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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How Long Did You Originally Plan To Own Your PC? on: July 17, 2017, 03:01:21 pm
Hello PC Family,
Well at 76 yrs of age I plan to hold onto my PC rig. 2010 27ft and has served me well. Downsized from a 33' after my Paul passed in 2012 and have enjoyed my PC. Now travel solo and it is just the right size.  Would love to have a 30' but at my age don't want to have the expense or monthly payments. So if isn't broken why try to fix it as the expression goes. Take each year as it comes and decide at the end of the camping season ask myself will I continue to the next season since  I don't have a "camping partner" anymore. But joining FMCA Penn Coachmen Chapter has helped a lot making new friends! 
I thought this question will spark some interesting conversation.

Question #1 - Just before buying your Phoenix Cruiser (your first PC for you on #2 or more), how long did you think it would serve you?
Question #2 - Now that you owned it a while, do you feel the same?
Question #3 - How long have you owned your PC so far?
Question #4 - If you sold your first PC, how long did you own it for?

A few people here are on their second or even third PC.  One person might be buying his fourth PC.  For those people, feel free to answer the 4 questions on each one you've owned.

As for Irene and me, our original plan was to own our PC until we are too old and dangerous to drive it.  That was 10 years ago and we are still on-track.  We both turned 59 this year so we hope we have a long way to go.  Keeping any rig that long seems achievable for us given it is garage-kept, and we've been averaging only 3500 miles a year.  I could see one day far far away selling our brick-&-mortar house of which it might be beneficial to throw our PC into the deal to get our price, given the PC fit's inside the house.....one fancy appliance included.  Smile

Ron Dittmer
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Search members by state on: May 08, 2017, 10:41:41 am
Intervec did have a rally in Petosky,(sp) MI. a couple years ago at a KOA.  They may like to return...

Jack
I attended that reunion and I'm from PA. Had a great time.
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Reunion in Sister's Oregon, Anyone planning to attend:? on: May 06, 2017, 12:22:56 pm
John backpacked a 50 mile, rim-to-rim-to-rim in the Grand Canyon with the Boy Scouts in August some years back. It was 113 degrees the day they hiked in. One day was enough to teach them to stop moving and seek shade by 10 am. They then started hiking by 4:00 each morning and it was still evil hot. A ranger told them that once the outside temp gets over your body temp, there is no way your body can regulate without outside help. He advised them to take off their shirts, dip them in the streams and put them back on soaking wet to gain evaporative cooling.  Better, but still wicked hot.

If you plan to see the North Rim, check seasonal closings. It is at a higher elevation and they close due to winter snow. John felt the north rim was more beautiful than the south rim but it is a long drive from nowhere to get to it.

Side note with more Ranger info - they airlift more people out of the canyon for drinking TOO MUCH water. This doesn't mean don't drink water, it means EAT. When you are hot, you lose your appetite. If you drink and drink and drink and do not eat, you effectively flush all the salts and minerals out of your system and it will crash. While you may not be planning a 50 miler in the canyon, you can still get sick and woozy from even a day of this severe inbalance.
Thanks for the info but at my age I don't plan to doing any hiking. I am concerned about the heat just being there and my son has COPD and get short winded and the heat is not a great thing to deal with.  I am considering postponing the trip till next year and leave a lot sooner than July as planned.   My friend just returned after leaving in late April and said it is the trip of a lifetime but it went to 20degrees one nite and and 32 the next nite and kept the propane heater going all nite just to keep warm.  Temperatures change a lot I have been told.   Now I have to convince my son that July is not the time to go.  At any rate south or north I have been told it is breath taking. Also finding a campground within a reasonable distance to the south rim can be challenging at this late date. 
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Reunion in Sister's Oregon, Anyone planning to attend:? on: May 03, 2017, 04:51:24 pm
Having worked in Glen Canyon, just up-river from Grand Canyon; I can tell you that GC in August is HOT. 90's on the rims and 100's down in the canyon. But it's a dry heat.   Wink
T. hanks,  I think we will pass until next year and go north in eastern states. I don't enjoy the heat.  Thanks for the info which I figured it would be hot.
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Phoenix Reunion in Sister's Oregon, Anyone planning to attend:? on: April 30, 2017, 03:59:06 pm
Since I have never crossed country and traveled west, I was wondering if anyone is considering going to the PC reunion Sept11th-15th.  What would the weather be like around mid August into September?  Want to see the grand canyon as well.  Any Suggestions
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Fresh water shut off valve on exterior of my 2010 i 2551 is drying out on: April 25, 2017, 10:48:31 am
In cleaning out fresh water tank the valve which is like rubberized and drying out and making it hard to turn.  Anyone else have this problem and can it be replaced, if so, is it an easy fix.? The top part is breaking apart and have to use plyers gingerly to turn it on and off without breaking off pieces.   
Talked to Carol At PC and they are sending an new valve. Just so happens they have a few in stock.  So if anyone else has this problem the valve can be replaced.
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Fresh water shut off valve on exterior of my 2010 i 2551 is drying out on: April 25, 2017, 10:16:12 am
In cleaning out fresh water tank the valve which is like rubberized and drying out and making it hard to turn.  Anyone else have this problem and can it be replaced, if so, is it an easy fix.? The top part is breaking apart and have to use plyers gingerly to turn it on and off without breaking off pieces.   
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Maserator system on: April 18, 2017, 03:20:30 pm
To freckstweety and PC family,

