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1666  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: SOME ONE WITH A NEW 2551 DID ALOT OF CHANGES, VALANCE USIDE DOWN BY DOOR FOR LIG on: October 14, 2010, 12:42:43 pm
Paula and Norma,

I am curious.  You both mention excessive heat from the sun.  I realize the cab area will always be an issue, but Paula, you covered the RV windows with home-made shields.  Do you have single pane or duel pane thermal RV windows?  Our thermal panes keep out the heat real well, though I have yet to be in tripple digit heat.

About the windshield glass.  I found pop-open "Made To Fit The Ford Van" windshield shades, sold as a pair.  I got them from Walmart a couple years ago, but I am sure they can be purchased at Advance Auto Parts, Murpheys Auto, Auto Zone, Pep Boys, etc.  They fit perfectly, but do leave the side windows completely exposed.  They are a quick simple solution for people on the move like us.  Easy in & out, and they store easily in the backrest pocket of either front seat.  They are extremely effective in keeping out the heat, and offer windshiled privacy, but not the door glass.  For that we partially open the privacy curtians for a quick fix.
1667  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Made A Decision Replacing The Barrel Chair on: October 14, 2010, 12:02:58 pm
Paul emailed me today.  He is out of gray materail but has the green.  Checking to see if he can get more gray.
1668  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: help planning vacation to yellowstone on: October 14, 2010, 09:41:40 am
How many weeks do you have to work with?
1669  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sway Bars on: October 13, 2010, 04:50:19 pm
Glad it worked out so well for you.

I still wonder why Phoenix USA won't offer them as an optional suspension upgrade.  It seems an opportunity for them to make more money along with improved customer satisfaction.  Maybe Kermit needs to have made, two identical models side-by-side, one with and the other without the suspension upgrades.  Then take them both out for a drive on the interstate highway there on a gusty windy day.
1670  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Made A Decision Replacing The Barrel Chair on: October 12, 2010, 08:28:50 pm
Got it Bob, Thanks!
1671  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Deinstall Coffee Maker from Cupboard door on: October 12, 2010, 03:46:03 pm
If you remove your coffee maker & mounting hardware, don't throw it away, put it on ebay.  I'm sure other non-PC owners would be very interested.  Maybe even I would buy it as a backup for when ours gets worn out.
1672  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Made A Decision Replacing The Barrel Chair on: October 12, 2010, 12:26:16 pm
The metal loops are steel fold downs for a baby seat tether.  Bob

Are the tethers a separate metal part that is slipped under the pedistal?  Please clarify what that thing is, how it mounts to the pedistal, and who supplied it?  We don't have a need to attach a baby seat yet, but we anticipate grand children one day, and want to be prepared for it.

1673  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Made A Decision Replacing The Barrel Chair on: October 12, 2010, 12:19:31 pm
I talked with the right person at Phoenix USA today, Carol.  I needed to give her either my Chassis or Conversion VIN number.  With that, she was able to look up what was installed in my motor home, to provide the right data for Pauls Seating.

seat material to match my Lexus leather captain chair (the type in my 2007 2350, in color Morning Mist Gray)
- leather seating surface:  Luxor ST Alabaster
- vinyl balance material:  Astro SS Alabaster

pedistal mount
- I can reuse my barrel chair pedistal.  Be sure to tell Paul it will be a 3rd seat, pedistal mounted, so he mounts the seat tracks closer.  Paul told me that means the tracks are mounted at 8x11.

arm rests
- be sure to specify which arm rests you want, left, right, neither, or both.  I am getting both armrests, costing $375 plus shipping.  Armrests are only $10 a piece.

I called Paul and placed my order.  He said he'll have a seat made up by next week, and ship thereafter.  Payment due in the form of a check, after I received the seat and am pleased with it.

To Be Continued.
1674  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Made A Decision Replacing The Barrel Chair on: October 11, 2010, 12:28:43 am
Our chair design is called Lexus CLICK HERE, which is identical to our two front chairs.

