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16  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / An Affordable Roof Vent Cover For People On A Budget on: October 14, 2017, 08:59:44 am
Our 2007 Phoenix Cruiser has two power roof vents, a generic version in the bathroom and a Fantastic in the bedroom.  Outside on the roof they are very similar in size & shape, and how they open.

I wanted rain-&-wind covers for them but didn't want to spend a fortune.  I found the Aero-Flo product sold at Walmart HERE for an affordable $19.69 plus sales tax.  I bought one on-line and had it shipped to my local Walmart to save around $7 in shipping costs.  The unit installed extremely easy.  Tools needed was a drill with a specific bit size and a screw driver.  NO holes go into the roof, only in the side of the raised frame of the vent cover which was important to me.

I installed the Aero-Flo over our bedroom Fantastic fan.  During our last RV trip, I was impressed with how good it works so I just bought a second one for the bathroom vent and will have it installed prior to our next big trip.

One thing important to me is for the vent to sit lower than the a/c unit (which it does) because the a/c unit just clears our garage door opening.

For you on a budget, the Aero-Flo is a great solution for a roof vent cover.

I also need to mention that opening the roof vent tight to the Aero-Flo cover, eliminates the noise of the cover clanking in the wind.  With the roof vent half open, it might also eliminate the noise but I always opened the vent to contact the under-side of the Aero-Flo.
17  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Trash Can Table on: October 14, 2017, 08:36:22 am
And there you have it!

Sometimes we making things more complicated than they need to be.

Thanks for sharing.
18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PHOENIX USA, INC. sold to new owner / operators on: October 14, 2017, 08:27:23 am
Jim and Chuck,

It was great to read your post and your press release, that you two guys partnered together to continue the legacy of the Phoenix Cruiser.  It was also good to read that Kermit will be around as an adviser and also focus on new products.  A few of us here on the forum who experienced company buy-outs, allowed our imaginations to run away.

My wife Irene and I bought our 2007 Phoenix Cruiser 2350 from your dealer network back in 2007 and we continue to enjoy our now 10.5 year old PC.  We are big fans of Phoenix USA, two of many people who share their great PC experiences on various RV community forums, as well as during our travels.

We are grateful for Jim & Chuck there in Elkhart, the new ownership of Phoenix, carrying the torch with passion and commitment in providing a great product, best ever customer service, and with new & innovative product ideas.

Sincerely,
Ron (& Irene) Dittmer
19  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: When Was The Last Time You Checked Your Roof A/C Cover? on: October 13, 2017, 07:56:26 pm
Like you, I feel 4 such screws seems to be the wrong fastener, or maybe okay if using 8 of them .  Best to use standard machine screws with fender washers and nylon lock nuts.
20  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The fake leather on my seats and sofa is falling apart on: October 12, 2017, 09:21:56 pm
 You would have to remove your damaged seat skins, ship them to the USA ebay supplier who ships them to China for color matching, pattern making, and fabrication of the new skins.  Then wait a month to get your replacements.
That is a lot of diesel.
Yep!
21  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: When Was The Last Time You Checked Your Roof A/C Cover? on: October 12, 2017, 10:04:47 am
Good suggestion Ron!  I have not lost a screw yet but when I did my inspection after our trip home from the factory one screw was out and by some miracle laying right there on the roof.  Put it back where it belonged and snugged up the others.
I have added checking those screws to my pre-departure checklist.
You got real lucky there jatrax  Smile

The screw head works with a Philips screw driver and also a square drive.  I highly recommend using the square drive to torque the screws so much better.  The Philips doesn't grip well at all, maybe meant for emergency use only.
22  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: When Was The Last Time You Checked Your Roof A/C Cover? on: October 12, 2017, 09:58:15 am
WARNING!

My order was waiting for me when I returned home last night.  Camping World shipped ONE screw, not eight, in a box the size of a shoe box.  I ordered the number given up higher but my paperwork from Camping World says I ordered 3308261.001 which is ONE screw.  I called and they are trying to make it right.  Their system needs some IT cleanup.   I should have bought the pack of 8 screws on ebay HERE for $2.48 less with shipping considered.
23  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Ford Engine Power-Robbing Assembly Mistake, Easy For Anyone To Check For on: October 10, 2017, 10:13:06 pm
In checking mine,   and finding no flipper problem,  I decided to go ahead and check the air filter which I hadn't done since early summer.    Lo and behold,  the black, ball-shaped end on the
air filter element was laying loose inside the housing,  possibly obstructing the inlet into the housing, behind the swivel-arm.   The glue holding the  ball end to the element having apparently failed.   Only a year old and the pleated paper still looking very fresh.      Thanks Ron,  for the  heads up.    Could be mental on my part but it seemed to   have more power on the drive to seasonal storage.
jim

Wow, I never heard that happen to anyone before, though I could see the potential for it.  I am glad you found the failure in your air filter and not drive it for many more miles yet.

