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1771  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Factory installed Executive HTS-1000 DVD Home Theater System on: March 14, 2010, 12:51:43 pm
Doing a quick search, I could not find that exact unit either.  But it seems other brands are out and about.  On ebay, here is a Sony (missing the remote control) for real cheap at $10/$15 shipping, but I don't know if it would fit the cubby hole.

Sold new at Walmart

Investigate the spec on Sony's website to assure it has am/fm/cd/dvd and it fits in your PC's available space.  Also research a remote control.  It might be cheaper to buy a new one at Walmart to assure you got everything you need.
1772  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Factory installed Executive HTS-1000 DVD Home Theater System on: March 14, 2010, 12:26:02 pm
I own a 2007 2350 so I likely have the exact same Executive model you do.  They are strange units.  I never see anything like that sold in stores.   You don't need the exact same brand and model, but it's replacement has to fit in that same area.

I would call the factory and ask the receptionist where they buy them from.  Worst case you pay a premium and buy one from the factory.

If you are handy with electronics, open the unit up and look for a small circuit breaker or fuse, either on the circuit board or elsewhere.  Also look for a burned up component or area on the circuit board.  The area of concentration is near where the power cord is attached, the power supply area.

If you get lucky, with a little common sense and a soldering iron, you can get it working again.  I have been able to repair simpler appliances around the house that way.  One in particular was our $25 toaster oven.  One day a huge spark shot out the back of it.  We all loved how well it worked so I thought I'd open it up and see what happened.  A push-on connector acted like a fuse.  I soldered the connection and the toaster lasted 3 times longer.  It finally died last year for another reason I could not repair.
1773  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Spare tire key lock ? on: March 12, 2010, 06:36:11 pm
Les,  I think the spare tire key on my 2007 is common with something else, but I can't remember what.  I too am challenged when removing and installing the spare tire cover.  I found moving the handle one way and then the other way, helps in turning the key.  Also try pushing with the palm of the one hand, leaning hard on the center of the cover almost with a jerk, when turning the key.  Also when you go to install the cover, the key works in only one of two 180 degree positions.  When I tighten the handle all the way, I have to unscrew it 180 degrees to turn the key to lock it.  It is tempermental, but after a couple tries, it's understood what it takes to make it work.  It really is a nice design when you come to understand it.  Ron
1774  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Diamondshield on: March 11, 2010, 05:32:56 pm
I have seen nitch cars like Corvettes & MR2s with this type of film protection, which makes a statement regarding their value for the application.  But I also heard of the film clouding up from sun exposure, especially noticed on dark colored cars.  Using a mild polishing compound removes the cloudiness for a while.

For most PCs, the film is over white, so the cloudiness wouldn't be noticed.  Maybe yellowing comes after clouding if left unattended long enough.

In my situation, my darker colored full-body gray paint PC with film is now 3 years old, but the RV stays in a dark garage when not in-use which unfortunately is about 48 weeks per year.  It will be some time before the sun does it's work and I see any cloudiness or yellowing.

I think managing cloudy or yellowing of the film would be easier and safer on the frontal paint work, then dealing with stone chips and such.  Either way you are maintaining those surfaces.
1775  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Strip & Heating on: March 09, 2010, 03:24:56 pm
That is excellent data for those who use or store their PC outdoors.

We have a 2007 2350 with thermal-pane windows and no slideout.  We camped a couple times in below freezing temps without hook-ups.  The furnace ran only 3 or 4 times during the night.  Phoenix USA must be doing a good job at insulating the walls.  It's like sleeping in a Thermos bottle.  I am so glad the dealer we bought ours from, talked me into the thermal-pane window option.  They also make the RV much more quiet.  Road & wind noise, and passing semi-trucks are not as loud.  We also get better sleep at night.  Campsight neighbors, sleeping in tents with fussy children are hardly heard.

