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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC 3100 and PC 2351 Owners ... purchase dilemma on: November 27, 2015, 02:22:08 pm
I completely agree with BuffaloRose and Doneworking.  We have owned our 2350 for 8.5 years to date.  We exclusively stay in national parks, monuments, forests, BLMs, and state parks.  When not in those places, we stay in Walmarts and rest areas.  We travel once a year for 2 to 4 weeks to such places.  The 2350 will work in all places mentioned except during peak season when even a regular vehicle parking spot is hard to find.  Because we like to explore down roads that are not friendly for a motor home, we tow our Jeep Liberty.  I think off season (after the kids are back in school) the 2350 will work well for getting around.  Given the 2351 is only one foot longer, I don't think it will make big difference, just a minor to moderate difference.  6 feet longer is another story.  It is remarkable the impact just a couple feet makes in getting around.
2  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Improvements & Enhancements, 2007 PC-2350 on: November 26, 2015, 10:58:20 am
Great improvements, can you send details?
On which improvement?
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Would like to check out your Phoenix Cruiser 2350 near Los Angeles on: November 26, 2015, 10:39:49 am
Hi John,

Happy Thanksgiving to you and all the rest of the PC family!

Back in 2007, we went from a tiny 1983 Toyota Mirage to the 2350.  Eight years so far and it is a constant reminder we made the right choice.

Like Paul, we tow for increased mobility.  Our tow is a 2006 Jeep Liberty.  If we were full timing like you plan, I would think towing another vehicle would help with your full-time needs.  As long as your tow and stuff inside it doesn't exceed 5000 pounds, it becomes a multi-functional tow.  It gets you around where you are staying using much less fuel, and you can store stuff in it too.

Some might say, if you are going to tow another vehicle, why not buy a bigger motor home to live in full time.  That is another consideration.  But the 2350 with a tow vehicle is easy to get around in our national parks, monuments and the kind without issues.

This is something I always imagined for someone full timing alone and determined not to tow anything.  Consider special ordering a 2100 with the dinette changed to a day bed with made-for-day bed back rest cushions for day comfort.  Toss the cushions into the cab area for bedtime.  This way you have a couch and a permanent bed all in the same space.  The factory can make the day bed structure to utilize the space underneath it to improve the storage there with improved inside and outside access.  Make sure to request a memory foam mattress for it.  Also have the factory install cabinets instead of the couch, maybe with a writing desk for a place to sit at, maybe mount the TV on that wall, surely an area for additional storage.  You can be creative.  If the window on that wall is in the way, just have the factory delete, shift, or install a smaller one.  The factory is so good about such modifications without gouging you over such changes.

Here is the 2100 floor plan, shown with the optional slide out.  If floor space means nothing to you, get the no-slide for a clean wall to work with for the custom cabinetry and such.  If storage was king, just make that wardrobe cabinet across the entire wall, then shelve some of the inside with cubies or whatever.  Mix it up to meet your storage needs.  If you plan to carry "heavy", maybe consider the E450 chassis instead of the E350.

Just tossing out ideas that are inside this head of mine.  
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dip stick on: November 15, 2015, 09:41:23 pm
Thanks. Ron .  I tried your method and it worked much better.  It's still hard to read but it's possible now.
I am glad it improved for you.  Like you say, it works much better, enough to get a reading but is still not ideal.
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dip stick on: November 13, 2015, 11:32:19 pm
I surely understand the difficulty and frustration in getting a clean accurate reading.  I learned to do it a certain way which has helped me a lot.  Try it and see if it works for you.

Remove the dip stick, wipe it clean, and then Wait One Minute Or Longer before inserting & withdrawing the dip stick the second time to get your reading.  This allows oil that got up inside the tube when removing the dip stick the first time, to flow back down to create a cleaner tube for the withdraw the second time for a cleaner reading.

Of coarse when inserting the clean dip stick to get the reading, make absolutely sure it is completely inserted, push hard so the yellow rubber boot is seated all the way in and proper.  Say "one one-thousand", then withdraw the stick to get your reading.  Always hold the dip stick tip-down prior to and during your reading so the wet line does not move.
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question For 2552 Qwners on: November 11, 2015, 11:38:13 am
Good input Tom,

Admittedly I have no slide out to study, but maybe the captain seat could be mounted further out from the slide, more into the room.  If that person wants to watch TV, they could adjust/slide the seat out further yet to view the TV.  I measured 7 inches of travel on our pedestal.  The captain seat could be pulled out of the slide out by that much.

So the question is: Between mounting the seat at the front edge of the slide out, and the additional 7 inches of travel the pedestal provides, will that be enough to watch TV without needing to lean forward to see around the wall of the slide out?

There is another consideration regarding seat height.  The floor in the slide out is higher, a small step up. The pedestal should be a little shorter to compensate for it.

Like Tom says, if you have Phoenix make the changes, they do much of the research for you.
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question For 2552 Qwners on: November 11, 2015, 09:23:36 am
The gears inside my head are turning.

Since Marcia is traveling with one other person, 2 large bird cages (with birds of coarse), and 3 cats, I wonder if a more dramatic modification might provide the solution, of coarse with sacrifice to something else.

