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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Fuse bypass switch on toad on: April 28, 2015, 10:59:20 am
For anyone towing where a fuse needs to be removed on the toad, you may want to consider the Fusemaster Bypass Switch from Roadmaster.

I installed one on our 2011 Honda CRV over the weekend and it works great - just flip a switch instead of the contortion to remove the radio fuse each time. An added plus is this switch also turns off my navigation system. Installation took a little over an hour once I figured out how to remove the dash panel.

For more info go to www.roadmasterinc.com and search "Fusemaster". They have a good video that shows installation details.

Price for my switch, RM76511, was $66.95 from etrailer.
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question (or two) about the 2910T on: April 07, 2015, 03:15:04 pm
We almost bought a demo 2910D that Phoenix had at the Hershey RV show. I wanted a dinette and the extra front slide so we decided to order a 2910T without actually seeing one (a bad move on our part). We picked up our new PC in late November and traveled back from Elkhart to New Hampshire. After spending four nights with the queen bed setup we decided that this was too "tight and restrictive" because the bed was not really a walk around and getting to the overhead storage was difficult, especially with the slide in. Another issue I had with the 2910T was the two slides on the road side made it more difficult to level. It seemed to always lean to the left - don't know if Phoenix compensates for the extra weight on that side, but I would ask if ordering a 2910T.

As a result of the experience on our first trip I contacted Phoenix to inquire about options to deal with the queen slide issue. Because of the excellent customer service form Phoenix and their willingness to please I was able to work out a deal to swap out this "new" unit for a custom 2910. We now have a 2910 similar to George and Judi's, however we have two slides up front with the dinette on one side and sofa on the opposite side and the twin beds in the rear. This puts the dinette on the curb side where it should be (never liked it on the road side in our Class A). The opposing slides balance out the weight and make leveling much easier. An added benefit to this design is the extra overhead storage in the back which is easily accessible at all times.

This design has worked very well for us.
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Towing set up on: April 07, 2015, 07:28:00 am
When we were on the road fulltime we towed a Saturn Vue with our Class A. We used the Blue Ox baseplate, tow bar and Unified supplemental braking system. This setup worked great for five years without any issues. Blue Ox uses removable tabs on the baseplate so when you are not towing there is nothing hanging on the front of the vehicle. The tow bar stores easily on the MH when not in use. Using a "plug and tow" supplemental braking system or one placed on the floorboard is generally a personal preference based on ease of setup.

Based on our past experience, we are having a Blue Ox system installed on our 2011 Honda CRV with baseplate, Aladdin tow bar, breakaway switch and light wiring kit. All the work will be completed by an RV dealer in Vermont. Instead of the "plug and tow" braking system I will be using the RVIBrake2 supplemental system in order to avoid tying into the CRV brake components.

If you decide to do the install I agree that etrailer is a good source. Their product selection is great and customer service is excellent.

4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Fuse bypass switch on toad on: March 26, 2015, 04:25:54 pm
We are planning to flat tow our 2011 CRV using a Blue OX baseplate, towbar and wiring. I will be using the RVI Brake2 since I do not want to tie into the brake system with a "plug and play" unit.

My question is; has anyone installed the fuse bypass switch for the radio? If so, did you use the Roadmaster or Blue OX switch and does it work as advertised?

Thanks.
5  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Toads or tow vehicles? What brand do you use? on: November 06, 2014, 12:24:38 pm
We currently tow a 6' x 10' enclosed trailer and a Harley Davidson Triglide. Total weight is 2415 lbs. Have not had any major issues since I can back the trailer and manage to get myself out of any tight spots without unhooking; which would be required if towing a car 4 down. The combined length of our 2910 and the trailer (17' overall length) does limit our options such as requiring pull-thrus at campgrounds, fuel stops, etc.

Recently I have been looking at cars that can be towed 4 down. Motorhome magazine publishes an annual "Dingy Towing Guide" which lists all the vehicles that can be flat towed. This guide is available on Motorhome's website. One thing I have found out about the 2015 models is that many of them now have variable automatic transmissions (VAT) and cannot be flat towed. This is true of the new Honda Fit and CRV which were towable before. Since I plan to use the vehicle as a toad and not my primary vehicle I am looking at small and lightweight (Smartcar, Fiat, or ???).
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Pin hole in the Sani Con hose on: August 07, 2014, 04:04:56 pm
As a precaution, I also replaced the self tapping screws with stainless steel machine screws and nylock nuts after reading all the posts.

For an alternative, an easy fix is to buy small plastic caps called Screw Protectors. I bought a bag of 4 pieces at Lowes for about $1.00. Buy the size that fits 1/4" screws. They fit snugly over the tip of the self tapping screw and eliminates the sharp point. I used one of these on a screw that was protruding upward in the propane compartment. I jabbed myself several times on the screw before the fix - less painful now.
7  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Does your Phoenix Cruiser have a slide out? on: April 28, 2014, 06:49:39 am
1. Yes; sofa on roadside and dinette on curbside. Perfect setup for us.
2. Had minor issues with curbside slide. Easily corrected by Phoenix.
3. Yes; same as current PC.
4. Yes.
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rig baths on: April 03, 2014, 03:42:30 pm
When we were fulltime we had a 40' Monaco and towed a Saturn Vue and used truck washes when available. They generally charge by the foot and will wash the toad as well. The two issues I had with truck washes was location (generally on major interstates) and waiting in line behind one or more trucks. It generally takes 30 - 40 minutes to clean each vehicle so have something to read. If you use a truck wash, tell them that you do not want chemicals used on the wheels. You can find locations on internet sites such as Blue Beacon Truck Wash, Truck-O-Mat and other trucker sites. We did carry our own equipment and washed at campgrounds when allowed. Costs ranged from $5.00 to $20.00 depending on the campground.

