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61  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Do I Need A New Sanicon Macerator? on: October 31, 2014, 06:22:51 pm
Great information.  Thank you Bill.
62  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire and battery advice on: October 31, 2014, 03:45:57 pm
I just got off the phone with Kermit.

Phoenix extended the battery box frame by the amount required to accommodate the taller 6V batteries which is 1.5 inches.  That means I either have to lower my battery frame somehow (maybe using 1.5" "U" channel) or replace my battery tray with a flat piece of sheet steel as I had figured.  Kermit said the battery box frame is bolted to the floor of the PC which makes using "U" channel a consideration.

At least I know what my options are.
63  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Why PC instead of similar priced Class A on: October 31, 2014, 02:32:25 pm
At the risk of lower my ratings, here is my input.

You have two young children.  I feel bunk beds for the kids is a very nice feature.  Any PC with B+ front cap can't accommodate nearly as well.  If PC-USA offered a class C version with a conventional over-the-cab double bed, then I would be changing my position.


I feel you'd be better off in that 35QBA foot Allegro with bunk beds.  But a 35 foot anything is a monstrosity to me, very hard to get around in.  I personally would consider a new Minnie Winnie 22R at under 24 feet in length, or the 25B at just over 26 feet.

I always wondered why PC-USA doesn't offer a seamless "C" cap version for every model.  Same rig, just a "C" instead of a "B+".  Make it an option like a slide out is today, looking similar to a Winnebago View.  That would appeal to family households.
64  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire and battery advice on: October 31, 2014, 02:10:04 pm
My 12V tray is raised.  I can modify it to be so low that it will scrape the frame.  If I drop it to within 1/8" of the frame to avoid scraping, I don't think the battery terminals will clear the top of the opening.  It seems that close a call.  Also, I would like to place the batteries inside the tray so they are as far forward to me (not the back wall) to relax my battery cabling better.  That might require a new tray of different dimensions.  You are right Tom.  I should call the factory.
65  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire and battery advice on: October 31, 2014, 01:00:50 pm
I did some measuring and determined that my slide out battery tray will need to be replaced with a simple sheet of steel to get adequate clearance because the 6V batteries are so much taller.  The sheet steel will have angle iron screwed to it to cradle the batteries so they don't move around on the large surface.
In my planning to accommodate taller 6V batteries, I am wondering how Phoenix accommodates their tall 6V batteries in their new PCs.

Are the tall 6V batteries still in a slide out tray or simply placed on a flat metal compartment bottom like I will have to fabricate to get adequate clearence?

If tall 6Vs still sit in a slide out tray, did the factory lower the compartment for the batteries to clear the top of the finished opening?

If so, do you see the sliding tray below the closed battery door?

In my current 12V situation seen here, when the finished door is closed, I only see a portion of that 1" high horizontal black angle iron below the door.

To you who have tall 6V batteries, what do you see below the battery door after it is closed?

66  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Do I Need A New Sanicon Macerator? on: October 31, 2014, 11:35:35 am
I was going to buy a new pump from Phoenix for $350.  Then for kicks I searched for macerator pumps and quickly found THIS ONE for $96.  I would like to compare specs but don't know what Phoenix is selling me for $350.  Does anyone have the brand and model number of the pumps Phoenix uses today?  I don't want to buy the wrong thing trying to save $255.
67  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Selling our 2551 mattresses on: October 31, 2014, 11:22:11 am
I asked Aimee if we could have a "PC/RV Related Stuff For Sale By Owner", but that idea didn't fly.  I have a collection of PC related stuff myself I could post for sale here.  They take up space downstairs at home.  Oh well.  I suppose that is what Ebay & CL is for.
68  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rear camera problem on: October 30, 2014, 12:59:39 pm
The rearview mirror is pretty much useless as a mirror, but ours has a compass and outdoor thermometer.  So it's pretty useful.  Wouldn't want to be without it.   nod
I agree in your case.  The mirror is surely worth keeping when it is multi-functional.

