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46  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Cruiser Sighting on: November 17, 2016, 03:24:15 pm
I wasn't me.  We are at home.  Smile
47  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New Owner on: November 17, 2016, 03:22:07 pm
Interesting information you learned and shared.  Thanks for that jatrax.

Obviously you feel it is worth the added cost for 50-amp service.  But I wonder otherwise.  Also as others mentioned, handling the thick & heavy cord will be much more difficult.  Another point is that 30-amp 20-foot extension cords are readily available and affordable.  And they weigh enough already.  I suppose you could adapt 50-amp to a 30-amp extension cord.  I carry two of them but use only one power hog at a time under those conditions.  Only once in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison did I utilize two extension cords to run our roof a/c during a very hot visit there.  Needless to say, I made sure it was the only thing running.

48  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Newton Scamander's suitcase on: November 17, 2016, 11:58:16 am
GoPhoenix, You just kill me.  Smile  Kind of like Dr. Who's phone booth that is a huge space ship inside.

I hope you are doing well.  It is good to see you chiming in now and then.

Ron
49  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: M&G Engineering Hydraulic Brake System on: November 17, 2016, 11:43:53 am
Wow, The M&G is one very serious tow brake system integrated into the two vehicle.

I had sought a decent install-myself integrated system for our conventional hydraulic E350 chassis and decided on the Unified by US Gear.  Installation wasn't easy, but not ridiculous either.  I am sure it does not operate as seamless and smooth as the M&G system, but is as effective with a 30% distance reduction.  I found an over-stock kit sold on-line which cost me $900 and my installation cost me the time.  US Gear honored the purchase as new and honored their warranty even as over-stock and me installing it.  I never exercised any warranty.  I was more concerned of the kit missing some parts, but turned out that it was all included.  I never got US Gear involved after all.

Understand that when the Unified is activated, it pulls the power vacuum boosted brake pedal down by the same amount whether you are braking gently or aggressively.  You can adjust the sensitivity as to when it activates, but once it is working, it's braking hard.

It appears the M&G brake system is designed to brake as soft or as hard as the coach....a more integrated setup....very nice, but I wonder what the kit and installation costs are.
50  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Steer SafeH on: November 16, 2016, 12:24:40 pm
Like RheaNL and Gail with their 2100's, I too with our 2007 2350 had serious handling issues.  Like Gail says, it is most predominantly noticed on the open road at high speed, where gusting cross winds, uneven road surfaces, and trucks passing is common place.  The upgrades we talk about, all in combination make a huge difference.  Our rear end sits slightly low when traveling, I feel primarily caused because our fresh water tank in our old 2007 sits right against the back wall, and we travel with it filled up.  I believe the 2100 also has it's fresh water tank against the back wall.  Having the tank there is the worst possible place for rear end sag and handling.
51  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Recliner Damage on: November 16, 2016, 10:29:04 am
Interesting that Paul's Seating replies to purchases, not warranty related questions.  That is discouraging.  Regardless, $100 per seat (doing it yourself) isn't a bad price.  The big question is.....will the new ones have the same premature failure?

I have replaced leather Corvette and Solstice seat skins.  I would think PC seats are easier but I do not have first-hand experience.

If you are considering ordering the skins to do it yourself, ask Paul's if they include instructions.  Maybe their website posts instructions.  If you had something to review, it would give you an idea on what is involved.

If we ever had to replace our seat skins, I would ask Paul's if he offers top grain leather covers.  It might be worth the upcharge, not just for the comfort, but also to be assured the problem won't return.

Ron
52  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: metal plugs on: November 16, 2016, 10:21:32 am
Hi PawPaw and all,

I have not looked myself, but I would think home improvement centers like Lowes, Home Depot, Menard,s could help you out.  Take a wooden button plug with you and ask the person in the hardware department if they have other (metal) choices.

Ron
53  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Roof Air with heat strip on: November 15, 2016, 07:32:12 pm
..... we also have a ceramic heater that we've used previously.   Very nice to aim it toward the bathroom when showering.
Us too when showering on a cold evening.  My most favorite place for the cube heater is on the floor placed right where the step up from the cab to the house is, facing rearward.  The front cab area is the biggest source of cold air infiltration so placing the heater there warms it up on it's way into the house.

