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General Discussion / Show Postings in BLOG
« on: November 14, 2017, 09:18:22 pm »
I'm wondering if PC plans to resume posting Show notices in the BLOG?  The last one was almost two years ago.

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General Discussion / Boondocking electric question
« on: March 28, 2015, 02:08:37 pm »
I'm new to full-timing in my 2350 and have always had elecric hookups to this point.  From reading previous posts on the subject I understand I should not leave the inverter turned on while boondocking unless I need it to run 110 volt appliances.  Since the inverter shows me the state of charge for my coach batteries if it is turned off will I still get an alarm if those batteries get seriously discharged?  My 6-volt coach batteries were five years old and in storage for four of those years so I replaced them in January with new 6-volt Interstate batteries and I don't want to do anything stupid to ruin them. 

Thanks for any advice someone has to offer.


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General Discussion / Conserving electricity
« on: February 05, 2015, 12:20:05 pm »
For you electrical engineers out there I am wondering if there is a difference in electrical consumption between regular power hookups and using coach batteries until they are depleted to "safe" levels and then recharging those batteris via that power hookup?  Is it a case of having a set supply of electrical power and using it at the same level no matter how that supply is depleted or could there actually be a savings by using the batteries?

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General Discussion / Rooftop cable anchors
« on: January 27, 2015, 05:10:09 pm »
What do you use to anchor cables to the fiberglass body?  I'm thinking of adding a magnetic mount antenna to the top of my Phoenix Cruiser via an electrical box panel glued to the roof, but don't know the best way to secure the cable from the antenna to the cab door for entry to the motor home.  Has anyone had experience doing this?

Glenn

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General Discussion / Interior light covers
« on: January 10, 2015, 05:37:54 pm »
I suspect the fluorescent tubes in the light over my bed (model 2350) are burned out, but I can't figure out how to remove the plastic cover to save me.  With previous discussion on changing those to LED's I'm sure many of you have dealt with this.  Can someone tell me what I'm missing in removing those covers?  Thanks. 

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General Discussion / Full-timers
« on: September 13, 2013, 06:53:29 pm »
I enjoy following several full-time rvers in other Class B/B+ motor homes and would really enjoy doing that with someone who full-times in a Phoenix Cruiser.  Any such creatures out there? 

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General Discussion / Winter storage without winterizing
« on: November 30, 2012, 03:41:52 am »
I've been winterizing my 2350 Phoenix Cruiser every fall to prevent breakage of water pipes, but I'm wondering if anyone has managed to accomplish that feat by using an electric heater inside the PC?  I'm thinking I might need the furnace to force warm air to the holding tanks (fresh water and waste tanks) to keep them from freezing.  I'd love to be able to use my motorhome periodically during the winter without having to winterize and de-winterize each time. 

Another option might be to only use city water hookups to avoid filling the fresh water tank as I think the water lines would be safe with the electric heater.  I could also add some antifreeze to the waste tanks after each dump to protect them as well as the macerator pump.  Then, there are the electric holding tank heaters, but it might be a stretch to rely on them for the entire winter and I'm wondering how much that would add to the electric bill. 

I'm betting someone on this forum has experimented with this and can advise me as to how to best proceed.  Thanks in advance guys!   tymote   

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General Discussion / Running light bulb replacement
« on: June 15, 2011, 12:40:09 pm »
Does anyone have a neat trick for reaching the lense cover on the overhead running lights to replace a burned-out bulb short of building a scaffolding?  I thought about laying on my stomach and stretching down to it from the roof, but I'm afraid I'd slide off onto the hood of the vehicle.  I'm sure there has to be an easier way to accomplish this than I have thought of.  Of course I could always take it to a shop and maybe that's the simplest solution. 

I'm sure one of you has solved this problem already and is eager to share. 

Thanks, Glenn

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General Discussion / Shower head replacement
« on: May 07, 2011, 08:56:06 pm »
When I de-winterized my PC a week ago I discovered water spraying from the base of the shower head in the indoor shower.  At first I thought it was caused by a loose connection so I added plumber's tape to the joint, but the spray continued.  When I looked closer I saw about a 1" crack in the base of the shower head. 

Since this is my first time to use the shower in my used 2010 PC I don't know if it is original equipment or not.  My question to the forum is "What do you recommend for a replacement shower head?"  I was told today by a clerk at Ace Hardware that RV shower heads have the same 1/2" standard threaded connections as those in homes, but in looking on-line at Menard's, Home Depot, Lowe's, Walmart, Camping World, and Bed, Bath & Beyond I have not found one hand-held shower head with the shut-off on the head that all RV shower heads seem to have.  Mine is chrome with a chrome-wrapped hose.  Is that what came on your PC's? 

Thanks for any help you can offer.

