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1696  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Problems getting cool enough on really hot days on: June 25, 2011, 12:05:24 am
...the dash AC needs to be set on MAX even when parked and the engine off or the outside air vents are open,....L. G.
Oh....That is a great tip!!! ThankYou
1697  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Problems getting cool enough on really hot days on: June 24, 2011, 03:18:35 pm
I have read on other forums, the roof-top a/c is expected to cool down a motor home 20 degrees cooler than the outdoor temp.  You seem to be doing worse than that.  Your ideas all seem logical.  Try boosting the "cool-down" with the engine a/c, then maintaining the lower temp using all the means you mentioned.

Our older 2007 PC-2350 without a slide, has thermal windows.  We have not yet tested the cooling like that.  But we have benefited during freezing over-night temps.  Our PC stays fairly warm except for the cold that enters through the front Ford chassis area.  At bed time, we close the bedroom privacy curtian which makes a big difference for warmer sleeping.  It blocks out the cold draft from up front, and the furnace then runs based on the thermostat by our heads.

But that data does not help for the reverse.  Based on the cold that enters through the front driver's area for us, I would assume the worst of the heat you are getting, also comes from there.  I would focus on padded windshield and door window shades that mount outside the glass.  I know you mentioned an outside windshield shade, but maybe a padded one would be more effective.  Also inserts for the skylight and roof vents.  They do seem to radiate the outside temp inward a lot, don't they?  Consider purchasing a sheet of non-crumbling foam from a home improvement center.  They sell 4x8 sheets (pink or blue colored), 1"-1.5" thick for insulating house foundations from the outside.  They are placed against the foundation, then buried.  With a sheet of that, you could make a whole lot of perfect fitting inserts for around the RV.  Some places sell broken sheets for next to nothing.

Oh, and it goes without saying, draw down your outside awnings.  You can extend you main awning just a foot to eliminate much daytime sun.  That can be left unattended.  We have a dinette awning which helps a lot with direct sun, again can be left unattended if the wind picks up while you are away.
1698  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Phoenix USA is Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!! on: June 24, 2011, 12:31:05 pm
I had broke a cabinet latch on my 2007 in my second year of ownership.  I asked PC-USA if I could purchase a dozen latches.  They sent them at no charge.  That was really nice.  Since then, we have broken another latch, so it is good to have spares.  I keep them in the RV tool box.

During my warranty period, I wanted to buy a couple extra interior cabinet door knobs, one specifically for the access door to the inverter.  They sent them free.

Some time in the year after my warranty was over, I made that battery shield, so I wanted to purchase a new battery tray.  Same story there.

Now that a number of years have passed, they charge me for things I request, but at their cost with no mark-up.  What other motor home manufacture would do business like that?  One more reason to own a Phoenix Cruiser.
1699  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC service on: June 23, 2011, 12:23:28 pm
Just giving you a friendly hug.  Don't read more into it...ha, ha.
1700  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC service on: June 22, 2011, 11:19:08 pm
And this for Dittmer: All our other vehicles are Ford products, which require oil changes every 5,000 miles, smarty.
1701  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC service on: June 22, 2011, 11:35:20 am
That is a funny story.  LOL  I wonder how well they handle their visits to the new car dealer to get their first complimentary oil change?  Maybe they get a new car every 3000 miles.

Just having fun here with rmmpe.

I do understand their decision.  I would surely miss the 3rd captain seat we have in our 2350.  Getting it back in a 2552 would be hard to resist.
1702  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: rear door struts/shocks on: June 22, 2011, 12:01:06 am
I would contact the factory.  Either they send a new pair free or at cost.
1703  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC service on: June 21, 2011, 11:59:58 pm
So far, driving the secondary roads, as we prefer, we're getting over 10 MPG, which we can live with.  I wish we could get a consistent 10mpg, but can't with a tow vehicle all the time.
1704  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC service on: June 21, 2011, 12:17:08 pm
I know what  2552 is, but what is a 2552s?  "S" means "Sprinter", right?  They don't make a 2552 on a Sprinter, do they?

Are you referring "S" = slideout?

Here I go hijacking another thread.
1705  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: keyless entry for our 2008 2900 PC on: June 20, 2011, 04:45:58 pm
There is a section in my 2007 E350 owners manaul on how to program a new remote, though I thought my chassis lacked the receiver.

I bought new and used remotes off Ebay for our 2006 Jeep Liberty, 1998 Grand Prix, and 5 different C5 Corvettes.  All remotes were easily programed per the instructions in the owners manuals.

When it came to the Corvettes, I bought those used cars needing a little TLC and thay always lacked the remotes, spare keys, owners manuals, and other add-on stuff.  I always supplied the new owner with everything, just like it was a brand new vehicle.  The feel-good factor is a pleasure to watch.  When they pay that much, they deserve it all.
1706  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Charleston, Here I Come! on: June 20, 2011, 04:23:45 pm
 exactly! Ditto from me on all the above.  exactly!
1707  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: keyless entry for our 2008 2900 PC on: June 17, 2011, 03:04:49 pm
It seems a hit-or-miss whether or not your Ford chassis is already equipped with keyless entry.  You might only need to buy fobs and program them per the instructions in your owner's manual.

For me, if my 07 Ford E350 chassis was fob-ready, I'd buy & program them to be more "complete", but honestly would leave them home to minimize the bulk in our pockets.  There are so many keys on our key chains because we tow, and there are keys for all that too.  My key chain resembles the bunch my grade school gym teacher in the 60's had clipped to his belt.  Adding a fob in my jean pocket will just make an uncomfortable situation much worse.
1708  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: CB placement in Ford cab on: June 16, 2011, 04:01:07 pm
I am just guessing here.....wildly guessing.

Ford went to a fiberglass hood when they restyled the van body in 1990, retiring the boxy look of the 70s and 80s.
Ford changed back to a steel hood when they restyled the front grill in 2008 to the rough and tough industrial look of today.
1709  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ball-bearing Drawer Glides on: June 16, 2011, 08:09:40 am
Tom is right.  Sorry about that.  Embarrassed
1710  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ball-bearing Drawer Glides on: June 12, 2011, 11:39:05 pm
You were right; chair went in just fine. Still concerned about the bent bars, although it seems to be working ok.
Since you are concerned of long term reliability, I would call the supplier and ask for a second set of seat tracks.  If the damaged ones fail you later, then you have a replacement.
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