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 on: October 14, 2017, 08:40:35 am 
Started by ron.dittmer - Last post by Wilson
Great post parts in hand and making upgrades today.  Thanks for providing the info.

 on: October 14, 2017, 08:36:22 am 
Started by Wilson - Last post by ron.dittmer
And there you have it!

Sometimes we making things more complicated than they need to be.

Thanks for sharing.

 on: October 14, 2017, 08:27:23 am 
Started by Jim Byrnes - Last post by ron.dittmer
Jim and Chuck,

It was great to read your post and your press release, that you two guys partnered together to continue the legacy of the Phoenix Cruiser.  It was also good to read that Kermit will be around as an adviser and also focus on new products.  A few of us here on the forum who experienced company buy-outs, allowed our imaginations to run away.

My wife Irene and I bought our 2007 Phoenix Cruiser 2350 from your dealer network back in 2007 and we continue to enjoy our now 10.5 year old PC.  We are big fans of Phoenix USA, two of many people who share their great PC experiences on various RV community forums, as well as during our travels.

We are grateful for Jim & Chuck there in Elkhart, the new ownership of Phoenix, carrying the torch with passion and commitment in providing a great product, best ever customer service, and with new & innovative product ideas.

Ron (& Irene) Dittmer

 on: October 13, 2017, 11:29:53 pm 
Started by Wilson - Last post by Wilson
Here is a little trick we use when we don't want to get out our big table.  As you can see we just remove the cover from the sink and put on top of our 13-gallon trash can.  Works great as the sink cover is pretty heavy and which make this surprisingly steady for holding cups or glasses.

 on: October 13, 2017, 11:20:59 pm 
Started by Wilson - Last post by Wilson
Glad you are able to use my post amazing what little upgrades can do to improve camping and travel experiences,  which is also why we own a Phoenix.

 on: October 13, 2017, 11:01:55 pm 
Started by Wilson - Last post by Wilson
We are using our Phoenix 2552 a lot putting more than 14,000 miles on it this year and planning to add another 8,000 miles this winter.  Spending this much time in our Phoenix I find we are frustrated with how quickly our black water tank filled up and we seem to always be running short of fresh water.  Not knowing there were any alternatives I accidentally tripped onto composting toilets and after a lot of research decided to bite the bullet and purchase one.    

In my research I found two to consider the most famous is called Natures Head .  This seems to be the Cadillac of Toilets and also carried a hefty price of nearly $1000.00 even with this price I was ready to purchase.  But the problem is it was just too large for the space in our 2552 in most every way measurement.  Most notable not being able to open the closet doors in the bathroom as the toilet is to tall plus it requires a vent hose to be exhausted outside.  

With these challenges, I continued the search and found another model called C-Head .   Which just fit the bill,  the size is perfect to go into the space of our previous toilet the the C-Head information says no exhaust hose required and it is only $600.00

If you want to see more and how it works there are few videos on their website on the right-hand side of the homepage.   I ordered one from the website which can be a little confusing as they have so many models.  I ordered the basic Box type for $589.00.

Upon receiving the Toliet from UPS I was a little concerned as it showed up in a Generic packaging box from Home Depot.  But when I opened up the very well packaged toilet and saw the quality of what I had purchased I was very pleased it arrived without a scratch.

Now it was time for the install which actually pretty easy after I got all my materials together.  Removing the old toilet is super easy two nuts on studs on either side of the toilet disconnecting the water line and carried the old unit out of the motorhome in 5 minutes.  

Then was time to figure out how to mount the C-Head and come up with the materials.  I had ordered the $40.00 Rubber Latch Tie-down kit to tie down the unit but after reviewing the manual find the unit can be screwed down to the floor with four 1/4" x 3" wood screws. So I did not use the Rubber Latch Kit.  

