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1411  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: oil change on: March 18, 2011, 02:03:18 pm
Billy,

To be honest, I didn't learn that Ford recommended synthetic until my 3rd oil change.  I used regular oil the 1st change at 2000, then 3000 miles.  Once I read "synthetic" in the owners manual, I switched to full synthetic and let that oil work for me all year long given I drive maybe 5000 miles per year max.

For a new Ford-V10 engine, I would run that oil a full year as I would think Ford follows their own spec and put full synthetic 5W-20 in there.  But I would surely do this next thing too.

I always have a very strong magnet on the bottom of the oil filter to capture any metal particles, especially beneficial during the break-in period and exteneded use synthetic oil in combination.  I found very strong magnets for this use in discarded computer hard drives.  The magnets are so strong, they will draw blood if you get your fingers pinched between two of them.  Here is what they look like.


I use a magnet on my Phoenix and my Corvette as both oil changes are once a year with Synthetic.  My daily use vehicles, I still use regualar oil changed at closer invervals so I never bother with magnets.  There are two magnets in each hard drive.

There are all kinds of magnets sold specifically for oil filters as shown, but I am a cheapskate where it doesn't matter.
1412  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: oil change on: March 17, 2011, 10:17:39 pm
I thought the Ford owners manual recommended full synthetic.  That  is what I use.  It lasts all year that way too.
1413  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: extending roof rack on: March 17, 2011, 10:15:17 pm
Your questions could be best answered by Phoenix USA.

BTW:  While the roof rack is apart, you might want to consider slipping on floatation noodles to act as pads and rollers for the Kayaks.  Find ones with the right ID and color to match your rig.  They are very durable and likely have UV protecting properties.

1414  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Model names on: March 17, 2011, 12:50:15 am
I have seen on ebay, Phoenix Cruisers around year 2000, which are vans with extended roofs, called a class-B.  All were constructed on the Dodge Ram van as shown here.


Somewhere around the same time, they offered a larger B+ configuration which is the same basic design today.  The rear back then looked like this.  Note how the entry door looks when open.  They later came up with the pivoting hindge most of us enjoy today.


They improved again around 2004/2005 with significant improvements in construction and features, the most noticable one being the rear wall having an integrated spare tire compartment and larger outside storage as shown here.


Other extras included an improved entry door (maybe introduced a few years earlier), high intensity LED tail lights, the inverter with twin batteries and the maserator pump.  I don't know when they started offering so many models, but when I bought mine in 2007 they had a bunch, adding at least 2 more floor plans and the Sprinter since.  Every year they seem to get a little better.

I don't know if Kermit owned Phoenix USA all throughout it's history, or if he bought into it along the way.
1415  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Metal on metal rattle on: March 15, 2011, 03:54:55 pm
You should let Kermit (the owner of Phoenix USA) know this.  He needs to tell the fellow of that process to watch out for this.  Call the factory and ask for him.  Don't be shy.  He loves phone call input.
1416  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Gas Mileage on 2551/2552 on: March 15, 2011, 03:48:54 pm
Thanks for the data!  It sure seems smart to get one of these for oh so many good reasons.  Now to figure out where the best place to mount this thing.  Up high, down low, I'll have to give this some thought.  I sure wouldn't want to mount it in poor taste, yet still in plain view.
1417  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Roof cracks on: March 15, 2011, 12:49:54 pm
Wow, I too am sorry to hear of all those issues.  I wonder how much of that could be related to the time of year it was manufactured.  Still, it should not be so.

I can relate to the exterior compartment latch issue as well.  I simply place my left hand next to the lock, then jerk my body weight there while turning the key with my other hand, all in a quick moment.  I thought that was a good thing to get a tighter pressure fit for a better seal and prevent rattling.

About rust.  I do wonder what my 2007 model year unit would look like if it was exposed to any salt spray from winter driving.  We intentionally ordered ours for production in June of 2007 to assure no salt exposure, and have none to this day, so ours still looks great.  I did notice when crawling under the RV, the main entry door step housing is rusting on the back side.  I was thinking of painting it.  The brake calipers and disks are steel and they too have a rusty color to them.  But the rest of the undercarriage looks good.

I read now and then on www.RV.net of other people who bought other "NEW" motor homes of different brands, having great rust concerns.  I wonder what's going on there.
1418  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Gas Mileage on 2551/2552 on: March 14, 2011, 08:08:23 pm
The X-Guage software upgrade with a new scan guage purchase, mentioned monitering the trans fluid.  I think it would be good to call them, give them your exact year and model chassis.  Maybe they'll have a hard fact answer for you.

Report back here too as I too would like to know for my 2007 E350-V10
1419  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Gas Mileage on 2551/2552 on: March 14, 2011, 12:17:35 pm
I would like to know how your gas mileage is calculated.

- By a tank full, here and there?
- Averaged over thousands of miles?
- With one of those electronic scan guage devises?

