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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How to insert photo in post? on: Today at 10:36:19 pm
Ron, I knew you'd have the answer.  We have followed your model and have no slide in our 2552, so I wanted to post to show how much room there is without it.  Thanks much!
I look forward to seeing your no-slide pictures.

We are a small minority when it comes to preferring a no-slide floor plan.  I used to share the benefits of a no-slide, but with predictability, the community would hammer me down hard with unneighborly hits.  I figure if I kept bringing that option up for new-comers, I could find my helpful rating in negative territory, ha, ha.

You and I, we have to stick together. Cheers
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Full Body Paint? Why? on: Today at 10:23:06 pm
Hi Peggy,

I can only share my experience, why we choose full body paint, and why we still like it.

We owned an unpainted fiberglass rig for 24 years.  It was hard to keep it looking nice.  As the years went by, it looked worse and worse.  I would put so much hard labor into the thing to have it look mediocre.  The first 5 years we owned it, we parked it outside.  The last 19 years we owned it, we kept it in a garage.  I think some of the problem with unpainted fiberglass has to do with age, not just weathering.  We sold that rig in early 2007.

While it was for sale, we ordered our PC, I convinced my wife that because we will keep this one in a garage from the beginning, the paint work should be a good investment.  Not only to look nice, but to clean easy.  Our PC is 11 years old and the rig looks almost new, and it does clean easy.

In our case it was a really good investment.  But remember that we keep our PC in a garage when not traveling in it.  I hope others with full body paint and a long history of 100% outdoor ownership will report in with how their full body paint is holding up to the elements.

I have thought that if I wanted a plain white PC, it would be worth painting the whole thing the same white as the Ford van portion.  It should be a lot cheaper painting it one color, and not needing to paint the van portion.  I assume it would be very affordable.  The entire rig would be very easy to clean, and would age very well.  I also think going with a solid color would open up opportunities for other color choices, but you would likely need to include the Ford van portion to look right.

3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need a Euro chair on: Today at 09:07:29 am
I am in the process of having my 2 front captains seats recovered and will be replacing the crummy sofa and euro chair..the faux leather is coming off everything...if you are still interested in the "euro" chair be advised it will need recovering...we hardly used it and it was not abused...faulty fabric from PC!!!!!!!
Hi Lietenant,

I think all new PCs today including the euro chair, is now made of real more fake leather flaking.  If ordering a new euro chair, specify "REAL" leather and I think should be well.  But I wonder if the non-seating surfaces still made on fake leather still runs the risk of flaking.

I bet the flaking on the fake leather had to do with changing suppliers, getting the material from China.  Our 11 year old fake leather and also the later addition of our fake leather dinette and 3rd captain seat are all doing well.  I understood Paul's Seating used old-stock matching material to fulfill our orders a while back, hence all good-old material....all holding up beautifully.  We dodged a bullet there.

I feel for you and others with that flaking mess.  That has to be heartbreaking.

4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Time For New Shocks - HD Bilsteins Or Koni-FSD...Anyone Here With Experience? on: Today at 09:04:29 am
Because of my experience with the red Koni-RV giving out after 36,000 miles along with some bad ratings by other people with the Koni-FSD, I decided to try the HD Bilsteins.  But I do thank you Ron & Toni for your input.

Part of my decision was the affordability factor.....$83 per HD Bilstein, no sales tax, free shipping, at Tire Rack.  I would have gone with the Koni-FSD if they were more competitively priced.  But double the cost made them a deal-breaker.
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Liquid Springs; are they worth the cost? on: Today at 08:54:12 am
I just returned from a trip to Phoenix from PA in my 2017 2552. We drove across the US mostly on I-40 and returned across AZ-NM-TX-LA-MS and Al on I-10. This is my second long trip in our PC 2552 (went to the PC gathering in Sisters,OR)  and I feel that this is by far the best riding RV that I have owned except for our Newmar DP. At this time, I will not even install Koni shocks till the OEM shocks start to fade. My suggestion is to purchase your RV, whatever brand, drive it for awhile, then do your upgrades.
That is excellent advise....especially with a 2552 for it seems to be proportioned best.  Just make sure your tire pressure is per Phoenix recommendations.  I do wonder if it is wise to add an additional 5 psi to accommodate for all you add into your PC.

Don't assume you can trust your tire gauge.  What I thought was my best tire gauge read 9 psi high, meaning that I was running 9 psi too little in my tires.  You can read about it HERE.
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How to insert photo in post? on: Today at 08:17:45 am
Hi Pejibaye

It seems there are multiple methods to post a picture.  The only method I am familiar with is as follows.  I work on a Windows computer, not an Apple, so there are likely some minor differences.

1) Post your picture on the internet, the cloud, wherever you post pictures on the world wide web to share with other people.  I think even facebook might work.  If you have never posted any pictures anywhere, then my help stops here.

2) Open the picture in it's own internet window.  Where I post pictures on flickr, I have the option to open the picture at various sizes.  The size that is posting-friendly is medium 640 (640x480) or close to it pending the aspect ratio when the picture was taken.

3) Place your curser over the picture and "right mouse click".  Look in the menu that pops up for "Copy image address" and select it.

4) Now in the work space on the Phoenix forum here, place your curser in your message where you want the picture to be.  Add a blank line above, then select the picture icon.  It will add this:   [ img][ /img].

