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 on: October 21, 2016, 07:33:11 am 
Started by JoeyD - Last post by TomHanlon
My Euro chair is started to flake also. I haven't decided when and what I will do about it yet.
Maybe we can get the FEDS to issue a recall on this ultra leather.  rolling on the floor

 on: October 21, 2016, 06:41:52 am 
Started by JoeyD - Last post by chevyboy70
My driver seat is peeling too. Phoenix  gave me the name of the company who supplies the seating.  I have tried calling and emailing a number of times and left messages.  They will not ever acknowledge the call.

 on: October 21, 2016, 04:25:44 am 
Started by ron.dittmer - Last post by ron.dittmer
Hi Everyone,

During our recent trip out to New England, we stayed a number of nights at Walmarts.  We always try to show our appreciation by buying something.  At a Walmart in Gorham, NH, the store had an end-of-season clearance on their selection of automotive pop-open sun shades.  At only $2 per set, I bought the Super Jumbo plain silver/black ones that cover the E350/E450 wind shield perfectly.  I gambled and also bought the "Universal" size which happens to work fairly well on the van door windows.  I was impressed enough to go back inside the store and buy 2 more sets of each size.  I am giving a set of each size as a Christmas present to my brother for his E350 Starflyte.  The other set is a backup for myself.

Yesterday we were home at our local Walmart near Chicago and I see they too are clearing the same pop-open sun shades for $2 per set.

These cheap pop-open sun shades are nice for quick privacy that also does a decent job at blocking the heat of the sun.  They store nicely together in either of our driver & passenger backrest pockets.  We have been using the Super Jumbo set for our PC wind shield for many years now but it is time to retire them.

I know there are better products available, but for $4 and easy storage, and my experience with them, I thought it was worth sharing this with you all.

Ron Dittmer

These are the ones for $2 per set on clearance at Walmart.  Pictured are the Super Jumbo size for the windshield.  On the back of the package, it specifically states that it fits the E-series van.  The ones for the van doors is the smaller size called Universal.  Walmart seems to sell just the two sizes so you can't get it wrong.

 on: October 21, 2016, 03:38:20 am 
Started by Michelle Dungan - Last post by ron.dittmer
I agree with you.  That TransVan transition wall looks like a paint job, not a window.  Interesting that a PC-2100 is not all that much different with regards to the exterior foot print.  But inside, the PC is so much more practical.

I would imagine Phoenix could accommodate a window as the picture in the 2007 brochure shows, for 2017 models 2350, 2351, and 2552.  This assuming their window supplier has them available.

On a older used PC being sold on the internet some time ago with a window there, it was a fixed window.  It did not open.  It would be nice if the window could be opened in the same manner the others do (top-hinged) for better air circulation while parked.  This way you could keep the entry door closed for privacy, security, and not to involve the main awning on a rainy day.

 on: October 21, 2016, 02:09:46 am 
Started by Michelle Dungan - Last post by Michelle Dungan
I agree with both of your comments on wiring issues on driver's side, a need for window coverings, a need to do something with the existing privacy curtains, and a need for aesthetic  symmetry.  And, PC may or may not have info re. feasibility of altering structure by relocating and/or adding bracing.  The sidewall window area shown for that 2007 looks a little wider than a 2350, but I could be mistaken.  If there is less room, even a narrow, non-opening window might work, assuming PC could confirm additional bracing needed so it wouldn't affect structural integrity of the wall.

Of course, if no additional windows were feasible, I'd leave it alone.

In the '90's someone else at the office had a TransVan from the '70's, and I think that's where I recalled seeing wingwall windows on Class Cs. Funny thing, though: Apparently, that company couldn't make them work and they're just cosmetic fluorishes, as interior photos show no openings:

 on: October 20, 2016, 10:06:17 pm 
Started by aimee - Last post by lch269
Good evening from Central Mississippi. After several years of going to shows and stalking yall on this forum, we toured the factory and ordered our 2552 yesterday! While the stalking sounds spooky..what we learned by doing so was a big help during the process with Earl and Kyle. Exciting time in our life. We look forward to continuing to follow the forum and take delivery on our PC. Everyone have a great evening.

Lee and Luanne Horton
Canton MS.

 on: October 20, 2016, 12:04:04 pm 
Started by ragoodsp - Last post by ron.dittmer
I mounted a Scan Gauge on top of my backup camera monitor as pictured on our 2007 E350 and I love it.  I helps me to drive smarter for the sake of fuel economy.  I typically display these 4 different types of data on the screen.

- Instant MPG
- Average MPG

TPS is the Throttle Position Sensor, a method of telling me the position of the gas pedal.  Depending on the terrain and winds, I might be pressing hard on the gas pedal without realizing it.  If I back off a little so the TPS number is more typical, the fuel economy can sometimes increase tremendously.

 on: October 20, 2016, 11:35:44 am 
Started by ron.dittmer - Last post by ron.dittmer
Well well, I learn something new all the time.  An oil filled heater is not burning the oil.  It is a sealed heating element.  Thank you John for the education.

 on: October 20, 2016, 10:32:29 am 
Started by Michelle Dungan - Last post by ron.dittmer
Hi Michelle,

As you mention, there are at least two horizontal structural steel braces that need to be considered.  I would not try it on a completed PC as there is a lot of unknown consideration because the transition walls are not vacu-bonded like the primary walls which could discourage mounting a window there.  If the factory is building one for you, I would ask them about it.  As of late, the wall on the driver side has become a serious control panel which discourages a window in that position.  The privacy curtains are parked along those walls so they could partially block the windows.  I personally would not request PC add windows in the transition wall if they can't be installed as an identical pair in both walls for cosmetic reasons.  It is a forward facing window which might look funny.  Look at my picture below and imagine uneven windows installed in those walls.  It is your call.  Maybe I am making more of a cosmetic issue than it really is.

Some models like the 2350 for example, there is some wall space just rear of the transition wall on the passenger side to add a window.  Not so long ago, Phoenix offered a now discontinued model that had a long vertical window in that spot.  A low back barrel chair mounted there did not block so much of the view out the window.  Being a seat belted chair, a passenger sitting there could look out that window.  It seems that something similar could be accommodated today on some models.

I took this picture from the 2007 Phoenix Cruiser brochure showing what I describe.  It is strange that the brochure does not show this window in any of their 2007 floor plans.  I think it is safe to assume that if you have a wall there, something like this can be added, maybe even in a used PC.


 on: October 20, 2016, 07:32:43 am 
Started by Michelle Dungan - Last post by 2 Frazzled
A couple at the Intervec-Phoenix Travel Club Reunion in DC this year had a window on the "wing" wall on the passenger side. They had a captain's chair or Euro chair in front of it so they said it didn't really open up the inside that much. They bought the unit used and were not aware that the window might not have been installed by the manufacturer. After I mentioned it, they said they had noticed the gasket on the window did not fit as well as all the other windows so it was probably an after market addition.

You would need a custom window covering as well or the window would be like a big fish tank viewing port after dark.

I believe there is a lot more going on in that wing wall on the driver's side so it could be a much more difficult modification.

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