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1006  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Macerator Hose on: August 04, 2010, 09:28:28 am
I had it slip off the first time I used it. Good thing it was the gray water. I used silcone sealer on it. So far it is holding. Next time I will use the clamp also.
1007  Main Forum / General Discussion / I reduced my overall width. on: August 02, 2010, 09:16:41 am
I have reduced my Phoenix Cruisers overall width by nine inches. Yes, I said nine inches. I have the 2350 on a Ford E450 chassis.  It sure makes driving in traffic and on narrow country roads a lot more fun. So you ask how I could take a motorhome that is advertized at being 93 inches wide and reduce it by 9 inches. Well let me first say that it was not really 93 inches wide. When one measures the body, it is 93 inches, but then you have to add on all the things that stick out from the body, like awning arms and the biggie is the lighted door handle. Then it becomes 96 inches wide. Oh, I forgot about the outside mirrors that stick out farther yet. With the standard mirrors that Phoenix is currently using they give you an overall width of 118 inches. The standard mirrors are made by Remco and are for a class C motorhomes that are 96 to 102 inches wide.
 
When I ordered my PC and went to the factory for a tour, I noticed that the mirrors stood out far beyond what was needed. I asked about smaller mirrors, but was told that the current mirrors were the only ones available. After picking up the PC and driving it home, I began to research different mirrors to replace the ones that came on the PC.  I checked with Ford, several online auto parts dealers and did not like the mirrors as well as the Remco mirrors. So I called Remco to ask about how I might take them apart and cut a section of the arms out. I got a nice young lady, who told me they use a special press to mount the arms onto the ends. So it was beginning to look like I was out of luck and would have to live with what I had. Then she asked me to wait a minute. When she came back she said that the do make an arm that is half the length of the standard arm for the narrow motorhomes. They are 4 inches instead of the 9 inches. GREAT, how do I get them? I would have to send them my mirrors and they would remove the old arms and put on the new arms. Wait, my PC has full body paint. I would also need to send them to be painted. This whole time my new PC would be sitting without mirrors and would not be drivable. Things are not looking good.
 
On June 30, 2010 I called Phoenix and talked to the lady who is responsible for their procurement dept and the parts dept. Carol is one nice lady. Can you imagine how many parts go into each of our motorhomes and how many parts are needed to construct them? Getting all these things is the job of the procurement dept, Carol. I told her what I was trying to do about the mirrors. She said to let her check into it. When she got back to me, she said she would take care of everything and ship the new painted mirrors to me. To top it off, they are cheaper than what Fords wants for their mirrors. Carol when beyond the extra mile in getting this done. The first set of mirrors that came in had the standard arms and had to be sent back. Then she sent them to be painted and they came back with a scratch on one mirror and had to be repainted. Then she went to Bobby, the shop foreman and I believe her husband, and asked him to show her what has to be done to remove the old mirrors and install the new mirrors. She wrote up a step-by-step instruction for me to follow. I never would have figured out how to remove the door panel to get to the bottom nut on the mirror without her instructions. Thank you both Carol and Bobby, you two really know how to treat a customer both during and after the sale.
 
Last week I installed the new mirrors. This past weekend we went on a small trip that took us on interstate 70, thru rush hour traffic jams, country roads and across a narrow bridge. I love the new narrower width.  The only down side is that with the old mirrors I was able to see the rear tires meeting the road, but now I cant. I can still see the lines on the road next to the tires in the fisheye mirrors, so I am happy. Between those four mirrors and the backup camera, I felt I could see everything and at times they reminded me of all the mirrors on a cement truck.
 
If you are ordering a new PC, you might want to consider asking for the short arms on the mirrors. Carol told me that there is a PC on the line where the owner is getting the short arms and that Kermit is looking into these mirrors also.
 
Again and I cannot say it enough times, Thank you Carol for all your work in getting me these mirrors.
1008  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Phoenix Cruiser in Phoenix, Arizona on: July 29, 2010, 07:33:10 am
HelenJames what is your point? You have posted 5 times and they all say the same thing. What are you trying to do?
1009  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: PA RV show on: July 10, 2010, 08:42:58 am
I don't know if Phoenix will be at the show or not. They are close this week for vacation and will be opening back up on Monday.
BTY, several years ago the show moved from Harrisburg to Hershey. It made my drive a little farther to get there.  nod
1010  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Surge Protection on: July 07, 2010, 08:32:52 am
    I also use a portable surge protector. I had a 50 amp protector in my last motorhome that I kept when I traded it in. A friend had a 30 amp that he bought before getting his new 50 amp 5th wheel. Since I wanted the smaller, lighter 30 amp and he could use the 50 amp, we traded protectors. Now both of us have the correct protector for our rigs. I found that at some campgrounds I don't feel I need the protector, but at other older campgrounds or the weather is bad, I will hook it up. I guess I should hook it up all the time, but I get lazy sometimes. On the last motorhome with the 50 amp, I found it did cut off several times because of low power. Low power occurs when to many rigs are plugged into the circuit and running to many a/c units. This is more of a problem at older campgrounds that did not install the required electrical circuits for todays load. Low power will cause your a/c compressor and your ciricut boards to burn up. A surge protector is cheap insurance compared to replacing an a/c, microwave or frig.
1011  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Four Months Living in a 2400 on: June 30, 2010, 07:32:16 am
Thank you.
 
    We will be coming from Red Lodge going to Gardiner. Hopefully the construction will be done by the time we get there the last week in August. If I understand it, we will be going up the switch backs. I have heard is the hardest part to drive.

