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Ron Dittmer

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    • My 2007 2350 Phoenix Cruiser
  • OwnPC: Yes
  • NewUsed: New
  • PurchDate: June 2007
  • Model: 2350 Ford
  • ModelYear: 2007
  • Slide: No
  • IntColor: Cherry Green&Gray
  • ExtColor: Full Body Gray
  • Location: Illinois
Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #1215 on: October 11, 2019, 08:03:54 am »
Hi marshe52,

Congratulations on your first motor home purchase.  A 2014 Phoenix 2351 is a sweet rig in my book.  We own THIS 2007 2350, the same floorplan but a foot shorter, though ours does not have a slide-out.

During non-use, I don't like to be plugged into shore power unless it is a quality independent trickle charger like the "Battery Tender" brand.  The concern of being plugged-in all the time to 110v is worse if you have two 12v batteries for the house, far less an issue if you have two 6v house batteries.  It was around 2014 when Phoenix changed from two 12v to two 6v batteries so you will want to check what you have.

Being in high-humid Florida, I would store the rig with the slide-out closed up and place a continuous-drain dehumidifier inside, set to run enough to cycle on/off with good rests in-between.
« Last Edit: October 11, 2019, 08:08:07 am by Ron Dittmer »
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mikeh

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  • NewUsed: New
  • PurchDate: 02/2019
  • Model: 2552
  • ModelYear: 2019
  • Slide: Yes
  • IntColor: Toast
  • ExtColor: Toast
  • Location: Oklahoma
Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #1216 on: October 11, 2019, 09:46:21 am »
Welcome to Phoenix and to the forum marshe52!

It's great to have another new RV'r and PC owner aboard!
I entered RV ranks for the first time back in February, so I know a little bit about the uncertainties that lurk with the process.  You know you can work through it just fine, but you also know that there's going to be a "learning curve".  Sounds like you have a solid plan to come up to speed with RV life, however, and you can count on this forum to help with any questions that might emerge in the process.  The PC was a great choice--it's a quality coach that will provide a solid and reliable platform as your RV experience grows.

The forum really likes to hear about experiences of members--so keep us up to speed and let us know how things are progressing with your plan!

All the best,      Mike 

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cjk

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  • OwnPC: Yes
  • NewUsed: Used
  • PurchDate: 10/19
  • Model: 2350 Ford
  • ModelYear: 2017
  • Slide: Yes
  • IntColor: Beige
  • ExtColor: Beige/white
  • Location: Boise, Idaho
Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #1217 on: October 30, 2019, 03:57:38 pm »
 (%) just bought a 2017 PC 2350 as I was passing through Lafayette, Indiana; I had been looking at mostly the 2100; then this came up.  I've usually had classic class C RV's but really liked the Phoenix Cruiser.  I am retired, so I enjoy traveling with my dogs, especially to National Parks. I enjoy being outside and seeing the different parts of the United States. I really like traveling back East in the fall for the vibrant colors.  Living in Idaho, it's always nice to come back here though, particularly with the crazy weather all over. 

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  • OwnPC: Yes
  • NewUsed: New
  • PurchDate: May 2013
  • Model: 2552
  • ModelYear: 2013
  • Slide: Yes
  • IntColor: Sunlit & Cherry
  • ExtColor: Sunlit
  • Location: On the road full time (prev. Maryland)
Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #1218 on: October 31, 2019, 05:49:06 am »
Welcome! I'm sure you're going to love your Phoenix!

If you are interested in meeting other Phoenix Owners, check out the owner travel club at phoenixcruisertravelclub.org (our webpage and where you join the club - free again this year); Our Facebook page (search and ask to join); And our RVillage private group. I'm pretty excited about RVillage as you can see the general area of other club members and arrange to meet them on your travels. We've just set that up so we are still recruiting and training.

Welcome again and ENJOY!
Holly
John, Holly, and sometimes Chloe.
Travel Blog: Spiritofthewoods.net

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mikeh

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  • ExtColor: Toast
  • Location: Oklahoma
Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #1219 on: October 31, 2019, 06:49:59 am »
Welcome also, CJK!  Glad to have you in the PC family!!

Sounds like you have background and experience with the Class C RV--and spend a fair amount of time on the road.  That's a great combination to provide your thoughts and comments as we go forward on how the 2350 meets your needs compared to the other units you've owned.  Looking forward to your input!

