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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / 3 PC's at WP Franklin in FL on: January 12, 2018, 06:57:10 pm
We pulled in yesterday at the Corps of Engineers campground at a lock on the Caloosahatchee River near Ft Myers ,FL.
Today Barry and Sue arrived in their 2551  and  Fred & Joan (fandj) pulled in with their 2552.

It's a first for me to camp with two other active PC members at such a small campground.

Almost like a  FL reunion.
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Batteries on: January 11, 2018, 02:57:57 pm
In 2006, that switch was an option. However your Ford alternator should still charge your house battery.
Put a digital voltmeter on your house battery, then startup your engine, voltage should go up to 14.2 to 14.7 volts


I don't show the generator/120V power transfer switch. It is automatic as described by Jatrax.
But all the wiring I show in sketch is the same for 2006 except for Inverter & that switch.
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Batteries on: January 11, 2018, 08:20:42 am
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MOST helpful  Grin !  I have a 2006 coach without an inverter, and would like to add one.  In the later coaches that do have one, how is the output routed to the coach outlets?

See this electrical drawing which is basically the same no matter what model you have.
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Batteries on: January 08, 2018, 08:31:10 am
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@Keelhauler I think that switch is a momentary contact type on my rig.  You have to hold it in to activate the 'boost'.  I wonder if that is a change between your model year and mine?


In my first PC it was a on-off switch, but now they use momentary, and I don't know why they changed it.

I have always recommended that the switch be changed to on-off instead of momentary. These are available at auto parts stores and are identical size and pop into the opening. The electric wires have spade lugs and come off the old switch and slip right on the new switch. Less than 5 minute install time.

Now why?; When parked for a long time, I just flip on the switch when I need to, to keep Ford battery charged. I monitor both batteries voltage with my Bogart Monitor. For long term storage this switch is on for 3 months.

There are other safety systems that are in place. Normally when you turn on your ignition you will notice that your step goes in, even if override switch by the door is on. If this battery switch is on the same thing happens, the step will go in, and no power will go to your electric awning.

The answer about the surge protector is correct. If you have anything on that pulls a lot of power and you have a light weight extension cord the voltage will drop low enough that you will get no power to RV.

As a reminder to everyone whose batteries don't last, try not to let you battery voltage drop below 12.1V, 50% charge.


All my batteries are 6 years old and still work fine.
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Batteries on: January 07, 2018, 02:29:15 pm
The battery shutoff switch must remain on or the batteries will not charge. It will take a while to get fully charged at least a day or so.
You did some damage to the batteries but they can withstand a few deep discharges without killing them. Not like a car battery. If you do not want to continuously charge while stored you need to disconnect the black cable.

Note, same thing will happen to your Ford battery. There is a lot of power drain so you need to either disconnect or charge occasionally.

This is why I like my solar panels. I leave the switch to the left of steering wheel on and the solar keeps all my batteries charged all the time. You must monitor water level in all the batteries every couple of months.
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What do you consider a MUST for a Phoenix Cruiser on: December 22, 2017, 11:00:01 am
Get the slide

If you use the search engine on this message board, all of those answers are already there. Dozens of members have posted their changes and most with pictures.

We live in our 2552 from November to March. Lots of inside storage but but little outside. Everyone has different life styles and needs. So after reading about changes people made, then ask why.
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Replacing Shocks on 2017 E-450 on: December 22, 2017, 10:52:35 am
I've owned a 2551 on an E-350 and now a 2552 on a E-450 Ford chassis.
Other than alignment, they both drove fine.

Little Known fact - After you get it loaded up, Call your authorized Ford truck dealer and believe it or not, as part of their warranty, if out of specs, they will align for FREE.
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Macerator pump on: December 18, 2017, 08:45:36 am
First thing to do is to take off shield to get at screw slot. Make sure it turns both ways. Try again.
A small thing can jam and it will not make a noise. Turning usually frees it up.

It uses a circuit breaker, no fuse
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: House batteries seem to be overchargingOur on: November 10, 2017, 08:30:41 am
My Trojan batteries-6v, that came with our 2012-2552 are still going strong after 5-1/2 years. We never leave RV plugged into 110v unless we are camping or packing up to go. We have two solar panels and a monitoring system that keep the batteries charged while it is in storage for half the year. I fill the two batteries every 2 months and they take about 10 oz of distilled water each time. I never let the batteries go below 50% charge when we are traveling. I leave the switch on that allows the arrays to charge the Ford battery while in storage. That battery only requires 4 oz every 2 months.
 Cheer
We leave tomorrow for 4 months in FL, see my blog below.
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cabinet Latches on: October 19, 2017, 08:30:34 am
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OK  go on AMAZON and look up cabinet latches...I bought 20 and always have one ready when one craps out

But make sure they are Southco latches. Not Brdsupply trash.
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cabinet Latches on: October 15, 2017, 05:04:49 pm
Yes they all break. You can ask for replacements free from Carol in parts. But my opinion, not hers, is that the ones marked brdsupply suck and all break.

I buy southco latches, who brd copied from. They are more expensive, shop around, but do not break.
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PHOENIX USA, INC. sold to new owner / operators on: October 14, 2017, 10:25:02 am
I have been a proud owner of a 2006 -2551 and a 2012-2552 PC. I love that your staff is so dedicated and helps in anyway they can. I especially like the parts service from Carol and the complete understanding of every part of the coach and help by Bob. The fact that your  PC can be customized is the biggest plus, I hope that remains the same.
I have been so impressed by your company that I convinced several others to also purchase a PC.
Keep up the good work.
I am always here to answer questions about the many aspects of understanding and maintaining a PC.
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC Weight Label on: October 09, 2017, 08:14:41 am
Most scales only do front & back. I hope to find one to do all 4.
Those are axel ratings not tire ratings. You put more air pressure into the tires, tire load vs air pressure charts are available on line.
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2017 2910T - Awning Problem/Question on: September 21, 2017, 09:06:40 pm
It's not too late. The awning is about the last thing they install.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2017 2910T - Awning Problem/Question on: September 21, 2017, 05:01:49 pm
So these arms interfere with your proposed kitchen?

This is a really nice awning and automatically dumps the water. I would not get the wind sensor. Just tie it down or close it.
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