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Ron Dittmer

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    • My 2007 2350 Phoenix Cruiser
  • OwnPC: Yes
  • NewUsed: New
  • PurchDate: June 2007
  • Model: 2350 Ford
  • ModelYear: 2007
  • Slide: No
  • IntColor: Cherry Green&Gray
  • ExtColor: Full Body Gray
  • Location: N/E Illinois
Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #1350 on: November 05, 2022, 07:39:26 am »
In those pre 2007 years, Phoenix did a lot of undocumented activity, so I suppose it is possible to have a 2004-2900.

One thing to keep in-mind about PCs made 2004 and earlier.  2004 was a significant transition year.  The earlier 2004's were built like previous model years, without the integrated spare tire rear wall system nor the current day entry door.  So if shopping for an older PC, a later-made 2004 would be a better choice.  They are easy to spot in pictures.

A similar point concerns the whole house inverter and two batteries.  2007 was the first year to have that feature as standard.  I understand it is a rare find in a 2006.

Back in early 2007 when we were contemplating a PC, we initially considered ordering one stripped like we had with the motorhome it replaced, without many basic features like the convenience package and whole house inverter.  This was to get the price down to what we wanted to spend.  But as it went, we decided to splurge and get everything we desired, a decision we never regreted.

My point in sharing this is there are a rare few PCs out there being sold with missing standard features.  So when internet shopping, pay attention to the description and pictures.
Ron (& Irene) Dittmer

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CalCruiser

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  • OwnPC: Yes
  • NewUsed: Used
  • PurchDate: November 2015
  • Model: 2350 Ford
  • ModelYear: 2003
  • Slide: Yes
  • IntColor: Hickory/ Beige
  • ExtColor: Custom Ford colors- dark shadow grey & blue jeans metallic
  • Location: SoCal
Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #1351 on: November 05, 2022, 02:39:50 pm »
Here’s a link for a 2004 “29RQ” that may actually be a gas 2900?
https://www.rvtradesok.com/inventory/2004-phoenix-cruiser-29rq/

It’s not that unusual to see an incorrect model number in a listing from a used RV dealer. Under the original employee ownership  Phoenix  USA RV was a small boutique builder of B+ coaches. So when you find one for sale it may actually be a rarity. According to the NADA guide mine doesn’t really exist either.
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Ron Dittmer

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    • My 2007 2350 Phoenix Cruiser
  • OwnPC: Yes
  • NewUsed: New
  • PurchDate: June 2007
  • Model: 2350 Ford
  • ModelYear: 2007
  • Slide: No
  • IntColor: Cherry Green&Gray
  • ExtColor: Full Body Gray
  • Location: N/E Illinois
Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #1352 on: November 05, 2022, 04:00:12 pm »
Here’s a link for a 2004 “29RQ” that may actually be a gas 2900?
https://www.rvtradesok.com/inventory/2004-phoenix-cruiser-29rq/
The ad states model 29RQ, whatever that means.  The length in the ad states 25'-11", but the pictures say it is model 2900 with the optional dinette slide-out.  Model 2900 measures 29'-8" without consideration for the ladder, so something is inaccurate with the ad.

The rig does have a single house battery as indicated by the battery compartment on the driver side.  So it will not have a whole house inverter.

One thing certain, if it is in good shape, it is a good deal.
Ron (& Irene) Dittmer

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Willy-789

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  • OwnPC: No
  • NewUsed: New
  • Model: None
  • Slide: Yes
  • Location: Southwest Va
Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #1353 on: December 14, 2022, 09:10:41 pm »
This rv certainly looks like it is in good shape. I found out it also has 4 solar panels, 2 house batteries and hydraulic levelers.

BUT, for some reason I have had a bad feeling about this. When I spoke to Darin, the owner of Trades OK, he said this unit was about a 9 out of 10 for the exterior and a 7 out of 10 for the interior. I had started asking Darin some questions about the unit and he wasn’t at the unit so he said to email them to him and he would get me the answers. I got an email from him that he was delivering a unit that Saturday and he would get to it later. He never did.

I got someone to inspect the unit. Darin said he could make Saturday work and everything would be hooked up and unlocked. The inspector called Darin a couple of days before the inspection to make sure everything was a go. According to the inspector Darin didn’t know he was coming Saturday. WTH! The unit was plugged into electric but was winterized. So I don’t know much about the plumbing.

For the inside of the unit the refrigerator was at 54 degrees after being plugged in all night. The A/C would not put out cold air. The lp system had a leak down issue. Now to the problems it has.
This thing had/has leaks. I will be posting some pictures later. The wall between the passenger door and the coach door is in extremely bad shape. The wall on the street side of the slide out is in very bad shape. The wall under the slide out is going to require a picture.

