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16  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Batteries - AGM, LFP, and Flooded Cell on: April 19, 2016, 03:49:09 pm

Please PM me with the address where you PC is located so I can fly out from O'Hare, steal the battery while you are sleeping, ship the battery home from your local UPS store, then fly back home.  When you PM me, I would also appreciate the location of your nearest UPS store.

Sorry, I couldn't help myself.

In all seriousness, it is quite interesting to read how battery technology is coming along.  What costs $4000 today will cost $400 once they figure out how to manufacture them cheap enough to be competitive.  Electric cars will be the #1 benefactor.
17  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: San Con Mascerator Pump on: April 19, 2016, 10:47:35 am
You'll want to read THIS post on the failure and replacement of a Sanicon pump.

Once you have a new pump ready to go, changing it is very easy.  Just be certain that you get positive and negative right.  I got it backwards the first time when connected red-to-red and black-to-black.  I got a lot of action, but nothing coming out.  I switched the wires and problem was solved.  To this day I can't understand why the red wire would go to ground and the black wire to hot.

One other thing I learned changing my pump.  I have the old style cheap perforated strap that holds up the pump, not the big wide, nice looking fabricated band.  When I installed the pump, I thought I would adjust the strap to hold the pump more firmly.  BAD IDEA for the upward force created a small leak where the pump assembly is attached to the motor home.  It is sensitive to such forces.

We went on a 4 week vacation last year and the new pump operated perfectly.  I consider it a proven alternative and save ~$400.
18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Batteries - AGM, LFP, and Flooded Cell on: April 19, 2016, 10:39:13 am
I have Lithium LiPo batteries. I installed a 400 amp hour  battery. Cost is generally around a $1000 per 100 amps hr. of battery installed.
Are you saying the battery cost you $4000?
19  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Dvd player won't turn on on: April 18, 2016, 04:08:11 am
Hi Barb,

I am not familiar with the Samsung head unit.  Manufactures often install a fuse, most common inside the unit.  Since you consider the head unit as garbage, there is no harm in opening it up (unplugged of coarse) and take a peak inside.  Look where the power cord comes in and look for something like this.

If it has one and it looks like this, you are in-luck.  Pop it out with a tiny screw driver and read the numbers stamped on the metal portion.  Then go to an auto parts store or Radio Shack store for a $1 replacement.

There are many styles of fuses.  You might not recognize it.  In Google, type "fuse on circuit board" and then click on "images" to see many different styles of fuses.  A fuse outside the unit could be flush with the back wall.  You might need to twist or pop open a cover to access it.  To be honest, it is very rare to find a fuse accessible from the outside these days.  If there is one, it is most likely inside, mounted on the circuit board.

I hope you decide to open up the box, look for a fuse, and report back.  If you are totally lost at what you are looking for, but are good with a camera and posting pictures, take a good picture of the circuit board for us to review here.

The fuse is the primary line of defense in protection.  If there is a problem with the internal circuitry of the Samsung, a replacement fuse will burn up as well.  So then throw it away.  But if everything works well again, you can assume there was a one time power surge from the motor home that caused the fuse to burn.

Consider this a new "Adventure Anywhere" Smile

20  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Batteries - AGM, LFP, and Flooded Cell on: April 18, 2016, 03:47:36 am

I wonder what two LFP batteries would cost?  I also wonder if they are available in 6V?  I paid ~$200 for our last pair of 12V lead acid batteries, and ~$400 for our most recent pair of 6V AGM batteries.  My hope is that our 6V AGMs will perform better and last longer.  Time will tell.  I didn't learn much from one 4 week trip with brand new 6V batteries.....of coarse they worked great being brand new.  My hope is to get better performance in year 3 & 4 & beyond, hoping there is a "beyond".
21  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A couple of hot water heater questions on: April 15, 2016, 12:04:02 am
JJ, I am glad you found on your own, the trouble with the ignition always clicking.  And it does sound too hot for safety sake.  I think we all understand better as to your complaint about the hot water.  152 degrees seems crazy hot.
22  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Utah - Zion and Bryce Canyon on: April 14, 2016, 11:59:26 pm
Ah yes, Capital Reef and the historical Mormon town of Fruita inside it.  Some of my "Adventure Anywhere" photos were taken inside and close to Capital Reef.  Like Bruce & Sharon said, it is a drive-thru park.  On the west end is a famous sunset viewing area.  The setting sun lights up the rock formations.  It draws a crowd.  My wife and I enjoy our visits there, been there twice to-date.  When in the area again, we plan to return.  The drive to and from the park has it's own beauty.

23  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Koni FSD shocks on: April 13, 2016, 09:21:10 pm
All ears here too.
24  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Quality on: April 13, 2016, 09:20:09 pm
One of the things we picked up right off is the rear ladder and roof rack are not as substantial as previously installed, so Ron the one in your basement may be increasing in value.
rolling on the floor
25  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Quality on: April 13, 2016, 05:21:38 pm
Ah, yes.  I remember your post now.  What you did is ideal to me.  If my regular valves without extensions are not enough, I may just install the Borgs you have.