  Next I had to solve couple other problems, first was to plug the water line that previously ran to the old toilet and plus the 3" hole that went to the black water tank.  This was easy as I was able to buy 1/2" plug for the water line and 3" rubber (test plug) from local hardware store.  After installing both I had a little issue with space behind the C-head as the newly plugged water line kept me from pushing it back against the wall.  To solve this I notched out above the water line and able to push it up and back into the wall to get the C-Head all the way back to the rear wall.   The last problem to solve was the flange for the black water tank extended above the floor 5/8".  So I would have to space up the C-Head using a piece of 3/4" plywood which I cut out with the same footprint of the C-Head and then cut out the Plywood to allow the flange to stick up into 7" opening I cut out in the center of my plywood spacer.   Once that was finished just pushed C-Head into place and screwed down the toilet with my 4 1/4" x 3 wood screws with fender washers.    

As you can see from the pictures the C-Head fit perfectly and looks like it comes that way from Phoenix.  As you can see in the videos on their website the Urine drains into a one-gallon jug which we empty every day at rest areas or in porta potties. And number 2 goes into a separate chamber with wood type medium which covers it.  

The Pros are the reduction in freshwater needed because we no longer have to flush the toilet.  Note I also posted a recent post about reducing water consumption installing new faucets and shower heads,2928.0.html  along with removing our old toilet I feel we may have up to 40% savings on our fresh water usage.

 Now we are free from looking for places to dump our black water tank every 3 or 4 days and when I open the valve between my black and gray tank we can use nearly 2 tanks of fresh water before we have to look for a dump site for grey water.

And finally the best is this toilet does not smell.  I have had motorhomes of all types for over 30 years which we use a lot and there is always that slight and sometimes not so slight sewer smell.  Well that is gone now.    With all the good news there is one downside which should be noted but not a big deal for me is no matter if female or male you will need to set down todo #1.  If the guys stand up and use the toilet the splash will go everywhere so guys if you put one of these in remember to set down.  

In short, if you are interested in the benefits that i have listed above then from our opinion a well worthwhile investment.  We love our C-Head.

 on: October 13, 2017, 09:49:41 pm 
Started by Jim Byrnes - Last post by jwg1199
Thanks Jim for the post. We ordered our 2552 in July after owning our first coach (Country Coach) for six years. When we heard the company was sold we thought here we go again another "orphan" coach. Its great to hear you have plans to continue the excellent quality and service we have heard about at PC. We pickup our new coach on Oct 23rd.  You have a great crew and we hope to meet you while we are in Elkhart.

John and Maria Giese
Santa Maria, CA

 on: October 13, 2017, 09:26:23 pm 
Started by Wilson - Last post by Wilson
We love sleeping with the rear windows open on our Phoenix 2552 using the factory installed fantastic fan just above the beds.  But we find it a little noisy and wish it had slower speeds.   To solve this I installed a Maxxfan Deluxe in the front ceiling vent.  

I was not sure how I would tap into the 12v wiring to power the fan but actually was quite easy. After the removing the old vent I could pull down the roof paneling and fish a wire up the 12v light just in front of the fan and just tied into the wire nuts of the overhead light.  

Installation took about 2 hours, we are really pleased with this new installation and love all the features such as remote control,  10 speeds (In the lower speeds it is almost silent). Reverse cycle meaning you and actually reverse the fan and pull air into the coach. Which we then push out with our rear Fantastic fan when it is really hot.   Now we can find the perfect speed to keep air moving at night with no noise in the bed area even with the fan at higher speeds.

One other little bonus is this fan has a thermostat that will turn on the fan at 78 degrees with a little green LED light that makes a great night light up front.  

Although a little pricey we are really happy about this upgrade.

 on: October 13, 2017, 09:23:36 pm 
Started by Jim Byrnes - Last post by TomHanlon
Thank you for taking the time to post here letting us all know about the change coming to our beloved Phoenix company.  I am sure many others will also be welcoming you and wishing you the best in the future. If I might suggest that you post a picture of yourselves so we can put a face to you.

I want to wish Kermit well in his new role and in his retirement. He has helped me many times when I need a question answered. Thank you Kermit. ThumbsUp

 on: October 13, 2017, 07:56:26 pm 
Started by ron.dittmer - Last post by ron.dittmer
Like you, I feel 4 such screws seems to be the wrong fastener, or maybe okay if using 8 of them .  Best to use standard machine screws with fender washers and nylon lock nuts.

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