So what do you think?

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CalCruiser

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  • OwnPC: Yes
  • NewUsed: Used
  • PurchDate: November 2015
  • Model: 2350 Ford
  • ModelYear: 2003
  • Slide: Yes
  • IntColor: Hickory/ Beige
  • ExtColor: Custom Ford colors- dark shadow grey & blue jeans metallic
  • Location: SoCal
Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #1354 on: December 16, 2022, 04:06:09 am »
2o2 to the inspection service. That’s good looking out.

If you search this forum using keyword “leaks” there’s a wealth of information from WillLloyd, Volkemon, and RoadToNowhereRV about the type of damage you may find  due to bad caulking on the angled transition panel vertical seams. Mold could be a hidden problem if it’s been chronically leaking in a damp climate.

https://forum.phoenixusarv.com/index.php?topic=3628.0

Also consider upgrading to a 12v compressor type refrigerator and Houghton Quiet air conditioner instead of replacing the old stuff with the same stuff.

Just my .02
Goin' where the wind goes...

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mikeh

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  • OwnPC: Yes
  • NewUsed: New
  • PurchDate: 02/2019
  • Model: 2552
  • ModelYear: 2019
  • Slide: Yes
  • IntColor: Toast
  • ExtColor: Toast
  • Location: Oklahoma
Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #1355 on: December 16, 2022, 10:49:56 am »
So what do you think?

Willy, I'm not sure I can offer anything that you wouldn't have already considered.
Obviously, on a 19-year-old RV, one would expect to find issues.  If somehow it had been maintained and updated to still be in excellent overall--the price would surely reflect that.

CalCruiser has some excellent advice.  Any older appliances that aren't working (or working correctly) can be replaced with the latest technology stuff.  That will probably be the easiest part of getting the RV "up to snuff".  If you look at some of the postings that CalCruiser refers to on the forum, you will see that proper repair of long-term leak issues can become major projects.  Those repairs will require the most time and labor if you tackle them yourself, or will be the major expense if you farm them out.

If your inspector returned an overall good report on the mechanical condition of the chassis, you may be good to go there--there should be a lot more mileage left in that E450.  It's the "house" and "systems" that take the hardest hit of time and use.  You can always keep searching for a better combination of condition and price--certainly, nation-wide, some of them are out there--but that's what everyone is looking for and it's hard to be persistent and patient enough to be the one who finds it.

All the best,    Mike

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Bluet Stallings

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  • OwnPC: Yes
  • NewUsed: New
  • PurchDate: 12/31/2022
  • Model: 2100
  • ModelYear: 2023 TRX
  • Slide: No
  • IntColor: Grey
  • ExtColor: Grey & Black
  • Location: Atlanta
Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #1356 on: January 17, 2023, 03:08:46 pm »
Welcome to Phoenix USA RV's Discussion Board. We think you'll find this is a nice place to hang out. Why don't you start off with a little introduction and tell us a bit about yourself?
Hi there, I am a 76 yr old widow, who just bought a 2023 Phoenix Cruiser TRX. It is perfect for me! I am a nomad at heart and the only thing keeping me in the Atlanta area, is grandchildren. My husband and I have owned several motor homes, but this is my first B+. I have a planned two week trip to FL in March. I am a member of Sisters on the Fly and will do a trip with them in Feb, but am not a cold weather glamper. Wave, if you see me on the road. My RV is named Bluet.

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CalCruiser

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  • OwnPC: Yes
  • NewUsed: Used
  • PurchDate: November 2015
  • Model: 2350 Ford
  • ModelYear: 2003
  • Slide: Yes
  • IntColor: Hickory/ Beige
  • ExtColor: Custom Ford colors- dark shadow grey & blue jeans metallic
  • Location: SoCal
Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #1357 on: January 18, 2023, 12:52:57 am »
                    (w)

It’s great to have you here. There’s one other member with a TRX on the forum, but you are the first with the updated Transit chassis with a 3.5 ecoboost engine and 8 speed transmission.  I’m sure you will be getting A Lot of questions about Bluet !!
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mikeh

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  • Model: 2552
  • ModelYear: 2019
  • Slide: Yes
  • IntColor: Toast
  • ExtColor: Toast
  • Location: Oklahoma
Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #1358 on: January 18, 2023, 08:33:46 am »
Welcome to the PC Forum, Bluet!

As CalCruiser says, you'll have a "first edition" on here as far as we know--but sounds like you have considerable RV experience.
That's a good combination, since you have the background to compare your past experience with the Transit/TRX you have now.  We'll look forward to your thoughts as you can provide them!
All the best,     Mike