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1471  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Fluorescent light failure and melted housing on: March 10, 2015, 03:31:15 am
The original twin bulb fluorescent fixtures in our 2007 rig, I had taken one un-tampered fixture into the lab here at work where an electrical engineer measured the power to be 9 watts.  My LED conversion dropped the power down to 6 watts, but the light output is way too much.  I think I can cut the wattage in half again to 3 watts when reducing the brightness by disabling every-other 3-LED circuit.  3 watts per fixture would be real nice to achieve.  But the right brightness takes priority over power savings.
1472  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: March 08, 2015, 06:25:25 pm
Just throwing this option out there for you.

Model 2351 can be ordered with the rear corner bed one foot longer by deleting the pantry in between stove & bed.  You will gain that much more outdoor storage along with the foot longer bed.  Also, I believe you can special order the double bed a bit narrower.  You delete the bed-side window and have a wall of cabinets at the same depth as the current overhead cabinet on that wall.  That is something to consider if always sleeping alone and you seek piles of extra indoor storage.  For resale purposes, have the  extra cabinetry removable.  A window can always be added by the next buyer.

Just keep in-mind that the length of a 2351 shown here starts to get a bit long at 24'-11".


Here is the 2350 for comparison which is 23'-8" long.
1473  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: March 08, 2015, 01:14:01 pm
You are 6'-2" tall?  With hiking shoes on, you will likely hit your head on the a/c and lighting.  Don't buy sight unseen for that reason.  You need to size yourself up.  Every PC has the same ceiling concerns.
1474  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: March 08, 2015, 01:43:57 am
Hi Greg/Lakedog,

I think the 2100 is a very efficient rig.  I personally would do it up differently to utilize the interior better.   I also feel the smaller V8 E350 engine offers enough power for it's size and weight.  I think the 2100 is ideal for a single person, but will work with two as long as you are real careful in what you bring.  I see pictures of 2100s with hitch mounted storage compartments which I feel defeats the purpose.  At that point, I would buy a 2350 and have plenty of indoor & outdoor storage and also a full time double bed and bigger capacities.  A 2350 is more suited for full timing for a multitude of reasons.  But if you travel lightly, the 2100 will be quite the rig for best mobility.
1475  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Fluorescent light failure and melted housing on: March 05, 2015, 03:08:22 pm
Hi Dave,

Just click on the "HERE" in my message above to get to the project, actually the entire research project.  Once I get the lighting brightness nailed down, I will write it up in the Tips & Tricks section in organized fashion.  Reading that thread is difficult even for me to follow.  Smile  But it's all I have right now.

Ron
1476  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Fluorescent light failure and melted housing on: March 05, 2015, 02:41:54 pm
I agree. That is a very strange melt-down behind the bulb.  I have seen melt-downs with ballasts but not the bulb itself.

As some of you may recall, I converted my fluorescent fixtures to LED very cheaply HERE to avoid the scars from changing the fixtures as well as consideration to the cost of buying 12 expensive LED fixtures.  Included in the conversion are LED night lights which are real nice to have and not much effort to accomodate.  Like many of you, we found our new LED fixtures to be too bright at night so I plan to experiment on one converted fixture and disable every-other LED circuit to cut the light in half.  If the results are good, then I'll do the rest which would reduce our lighting power consumption even more dramatically.  Given we dry camp most of the time, this will help our batteries even more.


Here you can see the little 3-LED strip mounted on the side of the switch (formerly ballast) housing.
1477  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Passenger Airbag Deactivation Switch on: March 02, 2015, 03:16:39 pm
Pax,

The front half of a 2552 is identical to a 2350-E350 as we own.  Like gl1500, we have a 3rd captain seat in lieu of the euro chair.  Our first grand child is due in late June so when it comes time, we plan to do as Bob Mahon did and bolt a "D" ring like this to the floor under the seat, to use as a tether point for a child seat.



OH! I see gl1500's pictures show a "D" ring on the floor, next to the base plate of the pedestal, opposite the cab.
1478  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Questions on: February 21, 2015, 09:18:10 am
I highly recommend you drive the 3 hours and visit the factory, even if your intention is to buy a used one privately.  Call the factory and request they call you when they have the two "completed" models you are interested in.  Even if you can't walk through a model you are interested in, with just a little imagination you will get a very good idea what it would be like.

