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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Full Timing? on: October 22, 2011, 01:57:30 pm
To that end, were I to go with a B+ RV, Id most likely choose a Phoenix Cruiser over all others.

My question to you all is, can I happily exist as a full-timer in a B+ PC as well as I might in a shorty Class A of similar length?

Better in my opinion.  My wife and I spent over six months in our 2350, with me working "at home" full time and we're still married. Smile  We could have kept going indefinitely, but real life intervened. Smile  We started from the same position as you: no previous experience, couldn't afford to screw up.

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So my only real questions regard water tankage and overall storage.

Tanks and storage are definitely the areas where class A's appear to have the advantage.  We felt the advantage of the B+ (not coming apart like a Pringle in a woodchipper on impact) outweighed this. Smile

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Im a single guy with no pets, and anticipate an occasional 2nd visitor from time to time.

Unsolicited free advice: If you're not wanting everybody around you to know what you and your visitor do for fun, get the leveling jacks or some other way to firmly stabilize the thing. 

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If dry camping, coach servicing at 2 weeks at a time is preferred, although 1 week at a time is do-able.

Maybe the bigger PC's you're looking at will do this, but for a single guy with good hygiene, the grey tank is probably enough for about a week.  To get to two weeks, you may end up "showering" with body wipes from time to time.  The fresh tank is probably less of an issue.  (Though I'm really not sure how much bigger the tanks are in the 29XX series... bigger tanks can only help.)

Since you mention dry camping, I'll point out that the only class A that was even remotely close to the 2350 in price was a "value line" that did not provide a generator.

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Im currently focused on a 2900 or 2910, albeit with some interior mods, particularly if deleting the dinette slide on the 2910, and substituting with a desk/office/storage cum lunch counter in this area.

I am very pro-slide.  It made a huge difference for us in making sure there was enough room not to get claustrophobic. 

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While I can see Id have more-than-adequate adequate interior storage generally in these models for months-at-a-time, I am entirely uncertain of needed storage capability for years-at-a-time.  Specifically, storage devoted to general household cleaning  & maintenance necessities, equipment and supplies; as well as same for maintenance of the RV and toad.

The 29XX are definitely going to have a lot more room for storage than ours; I was limited to one good-sized toolbox, which I kept inside the unit between two seats because I didn't want my tools rusting.  Your basic household cleaning and regular RV maintenance stuff we kept under the sink.  If you're customizing, give some thought to getting rid of as much carpet as you can stand to do without, because sweeping with a small broom is a heck of a lot more pleasant than getting on your hands and knees and vacuuming with a dustbuster.

For bonus storage, consider getting a toad that's well suited to cargo, and preferably a new one with a warranty to handle most of the maintenance.  That keeps your tools needed down, and an awful lot of places don't want you working on your car or RV on-site anyway. 

As far as working, the one thing I would have needed to keep going indefinitely was a bigger desk and a way to bring my real computer along.  It felt OK while I was doing it, but when we stopped, I really noticed the productivity difference between the laptop and the 27" desktop screen. Smile  Of course that depends a lot on the type of work.  So, since you don't have to share the space, I think trying to get a desk built in is a great idea.  The downside would be that it might really hurt your resale value.

2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Back Up Camera on: October 22, 2011, 01:17:48 pm
Sounds very similar to what happened with our camera.  Kermit & co replaced the camera when we visited this past summer and it never happened again.
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2004 Oven in a 2011 RV? on: July 27, 2011, 09:40:00 pm
What campground did you stay at while you were in Elkhart?

Stayed at the KOA in Granger right before and Elkhart Campground (that's its actual name) right after.

Both were pretty decent though the Elkhart Campground is definitely closer to PCHQ.  The Granger KOA is closer to the Apple Store though.  (Hi, my name is jdw and I'm an addict...)


4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2004 Oven in a 2011 RV? on: July 27, 2011, 05:47:08 pm
Just out of curiosity, did you encounter the three minutes and you're out problem only at one location,

No it has happened in 10-15 different states.  In fact, Indiana is the only state we've ever been in where it doesn't happen.

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Also, are you always running your tests with a cup of water or something else in the oven, as they do not appreciate being run empty?

We don't run tests per se, we cook food.  (Even the PC folks had a "test burrito" or something that they were incinerating.)  So there is always something in there.

There's no evidence of low voltage conditions elsewhere in the coach.  No lights dim, when the problem happens or at other times.  The oven just beeps and resets.  You can immediately enter the cook time minus three minutes and it will pick up where it left off, for another three minutes.

Also, the problem appears NOT to happen in convection mode, which uses vastly more power (and generates vastly more heat) than microwave mode.  So, in my opinion, the problem is unlikely to be power or heat related.
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2004 Oven in a 2011 RV? on: July 27, 2011, 04:50:43 pm
To follow up on this issue, we had a very nice visit to the Phoenix Cruiser factory this past Friday.  Everyone was really wonderful and they worked very hard to solve all of our problems, cheerfully, even the nitpicky ones.  We love those folks even more than we did before.

On this particular issue, we eventually figured out that the Apollo oven shuts off after three minutes of microwaving like clockwork.  Unfortunately, the problem went away for the duration of our stay in Elkhart.  We used it the night before and it didn't happen, and they ran it that day more than once for 5-10 minutes with no problem.

Despite not being able to reproduce the problem, they did replace the oven with another one anyway, which I appreciate.  That one was also made March 2004, unfortunately, which I appreciate somewhat less and which provokes me to call the replacement "another one" and not "a new one."

Worse, I am sad to report that did *not* solve the problem.  Just now, the replacement oven shut off after three minutes of microwaving.

