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61  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire and battery advice on: October 24, 2014, 04:21:46 pm
Freckles--I was in that part of PA at the end of Sept and met a couple of the ladies from that group at the small campground I was staying at.  If I had taken them up on their invitation to attend the rally, there would have been FOUR PCs there.  Maybe next year!
Their next convention is October 2015 in Shawnee Oklahoma.   there are many chapters all over the US and I'M with Mid-Atlantic Chapter and have one more trip November 7th in Lancaster for the weekend at the Old Mill Stream Campground. It is their annual Thanksgiving feast.   After that the MH goes to bed until March.
They have a Solo's chapter which I am considering joining next season.   Most are widows like me and travel solo.   Very Friendly group like Cruisers.
62  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire and battery advice on: October 23, 2014, 03:54:37 pm
Yesterday I saw a Phoenix Cruiser here in Honey Brook Pa that looked like it could have been a 2010 Beige 2551........just curious if it happened to be you?? My wife said she saw a similar coach last week at our bank.

Yes it was me. I was at Millers RV for winterizing.  Last week I was camping with RVWomen at York Fairgrounds and believe it or not there were two other Phoenix cruisers.   Something you don't always see.
63  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire and battery advice on: October 23, 2014, 03:52:50 pm
Our rig is a 2007 model year with tires dated spring of 2007.  Like you, we keep our rig indoors away from sunlight but I have no plan anytime soon to replace the tires.  Given your rig is a 2551, it is on the lighter side of motor homes so there is less tire pressure and less weight on the tires so the demand on them is less.  I would think you would be fine getting one more year from them and evaluate again one year from next spring.

Regarding batteries, assumed no winter camping plans, I would charge them and bring them into your house out from the extreme cold.  The same for the chassis battery.  Fill your main fuel tank up, blow out all water lines, drain all four water tanks, place numerous rodent traps around inside and abandon the rig until preparing for your first trip next year.

Next spring, I plan to replace our 5 year old 12V Walmart batteries with 6V Duracell batteries from Sam's Club.  I did some measuring and determined that my slide out battery tray will need to be replaced with a simple sheet of steel to get adequate clearance because the 6V batteries are so much taller.  The sheet steel will have angle iron screwed to it to cradle the batteries so they don't move around on the large surface.
Thanks for the tips.  My Pole barn doesn't get below freezing and always kept mh there and never had any problems with the batteries. I would like to get another year on the tires.
64  Main Forum / General Discussion / Tire and battery advice on: October 22, 2014, 03:39:47 pm
Well had 2010 2551 mh winterized and asked my RV service to check on my tires.  As I see it they were mfg. 0808 so they are six yrs old. He said they show very slight dry rot and will pass inspection in the spring.  They have plenty of tread and seem ok but I am thinking that it is time to get new tires.  I know there has been many discussions on this topic and really up to the individual to make the decision on what to do.    So for safety sake do you think it is time to get new and would like to get Michelin's and my rv service said they can get them. Of course my tires were not on the recall as mentioned in other forum discussions.
The next thing is coach batteries and they are the original ones. They are so hard to read the water level and was wondering if they are replaced as to what is a better battery.  My MH will be stored in Pole Barn and I have been told you can leave it plugged in all the time to keep the batteries charged but afraid they could be overcharged.  I keep little nite lites on to use some of the power but not sure what is right.  Any suggestions on the questions??? 
This forum has always been so helpful.
So sorry I missed the reunion. Looking forward to next year. Already in the calendar.
65  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Any good recommodations on traveling to our Colorado reunion. on: August 31, 2014, 11:25:04 am
A big  ThumbsUp on both the recommendations above in Kansas. Been to both of them. Wilson lake is beautiful. Council Grove is in the Tallgrass area of the state. Lots of old west history there, and the COE reservoir is a good place to stop. Excellent laundromat there in town if needed.
Hays Kansas is a nice small college town to check out the downtown area. Victoria Kansas has a beautiful cathedral just off of I70 to check out.
Thanking everyone for their advice but due to unfortunate circumstances here at home I had to cancel out of the reunion.  Very disappointing but there is next year.   Hope everyone travels are safe and the reunion a success. 
66  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Great product for dri-wash and polish mn on: July 31, 2014, 07:48:29 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.
I never got that message and so far all is well and feel confident that the mh is okay.   It really shines and feels great and smooth.  It is a little late to find this out. So I will go with it..
67  Main Forum / General Discussion / Great product for dri-wash and polish mn on: July 31, 2014, 12:20:14 pm
A few years ago when I had my other motor home I attended a rally in Vermont and purchased this dri-wash product and gave it a try. Well It is the best. I have used it many times and works great.  Don't have to wash mh before and  it comes out shiny.  Don't know if members have tried it but it is call DWG Ultra-ion Dri-wash and is made by DWG
  It is a little pricey but well worth it.  I did my Phoenix yesterday and the finish looks like glass.   My MH was not that soiled but it still needed it to be done.  It provides UV protection and is an outstanding product.   Just wipe on and wipe off . No need to wait after applying to wipe off.   It has an spray applicator with a pump that sprays a little at a time so you don't waste the liquid.  You can get many applications with the bottle.  No need to rub hard except to wipe off the buggies.  It does a great job. Their phone number is 800, 820-6893.  the dealer who originally sold the product to me was Terry and Pam Seamans from Factory Pa. Their pin # is 275105 but you can buy directly from the factory. They will ask you for the dealers name as I guess they get credit for the sale.   They have many other great products as well.  Just wanted to share.
Product NO. is #1641 for $32.95 for a 32Oz refill.  At first you need to purchase the kit with the special pump spray and the solution  I had to purchase the refill as I had the pump sprayer. 
68  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Any good recommodations on traveling to our Colorado reunion. on: July 11, 2014, 09:53:59 am
About 2 exits east of the Junction City, KS exit on I-70 is highway 177. Go south  on 177 about 25 miles to the Council Grove, KS ACOE Campgrounds. There are 3 entrances off 177; Richey Cove, Kit Carson Cove Park and Kansa View Park.
Have lunch or dinner at Hays House, downtown Council Grove. As best I know, there are over 20 historic landmarks in that little town. Very quaint and we liked it a lot.

