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1831  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Satellite radio/WiFi 26"LCD TV on: February 22, 2011, 08:19:01 am
Chris and Monica,

If I were ordering a new Phoenix Cruiser 2700, I would "Special Request" some things which the factory will do for you at minimal cost.

- reinforce the window shade string pegs
- add a battery compartment shield (assuming the battery compartment is adjacent to the rear tires)
- add 1 or 2 additional porch lights along the side of the motor home for improved and "even" lighting to eliminate glare and shadowing of your campsite.  If you determine it is simply too much light, then install lower wattage bulbs to retain the "even" distribution of lighting.  I also question the location of the primary porch light.  It is right by the door.  When there is a swarm of bugs, you let them all inside because the light is right there.  I would ask the factory to place one porch light to the right of the door hinge, and another light 3 feet to the left of the door.  They place the light as is to light-up the step, but I think two lights placed as I described would still do well for that, but keep the bugs far enough from the door.
- add a separate switched pair of rear porch lights to aid at night when dealing with a tow vehicle or bikes on a hitch rack.  It also would greatly help when backing up at night.  The RV backup lights are good, but more light would be much better.  It also provides additional night lighting around your campsite if so desired.

The battery shield and shade reinforcements can be seen in my "Tips & Tricks" article HERE.

For us personally....this one is debatable....I special requested the roof rack and ladder NOT be installed as seen HERE.  Instead I had the factory place those things inside the motor home.  They are in my attic at home if I ever changed my mind, but so far, I am very happy NOT to have them.  Without those things, my roof has many less holes in it, my rear wall is clean, and my rear storage is always handy.  I would never place items on the roof, and I would never use the ladder because it is flimsey and will eventually create stress cracks in the rear fiberglass wall.  I use a step ladder when at home.  Others have opposing opinions.

Given the very limited use of the roof top antenna, I wished I had done the same.  When we are in remote locations, there is no digital signal.  When we are close to a signal, we are in private camp grounds where there is cable TV.  So then what good is that thing on the roof?  It just rattles up there with added holes and blobs of caulk in my nice B+ cap.  We do love to watch movies so we bring a good collection from home which is why we appreciate the 2 TVs in our 2350.

I also would recommend the factory NOT install any eyelets or hangers in the rear most storage compartment.  I removed the eyelets and bunge cords and wished I could relocate the hangers to improve on space efficiency.  So now I have unwanted holes in the back wall there.  I bought a real nice folding table that fits perfect in there which works great with lawn chairs.  It is for two people.  You can see that in the same Tips & Tricks article.

Some people do not like the coffee maker and delete that to utilize the under-sink space for a garbage can, but we love our coffee maker there.

I don't know if the factory offers these, but be sure to ask about a small color matching awnings for the windows in your slide outs.

Others may chime in and offer more advise on things to consider.
1832  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TV light on on: February 22, 2011, 08:03:02 am
The same for our 2007 model year.  That is why I reach into the inverter compartment and kill the power to the inverter there.  Then the TV stand-by goes completely dead.  We have a tripp-lite inverter in our older model.  The inverter in stand by mode uses a lot of battery juice, over 1 amp hour.  I don't know about the newer ones.
1833  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Fayetteville, Vicksburg and Houston Next! on: February 21, 2011, 05:15:54 pm
Better there than here in this office cubicle.  I love the area there.

Sunset crater brings back memories.  If I recall accurately, there was white flint rock laying around.  As kids we loved to bang them together to see it spark at night.  That was 40+ years ago.  I've been there since, but even that time was a while ago.

Stay warm.
1834  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Water Drain valves on 2350 on: February 21, 2011, 01:51:41 pm
Oh, I got it!  Thanks.
1835  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Water Drain valves on 2350 on: February 21, 2011, 12:34:43 pm
Speaking of the bypass valves for the hot water heater.......

I have never touched mine in the 4 years we've owned ours.  Why would anyone need to bypass the hot water heater?  Am I missing something?
1836  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: short wife on: February 20, 2011, 11:15:14 pm
Welcome aboard Chris!

My wife is 2" taller.  She manages okay, but me at 5'-11", I come to the rescue often.
1837  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Water Drain valves on 2350 on: February 19, 2011, 10:50:44 am
Ah, that makes perfect sense.  Thanks Tom for that explanation.
1838  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Water Drain valves on 2350 on: February 18, 2011, 05:44:30 pm
Tom, that would work better yet.  Good idea for the faucet plumbing

About draining all water from the entire rig.......I don't know how to completely empty the hot water tank.  When I remove the plastic hot water heater drain plug and blow out the system, there is still 1/2 gallon of water in that tank.  I know this because a year ago over the winter, I replaced my 110V heating element.  To my surprise, a lot of water came out.  I talked with the tank parts fellow who sold me the new element and he confirmed that.  He said it is a safeguard, in-case when plugged in during storage, someone accidentally turns on the 110v heating element with a dry system.  There is enough water in the tank to prevent the element from burning up.  I suppose the boiling sound would be the alarm system.
1839  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Raising Venetian blinds on: February 18, 2011, 12:58:15 pm
Yes, but first turn those blinds to the horizontal open position, because closed blinds increase resistance and is harder on the strings.  You don't want to restring them any more often than neccessary.  Use both hands, one favoring each side, and lift with an equal amount of force.  They are intentionally adjusted to be hard to get up so they don't fall down by themself.  Especially the one on the door.  You don't want it coming down inch by inch every time you slam the entry door.  Tight metal blinds also eliminates rattling.
1840  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Water Drain valves on 2350 on: February 18, 2011, 12:19:12 pm
I will mention this just to be complete about it.

