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121  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: M&G Engineering Hydraulic Brake System on: November 18, 2016, 05:07:10 am
Double check how the lights in the toad work. Our Subaru Forester couldn't be wired directly into its existing light system so our installer put additional bulb lights inside each existing rear light unit on the toad. They are difficult to see except at night. We've had people tell us we have NO brake lights on the toad but when we check they work fine... you just can't see them well in daylight. I don't have a workaround yet. I've considered the wireless magnetic light bar but that's one more thing to store. I'd prefer to upgrade the bulbs in some way to have them brighter or reflect better.
122  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Cruiser Sighting on: November 18, 2016, 05:00:13 am
I'm not sure of the etiquette in campgrounds either but have strolled past PC's repeatedly watching for human activity (I do frequent "walk abouts" when in camp anyhow so I just direct them in that direction", I've called out to say hello to see if anyone answered and once knocked on a door and left a note. I try to stay below the level of stalker. Only once was an owner not thrilled to meet and chat with me and they were having an electrical situation with potential wiring meltdown so I'm blaming it on that. At the Intervec Phoenix Travel Club Reunion in DC we spotted a cruiser that wasn't with us and after several wanders past it I left a note but not no reply so I figured anything further would be stalking and so I never met those folks.

Personally, I LOVE meeting other Phoenix owners and would be happy with a knock on the door or note letting me know where to find you. I figure the RV is my home and friends can drop in and say hi any time. Even those friends I haven't met yet. If it's bad timing I can always say so.
123  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Satellite TV? on: November 18, 2016, 04:52:13 am
Wiggle room is good. ALWAYS round up in mental calculations for the height of the rig before driving under that bridge.
124  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Standard split reclining sofa/chairs on: November 06, 2016, 08:02:55 am
The sofa works fine for me. I'm 5'5" 150 lbs. I have a little squishable throw pillow I use to take the corners off at different angles. I lounge sideways or diagonally for watching TV and use my regular bed pillow to get comfy for that. I have slept on one half of that sofa continuously for 6 1/2 weeks one summer our granddaughter traveled with us and have spent many additional weekend travel nights on it without any problem.

If you give up the couch, you give up the ability to sleep four in the 2552 unless you carry mats and put people on the floor or have them sleep in the recliners. We've slept three or four on several occasions with no problem. By having the twin beds and the couch that makes into a queen bed, we are able to shift around according to who is on board. If we have two guests that don't share a bed, John and I can take the couch and put the guests in the twin beds.

It's all a matter of personal taste. If you never expect to have guests say on board (including grandchildren), then you could forego the couch.
125  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: November 05, 2016, 11:19:01 am
I feel like I know many of you since reading so many posts on this forum.
Yeah, I always kind of worry about that. You know, the startled look then "OH, YOU'RE 2 Frazzled"...

WELCOME!!   MeetYa
126  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: LED light problems on: November 05, 2016, 11:15:11 am
I haven't replaced the bulb yet but I'm pretty sure you can do so. They are those snap in things, not screw in. Several people on the forum have replaced bulbs, some with LED equivalent.
127  Main Forum / Photos / Re: 2100 Pictures on: November 05, 2016, 11:09:15 am
Awesome, we will give that a go. I've got the Rustoleum and some product that the Home Depot guy said works as a base coat on metal and converts the rust to something as part of the base coat. I think I'll go with tried and true and get the Chassis Saver instead. I'll still wire brush first to get loose crud off. Thanks for the info.
Holly
128  Main Forum / Photos / Re: 2100 Pictures on: November 04, 2016, 11:53:38 am
We picked up our 2552 in May 2013. It has been outside ever since. It gets high humidity and over 100 degree summer days and nasty ice and snow and the occasional below freezing winter nights. We've camped across the country north to south and east to west so it's been in just about every climate area of the lower 48. We were full time for a year and a half with a good bit of camping the rest of the time. The full body paint looks new except a few spots we dinked. It is automotive paint and holds up as such. Our car is out there right with it, is the same age, and looks just as good.

