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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cabinet squeak on: Today at 08:39:39 am
Hi Paul,

I think you can determine if that resolution will work for you, if you do what I had done.  That is to drive the rig with a passenger and with the cabinet doors open on each side of the TV.  Get it squeaking, and then each person take a turn applying downward force by hanging on the edge of the cabinet opening with one hand.  Of coarse the driver needs to take appropriate precaution doing so while driving.  It takes only seconds to know if downward pressure silences the squeaking.  The added screws applies permanent downward pressure.

You mentioned the possibility of hidden wires.  To be honest, I don't recall considering that.  Kermit "might" have mentioned not to worry about wiring, but I can't recall for sure.  Wiring in close proximity in our PC is our back-up camera, but they are on the inside of the cab hidden by the headliner and run along the top edge of the windshield.  Drilling into the steel roof is aft of that.

2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Batteries on: January 19, 2018, 05:31:06 pm
Hey, I've got a question.  I've seen several people say that you need to disconnect the house batteries before using an external battery charger.  Anybody know why?  I don't disconnect the chassis battery to use a trickle charger (or my motorcycle or lawn tractor either, for that matter).  Why can't I just put a trickle charger on the house batteries?  In fact, I was even thinking of installing a jack so I can just plug it in when it's in storage.
I don't think it matters whether the house batteries are connected or not.  No harm either way.  Just make sure the main kill switch inside your PC is off.  It is typically located inside aft of the entry door.
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What do you consider a MUST for a Phoenix Cruiser on: January 19, 2018, 05:21:12 pm
What pressure did you pre-charge at?
You ask a very good question.  It's been a long time since I installed our accumulator tank but I recall debating between 15 and 20 psi, settling in at 17.5 psi.  I have since been reading other people setting it over 20 psi.  I don't know what the right psi should be.  I really should determine the right psi, lift the bed platform, and set it proper for a 40 psi pump....assuming the pump stops at 40 psi.

I am really in the dark on this one.
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cabinet squeak on: January 19, 2018, 05:06:37 pm
I just wrote the Tips and Tricks Solution to the sqeaky over-head cabinet.,3024.0.html
5  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Resolving An Irritating Squeak In Cabinet Above The Cab on: January 19, 2018, 05:01:10 pm
Five years ago during a multi-week cross country trip to the north-west and back, the cabinet above the driver developed a irritable squeak when driving.  While driving with that cabinet door open, I was able to grab the base of the cabinet above with my right hand and put some of my body weight on it which stopped the squeaking.

Once back home I called Kermit the owner of Phoenix USA at the time, to pick his brain on what might be going on.  After his first recommended attempt at a diagnosis yielded nothing, he suggested I bring in our PC and have them take care of it for me.  To avoid a special trip, I asked him if I could do it myself and so he told me what to do which completely eliminated the squeak.  It has been five years since I fixed it and the squeak has not returned.  If it does return, I should be able to remedy it by simply tighten the screws Kermit had me add.

The process is simply adding four screws through the upper cabinet floor into the steel Ford van roof.  To be proactive, I did the same in the cabinet above the passenger.

Here are the required tools and screws I decided to use for the project.  Six screws are pictured but I decided to add four per side for a total of eight screws.

Here is the van roof I screwed into.

Here is where the four screws on each side go, distance between screws is not critical.  I placed the fourth screw near the cabinet corner as extra assurance where I thought it might be needed most.  You want to measure three inches in from the cabinet face to assure you hit the van roof steel.  I first drilled tiny pilot holes to make sure I hit steel below.  There is an air gap between cabinet floor and steel roof of at least one half inch.  The cabinet floor material is very thin wood.  Adding four screws distributes the clamping stress across the entire length of the cabinet so the cabinet floor does not get distorted.  I taped threads into the steel roof and used flat head machine screws.  The cabinet floor is soft enough wood for the flat head to sink itself into the wood without pre-countersinking the hole.

6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What do you consider a MUST for a Phoenix Cruiser on: January 19, 2018, 02:57:50 pm
I agree with gandalf42.  An accumulator tank was a great addition to our PC.  I installed our tank 9 years ago.  If there is room, request a 2 gallon tank.  That is our size which runs the pump at logical intervals.  The pump runs very quiet because the 2 gallon tank dampens the vibrations from the pump to the pipes.
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cabinet squeak on: January 19, 2018, 11:11:23 am
Hi Guys,

I will write something in Tips & Tricks and include pictures.  When finished, I will post the link to it here on this thread.  I am short on time this morning or I would have dome it right away.  Stay tuned.

