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1621  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: got a letter from a new company wanting me to trade in my PC. on: May 13, 2011, 05:49:51 pm
I watched the three You-Tube videos on the Nexus.  I don't see it standing out beyond other typical class-C motor homes.  It surely does not compete with a Phoenix Cruiser any more than the others do.  The Nexus "Factory Direct" sales strategy and all that, well......we all know that is not a new concept in motor home sales.  For their sake, I hope they do well.  If you want Big & Bulky and 7 foot ceilings, then they are one more fish in the ocean.  I don't see the Nexus offering anything unique in the industy.  Personally, if I wanted a typical "C", I'd buy a Winnebago or Itasca as long as it had the big seamless fiberglass front over-hanging bed.

If you want to "sensibly" downsize, there are only a few quality/price contenders with a PC today.

Is the bed that fellow demonstrates, the same kind of air bed in the newer PCs?  I never seen how an air bed works.
1622  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: May 13, 2011, 10:23:35 am
Welcome Gracie!   HiThere
1623  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Suspension and handling on: May 12, 2011, 03:44:54 pm
You are right BillRo.  An alignment is critical, and critical to be done loaded for a trip, which the factory could never simulate.  And the shop that can handle the task adequately are hard to find.  My local shop does motor homes as one specialty, trucks and buses too.  They have various specialty parts and also bushings on display to help explain things for customers.  They go through various alignment scenarios, and how they adjust for such extremes that the chassis itself cannot be adjusted far enough without such special parts.

The shop told me to go on a weekend get-away, making sure we include everything we typically take along.  When we get back home, leave everything inside, but be sure the gray and black tanks are empty, and the fresh water tank is full as that is the most common travel mode.  Also fill the propane tank and main 55 gallon gas tank.  He also said it wouldn't hurt to place heavy weights behind the driver and passenger seats to simute the two of us in those seats.  His alignment is then done with that weight placement on the chassis and also considers a 1/4" road lean to the right curb which is the national standard for water run-off.  It all made sense to me.
1624  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Suspension and handling on: May 11, 2011, 12:56:44 am
Would you be able to take a few more pictures of the stabilizer. Maybe one of each end? Would like to see how it's mounted.
I emailed you what I had your address.
1625  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Suspension and handling on: May 10, 2011, 12:05:00 pm
Oh, I REALLY like that Bobander.  Much cleaner and surely more reliable in the long run.
1626  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Coming Soon! on: May 10, 2011, 11:56:46 am
Very nice Barry-Sue,

Are you open to a few more ideas?  If so, here goes.

- Window shade string tensioner reinforcements in areas that can get easily bumped.  The factory does this upon request.  If you have windows by the beds, these will be appreciated.  Bump that stem hard and the screw rips out from the wall.  Not so with the reinforcements.
- One, maybe two additional porch lights mounted along the passenger side of the rig.  Then install lower wattage bulbs.  This greatly reduces glare and eliminates shadows at the campsite at night.  Also request to move the main porch light a foot farther from the entry door so a swarm of bugs around the light are not let in so easily.
- Add one rear mounted porch light and one driver-side porch light, both controlled on a single switch, located next to the main porch light switch by the entry door.  This provides 270 degree camp site lighting when needed.
- If towing a vehicle, add a weather-proof switch next to the rear license plate light (hidden very nicely), to control the back-up lights.  Those lights are perfectly positioned to light up the tow apparatus area.  I am doing this modification myself to eliminate the need to hold a tiny flashlight in my mouth.
- Get either the quiet water pump that runs whenever water is running, or install a water accumulator/pressure tank

Here is a window tensioner reinforcement.  It is the round disk behind the stem.

Here is the water proof switch for the backup lights, purchased on ebay here ---->

Here is a water accumulator/pressure tank that offers a place to mount the water pump on top.
1627  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Suspension and handling on: May 10, 2011, 07:53:35 am
The RV suspension shop that installed all my upgrades told me I should put 60psi in the rear tires and 65 in the front tires.  I followed his advise for a weekend get-away to find the handling great and the ride very comfortable, but I wasn't comfortable with it because the tires looked underinflated.  I run with 65 in the rears and 70 in the fronts since.  Funny that the tires still look underinflated.  I have to put in 75/80 psi all around for the tires to look right, but the ride gets uncomfortable, and the handling a bit compromised.

