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46  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: generator and air conditioner on: July 04, 2016, 11:30:50 am

The solution to your problem is 99% successful and extremely simple.

Open the PC service door to gain access to the Onan generator.  There you see the blue/green Onan.  Look around for two black levers located on the upper-left and upper-right covers of the cover and turn them.  The cover is then unlocked.  Lift the cover by the two levers and work the cover downward and out.  Now look in the middle area of the generator for that relay switch we are all talking about.  You will also see a switch identical to the one inside your PC, but that is a remote-start switch.  The breaker we are discussing is close by it.  Flip the breaker switch, TURN OFF YOUR A/C AT YOUR THERMOSTAT, start and run your generator, and see if the microwave is flashing anything on the display panel.  That will indicate the generator is making 110V electricity.  Run the generator for about 5 minutes before turning on your a/c unit at the thermostat.  If all is then fine, place & lock the blue/green cover back on the Onan.  Make sure it is seated properly before turning those two black levers to lock.  If not seated properly, you will likely loose the cover while driving on the road.  Don't try to hook on the cover to the black metal frame that PC-USA made.  It hooks onto the generator alone.
47  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TV remodel, DVD replacement and volume issues on: July 03, 2016, 06:10:46 pm
Ours let's no sound out underneath it. Speakers face down.  So did you move the TV out more so it would be exposed at the bottom ?
Because I installed our TV afterward, the lower green pad is near flush with the mounting surface, and not much of a recess was created after removing the 1/4" thick finished board.  You can see it in my last picture before I started the project.  So the bottom of our TV is completely exposed.  I will have to take a picture for you, of the TV mounted.
48  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: generator and air conditioner on: July 03, 2016, 06:03:51 pm
Reiterating what ron-n-toni said about the switch/breaker on the generator itself.  It has nothing to do with running the generator.  The generator runs with it turned off or on.  MAKE SURE THAT SWITCH/BREAKER IS ON.

On our 2007 PC's 4000 Onan, the breaker on the generator will trip by itself if I am not patient in waiting to allow the generator to run for 5 minutes or so before turning on the a/c the first time each season.  I wait less than a minute thereafter.

I don't recall this, but like a house breaker, you might have to flip the breaker one way, then the other way to reset it to work.  Then again, maybe not.  I have not touched ours in 4 years now.

Gail and John have some good tips too.  If the microwave is working, then the trouble is with the a/c, not the generator.   If so, then it could be operator error with the a/c-furnace thermostat.
49  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New recliners in place of sofa/bed on: July 03, 2016, 05:52:35 pm
Thanks for sharing the pics Barb....real sweet alternative you have there.
50  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TV remodel, DVD replacement and volume issues on: July 02, 2016, 04:22:53 pm
Oh, I understand better now Barb.  You are trying to get as much sound/volume as possible from all possible sources.  Just make sure your TV speakers are also on when your surround sound unit is pumping out sound.  It might be either/or as I recall ours is though not 100% certain of it.  It could be a setting on your TV to allow all speakers to be on at the same time.  Each TV make & model may have it's own abilities or lack there of.

About the exposure of your TV speakers.  I recall our TV speakers are face-down and exposed.  When I installed the TV in 2007, I made sure air could enter from the bottom, get heated up inside, and rise out at the sides near the top.  But our TV sits forward of the vinyl green material as seen in this picture via a wooden block, with minimal clearance to allow the side doors to open.  I also installed a black metal bracket at the base as well as the 4 screws behind the TV to address excessive movement on bumpy roads.

Let me know if you would like to see other detailed pictures of our TV mounting.

Here is an old picture before we had the TV.  Note the distance between the cabinet door and the finish board.  I recall I removed that board to gain even more space for the TV of that era.  Today, TVs are so much thinner.
51  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New recliners in place of sofa/bed on: July 02, 2016, 11:04:00 am
Shipshewana IN
Ah yes.  We got our pair of petite-width Craftsman mission style wall hugger recliners from Weavers out there.  They were great people to work with, but it did come at a price and there were a few issues that had us returning for.  One was over "cushion density".  The floor model chair cushion was nice & comfortable, the ones delivered were like stone.  We also had an issue with mismatched stain of the chairs to the end table.  This next one was our own doing.  We paid good money more for full-grain leather but regret it because the fabric in the store was much more comfortable, a decision we have only ourselves to blame.  But they really do look great and do work well, just not all as comfy as hoped.  We live with that one.  I will always complain on the fortune we spent on those two chairs.

Those two chairs from Weavers were but a small portion of the over-all investment.  We also bought from a local Amish store, a 6-to-20 foot mission-style table, a 2 piece hutch, and twelve dining room chairs, also made in Shipshewana.  The over-all investment could use an insurance policy.  I can't complain too much since it replaced the furniture we bought from Homemakers in 1979.  It was about time to go Amish, a dream we had since 1978.  Our Christmas dinners today sits all the family at the same table.  We have to use all stack chairs to fit everyone, but we get there.  The twelve Amish chairs get used daily and for smaller dinner parties.

