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16  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cabinet door latches on: October 15, 2014, 11:50:28 am
We have those latches on our 2007 2350.

We've broke four latches over the years.  Three were the hook on the door itself, one being the spring-loaded mechanism.

The doors rarely open on their own, usually when an article of clothing has draped over the opening a bit and the door is shut over it.  We keep much of our bulk stuff behind cabinet doors, but in plastic bins with straight-up sides and no handles so they'll never hit a door from the back side.

Reconfiguring our kitchen drawers to three huge ones made them very heavy, very easy to open on their own, even with 5 heavy duty magnetic catches per drawer.  I resorted to the secure button latches used in boats and other RVs.

Here are my kitchen drawer button latches.  They won't release until the button is popped out as seen in the bottom drawer.  They work great as long as you remember to push the button in before moving the rig.  Smile
17  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2013 model 2551 12 volt batteries OK? on: October 15, 2014, 11:36:03 am
Could someone share what 6V battery is Phoenix installing in their new PC?  Make & model please.  I am looking into 6V batteries and want to get an idea on what Phoenix has been installing.
18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Another New Model Being Offered, The 2450 on: October 13, 2014, 10:41:53 am

I wonder if the extra length would make the in-slide dinette as roomy as a non-slide dinette. Of course the above head cabinets would still be shorter; I'm talking more about the sit-ability of the dinette.
I understood that is one reason why the company stretched the 2350, to accommodate a larger slide out so a standard size dinette could be offered inside it.  A dinette in the original smaller 2350 slide out, did not fare well with those who ordered it.  There was no leg room and the table was much smaller.  Now they'll have both along with a conversion bed long enough to accommodate someone like me at 5'-11".

If someone orders the 2450 with a dinette "NOT" in a slide out, they will gain a pantry along that wall.

I am curious to know if that extra space could be placed inside the bathroom, or to make the main closet larger with two doors instead of one, having top to bottom shelving in the right half.  You'll gain a lot more storage with shelves integrated into the closet assembly, rather than a separate wall pantry assembly.
19  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: October 10, 2014, 02:16:59 pm
Here is Ford's website on the Transit cut-away chassis:
Here are the specs:

Cut-Away Transit model 350HD-DRW is offered in 3 different wheels bases, 138", 156", and 178" as illustrated below.
GVWR is 10,360 pounds.  (Sprinter is 11,030) (E350 is 12,500)

The GVWR barely makes it with our 2350 no-slide, loaded up on trips with the two of us, water & all, with only a couple hundred pounds to spare.
With a slide out, a 2350 Transit rig would be over-loaded.  I wonder if an outfitter adding another pair of leaf springs in-back would be approved by Ford to increase the load limit to get over that threshold.

I also wonder what fuel economy could be expected.

20  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Hello from Myrtle Beach on: October 09, 2014, 06:33:53 pm
Ron, I couldn't help myself.

Here is one of our worst winter days.  The cloudbank is obscuring an otherwise beautiful sun set.


Thanks Barry for your sensitivity.   LOL
21  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Hello from Myrtle Beach on: October 09, 2014, 02:12:16 pm
I have been to Chi town and understand you wanting to leave the cold behind. LOL
Last winter was so bad.  The winter prior was quite nice considering it was winter.  Our best winter is so much worse than others worst winter.
22  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2013 model 2551 12 volt batteries OK? on: October 09, 2014, 01:16:34 pm
It will be time for new batteries for our next big trip in 2015.  I figure bigger is better so I'd like to get the largest 6V batteries that fit in the battery tray.

Are they offered nice and big to completely fill the PC battery tray like my current Walmart 12V batteries do?
Any suggestions where to buy such large 6V batteries?
Is there different 6V battery technology available like Deep Cycle, Sealed, AGM, etc?
Any idea what the various types cost?

I never shopped around for 6V batteries before so I don't know what is available and what type, brand, size is best to meet the demands of a Phoenix Cruiser that rarely gets plugged into 30amp service.
23  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Hello from Myrtle Beach on: October 08, 2014, 03:13:23 pm
I will be at Lakewood for a week starting on Oct. 24. I can hardly wait to get there.
I will be here in the Chicago area for another winter starting on Dec. 21.  I can hardly wait to get out of here.

Tom, I couldn't help myself.   Smile
24  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Disappointing gas mileage on: October 07, 2014, 05:24:03 pm
Here is what I had always understood about gasoline.

Which octane to use? - The octane stated in your vehicle owner's manual.
- Consistently using a higher octane than recommended, will form carbon build-up (black soot) on and around the valves and valve seats.  continued build-up will eventually prevent the valves from completely closing during the critical compression stage of the engine.
- Using of a lower than recommended octane will cause the rattling noise we are familiar with.  With continued use, this could cause damage to the valves.

Higher octane fuel burns a tad bit slower than lower octane fuel.  Hotter running, high compression performance engines require the fuel to burn at that slightly slower rate to prevent pre-detonation, that rattling noise.

When traveling through high altitude communities, you'll see lower rated octane fuel than sold everywhere else.  The lower octane helps to compensate for the thinner air at those higher elevations.  So if your owners manual says to use regular 87 octane gasoline, feel free to use 85 octane in the mountains.

