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31  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Fluorescent light failure and melted housing on: March 05, 2015, 02:41:54 pm
I agree. That is a very strange melt-down behind the bulb.  I have seen melt-downs with ballasts but not the bulb itself.

As some of you may recall, I converted my fluorescent fixtures to LED very cheaply HERE to avoid the scars from changing the fixtures as well as consideration to the cost of buying 12 expensive LED fixtures.  Included in the conversion are LED night lights which are real nice to have and not much effort to accomodate.  Like many of you, we found our new LED fixtures to be too bright at night so I plan to experiment on one converted fixture and disable every-other LED circuit to cut the light in half.  If the results are good, then I'll do the rest which would reduce our lighting power consumption even more dramatically.  Given we dry camp most of the time, this will help our batteries even more.

Here you can see the little 3-LED strip mounted on the side of the switch (formerly ballast) housing.
32  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Passenger Airbag Deactivation Switch on: March 02, 2015, 03:16:39 pm

The front half of a 2552 is identical to a 2350-E350 as we own.  Like gl1500, we have a 3rd captain seat in lieu of the euro chair.  Our first grand child is due in late June so when it comes time, we plan to do as Bob Mahon did and bolt a "D" ring like this to the floor under the seat, to use as a tether point for a child seat.

OH! I see gl1500's pictures show a "D" ring on the floor, next to the base plate of the pedestal, opposite the cab.
33  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Questions on: February 21, 2015, 09:18:10 am
I highly recommend you drive the 3 hours and visit the factory, even if your intention is to buy a used one privately.  Call the factory and request they call you when they have the two "completed" models you are interested in.  Even if you can't walk through a model you are interested in, with just a little imagination you will get a very good idea what it would be like.

The problem going to the factory is getting caught up in the moment and ordering one or buying a ready-made one while you are there.  Smile  They give tours all the time to people researching so never feel bad about that.
34  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Trip Around Lake Michigan Shoreline (Some Lake Superior Too) on: February 09, 2015, 12:56:37 pm
From our experience, Lake Michigan shores is a lot about maritime history with light houses and sand dunes.  If you want to travel around Lake Michigan counter-clockwise from the Phoenix factory, I would recommend heading west on I-80 for about 20 miles, then head north on US-31.  When you hit Lake Michigan, just follow it along to the north, then east to the Mackinac bridge, then west from there along Lake Superior.  But I surely do NOT recommend doing this in winter for lake-effect snow will be a serious problem.  I highly recommend avoiding the entire region in winter.

When were you planning such a trip?
35  Main Forum / Photos / Re: OH NO! More Snow .... on: February 09, 2015, 09:24:38 am
Ron! Do you have a heated driveway? .... I see a clean driveway.
Oh how I wish I had a heated driveway.

We had a thaw the past two days which gave me the opportunity to scrape off the build-up of packed-down snow that had turned into ice.  My biggest fear is someone walking down the driveway suddenly experiencing a 70 foot long toboggan run.
36  Main Forum / Photos / Re: OH NO! More Snow .... on: February 08, 2015, 06:00:26 pm
One word describes it.....Torture!

Though our PC is nested indoors, I still have a whole lot of snow to move when it hits.  it's 125 feet from the edge by me to the street.  With a 2-day thaw, I was able to scrape off the last of it today so our guests can walk around and get up the hill without concern.

I think more is coming tomorrow.  I envy you snow birds.

37  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Great product for dri-wash and polish mn on: February 08, 2015, 05:53:01 pm
A couple of years ago, there was a full body painted PC, same gray colors as ours, for sale on the internet showing the Diamond Shield had turned a dark blotchy brown resembling a roasted marsh mellow.  I suppose you'd want to examine occasionally for such an indication if there was a reaction to worry about.  On that PC, I think the Diamond Shield damaged the paint behind, so if you see a serious problem developing, I would consider removing the Diamond Shield before paint damage occurs.

Hopefully something else caused the damage on that PC's Diamond Shield so what I caution over doesn't apply here.
38  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Leak In Overheads on: January 30, 2015, 05:24:24 pm
Also, make sure your B+ cap didn't come loose from the Ford roof.  Standing outside, put your hands on each corner of the B+ cap and lift up as hard as you can handle.  If you create a decent gap, some screws have broken allowing water to get inside.  I am not sure exactly where you are seeing water, but water generally won't travel upward unless with serious wicking action, so you could be getting water in through the lights outside as Tom reviewed.

Also check your antenna on the roof.
39  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Trik-L-Start installation on: January 29, 2015, 07:17:15 pm
Call the factory as they may be able to take care of it for you.  They install lots of aftermarket gadgetry upon request from their customers while the rig is being built.
40  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Praises to Phoenix Cruiser on: January 29, 2015, 12:52:57 pm
For the record, Phoenix uses real solid wood for the doors and drawer faces.  They are stained and finished just like your kitchen cabinets at home.  But the actual cabinets, though real wood, they are made of plywood including the faces of the cabinetry.  The rails & styles and cabinet sides are finished with a vinyl-paper product that has a wood grain stamped into it to look so dang close to the real thing.  I recall a while back, one PC owner had trouble with that material bubbling on his cabinets.  There was only one such story so I would not be concerned.

