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121  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Batteries on: February 19, 2012, 02:44:31 pm
We leave our 12v on all the time, even when on shore power.  Were now over five years in a PC (on our second one) and never had problems.  The reason I like to leave it on is because its not unusual for the shore power to go off for a while.  Usually during a storm but sometimes for no obvious reason.  If that happens, everything still works if the 12v is on full time.  We dont use shore power when stored not available.
122  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Window Awnings vs. Sun Screens on: February 16, 2012, 01:39:33 pm
I can understand viewing the shades as fancy, but I think after having them, most folks would use the word practical.  Sure is for us being parked for a week up to weeks at a time.  nod
123  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Window Awnings vs. Sun Screens on: February 11, 2012, 04:40:29 pm
We also love these shades.  Our shades are pictured on the company website: http://www.phoenixusarv.com/announcements.html.  One great feature is the ability to roll down the two front side windows allowing a breeze through with the side shades on.  And with the front shade on, the cab stays cools on most days.  Wink
124  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Advice regarding purchasing a PC. We are new to the PC and B+ World on: February 04, 2012, 02:13:46 pm
According to the video (http://www.rvprobes.com/howitworks.html) on the replacement probes, its not the paper on the probes but scum on the walls that transmits the electrical charge that fools the sensors.  The ice cube trick seems to be a temporary fix.  I read one story on installing them: the standard sensors are held in place by a rubber grommet that expands inside when the screws are tightened and will come out with gentle prying as opposed to pushing them on into the tank...???  Or just leave them in place and drill new holes.
125  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Advice regarding purchasing a PC. We are new to the PC and B+ World on: February 04, 2012, 07:05:08 am
The light over the sink was factory installed and the light switch is over the tank heater switch (same switch but unmarked).   Its 12v.  We love it, best of mods we made.  Yes, the white tube is for a standard sewer hose.  Were in Florida (http://www.rockcrushercanyon.com), been here two months and will be here another month.  The standard sewer hose works great for this type of camping.  I dont leave the drain open though.   The 3100 has a larger gray tank than other models (50 gal.).  Just open the black tank when full, then the gray tank to rinse.  Much faster than the pump, less noise, and less wear on the pump.  But thinking about replacing the sensors on the black tank they show full all the time.
126  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ft Myers Show on: January 26, 2012, 10:50:49 am
Was looking at this story in the local Ft. Myers paper online:

http://www.news-press.com/article/20120120/BUSINESS/301200034/RV-dealers-buyers-see-signs-recovery

Saw a PC in slide 7 of 21.  Couldn't see Stewart though...
127  Main Forum / General Discussion / Shoes... on: January 16, 2012, 12:38:25 pm
We always had a mess with shoes in the closet.  Bought a 31 ClosetMaid Horizontal Laminate Closet Organizer and works great.  Heres a link: http://www.amazon.com/ClosetMaid-899500-Horizontal-Laminate-Organizer/dp/B001M2D9D0/ref=sr_1_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1326731356&sr=1-1

Available from Amazon in cherry for $24.99 plus unreasonable shipping.  If you dont have to have cherry, I bought mine at Target in espresso color for $12.99 (no shipping).

Note the TP holder.  Matching towel holder on the back of the door.
128  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Advice regarding purchasing a PC. We are new to the PC and B+ World on: January 16, 2012, 10:23:01 am
We went from a 2900 (no longer made) to a 3100.  The problem with the rear slide is limited access to closets when the slide is in and, of course, you cant use the bed with the slide in.  The same would be true for the 2910.  In the 3100, you can camp and have full access to everything with the slide in.  And the bed is longer.  Also, there is a lot more overall storage space in the 3100.  And the 3100 has a longer wheel base (rides better) while only 10 longer and without the extra weight and possible mechanical problems of two more slides.  One bonus is the outside storage compartment on the drivers side under the slide, which is not on any other model.  I use it for electric cords, water hoses, and the associated accessories.  Easy to get to when hooking up.  I removed all the hardware from the rear storage and use it to store chairs.  And a huge advantage for us is the permanent dinette.  That, along with also having a sofa and a spot for a recliner, works really well for us (when watching TV, Im in the recliner and shes asleep on the sofa  nod).

