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General Discussion / Luggage rack dimensions
« on: April 03, 2020, 11:04:55 am »
What is the clearance from the roof to the bottom of the tubes along the sides?
What is the diameter of the tubes?

Thanks

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General Discussion / Electric gate valve problem
« on: August 27, 2018, 07:57:13 pm »
Another blowout on the overweight axel!  Same outside left dual as last year!  This time it took out all of the wires in the dump area and broke the macerator.

To dump I find it is not possible to move the gate valves by hand pressure.  Called Phoenix near noon for guidance.  Carol tried to get Bob but couldn’t.  Said would ask him to call but nothing today. 

Googled Barker Mfg. “Auto Drain” and found the manual for model 24140.  It looks like there is no work-around other than removing the device from the pull shaft. 

I am out of ideas.  Can anybody think of something else to try other than wait months until repairs are done?

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General Discussion / Weird water pump switch behavior
« on: April 02, 2018, 03:10:18 pm »
The pump light has been coming on spontaneously since I dumped last time.

Any ideas on what to try or where to look?

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General Discussion / Ham radio
« on: October 06, 2017, 08:04:17 pm »
I see call signs. Jim is KB9OMH. Stuart is WA6BTK.

It would be interesting to from fellow hams about your operating position, power connections, antennas used, what bands, advice, difficulties, clubs, etc.

Dick, KK4OBI

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General Discussion / Our Phoenix pride is back.
« on: July 29, 2017, 11:58:27 am »
 The vinyl covering on the seats as been a problem.  Our embarrassment over the appearance got to the point where we no longer invited anyone in or would allow admirers to "just take a peak inside".

When we visited the Phoenix plant recently the current situation was that they no longer use that material and everything needed to recovered.  Of the new materials we elected for a darker grey in leather with their new vinyl for the backs.  This was Monday. 

By midday Thursday all of the recovered seats were back and installed.  We gasped at how much more attractive they were than the original seats. 

How much?  I knew recovering was inevitable and the cost would be significant.  Kermit had recovered the drivers chair in 2015 and gave me new coverings for the two Eurochairs... at no charge. All were bad.  Surely the problems he and his provider have had with vinyl have been significant.  I believe they bent over backward to do the replacement at minimal cost.  I was delighted with the modest bill for all the excellent work to resolve the sizable worklist we presented them when we arrived.

I again feel great pride in our coach. Visitors are again welcome.

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General Discussion / Diamond Shield
« on: July 19, 2017, 12:41:16 pm »
We just got back from the Phoenix plant where the folks a the Elkhart Diamond Shield office just replaced the coverings on the hood, mirrors and cap.  No charge!  Lifetime warranty.

How old is the Shield film? Hood and mirrors 2013.  Cap 2012.  Coach? 53,000 miles at this moment.

The reason for replacement?  Dark blotches getting ever larger around places where bugs had penetrated the film on impact.  We live in South Florida so possibly fungus and mold got in that way and were living off bug juice. It was impossible to do anything to remove the blotches.

At the FMCA Indianapolis rally last week I asked the Diamond Shield home office reps if there was something that could be done.  They visited our coach to see the blotches , checked our warranty status, said yes they could help and arranged to replace the blotchy film when we visited the mother ship in Elkhart.

I truly did not expect anything but getting new film without the bug holes.  The blotches I thought were in the paint finish and hoped they could buff them out and do some retouch work.  This morning after the old film was removed, I was astounded to see that the paint was perfect!  Not a hint of a mark. Now,with the new film installed, everything looks like new. 

This is an amazing testament to the value Phoenix adds to our coaches by protecting them with Diamond Shield films.


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General Discussion / Flaking Vinyl
« on: February 12, 2017, 09:38:26 pm »
In 2015 PC graciously replaced the vinyl on the drivers chair and a Euro chair.  Unfortunately, the new vinyl is again flaking on the Euro chair.  Now the passenger chair and both vinyl sleeper seats are flaking.  I fear for the resale value after only five years.

I would like to get a feel for what the group experience has been before I talk to Kermit.

How old is your vinyl? Have you had flaking? To what degree?  Did replacements also flake? What do you think a normal lifetime of vinyl should be?  Advice? Suggestions?

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Tips and Tricks / Weighing all four corners of your PC
« on: August 13, 2015, 04:46:21 pm »
Safe CCC weight distribution judged by weighing only the front and rear axles may create a false sense of proper tire loading. Getting the weight of the four corners of your coach is the only secure measurement for safe loading on tires.  Finding where to get this type of weighing is a problem if you are not at a rally.

At the past FMCA International Rally in Madison WI an exhibitor, Recreational Vehicle Safety & Education Foundation (RVSEF), provided four corner weighing.  This is the organization that revealed the early RV industry overweight building practices.  Now RV’s have more sensibly distributed dry weight and must now be equipped with a safety and weight label about cargo carrying capacity.

www.rvsafety.com, tel: 321-453-7673, Walter Cannon, Executive Dir. email: wcannon@rvsafety.com.

This is a resource if you are wondering about tire loading on your coach... particularly if you have the water tank in a bed slide-out.

The person I talked with was Shane Hess, email: jamishane06@hotmail.com.  He indicated they had portable corner weighing scales at two locations, Florida and I think Arizona. 

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General Discussion / MPG - E450 - four summers
« on: August 13, 2015, 03:11:49 pm »
For the record.

Total miles including flatland, hills, mountains, A/C no A/C, good gas, bad gas, idle time...
divided by...
total gallons used corrected for generator use by 0.5 gallon/hour.

