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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cracked shower pan on 2350 on: July 28, 2016, 04:53:08 pm
We just had our shower pan replaced in our 2013 2350. it was an expensive repair. We are heading out for our first trip since the repair I'm now concerned about it cracking again!  
It's interesting to read others commenting on this.

I wonder how that pan is supported these days?  On a 2007 slide show on how a PC is built, I see a picture of roughly a 1 inch thick Styrofoam sheet under the pan.  That foam naturally gives a little.
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Solar panel on 2550 on: July 28, 2016, 04:47:28 pm
Hi Rosy Phoenix,

Your solar panel was most likely added some time after your PC left the factory.  I imagine any solar panel on a 2004 model year would have been added by an independent dealer as a dealer-installed option, or by a previous owner.  

The factory did not offer a solar panel as an option back then, at least not offered to us in 2007.  The factory started selling directly to the general public around 2009 and as I recall, solar panels came later as an undocumented option, handled on a per-request basis.  So the solar panel you have on your roof is a hit-or-miss with regards to commonality with other PC owners.

3  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Handling US mail on an extended trip on: July 27, 2016, 09:27:52 am
We lived in a fairly rural area where everyone knew their mail carrier and post office staff by first name.  Our carrier told us to do what Barry-Sue mentioned.  We were hesitant at first but no problems occurred.   Our carriers sorted their own mail and disposed of the weekly circulars with our permission.   That did cut down on the amount they had to hold.

I certainly understand  larger city post offices might have to adhere to the 30 day limit but may have an alternative suggestion.

Gail
You make a very good point Gail.  Some post offices and/or carriers can be very accommodating.  It is surely worth asking the question.
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: WATER OVERFLOW? on: July 26, 2016, 06:40:05 pm
Ron you might want to watch the video. Earl explains it.
Got it Tom...Thanks!  Earl talks about it 28:30 minutes into the video.  That is quite a nice feature.

I know in the past, a few PC owners had trouble with the check valve on either end, not sealing properly.  When on city water, the check valve at the on-board pump would leak, overfilling the fresh water tank.  When using on-board water, the check valve at the city water connection would seep.  I have been fortunate so far not to have either check valve get stuck yet, but figure my luck will eventually run out.

This newer method seems to eliminate that issue along with the additional filling convenience. ThumbsUp
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bilstein Shocks on: July 26, 2016, 12:36:03 pm
I went with Koni FSD shocks. What I would like to do is get two like units, one with Bilsreins about
AND one with Konis , and have a "ride off"  Wonder if you could tell any difference.  shrug
That would be so cool.

I have the other Koni RV shocks, the red ones that adjust from soft to heavy duty.  Ours are set to "Heavy Duty".  I've evaluated our suspension stiffness when Irene is driving on the interstate highway.  I've laid flat on my back on the floor with my head right over the rear axle and "feel" the road.  Doing that, I feel every little road imperfection.  I considered adjusting the shocks to an intermediate setting for a softer ride, but my local RV suspension shop did not recommend it because it would sacrifice handling which is my main beef to begin with.  Our shocks work great for handling, but that adds stiffness which means a harsher ride.  The Koni-FSDs seem to offer a solution for that.

Like you say ron-n-toni, it would be great to perform such an experiment on identical rigs with identical tire inflation and compare.
6  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Handling US mail on an extended trip on: July 26, 2016, 11:21:14 am
You are in an interesting predicament with a very good question.  What immediately comes to mind is a good size PO box to forward your mail to.  Ask your local post office for their thoughts about it.

Of coarse you also need to be on top of bill payment via the internet for your credit card payments and such.  There is only so much "Auto-Pay" you can setup in advance.  Hopefully the rest can be done on-line and over the phone, but you'll need to know that bill is due.  Things like real estate taxes can be paid in advance.  I suppose you could over-pay critical bills for the service to draw excess funds from.  I did that once which worked out fine.
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: WATER OVERFLOW? on: July 26, 2016, 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
8  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.
9  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.
10  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
11  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.
12  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.
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New Phoenix Cruiser You Tube on: July 22, 2016, 09:59:09 am
CLICK HERE to watch the video.
14  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.
15  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.
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