Anyone reading this who is considering buying a Phoenix Cruiser, be sure to get the thermal pane window option.
1776  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: March 08, 2010, 05:42:38 pm

My wife and I special ordered our 2007 PC-2350 (built on a 2007 Ford E350 chassis) without a slide, so we have owned it a few years and 10,000 miles now.  We always travel as a couple (always towing a car), so the fixed-dinette (no slide) is ideal for just the two of us.  The RV is very comfortable for us, though I suppose it depends what you are used to.  Being in our early 50s, the only issue is a minor one, managing getting in and out of the rear corner bed.  It surely is not ideal as compared to being at home, but we manage well with the limited access to the bed.  It is so much better than our old RV so like I said, it depends what you are used to.

I don't recommend investing in a slideout if you travel alone or as a couple, as our experience has proven there is no need for one, and the dinette with huge over-head cabinets and bench storage is quite nice to have.  But if you plan to accomodate guests on occasion, then the new BIG slideout is the way to go.  That slideout includes the fridge so you get a lot more floorspace, especially appreciated when that 2nd double bed is set up.  I always thought the small slideout was simply too small to make enough difference, but when including the fridge, it really opens up huge inside.

I am partial to the Ford E350 chassis and tend to make effort in convincing shoppers to go that route.  But the Sprinter is popular as you are reading here.  There are advantages and disadvantages of each choice which you will have to decide for yourself, what is more important to you.

There are very few pictures on the web showing a NO Slideout Dinette, and they don't capture what it really looks like.  My website here has some good pics of that.  Our Ford chassis was the last year with the old front styling, but the interior of our 2350 is relatively unchanged compared to a brand new 2010.

My Phoenix Cruiser Pictures, CLICK HERE--->

Ron Dittmer
1777  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sliding screen door on: March 03, 2010, 06:39:05 pm
Now for another problem.  My track seems to kind of float, as in it can move around some, NORMAL???  The screws don't really seem to bite into any substantial structure and are just floating in the holes too.  L. G. 
Maybe my post here is relative.
1778  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Weights and Measures on: March 02, 2010, 07:53:17 am
Ron, if you’re reading this, the 2006 and 2007 chassis should be close - do you know what your base chassis weight is?
I only know what is stated on my sticker, and I was told by the dealer I bought mine from, the couch slide-out option weighs 400 pounds more than a non-slide-out.  I strongly advise you contact the owner of the 2006 you are considering, and have him verbally state the data on the sticker, or better yet, take a pic of it.  On my PC, that sticker is on the inside of the kitchen base cabinet door, closest to the rear of the RV.  It's a big 4 to 6" square sticker.  You can't miss it.
1779  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sliding screen door on: February 25, 2010, 11:51:02 am
Lots of good advise above.

Adding and reitterating....

1) cleanliness
Make sure everything the screen door is sliding along is clean.  I would not lubricate anything, except as a last resort.

2) alignment
Make sure the leading rigid bar you grab to slide, is aligned properly to the door frame and also to the screen housing.

3) bunching of excess screen material is binding
Maybe the binding is excessive screen material that has wandered toward the top or bottom of the screen roll, causing resistence inside the assembly.

Looking at the screen assembly on my 2007 2350, that screen housing is simply mounted into the door frame with screws.  You might have to remove the screen assembly, lay it flat on the ground, have one person hold the assembly while another person pulls the screen all the way out.  Then slowly retract the screen material back into the assembly nicely aligned.

Come to think of it, you might be able to do that while it's in the door frame.  It would be tricky though.  Have one person up top, the other down bottom, pulling the extra screen material all the way out, then carefully letting the spring pull it all back in while you feed it in well aligned.  Don't let the screen material wander off center, going beyond the roll on top or bottom.
1780  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bathroom in 2350 on: February 20, 2010, 12:56:59 am
Hi Ladies,

I would NOT mount any toilet paper holder or towel bar any place where it could be bumped hard because as we all know,  the room is confining enough.  You could easily rip it off the wall when trying to towel down, dress or undress.  We keep the toilet paper in the sink cabinet.

We mounted a paper towel rack above the bathroom window, and a bath towel rack over the toilet which we store dry towels in and hang wet towels through.  I think a retractible cord that you hook across the inside the shower when done will be a good addition for temporary towel drying.   I have seen and used them on cruise ships and they work great.

