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General Discussion / Re: Cracked Cab
« on: April 01, 2022, 11:02:04 pm »
My previous 2 motorhomes were on the Sprinter chassi. Mercedes is very strict on what RV manufacturers can do to the chassis, they won't even allow drilling holes or even welding on the frame. As a result the motorhome has to be designed to fit the chassis. The manufacturers take the Ford and cut the frames, cut sheet metal lengthen wheel bases, weld where ever they want with no regard as to what they're doing to the integrity of the chassis, I can't run my PC over 60 mph because I have a hum and vibration in the rear end. I've rebalanced tires, had the drive shaft balanced, it wasn't out of balance. I had a heavy duty truck repair shop look at it, he said the cutting and lengthening of my frame was the worst he'd ever seen. He said it didn't look strong enough to drive. This whole thing is a just a big expensive mess.

General Discussion / Re: Cracked Cab
« on: March 31, 2022, 09:55:33 am »
Engineerlt, you ask some good questions, I don't know what to do at this point. I've put 7500 $ so far in repairs, the roof and the slide will will put me over 10,000. The factory stuck a lot in it too. I'm looking at some class b vans, no slides, no roof, no cracking overhead caps. I don;t want to spend 150,000 $ right now and I don't know what to do with my PC.

General Discussion / Re: Cracked Cab
« on: March 30, 2022, 11:34:25 pm »
I had a well recommended body man look at it yesterday. He said the roof metal is very thin, he could weld it but that would weaken the metal around the weld. He may use flat rivets but when you strengthen one place you weaken another. He said this will be an on going problem. I thought the crack was a Ford defect, he said no, it was cracked from installing the cap. I really don't know what to do, my slide went out for the third time in 3.5 yrs. last Sept.  PC couldn't get me in until January so we went down south for 4 months with no slide. Our fridge broke loose from the frame work that holds it up for the 2'nd time, PC fixed it a year ago, we limped home and I patched it up. Our PC will be 4 yrs old next month, it has 122,000 miles on the odometer, our traveling has come to a complete stop until we can get repairs. I've been back to the factory 9 times, a friend of mine found a dealer in Minneapolis who has a slide repair specialist, I'll give him a try, what do I have to lose. Sorry for all he bad news, I have no good news to report.

General Discussion / Re: Cracked Cab
« on: March 30, 2022, 08:59:12 pm »
Here you go.

General Discussion / Re: Cracked Cab
« on: March 30, 2022, 10:36:56 am »
The crack is covered with sealant, you can't really see it. I noticed it shortly after it was new. The metal roof is cracked above the windshield in front of the steering wheel. I had the windshield replaced 3 yrs ago and the installer said there was a crack and they sealed it so it wouldn't leak. Now my cap keeps coming loose from all the flexing.

General Discussion / Cracked Cab
« on: March 30, 2022, 10:02:13 am »
Has anyone had the top of the cab crack where the front cap is fastened?

General Discussion / Re: Balancing Black and Grey While Boodocking
« on: February 02, 2022, 09:56:09 pm »
We've been boondocking in the desert for a month now. PC has the lowest capacities for boondocking in it;s class. My actual tank capacities are, 17 gal black, 32 gal grey, 18 gal freshwater, PC lists the capacities, 23 black,35 gray,31 fresh, It takes a little over 3 gal per day for the black with 2 people, we can go 5 days with the black tank. Our gray capacity is fine. Only having 18 gal fresh is hard to get around. Some vans have larger freshwater capacity. We carry 8 one gal jugs for extra water. Asking PC to build a unit with a larger holding tank would only fall on deaf ears but you could try.
 I camped last week with a friend who had a 2021 Winnebago View, it's black and grey holding tanks are rated at 41 gal. each. He had just gone 8 days without dumping and could have gone farther. I'm not recommending you buy a View but PC has it's shortcomings.

General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Cruiser Dealer Recommendations
« on: December 12, 2021, 09:28:22 pm »
You can not get service at the Phoenix Cruiser factory in a timely manner. Last time I tried, appointments were 4 months out.

General Discussion / Re: Yers I own a TRX
« on: December 11, 2021, 09:17:29 am »
Is it the 3.7 V6 gas engine or diesel? MPG please. Have you weighed it?

General Discussion / Re: Black Tank Valve
« on: December 06, 2021, 10:11:18 am »
Tarnold, reading your post is what got me thinking. I think my valves are ok. I use Thetford valve lubricant every so often it really loosens up the valves. That's why I like to manually  open and close the valves, I can feel if they're getting sticky. I can't find where the macerator is fastened. Mine on my 2400 looks like the drain pipe from the black and gray tanks is what's holding it to the coach.
 Thanks for the reply.

General Discussion / Re: Black Tank Valve
« on: December 05, 2021, 07:38:52 pm »
In freezing weather that rubber boot will expand and keep your solid pipe from cracking.
 A lot of owners probably wonder why I don't like the macerator. My macerator was wired backwards when it was built. It never worked right and I didn't know why. After a year I was at the factory for service and the wiring problem was  discovered. It only worked correctly for a few months after that then stopped working again so I just use the 3 inch sewer hose
 Thanks again Don.

General Discussion / Re: Black Tank Valve
« on: December 05, 2021, 06:26:27 pm »
Where did you get the rubber sleeve?

General Discussion / Re: Black Tank Valve
« on: December 05, 2021, 09:43:22 am »
Thanks for the replay Don. I've been using the sewer hose since 1989, I just don't want to change. I unhooked my electric actuator, it gave me problems when new. I would like to take the macerator off and replumb the system so I have access to use the gray and black tanks manually. I assume that could be done. Replacing the dump valves looks easy on youtube but the plumbing on the PC feels solid, I assume you need to separate the pipes to slide in the new valve?

General Discussion / Black Tank Valve
« on: December 05, 2021, 08:41:21 am »
If my black tank valve fails, can I just leave it open and use the third valve at the outlet? My macerator does not work so I always dump using a sewer hose. If I replace the black tank valve, do I have to use a Bristol valve or can I use a Valterra?

General Discussion / Re: Truma users/waterheater
« on: November 05, 2021, 04:21:36 pm »
Garmp, glade you figured it out. The factory should have been more helpful.

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