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16  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Comparing Michelin tire with Firestone tire on: September 07, 2017, 02:17:46 pm
I gotta weigh in on this one after the last trip.

About two years ago Michelin had a recall.  I got seven new tires.  On our first trip one of the tires was losing pressure.  The installer bubbled it then pulled it and put in a water tank. No sign of a leak so they concluded  the valve extensions were a problem.  That proved to be not the problem and I would just pump the tire every day until  Texas where the leak became obvious.  This was a Michelin new tire with a sneaky leak that eventually had to be plugged.

Fast forward to this year.  We were on I95 in SC when that same tire came completely apart.  Did not blow out.  Just started thumping and came apart. Pieces everywhere.  ($11,000 to fix the damage). Roadside service changed to the spare and we were back on the road in an hour.  The unused Michelin spare tire lasted about 150 miles and it started to loose air.  This time the valve stem had to be replaced on the roadside ($600).  Michelin made no concession in the price to replace the disintegrated tire.

Like many of you, Michelins have been my tires for 10 years.  I do not think that Michelins will be on the rig next time.
17  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: August 13, 2017, 10:13:57 am
When we were at the PC plant last month there was a Transit cab chassis sitting covered with plastic and dust. 

I note the current Coachmen "Orion" advertisement based on the Transit.  Interestingly they offer one model with a bed slide out.  Size wise the Transit provides specs that are slightly smaller than the original 5-cylinder Winnebago "View" (which was known for its limited carrying capacity). 

Due to two rounds of EPA emission restrictions the current, larger Sprinter became six-cylinder to compensate the MPG and 60 hp lost as well as the added weight of the exhaust reactors and DEF tank(s). Therefore, the Transit fills a size, cost, performance, service niche between the the Sprinter class B and class C designs.

Viewed with the PC model mix, this niche may be too small to justify adding a model to bottom of the Phoenix line.
18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Our Phoenix pride is back. on: July 29, 2017, 12:58:27 pm
 The vinyl covering on the seats as been a problem.  Our embarrassment over the appearance got to the point where we no longer invited anyone in or would allow admirers to "just take a peak inside".

When we visited the Phoenix plant recently the current situation was that they no longer use that material and everything needed to recovered.  Of the new materials we elected for a darker grey in leather with their new vinyl for the backs.  This was Monday. 

By midday Thursday all of the recovered seats were back and installed.  We gasped at how much more attractive they were than the original seats. 

How much?  I knew recovering was inevitable and the cost would be significant.  Kermit had recovered the drivers chair in 2015 and gave me new coverings for the two Eurochairs... at no charge. All were bad.  Surely the problems he and his provider have had with vinyl have been significant.  I believe they bent over backward to do the replacement at minimal cost.  I was delighted with the modest bill for all the excellent work to resolve the sizable worklist we presented them when we arrived.

I again feel great pride in our coach. Visitors are again welcome.
19  Main Forum / General Discussion / Diamond Shield on: July 19, 2017, 01:41:16 pm
We just got back from the Phoenix plant where the folks a the Elkhart Diamond Shield office just replaced the coverings on the hood, mirrors and cap.  No charge!  Lifetime warranty.

How old is the Shield film? Hood and mirrors 2013.  Cap 2012.  Coach? 53,000 miles at this moment.

The reason for replacement?  Dark blotches getting ever larger around places where bugs had penetrated the film on impact.  We live in South Florida so possibly fungus and mold got in that way and were living off bug juice. It was impossible to do anything to remove the blotches.

At the FMCA Indianapolis rally last week I asked the Diamond Shield home office reps if there was something that could be done.  They visited our coach to see the blotches , checked our warranty status, said yes they could help and arranged to replace the blotchy film when we visited the mother ship in Elkhart.

I truly did not expect anything but getting new film without the bug holes.  The blotches I thought were in the paint finish and hoped they could buff them out and do some retouch work.  This morning after the old film was removed, I was astounded to see that the paint was perfect!  Not a hint of a mark. Now,with the new film installed, everything looks like new. 

