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General Discussion / 2910d phoenix cruiser question about rear bed
« on: September 11, 2021, 10:43:17 am »
Can you still sleep in the rear bed with the bedroom slide in?

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Tips and Tricks / Re: Beddys or RVSuperbag?
« on: November 17, 2017, 06:22:00 pm »
We have two Superbags for our twin beds in our 2525 and love them although pricey we think worth the price.   With the turn of the blankets you go from summer to winter comfort, would buy them again for sure.

https://www.rvsuperbag.com/

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Tips and Tricks / Rear Window Magnifier
« on: November 12, 2017, 08:43:58 pm »
Long before rearview cameras, we used  magnifiers in the rear windows of our RVs. 

Added this to our 2012 2552 and very happy with results gives me another perspective besides the camera and is pretty inexpensive too. 

Installation is a breeze,  just wet and apply.    Here is the picture of the window which does not do the view justice but hopes it gives some insight into the view.   





Here is link to the Magnifier.

https://www.amazon.com/CIPA-60300-Wide-Angle-Lens/dp/B000TCI826/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1510536897&sr=8-1&keywords=rv+magnifier&dpID=31nNIj%252BpLGL&preST=_SX300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

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Glad it worked out well.  We love ours too.

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No problem the amp draw if very small and wire size looked plenty big.

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General Discussion / Re: Ordered a new 2552!
« on: November 02, 2017, 09:02:36 pm »
Have had our 2552 over a year doing over 14,000 miles riding around with two different scooters on the back.   Started with a 1999 Honda Helix (weight is 346 lbs)  that I have on the back of 3 different motorhomes since new.   And recently updated to a 2016 Yamaha Smax (weight is 328) as you can see by the photos both scooters fit well on the ramp purchased from Amazon  
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002M3ODTC/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1  
The Phoenix handles great and ride level no need for air bags, is so much handier than our toad which I recently sold.  

 Note that the stop and turn lights are blocked so I added a light bar to the back of the scooter carrier to provide turn signal and running lights. As far as wiring  I just bought a cord to plug in the light bar. Here the links for those too.    

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Z8TGR4G/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0016KABGQ/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Happy Cruising.  

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Tips and Tricks / Re: Cup holder for sofa
« on: October 23, 2017, 07:18:16 pm »
Good idea about use in bed had not thought about that.  Will give it a try.

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Tips and Tricks / Cup holder for sofa
« on: October 20, 2017, 09:38:24 pm »
Found this cup holder for use beside our sofa. Works great easy removal when you make sofa out to bed. Holds other stuff too.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004P5G2GM/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1


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Tips and Tricks / Adding 12V outlets for powering and charging phones
« on: October 20, 2017, 09:25:03 pm »
The wife and I use our phones a lot and wanted more convenient places to power and charge our phones. As I was converting my fluorescent light over to LED I added 12v sockets above the sofa and above the wife's bed. https://www.amazon.com/Electop-Cigarette-Lighter-Charger-Splitter/dp/B01HEV8LHG/ref=sr_1_29?ie=UTF8&qid=1508552918&sr=8-29&keywords=12volt+auto+splitter  I cut cords from this type of splitter.

 Works great and hardly noticeable when not in use.  I just notched out the plastic on the light fixture to allow the cord to not be pinched when screwed in back in place.

 


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Great post parts in hand and making upgrades today.  Thanks for providing the info.

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Tips and Tricks / Trash Can Table
« on: October 13, 2017, 10:29:53 pm »
Here is a little trick we use when we don't want to get out our big table.  As you can see we just remove the cover from the sink and put on top of our 13-gallon trash can.  Works great as the sink cover is pretty heavy and which make this surprisingly steady for holding cups or glasses.

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General Discussion / Re: Upgrades for conserving water
« on: October 13, 2017, 10:20:59 pm »
Glad you are able to use my post amazing what little upgrades can do to improve camping and travel experiences,  which is also why we own a Phoenix.

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General Discussion / Installing and Review of our Composting Toilet
« on: October 13, 2017, 10:01:55 pm »
We are using our Phoenix 2552 a lot putting more than 14,000 miles on it this year and planning to add another 8,000 miles this winter.  Spending this much time in our Phoenix I find we are frustrated with how quickly our black water tank filled up and we seem to always be running short of fresh water.  Not knowing there were any alternatives I accidentally tripped onto composting toilets and after a lot of research decided to bite the bullet and purchase one.    

In my research I found two to consider the most famous is called Natures Head http://www.natureshead.net .  This seems to be the Cadillac of Toilets and also carried a hefty price of nearly $1000.00 even with this price I was ready to purchase.  But the problem is it was just too large for the space in our 2552 in most every way measurement.  Most notable not being able to open the closet doors in the bathroom as the toilet is to tall plus it requires a vent hose to be exhausted outside.  

With these challenges, I continued the search and found another model called C-Head http://c-head.com .   Which just fit the bill,  the size is perfect to go into the space of our previous toilet the the C-Head information says no exhaust hose required and it is only $600.00

If you want to see more and how it works there are few videos on their website on the right-hand side of the homepage.   I ordered one from the website which can be a little confusing as they have so many models.  I ordered the basic Box type for $589.00.