To prepare you, the solution was fairly simple and effective.

8  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Ron Dittmer's Compilation Of Personal Tips & Tricks on: January 19, 2018, 10:51:55 am
Thank you Jim for your reply.  It is good to read that people find my Tips & Tricks useful.

I have never attended a gathering of PC owners......I am so "itching" to attend one.

The trouble with Irene and me is that it is so hard to get out with our PC.  We average one 3 to 4 week RV trip a year that is squeezed into our busy lives.  I thought retirement would open up opportunities of which it has with our other vacationing methods like cruise ships and world travel.  I did end up maintaining my profession on a part-time contract basis which further complicates trip-scheduling.  At least my work has been funding our travels so far.

Maybe one of our RV trips will one day fall within a PC gathering, both schedule and location.  It would be awesome to meet fellow PC owners.

9  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Ron Dittmer's Compilation Of Personal Tips & Tricks on: January 19, 2018, 08:55:49 am
Greetings To The Phoenix Cruiser Family and To Those Considering A Phoenix Cruiser

Here is my compilation of Tips and Tricks I have written since Phoenix started the forum in early 2009.  I put this together to make it easier for myself and others to find them.  Maybe you will find some interesting and applicable to your PC or other motorhome.

Keep in-mind that my Tips and Tricks apply directly to a 2007 PC built on a 2007 Ford E350, model 2350 with no slide out.  Some will not be applicable to different models and more recent models.  Also understand that I am a miser by nature, always trying an affordable alternative to repair or improve things.  They are not necessarily the easiest method and in some cases, not the best method.  They are simply a low cost method that worked for me.

If you plan to purchase a brand new PC and you wished a new one had something I modified on my rig, ask the factory.  They can accommodate various special requests.

Ron Dittmer

Ron's Tips For Class C /B+ Shoppers,1911.0.html

How To Add A Link To A Website, In Your Post Or Reply,2697.0.html

Improvements & Enhancements, 2007 PC-2350,8.0.html

Resolving An Irritating Squeak In Cabinet Above The Cab,3024.0.html

Doubling Drawer Storage Of Galley Base Cabinet,1751.0.html

So Your Ford Died And Won't Start. First Try This.,1141.0.html

If Struggling With Your 2350 Rear Corner Bed, Consider This,1695.0.html

How To Avoid Tow Vehicle Bucking,1697.0.html

Rear Compartment Lined With Outdoor Fabric,2467.0.html

A Low Cost Heavy Duty Rear Sway Bar For The Do-It-Yourself-er,155.0.html

Evaluation Of Tire Gauges For Accurate Readings - Reduce Risk Of A Tire Blow-Out,2798.0.html

Solved Chronic Microwave Oven Loosening Then Rattling,2486.0.html

Windshield & Van Door Window Sun Shades - Cheap, Effective, Easy To Use & Store,2513.0.html

Ever Wonder What A No-Slide-Out Dinette Looks Like?,2842.0.html

How To Determine If Your Ford Is "Keyless Entry" Ready,1145.0.html

More 12V Outlets For Us With The Older Ford Chassis Design,2233.0.html

Adding Features To Our Older Style 2007 Control Panel,2234.0.html

Inspect Your Roof, It Might Need A Touch Of Caulk Here And There Like Ours,2239.0.html

What Is That Banging I've Been Tollerating For The Past 3 Years?,232.0.html

Need The Strength Of "THE HULK" To Work Your Shower Head? If So, Read This.,2241.0.html

Does Your A/C Unit Run Exceptionally Noisy? If So, Read This,2570.0.html

On-Vehicle Tire Repair,1038.0.html

An Affordable Roof Vent Cover For People On A Budget,2939.0.html

Is Your Hot Water Not Working On 110V? If So, Read This,92.0.html

Hand-Held Bug Zapper, Fun & Effective,1850.0.html

Tuning-Up Your Heavy Duty Stabilizer Bars,2991.0.html

Converting Interior Lighting To Low Power Warm LED Lighting, Very Affordable,2186.0.html

