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16  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Level Phoenix Cruiser on: June 30, 2016, 07:30:11 pm
You know, I have just never obsessed about being absolutely, perfectly level.  Yes, I have levels stuck on the outside for both directions and, yes, I level until comfortable and within a degree or two.  I also carry a little 12" carpenter's level. I prefer to be off a little, leaning side to side at a slight angle to assure the shower draining properly.  Now, I don't mean four or five degrees, but I have never found harm in a degree or two.  I have witnessed folks working for an hour to get a rig level. 

Twenty years ago the refrigs were much more sensitive to leveling than they are now.  In fact, it was common thirty years ago or so that if a fridge had operated much off plumb it could cause the gas to bubble up and not operate much at all.  Same thing back then if the refrig was not operated for long periods of time.  The solution was "burping" the refrigerator.  Take it out, turn it upside down and shake it a bit.  Leave it inverted over night and reinstall.  Those, my friends, were the "good ole days".  Like nylon tires and butterfly valves in the carbs, I think I will take "modern" most of the time.  By the way, refrigs were much simpler back then and smaller, too.  Still, burping was a bear.

17  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Soundproofing the cab on: June 24, 2016, 07:36:29 am
I suspect PC doesn't want to get involved with modification of the "Ford stuff".  The second they take off door panels, pull and change dog houses, etc. they have modified Ford design and may have altered Ford warranty.   When they start changing the heat reflection/absorption design of the Ford I suspect their liability would increase commensurately.

18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited as a toad? on: June 19, 2016, 09:12:02 pm
You see some crazy things in campgrounds.  I have seen trailers that were way to heavy being towed by midsized SUVs.  Sprinter based motorhomes pulling some really heavy toads beyond even their hitch rating clearly marked on the things.

Some folks pay little or no attention to such things as towing capacity, brakes, hitch gear.  One guy told me once his trailer was about to run over his SUV going down hills.  I asked him what kind of brake controller he was using and he had not a clue as to what a brake controller was or its function.  Take a look at the trailer folks sometime.  Many do no have sway bars and just hook that puppy up and go.

Most Sprinters have a somewhat limited tow capacity regarding weight as compared to gassers for the same or similar chassis.  

I say this not to criticize anyone but golly it is dangerous to tow a toad or a trailer and not have some basic and rudimentary knowledge of the limits  Sometimes, I confess, I envy those people.   I tend to over study and over engineer.  

Motorhomes are a bit more tolerant towing as compared to trailers it seems to me.  Very different and better physics than trailers such as the distance from the MH's rear axle to the front wheels of the toad.  And overall length of what is being towed is obviously very different. 


19  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Blu Ray firmware update on: June 18, 2016, 08:56:05 am
John, I can't answer your question but I will tell you one thing:  I have had it with our Samsung.  After this last trip, that little babe is coming out and a cheap, basic Blue Ray player is going in the space.  The FM radio on our rig in the Blue Ray won't get anything that it is not setting on top of.  Fine, if you are in a metro area.  Out in the boonies, I use the Ford radio or an ancient AM/FM "transistor" radio my dad bought probably forty years ago that works better.   I tried adding a more sophisticated antenna to the BR for FM, but it helped not one bit.  Walmart here I come.

20  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Refrigerator Cooling on: June 18, 2016, 08:49:23 am
We just got back from almost three weeks in the CO and NM mountains at between 8 and 9 thousand boondocking in NF campgrounds.   Refrig worked perfectly.  200 watts of solar kept our twin sixes charged well.   No worries.

21  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited as a toad? on: June 18, 2016, 08:45:32 am
We just got back from almost three weeks in the mountains of Colorado and New Mexico and pulled several passes in our 2350 towing a Jeep Trailhawk.   Yes, you do slow down going over 10,000 foot plus passes....really slow down sometimes.  But, the rest of the time and the majority of the time, no worries.   I have the same towing system that Tom mentioned. 

22  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bathroom door hinge problems on: May 30, 2016, 03:50:37 pm
Upon close examination, I think you are correct, Gail.  The wall is about an inch thick.  It may well be a piece of wood with the plywood on the outside and the bath wall on the inside.  In any event, the small diameter and shortness of the screws is just apparently inadequate for the weight.  Mine are now supported by  #8 woodscrews 3/4 inches long.

By the way, I checked the mirror screws this morning and about half of them were loose.   Now, any rv going down the road can loosen things up over time  but was surprised how quickly these caused a problem because when we bought the rig I spent a full day just making sure everything was ship shape.  


23  Main Forum / General Discussion / Bathroom door hinge problems on: May 29, 2016, 09:02:00 pm
I noticed today while getting ready for a trip that the bathroom door seemed a little difficult to easily close.  No wonder!  The top hing had completely come loose from the wall where it attaches the door.   This door has a mirror on it and after looking at the floorplans on the PC home page it appears several models may have the same door.   

Here is the problem:  the door is attached with only three hinges and they are CABINET HINGES.  Each hinge has only two small cabinet screws to secure to the wall.  Since the backboard in the walls is only slightly thicker than a sheet of paper, that is a lot of weight for the two screws on each hinge to support.  The top hinge had completely lost its two screws and I found them on the floor far back in a corner.   The center hinge was being supported by two screws which were very loose and the bottom hinge where the torque of opening would be least were both a little loose. 

I was shocked that a piano hinge had not been used, although I confess I never really thought about it much until this discovery.   Looking at a couple of the youtube tours on line from the site for various models, I saw some with cabinet hinges and at least one appeared to have a piano hinge. 

