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1711  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Questions for new 2350 on: October 02, 2010, 10:47:07 am
I am taking Ron's suggestions of ordering a splash shield for the battery and an upgraded water pump with flexible hose in and out of the pump.
 I am not sure Phoenix USA offers a battery shield like I had made.

About a pump with built-in flex lines....I have never seen them sold that way, but easy enough to add.  If the factory is not already doing it, request  they install a flex line on the pressure side of the pump to dampen plumbing vibration.  That makes a big improvement with noise.  Also, there are two types of pumps.  The old cheaper one cycles on and off all the time.  The newer more expensive design, the pump goes on when the water is running and stays on until until you turn off the water.  It seems a better choice, though I don't have first-hand experience with it.  I think it's worth the research.

Tom,
Thanks for all that clarification on the changes between model years.  I am stuck in the old days, older models.  I have not examined the newest models.  Much seems different.  Now I can stop covering things no longer applicable.

About the subwoofer location.  I could not picture in my mind where it is mounted on a new 2350.  Is your description on a different model?  My furnace is under the fridge.  Not under the bed.  Maybe this is another variation between model years.

As the years roll by, I have less and less input.  And that's good.
1712  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Deep descents, rpms, redline, etc. on: October 01, 2010, 09:17:26 pm
We do play the gear game, but it's still a challenge, especially considering the tow vehicle.
1713  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Questions for new 2350 on: October 01, 2010, 09:08:57 pm
Hi All, I agree with just about everything, summing it up here.
- Fan cover only over center fan to maintain a nice outside appearance.  The 2350 is so small, only one would be needed anyway.  Leave that one open & running, and let the air be drawn in from the dash board area.  This way the rig stays locked down, rain free, and flow-thru ventilation.  I'd put one on ours but then the RV wouldn't clear the garage door.
- You know I love the thermal windows and no-slide dinette.
- Rear View Mirrors?  All I can say is I like the stock length we have.  It's nice to get a look behind the RV without using the rear camera.  It's great when changing lanes.  I don't like driving with the camera on anyway.
- For the 2350 with fixed dinette, I advise to request the surround sound subwoofer be installed in the front dinette bench.  If you say nothing, it goes under the rear corner bed consuming precious outdoor storage.  Placing it far forward also gets it away from the bed so one person watching TV will not disturb the other taking a nap.
- I highly recommend the dinette be leather, not cloth.  We have cloth and regret not getting the leather.  The cloth stretches when sliding in and out, distorting and wrinkling.  Leather (or simulated leather) would eliminate or at least minimize that.
- We have the passenger swivel seat and like it.  Admittedly, it's not easy to swing around, but well worth the effort when having day-guests.  Adult people sitting in both the barrel chair and the turned-around passenger seat, do not play footsie.  The curtian still works, but you have to draw the curtian with the backrest forward.  Once the curtain is drawn, then recline it with light contact to the curtain.  The only way to watch TV in the front passenger seat is fully reclined facing the front.  Swivelled facing rearward....no way.
If the passenger seat was powered, I think it would be a waste of money.  The manual seat adjuster works great.  The power seat would offer vertical adjustment, but won't be missed as the passenger has many optional positions not avaliable to the driver.  Examples are, feet crossed, legs crossed, one leg strateling the seat, etc.
- Get the undocumented dinette window awning.  We love it.  It's great on a rainy day.  You can open the window and be protected from the rain.  Also nice in the heat too.
- Confirm your main awning covers fully over the bedroom window for the same reasons.  In 2007, we ordered our extra wide to completely cover it.  Maybe today, they are all extra wide.  That awning is great to open just 9" on still rainy days so your windows on that side can be opened without getting wet.  We've done that in places where opening the awning fully would make a scene.  An example would be in a store parking lot.  I do wonder if the newer window style has less an issue with rain.  Do they now swing open from the bottom?
- About the TVs.  We got all the wiring and sound system, but no TVs to save money.  We bought our own and I installed both myself saving around $1500 and got bigger & better TVs at the time.  But I admit, TV selection & the front TV installation is very tricky.  You have to be up for the challenge.
- We got the full body paint and love it.  Washing the RV is so much easier than washing raw gel-coat fiberglass.  I learned that with our old RV we owned for 24 years.  After the first 5 years, the surface was very hard to wash, and it doesn't last either.  But the full body paint option is very expensive.  I am an all or nothing guy concerning paint.  If I wasn't getting full body, I'd seriously consider getting no paint work at all, getting only the standard graphic swirl decals.  But that is just me.
- I requested the ladder and roof rack NOT be installed, just put in pieces, inside the RV.  I don't regret doing that.  It's all in my basement for good.  I'd include them in the sale if I ever sold the RV.  I felt all the mounting holes in the rear wall and roof would be best avoided.  And I would never use them anyway for fear of damaging the rig from the stress.  Three years into it, and I don't miss them at all.  I use a regular ladder at home to wash the roof.
- About the roof antenna.  I wonder if we'd be better off without it.  With digital TV technology, finding TV stations is rediculous.  We use the TVs to watch movies we brought from home.  When in an RV park, we hook up to cable TV.  The roof top antenna is annoying to have, rattling and clanking on rougher roads.  And it is plainly ugly.   I suppose if we spent many weeks in one remote location without CATV, it could serve a purpose.  I don't know what to advise there.  Just give it some thought of your own.

