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16  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2551 Sofa Modification on: January 26, 2015, 10:49:21 am
We like the sofa in our 2013 2552 but I suspect it is different than those installed previously. Ours is actually two memory foam seats that recline individually with the touch of a button. I think it is the same sofa they are putting in now. I also think the sofa style is determined by the space so if you get a slide and pantry, the sofa is smaller. Same goes for the dinette- Ron Ditmer has a wider dinette because he has no slide. It's still a trade off.

That said, that's a beautiful sofa you found!
(And I'm jealous of the drawers)
Holly
17  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Winterizing your Motorhome - factory video on: January 22, 2015, 10:51:07 am
I'm so jealous. We bought early 2013, probably just before the new models came out so we don't have that nifty valve. It would sure making filling the fresh water tank a whole lot easier. Plus it would move the antifreeze job to John's side of the coach instead of in-house with me. I've gotten good at it though. Phoenix has the little hose hooked up under the bed already so it is quick and easy to pop it into the antifreeze jug, open the valve, and start the process.
18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Help! Leak in the bathroom on: January 22, 2015, 10:43:27 am
We've had several issues, mostly non-Phoenix problems and Phoenix has taken excellent care of us. Example: our furnace wouldn't work and was under Atwood warranty. We didn't want to drive to the factory so we tried to get it fixed by other RV repair shops. After several attempts (and much mental anguish) we gave up and waited until we could get to Elkhart. Kermit had his furnace guy come to the factory and take care of it while we were there. So we took up space at the factory while outside work was done. We got our house back with fully functional furnace and the warranty service receipt and we were good to go. FYI - when wee called about the problem, Kermit immediately authorized service at his cost if it turned out to be something the factory did. It was an Atwood problem so he didn't need to pay but he went out of his way to get us back up and running.

We are also total dweebs when it comes to mechanical stuff. From our experience and from reading the forum, I've learned that that the factory will help you troubleshoot the problem then walk you through the repair process as far as you want to go. If you want to disassemble the shower, they'll talk you through it. If you want to turn it over to a pro as soon as the leak appears, they're good with that also and will pick up the tab of it is still under warranty.
19  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Wheel cover installation problem on: January 22, 2015, 10:26:00 am
Awesome - thank you Mike! I'll start shopping for air sensors.
20  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Wheel cover installation problem on: January 21, 2015, 10:16:50 am
John recently struggled to put air in the front tire so I read this post to him No, not while he was kneeling in the muddy gravel swearing at it, I'm not that dumb. I was hiding in the house for that part. But later, I read it to him and he got this look of horror on his face and said "I'm not taking those things off". I reminded him he wanted those tire air pressure sensors that Mike has so we'll have to take them off then (OK, maybe I'm dumb, I should have timed the comment better).

So to redeem myself I have a question for Mike: Is it easy to put air in the tires with the sensors on? (Thereby giving us one instance of aggravation getting the wheel covers back on in lieu of continued aggravation each time the tires need air.)
21  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Help! Leak in the bathroom on: January 21, 2015, 10:05:11 am
Mark, I'm sorry to hear about your difficulties but am glad you were able to fix the leak. I suspect you now have an answer to something I've been wondering about - do the shower wall panels have a lip where they overlap or are they flat pieces laid against each other? Also do they sit against a raised lip on the shower pan? I'm just curious to know if the only thing keeping water from behind the walls is the caulk or if the walls themselves help at all.

We've squeegeed some of the visible line of caulk off where the panels meet so I'm trying to determine if that was my only line of defense. I have the caulk but we are in the cool and humid northwest so we would have to keep windows open for the fumes while trying to dry out the caulk. Not sure how that would go and I'm not sure I'm ready to give up being snug and warm for a day... or more.

Thanks for any info,
Holly
22  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Winterizing your Motorhome - factory video on: January 20, 2015, 09:42:56 am
Found a link to this on the PC home page. Also a link for their new blog is there. Good video starring Earl with a few appearences of the voice of Kyle. The video walks you through all steps. One thing I would have added is a mention to turn off your hot water heater and let it cool before you open the plug and drain it but otherwise it is all there. Note: the fancy outdoor water port they suck the antifreeze through is only on the newer models, 2014 and on I think. For our 2552, we have a clear hose next to the water pump under the passenger bed that goes in the antifreeze bottle and a little valve to open to let the pump suck it in. Even though we've winterized several times, I did learn something from the video. I didn't know I had low point drains until Tom Hanlon recently told me they were near the hot water bypass. I found them and turned them and fiddled with them while John looked under the house and said "nope, no water is coming out". We gave up on them and went on with winterizing. So when I watched the video I learned that you pull the little handles straight up to open them... duh, never tried that, but in my defense, I do try to avoid breaking things I don't understand. Here is the link to the video or you can find it at the bottom of the company's home page in the "Announcements" bubble.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=MNi5rPBQYxU

Amy, would it be possible to put a pinned "About your Phoenix Cruiser" topic under "Links and Contacts"? I think that subject would be generic enough to cover any instructional videos that the guys come up with or even written documents the want to post.

