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Tips and Tricks / Re: Sewage line leaking
« on: March 03, 2024, 03:11:19 pm »
Broken pipe clamps are easily replaced.  Flat-bladed screwdriver is the only tool necessary for their removal.  Any plumbing shop, auto parts store, or box store with a plumbing department is apt to inventory replacement clamps in a variety of sizes..

The broken clamp can be removed without disconnecting and removing the sewer hose.  Like the original, the replacement clamp is openable.    The worm gear drive to adjust clamping pressure also feeds an opened clamp end..  Simple and easy! 

Actually, I would be surprised if your problem is solved by replacing the clamp.   Usually,  because of the long term period of eight years (2016-2024) on the hose joint, the rubber is probably bonded to the drain pipe.  In my experience they are always seized.   There might be more than the obvious casuing the leakl   Check for other damage to the connection.  Look for hairline cracks.  They can produce impressive leaks when the system is pressurized by the pump.

General Discussion / Re: Draining the fresh water tank
« on: March 01, 2024, 06:16:14 pm »
There is a Drain Valve.  Intended for those owners who live in more northern latitudes where they need to "Winterize" by drainiing systems.  The drain valve for the freshwater tank is at the tank outlet.  Look between the tank and the water pump.  You'll find a valve there.

Adventure Anywhere / Re: Dreaming of Alaska Road Trip
« on: February 25, 2024, 05:12:04 pm »
Years and years ago, a short stretch of the ALCAN immediately south of Beaver Creek with legendary permafrost generated an experiment for the U.S. Department of Transportation and other public agencies. They approved the use of thermosyphons being placed along the corridor. Theoretically allowing cold air to penetrate the road embankment and minimize thaw of the permafrost. An extensive project to keep the frozen roadbed in place and prevent further damage to the underlying structure, I haven’t heard any official assessment of its effectiveness.  The tubes remain.  All in a disarray, I doubt they were considered worth maintenance.

My most recent experience, summer before this last,  I observed widening cracks running along the medial length of that several miles long stretch. Obviously, wide enough to swallow even the most robust sized tires, the fissures are an issue.

Watch for flags indicating road damage and drive slowly or suffer the consequences. Damaged pavement, bumps, dips, deep potholes, and gravel breaks are constanly lurking along this stretch

Adventure Anywhere / Re: Dreaming of Alaska Road Trip
« on: February 24, 2024, 03:17:47 pm »
Virtually impossible to see everything  in a summer of traveling to Alaska, priorities have to be established and consideration given to recommended trip highlights. Read information before departing and decide on what to see and where to go with options for those times the road forks and route alternatives are presented. Weather is often another consideration. And, one that sometimes cannot be ignored. Have alternatives to focus on as diversions when a planned air charter flight or open water fishing trip is cancelled because the conditions are not pretty, unknown, or otherwise unsafe.

There is one important choice when considering the route from Whitehorse to Tok Junction, Alaska. Because, actually, there are two routes. They are best considered as alternatives. Each with significant attractions and related gold rush history. Drive one route up and return via the option.

Early season travelers should consider proceeding direct to Tok Junction via the ALCAN. The direct route via Haines Junction will probably include lines of RV’s kicking up clouds of dust.

Stigmatized, for some reason, the Dawson City, Yukon and Top of the World Highway to the Taylor Highway in Alaska via Chicken visits gold mining towns, old provincial capital, and the associated history. A seasonal road, the route is closed during the period of winter conditions. The Border Crossing and Yukon River ferry’s opening are announced by travel information sources.

Adventure Anywhere / Re: Dreaming of Alaska Road Trip
« on: February 19, 2024, 01:23:23 pm »
According to local news, the Alaska Governor met with the Yukon Premier in Whitehorse, Yukon recently.  The two leaders agreed to again work on the Alaska Highway, which seems perpetually gutted with frost heaves throughout its section from Whitehorse to the U.S. border near Northway. The frost heaves between Destruction Bay and the border are so bad they send vehicles with unsuspecting driver’s airborne, breaking axles and busting exhaust pipes.  Despite what many may think, Destruction Bay doesn’t get its name from the damage it can cause your vehicle.  The title results from storm damage during WWii that was so bad that it wiped out an entire camp housing individuals constructing the Alaska Highway.

