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1456  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
1457  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.
1458  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
1459  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.
1460  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.
1461  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.
1462  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bike rack or cargo carrier on: April 24, 2011, 11:26:40 pm
When towing my Jeep Liberty, the view of the RV plate is blocked.  I am more concerned about my tow vehicle's license plate not being lit up at night.  I guess I'll continue to risk getting ticketed until my first one.  Then maybe do something about it.
1463  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 22, 2011, 07:40:20 pm
Yes I agree with Bob,

There is virtually nothing to see inside the tow vehicle once the system installed, that is unless you look under my Liberty's driver seat.  I mounted the solonoid on top of the carpet under there.  The vaccuum pump is under the hood by the brake master cylinder, and the control module is tucked up inside the dash board out of sight.  I wanted everything looking real good so I did spend a lot of time routing the wiring to look like it was all originally installed at the Jeep factory.  

Routine hookup and unhooking of the tow to the motor home happens while hooking up the tail lights.  Thanks Bob for helping me with that one.......the motor home wiring, and also about the better (more wires) slinky cable to use.

Bob is the resident expert on this.  I just followed his very helpful instruction.
1464  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sewer hose storage on: April 22, 2011, 04:38:50 pm
I wish I could make this picture huge so you can see my maserator bypass poop drain much better.  I will try to describe "where exactly" it is.
You see the maserator pump to the left.  Follow it to the right, to the point of the mud flap.  Just to the left of the mudflap is a black round thing with a small rectangular gray decal on the lower portion.  That is the cap to the bypass.  It faces rearward and is more under the motor home than would be considered convenient.  But for an emergency, I think it will be quite appreciated.  I would think all PC owners have this.  You just never got under the poop system to notice it.
1465  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 22, 2011, 04:18:37 pm
B  Badger,

We started out towing a light weight little 2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder convertible that weighed only 2200 pounds, seen here.


We did NOT have a braking system setup with it.  I considered it marginal.  When we needed to brake hard, it got a little scary.  I thought that little car had very little influence in braking distance until we drove a short distance without the car attached, and it was a huge difference.  I was very surprised how such a little car could push the motor home so hard.

Our 3rd year owning the PC, we changed tow vehicles to a 2006 Jeep Liberty weighing 3800 pounds, seen here.


I was NOT going to risk anything with a heavier vehicle.  I installed a Unified tow braking system, made by US Gear.  It is the only system I know of that activates and utilizes the tow vehicle's power brake booster through a vaccuum pump.  The braking system's sensitivity is adjustable while you drive the motor home which is very useful when you go down long decents.  When set to maximum, you can stop quicker with the tow vehicle than if you didn't have it at all.  I really like my Unified Tow Brake a lot, and another fellow on this forum likes his a lot too.  It is expensive but well worth it for the extra safety.  The kit is around $900-$1000 and I installed it myself.  Installation is not for the novice.  I feel if it prevents one accident, then it more than paid for itself.
1466  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Back flushing tanks on: April 22, 2011, 12:21:36 pm
On my 2007 with maserator pump, I also have a maserator bypass for long term RV park stays.  Don't we all?  I have never used it but it is there.  I would assume I would simply attach a generic big slinky hose and open both tank valves and leave them open to drain away as usage occurs.

On a related note, I once (and only once) screwed my maserator hose end into an RV park drain pipe and left it there for the duration of our visit.  Every time we flushed the toilet, we got a huge blast of sewer gas inside the bathroom.  I never hooked up that wayagain.  I since leave it capped and on the ground near the RV park sewer cap, ready for draining as required.

BTW: our few RV park stays are usually one night, rarely two nights, so I'd never hassle with a conventional slinky hose setup.  But I might if we stayed in one place for a season.....though that sewer gas problem might have me keep my tank valves closed until they get full.  At that point why not exercise the maserator?
1467  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Back flushing tanks on: April 21, 2011, 08:46:05 pm
We practice something different here, but understand that I don't feel everyone should do it my way.  I only am sharing our method and our reasons for it.

Simply stated......We do NOT poop in our motor home.  This keeps the black tank free of human waste solids, so flushing it works extremely well.  Why you might ask of this poop-free restriction?  This because we store our PC in our garage which is under our house.  We don't want to smell any sewer gas inside the house above the garage......which by the way is our master bedroom.  Oh....and my wife likes the restriction too, feeling grosed-out hauling such waste around, the smells, etc. rolling on the floor

Without human solid waste, we flush our black and gray tanks only upon returning from our trips.  I pour in a half bottle of bleach in the toilet, and a half bottle in the kitchen sink, then fill up the two tanks to capacity with fresh warm water.  After an hour or two, I then drain them into the ditch next to the driveway, and repeat the process with fresh warm water alone.  The result is clean odor-free tanks.

I let the bleach solution sit for 3 to 5 hours for the first two years, then heard of potential damage of the bleach to the sewage system, so I since do it for an hour or two.  So far so good.
1468  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: We have it! on: April 20, 2011, 09:20:43 pm
Congrats!.  You'll have to post some pics soon.  Yours is our younger sybling......2007 2350 no-slide.
1469  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Legal Action? on: April 20, 2011, 12:42:36 pm
Amen to that Aimee  ThumbsUp
1470  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: smoke detector on: April 19, 2011, 02:46:52 pm
Good to know Barry-Sue, Thanks!
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