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1531  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: lights on the running board on: April 04, 2011, 09:36:59 am
Yep, I got his year mixed up.  He has a 2010 so he surely has the newer style dash board.  I understand the interior dash board was redesigned in 2009.  To you with the newer design, how do you turn on your headlights?  Do you have that old style round knob like earlier years or is it controlled on the steering column, or a 3rd method?
1532  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Water Leak on: April 04, 2011, 07:42:00 am
Thanks for the "Head's Up".

It is nice to know the floor is protected under there with the linoleum.  Small leaks caught quickly does no damage.
1533  Main Forum / General Discussion / Using Back-Up Lights For Other Purposes on: April 03, 2011, 10:56:19 pm
I am thinking of installing a weather/water proof switch outside to manually turn on my PC backup lights.  The switch would be mounted upside-down, next to the light that illuminates the license plate.  This way I have easy access to white light when hooking and unhooking my tow vehicle after dark, and also for quick temporary convenience lighting behind the motor home when putting camp site things away after dark.

Currently when dealing with the tow after dark, the only real convenient white light is the tow vehicle headlights, but they blind me given they are high, inches from my head, and basically shinning in the wrong direction.  Holding a flashlight under my arm or a small one in my mouth while working the hardware just is not practical.  I tried a strap-on-head LED light once, but it is not ideal.  The RV backup lights are low enough from my face, the right brightness, and perfectly positioned to light up the work area properly.  A switch next to the license plate light seems the perfect location.

I am currently investigating a good well sealed switch, and also will be discussing with Kermit if there are any concerns electrically.  The modification should theoretically take under one hour, maybe even less than 1/2 hour.  Constant 12V power is right there at the tow connector.  I was under the rear of my PC today and everything is very easy to access from behind the bumper.

ADDING:  I found the ideal switch HERE but with shipping, it is $37.50

Looking at my PC's tow bar folded up in the picture, you see the backup lights relative to the tow bar.
1534  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: lights on the running board on: April 03, 2011, 07:22:56 pm
...while I was charging the battery that those (running board) lights stayed on.

......do I replace it or do I keep it (the battery) and hope it stays charged all summer?
David,

Your rig might be fine.  I say this because I seem to recall the same thing happening to me.  On my 2007 Ford E350, I can turn the headlight/parking switch to the right to a "Click", then turn off the interior lighting (the spot lights above the windshield) individually with their independant switches.  But doing that leaves those running board lights on all the time.

If you have the older style dash board of the Ford 2008 chassis on back, you have that same headlight switch as me.  If you have the newer style dash board starting in the Ford 2009 chassis year, then you have a different design, but possibly the same interior light switch setting, set to the "On" position.

Your 2009 Phoenix Cruiser might have been built on a 2008 chassis.  It is very common for all RV manufactures to do that.  So don't get confused about model year of your chassis compared to model year of your motor home.

Since your battery was "Slow Drained" and assuming the battery did not freeze, a slow charge should bring it back to a good state.  If I am wrong, that is what the "Jump Start" switch is for.....that spring loaded switch by the driver's left knee.
1535  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Headlights on: April 03, 2011, 06:46:56 am
Got it!

Thanks.
1536  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Headlights on: April 02, 2011, 10:12:51 pm
Thanks for the reminder and the note on "ease of doing it".  Any special tools required?
1537  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: lights on the running board on: April 02, 2011, 10:11:55 pm
My 2007 2350 has the same.  I hate timed lights on my vehicles but marketeers says it's what the people want.
1538  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Headlights on: April 02, 2011, 06:19:07 pm
I really should do that this year.  Year #4 and still have not done it. shrug
1539  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2551 For Two on: April 02, 2011, 01:34:39 pm
Not neccessarily on a PC, but some RVs have the entire kitchen in a slide which means electrical wiring, propane line, hot and cold water and even the sink drain, all move with the slideout.  The RV industry has been doing that for a very long time so I would hope any issues were addressed long ago.  But for me with my ultra-conservative-ness, not having any slide is more comfortable than the extra floor space.  I can handle my batteries in a drawer, but not much more than that.
1540  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2551 For Two on: March 31, 2011, 04:49:43 pm
We absolutely love the 2551. As I have said before, if we knew that there was a 2552 option when we placed our order we would have gone with the 2552 for the extra chair.
Considering you have the two comfy captain dinette seats, why the desire for a 3rd seat?  A guest?
1541  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2551 For Two on: March 31, 2011, 02:25:44 pm
I would think the cutting board would be more useful with a large slideout (the fridge in the slide) where you still have room to get past it.  The earlier design with the sofa-only slideout and also the NO slideout like we have, the cutting board nearly cuts off access to the back half of the motor home.  So it always gets pushed in.  At that point, a utensil drawer would have greater value.
1542  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2551 For Two on: March 30, 2011, 08:33:18 am
I have to ask about the hanging wine goblets.  Will they get crushed when the table folds down?
1543  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2551 For Two on: March 29, 2011, 08:37:05 pm
I Love it.....I Really LOVE It all.  Great work.

You got me thinking about the cutting board.  I'll have to share that with my wife.
1544  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: storage solutions on: March 28, 2011, 07:50:24 pm
I have to disagree with Ron in this case.
So there you have it, polar opposite opinions.  Cry
1545  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Ladder Leak on: March 28, 2011, 05:22:25 pm
Sorry for that lame joke.  I never meant to imply it's a bad idea to have a ladder and rack.  It's just not for me....at least not just yet.  I came from a different mold than most.

I do have my roof rack and ladder stored in my "other" house in case I ever change my mind.

DJM, that was funny......hiding up top to get away.
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