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436  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Our new Cruiser on: March 18, 2011, 04:55:20 pm
Thanks for the good wishes. I send the same to you.

Happy trails..........................................
437  Main Forum / General Discussion / Our new Cruiser on: March 18, 2011, 09:29:06 am
We just returned from Phoenix Cruiser where we traded-in our 2007 2350 for a lightly used 2010 2551.
Aside from being more appropriate for our needs, the 2551 is in excellent condition and the longer wheelbase seems to provide a slightly smoother and quieter ride. As for power; the lower ratio differential of the E450 has proven a bit of a surprise in that once in high gear, it does not downshift unless on a significant hill (much less frequently than our 2350 did). Additionally, although the engine revolutions are higher at 65, miles per gallon are only marginally less than our 2350 on the E350 chassis. We are thrilled with our 2551.

Now a word about the fine folks at Phoenix Cruiser:
Having bought many vehicles and more than a few Motorhomes in my lifetime, I can truthfully say I have never experienced a more friendly, responsive or accommodating group of people than those at Phoenix. They prepared the 2551 very well prior to our arrival, ran us through the inspection/demonstration process and got us on our way in short order (we were pressed for time). The few little things I questioned were addressed immediately and with good spirit.

Although Stuart was at the Georgia show, his daughter, Amanda, was efficient, very pleasant and welcoming. Fortunately, we also met a few others while there and the Team spirit was evident everywhere.

Kudos to all at Phoenix and they can count on us to spread the word about a fine organization producing a fine product.
438  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Flow-Rite Qwik-Fill Onboard Battery Watering System on: February 28, 2011, 09:19:01 pm
My opinions only:

I wouldn't consider an 'Automatic' battery watering system. I've had them and all had problems after a while (you still have to check reservoir water level). And they don't do a thing to assist in the periodic specific gravity checking.
Better to get longer cables so the batteries extend further, which allows water level checks, filling and Hydrometer usage.
439  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Leveling jacks and weight limits? on: February 28, 2011, 09:10:27 pm
JDW,

Relax, relax, relax.

In life there are Gottas, Wantas and Nicetas (thing you've got to have, things you want to have and things that are nice to have). In my experience with motor homes, which is significant, leveling jacks fall into the last category.

In most of the sites we've been in with our 2350, turning the front wheels a bit can take a little of the off-level out of it (I've not had the need to use the leveling blocks either). But, although not a bother to us, it will rock a bit as you move around.

Generally, jacks won't stop all the movement. Heck, they didn't on my 28,000 pound Alpine having a 276-inch wheelbase. But they did allow me to reduce the occasional off-level condition to acceptable.

If you want to reduce the side to side 'rocking' a bit, use scissor jacks under the frame rails where the trailer hitch is welded. A battery operated 1/2" electric drill and socket can be used to operate the scissor jacks (5th wheels do it all the time).

We will soon be trading in our 2350 on a 2551 that has HWH jacks, which, although certainly not a deal-breaker/maker or an overly important feature to us, will be nice (but, then again, they're 'Nicetas").

Do you "Need" jacks? In my opinion, no. And I'll probably not use ours in other than extreme off-level conditions.
440  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Best laid plans on: February 01, 2011, 09:18:49 pm
What a neat way to Christen your new rig.
Stay warm and remember us up here with snow-covered PCs that envy you.

God bless.
441  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Remote locks on: January 21, 2011, 09:55:33 pm
Mine has the remote door lock/unlock feature. ThumbsUp
But it doesn't help when you start the engine and close the door.
Those darned auto-locks upon ignition stink (especially when the remote is on the key-ring).  Help
Better they lock when the vehicle is put in gear, like the rest of our Ford cars.

Advice:
Make sure you have an access key stashed somewhere you can get to if all the doors are locked.
442  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: sorry to be such a pain in the a__ on: January 09, 2011, 07:37:44 am
I'll only comment on the dual pane windows.

