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Title: Elkhart - Things To Do
Post by: GoPhoenix on September 19, 2011, 01:49:18 pm
We recently went to the Phoenix factory for some minor fixes while still under warranty. They’re great as usual – patient and done quickly. We stayed for a week – under $200 at the Elkhart campground. As usual, several Class A lookers - we talked up Phoenix Cruiser.  Of course there’s always the national RV/MH Hall of Fame to see, but we looked for some other things. Two we would highly recommend:

Amish Country Tour. A self-guided driving tour to everything Amish with a free map and CDs from the Elkhart Visitor’s Bureau, one mile from the campground:
http://www.amishcountry.org/things-to-do/heritage-trail
We split it into two days to make it more leisurely. Saw many Amish homes/farms and buggies. Lots of great places to eat and shop. We made a separate day at the Shipshewana Flea Market – largest in the Midwest:
http://www.tradingplaceamerica.com/fleamarket.php

Studebaker Museum (South Bend). A glorious place if you’re into ‘50s and earlier cars. Plus a great carriage museum including the carriage that carried President Lincoln the night of his death and carriages made by Studebaker for several presidents. And of course, lots of outstanding classic Studebakers. Under $12 for two with over 65 and AAA discounts:
http://www.studebakermuseum.org/


Title: Re: Elkhart - Things To Do
Post by: pyrthkr on November 27, 2011, 11:29:47 am
Good recommendations but not sure it will be "The Season" in December or early January when ours is scheduled to be ready.  Kind of concerned that I'm finding many CGs already closed for the winter & will definitely be paying attention to the weather.

Looking for winter CG recommendations in the Elkhart area awa along hwy 55 to the south (or other route options back to Phoenix)..
 :cool


Title: Re: Elkhart - Things To Do
Post by: gradygal on November 27, 2011, 11:41:49 am
Come visit Florida. Barry and Sue are coming down. We could have a 2551/2552 Reunion.

Florida isn't out of the way???? Not much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Title: Re: Elkhart - Things To Do
Post by: pyrthkr on November 27, 2011, 06:51:25 pm
Depending on the weather we hit - we might end up your way.
 :cool


Title: Re: Elkhart - Things To Do
Post by: GoPhoenix on November 28, 2011, 04:18:51 pm
You could ask about staying at the factory.  Would need to ask about safety - guess they could lock you inside the fenced area??  I'd think they'd furnish electric.  I did see them helping someone dump at the back of the lot, so there is a sewer.  (WH)  As for things to do, you could probably do all but the Shipshewana Flea Market, weather permitting.


Title: Re: Elkhart - Things To Do
Post by: pyrthkr on November 29, 2011, 03:06:06 pm
Thanks again for the factory "CG" recommendation.  I've emailed Stuart & Amanda w/that question & a few others related to the trade process.
 :cool


Title: Re: Elkhart - Things To Do
Post by: TomHanlon on November 29, 2011, 03:35:32 pm
Eby's Pines Campground is about 15 minutes east of the factory and they are open all year. In the winter they do turn off the water. The water in Elkhart is very very bad as it contains lots of iron.

http://www.ebyspines.com/


Title: Re: Elkhart - Things To Do
Post by: pyrthkr on November 30, 2011, 10:12:13 pm
Thanks Tom. 

Checked their website & it looks like a nice place.  Still in the early planning stages &, as you probably do as well, we figure out the next day from wherever we stop.  This one looks like a keeper though - especially if the factory option isn't available.

Appreciate your response,

 :cool


Title: Re: Elkhart - Things To Do
Post by: TomHanlon on December 01, 2011, 06:45:31 am
Mike, I would strongly recommend that you spend the first night after picking up your new baby at Eby's. I spent four years working at an RV dealer selling RV and helping to check them in when they arrived at the dealer from the manufacture. When I picked up my current PC, I spent two hours going over it checking every little thing. We did not put water in it because the water in Elkhart is so bad and full of iron. When we were ready to leave the weather had turned bad, heavy rain and even thunder storms, so we decided to head south out of the rain. We ended up driving through the worst storms Indiana had seen in years down to Indianapolis, some 170 miles. By the time we got to a campground it was dark and raining pretty hard. I parked in the site and reached down to put the jacks down. Oh boy, you should have hear me talking to my self, like a drunken sailor. NO JACKS. How could I have missed that? I called Stuart and left a message for him. In the morning I called Carol at the factory and she arranged to have jacks installed as soon as I could get back there, a three hour drive. It turns of that at least five people missed the jacks on the check off list and I missed it on delivery. Everyone was very sorry for the mistake and even paid for my gas and troubles. When we picked up our first PC, we did stay locally and only found one small thing wrong. A quick swing by the factory the next day had it fixed in five minutes.  I should have spend the first night near the factory like I have recommended in the past. I laugh at this now but it wasn't so funny then.

I would recommend that you try to pickup the new PC on Monday through Thursday and leave Friday for a return to get anything fixed. Most likely you will not need to return to the factory but it is better safe than sorry. I bet that Stuart will not like me staying this here but it is how I feel.

