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1516  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Where can I rent a Phoenix Cruiser on: March 31, 2014, 09:47:49 am
We feel that we lucked into the quality of the Phoenix since we didn't really know what to look for.
Us too in a way.

With the limitations of our garage, it forced us to eliminate all but a select few motor home brands and models.  We saw a PC-2350 first at a local RV show.  The 2350 fit our "NO COMPROMISE" requirements of a double main floor bed, a dinette,  and fit inside our garage.  So I searched for a used one in 2007, but had no luck for months.  Those were the days before "Factory Direct", so we ordered through Don Keller of East Acres RV in Mendon MA as he worked extremely well with us on the price.  We visited the factory twice, first to select colors & options, second to pick up our new rig.  While there the first time, we had a better feel for the quality of the PC, but it was after our rig was home and I started tinkering with it, I quickly realized how good a rig we purchased.
1517  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Report on alignment and handling of our 2552 on: March 29, 2014, 11:47:56 am
It is interesting that some PC-2552 owners say their rig has extremely good handling because of their later chassis design and wheel base to rear overhang ratio.  Then two 2552 owners here decided to get suspension upgrades on their brand new rigs that yielded amazing results.  Also interesting was the video report on the stock "noodle action" sway bars.

I will continue to recommend the suspension upgrades we had done to our 2007-E350.
1518  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Transmission Clunk when shifting between Reverse and Park on: March 28, 2014, 12:08:32 pm
I seem to recall many years ago, cars with auto-trans and standard rear wheel drive, they all clunked in and out of gear.

As does my 2007 E350.  I never gave it a thought, except bringing back old memories.
1519  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Where can I rent a Phoenix Cruiser on: March 27, 2014, 05:49:16 pm
I would ask the seller of a PC if they are willing to rent it to you.  When your trip is over, you'd buy it at a pre-trip agreed price, plus the cost of renting it, this assuming you don't discover detrimental issues.
1520  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: How do you store your spices? on: March 27, 2014, 02:48:37 pm
I've gathered for a while now, PC owners with slide outs tend to struggle more with a lack of interior storage than we do, primarily impacting cooking in some fashion.  Some resort to using closet or cab-over space for cookware and food.

With our no-slide, we had been utilizing our large over-the-dinette cabinets for food and cookware.  After reconfiguring our galley base cabinet to three large drawers, all cookware now stores there which cleared out 50% of the over-dinette cabinet.  My wife Irene quickly realized that new space is the perfect place to store her vacation treasures.
1521  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: How do you store your spices? on: March 27, 2014, 11:40:40 am
My Irene bought something similar to this at a local store.  She likes it a lot in our PC.  She has changed out a spice or two for her preferred ones, and also replaces older for fresher.
1522  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thermopane Windows on: March 25, 2014, 04:28:35 pm
I'll have to check the window seals, etc. extremely well and maybe call Kermit. There must be something wrong with our emergency window.
Try opening the emergency window using the two red handles, inspect the seals to make sure they are not folded or crushed funny, then lower the window sash carefully making sure the seal remains in proper position.

I opened our emergency window, just wanting to understand how it works.  It is hinged up top, swings out from the bottom.  When closing it, I had to position the seal a bit to assure it was not getting deformed.  If deformed, the window sash might not seal properly to the fixed frame.
1523  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thermopane Windows on: March 24, 2014, 12:54:55 pm
Here is a link to a one of Ron's post when he replaced his chair. It is complete with pictures. It was so nice that I did the same thing to my 2350. I went through Carol at the factory and saved about $60 over going directly to Paul's seating. She was able to get the same captains chair that I had in the front, with two arms.She made sure they used the same bolt pattern that the barrel chair had so I could use the same stand. She shipped it to me and I installed it. That took about 15 minutes to remove the four bolts, remove the barrel chair off the stand, put the new chair on the stand, and replace the bolts.

http://www.phoenixusarv.com/community/index.php/topic,267.0.html
I don't have the installation pictures posted on that thread any longer.  When I get some time, I'll include them again as my flickr account now handles a lot more pictures.  It is a very easy straight-forward bolt-off bolt-on installation.  Like Tom says, all of 15 minutes and not a lot of muscle required either.

Irene and I really like our 3rd captain seat.  We used to fight over it most before we replaced our dinette cushions with leather & memory foam.  Because of it's safety and seat belt when traveling, it gets fought over when we travel with guests.  My uncle claimed it on our trip down to Kentucky to bury his brother.

