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1501  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Leveling jacks on: September 29, 2011, 12:20:18 pm
I do not have leveling jacks, but admittedly have always been curious about them.

We camp most often in primative camp grounds where on occasion, the campsite is quite sloped, so much that leveling blocks cannot be stacked high enough.

With leveling jacks, do you find yourself in similar predicament?  Do you say at times......"That parking pad won't work with my jacks" ?

Do the jacks extend down so far, and are strong enough as to actually lift the front and rear tires off the ground?

If on a slope, is there risk of the jacks getting too much horizontal pressure as to collapse, fold, or even damage them or the rig?

What are the expectations with leveling jacks?  Do they offer the same as blocks with the same "slope limitations", offering the convenience alone?  Or do they offer more than blocks can provide?
1502  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Tires for Sprint Phoenix Cruiser on: September 29, 2011, 12:04:47 am
I found that the tires on my 2010 rv are dated 2007.
What model year is your chassis that the tires are 3 years older than the PC model year?

Oh Wait!!!

I recall Phoenix USA bought up a pile of 2008 Sprinter chassis in 2009 at bankruptcy auctions.  You likely have one of the 2008 chassis.  Kermit did a real smart move to stay in business when the motor home industry died.  He bought up Sprinters at auctions cheap, and then offered PC-Sprinters with those 2008 chassis priced at his cost.  Basically the Sprinter cost you people the same as an E350 Ford during that special he was offering in 2009/2010.  It was ingenious, a win-win for both PC-USA and their customers.  You have a "Bargain Sprinter".  With everything you shared and now understood, if your tires are not cracking, I would not yet replace them.

Adding:  I need to go to sleep.  I just read your initial post.  You clarified you have a 2008 chassis right from the start.  Duh to me.
1503  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Tires for Sprint Phoenix Cruiser on: September 28, 2011, 08:35:53 am
My input on the life of tires.

If your rig is outdoors all the time, and is near the max load rating all the time, I would agree that changing tires sooner would be a safe bet.


If like me, your rig is stored indoors protected from the sun & temperature extremes, your rig is light weight for the tire rating, and there is no serious cracking of sidewalls, then you can extend their usefulness.

Our first motor home stored in a climate controlled environment, was very light weight, only 5000 pounds max loaded with duel "D" rated tires.  We owned the motor home for 24 years.  I sold the motor home with it's 3rd set of tires on it.  They were 12 years old and still looked great.  The first two sets didn't last as long for other unrelated reasons.

With our 2007 2350 weighing in around 10,000 pounds loaded for trips, and original Michelin "E" rated tires, stored indoors, etc. etc. I don't plan on changing tires for a very long time to come.  I hope to get 12+ years from these too, baring any unique problem that might arise like damage from road debris for example.
1504  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Hershey RV show on: September 26, 2011, 05:19:08 pm
You people are trading up like a PC is a PC.  PC does not mean "personal computer".  You have me smiling big here.

Interesting how some have went from a 2350 to a 2551 or 2552.  My wife would be the first to admit getting in and out from our 2350 is not convenient.  She does sleep against the window wall and I do get up for her to get out.

But if we traded for twin beds, our first trip out saying good night to eachother from across the isle, would be telling us we bought the wrong one.

Personally I think model 2950 (No slide for us) with a double or queen bed real close to the back wall with people sleeping sideways would work very nicely.  It would be much easier for both to get out.  Yes the isle person still has to get out first, but with an open floor - open room design, that would be so much easier.  They could even make the bed higher like a fancy king size bed at Macy's, then build lots of drawers under it to be your bedroom dresser and other storage.  With the bed higher and away a bit from the back wall, setting the bed would be very easy.  Leave most else wide open as not to hit your head on anything when setting the bed.  They could install a nice mirror on the back wall and nice mood lighting too.  Make it real nice, maybe even romantic.   Wink    Okay.....hang a TV somewhere as an option.  Just don't watch the football game in there.  LOL

My 25'-0" garage won't handle anything longer than our 2350, so there is no PC upgrade for us.  But such a modified 2950 would be nice.

Model 2950
1505  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Finally weighed my 2551 on: September 26, 2011, 02:58:36 pm
Very good data for you 2551 owners.

I need to do that.

Thanks for sharing!
1506  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electric sofa/bed question on: September 25, 2011, 11:21:50 pm
DJM, That sounds interesting, but looking at the first picture the sleeping area seems a bit narrow in both directions.

For reference, here is the new sofa with memory foam.  I don't think it is possible to fully open the bed if you do not have a slideout.  Maybe they use a 2 sectional instead of a 3 sectional.  Then I suppose you would be sleeping forward/rearward instead of side to side.  When you do not have a slideout, the furniture along that wall gets a lot bigger.  My dinette without slide is quite spread out.  I am 5'-10" and I can sleep on it setup as a bed and fully stretch out.

