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1411  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Emergency Road service on: July 22, 2011, 01:21:52 pm
I have even seen patches with a rubber finger that gets inserted into and pulled out through the hole of the tire.  That seems better yet.  But that can be used only when the puncture is at 90 degrees or no so far off.
1412  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Emergency Road service on: July 22, 2011, 12:56:48 pm
Yes Jerry, I agree.

Shops want to use a patch on the inside becasue it is a more reliable method of repair.  My suggested roadside tire repair method using the sticky rope gets RVers back on the road quickly.  If they are not comfortable with that as a long term repair, then they can get it repaired better at their convenience.

For myself, I have no concern using the sticky rope for a permanent repair, as long as the puncture is clean and in a good spot on the tire.  The best place is in thick thread or tight thread area, for more depth for the rope to do it's job.

In the case of RV tires, most get replaced due to age & cracking, not from thread wear.  This makes using the rope, less a concern.

Just my opinion on that.
1413  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What batteries R we using on: July 22, 2011, 11:05:25 am
On other RV forums, there is some discussion of the advantages in having two 6v batteries in series, instead of the typical 12v in parallel.  Flashlights are setup the same way, partially for the same reasons.

On my 2007 2350, one of my original 12v batteries was diagnosed as a failer after two years of service.  I decided to stay with 12v batteries and replaced them both with two larger 12v from Walmart.  They were the largest ones Walmart stocks.....they have a yellow label, though I forgot the brand name.  The two larger batteries fit in the slide-out battery tray perfectly without the need to add my little wood shims used with the original batteries to keep them close to eachother so the little white wire with square tip temp sensor could measure the battery temperature more accurately.

At Walmart, I went through their stash of batteries, selected the ones that were manufactured most recently, and having the same manufacturing month/year.  They cost around $70 each, but they have a lot more power than the original ones ever had.  I do wonder if one of my original batteries had issues from the start or shortly thereafter because right from day-one I struggled to maintain battery reserves much more than I do with the Walmarts now.  The larger size will make a difference, but I did not think so much.

One other thing I like about the Walmart batteries are the tops & caps.  If there is any boil-over, the top & caps don't purge it so quickly.  It seems there is a tiny top reservoir design to handle the occasion which would surely save my battery tray and connections.
1414  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Good Sam on: July 20, 2011, 07:42:46 am
Hey, I do have the ladder.  I can display my decals on it.  The only trouble is that nobody would see them with the ladder in my basement.   Smile
1415  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tow bar alighnment on: July 19, 2011, 05:28:28 pm
I got my Roadmaster 6" riser and two Quiet Hitch thingies, so I am ready for the next trip.  Maybe after it cools down outside, next week I will hook up everything on my flat driveway and take a few pictures to share what it looks like when hooked up, and the angle in the end...hopefully no angle at all.
1416  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: frog in my toilet on: July 17, 2011, 06:18:57 pm
Come to think about it, ours too does that, but on rare occasion.
1417  Main Forum / Phoenix Cruisers for Sale by Owner / Re: How Do I Post My Cruiser for Sale? on: July 15, 2011, 02:41:39 pm
Nice, very nice Aimee.  I think it's very cool that the factory will provide PC owner/sellers with trade-in and financing options for the buyers.  I don't think any RV company today offers that for their customers.  One more "ChecK MarK" in the "PLUS" column for Phoenix USA.

The RV community doesn't believe my stories as it is today.  Now they will think I am on medical Marijuana.

I assume sellers will also be able to direct prospective buyers to another personal website where shoppers can view lots more pictures.
1418  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Emergency Road service on: July 15, 2011, 02:34:53 pm
What "cheap" air compressor do you use?  Is it 120 volt or 12 volt?  Does it handle air pressures adequate for PC tires?
Walmart sells cheap air compressors in their automotive department.  Some are 12v, some are 110v.  On a PC with a generator or inverter, either voltage works well.  The PSI goes high enough as well.

I bought this kit at Walmart a few years ago which stores nice in it's very compact storage bag, and includes the repair kit for $55.  It looks big in the picture, but the case is only around 12" across.  Click Here to buy it on Amazon for about the same price.  I think Walmart now sells other models, still made by the same company.  There are many varieties of it.

