: February 21, 2018, 10:33:46 pm
I had that same problem.   As others suggested, just grab the pushbutton and twist it back and forth like we used to wind a watch (I guess you have to be a certain age to understand that example).   Then, spray the pushbutton with WD40 or silicon spray to make sure it doesn't stick as it goes back and forth.   They are notorious for causing this problem and twisting /lubrication is on my annual maintenance list for springtime getting ready for camping season.   

Paul
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Gravity Fill for Freshwater Tank on: February 21, 2018, 01:02:45 pm
Correction.......it was Jim not Ron that posted the filler link.   Like Jim, I have also used these for a long time.  I might add that I always put the end of the tubing on a new one into the fire on the stove top for a few quick seconds to sort of round off the edges to make sure it absolutely will slide down into the fill hose and not nick it.  Probably overkill, but an ounce of prevention......or something like that.

Paul
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Gravity Fill for Freshwater Tank on: February 21, 2018, 11:48:55 am
When we got our 2350 we experienced the same slow fill problem.  I checked the hose going from the fill to the tank and the air relief hose from the tank back up to the fill.  It is a piece of small clear tubing ( 1/2 inch as I recall) on our PC.   It was cut about two inches too short and thus had a kink in it that restricted the relief of the air.   That two inch savings of hose cost me having to remove the corner bed and the underlying support panels, a trip to HD for a few feet of the same hose and then reinstalling it.   I think the hose was 20 cents a foot or something like that and is just another example of how carelessness during construction can cause a real problem for the owner. 

Another method to use is to take the gadget in Ron's link (above) and tape a little length of 1/4 inch tubing (like you use for drip irrigation) to the filler tube on Ron's gadget.  Make it a little longer than the tubing on the gadget and thus any air that accumulates in the fill hose going to the tank can be evacuated. 

By the way, this fill problem has been a problem for me on three different rigs by three different manufacturers over the years.  It seems so simple to design and install correctly.  Like stated in a post above, water doesn't flow up hill on its own accord.  Of course, I can say that not being an engineer Embarrassed !!

Paul
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Spare Tire on: February 05, 2018, 11:53:34 am
No spare seems to be the trend in cars but I would not be comfortable without one in a motorhome.  We spend some time in places where there is no cell service and I just can't imagine driving without a spare.  Call me old fashioned.  

Or, maybe just call me a guy that has had to change one of those big tires himself because there was no alternative.  Or, try buying a matching tire to replace one of your six when you are away from home.

Save weight?  A 16 inch E rated tire and wheel probably weigh about 60-65 pounds as I recall.  About what eight gallons of gray tank sewage weighs.   After all, these start out as TRUCKS (assuming Ford chassis models).  Surely 65 pounds is not that critical.   Like the old ad said "Don't leave home without it" at least for me.  

Paul
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Changes to Online Pricing on: January 29, 2018, 03:08:09 pm
I suspect buying a motorhome is the second largest purchase most buyers will make with their home being the first largest. 

Isn't it a shame that pricing is like buying a pizza?   What coupon do you have today?  It is not just Phoenix but he whole industry apparently.  No wonder people look on average for such a long time before committing to buy.   

Paul
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Changes to Online Pricing on: January 27, 2018, 09:43:20 am
I agree with ron.dittmer.   Over and over I have seen this happen.  A small company is sold and the new owners make changes that just defy understanding and injure loyalty.  

Ever see that old movie "The Gauntlet" with Clint Eastwood?   I feel like I am running the gauntlet every time I deal with someone selling something with four or six wheels.   Phoenix was different and it will be interesting to see if we can use that statement in the present tense ----Phoenix is different?

I have tried to figure out the logic of making such a move as removing the pricing guides as to MSRP and "Our Phoenix Price".   Maybe someone can come up with a logical thought as to why but I can't at this time.  


Paul
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cabinet squeak on: January 19, 2018, 05:34:50 pm
Ron thanks!   SO, you just screwed into the thin original sheet metal of the Ford top as I understand you.   I always get a little skeeeerred drilling into a wall that there is some wiring up there I am going to hit but I guess that is not likely in the location you indicated.  Also, assuming that is the source of the squeak (and it makes great sense that it is the source) I would suppose it would not  be prejudicial of which side the sound could be coming from.   The setup would be the same in both driver and passenger side, just reversed.  

I think I will give it a try and see what happens.  Sounds like about an eight screw operation for both sides.  I will do both sides as a possible solution above the passenger where the squeak is located and a preemptive strengthening above the driver's side.

