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1846  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Moving Backup Camera Monitor To The Rear View Mirror Position on: January 31, 2013, 12:39:24 pm
Somone has pictures on the forum.  I take Zero credit for this great idea.  Was it Gradygal's initial idea?  I may have that wrong.  Maybe it was Barry-Sue, maybe TomHanlon, maybe someone else.

The wire basket is a 3 compartment tray, just about the size of the butcher block cutting board.  The tray is silver, sold at Bed, Bath & Beyond.  Click Here To Get There.  It is ideal for cooking utensils and such.

I wish there was a clean way of restyling the galley base cabinet so those 3 drawers under the stove to the right look nice out in the open without a door covering them.  Drawers behind a cabinet door are quite the irritation.  The right door looks nice, but extremely impractical.  Compounding the problem, with the door open and any drawer or cutting board extended, it blocks access to our fridge and bathroom.  If I were to order my PC today, I would insist on combining the center drawers with the right side behind-the-door drawers, with adjustable dividers to compartmentalize them.  Cheaper for the factory and better for the customer.  Pitch the pretty symetry as seen here and give me 3 massive easy access drawers with adjustable compartments.  Vertical boards with grooves is all that would be needed for that.  Maybe it's something I can get my brother-in-law to do for me.  He is a cabinet maker.
1847  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Gun Control on: January 31, 2013, 12:34:20 pm
So GoPhoenix is a commedian too.  I didn't expect that from you.  Very funny.  rolling on the floor
1848  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: testing on: January 31, 2013, 12:26:21 pm
Yesterday I too had the strange white background.  Today it all looks normal again with exception to pictures and some buttons which now are replaced with those little white boxes with the red "X" inside.  There are lots of white boxes with red X's all over these forum pages.

I did notice PC's main page looked brand new so I figured Aimee was doing a system update and this morning it is not quite done.

Aimee, I emailed you a screen capture of it.  Feel free to use me as your tester.
1849  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2910D in Florida for immediate delivery--crazy deal available on: January 31, 2013, 12:23:49 pm
That is great news.  I am happy to hear they did so well. Cheer
1850  Main Forum / General Discussion / Increase Sleeping Accomodations With This New Option on: January 30, 2013, 03:10:05 pm
I think it would be neat if Phoenix offered an "Optional" large cab-over class C bed to all their models.  If they did, I wonder if Irene and I would have considered it.  I think the inability to offer that extra permanent double bed pushes families away.  Models 2100 & 2400 would benefit most, but every model would benefit some, again as an option to the current B+ cap.  It is a nice loft for kids to play games, rest and just hang out in their own space.  Other people could remove the mattress and use the area for bulk storage and/or pet bedding.

The larger cab-over bed seamless cap could utilize all other existing body panels so the only unique component would be the front cap itself.  That keeps it easy for the factory and cheap for the customer.  Tumor it up no higher than the a/c unit to keep the over-all height spec unchanged.

I would also offer "Easy-Pass-Thru" as an option, not standard, to keep the E350/E450 chassis roof unmodified for best roll-over protection for the cab occupants.

Very few people utilize easy-pass-thru anyway.  Our old Toyota based rig shown here, the filler panel was always in-place.
Easy-Pass-Thru Open (done only for the picture)

Easy-Pass-Thru Closed (kept this way all the time)
1851  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: F-550 on: January 30, 2013, 01:03:52 pm
Personally, I feel the factory should offer an option for a large cab-over bed.  Not that I would personally want it, but I think that extra permanent double bed shys away much potential business for the company.  Model 2100 would benefit most from it, but every model would benefit.  Few will mess with conversion beds when there are more than two people.  Families want to simply send their kids up into a loft at any time of day.  It is an out-of-the way hangout place for kids to sleep and play games.  Other people might use it for bulk storage or for their pets.

The larger cab-over bed cap could utilize all other existing panels so the only unique component is the cap itself.  That keeps it easy for the factory and cheap for the customer.  I would also suggest NOT to cut the chassis roof for best roll-over protection for the cab occupants.  Very few people utilize the easy pass-thru to have the bed at all times.  Or make "easy-pass" a second option with the cab-over bed.
1852  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: F-550 on: January 30, 2013, 11:00:52 am
It never hurts to call the factory and ask to speak with Kermit directly on this question.  Wear it straight from the one who makes the decision.

Though he may never offer the F550 in his portfolio, he might build one special just for you.
1853  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Moving Backup Camera Monitor To The Rear View Mirror Position on: January 29, 2013, 12:40:01 pm
I am on a roll with getting my PC projects done over the winter.   Cheer

Last week I ordered this window mount monitor bracket kit.  I am trying to be patient in waiting it's arrival.  You can google "Rostra 250-8088" to find it.