I suggest you check the mounting of your door.   Since we are getting ready to be in the rig a few days I screwed in a couple of oversized screws and will probably add two more cabinet hinges when we get back home.   That alone would reduce the weight distribution significantly.    I suspect it would be a real riot to be going down the road and the door fall off.  Or any other time for that matter.................

24  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A Billion Questions (2100/2400) on: May 27, 2016, 05:14:20 pm
Kate, for what it worth.....I think what you are planning to do is more than cool!   I wish I could have  done something like that when I was your age but it wasn't the nature of my job to do it.    GO FOR IT!


25  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A Billion Questions (2100/2400) on: May 26, 2016, 07:24:36 pm
Given the size of the investment and the modifications you desire, I would really encourage you to (1) call the PC factory and talk to them about your mods and (2) go to Hershey and spend a couple of days looking at the rigs.  On line is great, but seeing something in person will always be better for the three dimensional realization of what you are thinking about.  Holograms?  Grin  Nah, you can't smell the materials, see the true colors and chat with people that know about these things.   A five hour drive is a small price to pay to really understand what you are spending the big bucks to buy.  Besides that, any RV show is a lot of fun.

I think the 2100 is really a neat rig.  We have had Class Bs and it is a real step up, space wise, from a true B.  Most disagree with me, but my experience is pretty simple:  the longer the rig the more hassle it is to drive and particularly to park.  Like I said, most people find the opposite to be true to some point of diminishing return but that is not my personal experience. 


26  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Pros and cons of a generator on: May 26, 2016, 07:19:38 pm
We have had three motorhomes without a generator and four with a generator over 35 years of rving.  I can summarize, be short and be simple:  we will never have an RV without a generator again.  

27  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thanks for the years of assistance and comradery, and so long on: May 21, 2016, 08:36:56 am
Greg and Kathy, enjoy your Roadtrek!

We owned two Roadtreks prior to buying our Phoenix Cruiser.   We had a 190P and a 210P for many years.  Once you adopt to the B lifestyle, you will enjoy it for the kind of travel you are planning.   We used our RTs for the same kind of travel:  sightseeing, B&Bs, overnight most anywhere in the B then a hotel or lodge for a few nights.   Roadtrek quality is superb, as is the quality of Phoenix Cruisers.   

We bought our PC because we changed our travel style and now spend several weeks in one place.  I suspect in a few years we may be back to a B and see around the US/Canada one more time before our old friend Father Time takes over.    exactly!

Enjoy your journeys.

28  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cherokee Trailhawk Recall on: May 17, 2016, 10:17:58 pm
Tom, we have  supplemental LED bulbs in the original Trailhawk tail lights and signal lights  I bet when they are on they don't pull a total of two amps but that is a guess.  Candidly, the guy that installed my towing set up has been an independent RV shop owner for almost forty years and he said he would take care of everything and I guess he did because I have had zero problems with anything.  Persnickety fellow with three helpers that are all about like him and they have a three bay shop.  So, I really didn't question him about the specifics of how he was hooking up the equipment.  

Trailhawks were hot off the press when we bought ours and there were not many in dealers hands.   I went out to see this guy that did the installation and lo and behold he was working on his first Trailhawk that very afternoon.  When I saw that he had the front end panels dropped and the tail lights all pulled out, I made sure my wife stayed up front and didn't come back into the shop area.   The Trailhawk is her daily driver and she would have passed out if she had seen this sister to her Trailhawk so disassembled right then and there!  

Your second question, no I don't travel hardly at all at night.  I do run the headlights on the PC in safety zones and inclement weather but we take out early and shut down late afternoon.  No, we don't run the headlights all the time on the highway.  As I recall upon reflection, I think we did drive about three hours after dark one time coming home while towing this rig, but that was it.

This discussion is important to me.  I am darn sure going to use my voltmeter on the upcoming trip and take those readings and determine the state of discharge of the Trailhawk battery.  Quite honestly, since it has never been a problem I just never really thought through all these great points folks are making in this thread.  I try really hard these days to suppress my anal engineering tendencies sad

29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cherokee Trailhawk Recall on: May 17, 2016, 04:08:02 pm
Here is what I think I will do.  In a couple of weeks we are going on a trip and the first day we will go about five hundred miles.  I am going to take a meter and check the battery voltage cold the morning before I hook up the Jeep.   At the end of the day, I will check the voltage again and see how much has dropped after all day towing.  I don't have a hot wire going to the battery, but it would be really easy to rig one up.   It will be interesting to see just what the drop is over an all day trip. 

30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cherokee Trailhawk Recall on: May 17, 2016, 07:14:21 am
We got the notice last week.  We have been towing our Trailhawk now for two years and had absolutely no problems with sway or control.  I suspect that a lot of folks may have overlooked the fact that you have to have a very specific transfer case in a Cherokee to tow it flat on these new models.  I know for a fact some people have bought Cherokees to tow without knowing or investigating the model differences and gear differences. 

I doubt if I take ours back to the dealer to have it "fixed" since there is nothing wrong with it as is from our experience which is several thousand miles and towing under many different conditions.   If the road is extremely rough we would probably just disconnect it and my wife would drive it while I drove the PC.  But, if the road is THAT rough, we are probably really in the boonies and going twenty miles an hour anyway.  

Also, I truly believe towing equipment (like tires) is NOT a place to try to save bucks.   I wonder how many reports of poor towing experiences are really caused by the towing equipment and brake setup.   Maybe not, but something to think about.  

Call me old fashioned, but "if it ain't broke don't fix it" applies here for me.  I am simply afraid the dealer would screw up what has been an excellent towing experience by changing something.

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