You'd be smart to Google better directions.

Enjoy your adventure and be safe (there are a lot of crazies on the roads).
thanks. gathering information as the time goes by.
69  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Any good recommodations on traveling to our Colorado reunion. on: July 10, 2014, 10:05:07 am
Recommend Army Corp of Engineer campground on the south shore of Lake Wilson Kansas.  Just 7 miles off I70 and great sites with views of lake.
thanks. I will look it up. appreciate it
70  Main Forum / General Discussion / Any good recommodations on traveling to our Colorado reunion. on: July 09, 2014, 10:12:37 pm
Since I have never travel west before, thinking of travelling out on Interstate 70 eventually  from Pa thru the states and don't know what there is to see on the way.  Planning on coming back via I-40 to PA.  It all depends on the weather also as the best way.   How much time should I allow.  I was thinking to leaving the last week of August and taking my time.   So any suggestions from seasoned campers who might have travelled this way.

71  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electric hot water switch on: June 18, 2014, 03:47:58 pm
Turned on the switch for electric hot water heater and get warm water.  It work great last season.
Thanks for advice and that was the problem when it was dewinterized.  We have hot water now.  Kermit from Phoenix suggested I give that a try and so we did.  so dumb.  So many things to remember. Senior moments....

Did you have to dewinterize before this trip?

My niece had the same problem and they forgot to close the by pass valve during the dewinterizing process thus allowing cold and hot water to mix prior to coming out of the faucet thus the water was just always warm.  Once they closed the by pass valve all was back to normal - nice hot water.

Here is a diagram that shows how the valves should be positioned when using the hot water heater.  The center valve (by pass valve is closed) so only hot water is coming from the hot water heater.  On our 2012 2551 the by pass valve and other two valves are located under the three drawers in the kitchen.  You have to remove the bottom drawer to get to the valves.  Make sure the water inlet and outlet valves are open and the by pass (center valve) is closed.  When the RV is winterized the valves will be put in the opposite configuration (the inlet and outlet valves are closed and the by pass valve is open).


72  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electric hot water switch on: June 18, 2014, 03:45:40 pm
It sounds like the thermostat on the hot water heater is faulty.  All I can suggest is to make sure all connections that are accessed from the outside panel are tight and corrosion-free.  I think most or all connections are those push-on type.  If one is very loose, take a pliers and squeeze it slightly for a snug fit.
Called Phoenix and talked to Kermit.  When de winterized the valves were not switched over. So we have hot water.  Dahhh!
73  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electric hot water switch on: June 17, 2014, 10:14:02 am
Does the heater work on LP?
yes but water never gets hot, just warm and it takes a long time.
74  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electric hot water switch on: June 17, 2014, 10:12:34 am
Might also check the breaker.  Could have tripped after starting to heat the water leaving it only warm.
checked the breaker and it was not tripped.
75  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electric hot water switch on: June 17, 2014, 10:11:07 am
Does the heater work on LP?
yes  but it was also warm. never got hot.
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