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1666  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need suggestions for "test" camping in an RV on: December 06, 2012, 04:43:34 pm
Yep, just bad luck.  Those pictures are great.  It gives us something to return for.

My brother and his wife Kayaked with Manatees which were all around the two of them.  My sister-in-law was deathly afraid the kayak would tip over from bumping and they be swimming with the manatees, but the Manatees are quite respectful of visitors floating around in plastic cigars.

Except for this fellow.


I would love to snorkel with them like we did with 10 foot span, 30 foot with tail, Eagle Rays a few days later on our cruise.
1667  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need suggestions for "test" camping in an RV on: December 06, 2012, 01:25:50 pm
2 frazzled,

I hope you will see more Manatees than we did (none) last month in Cape Canaveral.  Hurricane Sandy encouraged them to leave the area because the waters got too cold for them.  Maybe it's better now.

We took a 7 day cruise leaving out from NYC on election day, with a stop at Port Canaveral.  We kayaked in the Mangroves of Cocoa Beach to see Manatees but none were found.  None at the big wildlife refuge either, just north of the landling strip for the space shuttle.
1668  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: EMPLOYEE NOTICE Pg13 on: December 06, 2012, 08:54:34 am
Sounds like a plan.  LOL

The government should have bailed out every working citzen over 50 instead of the banking industry by handing them each a million tax free dollars to retire early to open up the job market.  It would have cost tax payers the same but get better results.

Adding: The government could have done it in installments, like an expanded Social Security benefit.  Instead they pushed Social Security out further yet.  I am 54 years old and have to work til age 66.75 to get my full benefit, instead of age 65 as it has been since the beginning.

I would run for president except that I would surely get assasinated if elected.  rolling on the floor
1669  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A/C heat strip on: December 04, 2012, 01:11:05 pm
njheart is right.  The heat strip is not an electric heater than can bring the temperature inside a motor home from 15 degrees to 80 degrees.  It is ideal to use on a cool evening when there is a chill in the summer air.  Actually it will perform better than that as it can warm the interior far too much if you let it.

In winter conditions, you might find the heat strip usefull after the interior is all warmed up from the furnace.  It might maintain a comfortable pre-heated temperature.

BTW:  The roof top a/c unit recirculates air from inside the cabin, not drawing in air from the outside.  At least that is how it works with our 2007 model.

Ron
1670  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: closet rod on: December 03, 2012, 07:28:51 pm
PC-USA must have changed the closet hanger system since our days in 2007.  We have the design where each hanger slips through it's own slot.  I can't say that we like it, but I don't think the clothes would fall off the rod even in a roll-over, ha, ha.

I really like what Billy presented.  I may invest in them.

BTW:  Welcome Ozzie & Ben!
1671  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thank You Kermit on: December 02, 2012, 09:11:36 am
Marilym,

Thank you for your kind words of encouragement.  Like you say, obligations and priorities, house projects and health, it all got in the way in 2012, both financially and with available time.  But the road ahead looks smooth so we are hoping to make up next year with a nice 3 weeker out west and weekenders.

You are absolutely right.  I do think of you when I look at our updated dinette and mirror.  Thank you for the opportunity to help you.  You know it was a pleasure for me too.
1672  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: December 01, 2012, 01:12:32 am
Hi roadslesstravelled,

We own a 2007 model year 2350, same year, different chassis (E350), and different floor plan.  This is what I know.

The 2007 PC model year was the first year equipped standard with the whole house inverter.  That is simply great.  We have the inverter and love having 110 volts handy all the time.  I personally feel the 2007 model year was the first year of today's Phoenix Cruiser in regards to standard features and such.  Buying a 2007 or a 2013 of the same floor plan, there are only superficial differences with the house and features.  A 2006 is also a good year but you have to watch out for what might be lacking as it has a shorter list of standard equipment.

Early 2007s are sometimes built on 2006 chassis, very commonly practiced among all motor home manufactures.  If the chassis is a 2007, it will have a tan colored Ford dash board.  If the chassis is a 2006 or older, the dash board will be a medium gray color.  Mind you, other than the colors mentioned, I don't know of any chassis differences.  2006 or 2007, it really doesn't matter.  Just prepare yourself for the possibility.

