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256  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: At long last - Our PC arrives! on: November 11, 2013, 01:57:37 am

That walkthrough video sounds like something that would be valuable to a lot of folks.  Wonder why Phoenix doesn't provide one, especially for delivered units since we don't get to have a real walkthrough at the factory.  Even one for each base model without lots of options would be extremely valuable.  The 'manual' just doesn't cut it. Like you, I'm currently going through each manual, reading them, filing them and filling out registration/warranty cards.  I even have a warranty card for Barker Manufacturing and I haven't run across anything on the PC that relates to them (their website references jacks and things, but the one in my rig isn't theirs). And yes, the most important thing is to enjoy it...and we are, very much!


I think Kermit will make things right.  Not too worried about that.  And the second thermostat idea is something to think about for sure.  Nice having one thermostat control, except when it doesn't.  LOL I did specify a 'non-heat pump' unit, and it concerns me that the thermostat appears to be for a heat pump.  I crawled up on the roof to see which type was installed, but naturally the cover screws are of a type I didn't have a driver for.  No big stress factor any way it goes, just a bump in the road.  I am so looking forward to that first fishing shakedown trip, you can't imagine exactly!. It didn't help matters that the guy at the next site on this one night stay had a little camper van and was traveling the country just to fish!! At least the bright side to being in this part of the country is I won't have to winterize and can fish all winter.  Ok, maybe a little waterlogged but who cares when they're biting!

- Mike
257  Main Forum / General Discussion / At long last - Our PC arrives! on: November 10, 2013, 12:49:18 am
So, our new 2552 arrived yesterday!  Grin Kermit's son Kraig delivered it right on time in the morning, gave us as much of a walkthrough as you can without information overload and then we looked at each other and said 'Ut-Oh, now what?'  After staring at it for a while, mostly excited, we headed home for the load-in.  Our plan was to load it up with the boxes of stuff we had accumulated and head right out to a nearby campground in Napa to check things out, set it up, read through a pile of manuals and get some immediate experience.  Initial reactions at this point were: gorgeous rig, seems like the right amount of room and storage, comfortable and easy to drive, mushy feeling brakes, completely horrific (almost useless) Phoenix Manual.

Our initial choice was the Napa Expo, since it had full hookups and level pad sites but they were full due to a big dog show there.  So we opted for the next closest, Skyline Wilderness Park, which is more rustic.  Site not that level, but it was a large pull-through with 50 amp service and water, and a dump station.  Very nice, quiet place with a lot of trails (including horse trails) and some great scenery.  $30/night with AAA discount.  I was pretty excited at this point because I actually got the PC there and into the site without hitting anything!  Cheer Leveling with the auto levelers was a bit confusing at first, but I managed to accomplish it with only some minor snickering from a neighbor.  It's interesting that when the rig actually looks level, it really isn't. We ended up a bit off level, but I wasn't comfortable with one front wheel off the ground quite yet.  Turned out not that noticeable inside, and the fridge worked fine.  Slide worked great. Water hookup was no problem, though I'm not sure what the 'normal' position is for on the water switch yet. 

First problem.....went to grab the power cable and there was no power cable in the rear compartment.  Called Earl.  Yep, should have been in the rear compartment.  Checked whole rig, no cable.  Either forgotten at the factory or stolen enroute during delivery?  Earl said he'd send one out ASAP, but I told him I'd look locally first. Left Joni with the PC to unload and went to local Walmart which has some RV stuff, but as it turns out they had all cables except 50 amp.  Next stop, local RV and marine parts store.  Looked like they had it, hefty 4prong 50 amp.  Back at the site, went to plug it into the PC and found the rig receptacle has 3 prongs.  Hmmm.  Not only that, the receptacle on the PC is a camlock type, not just plug in.  Call to Earl again.  Verifies that they did install 50 amp service, and both 30 and 50 amp are three prong receptacles.  Suggests again to send the cable, or possibly try Camping World.  The cable I bought at the local RV parts place was an extension, not a primary cable.  Hour later I had the right cable from local CW ($300) and am a happy camper (pun intended) Everything powers up nicely. Awning, tv's, antenna, fantastic fans, DVD and BlueRay, sinks, toilet, shower, fridge, shades, step, backup camera all work wonderfully and seem high quality.  Especially pleasantly surprised by water heater which heated quickly and we never ran out with normal use.  Also surprised by how quickly the gray water tank filled with just two showers and minimal sink use.  Thankful I read Ron's post about the simple gray/black tank equalization process with electric valves which gained us a bit of gray space.  Amazing how much water one uses (wastes) on a normal basis.