We have a folding stool to sit down on when showering.  We quickly got used to the shower stall and manage very well, sitting down most of the time.  Sure more elbow room would be better, but it does work well for us.  My wife is 5-1 and me 5-11.

I surely understand your delema with pots and pans.  Those extra large cabinets we have over the fixed dinette is where that stuff goes, along with boxed and canned food.  We would be lost without them.  I hope you find a good working alternative.

If I had a slide-out, I would be tempted to remove the barrel chair and install a pantry cabinet like is commonly found in regular house kitchens.  Someone with good carpentry skills could contour the cabinet walls to follow the wall curves of the coach, so it looks like the factory installed it.  The cabinet could be modified to stick out as far as the cabinets above it.  You should be able to order one that matches your other cabinetry from a home improvement store.

Phoenix USA might take care of it for you for a fee.  They offer something today that goes there, but I think it is too shallow to hold all that.  Here is theirs.  Don't be fooled by the pictures.  The forward side is maybe 5 inches deep due to the angle of the back wall there.

I've babbled on enough.

1781  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Pictures Of A 2007 2350 With Fixed Dinette (no slide out) on: February 05, 2010, 11:19:15 pm

I hear you and don't dispute your conclusion, especially when your PC is planned around the needs of two people.  We are still very happy with our choice after 3 years of ownership.  We would special order it the same exact way.
1782  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ron and Irene Dittmer; Dancing with the Stars on: February 05, 2010, 10:51:22 pm
Thank You Gradygal!

It was a great evening of fun and fund-raising.  We entered the competition with over $3,600 donated/sponsored ahead of time from so many people, and received nearly $2000 more from the 320 attendees, some voting for us with their donations after the competition was over. 

Yes we did win first place, but the 2nd best couple was only $30 behind us, so the judges declaired a tie.  That was great, having so much being donated to our local homeless shelter here:  We were told the dance teams all combined nearly doubled the next best year.  And one dance team backed out a month prior, so we did that good with one less team to contribute, 5 of 6 teams in all.

Because we won, we go back next year and dance the same again, only not as fund raising competitors, but for an exhibition to warm up the crowd.

CLICK HERE---->    to see our dance on You Tube.

That was so out of our comfort zone.  We never did anything like that before.  I never had danced in any fashion my entire life when walking into a dance studio two years ago with two left feet.  Both at age 52, the two of us never dreamed this evening of competition was possible.

My wife Irene and I thank all who donated on-line in helping this event to be such a great success.
1783  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Improvements & Enhancements, 2007 PC-2350 on: January 29, 2010, 11:12:27 am
It is great to see the factory implementing some of my improvements along the way, though I am sure they would find them without my help.
1784  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: battery for new PC on: January 21, 2010, 03:38:22 pm
For this year in 2010, we will not be taking any extended trips as my wife is schooling through this entire year.  We will be taking the PC out for short trips, most often with shore power.  My point here is, we won't need good battery reserves until next year 2011.  A year from now, I will be getting close to shopping for replacements.

Interesting point about idling the V10 instead of waiting for the invertor/generator in combination to recover the batteries.

For a good recharge, I'll run the generator, but use a 4/10/20/40 amp Black & Decker "Smart" charger I plug into the outside outlet, and aligator clip it to the battery terminals.  I can get the batteries back to a decent level in about an hour or two, pending how low they were to begin with.

There is nothing like an over-night charge with that B&D Charger from shore power.  It gets much better results over-night than the invertor alone.  But shore power is a rare luxury where we go.
1785  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: battery for new PC on: January 20, 2010, 05:08:57 pm could get an upgrade to 2 6 volt golf cart batteries........It nearly doubles your ampere hours for dry camping.
I wondered about the advantages of having 6 volt batteries.  Do they really double your amp hours?  If so, that would help me a lot as I too dry camp most often.  I do wonder if the charge time doubles.

Right now my two original 2007 12V Nautilus batteries are on my work bench getting a steady 2-amp charge for weeks and weeks.  They can't seem to get fully charged.  I am also surprised the acid inside fizzes so much with so little amperage.

I admit, I am quite ignorant on this subject matter.
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