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1651  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2910 Owners Opinions on: January 31, 2011, 12:53:22 pm
If you are going to special order anything, I have a list of "Little Extras" I'd ask the factory to include.

- If getting a model with a barrel chair next to the entry door, pay more to get a 3rd captain seat, one identical to the front seats
- Request the battery compartment be shielded from the rear tires as per my post on the subject matter
- Request window shade reinforcements as per my post on the subject matter (done on shades in areas of high probability getting bumped hard like bedroom & dinette shades)
- Add an extra porch light (or two more, pending RV length) along the same side but favoring the rear area, for more even camp site & under awning lighting.  If it's too much light for you, then put in lower wattage bulbs to simply get "even distribution" of light with fewer shadows.
- Add an independantly switched porch light (or other type of outdoor light) off the rear of the motor home, to provide a good work light when hooking and unhooking the tow vehicle at night.  It is hard to hold a flashlight while hooking up (and unhooking) everything back there.  That light also helps to light up a campsite if needed.
1652  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New Owner (maybe) on: January 27, 2011, 01:27:16 pm
There is no Yutopia with the hanging back up camera monitor, but I still wouldn't do without it.  It's my buddy. HiThere
1653  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New Owner (maybe) on: January 26, 2011, 11:40:30 pm
About hitting my head on the backup moniter........

I see it there and wonder why.  It appears to be well out of the way, but I still hit my head on it.  rolling on the floor
1654  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New Owner (maybe) on: January 26, 2011, 06:39:36 am
Congratulations Billy!

That is a very nice model.  Very roomy inside with such a long slide out for both the dinette and couch.  At only 5.5 feet shorter than your class-A, it is not a world of a difference, but I understand it fit's in more places which was your main goal.  You'll have to keep us updated after you take possesion.

Given the Tom Tom had the backup camera in it, did you get any other kind of backup camera?  If so, will it get mounted in dash or elsewhere?  In dash seems ideal.  I often hit my head on our hanging one.

Looking through the pics, they point out missing trim over the slide, and missing flip-up table behind the passenger seat.  Be sure they are addressed now.
1655  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: now thats a heck of a mess on: January 24, 2011, 05:40:42 pm
Very Good Point Tom !!!!!
1656  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: now thats a heck of a mess on: January 24, 2011, 04:35:31 pm
Billy,

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?
1657  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.
1658  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2552 Mods/Improvements /Captions on: January 21, 2011, 02:33:14 pm
Bob, Thanks for the clarification!  Ron
1659  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.



1660  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.
1661  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.
1662  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Replaced Our Barrel Chair With A 3rd Captain Seat on: January 17, 2011, 10:03:19 pm
Jerry,

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?
1663  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.
1664  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.
1665  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2552 Mods/Improvements /Captions on: January 17, 2011, 10:27:03 am
Bob,

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.
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