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1  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: electrically operated dump valve on: April 29, 2017, 05:41:18 pm
Thanks for relaying Kermit's caution in trying to override the electric operating valves.  We'll get by for two more days in this fully equipped campground by putting as little as possible into the tanks.

Yes, having redundant control switches would solve the problem.

Yes, Earl's video does show how to bypass the Sanicon system to dump, but we still need to open the individual tanks valves.  We can't do that before rewiring a control switch for them.

We'll make a separate post later on how this problem happened.

2  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / electrically operated dump valve on: April 29, 2017, 02:17:14 pm
Can the electrically operated dump valves be opened manually?  We had a rear tire blowout that wiped out the Sanicon system and switches to open the valves. 

We made it to our intended campground and plan to stay here two days before going home.  Would like to use the manual dump method to empty the tanks, but I cannot seem to open the valve manually.

3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Curious as to those of you who down sized on: April 28, 2017, 07:53:50 pm
We've been RVers for many years.  Started with a Dodge work van that we converted to be a camper that worked great for many years until we retired.  We then had two different small trailers during a five year period, traded the last for a 32' gas class A that we used for three years until we traded it for a 37' class A diesel pusher that we lived in for six months a year until we decided to limit our RV trips to weeks instead of months.  That's when we purchased our 2552 Phoenix Cruiser and tell folks that we've "right-sized" for our stage in life--mid seventies.  We loved our diesel pusher, but found it difficult to find a storage lot for it near our home to male it easy to load and unload before and after our many shorter trips that we were beginning to make.  We can now keep the Cruiser near our house when not out on a trip.
The 2552 is perfect for us now.
__Bruce and Sharon
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Extended 2552 on: April 07, 2017, 03:01:54 pm
We've liked the ride in our 2552 from the time we took delivery in 2014.  It did have a little more steering slop at highway speed than I wanted, so we had Henderson's Line-Up do their "Road Performance Assessment" for us during our first big trip.  We had them install the "Safe-T-Plus Steering Control" and that practically eliminated that small tendency.
Henderson's told us that the shocks on the rig were good just as delivered to us--no need to change them.
We've been happy with all ever since.

--Bruce and Sharon
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire pressure? on: April 07, 2017, 02:33:21 pm
Soon after we took delivery of our 2552 we had Henderson's Line-Up in Grants Pass, OR do their "Road Performance Assessment" on the rig while on our first big trip.  We were very pleased with their work.
They suggested 70 psi on the front tires and 80 psi on the rears, and that has worked well for us.
Here is the link to Henderson's:

Happy trails,
Bruce and Sharon
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: First night camping on: March 10, 2017, 12:18:47 pm
Portable air compressor:
After using many other tire inflators over the years I found them too large to pack on an RV trip or not powerful enough to last very long.  I now use this:

Markwort Volcano 120 Volt Air Erupt Inflator
Brand: Markwort
Model: AHT626
UPC : 016562590415

I recently topped off the front tires on our PC from 60 psi to 70 psi very quickly.  This inflator is small and doesn't make much noise.  It's a powerful little thing.

7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Water mystery-need help on: March 07, 2017, 10:56:47 am
Hi Ron,

Thanks for posting the example of how to add a link to a post.


8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: And the pits just keep on coming on: March 01, 2017, 11:05:14 pm
Thanks to all of you for posting the problem and solutions on this issue.

I do have a suggestion (which I will try to follow in any future postings I make) is to make the "Topic" descriptive of the issue being raised.  This might help other members find these posts in the future if the issue comes up again.  In this case a "Topic" called "Toilet valve stays closed" might be easier to find later.


9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Euro Chair Specs on: February 27, 2017, 12:16:29 am
Our Euro Chair seat slopes from front to back--18 1/2" off of the floor at the front, 14" at the back.
The chair including the arms is 27" wide at its widest point.
The seat area narrows from front to back--21" at the front, 19" at the back.
The arms are integral parts of the chair and are not removable.
Hope this helps,
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Intro & order placed for 2552 on: February 20, 2017, 11:21:26 am
We were once camped for two weeks at a site that was perfect for us, except that the front right side of the coach was too low with no other way to park.  With the right front jack fully extended, the right front tire was off of the ground a couple of inches, but we were still not level enough to be comfortable.

We ran the front right wheel up on a stack of lego-style blocks, put another stack of blocks under the leveling jack, and were able to raise the right side up a little more.

That worked well for us.  The step to the side door was a little high.  LOL

--Bruce and Sharon

11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: GPS on: February 10, 2017, 01:47:11 pm
We use a friction mount that has weighted bean bags that holds the Garmin GPS nicely on the dash so that it can be seen by both driver and passenger.

Here is a link to one source:,loc:2

--Bruce and Sharon
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: GPS on: February 09, 2017, 10:37:30 am
A big advantage that we see on our Garmin Nuvi 1490 is the indication of correct lane selection for upcoming turns on busy freeways.
We have lifetime updates available over the internet on this unit and do use that a couple of times a year. 
During the many years that we have used Garmin products we have discovered some mapping errors due to physical changes in the roads and highways that have not been updated in the Garmin software.  So, we sometimes use our iPhone to get simultaneous directions.
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Really? on: February 06, 2017, 03:13:23 pm
Our rig was also started sooner than we thought it would be. The main reason being the paint shop. I seem to recall that Phoenix told us that it can take 3-4 weeks to get her painted. They are at the mercy of the paint shop and how busy that company is. Since we had full body paint, they knew it would take a while. So Phoenix budgets their build time, plus the paint time, plus the time it goes to yet another shop to get the jacks installed (if so ordered) THEN they get it back to do final touch ups to interior, inspect to verify build matches order, adjust doors and bins for proper closure etc., and they include time to do a thorough cleaning inside and out, right down to flushing the tanks. There may be other steps in there also that I don't know or recall.

I agree with Holly's description of the factory's final touch ups, with one exception.  We were told that the flushing of tanks would normally be an owner responsibility.  Since we were taking delivery in California at a location that had no place to dump even fresh water, Earl honored our request to have the factory do that for us.
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC wheel covers on: January 30, 2017, 10:58:01 pm
I found a solution to my problem of dropping the TPMS caps into the back of the front wheel covers.  Today I had a repair shop swap out the steel valve stems for brass stems.  The brass stems can be bent to make the TPMS caps stick slightly out of the holes in the wheel covers.  Now I can grab them just like I can with the ones on the rear wheels.

The shop charged $40 labor to dismount/remount the two wheels with the new valve stems installed.  The stems cost $7.67.  Total cost of this job was $47.67--I think it's a real bargain to reduce the stress I've always had when needing to add air to the front tires.

15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Wheel Simulators on: January 26, 2017, 11:05:48 am
Can the Ford front wheels be replaced with Alcoa wheels, but leave the Ford steel wheels on the rear?
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