Which brand to buy? - Buy from the newest and busiest gas station to assure the cleanest underground gas station tanks and the freshest fuel.
Brand names have their own formulations for detergents and other fuel additives.  Keep in mind that all fuel sold in the USA meets the government standards for detergents and general formulation for use in fuel injected engines.  Using the same brand consistently "might" benefit your engine electronic and emission systems to calibrate and stay there from one tank to the next.  I really don't know if vehicles are sensitive to such variations.  You might benefit slightly sticking to one brand, or maybe no benefit at all.

Adding Your Own Fuel Additives
I would not bother with any product sold off the shelf for today's vehicles.  I even question fuel stabilizers for off season storage for a 6 month period.  Just store your RV with a full tank of gas to reduce the open space in the tank to minimize condensation potential.  Additives are generally not worth the expense for any benefit received.  There are special products only the professionals have access to.  That is not what I am talking about.  One of the silliest things to add to your fuel these days is gasoline anti-freeze.  It is basically a bottle of alcohol.  Since todays fuels are at least 10% alcohol based called ethanol, you already have gallons of the stuff in your tank.  Another 8 ounces won't matter.

One liquid treatment I bought many years ago for cleaning my valves was a product called D-Karbonizer.  It was not sold in stores, an expensive mail order item.  I owned a Pontiac Fiero-GT that had suffered from a pinging engine when using the proper low octane gas.  It was the byproduct from over-use of premium gasoline which resulted in carbon soot contaminated valves.  After the unique process of treating the engine by sucking the liquid through a vacuum port with a fast idle, the product actually eliminated the pinging and I was able to return to the specified 87 octane after the treatment.  I assume enough soot on the valves and valve seats was removed to allow for a proper valve-to-seat seal.

I am no expert on this subject matter.  This is only what I had gathered over the years.
25  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Insulation on: October 05, 2014, 07:40:36 am
Thanks Bob for the confirmation.

I wonder why they don't have that nice prefabricated insulation blanket covering the entire cap area, in whole or in sections?  In that picture, I see the worker needing the bare wall to tape wires.  But once done it would have been easy to add insulation before installing the inside finish panels.

If we did a lot of winter camping, I would consider pulling back the two inside finish panels and tuck in squares of R11 insulation.
26  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Insulation on: October 05, 2014, 12:32:43 am
The main insulation does not cover the sides as shown in this picture.  I don't know if they add separate pieces on the sides.  I would hope they do.

27  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2551 with a diesel vs gas on: October 03, 2014, 05:49:03 pm
Hi Judi,

If you seek a Phoenix Cruiser diesel with great fuel economy, then a Sprinter chassis is really the only good choice.  Unfortunately for you, only models 2350 and 2400 are offered on the Sprinter.  Not any other model including the 2551.
28  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Wonderful trip to Utah and Colorado on: October 03, 2014, 11:00:02 am
Does anyone have recommendations for the area?
Rent a Jeep for the day from Farabee's on the south side of town.  Don't rent from anyone else.  Ask them to map for you the popular route starting in Potash to Mussleman Arch, the Colorado River, up Shafer's Trail to the top, then down into Pucker Pass if you have enough daylight, the road with the big rock across it.  It's the town's most popular Jeeping day-trip recommendation.  Very memorable experience, adventurous, fun & exciting, beautiful, and safe too.  You also drive along the mid-shelf of Dead Horse Point in the beginning.

You will burn less than half a tank of gas for the entire day so don't sweat that concern one bit.
29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Converting Fluorescent To LED Just By Changing Bulbs on: October 01, 2014, 08:58:39 pm
Thanks Ron for the continued follow up.  I am still working on my plan to install soft LED lighting for evening use, so I will be very interested how many lumens you settle on per fixture.  I'm planning to experiment with LED strips on a dimmer.  I just have to decide how many lumens to start with.  I hope to have it done before my next trip in November.  I love the factory LED fixtures Phoenix installed for day use, but wow they are bright.  Nice for can see every corner.
I had some POTs (potentiometers) at home and even bought one more to experiment with for dimming the bright light.  What I learned was that at various in-between settings, not full on, not high dimming, the POTs got quite warm, which means they would be consuming a lot of battery power.  I figured it is better to have a fixed bright and mood light and leave it at that.

The electrical engineers at work warned me the POTs would get hot at half-dim and they were right.  We never did measure how much power a fixture used at half-dim.
30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Converting Fluorescent To LED Just By Changing Bulbs on: October 01, 2014, 06:08:36 pm
I wanted to follow up with our LED lighting.

We recently returned from a 4 night stay in Apple River Canyon State Park, IL.  We were the only people in a very dark camp ground.  It was there that we concluded the LED lighting is actually too bright for our comfort, almost painfully bright.  We resorted to using the night light feature on many of the fixtures.  Off-season I will be "temporarily" placing black electrical tape over selected LED circuits to determine how much to reduce by.

As I had shared before, each fixture has 2 strips of LEDs.  Each strip has eleven 3-LED circuits.  I will block out LEDs by "circuit" to determine what looks and works best for each position in the motor home.  Some may be reduced more than others.  It is easy to customize each fixture for it's application by simply unsoldering the resistor that supplies power to it's 3-LEDs.

This is actually very good news to me.  This means that converting from florescent to LED lighting will reduce our power consumption significantly more than my last conclusion.

If you plan to convert 9 florescent fixtures as I have done, you can surely get by with purchasing only one reel of LED lighting for $12.
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