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1426  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: June 16, 2012, 08:49:04 am
The older 2000 watt Tripp-Lite we have can be just as noisey with the fan turning on and off.  And the floorplan of our 2350, the LEDs on it along with the control panel like to flash which adds to the sleep interruption.  Like you, we turn the inverter off at night.  The Tripp-Lite has an on/off switch on it.  Actually it's a 3 position switch.
- off
- auto invert
- line charge only

Two of the 3 positions duplicate the control panel.  Too bad the control panel didn't include the "Off" position.  That would have been perfect.
1427  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electrical problem on: June 14, 2012, 06:06:18 pm
The weatherproof receptacle by the main entry door?

BTW:  What 2007 model do you have?
1428  Main Forum / General Discussion / Where I WIll Be This Fathers Day Weekend on: June 14, 2012, 07:07:13 am
I plan to take our PC to Dad's Fest this weekend in South Barrington, IL where hundreds of people bring their wheeled toys to display at our church for 20,000 people to inspect.  Time to bring out all those 2009 brochures again to promote the Phoenix Cruiser.  I still have hundreds of them.
http://dadfest.willowcreek.org/

If anyone wants to join me with their PC, just let me know.  I won't be able to spend much time with you, as I will be volunteering while displaying.  If you plan to display, just so you know....The first year our PC got far too much traffic inside.  The next year I roped it off so people could take that first step inside on the lower step, look from there and then move on.  I hung a sign on the rope saying they can look but not enter.  That worked out perfectly.  I have not been back with our PC since 2009 so it will be good to make another showing.  This year I plan to bring my step stool for people to peak in through the bedroom window with the screen open as well.  Maybe open the window using those red emergency handles, if I can hold the glass up safely.

It's a lot of fun, and I get a thousand questions.  Most popular are...accomodations and fuel economy.  Handing them a brochure really helps.
1429  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electrical problem on: June 14, 2012, 06:52:46 am
Eugene, I am staying tuned-in on this.  My curiosity will make sure of it.
1430  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Do you attend rallies in a PC? on: June 13, 2012, 05:57:51 pm
I plan to take our PC to Dad's Fest this weekend where hundreds of people bring their wheeled toys to display at church for 25,000 people to inspect.  Time to bring out all those 2009 brochures again to promote the Phoenix Cruiser.  I still have hundreds of them.
http://dadfest.willowcreek.org/

If anyone wants to join me with their PC, just let me know.  I won't be able to spend much time with you, as I will be volunteering while displaying.  If you plan to display, just so you know....The first year our PC got far too much traffic inside.  The next year I roped it off so people could take that first step inside on the lower step, look from there and then move on.  I hung a sign on the rope saying they can look but not enter.  That worked out perfectly.  I have not been back with our PC since 2009 so it will be good to make another showing.  This year I plan to bring my step stool for people to peak in through the bedroom window with the screen open as well.  Maybe open the window using those red emergency handles, if I can hold the glass up safely.

It's a lot of fun, and I get a thousand questions.  Most popular are...accomodations and fuel economy.  Handing them a brochure really helps.
1431  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electrical problem on: June 13, 2012, 05:44:49 pm
Your profile along the side does not indicate which year and model you have so we are very limited to how we can respond.  It would be great if you could edit your profile to show that information as you see I have to the left of my response.

We have a Tripp-Lite inverter on our 2007 2350 so I will give it a shot.

I do not believe there is any elecrical device above the heat shield you describe.  On our year & model, I can get a good look above the heat shield through the right side rear wheel well.  I examined the main battery cables that pass through there to get to the inverter to the left of the fridge.

Open the access door to the inverter (originally screwed shut at the factory) and hit the rest button on it when the unit is misbehaving.  That might do the trick for you.  If not, turn the inverter power switch to each of the 3 settings and back.

If nothing works, there is one more thing to try.  Get a small mirror and flashlight and look up from below at the control panel.  Reach up there and unplug the connector that resembles a Walkman headphone jack and observe what happens.  Do not confuse that connector with the one that resembles a telephone jack.  Unplugging the proper connector disables the auto-on-invert feature which places the control panel into a user-control mode.  In this mode you may be happier to control when the inverter is generating 110v, and just as important, when it is not to save your battery reserve power.  You could kill power to the inverter using the switch by the main entry door, but then you have also killed 12v power required to run your fridge off propane.

Click on the link below to read more about it.
http://www.phoenixusarv.com/community/index.php/topic,73.0.html
1432  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Got our Baby home! on: June 12, 2012, 03:02:27 pm
Our older 2007 E350 chassis, model 2350 is another story which does not relate well in this conversation except for the wheel alignment.

BE SURE when you take your rig for a wheel alignment, you have it loaded up as if on a trip, with empty waste tanks and full fresh water tank and propane tank.  It is best to take in the rig just after a weekend get-away, leaving all your gear, cookware & clothes inside, exactly where you'd normally keep them, because the distribution of the load influences the wheel alignment.  If you really want to get picky, place weights just behind the passenger and driver seat to simulate you and your spouse up front.  I threw my 140 pound weight set and tow bar hardware there to get it closer than if doing nothing.

