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1486  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Keep the sani-con? on: September 12, 2011, 11:48:33 am
I can understand why DJM and Tom use the standard method.  But for me, the Sanicon is great for our travels.  I bought a storage tube for our Rhino sewage hose, but have not yet mounted it.  I can see that will be ideal for extended stays with camp side sewage.

The only time I open that 3" cap is after the season has ended.  I bleach & flush both gray and black tanks, then fill to the tippy top with fresh water, I then open the 3" sewer and let the last rush out in a fury.  No solid waste concerns as we don't do solids in the motor home.  We cannot risk smelling anything given the motor home is inside a heated garage, positioned under our bedroom.  Tank cleanliness is critcal under the circumstances.

This picture sort-of shows our situation.  The master bedroom is above the garage.  I need a better picture, especially now that the garage was just repainted bright white.
1487  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: QR Codes on: September 09, 2011, 11:05:39 am
Well I have an expensive mh but am too cheap to buy a smart phone.. Does that make sense?  DJM
It makes perfect sense to me.

My cell is a basic phone and I don't text either.  By the way, I worked for Motorola until this year when the company split in two.  Now I am disconnected from the cell phone portion.

Another reference to my lack of interest in pay-for technical advancements would be when we first got cable TV......2004 and then only with the least amount of channels, the basic/basic service.  We got it only because it was cheaper than getting high speed internet service by itself, a package deal.  We since have switched to another carrier and cancelled all services, but the cable-TV still works so we still have cable.
1488  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Putting Up Awning While In A Real Bad Storm on: September 08, 2011, 03:54:51 pm
About the Winegard antenna.  I could see the value in having it during a blackout or similar community crisis like Tom recently experienced.  But that is a very rare instance of which then I would resort to the Ford dash radio to stay in-touch with the world.  I hope I never have to eat those words and be glad to have the roof antenna after-all because of a community crisis like that where I live here near Chicago.

About stuff screwed on the outside of the motor home........I guess my Fiero/MR2/Corvettte hobby for the past 20 years has me looking at my PC in similar fashion.  I don't like added things hanging off the body, disrupting smooth lines and such.  I also get into the detailing of my vehicles of which anything added on becomes troublesome with my polisher and such.

But at the same time I wished I had a few extra porch lights for improved campsite lighting, so I contradict myself.   shrug
1489  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Putting Up Awning While In A Real Bad Storm on: September 07, 2011, 02:20:30 pm
What bothers me about the electric awning are the vertical rails mounted on the side of the motor home.  I have a "Thing" concerning such things which for the same reasons I insisted the factory give me my roof rack and ladder in pieces, left inside the motor home.  I wished I had done the same with the Wineguard antena, leaving it in it's shipping carton.  If I ever accidentally punch a huge hole in my front aero-cap and it needs replacing, I'll save my insurance company some money and delete the antena.
1490  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electric sofa/bed question on: August 31, 2011, 03:20:38 pm
I think Irene and I could handle shows and factory visits.  Nothing longer would fit inside our garage, and I actually like the outdoor storage and maybe a few other basics of our older 2350, over later ones.  But a visit might push me hard to replace my cloth dinette cushions with leather.  I still live with that one regret.  Regardless, it is nothing a modification can't handle.

I wonder if I could swap my 2007 Ford front cab interior to the later design.  Maybe I'll find an 09-11 junker in the light tan one day.....20 years from now, ha, ha.  I would need a boring lifestyle to seriously consider that project.
1491  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: rv awning clamp on: August 29, 2011, 07:19:25 pm
That device would not apply to the earlier box awning as I have on my 2007.  But maybe it would be useful to work with the newer electric awning because the entire awning roll is open to the elements when rolled up, right?.  I understand Billy's question, wondering if it would be useful.  Sometimes such things prevent one potential problem, but create another, "abrasion while in transit" as one possibility.
1492  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rust below outside door hinge on: August 28, 2011, 07:32:05 pm
On my old motor home with only the gel-coat finish, it developed rust stains around hardware that eventually could not be 100% removed.  But at that elderly in it's 20's, I no longer was a perfectionist.