After I had mounted the backup camera in place of the mirror, I kind-of missed not being able to look back inside the rig.  I remedied that little dilemma by clipping a vanity mirror on the visor.  I don't have kids travelling but if I did, a mirror would be quite valuable to have in one form or another.
69  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Another New Model Being Offered, The 2450 on: October 29, 2014, 03:58:41 am
As for us, we owned a tiny motor home for 24 years without a dinette.  Actually it did have a large dinette, but we kept it setup as our primary bed all the time so we did without dinette conveniences.  Back in 2007 when shopping for a replacement motor home, our primary goal was to have both a dinette and a double bed on the main floor.  Our 2350 was the winner.  We love having the dinette available all the time.  We would never do without it again.

If anyone decides on ordering any PC with a dinette, I highly recommend getting the leather-like cushions with memory foam.  We ordered ours in cloth with standard foam.  Both cloth & cushion turned out to be uncomfortable.  Years later we bought the upgrade cushions and were "Wow'd" by the improvement in comfort.  They even provide a little more elbow room because they are a little thinner.  I never have to get up anymore to rescue my butt or back.  Our dinette can't compare to a couch for comfort, but there is always another reason to get up before I get to that point.  Having the extra comfy seat by the door is nice when one of us wants to kick back and relax.
70  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Protection & Convenience on: October 28, 2014, 12:27:19 pm
Very nice for a high-stance PC 4x4.  The rear bumper could be trouble with our regular 2350 pulling out from gas stations and such.  The rear hitch gets close as it is.

Nice work there!
71  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Another New Model Being Offered, The 2450 on: October 28, 2014, 10:28:31 am
(Sorry Ron, your dream of a larger bath isn't one of the options but I figure this is good because it won't fit in your garage anyhow).
My garage RV bay measures exactly 25'-0" deep.  I would be willing to selectively grind the back concrete wall, dish it out so the front bumper fits inside a few inches just to get the garage door closed.  Maybe dish an extra inch for a rubber bumper liner.
72  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rear camera problem on: October 23, 2014, 08:23:29 pm
It is the Sony that hangs down from the ceiling and the screen is just very small and the resolution is at best just "OK".
Our camera was mounted to the ceiling which had me hitting my head on it far too often when passing by it.  I took off the useless rear view mirror and mounted the monitor there using a special retro-kit.  Like you say the 5" screen is a bit tiny but it works well when mounted here for it does not take away from a good view out the windshield.

That module on top of it is a ScanGauge-II
73  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: October 23, 2014, 08:13:50 pm
I'd hate to have to "sacrifice house for hood."  I love my setup exactly as it is, but 25 feet is the max that I want or need.  It fits so nicely into even relatively tight camping spots and I have so much room for all that schtuff!  nod
Our first motor home was extremely tiny at only 17.5' end-to-end which had a mini pickup truck hood that ate up significant length.  It did make maintenance extremely easy, but now-a-days the Ford E-Series chassis is so reliable, I am banking on "Limited Need To Dig In" the engine bay, figuring I'll do whatever it takes when it's time.  In the mean time I am enjoying more house.  I hope never to have a long hood on our motor home ever again.  We too love the length of our rig at 23'-8", though I could surely manage the little extra length of a 2450 to gain the benefits.
74  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: October 23, 2014, 09:51:57 am
And I think I understand your point in that the industry may end up reverting back to what it was in the 70's.  Class C's will become "Minnie" motor homes again if the heavy duty cut-away chassis platform is not maintained.  Anything longer than 24 feet will be a class A like it was in those days.  The F-Series can fill much of the gap, but sacrificing house for hood.
75  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: October 23, 2014, 12:31:37 am
I am not talking 14,000 pounds, just 500 pounds more than the current day Sprinter to provide a little more edge and a better stance.
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