The drifting/wandering feeling while driving is a very common problem with motor homes of all brands and sizes.  Do not be discouraged about that as there are affordable remedies.  Start with a front wheel alignment from a reputable truck suspension shop, and proper tire pressure.  If you are still not satisfied, then upgrading your shocks, front & rear stabilizer bars, steering stabilizer, and adding a rear trac bar are all worth consideration, but not neccessarlity prioritized in that order.

Welcome to the PC forum.  Maybe you'll become a PC owner one day soon like most of us here.

Blessings,
Ron
1673  Main Forum / General Discussion / Thank You Kermit on: November 29, 2012, 02:55:31 pm
I was awarded $500 from the factory for helping with a sale by showing our PC to "njheart on the road" & sister.  I emailed Kermit with a unique request.  Instead of a $500 check, I requested $500 (with shipping) worth of upgrades to our PC.

Our PC turned 5 years old in June of 2012.  To control cost when ordering our unit back then, we elected to get the cloth dinette instead of leather, but we had always regretted that decision.  Kermit had Paul's Seating make up leather cushions using a much more dense foam (also by request).  The cushions arrived yesterday and I quickly assembled one bench to compare against the original cushions.  My wife and I agree, the transformation was quite remarkable.  The comfort factor was the "Big Deal".  The new leather bench cushions are so much more comfortable than the older cloth ones.  The increased foam density along with the smooth finish for ease of shifting our weight along with sliding in and out, was the greatest pleasure.

I had also asked Kermit about a stove side splash mirror as well because that feature was introduced later.  Kermit tucked the mirror in between seat cushions.

So today our PC interior has received some great updating which we appreciate so much, and our rig looks even better the next time we show it off.  Some day I'll have to take a few pictures of our dinette with the new cushions.

Thank You Kermit for accomodating my request.  Cheer

1674  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Replacement coach batteries on: November 21, 2012, 09:25:50 pm
I think our original 2007 2350 E350 12V house batteries were never healthy from the start.  Two years later I bought new larger 12V batteries from Walmart and they just fit in the battery tray with no room to spare in the one dimension, and they are taller.  They were around $75 a piece three years ago.  I suspect they would cost more today.  They hold more energy today than the originals did when they were new.  I like the design of the top of the Walmart batteries because acid boil-overs are better contained.  If we run into battery trouble with the Walmarts, there is always a Walmart near by to take advantage of a warranty.  Of coarse we keep the receipt of purchase with us.

Our Ford chassis battery is the original one, still doing well.
1675  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What tires are ya'll buying? on: November 19, 2012, 12:22:37 am
I had always understood while in long term storage, it was best to inflate the tires to the max pressure as stated on them, 85psi for many E-rated tires.  This to minimize the distortion you (Jerry) mentioned and to minimize ground contact.  It also helps to have the extra tire pressure when stored off site where some air is lost from just sitting around.  In the spring time when you go back to the storage lot, you might be lucky enough not needing to air up the tires there.
1676  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What tires are ya'll buying? on: November 18, 2012, 09:27:34 am
If that was true, then new old-stock tires would get cracked up during the first mile driven.  But I never heard of that happening.
1677  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What tires are ya'll buying? on: November 15, 2012, 10:56:50 am
I have heard that most tire shine sprays are not good and produce sidewall cracking.
I too have heard that some protectants are bad, others are okay.

I have never applied anything to our 2007 tires and all remains crack-free, keeping in-mind our PC is stored indoors.
1678  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: My 2350 handling problem on: November 05, 2012, 12:08:20 am
Denny and Barb,

I am not sure what a Blue Ox frame stabilizer is.  Do you mean a rear stabilizer bar?  If so, is it a heavy duty bar, thicker than the stock bar and with polymer bushings?

If you mean to say a rear trac bar, I feel that item is most appreciated when towing, though it would do good even if not towing.  The trac bar is most noticed when traveling straight down the highway, sitting or laying in the rear half of the rig, no longer sloshing side to side in continuous rapid succession.  But the rear trac bar does a good job under all driving conditions, helping to reduce steering compensation.
1679  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Improvements & Enhancements, 2007 PC-2350 on: November 03, 2012, 10:32:26 pm
George, I love your story.  Happy Trails.
1680  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: My 2350 handling problem on: November 03, 2012, 09:34:36 pm
Thanks for the update.  I'd like to hear your on-going experience.

I don't have to tell you that many of us with the Ford E350 under a PC-2350 have done suspension uprades to be happy with the handling.
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