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1441  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 29, 2011, 08:06:06 pm
Hi MikeD,

Welcome here to the Phoenix Cruiser forum.  I am glad to read you are doing some research here.

We did not order ours from the factory with the suspension upgrades mentioned.  On our mainden weekend journey from Chicago to Door County, WI, (4 hours away) we drove for a couple hours on an urban interstate highway that was being resurfaced.  We drove on the inside and outside shoulders at 50mph while towing a little car.  Our 2007 PC2350 did not handle those extreme conditions well at all.  Our experience with our first motorhome was just as poor which we got resolved mid way through our 24 years of ownership with it.  We were not going to mess around with our new motor home, so I took the new rig to the same place we took our first rig, to our local and trusted RV suspension shop and simply agreed to the recommendation of the shop expert there.  We spent $3900 to get a lot of suspension upgrades which dramatically improved the handling under poor as well as under ideal driving conditions.  I describe the "Before" as a drunken sailer.  The "After" as a tight SUV.  The things we had the shop do is as follows.
- Roadmaster heavy duty front & rear sway bars
- Henderson rear trac bar
- Koni-RV shocks
- Safe-T-Plus steering stabilizer
- Front wheel alignment which required offset bushings to get the camber set perfect

Such suspension upgrades are strongly beneficial on any motor home, not just a Phoenix Cruiser.  I am not sure the Phoenix factory would do them, or have the motor home sent elsewhere to have it done.  It would surely be worth an inquiry.

Ask any more questions.  I would be happy to answer what I can.

PS:  I think a Phoenix Cruiser would make a great 1st motor home.  Just be sure to consider the right model that meets your needs best.  Most popular with retired folks is the 2551, but the new model 2552 model is a fast growing replacement for it's extra living room lounge chair.
1442  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Our New Ad for Highway Mag on: April 29, 2011, 11:36:58 am
One of my Adventure Anywhere pictures was taken at Theodore Rosevelt, North Unit, by the entrance near the visitor center.  If you click on the tiny light purple rectangle in the upper right corner of your screen, that picture will show up the the upper lefthand corner.  My right rear tires are off the pavement making the motor home lean bad for the picture.  I've got to consider that in future pics.
1443  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sewer hose storage on: April 28, 2011, 08:43:18 pm
Just wondering about this as my PC is my first RV managing waste.

Given we do not use our PC for #2, everything I discharge is liquid.  In the event of a maserator failure, I would think I could dump without a 3" hose by opening the 3" sewer cap, then open the black and gray tanks and simply let the stuff run on those concrete aprons at the dump stations.  Then rince the area once done.

Is that okay to do in an emergency?  Do people do that?  I never seen it.  I suppose it is not good camper edicate.
1444  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Our New Ad for Highway Mag on: April 28, 2011, 06:57:50 pm
That is so cool   Wink  and something to remember.

I am happy for you Tom.  You will have to get a copy of that magazine.
1445  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: If You Could, What Would You Do Differnet? on: April 28, 2011, 05:27:44 pm
Thanks for the offer Jack.  I will keep that in-mind if I give up on making something.
1446  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: If You Could, What Would You Do Differnet? on: April 28, 2011, 03:05:36 pm
That looks great and simple.  Maybe I could come up with something like that at home for myself.  Thanks Bob.
1447  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Our New Ad for Highway Mag on: April 28, 2011, 12:45:57 pm
1448  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: If You Could, What Would You Do Differnet? on: April 28, 2011, 12:44:44 pm
I'd like to see a picture of your "Improved" maserator pump strap.  And if anyone else could provide a picture of their pump hanger too as I understand Phoenix has done something better since my 2007 days.  I have the generic perforated metal strapping material that is sold in a roll at the local home improvement store, used to hold up soil drain pipes at home.
1449  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: If You Could, What Would You Do Differnet? on: April 28, 2011, 12:12:54 pm
-More insulation in the cab area, the carpet needs some padding, should be sound mats put in the doors.
-Insulation of the step box, alot of cold and road noise comes from that area.

About the floor insulation in the cab up front.  That is not an easy task as the carpet needs to be glued down to conform to the shape of the cab floor.  Gluing first a padding, and then the carpet over that would be challenging unless they installed a pre-shaped molded carpet/pad combo like is done with cars.  But then they would need 4 different colors to go along with their interior colors.  Still I agree with you that it would be very nice, and I would pay the difference.

