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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Generator decided to start on its own on: February 09, 2016, 08:08:19 pm
Joseph

With 9 inches of rain in January the PC nearly washed itself.

Barry
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: February 09, 2016, 03:43:55 pm
George and Jill,

Congratulations on the future rig.  Maybe we'll see you in Michigan this summer.  Many great parks to enjoy your rig.   HelloBalloons

Barry and Sue
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Questions on a PC on: February 08, 2016, 04:26:51 pm
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Best answered by 2551 & 2552 owners (and even for us with our 2350) I've always wondered if the main Fantastic fan would be better utilized in the rear bathroom and have it as your one and only roof-top power vent.
Ron,

   In our newer 2551 we actually have three fans installed - one in the bathroom, a max-air in the bedroom area, and then the fantastic fan in the kitchen area.  We utilize all three and would not do without any of them.  The max-air usually runs all night on a very low speed since it is so quiet.  We use the bathroom fan for moisture control while showering and then the fantastic fan when watching TV or cooking.  Many times we will have both the max-air and fantastic fan on at the same time to draw air through the rig.  We personally use all three fans and one fan in the bathroom area would not work for us.

Sue
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Generator decided to start on its own on: February 08, 2016, 02:50:55 pm
The other night we went to bed at 11 and both woke about 2 AM to a constant, loud noise.  We realized our generator was on even though we were plugged into shore power.  Neither one of us had turned it on, in fact we had the TV on the sleep timer while watching the news prior to falling asleep.  

After doing some research as to why a generator would self start we learned that it is a somewhat common occurrence on Onan generators given the right conditions.  Most sources indicated to check for any moisture around the plug-in connections from the generator to the motorhome.  In our case, we removed the cover for the GenSet and found a little moisture behind the wall.  

A few days earlier we were parked under a tree at a campground and we heard what sounded like a branch had fallen on the PC.  We inspected but couldn't find anything.  Having moved to a different location and encountering a rain shower we did a very close inspection of the roof above where the generator is located.  We saw that we had a slight separation of the roof caulk of the PC to the roof of the Cab.  We bought some Dicor-self leveling caulk, repaired the area and have not had an issue since.  After the tree branch falling and then movement of the PC it must have caused the very slight separation of the caulk since the roof inspected good prior to our trip.

Hopefully this will help others if their generator self starts.  Other RV folks have encountered this and fixed it by cleaning and sealing their connections and eliminating any possible source of moisture to those connections.

5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Questions on a PC on: February 08, 2016, 02:45:13 pm
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I like the shelf under it to support the weight better as you drive down the road, makes sense to give is some additional support. Sure wouldn't want it to fall down on you when you are driving.

Butch,

We had PC make us that shelf when we ordered the rig.  They were very accommodating in helping us with the TV installation.  We also strap it down but do not feel it is necessary.  Just makes us feel better.
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Questions on a PC on: February 08, 2016, 08:44:05 am
Russ and Linda,

I would not hesitate to ask PC.  They do whatever they can to please their customers.  We even had a couple of items drop shipped to them so that they could install them while building our newest 2551.
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Questions on a PC on: February 07, 2016, 06:29:51 pm
Butch

We found the same problem when watching TV in our 2008 2350.  So when we ordered out new 2012 2551 I installed the TV on a swivel.  So far it works great.

Here is a link to a previous post the shows the swivel I installed on our 2012 2551.
http://www.phoenixusarv.com/community/index.php/topic,713.0.html

Barry
8  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / My new favorite cookware on: February 05, 2016, 08:24:52 pm
I always carried and used an old electric fry pan in the PC.  When it bit the dust this summer I decided to replace it.  My goal was to get something that was multi-functional.  I purchased the following:
http://www.amazon.com/Aroma-ASP-137B-Super-Indoor-Grill/dp/B00A6SQIZC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1454721483&sr=8-2&keywords=aroma+3++in+1+griddle

I hesitated to post anything until I was able to use it on several occasions.  This winter in FL it has been my go to cookware.  It is amazing.  I do not need to carry a slow cooker, griddle, electric fry pan or steamer because it performs all these functions.  It is lightweight, stays cool to the touch and easy to clean.  It is the perfect size for us.

