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466  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Emergency Battery Sitch on: March 23, 2011, 08:31:03 am

As best I know, both sides of the Solenoid switch contacts will be hot (one cable goes to the positive terminal of the Chassis battery and the other cable to the positive terminal of the House batteries). When the solenoid actuates (closes), it parallels the positive terminals of the Chassis and House batteries. The negative terminals of the batteries are connected directly to the Chassis, which is a common ground.

The dash switch, on the other hand, will have only one hot side (usually from the House batteries) when in its normal position. The cold side of the dash switch goes to the coil of the Solenoid switch and will actuate (close) the Solenoid switch when the dash switch is closed, paralleling the Chassis and House batteries.

Note: when using jumpers, most people connect them to the terminals of the battery, not the battery posts themselves. This method, in fact, simply bypasses the dead battery with the battery used for jumping. It does nothing to prove the terminals are secure.

If it were I, before doing anything else, I'd check the connections to the Chassis battery, especially the Negative terminal. If the terminals are not truly secure, using the "E" start switch will not help much. If this proves true, there's a very good chance the  Chassis battery is not be getting a complete charge.

Suggestion: the next time this happens, open the hood and twist the connections while pushing them down hard. Then first try to start it just using the Chassis battery. If the Chassis battery won't do it alone, then try using the "E" start switch to bring the House batteries on line.

Let us know what happens.
467  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Emergency Battery Sitch on: March 22, 2011, 09:41:15 pm
I had the 'emergency start' switch on 7 motorhomes and they were all momentary.
You only need to press the switch, which energizes a solenoid paralleling chassis & house batteries, long enough to start the engine.

It is a momentary switch in all cases I know of.
468  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Magne Shades on: March 22, 2011, 06:28:34 pm
I bought them as well when we picked up our 2010 2552 earlier this month.
They promise to be of great advantage.

However, although I did think they might fit inside also, it's good to read this post.
469  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Our new Cruiser on: March 19, 2011, 07:40:20 pm
Thanks Bob.
I'll make it so.
470  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Monitor Extension on: March 19, 2011, 12:28:21 pm
The picture shown is of the 2551 we just purchased (white with brown decals). In the short time we've had it, the extension, if moved as far left, forward and up as it can go eliminates the 'head-knocking' and provides a better view of the rear-vision monitor while still allowing me to see the rear mirror's compass and temp display.

So far, I like it.
471  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Our new Cruiser on: March 19, 2011, 12:13:08 pm
Thanks Billy.

Although our 2350 was a good unit, we're sure we will enjoy the 2551 more.
Actually, the 2350 was a bit too much of a downsize from our 36' Alpine Coach.

Regardless, we're happy we stayed with a Phoenix Cruiser. Cheers
472  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Our new Cruiser on: March 19, 2011, 08:31:49 am
The only notification on the door frame is Ford's, which indicates 75 PSI Front & 80 PSI rear.
Our 2007 2350 model had a Phoenix recommendation of 60 PSI front and 65 PSI rear.

A 15 PSI difference seems higher than it should be for the weight difference of the models.
473  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Our new Cruiser on: March 18, 2011, 09:12:27 pm
Hi David.

Although the 2350 was good to us, we are very pleased with the 2551.
The 2350's rear bed was just big enough for me, which required that Peg make the sofa-bed every night. The 2551 won't give us that problem.

BTW, can anybody tell me what the tire inflation pressure recommended by Phoenix is for the 2551? Running at 80 PSI on our lovely PA roads is a bit harsh.
474  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..........................................
475  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.
476  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.
477  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Leveling jacks and weight limits? on: February 28, 2011, 09:10:27 pm

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.
478  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.
479  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.

Make sure you have an access key stashed somewhere you can get to if all the doors are locked.
480  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. 
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