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16  Main Forum / General Discussion / Small stains in gel coat on: July 19, 2016, 06:56:54 pm
We recently needed to temporarily store our rig in a lot surrounded by evergreen trees and next to a metal fabrication shop for three weeks.  As I cleaned the coach to get ready for the camping trip that were currently on I was horrified to see many small stains (most about 1/8 to 1/4" size) all over the unpainted gel coat and decals on the drivers side that Ive not been able to remove with any product that we have with us now.  These stains are smooth, dry to the touch.  They are level with the surrounding surface and appear to be absorbed into the gel coat.

No stains can be seen in the adjacent painted surface.

I assume that the stains were caused by sap falling from the trees or by some type of spray coming from the fabrication plant.  I suspect the latter because Ive never seen tree sap leave such a mark and only the side next to the plant has any (even though the tree line goes across both sides of the PC). 

Another thread here mentions using a light bleach mix to remove stains from caulking, so I plan to try that on these stains when we return home next week.

Has anyone here experienced such staining?

17  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Exterior Paint on: July 19, 2016, 06:19:53 pm
Im now in the group of PC owners that would recommend full-body paint because of the following brief history with ours.

Our 3-yesr old 2552 has lower body paint.  Im almost obsessive in keeping it clean and protected from UV as it is always parked outside (summer its usually in the generally cool, foggy Monterey bay climate, winter its in sunny Palm Desert, CA)

My experience is that the painted surface needs much less attention to keep it looking like new.  The painted surface usually just needs a light wipe-down, while the non-painted surfaces needs more effort to remove accumulated dirt.  The gel coat seems to attract more grime.

The whole unit gets a complete wash and wax three or four times a year.

We recently needed to temporarily store the coach in a lot surrounded by evergreen trees and next to a metal fabrication shop for three weeks.  As I cleaned the coach I was horrified to see many small stains (most about 1/8" to 1/4" size) all over the unpainted gel coat on the drivers side that Ive not been able to remove.  No stains can be seen in the adjacent painted surface.

Rather than hijack this tread toward stain removal questions I plan to start a new thread on that subject.

18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: SO JUST HOW FAST DO YOU GO? on: July 18, 2016, 10:53:14 am
We always tow our Honda CR-V, so 55 to 65 MPH is max for us.
19  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: July 10, 2016, 11:15:31 am
Hello Bend Oregon.  Welcome to the Forum.

We loved our 38' Beaver Monterey diesel pusher (built in Bend) that we used for ten years until we switched to our Phoenix Cruiser in 2013 and we now love it equally.  We've found the fit and finish of Phoenix Cruiser to be equal to our Beaver, and the factory after-sale service to be superior to the excellent service we received in Bend.

We will be Ashland, OR for two weeks in September, so if you haven't seen a Phoenix Cruiser before then you might take a trip down to Ashland to see ours.

Bruce and Sharon
20  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Awning doesn't completely roll up on: July 06, 2016, 04:22:12 pm
Thank you GoPhoenix for your idea.  I just now gave the front arm a push as my wife closed the awning and it closed without leaving any gap at the top of the arm.   Cheer

Before closing the awning, I lightly tightened the knobs on both arm assemblies to help assure that they moved directly up toward the back channels.  (In the past I would always leave the knobs open fairly loosely.)  I did my best to keep the arm assemblies lined up while pushing straight up on the front arm.

We're going to be in the Santa Cruz Redwoods RV park for two weeks starting next Monday, so I'm very happy to get this to work at least on this last attempt.

I talked to a person at Dometic earlier this morning and was advised that the awning could unfurl while driving if we couldn't get the awning fully closed.

