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1  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Handling US mail on an extended trip on: Today at 11:21:14 am
You have a problem if you have nobody to trust like a neighbor for example, with your mail for that long of a period.  What comes to mind is a good size PO box to forward your mail to.  Of coarse you also need to be on top of bill payment via the internet for your credit card dues and such, along with automatic payments for utilities and scheduled services.
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: WATER OVERFLOW? on: Today at 10:49:01 am
I have a question for you new PC owners with the new method of filling your fresh water tank.

I am curious on how that works.  It appears you have the option of filling your fresh water tank while hooked up to city water.  So do you have two ways of filling your fresh water tank, one via that lever, and two via the key'd gravity-feed door?  Do you have an extra plumbing line direct from that lever to the fresh water tank to fill it?

Ron Dittmer
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Cruiser Motorhome Comparison and Critical Review on: July 24, 2016, 02:13:38 pm
 ThumbsUp  The video will be great to share with others.
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bilstein Shocks on: July 24, 2016, 02:09:33 pm
Hi freeklestweety,

I completely agree with Tom Hanlon.  If you buy the shocks yourself from the cheapest supplier you find, and have them installed locally, you will save yourself a pile of money.  I also agree you would benefit so much more by replacing all 4 shocks, not just the two rears.

One other suggestion.  If you are okay with spending a lot more money, consider the Koni-FSD shocks.  They have a patented internal valve not found in any other shock absorber.  The benefit is that the shock is soft for minor road flaws, but immediately becomes heavy duty when conditions call for it.  The patented valve is simple & reliable, not complex or susceptible to issues.  It is inside the shock and works off the severity of sudden axle movement.  I understand that it helps a lot to address the jolting from expansion joints in the pavement.  I don't have Koni-FSD shocks because back in 2007 when I had our suspension issues addressed, they were not available for the E350/E450, just for larger truck chassis rigs and huge buses.  About 3 years ago Koni started producing them for the E-Series chassis.  The technology has been around for a long time.  It is proven technology.  When it is time to replace our Heavy Duty Koni shocks, I am buying the Koni-FSDs which are nearly the same cost as a new set of tires.
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: July 22, 2016, 02:57:33 pm
Welcome Rosy and Gordon!

You'll have questions so when they come, just ask.  There are no stupid questions.  All of us are here to help in our various areas of knowledge and even lack thereof.  In answering a question, I continue to learn too from the response from others correcting my answer.  My point is.....nobody here has it 100% together.  But we try our best to help each other as best we can.

Ron
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: FANTASTIC FAN on: July 22, 2016, 10:37:46 am
Hi Cindy and Dale,


I would start troubleshooting by going on the roof and spin the fan by hand.  Make sure it spins freely.  If not, inspect for something like a twig to even something wound around the shaft of the fan, check for clearance between the blade and everything else.

If the blade spins freely, then you can look into the next possibility.  Maybe the switch that turns the fan on/off when opening and closing the cap has malfunctioned.  I am not sure where that switch is located in our fan.  If you can get to it, make sure it is aligned right and clicks on/off when the cap opens and closes.  Maybe the switch is good but got loose and is not

There is no need to go on the roof. Just pop the screen off from inside, like when cleaning the fan/screen. You can do everything from inside. Ron must have one of the old style fans that required removing a bunch of screws to remove the screen.


Tom, Our rig is nine years old.  I did not realize the latest Fantastic fans have screens that are easily removed from inside.  That is so very convenient.

DON'T go on the roof as I stated in my previous post.....assuming you have a removable screen.
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Small stains in gel coat on: July 22, 2016, 10:34:00 am
A scratch remover or polish, each with such small abrasives that restore a "Shine" when complete, might remove the spots.  The trouble is that the shine will likely mismatch the rest of the rig.  Like others say, if you can remove with a cleaner that won't change the shine, that will be best.
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New Phoenix Cruiser You Tube on: July 22, 2016, 09:59:09 am
CLICK HERE to watch the video.
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: FANTASTIC FAN on: July 22, 2016, 09:43:08 am
Hi Cindy and Dale,

Joe R made a similar reference.  I had wondered if something hardly noticed like a thin twig, lodged itself up there.  The fan will collect debris when the cap is wide open, especially if not running on a higher speed.  It is one reason why I don't like to leave either vent wide open when unattended for extended periods.

