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121  Main Forum / General Discussion / Which model is best for us? on: August 24, 2013, 12:18:42 pm
We're writing this post to share our experience in choosing the new Phoenix Cruiser that we recently purchased.  Ease of driving is certainly important in this choice, but size and floor plan can be a critical factors.  The two of us have owned several RV's during the last 35 years and have found that individual preferences and circumstances make a big difference in deciding which RV would be best to own.  
We were like many other RVers who gradually migrated to larger RV's as we grew older and wanted more comfort and had more time to travel.  We started with a Dodge van conversion, eventually had a 37' Class A diesel, and loved each for different reasons for periods of time.  We especially liked our 37' model when we were living in it for months at a time in an RV Resort near Palm Springs, CA.  After we purchased a winter home near there our time in the RV was greatly reduced, and we wanted an RV that was easier to drive on city streets and in smaller campgrounds.  We had almost decided to downsize to a 2552 Phoenix Cruiser but instead purchased a 2350 (Ford) mainly because it is less than 24' long and has the power to tow our Honda CR-V.  Having a towed car (toad) with us when we travel is important to us, as we prefer not to break camp each time we want to make a short trip for sight-seeing, go shopping, eat at a restaurant, etc.  

We immediately loved the 2350 from cab area back to the kitchen, especially the slide-out room recliner couch and the Euro-chair.  It didn't take long for us to become annoyed by the lack of space in the bedroom/bathroom area, as we were constantly bumping into each other while moving about there.  We may have set a record in the short time it took for us to switch to the 2552 model that we purchased four months later.  The two are almost identical up front, but have much different bedroom/bath areas.  The 2350 was slightly easier to park and drive due to its shorter length and turning radius, and could fit into smaller RV campsites.  But the extra space in the rear of the 2552 makes a world of difference for the two of us.  Other couples are obviously not as bothered by the space difference as we are, which is an example of how individual preference affects one's enjoyment.

Finally, the ratio of wheel base length to motor home length (206"/27'5") of the 2552 promotes a more stable steering situation than the smaller 2350 ratio. We may add some suspension modifications later if we feel they are necessary, but for now we feel we own the perfect RV for this stage in our lives.

Best of luck in finding what is best for you.

Bruce and Sharon
122  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Side door handle on: August 23, 2013, 11:51:48 am
Yes, best not to have a screw loose!   LOL
123  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Check your valve stem cores on: August 17, 2013, 11:36:02 pm
Tom and Sparky,
Thank you for clearing up that mystery for me!
124  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Check your valve stem cores on: August 17, 2013, 01:25:20 pm
I just noticed that the tire valve stems on the front tires are not the same type as on the rears.  All four rear tires have what I consider to be traditional valve stem cores with caps at the ends.  The front tires have no screw-off caps and they have much different looking cores--they look solid out to the tip of the valves.
I'm sure someone can explain this to me.
125  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Summer Projects III on: July 30, 2013, 11:12:25 pm
Great item to have.  Will get one.  Thanks!
126  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: New Access Door Added on: July 27, 2013, 11:59:54 am
Are the doors you had installed under the driver's side bed needed to get access to the storage area?  Or does this just make it easier to get into a part of the area?  I thought you gained access by lifting the mattress.  Is there any storage area under the passenger side bed?  Thanks!
127  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: To tow or not to tow. That is the question. on: July 20, 2013, 01:01:01 pm
Here is another reply from folks who like the option to tow or not.  We've been towing our 2003 Honda CR-V on most of our RV trips since we purchased it new.  We've never used any special type of protection for the toad (such as a bra or a shield attached to the tow bar), and the CR-V still looks like new with very few nicks or dings (maybe because we mostly drive on clean roads and highways).  The only visible dent on it happened while we were driving it totally separate from the PC.  We usually stay in one location for at least a few days and explore the area in the Honda.  During these side trips we often comment that we're very happy not to be driving the PC due to the terrain in the mountains, desert, narrow city streets, etc.  It is so much easier to run out for grocery shopping, a restaurant meal, etc. without needing to break camp.  That's our take on it.
128  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Cleaning/polishing front part of roof on: July 17, 2013, 02:09:36 am
Greg,  Thanks for your reply.  I'd love to see a photo of you at work on the ladder and foam rubber!   LOL
129  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: UV protection for the RV roof on: July 11, 2013, 01:39:27 pm
Denny,  Thanks for your reply.  I'm hoping that someone on this forum will tell us that the roof material has UV protection built in to it.  Someone has likely asked Kermit about this.
130  Main Forum / General Discussion / UV protection for the RV roof on: July 09, 2013, 06:09:09 pm
Is it important to apply some type of UV protection to the roof?  It seems to be made of material different from that on the rest of the body.  I don't think it would be a good idea to apply wax up there.  Maybe use 303 protectant?  What do you do?
131  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Tip On Battery Care on: July 09, 2013, 01:36:02 am
Another great idea!  Thanks for sharing.
132  Main Forum / Photos / Re: PC 2350 No Slide w/ Honda CRV on: July 07, 2013, 09:14:34 pm
Hello JJ,
Welcome to the forum.  I think you will enjoy participating here.
Your rig looks almost identical to ours, but our CR-V is gray. Smile
133  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Skin Care for our Cruiser on: July 06, 2013, 06:52:50 pm
I've finally had time apply UV protection on our new 2350 as recommended by Diamond Shield.  Is it important to put some type of UV protection on the roof, too?  The roof seems to be made of material different from that on the rest of the body.  I don't think it would be a good idea to apply wax up there.
134  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Directions for Samsung TV/DVD Player on: July 06, 2013, 06:37:12 pm
I have two questions about the Directions for the TV/DVD:
1.  Did Samsung change the size of the remote controls?  In our new 2350 model the small remote is designed for the TV which is opposite from the Directions (not a real problem now, but I was confused for a while), and
2.  To get the surround sound to work, must I go thru the Directions' procedures each time I turn on the set?  I haven't been able to get the surround sound to work at all.  I've only been watching TV via cable, listening to the radio (with very poor reception), and listening to music on CD's.
135  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Motorcycle carrier for 2350 on Ford Chassis on: July 06, 2013, 06:10:19 pm
If I tried to carry a motorcycle on the back of our 2013 2350 on the E350 chassis, the weight limit would surely be exceeded.  We found that our real axle weight was almost at the manufacturer's stated limit when we used it on our first trip back in April.  We had no unusual weight on board at the time, and I'm now very reluctant to store anything more near the back end.
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