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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: January 12, 2017, 02:49:04 pm
Hi & Welcome, CKK,
I full-time solo (with dog and without toad) in my 2351, bought new in mid-2014.  Rather than leave a long reply in the forum addressing some of your questions and points, feel free to message me via the forum and we can either talk via email or phone, whichever you are more comfortable with.
 Grin
Carol
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The Two Waste Tank Electric Valve Actuators, Can They Be Serviced? on: January 09, 2017, 08:14:08 pm
Thanks for that tip, Donc13!
Like Ron's situation, my macerator valves had become stubborn about closing all the way for a couple of months this past fall (light would not stop blinking).
Since you made your suggestion, I have used the coconut oil every 2nd or 3rd dump and the situation is much improved.
Thanks!
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What does your Phoenix weigh? on: December 26, 2016, 03:31:25 pm
Hi Ron,
Thanks for reassurance from an expert!
Our rigs are almost the same, as that extra foot on mine is simply taken up by a closet/pantry, one each side, both close to the rear axle.  I notice our weights are pretty close, too, with mine slightly heavier on both axles.
Since you have an axle weight, not corner weights, I'd just caution you to perhaps take care how much you load into that right rear storage compartment, especially if you travel with full water.  I think that's the weak point on our models when it comes to weight distribution in the design.
Happy trails, and safe miles!
Carol
P.S. After upping my rear tires to 72psi today and going for a drive, I could tell it felt better.  Great ride and, if anything, it took the bumps better than before!
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What does your Phoenix weigh? on: December 26, 2016, 09:52:43 am
Sure, John.  Grin

The inflation/pressure table for my tire and weight suggests a minimum of 45 psi on the front and 65 on the rear tires.  (Thanks for posting that, Keelhauler!)

I know my front end is well under max load rating, but 45 psi seems insanely low to me.  After talking to the weigh master in Texas where I just got weighed, she confirmed 65 (which is what I've been putting in there) isn't going to do any harm other than make for a rougher ride on bumps and stuff.  I've had no problems with the fronts at 65 in the nearly two years since the first weigh in and I don't find the ride to be uncomfortably bumpy or rough.  But then, I have nothing to compare to as this is my first RV.

I have been running with 65 on the rear tires since the first weigh-in but after talking to the weigh master this time I've decided to up them to 72.  My rear is close to max and the one side is at max.  72 would give me a 10 percent cushion above the minimum recommended.  (According to the tire sidewalls, I can go up to a max of 80 psi.)

One reason I like that cushion is because of the variation in these tires' pressures at different "cold" temps.  If I were to run at the bare minimum recommended, then on a particularly cold morning I would actually have to add air to my tires to get them up to the minimum pressure.  This way, they will still meet that minimum even on a frigid cold morning.

My reasoning and my conclusions may well be flawed in some way.  If anyone notices something not right there, don't be shy and please speak up.  It's only taken two and a half years for some of this stuff to start to make a semblance of sense to me!
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What does your Phoenix weigh? on: December 24, 2016, 10:57:33 am
I just happened to weigh my 2015 2351 (no slide, no toad, E-350 chassis) the other day at an Escapees SmartWeigh scale where they do each of the four corners.  Like you, I had the FW, Lp, and gas tanks full and the waste tanks empty.  Here are my numbers.

Front passenger:  1800
Front driver:  1725
Rear passenger:  4275
Rear driver:  4050
Grand total:  11,850 (comfortably under the total GVWR of 12,500, with each axle also under their maximum weight rating of 5,000 front and 8,500 rear)

Nice thing about weighing all four corners, if you can, is you can get a good picture of the side-to-side ratio as well.  My sides are within 300 pounds of each other, which the weigh master said was within safe margins.

I can also see that my passenger rear corner is at the max (if you divide the axle rating in half), which is good to keep in mind as I pack and repack.  It also gives me the weight to use when checking the tire inflation charts for all the tires on that axle.
6  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Olando bound on: December 17, 2016, 10:04:19 pm
Thanks for the reports, Cat House, and a Merry Christmas to you and yours.  Smile
7  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Shake down tour on: December 13, 2016, 10:48:02 pm
Hi Garmp,

Here are three state parks in Illinois that I've liked a lot.  All three are super reasonably priced, have lots of trees, and nice areas/paths to walk.  None have sewer hookups but all have a dump station.  Be sure to call ahead to make sure wherever you choose to go is open, especially if you go as early as March.

