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46  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Trip To Arches, Canyonlands, & Zion National Parks on: October 02, 2017, 08:50:01 am
I have a question in regards to using the engine braking.  I typically keep the transmission in tow/haul mode while in the mountains and find it very useful in minimizing braking going down hill and controlling transmission temperature going uphill.

I find when monitoring transmission temperature going down hill it will increase as the engine and drive train is called on to dissipate the stored energy.  I try to limit the transmission temperature to about 207 degrees either climbing or descending which on occasion I have had to supplement the engine braking with wheel braking to control the temperature.  I am curious whether you saw an increased temperature and if so to what extent?  You mentioned having the selector in position 1 and engine speed at 5500 rpm.

I have never been above about 4,000 rpm.  I found an older Ford spec which listed the Max V10 engine speed at 5,200.  It appears I may be too conservative in limiting speed.  Do you have a more up to date engine speed spec?
You ask some interesting questions of which I have no technical answers for you.

My dash board tachometer has no red line zone.  It is clean to the max of 6000 rpm so I figured it was okay to get near it.  I have no idea what the transmission temperature increased by though my ScanGauge-II could have told me if I had displayed that data.  What I can say is that I did not notice any ill effects from doing so.  The trek down I-70 like that in 1st gear was not for that long, maybe for 15 minutes done twice in each direction.  I figured the transmission and engine were both designed for it or the tach would have had a red zone.  When doing so, the engine sounded loud but of no concern, actually precision-like.  The transmission never made a sound that I could tell, nothing heard over the sound of the engine.
47  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Trip To Arches, Canyonlands, & Zion National Parks on: October 02, 2017, 08:38:06 am
Hey Ron,  sounds like a great trip. Re bug juice on the PC, have you ever tried dryer sheets? They take the bugs right off. We use them on our cars and they work like a charm...quick and easy. Just a thought.
Hmmm....I'll have to try that one.

Thanks for the tip!
48  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Trip To Arches, Canyonlands, & Zion National Parks on: October 01, 2017, 11:48:45 pm
Hi my PC family,

We just got back home this weekend.  Our 2007-E350 2350 PC worked like a champ as usual.  One thing done wrong once before and I did it again during this trip was over-filling the gas tank to the point the check engine light went on.  After a few hundred miles of driving, the CE light went out and all was perfect again.  Our 3 year old pair of 6V AGM batteries continued to perform perfectly.  With 2 previous pairs of 12V batteries in the past, year number 3 would have been problematic.  I had installed a volt meter in our stove hood monitor panel which helped immensely to monitor battery health better.

This trip driving down hill on I-70 through the Rockies with our Jeep Liberty in-tow, I kept the transmission in gear #1 and let the engine rev up to 5500 rpm.  It was a very comfortable but loud experience, rolling down with flashers on just like the trucks.  I never had to use the brakes.

As far as our destinations were concerned, the 3 main parks visited were on my top 10 places to go to.  I am fascinated by God's engineering of his creative arches.  I love walking through each one I can.  Irene's 2006 Jeep Liberty was tested to it's limit at Arches NP driving the more primitive road to Tower Arch.  We had to turn back when the rock steps got too tall for the tires and vehicle clearance.

But the Liberty did great on Shaffer's Trail to Potash (also Muzzelman Arch) in Canyonlands NP and also did great through all of Long Canyon (in both directions) located near Dead Horse State Park.

In Zion NP we hiked up to Angel's Landing again (20 years since the previous time) which we wonder might be the last time for us.  At 59 years old we did fine but wonder if returning in another 10 years or so if we will be able to handle it then.

Our drive home from Zion, we took a scenic route stopping in at Bryce NP, Escalante Grand Staircase NM, and Capital Reef NP.  I think it was the first time ever that we were in 4 national parks and monuments in a single day.

Something we never did before on any trip previously taken, we never stepped into a store to buy food or other supplies with one exception, buying fruit along a roadside one time.  We enjoyed restaurants as we always did in the past, but at our destination camp sites, we managed to work with what we brought from home.

With a 2 year old grand daughter, Irene had to control me a little bit at visitor center gift shops.  I must want her to be a park ranger or something.

After 3 days on the road, it's good to be back home.  The worst job at home is getting all the bug juice off the PC.  Driving later that first night home from Hanksville UT north to I-70, a bird didn't make it and vaporized against the E350's A/C condenser.  At home, it took me some time to clean that up right.