Now I wash our 2910 after each trip and get it restocked for the next trip. If I want to wash the RV while on the road I have a bucket, brush with extendable pole, car wash soap, glass cleaner and microfibers. I carry an extra hose as well.

RVs always run better when clean....
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Decisions Decisions on: March 05, 2014, 03:19:23 pm
Richard,

Two years ago at Hershey, PA we made the decision to buy a Phoenix after looking at other manufacturers. A major selling point for me was the quality as compared to other manufacturers with units in the same price range. Phoenix had a 2910D at the show, but we wanted a 2910T which was a smaller version of our Class A while full timing for five years. We picked up the PC in November 2012. During the trip home to NH we decided that the queen bed arrangement was too different from what we were used to. My issue is back problems and I had trouble getting in and out of the bed.

To reinforce the excellent customer support provided by Kermit and his crew, we were able to trade in our 2910T (with just 1000 miles) for a custom 2910 with the twin beds like Judi and George have. The deal was more than acceptable and Kermit's son flew to NH to pick up the 2910T. Since March 2013, when we picked up the second PC, we have had factory support that far exceeds anything we had when we were on the road full time.

If you are interested in seeing our 2910 feel free to contact me. We live in the Lakes Region and I have a heated garage so it is available anytime we are not traveling.

Jim





















10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2014 Phoenix Crusier Rally on: January 28, 2014, 03:17:34 pm
We cannot attend the annual rally in Colorado so we would be interested in a "local rally" where we could meet other PC owners. We already have a trip planned for early April to Virginia and North Carolina. Late April to mid May would work for us, but other dates throughout the summer would work as well.
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Wet Dometic Awning on: January 21, 2014, 01:24:42 pm
The awning on our 2910 does not get wet when it rains or I wash the PC. It will get a little damp on the edges but no excessive moisture. There have been occasions where we have left a campground in the rain and the awning was wet. By the time we reached home the awning was only damp when I extended it so it could dry.

As for the recall, our awning was repaired at our home in NH by a technician from a nearby Camping World. The repair consisted only of replacing the motor on the front end of the awning. The repair took about 25 minutes and would not have contributed to moisture accumulation.

Wonder if the problem is linked to model type since you both have the same units?
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question on propane furnace on: October 21, 2013, 04:58:41 pm
We use a small upright tower that rotates back and forth. It does a very good job of heating up the front area. I prefer this to the heat strip because the heat from the strip tends to stay high and the heat strip is noisy.

We have the two slides up front for the 2910 floor plan but opted for the twin beds in the back. The slides seal tight against the opening so no significant air infiltration. There may some leakage under the slide. Would say we get more infiltration from windows and other penetrations to the outside. A winter project will be to locate and seal any areas that may allow infiltration.
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question on propane furnace on: October 21, 2013, 03:58:20 pm
I would suggest that you carry an electric heater as a backup. We picked up our 2910 in March and headed to Ohio to see my son and his family before heading onto New Hampshire. On our second day, while camped at a KOA with winter sites, we got six inches of snow. The next day our furnace quit working and the outside temperature was in the low 30's. Between Phoenix and Atwood I was authorized to get the unit repaired.
A mobile RV tech, who services that area, replaced a control board, but 12 hours without heat was a bit uncomfortable.

On our most recent trips the mornings were a little cool so we used the heater to take the chill off in the front of the PC. Makes the morning coffee more enjoyable.
14  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Do you use pads with your auto-leveler? on: September 09, 2013, 11:22:11 am
When we traveled full time in our Monaco Diplomat I purchased three jack pads from DICA, Inc. (only needed three because the coach had two jacks in the rear and one centered in the front). I also carried sections of 2" x 10" lumber to put under the tires to help level before putting down the jacks. I cut these 2" x 10" to three different lengths to form a ramp. This combo worked well and the pieces of lumber were easy to store.

When we purchased the PC I bought one more pad to match the existing pads. I use the 15" square pads, but they actually measure 14.5". I do not carry the 2" x 10"s to avoid adding extra weight. The DICA pads are pricey, but will flex, not break and will return to original shape.

I am attaching an article (I hope) from the January issue of Motorhome magazine that covers the use of pads and has a good comparison of the options, prices, etc.

15  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Low power solution on: July 22, 2013, 03:38:29 pm
When we were full time with a class A, I had an inline Surgegard installed to prevent power issues affecting our unit. It saved us on many occasions, but my problem was that it provided no info on park power. I always had to check the pedestal with a volt meter. Now I use a Progressive model EMS-PT30C which I recently purchased from Camping World when it was on sale. This unit has an LED display for voltage, amps and hertz. It will also check for problems such as polarity, ground, etc. when you first plug it in. This past week on a trip to northern Maine we were at a campground using the AC, electric for the hot water and TV. All was fine until the wife plugged in her curling iron - too many amps.... The EMS shut down the power feed. I turned off some of the load, reset the EMS and all was fine. Have always felt that surge protection is cheap insurance for the unknowns in the campgrounds.
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