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1  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.
2  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.
3  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.
4  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Keyless Door Lock on: July 09, 2017, 05:00:15 pm
Though this topic was not about breaking and entering, it included that topic.  Therefore, I thought I would send the following info which I read on another forum out to everyone.  Food for thought for sure.
"Heres a security issue that may make you want to change your RV locks. Police in Pennsylvania have arrested a former RV dealership employee from Ohio who used master keys to stealthily open doors on RV dealership lots and help himself to TVs and other electronic gear. By the use of the key, or keys, William E. Jenkins of North Canton left no trace of an illegal entry, save for the missing loot."
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Installing a child's car seat in PC2100 on: July 09, 2017, 04:57:06 pm
The rest of the story....
Sorry it took so long to get around to this, but we had a great three generation girls RV trip. Even though the granddaughter was very insistent that the deal was she ( a 2 1/2 year old.....who knew?) ride IN the RV, my daughter, who is a pediatric nurse and certified car seat installer, had final say. We used the knee wall behind the passenger seat which was very sturdy. I installed a 1/2" board securely screwed to the frame with the seat belt coming through two slots. Then put in three heavy duty eye-bolts to secure the front and over the back belts supplied with the seat. As my daughetr said, if it comes loose we are in much bigger trouble. Gave her a basket of travel supplies, taught her how to use the various shades on the window, added a lap desk for her activities and she was good to go.
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: July 09, 2017, 04:47:51 pm
Since the RV life is totally new to SWMBO and a some years in your past, perhaps you should consider renting for a few trips.  Being in Duluth may make it difficult, but you could fly in to another location and rent for a week.  If you search rental agencies, you will finds one other than GoRving which just rents a few basic sizes, all made by Thor and built for the abuse of the rental market. My husband was the doubter and we managed to rent RVs of different sizes, designs and manufacturers. You probably will not be able to rent a PC (unless you find one somewhere on a rent-from-owner site like VRBO), but you will get the feel for the RVing lifestyle. As much as those of us on this forum love it, RVing is not for everyone.
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rally on: July 07, 2017, 11:13:03 pm
Have registered and paid the money. Barring unforeseen circumstances, we will be there with our 2012 PC2100 with slide.  It (and we) may be rugged. We are heading out in two weeks to drive to Alaska and going to the reunion on our return leg to Colorado. ......Nicki
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: To cover or not on: July 06, 2017, 12:29:08 pm
     Yes, the carport is worth the cost to protect the expensive PC from the harsh Rocky Mountain weather. It is a permanent carport added to a home, but to my daughter's house where they are so kind to let us store the PC. And, yes, it did add considerable value if their new tax assessment is any indicator.
     First two years it was outside without a roof, thus we went with a good cover.
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: To cover or not on: July 05, 2017, 11:12:01 pm
We also have the 2100 and store outside since purchase in 2012, but last two years under a car port. We have always covered. Some cons we were given when investigating covers are:
1. Makes access more difficult -- We have not found this to be a problem. The covers all have zippers and if correctly positioned work fine.
2. Will rub on the finish -- We get some very serious wind and have never seen a problem. Just did a serious exterior wash today and saw no signs of rubbing or damage from the cover. Inside of the covers is soft and if nip/tucked properly not much slack to flip and flop in the wind.
3. Very expensive to get a custom cover that fits perfect  -- Yes, the PCs are unique sizes which makes it more difficult. Our first cover (2 winters) was a 24 ft. motorhome cover and we did some creative nipping and tucking with extra ties. The biggest problem was the height from roof to ground.  Cover was way too long, drug on the ground and was even frozen in snow melt (stored at 9,200 ft. in the Rockies) when we wanted to pull it out in April. We now use a cover for a 22 ft. travel trailer purchased from Camping World when on sale. Height and length are perfect. We add a couple extra ties across the windshield to nip/tuck the extra and works fine.

I believe our exterior and roof are in great shape thanks to keeping it covered in the winter. Because of the serious sun at altitude, if we were home for more than a few weeks prior to the carport construction, we put the cover on. Have developed (through trial and error) a slick system and the cover goes on and comes off fairly quickly.

Let me know if you have more questions.      Nicki8
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: June 30, 2017, 05:54:35 pm
    We have had our 2100 for almost 5 years and 25,000 miles. We have done all the things Ron listed and it made all the difference in handling.  We opted for the air bags over adding spring leafs.  We researched it and spoke with a couple different shops as well as a relative who lives in another state that is in the automotive business. Can't remember why we went the air bag route, but it was based on all the advice. It does make the ride a little rougher--you feel every pot hole, but did lift the rear about 2". We also put drag rollers on the trailer hitch so that when we did hit ground there was "protection" such as it is. When we look at them, they have been well used.
     Also, t this time we have disconnected the Sani-Con and use the BSH (big stinky hose) which stores along with a hose very nicely in the compartment on the side where I removed the Sani-Con hose. We still use the electric holding tank switches as well as the sprayer. Because the macerater hangs so low and, on the 2100, is so close to the bumper, it is always in peril. We camp in lots of national forest campgrounds and hazards are everywhere. I say "at this time" because we are heading to Alaska in a few weeks and did not want to take a chance on cracking another one when traveling in such wild country for so long. We will reassess when we return, but so far we have not found the BSH to be a hassle. Bonuses are that we now have one of the clear cuffs on the BSH so we know when the black tank is clear and both tanks empty and it eliminates the concern of something getting into a holding tank that will jam up/damage the macerater.
     That's my 2 cents worth. If you want to discuss more just private message me.................Nicki
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Borg DuallyValve valve stems on: June 13, 2017, 11:24:07 pm
Thanks for the answer.  Will have my RV shop work on it.
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Borg DuallyValve valve stems on: June 12, 2017, 11:32:55 am
Thanks Stu. I guess I was a little vague. I was actually wondering which Duallyvalve kit the original poster purchased.
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Borg DuallyValve valve stems on: June 09, 2017, 04:37:36 pm
Do you recall the kit number your ordered?
Thanks, Nicki
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Wind intrusion on: June 09, 2017, 04:13:31 pm
I appreciate every two cents worth. There is lots of wisdom to be had
We had some serious wind on last trip and were not able to replicate the previous air intrusion problem. Will continue to research and try to replicate before we take in action.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Wind intrusion on: May 30, 2017, 10:47:08 pm
     We had the windshield replace.....and are anticipating it will probably happen again after our trip to Alaska. I wonder if the pillar could have been shifted in that process.  I had the RV do the test to see if it was loose and they did not think that was the problem. The shop thinks whatever was put in their as a gasket has possibly shifted or torn. They recommended a bead of the highly elastic calk. We are headed to eastern Colorado on Thursday for a few days.  Usually some high winds so will try and study the problem.
     Thanks to everyone for their input.                  Nicki
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