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Great Pic, Ron and the one I picked. As a photographer I would make one suggestion - Photoshop out the piece of your red car - it detracts from the overall effect.


General Discussion / Re: Suspension and handling
« on: May 12, 2011, 12:30:00 pm »
This discussion about alignment is interesting. From 2350 experience I know that a correct alignment is important for proper steering response and to avoid premature and damaging irregular front tire wear. Clearly the chassis builder does a basic alignment, but that is no good once the coach is installed. Phoenix could do an alignment but the rig would be unloaded and again the alignment would be inaccurate. It should be emphasised that a new owner should load his rig and get an alignment as soon as possible after purchase. Perhaps Phoenix could give new owners a credit for this; unless we can swing one of these "under warranty" deals. It takes a little searching to find a truck place set up to do alignments on a motor home, but it is something that needs to be done.


Adventure Anywhere / Re: West Coast Phoenix Meet at Pismo
« on: May 04, 2011, 01:16:24 pm »
About a dozen rigs here and we are having a great time in perfect weather; too bad it's all over tomorrow. Wish you were here.


Adventure Anywhere / West Coast Phoenix Meet at Pismo
« on: April 21, 2011, 12:09:52 pm »
Any listers going to the upcoming get together at Pismo Beach, CA on May 1st?

General Discussion / Re: Kwikstep / Kwik-Lube
« on: March 24, 2011, 08:43:38 pm »
It is just incredible to me that in this day and age anyone makes equipment that has to be serviced monthly and besides that it is a PITA to do. Surely Phoenix can find a step supplier with self lubicating bushings or something simpler than this. I just use engine oil and it lasts at least 3 months but is messy to apply climbing underneath with an oil can.

Tips and Tricks / Re: Things We Have Added to Our 2350 - Extra Storage
« on: February 24, 2011, 07:55:33 pm »
Hi Barry,

Do you have any problems with the driver's seat hitting the cabinet behind it?  If you check my "foot locker" post you will se how I chamfered it for clearance. That was a lot of extra work.


Tips and Tricks / Re: Mods to our '04 2350 - Bathroom
« on: February 24, 2011, 07:50:15 pm »
Hey Ron,

That is a great idea to put that little trash can there next to the vanity. It looks like the ones they have in motels! We thought about putting a lip on the shelf under the cabinet but I would have had to drop it down further and made it bigger for a Kleenex box; we unload it into the sink for travel. Carol wants me to add another shelf on top of the window valence with galley rail or a lip. She has lots of towels and uses clips with hooks to hang towels over the shower rail as well as the towel rack I built. She used to hang them on the shower curtain, but that cost me a new shower curtain!


Tips and Tricks / Re: Mods to our '04 2350 - Miscellaneous
« on: January 16, 2011, 06:58:05 pm »
Hi Billy,

The Voltmeter is by DRCO, 0-199V/Amps with a shunt - DavidRiddle.com 1-800-544-3746. If you go to his site and do a search on Voltmeter it pops right up. $89


Tips and Tricks / Ladder
« on: December 15, 2010, 08:58:10 pm »
One thing you should always do is have someone watch the rear as you back up into a tight area; cameras help but they do not do much for trees. I forgot this basic driving precaution and backed into a tree branch which bent and crushed the right side of my ladder and tore the connection out of the bracket on the roof. It was not repairable. My rig is an '04 2350 amd I looked at the current models in the on-line brochure and the ladders look the same so I contacted Phoenix procurement and they sent me  replacement top section.

It came completely disassembled, sandwiched between 2 sheets of cherry interior plywood and these look useful for some future project - perhaps I should have specified maple to match my rig! My first idea was to just replace the RH tube, but one of the screws holding a tread in place had lost its head and could not be removed. I then removed the complete ladder by cutting the putty sealant around the brackets on the roof, taking care not to cut the roof covering and removed the 4 screws holding each bracket to the roof. Four bolts hold the ladder onto the supports at the rear and two removeable pins hold the bottom. I then detached the damaged top section from the hinge on the good bottom section  (2 screws each side).

