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1  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Are you a working full-time RVer? on: January 28, 2018, 09:33:30 am
In our travels we have met many full-time RVers who still work now and again. I'm not talking about you full-time employees where your RV is your home office. Most common work for RVers is campground host or managing campgrounds, but I have met some who pick up other odd jobs that are short term in locations where they want to spend some time.

I am looking for the later. I have a daughter having twins in early April and and a 3 1/2 year old is also involved. She is looking for a nanny/granny type person. Her home is on 1 1/2 acres overlooking beautiful Glenwood Springs, Colorado.  There is room to park an RV with a water and electric (30 amp) source and place to dump.

Anyone interested? As you travel and meet people who still pick up occasional work and might be interested in 6+ months in the beautiful Colorado Rockies, please give them my email address (
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: January 28, 2018, 09:22:44 am
Welcome and congratulations on your new PC.

We own a 2013 PC2100 and tracked and calculated mileage the first few years then gave up. As previously mentioned, factors such as terrain, weight, towing, and speed can make a difference. Ron mentioned the use of your fuel for the generator, but did not remind you that when calculating mileage, be sure to factor in home much you have been running the generator.

We did did a lengthy trip through western Canada and Alaska last year (from Colorado) as have many others on the forum. FABULOUS!! There are a couple threads you can go to for more information. I have a basket full of materials. If you would like any of them, PM me and I can get them in the mail. We spent over a year planning and it paid off. So, start studying while waiting for delivery of you PC.
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: December 22, 2017, 09:19:56 am
Two points.....

As to custom construction.....JATRAX's custom coach was constructed under the Kermit (previous) ownership. The new owners who took over the company in mid-summer may have a different view/approach to building coaches with lots of customization.

As to the electric sofa bed......We have the power sofa bed in our 2100.  I made custom sheets/blankets which we leave on all the time. During the day we fold the sofa back into a couch and put a throw over the bedding. So rolling and removing bedding is not necessary. Also, because when a bed it is not an innerspring mattress, you do not feel your partner's movement very least we don't but neither of us moves a lot. We do not have the added pet issue so no additional sharing is required. If you (or anyone reading this) would want to go our route of leaving the bedding on, I would recommend you get the sofa bed without the fold down arm rest/cup holder. I do feel it on occasion when moving around.
4  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: 3" sewer hose on: October 27, 2017, 10:03:06 am
Absolutely carry one.  First time you crack or jam the macerator you will be glad for the extra equipment. We have a 2100 so not much storage but still considered it essential.

Like Carol, we dry camp a lot in national forest and on BLM land so don't stay connected.  Broke the macerator twice and it jammed once between the two breaks. After the second time, I disconnected the macerator, removed all the parts in the side compartment and store a 10 ft. 3" hose and flushing hose in there. We carry a 10 ft. extension in with the spare tire should we need a longer hose. Increases the process a few steps, but overall way less hassle, at least for us.
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Black valve light on: October 24, 2017, 10:06:56 pm
Could also be mineral build up.  There is another thread on the forum about using a vinegar flush to clean mineral scale from the water system.

I do a major rinse (much like Ron) only using dish washer soap which is not as damaging as bleach and dissolves caked on "stuff." Fill the gray and black tanks about 3/4 full of hot water, put about a 1/3 cup of dishwasher detergent and a squirt of Dawn grease cutting dish soap in each. Drive around for a bit to get the sloshing action going, then drain.

Good luck.
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PHOENIX USA, INC. sold to new owner / operators on: October 14, 2017, 06:42:23 pm
I am glad to see an owner threaded added to the Forum and the information that you will be monitoring the posts. I was lucky to be at the rally in Bend and meet you (Jim). I have a question that I don't recall being asked, but if it was, would be good for all to hear an answer.

Have either of the two new owners done any motorhome travel? Do you intended to do some trips in a Phoenix Cruiser to get a real feel for the product of your newly acquired company?