BTW:  The pot roast served in the buffet at the Blue Gate there is the best ever.  How do they do that?
52  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TV remodel, DVD replacement and volume issues on: July 02, 2016, 10:55:05 am
Hi Barb,

I don't quite understand why you need to hear the speakers from the front TV when you have the 5 speaker + sub-woofer surround sound system.  I know your old Samsung player died.  Are you going to do without one?
53  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Modified the back DVD for cosmetics on: July 02, 2016, 10:45:45 am
Ha, ha, ha.  Before I read your post in detail, I was thinking you removed the DVD player and stored cosmetics in the DVD cubbie.

I did not realize the bedroom DVD player is typically installed without an enclosure.  That does look very nice.

I wonder why the factory does not install a TV in the bedroom with the DVD player built inside it?  I bought a Toshiba TV/DVD and it serves us very well.  We use it much more than the main TV watching DVDs exclusively because we boon dock all the time in remote places without reception.  The smaller 19" widescreen bedroom TV uses so much less energy than our main 26" TV with old back-lighting technology before the days of LED back-lighting.
54  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New recliners in place of sofa/bed on: July 02, 2016, 10:31:50 am
What a nice feature you have there Barb  ThumbsUp  That is the best I have seen so far in eating on the couch with minimal fuss.  Do you have pictures of the tables up and the recliners fully reclined?  Do they recline so far back to become a bed like the original ones?
55  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Level Phoenix Cruiser on: July 01, 2016, 01:51:21 pm
All that said, my impression of the original post was the owner being pleased with their jacks and how easy it is level with them on a crooked site, not necessarily a comment on leveling perfection.
I did wonder what your point was.  I can be a little slow at times.  Sorry about that.
56  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Level Phoenix Cruiser on: June 28, 2016, 11:53:34 am
Just be sure your phone lies flat on the PC floor when using it as a level, for the PC floor is the proper reference point.

Some phone cases don't allow the phone to lie flat.  Something to consider for people like me.
57  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Level Phoenix Cruiser on: June 28, 2016, 01:40:20 am
Our PC is level at the moment too.   Smile
58  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Cab Noise on: June 27, 2016, 08:34:22 pm
Ford V10 Engine noise to me is completely tolerable when cruising.  It's nasty when pushing down on the gas pedal to accelerate or climb, also nasty when engine braking.

Regarding cabin (house) noise.  Like Janey, that bothers me something fierce.  It requires a lot of determination.  For me it started with the right tire pressure, only 5 psi more than our rig officially requires, not more than that.  Adding foam shelf liners inside all cabinets and drawers, paper towels in between cookware, felt pads in many places including the rooftop antenna and flip-up counter, an extra bracket under the main TV, a silicone pot holder between stove grates and counter top covers, and tightening the screws on the face of the microwave just before every trip.

I am sure I forgot a lot.
59  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2016 - 2351 Options and Modifications on: June 27, 2016, 12:51:57 pm
Obviously, every one of us has differing opinions as to what brings enjoyment to our driving experience.....Thanks, Ron G.
Surely so!

It is also a hobby of mine making the little improvements/changes and personal nice-ities on our PC.  It's not everybody's hobby of which I understand.  The forum here is the perfect place for us to share our ideas.  Our ideas are not for everyone.  I know that sometimes my written thoughts and comments sometimes come across as "absolute musts" for everyone to consider.  I do apologize for that.

Ron Dittmer
60  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Seats on: June 26, 2016, 09:19:55 pm

Your front seats in your 2005 were likley supplied to PC-USA by Paul's Seating.  If they are like the ones in our 2007 PC-2350, they are Paul's Lexus model.  I would call them and ask if they offer a solution to your problem.  You might be able to purchase replacement seat base cushions, or just the cover to a seat base.  Who knows, maybe they offer custom-fit covers.  For kicks, ask Paul's Seating what a new seat would cost you.

Back in 2010 I replaced the barrel chair with a 3rd matching captain seat.  Phoenix-USA told me to work direct with Paul's Seating.  The only difference is the stitching in the arm rests which you can see in this picture.  The new seat also has a dial you turn manually to adjust lumbar support.  I wish the original two seats up front had that feature.  Paul's Seating had to make the seat special for us for they did not have one in-stock sitting on a shelf.  Because of their other commitments, it took a long time to get the seat.  I had to wait for their slow season in the late summer/early fall.  I recall the seat with two arm rests ($10/arm rest) was $375.  Shipping was an additional $100.  Paul's Seating does NOT stock every color of material so don't wait for their slow season to contact them.  Give them time to get the right material.

The barrel chair pedestal seat tracks are spaced closer together than the front seats.   A front seat will not mount directly on the barrel seat pedestal without an adapter plate.  Keep this in-mind if you get the idea of moving your best front seat in back and buy two new front seats.  I believe you can remove the armrest from your bad seat and mount it on the good seat to have two armrests for your 3rd seat.  I think the mounting feature is behind the material in the side of the backrest.  Feel through the material for something round with high areas.  You cut the material and push the armrest in at a particular position, then swing it into a normal position to lock proper.  Paul's Seating can give you all the details.

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