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541  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: May 08, 2013, 02:03:14 pm
Steve and Aleece,

       Congratulations to both of you.  Cheers We're sure you'll enjoy your adventures.  Hope to see you in FL in the winter. 

Barry and Sue
542  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Do I need two Air Conditioners? on: May 08, 2013, 09:11:50 am
I had an awning shop make a set of sun screens for our 2008 2350.  They work great and the total cost was around $100.

When we got  our 2012 2551 I just moved them over.  The sun screens are now five years old and show very little wear.

                   



Barry
543  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Do I need two Air Conditioners? on: May 05, 2013, 11:48:43 am
Mike and Trish

We have a 2012 2551 and found the A/C was able to keep up with the 90+ temperatures in the keys this winter.   Newer PC's have  MCD Shades that have a sun screen plus a room darkening shade.  We keep the MCD sun screens down on sunny days.  We also have sun screens that we use to cover the three windows in the cab area all the time.  The sun screens help keep the PC cool during the day.  They block the sun but still let you see outside, you don't feel like you are trapped in a cave.  The other thing we did was order thermal windows for our PC.  They work great to keep the heat and cold in/out.  The last thing we do is angle the air deflectors at the front and rear of the A/C down a little to get the cold air away from the ceiling and circulating within the PC.

Barry
544  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Vvvvvvvvvvibration Noise on: May 02, 2013, 08:05:45 pm
John and Holly,

    If you could stay in Indiana and let the Ford dealer that sold the cab to Phoenix Cruiser check it out, I think you would be better served.  That might not be possible if you are in a time crunch.  I would hate to see you get stranded on the road on the way back to Maryland.  I will send you a private email.


Sue
545  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Patty O'Shade for automatic awning on: April 30, 2013, 04:07:10 pm
Bob,

    It is amazing the heat that is cut down by the patty o shade.  We would have six people huddled behind it just to get away from the afternoon sun.

Sue
546  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Patty O'Shade for automatic awning on: April 30, 2013, 12:28:31 pm
Bob

    We have the 15' patty-o-shade and we find the 4.5 feet to be plenty of shade.  We also find the patty-o-shade to fit perfectly in the awning since they are both made be dometic.  We had a chance to examine the Carefree brand but noticed that the spline might just be too thick to fit nicely into the anwing track.  A friend of ours bought one and had to take it back because it would not slide into the track with ease.  You had to pull on it so hard that we feared breaking his awning. 

     We do roll it up with the awning when we are sitting at camp.  We would not travel with it rolled up.  It is super easy to put on and take off.  The 15' fit perfectly on our awning.  We have the electric awning.

Barry and Sue
547  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Picking up our 2552 on Wednesday on: April 29, 2013, 06:09:25 pm
Most campgrounds that we have been to have been safe and theft free but at the beach in FL ,during spring break, it is vital to lock everything up.  Our neighbors were missing their lawn chairs and BBQ one morning.  We were walking and found them next to the campground that was also next to a restaurant.  Apparently someone got hungry, stole some steaks from the restaurant, needed a BBQ and chairs and made themselves a nice meal.

Another friend of ours lost a bike but found it a week later after the spring breakers left. 

The security guards and police are always warning us at the beach during spring break to lock everything up at night.

Sue
548  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Picking up our 2552 on Wednesday on: April 27, 2013, 03:54:47 pm
John and Holly,

     So excited for you.  Have a safe trip and enjoy your new adventure.  We were just at the factory on Thursday for a few little items.  All the folks there are wonderful.  ENJOY.

Barry and Sue
549  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ignition beeping on sprinter on: April 23, 2013, 05:56:28 pm
Carol,

     Do you have the sound 5 radio system in the Sprinter that is supplied by Mercedes?   If you do here is a possible reason for it and there seems to be away to change the beeps to 0.  Here is a link I found on line that might help.  

http://www.thesprinter.ca/en/owners/manuals

If you check out page 14 in the sound 5 system manual you might try this and see if it eleminates the beeps.  It could be that your radio is powering off.

Or if you check the owners manual in this same link there are many warning sounds that the Sprinter has. 

Just a guess on my part but now you got me curious!

Sue
550  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 23, 2013, 07:19:58 am
Jan,

     You are absolutely correct.  Since we have had both the 2350 and 2551 I can defintely agree with you that the rear bath gives you much more storage.  In the 2350 I used to have to keep some of the bath items in the cabinet outside the bathroom.  Now I have room for all bath items plus some non bath items in the rear bathroom.  It is also very easy to shower and dress in the rear bath.  With the 2350, we would many times dress outside of the bathroom due to lack of space.