The Diamond Shield on the Phoenix is just starting to show a touch of brown under some spots along the edges but John tends to be exuberant during vehicle washing so he may have loosened the edge. I don't see any areas affected by bugs. My guess is random brown spots in the main sheet of Diamond Shield would be due to tiny nicks from road debris that allow the water to penetrate and then eventually mold.

Our thermal windows have experienced all those temperature changes and have bounced down many uneven roads and we have no fogging so far.

We take moderate care of the RV and with a quick clean up it looks almost as good as the day we bought it. There are a few dinks inside and out that we put there but other than that, she has held up beautifully. My biggest challenge is rust and crud on the tow bar and jacks but we didn't clean those as much as we should have. This is the first year we've had to touch up the caulk on the roof and it took John less than an hour to strip it, clean it and recaulk one seam where the cap joins the roof. We didn't have leaks but our inspection showed some possible loose edges so we cleaned and caulked it. 
129  Main Forum / Photos / Re: 2100 Pictures on: November 02, 2016, 08:45:49 pm
The colors page will get you there http://www.phoenixusarv.com/colors.html - I suggest comparing the lower body paint shown under the color "graystone" - that looks to be a 2100 or 2400. And for the full body paint on a shorter rig, look at the color "toast" which I believe shows full body paint on a 2350 (longer than the 2100 but as close you get on that page. 

Besides the beauty of the full body paint, you get an easy care exterior with automotive paint instead of the gel coat. Many, many owners have the lower body paint and are happy with it. It requires different care so you just have to plan accordingly. Choose what is right for you.

130  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Re. Sandyc Replacing Norcold w. Dometic, & Options on: November 02, 2016, 10:26:18 am
The electrical power control/surge suppressor can be hard wired into the rig either by the manufacturer or a very knowledgeable and capable owner OR purchased as a separate, portable unit. We use the Progressive Industries portable 30 amp unit and love it. It has saved us from some very badly wired or faulty campground connections. There are several different brands and I haven't reviewed them lately but one selling point on the Progressive I liked is the replaceable parts - not having to replace the whole unit - if something zaps it and fries it. http://www.progressiveindustries.net/ 

It is an expensive item so we use a cable and lock to fasten it to the post when possible.

Several owners on the forum have a unit hardwired in their Phoenix.
131  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: October 28, 2016, 08:06:48 am
Ron, question on the pedals. I haven't driven in a few months but drove our Phoenix extensively before, however, I've never been conscious of any "skew" to the pedals or need to angle my legs while driving. I suspect there was a redesign somewhere between your 2007 and our 2013.  Hopefully some other owners of recent models can weigh in with thoughts on this.

My main spot is the passenger/navigator seat and I don't like the way the hump pushes in on that side. It doesn't really twist my body buy my left leg is definitely restricted from moving left. Since it is a Ford thing, it is going to be in all brands that use the Ford chassis. That said, we are accustomed to it and are both pretty comfortable in either side of the cockpit. It takes a little work to get up and out to the back but sliding the seat back before making the effort helps a lot. I usually don't bother and just shift over and through.



132  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Add Windows to Diagonal Area Behind Driver & Passenger Doors? on: October 20, 2016, 07:32:43 am
A couple at the Intervec-Phoenix Travel Club Reunion in DC this year had a window on the "wing" wall on the passenger side. They had a captain's chair or Euro chair in front of it so they said it didn't really open up the inside that much. They bought the unit used and were not aware that the window might not have been installed by the manufacturer. After I mentioned it, they said they had noticed the gasket on the window did not fit as well as all the other windows so it was probably an after market addition.

You would need a custom window covering as well or the window would be like a big fish tank viewing port after dark.