I would start troubleshooting by going on the roof and spin the fan by hand.  Make sure it spins freely.  If not, inspect for something like a twig to even something wound around the shaft of the fan, check for clearance between the blade and everything else.

If the blade spins freely, then you can look into the next possibility.  Maybe the switch that turns the fan on/off when opening and closing the cap has malfunctioned.  I am not sure where that switch is located in our fan.  If you can get to it, make sure it is aligned right and clicks on/off when the cap opens and closes.  Maybe the switch is good but got loose and is not activated.

Oops, I see keelhauler just beat me with a similar recommendation about that switch.  Make sure it is working, one way or the other.
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: WATER OVERFLOW? on: July 20, 2016, 10:25:20 pm
One less hose to get out and put away.   
We still get the hose out to fill up the fresh tank at the tail end of the dump-station process, though maybe less often than for people who break camp daily.  We tow a vehicle so we break camp most often when moving on to another location.  Not too often do our stays outlast our water supply, requiring us to break camp to dump & replenish and return back to the same primitive site.  Being semi-conservative with water usage, water lasts 3-4 days.....one shower each.  If it's a sweaty or dirty visit, showering more frequently requires water sooner.
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: WATER OVERFLOW? on: July 20, 2016, 01:12:38 am
Cindy,

I think the last time we hooked up to city water was about 5 or 6 years ago.  I wonder how well our check valves (or whatever they are) work given it has been so long.  Your post reminds me that I really should hook up at home to test and make sure all is well, just in case we hook up on city water a time or two on our next trip.
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC 2350 Questions on: July 19, 2016, 11:10:09 am
Has anyone determined actual CCC for a 2350/1? Not just the sticker CCC.

My data shared is based on a 2007 E350 chassis which the specs from Ford state 7800 pound max for the rear and 3100-4600 for the front.  Keep in-mind I don't have a slide out and the 2008 and newer E350 has a higher weight rating.

I weighed our 2007 2350 last year during a trip when we carried a pile of extra drinking water.  I was worried about over-loading.  Here was the actual weight during the trip.


When the trip was over, I wondered what our rig weighed empty so I weighed it locally.  I had removed everything not considered "original-ish"  I did not remove the two TVs I had added after we bought the rig, and our 3rd captain seat did replace the original barrel chair.  My redesigned kitchen cabinet 3-drawer system is surely heavier than the original 5, and I had added an accumulator tank & wooden literature organizer, and a few other light weight items like the bathroom towel rack for example.  But I did remove everything not nailed down with exception to the dinette cushions & table, and the mattress....they stayed in for the weighing.  I even removed the 30amp cord, 6-ton jack, tire iron, and the door-stored coffee maker.  I also removed myself.  The spare tire remained mounted as I feel it should for the weigh-in.

Here is our weight empty (full tank of gasoline, 1/4 full of propane, no water of any kind in any container including the hot water & accumulator tanks).


Here is the PC sticker for reference.


If you study the weigh-in numbers, interesting is that with my wife and I sitting in the front seats during the trip weigh-in, the front axle weighs only 100 pounds more than with nobody in the seats when the rig is empty.  That means we carry so much weight rear of the rear axle which takes off weight from the front axle.  That is not good.  No wonder why the factory has since relocated the fresh water tank from the rear bumper as far forward as reasonable, and more centered too.
13  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Cleaning the rubbery seam material on: July 18, 2016, 11:28:32 am
Here is a though Gail,

Roll up a paper towel tightly and dip it in laundry bleach and let the bleach sit and soak on the stained plastic.  Maybe it will bleach-out the stain.  It would be worth a try if you did not already try it.  If it works well, I would follow up with scratch remover to polish the plastic to a gloss finish to resist re-staining.
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: SO JUST HOW FAST DO YOU GO? on: July 18, 2016, 11:19:59 am
It depends on speed limits with towing considerations, but my "personal max" is just under 70 mph, more like in the 67-68 range.

I never put the pedal to the metal but is sure seems like the rig can go a whole lot faster.  And with the suspension upgrades we had done long ago, I think it could handle the speed well.  I just don't want to get "gallons per mile" fuel economy.
15  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Cleaning the rubbery seam material on: July 17, 2016, 07:44:49 am

Tom,

We did see a spray bottle of Purple Power Industrial Strength Cleaner & Degreaser.  Was that the product you recommended?

Gail

Yep that is it.
Hopefully Tom's recommendation goes easier for you.
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