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31  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Mattress covers/pads for twin beds? on: December 17, 2015, 06:34:04 pm
We find no problem with using traditional twin size bed mattress covers and sheets--just tuck them in to snug them up.  Another possibility is using bunk size sheets.
--Sharon
32  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Full timing in a 2350? on: December 09, 2015, 08:20:40 pm
We agree with the comments of Barry-Sue re the 2350 bedroom and bathroom.  We switched from a 2350 to our 2552 in order to get the slide-out pantry and the Eurochair.  Very happy that we did.
--Bruce and Sharon
33  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC 3100 and PC 2351 Owners ... purchase dilemma on: November 29, 2015, 03:38:01 pm
I cant resist sharing some thoughts, even if they have already been expressed here by others.

When we first became RVers many years ago, we didnt ever want to tow anything behind our motorhome.  But it didnt take us long to change our minds.  On many trips having the freedom to just go with the motorhome until we found a new place to camp was very desirable. 

But, occasionally we wanted to stay in one location for several days and explore the vicinity in several directions from our campsite.  It became a pain to breakdown camp at least somewhat in order to drive away in the motorhome for the day.  Thats when we realized how nice it would be to leave the motorhome in the set up campsite and drive around in a small vehicle.

Since those days weve owned several motorhomes and have always been ready to take along the towed car.  It is much easier to do this than we had imagined when we were new to this lifestyle.  Over the years we have met many RVers that have gone through the same learning process.

So, my recommendation is to buy the model of motorhome that you will be comfortable using as a camping unit and have the ability to tow when you might want.

Our first PC was a 2350, but we found that the bed and bath areas were too small for our comfort level.  The 2552 that weve been using for more than two years fits us perfectly.  We almost always tow the Honda CR-V to use as described above and also to bring more camping gear with us on trips.

--Bruce
34  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Samsung Stereo on: November 26, 2015, 09:01:50 pm
Bob,
During the first year that we owned our 2552 the Samsung unit started giving us problems.  We talked to Kermit at the factory and he correctly guessed that the problem was the unit itself.  He sent us a replacement unit and it works fine.
--Bruce and Sharon
35  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question For 2552 Qwners on: November 10, 2015, 05:31:10 pm
Marcia,

There is a lot of space between our drivers seat and the filing cabinet we have behind itno interference there.  Even with the seat moved fully back there would be room for this.

Youve educated me about the nature of your birdsI didnt think about their feelings when making my suggestions.

I think that Toms idea of placing the cages on stands could work in the same locations that I was suggesting.  But, the side wall behind the drivers seat has the panels for the Inverter, GenSet, Tank levels, and Slide-out that might be blocked from view.  You can see these panels in some of the photos online on the Phoenix website (I just looked at the photo of that wall on a new 2350 that looks exactly the same as ours).  You might put wheels on the stands to make them easy to move around as needed.

Earl could also offer ideas for building special cabinets for the birds in place of the shirt closets.

--Bruce
36  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question For 2552 Qwners on: November 09, 2015, 08:14:59 pm
Marcia,

In our 2552 we constantly have a 13 x 15 x 24 plastic filing cabinet behind the drivers seat.  Your 14 x 16 x 21 cage would fit easily there, too.  It would not interfere with opening or closing the slide-out.

The larger cage would easily fit behind the passenger seat if you remove the euro chair, but we would never do that with both of us living in the PC. 

If you do have another person with you, the cage could be placed on one of the beds while traveling, then bring it forward when parked.  Rotate the passenger seat and move it back toward the windshield.  Then slide the euro chair toward the middle of the living area and place the larger cage in the space you just created.  You will be able to fully use the euro chair and might use the top of the cage as a small table top to the right of that chair.  (We use the passenger seat just as described above as the bed for our dog Sparky and place a small folding table in the space where you would have a cage.)

Hope this helps a little.

