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Adventure Anywhere / Re: Dreaming of Alaska Road Trip
« on: September 26, 2022, 09:26:27 pm »
Canada is bringing to a close its draconian Covid-19 vaccine border policies,and will not ban travelers who havenít been fully vaccinated against the Covid virus from entering the country.

Those traveling to Canada also no longer will need to make an appointment on the ArriveCan government app that Canada has used to track travelers. People will not need to upload their proof of vaccination and their travel itineraries into the phone app. In addition, Canada will no longer require people to wear face masks on public transportation, including commercial air carriers.

The announcement was made after several days of rumors on social media. Canadian officials say the population is now well vaccinated and the hospital rates are lower, due to more treatments and booster vaccinations that target new variants, such as the Omicron variants.

The border policies have been irregularly enforced and error-prone, according to many travelers. Towns of Skagway and Haines in Alaska have been hard hit because of the policies, which have prevented the free flow of tourism traffic between Canada and Alaska.

After both countries closed their borders in March of 2020, the United States eased its border policies over a year ago, and Canada reopened its borders to fully vaccinated travelers from the United States and Mexico last November, and later to travelers from other countries who were vaccinated and boosted.

General Discussion / Re: Clear coat peeling
« on: August 18, 2022, 02:41:15 pm »
Scaffold stance must vary among vendors.  The stand I used was wide enough to allow the braces to be located outside the wheel wells.  The width of the erected scaffold allowed me to traverse the front of the cab. 
Look around your area.  Usually, it isn't difficult to find multiple suppliers.

Scaffolding is really the only way to work.  Stepladder, or other access from the side is too much of a stretch and ineffective

As for the Clearcoat, the problem pictured in your post is identical to that I have.  Althoough, mine is more deteriorated.  Looks like a piece of junk from the front.  In addition to the peeling up front, I am problemed with the black swirls along the vehicle sides.  My solution has been to let it peel.  Once the clear coat is gone, I use polishing wax and feather the edge onto the adjacent color.  So far, the peeoling has not afftected the base color. 

General Discussion / Re: Led Tail Lights
« on: July 24, 2022, 10:16:26 am »
Thanks!  Appears to be exactly what I am looking for. 

The current flasher is inaucible.  Only vehicle I've ever had with turn signal operation muted.  Seems unnatural.

General Discussion / Re: Led Tail Lights
« on: July 12, 2022, 10:27:48 pm »
This is an interesting topic.  The replies explain the problem and provide answers to most of my questions. 

I had a turn signal / stop light fail and was surprised at how easy it was to find a direct replacement for a fifteen-year-old vehicle. Upon installation, I found the Flasher / Light combination was not in sync.  This Forum is my go-to source for repair suggestions.  And except there was nothing told about the specific wattage resistor to order - the advice worked.  The resistor re established an appropriate light sequencing

Contrary to a friend, who is an accomplished mechanic, the solid state flasher won't solve another issue that would motivate me to shed the resistors. I would like to correct the Flasher and find a replacement that is audible.

General Discussion / Re: Rusty Transmission dipstick tube
« on: July 07, 2022, 11:43:01 am »
According to factory recommendations, vehicles will need their auto transmission fluid changed about every 25,000 miles, though some will specify a longer interval. Driving conditions may also require more frequent changing. 

Checking the fluid regularly will usually show if there has been substantial fluid degradation.  I purchased my PC used.  With thirteen years since new and ten thousand miles, I had the transmission fluid drained, new filters (internal and secondary) replaced.  I check regularly during periods of use.  Fluid looks clear and uncontaminated.

General Discussion / Re: Ordering Parts
« on: July 02, 2022, 12:30:16 pm »
Phoenix Cruiser could have a captive audience!  The recent acquistion came with a base of existing customers,eager to be monopolized.  With known customer loyalty, available to capitalize on,  it had to be included as part of the new owners strategic decison to purchase the company. 

The sale of replacement products is a huge business and attracts multiple profiteers claiming to offer "Premier Customer Service".  Personally, as having to describe the part needed to third-party interlopers often leads to confusion, I would prefer ordering directly from Phoenix Cruiser. 

The Forum includes and I read about the personalized and immediate response characteristics of the original owners.  Those comments are laudatory

General Discussion / Re: Nice PC for sale in Las Vegas
« on: June 21, 2022, 09:26:57 pm »
Maybe the owners got a margin call this AM. Ask if they accept crypto  roflol

That is funny!

General Discussion / Re: Sani Con refurb
« on: May 16, 2022, 08:31:47 am »
Contributors to this topic have encountered a problem similar to what I am experiencing.  Appears there is a temporary resolution using tape, silicone, and clamps.  All good ideas that work and postpone any emergency until I can get replacement parts.

I need help finding a source for the repair parts.  The manual included with the rig doesn't offer an exploded view.  Nothing labeling or describing parts.  Thetford's online presence is equally unhelpful.  Appears the entire assenbly is the only item offered. Ordering parts is made difficult by the complete absence of appropriate nomenclature.

My pump works.  Nothing wrong with function.  However, the case has a hairline crack.  Opening the valves causes a very small leak.  Looking at the assembly, it appears the midsection containing the discharge hose connection is replaceable.  Getting frustrated by the lack of results in that search. 

Tips and Tricks / Annoying Squeak
« on: May 06, 2022, 11:22:58 pm »
Unlike a vehicle, squealing politicians are usually trying to divert your attention from the real problem.  Instead of having the listener focus on real issues to reveal how unseemly their behavior might be.  Whereas, with a machine, an annoying squeak usually leads to a problem that can't be ignored.

