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1636  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: now thats a heck of a mess on: January 24, 2011, 04:35:31 pm

I think I "Got It" reading through your idea about the dinette.  Basically your thought is to set up the dinette for sleeping, then add deep and tall backrest cushions to convert it into a couch, right?  If you rigged it to work with a smaller board in-place of the dinette table, you could convert it into a "U" shape couch.  Did I understand you right?  If so, were you planning to get that dinette in a slide out, or NO-slide out like we have?
1637  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Remote locks on: January 21, 2011, 08:41:16 pm
Interesting.  I too heard the Ford E-series chassis was setup for remote power door locks.  Maybe Ford dropped it after a certain year.  I was tempted to do as you did, but thought it best not to have a key fob when camping.  I have so many RV keys, not wanting to add more to the bulk in my pocket.
1638  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2552 Mods/Improvements /Captions on: January 21, 2011, 02:33:14 pm
Bob, Thanks for the clarification!  Ron
1639  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: short wife on: January 21, 2011, 05:59:16 am
I think the high mounted microwave is a common problem, not only in Phoenix Cruisers, but across the board in many motor homes.  I think the only solution is to find a fold-away stool that easily stores.

We bought a folding stoll from I think Linens & Things.  It was maybe $10.  We use it in the shower, but I suppose it would also serve well in the kitchen for that purpose.  Here it is.

1640  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2552 Mods/Improvements /Captions on: January 21, 2011, 05:53:53 am
The only thing about the fold-away towel bar that troubles me is that it screws into the wall.  Does it also come with an adhesive foam tape for mounting?  I ask because, if I later decide I either don't like it or want to move it, I am not leaving holes in the wall.
1641  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Second Owner OUTSTANDING SERVICE on: January 19, 2011, 01:11:59 pm
So many of us have our own such experiences like mentioned above.  It adds more "peace of mind" in owning a Cruiser.  I'll share with non-Cruiser owners, this type of customer relations Phoenix USA has with PC owners, regardless of when & where they bought it, and how old it is.  But I wonder if those other people believe me.

I have a great respect in how Phoenix USA does business.  It's not all about business.
1642  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Replaced Our Barrel Chair With A 3rd Captain Seat on: January 17, 2011, 10:03:19 pm

Given we don't have a slideout, I cannot measure myself.  Get out your tape measure and see if my captain seat dimensions x2 below will work.

With armrests folded up, it measures 25.0" wide (the widest point).  1/2" less when folded down.  If ordered without armrests, it would measure 20.5" wide.  You will also need to consider some space in between, and also swiveling action if that is a requirement.  If you mount them on NON-swivel pedistal bases, maybe you could get enough dead space in between two seats to add a small dinette table.

What is the interior width open area of both the older and newer (with fridge) slide outs?
1643  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Replaced Our Barrel Chair With A 3rd Captain Seat on: January 17, 2011, 06:15:42 pm
If we had the earlier couch and it wasn't working for us, we would be looking at alternatives.  That has been my philosophy throughout the motorhome.  I do try to make changes that could pass as a factory installed feature.  Not home made looking.  If it's home made looking all the way, then I would try to make it reversible.  But so far so good.
1644  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Replaced Our Barrel Chair With A 3rd Captain Seat on: January 17, 2011, 10:31:52 am
As long as the modification can be reversed, I don't see a problem making the mod.  I would take a bunch of good pictures before the mods, kept in-case you sell.  You could then show both variations as a selling feature.  Give your buyer a choice, couch or captain seats.

In my particular case, I cannot see anyone ever thinking that barrel chair is preferred over the third captain seat.  I hope to sell the barrel chair, just to get it out of the house and recoupe $100.

If I was worried about resale, I would have included the slide-out option in our order.  But then the motor home wouldn't be what we wanted.

When selling any vehicle in general, if it does not look "owner modified", with good presentation, you should be successful.  I had a hobby of buying and selling Corvettes.  To be successful in getting the car's true value, it must look like it just came off the factory floor.  Internet pictures must be of high quality, showing every detail with proper lighting and all the rest.  Good pictures and good description will get the inquiries and eventually will make the sale happen.

It makes me smile when I see a used motor home for sale by owner with everything personal still inside the thing showing how "lived in" it is.  That is NOT good.  They really need to get 100% of their personal stuff out, clean it all up well, close the cabinet doors, fluff up the couch bolsters, open the blinds, lower the toilet seat, etc. etc. then take great pictures.  If they want to include personal stuff, place it all elsewhere, take pictures of it separately, and keep it all separate, especially when people come to see the motor home in person.  The goal is to make the buyer feel like they are buying a "Like New" motor home.
1645  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2552 Mods/Improvements /Captions on: January 17, 2011, 10:27:03 am

About the wedding band thing.  I volunteer helping people in need through a CARS Ministry program at church.  So I am under the hood of many vehicles on a regular basis.  That band really needs to be taken off for the same reason.  I was careful those first 5 years, but the band did snag once in a great while which did get a little blood drawn.  Since our first born 27 years ago, the band comes off when doing work and when in bed.  My band somehow had always gotten caught on my wife and her bedtime attire in various ways of which I won't get into any detail about that.
1646  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2552 Mods/Improvements /Captions on: January 15, 2011, 07:29:15 pm
      Just curious Ron, why do you take off your wedding band at the end of the day.  In 46 years mine has only been off when I had open heart surgery and they would not let me leave it on.
I kept my wedding band on from the day I got married until the the day our first child was born which happened to be 5 years to the day of our wedding.  Once the hospital forced me to break that tradition, I had no trouble taking it off.  Somewhere along the way it came off nightly and "That's all I can say about that."  (quote from the movie.....).
1647  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: short wife on: January 15, 2011, 03:04:58 pm
My wife is 5'-2" and she does struggle.  She'll pull her cooking out from the micro to look in the pan.  Or I do the looking for her.

I would think another 4" will help a lot.  But if still no good, is there a place to store a cheap plastic one-step stool?
1648  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Replaced Our Barrel Chair With A 3rd Captain Seat on: January 15, 2011, 03:02:01 pm
If you prefer the 2552, it never hurts to ask the factory if you can change your model.  Maybe they are at a point where they can still equip your 2551 for general sales.  I think the 2552 is $3000 more according to Bob who bought one.
1649  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Replaced Our Barrel Chair With A 3rd Captain Seat on: January 15, 2011, 02:27:48 pm
Changing your old tri-fold sofa with a newer air-sofa or two front captain chairs, seem to be two practical choices.  Just be sure there is nothing else bolted to the floor there that would get in the way mounting something different.

For the record, here are the biggest width dimensions of my 2007 leather seats, supplied by Pauls Seating called Lexus, picture taken off Paul's website.
20.5" - measuring the widest part without armrests, which includes the reclining side lever
24.5" - with armrests folded down
25.0" - with armrests folded up

Remember you will also have to purchase two pedistals, two sets of seat belts, and mounting hardware.  But maybe you could reuse your couch seat belts.

The seats sold today have a minor difference in style for the armrests.  No longer as shown having a single horizontal seam, but rather two curved stitchings as my new seat have.
1650  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Replaced Our Barrel Chair With A 3rd Captain Seat on: January 15, 2011, 11:27:08 am

That is why the 2552 was designed.  It specifically provides the space for a 3rd seat.  The only thing I can think of is to get the 2552.
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