If my right ear hearing loss gets much worse, I may just skip it and let my wife fuss.   pulling hair out  

Thanks so much for the tip.

Paul
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Cabinet squeak on: January 19, 2018, 10:54:16 am
Ron wrote in another thread about leaking in the front cap:

I had a squeak in our front cabinets.  Kermit's inspection process concluded "All Was Well" with my B+ cap mounting screws.  He then provided another bit of advise which resolved my front cabinet squeaks.

I have the squeak but no leak and started this thread so as not to change the subject on the water leaks which is much more important than a squeak noise.  I have a sometimes squeak that seems to come from the front cabinets above the passengers seat.   Ron, can you share with us what Kermit's advise was?   I have looked and looked and pushed and pushed and can't seem to find it.   I checked the antenna on the roof which is just above this area and it was down tight and not causing the problem.  

Ideas??

Paul
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Grey Tank Capacaity on: January 13, 2018, 09:09:28 am
Here is a tip from the Class B World that I have used for twenty years on several Bs and Cs.   Replace the shower head with one of these:

https://www.amazon.com/Danco-80760-Kitchen-Spray-Black/dp/B000JFNOAE/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1515852304&sr=8-7&keywords=kitchen+sink+sprayer+replacement

They do not drip and when you release the trigger they immediately stop the water flow.  Additionally, the discharge is usually less than a shower head but the pressure of the discharge is greater.  We really prefer the shower they give us compared to a shower head.  

Class Bs normally have smaller tanks than a C and thus every drop saved is .........a drop saved. 

Paul
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Water pump failure on: August 23, 2017, 09:11:55 am
In a post a few months ago, I was discussing our "rattling pipes" and how I had traced the pipes and made sure they were not knocking each other when the water pump was activated.   Well, it got worse with time.

Boy, was I dumb!!   I should have known better. 

Turns out it was the water pump beginning to fail.   We just got back from a three week trip in the mountains of Colorado and New Mexico.  About five days into the trip, the water pump started making a terrible racket and the pipes sounded like they were coming apart.   To make a long story short, the pump failed.   Now, in a 2350 the pump is located next to the fresh tank under the bed and access is gained by removing the mattress and opening a large hatch.   There are two hatches and each is half the size of the mattress and thus you can gain complete access to all the things built in under the bed. 

Incredibly, in a town of a few hundred people within ten miles of our camp in the national forest I found an auto parts store that carried a limited amount of rv supplies.   Would you believe they actually had a Shurflow pump almost identical to the failed one!  One only.  I bought that baby, installed it and now all is well with no more noise or rattling. 

Think about inspecting your pump.   What occurred with ours was that the torque of the motor coming on and going off had caused the pump to wallow out the threads on the head of the motor where the pump and motor come together.     There are six or eight (?) filbert headed bolts  on the face of the pump that screw into the motor head.   I couldn't believe how small the bolts were in diameter.  I think they were only 5/32 fine threads about 1.75 inches long.   The design is very poor in my opinion because logic would tell you larger bolts should have been utilized.

In any event, I kept the old pump and plan on drilling out and oversizing the bolt holes.  I will drill out the old threads and drill through the motor mount and install larger bolts using nuts and lock washers, not just rethreading the relatively soft metal of the motor's head.    That should fix the pump and I will carry it as a spare.

It just seems -regardless of brand-  everything is made cheaper and of poorer quality in the last few years.    We all love cheap until you have a failure. 

Check the bolts that assemble your pump/motor unit.   Make sure they are tight and not working loose.   

Paul
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: News from "The Mothership" location on: June 25, 2017, 09:57:42 am
Thanks for the very interesting Reuters link.   The RV industry is really a microcosm of what is generally happening across our country.   Lucky for us that we own RVs made by a small company that can better select its employees and is not subject to a fraction of a penny increase in per share earnings being the talisman that determines every step of every day. 

As I read this article (and having owned two Class B rigs made in Canada) I wondered if the general superiority of rv manufacturers like Pleasure Way, Leisure Travel and Roadtrek could be partly due to the fact that the labor laws and general attitudes are different across the border?   I don't propose an answer to that question, I just find the question interesting.

If as the article states, turnover is often over 100% (supposedly because of pay and working conditions) you gotta assume that quality is lower in those companies.  I would think that would be particularly true in those companies that have recently been acquired.  The pressure will be on for more, more, more and cost reduction, cost reduction, cost reduction. 

