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46  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Raising Venetian blinds on: February 18, 2011, 03:17:18 pm
Thanks, EVERYONE!  I felt there had to be an easier way than loosening the tension screws, but I just never considered that the lower bar just slides up and down on those strings.  They actually work a lot like the pleated shades in that regard. 

Thanks so very much for solving my problem.  Now I can wash those windows!   ThankYou

Glenn
47  Main Forum / General Discussion / Raising Venetian blinds on: February 18, 2011, 09:15:46 am
I feel a litte foolish posting this question as the answer would seem obvious, but I can't figure out how to raise the Venetian blinds on the entry door or the kitchen window.  There is no strings evident for doing that as is typical on such blinds - only the wand for adjusting the tilt of the blinds.  It appears it might be necessary to remove the screws in the string tension at the bottom of the blinds, but that doesn't seem realistic.  I'm trying to wash the inside of those windows. 

Try not to make me look too foolish if there is a simple answer to this.   LOL

Thanks, Glenn
48  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rear vs. side storage areas (2350 model) on: January 31, 2011, 07:01:59 pm
I like the idea of leaving the ladder folded up out of the way and less appealing for kids to try and climb.  That would make access to the rear compartment even easier than to the side compartment as there is only one key lock on the rear one. 

Thanks for all the ideas.  I'm sure I will experiment with numerous arrangements for storing things in those two compartments before I come upon one I prefer.  I may just have to wait and see if my particular rig has problems with water collecting in the side storage drawer.  My guess is that will most likely happen from road splatter as opposed to rain. 

We are under a winter storm watch here now through Wednesday PM and I am really anxious for spring to show its face.  I look forward to sharing experiences and ideas with everyone.  That reminds me; can someone explain to me why my "Helpful rating" is -1?  How are those assigned?   sad

Thanks again, Glenn.
49  Main Forum / General Discussion / Rear vs. side storage areas (2350 model) on: January 31, 2011, 01:17:35 pm
I have yet to take my Phoenix Cruiser 2350 camping as it is still winter here in Illinois, but I'm spending lots of time in it doing whatever I can to be prepared once Spring arrives.  I bought the Hickey's trade-in early this month. 

It seems more difficult to me to access the rear compartment with having to pull the ladder pins and folding it up before opening that compartment than it is to gain access to the side compartment. Has anyone moved their power cord to the side compartment for this reason?  Does the drawer that's part of that side compartment ever collect water while driving, washing the coach, etc.?  If so, it would still be ideal for storing water-proof items like the garden hose and power cord.  Enclosed plastic boxes could also be use to protect items stored there from water. 

On that same subject, I'd like to store my lawn chairs in the rear compartment as I seldom use them, buit the eye hooks mounted in the center of the bottom of that compartment prevent the chairs from setting on the bottom of the compartment.  If I remove those hooks could I replace them with short bolts and hooks to plug the holes.  What about the hooks that are designed to hold the power cord?  Can I remove them and replace fill those holes in the same manner?  I don't know that the back side of the compartment wall is accessible. 

What ideas do any of you have for the best use of these areas? 

Thanks, Glenn
50  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Questions for new 2350 on: October 01, 2010, 03:57:48 pm
Personally I would choose the swivel passenger seat because it adds extra comfortable seating to the coach when camped.  It is also less important for the passenger to be able to adjust their seat setting while in motion as there are no pedals or steering wheel to take into consideration. 

It would also seem logical to cover the vent over the living area as opposed to the shower as it would do no damage for it to rain in the shower. 

If you've read my last post you know I think you are very smart to go without the slide-out!  What are you going to do about thermapane windows?  That's one I'm still wrestling with as many people report that the seals break with all the motion of the RV and then the windows get condensation between the panes of glass.  While I'd enjoy the extra insulation and quiet I'm not sure it would be worth it. 

Good luck with your new toy! 

Glenn

51  Main Forum / General Discussion / Is a slide-out practical? on: September 29, 2010, 03:16:12 pm
Since my posted message of August 9, 2010 on "Buying New" prompted a lot of discussion on slide-outs I thought it would be interesting to see how many advantages vs. disadvantages we can list for a slide-out.  I've given it a lot of thought and know from the sales of units with slide-outs that I am in the minority, but I am definitely not sold on slide-outs.  Here are the advantages and disadvantages I can see for a slide-out to get things started.  I challenge owners of rigs with slide-outs to find more advantages for them than disadvantages. 

Advantages of a slide-out:

- Added floor space

Disadvantages of a slide-out:

- Added weight to the chassis
- Reduced cargo carrying capacity
- Smaller storage compartments associated with the slide-out
- Smaller couch/dinette in slide-out space
- Weakened structural integrity of coach wall
- Reduced R-factor for insulation
- Introduction of moisture, dirt, and insects when slid inside the rig
- Potential for water leaks
- Maintenance of mechanism and gaskets
- Expense of option

Let's all play nice now...  Smile
Glenn

52  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Buying new on: August 10, 2010, 03:06:51 pm
It appears my topic has been hijacked by whether or not a slide-out is practical.  If anyone still has a comment on my original post regarding how they chose their PC model whether by examining a motor home at the factory or by relying on the brochure and this forum I'd welcome it. 

Thanks, Glenn
53  Main Forum / General Discussion / Buying new on: August 09, 2010, 02:03:24 pm
When those of you who bought new PCs were shopping for your motor home did the factory have models available for you to see or did you base your purchase strictly on information in the brochure and this forum?  I've bee watching for a 2100 non-slide model in inventory for months now and it has never appeared.  I'm wondering if the economy has forced PC to only build rigs as they are ordered as opposed to having them on hand for immediate sale?  Another approach would be to build them to a point where options would still be available to new buyers though I guess that would be limited as cabinetry and fabric color might have to be decided too far in advance. 

I've even searched the website for pics of sold 2100 non-slide units without success.  I am finding some used PCs on the market in the model I like and may have to do some traveling to check those out I guess.



54  Main Forum / General Discussion / Changes for 2011 on: June 22, 2010, 04:09:49 am
Now that 2011 models are under construction are there any changes from last year's models?  What's new with the new Ford chassis?  Has anyone seen any pictures of the new Phoenix Cruisers yet? 
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