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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Samsung Stereo on: November 26, 2015, 09:01:50 pm
During the first year that we owned our 2552 the Samsung unit started giving us problems.  We talked to Kermit at the factory and he correctly guessed that the problem was the unit itself.  He sent us a replacement unit and it works fine.
--Bruce and Sharon
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question For 2552 Qwners on: November 10, 2015, 05:31:10 pm

There is a lot of space between our drivers seat and the filing cabinet we have behind itno interference there.  Even with the seat moved fully back there would be room for this.

Youve educated me about the nature of your birdsI didnt think about their feelings when making my suggestions.

I think that Toms idea of placing the cages on stands could work in the same locations that I was suggesting.  But, the side wall behind the drivers seat has the panels for the Inverter, GenSet, Tank levels, and Slide-out that might be blocked from view.  You can see these panels in some of the photos online on the Phoenix website (I just looked at the photo of that wall on a new 2350 that looks exactly the same as ours).  You might put wheels on the stands to make them easy to move around as needed.

Earl could also offer ideas for building special cabinets for the birds in place of the shirt closets.

3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question For 2552 Qwners on: November 09, 2015, 08:14:59 pm

In our 2552 we constantly have a 13 x 15 x 24 plastic filing cabinet behind the drivers seat.  Your 14 x 16 x 21 cage would fit easily there, too.  It would not interfere with opening or closing the slide-out.

The larger cage would easily fit behind the passenger seat if you remove the euro chair, but we would never do that with both of us living in the PC. 

If you do have another person with you, the cage could be placed on one of the beds while traveling, then bring it forward when parked.  Rotate the passenger seat and move it back toward the windshield.  Then slide the euro chair toward the middle of the living area and place the larger cage in the space you just created.  You will be able to fully use the euro chair and might use the top of the cage as a small table top to the right of that chair.  (We use the passenger seat just as described above as the bed for our dog Sparky and place a small folding table in the space where you would have a cage.)

Hope this helps a little.

--Bruce and Sharon
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thank you on: November 01, 2015, 11:46:28 am
Welcome to the forum Chiuly.
Thank you for the nice description of your search for your PC.  
We hope that you will post from time about your new experiences.
Happy trails,
--Bruce and Sharon
5  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Need The Strength Of "THE HULK" To Work Your Shower Head? If So, Read This. on: October 25, 2015, 12:12:49 am
We replaced our shower hose with an Oxygenics Body Spa - Powerful RV Shower Technology model that you can see on this page:
It works great and I like the design of the handle as it can be manipulated easily with my soapy hands while in the shower.
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Why we all love our Phoenix Cruisers on: October 17, 2015, 01:17:05 am
Thank you Paul for the great report on the RV show.  We agree with your assessment of the Phoenix Cruiser's quality.
--Bruce and Sharon
7  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Unstable 30AMP Service on: September 19, 2015, 03:18:40 pm
Thanks for the report Barry.
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Towing cruise control questions on: September 04, 2015, 06:24:05 pm
Another thing to consider when towing is the extra effort it takes to stop.  That can lead to the most dangerous of moments.  Even with the auxiliary braking system that we have in the CR-V, some sudden stops get scary--that's why we seldom travel at more than 55 mph.
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Towing cruise control questions on: September 04, 2015, 12:48:17 pm

Weve been towing a CR-V behind a motorhome for about 13 years and find it very easy.  We now have a 2013 AWD version.

My primary advice to you is to carefully follow the instructions in your CR-V owners manual in the section entitled Towing Your Vehicle that includes:

1.  Procedures to follow with the transmission before starting to tow,

2.  Do not exceed 65 mph,

3.  Tow with four wheels down on AWD models,

4.  Change CR-V transmission fluid at required intervals,

5.  Never shift from Reverse to Neutral and then tow with the drive wheels on the ground, and
6. Special instructions for towing more than eight hours in one day that includes procedure to prevent the CR-V battery from running down.   We installed a Roadmaster FuseMaster Fuse Bypass - 13" - 20-Amp Mini-Fuse.