While relocating the monitor cable for it, I will also install an RJ45 cable there as well to accomodate for the Scanguage-II planned which will be velcro'd to the top of the monitor.  That RJ45 cable will go from the mirror area, (hidden behind) across the headliner, down the driver door pillar, down to the OBD-II area.  This way I can easily unplug the Scanguage-II along with it's original cable for use with my other vehicles when needed for trouble-shooting.
This picture shows the relative size of a Scanguage-II and where it would be on top of my monitor instead of on a mirror as illustrated here.

I replaced my pull-out butcher block cutting board with that 3 compartment wire tray that many of you people have installed in the cabinet.  For it to align right, I needed to add bushings between the glides and the basket to get the floating glide halves on the tray to align proper with the fixed glide halves on the cabinet.  Funny, when removing my cutting board, it never aligned right either, being half out on the one side.  It must have been that way from the beginning.

I addressed my TV rattles by adding thick felt chair glide pads in between metal shields & brackets which made all the difference.  No more TV sounding like it's got loose metal inside, while driving.

The leather dinette cushions are in-place much better than the thicker yet too-soft cushions that my butt bottomed out on.  The thinner but more dense leather foam is more comfortable and provides a larger seat base from the same thinner/dense back rest cushions.  That translates to noticably more leg room.  I also slide out from the leather seat dinette without a fuss.  It's a whole lot better.

When this is all done, I'll be adding them with pics to my original lengthy "enhancements" post in the Tips & Tricks section.
1854  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cabinet Latches Failing on: January 28, 2013, 11:10:18 pm
When you get back from Mexico, give the factory a call.
I agree, give PC-USA a call.  I asked to purchase a dozen latches after my warranty was expired, but they sent me a dozen complimentary.  We broke 3 male stems in 6 years so far, getting the hang on how to avoid that.  We have not yet broke the mechanical female portion with moving parts.
1855  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Propane Scare on: January 28, 2013, 11:03:14 pm

I am glad you are being well cared for.  Let us know how it all ends for you.
1856  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: January 27, 2013, 07:40:38 am
Glad you are satisfied with buying the one at the show.

Funny you bring up that comment of mine about my wife, her computer, and her coffee.  It really does make her trip, all set up at the dinette watching the world go by affter we are done chatting up front.

We just got leather dinette cushions which should make her experience better yet.
1857  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Propane Scare on: January 26, 2013, 10:59:55 pm
Boy this sounds serious.  You surely must resolve this to use propane.

Moments ago I just looked at the propane valve on my PC in the garage.  I would get a small adjustable wrench, or better yet, the right sized box wrench, and make sure all fittings are tight, including what is hidden behind the white plastic shield.  The last fitting to check is the one right behind the turn handle itself.  You must have the valve wide open in order to get the wrench on that one.  With all other fittings checked first, this would be the last one.  Opening the valve to check that fitting, your leak might already be resolved.

Once all fittings are checked to be tight, you can safely check for leaks by pouring soap suds over all fittings.  Watch for bubbles.  Dish soap works good for that.

If you do this all, please report back as to your findings.  Hopefully it's a very simple solution that a simple tightening with a wrench resolves.  That is much easier than getting someone else involved.
1858  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: January 26, 2013, 10:36:36 pm

I never read a story like yours before, entertaining and emotional too.  I suppose you could look at it this way.  You've been given a rare opportunity to order the same motorhome, applying what you liked and didn't from the first one, making the second one even better.  Even if it was just simple thngs like a different color selection, adding an awning for the bathroom window, leather versus cloth, wood versus carpet, whatever.

I would make a few "light" changes the second time round with ours.

So.....Welcome back Carol & Vince.
1859  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Heated Water Hose on: January 25, 2013, 10:42:45 am
Yes, PCs are designed for sub-freezing conditions, but I am not sure what the lower limit is.  All fresh water plumbing is inside where it is warm and insulated.  But how cold it can tollerate depends on how well you maintain the warm interior.  Also make sure all your outdoor storge compartment doors are fully latched to provide the best seal against the cold.

Be sure you have bled the water out of your outdoor shower.  This is done by draining the pipes with the shower faucet open.  Then close the shower faucet valves before pressurizing the system again.
1860  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: January 24, 2013, 11:16:47 am
Nice story Holly.  It is hard to explain to outsiders about owning a PC.  They think we are in kahoots with the company, or on drugs or something.  Thanks for sharing.  Well wishes in getting the "right" PC the first time.  We are still on #1 now year #6.
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