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General Discussion / Re: Towing 2014 CRV with 2014 2551
« on: January 13, 2019, 11:19:12 pm »
I see the 2014 CRV comes in AWD or FWD. Those with history, what version are you towing?

General Discussion / Re: Towing 2014 CRV with 2014 2551
« on: January 12, 2019, 04:00:05 pm »
Congrats on retirement! I've now been at it two months, its a tough job but it has to get done!
I too would like to hear about the CRV as a toad. I'm thinking of replacing my wife's current driver with something we could possibly set up for towing in the future if needed.
All ears.

General Discussion / Re: Connect ting City Water to Holding Tank
« on: December 27, 2018, 08:59:38 pm »
I call those RV moments, if you have been RV ing for long, I believe everyone will have them. They are hard to believe at the time, but they are reality. KISS is a great philosophy.

General Discussion / Re: Solar Install Thoughts
« on: December 22, 2018, 02:09:35 pm »
I think Fandj is spot on. PC would not run wires a few years ago, or really get involved much in anything but their own option list. This might have changed though. Ask.

We knew we were going to do solar so they did accomodate a few of our requests;
No skylight over the shower.
No roof rack. Which also meant no ladder.
No back window, it dosen't open anyway.
No external anntenas.

So basically keep an open slate on the roof, and back of the rig.

If I were custom building a lithium system myself, I would consider building automatic and manual safeguards to insure it would NEVER start charging, from any source, unless the conditions for the batteries was ideal.


General Discussion / Re: Battle Born Batteries
« on: December 22, 2018, 01:34:39 pm »
I don't know what the cabinets are like in the 2552 but we installed another set of six volt batteries under the sink in our 2350. We had the work done, but it would not be that hard to do. Something to consider without major changes or expense. If I were to do it all again I would not order a Gen, spend the money on more solar, and mount the extra batteries where the generator would have been. Even so, I'm happy having more power and less storage space.

General Discussion / Re: Battle Born Batteries
« on: December 20, 2018, 08:36:02 pm »
At the time we were ordering our PC, lithium batteries were pretty high on my want list. They make sense, although cost is high, weight to power ratio is great, life is suppose to be good also.
PC would not consider that as an option, and I believe that they were correct in not making it an option. They don't have the desire to open a new can of worms. Depending on where you live and how you use your vehicle, charging can create problems. You cannot charge them in cold temps, so an entire climate controlled battery box needs to be engineered. After watching the Travato vid, it appears they have addressed this issue, although I'm still not completely clear on all the safeguards . I probably missed something though.
If you were to retrofit a PC, and were ever going to be in temps below freezing you would need a fail proof system. Those batteries hang out in all the elements, and they are not cheap.
I am convinced its a great way to go, but lets face it, most of the RV industry is still using plans and components from 1965, so I'm not holding my breath.


With those weights, I would say you were very fortunate to have NOT gotten a 4x4 option. I think that adds at least another 500lbs. I'm surprised PC would even offer it as an option.

General Discussion / Re: New 2019 Sprinter Is More Capable, But At A Price
« on: December 16, 2018, 11:16:43 am »
This sounds like an early Christmas present for existing Sprinter owners.

General Discussion / Re: Jacks up or down?
« on: December 16, 2018, 11:14:27 am »
Thanks for all the responses.

 I'm with Ron, WD-40, and Saran wrap get used on just about everything in my life!

6 sets of jacks, no problems, I think that is about as good as it gets..

When I ordered the PC,  I was having a hard time justifying the added price for the jacks. After 10k miles its one thing I really enjoy, and I would do it all over again, not so with other options.


General Discussion / Jacks up or down?
« on: December 09, 2018, 03:47:33 pm »
This is my first experience with leveling jacks. Going into winter we will be using the PC less. Any thoughts on leaving the jacks down, taking some of the weight off the springs?
That seems reasonable, just wondering if they are down, what would be a maximum time limit before they get worked? Or other thoughts?

General Discussion / Re: Spare Tire Lock FYI
« on: November 03, 2018, 05:06:05 pm »
We have the same issue. The cover came off once, no way to get it back on properly. It looks to me like the threads were actually damaged on the screw, because it was forced on.

Zolman, I'm not following exactly what you did. I know it would be a pain for you but could you take a picture of your product?


General Discussion / Re: RVing in Europe
« on: October 28, 2018, 01:41:53 pm »

Funny how the most simple things make us the most HAPPY! The ROI on the rest is very small.

General Discussion / Re: RVing in Europe
« on: October 27, 2018, 12:53:57 am »
Whats not to like about big garages, no Gens, no Ac, short length, no microwaves, no big screens, reduced connectivity, high MPG, did I miss something??? Oh yea, engineering, thinking outside the box, simple, creative, precise,,, probably more.

General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Cruiser 2351
« on: October 24, 2018, 03:10:50 pm »

Thought that was you with the table upgrade, thanks for the link. You got me to thinking about the current counter extension. We have mounted another set of batteries under our sink, which makes it useless for storage. We could move that flip up extension around front, the cabinet doors never get opened anyway. Time to do some measuring, and more planning.


General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Cruiser 2351
« on: October 22, 2018, 03:16:27 pm »

Thanks for your thoughts on the counter extension. I think we will end up with one of these on the forward side slide, like you.
 Remove the PC counter flip up extension ,hopefully repurpose it for a flip up table behind the passenger side seat. Install an extra vertical pedestal on the end of the kitchen counter. I'm guessing we will  have one table top that will be moved from sofa to kitchen. With the vertical adjustment at the kitchen I 'm thinking it can be raised enough to clear the counter and fold in over the sink, for travel, or just keep it on the sofa slide pedestal.

Would you mind next time you are in the RV to give me the measurements of the actual table tops? They look plenty large, and might not fit very well in the kitchen position.

I would like to find a light weight table top material, something you can set a hot pan on, small corian counter tops are really not great for serious cooking. I know someone on here replaced their table with something lighter weight, Was that you CalCruiser? Any ideas on materials?

Thanks again JJ


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