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It seems like only yesterday that i first logged on and sought our help on this forum. We will now be signing off as we have opted to downsize to a smaller motorhome, a Road Trek. Our goal is to rid the toad and carry less crap, stay on more Bed-in-breakfasts. I will miss the conversations and helpful tips.

As we empty the years of crap off the our 2551, and filter out what is actually needed, i recognize how well designed this PC is and so well built. It fetched a prime dollar as a trade in. I know there are times when will wish for the old "Acrewed Benefit II" PC.

Please stay in touch if you are ever in the St Petersburg.

Kermit you have been so helpful.

For those of you who signed on to my Yahoo Groups page OurPhoenixCruiser. I turned it off last night, no one had posted in last two months.

Thanks again for the problem solving on lifts, electrical, rattles, inverters, etc..

Greg and Kathy Matthews
2010 2551
now a 2016 ETrek

General Discussion / Sudden loss of shore power
« on: December 14, 2015, 05:47:04 pm »
We were plugged in at Bahia Honda State Park last week for a little fish, sun and fun. Friday night we went out to dinner leaving two lights and the AC on. We arrived about 3 hours where we discovered that the ac was not not on and the lights were really low, and the low voltage alarm on the Gas detector was sounding intermittently.

There was no AC at any point in the motor home, but power was at the end of the chord. We started the generator but that did not connect with any the motorhome recepiticles. While were were running the generator, the voltage showing in the monitor behind the driver seat, kept roping. The low voltage alarm on the gas sensor kept coming on. The use / store switch was not working and the red light was on.

With no access to Phoenix Cruiser, no access to an internet connection to use this forum, so we were snoutr own. We disconnected the low voltage alarm and ran an extension cord from the box to a fan that we used at night. Otherwise we were boon docking it. I require oxygen so another extension cord went to my concentrator.

I note that when we started the motor home, all the lights went on bright, but when the motor was turned off, back to low power.

Spoke to phoenix cruiser and found that when voltage on house batteries are low the use/store switch is frozen in store mode. We decided to drive home a day early. Spoke to the PC electric guy and he said that the problem is likely gone now that we charged the batteries driving 400 miles home. Went outside and plugged in to the home box and all is well. Apparently if i had just run the motorhome for 20 minutes the switch would have reset itself and we could have plugged in.

Thought you might be interested in know what happened and how PC helped us resolve it.

Greg Matthews

General Discussion / locked struts on toad
« on: August 05, 2015, 11:18:32 am »
Before we left from home, i had the front end of the PC and the toad (a Honda Fit) aligned. The tires were new so they had been balanced. The driving of the motor home improved significantly (cost to align the front end of the PC was $180). The driving on the fit did not improve.

It would not stay in its lane, but drifted from left to right once you were at cruising speed. It drove me nuts. I took it back and they redid the alignment, but that did not help. In trying to problem solve this issue, one of the mechanics suggested that the struts had locked up and that was producing the erratic steering. Apparently the up and down of the front end of the fit was not natural and that caused the struts to lock up. At least that is the story i got.

I replaced the struts and the Fit drives and tows like new.

Anyone else ever run across this, or was it just BS from the tire guy. He did fix the problem and i don't think that happened  just because my wallet was less full

Greg Matthews

General Discussion / Re: Leak in bath area
« on: August 05, 2015, 09:47:52 am »
With Kermit's help got the leak fixed. The leak came from the ball valve on the toilet. the valve was cracked and when you flushed some water leaked out.

This must be a common problem with the Tetford? toilet as the valve was on the store rack (not in parts room). Took about 20 minutes to remove toilet, the valve and replace the two hoses.

Thanks again Kermit who helped me merit out this problem.

Greg & Kathy Matthews
2010 2551S

General Discussion / Leak in bath area
« on: August 04, 2015, 10:41:41 am »
We have been the road for 2.5 months and little things are beginning to take a toll on the PC.

Two  days ago we noted that the bath rug that is in front of the sink and WC was damp. As best as we can tell it is just water, not the alternative. I have a call into Kermit to ask about this same problem, but he was out.

The water seems to coincide with our connecting of a city water supply to our PC. For most of our travels, we typically use what is in the tanks and refill as necessary. I am wonder if the higher pressure from being connected to a city system, rather than just using water in out tanks, is causing a small leak, There is minimal water on the floor under the sink and nothing is dripping from the faucet or  trap. The most water appears on the floor near the back wall to the right of the WC, and next to the sink cabinet.

