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1831  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bicycle rack on: April 07, 2010, 03:42:52 pm

Glad to hear the TV thing worked out for you.

About the ladder for bikes.  We ordered our PC without a ladder and roof rack because I didn't want them.  We did get them anyway, but laying inside the RV so they are now stored in our attic at home.  That ladder isn't much to look at in the way of strength.  I cannot imaging hanging bicycles off it.

We plan to bring two bicycles on weekend trips and have two options to do so.

1) install a $15 class-1 to class 3 receiver adapter on the RV hitch to install a bike rack onto it.
2) install a hitch on our tow vehicle and let that carry the bikes.

I have not yet tried either method, but I did purchase everything for both options.
1832  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I want to hear from you! on: April 07, 2010, 03:07:22 pm

I think this website works very well just as you have it, but I would like to see an addition to the main PC site like Winnebago has.

- On-Line Owner's Manuals, Past & Present
- Links To Specifications For Past Model Years
- Pictures Of Past Model Years
- Links To Suppliers Of Appliances, Past & Fantastic Fan, Velvac Mirrors, Dometic, Onan, etc.

Such information would introduce people to a Phoenix Cruiser, new or used.  The website would demonstrate Phoenix USA has it's act together.  Often people consider a used motor home, and later decide to buy a new one.  This could improve sales for new PC purchases as well as offering existing owners a nice tool to upkeep their older PC.

BTW:  I think Phoenix USA does have it's act together.  It's Perception, Perception, Perception.
1833  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Best Choice In Secondary Braking For Towed Vehicle on: April 06, 2010, 09:20:07 am
Thanks Dick for the input.

Your system does adjust brake pressure pending inertia.  Very simple, very interesting.  I will give this consideration.

The Unified has varying brake pressure as well, but it more closely matches the amount of pedal force you apply to the motor home brake pedal.  Like the Ready Brake, the harder you brake the RV, the harder the tow vehicle will brake.  But this system also has a vacuum system in the tow that awakens the power brake booster to further opperate the tow brakes much more effectly.

The Unified system has a small control module in the RV for the driver to adjust the amount of tow brake sensitivity, which is a very nice feature.  You can adjust the tow brake performance as you drive the RV so you get it set "Just Right" for best braking action.

Similar to the Ready Brake, there is nothing to handle once the system is installed.  The system is installed out of sight in the tow vehicle.  When disconnting the tow from the RV, You simply unhook the hitch and wire harness like there is no braking system at all.

One thing for sure, the Ready Brake is simple, the Unified is not.

I asked Kermit if Phoenix Cruisers are pre-wired for secondary braking.  He said "no".  Whatever system any Phoenix Cruiser owner gets, be sure to buy the model/kit with the extra wiring.

Dick did you buy the 2551 diesel from East Acres?  Regardless, if you still own it and are trying to sell it, email me all the data, and pictures too to    If I hear of anyone looking for a diesel, I can forward your data to them.
1834  Main Forum / General Discussion / Best Choice In Secondary Braking For Towed Vehicle on: April 03, 2010, 10:01:33 pm
We replaced our previous tow with a 2006 Jeep Liberty.  Being nearly twice the weight at 3800 pounds, we need secondary braking when towing.  I am strongly considering a US Gear Unified Tow Brake system.  See their promotional video here:

It seems the most effective system available.  Does anyone here have this braking system?  I would like your opinion.

I plan to install it myself.
1835  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Extended Warranties on: March 30, 2010, 03:55:18 pm

Is the 2008 PC brand new or used?  If brand new, you have a 1 year Phoenix USA warranty, and 3 year Ford chassis warranty.  I consider that to be enough.

If it is used and has under 25,000 miles, I don't see the need for an extended warranty.

I personally would not buy an extended warranty regardless of miles driven, but I am mechanically capable to make most repairs.  That an my PC is stored in doors, which keeps things in better mechanical condition.
1836  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Is a backup monitor worth the extra $$$? on: March 30, 2010, 03:42:45 pm
Sorry for chiming in late here.

YES!!!  The backup monitor is worth the money.  We would be very lost, or should I say "Blind" without one.  Not only is it good for visual aid in backing up, but it includes a microphone so you hear whats going on back there.  This is especially beneficial at night when my wife is standing behind the RV, providing hand signals and voice directions.  It is an awesome feature that works well in day or at night with minimal lighting from your back-up lights.

The cost of repair from one impact to something, will be more than the cost of the backup camera.

About going wireless.  I have no experience, therefore I cannot comment.
1837  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Optional Driving Lights with Color Matched Bumper Cover on: March 19, 2010, 12:08:44 pm
I have a 2007 Phoenix Cruiser with the same optional bumper cover and fog lights.

You almost answered your own question mentioning those two white switches.

The switch that stays in the on position is for those fog lights.  I think they work only with the engine running and maybe only when the headlights are on, maybe not with the bright lights.  You need to experiment with that.

The switch that springs back to the off position is for jump-starting your engine using the coach batteries.  Use it only if your engine battery is dead.  You hold the switch on when turning the ignition key.  When the engine starts you let go of the switch and the engine is back to dependancy on the  dead engine battery.  With the engine running, the dead engine battery will get charged from the alternator.
1838  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.
1839  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.
1840  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
1841  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.
1842  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.
1843  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
1844  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.
1845  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.
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