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Noticed the new 2019 PC "Upgraded" Standards includes "Double Insulation", heat, sound & noise abatement - Ford Cab.  When I ordered my 2016 E350 - 2351 that was a topic floating around that many requested PC add but I was told may void the "Warranty".  Looks like Ford/PC have resolved this.  I believe one owner back in 2013 ordered replacement insulation and did the task themselves (I am sure not necessarily an easy project).
I was wondering if anyone recently has taken on this project and do you have the product info. 

Hello PC Family,

Question #1 - Just before buying your Phoenix Cruiser (your first PC for you on #2 or more), how long did you think it would serve you?

I thought about buying my PC 2351 for about 8 mo.  It seemed to be the model that fit my needs looking for smallish, yet longer bed (Im 63).  I was hoping to like solo travels and meeting people at state parks, and all has worked out well.  I thought I might like for 5+/- years. 

Question #2 - Now that you owned it a while, do you feel the same?

I have had some nice trips and have New Mexico travel for late August and September and maybe a trip back to the factory in October with meandering to and fro from Austin, TX area for 40 days or so, a western to eastern loop.

Question #3 - How long have you owned your PC so far?  Bought factory direct, October 2016.
Question #4 - If you sold your first PC, how long did you own it for? NA so far.

Really enjoy both the solitude of a solo trips and folks you meet in the parks and then love when others join me both in the driving and hiking the parks, so far Big Bend, Palo Duro, Colorado Bend and Cap Rock (all TX parks). 
Went on family vacation with son and granddaughter to Hilton Head Island, 2 days of about 1400 miles each way.  Stayed in Cracker Barrel parking lots without power going and state parks with power returning, having power and AC in the South over July 4th week is a must.
Working on a trip for next Spring through Guadalupe Mountain on the way to Grand Canyon and Southern Utah.  Just breaking in my PC with 7,000 miles.

General Discussion / Re: 110 Volt Power Questions
« on: April 13, 2017, 04:39:16 pm »
Got it thanks. 

General Discussion / Re: 110 Volt Power Questions
« on: April 13, 2017, 04:11:08 pm »
With that splitter will I plug in as usual with the 30 amp connection and I will tie in the 110 v to the female end of your splitter example?

General Discussion / Re: 110 Volt Shore Power Questions
« on: April 13, 2017, 03:47:29 pm »
RV camping at a Music Festival near Austin, TX and available shore power is limited to 110 Volt and generators are not allowed.  I would appreciate suggestions on hook up to 110 and/or how to maximize my house batteries for 6 days. (WH)   

Tips and Tricks / Re: 4 Way Water Fill Valve
« on: April 09, 2017, 08:14:59 am »
I am glad to see that few people have reported the problem and not surprised that PC fixed any that were brought back as warranty items.  I was just glad being in Texas that there was a easy method to just replace the valve.
RKS and PAX are correct to "always use a regulator" as looking at the exposed valve not to hard to imagine how the O-rings could be blown and no longer provide the sealing as designed for the 4 Way options.

Tips and Tricks / 4 Way Water Fill Valve
« on: April 03, 2017, 10:46:36 am »
My 2016 2351 has the new 4 Way Water Distribution Panel and my fill valve was not properly doing its job as intended (hooked up to City position, water would continue into my PC and flow out of the overflow on the passenger side of PC - other camper's will quickly point out the leaking water flow). 
Calling Kermit, he graciously sent me a new assembly with encouragement to replace the old assembly by way of the bottom drawer of my closet on the driver's side, remove the panel behind the drawer and then disconnect the 5-connection of the old assembly, unscrew the assembly on the outside (8 screws) and then simply reverse the process installing the new assembly  :lol
Thankfully that process was not available to me unless I broke down my extended bed so that I could get the drawer out without taking the drawer apart.
The 4 Way Water Distribution Panel is made by Anderson Brass along with many other products and they have an UTube installation of their 200-RV-RK valve, which is done completely on the outside without removing anything other than the valve itself.  Go to Anderson Brass website, go down to "Products" down to "RV Products" and click to the right on "RV Water Service Panels" and you will see the panel that looks much like the new 4 Way Water Distribution Panel that PC used for my 2016.  At the bottom of that page is a "Repair Kit Video" (does not have verbal instruction) for replacing the valve.  Please pay particular attention to the 3 full 360 turns of the set screw.  You may believe that you have turned it enough and it will soon fall out and be lost, but I found in removing the old valve and replacing of the new, that without the set screw more than flush (3 full turns) with the inside of the assembly the old valve could not be removed and the new did not slide far enough in to complete installation.
Anderson Brass uses a distributor for the assembly, Champion Energy 972-228-4341 and you can order the assembly or my suggestion, just the valve (200-RV-RK) at Fitzilla.com.  The assembly is about $90 and the 200-RV-RK is about $30.
Of course if close to under warranty, I expect Kermit will send you a new assembly, much like I received, but consider just removing the 200-RV valve if armed with the suggested Repair Kit video.
Hopefully few will have this issue.     

Tips and Tricks / Re: Ford E-350 Instrument Issues
« on: April 03, 2017, 10:00:57 am »
Update -  (WH) Good news so far, after the 9-day trip no issue with the Instruments/gauges malfunctioning.  I now have 4200 miles.  Still a puzzle but did not take away from the wonderful trip to Palo Duro Canyon and Cap Rock Canyon Texas State Parks, maybe more so if you like a variety of trails and views. 

