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1456  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Roof cracks on: March 04, 2011, 12:53:58 pm
jdw,

If the roof is in-fact sagging, you are right to contact the factory.  See what  they say.  The phone number is on their website.  Don't call Stuart's number, but the other one posted I think is the number 574-266-2020 and ask to speak with Kermit.

One bit of advise......work with Kermit, not against him.  There is a PC owner (Tom & Betsy on SmugMug)  who was a real son of a gun with Kermit to the point Kermit couldn't communicate with the fellow.  That fellow Tom wouldn't give Kermit a change to help, instead put together a Phoenix bashing website and all.  He burned himself instead of getting help.  That was not smart at all.

Just me thinking here, I would expect Kermit to tell you to take your PC to your local RV fix-it shop for an inspection on what happened, then go from there.  In the mean time to protect your rig until then, I would get ductape or something removable to temporarily seal it.
1457  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Roof cracks on: March 04, 2011, 06:24:24 am
I would say that is definitely a problem.  It appears the factory failed to apply enough caulk at the seam there.  Being that you own a 2011 model year, it would be covered under warranty, and you should be able to take the RV to your local RV repair center and get refunded for the expense.  But call the factory first after you email them your pictures.

I myself would email the pictures to the factory and ask for a tube of that exact same caulk, clean the area real good with laquer thinner and apply the right amount myself.  Done quicker than taking it in, and done right too.  Plus you'd have more caulk for later after the warranty, and also knowing what caulk to get later if it gets too old to use.
1458  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Newbie: And I'd like some advice (Thanks in advance!!) on: March 01, 2011, 11:37:07 pm
But to get a PC with a queen size bed you can walk around means at least a 29 footer, right?   Or are there other options we need to look for?
Hi GordonH,  If you are very good at floorplan design, I advise you sketch something up, a short motorhome with a walk-around queen bed, present it to Kermit Fisher (the fellow who owns Phoenix USA) and see if they can make you something special.  They have done that before, just recently, creating model 2552 for someone at a cost premium over the standard 2551 of $3000.  The factory is more creative during the November/December time of year as that is their slowest time in filling orders.

I do think the shortest walk-around queen bed offered today is 29'-8".

I've wondered if they could make a short rear queen bed model, starting with a 2700, delete the rear slide, and place a queen bed in the space of the double bed.  Yes the one person would have to climb over the other like is done in the 2350, but at least offering a huge open area to easily manuver in.  That takes off 2'-7" in over-all length, getting it down to 27'-1" long.

Model 2700
1459  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Water Drain valves on 2350 on: March 01, 2011, 01:09:38 pm
Billy,

If nobody gives you the answer you are looking for with your model 3100, try this.  If you are nimble enough to crawl under your rig, look for a pair of rubber or plastic drain tubes that come out from the floor and hang down maybe 6" or so.  That would help you figure out where the drain valves, are as the tubes hang directly below the valves inside.

Don't confuse the pair with the single tube that drains the fresh water tank.
1460  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: March 01, 2011, 11:35:22 am
Hi GordonH, Welcome to the PC forum,

Gradygal makes a very good point regarding your selection of floorplan.  As is easily understood, there are trade-offs with each model/floorplan.  I see you input a 2100 model in your profile, assuming that means you are leaning toward that one for starters.

We special ordered a new 2350 in 2007 seen by CLICKING HERE.  My wife and I both agree, the double bed is not ideal for getting in and out from.  A walk-around double or queen bed would be ideal but then it wouldn't fit in our garage.  For us, sleeping in separate beds is not an option, but others have different priorities, which is why the easy access twin bed floor plans are most popular.

If the length of the motor home didn't trouble me, I'd have the factory make something special for us......a no-slide rear walk-around queen bed.  I don't think that special request would cost much extra.  The factory is very good at accomodating special requests, especially if it does not greatly affect plumbing and other primary essentials.
1461  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Finding digital tv signals over-the-air on: February 26, 2011, 03:14:48 pm
Yes, it's the wingman--feeble mind couldn't recall the name so I fudged.
Thanks for the clarity!
1462  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Finding digital tv signals over-the-air on: February 26, 2011, 02:55:10 pm
The digital addition to the antenna on my current PC and on my previous 2007 2700 PC did make a significant difference.
Could you clarify what you mean by "digital addition"?  Are you referring to the add-on Wingman?

We bought our 2007 2350 with Winegard antenna and signal booster during the time of analog, but no TV's.  I installed digital TV's later.  I bought a Wingman but have not yet installed it.  I will before our first excursion this year.
1463  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Finding digital tv signals over-the-air on: February 25, 2011, 08:08:03 pm
Ron, the tv does not have the "where to point the antenna" feature.
So how is everyone doing it them.....just point in the general direction of where you "think" the signal is coming from?

Here at my house, because of the long distance and poor landscape circumstances (I live in a valley), the slightest change in direction of the antenna, makes a huge difference in signal strength.