I found a very affordable replacement to the Sanicon pump as described in detail HERE.
Thank you ever so much for the detailed reply.  I will double check with PC and see what they say as well and double check to see the what macerator is presently installed.   Just want to get the right one.   Thanks again.
I checked my Flojet pump as I was de-winterizing the MH and when the pump was on, it leaked from under the pump and not at any of the fittings So I don't know where the problems is as it is coming from under the metal brace that holds the pump.   Where and what part is that?Does that mean the pump is bad?
It is very possible that the 4 bolts that hold the pump assembly together have become loose and they simply need to be tightened.  When I bought my replacement pump, those 4 bolts were nearly loose to begin with so I could see how they would loosen up and start leaking.  I made them tighter as part of my new pump conversion process.

It is also possible the pump is leaking in a manner that requires replacement.  The question to ask yourself is whether the dripping warrants replacement.  My original pump dripped for a number of years before I replaced it.  It didn't drip much and it did stop dripping soon after dumping.  Since my original pump had a broken bolt which ended up jamming the pump, I do wonder if that bolt had broke long before which may have started the dripping in the first place.

My advise (for what it's worth) is that if it drips only during dumping and for a short while afterward, don't be troubled.  Just ignore it.  Now if it's a serious stream, that's different.
Thank you  It only drips when in use so I think I will not replace it .   I do not put paper in the toilet and don't do my daily in it as well and use the campground's rest room so there is only liquid in the black tank.  Worst comes to worst I can dump the usual way. So thanks again.
I can collect the drippings and dump the down the sewer when the pump is done.   Happy Camping.
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Maserator system on: April 18, 2017, 02:35:29 pm
To freckstweety and PC family,

I found a very affordable replacement to the Sanicon pump as described in detail HERE.
Thank you ever so much for the detailed reply.  I will double check with PC and see what they say as well and double check to see the what maserator is presently installed.   Just want to get the right one.   Thanks again.
I checked my Flojet pump as I was de-winterizing the MH and when the pump was on, it leaked from under the pump and not at any of the fittings So I don't know where the problems is as it is coming from under the metal brace that holds the pump.   Where and what part is that?Does that mean the pump is bad?
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Maserator system on: April 17, 2017, 11:13:13 am
It has been a few years since I replaced our Sanicon macerator pump with a $58 Seaflo version so I thought I would do some quick shopping on Ebay to find out what is available today.  There is a good seletion starting at $45.00 which need the sewage entrance tube portion cut off, a simple 10 minute cut-&-vac process.  The last one for $99.99 is especially interesting.

All come with a mounting stand you unscrew and discard.  The screw holes then become weep holes, a perfect situation.

$45 Surgeflo includes shipping
http://www.ebay.com/itm/12GPM-12V-Macerator-Pump-Self-priming-Waste-Water-Toilet-Marine-RV-Boat-Camper-/201890489311?hash=item2f019c63df:g:GwcAAOSwdzVXvUDF&vxp=mtr
Thank you ever so much for the research.  Very much appreciated. 
$51.45 Singflo includes shipping
This one has a metal motor body end cap.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-12V-45LPM-12GPM-Macerator-Sanitation-Waste-Water-Pump-Toilet-RV-Marine-Boat-/282067764199?hash=item41ac8c83e7:g:Z6wAAOSwEzxYRmEN&vxp=mtr


$53.99 Aurelio Tech includes shipping
This one is labelled "Professional Grade"
http://www.ebay.com/itm/12V-Macerator-Water-Waste-Pump-45-LPM-12GPM-Toilet-RV-Trailer-Camper-Marine-Boat-/322155371527?hash=item4b01f4dc07:g:8zUAAOSwNuxXZC~t&vxp=mtr

