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1576  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need advice on 2350 versus 2551 model. on: February 17, 2011, 12:00:25 am
I guess I better chime in.

I used to share with others how well our short 2350 without a slide, works for us.  But I wonder if sharing my experience had influenced others more than it should have.  I noticed a trend where some people bought a 2350, and then a year or two later, traded it in for a new 2551 for the ease of the beds.  That troubled me so I stopped sharing specifics with my 2350, but rather discuss PCs in general.

As for me and my wife, married 33 years and in our early 50's we could never tollerate sleeping separately.  That would make our trips unacceptable.  We would eventually be snuggled up on one of the twin beds.  But I understand others are different, especially as they get up farther in years than we are.  Getting in and out from our bed is not easy like the twin beds in the 2551.  If our garage was big enough, today I might consider a custom made no-slide rear bedroom with a walk-around double bed.  Even if the isle on each side was just 9".

I will still say we do like our dinette without a slide because the dinette is much larger than it would be if in a slide.  It has more storage below and above, it weighs less, is more quiet and warmer, and is very friendly while in transit.  As usual, you cannot sit at the dinette for hours on-end, but we couldn't do without a place to sit and eat normal, play Scrabble & other games, work a computer, etc.  It's just too critical a feature for us.  We would go looney without it.

In a 2551, you have no other house seating so having a dinette alone would be a serious problem for me.  Personally if I were to consider a 2551, I would think hard about the 2552 to get that extra seat like the 2350 has.  I would definitely order it with a 3rd captain seat, not a barrel chair.  This way you have something extremely comfortable to share.

You can see our 2007 model 2350 with dinette, no slide, and 3rd captain seat by CLICKING HERE
1577  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: February 16, 2011, 11:38:31 pm
Is my signature better now?   LOL
1578  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Microwave shuts off on: February 16, 2011, 12:05:01 pm
If you have any amount of handyman skills, it would be to your advantage to resolve the little things on your own.  It is so much simpler than taking it to your local RV shop.  The factory appreciates that too.

I advise to remove the front facing screws and pull out the microwave.  Go to another power souce like your house, garage, or if on the open road, a public place, plug it in there, and see if the problem goes away.  If it works fine, then you know the trouble is with the motor home.  If the trouble persists, then it is obviously a bad microwave.  The factory would help you either way, but the more you do on your own, the faster the resolution.
1579  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: February 16, 2011, 07:09:00 am
Hi Jeff and Erika,

Congratulations with Marv!  I am glad you found the forum, and hope you find it a good place to hang out.

My wife Irene and I bought our 2007 2350/Ford E350-V10 in June of 2007, so we've had ours, coming up on 4 years.  We live near Chicago, special ordered ours through a dealer in the Boston area East Acres RV, and picked up our 2350 at the factory in Elkardt, Indiana.  Talk about "Logistics", but it worked out extremely well.  At the time, Cruisers could not be purchased factory direct.  That came when the economy when down the tubes in 2008, RV dealerships across America were over stocked and couldn't sell anything, PC or otherwise, leaving PC-USA stalled dead.  So Kermit and staff decided to go "Factory Direct" as a means of survival, and continue with that tradition to this very day.

I maintained communication with PC-USA via email after my purchase, offering suggestions for things I improved upon, some of which they implemented in following model years, and some offered upon request.  When the economy tanked in 2008, I gave Kermit a call to find out how they were surviving and got the scoop on their hardship.  Being the internet junkie that I am, and my pleasure with my purchase, I decided to go into full throttle to promote the Phoenix Cruiser on RV forums.  I'd like to think I contributed in a small way to help PC-USA get through those hard times.

The design of the 2350 has changed a little since the 2007 model year, but the basic floor plan and size seems identical.  Things got mechanically rearrainged when the slideout grew to accomodate the fridge.  We decided against a slideout which is not a popular decision, but it works much better for us and our vacationing style.

If you are like me and many others, you may find a few things you'll consider improving upon.  CLICK HERE to see a number of things we did to address a few issues along with making life in our PC a more comfortable experience.

Again, welcome to the forum and the family of the Phoenix Cruiser!
1580  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tomorrow is delivery day on: February 15, 2011, 03:47:05 am
Just curious, did you consider asking the factory if they could make a 2551 Sprinter, special for you?  It seems the 2551 is most popular, yet no Sprinter option.  Maybe it is simply too heavy for the Sprinter chassis.

I agree with your "snub nose" comment.  I always though the Ford's front styling change made in 2008 was a big mistake.  The E-series looks more like a construction vehicle than a van.  Funny that so many construction vehicles like dump trucks & tow trucks today are styled like vans.  Go figure.  Who the heck is in charge of the styling departments?   They need to flip-flop their thinking.  A truck should look like a truck, and a van should look like a van.  Soon we'll have little commuter cars that look like semi tractor trailers.  rolling on the floor
1581  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tomorrow is delivery day on: February 14, 2011, 12:19:20 pm
Judi & George,

You will have to share your experience with the Ford chassis compared to the Sprinter chassis you gave up.  I assume the challenges with the rear corner double bed was the main reason for the switch to main isle twin beds.  Would you have gotton a Sprinter chassis if it was available for the 2551?
1582  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: help on: February 14, 2011, 02:02:26 am
That battery kill switch by the entry door should never be used when on trips, only when in storage.  That swiitch kills 12V opperations, from fridge to pump to lighting and fans.  We learned the hard way.  On our maiden voyage when ours was new, we went out for the day and I hit that switch thinking I was doing good.  Our food in the fridge suffered even though we were hooked to shore power.
1583  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: help on: February 13, 2011, 07:00:46 pm
Billy,

Both the on-board water pump and the electronics for the fridge opperate off 12v.  So the inverter shouldn't be the culprit.  Everything should work fine even with the inverter turned off dead.  At least that's how it is with my Tripp-Lite inverter.