The problem going to the factory is getting caught up in the moment and ordering one or buying a ready-made one while you are there.  Smile  They give tours all the time to people researching so never feel bad about that.
1479  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Trip Around Lake Michigan Shoreline (Some Lake Superior Too) on: February 09, 2015, 12:56:37 pm
From our experience, Lake Michigan shores is a lot about maritime history with light houses and sand dunes.  If you want to travel around Lake Michigan counter-clockwise from the Phoenix factory, I would recommend heading west on I-80 for about 20 miles, then head north on US-31.  When you hit Lake Michigan, just follow it along to the north, then east to the Mackinac bridge, then west from there along Lake Superior.  But I surely do NOT recommend doing this in winter for lake-effect snow will be a serious problem.  I highly recommend avoiding the entire region in winter.

When were you planning such a trip?
1480  Main Forum / Photos / Re: OH NO! More Snow .... on: February 09, 2015, 09:24:38 am
Ron! Do you have a heated driveway? .... I see a clean driveway.
Oh how I wish I had a heated driveway.

We had a thaw the past two days which gave me the opportunity to scrape off the build-up of packed-down snow that had turned into ice.  My biggest fear is someone walking down the driveway suddenly experiencing a 70 foot long toboggan run.
1481  Main Forum / Photos / Re: OH NO! More Snow .... on: February 08, 2015, 06:00:26 pm
One word describes it.....Torture!

Though our PC is nested indoors, I still have a whole lot of snow to move when it hits.  it's 125 feet from the edge by me to the street.  With a 2-day thaw, I was able to scrape off the last of it today so our guests can walk around and get up the hill without concern.

I think more is coming tomorrow.  I envy you snow birds.

1482  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Great product for dri-wash and polish mn on: February 08, 2015, 05:53:01 pm
A couple of years ago, there was a full body painted PC, same gray colors as ours, for sale on the internet showing the Diamond Shield had turned a dark blotchy brown resembling a roasted marsh mellow.  I suppose you'd want to examine occasionally for such an indication if there was a reaction to worry about.  On that PC, I think the Diamond Shield damaged the paint behind, so if you see a serious problem developing, I would consider removing the Diamond Shield before paint damage occurs.

Hopefully something else caused the damage on that PC's Diamond Shield so what I caution over doesn't apply here.
1483  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Leak In Overheads on: January 30, 2015, 05:24:24 pm
Also, make sure your B+ cap didn't come loose from the Ford roof.  Standing outside, put your hands on each corner of the B+ cap and lift up as hard as you can handle.  If you create a decent gap, some screws have broken allowing water to get inside.  I am not sure exactly where you are seeing water, but water generally won't travel upward unless with serious wicking action, so you could be getting water in through the lights outside as Tom reviewed.

Also check your antenna on the roof.
1484  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Trik-L-Start installation on: January 29, 2015, 07:17:15 pm
Call the factory as they may be able to take care of it for you.  They install lots of aftermarket gadgetry upon request from their customers while the rig is being built.
1485  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Praises to Phoenix Cruiser on: January 29, 2015, 12:52:57 pm
For the record, Phoenix uses real solid wood for the doors and drawer faces.  They are stained and finished just like your kitchen cabinets at home.  But the actual cabinets, though real wood, they are made of plywood including the faces of the cabinetry.  The rails & styles and cabinet sides are finished with a vinyl-paper product that has a wood grain stamped into it to look so dang close to the real thing.  I recall a while back, one PC owner had trouble with that material bubbling on his cabinets.  There was only one such story so I would not be concerned.

You can determine if my information applies to your particular PC by getting a mirror and place it inside your cabinet to see the back side of the cabinet face.  If you have the same as our 2007 2350, you will see the ends of the finish vinyl-paper wrapped around to the cabinet interior but not touching each other.  It will look like a stripe of unfinished wood.  You'll want to examine a vertical board called a style, positioned in-between adjacent cabinet doors because an end piece might have another board covering over the area.  I learned of this a number of years ago but two winters ago I had first hand exposure to it when reconfiguring our kitchen base cabinet from 5 small drawers to 3 large drawers HERE.  I should take a picture of ours and post it for clarification.

I wonder if Phoenix has since changed this construction practice, now installing solid wood faced cabinetry.  I would be interested in reading what others have discovered on their particular model year PCs.

I have heard it said before that the interior finishing of Coach House and Nexus products is less than that of Phoenix, paper or no paper.
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