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1  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Bike Racks on: July 31, 2015, 11:19:55 am
I see the benefits to that platform rack.  Just make sure to use a Quiet Hitch or equivalent or the bikes will sure thrash around a concerning amount.

My brother & wife have a platform similar (no bikes) which he found a zippered weather-proof storage bag designed to work with those types.  They are very happy to have that bag.  He had told me when they were taking ferry rides in the inside passage of Alaska, they would bring it all inside to reduce the RV's over-all length which saved them a lot of ferry money.
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New Members Approved on: July 30, 2015, 10:20:00 pm
Aimee, I love that about you, going the extra 100 miles maintaining this forum so well.  It is easy  to invest my time in it because of that.

3  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Bike Racks on: July 30, 2015, 02:43:50 pm
I see a couple of things to watch out for when installing a bike rack on the back of any PC.

- You will likely need to add an extension bar like this to mount the rack a little farther away from the motor home.  This helps to clear the ladder, spare tire cover, and allows for the rear compartment to open farther.

- Install a "Quiet Hitch" or equivalent to remove any play between the hitch and extension bar

- Install something similar between the extension and bike rack interconnection.  PCs have a class 3 receiver.  Bike racks are most often class 1 so you would need a mini-Quiet Hitch there.

- An ideal bike rack like this would be one where you can pivot the bikes away from the rig to allow better access to the rear compartment.
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Light Fixture Fuse Location on: July 23, 2015, 02:27:07 pm
That is a funny story Bob.  How many times I thought something was broken with our PC only to learn it was operator error.  Smile

Our 2007 does not have such a switch by the entry door.  We have just two switches there, the kill-all and porch light.  It would be nice if we had that 3rd switch.  It must have been a better idea implemented since 2007.

Now that I have converted all our lighting to LED with separate LED night lights, I suppose I could just leave one night light on all day to help us get inside after dark without tripping over ourselves.
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Passenger rear view morror on: July 22, 2015, 06:15:32 pm
Here are two photos of the rear view mirrors on our 2014 PC2552 (built on a 2013 Ford chassis).  I would call them single arm.
I think we have the same mirrors on our 2007 2350 with only minor differences.

1) Our arms are a lot longer (as TomH states, shortened in later model years)
2) The glass mirrors on ours is single.  Yours are duel with different curvatures for better views to the rear.

So it's only the Sprinters that have duel arm mirrors.  That clears up my confusion.
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Single A/C vs. Dual A/C on: July 21, 2015, 10:39:49 pm
PC should thicken the roof and duct the AC, would be much nicer MH.  We can't hear the TV at 100 volume when AC running.
If Phoenix had a ducted a/c unit, we would not be owners of a PC because the over-all height would exceed our garage door opening.  But we are the rare few impacted with the extra height.  I would think that ducted a/c would be quiet by comparison.

We have the 5 speaker +subwoofer sound system which plays over the a/c noise, but it's not comfortable.  Running the a/c at the lower setting helps a lot for watching TV.

An alternative is to run the Ford engine for dash a/c.  That works quite well with our 2350.  Run both a/c systems for a fast cool-down, then go with the low roof alone thereafter.
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Single A/C vs. Dual A/C on: July 21, 2015, 03:42:45 pm
I wonder if it is possible to reduce the Dometic roof a/c noise by placing a breathable sound deadening blanket covering the large louvered intake at the bottom of the unit.  It would likely do next to nothing for noise and restrict air flow a bit, but experimentation is always intriguing.
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Annual PC Rally on: July 21, 2015, 03:34:32 pm
Thanks for that info.  We won't be passing anywhere in the region...dang!
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: July 20, 2015, 05:31:24 pm
Hi, This is our first post.  We have a 2008 2551.  We really like the Rv, but it really wanders on the road.  I have to really stay on the steering wheel.  Any ideas of a good fix for this?  thanks

Yes there is a lot you can do to resolve your troubles.

What year is the chassis....a 2007 or 2008?  Is it an E350 or an E450?

