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676  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I killed my carburetor on the Onan Generator on: October 15, 2013, 10:00:57 am
Another approach would be to add a fuel cutoff switch to the input fuel line. Just turn off the fuel while the generator is running and let it run until it stops. Then hit the off switch to make sure it is truly off. No need to mess with fuel around a hot engine, which can turn bad in a hurry. The cutoff switch can be had at most hardware store or lawn mover repair shops.
677  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2012 Honda CR-V battery discharged after tow on: October 15, 2013, 09:54:27 am
To add to Ron's post, there are several types of 7 wire plugs, so check which you have on your towd.
678  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Blue Ridge Parkway October 2013 on: October 14, 2013, 05:35:43 pm
Holly is the parkway open during the goverment shut down?

Great pictures by the way.
679  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: October 13, 2013, 07:32:07 am
No wonder we can't find them, all the PCs are hiding in the woods.

Great pictures. Cheers
680  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: "TOW Haul" feature as shown on dash and trans light keeps coming on. on: October 12, 2013, 07:23:30 am
    My wife is real good at turning on the "Check engine light" on her jeep. She does not get the gas cap on correctly or tight enough and the light will come on. After removing the cap and putting it on correctly, all you have to do is start the engine three or four times and the light will stop coming on. This is done under normal driving conditions. We found this in the owners manual.

    That being said, it never hurts to have the codes read.
681  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Because I love y'all the mostest on: October 11, 2013, 11:42:53 am
 rolling on the floor  rolling on the floor
682  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Which shocks come standard from the factory? on: October 11, 2013, 08:17:17 am
    I don't know what comes on the 2012 E350 in the way of shocks. I would drive your PC and then tell us what it is doing that you don't like or wish it did better before you go spending a lot of money.

    In my case I felt that my 2012 2552 rode and handled pretty nice but that it floated a little more than I care for, almost like a Chevy. So I replaced the shocks with the new silver Bilstein HD from eshock.com, installed by Rice tire in Frederick, Md. I felt this was a large improvement in ride and handling. Then I wanted to tighten up the steering, so I replaced the steering dampener with the Bilstein. Now I can relax while driving and still have control when needed. I did not want to spend the extra money for the Safe-T-Plus just in case I had a front tire blow out. I feel that rarely happens.  I do not feel that I need a heavier sway bar than came on the original chassis. When I had a 2010 2350 on the E450 I replaced the rear sway bar and did not feel any improvement.

   I feel it is better to do one change at a time and then drive it a while before doing the next improvement.
683  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HWH Levelers or 50 Amp upgrade? on: October 11, 2013, 07:57:44 am
I fully agree with what Holly said. My choice is the jacks first and the 50 amp second. Just remember that the 50 amp cord is a lot heavier and harder to coil than the 30 amp. Ask to see one before making you choice.
Enjoy the factory.
684  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Because I love y'all the mostest on: October 10, 2013, 09:40:37 am
Ron I keep telling her it is ONLY a 10 hour drive.
685  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Because I love y'all the mostest on: October 10, 2013, 07:47:04 am
I got a factory tour Monday and it was AMAZING!!  I highly recommend it.  It is as cool as can be.  Cheer

I agree. I have been to the factory four times, twice for each PC. First was to see it being built and the second to pick it up. Now my DW will not let me close to there again.Cry

You better be carefull or you will be out shopping for one.  Wink
686  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: ENGINE COWLING on: October 09, 2013, 05:06:38 pm
Was the test done with the windows open or closed?
687  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Hanging with the Big Dogs on: October 07, 2013, 12:39:37 pm
We stay in campgrounds most of the time. I would rather wake up to the sounds of birds chipping and the smell of bacon cooking, not semis runnig and the smell of diesel fuel. Safety is not a big issue with us. Our 100 lb German Shepherd takes good care of that.  ThumbsUp
688  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Steering damper and suspension improvements - advice please on: October 04, 2013, 05:45:21 pm
 Steering dampener from Summit Racing - Bilstein #BSN-24-174534 cost $95.97. I installed it in about 30 minits or less. Only had two nuts to remove, took old one off, slide new one on, replace the nuts. Real easy to do. Did not have to raise the PC.

Shocks  from eshocks.com $328.40 for all four and local truck tire shop installed the for $193.36 for a total of $521.76. Bilstein #s front 33-187570 rear 33-176857. Let someone else install the shocks as it was a real pita for him.

689  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Hanging with the Big Dogs on: October 04, 2013, 04:27:13 pm
I bet at least two or three PC could park length wise in that spot. I would be afraid that I would not fine where my PC was hiding when I came back. LOL rolling on the floor
690  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: October 04, 2013, 04:24:40 pm
"I  had initially considered ordering the 2350 on an E450 chassis but was cautioned by forum member Ron Dittmer on the rough ride I would be in for with the small coach on that chassis. I had found the heavier load capacity and braking capabilities of the E450 appealing since we have a lot of steep roads and highways in Colorado and we are thinking of getting an Jeep Wrangler Unlimited as a toad ( about 4600 lbs curb weight). I like the 24' length and am not interested in the larger models. I would be interested in any input from the 2350/E450 owners on the forum.

We would like a slide out with the sofa. Access to the rear while in transit is important to us however and I would appreciate hearing from anyone regarding ease of passage to the back while the slide-out is retracted."


 First off let me say hi and welcome. I think I am the only person on here that has actually owned a Phoenix 2350 built on the E450, but I could be wrong. In 2010 I ordered a 2350 with a sofa slide out. When it came time to build it, the factory discovered that the E350 chassis that had gotten from Ford only had the small 35 gallon gas tank, not the standard 55 gallon tank. I did not want the smaller tank, so I asked about getting it built on the larger stronger E450. They said yes for a small upgrade fee of $2000. So I agreed with it and got what I wanted all along. I replaced the shocks with Bilstein shocks and thought the ride and handling improved. I replaced the rear anti-sway bar with the Roadmaster heavy duty bar. I could not say that it was worth the money and there was very little improvement. I never felt that the ride was rough or hard. We took this rig from Maryland to Yellowstone and down to Rockey Mtn. NP east entrance and up the mountains. Never had any problems with it, except for the stone chip in the windshield in Wy. on a dirt road. My tax dollars at work replacing the road. I think everyone should upgrade to the E450 over the E350, but that is just me and I know not everyone agrees with me.

We upgraded to the larger 2012 2552 because of the better sleeping arrangement, at least for us. I have also replaced the shocks with the newer Bilstein HD silver shocks and like the ride even better that the stock factory stocks or the older yellow Bilstein shocks. I also replaced the steering dampener with a Bilstein dampener for about $300. Now I sit back and just cruise the highways. On my last trip two deer jumped out in front of me wile I was doing 65 mph and I really do like the extra handling theses improvement have made.

As for getting to the back with the slide out in for traveling, no problem. I am 6' 240 lbs and can move around with the slide in or out.

Feel free to ask any and all your question on here as we all love talking about our PCs.
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