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31  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Might Look At 2400 Used on: March 30, 2016, 02:11:09 pm
We have a 2012 model 2400 that we bought new and has 59,000 miles. Our unit has 4 wheel drive on the E350 chassis. We have generally been very pleased with all aspects of the vehicle's performance. Our sofa bed has the memory foam construction and is very comfortable. The only nuisance is the nightly ritual of preparing the bed and morning stowing of bedding. We looked at the 2350 but did not like the fixed location and size of the bed. We will be selling our unit later this spring but we have many great memories of our travels and camping experiences. And as many others have testified on this site, the people at Phoenix are very supportive and helpful to theownersof their motorhomes.
32  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A few questions before I do a factory tour on: March 06, 2016, 01:46:41 am
We do have leveling jacks and the installer for Phoenix does make an adjustment for the height of the 4x4 but there have been a number of occasions where we had to use pads under one or more of the corners to get fully level. It works fine 90% of the time.
33  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A few questions before I do a factory tour on: March 06, 2016, 01:34:54 am
We have a 2400 with Quigley 4x4. The  4x4 shifter can be a pain for getting from the drivers seat to the coach but you get used to it. We have had our unit  for 4 years with  59,000 miles of travel and the selector has never  moved out of 4H  unless I wanted it to.  Living in Alaska we use  the 4x4 more  than most and it has always performed flawlessly, but keep in mind it is a 7 ton vehicle. It is fine on snow and  good on dry gravel but mud and ruts get real dicey really quick. We ordered our unit on a 350 chassis and we will order a 450 next time. The folks at Quigley are almost as nice as the folks at Phoenix and they would be happy to answer any questions about added weight from the conversion.
34  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2400 Sofa Bed on: February 10, 2016, 08:32:03 pm
Yes, yes, and yes....we roll up our topper and store it  behind one of the Euro chairs while we are traveling. The bed is comfort foam and surpringly comfortable even without the topper. Both sides recline and adjust individually.
35  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Questions on a PC on: February 09, 2016, 02:11:14 pm
We have the Quigley 4x4 option on our 2012 PC2400. We are very satisfied after 56,000 miles in pretty challenging environments as long as you keep in mind that a 12,000 + pound vehicle has limited off road capabilities under the best of circumstances. Most of our experience has been on snow covered roads where it has performed very well.
36  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2350/2400 Question on: January 31, 2016, 10:20:05 pm
We own a 2400 and the simple  answer to your question is no. In order to extend the bed without  extending the slide you need to remove both the chairs  opposite the couch and also remove the  table/cabinet  that is secured to the outside wall. Even then there is barely enough space for a complete opening of the couch into the bed configuration.
37  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bilstein Shocks for Cruiser 2010 2551 on: January 12, 2016, 07:44:16 pm
We chose Bilstein HD because our "expert" said the comfort series is best for smooth roadways but HD give better control on rough roads. We replaced all the tires at the same time with Michelins. That was 15,000 miles ago and we are very pleased.
38  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Safe Motorist Course on: January 10, 2016, 01:09:10 am
AARP also sponsors a course that costs about $15 that my wife and I have taken recently that also  is good for 3 years and is good for a discount at least with State Farm and Safeco.
39  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Off-roading on: September 11, 2015, 03:12:02 pm
There are a few of us out here
40  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need new shocks (Bilstein thread) on: August 16, 2015, 02:10:44 am
We installed Bilstein Heavy Duty shocks last year and we are very pleased with  the ride. Our coach is a 2400 with 4WD. The ride was very stiff with the factory shocks, and is much more comfortable now. We did replace all 6 tires at the same time with Michelins so I'm not sure how much of the improvement is to be split between the shocks and the tires.
41  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Driving lights/fog on: August 14, 2015, 03:11:02 pm
A few too many close calls with moose and caribou crossing the roadway at dusk and dawn convinced us that the investment in the lights and grille guard was worthwhile. After installation my first close encounter was with a deer in Ohio. Since then we have had a number of encounters on the AlCan and Alaska highways with everything from Dall Sheep to Wood Bison. The only hit was in broad daylight with  a crazed whitetail on a back road in Western Pennsylvania. The lights do provide a measurable safety margin in low light conditions. The grille guard is from Go Rhino and includes the light bar. It is a simple bolt on installation to the frame. The Driving Force lights are Australian and are very common in Western Canada and Alaska. Several manufacturers now offer LED setups that are much more compact than these for driving lights.
42  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Driving lights/fog on: August 13, 2015, 10:47:51 pm
Another alternative is aftermarket driving/fog lights. We chose aftermarket Driving Force lights mounted on a Go Rhino Grille Guard. We had ford driving and fog lights on earlier vehicles that were more for show than functional. We are very satisfied with our current setup. There are different lenses for driving (clear), fog (yellow), and snow (blue). We use the fog lenses mostly on our motorhome, but move the lights to our F150 pickup truck in the winter for use when driving in the snow or our long Alaskan nights. We have been using them for 3 years and are very happy with them.
43  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Miles per year on your Phoenix? on: August 12, 2015, 12:06:51 pm
Our 2012 has 48,000 miles and we are leaving soon on a trip east that should bring our total to 60,000. We live in Alaska  and we have driven the Alaska Highway multiple times to visit family and the attractions in the lower 48.
44  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Euro chair on: August 11, 2015, 10:20:27 pm
We have 2 Euro chairs that we move in and out thru the passenger door. Extraction and  insertion of the chairs is a bit awkward but gets easier with practice. We make decisions on use/not use based on where we are headed and for how long. Most of the time we leave one at home. The wife prefers the couch and I use the other one to work at the desk/table that comes with the 2400. We keep the chair firmly secured when traveling using the Phoenix provided bolt clamp. I am of the opinion based on a close call with a chair that had not been secured that it is much safer to clamp the chair down securely when the coach is in motion. We clamp it in as part of the pre departure checklist and unclamp it when we set up for the night. Full use of the chair features is not practical while the chair is secured to the floor at least in the 2400 configuration.
45  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rattle My Brain... on: July 20, 2015, 02:43:11 am
This forum has been very helpful in helping to identify and control coach noises. This weekend I implemented the solution outlined earlier in this topic stream. I have yet to attempt to address the noise from the engine cover (lack of noise insulation) and I've given up on the A/C and generator noises; otherwise lots of squeaks are now quieted thanks to the creative solutions others have shared.
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