??? This one is a big QUESTION MARK, but I feel worth mentioning.
I wonder if the barrel chair could be replaced with a matching 3rd captain chair.  The barrel chair area in the 2350 is ideal for a recliner of some sort.  The barrel's low back makes it uncomfortable to watch TV, which otherwise would be ideal.  I know the factory now installs very puffy front captain chairs, so maybe a 3rd one there would have a serious space problem.  But our smaller earlier style Lexus captain chairs we have might work more easily.  I say this because the barrel chair not only swivels, but it also adjusts by sliding away from the wall.  When adjusted far from the wall, when you pivot it, it swings around far out there in a huge arc.  Understand?  It's hard to describe.

Being that you are in MA, have you checked out East Acres RV there in Mendon, MA?  He has a nicely optioned demo 2007 2350 with full new vehicle warrantee coverage.  It's a demo because the dealer took it on a trip.  You might barter down close to $60k.  But...it does have a couch slide-out.
1714  Main Forum / General Discussion / 6-CD Radio For The Ford Chassis on: September 30, 2010, 12:39:29 pm
Maybe this applies also to the newer style dash boards, but certianly for the pre-2009 chassis, you can easily swap the single CD radio with a 6-CD one. When selecting a 6-CD radio, be sure to first take out your old 1-CD and match up the connectors before buying it's replacement.  There are two differnet style radio connectors.  I learned the hard way, removing my old radio after I had the replacement in-hand.

Removing the old radio should be fairly easy, though it didn't work that way for me.  The way it is designed, you insert nails in those 4 holes in the face of the radio to release the two side retaining clips.  Then simply pull the radio out from the dash.  But I had trouble there.  I ended up removing the engine cover/dog house to expose the entire back side of the radio.  I then reached from behind to unclip the radio and then pull it forward.

I will report back once the new 6-CD radio is in.

I bought my 6-CD radio used, off ebay quite cheap.  Just be sure to get the right one with the right connector in-back.
1715  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: heat in the cab from engine on: September 30, 2010, 12:11:44 pm
Every Ford-V10 E350 and E450 owner, regardless of year or who made the motor home, all have the same observations.  We all have a hot floor, much more hot on the passenger side.  Home-made remedies vary, but most people simply tollerate it.  My wife usually feels cold, so she actually appreciates the hot floor.
1716  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Deep descents, rpms, redline, etc. on: September 30, 2010, 12:04:22 pm
3 years ago with our first tow vehicle without secondary braking, we had a similar experience exiting Yoemite NP's NE area.  Short of riding the brakes, it was uncomfortable.  The name of the game is to go slow, pump brakes, you know the usual drill.

Given there is no red zone on the tachometer, I assume red-lining is when the RPM needle is pegged.  With 5w-20 full synthetic oil in the engine (per owners manual) I don't worry about RPMs unless it pegs.  Mind you my engine RPM never did get that high.  Just uncomfortably close.
1717  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Is a slide-out practical? on: September 29, 2010, 04:35:44 pm
I will add one in the "Advantages" to help balance the list better.  But you know how I feel about slide-outs, right?

