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1  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Level Phoenix Cruiser on: June 28, 2016, 11:53:34 am
Just be sure your phone lies flat on the PC floor when using it as a level, for the PC floor is the proper reference point.

Some phone cases don't allow the phone to lie flat.  Something to consider for people like me.
2  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Level Phoenix Cruiser on: June 28, 2016, 01:40:20 am
Our PC is level at the moment too.   Smile
3  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Cab Noise on: June 27, 2016, 08:34:22 pm
Ford V10 Engine noise to me is completely tolerable when cruising.  It's nasty when pushing down on the gas pedal to accelerate or climb, also nasty when engine braking.

Regarding cabin (house) noise.  Like Janey, that bothers me something fierce.  It requires a lot of determination.  For me it started with the right tire pressure, only 5 psi more than our rig officially requires, not more than that.  Adding foam shelf liners inside all cabinets and drawers, paper towels in between cookware, felt pads in many places including the rooftop antenna and flip-up counter, an extra bracket under the main TV, a silicone pot holder between stove grates and counter top covers, and tightening the screws on the face of the microwave just before every trip.

I am sure I forgot a lot.
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2016 - 2351 Options and Modifications on: June 27, 2016, 12:51:57 pm
Obviously, every one of us has differing opinions as to what brings enjoyment to our driving experience.....Thanks, Ron G.
Surely so!

It is also a hobby of mine making the little improvements/changes and personal nice-ities on our PC.  It's not everybody's hobby of which I understand.  The forum here is the perfect place for us to share our ideas.  Our ideas are not for everyone.  I know that sometimes my written thoughts and comments sometimes come across as "absolute musts" for everyone to consider.  I do apologize for that.

Ron Dittmer
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Seats on: June 26, 2016, 09:19:55 pm

Your front seats in your 2005 were likley supplied to PC-USA by Paul's Seating.  If they are like the ones in our 2007 PC-2350, they are Paul's Lexus model.  I would call them and ask if they offer a solution to your problem.  You might be able to purchase replacement seat base cushions, or just the cover to a seat base.  Who knows, maybe they offer custom-fit covers.  For kicks, ask Paul's Seating what a new seat would cost you.

Back in 2010 I replaced the barrel chair with a 3rd matching captain seat.  Phoenix-USA told me to work direct with Paul's Seating.  The only difference is the stitching in the arm rests which you can see in this picture.  The new seat also has a dial you turn manually to adjust lumbar support.  I wish the original two seats up front had that feature.  Paul's Seating had to make the seat special for us for they did not have one in-stock sitting on a shelf.  Because of their other commitments, it took a long time to get the seat.  I had to wait for their slow season in the late summer/early fall.  I recall the seat with two arm rests ($10/arm rest) was $375.  Shipping was an additional $100.  Paul's Seating does NOT stock every color of material so don't wait for their slow season to contact them.  Give them time to get the right material.

The barrel chair pedestal seat tracks are spaced closer together than the front seats.   A front seat will not mount directly on the barrel seat pedestal without an adapter plate.  Keep this in-mind if you get the idea of moving your best front seat in back and buy two new front seats.  I believe you can remove the armrest from your bad seat and mount it on the good seat to have two armrests for your 3rd seat.  I think the mounting feature is behind the material in the side of the backrest.  Feel through the material for something round with high areas.  You cut the material and push the armrest in at a particular position, then swing it into a normal position to lock proper.  Paul's Seating can give you all the details.

6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2016 - 2351 Options and Modifications on: June 25, 2016, 09:47:15 am
Thank you for the issues with the OEM Ford full-coverage insulation-backed rubber mat.  $400 for a new one is far too much for my budget.  I'd rather spend that kind of money elsewhere in the PC.  I will keep an eye open for a used one somewhere.  It would be interesting to give it a try with consideration to all the concerns mentioned.

7  Main Forum / Polls / Re: PC with TOAD or Others on: June 25, 2016, 08:40:39 am

We have both a toad and bicycles.

When we bring the tow & bikes together, our bikes go on the back of the tow vehicle.  It is nice to have it this way for us because most often we need to drive to a point for the day, then "bike" from there.

An unrealated comment.  Look closely at our setup in the picture below.  Note the tow bar is not horizontal.  This picture was taken before I fixed the tow-vehicle-bucking I discussed HERE.  If you have a comment or question on tow-vehicle-bucking, please do so in that discussion, not here so we don't veer off this subject matter.  It just seemed right to point it out since this is a good picture of the bad condition.
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2016 - 2351 Options and Modifications on: June 23, 2016, 10:47:43 pm
I wonder what the Ford part number is for the insulation-backed full coverage black rubber cab mat, for the box truck cut-away.  If reasonably priced, I'd consider buying a new one and see how it fits right over the PC-installed cab carpet for heat & sound, and no fuss over muddy shoes.
9  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Suggestions for modifications on: June 22, 2016, 03:55:31 pm
I would go with the light hickory wood, I am getting sick of the dark cherry......Ron G.
I can relate to your comment.  Back in 2007 when we were picking out interior colors, my wife Irene really wanted the cherry.   I much preferred the maple only to save the money but Irene said the cherry looked so rich.  With the florescent lighting of the era, neither wood tickled me so it was easy for me to agree to.

