We special ordered our 2007 Phoenix Cruiser 2350 in the spring of 2007. That was over 14 years ago. We selected model 2350 primarily because at 23'-8" long, it fit in our garage, but also because it came with every feature we wanted in "practical" fashion. For example, the kitchen sink and g...
We special ordered our 2007 Phoenix Cruiser 2350 in the spring of 2007. That was over 14 years ago. We selected model 2350 primarily because at 23'-8" long, it fit in our garage, but also because it came with every feature we wanted in "practical" fashion. For example, the kitchen sink and galley in general is a very good size, the fridge has a separate freezer, the fresh water tank holds 35 gallons, we shower in a dedicated shower stall (a dry bath) and we have a whole house inverter to power most 110V appliances with our two house batteries. We intentionally did not get a slide out to opt for a nice size comfortable dinette, a feature critical to us. Model 2350 has an extra easy chair for an additional place to relax. We also have plenty of storage inside and outdoor. The rear corner double bed in model 2350 is a bit tight but still very manageable for us, now in our mid 60's.
The rear exterior wall section includes integrated storage for the spare tire and other items, something I don't see offered by other manufactures.
Emphasizing the quality of materials, design, and workmanship, I feel our Phoenix Cruiser ranks higher than most other brands in a similar configuration.
Our rig has a very aerodynamic frontal area, it stands only 9'-10" to the top of the a/c unit, and only 93" wide, making the rig easier to drive and maneuver. Cross winds, trucks passing, all that windy thrashing is greatly reduced. With heavy duty front and rear stabilizer bars and shocks, our scaled-down rig handles hair-pin turns extremely well with confidence. It almost resembles driving an SUV rather than a drunken sailor.
The sturdy main entry door with reinforced door jamb stands out from all others. The roll-away screen door is a very nice compliment in that it disappears when you don't need it.
The general fit of everything is just right. Body panels align properly, with all joints tight. Caulk is used minimally for the purpose sealing a seam, not closing a gap. The quality of workmanship throughout shows very nicely.
Then there are the many hidden things that are noted in the company's assembly presentation. 110V wiring is 12 gauge instead of 14 gauge to handle power surges, all wiring, both 12V and 110V is point-to-point without splicing or the use of wire harness connectors that are susceptible to arc failures. Fresh water pipes use brass elbows throughout Every large cutout in walls and ceiling have aluminum framing embedded in the edges of the openings for increased structural integrity. The floor is 3/4" marine plywood over square steel beams with foam block insulation and a thick durable underbelly water barrier to protect everything. The domed roof is finished in sheet fiberglass that over-laps the walls for a tight seal. It's not cheaply slapped together with cut-corners as is common in the RV industry. Extra care is put into these rigs and it shows up in various ways as we have observed over so many years.
One last thing, we got the thermal pane window option which makes our rig more quiet at night and better insulated. Along with the well insulated floor, walls and ceiling, on cold nights our no-slide rig with the smaller interior volume of air, our furnace operates much more efficiently, cycles less using less battery power and less propane. It's been a great rig for boondocking. We rarely stay in RV parks with hookups so we well utilize all the on-board systems our rig has to offer.
Our 2007 Phoenix Cruiser 2350 (on a 2007 Ford E350 chassis) been a blessing to own all these years. Our plan is to own it until we are too old and dangerous to drive. We hope that is many years away.