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16  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. 
17  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   
18  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Weather Radio on: October 14, 2012, 10:58:01 am
I just thought I'd add my recent experience with weather warnings.  I bought a hand-held unit from Amazon for such purposes, but quickly discovered that leaving it in standby mode depleted the batteries in a matter of days.  By coincidence I recently bought a new flip phone (on Verizon) that I found has a built-in alert system for weather warnings.  It buzzes quite loudly and vibrates when a warming in my area is issued.  The genius of this system is that it automatically adjusts to wherever I am located unlike some weather alert devices that require a manual change in the geographic area in which you find yourself.  Now, I use the cell phone as my alert and I turn on my hand-held device to listen to the actual recorded message as my phone only provides a brief written message with that detail.  
19  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2350 or ? What did you choose and why? on: July 29, 2012, 12:52:06 pm
In response to your questions about a non-slide model, I have a 2010 2350 floor plan with the dinette.  I can't speak for the comfort of the couch, but my guests have loved sleeping on the dinette when made into a bed.  I'd think the only concern might be bed length, but that would also apply to the sofa.  Not having a slide does offer more space for both of those options. 

My biggest reason for not wanting a slide-out was the extra weight they require.  I feel much more comfortable knowing I can easily keep my GVWR below the rig's limits.  Balancing the weight of the coach can also be more of a challenge with a slide-out.  There is an added cost to that option.  Extended warranties always cost more for motor homes with slide-outs so that speaks to their maintenance costs and potential rate of failure.  There is less storage space in a rig with a slide-out.  It is more difficult to heat/cool a slide-out model because it is not as well insulated.  The structural integrity of the coach is compromised.  The coach is more impervioius to bugs and dirt. 

The only real advantages to having a slide-out from my perspective are the slightly increased floor space and the resale value since the trend is to have as many slide-outs as possible included in the floor plan.

Please don't view my observatinos as criticisms for those owners who have slide-outs.  We all have our priorities.   ThumbsUp

Glenn Canavan
20  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Emergency Road service on: July 15, 2011, 01:02:38 pm
Ron,

What "cheap" air compressor do you use?  Is it 120 volt or 12 volt?  Does it handle air pressures adequate for PC tires? 

Thanks.
21  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Running light bulb replacement on: June 22, 2011, 08:02:32 pm
Well, for the last several days that running light that was "out" has been lighting up on demand.  I'm hesitant to go to all the trouble of setting up that scaffolding now to check it and I've found that I can actually reach the plastic lense cover with ONE hand by standing inside the open cab door, but I can't figure how the lense cover is removed.  Were I able to use two hands I'd probably discover that, but can anyone tell me just where to press and to pull in case I can remove it with one hand?  I've read that those covers sometimes don't want to stay on once removed.  Has anyone had that experience? 

And I thought I had solved this problem...Still, were all my problems as simple as this one I'd be quite happy.   Grin
22  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Running light bulb replacement on: June 16, 2011, 01:46:32 pm
Thanks for lots of good ideas everyone.  I've decided to try setting up the two ladders with the board across them and THEN pulling the PC up under that scaffolding setup to avoid dropping the 2 X 12 on the hood.  Once finished changing the bulb I can back the PC out and take down the board and ladders. 

Wish me luck!
23  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Running light bulb replacement on: June 16, 2011, 01:41:55 am
I'm pretty much on my own so the idea of someone holding my feet while I lay on the roof is out and that's the same reason I have hesitated to try laying a board across two ladders as I'd likely drop it on the hood trying to get it in position. 

I do weigh less than 200 pounds so maybe I can stand on the louvers just below the windshield.  Has anyone else done that? 

Thanks for the ideas.  All are appreciated.
24  Main Forum / General Discussion / Running light bulb replacement on: June 15, 2011, 01:40:09 pm
Does anyone have a neat trick for reaching the lense cover on the overhead running lights to replace a burned-out bulb short of building a scaffolding?  I thought about laying on my stomach and stretching down to it from the roof, but I'm afraid I'd slide off onto the hood of the vehicle.  I'm sure there has to be an easier way to accomplish this than I have thought of.  Of course I could always take it to a shop and maybe that's the simplest solution. 

I'm sure one of you has solved this problem already and is eager to share. 

Thanks, Glenn
25  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dump Tanks on: May 13, 2011, 03:44:00 pm
I have a different model PC, but on my 2010 2350 the monitor is black for Tank 1 and gray for Tank 2.  Maybe it's standard on all models.  If you're tanks are full you could start dumping the black tank as labeled on the macerator pump and then go inside and see whick tank on the monitor is getting lower. 

Hope this helps.
26  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Coming Soon! on: May 11, 2011, 07:23:06 pm
Congratulations on your new PC!  Being able to make so many custom changes to a new motorhome is really a treat and the folks at the factory are great when it comes to that.  Having this forum to share all our ideas really comes in handy when it comes time to buy our next model. 

Happy camping!
27  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Shower head replacement on: May 09, 2011, 01:45:06 am
Thanks, everyone.  You've been a great help - as always
28  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Shower head replacement on: May 08, 2011, 03:39:37 pm
Mike,

Thanks for the information on the replacement shower head.  I've checked Camping World's webpage and could not find much selection for shower heads.  I used "handheld shower head" for my search.  Is there something else I should use to find what I want and what you described? 

Glenn

29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Shower head replacement on: May 08, 2011, 03:05:25 am
My PC was winterized at the factory prior to my purchase, but when I de-winterized it pink stuff did flow from the shower head that is cracked. 

Glenn
30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Shower head replacement on: May 07, 2011, 09:56:06 pm
When I de-winterized my PC a week ago I discovered water spraying from the base of the shower head in the indoor shower.  At first I thought it was caused by a loose connection so I added plumber's tape to the joint, but the spray continued.  When I looked closer I saw about a 1" crack in the base of the shower head. 

Since this is my first time to use the shower in my used 2010 PC I don't know if it is original equipment or not.  My question to the forum is "What do you recommend for a replacement shower head?"  I was told today by a clerk at Ace Hardware that RV shower heads have the same 1/2" standard threaded connections as those in homes, but in looking on-line at Menard's, Home Depot, Lowe's, Walmart, Camping World, and Bed, Bath & Beyond I have not found one hand-held shower head with the shut-off on the head that all RV shower heads seem to have.  Mine is chrome with a chrome-wrapped hose.  Is that what came on your PC's? 

Thanks for any help you can offer.

Glenn
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