     If I was a FT rver I would want to make it easy on myself as well. 

     As for the length of the 2551, we actually find it easier to drive then the 2350 and have not had any situation were we were too long.  We have parked in shopping center parking lots, gas stations, restaurants, and rest areas without any issues.

     The most important thing to remember about Phoenix Cruiser, you can draw up your ideal floor plan and they will work with you and try to accomodate your wants and needs.  Don't limit yourself to the models but (with reason) let them know what you desire and they will work with you.

Sue
551  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ignition beeping on sprinter on: April 22, 2013, 01:21:12 pm
Carol

Couple of questions.

How many times does it beep?

Will it beep if you turn the ignition on and then off withour starting the engine?

Do you have an after market radio with a removable frontface?


Barry
552  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 22, 2013, 08:01:57 am
Hi Jan,

     Welcome to the site.  We had a travel trailer when we first retired and started RVing.  It did not have a permanent bed and I was determined that the next RV would.  We were using the TT about 2-3 months every year.  It had a nice large dinette that made into a bed but doing that every morning and every night was getting tiresome. 
      We then purchased our first PC in 2008, a 2350.  Two things attracted us to this model, it was small and we thought it would be easy to get from place to place and yes it had a permanent bed.  Well, the corner bed did me in.  If it was just me, by myself, the corner bed would have been just fine and there would have been enough cabinet space for me alone.  We spent from 3- 4 months every year in the 2350.
      In 2011 we sold the 2350 and bought a 2551 and love it.  We spend 4 - 5 months in it and I find that it is very comfortable and we can carry everything we need.  It is still short enough that we can go anywhere and the living area is plenty comfortable.  We did custom a few things to our liking, the TV was placed on a swivel mount and we opted for a non-powered drivers seat so that both seats can turn around and are great for relaxing or having another couple over.  We are in the process of changing out our couch to make it even more comfortable for us.  We had opted for the older model couch since the new model was just too deep for me so now we are looking at putting in a jack knife sofa so that we have a comfortable couch and can utilize the drawer under it.   This unit also fits in our garage so that is a very big plus for us.
      Judi amd George's 2910 is another great unit.  We camped with them in FL in January and their setup is very, very comfortable. 
      We had looked at the Born Frees and Lazy Dazes as well but Phoenix was the only manufacturer that would work with us in doing almost anything custom that you want.  We made up a list of what we wanted and PC was able to accomodate our every need.

Sue
553  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 19, 2013, 12:45:26 pm
Earl,

    Welcome to the PC family.  We look forward to meeting you!!!

Barry and Sue
554  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC 2350 with a dinette? on: April 15, 2013, 06:04:49 pm
Mike,

    Our first RV (2003) did not have a permanent bed and I vowed that the next RV would.  That is when we purchased the 2008 2350 (with sofa).  It had a bed.  However, for our comfort we did not find the corner bed to work for us.  Some people like them but we did not.  The DH is 175 pounds and I top the scales at 108 but we felt very closed in with the size of the bed.  Also, making the bed was another challenge in itself.  It was also difficult for me to get to the cabinets over the corner bed without having to climb all over that freshly made bed.

     As for a dinette, yes I would like one but find the sofa with table to work just fine.  Putting up the table is much easier then making up that corner bed. 

     We now have a 2551 with the twin beds.  And even though I said I could not sleep without my DH it has not been a problem.  The 2350 bathroom was manageable for us so the larger bathroom in the 2551 was an added bonus.

     Before getting the corner bed I would try to spend some time in it to make sure that it will work for you.  If you could just spend one night in there or take a long nap I think you could make a much better decision.  Everyone can give you their opinion but everyone has a different comfort level so try to get some time in the 2350. 

Sue 
555  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Baby Seat Placement on: April 15, 2013, 03:17:31 pm
Joe

This is a very hard question to answer.  First of all each state has different standards.  Also, I have not found any state that specifically addresses motor homes.

I did find a couple of web sites  that might be of value.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:  http://www.nhtsa.gov/cps/cpsfitting/index.cfm

This site provides a list of Child Car Seat Inspection Station by state or ZIP code.  A phone call to some of these locations may give you some insight.

Governors Highway Safety Association: http://www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/childsafety_laws.html

This site provides a summary of Child Car Seat requirements by state and access to state specific web sites.

I contacted Oakland County Health Division-Health Ed. in Michigan which was on the NHTSA web site and they were very willing to help but had little to add above contact the motor home manufacture.

I would think the first step would be to contact Kermit and see what his position is on the subject and then follow up with some of these or other sites.

Barry
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