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16  Main Forum / General Discussion / Incorrect heading indicated on mirror compass? on: May 18, 2014, 08:29:07 pm
During our last outing while driving about 150 miles, we noticed that the compass in the rear view mirror was showing some obviously incorrect headings.  Sometimes when we knew we were headed almost due north, the compass showed that we were headed south-west.
I talked to Kermit about this.  He thinks the errors are caused by the compass sensor being placed too close to the radiator.  When the radiator gets hot, the heat causes errors in compass heading.  Kermit said I could reposition the sensor that is located under the front bumper (driver side), but I can find no sensor anywhere.
Has anyone had any compass error like this?  Can you tell me where the sensor is located on your PC?
--Bruce
17  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Blu-Ray DVD player failure on: May 07, 2014, 01:50:20 am
Mike,

Good to hear that it's easy to pull that unit out without causing any damage.  I'll give that a try.

Bruce
18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Blu-Ray DVD player failure on: May 06, 2014, 12:39:24 pm
We've only used our factory installed DVD player in the FM mode since we bought our new PC.  It was working fine in that mode until yesterday when we had started having problems:

First, we had constant static in the sound on every station we tuned to.  No static was heard on the little portable radio we have with us, so we thought there must be some interference with the DVD's antenna or other failure with it.  We're parked in an open area with no visible obstruction.  Don't know where the antenna is located, so we just turned the set off.

Later in the day we tried to get FM again, but this time the set will not function at all.  The "OFF" light in the front panel of the DVD player is on constantly and will not change to "ON" or any other display by pressing the on/off button on the set or on the remote control.

We notice that the entire set had shifted a little out of the small space in which it's located in the overhead cabinet.  We can push it back into place, but wonder if something has come loose in the rear of the set.  Don't know if we should try pulling the whole set out of its space to investigate or anything else to try.  In fact, we aren't really sure how to access the back of the unit, or how to pull it out safely.

Anyone have a suggestion on how to diagnose these problems?

Bruce and Sharon
19  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 27, 2014, 02:15:17 pm
Carol,

Do you have an option to have your 2450 built on an E350 or an E450?  If so, I recommend you choose the E450.

One of the concerns I had with the 2013 2350 that we first owned was the rear end of the E350 chassis would drag on the pavement in steep dips such as at a parking lot or gas station.  I was worried that the Macerater system would be damaged some time.  This has happened to some PC owners, and there are ways to compensate for that, but I'd rather avoid the issue entirely.

The E450 chassis on our 2014 2552 is about 3" taller and we never have the dragging problem.

--Bruce

20  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Does your Phoenix Cruiser have a slide out? on: April 27, 2014, 12:36:13 pm
1.  Yes, with the sofa.

2.  No problems with it.  We did have some maintenance issues with the slide out on the diesel pusher we owned for ten years before buying our PC, but these were easily fixed and the benefits to us of having the slide out far out-weighted the "problems."

3 and 4.  Yes, we would always choose to have a slide out on any RV we might buy.  We learned this the hard way by buying our first two RV's without one. We first thought that just buying a longer unit would fix the lack of space issue and didn't recognize the benefit of a slide out.  Our experience of having the option to open up some of the floor space convinces us that the slide out is well worth the extra cost, weight, maintenance , etc. even if one of us were traveling alone.

Bruce and Sharon
21  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 26, 2014, 08:19:08 pm
Carol,
We think you should reconsider deleting the cutting board.  We use ours a lot as a counter extension and workspace.
Bruce and Sharon
22  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 26, 2014, 02:16:54 am
Hi Carol,

Very wise of you to get all this advice from other PC owners before yours is completed.

Two things that we added to our unit after using it on a few trips are:
First, a small shelf on the bedroom wall where we now place a Large Screen Atomic Clock Radio that we can see at night and don't have to reset it each time after disconnecting power.  We don't have a TV in the bedroom so there is plenty of space on the wall of the shirt closet for this little shelf.  We drilled a hole in that wall to access the electric outlet inside the shirt closet.  It would have been nice to have this done at the factory.

