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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A measurment needed! on: January 23, 2017, 03:46:00 pm
Ron---Hope you did not get cold or snowed on doing this!

Neighbors & wife would love the black and yellow strips fitting in with the landscaping decor.

Hutch42
Our garage is heated right now to a warm 70 degrees, so no inconvenience at all.


Those bumper are also sold in some colors.  I linked you to the black with yellow stripes but pick the one HERE that blends in best at your home....Gray White, Yellow, Blue, or Green.
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A measurment needed! on: January 23, 2017, 10:01:58 am
Hi hutch42,

All E350 models stand 3" lower than E450 models.  We own an E350 so I subtracted 3", working with 97" instead of 100".

The 97" mark is approximately just above the B+ cap front-facing amber driving lights or about 6.0 feet to the front bumper.  That is as good as I can approximate.  To play it safe, I would subtract a half foot making it 5-1/2 feet of PC you can park under your deck.

The diagram you sketched out and your estimate is quite accurate.  Figure on 5-1/2 feet.

When it comes time, I would anchor something like THIS into the driveway to bump your front tires against to stop your PC at just the right place to get you consistently comfortably close to the deck without making contact to it.

Be mentally prepared to watch squirrels jump to-&-fro between deck and PC.

Ron Dittmer
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Radio wiring and control on: January 23, 2017, 09:29:40 am
first click on the ignition is auxiliary and activates power to your radio, back up monitor and more. The charging outlets work with the ignition totally off. Check your Ford manual. It should explain.
That is what I was thinking.

I handle many different vehicles where I volunteer.  The "Auxiliary" position for radio listening, on some vehicles is clicking once to the left.  With others it is clicking once to the right.

I wondered if Ford changed it from left to right.
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: suggestions on: January 21, 2017, 09:58:09 pm
I need to sell my 2012  2551 with only 27K miles. Any recommendations on where to best advertise.
haydenburns@att.net
601 842 1745
I personally use autotrader.com when selling my nitch-market cars so if I were to sell our PC, I would try it's sister RVtrader.com, Craigslist, and this forum.  It has a "for sale section".  Work with Aimee the moderator to get it posted.
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2351 Corner Bed Opening Windows on: January 21, 2017, 09:51:39 pm
I also put a dowel to hold window open  am working on a system of attaching magnets to window frame and using the sun screen for mosquitos I plan to put a mama net on top of screen  so far it has worked.
Has anyone who props open the escape window, considered replacing that window with another one that opens up adequately?  Maybe Phoenix offers a direct replacement.
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Battery Disconnect/Selector Switch on: January 19, 2017, 09:40:34 pm
FYI---But it may not be "new" news for some.   I had emailed PC about the use of a battery disconnect switch.  Earl
answered the question....poor guy is doing double duty I guess.  At any rate his answer was "they do now"!  Starting with the 2017's
All will have a new manual battery disconnect switch?  I guess all the discussions about Parasitic draws with the older models have created change. 
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7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2351 Corner Bed Opening Windows on: January 19, 2017, 04:17:45 pm
Well, the window by the bed is a problem for us with our rig.  All the windows are something less than we would desire.   We like windows that open much wider.  On our previous rig, we had twin beds in the back across the van camper (Roadtrek 210) with really nice sized windows on each wall and loved to open them full blast and enjoy the sounds out in the woods and the amount of air circulation.  

The windows not opening further are, in my opinion, probably the biggest complaint we would have for our PC.   I think I will pursue some mod for the escape window.  I didn't know it could be opened the length stated for the stick without causes problems.  If you only opened it four or five inches it would quadruple the air flow.   Another project for spring!

Paul
Interesting input Paul.  It sounds like if you could do it second time, you would request slider-windows instead.  Our sliders open 40-45%, not quite 50%.

Out of curiosity, I once opened our slider escape window as if to escape.  I immediately realized the importance to make sure the foam gasket was seated properly during the closing process.  If not being very careful, that gasket would have folded over itself in a bad way, maybe to cause an air or water leak.

