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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Our Phoenix Cruisers compared to other rigs on: February 04, 2016, 08:57:06 am
Like others,  I have had several  (7) big and small coaches made by leading large manufacturers, none come close to PC in quality.  Just last night here in seacoast NH the wind gusted over 40MPH knocking out power.  Pulled the winterized PC out, cranked up the heat, turned on the Onan and watched TV all night.  No swollen doors, no leaks, everything ran like clock work.  My other coaches (Monaco specifically) always had something wrong, I was working on them all the time, took the fun out of ownership.  I just hope a small company can continue to compete against the giants! 
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: short time storage on: January 04, 2016, 03:32:40 pm
To be honest,  I do not see that anyone is doing anything dreadfully wrong in their approach to winterizing their coaches, if it works for you with no problems keep doing it.  I winterize my coach, leave everything open, refrig., etc, run  engine/gen set every couple of weeks.  I put a battery tender on both the coach and the chassis batteries and that ensures that the batteries are always fully charged but not over charged, personally I just do not like to leave the coach inverter/converter on. What ever you do just make sure the water levels in the coach batteries are full all the time (they are not maintenance free)  I debated about covering my coach this year and actually ordered a cover but subsequently returned the cover and will just keep shoveling the snow off, I just worried about the coach not being able to breath, possible paint damage, and then the inability to actually drive the coach when the roads are clear here in NH.  Again, to each his own, ideally I would like to have a nice heated barn to put the coach in but that is not going to happen anytime soon for sure!   thanks, Ron G.
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question for 2910 Owners on: December 22, 2015, 09:25:20 am
RichardP:

I have the 3100S  (had a 2551S before) and like it very much because it works well for two people. Before settling  on the 3100 I approached PC to do exactly what GradyGal  did with their 2910D but at that time for some reason the factory said my modifications could not be done (several months later GradyGal had theirs).  I think that a modified 2910D to facilitate twin beds is a great approach.  Instead of the bed stand between the beds I would consider a ceiling to floor closet (had that set up in and old Fleetwood Jamboree and it worked great), you would loose the rear window but that is no big deal.  The "T" is great for space but I would have some serious concerns about the chassis being overloaded.   Best of luck with your selection process, those rear bathrooms are very nice I must admit.  Thanks, Ron G.
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sudden loss of shore power on: December 18, 2015, 09:35:22 am
As well as the microwave one can use the little red light on the lower right corner of the TV to know when power has been switched over and flowing.   happy Holidays, Ron G.
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Mattress covers/pads for twin beds? on: December 18, 2015, 09:31:29 am
On the 3100 we just use regular twin sheets and tuck them in on the back side and they are fine.   I would be hesitant about raising the actual height of the mattress with the addition of any toppers, etc because you would then be whacking into the shades etc.   I have often thought about ordering new mattresses (have not done it yet) that are more to our liking from a firmness perspective.  There is a company in NC (I think there was a post on this forum pertaining to custom mattress construction) that will customize any size in any firmness for you I think they may offer custom sheets as well.  best of luck, Ron G.
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / New transmission on: December 04, 2015, 01:11:58 pm
I have noticed that the new E-450/350 is now coming with a new 6 speed transmission.  Has anyone gotten a new PC that has this new upgrade?   Would love to know how the transmissions are working out and if there is any slight improvement in mileage?   With all of the movement of Ford truck production it does appear that the cutaway E-350-450 may in fact continue to be produced beyond what had been expected ( as long as demand continues to grow)with manufacturing happening in  OH.  That leads one to wonder if Ford will again begin to make improvements and additions to the chassis to keep it more up to date?   Time will tell I guess.   Thanks, Ron G.
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC 3100 and PC 2351 Owners ... purchase dilemma on: December 01, 2015, 09:32:12 am
 I have owned coaches 27,32,36,38,24, 25 and now 31 foot length.  Like DynaDave the big ones are great when parked but a pain otherwise.  While you may think breaking camp to go get milk is easy it gets old very fast.  While I do not really enjoy towing my Jeep it does give me more flexibility to take more toys including my kayaks, bikes, etc.  The 31' is perfect for a couple and gives you plenty of storage and room to live.  As a couple we found the shorter length coaches are just to confining and the corner beds just do not work for us.  Every one has different needs and wants and certainly no one floor plan meets the needs of everyone. A slide in what ever size coach you decide on is a must.  I am still hoping that PC comes out with a new model just a little longer, perhaps a 33' on the Dodge/Ford 5500/F series chassis, Dynamax and Born Free have such coaches now   I would be very inclined to purchase such a unit.   Best of luck in your selection process.   Ron G.
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: NewJeep Cherokee on: November 23, 2015, 11:23:47 am
Glad to hear you have not had any issues Paul.  I have towed my Trailhawk perhaps 1000 miles with no issues but the last count on Jeep Cherokee Club forum and Jeep Garage forum was over 40 owners who have had violent wobbling episodes at low speeds.  I have owned 8 different Jeeps with very few problems.  I can not say I like my Trailhawk better than my wife's Grand Cherokee but I can not tow the GC behind (weight) the PC.   Ron G.
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / New Jeep Cherokee on: November 23, 2015, 09:26:41 am
There is a fair amount of discussion on the Jeep Cherokee (2014,2015) forums about the "death wobble" at low speeds on Cherokees being towed four down.  Evidently the electric power steering system when activated  (engine running) places a static load on the front wheels and that prevents the wheels from going into a wobble, with the key off (when being towed) that pressure is not there and that allows the wheels to go wild especially when one goes over  tracks, etc not at a right angle to the roadway.   Jeep is supposedly working frantically to come up with a fix that may mean some kind of damper mechanism.   I have yet to have any such issues with my Cherokee (really have not towed that much)  and wanted to know if any PC owners have had this problem?  If you have you should log your a complaint ASAP with Jeep so they are even more compelled to come up with a solution.   Thanks, Ron G.
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dip stick on: November 13, 2015, 02:36:42 pm
Dave:   You are not missing anything...the dipsticks are a pain to get into the hole and double pain to read.  I wish I had a good suggestion but I do not...dimmer light seems to show the line up better.  I have yet to have a V-10 use a drop of oil so to be honest I have resolved myself to kind of say the heck with it and run it!
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sound proofing/Undercoating on: October 27, 2015, 09:34:11 am
Folks:

