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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Pin hole in the Sani Con hose on: August 29, 2014, 05:32:19 pm
We've had no trouble with the macerator pump during this first year of owning our PC.  We had never owned an RV with one before and really appreciate having it now.

A nice feature with the way it is connected to the PC is that you can simply bypass the macerator if it were to fail to operate.  Just connect up a standard style sewer hose to what is known as the "emergency" dump valve at the rear of the coach and dump in the old fashioned gravity flow method. 

In fact, we carry a 15' hose to connect to dump gray water regularly when we're in an RV spot for more than a couple of days.  Since we only use it for gray water it never gets stinky in the storage bin.  Here is the one that we use:
http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/rhinoflex-swivel-rv-sewer-kit/44151

When it's time to dump the black tank we just whip out the little macerator hose in place of the big one.  Love it!

Bruce and Sharon
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: August 29, 2014, 12:11:42 am
Welcome to the PC forum Bob and Sharon.

We're long-time RVers too.  Had trailers, small and large Class A's.  We now love our 2552.

Never owned a Sprinter ourselves, but have friends who love their Winnebagos built on them.

What was it about the Sprinters that you objected to?

--Bruce and Sharon
3  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Do celebrate your PC's birthday? on: August 23, 2014, 10:17:45 pm
We took delivery of our PC a year ago this month and Bruce's birthday is also this month.  We decided to have a double celebration today.  Our PC is a well behaved one-year old, but Sharon pleads the fifth on whether Bruce is acting his age or not.   LOL

We continue to have fun!
--Bruce and Sharon
4  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Audio cable connection to wireless headphones on: August 18, 2014, 12:14:30 am
We occasionally use wireless headphones while watching TV in our PC.  We usually get our TV reception with the DirecTV antenna mounted on the roof.  The headphone unit was always connected to the audio out jacks in the cabinet to the right of the TV.

Recently the DirecTV antenna could not receive the satellite signal because we were parked in an RV Park site that was covered by trees.  We then connected to the RV Parks cable TV system.  At that point the wireless headphones could not provide the audio. 

A call to Doug at the PC factory confirmed that the audio jacks set up in our rig would not provide audio to the headphones while connected to cable TV.  Doug suggested we attempt to connect an audio cable to an audio out jack on the rear of our 32 Samsung TV. 

Today we removed the six 3 wood screws that hold the TV to the wall in order to reach to the back of the TV and insert an audio cable in an available audio out jack.  We ran the cable through the cabinet opening along with the existing cables and connected the wireless headphone set.  Success!

Here is a description of the audio cable that we used:
Audio cable stereo 3.5mm to 2 RCA (phono plug) male 1.5M / 4.9ft analogue cable

Here is a link to an ebay description of the cable:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Audio-cable-stereo-3-5mm-to-2-RCA-phono-plug-male-1-5M-4-9ft-analogue-cable-/111437224706?pt=US_Audio_Cables_Adapters&hash=item19f22d1b02

Below is a photo of the inside of the cabinet on the right side of the TV.  You might be able to see the three screws that were removed to release the TV.  Three identical screws are located in the cabinet on the left side of the TV.

--Bruce and Sharon
5  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Rust In The Shower on: August 09, 2014, 02:01:22 pm
Barry,
Thanks for the detailed information and photo.  I'll keep a watch for any rust on those screws in our shower.
--Bruce
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Pin hole in the Sani Con hose on: August 07, 2014, 03:25:55 pm
Ron,

The hose leaks seem to be happening at various points.  I found the leak in our hose about 5 inside of the storage bin in its relaxed state (about 12" from the end of the hose where it connects to the pump).  It was in the seam of the hose and looked like it had just split apart a little there.  That part of the hose would never make contact with the ground during normal operation even when it was fully extended.  So Im thinking that it was a manufacturing defect that did not stand up to the pressure inflicted during dumping.  

Others have had punctures in the hose just outside of the storage bin.  The hose in ours goes through a hole in the end of the storage bin.  The hose is encased in a small plastic bushing there that protects it from the edge of the hole in the bin.  The plastic bushing is held in place at the end of the bin by two small screws--sheet metal ones with sharp pointed ends.  Some hoses have been punctured by contact with one or both of the sheet metal type screws.  While I was replacing our leaking hose I replaced the sheet metal screws with short machine screws and nuts that have no sharp points that could puncture the new hose.

I'll try to post two photos of ours:
One shows hose in storage bin going out to the pump.  Ours had a leak about 5" inside of the bin.
The other shows the hose coming out of the bin.  The sharp machine screws use to be on each side of the hose (where you might now see the machine screw heads).

--Bruce
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Power step on: August 06, 2014, 08:54:55 pm
Thank you Barry, good suggestions!
  --Bruce
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Power step on: August 05, 2014, 06:25:07 pm
Barry,

I recently bought some of the BREAK FREE CLP oil and spray to use on the steps, tow bar and various other metal parts, but haven't used any yet.  I'm nervous about the warnings on the labels to avoid skin contact, etc.

What precautions do you take when you apply the product?  I assume that the parts are safe to touch after the oil/spray dries, correct?

