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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Conserving electricity on: February 08, 2015, 11:20:17 am
All seems well now.  The fully charged 6-volt batteries are showing 12.9 volts.  I'm just surprised it took so long to get them to that point.  Interstate told me they were fully charged when installed, but I have my doubts. 

Thanks for all the help, guys!
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Conserving electricity on: February 05, 2015, 12:59:42 pm
Just three days ago I replaced my pair of 6-volt Interstate house batteries with comparable new Interstate 6-volt batteries.  After being plugged in and camped since then when I unplugged today to test my new batteries they showed a charge of 11.9 volts.  Are you saying they were already more than 50% depleted (12.1 volts)?  Does that mean my new batteries are defective? 
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Conserving electricity on: February 05, 2015, 12:20:05 pm
For you electrical engineers out there I am wondering if there is a difference in electrical consumption between regular power hookups and using coach batteries until they are depleted to "safe" levels and then recharging those batteris via that power hookup?  Is it a case of having a set supply of electrical power and using it at the same level no matter how that supply is depleted or could there actually be a savings by using the batteries?
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rooftop cable anchors on: January 29, 2015, 09:21:49 pm
By "temporary" installation I meant the motor home would not be driven while the antenna and cable were deployed.  There would be no flapping in the wind as I'd be parked.  The only parts that would be "permanently" installed would be the booster and interior antenna. 

5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rooftop cable anchors on: January 28, 2015, 07:56:04 pm
I am beginning to think the best route may be to NOT mount the antenna permanently.  I can glue the metal plate from a junction box to the roof and walk the magnetic mount antenna up there when needed, but just leave the cable loose for temporary use.  This will mean another step in my setup and break down for camp, but I'm hoping it won't be necessary in locations other than those I plan to use in the state parks of New Mexico.  If this doesn't work I will still have the option to install the antenna and route the cable permanently. 

Thanks for the suggestions,
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Rooftop cable anchors on: January 27, 2015, 05:10:09 pm
What do you use to anchor cables to the fiberglass body?  I'm thinking of adding a magnetic mount antenna to the top of my Phoenix Cruiser via an electrical box panel glued to the roof, but don't know the best way to secure the cable from the antenna to the cab door for entry to the motor home.  Has anyone had experience doing this?

7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Interior light covers on: January 11, 2015, 06:09:19 pm
Thank you for sharing that with me.  I was afraid of breaking the plastic cover, but knowing it worked for you gives me the confidence to try it.  76 people read my comment and you were the only one to make a reply.  Thank you, again.
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Interior light covers on: January 10, 2015, 05:37:54 pm
I suspect the fluorescent tubes in the light over my bed (model 2350) are burned out, but I can't figure out how to remove the plastic cover to save me.  With previous discussion on changing those to LED's I'm sure many of you have dealt with this.  Can someone tell me what I'm missing in removing those covers?  Thanks. 
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Full-timers on: September 14, 2013, 03:13:25 am
Google "Products" offers something they call "Sites" that is an easy-to-use web page that might work for you.  It allows you to restrict it to whomever you want or leave it wide open for all to read.  It will accommodate pictures as well.  I've toyed around with it in the event I want to ever use it to keep in touch with family and friends while traveling about.  It is a free service. 
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Full-timers on: September 13, 2013, 08:44:00 pm
Sorry if I led you to believe that I am currently a full-timer.  I did live in a 29' Winnebago Brave for 4.5 years in the Denver area, but that was over 12 years ago.  I bought my 2010 Phoenix Cruiser in January, 2011 in anticipation of full-timing again, but circumstances have delayed that choice. 

I wish you boundless luck in your new-found adventure John and Holly.  Have you considered posting a blog of your experience?  Maybe it's a bit premature to consider that just now. 
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Full-timers on: September 13, 2013, 07:53:29 pm
I enjoy following several full-time rvers in other Class B/B+ motor homes and would really enjoy doing that with someone who full-times in a Phoenix Cruiser.  Any such creatures out there? 
12  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: BIKE PROJECT FOR YOUR CRUISER on: June 16, 2013, 10:32:46 am
Your post on bike storage under the dinette came at a very timely point for me as I was in the midst of trying to decide the best way to carry a bike on or in my PC2350.  I had looked at folding bikes, but wasn't anywhere to be able to test one first hand.  Finally I decided to order a Verso 20" folding bike from Walmart with free site-to-store shipping.  Knowing Walmart's easy return policy and their extended warranty (even covers "normal wear and tear" at $28 for three years) convinced me to give it a try.  This particular bike comes in white or blue and while the manufacturer lists them at $469 retail, Walmart's price is only $249!  That low price actually scared me a bit as I know folding bikes need to be made well to endure the stress put on their hinges.  It rained here the first three days after I picked up my bike, but once I got to test ride it and fine tune the seat and handle bar adjustments I fell in love with this bike. 

I've not found a cover for the bike just yet so I'm using a sheet blanket to protect it and the RV interior when stored under the dinette, but the fit is great and traveling by myself means my space on the opposite side of the dinette is unrestricted.  Two people could easily sit side-by-side and not be cramped by the bike.  Thanks greatly for your post, Sparky!

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13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Facebook on: February 03, 2013, 01:19:47 pm
I'm not a fan of Facebook, but I'd definitely follow you on Twitter. 
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Winter storage without winterizing on: December 12, 2012, 03:13:53 pm
Thanks for all your suggestions.  I don't have a heated garage (at least large enough to accommodate a motorhome) so that isn't an option (at least not at home). 

I was able to reach Kermit in Elkhart this morning and I now feel confident that using a space heater set at 55 degres inside the PC would serve to keep the interior water pipes from freezing.  The most important thing would be to drain the water heater after each camp-out or to leave it heated since I would have power to the RV.  I'd opt not to fill the fresh water tank and connect to the city water inlet when camping instead.  That would also eliminate using the water pump.  I could also leave the furnace thermostat set at 45 degrees as a backup in case the heater malfunctioned.  Kermit said leaving the furnace set on 45 degrees by itself would also be an option with electrical power to run the fan.  He estimated I could go at least three weeks on a tank of propane in most winter weather conditions in central Illinois. 

So, I think I have the facts I need to decide whether or not to bring the Phoenix Cruiser home from the storage garage year around.  The $75/month that would save me would go a long way toward the added electrical and propane expenses. 

Hopefully this information will be useful to another PC owner. 
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Winter storage without winterizing on: November 30, 2012, 03:41:52 am
I've been winterizing my 2350 Phoenix Cruiser every fall to prevent breakage of water pipes, but I'm wondering if anyone has managed to accomplish that feat by using an electric heater inside the PC?  I'm thinking I might need the furnace to force warm air to the holding tanks (fresh water and waste tanks) to keep them from freezing.  I'd love to be able to use my motorhome periodically during the winter without having to winterize and de-winterize each time. 

Another option might be to only use city water hookups to avoid filling the fresh water tank as I think the water lines would be safe with the electric heater.  I could also add some antifreeze to the waste tanks after each dump to protect them as well as the macerator pump.  Then, there are the electric holding tank heaters, but it might be a stretch to rely on them for the entire winter and I'm wondering how much that would add to the electric bill. 

I'm betting someone on this forum has experimented with this and can advise me as to how to best proceed.  Thanks in advance guys!   ThankYou   
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