I have been thinking of buying THIS Scan Guage-II and wonder how accurate it's MPG averaging is.  It seems it would help with real time mpg to assist in determining optimal speed for best fuel economy, under all varying conditions.  It also monitors much more than fuel.


This references it's size.
1420  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Gas Mileage on 2551/2552 on: March 12, 2011, 10:39:17 pm
For your reference, our 2007 2350 E350-V10 averages between 9.2 to 9.5mpg.
- Always towing a vehicle
- Alway 5mph over posted speed limit for towing
- Calculated over a 4000 and a 5000 mile journey, from the time we left home to the time we returned.
- 50% of the time, we use cruise control

You know how it is.....we always seem to be driving into the wind as the praire grass is always leaning in the opposite direction.   Cry  I wish Murphey would ride with the people on the other side of the highway for a change.
1421  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What Portable Gas Grill Do You Carry Along? on: March 12, 2011, 12:50:39 pm
Yes the Coleman seems to be the best for storage reasons which is one reason why we selected it.  It seems to offer the same general benefit as the Baby-Q, but we have not yet used it so we cannot confirm it's claim to "even-heat" cooking.  The dome lid does make it possible to consider cooking a small chicken.  Again we have Zero experience with it to-date.
1422  Main Forum / General Discussion / What Portable Gas Grill Do You Carry Along? on: March 11, 2011, 03:49:47 pm
We've had two grills over the years, both of this type which had un-even cooking.  We added those ceramic briquets which helped, but never really solved the problem.  Their only advantage was the easy-to-store size.


My wife said enough is enough.  Now that we have the PC2350 with nice basement storage, she found THIS COLEMAN GAS GRILL on clearance at Menards for $75.00, regularly $150.  To be honest, it's hard to believe this originally cost $150.  But it does have a circular tubular stainless steel burner to provide more even heating, and a cast iron cooking grate.  It also fits well in our PC2350 basement.  Now I have to find the perfect box to store it in.


I'd love to read what you all use.  Please include website pics like I did.
1423  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: A few changes on: March 11, 2011, 07:59:06 am
You did good in making extra storage using closet organizing shelving.  I would not have thought of that.  It seems to do a great job too with the front lip.  Great work there Billy!

My 2007 was the last year of the exterior storage without drawers so I cannot relate to the issue you resolved there.  You might want to share that with the factory.  If they find that to be a chronic problem, they may implement your resolution into the next model year.  

Phoenix does learn & apply from owner input.  Each year gets a little better, some based on owner input to problem resolution, to interesting features and upgrades.  For example the 26" widescreeen TV was introduced in 2009 after I sent Kermit pics of the 26" Samsung I installed in my 2007, saying "It's made for the PC.  You've Got to get this TV in your PCs.  They went out and bought 26" Samsungs and featured it in the next model year.

The 26" Samsung TV I installed in my 2007


The 26" Samsung TV in a 2009


So I strongly advise everyone share what they have done with the factory.  Some things they will easily consider, others by popular demand.

I wish they would implement the water pressure tank.  Everyone who has installed one, finds it quite remarkable, changing the entire feel of RV opperations.  If you can't stand the loud on/off, on/off moaning and groaning of your water pump, this is the solution.

Here is my low cost home-made version.  I wasn't sure what to expect so I didn't want to invest heavy.  Now that I know better, I wished I bought the one below.


A Cleaner But Much More Expensive Installation.  The Pump Mounts On Top To Further Reduce Pump Noise & Saves Floor Space
1424  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Water Accumulator Tank on: March 10, 2011, 10:40:37 pm
I'm glad it all worked out well for you Larry.  It really does make a huge difference for the better.
1425  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Newer Ford Center Console For 2007-2008 on: March 09, 2011, 12:25:51 pm
I just got off the phone with Kermit, so here is the scoop for us with any Ford chassis older than a 2009, who would like to consider having the newest center console.

Our old style 4-cup holder design is interchangable with the latest 2-cup & lots of storage design.  Kermit mounted a 2011 onto a dark gray 2006 and said it is a perfect fit.  There are number of unrelated issues outlined here.
1) A newer tan color is likely NOT the same shade as the older tan color of the 2007 and 2008 model years (but it might be a good compliment)
2) The cost of a new tan console is $184 direct from Ford
3) Cost of adding the wood grain is $64 (this is a dipping process done at a supplier of Phoenix)
4) Total cost including shipping would be around $264 (that is a lot for a nicer console)

For you with the 2006 or older dark gray console, you have it much easier and cheaper because you can buy a new console off eBay $50, have it shipped from the eBay seller direct to Phoenix USA, and Kermit will send it out for dipping the woodgrain $64, and then ship it to you $16.

I will see if I can find a tan console in a local junk yard to reduce the $184 purchase price down I hope to around $40 or less.
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