Second problem.....wanted to see how the furnace and Coleman Mach8 a/c worked.  Turned on a/c and the Coleman cranked up and seemed to work well.  Set fan to low to see how quiet it would get and it went to low and sounded really quiet.  Somewhere between setting gas heat and electric heat the thermostat died.  Blown fuse in thermostat.  Quick trip to Home Depot for more fuses.  Thermostat displayed room temp when set to off, but when switched to heat or cool and adjusted with up/down, it would display the room temp then set temp then '00' which I think is a comm failure of some sort, then blew the fuse again.  Pulled the thermostat and carefully pulled wiring out of the wall.  All connections seems good with wire nuts and no shorts I could see.  Reinstalled and changed fuse one more luck.  It was pretty late by this time and we decided to forego heating.  Temps got down to just below 50 degrees outside and it was about 55 inside.  Pretty chilly, but manageable for one night.  Good thing Pomeranians were bred to pull sleds and are just big enough to keep your feet warm in the twin beds.  Beds were amazingly comfortable, by the way. Decided to call our first big trip (one night) a success, as far as experience, head back home, finish loading the rig and figure out the thermostat issue.

All in all we love our PC and have received a few comments from people already about how nice it is.  Earl at Phoenix was very apologetic and supportive.  Kraig was very nice, prompt and helpful with the delivery.  And lots of folks on this forum have provided so much great info that it helped us a great deal in figuring things out and making our first days easier. Thanks! ThankYou

Mike and Joni
258  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Windemere on Lake Guntersville in Alabama on: November 09, 2013, 12:41:01 am
 LOL well, just about anywhere except NYC would cost about a third as much as California.  I visited LA a few years ago for the first time (ok, I was dragged) and found it so amazing that we've been back quite a few times when we could get away.  Truly the friendliest people in the world down thar!

Joni and I just received delivery of our very first RV today, and I'm typing from our very first night in an RV park.  I know that the first day, week, month.....can be a learning experience, but based on today I don't see us making it out of California for a little while yet.  shrug More on that later, but I am.....what's the word....oh yes: TIRED!   LOL

259  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC 2350 Fuel Mileage on: November 01, 2013, 08:44:07 pm

Well, as a new proud almost-owner of a 2552......thanks!  The size and floor plan, including the third chair, sold us on a PC so we can now blame you!  LOL

260  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Windemere on Lake Guntersville in Alabama on: November 01, 2013, 08:31:20 pm
Nice!  Congrats!  (Some definite jealousy going on here)

261  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Cloudland Canyon State Park GA on: October 30, 2013, 10:21:45 pm
Looks like a great park, and a great deal on the membership.  (Noting both in our ever expanding logbook)

Hammocks sound like a perfect solution for me.  Cooper is usually always found where I want to relax next (his sister Lina is more respectful). With a hammock, he'd have a heckuva time figuring out how to climb in it, and if he ever did his little paws couldn't quite navigate a mesh!  I'm already daydreaming!  ;-)

It sounds like you guys are really enjoying your trip, even with the occasional bump in the road.  We are looking forward to even getting on the road!

- Mike
262  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Possible toad - 2013 Ford Edge on: October 25, 2013, 09:06:39 pm
Thanks Ron and Barry.  That curb weight is for the AWD version and we don't foresee loading it up with much except some 'overflow' that is too bulky for the PC (maybe chairs, BBQ, that kinda thing) No bikes, patio tiles, gold bouillon, etc. Although now that I think about it, tanqueray can get pretty heavy.  LOL  Will probably go with the Blue Ox towing setup and a Unified braking system.  I'm pretty good (or bad, depends on the point of view) at sharing what I do, so you'll certainly get a full report.  Unfortunately our October 25th delivery date has now slipped to November 7th, so no PC for a couple weeks yet. <twiddle> Thanks again!

- Mike
263  Main Forum / General Discussion / Possible toad - 2013 Ford Edge on: October 25, 2013, 12:48:21 am
We are looking at purchasing a 2013 Ford Edge to tow behind our 2552.  I understand it can be towed 4 down, but I was a bit concerned by the curb weight, which is 4228 lbs.  We would naturally want to load it up a bit with 'extras' when we tow it, but not with anything extraordinary.  Is this stretching the weight limit, or are we being overly concerned?

  - Mike
264  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Lake Powhatan Recreation Area, NC on: October 22, 2013, 10:22:01 pm
Thanks for the info!  Asheville has been high on our list for a very long time and it's good to hear about a great park nearby!

- Mike
265  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drive line vibration diagnosis on: October 16, 2013, 07:43:56 pm
Joni and I will be taking delivery of our 2552 at the end of next week, and amongst the list of things we will be having our RV techs and Ford techs take a look at is this driveline issue.  We will surely post what we find. Will be nice to contribute for a change!
266  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: October 16, 2013, 07:37:53 pm
Oh, I doubt you'd be intruding.  Especially if you were carrying a nice bottle of wine, or a custom PC Maintenance Manual wrapped inna bow.  LOL
267  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Blue Ridge Parkway October 2013 on: October 14, 2013, 09:16:10 pm
Awesome pictures,indeed!   ThumbsUp Love this time of year.  Only about two weeks till our delivery! Excited, to say the least.
268  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question With Older Zone Defense Backup Camera on: October 12, 2013, 09:44:55 pm
Ron: Any manufacturer or model numbers at all?
269  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TV Bracket(s) on: October 12, 2013, 09:39:32 pm
If you want to go the frugal might consider .....

270  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: October 12, 2013, 09:27:14 pm
Um.......woooaaahhh!  Awesome.
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