2012 - 9,700 miles - 9.2 mpg
2013 - 12,500 miles - 9.6 mpg
2014 - 10.200 miles - 9.2 mpg
2015 - 9,400 miles - 9.2 mpg

We do not tow.
We cruise 55-58 mph on secondary highways
and 60-64 mph on interstate quality highways.
We avoid high rpm (>3000) cruise control downshifts.
We use long coasts with fuel injectors off whenever possible.

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General Discussion / FMCA Rally in Madison WI
« on: July 29, 2015, 08:45:40 pm »
The exhibit area of new coaches opened today at 5 pm.  Earl was showing three models: 2910T, 2552 and 2351.  People were swarming them to take a look.  I note that they have 6volt house batteries now for an upgrade in power capacity.

We have not seen other Phoenix Crusiers at the rally. Is anyone else attending?  We are in lot J.

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General Discussion / Web site link needed
« on: June 16, 2015, 03:09:42 pm »
 tymote"From the PC home page there is a link to the Forum home page. From the Forum home page there is no similar link back to the PC home page.

It is annoying to have to do a search to get back.  What am I doing wrong?

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Tips and Tricks / HWH levelers not retracting
« on: June 11, 2015, 04:48:55 pm »
In the last few campsites one of the levelers refused to retract.  To get it up I had to drive forward enough so it could swing up. (Yes, the levelers are designed for that).  The shiney piston part simply would not retract all the way in spite of pushing or banging on the base. If there was clearance it would extend properly for leveling but not fully retract when done. 

A search came up with the suggestion to fully extend the jack, spray WD40 generously inside the metal sleeve at the top of the piston and ,using a twig or stick, swab a paper towel around inside the metal sleeve. I did that repeatedly until the black gunk up in there was gone. That was followed by spraying WD40 all over the piston and wiping it clean of any residue. 

The jack retracted normally after this treatment and has been behaving properly since. 

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Tips and Tricks / Simple rattle fix
« on: June 03, 2015, 01:05:41 pm »
For years now we have been living with a particular rattle when driving.  Mainly driver's side. MCD shades were suspect hitting each other or the window frame. Velcro loop stuff made a difference but no solution.  Padding the glass tray in the microwave made a difference but no solution. Padding pots and pans... nada.  Locking the oven fan outside vents... nope.  Maybe something inside the MCD shade box?  Maybe the slide topper has something loose?  We lived with it and dreaded rough roads.

On a call-back from Kermit about pealing vinyl on drivers seat, Marge mentioned the rattle. He suggested push the slide-out button briefly. Just enough to put pressure on the mechanism but not move the slide. Eureka!  That is the solution!  What a super simple fix.

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General Discussion / Born Free situation
« on: January 29, 2015, 10:02:47 pm »
Following is the article in RVBusiness:

Humboldt, Iowa-based Dodgen Industries Inc., manufacturer of Born Free Class C motorhomes, has been sold to HBF Investments, Des Moines, Iowa.
The company’s new president is Jeff Butler, former head of engineering for Forest River Inc. subsidiary Dynamax, who took over Tuesday (Jan. 27). The sale for an undisclosed amount closed Jan. 14.
”We were looking for an investor to take us to the next level and grow the business,” said Brandon Dodgen, who formerly served as Born Free general manager and is staying on as product manager. ”An investment turned into a purchase.”
Born Free, founded by now-retired John Dodgen in 1946, builds traditional Class C and Super C motorhomes as well as police command centers and ambulatory products.
In 2014, Born Free ranked 13th nationally in Class C sales with a .26% market share having sold 36 motorhomes, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich.
Brandon Dodgen said the new owners hope to increase Born Free’s market share.
”We want to produce a bunch more units and grow our dealer network,” he said. “Our 2016 model year change happens in June. We are gearing up for that. There definitely will be some changes, but we don’t know exactly what they will be yet.”

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General Discussion / 85 Octane
« on: August 20, 2014, 12:15:13 pm »
Last summer I commented to the group about encountering 85 Octane "regular gas" at Cody, WY.  My feeling then was that this was a marketing gimmick to increase profit.

This summer driving coast to coast I encountered both 85 octane in the mountains and 86 octane gas in high altitude areas.   Curious, I found the following in Wikipedia so I guess this gas is legitimate.

"United States: in the US octane rating is displayed in AKI. In the Rocky Mountain (high elevation) states, 85 AKI (90 RON) is the minimum octane, and 91 AKI (95 RON) is the maximum octane available in fuel.[38] The reason for this is that in higher-elevation areas, a typical naturally aspirated engine draws in less air mass per cycle because of the reduced density of the atmosphere. This directly translates to less fuel and reduced absolute compression in the cylinder, therefore deterring knock. It is safe to fill a carbureted car that normally takes 87 AKI fuel at sea level with 85 AKI fuel in the mountains, but at sea level the fuel may cause damage..."

Because my mpg was lower this summer and the engine lugged on hills and downshifted more than usual when using this gas, the following is of interest:

"Many modern engines are equipped with a knock sensor (a small piezoelectric microphone), which sends a signal to the engine control unit, which in turn retards the ignition timing when detonation is detected. Retarding the ignition timing reduces the tendency of the fuel-air mixture to detonate, but also reduces power output and fuel efficiency. Because of this, under conditions of high load and high temperature, a given engine may have a more consistent power output with a higher octane fuel, as such fuels are less prone to detonation."

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