I will let you all know what I find out from Kermit, etc.
1675  Main Forum / General Discussion / Replaced Our Barrel Chair With A 3rd Captain Seat on: October 10, 2010, 08:58:28 am
If buying a Phoenix Cruiser for 3 travelers, consider requesting a 3rd captain seat for the safety and comfort of the 3rd person.  He can look through the windshield by simply adjusting forward into the isle and then swivel at an angle toward the windshield, then recline as needed to look out between the people in front.  It's also great for relaxing and watching TV as shown below.

For you older model PC owners with a barrel chair, this is a very nice upgrade.  We ordered our 2007 model seat direct from the OEM supplier Paul's Seating Inc. at a cost of $481.00 with shipping considered.  It is an exact match to our two front seats, model Lexus as stated on Paul's website.

The replies below is about how it all unfolded.

1676  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: What Is That Banging I've Been Tollerating For The Past 3 Years? on: October 08, 2010, 07:31:18 pm
I haven't had a chance to look at possible fixes for the condition.
You may find this interesting and applicable.  CLICK HERE
1677  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Questions for new 2350 on: October 07, 2010, 09:43:20 pm
Tom, I am done too.  Smile  Happy Trails.
1678  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drawer glides in drawers under bed in 2006 PC 2551 on: October 07, 2010, 02:31:46 pm
I am not familiar with the 2006 2551 bed drawers.  But I can say with confidence, places like Menards and Home Depot sell those high quality ball bearing roller glides for drawers.  Maybe you can swap the cheap drawer rollers with those high quality ones.  At Menards, I recall them being real cheap, like $10-$12 a pair, with little price variation pending length.

BTW:  We got back from a 3 week trip in the Canadian Rockies about 5 weeks ago.  What a place to visit!
1679  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Questions for new 2350 on: October 07, 2010, 02:25:58 pm
In regards to the "Mirror" subect, I am a bit taken back how it has become a hot point of discussion.  I never gave my longer-extending mirrors a second thought for clearence to anything, except a time or two in very tight parking areas, I asked my wife to roll down her window and pull her mirror in, just for extra assurance.  But I couldn't say that would justify getting shorter mirror arms.

In tight parking areas after we are parked, as a rule we fold the mirrors in for fear of someone bumping into them when walking by, or worse yet, having a child grab on and swing from one.  I suppose that could be a good reason to consider shorter arms.

When pulling inside my garage, I pull in both mirrors or they would automatically fold in with much less grace when rubbing against the garage door frame.  But that would still happen with shorter mirror arms.

My brother owns a Starflyte on a 1998 Ford E350.  His rig is much narrower than any Phoenix Cruiser.  His rig too has Velvac mirrors, but with the shorter arms.  One thing I noticed when showing him how they fold in....the arms are so short, they required a lot of muscle to pull them in.  Maybe that comes with vehicle age as well as less leverage.

I find it quite interesting to read here that Phoenix USA is now installing shorter arms on all their 2011s.
1680  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Questions for new 2350 on: October 07, 2010, 11:23:27 am
We have a 2350 and we needed another seat for our baby granddaughter.  Stewart suggested replacing the barrel chair with another Ford swivel/reclining Captains seat locking in the forward position.  It works great and can swivel and recline to any position. Much more comfortable than the barrel chair.  They also added forward and aft tie downs for the seat anchored to the frame.
Bob, This is valuable information to me.  I did measure & compare the size and area of my captain and barrel chairs.  There did seem to be enough room for a 3rd captain chair in the barrel position.  I priced a new chair from the PC-USA 2007 seat supplier, Pauls Seating.  My 2007 model is called a Lexus.  With both arm rests, Paul's price is $375.  With no armrests, it's $365.  I'd get both armrests unless there is a clearence problem.  Watching TV, reading, or simply relaxing in that chair in-place of the barrel chair would be so so so much better.  For me with the fixed dinette, I can use the adjacent dinette bench to rest my legs.

Could you elaborate on the forward/aft tie-downs?  I would greatly appreciate pictures of your 3rd captain chair, it's pedistal, tie-downs, etc.  I would hate to order a 3rd chair from Paul's Seating, just to find out there is a problem.  I wonder if I'll need a special pedistal for it, rather than re-use my barrel pedistal.
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