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61  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.
62  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.

Ron
63  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.
64  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.
65  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Repairing Older Kitchen Faucet, Leaks Under Handle When Water Is On on: September 11, 2017, 08:59:38 pm
Our 10 year old single handle kitchen faucet leaked a little for a few years, right below the handle, but only when running the water.  This year it was a lot worse.  I took the unit apart thinking there was a cartridge to replace, but that was not the case.  So I removed what was there and soaked them in CLR, reassembled, and the leak is gone.  Here is the process, very easy to do.

Tools required....
- pliers
- 3mm allen wrench
- a socket that just fits through the white domed ring (actual size is not of concern)


Remove the handle with the 3mm allen wrench as shown above.

Using your hands alone, unscrew the white metal dome.  If it does not turn by hand, use a socket as large as will fit inside the top and press down hard on the white washer while loosening to relieve the pressure to allow you to loosen it.

Use the pliers, grab the steel stem, and lift out the valve.  A little force is required.

Now you have these items.


Soak the steel ball with stem, black rubber washer, and white plastic washer in CLR for an hour to remove all corrosion.

After they are clean, insert the metal ball making sure the tiny stem on the brass piece goes into the slot in the ball as shown.


Place the black rubber washer over the ball as shown.


Place the white plastic washer aligning the key'd-feature as shown.


Next, slip the socket through the domed white ring and set on top of the assembly as shown.


With the palm of one hand, press down on the assembly inside.  It will feel like a strong spring.  You are compressing the rubber washer and plastic white washer down into the cavity which allows you to hand-tighten the domed white metal ring.  You "MUST" compress with one hand while tightening the white dome with your other hand.

Reassemble the handle with the 3mm allen wrench and it's all done.
66  Main Forum / Photos / Re: 2910 Rear bedroom modifications. on: September 11, 2017, 12:31:41 am
That is very nice.  I really like the two available varieties.

It reminds me of what I always thought would be ideal which is having a bed across the back like that, but without the nightstand placing the bed right up against that back wall.  Make the bed less than king size, then using all that extra space up front for a captain's bed with drawers underneath facing forward.  The back half of the under-bed use to make a huge pass-thru outdoor storage compartment.
67  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Comparing Michelin tire with Firestone tire on: September 09, 2017, 08:59:43 am
I have said it before and I will ssy it again... There are 2 things I will never scrimp on, tires and brakes.

I personally have had nothing but Michelin tires on any of my vehicles for at least 30 years except 1 time... When I bought my 2000 Winnebago Minnie, it came with Goodyear tires on it (replaced with Michelins after 4 years).   

I have had zero problems with the Michelins.
Hi donc13,

You call it "skimping".  But I don't feel I am skimping at all.  That is where our opinions differ. Each to our own opinion. Smile
68  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Comparing Michelin tire with Firestone tire on: September 07, 2017, 03:31:23 pm
As with many things and tires being no exception, we all have had our experiences, haven't we?  Even with the Phoenix Cruiser lineup, many of us here have nothing but praises while a few of us are scratching our heads wondering what the others are talking about.  It's great that we are able to share our experiences over subjects like tires, and so we get varying opinions about them.

As for me, if the Michelin tires were a small cost more than the Sumitomos, I would likely get them.  But I personally couldn't justify spending more than double the price for tires with identical specifications, just for the name sake.  My wife and I both apply that philosophy over many things purchased to manage our financial resources to make life work for us.  Others here have more to work with of which I am happy for you to get the brand you prefer.  It is surely worth the peace of mind.
69  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Inverter stays on after RV unplugged on: September 07, 2017, 02:00:12 pm
Ron,
I also have the pure sine wave model.  What Gandalf means is that if you turn OFF the inverter then plug into shore power the inverter automatically turns on.  And when shore power is removed the inverter stays ON, whether you want it to or not.  

You are correct that the inverter alone will drain the batteries even if nothing else is running.   I practically drained my batteries the first week home because I made the assumption that when I turned the inverter off it would stay off.  But it doesn't, if you plug into shore power even for a minute the inverter is back on.

I have not looked in the manual but maybe there is a setting that will change this behavior.  I would prefer the switch control the behavior, it is too easy to forget to check it after every stop.
Ah, that is different from mine.  My stays off when I flip the switch to "off".

My original factory setup was different from my setup today.  Phoenix utilized a control line that I unplugged to manually control the inverter via the control panel.  I wrote a post about it HERE.  Phoenix set mine up with the assumption the owner would either be driving the rig or plugged in.....not boon-docking for days at a time.

Hopefully you will find a way to disable the auto-on feature with your particular inverter.
70  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Inverter stays on after RV unplugged on: September 07, 2017, 09:05:56 am
Hi gandalf42,

What you have there is normal.

Our PC is older with a Tripp-Lite inverter.  I keep it off all the time except when plugged in or when we want 110V while not plugged in.  When on battery power and our Tripp-Lite is on doing nothing except providing power to the 110v outlets, it draws 12 amp hours.  3 days of that alone will drain the batteries significantly.
71  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Comparing Michelin tire with Firestone tire on: September 05, 2017, 09:48:25 pm
You might find THIS list of tires interesting.  It includes the tires you are comparing.

As for me, I am the kind of person who always seeks the best value.  After-all, I bought a PC!  Smile

I was very impressed with the Sumitomo tires I put on my 2003 Corvette.  For my PC, I have no reason to rule them out just because they are half the price of Michelins.  If I were buying tires today, I would likely buy the Sumitomo Encounter HT.  TireRack even has a mail-in rebate for $50 off a set of 4.  Maybe it's $75 off a set of 6???
72  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Isle Dimensions of Non-Slide PC's on: September 05, 2017, 12:41:55 pm
Since the slide's are optional equipment on most PC's, it would be nice if the Factory put more photo's and floor plans with dimensions on the PC main site.  
I think Phoenix doesn't bother because they can hardly keep up with the demand for slide outs.  That is why I posted that information thread on no-slides.

I listened to Kyle's video on that no-slide 2551 you provided that link to.  I didn't realize the current-day 2551 is 3'-2" longer than our 2007 2350.  I learn something new every day.
73  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: 2017 PC Rally on: September 04, 2017, 08:55:23 pm
Thanks for the details.
74  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Simple DIY on: September 04, 2017, 09:22:14 am
That clothes bar has the gears inside my head grinding.

We have been using the rope from my soft-stop entry door limiter.  It works but bridges across the entry door itself.  We often have to pass in between the hanging items to get out and back inside which is surely not ideal.  Most of our hanging items are dish & bath towels until dry.

Ron
75  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: 2017 PC Rally on: September 04, 2017, 09:18:02 am
Hi All,

Specifically when and where is the Phoenix Cruiser rally?  I am not familiar with the names of the places being discussed.

Is it an Intervec club rally?

Ron
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