A polishing compound like mentioned above worked best, though I never did try CLR.  That might have done better.  It makes sense to use on gel coat, but not painted surfaces as it might etch the paint.
1493  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: August 24, 2011, 09:14:05 pm
Hi Vicki & Jack,


Any questions, concerns, we share everything here, not just the great stuff.  But we try real hard to be kind when issues pop up.  Phoenix USA takes really good care of the people who bought their creations, and we appreciate it so very much.  So if something concerns you, this is a good place to start.  Just ask your question.

A number of us have some interesting add-ons and modifications too.  So if you wonder....if only.....just ask.  Maybe someone here has done something about it already.

See you around!
1494  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New Colors on: August 24, 2011, 02:07:47 pm
I hate to be a party-pooper here, but I do not like the sunlit exterior color.  Specifically the creme color base.  If I were special ordering a 2012 sunlit, I would also special order a darker base color in metalic, something similar to the full body dusk.

All 2012 Interiors look great!  ThumbsUp
1495  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electric sofa/bed question on: August 22, 2011, 02:59:05 am
I never could understand how regular use of an air bed would have any kind of reliability.  If Phoenix is shipping you a new air mattress, maybe you could discuss a trade-up for the new 2012 couch bed combo with memory foam.  It looks like you have a chance of getting it to fit through the main entry door.  But if not, maybe through the front passenger door with seat and engine cover removed.

1496  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: S&S RV Service in Gettysburg, Pa. on: August 19, 2011, 01:51:26 pm
I have the red Koni-RV adjustable shocks and they seem to work just fine.  Since they were part of a larger over-all suspension upgrade, I cannot provide a direct comparison to the original Ford shocks.

They are set to the highest/stiffest setting on my E350 chassis as recommended per the suspension shop.
1497  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: My first post - Hi everybody on: August 17, 2011, 05:10:00 pm
Hi rlamb,


If you ever want an ear full on how to improve your rig's handling, just ask.  But a lot has already been discussed a number of times over so if you dare, try searching the Phoenix Cruiser forum along with other general RVing forums.

Ron Dittmer
1498  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Water tank issues on: August 17, 2011, 03:55:06 pm
I did not mean to imply that it is fine to leave the "electric" hot water heater switch on all the time while plugged in.  Only that if you forget to turn it off during setup, you do have an undefined "grace" period.
1499  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Water tank issues on: August 17, 2011, 12:27:25 pm
If you run the electric water heater without water in the tank, you will burn out the heating element faster than you can read this post.
Actually the hot water heater still holds about 1/2 gallon of water after it is completely drained.

My water heater stopped working off 110v a couple years back.  I first made sure the tank was drained.  When I unscrewed the 110V heating element, the water kept coming and coming.  Many towels were not enough.  I called the water tank manufacture to order a new element.  The fellow confirmed the tank permanently holds 1/2 gallon of water after it is completely drained, intentionally so to protect the heating element from accidental burn-out.  I asked about concern of freezing and he said that was considered in the design of the tank.

If you need to replace your 110v heating element, stuff as many towels as you can under it, and all around on the floor, because once the element comes out, the wave of water comes and comes and comes.  I thought I had plenty of absorbsion but underestimated.  I ended up blowing a fan in that cabinet for a week to assure all was completely dry.
1500  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Water tank issues on: August 16, 2011, 05:13:27 pm
It sounds like everything you experienced could have been avoided with improved factory assembly, a "workmanship" problem more than anything else.  Sorry to hear about that.  Hopefully the factory learned from it and will pay closer attention from now on.  It seems, either the filler door was mounted to low on the outside of the RV, or the inlet hole on the water tank was drilled too high.  Or, maybe I am out in left field on this one.
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