I believe there is a lot more going on in that wing wall on the driver's side so it could be a much more difficult modification.
133  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Seeking Recommendations For A Compact Inside 110V Heater on: October 17, 2016, 10:02:10 am
Ron, I also checked out the Pelonis and read numerous reviews but haven't purchased yet. These small ceramic heaters definitely get the higher ranking and satisfaction level. I don't know how true this is but in the reviews several people mentioned that the design had changed and they were no longer as happy with the new models (looks like that planned obsolescence thing again - or overzealous cost reduction). People were looking for the older model Pelonis heaters to get the lifetime reliability and superior performance they were known for. I did that for a while but then just started avoiding cold places.

When we were stuck in evil cold with a broken furnace a few years ago, we resorted to using two small electric heaters but neither was so overly remarkable to list here. They kept us from freezing but warm and cozy we were not. Of course we were in an ice covered RV in a barren campground with wind and snow whistling around us. Not our favorite experience. 
134  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Kitchen Mirror on: October 17, 2016, 09:49:29 am
If you cook, you do not want paper towels or spices over the stove. I purchased the magnetic paper towel holder recommended by another forum user (which they loved as it worked for them). I popped it right up there under the microwave and turned on the stove - the whoosh of hot air lifted the end of the paper towels, they unrolled toward the flames and I was grabbing and smacking and turning the stove off as quickly as possible. We returned the magnetic holder and bought an over the cabinet door one that hangs on our pantry and holds the towels vertically similar to this one https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/over-the-cabinet-door-vertical-paper-towel-holder/1042096672?skuId=42096672&mcid=PS_googlepla_nonbrand_kitchenaccessories_&product_id=%7Bproduct_id%7D&adpos=1o2&creative=43742642509&device=c&matchtype=&network=g&gclid=COHB-YX64c8CFYxZhgodbNoB7Q I put felt pads on it where it touches wood to prevent marring.

Spices should never be stored near a heat source, it ages them prematurely. Ours are in the cupboard and occasionally sit on the shelves mentioned below if we aren't blasting heat in that zone.

We purchased a kitchen "wall bar" system from Ikea and two hanging wine glass holders/rack/shelf things that hook over the bar. Phoenix installed the bar over the back of our stovetop and the "shelves" ride in the cabinet and get put up as part of our setup. We use them to hold the little jar of ground coffee, sweetener, and miscellaneous small countertop clutter items - we normally remove these prior to firing up those burners. The wine racks aren't shown anymore on the Ikea site but I think it was the Grundtal system shown here http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/ikea_kitchens/series/08006/ - we had to go with the shorter bar. It's possible these systems won't fit with newer models as they widened the kitchen window (jealous) but there may be something out there at kitchen stores that will fit. Someone else on the forum used the Fintorp series and hangs a basket on it for fruit and such http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/ikea_kitchens/series/21592/

We kept the mirror and like it. It is easy to clean and brightens the area. If you hate the idea of glass, Ikea and home stores sell metal backsplashes/panels for your walls. The glass tile is beautiful but heavy and I figure it will be harder to clean than a smooth sheet of glass as you now deal with grout. A metal panel would be about the same to clean as the mirror but might show streaks and spots even more clearly than the mirror (due to reflection of the front of the rig - it confuses the eye... until it gets really bad then you have to clean it).

We also have a small, clear Command hook next to the mirror where we hang a silicone mitt when in camp (rides in the drawer).
135  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Hydraulic Jacks and Frame Bending on: October 17, 2016, 09:23:02 am
We can attest to the ability to roll off the jacks because we did. Early on, shortly after purchase John jacked up the back and down we went. We didn't "roll" due to the locked wheels in the back that then hit the ground but we did drop forward. Needless to say, lesson learned - we never did that again.

I have a question on the concern of frame bending. Isn't the frame what they use to securely lift the vehicle for repairs? Vehicles occasionally stay up on those lifts for days, seemingly with no issues. I understand the jacks are probably a more limited contact zone than the lifts but they are supporting both sides of the steel frame or one side is supported on the tires. Surely vehicle design takes those factors into consideration or the jacks would not be deemed safe for use. They've been around for years.
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