--Bruce
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Pin hole in the Sani Con hose on: August 04, 2014, 09:35:36 pm
Update on the fix:
As Barry suggested previously, I called Thetford Customer Service today re the leaking hose.  All I needed to tell them besides describing the leak was to give them the serial number on the Twist-On unit that we have and the date we purchased the PC.  Since we are still within the one-year warranty period, they agreed to send us a new hose.
I call that great customer service!
--Bruce
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Kay Withers Eldridge passed away unexpectedly on: August 03, 2014, 10:39:58 pm
Kay Withers Eldridge passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully, on August 2nd, 2014, after beginning a second battle against cancer. She was active in the Phoenix Cruiser RV Club, where she served as the vice-president for 4 years. 
 She is survived by her loving husband of 24 years, James Eldridge, and numerous children, grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.  
A service to celebrate Kays life will be held on Wednesday, August 6th at 1pm at Faith Episcopal Church, Cameron Park, CA. with a small reception to follow.  A service to celebrate Kays life will be held in the Syracuse, NY area to be determined at a later date.  
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, in memory of Kay.
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Pin hole in the Sani Con hose on: August 03, 2014, 09:38:15 pm
Today I replaced the Sani-Con hose with a new one.  At the same time I also replaced the little pointy sheet metal screws located near the hose.

It took some time and thinking about what steps would be required while working in the small space in that area, but it all came out well.

I used two 6-32 x machine screws with split washers and nuts in place of the sheet metal screws.  I needed to drill out the screw holes a little to get the machine screws in place.

I found the pin hole in the leaking hose about 12 inside of the storage bin.  It was in the seam of the hose and looked like it had just split apart there.  So Im thinking that it was a manufacturing defect at that point that did not stand up to the pressure inflicted on it during dumping.   Because of its location, the hose could not have been punctured from outside.

I've been considering trying to mend the hose as you folks have suggested, but now feel like it would happen again.  We do carry a standard sewer hose that we use for gray water during an extended stay that we could use for the black tank too if the need occurred.

Thanks for all the suggestions,
--Bruce
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Battery compartment latches on: August 03, 2014, 09:28:51 pm
Most PC owners likely know how to properly latch the battery compartment door on the PC.  But since it took me almost a year to learn this trick in the latching process, I thought other new owners might benefit from reading this post.

While trying to secure that door today I couldnt get one side to latch.  The door looked like it was fully latched but it was only being held in place on one side.

I finally realized that the little arm that swings out at the edge of the door would not enter the slot in the body of the PC.  The latch knob on the door had been turned in the locking direction so far that the arm was pushed too far into the compartment.  I didnt realize that the arm moves along a threaded bar as the knob is turned.

To fix the problem I just needed to turn the latch knob around several times in the unlock direction until the latch was aligned with the slot.  (Of course, reverse this if the latch had been moved too far away from the compartment.)

When the latch is properly adjusted it should only take a quarter turn (or a little more) on the knob to fully secure the door.

The latches on the Sani-Con compartment operate in the same manner.
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Great product for dri-wash and polish mn on: July 31, 2014, 05:09:45 pm
I've used a few dri-wash products in the past and really liked them for both polishing and protecting the RV.  But I've hesitated to use these on our Phoenix Cruiser so far because the instructions that came from the factory regarding the Diamond Shield Protection says not to use any dri-wash product on it.  I guess I could use it on other parts of the coach (that is, most of it) and avoid using it on the Diamond Shield.   I'm afraid that I'll get careless when getting near the Diamond Shield with the dry-wash.
I'm looking forward to reading here what other Forum members have to say about this issue.
--Bruce
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Pin hole in the Sani Con hose on: July 28, 2014, 08:32:22 pm
I can hardly believe that our Sani Con hose started squirting waste water out of a pin hole as I was emptying the sewer tanks this morning.  I am very lucky with the timing of this in two ways:

  1.  It was the final dump at the end of our trip so I'll be able to fix it before we go out on a month-long trip in two weeks, and

  2.  the black tank was already cleaned out and the gray tank was in process of emptying so it didn't get stinking nasty.

The pin hole was not caused by the "sheet metal screws" that we've been talking about.  (Those are located just outside of the Sani Con storage bin where the hose comes in from the macerator pump.  Those two little screws a hard to see, but I can feel them almost touching the hose just outside of the storage bin.)

Our pin hole is about 12" inside of the bin and is just touching the ground while the pump is running.  I'm stunned that this happened the day after I had posted a comment on the pin hole issue.  I've always been very careful to protect the hose.  I spread out a drop cloth on the ground under the hose before I start the dump process to keep the hose from bouncing around on the gravel, sticks, glass or whatever that might puncture the hose.  I carefully stow it in the storage bin when the job is done. 

I don't know what else I could do to prevent this sort of possibly catastrophic event.  We've carried an extra hose with us during the year we've owned the rig, but I didn't expect to need it so soon.  I'll add some of the emergency repair items that Paul mentioned to my tool box in anticipation of another event.

--Bruce
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Pin hole in the Sani Con hose on: July 28, 2014, 12:56:06 am
There is an on-line video showing Earl demonstrating the Sani Con system on a newly built 2552.  The hose is now being routed into the middle of the compartment.  That should prevent the pin hole problem on new coaches. 
Maybe you can see the video here:
http://www.phoenixusarv.com/u?id=2014-Phoenix-Cruiser-2552-10622

Our 2552 has those sheet metal screws, so I plan on changing them also.
  --Bruce
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