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 on: November 16, 2014, 05:45:45 pm 
Started by NHWanderlust - Last post by bobojay

You can't put a price on the service and care Phoenix offers.  It is as if you become a member of the family.  Well done Phoenix.


This is what I keep hearing from multiple owners.....

 on: November 16, 2014, 01:11:53 pm 
Started by NHWanderlust - Last post by 2travel
I know Ron is not a fan of the slides but many of us have them and are very satisfied.  If you want a dinette, it can be put in the slide of the 2552. We have it and like it. 

You can't put a price on the service and care Phoenix offers.  It is as if you become a member of the family.  Well done Phoenix.


 on: November 16, 2014, 12:58:05 pm 
Started by randallandchris - Last post by 2travel
We just traded up from a 2100 to a 2552.  Ride and handling of the 2552 is vastly superior.  The only driving adjustment has been wider turns, I just check the side mirrors on turns and am able to stay between the lines with no problem.  Towing a midsize car on a dolly was no problem either, normally I do not tow.   Drive one, I think you will be a believer.  2travel

 on: November 13, 2014, 07:27:53 pm 
Started by frecklestweety - Last post by Doneworking
OK.  I admit it:  I got lazy and for the first time in my life am having someone else do my yard work.  Well, not quite.  They do the front and I still do the back.   We have almost an acre and it is heavily landscaped out front with the back being left mostly woods for the critters and privacy it affords us.   I fix most things myself and have  always  done so.   RV wise, I have never taken one in thirty years of rving to a dealer (I don't mean the chassis, I mean the coach stuff) for repair or maintenance.  Part of the hobby for me is doing the RV and everything else myself.  

When we got the 2350 and gave up our Roadtrek a little over a year ago, we decided it was time not to be a slave to the yard.  It gets darn hot in OKC in the summer and we wanted to be able to just load up and go up to the mountains for weeks at a time.   And we did this year.    Seventy degree days at 9000 feet sure feel better to my seventy year old body than 100 degrees here at home.  Finally putting our yard out to someone else's care may be one of the greatest luxuries in my life.   A good friend owns the company that takes care of it.  I still enjoy the back area maintenance but if it is left to its own for a month, it really doesn't create a problem.  

Next:  I am going to learn to call a plumber instead of doing it myself.  I hate it and never have been good at it.  

Ron, the link to the batteries you are buying at Sams is interesting.  I buy all my batteries at Sams, but if you look on down in the link you see something interesting.  The ones you decided to go with are not available at Sams in the South or west of the Mississippi.  I suspect that is either because of limited production at a plant somewhere in the NE quadrant of the country or just transportation cost and a more limited demand product. 

In any event, after adding 200 watts of Renogy panels on the roof this year, next spring I am going with two golf car sixes.  I had them on our Roadtrek and replaced the OEM after six years with two from Sams, but I would really like to use the AGMs.   I could, I am sure buy similar batteries close by.   In any event I look forward to your educational posts and appreciate your PC knowledge.  Please keep us up to date on this project.   After boondocking with the PC dual 12s for a year, I really look forward to a couple of sixes.  Believe me, you will enjoy the difference in capacity. 


 on: November 13, 2014, 12:17:24 pm 
Started by frecklestweety - Last post by ron.dittmer
speaking of doing things,, all my neighbors hate me I'm the only one around here who still mows their own yard.
Same here, but out of financial necessity.

I designed our house and with great luck was able to build in a neighborhood where ours is the least of them.  After all, someone with a fitting home had to be at the bottom.  We don't officially fit in with the class of doctors, lawyers, & successful business owners around us, but we fit in every other way, the result of everyone working to assure there are no social barriers.  It is a great place to call home with so many good neighbors who understand who we are and appreciate our determination in keeping a nice home well maintained.  They seem to be entertained at times with our determination in avoiding services.

 on: November 13, 2014, 11:48:12 am 
Started by frecklestweety - Last post by Sparky
    Understand,,,, we have had our unit for two years,,, used,,,, purchased it in Seattle had it delivered to Vegas where we picked it up... were from Houston..... To be honest I could afford a new unit,, but I'm such a cheap *&^*  haha,,, no we got such a good deal and a little research shows how easy with a little patience you can find a GREAT RV...   our first RV was a Roadtrek,,, I had the tires rotated  messed the alignment all up  BTW could not feel a thing when driving... so I pay a lot attention to new tires, alignment etc,,,  when I get the new tires will do an alignment,, not rotation,, but keep a hawk eye on the treads,,,  speaking of doing things,, all my neighbors hate me I'm the only one around here who still mows their own yard.I keep seeing all the crews hanging Xmas lights,, guess it's time to get the ladder out. haha


 on: November 13, 2014, 09:38:06 am 
Started by frecklestweety - Last post by ron.dittmer
Thanks gl1500 for the lesson on batteries.

