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91  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / How much lift is "too high" with HWH jacks? on: September 13, 2013, 06:47:24 pm
My question is how to interpret the HWH Operator's Manual statement that says "REMEMBER, if lifted too high, the vehicle may roll forward or backward off the jacks."  How do I determine what is "too high"?  And, do the HWH jacks automatically stop extending when a maximum is reached?

Here is our situation:
For the second time this month we're in a campsite that slopes away quite a bit on the front right side of our coach.  This site is all on dirt, near to a stream running in front of us.  Other than the slope, we like this site and don't want to move to another for the week that we'll be here.  So, we've managed to minimize the slope by moving the coach around a few feet, driving the right front tire up on 3 1/2" of blocks, placing 3 1/2" of pads under the HWH jack at that corner, and extending the HWH jack as much as I'm sure is safe.  The entry steps are a bit high off of the ground, so we've put a small portable step on the ground to help us climb up.  We're almost level now, but still have a little slope to the front right.

I'm tempted to extend the jacks a bit more, but don't want to push my luck before seeking help.  Any suggestions will be appreciated.

--Bruce
92  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How did you take delivery? on: September 13, 2013, 01:02:15 am
Kermit's son, Kraig delivered our 2552 to us near Gilroy, CA.  We understand that he regularly delivers coaches to folks all over the country for a reasonable fee.
--Bruce and Sharon
93  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Do you use pads with your auto-leveler? on: September 10, 2013, 01:18:04 am
We experienced another situation today that put our jack pads to work.  We're now in Southern Oregon where the temperature is expected to reach about 100 degrees each day this week.  Because of this heat, the RV park owner where we're staying is requiring all RV's using metal leveling jacks to use jack pads in order to protect the asphalt sites.  We're happy that we have the required pads with us. 
94  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Do you use pads with your auto-leveler? on: September 09, 2013, 01:51:06 am
After our last experience, I would say 8 or 10 of the 12" pads would be useful at times.  Some to roll a wheel(s) on to and some to place under the jacks.  Might only need that many in an unlevel site.
Bruce
95  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Do you use pads with your auto-leveler? on: September 08, 2013, 09:44:32 pm
I don't know if this is a good example to follow, but the four 12" x 12" pads that we carry helped us to get the coach level during our recent stay in a very side sloping site.  We could back in far enough to get the rear end level side to side, but the front right wheel was very low.  We first extended our leveling jacks to about the maximum that I felt safe to do.  We were still on a downward slope to the right side, enough to feel uncomfortable inside.  That's when an idea came to me:
There was a 5 ft. length of 4" x 6" lumber and another shorter length of 2" x 6" near the rear of the site.  I guessed that someone had used these before.
I used three of the 12" pads to build a step up to the 4 x 6 we had laid lengthwise in front of the right tire, and then continued forward on to the 2 x 6.
Then we used a stack of the pads to insert under the jacks before starting to extend them. This time we could extend the jacks enough to level the coach.

It looked strange and maybe unsafe with the right front tire balanced on the 6" wide lumber, but we camped there for 9 days with no problem.

Maybe someone can tell me if this was safe?