Some other changes we made: the best was no carpet, but think thats standard now.  Next best was a light over the vanity which I think should be standard on all models.  Its the only light we use the bathroom.  Really great for shaving and makeup; more light yet softer.  The light has a wall switch just above the tank heater switch highly, highly recommended.  We added an external holder for a standard sewer hose.  The Sani-Con system is good, but we often stay for weeks at a time, so a standard hose works best then.  Also, we added a countertop covering for the wood shelf next to the sink.  The wood shelf is not practical for doing dishes and for hot dishes.  We added small shelves above the beds to hold reading glasses, TV remote, etc. dont know what wed do without those shelves.  We had reading lights installed above the sofa and beds (visible in the pic).  We have the usual extra options: bedroom TV, backup monitor, surround sound, leveling jacks and dual pane windows (for both weather and sound insulation) all recommended.  Also had a CB antenna installed during construction.  Dont have the automatic satellite dish dont have satellite at home.

For the sofa, the current models come with the newer double reclining seats that also make a bed.  But I wouldnt change our setup for anything.  Our sofa folds out and uses an Aerobed for the mattress.  I have seen some folks grumble about the Aerobed, but weve never had a problem with it.  The huge plus for our sofa is the full a width/depth drawer under the sofa that holds a ton of stuff and easy access.  Really great.

As for a tow vehicle, I would recommend a small SUV (we tow a Chevy HRR and love it). They will hold a grill and lots of stuff that theres not room for in the PC.
129  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Door Mat on: January 10, 2012, 02:58:42 pm
Billy, what are those called?  I looked on the Lowe's website - "screen decals".  Lowe's had no clue...   My wife can't seem to figure out when the screen door is open and when it's closed.  Crying over spilled wine.  Cry
130  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Window Awnings vs. Sun Screens on: January 08, 2012, 12:58:28 pm
One more really great thing about the Magna Shades, you can roll down the driver and passenger side windows.  It lets a breeze though and keeps the sun out, helping keep the cab cool always a problem in the sun.
131  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Window Awnings vs. Sun Screens on: January 08, 2012, 09:32:47 am
We bought the Magna Shades from the factory when we bought out 3100 December 2010 very pleased with them http://www.phoenixusarv.com/community/index.php/topic,427.0.html   They work great in a campground.  Got tired of replacing the white vinyl wrap-around covers.  They started looking bad after a year, caused paint chipping during high winds one time (flopping magnets), and could not stand them at a campground like to look out when inside.  For storage, I use the side Magna Shades on the inside, works well, and a HEATSHIELD Windshield Custom-fit Sunshade in the windshield: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002L6KQK/ref=oh_o04_s00_i00_details.  Very envious of those folks with inside storage.
132  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Toads or tow vehicles? What brand do you use? on: January 05, 2012, 08:21:38 am
We tow a Chevy HHR and love it.  Tows great four-wheels-down and automatic.  With rear seats folded down, we can pile the back full of stuff that wont fit in the PC (grill, etc.) and the five dark rear windows hide it all.  Blue Ox tow bar.  You sit upright like an SUV.  The wife says it's her favorite car ever.
133  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 30 Amp vs. 50 Amp hookups on: January 04, 2012, 09:24:03 am
Billy, sounds like that could be a good idea. Let us know how that works out/how you did it.
134  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 30 Amp vs. 50 Amp hookups on: January 03, 2012, 05:03:35 pm
So Bob, if both a 30 Amp and 50 Amp are available, it's safer to use the 30 Amp outlet rather than the 50 Amp with an adapter?
135  Main Forum / General Discussion / 30 Amp vs. 50 Amp hookups on: January 03, 2012, 10:04:57 am
We are spending two months in Florida.  One month each at Williston Crossings RV Resort, http://willistoncrossingrv.com/, and Rock Crusher RV Park http://www.rockcrushercanyon.com/ (just found out they both happen to be on the just released 100+ Top Rated Good Sam Parks, http://www.goodsamclub.com/travel/topparks.aspx).  Anyway, the daytime temperatures at both have been in mid 60s to upper 70s, but have had a couple of nights with lows in the upper 20s at both and have used two electric heaters at both along with the tank heaters.  At Williston Crossings, the plug-in voltmeter dropped to 108v with both heaters running and tripped a breaker once.  But at Rock Crusher, the voltmeter stays just about on 120v.

One difference in the parks: strangely Rock Crusher offers only 20 Amp and 50 Amp connections, so a 50 Amp to 30 Amp adapter is required.  So was wondering, does plugging into 50 Amps with an adapter furnish a better level of power than plugging directly into 30 Amps?  Or is it a difference in the parks?  I always assumed it wouldnt make any difference, but I dont know that much about electricity.  Wish Id tried that adapter at the first park but it never occurred to me.
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