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1801  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Buying new on: August 25, 2010, 11:52:10 am
If anyone still has a comment on my original post regarding how they chose their PC model whether by examining a motor home at the factory or by relying on the brochure and this forum I'd welcome it.
Glenn,

I would NOT recommend buying any motor home without first seeing one in-person.  It doesn't have to be your exact model & floor plan, but at least one of the family.  You'll want to touch & feel the quality (or lack of) and see how relative features suit you.  In the case of the PC, the interior height and width, entry door, over-the-cab area, it's all the same between models.  If you examine one model closely, you'll get a very good idea how another model will feel.

My wife and I saw our first Phoenix Cruiser at an RV show near Chicago's O'Hare airport in February 2007.  It happened to be the exact model we wanted, a 2350.  The show unit had a slide-out which we elected not to order.  We did visit the factory, to see a no-slide dinette in a different model to validate our decision.  That visit also helped us make decisions on features and colors.  We do live only 160 miles from the factory which made for a nice Saturday spent together.

There are very few pictures available of a no-slide dinette which is why I posted pictures of mine --->  CLICK HERE
1802  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Roof Rack Ladder on: August 25, 2010, 11:18:37 am
When special ordering mine in 2007, I made a bold decision (bold to me anyway) to request the factory "Not" mount the roof rack or ladder, but instead place them inside the RV.  I disassembled and stored them in my basement.  So far I have not regretted that decision.  The only time I get up top is to wash the roof of which I use my home ladder for that.

I do admit I was initially inspired to leave them off to improve my walk-around clearence of the RV when parked inside my garage.  If I had the ladder attached, I'd have to open the garage door to get around the rig.  But I quickly appreciated the cleaner appearence, ease of washing, and less caulked-over holes in sensitive places.....ie the roof.

The only concern I have is when camping, if I tangle a branch in the a/c or other vent.  I don't have any way of getting up there to untangle it.  But given the PC is lower than most motor homes, the scenario is unlikely.  So far so good.
1803  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC 2350 (non-slide) refrigerator on: August 24, 2010, 06:22:39 pm
Thanks for the warning.  I will pay close attention when in very hot weather.

When in-route, it is unavoidable.  But it may be wise to stay where pole electric is available, for both roof-top a/c and electric fridge opperation.
1804  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I reduced my overall width. on: August 24, 2010, 06:14:05 pm
Tom,

I personally appreciate the longer mirror arms (wings) to see traffic close behind me when changing lanes without needing the rear camera on.  But I can appreciate your perspective.  It's a great story too, how Phoenix spends the time to satisfy their customers on even the little things like your custom deviations.  Thanks for sharing.

On a related note, I "shoe-horn" my PC inside my garage with mirrors folded, so I pay close attention to the fancy illuminated door handle when pulling inside.  I have learned to favor the driver side and all is well.  But I admit that door handle and my high-mounted door stop (an earlier model year thingy) has me a bit paranoid.  Both are seen in this picture along with the wings.

1805  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: dry camping on: August 24, 2010, 05:52:17 pm
Yep.....check the breaker on the generator itself.  It is not easy to find, but it is there.

The microwave oven and roof-top a/c unit will not work without the generator running (with breaker set properly) or plug-in power.

A dry camping tip......I don't know about the newer inverters, but my 3 year old Tripp-Lite inverter consumes 12 amps of battery juice, just sitting idle.  I turn on my inverter only when inverted 110v is needed.  Otherwise it's turned off.  My batteries are so much happier that way.

My post here explains it in great detail:  Click On This Text
1806  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: our new Phoenix on: August 24, 2010, 05:40:39 pm
Congrats Kevin on the birth of your new baby.

I too vote for full body paint.  Here on the internet, pictures of full body paint are everywhere, seeming they are very common.  But in reality, there are so few to be seen.  At least where we go, most motor homes are plain Jane rentals.  Ours really stands out.  We get many compliments.

Also, the painted surface is so much easier to clean than unpainted fiberglass.  I learned that from owning my first motor home for 24 years.  Plain fiberglass weathers poorly.  Then near impossible to keep clean.

If you didn't get the thermal pane window option, I advise to reconsider.  Oh how nice they are, both quiet and comfortable inside when it's noisey and lousey outside.

I opted for leaving the roof rack and ladder off the RV.  They are in my basement.  After 3 years, still no regrets.
1807  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Scenic Pictures Of Our 2007 2350 on: August 24, 2010, 05:03:06 pm
Aimee,

I sent you the pics and my testimony.
1808  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Buying new on: August 23, 2010, 06:45:02 pm
I pay $500.00 to anyone that shows there coach and helps me sell a new Phoenix.
Stuart
Please send a check for $15,000 to Ron Dittmer......
Correction: $20,000.  rolling on the floor
I'd settle for upgrades.

empty handed Ron  shrug
1809  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / 3 Weeks In Banff, Jasper, Yoho, & Theodore R. NP too 8/2010 on: August 23, 2010, 01:24:03 pm
We just returned from a 3 week trip in the Canadian Rockies.  Our 2007 Phoenix Cruiser 2350 performed flawlessly with all but 4 nights without electric.  We towed our 2006 Jeep Liberty but wondered if it was needed.  The parks had great accomodations for parking RVs like ours at most scenic oppertunities.
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PICTURES

Ron
1810  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Deinstall Coffee Maker from Cupboard door on: August 22, 2010, 05:36:33 pm
We have a 2007 with the coffee maker and "LOVE" it in the door, just the way it is.  We do have extra storage from the slide-free dinette so the storage under the sink is best suited for the coffee maker.  I had a cup of coffee from it just this morning.  We used it nearly every day, often while on the open road.  We got back today from a 3 week trip in the Canadian Rockies.
1811  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: reply on: July 30, 2010, 01:50:32 pm
Something alike was discussed on the ask.com,i can give someone a link if anybody need it
Oh brother....or should I say "sister Helen".  How many of these posts will you be making across this forum?  Please give it up.  We won't be visiting your website or email you to satisfy your phishing hunger.
1812  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Is Your Hot Water Not Working On 110V? If So, Read This on: July 29, 2010, 08:22:38 am
Helen,
Obviously your intentions have nothing to do with your comments.  You have been posting the same comments on lots of subject matters on this forum, even though they one-of-a-kind.  Being such a young and product-focussed forum, most subject matters stand alone.

Aimee,
I hope you will investigate this.  It may be some kind of automated phisher.
1813  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Phoenix Cruiser in Phoenix, Arizona on: July 29, 2010, 08:13:40 am
I wondered myself.
1814  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Please visit us on Facebook on: July 28, 2010, 02:25:58 pm
Sorry everyone, but I won't be going there.  I made the mistake of opening a facebook account early this year which consumed so much of my computer time that I had to close my account and say...."Not For Me".  But I hope you all enjoy it!
1815  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: A Low Cost Heavy Duty Rear Sway Bar For The Do-It-Yourself-er on: July 20, 2010, 11:35:44 pm
Trudy,  If you don't like the handling under "Less Than Ideal" conditions, then you would appreciate what both front and rear heavy duty sway bars will do for you.  The E450 chassis has sway bars front and back, but they are much weaker than the heavy duty bars from Helwig or Roadmaster.  Helwig bars provide the most bang for the buck.

When done, if you want a better ride yet, consider Bilstein or Koni-RV shocks, and a Safe-T-Plus steering stabilizer.  All in combination and you will have much better control and comfort.  If you tow something, consider adding a rear trac bar to keep the tow from yanking your back end side-to-side..
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