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General Discussion / Re: Thermostat question
« on: August 05, 2023, 03:48:11 pm »
We just replaced the Dometic thermostats that came in our 2018 PC with the Micro-Air thermostats and are very happy with them.  You might check out their website and see if they have a model that would work with your year of PC.  If nothing else, they might have an explanation on their website that would answer your question.

General Discussion / Re: Macerator hose not draining
« on: August 03, 2023, 05:01:38 pm »
I just leave the valves open and start at the connection that you hook to on the RV and lift the hose up and continue moving and lifting the sewer hose to the end at the sewer hookup.  You may have to do this two or three times to get the majority of the "liquid" out of the hose.  At that point, close the valves and CAREFULLY disconnect the line from the RV.  Then continue raising the sewer hose and move to the sewer hookup one final time.  I do this when I use the macerator as well.

General Discussion / Re: Vroom Slide System
« on: July 17, 2023, 07:33:14 pm »
Our installation at Fabel was $4950, plus taxes.  The base price for a Vroom installation at Fabel is also $4500, but they charged us 2 extra hours for the added time it took over a normal installation to install the Vroom system in our 3100 PC.  We are very happy with the installation and have no problem with the additional cost.  If we had wanted to have Tucson to do the job, we would have had to wait until March 2024, plus the added cost of driving to Tucson vs. Wisconsin.  Since we live in Michigan, and because Fabel could get us in within a month, it was an easy decision.

General Discussion / Re: Vroom Slide System
« on: July 16, 2023, 06:10:17 am »
The great thing about the Vroom system is that its design won't let the gears get chewed up.  Glad to hear you are happy with your Vroom system.

General Discussion / Re: Vroom Slide System
« on: July 14, 2023, 12:39:39 pm »
Our installation of the Vroom system was necessary because the Schwintek system was not working properly.  If we didn't push or pull on the slide itself the back drive system would not move the slide in or out.  I am a maintenance nut and followed all the recommended maintenance steps issued by the company that manufactures the Schwintek slide system.  I believe that the reason some people do not have issues with the Schwintek system is that their respective slide presses enough pressure against the slide motor gear and the gear rail that is mounted on the slide itself.  If there isn't sufficient press against these two surfaces, the drive gear slips on the gear rail, which is what we were experiencing.  The Vroom system holds the motor driven gear against the gear rail.

General Discussion / Vroom Slide System
« on: July 13, 2023, 09:38:34 am »
On June 29th we took our 2018 Phoenix Cruiser 3100 to Fabel Repair Center in Appleton, WI to have the Schwintek system replaced with the Vroom system.  The replacement took longer than originally expected because this was the first Phoenix Cruiser that Fabel installed the Vroom system on.  In fact, ours was only the 5th PC that the Vroom system had been installed on by Vroom or any of its authorized repair centers.  Due to the curved outside walls of a PC, Vroom installers must modify how they use their templates for aligning the installation of the Vroom tracks.  As a result, the Vroom system on a PC takes longer to complete than it does on a unit wtih straight outer walls.  In our case it took over 2 days for Fabel to complete the installation.  Now that Fabel has completed the Vroom system on our PC, they feel it will only take them a couple of hours extra to work on a PC rather than the time it took to complete ours.

Even though it took longer to complete the installation, we are happy we decided to have the Vroom system installed rather than have a Schwintek service center work on our PC.  We were considering letting Schwintek work on our PC, but they said that they would only be replacing the existing components with like components and that there has not been any changes to their system.  With the Vroom system, the drive gears are held in contact with the drive track so the drive gears cannot "slip" or "skip a tooth".  In addition, the drive gears and the drive track are more substantial and have larger teeth.  The cost for the Vroom system is just under $5,000, which is about twice as much as Schwintek was going to charge us for replacing our system with the same components that were already on it.  It is nice to not worry about whether the slide is going to open or close.  We were impressed with the work done by Fabel and their communication during the installation.

If anyone is interested in talking to the General Manager of the Fabel Repair Center about installation of the Vroom system, his name is Brandon Greetham, his email is bgreetham@fabeltruck.com and his phone number is 920-832-8200.

You may have a thermocouple that is going bad.  On our previous motorhome we had a problem with the flame going out, but that was caused by a small buildup of rust on the burner which caused the flame to not hit the thermocouple properly.

General Discussion / Re: Micro-air easy touch RV thermostat
« on: May 23, 2023, 06:02:33 am »
We are definitely considering it because our front thermostat has been a problem since day one.  When the cover is on, as it is supposed to be, if we touch the temperature up or down buttons the temperature will begin going up or down and won't stop.  We finally took the cover off the thermostat and now just touch the sensors with our fingers and it works fine, but it would be nice to have the cover on it for looks if nothing else.  I will take a look at the Micro-air unit and see if that is an option.  Others I had looked at didn't have the best reviews.  Thanks for the heads up.

General Discussion / Re: Replacing 2910d reclining couch
« on: February 19, 2023, 01:18:13 pm »
We replaced our sofa/sleeper in our 2018, 3100 with two recliners from RecPro.com.  They are in Bristol, IN and we are so happy we did.  Do a search for "New Dual Recliners" and you will see the before and after pictures.  My wife posted it on September 4, 2022.  Let me know if you can't locate it and we can send you the pictures.

General Discussion / Re: Dometic Touch Thermostats
« on: December 11, 2022, 09:59:09 am »
I will give that a try.  They worked fine for the first 3 years and then developed a mind of their own this past year.  Thanks.

General Discussion / Dometic Touch Thermostats
« on: December 10, 2022, 01:00:54 pm »
Has anyone replaced their Dometic Touch Thermostats...and if so, what did you replace them with?  We have two of these thermostats in our 2018 PC, one for the furnace and front A/C and one for the rear A/C and both have developed a mind of their own.  Sometimes they will work as designed, other times they will not.  They will change from Fahrenheit to Celsius by touching the thermostat anywhere on it or when changing the temperature the numbers will go all the way up or all the way down and can't be stopped.  We finally took the covers off them and simply touch the contacts to make them work properly.  Although this works, we would rather have properly working units.

General Discussion / Re: Great service by Phoenix
« on: October 20, 2022, 06:16:11 am »
Glad to hear you had such a good experience with Phoenix.  We have been equally pleased with them from the very beginning.  Hope you enjoy your PC as much as we do ours.  Happy Camping.

General Discussion / Re: Water pressure regulator
« on: October 20, 2022, 06:12:06 am »
Just as others have said, we use one at the spigot, at every campground we visit, regardless of the claimed pressure of the owners.  We always carry an extra regulator with us in case we screw up and leave the regulator by mistake.  Only has happened twice in 20 years of camping, but it saves having to run out and get one while camping.

General Discussion / Re: New Dual Recliners!
« on: September 07, 2022, 06:21:08 pm »
That replacement appears to be a lot more comfortable, ideal as long as you do NOT need the biggest possbible bed there.
Nope, we don't need that bed there.....we ever used it for that. We found that "reclining" that old set-up was way too much hassle and it really wasn't very comfy. We, and the dog, love the new recliners.

General Discussion / Re: Farewell
« on: September 07, 2022, 05:47:52 am »
Best wishes and take care!

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