Welcome again!         Mike

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  • ModelYear: 2013
  • Slide: Yes
  • IntColor: Beige/grey
  • Location: Tucson, AZ
Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #1220 on: October 31, 2019, 12:49:18 pm »
We just pulled the trigger on a 2013 2552 and are very excited to be picking it up tomorrow!  We have owned 4 previous rigs, beginning with a '93 36' Foretravel, then beginning to full time in a '95 40' Foretravel. We graduated to an '02 40' Foretravel in 2011 and lived on the road for 5 years. Health issues intervened for a while and we established a home base in Tucson, AZ ... but the RV lifestyle is just not something we were able to quit. We tried an '05 25' Born Free (that I was MUCH happier driving than a 40' coach), but the configuration just wasn't right for us. Wonderful machine, but just not the right floor plan.  We have settled on this 2552 after hearing some great opinions from friends who traded their Foretravel for a PC, determining that the Phoenix Cruiser has the build quality we were used to. It is also something that I am happy driving. We rely on an active Member Forum for advice and education ... it is the BEST place to get support and knowledge about your rig! 

See you down the road!
Carol & Jeff Savournin
Carol & Jeff Savourni
New owners 2013 M2552
Tucson, AZ

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safari

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  • Location: SoCal
Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #1221 on: November 02, 2019, 08:51:14 am »
Hello To Everyone
At this time I'am in a sob Thor Outlaw toy Hauler Class C That Wife Debbie Thought we needed for the Grandson.
It's way to big, Now looking at Phoenix.
Will Talk more Later.
Mike & Debbie
Bakersfield,Ca
« Last Edit: November 02, 2019, 08:55:32 am by safari »
Regards
Mike & Debbie

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  • OwnPC: Yes
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  • PurchDate: May 2013
  • Model: 2552
  • ModelYear: 2013
  • Slide: Yes
  • IntColor: Sunlit & Cherry
  • ExtColor: Sunlit
  • Location: On the road full time (prev. Maryland)
Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #1222 on: November 03, 2019, 05:16:24 am »
Welcome Mike & Debbie! Lots to learn on the forum and lots of helpful people to answer questions. I don't know how old your grandson is but we've managed up to 7 1/2 week trips with the granddaughter on board. It's tighter with three people in the 2552 but it works and we've had wonderful adventures with her. She was 7 when we bought the Phoenix and is now 13 and taller than me. She still loves traveling in the RV.
John, Holly, and sometimes Chloe.
Travel Blog: Spiritofthewoods.net

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mikeh

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  • ModelYear: 2019
  • Slide: Yes
  • IntColor: Toast
  • ExtColor: Toast
  • Location: Oklahoma
Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #1223 on: November 03, 2019, 09:04:12 am »
Hello and Welcome  2o2 to Mike and Debbie and Carol and Jeff----great to have you guys on the forum!!

Looks like both of you guys are westerners--Arizona and California--and are previously experienced RV owners!  Looking forward to your thoughts and comments on Phoenix.

All the best,         Mike

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safari

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Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #1224 on: November 03, 2019, 09:54:07 am »
Hello,& Thank You for the warm welcome,Grandson is 5 & a hand full he is all boy, I do not think he will be going with us as much as we though,
So we want to down size I think, maybe. tymote
Regards
Mike & Debbie

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CABass

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  • OwnPC: Yes
  • NewUsed: Used
  • PurchDate: 10/2018
  • Model: 2350 Ford
  • ModelYear: 2004
  • Slide: Yes
  • IntColor: Tan
  • ExtColor: White
  • Location: KLAMATH FALLS
Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #1225 on: December 13, 2019, 01:51:12 pm »
Greetings from Klamath Falls, Oregon.  We purchased a used 2004 2350 in October 2018 from All RV Needs here in K falls. 

It is a nice unit, seems well maintained, previously registered on Texas.  The only negative things about it are the fact that we did not get a coach manual (got a packet of manuals for appliances and parts like awnings, generator, etc. and the Ford owner's manual, but nothing for the coach itself) and that the previous owner had removed the barrel chair and replaced it with a really nice swivel recliner but it is just a little too big for the space and not bolted down.

Looking forward to scouring the forum for answers before asking my questions!

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Ron Dittmer

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  • OwnPC: Yes
  • NewUsed: New
  • PurchDate: June 2007
  • Model: 2350 Ford
  • ModelYear: 2007
  • Slide: No
  • IntColor: Cherry Green&Gray
  • ExtColor: Full Body Gray
  • Location: Illinois
Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #1226 on: December 13, 2019, 03:06:41 pm »
Welcome and congratulations CABass!

We have the main Phoenix owners manual for our 2007 and it is not worth the paper it is printed on.  So you are not missing anything.  Ours is a black-&-white copy of a copy many times over, so bad that it is hard to make out.  Being our first fully-featured motor home, I felt a bit in the blind, but I quickly got up to speed without the help of the manual.  BTW: Our manual is generic, not model specific.

