Hi Sherman,First off, thank you for the nice compliment.To address some of the remarks made here in the last few days with my two cents worth.I have had the roof antenna on all my seven motorhomes since 1984 and have never had a leak problem. Ron has the older analog antenna with the upgrade for digital while the newer rigs all come with the turned for digital antenna. So you could see a difference in its ability to pickup distance signals.Fantastic Fan company is one of the best company's I have ever dealt with. If anything ever goes wrong with the fan regardless of the age of the fan, they just send you new parts for free. One motorhome I bought came with a basic fan without a thermostat and I wanted to upgrade it for my dogs, so I called them and they not only sent me all the parts for free but had me call them when I went to install it so they could walk me thought the install. I will always stick with Fantastic for that reason alone regardless of what else is out there. I have put the Maxxair II vent covers on both my fans but now I understand that Fantastic is coming out with a new and better cover. I can hardly wait to see it.The plastic underbelly is a good thing and is really strong. It would be very hard to punch a hole in it by accident. I would not worry about water getting into it and have not heard of anyone having any problems with it. On both of my PCs, I got the ladder and passed on the roof rack. I do not like the looks of the rack, looks old fashion to me and is just something I have to clean around. I don't have the ability to keep my PC in a garage like Ron, so I have to wash it every month or so. When I wash it, I also wash the roof to prevent the "black streaks" on the sides. The ladder makes it easier to get up on the roof without having to get out a ladder. I also feel it is safer than a stand alone ladder that might slip off the motorhome. One time on the way to Myrtle Beach for Christmas break, I hit a low hanging ice covered branch at 50 mph. Really loud bang. I pulled over to the side of the road and used the ladder to climb up on the roof and look for a big hole. No hole but the satellite dish cover was gone. Never overnight a cover, it cost me $200 for the cover and surprise, $300 for the shipping. A ladder can be real handy at times.
We have the ladder and wouldnít want to be without it. Sometimes staying weeks at a time, it makes for easy cleaning of the roof. The jacks are great. Not only do they level, but they make it stable Ė very little movement of the coach when moving around inside or when someone enters or leaves via the step. We have not encountered a problem with antenna. Never noticed any noise from it when traveling, get good reception, and a great HD picture. Also, the home theater system is great for volume when the AC is on or in heavy rain when the TV volume is not enough.And recommend the insulated windows: no sweating (accept the windshield), warmer, quieter. The only option I might reconsider is getting the swivel driverís seat rather than the power seat, although I do like to raise it as high as it will go when travelling. The very best decision was no carpet. The second best was a light over the bathroom sink (pic). Itís pretty much the only light we use in the bathroom.
I don't know that we'll go to the trouble and expense of getting a satellite antenna and receiver, but that's always an option. How well do they work BTW? I don't recall reading any discussions about them. We have DirecTV at home -- do the portable systems work as well as the typical fixed residential ones?
I had a King Dome and you couldnít run fast enough to give me one. Now with that said I know they work but mine did not. We had a slight and I mean SLIGHT rain and lost my picture. I check the signal strength, 55-60 on both bars up on the roof and wiped off the dome and the signal moved up to 95 on both bars. This I posted on another thread so no big need to drawl on about it. I purchased a Winegard crank up for the roof, which works great.
Hi Sherman -- time for my 2 cents: I LOVE my Sprinter - 17.6 mpg @ 55-60 mph, 16.4 @ 65-70 -- and great ride. It is our 3rd PC, - we looked at the specs of every 23-24 ft. RV in N America, and found none with the features, fit & finish, & ammenities of the Phoenix. On the antenna, have the digital std. with no problems -- at the house I get 40 channels, and have always had reception at campgrounds. Also have jacks, and like them -- not only for stabilizing, but leveling as well - I wonder how effective scissors jacks would be for that...in short, we are very happy, and think you will be as well with the sprinter.Good luck, and welcome to the "group"Jack
One thing I'd really like to see is the PC "virtual construction tour" mentioned in the PC brochure. I've checked the PC website but didn't see anything like that. If you or someone else could give me a link I'd really appreciate it.
Quote from: sajohnson on March 16, 2012, 08:34:37 pmOne thing I'd really like to see is the PC "virtual construction tour" mentioned in the PC brochure. I've checked the PC website but didn't see anything like that. If you or someone else could give me a link I'd really appreciate it.The original virtual tour is a many slide PowerPoint presentation with sound narration that runs around 14.5 minutes.I got a fairly clean copy of it over 4 years ago but can't share it due to it's 72MB size.You can watch a technically ill (poor sound and smaller pictures) copy of it on Youtube HEREUnderstand that the presentation was made to demonstrate the 2008 model year so there are some superficial differences between 2008 and 2012.
...any idea why it is not available at the PC website?
Hi Sherman...No, I haven't weighed my rig --- I had the jacks on a previous PC, and knew I wanted them on this one - just another option I wanted and didn't worry about the weight.I've only had the Sprinter for a few months, and the milage was calculated on a trip to friends in GA. Over the course of the trip, weather conditions were very different - rain & wind, etc., -- one tank with heavy wind against us and 70 mph, yeilded 14 mpg, and one (where I don't think I filled the tank completely) resulted in 19 something. The others were pretty consistantly in the 16-17+ range.If you want to email me, I can give you more info - email@example.comBest,Jack