Thanks for that Barry-Sue......again.

26  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Quality on: April 13, 2016, 11:04:44 am
Interesting & unfortunate trouble a few of you have experienced with the rear tire valve extenders.

Our 9 year old PC has it's original tires with undisturbed original flexible valve extenders.  I had been afraid to touch anything back there for fear of introducing leaking valve extenders.  But I think the time has come to mess with them for I think I have a small leak in one of them.  I am thinking of just getting rid of them and live with the difficult to access original stubby valves.  When it's time to replace the rear tires, I plan to use valves of a one piece design, a bent steel rod style similar to the ones pictured below.  They extend only enough to add air through the holes in the wheels.  They are not an extension of the tire valve, but rather they "Are" the tire valve, which eliminates the connection between valve and extender where the air leaks from.

I believe the reason why RV manufactures including Phoenix don't install them is because they would have to take the tires off the chassis and send them to a truck tire shop to swap valves.  The flexible extenders are simple to add right there at Phoenix without removing the tires.

If buying new tires for your PC, it might be worth considering this kind of valve to eliminate the need for valve extensions.....or live with the short stubby ones.

Here is how a tire shop would replace the standard valve with a longer bent one to eliminate extenders.

For reference, this is another style of valve extender, mechanically identical to the flexible stainless steel type.  It screws onto the original valve to provide easier access.  This can leak just like the stainless type, though maybe less vulnerable.  It is hard to say for certain.
27  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Quality on: April 12, 2016, 01:13:16 pm

Your story is a very rare "read".

I don't think you are being hard at all.  You've had a laundry list of odd mishaps & failures of which from your description, many could have been avoided during the assembly of your 2015 2350.  I cannot comment as to why.  Only that I hope you are getting satisfaction with the resolve.  I am encouraged to read that Phoenix is helping you even though you are 1/2 year past the warranty period.

Hopefully you'll get over the hump and find the rest of your ownership a much more pleasant experience like the bulk of the rest of us PC owners.

I hope you keep us informed along the way.

28  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Curious PC lookers! on: April 11, 2016, 09:30:36 am
Our PC 2350 is parked in our driveway on a fairly busy road. Well I was selling my motorcycle so it was put out next to our 2350. I saw a man pull up on a motorcycle and he rang the doorbell. I tell the Misses I'll be out front. (I'm thinking awesome some on to look at the bike.) But oh no it was a couple the man was on his motorcycle and his wife in her car. They wanted to know how well we liked out PC so I'm doing a full rundown on our PC . About 45 minutes of me out front my wife comes out to investigate and she can't find me until she checks the PC to see me talking to this couple.  They thought they wanted a PC now they are sure!
That's a cute story!
29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A couple of hot water heater questions on: April 10, 2016, 12:39:20 am
I also agree that hotter water will go farther when diluting with cold water.  It also stays hot longer after you turn off the heat.  Our hot water is available for nearly an entire day after turning off the heater to it.

The hot water discussion brings up a related topic......consistent water pressure for consistent water temperature, which is nice when showering.  I installed on an accumulator tank a year after we bought our PC and it serves us real well.  You might consider installing one, assuming you don't already have one.

I think THIS ONE is the best out there as long as you have the room for it.  The one I installed is the same size and works great, but that stainless steel one has nice feet and offers a place to mount the pump, ideal in our 2350.

Here is my make-shift installation.
30  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Curious PC lookers! on: April 09, 2016, 11:07:15 am
At our church in South Barrington, IL, every year we throw a big Father's Day celebration called Dadfest.  After each weekend church service outside in the parking lot, sponsored by their C.A.R.S. Ministry is a huge celebration of music and fun activities for families.  People bring their wheeled treasures to display in the auto show area.  Not just church attendees, but other people in the Chicago area come out with real cool new, old, modified, classics, antients, motorcycles, a few RVs & boats, a rare few cars valued in the $500,000 price range.  Sometimes the local fire department, the Army Reserves, & farm equipment shows up.  Someone flies in a helicopter every year so far.  It's a bit different every year, we never know what will show up or be missed.

In that event, every third year I bring our 2007 2350.  A line always builds up to look inside.  Concerned over general wear & tear, I rope off the doorway so they can step up into the foot well to get a good look inside.  Being CARS Ministry, I always play the animated movie CARS on the TV with the surround sound turned up.  Everyone gets a real kick out of that....especially the little ones.

I get piles of questions, the most common related to fuel economy.  The most popular "comment" is along the lines of "I can handle this".  I have a stash of old 2009 Phoenix brochures of which I give one to those who are more than just curious.  I wonder if any of them ever bought a PC.

I really enjoy bringing our PC to that event, but every year is a bit much.  This year I hope to display my new toy, a 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP.  I just bought it with a lot I want to do with it before displaying it.  If not ready in time, I will bring out the PC given it is year #3.  If anyone here on the forum lives in the Chicago northwest suburbs and would like to join me Father's Day weekend, I would surely display our PC.  We could setup next to each other, our own little PC corner Smile
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