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1846  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sliding screen door on: February 25, 2010, 11:51:02 am
Lots of good advise above.

Adding and reitterating....

1) cleanliness
Make sure everything the screen door is sliding along is clean.  I would not lubricate anything, except as a last resort.

2) alignment
Make sure the leading rigid bar you grab to slide, is aligned properly to the door frame and also to the screen housing.

3) bunching of excess screen material is binding
Maybe the binding is excessive screen material that has wandered toward the top or bottom of the screen roll, causing resistence inside the assembly.

Looking at the screen assembly on my 2007 2350, that screen housing is simply mounted into the door frame with screws.  You might have to remove the screen assembly, lay it flat on the ground, have one person hold the assembly while another person pulls the screen all the way out.  Then slowly retract the screen material back into the assembly nicely aligned.

Come to think of it, you might be able to do that while it's in the door frame.  It would be tricky though.  Have one person up top, the other down bottom, pulling the extra screen material all the way out, then carefully letting the spring pull it all back in while you feed it in well aligned.  Don't let the screen material wander off center, going beyond the roll on top or bottom.
1847  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bathroom in 2350 on: February 20, 2010, 12:56:59 am
Hi Ladies,

I would NOT mount any toilet paper holder or towel bar any place where it could be bumped hard because as we all know,  the room is confining enough.  You could easily rip it off the wall when trying to towel down, dress or undress.  We keep the toilet paper in the sink cabinet.

We mounted a paper towel rack above the bathroom window, and a bath towel rack over the toilet which we store dry towels in and hang wet towels through.  I think a retractible cord that you hook across the inside the shower when done will be a good addition for temporary towel drying.   I have seen and used them on cruise ships and they work great.

We have a folding stool to sit down on when showering.  We quickly got used to the shower stall and manage very well, sitting down most of the time.  Sure more elbow room would be better, but it does work well for us.  My wife is 5-1 and me 5-11.

I surely understand your delema with pots and pans.  Those extra large cabinets we have over the fixed dinette is where that stuff goes, along with boxed and canned food.  We would be lost without them.  I hope you find a good working alternative.

If I had a slide-out, I would be tempted to remove the barrel chair and install a pantry cabinet like is commonly found in regular house kitchens.  Someone with good carpentry skills could contour the cabinet walls to follow the wall curves of the coach, so it looks like the factory installed it.  The cabinet could be modified to stick out as far as the cabinets above it.  You should be able to order one that matches your other cabinetry from a home improvement store.

Phoenix USA might take care of it for you for a fee.  They offer something today that goes there, but I think it is too shallow to hold all that.  Here is theirs.  Don't be fooled by the pictures.  The forward side is maybe 5 inches deep due to the angle of the back wall there.

I've babbled on enough.









1848  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Pictures Of A 2007 2350 With Fixed Dinette (no slide out) on: February 05, 2010, 11:19:15 pm
Margie,

I hear you and don't dispute your conclusion, especially when your PC is planned around the needs of two people.  We are still very happy with our choice after 3 years of ownership.  We would special order it the same exact way.
1849  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ron and Irene Dittmer; Dancing with the Stars on: February 05, 2010, 10:51:22 pm
Thank You Gradygal!

It was a great evening of fun and fund-raising.  We entered the competition with over $3,600 donated/sponsored ahead of time from so many people, and received nearly $2000 more from the 320 attendees, some voting for us with their donations after the competition was over. 

Yes we did win first place, but the 2nd best couple was only $30 behind us, so the judges declaired a tie.  That was great, having so much being donated to our local homeless shelter here: www.padsofelgin.org.  We were told the dance teams all combined nearly doubled the next best year.  And one dance team backed out a month prior, so we did that good with one less team to contribute, 5 of 6 teams in all.

Because we won, we go back next year and dance the same again, only not as fund raising competitors, but for an exhibition to warm up the crowd.

CLICK HERE----> http://www.youtube.com/user/RonDittmer    to see our dance on You Tube.

That was so out of our comfort zone.  We never did anything like that before.  I never had danced in any fashion my entire life when walking into a dance studio two years ago with two left feet.  Both at age 52, the two of us never dreamed this evening of competition was possible.

My wife Irene and I thank all who donated on-line in helping this event to be such a great success.
1850  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Improvements & Enhancements, 2007 PC-2350 on: January 29, 2010, 11:12:27 am
It is great to see the factory implementing some of my improvements along the way, though I am sure they would find them without my help.
1851  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: battery for new PC on: January 21, 2010, 03:38:22 pm
For this year in 2010, we will not be taking any extended trips as my wife is schooling through this entire year.  We will be taking the PC out for short trips, most often with shore power.  My point here is, we won't need good battery reserves until next year 2011.  A year from now, I will be getting close to shopping for replacements.