- having a slide-out would make the RV more marketable for resale because most people want a slide-out
1718  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: kayak or boat? on: September 27, 2010, 10:10:00 pm
I figure next year when I get a toad, I will carry a real kayak and paddle board on top of the toad.
This does seem to be the only practical solution.....kayak/canoe/boat on top of tow vehicle.

Phoenix Cruiser owners are not the only RVers challenged with this.  The big rigs have the same issue.
1719  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Using refrigerator while driving on: September 23, 2010, 04:39:40 pm
Congrats Judy!

You'll have more questions.  Don't be shy.
1720  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Water Run Off From Roof Air Conditioner on: September 23, 2010, 02:20:19 pm
I don't know of a drain tube available.  We too get the water run-off from the A/C.  The rain gutter diverts it rearward and then out, but it's a hit or miss if it drips down to the ground or down the side of the RV.  It depends on the angle of the parking pad.
1721  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dry camping with good batteries on: September 18, 2010, 05:57:16 pm
Marion,

You have one amazing setup with so much reserve capacity.  Thanks for sharing!

We too dry camp most of the time with a rare oppertunity to plug in.  I considered a solar panel (or two) and 6V batteries, but decided to keep things as-is for cost and simplicity.

We replaced our 3 year old factory original batteries two months ago with a pair of Walmart's biggest (with the yellow label), which just make it in the tray.  For how we utilize facilities, they held up very well during our three week trip in August.  I do suppliment charging.  You can read more about my charging and power consumption story here:
http://phoenixusarv.com/community/index.php?topic=73.0
Keep in-mind our rig is a 2007 with the earlier Tripp-Lite invertor.
1722  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sway Bars on: September 18, 2010, 05:39:15 pm
NLK,

I am so glad to read you very pleased with the upgrades.  It is difficult for my point to mean anything when readers are fine with their rig as it is.

My married brother owns a 1998 E350 Starflyte which had no rear bar of any kind.  They were very pleased with how it handled.  I pushed a bit aggressive to get them to buy a rear heavy duty sway bar of which we installed together this past May.  After their next weekend get-away, they both gave me many thanks.  They were quite surprised in the difference when passing trucks and on curvey roads.  I won't push on the other stuff because they both lost their jobs since.
It's kind-of like the fellow with a lot of ear wax who didn't know how poorly he was hearing until after the doctor cleaned out his ears. Smile

Adding a rear bar on a pre-2008 E350 rig that had nothing is a great first step.  If you own a Phoenix Cruiser 2100, 2350, or 2400, built on a 2007 E350 chassis or older, you don't have a rear sway bar.  If if have an E450 or a newer E350, the bars you have are something, and something is better than nothing.  But the heavy duty bars still make a big impact as what I read from people who upgraded them.
1723  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Beware a very serious Dingy Towing Danger on: September 16, 2010, 11:44:17 pm
Congrats Dick on your new PC!  And thanks again for sharing the tow vehicle failure.  I will tighten up my Roadmaster hardware next oil change.
1724  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dual tire Inflator Problem on: September 16, 2010, 11:31:32 pm
Thank you for the 'heads up'.  I'll double check our tires tomorrow before leaving our site.
I agree.  Thanks!

I carry a tiny tire repair kit which includes a high pressure air pump.  It's seems to be of good quality, yet very small in a nice carry case.  Walmart has them for around $50.  It would have allowed you to put in the max tire pressure in the one tire, especially benefitial if help is far away.
This is it.  BTW: I wouldn't use the slime stuff, but rather plug a puntured tire using the kit, while still mounted on the motor home.  Then fill-n-go.
1725  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Using refrigerator while driving on: September 16, 2010, 11:16:22 pm
My fellow Cruisers,

Flooding the black tank with gray water or visa-versa is "Extremely" easy.  This is the process.

1) Open the access panel to the Sani-Con system
2) Press the gray tank electrical switch to open the gray water tank valve (water will make a gurggling sound)
3) Press the black tank electrical switch to open the black sewage tank valve (water rushes in from the gray to the black)
4) Wait a minute to allow the gray water to balance out between tanks
5) Reverse steps 3 to 1

No fuss, no mess.  Once in a great while I will do it twice before dumping.

I take no credit for that either.  That was explained to me by Phoenix USA during our inspection when picking it up there new in 2007.

BTW:  No degree here.  Just a high school diploma.
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