Alaska is going to help with the cost of the highway repairs and also work to get some U.S. federal money to smooth out the frost heaves, since Americans are the primary contributors to the highway.
Meanwhile, over in Ottawa, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said last week that the Canadian federal government will stop investing in new road infrastructure, and instead work on getting people out of their cars and into “active transportation” like bicycles and walking, and into public transportation.

Guilbeault said existing road network in Canada “is perfectly adequate to respond to the needs we have.” The Trudeau government is putting an end to road expansion, he said. Instead, the government will use federal funds on projects to adapt to climate change and fight climate change, Guilbeault said.

The Latchfix product gets good reviews. I ordered the repair kit when the OEM pot metal mechanism from TriMark broke.  When the precision machined components in the repair package wouldn't fit, I consulted with the Toolmaker at Latch Fix.   He told, an undocumented change to the original lock design was made to correct a flaw in early versions and was never referenced in any nomenclature.  Because of the change the repair kit doesn't' fit some early versions of the lock.  His explanation included the caveat that incompatibility persists because stale warehouse inventory and the distribution channel was never purged.

The problem is with TRIMARK.  The company modifies the product unilaterally without changing the nomenclature. Several versions of the latch exist. Part Numbers are obscure and the risk of getting the old pot metal "nonmagnetic" construction continues.  TRIMARK considers their mechanism as "military" grade and boast about their product line being installed on high dollar vehicles around the world.  When searching for a replacement, I considered them and contacted Sales Personnel there.  As if a salesperson's lack of product knowledge could be disguised as a need for a high degree of technical sophistication being required for a customer to order a doorlatch was an issue, I found their service loathsome.

Finding a replacement lock that fits in the thicker Phoenix Cruiser door is an issue.  The Atlas Keyless Lock System is designed to replace the troublesome TriMark lockset.  The Atlas  provides key access with the option of user --programmable combination code and a wireless key fob.   The weatherproof keypad is backlit for easy visibility even at night.  .

Tips and Tricks / Re: PC 2400 Extra Sleeping Capacity
« on: December 18, 2023, 07:04:17 pm »
Our earlier Phoenix Cruiser 2100 was a rear kitchen model, as is yoour 2400    And, similar to our current 2350 (picture attached) was equipped with a table / bed arrangement.  The arrangement is a standard factory installed configuration.

The booth is easily converted to a bed.  Not really wide enough for two full-sized adults to sleep comfortably, it certainly accommodates multiple smaller guests. 


General Discussion / Re: SRS Airbag Light
« on: November 23, 2023, 11:55:23 pm »

There should also be a sensor in the seat that is set by weight to indicate there is a passenger in the seat.  If that sensor isn't working, in an accident, the airbag won't deploy.

I didn't know that.  Never thought about that as even a possibility.

Instead, I excused the muted seatbelt signal as relief from an annoyance. Even thought about praising the prior owner or, whoever it was clever enough to bypass the alarm without disconnecting or severing wires.  The passenger side chair swivels and I rationalized the silenced alarm as factory approved. 

General Discussion / Re: Another wax thread
« on: November 22, 2023, 02:03:37 am »
Using regular car wax or cleaning products on the RV’s exterior.is a common mistake.  Phoenix Cruiser exteriors, essentially fiberglass, may react negatively to products designed for cars, leading to discoloration or damage.

General Discussion / Re: Coach 12volt system problems. 2018 2910T.
« on: November 19, 2023, 04:29:32 pm »
There seems to be some confusion about what circumstances dictate using the Inverter or, when and why to use the Converter.  Having owned two different model Phoenix Cruiser’s, my observation is that some Cruisers' have a stand-alone inverter and stand-alone converter/charger.  Usually, the devices are from the same manufacturer and wired to a common distribution panel.  Other Cruiser's have a combined inverter and converter/charger.  Everything in one box.  Either way, the House Batteries are not going to deliver 120 Volt AC electricity to applances  without running through the Inverter.  And, if the Inverter has failed, which isn't that uncommon, it doesn't make any diference how good your house batteries are they aren't going to deliver AC power.