Upon receiving the Toliet from UPS I was a little concerned as it showed up in a Generic packaging box from Home Depot.  But when I opened up the very well packaged toilet and saw the quality of what I had purchased I was very pleased it arrived without a scratch.

Now it was time for the install which actually pretty easy after I got all my materials together.  Removing the old toilet is super easy two nuts on studs on either side of the toilet disconnecting the water line and carried the old unit out of the motorhome in 5 minutes.  

Then was time to figure out how to mount the C-Head and come up with the materials.  I had ordered the $40.00 Rubber Latch Tie-down kit to tie down the unit but after reviewing the manual find the unit can be screwed down to the floor with four 1/4" x 3" wood screws. So I did not use the Rubber Latch Kit.  

  Next I had to solve couple other problems, first was to plug the water line that previously ran to the old toilet and plus the 3" hole that went to the black water tank.  This was easy as I was able to buy 1/2" plug for the water line and 3" rubber (test plug) from local hardware store.  After installing both I had a little issue with space behind the C-head as the newly plugged water line kept me from pushing it back against the wall.  To solve this I notched out above the water line and able to push it up and back into the wall to get the C-Head all the way back to the rear wall.   The last problem to solve was the flange for the black water tank extended above the floor 5/8".  So I would have to space up the C-Head using a piece of 3/4" plywood which I cut out with the same footprint of the C-Head and then cut out the Plywood to allow the flange to stick up into 7" opening I cut out in the center of my plywood spacer.   Once that was finished just pushed C-Head into place and screwed down the toilet with my 4 1/4" x 3 wood screws with fender washers.    

As you can see from the pictures the C-Head fit perfectly and looks like it comes that way from Phoenix.  As you can see in the videos on their website the Urine drains into a one-gallon jug which we empty every day at rest areas or in porta potties. And number 2 goes into a separate chamber with wood type medium which covers it.  

The Pros are the reduction in freshwater needed because we no longer have to flush the toilet.  Note I also posted a recent post about reducing water consumption installing new faucets and shower heads    http://forum.phoenixusarv.com/index.php/topic,2928.0.html  along with removing our old toilet I feel we may have up to 40% savings on our fresh water usage.

 Now we are free from looking for places to dump our black water tank every 3 or 4 days and when I open the valve between my black and gray tank we can use nearly 2 tanks of fresh water before we have to look for a dump site for grey water.


And finally the best is this toilet does not smell.  I have had motorhomes of all types for over 30 years which we use a lot and there is always that slight and sometimes not so slight sewer smell.  Well that is gone now.    With all the good news there is one downside which should be noted but not a big deal for me is no matter if female or male you will need to set down todo #1.  If the guys stand up and use the toilet the splash will go everywhere so guys if you put one of these in remember to set down.  

In short, if you are interested in the benefits that i have listed above then from our opinion a well worthwhile investment.  We love our C-Head.




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We love sleeping with the rear windows open on our Phoenix 2552 using the factory installed fantastic fan just above the beds.  But we find it a little noisy and wish it had slower speeds.   To solve this I installed a Maxxfan Deluxe in the front ceiling vent.  

I was not sure how I would tap into the 12v wiring to power the fan but actually was quite easy. After the removing the old vent I could pull down the roof paneling and fish a wire up the 12v light just in front of the fan and just tied into the wire nuts of the overhead light.  

Installation took about 2 hours, we are really pleased with this new installation and love all the features such as remote control,  10 speeds (In the lower speeds it is almost silent). Reverse cycle meaning you and actually reverse the fan and pull air into the coach. Which we then push out with our rear Fantastic fan when it is really hot.   Now we can find the perfect speed to keep air moving at night with no noise in the bed area even with the fan at higher speeds.

One other little bonus is this fan has a thermostat that will turn on the fan at 78 degrees with a little green LED light that makes a great night light up front.  

Although a little pricey we are really happy about this upgrade.

http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/maxxfan-deluxe-remote-control-rv-ventilator-system-white-lid/48933




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General Discussion / Upgrades for conserving water
« on: October 08, 2017, 09:22:12 pm »
We do long trips and always seem to run short of fresh water so I added a couple of improvements I made to our Cruiser that have really helped.  One was new faucet heads for kitchen and bathroom rated at .5 gallons per minute.  Also new shower head that seems to mix air into the water stream.    I would guess we are using 30% less water.  All the upgrades are so good that we have plenty of water flow while pump runs intermediately when we turn on the water before the pump run full time when using water.  Here are links to what I bought which were both from Amazon and very easy to install.  Well worth the effort.  Any other questions please let me know.

   0.5 GPM Low Flow Dual-Thread Faucet Aerator - Kitchen and Bath - 6-PACK https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B1EDXG2/ref=cm_sw_r_em_api_c_KRT2zb2S6MABD

ETL 26181 Plastic Body Spa Oxygenics Shower with 60" Hose
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F5MU5YY/ref=cm_sw_r_em_api_c_DOT2zb7Y31BMQ


If you are looking for more interesting upgrades check our post about Installing and Reivew of our Composting Toilet. http://forum.phoenixusarv.com/index.php/topic,2937.msg24196.html#msg24196

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