I bought a cheap 99 cent blow-out plug from Wal-Mart that screws into the shore water supply fitting on the outside of the motor home.  After I let the system drain via gravity, I close all faucets, screw on that thing, and blow out anything remaining using my air compressor blow gun.  I admit barely anything more comes out, hardly worth any effort with my 2007 2350.  But other models and model years may benefit more, pending how the plumbing is routed and the slope of the parking area for your own motor home.

Here is the blow-out plug.

Here is the blow gun I use.
1841  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Water Drain valves on 2350 on: February 17, 2011, 04:02:16 pm
The two drains in the floor that are together, drains the pressured plumbing.  You open those valves and open all faucets, both hot and  cold, and don't forget the outside shower too.  Gravity drains it all.  It is for winterizing purposes.

About the fresh water tank drain, some people experience plastic debris getting into the drain and/or the pump.  The debris is "tank plastic" from when the holes were drilled to accomodate the tubes.  The factory should be better about collecting the debris before installation.  It is a common problem among many motor home manufactures.  Still there is no excuse for that.  Kinked tubes is something that shouldn't be either.  I think you can purchase spiral plastic tube stiffeners, designed to prevent tube kinking.  But I don't know where to buy them.

About the mold.  Unfortunately that is normal.  That is why we all need to following the chlorine bleach process in the owners manual, to sterilize the entire plumbing system just before your first trip of the year.  And don't forget to include the hot water tank.
1842  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need advice on 2350 versus 2551 model. on: February 17, 2011, 12:00:25 am
I guess I better chime in.

I used to share with others how well our short 2350 without a slide, works for us.  But I wonder if sharing my experience had influenced others more than it should have.  I noticed a trend where some people bought a 2350, and then a year or two later, traded it in for a new 2551 for the ease of the beds.  That troubled me so I stopped sharing specifics with my 2350, but rather discuss PCs in general.

As for me and my wife, married 33 years and in our early 50's we could never tollerate sleeping separately.  That would make our trips unacceptable.  We would eventually be snuggled up on one of the twin beds.  But I understand others are different, especially as they get up farther in years than we are.  Getting in and out from our bed is not easy like the twin beds in the 2551.  If our garage was big enough, today I might consider a custom made no-slide rear bedroom with a walk-around double bed.  Even if the isle on each side was just 9".

I will still say we do like our dinette without a slide because the dinette is much larger than it would be if in a slide.  It has more storage below and above, it weighs less, is more quiet and warmer, and is very friendly while in transit.  As usual, you cannot sit at the dinette for hours on-end, but we couldn't do without a place to sit and eat normal, play Scrabble & other games, work a computer, etc.  It's just too critical a feature for us.  We would go looney without it.

In a 2551, you have no other house seating so having a dinette alone would be a serious problem for me.  Personally if I were to consider a 2551, I would think hard about the 2552 to get that extra seat like the 2350 has.  I would definitely order it with a 3rd captain seat, not a barrel chair.  This way you have something extremely comfortable to share.

You can see our 2007 model 2350 with dinette, no slide, and 3rd captain seat by CLICKING HERE
1843  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: February 16, 2011, 11:38:31 pm
Is my signature better now?   LOL
1844  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Microwave shuts off on: February 16, 2011, 12:05:01 pm
If you have any amount of handyman skills, it would be to your advantage to resolve the little things on your own.  It is so much simpler than taking it to your local RV shop.  The factory appreciates that too.

I advise to remove the front facing screws and pull out the microwave.  Go to another power souce like your house, garage, or if on the open road, a public place, plug it in there, and see if the problem goes away.  If it works fine, then you know the trouble is with the motor home.  If the trouble persists, then it is obviously a bad microwave.  The factory would help you either way, but the more you do on your own, the faster the resolution.
1845  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: February 16, 2011, 07:09:00 am
Hi Jeff and Erika,

Congratulations with Marv!  I am glad you found the forum, and hope you find it a good place to hang out.

My wife Irene and I bought our 2007 2350/Ford E350-V10 in June of 2007, so we've had ours, coming up on 4 years.  We live near Chicago, special ordered ours through a dealer in the Boston area East Acres RV, and picked up our 2350 at the factory in Elkardt, Indiana.  Talk about "Logistics", but it worked out extremely well.  At the time, Cruisers could not be purchased factory direct.  That came when the economy when down the tubes in 2008, RV dealerships across America were over stocked and couldn't sell anything, PC or otherwise, leaving PC-USA stalled dead.  So Kermit and staff decided to go "Factory Direct" as a means of survival, and continue with that tradition to this very day.

I maintained communication with PC-USA via email after my purchase, offering suggestions for things I improved upon, some of which they implemented in following model years, and some offered upon request.  When the economy tanked in 2008, I gave Kermit a call to find out how they were surviving and got the scoop on their hardship.  Being the internet junkie that I am, and my pleasure with my purchase, I decided to go into full throttle to promote the Phoenix Cruiser on RV forums.  I'd like to think I contributed in a small way to help PC-USA get through those hard times.

The design of the 2350 has changed a little since the 2007 model year, but the basic floor plan and size seems identical.  Things got mechanically rearrainged when the slideout grew to accomodate the fridge.  We decided against a slideout which is not a popular decision, but it works much better for us and our vacationing style.

If you are like me and many others, you may find a few things you'll consider improving upon.  CLICK HERE to see a number of things we did to address a few issues along with making life in our PC a more comfortable experience.

Again, welcome to the forum and the family of the Phoenix Cruiser!
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