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16  Main Forum / General Discussion / Kay Withers Eldridge passed away unexpectedly on: August 03, 2014, 10:39:58 pm
Kay Withers Eldridge passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully, on August 2nd, 2014, after beginning a second battle against cancer. She was active in the Phoenix Cruiser RV Club, where she served as the vice-president for 4 years. 
 She is survived by her loving husband of 24 years, James Eldridge, and numerous children, grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.  
A service to celebrate Kays life will be held on Wednesday, August 6th at 1pm at Faith Episcopal Church, Cameron Park, CA. with a small reception to follow.  A service to celebrate Kays life will be held in the Syracuse, NY area to be determined at a later date.  
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, in memory of Kay.
17  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Pin hole in the Sani Con hose on: August 03, 2014, 09:38:15 pm
Today I replaced the Sani-Con hose with a new one.  At the same time I also replaced the little pointy sheet metal screws located near the hose.

It took some time and thinking about what steps would be required while working in the small space in that area, but it all came out well.

I used two 6-32 x machine screws with split washers and nuts in place of the sheet metal screws.  I needed to drill out the screw holes a little to get the machine screws in place.

I found the pin hole in the leaking hose about 12 inside of the storage bin.  It was in the seam of the hose and looked like it had just split apart there.  So Im thinking that it was a manufacturing defect at that point that did not stand up to the pressure inflicted on it during dumping.   Because of its location, the hose could not have been punctured from outside.

I've been considering trying to mend the hose as you folks have suggested, but now feel like it would happen again.  We do carry a standard sewer hose that we use for gray water during an extended stay that we could use for the black tank too if the need occurred.

Thanks for all the suggestions,
--Bruce
18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Battery compartment latches on: August 03, 2014, 09:28:51 pm
Most PC owners likely know how to properly latch the battery compartment door on the PC.  But since it took me almost a year to learn this trick in the latching process, I thought other new owners might benefit from reading this post.

While trying to secure that door today I couldnt get one side to latch.  The door looked like it was fully latched but it was only being held in place on one side.

I finally realized that the little arm that swings out at the edge of the door would not enter the slot in the body of the PC.  The latch knob on the door had been turned in the locking direction so far that the arm was pushed too far into the compartment.  I didnt realize that the arm moves along a threaded bar as the knob is turned.

To fix the problem I just needed to turn the latch knob around several times in the unlock direction until the latch was aligned with the slot.  (Of course, reverse this if the latch had been moved too far away from the compartment.)

When the latch is properly adjusted it should only take a quarter turn (or a little more) on the knob to fully secure the door.

The latches on the Sani-Con compartment operate in the same manner.
19  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Great product for dri-wash and polish mn on: July 31, 2014, 05:09:45 pm
I've used a few dri-wash products in the past and really liked them for both polishing and protecting the RV.  But I've hesitated to use these on our Phoenix Cruiser so far because the instructions that came from the factory regarding the Diamond Shield Protection says not to use any dri-wash product on it.  I guess I could use it on other parts of the coach (that is, most of it) and avoid using it on the Diamond Shield.   I'm afraid that I'll get careless when getting near the Diamond Shield with the dry-wash.
I'm looking forward to reading here what other Forum members have to say about this issue.
--Bruce
20  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Pin hole in the Sani Con hose on: July 28, 2014, 08:32:22 pm
I can hardly believe that our Sani Con hose started squirting waste water out of a pin hole as I was emptying the sewer tanks this morning.  I am very lucky with the timing of this in two ways:

  1.  It was the final dump at the end of our trip so I'll be able to fix it before we go out on a month-long trip in two weeks, and

  2.  the black tank was already cleaned out and the gray tank was in process of emptying so it didn't get stinking nasty.

The pin hole was not caused by the "sheet metal screws" that we've been talking about.  (Those are located just outside of the Sani Con storage bin where the hose comes in from the macerator pump.  Those two little screws a hard to see, but I can feel them almost touching the hose just outside of the storage bin.)

Our pin hole is about 12" inside of the bin and is just touching the ground while the pump is running.  I'm stunned that this happened the day after I had posted a comment on the pin hole issue.  I've always been very careful to protect the hose.  I spread out a drop cloth on the ground under the hose before I start the dump process to keep the hose from bouncing around on the gravel, sticks, glass or whatever that might puncture the hose.  I carefully stow it in the storage bin when the job is done. 

I don't know what else I could do to prevent this sort of possibly catastrophic event.  We've carried an extra hose with us during the year we've owned the rig, but I didn't expect to need it so soon.  I'll add some of the emergency repair items that Paul mentioned to my tool box in anticipation of another event.

--Bruce
21  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Pin hole in the Sani Con hose on: July 28, 2014, 12:56:06 am
There is an on-line video showing Earl demonstrating the Sani Con system on a newly built 2552.  The hose is now being routed into the middle of the compartment.  That should prevent the pin hole problem on new coaches. 
Maybe you can see the video here:
http://www.phoenixusarv.com/u?id=2014-Phoenix-Cruiser-2552-10622

Our 2552 has those sheet metal screws, so I plan on changing them also.
  --Bruce
22  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Santa Cruz Redwoods on: July 24, 2014, 10:45:14 pm
Mike,
Here are three private RV parks located near the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park:
Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort
Smithwoods RV Park
Cotillion Gardens RV Park

We are in the first one on the list and are happy here.  It's the closest to the State Park entrance and to the town of Felton, but the others are close also.  All three of the parks generally get high marks in the RV Park Reviews that we've read.  Most of the sites in each are small and close together, but we've not found that to be a problem.  Our park has no swimming pool, but that is fine with us.

