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1801  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.
1802  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dry camping with good batteries on: September 18, 2010, 05:57:16 pm

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:
Keep in-mind our rig is a 2007 with the earlier Tripp-Lite invertor.
1803  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sway Bars on: September 18, 2010, 05:39:15 pm

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.
1804  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.
1805  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.
1806  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.
1807  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Engine won't start and no power 12 volt on: September 16, 2010, 12:07:55 am
When the engine doesn't start next time, use the jump-start switch that Phoenix USA installs by the driver's left knee.  You have to hold it in position while you crank the engine.  If not the switch springs back to the off position.  If the engine starts running, let go of the switch.

Then report back with your observations.
1808  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Beware a very serious Dingy Towing Danger on: September 15, 2010, 11:59:35 pm
I simply walked over to Walmart's key making guy and said.....Please cut me a key from this one.  He said he can, but it won't start the car.  I said, that is very good, please proceed.  After his perplexed look followed by my explanation for it's purpose, he made me a key.

I had "Dummy" keys for both tow vehicles over the years, our 2006 Jeep Liberty today, and our old tow, a 2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder.
1809  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Using refrigerator while driving on: September 15, 2010, 01:15:30 pm
Judy, One more thing I'll add here.

I see the waste tank specs on your 2551  is the same as my 2350.  The gray tank is the smaller of the two.  If yours is plumbed the same as mine, plan to flood the black tank with gray water once in-between dumps.  No harm in it at all.  It's just that you'll fill the gray tank long before you run out of fresh water, and the black tank will be near empty, most often when showering.  My wife will yell to me, "Honey, the water is not going down the shower drain".  I'll go out and toggle those two electric switches, wait 10 seconds, toggle them back, and wholla!
1810  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Using refrigerator while driving on: September 15, 2010, 12:30:00 pm
You went "All Out" except for the thermal windows.  You probably won't miss them if you never experienced them.  Hopefully you won't have regrets down the road.

Doing a lot of dry camping?  You'll be doing well in your PC for that.  On our trips, we'll dry camp 6 out of 7 days over a 3 week period, hooking up once a week to charge our batteries better than we can with limited generator run times using my smart 4/10/20/40 amp Black & Decker charger.

I never bother hooking up water and sewer anymore because it's not worth the effort given we are so well groomed for dry camping.  So our on-board water pump (with my added pressure tank) is used exclusively.  If our vacations were the kind where we plant ourselves in RV parks for extended periods, I'd be thinking conventionally.

About your comment...."Very Large Investment", that hits home.  Three years running and so far so good here too.  Our investment looks like this in rounded figures.

- $67,000 purchase price
- $5,000 in sales tax and related
- $4,000 suspension upgrades
- $2,000 interior upgrades and other initial investment supplies (I installed two TVs, one with integrated DVD which covered about half that)
- $2,000 in towing and braking kits (installing everything myself)

$80,000 pretty much sums it up for us, doing it once, doing it right, no regrets.  This thing better outlast us, ha, ha.
1811  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Beware a very serious Dingy Towing Danger on: September 15, 2010, 11:56:30 am
I "Get It" concerning the steering wheel lock warning.  I know to make darn sure the key is in the "Exact" position.  Our 2006 Jeep Liberty has only 34,000 miles on it so things are still relatively new, but with age, I could see potential for trouble.  Maybe if we spray WD40 in the ignition switch and work the tumblers around to assure the key stays put.

A related note:  The key we use for towing is a "Dumb" key we had cut at a Walmart.  It cannot start the vehicle, only unlock the steering wheel.  We figured it to be a theft deterrent.  Any determined thief can figure a way to unhook the tow vehicle, but at least he won't be able to start the car and drive off.  We also use heavy duty locks key'd alike, instead of those rings/pins and chain connectors.
1812  Main Forum / General Discussion / WTB: Captain Chair, Gray Or Green Leather (earlier style) on: September 13, 2010, 08:52:30 am
If anyone here is going to change out their earlier style captain chairs, I would be interested in buying either one of them.