Today I feel good with our cherry cabinets since I changed from florescent to LED lighting.  One day I may splurge and change out the dated brass hardware to brushed stainless.  It just has not yet bothered me enough to make the change.  A real good local hardware sale just might inspire me to get going.
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New speakers on: June 22, 2016, 09:36:29 am
Interesting post RonG.  We listen to our Ford dash radio playing CDs often when on the road and I agree with you in that the sound quality could be better.  Your solution seems easy & affordable.  I especially like the simple no-mod replacement they offer.

I need to research if our older door panel design of 2007 uses the exact same speaker & connector as the current-day 2009 to 2016.

Thank you!
Ron Dittmer
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited as a toad? on: June 20, 2016, 10:13:53 am
Having once had (very short time) a Monica Covina (Sprinter based) I never even considered for a moment towing my Jeep Liberty CRD, 4500 lbs.  While that 3.0L is a work horse the Sprinter chassis IMO is close to it max. when fully loaded.  I would never pull a toad weighing over 2800 lbs behind a Sprinter, just not safe.  
I agree with you.  I don't endorse towing a Wrangler with a PC-Sprinter.  Actually I don't endorse a PC-Sprinter towing any vehicle for it seems over the edge.  An exception might be a Smart car or other similarly weighted vehicle.

Just sharing with you all what that PC-Sprinter owner shared with me.
12  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Stop By And Say Hello This Weekend (Just Look For My PC) on: June 20, 2016, 12:14:15 am
Today/Sunday was a bigger crowd being two separate waves of church services, but being Sunday morning & early afternoon, it was mostly families with kids of all ages who hung out mostly at the various play areas, so it was about the same traffic through our PC.  I finally handed out the last of my huge stash of 2009 brochures.

The most popular two comments were "I can drive this rig", and "This rig has everything yet is so small".

The most popular two questions were "How much is a new one?" which I said would be near $90,000.  I recommended they go on the PC website and plug in their model and options on the price calculator for they may want fewer features to control their purchase price better.  The second most popular question was "What is your gas mileage?"  I said for my particular model, the Ford averages 10-11 mpg, the Sprinter 16-18 mpg.  Neither towing.

It was entertaining to observe that many people thought our rig was brand new and me a sales rep.  For Pete's Sake, our PC is 9 years old.  I think the brochures threw them off with the "Sales Rep" idea.

I did meet another PC owner in his early 80s who is not a forum member.  He lives in the area and bought a 2013 2551, lightly used from the factory a couple years ago.  Of coarse I encouraged him to join us here.

My wife and I were both talking with the many hundreds of visitors.  I was particularly interested in my wife's comments to them.  Smile
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited as a toad? on: June 19, 2016, 11:48:57 pm
Someone either from this forum or connected with me a few years ago.  They stopped by the house to say hello.  They owned a PC-2350 Sprinter and towed a late 4 door Wrangler.  They said the Sprinter handled it fine, just going slower in a lower gear up steeper grades.

Strange they had a very unique problem towing the Wrangler.  The design/style of the front fenders and tires of the Wrangler would on occasion shoot a rock forward at the back of their PC.  Their rear PC window was shattered.  They said it will be the second rear window they will be replacing.
14  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Stop By And Say Hello This Weekend (Just Look For My PC) on: June 19, 2016, 07:46:55 am
Last night I estimated 350-400 people looked inside our PC.  My stash of old 2009 brochures was significantly reduced.

The fireworks show was the best I've seen locally, even corriagraphed to music like Disney World.

Today will be twice as many people.  The event today/Sunday will wrap up around 2:00-2:30pm.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Blu Ray firmware update on: June 18, 2016, 09:25:56 am
We have the 2007 chrome finish "Executive" brand head unit.  I think it would be okay in a house where you have 110V all the time.  But in our motor home where I shut off the inverter to conserve energy, the Executive quickly defaults to a simple DVD/CD player.  It has been a very long time since I fussed with it, but I recall it does not save any settings, and no feature to scan for local radio stations.  I would fuss if stationary & plugged in for months at a time like spending winters in Florida, but being on the move all the time, it's limited to playing DVDs & CDs.

Across the board for all types of stereos, I wish manufactures would reintroduce a high tech equivalent to a tuner knob, base, treble, and a joystick to adjust speaker balance & fade.  Each Blu-Ray, DVD, CD, and radio station is different and changing these settings for each situation through menus is not practical.

If or when our Executive dies one day, I would likely install a Blu-Ray player like Paul (Doneworking) did.

Sorry John & Carol for redirecting the subject.  I hope you get resolution with your firmware.
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