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46  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: October 31, 2016, 10:12:44 am

I'm uncertain of what measurement you want to arrive at the amount of living space.

For the "cab" itself, do you want the length from the front bumper to the rear edge of the driver's side door?

We use the entire inside length of the coach from the front windshield to to rear wall of the bathroom while we are camped.  I can measure that if you think it would be useful to you. 

The passenger seat turns around, we store items on and around the drivers seat, and we have a small table that straddles the engine cover to provide counter space there.

I would be cautious in using any "stated length" of different models in determining "living area" as I have found them to be inaccurate in many cases.

47  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: October 30, 2016, 04:26:19 pm

I was wondering, what is the distance from the front bumper to the back of the cab as the chassis comes from Ford? Trying to figure the lenght of the living space in a 2552.

Bill G.

Hi Bill,
Our 2014 2552 is 28'4" long measured from the front bumper to the back of the rear cap.  The ladder extends the length a few more inches.
48  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Battery compartment latches on: October 07, 2016, 03:04:21 pm
It's nice to see that this thread is still helping Smile
49  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Magne Shades on: October 07, 2016, 12:14:12 am
Hi Dave,
We love the Magne Shades.  Very easy to put them on and take off with the magnet system.  They roll up easily to store.
Often don't use them when we are staying in a location for one night, but otherwise we usually put them on.  At night the inside curtain still needs to be closed to provide privacy because the Magne Shades only provide that during the daylight hours.
They do help keep the coach cool when we're parked in the hot sun.
--Bruce and Sharon
50  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ground Clearance of Sewer Drain Outlet and Hydraulic Jacks on: October 04, 2016, 03:20:24 pm
I agree with you that carrying a slinky hose is a good idea. 

Having an emergency backup is important to us. 

Also, when staying in a campground for an extended time (like our recent three week stay near Ashland, OR) we connect the slinky to the park sewer system to let the gray water run out constantly.  Once a week we pull out the Sanicon to clean out the black tank.  That way the slinky hose never gets nasty and it can be stored easily.

51  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ground Clearance of Sewer Drain Outlet and Hydraulic Jacks on: October 04, 2016, 12:30:10 pm
Here is our experience:

Our first PC was a 2013 2350 built on a Ford E350.  We would often have some drag on the rear end when going over some dips in the roadway (such as the gutter area at the corner near our home), at gas stations, etc.  I was always worried about damage to the Sanicon system.

For other reasons, we traded our 2350 for a new 2014 2552 built on a Ford E450.  

The rear end of the 2552 is about 2 higher off the ground than was the 2350 and weve never had the rear end drag during the 3 years weve been using it.

I would never want to give up the Sanicon system.

We've never had a drag problem with the leveling jacks.


52  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Slide Rattling on: September 13, 2016, 01:16:22 pm
We use a small piece of rubberized shelf liner material to stop the rattling noise from the slide-out metal arms behind the driver's seat.  Just fold some and push it between the two metal arms to keep them separated.
Be sure to remove the liner before extending the slide-out.

--Bruce and Sharon
53  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Slide Rattling on: September 12, 2016, 06:37:13 pm
Our 2552 makes the same rattling noise that Bob just mentioned.  We eliminate the noise in the same manner.
54  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Researching Our First Motor Home on: September 10, 2016, 03:31:02 pm
We'll be in Palm Desert, CA with our 2013 PC2552 for five months starting in early November.  Let us know if that place and time would work for you to see our rig.
Bruce and Sharon
55  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: New desk on: August 27, 2016, 07:54:54 pm
What a great idea to mount a table top there.  I've been using a small folding TV table there, but it's always too crowded.
I'd need a more detailed description on how to attach one to the wall (two wall ends?).  I'm afraid to screw anything into the exterior wall.
56  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Hanging shoe shelves on: August 27, 2016, 07:42:31 pm
Denny & Barb,
We have the same type of shoe shelves that we hang in the rear closet of our 2552.   ThumbsUp
--Sharon and Bruce
57  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Small stains in gel coat on: August 15, 2016, 01:00:01 pm
I purchased the remover from Amazon Prime for $14.99.  It doesn't have the word "Xtreme" on the label.
It is called "Star brite Ultimate Fiberglass Stain Remover - 32 oz. Sprayer."
Yes, I think a re-wax is in order.
By the way, I've not been able to determine what caused the staining in the first place--overspray from the fabrication plant, droppings from the surrounding trees, or whatever.
58  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Small stains in gel coat on: August 14, 2016, 11:38:18 am
On July 19th I started this thread by describing the small stains in the gel coat on one side of our rig.

Yesterday I finally removed the stains and am happy to report that the job was almost too easy to believe.  The gel coat in question is now as white and shiny as it was three years ago.

Id purchased two types of Fiberglass Stain Remover, but didnt start work until yesterday for fear that the job would be too time consuming to fit in with other commitments.

The bottom line is that both of the products worked, but
 Starbrite Ultimate was much easier to use than the FSR.

In case youre interested in the details, here is a summary of the work:

I first started with Davis FSR because it is a thick gel that could be used without fear of it spreading too rapidly to control.

I applied some gel with a small kitchen sponge to a 12 square area, rubbing it into the surface, letting it sit for a few minutes, and then wiping the area with a clean wet towel.  This removed some of the stain.  I repeated this on the same area and the stain was gone.

After using the above procedure with the same results on two other 12" square areas, I decided to try the other removerStarbrite Ultimate.  The product label says it is also a gel, but it is much more fluid and comes in a spray bottle.

I first used the product on an area that included a small amount of decal and painted surface.  There was no resulting damage and the gel coat was as white as the previous sections after just this one try.

I immediately recognized that this process could move much faster, so I continued spraying and wiping on areas of about twenty square feet until the entire side of the coach was clean.  This required about the same amount of effort as hand washing the coach.

The rear cap had been developing some stains for unknown reasons over the last six months that I wasnt able to remove in the past.  There is also some yellowing there.  Since the Starbrite label states that the product will remove yellowing, I applied this product to the rear cap and it now looks almost new.  The yellowing is not completely gone, but perhaps a few more applications will help that too.

Thats all for now.

59  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Exterior Paint on: August 10, 2016, 06:43:26 pm
I'll try to answer the full body vs lower body paint question.  Without any paint the entire exterior of the coach is the white gel coat that you can see in the current photos shown in the 2100 inventory section of the main Phoenix Cruiser page--the one that shows the unit at various stages of production where no paint or decals have been applied.
With half body paint, the very lowest parts of the exterior are painted with normal auto body paint and then decals are added for the swirls. You can see this in many of the other sections of the PC site, such as in colors.
With full body paint, the entire exterior of the coach has auto body paint applied so you see none of the white gel coat.
60  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Small stains in gel coat on: July 21, 2016, 07:49:29 pm
Thanks to each of you for your suggestions on removing the stains in the gel coat.
I doubt that the work will be as easy as the reviews of FSR suggest, but this gives me hope that removal is possible.  Well give that a try sometime after we return from our camping trip.
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