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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Length and Width Restrictions on: November 26, 2016, 07:39:55 pm
At this time in our lives, the 2350 is perfect.  We tend to spend a lot of time in one place and use our Jeep Trailhawk to run around.  With the back seat down we back that baby full of camping gear, food, all kinds of stuff and are good for two weeks in one spot in our 2350 as long as we manage our black tank very carefully.  This is normally in the NF in the summer and you are welcome to drip your gray water and return it to the earth.   We pump water up into the PC tank from an 8 gallon wheeled container we use to bring it from some source to the RV.  Like I said, the 2350 is fine for most tight spots camping.

We had everything on Ron's list in our Roadtrek 210P and we had more storage space than in our 2350, believe it or not.  On a rainy two or three days, a B can get pretty small. And a wet bath can get pretty tiresome!  So, the 2350 is great for us now. 

In a year or two, I suspect we will sell the 2350 and buy a new B and spend more time touring and less camping.  We had a little Intervec Horizon B that was 17 plus feet long and it was super to just get anywhere and tour.  Intervec was the predecessor to Phoenix Cruiser, some of the same folks.  I almost bought one to restore earlier this year but it was just more project than I have time to take on right now. 

I think rving (which we have been doing for almost 35 years) is a lot of fun when you stay flexible and know your needs and types of travel change over the year. 

Paul   
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Length and Width Restrictions on: November 26, 2016, 08:52:21 am
RheaNL, I have had a lot of afternoons of entertainment in the Rockies watching the European tourists with the rental Class Cs.  I admire their sense of adventure.  I wouldn't think of flying to an unknown land and renting something probably twice as long as anything I have ever driven!!  The Germans have a long, historical love for the American West that comes from the publication of "dime novels" concerning western heroes that were first published in Germany in the 1870s.   They come over to check out the beauty.  Many fly in to Canada or the northern midwest US cities, pick up a RV and head down into the Wild West.

I laughed when I read your post.  Last year we watched a group of four couples in about a 30 foot C trying to back into a NF campground campsite that would be barely OK with my PC 2350 but not anything much longer.  I cannot imagine them on Independence Pass.  Of course, this flatlander ain't gonna take his 2350 across there either Help

I sometimes get a little tight on a road or campsite and my wife reminds me of the benefits of our 1996 Dodge Roadtrek 190 we had from 1996 to 2002!

Paul
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rear stableizer on: November 22, 2016, 06:57:18 pm
The Lone Ranger here!  I live in one of the most windy parts of North America and I find my 2350 stock from the factory to be perfectly fine going down the road.  I never fight the rig at all when being passed by eighteen wheelers or with a cross wind gusting pretty doggone high.  Maybe I am just used to winds and that is why I seem to be the Lone Ranger on this forum concerning handling.

I don't mean to be disrespectful to anyone having problems with the handling, but am I the only owner that just seems to be trouble free and have a green light???

Paul
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New Owner on: November 12, 2016, 01:21:07 pm
We had a heat pump AC in a rig we owned a few years ago.  It was great!  (Our previous experience with a heat pump was in a vacation house we owned in Northern Arkansas and it gets cold over there.  We had a heat pump with auxiliary 10,000 watt heat strips.  The AC worked great in the summer and the heat pump worked fine as long as the temps were above 40 degrees.  As I recall, its efficiency dropped a bunch below that temp but the strips kicked on and kept the place nice and cozy.  That was my first experience with a heat pump so I was excited to get one in our rv later on.)

Now, with the Phoenix Cruiser we have the heat strips.  They work OK for just taking off a chill, but I fire up the propane heater if it is really cold and then maybe turn it off and use the heat strips to maintain the temp.  I would much prefer that our rig had the 15k AC and heat pump and I would certainly order that combo on any new rig if available. 

Like a couple of other posts have said, it is just an air conditioner in reverse, really. 

Your list of options on the new rig makes me want to play the old Mancini song "Dreamsville" because it will be a dream come true.   That will be one super nice RV. 

Paui
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Magneshades and AGM batteries on: November 09, 2016, 07:42:19 pm
We bought our PC2350 second hand, but the first hand had it only ten months.  Last spring I replaced the coach batteries because we were going to be boondocking for a month or so total in the summer months.  

I went to Sams Club and bought two six volt golf cart batteries.  I have always just bought my batteries from Sams or Walmart for years and had great luck with them.   I don't buy AGM but just the regular, old fashioned batteries and I check the water levels every time we take a trip.  It doesn't take two minutes and it is good insurance to get years of service.  I bought our previous rig new and kept the original golf cart batteries six years with no problems.  Candidly, for what we spend on these rigs to buy, maintain and store them a couple hundred bucks for two batteries every few years is not that bad a deal.   I have experience with AGM batteries and they are great.  BUT, I don't want to pay the extra dough and I don't mind maintenance on the batteries.  