You can determine if my information applies to your particular PC by getting a mirror and place it inside your cabinet to see the back side of the cabinet face.  If you have the same as our 2007 2350, you will see the ends of the finish vinyl-paper wrapped around to the cabinet interior but not touching each other.  It will look like a stripe of unfinished wood.  You'll want to examine a vertical board called a style, positioned in-between adjacent cabinet doors because an end piece might have another board covering over the area.  I learned of this a number of years ago but two winters ago I had first hand exposure to it when reconfiguring our kitchen base cabinet from 5 small drawers to 3 large drawers HERE.  I should take a picture of ours and post it for clarification.

I wonder if Phoenix has since changed this construction practice, now installing solid wood faced cabinetry.  I would be interested in reading what others have discovered on their particular model year PCs.

I have heard it said before that the interior finishing of Coach House and Nexus products is less than that of Phoenix, paper or no paper.
41  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2551 Sofa Modification on: January 26, 2015, 06:39:52 pm
I think that air bed sofa GoPhoenix has is the only one PC ever offered with storage.

If you need a lot of storage, a couch can't compare to the bench seats of a dinette.  But the dinette in many models require a no-slide-out situation.  A dinette inside a slide out of a 2350 and 2551 will be very confining, so ridiculous that I wonder if Phoenix discontinued it due to customer complaints.  But a dinette in the slide out of a 2351 and 2552 is quit a nice situation for the wall space is available.

In our older 2350, we have a dinette but we don't have a slide out so there is adequate wall space to accommodate it.  Without the box of a slide out, the cabinets above get much larger.  You get a glimpse of the over-head cabinets in this picture.

Decent Leg Room & Tons Of Bench Storage (no drawers, just big cavities)

Our dinette can't compare to the comfort of a couch for extended relaxation, nor accommodate for 2 adults sleeping, but it works better for the two of us considering the conveniences a dinette offers.  The memory foam cushions we upgraded help immensely, and we are good at sharing the recliner behind the passenger seat.  Everyone has their own priorities which is nice Phoenix accommodates.
42  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2551 Sofa Modification on: January 26, 2015, 01:34:11 pm
2 Frazzled is right.  The factory has switched the couch a number of times that I know of since 2007, from the jackknife sofa, to the air bed sofa, to another sofa, to the current-day split recliner sofa with memory foam.  All flavors offer full sleeping accommodations for two adults.

I have no personal experience with any of them since we have the dinette without a slide out, but I read here that the current day recliner memory foam couch has everyone saying nothing but good things.
43  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Missing wife on: January 23, 2015, 05:37:33 pm
rolling on the floor rolling on the floor rolling on the floor
rolling on the floor rolling on the floor rolling on the floor   Me Too.
44  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Battery switch on dash on: January 23, 2015, 05:32:51 pm
If you are patient enough, on many of these types of switches, you can disassemble it and remove the spring that prevents it from springing to the "Off" position.  Those tiny jeweler's screwdrivers work well for the project.  Admittedly I have not tried it on our PC.

BTW, our 2007 has the spring-loaded temporary-on switch so PC-USA has been installed then for many years.  Because I carry long jumper cables, I have never used that switch.

I have a related story.

About 3 years ago, my uncle passed away.  He lived a day's ride away so we thought it would be better to drive our PC so I woke it up in a hurry from a long winter's nap.  The chassis battery was dead so I jumped it and off we went, thinking it would charge as we drive on the highway for many hours.  As a precaution I carried my 40amp battery charger and long jumper cables.  Wouldn't you know, the chassis battery would not hold a charge.  Every time I needed to start the engine, I used the long jumper cables to the pair of house batteries in back.  The next day on our way home, our last stop in a rest area, even the jumper cables wasn't enough to turn over the engine.  That last jump required the jumper cables to the rear batteries and the 40 amp battery charger (running off the generator).  The engine then had enough juice to turn over and start.  Needless to say, buying a new chassis battery was the next thing done once back home.  I bought a real nice sealed battery from Sears and it serves us well today.....I hope.  It has been in heated storage since October, all batteries disconnected.
45  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: January 22, 2015, 02:02:19 pm
Hello from John and Carol in the Sierra foothills. We are retired and have been RVing for 10 years. We will take possession of a 2014 PC 2552 in Feburary. Our favorite places to camp are the coast and the forest so we are having the factory install a solar panel so we can dry camp for extended periods without using the generator. Sometime in the future are planning to take the PC to Alaska.
Welcome John and Carol to the PC forum, and soon to the family.  When you have questions about your rig (and you will), you know where to ask.  Your fellow forum members are here to serve up the answers the best we can.  Smile
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