5) Paste the "image address" right after the first [ img].  Do NOT add spaces.

6) Pending your message and quantity of pictures to post, you may need to add a blank line below it to separate your picture from text and additional pictures.

7) Hit "post" to post your message and the picture is displayed.

Some things that go wrong are...
- Your internet picture is massive or tiny. The size "medium 640" is what you want where your picture is stored on the internet.
- You get an error message, or you see funny characters in your message.  You did not place the internet address after the first [ img]
- Your picture is in the middle of a sentence or otherwise in the wrong place within your message.  Separating the img string with a blank line above and below it assures it is posted in a clean manner.
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Time For New Shocks - HD Bilsteins Or Koni-FSD...Anyone Here With Experience? on: April 21, 2018, 08:18:25 pm
Bud, Thanks for your experience with the gold Koni-FSD.  So few people have them so the input I seek is rare.  For a true comparison, I wish I could drive my rig with the Koni-FSD and then the Bilstein.  I was hoping to communicate with someone who had experience with both.

I found the Bilsteins for sale at Tire Rack for $83 each front or rear, and free shipping.  The best deal I found with the Koni-FSD is twice the price.  Being the money misers Irene and I are, and all the endorsements of the heavy duty Bilsteins along with my own endorsement for Bilsteins on my old Toyota chassis motor home, I am having a hard time to convince myself the Koni-FSD is worth an additional $300+.  If only I knew for certain that we would notice a significant improvement going FSD.  Adding that it doesn't help reading of a few people who were actually very dissatisfied with their Koni-FSDs.

I asked the same question on another forum HERE where the overwhelming majority of people had heavy duty Bilstein shocks and loved them.

Cropduster, I do plan to change the shocks myself.  It shouldn't be too hard to remove the old ones given the over-all lack of corrosion on our rig.  I do know what that left-front shock entails, but thanks for the reminder.
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 4way valve problem on: April 21, 2018, 10:21:33 am
Hi Barry,

I have heard of that but that has not been my personal experience in the applications I have used it in.  Not just in those two places in our PC, but I also use Vasoline at home on the "O"-ring seal on our whole house bell jar filter.  If I don't apply the Vasoline on the "O"-ring, I struggle hard to loosen the plastic bell jar when it is time to replace the cartridge.  So far so good doing that since 1988.

But everyone needs to feel right with their decision to use it or not.  If you don't feel right using Vasoline, then don't.  I am just sharing an option that works for me.

Ron Dittmer
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Communication Problems with Phoenix Cruiser Staff on: April 20, 2018, 10:06:45 pm
I do have to say one good thing about our color choice.  It surely hides the dirt well.  rolling on the floor
Our rig was a total mess when I took this picture, but it doesn't stand out much.  The back wall looks clean but it was horrible.
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Answer as to where are PC exterior wall panels made. on: April 20, 2018, 09:58:55 pm
Thanks RVCamping for all those details.  It is very interesting.

Back in 2006 when shopping for a new rig, the Carrigo was initially on my short list.  I too noticed how it's B+ front cap is the same used on PCs.  I also noticed the optional front bumper cover on our PC is also on other brands of motor homes of that time period.  But the Phoenix rear wall with integrated spare tire compartment is a Phoenix exclusive item.
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 4way valve problem on: April 20, 2018, 09:51:04 pm
I read long ago, a good grease for potable water valves is uncontaminated Vaseline.  It does not last forever though.  I use it on the drain valve of my fresh water tank and also the shower head water cut-off button.
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Your Thought on the EasyCare Vehicle Service Contract Offered by PC ? on: April 20, 2018, 09:45:39 pm
JD:  I am personally not a big supporter of extra warranties.  Just way to pricey for me.
Me too.  But if you don't know which end of a screwdriver to hold, maybe the warranty will be of value.
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cab Noise When Driving Down the Road on: April 20, 2018, 09:42:30 pm
I agree with everyone's comments.

Our PC is now 11 years old with only the standard materials in the cab area.  We never give a thought about the noise level while cruising.  We find it to be just fine.  BUT when climbing and engine braking, when the engine rev's up under those conditions, Irene and I have to raise our voices to communicate with each other.  Also, a common complaint, the floor gets hot near the passenger.  SO, I would think if Phoenix has an option to increase insulation/sound deadening on the cab floor and engine housing, to consider the upgrade.
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Time For New Shocks - HD Bilsteins Or Koni-FSD...Anyone Here With Experience? on: April 20, 2018, 08:27:07 am
I put Bilsteins on a Born Free (E-450) that we had and Koni's on my previous PC 2351. Koni's were better IMHO.
Hi Ron,

Were the Bilsteins the heavy duty ones, or the comfort ride ones?
Were the Koni shocks the adjustable red ones, or the gold FSD shocks?
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Time For New Shocks - HD Bilsteins Or Koni-FSD...Anyone Here With Experience? on: April 20, 2018, 08:25:05 am
Hi Jim,

Here as well as another forum, I often read of satisfied Bilsteins shock owners.  But the Koni-FSD makes so much sense to me in how they offer a soft ride under normal driving conditions, and kick into heavy-duty mode as needed.  I would blindly buy the Koni-FSD except that they cost nearly twice that of the Bilsteins.  The best on-line deal found so far on each is on the same website HERE.

Thanks for sharing your decision.
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