By the way, not discharging batteries beyond some voltage (some say 11.9v, others have different numbers) is the most important part of the equation IMO.  Lots of information on line about managing batteries in RVs and it worth spending some time learning the basics.

Also, I use a very expensive (eight bucks) battery disconnect switch and disconnect every time I put the rig in the storage building.  Parasitic power drains are eliminated and a good set of batteries won't lose a tenth of a volt in a month under most conditions if they are in good shape.  

The previous owner had purchased the shades and I really like them.  My only caution is to be careful putting the windshield shade on the vehicle and don't let it slip onto the painted surface of the hood because it can scratch it in my experience.  I usually have my wife assist me in slapping them up there to avoid the problem.  They are great in the summer to crack the side windows and let in air in the cab area.  Blocking the sun from the windshield is also a big deal in keeping the rig cool.  They work very well in my experience. 

Paul
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Looking for the right vehicle to pull behind the PC on: November 01, 2016, 09:53:21 pm
We have a Trailhawk like Tom in his post.  Same brakes, different tow bar than Tom's.   We shopped and explored a lot of possibilities before we bought the Traihawk.  It is my iwfe's daily driver and I drive a Grand Cherokee.   We spend a lot of summer time in the Rockies and the Trailhawk is perfect for that purpose.   Also, when we flip down the back seats we have lots of room to haul stuff for our boondocking extended stays.   Again like Tom, we never have any sway issues. 

I think the Trailhawk may be the best driving Jeep we have ever owned in certain regards, the tranny being the most prominent.  Nine speeds.  Good mileage. Off road capability.  Tow flat all day long. 

Paul
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The Two Waste Tank Electric Valve Actuators, Can They Be Serviced? on: October 28, 2016, 07:42:57 pm
I have a feeling Don posted about the coconut oil because he has used it for many successfu years of rving!   Yep, the old line standard treatment for seals in the dump valves and for the seal in the toilet as well.  The stuff really livens them up, is totally inert and totally biologically and environmentally safe.  A lot of folks swear by it.   I must say I tried it and got great results every time.  I have never had to replace a seal or valve.   And no, don't let your pet monkey in your rig or he will head for the seals.  Sorry, couldn't resist it.   rolling on the floor

Paul
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: RV Insurance and Extended Warranty Insurance on: October 25, 2016, 09:30:48 pm
BlueBlaze mentions a very important factor in the price of insurance of any kind:  the deductible.  I never have less than $1000 deductible on any insurance policy and on some (roofs since we live in Stormland) I have a higher deductible than that.  The savings is significant.   Now, I fix virtually everything myself and enjoy doing it and that makes a difference.  I would never make a claim on something small even if I had insurance, just out of self reliance to fix it and forget it.  My last vehicular claim was fifteen years ago on a BT Cruiser....a dear deer.  Notice, I carefully said "a million miles without an accident with another vehicle" in the next paragraph. Cheer

We have Safeco insurance on everything and have for 25 years.  I have over a million miles total driving without an accident with another vehicle.   The last time I got a speeding ticket or warning was thirty years ago.  I guess I am just lucky.  But man it sure reflects in the lower payments for insurance.   Where you live, your personal driving record and your credit rating all play a part.  Using  credit rating is controversial, but it is a factor in pricing policies. 

Paul   
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Winterizing on: October 23, 2016, 08:23:05 am
Rdalton, by dump auxiliary valve I meant the 3" conventional sewer valve that can be used to dump if you don't want to use the Sanicom pump system.  It is, essentially, the same valve all RVs have if they do not have a macerator.  Mine is plumbed just ahead of the macerator pump and after the valves on the black and gray tanks.  

Before we bought this PC, we had a Roadtrek 210 and our home  the car garage was built with a nine foot door on the third.   The RT fit in there and no winterizing for yours truly during those years of ownership.  Like Ron, who has the capability of garaging his PC, we would just grin at winterizing.   Now, we have to store the rig in an enclosed RV storage place about three miles from the house and no climate control.   Boy we miss the rig in the garage, but sure do enjoy the extra room of the PC.  

Michelle, I am so sorry you live in San Diego (one of our favorite areas in the country) and miss all this winterizing fun rolling on the floor

Paul
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I saw you!! on: October 22, 2016, 01:01:21 pm
You bet I do!  Don't see many of them and that makes it really special.   

In August, we pulled into a commercial campground in Amarillo, Texas just for the night on the way home from several weeks in New Mexico.   I was really excited when a Phoenix Cruiser pulled in right next to us.   Of course, I went over to greet them (an older couple from I forgot where) and I got the coldest reception I ever got in a campground.   So, I retreated to my rig on a very hot August Texas Panhandle late afternoon, took a nap and then took my wife to the Big Texas Steakhouse to watch the tourists go wild and  to watch a German tourist and a guy from Australia on stage trying to finish off the "Free if you can eat it all"  72 ounce steak with all the sides.  They failed, just as I failed in my visit with the next door couple in the PC.   Never had that happen before.   Camping folks are usually pretty outgoing.   

