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 on: January 17, 2017, 10:05:55 am 
Started by sailors35 - Last post by sailors35
fandj,

Excellent info., just what I was hoping to find.  Many thanks.

Mike

 32 
 on: January 17, 2017, 10:00:41 am 
Started by sailors35 - Last post by ron.dittmer
Our PC is coming up on it's 10th birthday this spring so maybe this does not apply to a brand new PC.  But the parasitic drain on our PC is very minimal that when using the PC there is nothing to worry about.  It is when our PC sits for extended periods without getting used, I need to be watchful.  During those times, I disconnect the chassis battery and once every other month I charge the house batteries with a secondary charger.  Keep in-mind that our PC is in our garage where it is easy to charge that way.  If our PC was stored outside off-site, I would disconnect all the batteries.

I keep the house batteries connected because I find myself inside often enough that it's nice to be able to turn on the lights.  Otherwise I'd disconnect the house batteries at home as well.

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 on: January 17, 2017, 09:49:10 am 
Started by mcdwmurray - Last post by ron.dittmer
Hi Candy,

Please understand this.  Unlike swivel/reclining captain seats, you cannot sit in the euro seats when the vehicle is moving.  Captain seats are permanently bolted down and have DOT-approved seat belts.  Euro chairs are anchored down with a removable clamp and do not have seat belts, so nobody should sit in them when the vehicle is being driven.

We do not have a euro chair so I don't know what I am missing, so please consider it with my next point.  I hope it draws opinions from other PC owners.  If you don't get a slideout, get the captain seats for they stay-put and offer more floor space, a plus with the limited floor space.  If you get a slideout and don't need to transport people in those seats, get the euro chairs.  Would the rest of the PC community agree, or is my point invalid?

Ron Dittmer

 34 
 on: January 17, 2017, 09:23:46 am 
Started by mcdwmurray - Last post by gradygal
They are the most comfortable chairs that I have ever sat in. They even beat my recliner at home! As Fred said, they are very easy to move around.

 35 
 on: January 17, 2017, 08:35:21 am 
Started by sailors35 - Last post by fandj
http://www.phoenixusarv.com/community/index.php/topic,2490.msg20796.html#msg20796

I wanted to minimize power consumption from the battery while off grid along the line of your question.  Perhaps this thread provides some insight.  I initially had a calibration error in my power monitor which I addressed in a later reply to this thread.  I still haven't completely eliminated the parasitic drain without turning the battery disconnect switch off but it is manageable.  I think the small drain I currently have can be eliminated but I haven't pursued it yet.

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 on: January 17, 2017, 08:21:36 am 
Started by mcdwmurray - Last post by fandj
We have the Euro chair in our 2552 and find it very comfortable.  It has the ability to recline and has a flip up foot rest.  With the felt pad on the bottom it is easy to slide around and place the chair where desired.

 37 
 on: January 17, 2017, 07:34:29 am 
Started by mcdwmurray - Last post by mcdwmurray
We were wondering how comfortable the euro chairs are. We are ordering a 2400 and think these chairs will give us lots of flexibility in our living space but wondered how comfortable these are or if there are other options that you all like better. Thanks for your comments
Candy Murray

 38 
 on: January 17, 2017, 07:10:26 am 
Started by sailors35 - Last post by fandj
I supplied two 160 watt panels during the build for them to mount on the roof.  I was told the factory reinforced the area on the roof where the panels are located.  I also provided PC #4 cable for them to run from the panel area on the roof to the area under the sink during the build phase.   Once I took delivery of the unit I installed a Morningstar controller and a Victron power monitor I already had.

I also had them install a rotary battery disconnect switch, the power monitor shunt, and a Progressive Dynamics converter instead of their standard model to improve charging capability.

 39 
 on: January 17, 2017, 07:02:07 am 
Started by Cat House - Last post by Cat House
We use the Drinkwell at the house, but T-Rex is so spoiled at 14 years old that he sits in the bathtub and demands his waterfall be turned on.  The other two cats are happy with the Drinkwell and use the water bowl in the PC.  Had not thought about one for the PC.  Thinks for the idea. The cats picks their designated ride spots on their first outing.  T-Rex is navigator sleeping in the from window on a small Ikea bath mat with a rubberized backing. Ms. Allie sleeps on the passenger's lap and QUIC (queen ultimately in charge) sits in the back window staring out of the kitchen window...or sleeping in her travel cage. The all wear a bunny harness with a 6 foot lead.  The bunny harness is harder for them to back out of.  The lead makes it easier for us to catch them if they dart out of the door.  It is easier to step on the lead than to grab a panicked cat. Plus they are set for walks.

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 on: January 17, 2017, 06:50:22 am 
Started by Cat House - Last post by 2 Frazzled
We learned that lesson shortly after getting the Phoenix. We were showing it off to family and someone left the shower door open then closed the bathroom door. The two locked together at the wall. We are lucky that we have jacks. Hold the bathroom door all the way open when the partner lifts the front and driver's side of the rig and, VOILA, gravity swings the shower door back enough to get in and lock the shower. You can also use a very small child. They have to be small enough to fit through the gap but big enough to follow directions. You might have to borrow one of those. If only you could train the cat.

We traveled with a cat who loved her Drinkwell fountain at the old house but we wouldn't take that huge thing on the road. We SWORE we would . NOT . buy . a . fountain . for . the . cat... So, here's a link to the fountain that we bought that works really well in the Phoenix https://smile.amazon.com/Pioneer-Pet-Stainless-Fountain-Raindrop/dp/B0037NKDSG/ref=sr_1_4?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1484652450&sr=1-4&keywords=pet+fountain. It sat against the short wall in front of the stove and plugged in to the outlet for the passenger bed. It is short enough that cabinets and drawers open above it. The cat can drink from the open reservoir or the sliding water or the bubbler. It is not overly loud and has a pleasant sound. We put a little rectangle of rubber backed carpet under it to keep her from licking it across the floor. We dumped and stored it for travel.

We also had a spill free pet bowl that has velcro on the bottom so it stuck to that little carpet https://smile.amazon.com/Pow-Products-Road-Refresher-Bowl/dp/B001GULX04/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1484653234&sr=1-1&keywords=road+refresher+water+bowl This bowl was used in the same place in the rig during travel and on the floor in the back seat of the car when the cat rode with us there.

The carpet was recommended by Ron Ditmer for our interior step. Home Depot has it on a big roll and sells it by the foot. It is ribbed gray on top and black rubber on the bottom. We had it on our interior step, under the cat bowl and under our trash can. It didn't stop the can from falling over on hard turns but it did stop it from sliding up to visit us in the cab on downhill drives or quick stops.  

Enjoy travelling with your cats. Our senior kitty adapted quickly and was truly the Camper House Queen. Her servants were ever at her beck and call.




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