Like others have said I would skip the spray on aftermarket for I do not think there would be significant sound proofing results to warrant the cost.  I will say I think PC could do more to silence cab noise, and that would begin with placing sound proofing mat under the cab carpet.  One of these days I do think I will take everything out of the cab area and put some sound mat down that would also take care of the heat coming thru the floor.  The door panels could stand to have some sound mat as well.   That is what I would spend the $1000 bucks on!   As far as the undercarriage goes I spray every possible metal surface twice per year with Fluid Film a lanolin based corrosion inhibitor (there are many similar products out there).   I can honestly say I do not have one bit of rust and I have had other coaches that I have not used FF on and after three years they have extensive rust.  I was turned on to the Fluid Film product by  individuals at the NH Dept of Public Works who use the product a lot on their salt trucks and they swear by the product.  Thanks, Ron
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: OUR 61-DAY ADVENTURE CARAVAN TO ALASKA on: October 07, 2015, 09:54:23 am
Dale and Cindy:

Sure looks like a great trip!  I very much enjoyed your images.  While I have RV'ed in every state in the continental US I have yet to drive to Alaska but hope to do just that in the next 3 years.  I owned a Monaco Covina  (2010) on a Dodge Sprinter chassis for a short period of time and know exactly what you are referencing in regards to the rear wiggle/waggle.  I am sure the usual beefing up of the shocks, rear sway bar and installing a trak bar would help tremendously to stiffen everything up.  My Sprinter came OE with the Kuhmo tires I always felt they were under rated for the chassis.  I would consider putting some higher rated Michelins on regardless of what it came out of the factory with. A good truck garage I am sure could easily install all of the above mentioned even if you were to order everything yourself and bring it in to them.  Please post your trip up to PC's blog since I am sure you have many more great images.   Best of luck, Ron G.
13  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Sold and Sad on: October 05, 2015, 10:31:04 am
GoPhoenix....Great memories for sure!  Hope you continue to chime in on the forum.  Ron G.
14  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Roller skid wheels on: September 30, 2015, 08:58:50 am
Thanks for all of your opinions!   I am still torn to be honest.  In three years of travel I have only significantly dragged (damaging the plug) one time so I guess that really does not warrant putting skid wheels on that really only work in ideal conditions like black top or concrete, do not work on loose gravel or striking anything hard at and angle.  With that all said.... I think I am going to remove them.   Thanks, Ron G.
15  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Roller skid wheels on: September 28, 2015, 03:57:14 pm
I have noticed that the new PC's have the toad plug moved up and coming out of the fiberglass bottom skirting for a good reason I am sure.  While I very, very seldom tail drag with my 3100 I did drag once  and it damaged the  hitch mounted plug (mine is a 2012), cracked it all to heck.  I replaced the plug and should have moved it up at that time but I did not.  I have long contemplated getting the bolt on roller wheels but had heard that they may in fact put more stress on the coach compared to merely dragging on the hitch  (rationale does not make sense to me) and of course you do lose about 2.5" so there is more likely hood that you would drag more often.   I now see PC's coming thru with the rollers to protect the Sanicon box so I assume Kermit feels comfortable? .  I went ahead and ordered a set of the same wheels from Etrailer, I have them on but have yet to take the coach out.  Does anyone have any opinions?  Thanks, Ron G.
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