--Bruce and Sharon
37  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thank you on: November 01, 2015, 11:46:28 am
Welcome to the forum Chiuly.
Thank you for the nice description of your search for your PC.  
We hope that you will post from time about your new experiences.
Happy trails,
--Bruce and Sharon
38  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Need The Strength Of "THE HULK" To Work Your Shower Head? If So, Read This. on: October 25, 2015, 12:12:49 am
Ron,
We replaced our shower hose with an Oxygenics Body Spa - Powerful RV Shower Technology model that you can see on this page:
http://www.coilnwrap.com
It works great and I like the design of the handle as it can be manipulated easily with my soapy hands while in the shower.
--Bruce
39  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Why we all love our Phoenix Cruisers on: October 17, 2015, 01:17:05 am
Thank you Paul for the great report on the RV show.  We agree with your assessment of the Phoenix Cruiser's quality.
--Bruce and Sharon
40  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Unstable 30AMP Service on: September 19, 2015, 03:18:40 pm
Thanks for the report Barry.
41  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Towing cruise control questions on: September 04, 2015, 06:24:05 pm
Another thing to consider when towing is the extra effort it takes to stop.  That can lead to the most dangerous of moments.  Even with the auxiliary braking system that we have in the CR-V, some sudden stops get scary--that's why we seldom travel at more than 55 mph.
42  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Towing cruise control questions on: September 04, 2015, 12:48:17 pm
Janey,

Weve been towing a CR-V behind a motorhome for about 13 years and find it very easy.  We now have a 2013 AWD version.

My primary advice to you is to carefully follow the instructions in your CR-V owners manual in the section entitled Towing Your Vehicle that includes:

1.  Procedures to follow with the transmission before starting to tow,

2.  Do not exceed 65 mph,

3.  Tow with four wheels down on AWD models,

4.  Change CR-V transmission fluid at required intervals,

5.  Never shift from Reverse to Neutral and then tow with the drive wheels on the ground, and
 
6. Special instructions for towing more than eight hours in one day that includes procedure to prevent the CR-V battery from running down.   We installed a Roadmaster FuseMaster Fuse Bypass - 13" - 20-Amp Mini-Fuse.

We use cruise control when towing with our PC while on flat highway sections, but usually not if the transmission shifts down to maintain the speed.   

There is a recent thread on this forum regarding MPG that you might find helpful.  Since most of our driving is in California were limited to 55 mph while towing and think that is reasonable even without the law.

We really like the tow-haul mode of the PC, but dont use it all the time.  We apply it help slow us down on sudden stops and on downhill sections, then release the mode as soon as engine breaking is not needed.  It might be good to use on steep uphill sections while towing, but weve seldom felt that the engine was suffering without it.  The transmission in normal mode seems to keep the engine happy.

There might be more for me to add that I can't think of now, so please post again with any more questions.

--Bruce
43  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MPG - E450 - four summers on: August 30, 2015, 07:19:03 pm
Dick,
Thank you for the information and ideas you've put into these posts.

We don't have a Scangauge in our PC, but we do pay attention to our MPG each time we fuel up.  We know it's not exact because of fuel used by our generator and variations in the amount of a "full" tank from one fill to another, but it's close enough for us.

I'm accustomed to using techniques you mention while driving our auto as well as the PC.  It's nice to hear from someone who can measure the results.  Those techniques make perfect sense to me and don't spoil the enjoyment of the trip at all.

Happy trails,
Bruce
44  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Macerator pump leak and door strut failure on: August 27, 2015, 11:38:39 am
An analogy of the vacuum on the drain hose is like what happens to liquid in a straw when you put your finger over one end and the liquid no longer flows out of the other end.  You break the vacuum by letting some air into the system.
45  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MPG - E450 - four summers on: August 27, 2015, 11:27:04 am
The Tow/Haul mode is activated by pressing the button on the end of the gearshift lever.
We always tow our Honda CR-V, but only use this mode for engine breaking on downhills or to come to a slowdown or stop quickly.
The Ford owner's manual contains a section under Transmission.
  --Bruce
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