We had a standard heating coil cube heater for years, just recently bought a little ceramic one from Walmart for $15.  Regardless of the type, a little floor heater does wonders on cool evenings.  But nothing beats the furnace for performance.  When getting home late and it's cold inside, we will sometimes do a quick warm-up with the furnace and maintain it with the quiet cube heater.
54  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Steer SafeH on: November 15, 2016, 11:53:52 am
No reason a small motorhome couldn't be designed to have great ride and handling.   Imagine a scaled up Chevy Suburban or similar with long wheelbase/short overhang near equal balance front to rear, 19.5 inch wheels with tires sufficient for SRW and lower pressure, and wheel cut as a class A for short turning radius.
You have an interesting thought there randallandchris.

But using Gail's PC-2100 as the example, in order for Phoenix to offer a long wheel base and short rear overhang, the motor home would need to be built about 4" taller to make the floor flush throughout.  As it is today for every PC model, wheel wells stick up through the floor.  Phoenix designs each floor plan with those two obstacles considered.  If Phoenix increased the wheel base on model 2100, the two wheel wells would likely end up in bad places.  The alternative would be a much taller PC which conflicts with the principles of the Phoenix offerings of a lower stance, lower center of gravity motor home line-up, yet still keep costs manageable by utilizing the E350 and E450 chassis, only utilizing alternate standard wheel base adjustments as the various PC models need.
55  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Steer SafeH on: November 14, 2016, 04:17:15 pm
The general rule is....The shorter the motor home, the worse the handling.  It is the combination of a short wheel base and a big rear overhang.
56  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Steer SafeH on: November 13, 2016, 10:30:48 pm
Steer Safe and Safe-T-Plus are similar products with regards to their purpose.  Both have been around for a long time.  We have the Safe-T-Plus.  It has been on our PC since brand new 9 years and 32,000 miles ago.  I like it a lot.
57  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Roof Air with heat strip on: November 13, 2016, 08:07:28 pm
OK. Getting ready to order our first PC and on the price list the Premium Convenience Package contains "Roof Air with heat strip". What's that? Roof Air, OK, I understand. But a heat strip? I want Air not heat. Is that a sealant? Would like to know what I'm buying and paying extra for.
Hi garmp,

Put in simple terms, the heat strip is a 1500 watt electric heater built into the roof top air conditioning unit.  You can use the a/c unit for air conditioning or for heat which is enough to take the chill out of the interior on a cool night.

Assuming thermostats installed today are unchanged, ours shown here illustrates how to select your heating and cooling choices.


Our experience is that when we want to take full advantage of an electric campsite for heat (not our propane furnace) we use a 1500 watt small cube heater.  Sitting on the floor with a gentile fan, it produces heat down near the floor and directed where it is needed most.  The heat generated up high from the heat strip tends to linger near the ceiling, never heating the cold down near the floor.  Running the roof unit is also quite noisy.  Still it is nice to use both electric heaters together for more heat when desired.

Ron
58  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: New Drawers and a Door too on: November 12, 2016, 05:16:31 pm
fandj,

Nice work you did there!

Everyone with the typical galley base cabinet feels a lack of storage for cookware and such, and we with our 2350 were no different.  I had a "That's Enough" moment about 4 years ago and came up with THIS cabinet modification.  Hey, even my wife loves it which speaks volumes.

Ron
59  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New Owner on: November 12, 2016, 04:50:29 pm
I know my dw like to pop the 30 amp breaker with ac and heat strip running. She will start the coffee maker or microwave or a hair dryer and pop goes the weasal.
I can relate with you Tom.  The same goes with our 30 amp PC.  We need to pay attention to multiple high power items running at the same time.  "Wait Honey, let me turn off the 1500 watt floor heater before you start the microwave".

It is very unusual for us to have 30 amp service where we stay, but this past rip to New England in cool temps was different.  I was learning all over again managing power like that.
60  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New Owner on: November 12, 2016, 03:55:50 pm
I believe the strips are rated at 1500 watts so the maximum heat is about 5,200 btu.  The PC heat pump is rated at 15,000 btu so about 3 times as much.
So there I have it.  The heat pump generates 3 times the heat, but starts dropping off when outside temps get below 40 degrees.  Thank you for the education.

Regarding the noise level of the roof top a/c system, a few years ago I recall someone here ordering a Coleman unit for it supposedly runs at a significantly reduced noise level.  People ordering a new PC might want to look into it.
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