Thanks,
Bruce
96  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Sound under bed in 2552 on: September 06, 2013, 12:03:38 pm
Bob,
Thank you so much for the great explanation of our inverter system.
The fan does not actually bother me at night, except that I worried that something was going bad.  We are in an older RV park currently with some unusual electric plugin units and I thought it could be causing our system to act up.
Now I can rest easy.
Bruce
97  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Sound under bed in 2552 on: September 05, 2013, 06:46:08 pm
Thanks!
I never would have thought of the Inverter, especially since it is off where we are now camped.  It's very quiet here, so the fan is more noticeable.
Bruce
98  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Problems accessing forum? on: September 05, 2013, 06:39:53 pm
Ron, Is CCleaner appropriate for Apple products like Mac Book and I-Pad or just PC's?
99  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Sound under bed in 2552 on: September 04, 2013, 11:05:01 pm
We intermittently hear something running under the rear section of the passenger side bed when nothing seems to be turned on.  The furnace and water pump are located in the area of the sound (with a fan or a pilot light?).  We have the furnace, water heater, water tank heater, and water pump off and still hear that sound.
Maybe it's the the power converter fan, but don't know if it is located in that area.  If it's the power converter, should we be worried about it running so much?
Bruce and Sharon
100  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Problems accessing forum? on: September 04, 2013, 10:49:55 pm
Aimee,
Thank you for checking on this.  We were having the problem, but now think it was because we are located on the far edge of an RV Park with Wifi.  The connection is slow out there, so that must be why we could only connect to the main PC site but not the Forum some times.
All is good here next to the park office.
Bruce
101  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Which model is best for us? on: August 24, 2013, 11:24:27 pm
Jim, Jim, and Sparky,
Thanks for your replies with the kind words.
We had only a few fixes needed to the 2350 after it arrived, so no big problem to break it in.  It did take a while to learn how to use most of the systems and how to use the storage areas efficiently, but that learning experience has helped us tremendously in getting the 2552 ready to travel.  We still haven't mastered the entertainment center.
We'll be leaving home on our usual late summer/early fall RV trip to Northern California and Southern Oregon next week, so that will be the first real test.
Happy trails,
Bruce and Sharon
102  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: August 24, 2013, 12:28:08 pm
Hello,
The two of us have owned several RV's during the last 35 years and have found that individual preferences and circumstances make a big difference in deciding which RV would be best to own.  Ease of driving is certainly important, but size and floor plan can be critical factors.  
We've decided to share our experience in purchasing our current Phoenix Cruiser as a separate post in hopes that it can help you decide which model would be best for you.
You can find the post titled "Which model is best for us?"
--Bruce and Sharon
103  Main Forum / General Discussion / Which model is best for us? on: August 24, 2013, 12:18:42 pm
Hello,
We're writing this post to share our experience in choosing the new Phoenix Cruiser that we recently purchased.  Ease of driving is certainly important in this choice, but size and floor plan can be a critical factors.  The two of us have owned several RV's during the last 35 years and have found that individual preferences and circumstances make a big difference in deciding which RV would be best to own.  
  
We were like many other RVers who gradually migrated to larger RV's as we grew older and wanted more comfort and had more time to travel.  We started with a Dodge van conversion, eventually had a 37' Class A diesel, and loved each for different reasons for periods of time.  We especially liked our 37' model when we were living in it for months at a time in an RV Resort near Palm Springs, CA.  After we purchased a winter home near there our time in the RV was greatly reduced, and we wanted an RV that was easier to drive on city streets and in smaller campgrounds.  We had almost decided to downsize to a 2552 Phoenix Cruiser but instead purchased a 2350 (Ford) mainly because it is less than 24' long and has the power to tow our Honda CR-V.  Having a towed car (toad) with us when we travel is important to us, as we prefer not to break camp each time we want to make a short trip for sight-seeing, go shopping, eat at a restaurant, etc.  

We immediately loved the 2350 from cab area back to the kitchen, especially the slide-out room recliner couch and the Euro-chair.  It didn't take long for us to become annoyed by the lack of space in the bedroom/bathroom area, as we were constantly bumping into each other while moving about there.  We may have set a record in the short time it took for us to switch to the 2552 model that we purchased four months later.  The two are almost identical up front, but have much different bedroom/bath areas.  The 2350 was slightly easier to park and drive due to its shorter length and turning radius, and could fit into smaller RV campsites.  But the extra space in the rear of the 2552 makes a world of difference for the two of us.  Other couples are obviously not as bothered by the space difference as we are, which is an example of how individual preference affects one's enjoyment.

Finally, the ratio of wheel base length to motor home length (206"/27'5") of the 2552 promotes a more stable steering situation than the smaller 2350 ratio. We may add some suspension modifications later if we feel they are necessary, but for now we feel we own the perfect RV for this stage in our lives.

Best of luck in finding what is best for you.

Bruce and Sharon
104  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Side door handle on: August 23, 2013, 11:51:48 am
Yes, best not to have a screw loose!   LOL
Bruce
105  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Check your valve stem cores on: August 17, 2013, 11:36:02 pm
Tom and Sparky,
Thank you for clearing up that mystery for me!
--Bruce
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