Over the winter, I'd like to try installing one of them in-place of my barrel chair.  The company who makes them for the factory wants $365 which is way too much for an off-season experiment.
Here is the seat manufacture:  >>>>Paul's Seating<<<<
Here is his seat called: >>>>Lexus<<<<
I wouldn't need the steel seat base portion as I would reuse the swiveling pedestal of the barrel chair.

This is my application with color scheme.
1813  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Beware a very serious Dingy Towing Danger on: September 13, 2010, 08:46:43 am

Thanks for sharing.

When you say "Ripped" off the frame, what exactly failed?  Mounting bolts?  Towbar brackets? Frame of Cherokee?  One side or both sides?  What brand of tow bar and bracket do you have?  Requesting many details, and any pictures if you have them.

We tow a 2006 Jeep Liberty.  I will pay very close attention to this.
1814  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Using refrigerator while driving on: September 09, 2010, 10:33:44 pm
By the way Judy, I too congratulate you on your purchase.  If your's is being built right now, we here on the forum might have some suggestions as to what options are good, and which are a "must-have".

For example, some people elect to get the standard single pane windows.  We were talked into getting the double/thermal pane glass, which we are so happy we did.  The motor home is much more quiet to sleep in when parked overnight in rest areas and Walmarts.  A semi truck idling next to us is tollerable now.  It's much warmer on cold nights greatly reducing the radiated cold coming down on you when sleeping.  It also stays cooler inside on real hot days, allowing the dash board a/c to cool down the entire house.

The themal pane glass is also great when on the open road.  Trucks that roar past are much less an unpleasent experience.   My wife enjoys some of her time in back sitting at the dinette.  She'll play a movie, have a cup of coffee on the table, and go through the vacation pictures on her laptop, all while watching the world go by.

We do long multi-day driving to get to and from our destinations, so the commutes are a big part of our experience.  The thermal pane windows help make it more enjoyable.

So what options did you order?
1815  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Using refrigerator while driving on: September 09, 2010, 03:16:20 pm

You were misinformed on LP usage when driving.  Appliances using LP should be turned off only when the RV is indoors like in a garage, or outside at a gas station or LP filling area.  This to prevent asphyxiation indoors or an RV appliance igniting gas station fumes.  But any other time including driving the motor home, it is perfectly safe.

The hot water heater and the fridge would be the 2 most likely appliances using propane when pulling into a gas station.  The proper thing to do is turn them both off, which is extremely easy to do using their controls.  The hot water heater has switches located just under the kitchen counter, and the fridge has an on/off switch right in between the upper freezer and lower fridge doors.  Most people like myself leave the hot water tank off until at a destination because propane or electricity both heat up the water very quickly.

Your Phoenix Cruiser refrigerator, it will have either a 2-way or 3-way power system as follows.

1) 110v opperation (when plugged into a power source in a camp ground or at home)
2) propane opperation, also requiring 12v but only a small amount to control when the propane goes on and off

1) 110v opperation (when plugged into a power source in a camp ground or at home)
2) propane opperation, also requiring 12v but only a small amount to control when the propane goes on and off
3) 12v opperation exclusively (uses a lot of battery power to work)

People have told me that 3rd method in full 12v opperation, is real hard on the batteries.  It is useful only when driving, and only when the outside temperature is below a certian temp.  I don't know what that is.  When it get's too hot outside, the #3 12v opperation looses effectiveness quickly.

We have a 2-way fridge in our 2007 Phoenix Cruiser.  We use the #2 propane opperation almost exclusively and it works great, even when driving.  It also uses very little propane.  One day running the furnace will use more propane than the fridge does in 3 weeks.  The fridge still needs 12v but very little, only to control when the fridge cycles on and off.  The main power requirement is through propane usage.  I don't know how heat from propane makes a fridge cold, but I can say that it works extremely well.

When in a campground with electricity, plug your motor home there and switch propane to electric and that works great too.  In our case, we most often camp where there is no electricity which is why we use the propane setting most often.

You'll have a lot more questions.  Just keep asking.

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