Being a used rig, you don't know what the previous owner has improved upon, and what was not done.

Check your front and rear stabilizer bars.  If the front bar diameter is 1-3/8" and the rear is 1-1/2" then your bars are already upgraded.  If their diameters are under an inch, then I would replace them with heavy duty aftermarket versions.

I would replace stock shock absorbers with Koni-FSD shocks.

I would upgrade a stock steering stabilizer (the horizontal shock-looking thing attached to the steering linkage) with a heavy duty better type.  I have a Safe-T-Plus and like it a lot.

After those four things are confirmed as "upgraded", you should be a lot better.  Also get a wheel alignment and make sure you have the proper tire pressure.  Too much air wanders the rig more than too little.  Don't just put in 80 psi, the max stated on the tires.  Follow Phoenix recommendation on the door sticker.

I had a shop upgrade our 2007 2350 as I am suggesting to you and the rig handles beautifully since, and that was done 8 years ago.
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Passenger rear view morror on: July 20, 2015, 07:51:36 am
Did the factory switched to a double arm design RV mirror?  Do those mirrors adjust inward/outward as well as swing forward/rearward?  It appears they don't get painted.  I like the never-paint black plastic color for replacement purposes.  Maybe the double-arm applies only to the Sprinter as looking at some factory pics, there are still single arms on all Fords.
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Annual PC Rally on: July 20, 2015, 07:44:44 am
I too would like to know when and where the 2015 PC rally is.  Who knows, maybe it will work for us.
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Single A/C vs. Dual A/C on: July 20, 2015, 07:34:44 am
Not so much one unit verses two question I have is the noise level. HOLY crap these  units are noisy! I have been in a few other class C's and in not one of them was the AC unit any where near as loud as the one I have. By any chance is the noise level related directly to the brand of ac unit installed?
Yep, the low profile units on PCs are Dang LOUD. I wait patiently for ours to cool down the rig enough so I can put it into "low" mode.  The same issue is with other brand rigs with the same unit and direct flow non-ducted a/c.  Their higher ceilings and bigger volume probably help as well.  Someone here paid more for the factory to install a Coleman.  I wonder if it runs less noisy.
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rattle My Brain... on: July 16, 2015, 02:26:24 pm
You are very welcome Bob.

As he did with you, Kermit had suggested I use deck screws.  But I wanted screws with larger flat heads and fine threads thinking they would better resist pushing through the cabinet bottom with the bigger heads, and better resist coming loose with the finer threads.

I am glad you found and benefited from my 2 year old post.  I guess I am not wasting my time after-all. Smile Smile Smile
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: July 14, 2015, 10:51:29 pm
Welcome to Phoenix USA RV's Discussion Board. We think you'll find this is a nice place to hang out. Why don't you start off with a little introduction and tell us a bit about yourself?
Hi, we just purchased a 2002 2550 PC.  It did not come with a manual and my husband is concerned about how to manually close the slide so he asked me to join the forum (he is not computer literate and I am barely.  We live in Polk City Florida and plan our first trip within the next two weeks.  A friend had a 2004 PC and we were impressed with it and all the features.  We have downsized from a Itasca Meridian and looking forward to our travels and communicating on the forum. ThankYou
Welcome to the family!

There were notable changes in the Phoenix Cruiser line-up between model year 2003 and 2004.  Just be aware that someone providing help might be talking "apples" when you have an orange.  Still, many things are common enough with Phoenix fruit.

Sorry I can't help you much regarding manually cranking in your slide out as I have no first-hand experience with them.  I do know you need a crank, something that looks similar to this.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Entry Door Latch Breaks Wife Stuck Inside on: July 14, 2015, 10:43:57 pm
Hi Ron,
After checking all over the internet I could not locate parts, I believe the product is made by Trimark.  So, I called our friends at Phoenix and a new door latch assembly is on the way.
Bill G

Of Coarse!  Call Phoenix and get taken care of promptly with the proper parts. "Duh" to me for suggesting Ebay. Smile
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