Paul
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Winterizing on: October 22, 2016, 08:54:47 am
I practice the technique that "more is better".    I blow out the lines as you describe, then I add antifreeze in about twice the quantity that is advised.  Why not?  It only costs a couple of bucks a gallon and I just figure two or three extra gallons is a cheap insurance.  

I find the three drain valves on our PC to work better and more completely drain everything than the drains on any other RV we have ever owned.  They are well positioned and designed.

I have a small "plumber's helper" made for sinks.  I use it to evacuate water in the P traps on all the drains, then add antifreeze into them by pouring about a cup or more into the drain.  I put a goodly amount in the fresh water tank and pump it for a few seconds to make sure the pump is protected.   Also, I open the dump auxiliary drain (leaving the black and gray drains closed since they have some antifreeze in them) and let any excess water in that system drain out.  I leave that drain slightly cracked open all winter.  

I "milk" any excess fluids out of the Sanipump system hose and I leave the black and gray tank flush valves on the Sanipump system in the open position.  

The easiest thing for me to forget is the outside shower hose and head.  I never have used those outside shower connections more than twice in thirty plus years of RVing.  So, it is easy for me to forget.  

When I finish all this procedure, I go into the shop  and drink a cup of coffee and do something else for an hour or two, return to the scene of the crime and go over everything mentally as I look at it to make sure I have done it.   I once developed my own check list and I suggest it is a good idea.  You can keep it by the hot water heater cutoff valve for convenience.  Actually, I don't use the checklist until after I do the work, I guess just to see how much more forgetful I am this year as compared to last year  Help

That reminds me:  I also remove the drain plug on the water heater and leave it out all winter.   Most say that is not necessary, but again .....insurance.  

Paul  (aka the Winterizer Overkiller)
12  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Cooktop Ignitor on: October 18, 2016, 07:45:00 am
Just now seeing these posts and I am ordering today!  By the way, the efficiency of the battery free piezo models seems to decrease with altitude.  Now, I don't know the science behind that statement but it is a pretty well accepted fact among those of us that frequently camp above eight or nine thousand feet.   

Since these things are so relatively inexpensive, it is amazing that most rv stoves don't have them already installed from the manufacturer.

Thanks for the original post and most of all for the pictures of your installation.

Paul
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Seeking Recommendations For A Compact Inside 110V Heater on: October 17, 2016, 04:16:39 pm
Ron, take a look at this:

https://www.amazon.com/Vornado-Whole-Vortex-Heater-Black/dp/B00MB4BQ0G/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1476734981&sr=8-5&keywords=vornado+heater+fan

I own two Vornado heaters and two Vornado fans.  The advantage of these to me is they are very quiet...and we are light sleepers.  Also, the vortex design eliminates hot and cold spaces by distributing the air over a conical area.  The three heat settings are also convenient.  The disadvantage is they are little larger.  Vornado also makes the "baby" for nursery use but I know nothing about it and have not researched those smaller units. 

The one linked will keep a 12x14 workout room in our home comfortable in below freezing conditions.  Now, that is in a very tight, well insulated home and not a motorhome. 

Paul
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ground Clearance of Sewer Drain Outlet and Hydraulic Jacks on: October 15, 2016, 08:58:04 am
Everything in a rv is a compromise.  We have never had any problems with the Sanicom or the clearance....and we most often boondock in the National Forests.   When in doubt about a clearance, I just stop and get out and look.  I think the compromise is that by design and desire a Phoenix Cruiser is lower, more narrow and more sleek than a conventional Class C.  The design element that attracts most of us to the product is therefore inherently compromised on several aspects, including clearance. 

As to the "slinky hose", I carry a new one that has never been used just for safety.  Incidentally, you can buy a piece of 4" plastic pipe and cut it to an appropriate length and use it to store and protect the slinky.  It will just fit in the storage area at the rear of the coach where we store hoses and the electrical cable. 

Yesterday, I went out to the Oklahoma City Fall RV clearance sale which has  area dealers showing units to try and close out before winter.  I went through several conventional Cs and man, they are like boxes on six wheels.  Compared to my PC, it would be like driving a big box of crackers down the road.  But their clearance was no problem because it took an additional step on the entry door to get up into them.  Personal choice, I guess.  By the way, I continue to be shocked at the quality build of  new units of various popular brands compared to the fit and finish of our Phoenix Cruisers. 

Paul
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thermostat replacement on: September 21, 2016, 09:32:07 pm
Who says new is better?  I prefer Ron's to the electronic one in our PC.  I had an old Honeywell go out at home and we loved it.  It had two settings only:  one for day and one for night.  Foolproof.  I foolishly bought a new digital to replace it when it went out and there was no day and night only model I could find, so I got the standard seven day model.  It was a nightmare.  I threw it away and bought a digital with only one temp setting.   Like Ron, I never could program the super duper model correctly.

Less is more!

Paul
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