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601  Main Forum / General Discussion / Announcing Our New Arrival on: October 19, 2011, 03:06:09 pm
We finally picked up our new 2551 on Monday 10/17.  Yahoo! Our first comment is that all of the people at Phoenix Cruiser are the BEST.  Our 2551 is absolutely beautiful.  We didn't think that any unit would be better built than our 2008 2350 but somehow the folks at Phoenix out did themselves.

Since we were so close to the 2012 model year when we ordered we opted for the best of both years.  We ordered our full body paint in Classic Umber, the wood grain dash and we choose to keep the 2011 couch.  The 2012 lounging couch is beautiful but was to deep for my wife to comfortably sit on.  We had two pages of special request and Phoenix delivered on each and every one.

We've attached  pictures of our two favorite features.  The swivel front seats and the bathroom sink cover.  We had the power driver seat in the 2008 model and it was very seldom used.  Wanting another guest seat we ordered the driver seat with the swivel mount.  It reclines without interference of the steering wheel.  And now no more complaints about not having enough counter top in the bathroom.  The sink cover is perfect!

We'll post more pictures as we get organized.

Barry and Sue (proud owners of a 2012 2551)
602  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Kwikstep / Kwik-Lube on: October 16, 2011, 09:58:37 am
Here is another choice.

I find "BREAK FREE CLP" works great on everything.  It is available at Wal-Mart in the sporting goods department.  It works without attracting dirt and grime.

Here is a link to their website.

http://www.break-free.com/


Barry
603  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: T/P on: October 06, 2011, 06:37:39 pm
Judi,

    Since we all must take responsibility equally, then I say if George makes you dump then he must do the cooking. HiThere

Sue
604  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Towing with a PC on: October 04, 2011, 07:27:48 pm
Alan

I towed a 4500 pound  trailer for six years before we got our PC.  The first 2 years I used a 2003 explorer with a 113" wheelbase.  The light weight of the SUV and the short wheelbase made the experience less than desirable.  The last 4 years I used a F150 with a 144" wheelbase.  The heavier  truck and longer wheelbase made a world of difference.  

Even though the 2100 PC has a wheelbase of 138" and should have more than enough weight and power to handle a light weight trailer that is not the major area of concern.

A motorhome was never designed to tow a trailer.  I have a couple thoughts you might want to consider:

   The  Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) for the rear axle.  A 5000 pound travel trailer will present 500 - 750 pounds of tongue weight to the motorhome and thus to the rear axle.  Depending on how the motorhome is loaded and packed this may over load the rear axle.  The added rear weight may also make the front end feel lighter and affect the steering characteristics.
   The existing hitch is most likely rated at 5000 pounds and might need to be upgraded.

Also, I'm a basic nut for safety and try to keep at least a 20% margin of safety on all vehicle ratings.

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)
This is the maximum safe actual weight of your vehicle. If you exceed this weight, the vehicle's engine, transmission, brakes, and so on will be stressed beyond their design limits.

Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR)
This is the maximum safe weight of your combined vehicle and trailer. This weight includes all people, luggage, and other material. If your combined towing setup exceeds this weight, your vehicle's engine, transmission, brakes, and so on will be stressed beyond their design limits.

Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR)
This is the maximum safe weight that can be placed on your front or rear wheels. The two numbers are likely to be different to account for engine weight and trailer tongue weight and luggage. If you exceed this weight rating on either the front or rear tires, you can create a dangerous driving situation or even damage your vehicle.

The idea sounds good and could solve your space problems but as you see there are many things that need to be considered.

One last thought.  Maybe, you might want to check on a trade in and a new or slightly used larger PC.  Then just add a tow car and your ready to


Barry
605  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Leveling jacks on: October 01, 2011, 07:05:10 pm
Just to emphasis a previous postingby RMMPE.  The leveling jacks are not just for leveling they also make great stabilizing jacks on level sites.  I put them down just enough to steady the PC that way I get no motion when we move about inside.

Barry
606  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: T/P on: October 01, 2011, 06:50:49 pm
Billy,

   We do the toilet paper test to determine what is good.  Take two sheets of any toilet paper and place them in a 16oz glass.  Fill the glass about half way or so with water.  Shake.  See how fast it breaks up. 
We have found that angel soft is the best.  Even better than the RV toilet paper they market.   No job is complete until the paper work is finished!! Yahoo!

Barry
607  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Tires for Sprint Phoenix Cruiser on: September 29, 2011, 09:22:09 am
LRS

When tires are in direct contact with concrete the concrete will suck the lubricating oils out of the tires.  Whenever I park a vehicle for any length of time I always have a nonporous substance between my tires and the concrete.

Barry
608  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Length of Camping Trip on: September 28, 2011, 09:49:30 am
DJM

My brother-in-law started camping with his 2 kids (19 and 21 now) 12 years ago.  They have been to 38 states and his kids still talk about their RV trips.  It was a great experience for them as I'm sure it will be for your family.  We often took trips with them and had a great time.  We even hiked with them to the waterfalls of the Grand Canyon (28 miles in three days).  RV'ing offers a rare opportunity for family and friends to connect.

Barry
609  Main Forum / Polls / Length of Camping Trip on: September 27, 2011, 02:11:20 pm
Just interested in seeing how long people spend in their Phoenix Cruiser.  Add any tips that make your long stays more enjoyable.  It goes without saying, your traveling companion is at the top of that list.  Also, share any problems (and hopefully solutions) you have encountered during long stays.
610  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New first-time PC owner on: September 25, 2011, 12:04:13 pm
Just another point of view, since we did not need the extra seating we deleted the lounge chair and had the factory install storage cabinets.



Here is a link to and earlier posting with pictures.

http://phoenixusarv.com/community/index.php/topic,158.msg560.html#msg560

Barry
611  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Tires for Sprint Phoenix Cruiser on: September 23, 2011, 09:43:36 am
I have had tire problems in the past and found that the DOT markings provide some good information.  Especially when it comes to age and plant of origin.  NHTSA would be a good source of information if there is a problem with these tires.

Tires manufactured after 2000 have the following DOT format.

DOT AABB CCCC DDEE
AA= Manufacturing Plant, Includes country
BB= Tire Size
CCCC= Discretionary use of manufacturer
DD=Week of year manufactured
EE= Year of manufacturer

I have also heard RV tires should be replaced every 4 or 5 years but most of the time it is in reference to travel trailers.   The PC uses light truck tires which have different characteristics than trailer tires.  This question  might need further research before the correct answer can be found.

Barry
612  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: QR Codes on: September 20, 2011, 04:13:28 pm
How is this one?
613  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tow Vehicle and Insurance on: September 20, 2011, 09:51:16 am
Judi,

   We have our cars and MH insured with Hartford.  Our toad is a 2004 Chevy Cavalier.  It is insured like our other vehicle.  It is a 04 with only 29,000 so it is insured with the low mileage rating.  We only put on about 3 or 4K actual mileage per year (even though the tires have much more mileage on them than the odometer).  I don't think the insurance company cares if it is towed or not.  Our Cavaliers motto is "I GO WHERE I'M TOAD!" LOL

Barry abd Sue
614  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Owners of 2551, 2552 and question on: September 19, 2011, 05:53:44 pm
Judi and George,

Is the toilet a Thetford China bowl model and if it is do you get full bowl flush coverage?  Just wondering because I notice the 2012 models have a china bowl and one option on the Thetford site is a spray nozzle to act as a water saver.  I was wondering if this is going to be a mod that we will have to make.

Barry and Sue 
615  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: QR Codes on: September 17, 2011, 09:56:20 pm
Cool

Thanks
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