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541  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Got our Baby home! on: June 12, 2012, 08:24:44 am
Denny and Barb

First things first congratulations on the new baby.  We have had two and the thrill never ends.

We had a 2008 2350 PC that exhibited some handling issues.  It took a little experimentation but we solved all the issues.  The first thing we did was get a front end alignment (it was out of alignment and required new adjusting cams, not uncommon) and reduce tire pressure.  To get the exact tire pressure the RV needs to be weighed fully loaded and ready for typical travel.  Next we added Billstein shocks to the front only.  The last thing we did was  install a Blue Ox Tiger Trac to eliminate the body sway from side to side.  What a huge improvement on the 2350.  We had the 2008 with slide in wind gusts up to 50 mph and there were no issues.  After these few changes the RV  drove like a typical F-150 with a cap.

This trac bar is different than the sway bar.  We kept the original front and rear sway bars, replaced the OEM shocks with Bilstein (front only) and added the trac bar.  We were very pleased with the ride and driveability of the unit.  Others have replaced the sway bars and added steering stabilzers but we did not find this necessary for our 2008 2350 unit.  We spent less than $1,000 for all these changes and the 2008 2350 drove beautifully.  Towing a 3,000 pound car was never an issue.


Barry
542  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: OOPs, we did it again: Again on: June 10, 2012, 05:03:25 pm
Judi

  Don't you just love the MCD shades.  I think they are the best!!!!

  Marilyn - I sent you a private message a few days ago - Hope you saw it.

Sue
543  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: OOPs, we did it again: Again on: June 10, 2012, 03:40:34 pm
Congrats  Celebrate George and Judi  - Can't wait to see it.  Post some pics.

Barry and Sue   
544  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: June 09, 2012, 07:19:10 am
Beverly and Buddy

Best bet is to call the factory.  They will be able to provide all the information you need.

Barry
545  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: combined weight on: June 05, 2012, 11:01:15 pm
Eugene

E-450 Super Duty Cutaway GCWRs: 6.8L V10 and 6.0L Turbo Diesel V8 = 20,000 lbs.

Barry
546  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: RV math on: June 05, 2012, 07:40:05 pm
Gary

There should be a yellow CCC sticker in the door pillar of the PC.  This sticker will list the CCC for the specific PC model plus some other info.

Here is a link to a website that does a pretty good job of describing all the RV weights and rates.

http://www.your-rv-lifestyle.com/vehicle-weight.html

If it goes in, on, or is towed by the PC it's weight must be counted someplace.



Barry
547  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Wooopee... My PC is done on the 6th JUNE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on: May 31, 2012, 07:18:38 pm
Denny & Barb


Now the fun starts.    Giddy Giddy Get ready to enjoy it.

Barry & Sue
548  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2012 PC Brochure correction on: May 25, 2012, 07:35:23 pm
Way to go George and Judi - Can't wait to see you again with the new unit.  Party will be at your place since you'll have all the room!!!!!

We like the idea of the night stand between the two beds.  Are they also able to put any cabinets along the back wall?

Barry and Sue
549  Main Forum / Polls / Re: dumb idea on: May 24, 2012, 01:35:51 pm
I buy a map postcard from every state that we travel in.  I have a travel photo album that holds 50 4X6 prints.  Each state gets its own page.  I then get a 4X6 index card and add the campground, city and mm/yy that we were there.  That gets put on the back side of the postcard.  So as you flip through you can see the state map, and turn it over and see the campgrounds that we stayed in.  I have faithfully kept it up to date.   Since we spend our winter time in FL that index card has very samll type on it.  If someone is traveling somewhere and they ask where we stayed I can always go to my book and lookup the campground name.  We keep the photo album out for display in the camper.

Sue
550  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Battery Switch next to streering wheel question? on: May 23, 2012, 09:21:10 pm
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That constant-on switch would be ideal when plugged into shore power.

Ron

Not sure what you meant.

I have a question about having the emergency starting switch activated for a long period of time while connected to shore power.  I think it is safe to use for a short period of time but I'm not sure what if any problems might be caused  by long term use.  Adding the van starting battery to the converter charging system will now mix the deep cycle house batteries with the van starting battery.  I am not sure about what problems could occur by mixing  batteries of different type, size and age for long periods of time.

Barry
551  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Things We Have Added to Our 2350 - Extra Storage on: May 20, 2012, 06:33:17 pm
Denny

The size of the storage box is 14 1/2" D X 23 1/2" W X 22" H (including top)

I used piano hinge to attach the top and a toy box hinge so it would stay up when lookin around inside.

Barry
552  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2008 2400 tv replacement on: May 20, 2012, 04:56:46 pm
We installed a Vizio E260VA in our 2012 2551.  We chose the Vizio because of the slim design, front facing speakers and a sturdy back.  The sound is very good and can be heard easily with the A/C running.  There does not appear to be any flexing of the TV during travel.  We have over 3,000 miles and are very pleased.  The Vizio has very good viewing from any angle.

In 2008 we installed a samsung but were not pleased with the flex in the back or the viewing angle..

Here is a link to our orginal posting on how we installed the TV with a swivel mount: http://www.phoenixusarv.com/community/index.php/topic,713.msg4850.html#msg4850

Barry
553  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: BIG rain leak on: May 20, 2012, 07:10:58 am
Deena

     I would call the factory on Monday and talk to Bobby.  We had a small leak in our cabinet above the couch and they were able to find it and fix it real fast.  They recaulked the whole seam at the top of the slide.  We've had rain since and no leak.  They said that was usually not a place where they see a leak so I think they will have alot of suggestions on possible leak points and maybe they could walk you through some prone leakage areas.  They did mention that usually they'll see a leak under the refridgerator so they may be able to pinpoint it over the phone.  Good Luck

Sue
554  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Battery Switch next to streering wheel question? on: May 19, 2012, 09:27:37 am
John

On our 2008 model I had a bad battery and had to use that switch (on the dash) to start the motorhome.  The setup saved a call to AAA and a late start to the day.  The switch is the same on our new 2012 model.

I talked to Kermit the first time I needed to use it and this is what he told me.  

Push and hold the switch in for a period of time.  I had to hold mine for about 5 to 10 minutes. What this causes is the relay to remain operated.  It appears to be a charge that is put into the battery versus putting a jumper on the battery.  I have started the vehicle with the switch operated or released.   Not sure what the best way is but it worked either way.

I asked Kermit why it was made that it had to be held in and he stated that people would forget to release it if it was not spring loaded.

Barry
555  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: hwh leveling system question on: May 15, 2012, 08:48:46 pm
David

I know its not necessary but I like to use plastic pads under my jacks on the PC.  This keeps the jack pads clean, reduces rust and keeps the jacks from sinking into soft sand or soil.  I found that inch HDPE (High Density Polyethyelene) works great.  Wipes clean and dry in seconds and is strong as steel.  Very expensive if bought new but most plastic shops will sell scrap pieces for a few dollars per square foot.  I bought a couple of scrap pieces for $20 and cut them to size to make four pads.

Barry
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