I found the length of black iron pipe connecting the LP gas tank to the utility cabinet is essentially free floating.  Suspended by the rubber hose exiting the tank and unfettered before entering the utility connection.  Every bump in the road causes the weight of the unsupported pipe to bounce and "squeak".

Not particularly noticeable at highway speed, it is impossible to ignore at city speeds.  Especially, at intersections or other grade variations. 

Pinpointing the problem is easy.  Just crawl under the rig and confirm it. Effortlessly moving the pipe up and down to replicate travel over a bump generates a squeak that is unmistakable.  And, for me, ignoring it eventually becomes impossible.

I put a u-bolt over the black iron pipe and an eyebolt into an existing hole in the adjacent truck frame.  I connected the two to form a pipe brace midway along the route.  Effectively suspending the pipe with a sling and restricting movement. 

I am currently on the road and made the repair in a hardware store parking lot.  About four thousand miles from home, I am grateful to be rid of the annoyance.  I am also curious why the restraint wasn't installed by the factory. 

Adventure Anywhere / Re: Dreaming of Alaska Road Trip
« on: March 25, 2022, 12:12:00 pm »
Travel to Canada is made confusing by rules and regulations that are posted on officially sponsored websites only to persist long after being superseded.   Adhering to the normal standard operating procedures for classic bureaucratic agencies, the practice leads to unapologetic contradictions and confusion. 

I follow this link:  https://rvalaskacampgrounds.com/border-crossing/ 

Maintained by private enterprise, I find the information to be responsively maintained, clearer in message, and tends to be believable.  And, according to what I read, tourist travel via the Alcan is now available - at the discretion of the Border Agent.

Adventure Anywhere / Re: Dreaming of Alaska Road Trip
« on: March 21, 2022, 12:52:08 pm »
Travel to and from Alaska has been logistically difficult for the past two years of increasingly strict rules on both sides of the border, after the Covid-19 virus became an international policy sensation. Vaccinated travelers can cross into the U.S. by land border without being tested, but Canada has insisted on a recent Covid test, which is difficult for some to get, since home tests are not accepted by Canadian Customs.

The current requirement to provide a negative Covid-19 test when crossing into Canada at a Canadian border ends April 1, the Canada Minister of Health announced. Travelers still must provide a proof of Covid vaccination, but will not need a booster shot to be considered fully vaccinated.

Travelers through the Canadian border also have to make border appointments through an app.

Rules are not lifting entirely. Travelers arriving to Canada from any country, even if fully vaccinated, may be chosen for random testing, which will be mandatory. If selected for mandatory random testing, travelers will not be required to quarantine while await
All travelers continue to be required to submit their mandatory information in ArriveCAN before their arrival in Canada.

Nothing in the announcement addressed the travel restrictions once in Canada.  Leaving those of us eager to drive the ALCAN wondering about limits on trip duration and restrictions imposed to preclude visiting tourist attractions

General Discussion / Re: Fuel Prices
« on: March 12, 2022, 12:15:17 pm »
Always thinking about travel.  Considerations include costs.  Fuel prices are rising so fast, I don't want to claim they won't affect my travel decisions. 

For me, the single overriding obstacle is border restrictions.  According to the current Canadian Protocols, travel into Canada.remains illegal.  Unless you qualify as a fully vaccinated Traveller, you cannot enter Canada for reasons such as:

spending time at a seasonal home or cottage
visiting an immediate or extended family member, if age 18 or over
attending a Canadian educational institution as an international student if age 18 or over
childcare for your relatives
a personal or casual visit
air or rail crew, medical worker, transportation, or sports
tourism, fishing, entertainment or leisure

This will be the third year those wanting to travel to Alaska will be thwarted at the Border

General Discussion / Re: Progress on my wrecked PC
« on: March 05, 2022, 03:10:01 pm »
Looks good to me.  Thanks for the information and pictures.  I would choose the upgrades without hesitation, if any front panels ever need replaced. 

General Discussion / Re: Clear coat on Dometic AC peeling
« on: March 05, 2022, 01:06:35 pm »
Unfortunately, a common problem.  Among those of us with earlier vintage rigs, especially.  Plain and simple.  UV rays cause the clear coat to dry out or become oxidized. Dry clear coat begins to flake and peel, showing white flaky areas where the coat is peeling.

When we purchased our Phoenix Cruiser, it was used and had very low mileage.  It had clear coat peeling.  Only on one side.  Not a concern for me.  While parked outside, awaiting covered parking, the blistering continued.  I did some abatement measures and placed the unit in covered parking.   The blistering hasn't expanded since.

If the clear coat peels out and the paint layer is damaged, your vehicle will need a complete paint rework which is an expensive process. Fixing clear coat damage at an earlier stage will not only save your money but also time and frustration.

General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Cruiser Serial Number?
« on: March 05, 2022, 12:29:57 pm »
Every PC has two VIN numbers, a chassis VIN and a PC-fabricated VIN.  Like Taildragger states, the PC VIN will be a sticker located on the driver's door frame.

The chassis VIN number is used for title, registration, and insurance.

I suspect the PC VIN number is primarily utilized by the factory, a unique ID they can look up on their database to determine how they built the motorhome, features, options, colors, fabrics, etc.

Thanks!  That is what I am looking for.

Your post explains what I am looking for and the significant purpose such a number would include.

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