I assembled the new top section with new parts supplied by Phoenix by sliding the treads on one at a time onto the side arms and securing them in place using the pre-piloted holes (take care to install them the correct way ). This made a complete top section and I fitted it to the hinges on the bottom section. The holes were slightly off but a drill took care of that without sacrificing the integrity.
At this point the ladder was essentially complete but the top where it meets the roof was badly misaligned so I made a tool to hold them approximately in the correct location. When I offered it up to the rig it fitted better than I thought it would and I was able to attach the bottom and the two center support bolts on the right side with little difficulty. On the left side the holes were msaligned about 10 degrees and I had to "pull" them with a 1/4" drill before I could install the bolts. The result was a good rigid assembly. The top arms at the roof were pretty far off but there was enough flexibility that I could pull them into place with one hand and install the 4 screws on each side into the existing holes and snog them down tight. A little sealant and the job was done.

Bottom line: 2010 ladders can probably be retrofitted back through the '04 model year. As I think I said before I use quick release "Pip-Pins" for the bottom attachment and carry a thin, Home Depot ladder behind the PC ladder for cleaning the rig.

Photos / Re: Our '04 PC in the Sequoias
« on: November 04, 2010, 03:47:57 pm »
Your wish is my command, O webmistress

Tips and Tricks / Alignment
« on: November 03, 2010, 08:44:33 pm »
After about 15K miles I noticed significant feathering on the front tires. My tire guys told me I needed it aligned and that I should replace the tires. The left was not too bad, so I switched left to right and put the new spare on the left as I had it aligned. On the Ford E350 that is a PITA since you have to keep switching out eccentric bushings on a trial and error basis. There was no sign this had been done before so I am willing to bet that Ford sets it at the factory, PC adds the motor home body and no one bothers to reset it with the extra weight in the back.

As an intereting side note, the spare wheel had a different outer flange than the wheels on the ground and the Wagon Master beauty ring protruded about 1/4" and rattled around. I had to replace two of the collared lug nuts with ground down tapered ones and big washers to make it fit properly. Thread engagement was not affected so I judged it safe, in case you are wondering.

Bill (Retired Mech/Aircraft Engineer)

Tips and Tricks / Re: Towing with a PC
« on: November 03, 2010, 08:30:10 pm »
I see Ron is very active on the board! '04 PCs only have provision for a single battery. IMHO the dual battery provision is a major upgrade and I would install 2 X 6V. I currently use the biggest Interstate I can get in, the SRM-29. When fresh I can dry camp for 5 days.


Tips and Tricks / Towing with a PC
« on: November 03, 2010, 02:40:13 pm »
Our '04 2350 has a V10 and a 5,000lb hitch so we decided to tow our 1965 Sunbeam Tiger sports car from Southern California to Rapid City, SD for a big Sunbeam get together.  We borrowed the trailer and had the rig fitted with an electric brake controller.

With the trailer loaded we were close to the rated capacity, but the rig towed well at about 65 m/h on the level. We made the mistake of going through Denver which involves crossing the Rockies via the Eisenhower Tunnel in excess of 11,000 ft which is right at the performance limit of our PC/loaded trailer combination. We just made it over the top in 1st gear. On the way back we went via passes into Salt Lake City; at about 8,000ft these were a lot more manageable. I have no doubt that without the trailer the PC would have done fine on I-70.

Bill and Carol Rogers

Photos / Our '04 PC in the Sequoias
« on: November 03, 2010, 02:22:49 pm »
Since we finally signed on, here is the portrait of our rig.

Bill and Carol Rogers

Tips and Tricks / Re: Mods to our '04 2350 - Front Cabinets
« on: November 03, 2010, 01:24:27 pm »
I don't know if the modern PC models use the same "Bulldog" catches on the cabinet doors as are shown on the lower picture but we had problems initially with doors popping open. The solution was to add a second latch to each of the troublesome doors; they can then be adjusted closer together or further apart to provide optimum retention.

Bill Rogers

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