It's not clear if the replacement has the same problem, or if there's a problem somewhere else that's causing this.  We've all been over the electrical system (both Phoenix and myself on separate occasions) and nobody's found anything even the slightest bit amiss.

Really not sure what to do with it at this point.  I've read stories online of people going through five or more of these Apollo ovens trying to get one that works.  That's not something I'm particularly looking forward to.
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: frog in my toilet on: July 18, 2011, 11:31:15 pm
Could it be a little Kermit?

 rolling on the floor
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2004 Oven in a 2011 RV? on: July 18, 2011, 11:29:36 pm
JDW,

     Did you ever get this oven problem resolved?  Just wondering.

Not yet.  We're storming* the PC factory later this week with the punch list of problem items, of which this is a prominent one.

And, after reading another recent thread here, we've vowed to leave with the same Phoenix Cruiser we show up in. Smile

*Not like a stormy-storm. More like, um, a happy party storm. Smile

8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TV & battery disconnect? on: May 25, 2011, 08:14:57 pm
Sounds like an intentional change then, if one with a bit of "Huhhhhh?" behind it.
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TV & battery disconnect? on: May 25, 2011, 03:20:42 pm
So the takeaway is the main battery disconnect disconnects everything but the inverter from the main battery?

(And thus everything the inverter is capable of powering can still be powered with the main battery disconnect, uh, disconnected.)

Hrm.  I was using the voltage readout on the inverter control panel to monitor the battery drain.  Guess I didn't think that through.
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2004 Oven in a 2011 RV? on: May 24, 2011, 06:15:38 pm
It seems like the people that owned that company have been through several variations on the name in different states (FL, AL, and TN) over the past few years.

Hopefully we will know tomorrow if the reason for that is to dodge warranty obligations.

(I did try contacting the current incarnation by email but got an immediate auto-response telling me they don't bother to answer email inquiries from customers; they only take phone calls.  My wife will try that tomorrow.)

She also wants me to add that if she has the counter-light on and opens the microwave door, the light goes out as the inside one comes on.  Is that normal?
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2004 Oven in a 2011 RV? on: May 24, 2011, 05:38:11 pm
But it really should not matter.  The appliance manufacture should honor the warranty regardless of when it was made.

Ours was manufactured by "Apollo Worldwide Inc" of West Palm Beach, FL.  They went out of business in 2006.
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / TV & battery disconnect? on: May 24, 2011, 04:45:17 pm
I'm trying to figure out why my house batteries drain so fast, even when everything is off.  (I can literally sit there and watch the voltage readout drop to empty from a full charge in about an hour.)

After turning off and unplugging everything I could find, I hit the main battery disconnect.  A few minutes after that, I noticed the little read "powered off" light on the TV was on.  I hit the TV, and to my surprise it came on.

Should the TV (we only have the front one) really be running with the main battery disconnect flipped?  What's it getting power from?  Is it bypassing the disconnect or using the chassis battery?

Thanks folks!

(FWIW the main battery disconnect does seem to stop the power drain, so it's just a matter of finding the "vampire" that's secretly drawing all that power.)

13  Main Forum / General Discussion / 2004 Oven in a 2011 RV? on: May 24, 2011, 01:32:33 pm
I've discovered an additional wrinkle with our Apollo Half-Time oven, which I've written about before.

Our 2350 is a 2011 model that was built in late 2010.  However, there's a manufacturer's label on the inside of our oven which states it was manufactured in 2004.  The warranty on it was two years (five years for the tube), so it was out of warranty years before we ever bought our brand new RV.  It's also got some internal wear inconsistent with the couple of light months of use it's seen from us.  Frankly, it looks like somebody put a new door on a used oven.

I don't know if it's refurbished, used, or if it just sat around at PC for 5 years.  But I do know it still shuts off at least once or twice a day, and since we use it about once or twice a day, that's pretty much every time.

It's hard not to be upset about this, and I will definitely be contacting Kermit about it, but before I go too far down that road, I'd appreciate hearing from others about both how the age of their oven compares to the age of their RV and whether using years-out-of-warranty and/or refurb parts in new construction is one of those corner-cutting moves I should have known to expect from the RV industry.

I try not to think about questions like "what else in my RV isn't as new as I thought?"
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: storage solutions on: March 27, 2011, 11:25:40 am
One of our happiest storage solutions has been these watertight totes.  The "watertight" nature makes them very suitable for storing even delicate things in the right storage bay without worrying about invasions from bugs or weather, and all the clips mean they stay closed no matter how much vibration there is or how much suspension work hasn't been done.  I believe my wife is using them for clothes, but I would probably use them for food storage if needed.  (Since you have two boys, it's hard to tell which one you'll need more of... boys go through both so fast. Smile ) I'm not an expert on bear food attacks though.

The size we are using (I'd have to measure, we bought some of each for putting certain belongings not going into storage) fits right into the storage bay either two across or two high.  To get them two high requires removing the little bar that the swing-up panel clips on to.  I actually took it out to get the bed board up, but it made so much more storage down there that I just left it out.  (It's basically a cross piece that runs the length of the cabinet and stops you from using the top 3 inches or so.)

With that change, the two sealed totes fit in the back half of the bay like they were born for it.  You could probably get three in there, but not four, as the mouth isn't quite as wide as the interior.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Suspension and handling on: March 24, 2011, 05:47:44 pm
About contacting Ford, if you cannot find the number in your owner's manual, then contact your local Ford service department and they will get you the number to call.

When I get them, what do I tell/ask them? I guess I don't understand why I'd call customer service at the home office rather than somebody local who can actually do the alignment.  Is there a "free alignment recall" or something?

I can tell I'm being dense here.  Probably missing the obvious.  Sorry.
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