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16  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

17  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
18  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.
19  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.
20  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.

21  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?
22  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: euro chairs on: January 17, 2017, 11:28:15 am
We also love the Euro chair in our 2552. 

But when I sit in it while eating at the small TV type table that we bring along, I need to place a pillow or two behind my back to sit more upright comfortably.  When the foot rest is closed down the chair back is still angled back a little.  I don't know if that would be a problem for you as a chair for the small table in the 2400.

23  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Used Phoenix Cruisers on: January 17, 2017, 11:14:47 am
We've not found any "glitches" in our 2552 during the 3+ years of use.
The tire recall was strictly a Michelin issue (didn't involve ours).  Michelin replaced the tires for those involved free of charge.
24  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: January 13, 2017, 05:04:48 pm
Were another pair of RVers that love our PC and have nothing but good things to say about the Phoenix quality of product and service that we have experienced since we purchased new in 2013.

We have owned several other RVs purchased new over the years and each of them seemed to have some failure every year that required some dealership repair work.  Since we live so far from the factory, we were at first concerned about the availability to get needed service easily.

So far that has not been a problem.  The only time we needed a repair that we couldnt do ourselves happened on our first trip while traveling on the central coast of California (a macerator issue).  Our call to the factory got us connected directly to Kermit who understood the problem immediately and directed us to a nearby RV dealership that fixed the problem the next day so that we could continue on our trip.

The only other issues weve had were with components with individual warranties from their manufacturer (rear view camera & DVD player).  In both of those cases Kermit sent replacement units for us to install rather than us dealing with warranty claims with the manufacturersoutstanding service in our minds.

We almost always travel with our tow car behind us.  Makes it so much easier for us to leave the RV in the campground for many other local trips in the area (including restaurants, grocery stores, sightseeing, hiking, etc.) rather than disconnecting the RV (electric, water, etc.) and then reconnecting again upon return.  Also, the length and turning radius of our 2552 makes it a bit difficult to maneuver and park in congested areas.

Inability to back up while towing was a concern of ours when we first started doing that about 15 years ago, but we quickly learned how to avoid the need for it in most cases.  Only four times during that time did we get into a situation that we had to disconnect the tow car, move to a different location, then reconnect the car.  That procedure can be done fairly quickly if one has a good tow bar, etc.

Best wishes and happy traveling to you regardless of your choice of motorhome.

--Bruce and Sharon
25  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The Two Waste Tank Electric Valve Actuators, Can They Be Serviced? on: January 10, 2017, 11:52:20 am
Thanks for the link Ron.  I just ordered a can, too.
26  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: grey tank draining on: January 05, 2017, 07:44:05 pm
I believe the grey tank hose has an overflow location that will work as you describe, but I've never tried that.  You might search this forum for some posts relating to the overflow feature.

I'll occasionally leave the macerator hose out for a day or two if we're parked in a secure spot where it will not be vulnerable to someone stepping on it or tripping over it.  I always want the storage door closed and locked if windy weather is expected.

When we stay in one location for more than a week, I usually hook up our regular 3 inch gravity disposal hose to let the grey tank drain continuously until it's near time to drain the black tank (and always save some of the grey water to rinse the black tank and hose after the last dump before departure).

27  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Picking up your new PC. on: January 05, 2017, 06:55:16 pm
Hi gramp,
If I were in your spot on this, I would not be too quick to return the rental car--might even plan on keeping it for an extra day after picking up your PC.  Rather than trying to prepare meals in the PC on the first day, I'd use the car to find a nearby restaurant (might have to drive there).  Even if I have all meals in the PC, it might be easier to go to the market for food and other items that are needed but not packed when leaving home. The cost of an extra day of car rental will be small compared to the other costs to be incurred.

There will be many things to test out on the new rig--best to leave plenty of time in the campground--even an extra day would give me peace of mind.

Best wishes to you on this exciting occasion.
28  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC wheel covers on: December 26, 2016, 11:18:46 am
What a great idea to place a cloth behind the TPMS cap to trap it.  I'll give that a try next time.
29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC wheel covers on: December 24, 2016, 06:20:29 pm
Interesting alternative to removing the wheel cover.  I don't think I've ever been able to see the TPMS cap down at the bottom of the wheel, but maybe I just didn't look closely.

Is the tool you use something like this: 24", flexible claw grabber pickup tool shown in this link?
30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New to forum on: December 23, 2016, 11:45:03 pm

I might be able to answer a few of your questions.

First of all, you can read a lot of owner comments on various PC models in recent posts on this Forum.  The recent comments about the Model 3100 cover many interesting points about that model and others.  Some of those might help you decide which model to consider.

You are correct that the wheel base of our 2552 is long enough to make it necessary to plan driving into tight locations especially if you decide to tow.  Im sure you have knowledge of that from your experience in renting RVs.  We never travel without towing our Honda CR-V to do local sight-seeing, shopping, etc.

I cant give you the exact CCC of our 2552.  We did have it weighted three years ago when we were loaded for normal travel and were well under the limits.  That may be because we carry a lot of our gear in the CR-V (a big advantage in towing it).  Im sure that Earl at PC can give you the figures.

Our 2552 drove very well from the time we had it delivered to us.  We did add a Safe-T-Plus Steering unit that made driving it even more pleasant and gives us a better feeling of security in case of high cross winds, tire failure, etc.

We have a sofa model that Sharon loves and I love to use the Euro-chair (an advantage for the 2552 over a 2551).  We use four small TV tray type tables in place of the PC provided movable table.  Our four little ones can be easily moved around as needed for eating, food prep/cleanup, computer work, etc.

The slide-out pantry in the 2552 is another advantage over a 2551.  But, I dont think you can have a sofa and a pantry in a 2552 if you want a slide-out model like we have.

Well, I hope this helps a little.

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