1419  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New Service Coming Soon: Used PC Classifieds on: July 15, 2011, 12:05:05 pm
Wish PC made a 32-34' with the storage of an "A". Maybe someday!
Ask Kermit, the owner of Phoenix USA.  You never know.  That is how many new models get introduced.

Maybe they could add a few extra feet on the back of anotherwise ideal floor plan.  That space could be made into a pair of outdoor closets, one door on each side of the rig so they can retain the stock rear wall cap with spare tire & storage.  Have a pass-thru basement in the lower most area.  The side doors could be the same as the main entry door.  Just no window in them.  It seems a minimal design impact from the factory's prespective.  That would provide "MASSIVE" bulk storage with good security, good seal & insulation.

A minor alternate plan would be to divide the storage between outside and inside.  Isolate the two areas with an insulated wall, or keep it all one massive storage closet.  One main outside access door, one basement access door on the opposing side, and one inside closet door.

Doing that to a shorter E450 model like the 2552 or a 2700, would keep the over-all GVWR with a safer weight margin to avoid excessive over-loading.

Just a thought.
1420  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tow bar alighnment on: July 14, 2011, 03:44:16 pm
Spend, Spend, Spend.

A few hours later, I managed to get e-trailer to include 2 of the Quiet Hitch thingies in the shipment.  Shipping was just a little more that way.
1421  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tow bar alighnment on: July 14, 2011, 01:19:40 pm
Ok, To get this done quickly, I decided to go with the Roadmaster riser.  I know I would not mount a bike rack or platform while towing our Liberty for concern of damage in a tight-turn condition.  A dual receiver could hold a storage platform and bike rack together, but I wouldn't be doing that because we always tow.

Today, my Jeep Liberty front bumper is only a few inches from my PC rear bumper, when turning the PC steering wheel all the way in a very tight turn.  The extra 10.25" from the Roadmaster riser would be welcoming.  Since I do have a Roadmaster setup in the first place, it also seems logical to continue with the Roadmaster line for liability.  If something ever failed and it was the fault of Roadmaster, at least I could say I used all their stuff.

Thanks all.
1422  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: So what can I do for free (or cheap) near Gadsden, AL? on: July 14, 2011, 12:40:38 pm
I wish I could offer some advise, but have no experience with the area.  Cry
1423  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tow bar alighnment on: July 14, 2011, 12:32:01 pm
You guys have some good data here.  More to consider.
1424  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tow bar alighnment on: July 14, 2011, 11:18:12 am
I think I found the ideal riser for my particular tow bar non-level condition.

My E350 hitch receiver is 6" lower than level with my 2006 Jeep Liberty.  Therefore I need a 6" riser.  I found what I believe to be the right riser on ebay HERE.

This is the picture in the ebay ad, but it appears to be a 4" riser.


I have been in communication with the supplier, asking these two questions with his answers.

Ron's Question #1: Will your 6" riser reduce the 5000 pound rating of the hitch?
Supplier's Answer:  I do not see why it would lessen your tow capacity. It is very strong.

Ron's Question #2:  My motor home's hitch barely protrudes beyond the rear bumper. Measuring accurately, I determined I need a minimum of 2.5" from your riser's lower hitch pin hole to the back side of your upper square receiver. Does your 6" riser meet this dimensional requirement?
Supplier's Answer:  It will fit on there perfect.

Not exactly the detailed answers I hoped to get, but I think I will order one of these and give it a try.
1425  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Emergency Road service on: July 13, 2011, 10:53:37 pm
Not yet with my PC, but on our old motor home with rear duel wheels, I fixed the flat once while the rear tire was mounted to the axle.  I found a nail pierced cleanly into the tire.  I pulled it out, inserted a plug (those sticky rope things), filled up the tire with air, and all was back to normal.

Sometimes the flat is caused by the valve extension going bad.  Just remove it and fill the tire with air.

Having a cheap $30 air compressor handy, is not a bad idea.  Sometimes the leak is slow enough to get you to a tire shop to make the repair.
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