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1  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: 3" sewer hose on: October 26, 2017, 07:32:37 pm
I carried the basic Rhino 3-inch hose kit in its box just in case I ever needed it.  When I bottomed out my driver's side rear and broke the seal where the macerator attaches to the rest of the stuff back there, I was very happy to have that kit available.  After someone helped me get the macerator out, I decided to just use the manual dump method until the next time I was in Elkhart, at which time I would decide whether to get a new macerator installed or simply continue with the low-tech method.  After six months of manually dumping, I did not miss the macerator once.  So when I did get to Elkhart, they helped cut out and dispose of the tubing and that way I could fit my Rhino hose in that compartment.  (In addition, I have a 10 foot extension hose, if needed, although I have never used it.  I do not camp hooked up to sewer, though.  If you do, then that extension may well be helpful.)

Fast-track back four years to when I was exploring what RV to buy and what options to get, I was never a fan of the macerator.  It looked like one more thing that could go wrong and that I could not fix and that would be really nasty if it happened to go wrong at a bad-black-dumping moment.  Phoenix had it as a standard item, though, so I took it.  In hindsight, I would have asked if it was possible to set the rig up for manual dump from the start.  Just my two cents.  Grin
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Black valve light on: October 23, 2017, 01:53:45 pm
My solution was to have the lights disconnected last time I visited the factory. Wink
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A couple of Qs for 2351 4x4 owners on: September 25, 2017, 05:55:21 pm
Hello allentc2--
I cannot address your questions about the 4x4 option, but I have been full-timing in my 2351 for a little over three years now.  It has been a perfect size for one person and a dog.  If there were two people in here, though, I'd say they would have to be on the average-to-small side and really love each other!  I find that corner bed perfect for one.  For two it would be quite warm and pretty cramped.  Although you can opt for one more foot in bed length instead of the storage closet between the kitchen and the foot of the bed, which might help.  Another consideration for you is slide or no-slide.  As a solo full-timer, I enjoy the simplicity of no-slide and really appreciate the extra storage space that would be lost to the slide box/mechanism.  If there were two people in here, though, I can see the benefit of added floor space (alas, at the expense of lost storage).  Another change I made to my floor plan was to replace the extra chair they put in behind the passenger seat with a nice sized closet (like you find in the larger rigs behind the passenger seat).  Since the passenger seat swivels around to face the house, that serves me fine for rare occasions of extra company.  Everything is a trade-off and only you can determine what will work best in your case. 
Good luck and enjoy the planning!
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New members on: September 22, 2017, 05:14:38 pm
Congratulations and welcome!  As long-time campers who have had a variety of rigs, it will be nice to have your expertise included in this forum.  It's a good bunch of people here.   Cheer
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Breaking News on: September 12, 2017, 06:58:18 pm
Thank you for passing the news along.  I wish Kermit many happy, healthy years reaping his rewards.  From what little I know of Kermit and his company, he will have taken as much care as possible to ensure that the Phoenix employee team and customer base are taken care of in this time of change.  Cheers
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Isle Dimensions of Non-Slide PC's on: September 01, 2017, 06:16:41 pm
I have a shorter rig than what you are considering, but if it helps, the measurement from the base of my rear dinette bench to the base of the kitchen is 30.5 inches.  Instead of a chair behind the passenger seat, I have a closet and the base of that to the bottom of the other dinette bench is 40 inches.  My unit is a non-slide and I have been very happy with the floor space allowed (and the extra storage that comes without a slide).  I am only one person and a dog, though.  Add to that equation and the conclusion on slide vs. non-slide may well change.  Good luck with your decision-making process!
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: "Gold carbon fiber dash" on: August 27, 2017, 02:52:44 pm
Hello Catsaplenty,
I can't remember how long into my travels it was but that stuff started peeling and discoloring for me, too.  Somewhere around year 2 I asked about it when at the factory for some work.  Bobby took the entire thing out and put a new one in.  No charge.  This one seems to be holding up well.  Definitely worth putting on your warranty-visit list.
8  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / 3-way water-fill valve tip on: August 15, 2017, 06:09:42 pm
Got my honey-do list done at Phoenix today.  Doug was awesome and very patient with all my questions.  One of my problems was that my water pump was cycling every few minutes, but I had no evidence of a leak.  This may have been posted elsewhere, but in case not or in case someone missed it, Doug gave me a very good tip.  Whether you operate off of your tank/water-pump when parked or hook up to city water, be sure to relieve the pressure out of your water system (by opening a faucet while the pump is off until you get a trickle or less) before you switch the 3-way water-fill valve to another position, like you do when you need to fill your water tank.  Apparently the new valve they are putting on their rigs is better than the old one, but it is still important to relieve the pressure and it will last you longer and give you less headache down the road.