The only things that we would change are really unimportant and apply to all three of the parks:
Our satellite TV is blocked in almost all sites due to the tall redwoods (but we come here to be among the trees!), and
Wifi is sometimes iffy because the park is full of people with devices that overwhelm the system (but we can connect to the Internet if really necessary with our Verizon phone plan).

Please let us know if you have any specific questions about this area.

--Bruce and Sharon
23  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: One HWH Leveler Not Extending on: July 24, 2014, 09:33:46 pm
Mike,
It is the left front jack that tends to hang up when extending the jacks on our PC.  The tech said that the cause is usually some paint or mud that binds the jack.  I asked about some lubrication as the owner's manual says no maintenance is normally required except regular WD-40 could be sprayed on the cylinders.  He said that some other lubricant could be used on the springs and the pivot arm.

The tech did say that something else could be causing the problem and that it could be covered by warranty.  So, it might be good to notify HWH of any continuing problem before the end of the warranty period.

I plan to spray on some Break Free CLP on the springs and pivot arm points when I get to a place where I can get under the rig with body and eye protection.

Bruce
24  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: One HWH Leveler Not Extending on: July 24, 2014, 11:34:24 am
Mike,
I talked about this issue with a tech at HWH last week.  He suggested that I keep pushing on the front extend button until one front leveler touches the ground.  At that point the other leveler should start to extend.  That worked for use when we arrived here in the Santa Cruz mountains.
--Bruce
25  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Santa Cruz Redwoods on: July 22, 2014, 11:18:19 pm
HENRY COWELL REDWOODS STATE PARK

This park is a major attraction for us here in the Santa Cruz mountains.  It is one of the lesser-known in California, so we thought you might like to read our view of it.  

The parks spectacular scenery draws travelers from all around the world.  The history here includes the native people who lived in the area before Spanish rule, early entreprenueurs starting in the 1800s., and the later development of tourism.  Many dignitaries including General John C. Freemont and Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Benjamin Harrison visited here.

Among the large amount of plant life in the park are the tallest old-growth coast redwoods (up to 280 feet tall) growing along the short Redwood Grove Loop Trail.  A photo below is a slice of one of these trees with life rings that show it started growing over 2,000 years ago.

Visitors can enjoy hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, swimming, fishing and wildlife viewing on more than 4,650 acres of forested and open land in the state park.  There is a small no-hookup campground here.  The Roaring Camp railroad next door runs a Redwood Forest Steam Train up Bear Mountain and a Santa Cruz Beach Train to the famous Boardwalk (only seven miles away).  

Were camped in one of three small private full-hookup RV resorts located just outside of the park near Felton, CA.  Were among second-growth redwood trees that grew up after the original old-growth trees were clear-cut by loggers about 150 years ago.  Fortunately, the coastal redwoods refuse to die even when cut completely down.  A daisy-ring of genetically identical clones sprout from the roots that were left in the ground.  A photo below shows our Phoenix Cruiser parked next to one of these rings that contain seven young trees.

We hope you will have a chance to visit the area sometime, too.
26  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Santa Cruz Redwoods on: July 17, 2014, 08:37:52 pm
We're now in the Santa Cruz Redwoods for a two week get-away.  It's only about 50 miles from our home on the Monterey Bay coast, but it feels like a different world.  We love walking with Sparky through the big trees.
--Sharon and Bruce
27  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Power step on: July 08, 2014, 04:59:50 pm
We had that problem when we first received our 2350 last year.  The fuse that's in the line leading to the switch was blown.  That fuse was located behind the plastic cover just below the hood release.  It took some effort to pry the plastic cover off.  I'm not certain that the fuse is in the same place on your rig, but it's likely there.
In our case the fuse was blown due to a short in the line that happened during the manufacturing process.  The step worked just as you described until we located the short, removed it (an errant staple), and replaced the fuse.
--Bruce
28  Main Forum / General Discussion / Mold on outside caulking near the rear and front caps on: July 07, 2014, 01:14:25 pm
We just noticed some dark colored mold growing on the outside caulking where the rear and front caps join the side walls.  We can scrape most of it off, but it seems to be extending under the narrow vertical trim pieces that cover those seams.
Any suggestions on how to kill this mold where it may have grown deeper into the caulking behind the trim pieces?
--Bruce
29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HWH Levelers on: July 07, 2014, 12:59:34 pm
We also have and like the HWH leveling jacks that the factory installed for us. 
The only problem we've had is that one jack (the front driver side jack) almost always fails to extend (drop the jack leg down from its store position) on the first attempt to start the leveling process.  We than hit the "store" button to retract all of the jacks and start over.  It sometimes takes two or three attempts (or some gentle pounding on the jack under the coach) to get this one to extend (make the leg drop down).
The HWH Operators Manual states that the jacks require very little maintenance and the jack rods should not be wiped and do not need to be oiled or sprayed with anything.  But, maybe we need to add a touch of lubrication to the hinge(?) bolt to make the jack leg drop down.  Any suggestions?
--Bruce
30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Towing Ford Edge Limited AWD on: June 26, 2014, 10:33:05 am
The Invisibrake system that we installed in August has worked very well for us.  The little red light on the PC dash indicates when the brake is applied on our Honda CR-V toad.
--Bruce
 
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