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 on: September 18, 2017, 04:19:06 pm 
Started by jatrax - Last post by lmwsrq
Wally unless things have changed must find all 3 sattelites to work.  Suggest you return for older Vh model  make enough noise and dealer you bought it from should do this for you.. They know this is a problem.

 on: September 18, 2017, 04:04:34 pm 
Started by Two Hams in a Can - Last post by Funseekers
Any PC Sprinter owners out there have any experience pulling a reasonable weight toad?  We are thinking of getting something in the 2500-3500lb weight range (CR-V, Hyundai accent, etc.) with a light weight Blue Ox hitch bar and braking assist; and were wondering if anyone had any issues of transmission heating or brake issues.  Inquiring minds and all that. . .  Cheers
We towed a 2012 CRV with both of our sprinters...09 and 2012.  Our tow bar was a Sterling all terrain and our braking system was a RVI 3...and we will continue to use both when needed with our new 2100 we'll pick up next week.
First, be aware of engine temp as the sprinter on a warm to hot day going up 4% grade will be in the mid 215-218 range to as much as low 220's in 5% and steeper grades on occasion.  Use your gears correctly and you shouldn't have any problems but also remember to avoid prolonged idling.
As an aside, if you don't have one, get a scan gauge...monitoring your trans temps are important too.

 on: September 18, 2017, 02:24:53 pm 
Started by RheaNL - Last post by ragoodsp
Certainly what Kermit has pulled off ( and he should be congratulated!) is much better compared to the situation that Born Free is in (doors are closed for good) .  Only time will tell in what direction this move will take PC in?  Consolidation was/is needed in the RV industry for sure.... I just hate to see the little guys getting hurt and they always seem to.   I am worried that such a well engineered, well manufactured, niche coach just will not fit into a larger manufacturers lineup and they all want to reduce overhead.     Thanks, Ron G.

 on: September 18, 2017, 02:05:34 pm 
Started by RheaNL - Last post by donc13
Cooper is also noted as a private investor also, and, of course, they'd use his own M&A company (Bridgepoint) to manage the purchase... Bridgepoint knows all the ins and outs of buying/selling a corporation.

Of course the new owners want to make a profit, that's what businesses are in business for!  So looking for growth and efficiency is where you start.  You don't do that by killing off the good things a company is doing.  You improve what you are doing.

Time will tell.

 on: September 18, 2017, 01:34:27 pm 
Started by RheaNL - Last post by ron.dittmer
I looked at that link and see Phoenix is owned by a private investment group.  Historically speaking with investment group purchases, it is bad news concerning "personal attention" for previous customers as nearly everyone here previously purchased a PC.  I suspect that when we need help with something, it will be like working with a typical massive RV manufacture, which generally speaking, it isn't a good experience.  But just maybe the investment firm will see that a critical part of Phoenix's success is "Real Customer Support & Relations, Long After The Warranty Period Is Over".  It's keeping us current owners happy with a quality product and on-going support so much that we help the company promote it's products.  What kills many companies is bad internet talk, and even neutral internet talk.  If customers are not praising the company and it's products, it's going to be a real strain on the company.

Whatever Phoenix USA morphs into, it's better than Kermit shutting down operations and liquidating all assets.

 on: September 18, 2017, 12:58:04 pm 
Started by RheaNL - Last post by Sarz272000
Mr Cooper has Six Sigma Certification. Looks like things may get more efficient in all the PC processes.  Seems like that is what this company does, then sells it. Hopefully he is in for the long term.

We are interested to see any new models he starts.


 on: September 18, 2017, 12:16:30 pm 
Started by RheaNL - Last post by hutch42

Chuck Cooper is a managing director of BridgePoint.  Looks like they are familiar with the RV industry.  Note the Berkshire Hathaway/Forrest River advisement.

 on: September 18, 2017, 10:42:20 am 
Started by gandalf42 - Last post by gandalf42
Shore power goes thru the xi2000 as the transfer switch is part of the inverter.   Thus, it turns the inverter on so that if shore power is lost, the inverter will immediately take the load.

Since the pure sine wave inverters are used with sensitive electronic equipment, they need to swith power source within a few cycles of the AC wave without spikes or total dropouts.

It's the equivalent of an Uninteruptable Power Supply (UPS) which the square wave is not.

The turn on with shore power is designed in.

Curious what you are basing this statement on. I doubt all pure sine wave inverters are built to act as a UPS.

We asked Kermit if he knew why the inverter stayed on and he was surprised it did but said he didn't know why.

 on: September 18, 2017, 10:41:38 am 
Started by dshaffer - Last post by ron.dittmer
Hi Doug,

I have a Dometic 14 foot, model number 979BY13.065.  It is called a box awning.  Phoenix is very familiar with them.  My model, the roll up material is gray colored and also painted with my full body paint.  The two arms connect to the lower part of the rig via mounting clips, and also can be used as poles with ropes and stakes.  You can open the awning unsupported a lot, but the sag is limited to the entry door clearence, and that is about as shown in that one pic which is a little more than a foot.  Because of the entry door, the awning cannot be angled much, except the rear end brought down to for rain water runoff as needed.  The crank and the center support are stored with clips in the entry door jamb.  The main arms self store inside the awning, accessed when opening the awning 6 feet and sagging a lot.


 on: September 17, 2017, 09:38:49 pm 
Started by Two Hams in a Can - Last post by RKS
We towed a CRV for approximately 15,000 miles with our 2012 2350 Sprinter with no issues, unfortunately I  can't say the same for our Blue Ox breaking system.
If you do a search on towing with Sprinters, including in this Forum you will find a number of commenters who believe the Sprinter chassis and drive train are not really built for towing especially heavier cars such as the CRV and Jeeps.  If you do decide to tow and a lot of us do, I think making yourself aware of the concerns expressed will make for safer towing.  A lighter car such as the pre-2014 Honda Fit might be another option
Lastly I can't speak for other years but I know our 2014 CRV, which is the last year that can be towed four down, cannot exceed 65mph when towed according to Honda.

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