About Koni FSD shocks for the E-series.  I read on www.rv.net that someone retro-fitted his E450 motor home with Koni-FSDs by changing the end bushings.  I don't know which FSD part numbers he used.  I wonder how well that worked out for him long term.
1433  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: running board lights on: June 07, 2012, 05:48:02 pm
There are some PC-USA added in-line fuses located behind the kick panel by the parking brake pedal.  Pop-off that panel and check the fuses there.
1434  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: running board lights on: June 05, 2012, 09:06:52 am
My rig is 5 years old so what I share may not apply today to a 2012.  My recollection is poor but I think.....

If you turn on the interior cab lights with the instrument panel dimmer switch, the running board lights will stay on, either for a long time or indefinitely.  It won't solve your problem, but at least you can check the running lights for basic opperation.  Something to help with troubleshooting.

I had thought something was wrong with our rig's running lights until I realized this.  We turned on the interior cab lights with the instument panel dimmer switch, then turned them off individually at the light fixture, much later noting the running board lights were on for no apparent reason.
1435  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: AC / Fan question on: June 03, 2012, 04:08:25 pm
Ron - Hmmm, something I hadn't thought of with a PC - completely ductless you say?  I am indeed curious then, particularly from those w/ 3100's, how the rooftop unit works cooling the rear of the coach (bathroom?!).
 The only ducts we have in our 5 year old 2350 are near the floor, dedicated to the furnace for heat.  One heat duct facilitates the bathroom nicely....more than nicely.  I was thinking of replacing that round heat register with an adjustable one so not to pump so much heat into the bathroom.

In hot weather with the a/c running and the bath door closed, it gets hot in the bathroom.  When parked we leave the bath door open a little which works okay.  While on the move we keep the bath door latched closed for obvious reasons.  It is only then that it gets warm in there.  With exception to the bathroom, our short rig would not benefit from a ducted system unless ducted = quiet.

I would assume all PCs made since 2004 share a similar story, but I could be wrong.  Maybe PC-USA does something special for the largest rigs.  I can only speak for my shorter 5 year old model 2350.
1436  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: silly commode question on: June 02, 2012, 11:45:14 am
It seems to me a better sign would say......

      Boys Please Sit When Doing #1
This Toilet Can't Handle The Normal Routine
1437  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: AC / Fan question on: June 02, 2012, 11:20:38 am
Our 2007 roof-top a/c is noisey as all heck when on high.  All PCs are ductless to help keep the over-all vehicle profile as low as possible, and best possible insulated ceiling.  The bad comes with the good.  For me, the low profile was more important than a quiet ducted a/c system.

As gophoenix describes, the surround sound over-comes.  Just crank up the sound.

With our short 2350 with no slideout and insulated glass, we most often get by with the a/c on low once cooled down.  We could make the entire interior one big fridge with the place buttoned down, shades drawn, and also run the chassis a/c.

The longest models with all the slideouts likely need the roof a/c on high to maintain a comfortable temp.
1438  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question on rattles on my manual step and shades on: June 02, 2012, 11:10:24 am
You forget me already, Ron?  Items A, B, & C  and rubber size B are just about all I've used (but I've used a lot of them).
Sorry about that Bob.  I converse with many people on 4 forums.  Please give me a little grace on this one.
I never did give you a "Helpful" rating on that flip-up counter rattle tip so I did just now.   Cheers
1439  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question on rattles on my manual step and shades on: June 02, 2012, 09:37:16 am
Doing this eliminated one of the worst noises our 2350 made.

Our conventional crank-up roof antenna would make a horrible sound when road bumps were significant.  The noise made me nuts.

I placed these pads on the antenna feet that make contact with the roof when folded down.  I bought the larger squares of this same peel-off sticky-back material I had cut two small strips and placed them on the underside of the ends of the antenna wings that would flap up & down and slap the roof.

I got a tip from a PC member here, sorry I forgot who, suggested using small strips of the same material in the flip-down counter extension to the left of the sink.  That was not a big source of rattle noise, but adding pads in the hinge area there killed 100% noise from it.

I think these pads are sold everywhere hardware is sold, possibly even in a grocery store in the home hardware section.  They come in many sizes and shapes and thicknesses.  I use the thick ones.


One more comment about rattles.  Over-inflating the tires by a lot is real hard on any motor home.  Not only does it increase the rattles, but it unnecessarily over-stresses the over-all rig and all it's components.
1440  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Wooopee... My PC is done on the 6th JUNE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on: June 02, 2012, 12:09:46 am
We did that trip last year.  We got hooked on light-houses.  We enjoyed the affordable 18 hole golfing at the course by Interlocken, stayed in the state park there directly across the campus.  There is a restaurant to the east, on the north side of the road between Interlocken and Travis City, 10 to 15 minutes from the golf course.  I wish I could remember the name.  Not much to look at.  They have a daily special posted....the best food we ever ate at such an afforadable price.  In the U.P we favored the north.  Pictured Rock N.P. was nice, you must take the boat ride on a calm day, and buy some fresh smoked fish while in town there.  The Sleeping Bear Dunes area was enjoyable too.  We took a boat ride to South Manitou Island.  Don't bother hiking to the old cedar forest on the island.  Hike to the far end dunes and be sure to see the old 1960's ship wreck.
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