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General Discussion / Dump Buddy
« on: May 13, 2021, 08:48:26 pm »
Wondering if anyone has experience with this:
https://dumpbuddy.com/
Not a necessity but it seems like a neat gadget to help secure the sewer fitting to the pipe in the ground.
I have sometimes found that because the discharge head does not disconnect, it can be awkward trying to thread the fitting into the sewer pipe. That is if the sewer pipe even has threads.

I contacted this company to see if they had tested the clamp with any macerator systems and they promptly replied they hadn't but that if I bought one and it doesn't work out, I can return it within 14 days.
So I went for it.

Will post here as to how it works out.



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General Discussion / Cabinet de-lamination
« on: September 08, 2020, 07:25:11 pm »
Just noticed an area on one of my upper cabinets where along the bottom board of the cabinet face it has stated to crack and de-laminate.
It is along the radius-ed edge of the board. It looks like maybe there was not enough glue used when they formed the veneer around the radius.
Will likely give the factory a call on this as my warranty is up next month. Hoping I can just glue it back down but seeking the wisdom of the group.
Are the cabinet faces easy to replace or does the whole cabinet need to come down?
Have you ever glued this area and what did you use?
Also interested in how you think the factory would handle if this item is reported before the warranty expires but  I don't see this as worth a trip to Elkhart.
Maybe get it fixed some time in the future? Not going to CI.

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General Discussion / PS Swivel Seat
« on: June 06, 2020, 08:41:23 pm »
Last weekend I swiveled my PS seat around. Once done it is pretty comfortable and I have the cabinet with a flip up table which makes it pretty practical.
But swiveling the seat around in both directions is a bear!
Any tricks I should be aware of ?
Has anybody tried moving the pedestal an inch or two to make it easier?
The seat really seems to jam up against the PS door.
Its not impossible to do but difficult enough that I would only do it  for a longer stay.

Thanks for any comments or suggestions.

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General Discussion / Couple of things.....
« on: May 10, 2020, 07:27:13 pm »
First:
 Covid-19 Update
PHOENIX USA RV is open as an essential Indiana business and ready to build your Phoenix Cruiser. We are embracing social distancing, hand washing and overall office and plant cleanliness to keep our employees and customers safe.  2o2  (just noticed this on their website)

Also, just wondering, How do people use their reclining couch?
We have still not used our new 2552 nearly enough to figure everything out but it seems to me the pull out footrests are somewhat cumbersome.
It seems like it would be difficult to get to the recliners with both of them out.
So how do you use yours? Do you put both footrests out while relaxing to watch TV? Use a portable footrest? Put your legs on your partner?  :beg
We also have the swing away tables which seem to get in the way a bit when not in use.

I'm sure we will be totally comfortable once we get used to spending more time in the rig but just curious how others do it.

Thanks, Jim G.

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General Discussion / First oil change.
« on: April 13, 2020, 07:30:12 pm »
Hi: Was surprised yesterday when I started my 2552 that the "Oil Change Required" message was displayed on the dash.
I believe I have about 1,245mi on it, basically drove it home from the factory and a few short day trips. There are about 7 hours of idling registered as well.

Was planning to do one soon anyways but does this seem normal?

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General Discussion / Fresh water drain.
« on: November 03, 2019, 05:47:18 pm »
Just winterized my 2552. (for now)
While I had no problem finding and operating the fresh water tank drain under the PS bed, I am amazed at how slowly it drained.
I'm talking 3 hours later and still not done. Was only half full. Just a little more than a trickle.
Even used a low pressure air nozzle to blow back into the tank thinking there is some debris blocking the outlet. No change.

Wondering if others have experienced similar slow drain. Seems like something is amiss to me.

Regards, Jim G.

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General Discussion / MCO and registration....
« on: October 07, 2019, 05:57:03 pm »
Because I live in Massachusetts, the temp plate usually issued by PC when you pick up a new RV from them will not work.
Instead I need to bring an MCO (Manufacturers Certificate of Origin) alog with a bill of sale to the Mass RMV to get plates issued so I can drive my new 2552 home.
Makes sense. And everything was going well.
Campers Inn of Jacksonville sent me the necessary original paperwork by UPS on Friday for Monday delivery.
Unfortunately UPS has dropped the ball. After several conversations with the local UPS distribution center, it seems that my envelope arrived there and was scanned as it went onto a truck and has not been seen since. As of right now they have lost my paperwork.
We were planning to start our drive to Elkhart today for pick up but now in limbo.  pyho

Question: The package contains two MCO's. (we have digital copies) One from Ford showing the transition of the chassis from Ford, to a Ford dealer to Phoenix to Campers Inn then to me.
The other is for the coach which originates from PC, then to CI then me.
BOTH show the same VIN.
Do you know if the Registry of Motor Vehicles needs both MCO's to register the vehicle?
I assume it would be much easier and quicker to get registered if we can just use the MCO from PC as they can issue a new one fairly easily but involving Ford and the Ford dealership will likely add delay.
My insurance agent wasn't sure if both were needed.