Does your 2004 2350 have the integrated spare tire like our 2007 2350?  CLICK HERE to see ours.  I have gathered that our rear wall and main entry door which is used to this day, was a mid year 2004 production change.  So you either have the older design or the current-day design.

Also, does your 2350 have a couch in a slide out?  If no slide out, what is there, a couch or a dinette?

Our rigs will be very similar from a mechanical perspective.  The primary differences will be that you have one battery mounted on the driver side.  We have two batteries mounted below the floor on the passenger side along with a whole house inverter.  They were introduced mid-year 2006.

We replaced our barrel chair with a 3rd matching captain seat that utilizes the same mounting pedestal and seat belts.  The upgrade has been exceptional.  You might want to consider doing the same.

If we owned a 2004, I would check the power converter to see if it has a setting for AGM batteries.  If so, I would remove the single 12V battery and battery tray and stuff two-6V AGM batteries in there for massive power reserves for the house.  Just make sure you can get two 6V batteries in there.  If not, you can surely get two 12V AGMs inside.  But two 6V AGMs will perform better than two 12V AGMs.  Sam's Club sells both 6V AGM and 12V AGM, priced affordably.  AGM batteries do not require any kind of maintenance.  You install them, and "X" years later, you replace them.  So a battery tray has no value with AGM technology.

Look under the rear of your coach and see if you have a rear stabilizer bar mounted rearward of the rear axle.  It won't have one unless a previous owner added one later.  If no rear stabilizer bar, you will MOST DEFINITELY want to install a heavy duty rear stabilizer bar.  Helwig is an affordable brand.  You will also want to replace your wimpy thin front stabilizer bar with worn-out end grommets, with a heavy duty front Helwig bar.  If your shocks are tired, consider replacing them with heavy duty Bilsteins.  Between the 3 upgrades, your rig will handle so much better on the open road and mountainous scenic byways.  Installing everything yourself will make the upgrades very affordable.  For both safety and driving comfort, you can't beat the upgrades.

Again, congratulations!
« Last Edit: December 13, 2019, 03:12:55 pm by Ron Dittmer »
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stanclem

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  • ModelYear: 2004
  • Slide: Yes
  • IntColor: tan
  • ExtColor: white/blue
  • Location: Kansas
Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #1227 on: December 15, 2019, 02:38:11 pm »
CABASS,

Glad to see your post.
We've been camping for many years in everything from tents to popup trailers to a Casita, to a Vintage Cruiser to a 2004 2350 (like yours) that we bought a few months ago.
We love the PC so far and do not anticipate changing our mind on that!
I have done a few fix-up things like the LED light conversion based on Ron Dittmer's post, restoring some of the decals, adding some shelves to the wardrobe, etc.
If you ever need to compare notes I'll be happy to help.
I have found a ton of good info on this forum.
Safe travels!

Stan

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Ron Dittmer

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    • My 2007 2350 Phoenix Cruiser
  • OwnPC: Yes
  • NewUsed: New
  • PurchDate: June 2007
  • Model: 2350 Ford
  • ModelYear: 2007
  • Slide: No
  • IntColor: Cherry Green&Gray
  • ExtColor: Full Body Gray
  • Location: Illinois
Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #1228 on: December 15, 2019, 08:56:35 pm »
I have done a few fix-up things like the LED light conversion based on Ron Dittmer's post, restoring some of the decals, adding some shelves to the wardrobe, etc.  Stan
Stan,

Did you include the night light feature?  Adding it does significantly complicate an otherwise simple LED conversion.  For me the extra work was worth it, but I can see it's is not for everyone.

To all of you with older PCs, most of my modifications will be more applicable to yours given the changes made to PCs in more recent years.  If you don't have a macerator system, one of my more recent additions might be exceptionally interesting.  I mounted a 3" sewer hose storage tube under the rig.  It worked out quite nicely.  If you store your 3" hose inside, this may be worth consideration.

CLICK HERE to get to my post with many pictures, outlining most of my mods and more simple considerations.

CLICK HERE for a list of my articles which include pictures for clarity.


« Last Edit: December 15, 2019, 09:16:36 pm by Ron Dittmer »
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  • Slide: Yes
  • IntColor: tan
  • ExtColor: white/blue
  • Location: Kansas
Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #1229 on: December 16, 2019, 07:18:13 pm »
Ron,
No, I didn't do the night light part.
I wanted to keep it simple.

Do you notice the LED strips getting hot if the light is left on for 30 minutes or longer?
I drilled several 1/8" holes in the lens cover on the one we use most to allow for some air flow and will see how it goes.

Stan