Holly
23  Main Forum / Polls / Snowbirds on: January 17, 2015, 09:04:34 am
I'm curious. How many PC's are snowbirds? I know there are comments here and there but I thought putting them in one post would be good. This question is good for the reverse snowbirds that live in the warmer zones and "fly" north for the summer too. I'm not looking for specifics like your town or street. More like New York City area to Miami for January through March.

Several questions:
1.  Where do you travel from?
2.  Where do you travel to?
3.  Which months do you normally relocate?
4.  How many years have you done this?
5.  Do you have a group of friends you see every year at your seasonal location?
6.  Do you dream of relocating to your favorite snowbird destination?
24  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Another Crazy idea from CrazyG.. on: January 11, 2015, 01:23:15 pm
Tony, I agree about the technology. The conduction cooktops are extremely energy efficient compared to standard electric burners. I'm not sure how electric compares to propane on the green energy scale.

I'd like to comment on the perceived shortcomings of the Phoenix cook top. We've been full time in our Phoenix for almost eighteen months now and have no problem preparing food on the cook top. We have two adults full time, an additional child for up to six weeks at a time, and occasionally one or two extra adults. We don't have the space of a commercial kitchen but you quickly adapt to what you've got. With two burners and a convection microwave, we prepare full, healthy meals on a regular basis and pulled off a full Thanksgiving dinner this past November. The few times we do resort to heat and eat, it is because we are too busy playing to cook dinner. We had a four burner propane range at our old house. I can't remember ever using four burners at once. If we even used three, it was few and far between. If we need to prep food for a large crew, we'll plan it out to use our crock pot and outdoor grill.

As for melting knobs, so far so good. John put the large pan on the small burner once and our label got a few little bubbles but he is now trained to put large pans on the large burner (more stable that way anyhow). When we use our diffuser on the small burner, we make sure it does not overhang the knobs.
25  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Help! Leak in the bathroom on: January 11, 2015, 01:02:36 pm
We bought silicone "rescue tape" at the Hershey show a few years back and intended to wrap all plumbing connections with it to prevent that jiggling loose problem. We haven't gotten around to it and luckily haven't had any plumbing leaks but you may want to consider it since you are working on the connections anyhow. I've been told silicone tape is sold at major hardware stores and I'm sure you can find it online. You stretch it out and wrap with it. It merges/bonds to itself and does not come off until you cut it off. I've used it successfully on wires that came loose and were hanging under the steps.
26  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Another Crazy idea from CrazyG.. on: January 11, 2015, 11:42:38 am
Tony, keep in mind that you need compatible pains for induction cooking. Cast iron works - stainless steel doesn't. A simple test is using a magnet - if it doesn't stick to the bottom of your pan, that pan won't work on the induction cook top. We saw a cool demo at The Solar Decathlon in DC several years ago. The students had cut a cast iron pan in half, set it on the activated cooktop then dropped an egg so half was on the pan and half was on the bare cook top. The egg on the pan cooked immediately while the part on the cooktop itself sat there cool and raw.

I've read where people use an induction cooktop in their RV to save on propane costs when hooked up to power but the price of that cook top would pay for a lot of propane. Not to mention the cost of new pans if yours aren't compatible.
27  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Come see us in Tampa! on: January 07, 2015, 09:35:34 pm
Uh oh! Judi and George may be at the show for two whole days.... visiting with all those beautiful new Phoenix Cruisers... with the spiffy new paint colors and LED lighting and whatever else is new for this year. Do I sense a new Phoenix in your future?

I would love to hit one of these shows but we always seem to be many states away and since we are totally happy with our PC, it doesn't make sense to drive hours and hours to just visit. Maybe one of these days we'll be close enough to do it.
28  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: California Cruising on: December 25, 2014, 11:09:24 am
Awesome! Thank you. We fell in love with the cute little critters so our granddaughter received a stuffed mommy and baby, magnet etc. So she loves them now too. The video will be perfect.
29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Swapping out the inverter... on: December 19, 2014, 10:30:41 am
We are far and away so we can't test this but could we hit the battery kill switch to lock out that power, plug in to AC power, then see if there is power to the inverter outlets?
30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Swapping out the inverter... on: December 19, 2014, 07:33:01 am
Our cell phones died on inverter power. We pulled batteries and were lucky that they reset. Kermit said it was the charger cable that couldn't handle it and that the larger charger cords/wall warts (like those for laptops) should be fine. We haven't had problems with the laptops on the inverted outlets but we now charge the cell phones and Kindles directly from the round twelve volt outlets - two in the truck dash drawing from the truck battery and one in the forward cabinet drawing from the house battery. We bought a little multi port charging station that lives in that front cabinet and has two USB ports as well as a couple of round ones. So far it works for us.

However, that pure sine wave inverter is on my wish list also so I am very interested in how your swap out goes.

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