$59.99 No Name brand includes shipping
This one appears to have a removable end cap to use a screwdriver to free up a jammed macerator.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/12V-45-LPM-12GPM-Macerator-Water-Waste-Pump-Toilet-RV-Trailer-Camper-Marine-Boat-/381014796430?hash=item58b640688e:g:5ZYAAOSwls5Y7mAq&vxp=mtr

$82.95 Seaflo includes shipping
This is the one I bought a few years ago for $58 as mentioned in my macerator replacement project write-up.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Seaflo-Brand-Marine-and-RV-Macerator-Pump-12V-Model-SFMP1-120-01-/192067568477?hash=item2cb81e835d:g:ELQAAOSwVcFXOnoM&vxp=mtr


$99.99 Seaflo includes shipping (THIS MIGHT BE A WINNER)
This one is MOST interesting because it has the 4 prong connection for direct-connect to RV plumbing.  Just remove and discard the end piece.  I wonder if it mounts right up perfect onto a PC.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/SEAFLO-12V-RV-Discharge-Mount-Macerator-Waste-Pump-45-LPM-12GPM-Boat-RV-Marine-/161844749965?hash=item25aeb2e68d:g:g~YAAOSwoudW2QU9&vxp=mtr


There are some very affordable alternative replacements to the stock macerator pump, if you are willing to do a little extra work.  Just cut off the end of the pump so it matches your original one.  This assuming your original macerator is the same as my original as I had detailed HERE.
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Maserator system on: April 15, 2017, 09:40:41 pm
To freckstweety and PC family,

I found a very affordable replacement to the Sanicon pump as described in detail HERE.
Thank you ever so much for the detailed reply.  I will double check with PC and see what they say as well and double check to see the what maserator is presently installed.   Just want to get the right one.   Thanks again.
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Maserator system on: April 14, 2017, 04:20:25 pm
Well it seems that I have to replace my maserator pump.  Would like to replace it with a quiet one as my present one is noisy and its leaking.  There are so many brands out there and it seems that Sani-con is the one PC uses.  Any suggestions, and if purchased online are they easy to install.  I would have my sons take care of that.  The last time my RV dealer installed one is was almost $300.00.  In the meantime, I am dumping with the 3" hose.
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Phoenix Reunion in Sister's Oregon, Anyone planning to attend:? on: February 08, 2017, 02:23:17 pm
I travel solo  and have never traveled west and concerned about traveling by myself, even though I have my pooch as my companion. Only She is just that.  I was curious if any Phoenix members were planning to go. Its in September and plenty of time to plan.  It would be great if we could get a rally type trip together.   In 2018 it will be held somewhere in Central US .  I would love to see the Grand Canyon as part of the trip.  Any suggestions from experienced travelers?
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Battery watering systems on: January 26, 2017, 01:38:25 pm
I have found that a simple $2 kitchen baster works as a giant eyedropper to fill the batteries.  I simply use a good LED flashlight to inspect them.  Also, I keep a gallon of distilled water in the garage. 

I have strips of colored paper cut to about 1/2 inch wide by a few inches long that I dip into each hole until my thumb stops them.  Then, I observe the distance from the top of the water mark on the paper to my thumb to determine if I am up to the magic ring in each hole.  That is easier sometimes than trying to use the flashlight.  Probably more accurate as well.

Paul
Thanks for the idea of colored paper as it is hard to get to the back cells with flashlight without disconnecting the cables. I will give this a try.  Baster is another good idea or an emptied squirt bottle like mustard comes in.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Battery watering systems on: January 26, 2017, 01:35:37 pm
I have no idea whether this would work in your situation, but a lighted dental mirror for checking the water level one-handed is sometimes easier than a small mirror in one hand and a small flashlight in the other, though either can work.  Nighttime if outside, or in garage, can make it easier to see water levels with mirrors and small lights when batteries are in recessed compartments as it avoids the glare of sunlight.   For adding water, an eyedropper and a coffee mug with distilled or deionized water works to fill cells to correct level.  This was learned on Dad's '97 Roadtrek 170, with a battery in a box recessed into a corner in the rear storage compartment.

Never overfill cells; remember they'll overflow if you add too much water when the battery is discharged as it expands when charged.  In many batteries, the correct level is just below to just touching the bottom of a recessed ring below the neck of the cell when the battery is charged.  And if you have a battery that takes water and it needs it often, there may be an overcharge problem with some part of the system.
Thanks for the input.
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