On my 4 year old model, I have a kill-all-12v switch by the entry door.  I assume in your case, it is on or you would be saying the lights don't work either.

You've checked the obvious stuff like fuses.  I don't know what to advise other than contacting Kermit at Phoenix USA.
1584  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Battery maintenance on: February 12, 2011, 04:10:35 pm
Yes, desulfating the plates is a real thing, not a gimmick.

I used to have a battery tender until it died.  They do work well.  My replacement is a multi-stage 4 to 40 amp charger.  4 amps for monthy maintenance, and 40 amps for quick charges from the generator when on trips.  Regardless of what you get, if used outdoors, you really shouldn't leave it tending unless you are able to set it up safely from the elements and critters.
1585  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2910 Owners Opinions on: February 07, 2011, 02:20:01 pm
Yes that sounds about right.  I would NOT feel bad about that.  Getting as close to the GVWR without going over, gives you the smoothest available ride.  Have you ever rented a box truck to move someone's belongings from one house to another?  An empty truck jars you silly.  But once filled up with stuff, the ride smooths out.  But if you plan to load up your 2910 with extra people, you might have an issue.

For reference, when we bought our PC-2350/E350 in 2007, I was told the small slideout available for it back then, added about 400 pounds to the vehicle.  According to the sticker provided by Phoenix USA, our rig weighs 9200 pounds without water, our stuff and us.  We have the earlier E350 chassis so it's GVWR is 11,500 pounds.  41 gallons of water weighs around 400 pounds.  Us and our stuff combined weight is no more 600 pounds.  Maybe more like 450-500 pounds.  With no slide outs we have plenty of margin of around 1400-1500 pounds.  If we brought other people along, we'd still be loaded safe.

If my 400 pound for a tiny slide is accurate, I would assume bigger slides add maybe 500-600 pounds a piece.

1586  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New Owner (maybe) on: February 06, 2011, 11:02:03 pm
Yes, Congrats Billy!

You'll have to share with us how your new 3100 is handling for you.  I am sure you have been reading about the suspension upgrading many of us have been doing on our E350/E450's.  Of coarse it all starts with a fully loaded rig (water, gear, fuel, etc.) at a Ford shop for your free alignment, and also proper tire pressure.
1587  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2910 Owners Opinions on: February 06, 2011, 02:24:05 pm
Simple Song,

I am no expert here at all, but reading so many posts on so many different brands of motor homes, the bigger the rig, the bigger the handling problems.  But it's not 100%.  A lot depends on the over-all weight distribution of the house and owner added stuff.  Your first experience under poor driving conditions will reveal a lot. 

If you have a tight budget, I advise to load up the rig as if to go on a trip, then drive it to a Ford service center that handles motor homes for an alignment.  People on other forums are saying that alignment is free from Ford.  Once done, then invest as needed from there.

Learning from our first motor home, we had everything done all at the same time as recommended from our local shop.

Ron
1588  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2910 Owners Opinions on: February 05, 2011, 12:14:06 pm
In our 2007 2350, the subwoofer would have been mounted under our bed.  I requested they mount the sub up front under a dinette bench.  If it's mounted up front somewhere far from the bedroom, I don't see a need for an on/off switch.

About the on-board water pump.  If they use the enhanced pump that stays on as long as the water is running, I'd be fine.  But if they use the generic pump that cycles on and off every few seconds, I'd say to request a water pressure tank be installed along with it.

I would also delete all the hooks and eyelets from the rear storage compartment, and do something different on my own.  I removed the eyelets to store a folding table, so I have holes in there for no reason.  I use the two hooks, but wished they were elsewhere inside, more to the right


You think like me about the roof rack and ladder.  Ask the factory include the parts to store at home, if for no other reason, for resale purposes.  If someone says "I'd buy it if only it had them"  then you can say, here they are, brand spanking new.

The same for the antenna.  If I were to order mine over again, I would request to keep it in it's box because it never works where we camp.  It works well mostly when we are in an RV park in-town where there is cable-TV service.  The antenna adds lots of holes and caulk on that beautiful B+ cap, it is ugly as heck, and it rattles with every bump.  I wish we didn't have ours.  But I have one so I bought that extra thingy to increase signal strength.  Still with digital technology, if there is a hill, canyon wall, mountain, big trees, anything between you and the source.....you have no signal.  We resort to putting in a DVD all the time, never bothering to crank up that dang thing.  I waste my time looking for a signal.  I suppose a lot depends on the kinds of places you stay at or near.  But for us camping in no-mans land all the time, the antenns is just a noise maker.

About the PC logo.  Ours is across the top in back leaving that big open area for personalizing.  Ask to see if they can do that for you as an alternative.  I always wondered why the factory changed that.  It seems a great area to add a nice picture or a map of states you've been.
1589  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Remote Entry Locks Using Key Fobs - Buy Them & Program Them Yourself on: February 03, 2011, 01:52:07 pm
I called my local Ford dealer today.  I gave him the last 8 digits of my VIN.  He said I lack the module that is required for remote entry.  So no remote entry for me.

ADDING Later That Evening:  I went into the motor home tonight and did the 8 cycle key turning sequence.  Yep, nothing happened.  That confirmed my 2007 E350 chassis is not "Remote Entry" ready.
1590  Main Forum / General Discussion / Ford E-Series Owners Manuals Are Available On-Line For Free In PDF on: February 02, 2011, 02:52:49 pm
Just go HERE and fill in the fields.  A window will come up with the manual on-line in PDF format.  I was able to view it page by page on-line and also save the PDF document on my computer.  It is just over 2.6 meg.
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