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General Discussion / Re: Ford 6.8 V10 Chirping Away (2017)
« on: Today at 01:15:00 pm »
Yes Volkemon,  "idler",  not "tensioner".  Terminology corrected. 2o2

General Discussion / Re: Build quality on newer PC's
« on: Today at 01:08:37 pm »
I regret jokingly posting my earlier comment which amp'd up this conflict.  I surely lacked wisdom in doing so.  I apologize for it.  I would delete my post, but member's replies include my post.  I am tempted to ask the moderator to clean up this thread but it is not my place.

Is it possible for us to put this behind and reply only about "Build Quality On Newer PC's"?

Ron Dittmer

General Discussion / Re: Ford 6.8 V10 Chirping Away (2017)
« on: November 29, 2021, 10:17:07 pm »
I am gonna look and see if the second tensioner is on mine sometime, and add it if it is not.
Our 2007 V10 does not have that second belt tensioner.....and we have no belt squeaking.

General Discussion / Re: Ford 6.8 V10 Chirping Away (2017)
« on: November 28, 2021, 04:56:55 pm »
Not sure this applies, but........

For a number of years, I owned a Ford Ranger pickup truck with the 3.0L-V6 engine.  I bought it used with a chirping belt.  I replaced the belt with a new per-spec one and it still chirped.  Long story short, I ended up buying another new belt that was 1/2" shorter which solved the problem.

I will always wonder if the idler pulley was replaced at some time by a previous owner and it was a tad bit smaller than the original one.

General Discussion / Re: Converter
« on: November 27, 2021, 09:14:32 am »
Speaking of charging.

Our 2007 has the original PC installed 2000 watt Tripp-Lite converter/inverter combo unit which works with lead acid and AGM batteries, but does NOT handle lithium.  It offers 20amps of charging.

We boondock most often which can be 9-10 days at a time between long drives for battery recharging.  My drives are measured in feet to the dump station, surly useless for battery maintenance.  So we rely exclusively on the generator for battery charging.  But.........

To utilize the generator run times better, I use an external smart charger that can be set as high as 40amps.  It's no big deal to pull out the charger, hook it up as shown, and monitor the progress.  This picture was taken in 2009 when we had 12V lead acid batteries.  Today we have 6V AGM and no battery tray which is easier yet to setup.  I installed the AGMs in the spring of 2015 and they still performed extremely well during our month long trip out west last September.

If your on-board charger is not working, consider what I practice all the time.  Selecting the right charger will reduce generator run times.

General Discussion / Re: Converter
« on: November 26, 2021, 08:28:38 am »
Hi Jerry,

Before replacing the converter, I would get a voltage meter and probe the ~110V input and ~13.8V output of the converter, right there at the converter itself.  Doing so would rule out an external disconnect or failure.  For example, there are two fuses and another electrical item, I believe a diode in the wiring at the batteries.  Maybe something there failed, became loose, or corroded.

This is the wiring in our battery compartment.  There are two red wires, I believe one from the chassis alternator, the other from the converter.

General Discussion / Re: Selling our 2010 2551
« on: November 24, 2021, 05:39:10 pm »
2 Lucky, I have always appreciated your contributions here.  It's nice to be including your tow vehicle.  My mother had a 2001 Chevy Tracker that I prep'd and sold for her in 2018 so I am "very" familiar with them.  I wish you well with your sale.

General Discussion / Re: Leave the Seat up!
« on: November 23, 2021, 09:10:45 am »
I realize mothballs stink up the rig, but having enough distributed around will prevent rodents from moving in.  Mice can do some serious damage to chassis wiring in the engine compartment, so hang a couple of sacks of mothballs in there too.

Off-season, I store our Saturn Sky SEEN HERE outside under a make-shift canopy under our deck.  Check out the last two pictures.  Our property is a rodent city, in part because we feed the birds in the winter.  The deck is adjacent to the feeding area making rodents a serious threat to the car.  I place trays of mothballs in the trunk and passenger compartment, and hang 3 sacks under the hood.  I also plug the exhaust pipe with a tight-fitting plastic bottle to prevent critters from moving in there.  It has been working well.  Just a little such effort pays back big.

We could use a couple of alley cats.  They would have plenty to eat.

General Discussion / Re: Build quality on newer PC's
« on: November 22, 2021, 09:25:16 am »
Calcruiser.  Yup gotta love Brandon
Let's go Brandon!