I decided to go with AGM technology batteries for my 12V/parallel to 6V/series conversion.  Due to national availability and price, I plan to purchase Two Of These from Sam's Club.

Do you have an opinion on them?


 on: November 13, 2014, 09:35:15 am 
Started by frecklestweety - Last post by frecklestweety
   Tires-- I have tires that will be 8years old next summer 15,,,,,, they show some small cracking on the side wall and looked great I have 21000 miles on them,,,, how ever they are coming off this winter as much as I hate it, especially the cost... Tons of info on the forum re tires etc,,,, were going to Alaska in the spring it's a 11k mile trip.. does not matter they would still come off.. manufacturers have lots of info re tire life,,, but for peace of mind and to just to be safe I'm re-tiring hehe..... were going to make a break-in trip prior to our Alaska trip  My research shows that I probably will go with the same Michellins 
I am replacing my Michelin tires this spring. Got a good price from local dealer in Delaware at $210 a tire plus about 25$ for mounting and balancing each. Plus being a member of FMCA I can get a discount with their  Michelin advantage plan which can drop the price a little. I thought they would have cost more than 210 but they are a light duty truck tire and they are standard size.  My tires have a date of 2008 and I'm the second owner. I'd rather be safe than sorry.

 on: November 13, 2014, 12:56:47 am 
Started by frecklestweety - Last post by gl1500
Here is some useable information when looking for replacement batteries.  On a previous RV, I had AGM batteries and the in house charger had to be set for the AGM vs. Wet Cell.

   Wet Cell (flooded), Gel Cell, and Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) are various versions of the lead acid battery. The Wet cell comes in two styles; Serviceable and Maintenance free. Both are filled with electrolyte and are basically the same. I prefer one that I can add water to and check the specific gravity of the electrolyte with a hydrometer. The Gel Cell and the AGM batteries are specialty batteries that typically cost twice as much as a premium wet cell. However they store very well and do not tend to sulfate or degrade as easily as wet cell. There is little chance of a hydrogen gas explosion or corrosion when using these batteries; these are the safest lead acid batteries you can use. Gel Cell and some AGM batteries may require a special charging rate. If you want the best,most versatile type, consideration should be given to the AGM battery for applications such as Marine, RV, Solar, Audio, Power Sports and Stand-By Power just to name a few. If you don't use or operate your equipment daily, AGM batteries will hold their charge better that other types. If you must depend on top-notch battery performance, spend the extra money. Gel Cell batteries still are being sold but AGM batteries are replacing them in most applications. There is a some common confusion regarding AGM batteries because different manufactures call them by different names; some of the more common names are "sealed regulated valve", "dry cell", "non spillable", and "Valve Regulated Lead Acid" batteries. In most cases AGM batteries will give greater life span and greater cycle life than a wet cell battery.
SPECIAL NOTE about Gel Batteries: It is very common for individuals to use the term GEL CELL when referring to sealed, maintenance free batteries, much like one would use Kleenex when referring to facial tissue or "Xerox machine" when referring to a copy machine. Be very careful when specifying a gel cell battery charger, many times we are told by customer they are requiring a charger for a Gel Cell battery and in fact the battery is not a Gel Cell.

Scorpion BatteryAGM: The Absorbed Glass Matt construction allows the electrolyte to be suspended in close proximity with the plates active material. In theory, this enhances both the discharge and recharge efficiency. Common manufacturer applications include high performance engine starting, power sports, deep cycle, solar and storage battery. The larger AGM batteries we sell are typically good deep cycle batteries and they deliver their best life performance if recharged before allowed to drop below the 50% discharge rate. The Scorpion motorcycle batteries we carry are a nice upgrade from your stock flooded battery, and the Odyssey branded batteries are fantastic for holding their static charge over long periods of non use. When Deep Cycle AGM batteries are discharged to a rate of no less than 60% the cycle life will be 300 plus cycles.

GEL: The Gel Cell is similar to the AGM style because the electrolyte is suspended, but different because technically the AGM battery is still considered to be a wet cell. The electrolyte in a Gel Cell has a silica additive that causes it to set up or stiffen. The recharge voltage on this type of cell is lower than the other styles of lead acid battery. This is probably the most sensitive cell in terms of adverse reactions to over-voltage charging. Gel Batteries are best used in VERY DEEP cycle application and may last a bit longer in hot weather applications. If the incorrect battery charger is used on a Gel Cell battery poor performance and premature failure is certain.

 on: November 12, 2014, 03:34:21 pm 
Started by NHWanderlust - Last post by NHWanderlust
Hopefully your still reading this thread had to add 2cents,,,,

good luck


Yep I'm still reading and learning. Next May we sell the big house and move into a little house. And then we can get the moving house!!

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