My Inverter is turned on when the Coach is in use but not plugged into Shore Power, or using the generator.
My Inverter is turned off when the Coach is not in use and not plugged into Shore Power.  Left in Storage, the inverter to be drawing 12 volt power and the batteries will drain.  Even with no load on them.

Stand – alone Inverter:
Leave converter/charger "ON" all the time. It will actually only be working when plugged into shore power or using a generator.

Turn inverter "ON" when not using shore power or generator and you want to power a 120 volt device.  Depending on which model and year Phoenix Cruiser, and considering possible wiring differences, those devices include the microwave, air conditioning, and hot water heater.  The inverter changes 12 volts DC battery current to 120 volts AC and will maintain power for an abbreviated period.

Combined Inverter/Converter:
Inverters consumes 12 volt DC power when they are "ON". Some power is used to operate the inverter; some is used to produce 120 volt output. The more 120 volt power (watts) is used, the more 12 volt power is inverted.

Like the Stand-alone configuration, you only want the inverter "ON" when using 120 volt AC without shore power or generator because it consumes battery capacity.

You can leave the inverter "ON" when on shore power because shore power will replace what the inverter is consuming. However, the inverter is not usually needed when shore power is available.

You do not want the inverter to be drawing 12 volt power when the RV is in storage. Turn it "off" when storing or to save battery capacity.

The combined converter/charger function may not be obviously different from the combined inverter function. You want the converter function to be "ON" when connected to shore power or generator. So, even when the inverter function is "OFF", you’ll want the converter/charger function to stay "ON".  Don't confuse the converter/charger function with the inverter function.

General Discussion / Re: Another wax thread
« on: October 09, 2023, 10:17:59 pm »
I started using it last year.  Members of a different RV Forum recommended it for gel coated fiberglass panels.   Makes sense.  Same material as used on fiberglass panels for watercraft.

Easy application.  Seems to penetrate the clear coat.  Anything that can keep the clear coat from blistering has my support.

I have my own set of experiences to add to the growing list of trials and tribulations expressed by the league of ONAN Generator owners driving around in their Phoenix Cruisers.  With the subject seeming to be creating more contributions to the FORUM than any other single topic, I have read one story after another about the idiosyncrasies associated with operating the unit.
Accordingly, I try to be especially conscious of the procedures for entering the generator into Storage Mode.  I live a couple of thousand miles from where the RV is being stored and reading about the ill effects, blamed on improper technique, has heightened my vulnerability awareness.
After several successful removals from periodic hibernation, in the past, this Fall I learned how frustrating a non-starting generator can be.  I now think the failure to start is inevitable.   
I pay extra and purchase the last two tanks full prior to storage as REGULAR gasoline. Eliminating most of the Gasohol from the fuel supply for the last run of the generator.  I add stabilizer to the fuel.  I run the generator with the blend and use a block valve installed in the fuel line to void everything from the carburetor on final shutdown.
Following the suggested methods, I was finally able to get the "thing" started.  Somewhere in the process, I lost signal to the HOBBS Meter display on the Remote Control.  No numbers display.  The screen remains blank.  I can't find any reference to that problem.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.

General Discussion / Re: Coach 12volt system problems. 2018 2910T.
« on: September 08, 2023, 08:25:59 pm »
Without suggesting there is a step missing in the procedure necessary to rely on the battery usage, I wonder if the Inverter has failed.  Based on my experience, that complete lack of response from the DC Source matches the symptoms and is the first thing that I would check. 

Does your Inverter have a Remote Control?  Check the display. 

General Discussion / Re: Wiring for rear camera
« on: August 18, 2023, 01:14:25 pm »
The GARMIN Backup Camera requires connection to a switched power source, such as your vehicle’s reverse lights.   The backup camera’s signal reaches up to a 50’ true working range, which means your navigator will wirelessly connect to your GARMIN Navigator, even in longer RVs. 

Easy to install.  Perfect, if all you want is a backup camera.   App includes a feature to customize the view.  Red, Yellow, Green "SAFE" Zone can be modified to match your vehicle

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