In my analog to digital converter box at home, it has that "Signal Strength" feature I mentioned earlier, there to assist in directing the house antenna on the roof.  I wonder if I should somehow work that into my Winegard antenna in the motor home, just to aid in where to point the antenna, before I start scanning for channels.
1464  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Mods to our '04 2350 - Bathroom on: February 25, 2011, 11:29:53 am
That sounds great.  I look forward to see the pictures and also how the top lifts, etc.  I wonder if I have seen your cabinet before, but it didn't sink in.
1465  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Finding digital tv signals over-the-air on: February 24, 2011, 04:58:17 pm
Okay Tom, I will have to install my wingman, then drive my PC out from the valley I live in, up to where I have a better chance in getting a signal from Willis Tower (Sears Tower), then experiment from there.
1466  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Finding digital tv signals over-the-air on: February 24, 2011, 03:12:23 pm
Bob,

I know about scanning for stations.  I thought the feature was scanning to identify the best place to point the antenna, prior to scanning for stations.

My analog to digital converter at home is set up with a "where to point the antenna" feature, prior to scanning for stations.  I wondered if my TV in the motor home has that extra feature as well.  Do any of you have what I describe?
1467  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Finding digital tv signals over-the-air on: February 24, 2011, 02:34:53 pm
run an auto search and turn the antenna for best results. billy
Autosearch?  I got to find that on my TV.  That would help so very much.  I hope all my "wineing" about this has a happy ending for me.

That is a "TV Driven" feature, right?
1468  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Finding digital tv signals over-the-air on: February 24, 2011, 12:21:46 pm
Oh I see you point, and also being stationary for months at a time, needing to clean off debris there.

As for my 10' step ladder, It never touches the motor home.  It is free-standing, setup adjacent to the RV on a flat concrete driveway.  That ladder has a very wide stance, making it very safe to reach onto the roof.  But such a ladder is impossible to carry along on a trip.  It is a home-use only item as seen in this picture, the orange ladder partially out of view, leaning against the garage wall.

1469  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Finding digital tv signals over-the-air on: February 24, 2011, 11:32:57 am
I swear my amp is on as the little red light is lit.  I never seem to have any luck with a decent signal, but I almost never camp close enough to a city that broadcasts.  Even where I live is 40 miles from the old Sears Tower (now Willis Tower) and there is a hill between me and the direction of Chicago because I live in the Fox Valley (for those who are familiar), so trials at home are futile.  The same problem if I try to capture a broadcast from Rockford which is about the same distance but in the opposite direction.  I have yet to install the Winegard Wingman that mounts on the underside of the antenna and will add thick felt feet to the areas of contact with the roof.  Maybe that will quiet the noise it makes.  I did already add felt feet recently but have not driven the motor home since.  Now I have to relocate them for the Wingman. I won't know any results until our first trip this year.....whenever that is.

I too spend some time inspecting and cleaning the roof doing as gophoenix, but I use a big sturdy 10' step ladder for the task.  I stay off the roof as much as possible, reaching from the ladder with a brush on a broom stick instead.  That does limit my roof access only when home.  On trips I have none.  I really don't know what I would do with a stubborn tree branch.  But without the ladder and rack for branches to get tangled up in, I have not yet been in trouble.
1470  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Finding digital tv signals over-the-air on: February 23, 2011, 09:32:29 pm
This very topic is quite interesting.  I've had poor experience with this which is why I pretty much give up using the antenna and resort to DVD movies we bring from home.  You might have read a few of my posts mentioning I wished I never had the roof antenna mounted, just as I had the factory do with my roof rack and ladder.

At home in the house, we have a digital converter that came in handy to point our roof-top antenna toward the source.  There is a feature to identify signal strength, so with Walkie-Talkies, my wife instructed me to turn the roof antenna until the signal bar was at it's best.

In our 2007 PC with aftermarket 26" Samsung TV, that signal strength feature might be built into the TV, but I could not find it.   With digital technology, you have to pre-point the antenna to the right place, cross your fingers, scan for channels, and hope for the best.  In the places we typically camp, that process almost always yields nothing.  If I get two stations, I am doing great.  But they are weak so then what happens?  Digital pixelation and the sound cuts in and out.  So out comes our DVD binder with all our movies.

The analog days were real simple and reliable.  Turn on the TV to a popular station like channel 2, 5, 7, and then turn the antenna until the picture is at it's best.  It was a very forgiving process.

One final nail in the digital coffin is that digital technology requires line-of-sight.  If there is anything between you and the signal source, like a grove of trees, it's Tough-Luck-Charlie.  Supposedly you should be able to get a signal bounced off a mountain or canyon wall, but never any good luck there for me.

The only time the antenna actually works well is when we are staying in a larger city that broadcasts a digital signal.  But that places us into RV parks.  And guess what RV parks have......Cable TV offering many more channels...clean signal channels.  So what good is the antenna?

Okay I will type this again.  I sure wished I had PC-USA give me the Winegard antenna in it's shipping carton and free my roof of more holes and unsightly caulk, especially because it it mounted up front in the nice B+ cap.  It would also eliminate the nasty rattling the antenna makes when the roads are a bit rough.
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