Reinforcing Your Norcold Fridge Door Hinges,2187.0.html

Those Two Screws In The Middle Of The Entry Door Threshold,77.0.html

How To Test Your Suspension. Does It Need Heavy Duty This & That?,2094.0.html

When Was The Last Time You Checked Your Roof A/C Cover?,2932.0.html

Converting From Two 12V Batteries To Two 6V Batteries,2092.0.html

Ford Engine Power-Robbing Assembly Mistake, Easy For Anyone To Check For,2931.0.html

Putting Up Awning While In A Real Bad Storm,615.0.html

Low Cost Macerator Pump Replacement (Saved A Pile Of Money),2086.0.html

Tip On Battery Care,1433.0.html

Conserving Battery Reserves Without Shore Power,73.0.html

Repairing Older Kitchen Faucet, Leaks Under Handle When Water Is On,2906.0.html
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Another damn water leak on: January 18, 2018, 09:03:30 am
     Had a leak from the Antenna Connection on the roof, the wire cover for the connection came look and the water followed the wire to the front of the head liner, Fill the cover with RTV and putt back in place and let dry. No more leaks.

I can vouch for Jim's comment.  Just this past fall when up on the roof cleaning our PC for winter storage, I noticed the antenna coax rubber boot was not seated properly.  I never seen any water inside, but I could see how it could happen with that boot completely out of place.

I would imagine the coax boot is working it's way out of position when cranking up and down the antenna.
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Another damn water leak on: January 17, 2018, 10:26:00 pm
Hi jfcaramagno and Volkemon,

Dynadave may be on the right track.

Try performing this exam that Kermit told me years ago of which he said was primarily done when water got in above the windshield.  Get outside your PC and place your two palms under each corner of the B+ cap and try lifting up the B+ cap.  If it separates from the van roof, one or more of the screws that mount the B+ cap to the van roof are broken.  That would be how water is getting in while driving.  The roof resonates creating temporary gaps for wind-driven rain to get inside.  When you stop, it reseals.

I had a squeak in our front cabinets.  Kermit's inspection process concluded "All Was Well" with my B+ cap mounting screws.  He then provided another bit of advise which resolved my front cabinet squeaks.

I hope you guys find your leaks real soon.


12  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Voltmeter for monitoring house batteries on: January 17, 2018, 08:00:00 pm
Good for you BlueBlaze!  I am glad it worked well for you.  It sure is a nice place for a voltmeter, isn't it?

I love ours in that location.  The only issue (Irene has) with our voltmeter is that the readout is constant.  At night the green display becomes a night light.   I like that about it, but Irene thinks it is a bit much, and she sleeps against the wall too.  I cannot agree with her.  If we had the light maple cabinetry, maybe it would be a bit much for me but I think it's great with the dark cherry.
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: RE-Flooring a 2006 2350 on: January 15, 2018, 09:31:24 am
Yes, Phoenix uses marine plywood for the main deck.  At least they did back in 2006/2007, assumed they still do today.
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Grey Tank Capacaity on: January 14, 2018, 12:34:58 pm
I always understood the tanks are in fixed places.  They fit within the limitations of the chassis frame.  The floor plans dictate which plumbing fixtures dump into which tanks.  That is why you will see some PC models with the tanks swapped.   I do wonder if it would be okay for the bathroom sink to dump into the black tank.  You would NEVER want the shower dumped into the black tank because a shower backup would be a bio-hazard disaster.  The bathroom sink would never backup because the toilet is lower.

I assume Phoenix installs tanks that are standard items from a supplier.  I do wonder if a few extra gallons could be had if their surroundings were studied more closely.  But the space would need to be consistent across every model.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: RE-Flooring a 2006 2350 on: January 14, 2018, 10:05:15 am
Great Effort!  Great Results!

I take it that your "Carriage Bolt" idea wasn't going to work.  That did seam ideal to get the head below the surface of the decking.

Any thought about adding a 3rd captain seat where your barrel chair used to be?  Or maybe a wall cabinet there like some PCs opted for?

As far as the flooring wife would kill me if I picked it out without her.  rolling on the floor

I could see myself one day ripping up the carpet and installing a laminate floor.  But our carpet and vinyl is still looking great.  Laminate or real wood is many years away.
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