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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Sirius on: December 13, 2010, 04:27:32 pm
We do a lot of driving in areas with poor radio reception.  A recent 700 mile journey through west TX up into SE NM offered few choices in radio listening.  We had finished the audio book and were bored with the music on our Ipods.  So, we got a Sirius Snap.  These are new portable Sirius/XM products and can be had from $20 to $60 depending on how you search.  Their low price and flexibility -- plus striking a good deal with Sirius on the monthly cost -- got us a bargain for sat radio.  the Snap plugs into the dash 10v and the aux cable outlet on the right.  We did not have to mount the antenna on the outside of the PC.  Reception is perfect with the antenna on the dash.  This makes the thing very portable.  Just thought I would pass this on
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Hello from snowy cold MN on: December 13, 2010, 04:16:10 pm
There aren't many used Phoenix Cruisers out there.   A scan on the national Craigslist shows a handful with widely varying prices.  I  guess Phoenix Cruisers are like Lazy Days -- low production compared to Winnebago or other large rv manufacturers and owners don't give them up.   

I have to agree on the comfort and convenience of the twin beds in the 2551.  We had a Sprinter based motor home before this one and really disliked the sleeping arrangements and the scant carrying capacity.  Those twin beds in the PC are heaven after a day of hiking or fly fishing or biking.  And, the storage inside the PC is a major plus for us. 

All in all we are happy with our PC and give it a big thumbs up!
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New PC 2551/2552 on: December 11, 2010, 07:02:40 pm
Bob, I had an extra remote programmed for our former Winnebago View and it cost me close to $350.  Just saying ...

4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New PC 2551/2552 on: December 09, 2010, 05:46:07 pm
Sounds like you have a wonderful custom made Phoenix Cruiser!  We have modified every motor home we have had and as I have stated in previous posts we have done extensive interior mods on this PC.  This does not mean we do not like the product overall but any motor home needs to conform to its owner's need for comfort and flexibility.  I see you had the factory do the hatch for the pump and do the pump upgrades.  It is well worth it.  And we did do rails on the shelves behind the front seats, as well.  The one thing we are unhappy with -- and many motor homes now have these -- is the stationary table -- too narrow, too close to the couch, too in the way.  We stored the table in the garage but have yet to figure out a satisfactory alternative.  We are using a collapsible table in the meantime and it works far better than the original table.  We found a great ottoman at JC Penny.  The top comes off and we can store a lot of electronic gear inside of it.  It fits perfectly between the front seats or as an ottoman for the couch or can be used as another seat.  It is $60 at the store and $20 online.  Great little addition.  We are almost done making the PC our own.  One more thing I want to do is put a frosted plastic window in the sliding door between the bedroom and bathroom so that all the light from the bathroom can flow into the rest of the motor home when the door is closed.  Airstreams have these and they are great.  Last, and this is small but important, is a change out of the heat directional whatchamacallits for ones that have dampers.  I find that when I turn the heat on the bathroom and bedroom roast and that ends up turning off the furnace while the front of the motor home is freezing.  Enjoy your new motor home!
5  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Those Two Screws In The Middle Of The Entry Door Threshold on: December 08, 2010, 07:50:27 am
I didn't know the screws to nowhere were there until I inadvertently ripped my fingers open on them.   
6  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: 2551 Twin bed mods on: December 07, 2010, 02:48:56 pm
Judi, I might add that if you are ordering the 2551 through the factory you might ask them to do a far better job on the bed frames.  The frames are not well supported.  And, a hatch to the pump will save unscrewing that huge plank and taking it off to get at the pump area.  Plus, the bed slab is 2" shorter than the mattress on the aisle side! When we put new plywood (very much upgraded from what was there) down we extended it out two inches so the mattress wasn't hanging out there with no support.  We love the twin beds but their original construction was very basic.  Frankly, the measurements were off, the plywood was the lowest grade and the bed support on the passenger side was screwed into the very thin bathroom "wall."   
7  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / 2551 Twin bed mods on: December 07, 2010, 08:39:16 am
I would like to upload pictures of the mods we did to our twin beds but they are too big for the file.  If someone could tell me how to make pictures smaller so I could upload them I would appreciate it.  In the meantime, I am posting one picture:  this is of the door we had made in the frame in the driver's side twin bed.  We like the storage under that bed but do not like having to raise and lower a fully made up bed to get at it.  Now we have easy access and it looks great!
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dash 110V on: December 06, 2010, 03:31:34 pm
Yes, I meant 12V rather than 110V.  Thanks for the clarification.  I will use the 12V above the passenger seat to charge my electronic stuff while dry camping. 
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