Maybe I will will get around to posting a few pics of the trip, but it will be some time given Irene's S7 phone has nearly all the pics.  I was the videographer with my S5.
49  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Repairing Older Kitchen Faucet, Leaks Under Handle When Water Is On on: September 28, 2017, 06:19:29 pm

CLR is a liquid kitchen household product, sold everywhere, used commonly to clean out the crusties in coffee pots and such.
C is for calcium
L is for lime.
R is for rust.

The product disolves them.
50  Main Forum / General Discussion / Time for a new 2350 mattress after 10 years. Any recommendations? on: September 28, 2017, 06:03:20 pm
Hi everyone,

Our 2007 2350 cut-corner standard soft foam mattress is done.  It is high around the edges, compressed where we sleep.  We'd like something more firm and even a little thinner if possible for more room over the bed.  We are considering memory foam because works well in our dinette.

What is Phoenix installing these days?  What mattress material do you have and how do you like it?

I appreciate your input and experiences with your Phoenix mattress and other RV mattress suppliers.

Ron Dittmer
51  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The fake leather on my seats and sofa is falling apart on: September 28, 2017, 05:18:00 pm
Pauls Seating supplied the seats to Phoenix for many years, maybe to this day.  They might quote full real leather replacement skins for you.  Google them for their website with contact info.
52  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC sighting on: September 21, 2017, 02:46:34 pm
Just saw a FBP brown/tan yesterday in Arches NP visitor center lot with tow bar on the ground, obviously spending the day in the tow.  It was surely longer than our 2350.
53  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Breaking News on: September 21, 2017, 02:41:17 pm
Good Point !
54  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thinking about towing on: September 21, 2017, 02:39:16 pm
We have been towing a 3800 pound Liberty for 8 years with our 2007 PC2350 E350.  Never a problem.  Just don't go cheap with secondary braking.  If not done well, that would be an issue of concern..
55  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2017 2910T - Awning Problem/Question on: September 21, 2017, 02:33:32 pm
One thing certain, you can't beat the convenience of a motorized awning.
56  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Breaking News on: September 21, 2017, 02:30:07 pm
It doesn't take much to do damage to sales, and the pealing vinyl seats was a big turnoff.  I am glad they are now using real 100% leather on seating surfaces.

Funny that our 10 year old vinyl seats still look great.  Maybe the material was made in the USA back then.  Or just a good bolt from China.
57  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Breaking News on: September 18, 2017, 01:34:27 pm
I looked at that link and see Phoenix is owned by a private investment group.  Historically speaking with investment group purchases, it is bad news concerning "personal attention" for previous customers as nearly everyone here previously purchased a PC.  I suspect that when we need help with something, it will be like working with a typical massive RV manufacture, which generally speaking, it isn't a good experience.  But just maybe the investment firm will see that a critical part of Phoenix's success is "Real Customer Support & Relations, Long After The Warranty Period Is Over".  It's keeping us current owners happy with a quality product and on-going support so much that we help the company promote it's products.  What kills many companies is bad internet talk, and even neutral internet talk.  If customers are not praising the company and it's products, it's going to be a real strain on the company.

Whatever Phoenix USA morphs into, it's better than Kermit shutting down operations and liquidating all assets.
58  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2017 2910T - Awning Problem/Question on: September 18, 2017, 10:41:38 am
Hi Doug,

I have a Dometic 14 foot, model number 979BY13.065.  It is called a box awning.  Phoenix is very familiar with them.  My model, the roll up material is gray colored and also painted with my full body paint.  The two arms connect to the lower part of the rig via mounting clips, and also can be used as poles with ropes and stakes.  You can open the awning unsupported a lot, but the sag is limited to the entry door clearence, and that is about as shown in that one pic which is a little more than a foot.  Because of the entry door, the awning cannot be angled much, except the rear end brought down to for rain water runoff as needed.  The crank and the center support are stored with clips in the entry door jamb.  The main arms self store inside the awning, accessed when opening the awning 6 feet and sagging a lot.

59  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Driving lights on: September 13, 2017, 12:28:32 am
Actually, I would love to replace the high intensity conventional bulbs in my driving/fog lights with low heat high intensity LEDs.  The one reflector inside has blackened, I believe from the bulb itself which is still working.  Very odd.
60  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Breaking News on: September 13, 2017, 12:22:16 am
I too understand Kermit's reason to sell the company.  I commend him in selling it to another individual (or is it two people?) who will try to carry the PC torch, keeping it's legacy alive and well.

It will be interesting to see if the new company owners would consider offering an optional seamless "C" cap along with it's current day B+ cap to provide an over-head bunk which would be ideal for families and also a plus for models 2100 and 2400.  Bumping it up only to the height of the a/c unit would be enough.  Don't increase the over-all height, something similar to the Winnebago View here.
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