1507  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electric sofa/bed question on: September 25, 2011, 04:59:44 pm
Hello all,

Hoping to get a 2100 without the slide. Am planning a trip to the factory but wonder if any of you have any ideas about bed in this type of unit? Pretty sure all that's offered is a "Jackknife" sofa. Those of you who use air matresses: Do you inflate them nightly???? I'm considering not bothering with opening the sofa at all just sleeping on it in folded position. The Jackknife looks fairly uncomfortable when opened. Any thoughts? Experience? Advice? Or suggestions on any other items for a potential buyer?  ThankYou
Hi "D".
From what I can figure, all new 2012 models have a totally new sofa design unlike all previos years.  No more air bed.  They now use a memory foam split jackknife design.  You could leave half the couch as a couch, and setup the other half as a single bed.  I wonder if that is a great idea or a really bad idea.  With the memory foam and over-all design differences, I hope it is much more comfortable than conventional jacknife sofas.  I suppose it best to take a pillow and a couple blankets with you to the factory and tell the them you want to take a cat nap in one of the finished units outside.  15 minutes with one half open, 15 minutes just laying on the normal sofa..... LOL  I do wonder if that new memory foam sofa would be installed in a 2100 without a slideout.  The factory might be forced to use a 2 piece sofa bed, something special to work in the limited floor space.
1508  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New first-time PC owner on: September 25, 2011, 12:07:22 am
Just to clarify, this is the barrel chair (the green one) that originally came with our our 2007 2350.  Anyone want to buy it  LOL
1509  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New first-time PC owner on: September 24, 2011, 06:39:06 pm
The chair behind the passengers appears to be standard, and we'll simply get whatever they put in there.
Just ask the factory how much more it would cost for the upgrade.  I hope the cost difference encourages you to consider it.

Your first movie night in the motor home and you will either be glad you got the upgrade, or regret you didn't get the upgrade.  The same for a good book on a rainy day.
1510  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New first-time PC owner on: September 23, 2011, 05:08:10 pm
Steve and Heather,

We own a 2007 2350.  They have changed a little in 5 years, the biggest single change being the more recent larger slideout.  Are you getting a slideout?

I don't know what a 2012 has in the way of the seat next to the door.  Ours came with a low back barrel chair.  We since changed it out for a 3rd matching front seat as shown here.  Had we known, we would have ordered it this way to begin with, save money and time.
BTW: We don't have a slideout so our interior looks a bit different with that.

In either of these two positions, we rest our legs on the dinette bench for an ottoman.

A 3rd passenger can travel in full safety and comfort with a nice view out the windshield.

Watching a good movie during inclimate weather can be heavenly.

Off topic here.  In 2007 when we ordered our PC-2350, the factory was offering 20" TVs with an MSRP of $1500.  LCD TVs back then did cost a lot wherever you bought them from.  I ordered our PC without a TV and did my research on the biggest and best TV for the application.  I saved a lot of money and got a larger TV as well.  I then took pictures and emailed them along with all my data to Kermit.  When the next model year PC came out, they offered the exact TV I installed.  I will never know for sure, but I suspect you with 26" Samsung widescreen TVs can thank me for that.
1511  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: battery storage/ maint on: September 22, 2011, 12:19:25 am
I set my charger to the low 4-amp setting and simply do in my garage as shown here when we were camping.  The black/ground terminal is hidden in this picture.  The picture was used in another post to show what I do when I need a quick charge from the generator while boondocking.  But then the orange Black & Decker charger is set to 40 amps, not 4 amps.
1512  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tow Vehicle and Insurance on: September 20, 2011, 10:50:17 pm
I do have an umbrella policy exactly as you have advised.  It covers exactly that much beyond what the house, auto, & RV policies provide ThumbsUp to protect my family & posessions.
1513  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tow Vehicle and Insurance on: September 20, 2011, 12:30:24 pm
We have Allstate for everything.  Our Grand Prix, Corvette, Ranger, and Liberty are combined in one auto policy.  Our Phoenix Cruiser has it's own Recreational Vehicle policy.

We do not feel a need to mention to Allstate that we tow our Liberty with our Phoenix Cruiser.  I never considered it a requirement to do so since we abide by all laws and regulations with approved equipment.
1514  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: QR Codes on: September 19, 2011, 02:09:26 pm

Thanks for the detailed explaination with many different examples.  That does sound like a great tool for marketing and other data sharing.  How does a person scan the code using their phone?  I assume only certian phones can utilize the data via internet connection.  Is it a software application utilizing the phone's camera?

My phone is a simple one with camera and internet, but I don't text or get on-line with it to control expenditures.  Like everyone else, I pick and choose how my money is spent.  It just has not been a priority for me yet.  Maybe that will change after the last of our kids becomes independant.
1515  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: battery storage/ maint on: September 18, 2011, 04:28:05 am
I too store my PC in a heated garage.  I leave everything hooked up, but kill the power to the interior using the power switch by the entry door.  I place a low 4 amp charger every 6 to 8 weeks.  The same for the engine battery.  The cycle time is measured in hours not days.....maybe 4 to 8 hours on the coach.  About an hour on the engine.
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