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General Discussion / Three Point Seat Belt
« on: August 21, 2019, 08:10:38 pm »
Hello Folks. Was just thinking about all the great stuff I will do when I get my new 2552 PC and started thinking it might be a good idea to upgrade the seat belts on the recliners to a retractable 3 point system.
Like this: https://www.seatbeltsplus.com/category/3-Point-Retractable-Seat-Belts.html

We anticipate bringing my "Tween Age" grandchildren or occasional adult passengers. Thinking the shoulder type might be a bit more safe and comfortable but not really sure given the direction of travel is not their intended use.

Have any of you tried this?

The installation would require installing a pretty secure anchor point through the slide wall on one side and through the refer cabinet on the other. Not sure if PC would condone this but I plan to ask.

Would value your thoughts.

Regards, Jim G.


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General Discussion / Houghton AC question...
« on: August 18, 2019, 06:39:53 pm »
Joseph: In another thread, you made a comment about the Houghton's balanced fans and that they "throw a code" if operated while driving down the highway.
Is this something you experienced and have you had any communications with Advanced about it?
Wondering if the excess airflow from driving is reducing the head pressure too much or if it is an issue with the fan itself?
Any info you could point me to would be greatly appreciated.
I recently had two Houghton units delivered to the PC factory for installation on my new RV.

One drawback PC noted is that due to the lack of wall thermostat, (Houghton uses a remote) they could not come up with a way to make it work with my Auto Gen Start.
They even called Advanced who said they could not support it.
I asked them to just run the wires they usually would run for a Dometic and I will find a way to make it work if needed. (after the Advanced RV warranty period   :lol)

Thanks!   tymote Jim Godfrey

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General Discussion / Is site working properly?
« on: August 17, 2019, 06:58:18 pm »
Haven't seen any new posts since Thursday. Is it just me?

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General Discussion / To cover or not to cover....
« on: May 13, 2019, 08:08:48 pm »
I live in New England and have always covered my RV in the winter.
That said, the RV I am hoping to replace soon is a 2005 5th wheel we have owned since new.
It has Filon sides with large decals as markings.
Between covering in the winter and 303 Protectant a coupe times a year, the 15 year old decals and siding still look nearly new.

I am wondering if you folks think a PC with full body paint will benefit much from being covered.
Thinking the paint might be okay without but what about the roof and seams?
Maybe just to keep it cleaner?

Do you cover your PC?
Also any recommendations on a good fitting cover for a 2552?

Best Regards, Jim G.



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General Discussion / Price Increase
« on: April 29, 2019, 07:06:54 pm »
Just noticed a change in the PC  Pricing Calculator.
On the 2552 selecting the Slide out with Sofa and Pantry ILO Dinette used to show a net savings of $1440.
Now it shows as a $2280 add.
My understanding is they have always charged the $2280 but then credited $3720 (Delete Slide Out W/ Dinette) for a net savings of $1440.

I noticed this change first on the options list that was provided to my by Campers Inn Kingston for a unit they have in stock.
I assumed it was either a mistake or maybe CI was trying to make a few extra bucks on the deal.
Unfortunately now the pricing tool also reflects this.
I see it as a $3720 MSRP price increase.
Guess I shouldn't have waited so long to order my unit.

My fingers are crossed that this is actually just a mistake and not the beginning of a trend.


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General Discussion / Options qustions...
« on: March 03, 2019, 08:15:19 pm »
Hi folks, looking for opinions on the value of a couple of options....

Surround sound:    MSRP $690  Wondering if sound quality is ok and is it throughout the coach? Decent subwoofer?  Graphic equalizer on head unit? Does it connect to TV? Cab radio?

Insulated glass:   MSRP $1508  Does it help with exterior noise? Anybody had issues with clouding? General observations?

All opinions welcome.
More questions to come as we get closer to pulling the trigger.

Thanks, Jim G.

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General Discussion / PC news from Tampa
« on: January 16, 2019, 08:44:01 pm »
Went to the Tampa Supershow today and was surprised to see most of the Phoenix sales team was wearing orange Campers Inn shirts.
Seems that PC is moving away from the factory direct sales model and future purchases will be handled by the Campers Inn sales network.
Barry told me that at least for the foreseeable future there will be a sales presence at the factory and that there will be no change in PCs willingness to do customization . He said they hope that this change will help them to expand sales especially in the Transit and Sprinter lines and that offering service locations along the east coast should be advantageous to many customers. They also hope that teaming with Campers Inn which has a large presence in the warmer south, will alleviate some of the seasonal sales cycles they experience in the Elkhart winters.
I wish them luck in this endeavor and hope that they will be able to maintain the quality product and customer service reputation they have built over the decades.

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General Discussion / New Back-splashes
« on: November 30, 2018, 08:56:48 pm »
Looking at the new standard back splash for kitchen and bath here: https://www.phoenixusarv.com/announcements/
Would any of you agree that they would look much nicer if they were about half as wide and didn't butt up to the window frame?

Must say the Aircraft style table look great though!

Ron: Thanks for the great info on the advantages of full body paint!

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