Maybe the current day design is more forgiving.
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Battery Disconnect/Selector Switch on: January 19, 2017, 12:38:37 pm
So just to clarify, there is no regular Battery disconnect switch that turns off the coach 12V systems on PC's?
Yes there is.  On our 2350 and is common with most PCs, the switch is located next to the entry door, mounted on the side of the sink base cabinet.  I believe that kill-all switch activates the solenoid pictured earlier.  But with everything killed, there is still a parasitic battery drain.  That is why people discuss disconnecting the batteries to assure there is no drain at all.
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2351 Corner Bed Opening Windows on: January 19, 2017, 11:08:21 am
Since we are talking "windows".....
We appreciate our thermal panes.  No broken seals yet (no fogging glass) and its been near 10 years.  They are nice for a more quiet sleep in noisy places like rest areas and Walmarts of which we often utilize.  They also are warm in high altitude camping when the temp drops below 50.  Our rear corner bed has lots of glass so having them thermal is quite beneficial.  I suppose you could request to have just the bedroom glass thermal, though not sure if it's worth it.  In our 2350, it just might benefit since we can close the bedroom off from the rest of the cabin with that pleated curtain to help retain bedroom heat.
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2351 Corner Bed Opening Windows on: January 18, 2017, 10:59:52 pm
If ordering a new PC, you can request the factory install the type of window you want there.  If buying a used PC, make sure what you want will fit in the opening before buying it.

We have the old style sliding windows in our 2350.  They are real good for flow-thru ventilation, but easily broken into if left unlocked.  The current-day top-hung windows don't allow for nearly as much air on their own, but turn on the Fantastic fan to the lowest setting, and you get a lot of air.  The top-hung windows are much better for rain protection when open and you can't crawl through them either.  They also are better for exceptionally windy days to control the gusts better.  Also when open, they don't allow direct sunlight in on warmer days, so the interior stays a little cooler.

With our old sliders, we have a pull-down awning on the driver side dinette window to protect it when open while raining.  On the passenger side we can open the main awning a foot or more to protect our open slider windows on that side, so we have a way to work our sliders just fine.  But I personally prefer the current-day top-hung windows for the reasons I mentioned.  Oh, they just look nicer too.

I do understand your concern.  I have to admit, it is nice to sleep with our slider wide open when the conditions are right.  It can feel as though we are sleeping outside.
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Battery Disconnect/Selector Switch on: January 18, 2017, 12:44:57 pm
Yes I did have a fire with our first motor home HERE.  It was under the hood of our little Toyota chassis.  The solenoid that switched between batteries failed, burned up and smoked, leaving behind black soot on the inside fender wall it was mounted to and on the hood above it, fortunately with no paint damage.  It did melt the wire harness jacket below it but did not damage the wires inside.  I got very lucky with that catastrophic failure.

On our PC, we have a similar looking device mounted near our fuse panel in the house, I think under the fridge.  It is the thing that makes the loud "Click" when turning the main house power on/off, along with that loud chirp from the propane detector.

I suppose there is a threat of a similar failure, but I never gave it a serious thought.

The solenoid thingy looks something like this.


On the Toyota RV, I replaced it with a battery isolator that looked like this.


Circled in red, you can see where the original solenoid was with the two mounting screw holes caulked, and the wire harness below it, and also the replacement blue isolator.  If you look close, you can see the black wire harness jacket is deformed/melted.


I have no plan to change the solenoid on our PC.....not yet anyway.  I am not even sure if the one in our PC is used in the same manner as our old Toyota chassis rig.
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Used Phoenix Cruisers on: January 18, 2017, 12:18:13 am
From all I read over the years on this forum, only one time I read an owner having an issue with one of the 2011-2015 2551/2552 models.  He had water leaking inside near the entry door.  It turned out to be problem with a wire pass-thru grommet related to powering up the electric awning.  Then again, maybe the problem was with his 2016 model year.

I would say your selection is a "very good wine".
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: we just ordered our new Phoenix Cruiser on: January 17, 2017, 10:12:12 am
Congratulations from me too.  Cheers
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Just Made My Deposit On a New 2910T!!! on: January 17, 2017, 10:11:00 am
Again, congratulations.

I am curious Dan.  Will your PC come with a round spare tire cover & tire, or that new squared-off rear storage compartment?

From what I have gathered, I think you will require 80psi in the 4 rear tires.  I would inquire about Tire Pressure Sensors to monitor it, making sure 80 psi is maintained.  The 2910T with three slideouts is the heaviest of PCs and so tire pressure is critical.  It is most wise to monitor tire pressure, and TPS seems ideal for the task.

Ron
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Battery Disconnect/Selector Switch on: January 17, 2017, 10:00:41 am
Our PC is coming up on it's 10th birthday this spring so maybe this does not apply to a brand new PC.  But the parasitic drain on our PC is very minimal that when using the PC there is nothing to worry about.  It is when our PC sits for extended periods without getting used, I need to be watchful.  During those times, I disconnect the chassis battery and once every other month I charge the house batteries with a secondary charger.  Keep in-mind that our PC is in our garage where it is easy to charge that way.  If our PC was stored outside off-site, I would disconnect all the batteries.

I keep the house batteries connected because I find myself inside often enough that it's nice to be able to turn on the lights.  Otherwise I'd disconnect the house batteries at home as well.
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