    I do understand how to drive in the mountains. I have driven in the Rockys many times. They can make most people feel like "flatlanders" in a hurry.  Grin The Mountains in WV, PA, SC, NC and western MD have some real steep hills that can smoke the brakes in a big way, but they are not as long as in the rockys. We will be taking the PC from Baltimore to Cass, WV this weekend, so we should get a feel for how it handles in the mountains. Your explation will help a lot of people that don't understand yet.

    I can hardly wait to take the PC on this trip.   
1012  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Four Months Living in a 2400 on: June 27, 2010, 05:28:37 pm
Hi rmmpe,

    Can you give us some more information about US route 212 (The Beartooth Hwy) in Mt. and Wy?  Help We are planning on taking it ( east to west ) the week before labor day and staying in Rocky Mountain Campground in Gardiner, Mt for the holiday. I am figuring one day to cross the hwy and four days in Larmar valley, as I have never been to that part of Yellowstone. I have done the southern part and just love it. We plan on sending a couple of days out of West Yellowstone also.

    We just downsized from a 35' Winnie class A to the 2350 on the E450. Before the Winnie we had a 21' Chinook and really missed the smaller size.  Cry  The nice thing about this size motorhome is that we can roam anywhere and still get into a campground as they seem to be able to fit us in.

    We just got back from the third time out and my to-do list only has three things on it. 1 get mirrors with shorter arms so they don't stick out so far, 2. drill some holes near the top of the cabinets on both sides of the TV to let the heat out and 3. figure out where to put all my camera gear I want to take to Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain NP.  Wink
   
    Thank you
    Tom Hanlon
1013  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Back-up Camera on: June 20, 2010, 11:22:35 am
Thank you ThankYou, I have already done the silcone on the back-up cable on our 2010 PC2350. I also found it washing the MH last week.
About 1/2 hour ago I noticed the heat in the two cabinets. I was thinking about looking for a vent to put at the top on the inside to let the heat escape into the coach. Did you figure out what type of insulation and how to put it up in those wierd shaped cabinets? thinking
1014  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Backup Camera Problem on: June 07, 2010, 07:23:15 am
Ron, I understand where you are coming from. This is my first camera without sound and we sure do miss it. I am not a big fan of Sony as I feel you pay a lot for the name and don't get what everyone else gives you for the same price. I guess we will have to go back to the old days of hand signals, you know before the cameras.  Cry
1015  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Backup Camera Problem on: June 06, 2010, 01:19:46 pm
No sound on my 2010 PC 2350. I asked Bobby at the factory and he checked with Carol who said that the new Sony's do not have sound.
1016  Main Forum / General Discussion / Electric water heater on: June 04, 2010, 08:49:03 am
Hi,

    Can anyone tell me if the electric water heater is hooked into the inverter? If I turn on the electric switch, will it heat the water from the batteries?
    There are two reasons I ask this question. 1. Will it run down the house batteries while parked?  Cry  2. Can I heat the water while driving?  ThumbsUp

Thank you in advance,
Tom
1017  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Elkart sightseeing?? on: May 30, 2010, 08:39:31 am
    We just picked up our new 2010 PC 2350 at the factory and let me first say what a great experence that was. Everyone is super nice and helpful. Amanda did the walk thru, she was very professisonal and whatever she did not know off hand, she found out for me. Bobby and Don where there to help also. Don even washed the rig between the rain showers. It did not stay clean very long but it did look  LOL nice when we got it.

    We left the factory and went to Shipshewana South campground for the remainer of the afternoon and night. My wife and I tested everything would could, trying to find anything that needed to be fixed before we left the area. The campground was very nice and the sites are level, the bath house very very clean. We ended up coming back for a second night. We went to the Shipshewana flea market on Wednesday for a few hours and had lunch at their resturant, another fine choice. The flea market is so big that one can not see it all in one day unless you are into running. Another great place to eat is the 5-20 resturant at the intersection of rt 5 and rt 20, just south of the campground. I had been to the RV musem before and can say that it also is very interesting, especialy on a rainy or hot day as it is all inside. We drove around Elkhart testing the ride and handling and stopping at Lowes and Wal-mart, about three miles west of the factory.

    The only thing we have been able to fine that needed fixing was the passengers side inside cover of the outside mirror had a broken clip and was rattling. We stopped by the factory Wednesday afternoon and Bobby replaced the cover and adjusted my outside mirrors for me.

    I think you will have an excellant expenerse picking up you new motorhome and should not worry to much about buying testers, as the folks at the factory do a wonderful job of checking everything before you get it.  ThumbsUp
1018  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: May 22, 2010, 06:16:34 pm
Hello everyone,

    We are Tom and Jo Anne and we just got home yesterday with our new 2350. We live in central Maryland. We have two dogs, a 10 year old yellow lab named Bonnie and a 3 year old 124 lb German shepherd named Charlie. And you think your 2350 can get tight! This is sixth motorhome, a 26ft, 34ft, 28ft, 21ft, 35ft and now 23ft.

    I am retired from 34 years in main frame computers and 4 years selling RVs. My wife is still working as an adminstrater for a local college continuing education dept. Since I have extra time on my hands, I drove up to the factory before constuction began and again shortly after it began. I think I drove Stuart crazy asking so many questions and requesting so many little changes. Everyone seamed happy to make whatever changes I could come up with. What a great group of guys and gals working there. We finally picked up our PC on Tuesday right after lunch. What a long morning that was feeling like a little kid on Christmas morning and having to wait to get my present. We spent the night just a few miles away Shipshewana south. I tested everything I could and I could not find anything wrong. This is very unusal for any manufactures motorhome. Jo Anne was able to find that the inside cover over the mirror on the passengers door rattled. It turned out to be a broken clip, which Bobby replaced the whole cover the next day.

    We want to thank everone at the factory for all that they did for us to make this such a great experience.   We look forward to meeting some of you fellow PC owners.
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