The only other change that has occurred in the last two days is travel on long up and down grades in the area of southern Utah. Las Vegas and San Bernandino. Don't see how that could be a problem as our water and waste tanks were less than 1/3 full.

Has anyone else experienced this problem?

Greg & Kathy Matthews
2010 2551S
St Petersburg, Fl

General Discussion / spare tire
« on: September 29, 2014, 05:17:00 pm »
Did not see this on site -- BTW been away for a year while i got a lung transplant (February) and getting ready for next summer when we plan on a trek to Washingtp state-- when to replace the spare tire.

just replace the 6 tires on our 2010 2551 which was built on a 2009 E450, and built in July 2008. tires were showing some cracks, so better cautious than dealing with a blow out. But i did not replace the spare tire, it has never been on the ground. It looks good and is under the cover.

Any recommendations.

General Discussion / Re: Newbies
« on: March 04, 2014, 10:04:31 pm »
Welcome, we have a 2551 and live in Florida, so get to use throughout the year. Our newfound favorite National Preserve site is Midway Campground on the Tamiami trail between Miami and Naples. On a clear night the skies are like no where else in humid Florida. Site 13 then 14 tare our favorite sites there.

You will discover so many great things about the company and the vehicle.

Greg and Kathy

General Discussion / Re: Time for a new computer but what?
« on: November 26, 2013, 07:04:43 am »
I will add to the noise only because we took a different approach in my obsessive way.

I travel for photography and have used a full 27" screen iMac for many years. It has the software that best meets my needs and i spend a lot of time on my photography, den submitting to shows while on the road.
I travel with a separate 22 " iMac that i put in the back seat of the Fit we pull in a case and strapped in with a seat belt. It replicates my software at home and has the same correctable color matching screen.

I had not though of doing thing and tried a mac book pro, but the colors were off and the screen too small. While in Colorado I met a Ham radio guy who carried his 100 watt transmitter in the same fashion.

When i set up I turn the passenger seat around and open the table by the door on the 2551 and set my iMac there to work from. I reinforced the way the table stays in place. Works great and when i am not using it i put it in the driver seat.

This way i can justify carrying all my camera stuff. BTW i was surprised to see how inexpensive it was to add a rider to my homeowners policy to cover all this stuff. I keep my files on a detachable 4 terabyte drive and always keep it away from the computer when traveling or away from the MH.

Greg & Kathy Matthews

General Discussion / Re: SMI Brake Assist
« on: October 14, 2013, 07:03:44 am »
We installed the SMI on our Fit two years ago, and I think your comment about it being very easy is the perfect summary. ONce you disconnect or even while you are disconnecting you can get in the Toad and move it without a need to move anything. Our unit sits under the front of the hood and to the right of the latch.

The company installing the unit, glad we had them buy it as well as install, did have a bad unit that was rapidly replaced with an overnight shipment of a new unit.

Once of twice the car battery was to low to start the car when we got to where we were, so if we generally put a booster charger each evening, unless we drive it a hour or so.

It was pricy, including the indicator light in the cabin, at about $1,200. The only drawback is it cannot be transferred to another toad.

Took a while to get it adjusted to where we could just feel it kicking in when we pressed the brake. However, ours does not come on (you can hear the pump) when our turn signals comes on. Maybe there is a wiring issue on your unit.

Greg and Kathy Matthews

General Discussion / Re: Questions about HWH jack operation
« on: September 25, 2013, 10:34:03 am »
Sparky, your system is lot different than mine that pivot back or forward.

I can tell you that mine work pretty quick, almost instantaneous. Mine are manual and i do the front, then back two tires then level out the sides. ON both the front and back, one side normally extends all the way to the ground then the other side drops down and extends to the ground before the unit get lifted. Sometimes the light goes off -- showing that it is level -- with only one lift down. I always check and try to have every lift on the ground. This stabilizes the unit.

