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421  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HELP! Big Oops!! on: April 30, 2011, 10:43:56 am
Our 2350 had aftermarket automatic door locks that actuated when the engine was started, which led to having the doors locked and engine running. Fortunately, the CG owner had a 'Slim-Jim' and was able to unlock the cab door.

From that time on I had an extra key in a magnetic holder hidden away on the outside so the automatic door locks couldn't get me again.
422  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sewer hose storage on: April 28, 2011, 09:22:56 am
In all truth, if I didn't already have a "stinky-slinky" from our Alpine, which I've stored in the locker behind the batteries of our 2551, I'd not worry too much about it. After all, where are you when using the macerator? Usually in a CG that'll probably have one for sale in their store (they're not that expensive).
If the macerator fails is it truly an emergency? Surely nothing like engine problems or flat tires.

However, if I were really worried about it and still have our 2350, I'd buy proper sized white PVC pipe with fittings, strap it lengthwise to the roof rail and store the hose inside it. It would be out of the way and not terribly obtrusive.
423  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bike rack or cargo carrier on: April 25, 2011, 03:31:16 pm
Perhaps I should have included more info.

My Edge has a custom light bar having brake, turn and running lights.
The Even Brake illuminates the Edge's brake lights when it actuates.

I only use the Edge parking lights to illuminate the running lights (tail & side markers).

I believe it is really hard to have too many lights and have added some to the sides of the 2551.

There are far too many idjits out there who are either blind, stupid, inattentive or all of the above (even with our Alpine we had some near misses - how do you not see 60 feet of bus & TOAD?).
424  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bike rack or cargo carrier on: April 25, 2011, 01:38:15 pm
We also do not travel at night if we can avoid it and only rarely find ourselves too far from a CG to make it by early evening.
425  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bike rack or cargo carrier on: April 25, 2011, 12:25:04 pm
As I mentioned, I installed a TOAD-Charge powered directly from the PC's house battery, which is fused and relayed so the house battery doesn't come on line unless the PC's ignition is in the Run position.

When traveling at night I turn on the Edge's parking lights, which illuminates everything but the headlights.
426  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sani-Con electrical schematic on: April 25, 2011, 09:06:55 am
Gray water, Tom?

When we were going through the initial inspection before purchasing our 2007 2350, the Salesman was instructing me how to use the Sani-Con system.
Well, there was no cap on the discharge and when I turned the macerator on was a little surprised when the black tank contents were ejected in my direction. Peg said she didn't know I could still move that fast. Bolt

The dealer should have made sure the tanks were empty and he was extremely apologetic about the incident (while also becoming more accommodating).
427  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sani-Con electrical schematic on: April 25, 2011, 06:13:40 am
Trudy,
You didn't say what particular feature of the Sani-Con stopped working but I suspect it's the Macerator rather than the valves. Have your Hub go back by the Sani-Con & valve switches and put his hand behind the pump switch. He'll probably find 2 female push-on (Sta-Kon type) connections.
As they are exposed and prone to corrosion, simply pulling them off the terminals and pushing them back on can often help.
As a side, when this happens to me I'll most often replace the switch with a waterproof type having sealed wires coming out and solder the leads into the system I'm having problems with. I'll then shrink-wrap (put the shrink-wrap on the lead before you solder) the soldered area and, after shrinking the tube, finally apply liquid tape. On simple 2 position on/off (SPST or DPST) switches there are no polarity concerns. I've done this so many times over the years I've amassed quite a collection of used switches I'll someday find a use for (yeah - right! - anybody interested in a used but good 1968 collector's edition MOPAR rocker switch?).

Aimee,
If you want to try, send me one of the schematics. I'll use Auto-Cad to make a pictorial diagram that many may find easier to follow. But, do it before the weather changes and we hit the road again (the Windows 7 machine I carry while traveling doesn't like Auto-Cad).
428  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Back flushing tanks on: April 24, 2011, 12:02:42 pm
Our 2007 did not have it either. shrug
But our 2010 does. ThumbsUp

Regardless, the parts are readily available and, as David says, should not be too hard to retrofit.
429  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I have a request on: April 23, 2011, 07:06:49 pm
What Tom said X2
430  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Back flushing tanks on: April 22, 2011, 07:14:37 am
An additional comment:
When leaving liquid in the bowl to make the vapor seal, use nothing but water
DON'T allow Bleach to sit in the bowl. Ever !!!!!!    Never !!!!!    pulling hair out

If you use Bleach to clean the bowl, make absolutely certain you rinse well.

Unless ,of course, you're willing to replace the seals.
431  Main Forum / General Discussion / Phoenix register? on: April 21, 2011, 06:43:08 am
Is there a Phoenix Cruiser register or list of owners by name/coach model/serial number/year/location/contact number?
I ask because when we had our Alpine the list helped a few people out when they had an issue.
In one particualr case an owner lost air pressure to the driveline brake and another listed owner was able to save him towing & repair cost by going to where he was and replacing a fitting.

Might something like this be useful?
432  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: smoke detector on: April 21, 2011, 05:39:50 am
In the immortal words of Jim Carey; 'Smokin!'.
433  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Legal Action? on: April 20, 2011, 01:01:37 pm
This topic, appearing on the unnamed forum, has justifiably been closed.

I would suggest that occur here.
434  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Own a 2010 Ford E350 or E450? Read This. on: April 14, 2011, 08:59:49 pm
The following may seem a little disconnected but there are are conditions when HP will trump Torque.

Take some of the smaller cars with 4 cylinder engines and compare it to my old 1964 426 Max Wedge Plymouth.
The plymouth had gobs of Torque where the little cars have much smaller engines producing very little real Torque. In most cases, less than 20% of that venerable 426. Sure, the 426 was a tire-shredder. But the 0 to 60 acceleration wasn't as quick as some of today's shrimps.

Could it be that 200 to 300 RPM can make enough HP difference to result in what I experienced with the E350 and E450 chassis? Quite possibly.

Although both have, ostensibly, the same transmission, do the E350 and E450 share the same transmission specs?
Could it be the RPM difference has enough oomph behind it to power the bigger vehicle at a lower transmission hydraulic pressure?

A lot of 'ifs', 'possiblys' and 'could be's', which, although I am a mechanical engineer, is convincing enough that I, for the most part, must admit to some speculation.

Regardless, my experience has been there is a significant difference between each model's performance at moderate speeds.   
435  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Own a 2010 Ford E350 or E450? Read This. on: April 14, 2011, 07:06:15 pm
From what I can find and post here, the few hundred RPM difference within the 2,000 to 2,500 RPM range relative to E350 and F450 models impact Torque by about 20 to 25 lbs. feet. (Values are RPM/TQ. 1000/358, 1500/375, 2000/380, 2500/400, 2750/410, 3000/400, 3500/395, 3500/390, 4000/375, 4500/300).

Horsepower, a curve indicates at 2,000 RPM, HP is approx. 150, where at 2,500 RPM it's approx. 175.

However, the Torque and Horsepower curves cross at right about 2,200 RPM (170 HP & 400 lbs. feet Torque), where the E450 turns at 65 MPH. Perhaps that particular occurrence contributes to the noticeable difference.

You'll have to compare the values to what your engine turns at another speed.
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