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1741  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Famous last words, "Just Looking" on: December 12, 2010, 05:46:31 pm
All my doors are solid cherry.  The faces and sides of all my cabinets are solid wood.  I don't see any press board or partical board used anywhere.  I should mention, the sides of cabinets are plywood with a cherry finish.  The faces & plywood sides of my cabinets have some sort of "decal" material that looks like finished cherry wood, but is not.  My table and flip-up counter top are solid wood, no decal material.

Phoenix USA changes things between model years.  Mine is a 2007.  Maybe they switched to real cherry for the cabinet facing since 2007.  That would be a question to ask the factory.
1742  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Improvements & Enhancements, 2007 PC-2350 on: December 12, 2010, 02:01:23 am

#22  Replacing Barrel Chair With 3rd Captain Seat.
1743  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: house battery maintenance on: December 12, 2010, 01:37:41 am
Yep, you are referring to my article with pictures mentioned here, Item #18:

Detailed here:
1744  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2552 vs. 2350 Roadability on: December 12, 2010, 01:30:42 am
When we visited the factory 3.5 years ago, the fellow who gave us the factory tour started out in the yard where all the chassis were parked.  He pointed out how some frames were cut, separated, then adding sections of frame and extra reinforcement, then painted.  They also had special drive shafts.  I don't recall how they handled fuel lines, wire harnesses, and parking brake cables.  This done to get the wheel base longer or shorter pending the requirements of a particular model Cruiser.  But yes they had maybe 3 different lengths straight from Ford to work with.  All I know fore sure is that my 2007 2350 frame is not modified.  My wheel base was offered in 2007, straight from the Ford factory.
1745  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Made A Decision Replacing The Barrel Chair on: December 11, 2010, 07:21:25 pm
I kicked up to being pesty and I still could not reach Pauls Seating.  I then emailed Kermit and asked if Pauls Seating was in a shut down mode or gone out of business.  Nope, they are up and running.  Kermit was kind enough to ask Paul to work with me.  Suddenly I've reached Paul again.  Thanks Kermit!

Paul was not able to get hold of the exact same color gray leather and vinyl material to make me a duplicate 3rd seat.  He got hold of a gray color he calls "Close", so he is mailing us a swatch to compre and see if it's close enough.  I should have the swatch Monday, make a quick decision to go gray or go with the green like we have now with the barrel chair it will replace.

I'll keep all updated as it unfolds.
1746  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: house battery maintenance on: December 10, 2010, 10:06:24 pm
billy has some good advise, a battery tender works great.

About the battery tray, mine too has been through the rusties.  The tray comes out without too much trouble.  I suggest to remove, take off the glides, sand, prime, and paint two coats with Rustoleum paint and rusty metal primer.

I fear undercoating products will be hard to get off if rust returns and you then decide to paint.  I do like the rubber mat idea.  I'll have to add that in mine.

If you are daring, buy a gallon of Muriatic acid from your local hardware or home improvement store.  Handle with care in outdoor conditions as the fumes will get to you quickly.  It will remove 100% of rust from steel FAST.  The hard part will be finding a tray large enough to submerged the tray in.  The acid can be diluted with water, 1/4 strength and works great.  When the rust is gone, rinse with water, blow dry, then prime and paint.
1747  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2552 vs. 2350 Roadability on: December 10, 2010, 09:21:25 am

Did Phoenix USA keep the wheelbase the same between the 2551 and the 2552, or did they stretch the wheel base one more foot accordingly?

I would assume, given the 2551/2552 is their smallest units built on the E450, you have the most CCC margin.

Tom did something different, special ordering a 2350 on an E450.  Lots more margin there.

