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1486  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.
1487  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.
1488  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Our New Ad for Highway Mag on: April 28, 2011, 12:45:57 pm
1489  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.
1490  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.

1491  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
1492  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.
1493  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
1494  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.
1495  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.
1496  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.
1497  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.
1498  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.
1499  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.
1500  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.
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