If the couch inside the slide out was removed, then install a captain seat with pedestal like we have by our entry door, the change might provide enough out-of-the-way space for your little companions.  The cages could be mounted higher, the floor below for cat beds or litter box, the space in between could be cabinets to store all pet needs.  You might need to buy cages specifically fitting the motor home, not use the ones from home.

Unlike the bedroom shirt closet sacrifice idea, the birds would always be in "day" space, I think a better social setting.

With the new captain seat mounted forward inside the slide out, it would be directly across the isle from the euro chair where a table could be set up as needed for the two people to eat at.  If you replaced the euro seat with another captain seat, then you would have four matching seats which would look like the rig was designed that way to begin with.  Captain seats to match your front ones can be ordered from Phoenix regardless of the year the rig was made.  You would need to get pedestals & seat belts which Phoenix can supply.  Then go somewhere local to have the changes made.  Each additional captain seat will cost $500-$600 including pedestals, seat belts, and shipping.  With specific dimensions, Phoenix can even build a cabinet inside the slide out per your specifications, and it would match the rest of the interior like it came that way from the factory when new.  I would wait to order the cabinet until after the seat was mounted to know exactly the remaining space you have to work with to maximize the size and configuration of the new cabinet.  I would imagine the cabinet could cost around $500 including shipping.  Call Phoenix for prices on the chairs and cabinet to know exactly what such an idea would cost.

The captain seat pedestals adjust in all directions so they can slide out into the open floor space as needed to eat at a shared table or watch TV better.

Just tossing out this idea, one of many from the PC family.

8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: First trip in our new 2552. on: November 10, 2015, 10:06:01 am
Very nice report about your trip and the 2552. Well done.
I agree!
9  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Need The Strength Of "THE HULK" To Work Your Shower Head? If So, Read This. on: November 08, 2015, 01:22:30 pm

I think your statement is very good for everyone to keep in mind when doing life.

Thank you for your kindness over the many years here on the PC forum.  And thank for you for your encouragement.  I do hope to manage my retirement in a very useful manner, both for us with our household, the people around us, and also the really big picture if you get what I mean.

10  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Need The Strength Of "THE HULK" To Work Your Shower Head? If So, Read This. on: November 08, 2015, 08:34:17 am
Thank you so much Paul.
11  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Need The Strength Of "THE HULK" To Work Your Shower Head? If So, Read This. on: November 05, 2015, 09:29:21 pm
Want to add our congratulations on your retirement.  I know you will have many new adventures to share with us. We are thoroughly enjoying our time.  Also I want to say how much we enjoy your helpful information on the forum.  All of the folks on here are great.

12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Full Timing? on: November 04, 2015, 05:07:27 pm
Call the factory on that question.  I suspect it will be little if any at all.
13  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Milky Way over PC2100 on: November 04, 2015, 08:37:46 am
 ThumbsUp  That is really cool.  Thanks for sharing.
14  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Need The Strength Of "THE HULK" To Work Your Shower Head? If So, Read This. on: November 04, 2015, 08:17:49 am
From reading your posts I gather this advice may not apply to you, but one can never be sure.

AVOID death by chair!   It is so easy to settle into a routine of sitting and thinking, or reading, or watching TV. Sure, retirement means slowing down but that comfy chair will pull you in and suck the life out of you.

I know you are active in your church and community so that will help... but leads to more advice: learn to say no. If you don't, you'll wind up with a full time job that you don't get paid for. Now is a good time to make that "Bucket List" for each of you and get to it.

It will take time to adapt but I think you're going to love being retired. I was beyond ready but John was not. He was happy at his desk and in his chair. Within two months on the road, he was totally into it. So, congratulations, relax and enjoy!
I am right there with you.

I love short term projects, whether at home, helping family, church, neighbors, community, whatever.  But I don't want to be a crutch either with "Don't bother because Ron will come in and save the day" kind of thinking.  But I have said "No, I can't do that" way too many times in my life.  I really want to say "Count me in" much more often.  I would like to attend events like these Phoenix Cruiser annual outings for example.

My church is a mega church which holds their Global Leadership Summit in August, an event that packs our main 7100 seat auditorium with over-flow in our smaller auditorium. The event is broadcast around the country, and later around the world with over 200,000 in attendance.  I am asked to help of which I have done on rare occasion because I have to take time off work.  Now I can join my wife and be counted on to help pull off that event every year.  Christmas services go for an entire week prior to Christmas Day.  I can step it up during those times as well.  I enjoy helping in spurts.  You get the idea.

I can see I will continue to be a busy guy and that is how I enjoy life.  Since being at home for less than a week, I have already lost a few pounds from not sitting in a cubicle for 40 hours a week, tapping into vending machine junk food twice a day.

Please don't worry about me.
15  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Need The Strength Of "THE HULK" To Work Your Shower Head? If So, Read This. on: November 02, 2015, 11:12:14 am

Congratulations.  Retirement is a summer vacation that never ends.  Enjoy!

Barry and Sue

Thank You!
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