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1816  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.
1817  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
1818  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.
1819  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.
1820  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.
1821  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.
1822  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.
1823  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.
1824  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.
1825  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.
1826  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.
1827  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.
1828  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!
1829  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.
1830  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.
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