PS. if these post are helpful, please press the "mark helpful" button on the left under my name. I am trying to keep up with Ron D. on being helpful. Thank you


Title: Re: Elkhart - Things To Do
Post by: ron.dittmer on December 01, 2011, 10:30:28 am
We live 160 miles, 3 hours from the factory.  We had our walk-through where Stuart shortened the tail pipe extension for me, and then we headed home.  We never had any type of warranty claim.  After the warranty had ended, I wanted to purchase a new battery tray after I finished my battery shield, but they shipped one for free.  The same with some door latches and door knobs.  That was real nice of PC-USA.

Stuart hit his head real bad trying to get that tail pipe extension off.  I think he saw stars.  That was 4.5 years ago.  To this day I feel real bad about that.


Title: Re: Elkhart - Things To Do
Post by: TomHanlon on December 01, 2011, 12:06:51 pm
Does that explain why he is the way is today?  roflol roflol roflol


Title: Re: Elkhart - Things To Do
Post by: pyrthkr on December 01, 2011, 01:44:56 pm
Thanks folks.  DW (still VERY nervous about traveling in the lakes area this time of yr) & I will definitely be staying nearby (Eby's looks good!) to check out the new baby.  Ha, ha Tom.  No Jacks!  Guess we can all get carried away w/what we see instead of what we don't see.  I'll let you know if we miss the dinette or our jacks.  I assume the unit will have a bit of gas & propane in it so we can fire up the furnace/oven/water heater.  Did you do ANY water tests (you mentioned Elkhart's non-tasty water) or did you wait until you returned home?  (pump, water line leakage, etc.).

Can't wait!

 :cool


Title: Re: Elkhart - Things To Do
Post by: TomHanlon on December 01, 2011, 01:54:59 pm
We waited until we got down near Wheeling, WV at a campground before putting water into the fresh tank. Ran a few test to test the pump and then hooked up to city water. By morning the fresh water tank was empty. The factory had left the drain valve open on the tank. So I knew that worked also. :lol

The RV hall of fame is just about two miles from the factory if you want to visit it.


Title: Re: Elkhart - Things To Do
Post by: pyrthkr on December 01, 2011, 01:55:57 pm
 :lol


Title: Re: Elkhart - Things To Do
Post by: pyrthkr on December 01, 2011, 01:57:43 pm
BTW:  my "helpful" votes can be bought!

Hey, youz guyz live near Cheekago don't ya?


Title: Re: Elkhart - Things To Do
Post by: TomHanlon on December 01, 2011, 04:06:25 pm
Ron does but I live in Howard County Maryland. I think we meet at the Hershey show last September. I was sitting in the 2552. Ended up ordering one that day.


Title: Re: Elkhart - Things To Do
Post by: classact on February 19, 2012, 01:54:42 am
I'm late in seeing this, but FWIW- I'm an Elkhart County native and have to say that I probably wouldn't recommend Eby Pines.  It's "OK", but it's long overdue for the upgrades.  One of the nicest campgrounds within reasonable distance from Elkhart is Pla-Mor between Bremen and Nappanee.  It gets high marks on www.rvparkreviews.com and it's probably about a 35-45 minute ride to PC HQ in Elkhart.


Title: Re: Elkhart - Things To Do
Post by: classact on February 21, 2012, 11:47:44 pm
I'm enjoying the comments about the "bad" water in Elkhart.  Funny story - I grew up in Elkhart County (that's not the funny part) and went to college at Purdue (that's also not the funny part).  I had grown so used to the exceptionally hard water from the well on our farm that I actually missed it when I went to college!  So every few weeks when I'd come home, I would fill up plastic jugs and take it back to college with me. I eventually got used to city water, less hard, whatever, and much prefer it today.    So, don't fear the water - one tank isn't going to hurt your system by any means, although it might taste funny to you if you drink it out of the tap (which we never do in our RV anyway).

Also with regard to Elkhart County - don't fear traveling there this time of year. The county in particular, and the region in general, is very adept at handling the weather they receive this time of year.  I would MUCH prefer driving on an Elkhart Country road in a Feb snowstorm over driving in Nashville after a light dusting any day. Seriously!



Title: Re: Elkhart - Things To Do
Post by: bigbadjc on February 22, 2012, 11:07:01 am
This probably belongs in the joke section, but those of us who didn't grow up in the Midwest tend to think of places like Peoria, Akron, Toledo, and yes, Elkhart, as being in the rather boring Rust Belt of the old industrial USA.  So when I see a long thread of what to do in Elkhart, I am reminded of a wonderful John Denver rendition of a Randy Sparks tune, Saturday Night in Toledo Ohio.  It can be heard on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r519fk811rA.  If you you're not familiar, listen and enjoy.  By the way, I have been thinking about going to Elhart just to see what the home of the RV industry, at least in better times, looks like. 

Jerry


Title: Re: Elkhart - Things To Do
Post by: ron.dittmer on February 22, 2012, 01:00:18 pm
I have been thinking about going to Elhart just to see what the home of the RV industry, at least in better times, looks like.  Jerry
Try Google Earth, with an occasional  "street view".  You can pretend you are driving right past the PC factory.  Google Earth with it's many cool features is absolutely free.

Too bad Kermit, Stuart, and the entire PC team was not outside waving at the G.E. vehicle when it drove past taking the pictures.  If you go there through G.E. today, there is not one PC or cut-away chassis parked anywhere outside.  No employee vehicles either.  Must have been a sunny Sunday.