Sorry, I couldn't resist.....I apologize in advance to those who are offended.

General Discussion / Re: Build quality on newer PC's
« on: November 21, 2021, 05:26:43 pm »
WillLoyd… nothing wrong with trying another flavor.
I agree.  I would likely try another brand after a bad experience.

General Discussion / Re: OCCC for 2910D and 2910T
« on: November 21, 2021, 02:49:04 pm »
So if we're understanding correctly, we could get the two slide 2910D but with a dinette in lieu of the two Euro chairs and the small table between them? 

And the factory is still willing to do some customization even with the ownership change in 2017 and the return to selling through authorized dealers beginning in 2019?  If so, we are very encouraged!
You ask a good question.  It is surely worth asking the factory for such a minor deviation.  Worst case scenario is buying and later modifying.

General Discussion / Re: OCCC for 2910D and 2910T
« on: November 21, 2021, 08:31:59 am »
Hi Barb,

Especially because of Art's height, see if someone on this forum, at Phoenix, or at a dealership, will provide the dimensions of the dinette in a 2910D and T.  You will find that the "D" dinette will be significantly bigger because it is NOT placed inside a slide-out.  With a "D", Art's long legs won't tangle up with your legs, and the much larger table will be much appreciated.  You will loose the euro chair there because the bigger dinette utilizes that space.

Regardless of model, the dinette without a slide-out utilizes the adjacent angled transition wall.  It also gains roughly 6 extra inches as it does not need to accommodate slide-out wall thickness and trim.  CLICK HERE to see our no-side 2350 dinette which helps to visualize what I am talking about, most especially the last picture.   Another benefit will be the extra large over-head cabinets.

You mentioned that you like the reduced width and height of a PC.  There you go.  Welcome to the club of people who find that attractive.  My wife Irene has no problem driving our PC because of that.  The reduced facial area also reduces drag and is more tolerant to wind gusts and such.  This head-on picture clarifies that.

General Discussion / Re: OCCC for 2910D and 2910T
« on: November 20, 2021, 12:40:41 pm »
Our research has only just begun and we still need to see a 2910T in person.  We are heading over to La Mesa RV in Tucson today to see a PC 2552 so that we can see for ourselves the quality of the Phoenix Cruiser workmanship.
That is a very good plan.  Check out a different model locally to examine general workmanship and the over-all dimensional feel.  Every PC has the same width and height.  Only the lengths vary.  You will learn a lot walking through a model you are not interested in.  You just might say something like...."We didn't realize how small a PC is." and decide to rule out every PC.  For some people, the smaller width and height are sought after.  For others, it's downsizing too much.  It can become a problem for exceptionally tall people.  6 feet with shoes on is about it before hitting your head on the a/c unit in the ceiling, and the shower against the side wall with sloping-down ceiling (which every model has) can be another point of contention, even considering the domed skylight.  But you have a shot at success with a 2910 D or T opening up the interior, as long as nobody is taller than 6 feet.  Of coarse, you also have to approve of the interior design in concept, general workmanship (fit and finish), and chosen materials.

Keep in mind that Hickory will be your hardest wood that resists damage the best.  We just bought a set of Amish bedroom furniture made of hickory and it is exceptionally good stuff.  Stained just right blends together the contrasting character without loosing the character.

Good luck kicking the tires on that 2552.  I would love to hear about your evaluation.

General Discussion / Re: OCCC for 2910D and 2910T
« on: November 20, 2021, 09:24:06 am »
A low mileage pre-owned 2910D with liquid springs could be very desirable if it’s not  a reliability issue.
I tend to agree.

As many here know, I don't care for any slide-outs to begin with, but even more so when they are on the passenger side intruding on critical outdoor living space.  A clean passenger-side wall with a full length awning is ideal to me.

Sorry for insulting some here.

General Discussion / Re: Tires
« on: November 19, 2021, 02:57:37 pm »
Two days ago on 11/17/2021 Michelin started offering a $70 rebate on a set of 4 tires.  You would need to look into if Michelin's rebate amount increases when buying more than 4 tires.

For our family sedan, I just bought THESE 4 Michelin tires from TireRack.  I should be getting a $70 rebate from Michelin in the form of a credit card thingy.  I selected the tire for the thread wear warranty of 60,000 miles and the "winter rating" even though they are classified as all-season tires.  We need extra help when slippery, getting up our long incline driveway and on the road.

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