Tips and Tricks / Re: Ford E-350 Instrument Issues
« on: March 10, 2017, 11:20:18 am »
I took it to a Ford Truck dealer south of Austin, TX and they were unable to duplicate any of the warning problems and the computer did not show a history of the problem (WH).
On several short trips since on non-jarring roads, the problem has not re-occurred.   I going on a 9-day trip to San Angelo St Park, Palo Duro Canyon St Park, Cap Rock St Park and home for approx. 1046 miles with home leg about 430 miles.  I will have my camera ready to take pictures should the issue begin again, hopefully not, but will be at least armed with evidence.  I will re-post after my trip, Thanks,  John

Tips and Tricks / Ford E-350 Instrument Issues
« on: February 05, 2017, 10:43:25 am »
Enjoying my time with solo trips in my 2016 2351 PC.  Unfortunately I am having issues with my Ford instruments that began after about 2500 miles and occur from time to time after driving 30 miles, 80 miles 120 miles or so.
What happens is one of a number of things that none actual affects driving, speed of driving, steering or braking, so other than anxiety no apparent driving issue.  I may have the speedometer and RPM gauge go to zero while again speed is maintained, the various warning lights go on either all at same time, or various ones on and off, including other instrument gauges, temperature, check engine, brake, all the concerning ones, and then all goes back to normal.  This issue may re-occur and did yesterday for about 80 miles, quite a light show.
The first time this occurred I was traveling about 65 mph down I-35 South of Austin when speedometer and RPM gauges where at zero and a good portion if not all of the warning lights were on and I exited quickly to a Shell station.  Shutting off the engine I called Ford Roadside Assistance as I opened up the hood expecting to find disaster though I found no apparent problems (no smells, no overheating, all vessels full).  Ford Roadside Assistance technician had never heard of a similar report and suggested that I might go on to my campsite and then take it to a Ford Truck dealer since there was no apparent evidence of problems other than the instruments.
In that instance I had to use the white toggle switch to get power and once started all the instrument went back to normal for a while.
I did take it to a Ford Truck dealer who indicated that it could not find any problem with a diagnostic search of the computer or with test driving for about 50 miles.  During the next three of four short up to 100 miles trips, no other light shows occurred and all was happy with RV travel.
Yesterday traveling from an overnight stay at somewhat remote Colorado Bend State Park in Texas (about 116 from home), after traveling maybe 10 miles of the return trip home, included slow travel over rough road, I pulled over to close the water fill door and to do a walk around to see if anything else needed attended.  I had turned off the engine, but the ghost had returned and the chassis battery seemed to be dead and all warning lights on.  With the chassis battery down, though it had not been remotely a problem, I was able to toggle power after starting the generator, but from that point to home I had the issue of the instruments intermittently on and off all together or a few intermittently without any affect to the running and driving of my PC. 
I have a couple of options for other Ford Truck dealers check out my PC next week to see if they can find the problem and I will report any updates.
Anybody else had this problem?

Tips and Tricks / Re: Extend a drawer
« on: January 07, 2017, 01:12:57 am »
The good news on at least my 2016-2351, once you execute the up down on the black tails the drawer will extend beyond normal (not removing the drawer) such that you can see the heater by-pass valves and easily reach in to turn the 3 valves as instructed.
Possibly PC picked up on Ron's thoughts about longer drawer tracks (not sure how many years ago). 
The key is just knowing how to extend the drawer with the little up/down thingies.  It may be that you have some difficulty with the lowest drawer, I gained confidence accomplishing the extension with the top drawer, then using that acquired skill on the lower drawer.  Good luck!

Tips and Tricks / Extend a drawer
« on: January 06, 2017, 03:40:16 pm »
I needed to extend the bottom kitchen drawer to get to the hot water by-pass connections in winterizing my PC.  After spending a long, unsuccessful effort I called Earl at PC and he gave me the simple method just like what Ron Dittmer had posted that I missed "the black plastic levers on the exposed side of the glides.  When holding them up/down...it will come out with resistance.  If it doesn't work, flip the up/down and try again".
Thank you Earl and Ron, I still have much to learn/remember..
Happy New Year, John

Tips and Tricks / Re: Traveling with Safe Plumbing in Winter
« on: December 30, 2016, 11:58:11 am »
Just read this and certainly helpful to me as Texas is getting some expected freezes and may be a good refresher to other PC owners and to newbie's experiencing their first winter.  Thanks

General Discussion / Re: What does your Phoenix weigh?
« on: December 26, 2016, 01:57:23 am »
Hi Carol,
Thanks for providing your wheel weights on your non-slide 2351.  Would you mind providing your preference on tire pressure?



General Discussion / Re: Over head Samsung TV squeaks and rattles
« on: December 15, 2016, 12:00:06 pm »
I purchased my first MH from PC (2351 without a slide) 10/16 with the swivel.  Earl showed me how to use the swivel and I was on the road for 30 days and never found that it was really needed.  Possibly for a larger PC and with a slide, I might find that the angle of seeing the TV could be improved with a swivel.  As a first time owner of a MH, I have no comparison as to whether the swivel has added a squeak or a rattle.  Personally I found my travel that was not off-road was quieter than expected (it was a new PC).  Should I order a new PC in 10 - 15 years, I'm not sure that I would include the swivel.

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