I would still like to install those "D" rings, just in case we ever need to cart a little passenger in a child seat.
1524  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cracked shower pan on 2350 on: March 23, 2014, 05:35:32 pm
At home, a contractor installed a plastic shower pan that was the footprint of a standard bath tub.  I was concerned of the pan suspended and a heavy person stepping over the hollow area with potential of breaking the pan.  The contractor told me they place blobs of a material on the floor under the pan, before setting it in place.  The blobs conform to the bottom of the pan and once cured, the pan becomes properly supported.  I don't recall what that supporting material is.

Bob's story about spraying expanding insulating foam through a hole would pretty much accomplish the same thing.  The expanding foam conforms to the shape of the shower pan, curing hard enough to support the weight of a person without a worry.  For a new PC pan installation, It seems feasible to drill small holes through the main PC floor, just large enough to insert the foam application tube, to spray underneath the pan from the under the vehicle.  Spray a little more as you remove the nozzle to seal the holes drilled.  You might even be able to avoid drilling holes in the RV sub floor by inserting the tube through the existing hole from the shower drain pipe
1525  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thermopane Windows on: March 23, 2014, 12:08:09 pm
It surely would be disappointing to have fogged-up windows.  I wonder if they can be shipped out to Hehr for repair.  It might be cheaper to buy replacement panes instead.  CLICK HERE to order replacements.  It talks about where to find the part number of your window.

BTW:  I checked and confirmed that all six of our house windows are 100% thermal pane, slider and fixed pane.
1526  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thermopane Windows on: March 22, 2014, 08:01:53 pm
.....the bottom portion is thermo-pane while the upper section is single pane.

WOW!

I didn't realize that the fixed sections of newer flush-mount windows are single pain.  That is the majority of the surface area.  At that point, what good is the thermal pane glass option?  I could see it good to have for the rear window of a 2350 given heads sleep there, but elsewhere it seems a waste of money.  I now understand why BuffaloRose has asked the question.

This has me wondering what I have in my older 2007.  I will study each pane carefully and report back.
1527  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thermopane Windows on: March 22, 2014, 10:55:34 am
Every thermal window on our 2007 has a tiny red sticker with the name "Hurd".  Maybe the previous owner removed all your stickers.  Google RV windows and see if you find the name.

ADDING LATER:  I see lower on, Pax & Dutch both state the brand is Hehr.  That's the name I am thinking of.
1528  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thermopane Windows on: March 21, 2014, 11:28:29 pm
Our 2007 has the earlier side-to-side sliding thermal pane windows with all thermal seals good to-date.  The only time they'll sweat on us is when the rig is closed up and we forget to exhaust the PC while cooking or taking a shower.  When cooking, we'll open the sink window an inch or two and run the exhaust fan over the stove.  In the bathroom we'll run the bathroom ceiling fan when showering.

I know it's tough to do in cold weather, very tempting to keep the place buttoned up.  That's my take on it.
1529  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New 7-Pin Connector Location on: March 21, 2014, 11:12:09 pm
No problem with our 2007 2350/E350.  When loaded up on trips, the rear end is slightly lower than a level rig yet we have never had a problem scraping anything.  Admittedly I do pay attention to exiting gas stations and such with an angular approach.  I considered installing rear air bags to give a little lift, but have been doing fine without.
1530  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE on: March 19, 2014, 02:12:34 pm
That is one nasty introduction with a brand new PC.  It takes only a little mishap on the production line to create a lot of headache for the first owner.  On the bright side, you were on top of the problem and was able to quickly resolve it yourself at home.  Good for you.  Hopefully it's all behind you now and it's smooth going forward.

Your cross-thread problem sounds like a mistake I could make myself, especially if in a confined area.  It surely was unfortunate.  In these circumstances you could go in one direction and get very upset over the matter.  Or you could look at the bright side that you solved it quickly (adding the "dry up" time too) and give the factory grace in the matter.  One thing for sure is that this is good information for others to be aware of.  Not just cross-threading on a new PC, but coming loose on an older one as well.  There are a few "hand tighten only" and my added clamped fittings around the rig that I wonder will be okay this season.  It's all part of RV ownership.

Well wishes on your first voyage Bob gl1500!
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