As an aside, Phoenix raised their hourly labor rate to $80 recently.  Still a deal to have someone intimately familiar with your rig work on it should you be in the general neighborhood.

As a second aside, apologies to the people with the the cute gray dog when we rounded a corner after a stroll and my dog lunged for yours.  Very sorry.  Her manners stink.
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Spare tire key orientation on: July 18, 2017, 06:46:08 pm
What a timely question!
For the first time in three years of ownership, I had to access the spare tire compartment today (with great hopes in my heart that the tire was indeed in there).
Horizontal is locked.  So, yes, turn to unlock it.
Then pull the handle out and, yes, turn it lefty-loosey like a screw and it will gradually loosen the cap to the point where you can lift it off.  The trick is to keep turning until the cap is free.

10  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Keyless Door Lock on: July 09, 2017, 08:58:36 pm
When my house door acted out and locked me outside of its own accord (my keys inside), an RV repairman staying at the campground used his master key to get me back in.  What I don't understand is the second lock or security bolt, whatever they call it.  It uses the same key as the regular lock next to it.  Where is the additional security in the (apparently very common) case of someone who has a master key?  Thanks for posting the useful info.  Smile
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: May 21, 2017, 09:43:47 am
Llamas!  Wow!
Welcome.  It sounds like you have great expertise outside of the typical box.  Enjoy your preparations and we look forward to any questions and contributions!
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Utah journey on: April 30, 2017, 11:19:06 am
Snow! Wow!
As for your step, there is a bolt at the bottom of the door that you can adjust outward so that it makes more firm contact with the button thingy at the bottom of wall there.  A faster fix is to put a layer or two or so of paper towel between the two when you close the door so that the button is more firmly pressed.  A longer term fix is to have a switch installed that can totally disable that step, so that you can disable it when driving.  I'm not sure, but I think the switch simply disconnects battery power to the step (the factory installed it for me after my third visit there and constant problems with the step).
Continue to enjoy a safe journey!
13  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: electrically operated dump valve on: April 29, 2017, 02:52:29 pm
Wow, that's some bad luck.  I'm glad you are OK, though!
When I broke my macerator, the electric valves still worked.  I was wondering if I could bypass them and do everything manually, though, so I called Phoenix and spoke to Kermit.  He said it would be possible to pull those valves on the black and gray tanks manually but it would be really hard and you could possibly damage the motor in the electric valve system.  Besides, I would have to crawl way far underneath to get to one of them.  So, basically, is there any way you can at least repair the part that got damaged that affects the electric valves?  I hadn't realized it, but it is a separate device from the Sanicon system even though they occupy the same compartment.  If you can't and you absolutely have to manually dump before getting somewhere where they can fix things, then, yes, you can pull those valves out yourself if you are strong and desperate enough.
Good luck!
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2910 Right Rear Mudflap on: April 25, 2017, 07:56:05 am
 Or just don't back up onto the blocks.  Figure out where you want them, position the rig a little back from that, place the blocks, then pull onto them forwards. Cheer
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Help! Ron Dittmer or anyone on: April 22, 2017, 10:00:11 pm
Have you checked the fittings on the pipes behind the shower to make sure none have come loose?  You access them through a panel on the other side of the shower wall at the head of the bed.  You have to take off the mattress and the bed platform board to really get in there.  Underneath those pipes it is open to the corrugated material that runs under the floor so if there is a leak at that spot, the water will run into that outside storage compartment.  Good luck and let us know what you find.
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