When my unit had problems, called the Moscow facility and they spent about an hour on the phone trying to diagnose the problem, even though the pervious owner had installed the units. We eventually drove there on our way home -- Moscow Iowa-- near the location for the pickers which is a nice diversion when they are working on the vehicle -- and they spent about 3 hours finally diagnosing a wiring problem that they rewired and charged us $65. We stayed on the lot, with 30/50 amp shore power and hot showers for free the night before.

give them a call.

greg and Kathy Matthews

General Discussion / Re: Mercedes or E350 for ride and handling
« on: September 23, 2013, 07:38:22 am »
Not much more to say about our preference for E450 over MB (never owned a sprinter but had sedans from 1970 until retirement). Test drove Views during the purchase process.

We spend much of our time in places that are long distance from a MB dealer. Knowing that there is a mechanic who works on Ford engines in just about every small community gives us comfort. Knowing that we can get an oil change for less than $50 in most cities is comforting too.

My bride did not like the sway of the Navion View we test drove when she wend around a curve.

Greg and Kathy Matthews

General Discussion / Re: Questions about HWH jack operation
« on: September 23, 2013, 07:25:41 am »
I suggest that you raise the vehicle on the HWH lifts leaving the rear wheels on the ground and then drive forward to see how your vehicle reacts. If you drive forward, the lifts fold back, still extended but off the ground. this will give you an idea of how much pressure to keep on rear wheels.

Last year our lifts froze in the lifted position and we had to do this to drive the MH. We drove it to Moscow Iowa to HWH to get it repaired. The prior owner had changed the wiring and there was a short preventing the lifts from withdrawing.

Based on that experience we never lift two wheels off the ground entirely, that is we limit the lift to one wheel entirely off the ground. We never lift the rear wheels entirely off the ground, limiting their extension to only an inch of so. So most of our lifts are less then would be necesary to lift entrely off the grouns.

If the rear needs an additional lift, we use our blocks to raise the wheels sufficient to get to a level spot, or we go on to another site. Ditto on a need to raise the two front wheels off the groups. I may be more cautious than some, but feel we wont get into trouble. We care six boxes of these orange plastic blocks and we carry 4 2/8s to put under lifts when the blocks are in place and we need just a little more raise to level.

We added two visual level devices (looks like a smile with a bubble in it) that helps me gauge where on the site we need to place the MH to get the most level position before we put the lifts down. One is on door, and one is on dash near the middle. These are adhesive and i attached when the vehicle was level. it has been a great help.

Greg and Kathy Matthews

General Discussion / Re: Report on alignment and handling of our 2552
« on: September 23, 2013, 07:08:49 am »
We also added the safe-t-plus (i put it on, really easy), changed to bilsteins and had it alligned, and found out it was a totally different vehicle to drive. My bride who said she would never drive it, now does so with relish. I think she really enjoys driving it. We also added the Henderson bar to the rear. I really cant't determine if i needed all of this but it is an easy ride now, and i do no fear the really bad lane changed actions that can occur with a flow out.

Congratulations on your new PC,

Greg and Kathy Matthews

Tips and Tricks / Re: Skin Care for our Cruiser
« on: August 30, 2013, 05:42:16 am »
I am doing what we did on our white sailboat hull, no wax as it tend to lead to a chalk finish faster, rather we used Astroshield. Washed and applied once a year. The company went out business when parents died and children fought over value of business. This happened about 6 years ago, until then it was in every auto and marine store here in Florida.

The patent was bought by a chemist in Ocala who now sell it via the Internet. It is same stuff as before. Our hull was reprinted 14 years ago and when we sold it, it still had a shine no chalk.

Google Astroshield, you see the original yellow can but it now comes in a nondescript bottle. The children wouldn't sell the right to use the old can for a reasonable price.,

Greg Matthews

Tips and Tricks / Re: Side door handle
« on: August 30, 2013, 05:26:21 am »
Had same problem, mine were only lose a bit but the fix took more than an hour to get the door open to tighten the screws.

I will say that my door gave me a warning that I ignored. The lock handle started to require an extra tug from outside, to get the lock to release. My bride had already complained and I of course ignored so I had no sympathy trying to open the door, "I told you so"....

My door was locked, and I could not budge the hasp back after ever after all the hardware was taken off on the inside door handle. I had to use an open end wrench to back the bolts on the door jam holding the latch back sufficiently wide enough to get a screw driver in to bush the hasp back until with a pill from my bribe on the outside the door opened. It was not intuitive, but worked.

I now regularly check those screws.

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