Sue
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: towing ford ranger on: January 22, 2016, 04:50:10 pm
Steve

I tow a 2004 Chevy Cavalier and it has worked great for us.  I selected it for a couple of reasons.  First, the car can be towed 4 down with only a 65 MPH restriction.  Second, it only weighs about 2,500 pounds and is well within the limits for the PC, the tow bar and the hitch.  The best reason is that it was a used 4 year old vehicle with only 17,000 miles and all the tow equipment already installed.

Barry
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: heated waste tanks on: December 22, 2015, 05:01:38 pm
Joe,

We use the bathroom when leaving MI on our way to FL.  We stay winterized the first two days.  What we do is carry a couple jugs of water with us to use when flushing the toilet. We have never used the tank heaters and have never had a problem.  There is some antifreeze in the tanks from the winterization so they have not split.

Sue
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Another PC hits the road on: December 20, 2015, 07:17:15 pm
We also did a modification to our table legs.  We permanently attached the tubes to the tripods and it is very easy to set the two tripods up and then place the tabletop on them.  We made a small sofa table for lunch and snacks that we use all of the time.

Here is link to our original posting for the sofa table http://www.phoenixusarv.com/community/index.php/topic,732.0.html

Sue
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Mattress covers/pads for twin beds? on: December 17, 2015, 08:21:57 pm
Emily,

When we first got our 2551 I bought some sheets at JC Penney and modified them to fit snuggly on the beds.  Here is a link to that post with pictures.
http://www.phoenixusarv.com/community/index.php/topic,714.msg4852.html#msg4852

Sue


13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sudden loss of shore power on: December 14, 2015, 08:04:08 pm
Greg

Glad all is well now!  Do you know why your house batteries ran down so far?

Barry
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Full timing in a 2350? on: December 09, 2015, 06:59:27 pm
How is that corner bed?

This is the number one reason we moved from a 2350 to a 2551 and we have never regretted our decision.  For us, the best model is the 2551.  We are small people in size and the corner bed was very confining.  We were always bumping into the walls on all three sides and when the inside person had to get out of bed the outside person was disturbed.  

What we also gained by moving to a 2551 was a very roomy bathroom, easy access to all cabinets over the bed, not to mention not having to crawl under the mattress on the corner bed to put the fitted sheets on.

We found the bathroom in then 2350 to be very small.  There was no room for us to manuever in that tiny space.  With the bathroom along the back, as it is in the 2551, there is enough space to change clothes plus you get a nice clothes hanging closet.

Did you move up to the 2551 and/or 2552? Why? (I dont like the 2 twin beds, no cuddling with wife)

We have the slideout with a couch and very much enjoy our cuddling time.   Smile Smile

I think it was in 2009 when the fresh water tank was relocated within the space under the bed.  It was turned 90 degrees and moved forward, closer to the rear axle and also closer to the front/back center line as well.  This improved the weight distribution and also reduced any effects of sloshing water.

It was in 2008 that this change was made.  We had an 2008 2350 with the fresh water tank located within the space under the bed and it was turned 90 degrees and moved forward.


If I was buying a new PC today I would buy a 2551, that is how much we enjoy our unit.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: towing ford ranger on: November 18, 2015, 10:28:53 am
I have not towed a Ranger so I can't give first hand information like Syd. 

I have talked with the customer service center (1-800-228-2481 ) at REMCO Towing (http://www.remcoindustries.com/Towing/Store.php) several times in the past and found them to be very helpful, knowledgeable and willing to answer questions about towing a vehicle.  I have spoken with a customer service representative at REMCO Towing about the 55 MPH limit on towing a 2WD Ranger.  He explained that Ford has had this towing restriction in place for several years and that it was imposed to prevent damage to the drive train.  He also pointed out that the battery may run down during towing and one must stop every few hours and run the engine to recharge the battery.

I have learned that manufacturers provide warnings for many different reasons.  Many times it reflects a very minor risk that requires numerous conditions to exist before that risk is realized.  When I finally chose a toad I went with one that only had the restriction of not driving over 65 mph.

Barry
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