Glenn

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General Discussion / Reserving camp sites
« on: March 05, 2011, 05:22:11 pm »
I'm new at all this and with the weather turning warmer here in the Midwest I'm beginning to think about going camping.  I've registered with both ReserveAmerica.com and Recreation.gov, but my idea of traveling in an RV doesn't include being on a tight schedule.  Am I naive to think I can find an available campsite by just driving into a campground and registering for the night, week, or month?  I can understand how those expectations would be unrealistic on a holiday weekend or maybe even on any weekend in some popular tourist areas. 

How do you all handle finding a place to stay for the night without planning your trips well in advance and making reservations?  Maybe that's why Walmart parking lots are so popular.   :-D

As always, thanks for your help.
Glenn

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General Discussion / 15-Amp Service
« on: March 05, 2011, 01:11:08 pm »
I'm sure a number of you can answer this question for me.  If I find myself at a campground with only 15-amp service available and I use an adapter for 30-amp to 15-amp to plug in what limitations does that put on my usage?  Can I still use the roof air, microwave/convection, or TV for example?  Am I limited to using maybe just one of those at a time?  Your expert advice is appreciated.

Glenn

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General Discussion / Finding digital tv signals over-the-air
« on: February 23, 2011, 07:36:17 pm »
I haven't had much time to play with the Samsung TV and surround sound system on my 2010 PC yet, but the one time I cranked up the roof antenna and turned on the TV I got a message that no signals were available.  Now I know there are at least six digital stations available on my home TV using the roof antenna, but maybe the motorhome antenna is too low to get those signals.  It did occur to me that if the RV antenna was not aimed in the right direction I might not get a signal from any station.  If that is the case does a person have to turn off the TV, move the antenna, and repeat that process multiple times until a signal is received?  Is there a way to move the crankup antenna once the TV begins its search without confusing the procedure? 

Any help is appreciated from the "expers" on this forum.  Thanks again, everyone!

Glenn

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General Discussion / Raising Venetian blinds
« on: February 18, 2011, 09:15:46 am »
I feel a litte foolish posting this question as the answer would seem obvious, but I can't figure out how to raise the Venetian blinds on the entry door or the kitchen window.  There is no strings evident for doing that as is typical on such blinds - only the wand for adjusting the tilt of the blinds.  It appears it might be necessary to remove the screws in the string tension at the bottom of the blinds, but that doesn't seem realistic.  I'm trying to wash the inside of those windows. 

Try not to make me look too foolish if there is a simple answer to this.   :lol

Thanks, Glenn

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General Discussion / Rear vs. side storage areas (2350 model)
« on: January 31, 2011, 01:17:35 pm »
I have yet to take my Phoenix Cruiser 2350 camping as it is still winter here in Illinois, but I'm spending lots of time in it doing whatever I can to be prepared once Spring arrives.  I bought the Hickey's trade-in early this month. 

It seems more difficult to me to access the rear compartment with having to pull the ladder pins and folding it up before opening that compartment than it is to gain access to the side compartment. Has anyone moved their power cord to the side compartment for this reason?  Does the drawer that's part of that side compartment ever collect water while driving, washing the coach, etc.?  If so, it would still be ideal for storing water-proof items like the garden hose and power cord.  Enclosed plastic boxes could also be use to protect items stored there from water. 

On that same subject, I'd like to store my lawn chairs in the rear compartment as I seldom use them, buit the eye hooks mounted in the center of the bottom of that compartment prevent the chairs from setting on the bottom of the compartment.  If I remove those hooks could I replace them with short bolts and hooks to plug the holes.  What about the hooks that are designed to hold the power cord?  Can I remove them and replace fill those holes in the same manner?  I don't know that the back side of the compartment wall is accessible. 

What ideas do any of you have for the best use of these areas? 

Thanks, Glenn

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General Discussion / Is a slide-out practical?
« on: September 29, 2010, 02:16:12 pm »
Since my posted message of August 9, 2010 on "Buying New" prompted a lot of discussion on slide-outs I thought it would be interesting to see how many advantages vs. disadvantages we can list for a slide-out.  I've given it a lot of thought and know from the sales of units with slide-outs that I am in the minority, but I am definitely not sold on slide-outs.  Here are the advantages and disadvantages I can see for a slide-out to get things started.  I challenge owners of rigs with slide-outs to find more advantages for them than disadvantages. 

Advantages of a slide-out:

- Added floor space

Disadvantages of a slide-out:

- Added weight to the chassis
- Reduced cargo carrying capacity
- Smaller storage compartments associated with the slide-out
- Smaller couch/dinette in slide-out space
- Weakened structural integrity of coach wall
- Reduced R-factor for insulation
- Introduction of moisture, dirt, and insects when slid inside the rig
- Potential for water leaks
- Maintenance of mechanism and gaskets
- Expense of option

Let's all play nice now...  :)
Glenn


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