Paul 
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Did you upsize from a class B? on: June 18, 2017, 07:30:36 am
Tom, I have had some problems with my computer and don't apparently have a copy of my two private messages to you regarding this topic.  Please feel free to copy and post my messages if you think they might be helpful to someone.  Meanwhile, I am running tests to try and figure out what happened to my private message response copies. 

Paul
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Did you upsize from a class B? on: June 16, 2017, 08:07:00 pm
Tom, that's us!   Our first RV was an old 1977(I think) Delta Class C.  We bought it in 1982 and traded it in 84 or 5 for an Intervec Horizon, the kid sister to the Falcon.  They were made, as most on this forum are aware, by a company that later evolved in Phoenix Cruiser.  We later bought a 1996 Roadtrek 190P brand spanking new.  Then, in 2003 I think it was, we bought a new "B+", a Gulfstream BT Cruiser about 24 feet long, just the size of our PC 2350.   In 2007 we traded it on a new Roadtrek 210P and kept it until we bought the Phoenix Cruiser 2350 we currently own and that purchase was in September 2013.   

We moved from the Roadtrek 210P to the PC2350 because we wanted to camp for extended periods of time in one place and the PC was perfect for that purpose.  Interestingly enough, the usable exterior storage on the RT was superior to our PC and we had about the same amount of storage inside in both units.   The dry bath was a major consideration for us.  The black tank on the RT was 10 gallons and it is 35 on our PC.   

Laying in our corner bed in the 2350, my wife laughed and said it looked like fifty yards to the windshield of the PC!   We just spent almost three weeks in the PC boondocking and living on carried water and solar.  That would be tough in a B but we have done it in the past, you just have to make a few trips somewhere to dump. 

I suspect, honestly, there is another B in our future.  We store the PC about three miles away from our home in a rented enclosed storage unit.  Our home has a garage with a nine foot door that will accommodate a small B.  It is incredibly convenient to walk out into the garage and have your rig sitting there, as Ron does on this forum with his PC2350.  We can't do that with ours because of the height. 

We enjoy the dry bath, the real stand up room in the PC and we enjoy the space in the PC.   We tow and that can get old to me.  You gotta plan every gas refill, every situation and you have to really be careful at all times.   Driving a B is like driving a Chevy Suburban or equivalent. 

I think in a few years we will buy another B and take some time to travel completely around the USA and Canada before we get so darned old you can't do that anymore.   The ability to just "whip into" a restaurant, an attraction, etc. is a done deal with a B and a challenge often with a C towing something IMO.   But, man we would really miss the room and the dry bath.   

Camp:  get a C.   Tour:  consider a B.   Having had three of each and switched back and forth we know the advantages of both pretty well.   A B is a van and drives like such.  A C is a truck and drives like a truck.   

You pose an interesting question for discussion.  I will be interested to see the responses.

Paul
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / I feel out of place because nothing is wrong with my PC! on: June 14, 2017, 08:15:37 pm
We just got back from a nearly three week trip to New Mexico and Colorado.  As I read this and other RV forums, I almost feel out of place because nothing has gone wrong with our PC2350!  We will soon have owned it for four years and except for a few minor things like the door switch, adjusting the pitch of the mount of the Sanicom pump, etc. all is well.   We recently had a 2.9 inch rain overnight camping and no leaks.  No wind intrusion.  Nothin'!

I guess we are just lucky but we really enjoy our PC and appreciate its trouble free performance.  Minor things like replacing a few faulty cabinet latches, isolating a couple of pipes so they don't bang against the floor when the pump is running just don't seem significant to me.   

We came home Monday and drove 562 miles in one day pulling a Jeep Trailhawk, including over a 10,000 foot pass.  No problems except I was one tired old goat when we pulled into our driveway, but I didn't want to stop and spend the night in the heat we were experiencing.  We got up Monday morning in the mountains and it was 37 degrees.   As we crossed the Texas Panhandle, it was 104.  The wind was blowing constantly for over 400 miles with gusts above 30 mph hitting us broadside.   No problems.  We have added absolutely nothing to enhance handling, just plain old Ford stuff from the factory with the alignment set slightly higher than midrange. 

I feel really blessed as I write this.  It seems so many report so many problems and some are severe, like the ultraleather peeling problem.   Man, I feel lucky.   I must say though, I do appreciate the fact this is a house going down the road and it is a truck not a Lexus.

Paul 
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