Kickapoo SRA (off of I-74 near border with Indiana):  Two years ago it was just $20 per night for electric hookup.  My notes say (I have no actual memory remaining of it--thank goodness for notes) that it had great sites, great walks, and that the signals for the TV antenna and Verizon were good.

Wolf Creek State Park (about half way down the state and a bit to the west of I-57):  Also just $20 per night (electric and I think water, too).  Big sites, big park, lots of nice walking.  The campground isn't right on the lake but it's an easy drive if you have your toad with you.  (Later edit--I just realized you'll have a 2100 and it will be easy enough to bop around in that without a toad!)  TV and Verizon pretty good.  (Side note:  I've never stayed there, but on the other side of the lake from Wolf Creek State Park is Eagle Creek SRA.  It also has a campground.  It's part of the same system, so I presume it would be similar to Wolf Creek.)

Ferne Clyffe State Park in southern Illinois off of I-57 just after the I-24 split:  Again, $20 per night for electric and water hookup.  Sites are a little small but overall it's a very charming, sweet park.  Lots of nice walking trails.  TV and Verizon signals good.  There are actually quite a few National Park, State Park and Rec & Wildlife Areas on the southern tip of Illinois.  Some day I'd like to do more exploring there.

Be sure to report back on any gems you find when you get out there.  Meanwhile, have fun planning.  You are in a great part of the country, surrounded by lots of great camping choices!
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Steer SafeH on: November 16, 2016, 07:04:00 pm
Just wanted to throw my two cents in to balance the list a little bit.  My 2351 on the E350 with a 170" wheel base handles like a dream (no modifications).  My FW tank is under the bed against the rear wall and I travel with it full or close to full (waste tanks empty).  I did get a slight drag one time (no damage) when exiting a gas station over a dip to the road.  Since then I've been more careful and have had no more scrapes.
9  Main Forum / Photos / Re: 2016 2910 single slide on: November 07, 2016, 10:13:25 pm
Beautiful, and so nicely decorated!
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: November 04, 2016, 08:27:21 am
Welcome, Swiftboot.  And don't be shy with your questions.  Smile
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Summer trip on: October 25, 2016, 04:36:40 pm
Welcome back, Dave, and I am happy to hear things went so well.  It sounds like you visited some lovely spots and had a very relaxing time.
Nice to see you mention the Escapees SmartWeigh scales in Bushnell, FL.  I weighed my rig there my first winter and was happy I did.  My rear axle was close to max load and I had pounds to spare up front, so it was good to know how to repack and shift weight as much as possible towards the front.  I also measured 10 feet 3 inches in height, which was good to know (I think PC advertises most of their rigs coming in at 10 feet or slightly under).  Escapees has another SmartWeigh station at their park in Livingston, TX.  I highly recommend using this (or someone else's) service for anyone in an RV.  Like you point out, Dave, it affects how much air you should put in your tires and can alert one to points of possible overload.  Again, thanks!
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Seeking Recommendations For A Compact Inside 110V Heater on: October 17, 2016, 08:45:59 am
Love my oil filled heater.  I store it between the driver's seat and the back of the front dinette seat.  If you drive with the driver's seat all the way back, though, it wouldn't fit.  You probably need at least 5 to 5 1/2 inches at the top of the heater between the two seats (the heater stands 25 inches high on its wheels).
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Kitchen Mirror on: October 17, 2016, 08:40:16 am
Love the mirror.  Agree with Mike about it adding a little bit visually to a sense of roominess (every little bit helps!) and also the fire hazard danger of hanging things over the stove.
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Factory Tour & Finalizing Option Choices on: October 12, 2016, 12:39:22 pm
Hi Dan,

I posted pictures of my 2351 non-slide in the photos section back in July 2014.  The topic subject line is actually 2450 non-slide because Phoenix wasn't sure yet exactly what they were going to call the model (which is simply one foot longer than the 2350).

The first two photos show its full-body paint job with a simple wave on the bottom and no decals.  I agree with other posters that the full-body paint is well worth it (ease of care, durability, etc.)

I also agree with those who opt to keep the ladder.  Makes keeping things up there clean and checking for condition of seals way easier.  Imagine if you hit a low branch (or one fell on your roof) and you wanted to go up to inspect for damage--so much easier with your own, built-in ladder.

Good luck with your planning!

Carol
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Hurricane Matthew on: October 06, 2016, 09:33:06 pm
Gail, You and your family are on the top of my prayers.  Please let us know how you fare once things settle down.
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