Thanks and welcom......again,
7  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Toad or not in Alaska on: October 05, 2017, 09:52:24 pm
     We just did Alaska in our 2100 with no toad. We never tow, but did rented a car in Fairbanks and Anchorage. We saw a lot of people towing, but mostly bigger rigs. If you are thinking of any ferries, look at additional expense as well--unless you are parking the PC and only taking the car.
     If you want any additional information on routes, RV parks, etc., send me a private message. ..... Nicki
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC sighting on: September 22, 2017, 08:21:22 am
Some people who were at the rally were planning on returning east through Utah. Maybe one of them.
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Breaking News on: September 21, 2017, 11:30:14 pm
Jim Byrnes did tell us at the rally that they have retained all previous employees and made some new hires (three maybe?) and done some cleaning/reorganizing at the factory. That covers a couple of the things mentioned as requirements to increase production. Time will tell.
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: More on leveling blocks... on: September 18, 2017, 11:11:07 pm
We do a lot of dry camping in national forests and state parks which are rarely level. When it was the back that needed the blocks the smaller ones just didn't cut it. So we purchased a set of these and love them.  Have had no breakage issues so far and used them several times over the summer. For us, traveling in the 2100, the issue is weight and where to store them. Have tried a few locations, but under the table is their current home.
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Breaking News on: September 12, 2017, 04:38:05 pm
We are at the rally in Sisters, Oregon. No smoke and fun times with on exception....
Kermit Fisher spoke at the meeting this morning. He has sold the company. He told us he turned 70 this year and his bucket list  is long and he can't work on it and own a business. Something we all understand. He assured us he did not sell to another big manufacturer who would have rolled Phoenix Cruiserx into their own product line.
    So sorry to be the teller of bad news but someone had to do it.
12  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Ant invasion on: September 05, 2017, 12:44:05 am
I had a bad invasion years ago in my first travel trailer.  In that case, I had parked a tire right on an ant hill. Every since it is my habit that once parked, I spray the tires and surrounding ground and jacks, if we put them down, with a yard bug spray. What I use has changed over the years,but my current favorite is Raid Max Bug Barrier.
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Customizations on new 2552 on: July 16, 2017, 01:11:57 pm
I just use my phone and have a few LED light switches ([font=Verdana]view on Amazon[/font]) hanging around the PC should the batteries fail. They can just be lifted off their hook and used just like a flashlight.
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How Long Did You Originally Plan To Own Your PC? on: July 12, 2017, 11:11:24 pm
In response to Ron D.s questions about the overhead cabinets....
     They are over the electric sofa in the slide. The inside is about 8" high (roof slops so higher at front) and 10 1/2" wide to door (3/4" less to inside of wall). They cannot be made any taller because of window location, but 3+ extra inches in width would be wonderful.
     Fiddling with them when taking photo reminded me of another reason I don't like the awning doors. The hings intrude into the storage area so things need to be arrange to avoid them. When stuff moves during travel, the hings have caught on baskets I use. Then I have to go in through another door and get it unhooked.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How Long Did You Originally Plan To Own Your PC? on: July 10, 2017, 11:17:21 pm
Question #1 - Just before buying your Phoenix Cruiser (your first PC for you on #2 or more), how long did you think it would serve you?
                      First PC--2100--purchased in October 2012. Planned on it as the one and only
Question #2 - Now that you owned it a while, do you feel the same?
                      Yes, as long as there are two of us.
Question #3 - How long have you owned your PC so far?
                      4 1/2 years and 25,000 miles. Heading to Alaska in a week which will add 4,500-5,500 miles. We are taking ferry on return
                      otherwise mileage would be even higher.

As to the insulation discussion. We are in the cold (down to 20) and have been in the HOT (up to 112). Thermal pane windows and winterizing insulation would have been wonderful. How we compensate. Have insulated covers that Velcro on for the two fans and shower dome. Use electric heater when on shore power. Have made duct extension for furnace outlets when using it which helps disburse the heat better. Ron D. is correct about how it cycles--over heating and then not kicking on until cold. When possible at extremes we keep the slide in. Heat or AC functions much better.

As to the cabinet doors, I agree with Ron D.s wife, I am short and would struggle with awning style doors all around but my husband does bump his head regularly. I wish the small cabinets over our couch were 3-6 inches deeper. We have reversed the opening of the bathroom door and find it functions much better for our needs.
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