Interesting point about idling the V10 instead of waiting for the invertor/generator in combination to recover the batteries.

For a good recharge, I'll run the generator, but use a 4/10/20/40 amp Black & Decker "Smart" charger I plug into the outside outlet, and aligator clip it to the battery terminals.  I can get the batteries back to a decent level in about an hour or two, pending how low they were to begin with.

There is nothing like an over-night charge with that B&D Charger from shore power.  It gets much better results over-night than the invertor alone.  But shore power is a rare luxury where we go.
1852  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: battery for new PC on: January 20, 2010, 05:08:57 pm
...you could get an upgrade to 2 6 volt golf cart batteries........It nearly doubles your ampere hours for dry camping.
I wondered about the advantages of having 6 volt batteries.  Do they really double your amp hours?  If so, that would help me a lot as I too dry camp most often.  I do wonder if the charge time doubles.

Right now my two original 2007 12V Nautilus batteries are on my work bench getting a steady 2-amp charge for weeks and weeks.  They can't seem to get fully charged.  I am also surprised the acid inside fizzes so much with so little amperage.

I admit, I am quite ignorant on this subject matter.
1853  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Improvements & Enhancements, 2007 PC-2350 on: January 05, 2010, 10:13:47 am
John, Vermont

I emailed you a WORD document and 7 pictures on how I installed the water pressure tank.

I don't know where your water pump is located on your 2400, but understand the pressure tank could be mounted anywhere along the cold water high pressure side of the pump.  It doesn't have to be next to the pump, though it is nice to have the mechanics all together.

On-line, there are companies that sell a real nice stainless steel version with nice mounting feet.  If you have the money to spend, they make the installation much easier including a place to mount the pump itself to the tank if so desired.  This allows for vertical stack up of the pump on top of the tank to use less floor space.

Here is what I am describing.  http://www.amazon.com/Pre-Charged-Stainless-Steel-Accumulator-Gallon/dp/B002MBORYU/ref=sr_1_4/182-9098293-1198113?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1262704002&sr=8-4

I went with the cheap $30 Home Depot version because I didn't know what to expect from it, and didn't want to spend a lot of money with the thought of removing it soon thereafter.  During our following trip, I knew the tank was there to stay.  So my point here is, I would have spent the big money on a tank with mounting feet.

Those forward cabinet shelves & vertical slots really make that space work for us.  I am glad to read of someone else utilizing that idea.  You are the first that mentioned it.  It isn't an easy project if you want it to look like a professional installation.

Ron Dittmer
1854  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Improvements & Enhancements, 2007 PC-2350 on: December 29, 2009, 07:22:16 pm
Ron, What's the deal with Dancing with the stars?  Judi
My wife and I had been taking ballroom dance lessons at a Fred Astaire dance studio for 1.5 years, ending last August.  Our neighbors found out about it, and we suddenly found ourselves competing in a fund raising event for PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) of Elgin, IL.  It is a homeless shelter in our community, here:  www.padsofelgin.org

We are competing against 5 other couples.  Each couple is assigned a dance instructor (also volunteering) who coreagraphs a dance routine to a particular song.  We are doing the Rumba.

The dance competition is the evening's entertainment.  But our mission is to seek sponsors too....basically everyday people donating to the homeless shelter, through a website using their credit or debit card, tax deductible of coarse.  They select which dance team they support with their donation.  My wife Irene and I are dance team #5.  Details of the event are here:  http://www.padsofelgin.org/news_events.html

It has been very intense training.  We are amatures trying to perform as professionals.  In our early 50s, we are being tested in a few different ways, physically and psycologically.  The Rumba we are doing has a mid-lift, a long dip, and a few sexy moves.  It will be very interesting to see how it turns out.

We will post the dance on You Tube afterwards.
1855  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Improvements & Enhancements, 2007 PC-2350 on: December 28, 2009, 05:31:27 pm
Ron, I have been looking all over for a towel rack similar to the one you used in your 2350's bathroom and can't find one.  May I ask what brand it is and where you might have bought it?  Margie
Hi Margie,
I asked my wife where she bought it from, but she couldn't say for certian.  She said it was either Walmart, Target, or Meijers, but could not completely rule out a dollar store either.  Brand is unknown.

Thanks for the compliments.  This post has been a huge hit with PC owners.

Ron
1856  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Improvements & Enhancements, 2007 PC-2350 on: November 19, 2009, 06:48:47 pm
Ron.  Could you give us purchase info on the hose and reel you use in the rear compartment? Tom
Tom,

I bought that "flat white hose on the blue reel" at a Wal-Mart we parked at over-night.  I don't recall the cost, but I did recall it was clearence priced.