As far as air filters are concerned, I change mine every other oil change which is every other year and roughly 8000 miles.  That is unless we have an extremely dusty trip which has happened in the past with our first motor home.  One trip and the air filter was all full of red dust.  Had I known, I would have changed it just before we started our trip back home.
24  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Ford Engine Power-Robbing Assembly Mistake, Easy For Anyone To Check For on: October 10, 2017, 03:28:25 pm
I wonder if the part was modified in later years, an action item to address the recall permanently.

To be honest, I look at that plastic flap and wonder about it's contribution.  I could see Ford deleting it just to make sure it's never a problem again.
25  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Satellite Dish Install on: October 09, 2017, 08:27:55 am
To all with the old crank-up antenna....

In your picture here, the rubber boot for the wire at the bottom of the picture can work itself loose.  Check annually to make sure it is mounted properly, or caulk it in place so it will never work itself loose.

I have the same antenna and that same ugly mess on my otherwise beautiful B+ cap.   Cry
26  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / When Was The Last Time You Checked Your Roof A/C Cover? on: October 09, 2017, 08:05:36 am
I was on the roof cleaning our PC from our recent trip out west.  When washing the Dometic a/c unit, I noticed one of the 4 special screws that mount the cover was missing.  The other 3 needed a bit more tightening.

I advise to check them once a year or two depending on how much you use your PC and a/c unit.  I assume they work them self loose from the vibration.

These are the special screws, but my a/c unit requires only 4 of them.
Camping World sells them HERE.  Part number of a pack of 8 as pictured is 3310724.004
Price including shipping for me was $12.27
27  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Ford Engine Power-Robbing Assembly Mistake, Easy For Anyone To Check For on: October 09, 2017, 08:00:46 am
There is one thing you will want to check for on your E350 or E450, something that will rob power and reduce your fuel economy.  It is a very easy mistake for a mechanic to reassemble incorrectly, and it is very easy for you to inspect for.

Make sure the large black flat engine air inlet piece is assembled over the radiator properly.  It is the piece that the oval air inlet from the air filter snaps into.  In cleaning out a dead bird from my a/c condenser, I had to remove that large black plastic piece, held in with 4 plastic push-pins.  If the back-side hidden hinged plastic part is positioned incorrectly when installing it, air through the air filter to the engine's throttle body is severely restricted.

There was a recall around 2010 concerning that piece.  Apparently a Ford line worker misunderstood it too.  I can easily see a good mechanic making the same mistake.  I almost did it myself had I not previously known of the problem.

To check is extremely easy, takes all of about 5 seconds.  Just grab the oval engine air inlet to the air filter, give a jerk upward to unsnap it and continue pivoting upward.  Then look in the hole it was snapped into.  If you see a black plastic obstruction, you need to take that large piece out and swing the hinged plastic piece on the back side of it in the opposite direction, then reassemble.
28  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Trip To Arches, Canyonlands, & Zion National Parks on: October 09, 2017, 07:37:45 am
Yeh, don't sweat it, that's how it is.  I recall back in 2007, I expected more power under those extreme demands but over the years I acclimated to it.

There is one thing you will want to check for with any E350 or E450, something that will rob power and it is a very easy mistake for a mechanic to reassemble incorrectly.

Make sure the large black flat engine air inlet piece is assembled over the radiator properly.  It is the piece that the oval air inlet from the air filter snaps into.  In taking out a bird from my a/c condenser, I had to remove that large piece, held in with 4 plastic push-pins.  If the hidden hinged plastic part is placed incorrectly when installing it, air through the air filter to the engine's throttle body is severely restricted.

There was a recall around 2010 concerning that piece.  Apparently a Ford line worker misunderstood it too.  I can easily see that a mechanic could make the same mistake.  I almost did it myself had I not previously known of the problem.

To check is extremely easy, takes all of about 5 seconds.  Just grab the oval engine air inlet to the air filter, give a jerk upward to unsnap it and continue pivoting upward.  Look in the hole it was snapped into.  If you see a black plastic obstruction, you need to take that large piece out and swing the hinged plastic piece on the back side of it, the other way.
29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC Weight Label on: October 08, 2017, 10:22:31 am
Here our 2007 E350 chassis,  PC2350 was loaded up carrying the most ever on a trip.  Combined axle weight was okay, but the distribution of weight exceeded the rating of the rear axle by a small amount.
30  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Trip To Arches, Canyonlands, & Zion National Parks on: October 07, 2017, 10:15:29 pm
Ron,  that sounds like a great trip.    How did you fare climbing the mountain grades ,  speed-wise  ?        Even with keeping it floored in 3rd or 4th  gear I can only manage  about 42 mph,
no toad,  tires all at 75 pounds.       Other than that it seems to run fine.      Is this typical  ?      
jim

Hi Jim,

I think it is typical.

In our case, at the most challenging climb up high altitude I-70 we were running ~33 mph, not at full throttle, but close to it.  High altitude will affect performance.  I use 85 octane when it is sold while in those areas which helps compensate for the thinner air.  If you wonder, the engine doesn't ping from the low octane at those altitudes.
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