We use cruise control when towing with our PC while on flat highway sections, but usually not if the transmission shifts down to maintain the speed.   

There is a recent thread on this forum regarding MPG that you might find helpful.  Since most of our driving is in California were limited to 55 mph while towing and think that is reasonable even without the law.

We really like the tow-haul mode of the PC, but dont use it all the time.  We apply it help slow us down on sudden stops and on downhill sections, then release the mode as soon as engine breaking is not needed.  It might be good to use on steep uphill sections while towing, but weve seldom felt that the engine was suffering without it.  The transmission in normal mode seems to keep the engine happy.

There might be more for me to add that I can't think of now, so please post again with any more questions.

10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MPG - E450 - four summers on: August 30, 2015, 07:19:03 pm
Thank you for the information and ideas you've put into these posts.

We don't have a Scangauge in our PC, but we do pay attention to our MPG each time we fuel up.  We know it's not exact because of fuel used by our generator and variations in the amount of a "full" tank from one fill to another, but it's close enough for us.

I'm accustomed to using techniques you mention while driving our auto as well as the PC.  It's nice to hear from someone who can measure the results.  Those techniques make perfect sense to me and don't spoil the enjoyment of the trip at all.

Happy trails,
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Macerator pump leak and door strut failure on: August 27, 2015, 11:38:39 am
An analogy of the vacuum on the drain hose is like what happens to liquid in a straw when you put your finger over one end and the liquid no longer flows out of the other end.  You break the vacuum by letting some air into the system.
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MPG - E450 - four summers on: August 27, 2015, 11:27:04 am
The Tow/Haul mode is activated by pressing the button on the end of the gearshift lever.
We always tow our Honda CR-V, but only use this mode for engine breaking on downhills or to come to a slowdown or stop quickly.
The Ford owner's manual contains a section under Transmission.
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MPG - E450 - four summers on: August 27, 2015, 01:39:01 am
I'm not certain that the following is appropriate to a post on MPG, but since we've touched on downshifting, etc. here is another thought to share:

I totally agree with Barry on manually increasing the throttle a little to maintain the speed set point in cruise control as long as the RPM's don't drop too much.  I also hate to see the RMP's jump up too much.  I'd rather slow down some than try to stay at some previously desired speed.

On declines I rely heavily on the Tow/Haul mode to slow us down.  A brief tap on the brake pedal releases the cruise control and a push on the Tow/Haul button before more brake is applied will usually be all we need to maintain a safe speed.  I seldom need to select a lower gear myself.  Of course on really steep declines more braking will be needed, but the automatic downshifting after a brief braking is all that is normally needed in our experience to get to an appropriate gear.  I'd rather have the engine/transmission work together to keep us safe rather than using the break pedal.

14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Macerator pump leak and door strut failure on: August 27, 2015, 01:05:27 am
Here's my experience with emptying the hose:
I find the macerator hose a little slow to drain when the pump is off, but I've never had to stow it full of water.  I make sure that there is a small gap between the dump receptacle and the end of the hose so that air can get in to break any vacuum in the hose and then start lifting the hose starting at the storage compartment and walking it up to the dump (shaking the hose a little as I go).  Usually take three or four times doing this before the hose is practically empty.  Then I cap the end of the hose and don't worry about the small amount still in the hose--it's almost clear gray water at that point.
That's what I do.  Hope this helps.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MPG - E450 - four summers on: August 25, 2015, 07:48:28 pm
When we're on a freeway in cruise control, I'll often let the transmission shift down once if it looks like the incline we're on is fairly short and know it will shift up soon.  If the incline in long or the transmission shifts down again due to the steepness of the grade, I always turn the cruise control off and choose the gear myself.  We do slow down some, but I hate to hear the engine race and waste fuel.
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