It stores thinly, taking little space.  I wouldn't recommend it as a primary hose because it is a bit of a hassle to work it in and out from the reel all the time.  I have a standard white RV hose for that.  The one in the reel comes out when the other isn't long enough.

Come to think of it, I should have bought two of them.  Keep one in the reel and one loose for every day use.  I think the flat hose would store better without the reel than a standard hose.
1857  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Improvements & Enhancements, 2007 PC-2350 on: November 04, 2009, 02:22:28 pm
Now that our camping season is over, I can't think of anything more my 2350 could use except for one thing.....a propane tank shield.  I looked at it briefly, and it appears there is no simple implementation.  Over the winter, I will give it a closer look.  It might be a project never done.

Anyone here add a propane tank shield to protect it from the dual tires behind it?
1858  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Experience with the company on: October 30, 2009, 11:11:03 pm
Email or call the company.  The person you refer is "Kermit"
1859  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Is Your Hot Water Not Working On 110V? If So, Read This on: October 22, 2009, 10:38:27 am
My hot water heater stopped working on 110V house current.

I called the manufacture of the hot water heater, Atwood's technical support.  Per their instruction, I measured the resistance across the 110V heating element terminals.  It was supposed to measure 10.3 ohms, but mine read nothing at all, like I didn't have the two probes across it.  I ordered a new heating element from Mark's RV Parts Here ----> http://www.marksrv.com/atwood_wh_parts.htm <----  $26.50 plus shipping, but no sales tax, shipped Priority Mail was around $6.50.

This is what the heating element looks like.


Printed on the part, it says 1400w/110v.  You can easily find 1500w/110v shorter elements at any home improvement store for just under $10, but the technical support fellow didn't recommend using them because the extra 100 watts might cause an overload condition.  It is worth the peace of mind for an extra $16.00, getting the Atwood replacement.  Mark's also sells a generic one for $16.00 ($10 less) but I don't know anything about it.

I think this applies of all models of the Phoenix Cruiser.  Access to the heating element is under the kitchen sink.  Remove the screws to the finished wooden access panel.  The element is behind a black plastic electrical box that you need to remove two screws to get off and out of the way.  The space is a little confining, but managable.

Sold in any home improvement center and also at Mark's for around $6 is a simple wrench to remove and replace the heating element.  It looks like this.

You use a Phillips screw driver through two holes in the back side to turn it.  The wrench is found next to the heating elements in stores.  The size is 1-1/2".  If you have that socket or box wrench size, that works too.  My huge adjustable wrench didn't quite open big enough.  Given the confined area, a huge wrench is difficult to work with anyway.

CAUTION:  When doing this, be sure both 110v and 12v power to the motor home is turned off.

AVOIDING THE SURPRISE:  Even though you have drained the hot water heater with the outside plastic plug.....When removing the old heating element, 1/2 gallon of water will come rushing out from that hole.  Be sure to place a massive amount of rags to absorb the water.  There is no room in there to place a pan or other container.  Hold the old element over the hole to let the water out slow to give time for the rags to absorb the water.  It is a lot of water.  The water keeps coming and coming, seeming to have no end to it.  I under-estimated how many rags to use, so some water got past them.  After I wiped it all up, I ran a fan in the area for a couple days to assure all was totally dry.
1860  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Tips for water heater woes on: October 22, 2009, 09:32:27 am
I called the manufacture of the hot water heater, Atwood's technical support.  Per their instruction, I measured the resistance across the heating element terminals.  It was supposed to measure 10.3 ohms, but mine read nothing at all, like I didn't have the two probes across it.  I ordered a new heating element from Mark's RV Parts Here ----> http://www.marksrv.com/atwood_wh_parts.htm <----  $26.50 with free shipping and no sales tax, shipped Priority Mail.  I should have it real soon.

The part is stamped 1400w/110v.  You can easily find 1500w/110v shorter elements at any home improvement store for just under $10, but the technical support fellow didn't recommend using them because the extra 100 watts might cause an overload condition.  I figure it's worth the peace of mind and the extra $16.00.

I think this applies of all models of the Phoenix Cruiser.  Access to the heating element is under the kitchen sink.  Remove the screws to the finished wooden access panel.  The element is behind a black plastic electrical box that you need to remove two screws to get off and out of the way.  The space is a little confining, but managable.

CAUTION:  When doing this, be sure your RV power is cut off dead.

AVOIDING THE SURPRISE:  Even though you have drained the hot water heater with the outside plug.....When removing the old heating element, 1/2 gallon of water will come rushing out the element's hole.  Be sure to place a massive amount of rags to absorb the water.  There is no room in there to place a pan or other container.  Hold the old element over the hole to let the water out slow enough so the rags can collect the water.  It is a lot of water.  It keeps coming and coming, seeming to have no end to it.

I will start a new thread, specifically to address 110v hot water heater failure.
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