This is an amazing testament to the value Phoenix adds to our coaches by protecting them with Diamond Shield films.

20  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Fort De Soto Campground, Pinellas County, Florida on: April 20, 2017, 05:50:46 pm
This is one of our favorites.  Sites are level.  Good variety of campsites many with bay access if you bring your water toys.  Great for bicycling and swimming.  Not as good for shelling as Sanibel Island.
21  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Maserator system on: April 16, 2017, 01:37:51 pm
I bought my replacement from PPL because it offered the lowest delivered price.
22  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire pressure? on: April 07, 2017, 08:48:55 pm
You wondered about the extra 275# east/west. With your 45 gallon water tank full, that is 45 x 8 = 360#.  Maybe that is part of the difference.
23  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bad Leather, My Repair on: February 23, 2017, 12:39:52 pm
I have the same problem of cracks in the vinyl.  Did you seek out a company to recover the chairs or this a do-it-yourself project?
24  Main Forum / General Discussion / Flaking Vinyl on: February 12, 2017, 09:38:26 pm
In 2015 PC graciously replaced the vinyl on the drivers chair and a Euro chair.  Unfortunately, the new vinyl is again flaking on the Euro chair.  Now the passenger chair and both vinyl sleeper seats are flaking.  I fear for the resale value after only five years.

I would like to get a feel for what the group experience has been before I talk to Kermit.

How old is your vinyl? Have you had flaking? To what degree?  Did replacements also flake? What do you think a normal lifetime of vinyl should be?  Advice? Suggestions?
25  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Anyone Going to FMCA Rally in Lakeland Feb 2-5 on: January 26, 2017, 10:00:16 pm
Marge and I perform with the Frustrated Maestros musical group. We will be there on the 30th for rehearsals.  Leave the 4th or 5th.  I play trombone.  Marge is in the chorus.

Lakeland is a new venue so all I can say is that the Maestros are parked together where ever that may be.
26  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What does your Phoenix weigh? on: December 25, 2016, 10:07:40 pm
One of the things the motor home industry was infamous for was overweight designs.  It was not apparent until some organizations, rally speakers and tire vendors put in a decade of effort to make people aware of the need of weighing all four corners. RV makers have responded and the problem is less. 

Phoenix is aware of the industry trends and I think now only has an overweight concern on the duals under the rear slide of the 2910 models.  Because the water tank is in the slide, that corner will be several hundred pounds overweight with full gas and full water.  If you tow, the tongue weight and cantilever effect are also of concern.
27  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Recliner Damage on: October 25, 2016, 06:17:51 pm
Summer 2015
Drivers seat peeling.  The source for the chairs did not respond. Went to the factory where they removed the seat and sent it to be repaired while other work was being done.  Later that day the like-new seat was installed.  No charge. 

Later the Euro chairs also had pealing arms and headrests.  The factory sent replacements; again no charge. I found that it was a pretty good job to do the replacement.  Sorry to say but one of the new replacements is peeling again.
28  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: need travasak on: January 21, 2016, 12:17:22 pm
After a couple years in our Sprinter we discovered them.  Loved them. Still have them. Travasac went out along with a lot of folks in RV supplies during the recession.

In cold weather you sleep with the heavy winter side up.

29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC 3100 and PC 2351 Owners ... purchase dilemma on: November 27, 2015, 02:45:11 pm

Go with smaller.

After 95,000 miles in a 24ft Sprinter, our need for "elder comfort" lead us to having a regular bed.   I really miss all the agility, parkability, turnability, accessabilty, etc. that we used to have.  Trips  now are more park and sit rather than poke around all day then look for a place for the night.  A lot of the fun and freedom is gone.

30  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Roller skid wheels on: September 30, 2015, 07:14:13 pm
For the record I destroyed the plug hanging down the first year.  Bob at the plant was not surprised and replaced it in the rear covering... like you see now.
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