We had them on 2 of our previous rigs and, as is quite common, condensation got in and they fogged badly. In fact, the dual pane in our Alpine's door admitted water to the point it filled to about 3/4" deep between the panes. It's tempered glass and you can't drill a hole to let the water drain (tempered glass shatters and all you're left with are bits of it). You can find myriad posts about dual pane windows on other, more specifically Class A, forums.

Dual pane windows are also quite expensive and troublesome to repair/replace and, as we don't use our Cruiser in very cold climates, I avoided them like the Plague this time.

They do keep the inside a little quieter but that's never been of big benefit for us. 
443  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Quartzsite on: December 17, 2010, 05:31:25 am
I also have baseball hats with bills on them. If they didn't, they'd be Beanies.  LOL
444  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: house battery maintenance on: December 12, 2010, 07:40:17 am
I would recommend a slightly different approach, as outlined below:
1.   Remove the batteries from the tray.
2.   Wash the tray down with a Baking Soda mixture to neutralize the acid.
3.   Rinse thoroughly with clear water and let it dry completely.
4.   Remove as much of the old paint and rust as possible with a wire brush.
5.   Spray the entire tray with a rust converter (Rust Check Rust Converter or similar), which stops the rusting and converts any remaining rust to a paintable primer.
6.   After the coating is completely dry, paint the tray however you want.

Ive done this quite a few times in automotive and marine applications and it holds up much better than any rust inhibiting primer or paint I've found.

Regarding a Battery Tender (or other charger):
Check the batterys water levels regularly.
445  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire Pressure on: November 05, 2010, 09:36:54 am
My Tire-Billy is in the pocket of the Driver's side door but I don't use it to check the tires.
I do that with a good pressure gage before a trip, sometimes while between stops and every morning before resuming travel or touring.

I've been running 62 to 65 PSI on all tires and it's been working fine so far.
446  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Waste Tank Sensor Probes on: November 04, 2010, 11:09:16 am
Ron,

Thanks for the hint; I'll try it.

BTW, Peg put a cup of full-strength bleach in the bowl and it sat until the seal went.
Somehow I can't be too hopeful the seal survived that.

As a side: I'm strongly considering replacing the entire toilet with a smaller ceramic model with the low-mounted foot lever (like was in our Alpine). We'll see.

Did you get your recliner yet?
447  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Waste Tank Sensor Probes on: October 30, 2010, 09:06:18 am
At the risk of angering/embarrassing Peg, who mistakenly used it to clean the toilet bowl, I can tell you that Bleach WILL destroy seals, which I must now replace.  pulling hair out
448  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Made A Decision Replacing The Barrel Chair on: October 15, 2010, 06:15:42 am
Thanks Ron.

This is getting interestinger and interestinger.

I did a few things to the Alpine along these lines. The Driver's seat was 6-way but didn't swivel. Using some extruded aluminum stock from my "Squirreled away" stuff I fabricated a rail on an old swivel base for it. The power seat went low enough to compensate for the 1-1/2" height increase of the swivel/rail base I made and it had a manual slide that allowed me to move the entire seat another 12 inches, which was quite nice when I wanted to use the Driver's seat as a lounge chair in the salon.

I love to "tinker".

We have cloth seats in the cab of our 2350 and they've gotten a bit worn and faded. I just might upgrade them to Gray "Ultra-Leather" too.

Keep us posted and include a few pics if you can.
449  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: help planning vacation to yellowstone on: October 15, 2010, 06:01:45 am
I suggest Crazy Horse in the Black Hills of South Dakota. As much for the family building it as for the monument itself. The Father, Korczak Ziolkowski, also worked on Rushmore and started the Crazy Horse Monument for the Tribes in 1948. His surviving family continues the dream.
What kind of man starts a major undertaking knowing full-well he'll not live to see it completed. I find that inspiring.

We saw Rushmore once, which is fine.
But we'd go back to Crazy Horse again.

To each their own.
450  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Made A Decision Replacing The Barrel Chair on: October 14, 2010, 12:20:16 pm
Ron,

Will the chair you ordered mount directly on the existing seat slide/swivel?
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