I don't have a slide out so my rig is a bit lighter than the typical 2350.  Maybe that is how I get by with a little less psi.

Comparing Helwig to Roadmaster bars.  They are both made using the same steel, and have the same diameter.  The Roadmaster mounting method is very different.  It involve cast aluminum clamp-downs for mounting points for the end links.  I can see why it costs a lot more.  I just don't know if the Roadmaster bars are over-engineered.  Look close at this picture of my front bar.

1628  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Coming Soon! on: May 09, 2011, 11:04:54 pm
Smile   I really enjoy reading posts like this.   Smile

Barry-Sue, Did you have the ladder and rack deleted to fit the RV in your garage better?

It would be a very interesting post for you to detail what you learned with your 2350, and how that carried over into your new 2551.
1629  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: May 06, 2011, 05:24:46 pm
Judi & George,

Is that your old 2010 Sprinter 2350 no-slide with couch on ebay right now?
1630  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The Phoenix Cruiser Photo Contest with $50 prize! on: May 04, 2011, 03:03:29 pm
Too bad it's only for a week.  We'll be doing a Great Lakes vacation in July, where opperunity will be at hand for some nice pis.  Oh well.

I surely want to participate in the voting process.
1631  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: West Coast Phoenix Meet at Pismo on: May 04, 2011, 03:00:26 pm
Say "Hi" to all there!
1632  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HELP! Big Oops!! on: May 03, 2011, 07:45:06 am
Someone in our neighborhood kept his nice huge class A in his pole barn which is next to his house.  They went on a flying vacation 5 or 6 years ago and the motor home was gone when they returned.  It was never found.  The insurance company suspected it is in Mexico when they are not found.  We are not a border town either here near Chicago.
1633  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HELP! Big Oops!! on: May 02, 2011, 06:03:30 pm
I Love It Grimes34!
1634  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sewer hose storage on: May 02, 2011, 03:24:19 pm
     In the quote below you said you dumped in a ditch next to the driveway.  That is what I was referring to as "illegal" dumping.  As far as legally dumping gray water, I do know of some states that the only thing allowed to be dumped on their highways is fresh water.  You  must remember that the gray water comes out of the same opening that black water does, so unless you spotlessly clean the common drain line you will get some black water remnants exiting.  As far as the solution to dump in the concrete opening at a dump station and wash the area down upon completion, I do not know about your dumping, but when you open the dump valve the volume and pressure will shoot the contents all over and will not be contained in that little trough area.  Much easier to go to the store and get a hose and then dump.  Just my thoughts but anyone else have some ideas.

"Without human solid waste, we flush our black and gray tanks only upon returning from our trips.  I pour in a half bottle of bleach in the toilet, and a half bottle in the kitchen sink, then fill up the two tanks to capacity with fresh warm water.  After an hour or two, I then drain them into the ditch next to the driveway, and repeat the process with fresh warm water alone.  The result is clean odor-free tanks."

Oh yes, you are right about that.  I never did explain that one in enough detail.

I drain my tanks on the way home from a trip.  Then add some fresh water to swish around until we finally get home.  Then I dump the heavily diluted leftovers at home, then bleach the tanks also dumped at home.  I do not dump high potent sewage in my ditch at home, though easily interpretted that way.  I suppose even what I do is not proper, but it is done at home on my own property, not encroaching on or endangering anyone.  I would never dump black waste diluted or not, anywhere improper except at home, with emphasis on...."very little".  What I put into my ditch is about 1% of what people's dogs put into their yards.

You make a good point about the trough.  I should setup a hose storage tube and have a hose on-hand.  One more on my "To-Do" list.
1635  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sewer hose storage on: May 02, 2011, 11:20:47 am
I never implied to dump illegally.  I thought, if my sani-con had a sudden failure, I could dump once at a dump station that has the cement trough that drains everything into the dump station sewer.  Just position the motor home so the drain cap is over the cement trough, then let out the sewage and let it go into the dump station tank properly.  Once done, rince the trough.  Then run to a store for a sewer hose to get me through until I repair the sanicon, possibly for the balance of the trip.  But then hose storage would surely be a problem, hence have a 3" poop hose and storage setup in advance.

About legal versus illegal dumping.  I did hear that in some states it is "Legal" to dump gray water along the road side.  Any truth to that?  I want to say Alaska allows it but am not 100% sure.
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