My box step seems to be rusting pretty quickly considering my rig has never seen snow/salt and very little rain.  I plan to brush on some Rustoleum primer to stop it from getting worse.  I suppose spraying on an undercoating material over that would further protect it and also provide some sound deadening.

1450  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: If You Could, What Would You Do Differnet? on: April 27, 2011, 09:09:36 pm
You are so kind Bob.  I work at your company, and my name is Bob.  HiThere
1451  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sewer hose storage on: April 27, 2011, 09:08:33 pm
Somebody, I think on this forum but maybe not, made a sewer storage container.  He strapped a 4" PVC pipe with a threaded end to use a threaded sewer cap as the lid.  I think it was mounted just forward of the rear wheels.  I don't recall the model of his rig.

Such a thing would also be great for fishing poles and other long skinny items......though obviously not sharing the same tube with the sewer hose.  Maybe a pair of tubes would be in-order.
1452  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: If You Could, What Would You Do Differnet? on: April 27, 2011, 07:09:44 pm
Maybe I'll get into the PC "retro" business if I loose my day job.  LOL
1453  Main Forum / General Discussion / If You Could, What Would You Do Differnet? on: April 26, 2011, 08:44:53 pm
Posting a fun and interesting question.  If you were to order a brand new Phoenix Cruiser again, what would you have the factory do differently?

Here are my thoughts on my 2007 Ford E350 model 2350
- No change in my model 2350, or my lack of a slide out.  The basics are still perfect for us.
- Maybe go with their full green exterior instead of the gray we have today
- Get the 3rd captain seat instead of the barrel chair (done by me afterwards)
- Get the leather dinette seating surfaces instead of the cloth (probably will never happen now as the seats are just too much money)
- 2 gallon water pressure tank with pump mounted on top (done by me afterwards with pump on the side)
- Not have the Winegard antenna installed (include it in the original packing box like I did for my roof rack & ladder)
- Add a battery compartment shield from rear tires (done by me afterwards)
- Add 2 more porch lights on the passenger side working off the same switch (can't do this now without significant ugliness)
- Have the main porch light moved farther from the entry door (so the swarm of bugs are not such an issue)
- Have a separate switch for three driver side porch lights & one rear porch light (can't do this now without significant ugliness)
- Have the factory install front & rear heavy duty sway bars, and rear trac bar (unsure if they would)
- Add an extra inverted-power outlet mounted high by the dinette to plug in a laptop (I have one there, but it is mounted low and is not inverted-power)
- Have the outlet for the main TV to be 4 outlets, not 2
- Would be sitting on the fence about a Sprinter chassis (can't help it with $4.30 gas prices today)
- Leave out the eyelets, hooks, and bunge cords from the rear compartment (I'd place more hooks in less space to the right & add a half shelf above them)

How do you newer owners like your outside drawers.  I really like my big single door storage without a drawer, but am curious about them.  They were introduced in 2008, the year after my 2007.
1454  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bike rack or cargo carrier on: April 25, 2011, 02:18:10 pm
The big trailer hitch connector at the back of your PC, controls a tow brake, turn signal, brake, and tail lights.  You can purchase a basic wiring kit fairly cheap, maybe $80 at Walmart, which includes most or all of what you'll need to do those basics.   With additional blocking diodes, the voltage coming from the RV gets isolated from the tow vehicle electrical system.  That is a safeguard.  At a minimum you really must have tail lights, brake lights, and turn signal lights.  Simply turning on the parking lights to tow your vehicle at night leaves out the brake and turn signals.  What about the day time?  No turn signals and no brake lights is no good.  In an emergency without them, I would turn on the tow vehicle flashers.
1455  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sani-Con electrical schematic on: April 25, 2011, 01:55:05 pm
Yep, such gel or a spray should be included in the manufacturing process.  It's not just a Phoenix deficiency.  Every motor home company fails in this department.  The trouble is amplified, the more "do-dads" you have.  Have a conventional sewer hose instead of a sanicon.  Have a mechanical step instead of a motorized one.  That eliminates two problem areas right there.  LOL

As I am sure of all, I'd rather have the features and just add a protectant.  Since I store my PC indoors in winter, and my seasonal driving has been relatively dry, I've become very lazy about that.  Thanks for the reminder.
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