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31  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: sound deadening on: March 01, 2015, 09:09:33 pm
I suggest contacting Earl to clarify that sound deafening option. It may be something new so we can't weigh in or it could be something many of us have but it was called something different back in the day (remember when vehicles came with radios.... before they became sound systems?) If the option deals with that Ford engine noise then I'd also recommend it.
32  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Questions on: February 23, 2015, 07:36:44 am
The RV ac is powered by the generator. I see you are looking at the longer models so this wouldn't apply but I believe the units built on a Sprinter chassis have a propane generator... diesel truck, propane genny. The Ford is gas truck, gas genny.
33  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Questions on: February 22, 2015, 09:09:49 am
We full time in a 2552, never had a vehicle larger than a little hatchback before we bought the Phoenix and our Subaru Forrester as a tow vehicle. We are both totally happy with the handling of the Phoenix. We still haven't hit the scales yet but figure we are running close to maximum weight on the Phoenix and the toad due to bikes on a rack, gear inside and a cargo carrier on the Subaru roof. We've crossed the Rockies several times with no problem and drove all through the Appalachians. We do slow down on steep inclines but not dangerously so. Downhill with tow-haul has been no problem. We did add an SMI brake assist system but crossed the Rockies once without using it and had no problem.

I agree with everyone else's comments on the leveling jacks - get them unless you only camp on paved, level sites. We are set up and level within minutes with no fuss, no muss. You'll really appreciate them the first time you set up in the rain, in the dark, or after an unexpectedly long day on the road.

I can sleep with my feet a bit above my head but having to hang on to the mattress to avoid rolling off the side of the bed makes for a sleepless night.

The factory is a must see.
34  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cold Weather Camping on: February 22, 2015, 08:52:42 am
Why lay in your hammock wondering if a coconut is going to get you? Be proactive and shimmy up that tree, hack off those coconuts, and make pina coladas to sip while you lie there contemplating the wonders of the world... like free coconuts.
35  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: The Enlisted Marine on: February 03, 2015, 08:01:47 am
 rolling on the floor. Excellent!
36  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Three Rivers State Park in Florida on: February 01, 2015, 02:54:10 pm
That is a gorgeous spot. Your Phoenix looks very happy there.
37  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Leak In Overheads on: January 31, 2015, 05:41:39 am
We had water coming in that speaker after John got a little over zealous scrubbing the roof and knocked the rubber boot for the TV antenna out of line. I don't know if the water could also make it into your cabinets from there but the boot is easy to check and eliminate.
38  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Children say the funniest things on: January 30, 2015, 08:12:24 am
Yikes! When I finished laughing I pictured us in a similar position with the eight year old granddaughter. My saving grace would be that my common "stall while I think" tactic with her is to throw out that "why do you ask" or "where did you hear that" first. I do expect the real tough questions to come our way one day.
39  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
40  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.
41  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.
42  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.
43  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.)
44  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
45  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
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