21  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Emissions Recall 15E05 on: July 06, 2016, 03:31:56 pm
We just received the recall notice, too.  I just renewed our annual California DMV license last week, so I don't need to hurry to get this done.  I'll be interested in hearing any of your experiences in having the reprogramming performed.
22  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Awning doesn't completely roll up on: July 03, 2016, 03:38:53 pm
This is an update on our electric awning not rolling up entirely.
After opening and closing it several times while it was in our storage unit it seemed to have corrected itself.
But, during our recent outing the awning is again not closing entirely, but almost.  The little arm that supports the middle section of the awning against the side of the coach seems to be properly located.  But a small section of each the two long awning arms are not completely up against the body.  I've attached a photo of one end.
I'm assuming that the electric awning motor will still hold the arms tight during travel, so have not yet made an attempt to take it to an awning company.
Do you think I'm being unsafe with my assumption?
23  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Cleaning exterior of PC on: June 10, 2016, 08:42:01 pm
I use a simple windshield cleaning device (can use various length handles depending on how far up the roof I wish to reach).  I first scrub the area with water (or some dry wash product) to loosen the dirt and bugs, then drop a towel over the end of the device to clean and dry the area.  Sometimes two or three passes with this is needed to get the area looking good.
We have the entire rig washed and waxed by a professional once a year.
24  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: E-350 windshield replacement on: May 27, 2016, 10:04:57 pm
Do you mean the Magna Shade magnets? 
When we needed to remove them from our previous rig we called the people at (336-753-0905) and they explained how to remove the magnets and sent us new stickers to put them on the new windshield.
The removal procedure was fairly easy by slipping a thin bladed putty knife between the magnets and the windshield.
25  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 110 Volt Power Questions on: April 19, 2016, 07:47:01 pm
In our 2552 the inverter does not supply 110v to the outlets behind the driver's and passenger seats.  The generator does.
The inverter appears to supply 110v to almost all of the other outlets, excluding the microwave oven.
26  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Dvd player won't turn on on: April 16, 2016, 05:11:39 pm
The DVD player in our 2552 failed during the first year that we owned it.  Kermit replaced it free.
I imagine he would sell you a new one if you asked.
27  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Utah - Zion and Bryce Canyon on: April 14, 2016, 02:05:30 pm
Visit Capitol Reef National Park in south-central Utah whenever you get a chance.  We spent a few days there four summers ago and loved the small park and the little town just outside.
The May 2016 issue of Motor Home magazine has a nice article on the park.
Bruce and Sharon
28  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Our Sparky's last trip on: April 08, 2016, 05:50:25 pm
We appreciate all the good wishes weve received here as it does help get through the grief of loss by sharing memories with those who understand.  In time well be ready to adopt another furry kid as we know how many doggies need a loving forever home.  Weve gone through this before and know the hole in our hearts will eventually mend, although Sparky and his smile will always be part of us. 
--Bruce and Sharon
29  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Our Sparky's last trip on: April 05, 2016, 04:54:01 pm
We lost our precious Sparky (a Jackhuahuapart Jack Russell, part Chihuahua) yesterday evening to liver cancer.  He was a joyful little dog that found his way into the hearts of everyone he met.  Even at the end he could smile and wag his tail while sitting up in our lap.

One of the main reasons we purchased our PC was to allow him to travel with us.  He loved hiking with us wherever we took him and made the trips more enjoyable for us.

It is a tough time right now for us, and we will miss the little furry guy forever.

Bruce and Sharon
30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Factory Visit and Stabilizer Question on: April 02, 2016, 06:43:55 pm
We've posted on our experience with adding the Safe-T-Plus previously (copied below).  After almost three years, we feel the same way on the topic:

After traveling in our 2014 Model 2552 for several weeks, we want to report how happy we are with our decision to buy it.  Living in it is a pleasure and driving it is fairly easy.  The ride is comfortable enough and not at all the truck-like feeling that we anticipated.

We did experience some wandering of the coach while driving on the freeway that was bothersome in keeping the vehicle going in a straight line due to the many minor steering wheel adjustments required.  This was something we could live with, but hoped could be improved.

We wanted an expert opinion on the handling and wheel alignment to see if even minor improvements could be made.  So, we had Hendersons Line-up in Grants Pass, Oregon do their Road Performance Assessment with us.  They describe this as a systematic, diagnostic 15-mile road test that reveals steering and suspension problems over a variety of road surfaces.

The report we received (both verbal and written) was very encouraging.  They feel that no improvement was needed in suspension, braking, or weight distribution.  They did suggest that we install a Safe-T-Plus unit and check the alignment of all wheels.

The reason for the Safe-T-Plus is to improve the tracking under normal circumstances and to provide safety in situations such as a blowout, a sudden gust of wind from a passing truck, or a pothole in the road.  It is a steering control device that will automatically stabilize the vehicle.

We followed both of the recommendations.  Only minor adjustments were needed in the front wheel alignment and none for the rear wheels.  The Safe-T-Plus definitely eliminated most of the wandering and gives us more confidence while driving.

The peace of mind we enjoy now justifies the cost involved.

Hope this helps you make your decision,
Bruce and Sharon
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