Second, we added a Fan-tastic Ultrabreeze Vent Cover (http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/fan-tastic-ultrabreeze-vent-cover-white/58894) on the bedroom roof vent.

We're certain you will love your PC.
Bruce and Sharon
23  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Why PC? on: April 16, 2014, 12:51:12 am
We like our PC for all the reasons listed by Mike.
In addition we like that it is not quite as wide nor as tall as most other C's.  Makes it easier to drive and maneuver.
Plus, we get many compliments from friends and other campers on the PC's looks--that's like frosting on the cake!
--Bruce and Sharon
24  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How and where to mount a larger GPS? on: April 15, 2014, 12:22:40 pm
We use a Garmin Nuvi 1490 in our PC that sits on the dash in a Friction Mount (010-10908-00).  Works great for us.  No screws required.
The mount is the second one shown at this link:
http://g.factoryoutletstore.com/cat/19425/Garmin-Dash-Mounts.html?cid=12153&chid=1600
--Bruce
25  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ultra Breeze vent cover installation on: April 12, 2014, 12:26:36 pm
Ron,
Our ULTRA BREEZE is mounted on the center line of the roof, midway between the Dometic a/c unit and the rear end of the PC.  It is difficult for me to make an exact measurement of either one, but they both stand very close to 11" above the roof.  From the photos of the PC on the website, the roof seems to slope downward a little toward the rear, so that would indicate that the top of the vent cover would be slightly lower than the top of the a/c unit.
--Bruce
26  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ultra Breeze vent cover installation on: April 11, 2014, 09:38:21 pm
Mike,

I only put one vent cover on for now--on the vent in our bedroom that has the thermostat controlled fan.  This is the vent that we usually leave open.  I think it will keep some dust out as well as rain.  Didn't think about heat from the sun, but that might be true.

--Bruce
27  Main Forum / General Discussion / Ultra Breeze vent cover installation on: April 11, 2014, 06:39:45 pm
I recently installed an ULTRA BREEZE vent cover on our PC.  This will protect our vent while allowing 95-100% of original airflow.  It is the only vent cover recommended for use with a Fantastic Vent.

It was very easy to install without drilling any holes.  Just removed four screws from the existing vent, applied sealer to the four screw holes, attached four brackets with four new screws in the original holes, applied sealer over the screw heads, then attached the ULTRA BREEZE to the brackets with cotter pins.  Thats all!  Simply pull out the four cotter pins to remove the vent cover to clean the vent.

Here is a link to a video demonstration of the installation:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAs2GsUTdK4

Here is a link to my source:
http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/fan-tastic-ultrabreeze-vent-cover-white/58894

--Bruce
28  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Sewer Hose Storage on: April 11, 2014, 02:39:23 pm
I recently removed the spare tire cover from the rear of our PC and noticed that there is a fairly larges space available inside the wheel.  A length of 3" sewer hose would fit nicely there to use in an emergency.
--Bruce
29  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Doubling Drawer Storage Of Galley Base Cabinet on: April 07, 2014, 05:33:48 pm
Ron,
Beautiful job you did on your kitchen drawers.  I'm certain that many of us would like to have your setup in our PC's.

The original set of three drawers in the middle section of the cabinet in your photos surprised me, as I believe the new 2350 design has only two drawers in that center section.  The bottom drawer space is closed to cover some device now located there.  So the newer 2350 units have even less drawer space than your original setup.  That is even more reason to do a remodeling job.

--Bruce
30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rig baths on: April 03, 2014, 12:05:20 pm
Mike,
During our many years of RVing, we've never been questioned in RV parks for using a spray bottle and towel to clean small sections of our rig at a time as described in the previous post.  I often use waterless washing products (like those at http://www.wipeoutsystems.com/wipe-out_gallery.html) and have an extendable brush made specifically for this.
I think that the parks that object to "washing" are referring to using water hoses and buckets that will likely use a lot of water and spray water all over the RV site (and likely over the RVers in nearby sites).
Many of the upscale parks we've stayed in allow commercial rig detailers to come in to do complete wash and wax jobs at the individual RV sites.  I usually avoid that due to the cost.   Grin
--Bruce
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