Thanks Bob for keeping us updated as to your experiences/comparison between the two you've owned.
1748  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New PC 2551/2552 on: December 09, 2010, 12:36:52 am

What a custom unit you got.  What a story.  Wow.  It sounds like you took everything you learned from your 2350, and applied all ideas into your new 2552S.  Amazing the factory was so creative in working with you on that.  It was probably the best time of year for them to experiment with a new body design, given it's their slow time of year.  One thing I can say.  Your custom 2552S is much more desirable to me than the standard 2551S.  I also like the idea of getting short table legs to turn the table into a recliner/coffee table.  I too wish I had shelves in those wing areas behind the front seats.  I empty my pockets onto one of them for bedtime, but I wish my padded wing shelves would hold real stuff while in motion.  Solid front railings would be great.

Thanks for sharing all the details.

Would you be available to answer any questions on your old 2350 if I find an interested party?
1749  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New PC 2551/2552 on: December 08, 2010, 05:56:30 pm
Oh, I do see that extra chair now.
1750  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New PC 2551/2552 on: December 08, 2010, 03:45:03 pm
I am a bit perplexed what the 2552S is.  I see the slideout is the same, but the couch is replaced with a dinette.  Is that the deal?  Or does the "S" stand for Sprinter?
1751  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New PC 2551/2552 on: December 08, 2010, 11:34:54 am
Hey Bob gl1500,

Is this your old 2350 being sold by the factory on ebay?

Is your new 2011-2551 the same green exterior color as your 2010-2350?  Does it have a slide or no-slide like your old one?

When we were selecting colors for our 2007-2350, we debated if full body green would be the ideal color.  But back then Phoenix USA could not show us an example of one.  They only had a poor paper print picture.  Given our interior was sagemint green, it was something to consider.

We did like the gray, so we went the safe route and ordered our exterior gray.  But as time has passed with numerous pictures since available of the green, oh how we like that green color.  Had we been able to see a green in person back then, I think we would have ordered ours green, then eventually get a matching green Jeep Liberty to tow behind it.  Maybe I should trade-in ours for your old 2010, ha, ha.
1752  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Those Two Screws In The Middle Of The Entry Door Threshold on: December 08, 2010, 11:23:02 am

As I mentioned before, those screws to nowhere did go somewhere until they sheared off.

I have been tempted to add 3 more threaded screws in-between the two already there.  I am concerned my two larger replacement screws may also give out over time.
1753  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Entertainment Center hook up on: December 07, 2010, 05:37:45 pm
Yep, remove two of the four hinges.  I would call the factory and ask for a few latches and matching door knobs, to make that a standard opperating door.  It's locked down for child safety, but if you don't have kids, make it normal so you can completely kill the inverter.

Also, that headphone jack my article mentions, you can reach up from below and simply unplug it.  Get a mirror and flashlight first to see how to reach it.

Glad to hear the factory is sending you touchup paint.  We all got touch-up paint when our units were delivered new.  Given mine is multi-colored, I have 3, maybe 4 bottles.
1754  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: 2551 Twin bed mods on: December 07, 2010, 04:16:53 pm
Judi, No chair yet.  I called & emailed Pauls Seating again this week, but still no answer.  Hopefully they are in a seasonal shut-down mode, and not in permanent shut down.  Time will tell.  I was hoping to get the chair in time for Christmas.  It's my wife's gift to me.  It would have been nice to place it under the tree so she doesn't feel empty handed.

Tom, I think you are onto something with the antenna thingy.  One day I'll have to get me one of those.
1755  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Entertainment Center hook up on: December 07, 2010, 04:11:13 pm
Just like you, we'll power up the front TV when having guests for the evening or on poor weather days.  They all know where to hang out....the pad with the entertainment system.  All in good fun.

You seem to be on-track, going over the entire unit.  Doing that annually isn't a bad idea.  I tend to be a little lazy in that area, finding myself pulling out the tool box while on a trip, when my girl is making dinner or something.  Never anything serious has needed fixing on the road so far.

If you have a Tripp-Lite inverter as is in my 2007, you'll want to read up on my Power Saving article in the Tips & Tricks section.
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