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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Norcold Class Action on: May 26, 2016, 02:33:48 pm
We received notification that there is a Class Action against Norcold. It pertains to the fridge--our Model N6 manufactured from January 2009 to December 2013. The Class Action also includes the N8 and the 1200 Series.

The problem is in the cooling unit. There is a safety related defect in the cooling unit. If you observe yellow or green residue at the cooling unit, immediately turn off the unit.

The website is WWW. NorcoldClassAction.Com. To join the Class Action, if you have one of these units, you must join by Aug. 26, 2016. You can submit a claim online.

George
[/quote      I also receive a post card and checked my frig out and filed a claim . Lets see what happens.  My Norcold was an n6-series.
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Which Trip Planning software for 2016? on: April 09, 2016, 04:41:35 pm
Golly, you folks make me feel old fashioned sad!   I love to buy a new atlas every year or two and use it along with my most favorite trip planning tool:  official state maps available at most welcome points on major highways entering our states.   I just enjoy the look and feel of maps.  I have a collection of maps in our library and I enjoy looking at fifty and thirty year old maps of the US and seeing how things have changed.   It makes me attentive to and appreciative of progress.  

OK, I will "fess up".  I do use google maps (the new version is inferior to the older ones IMO), google earth, a complete set of DeLorme topo maps on my desktop, IPad and laptop, the GPS on my IPhone, a Garmin GPS in the Phoenix Cruiser and a few apps to find dump stations, campgrounds, etc.  

All that is nice and fun, but nothing for me takes the place of a good map with all its color and character...and coffee stains from planning and looking forward to the journey.  
GPs and Maps go together .
Paul
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Looking to purchase an 2006 or a newer 2551 on: April 01, 2016, 12:59:01 pm
Looking it buying a used 2551 . There are a couple used 2006 on the the E350 chassis for sale and some newer unit on the E450 chassis right now . Is the newer 2551 on the E 450 chassis worth the price different ? I do realize the newer units are worth more because of age and mileage .This would be my frist RV ever and not sure how much I would use it. What we are trying to decide is what is wrong with the older and cheaper 2006 2551 over said 2011 2551 and $20000 more dollars .
Thank You
I have one for sale. 2010 2551 with 33,000 miles. E450 Chassis.  Listed on www.cragislist.com in Lancaster Pa area. 
Corrected website is www.craigslist.com

 
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Looking to purchase an 2006 or a newer 2551 on: March 29, 2016, 10:05:49 am
Looking it buying a used 2551 . There are a couple used 2006 on the the E350 chassis for sale and some newer unit on the E450 chassis right now . Is the newer 2551 on the E 450 chassis worth the price different ? I do realize the newer units are worth more because of age and mileage .This would be my frist RV ever and not sure how much I would use it. What we are trying to decide is what is wrong with the older and cheaper 2006 2551 over said 2011 2551 and $20000 more dollars .
Thank You
I have one for sale. 2010 2551 with 33,000 miles. E450 Chassis.  Listed on www.cragislist.com in Lancaster Pa area. 
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Problems with auxiliary 12 volt plug in on: March 10, 2016, 04:07:41 pm
Your owners manual should list which fuse and it is and what type of fuse.

In my 2014 PC (which is built on a 2013 Ford E450) the fuse box is is under the dash by the floor between the drivers side door and brake pedal.  The fuse for my aux outlet is a 20 amp (type A1S) and is in slot #72.

   - Mike

Working with a 2008 Ford Manual and the fuses only go up to #1-to 44 under the passenger compartment panel description. High current fuses 1-27 & A-K 15 amp to 60 amp. So hopefully someone will have the same set up.  Thanks again.
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Problems with auxiliary 12 volt plug in on: March 10, 2016, 03:45:34 pm
Your owners manual should list which fuse and it is and what type of fuse.

In my 2014 PC (which is built on a 2013 Ford E450) the fuse box is is under the dash by the floor between the drivers side door and brake pedal.  The fuse for my aux outlet is a 20 amp (type A1S) and is in slot #72.

   - Mike

I know where the fuse box is and my son was checking out the manual too which lists the fuses and it only listed the cigarette/cigar outlet/plug in that's why I am inquiring. we did replace the 20amp fuse for the cigar outlet. that was blown.  He put in a meter in the plug in auxiliary and got nothing.  I will check slot 72.  thanks
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7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Problems with auxiliary 12 volt plug in on: March 10, 2016, 03:40:53 pm
Your owners manual should list which fuse and it is and what type of fuse.

In my 2014 PC (which is built on a 2013 Ford E450) the fuse box is is under the dash by the floor between the drivers side door and brake pedal.  The fuse for my aux outlet is a 20 amp (type A1S) and is in slot #72.

   - Mike

thanks, I will check it out but there is noting listed as auxiliary. Manual doesn't even show a pic of it. I get down to pole barn and look again.
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Problems with auxiliary 12 volt plug in on: March 10, 2016, 10:03:02 am
I have 2010 2551 and have a auxiliary 12 volt plug in that I use for my GPS.  Having problems with it. Below this plug is the cigarette/cigar lighter which I don't use.   I have checked my Ford Manual and it does not list the extra 12 volt plug.  Don't know what watt fuse it takes and in what slot of the fuse panel.  Does anyone have the same set up and what can you help me with to make it work.  I have always had problems with this plug in.  The cigarette lighter works ok.   Also the plug in above the passenger side in the cabinet also does not work.????
I rely on these auxiliary plug ins for my GPS.  Very frustrating ....Tried to attach pics but my file is too large and don't know how to reduce it.( not computer savvy). Help
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: cooper tires vs. michelin tires for PC on: February 19, 2016, 10:39:00 am
I worked in tire manufacturing for over 36 years and I would never run tires more than 7 years old. This is especially important on something like a motorhome. Some manufacturers have stated that tires over a certain age should not be used, others have not done so. My guidelines are what I follow personally.
Mike
Thank you for all the advice and considering getting the Michelins and traveling to Delaware as their price is good and I save sales tax.  Just waiting for good weather to get there.  Hopefully next week.
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / cooper tires vs. michelin tires for PC on: February 18, 2016, 11:21:12 am
Just got a price on Cooper Tires for 1200 for the six in lieu of Michelins at 2400 at my local service dealer.  I got a price from a Michelin tire dealer in Newark Delaware for $219. each for $1314.  Delaware is 40min drive and my tire dealer is just down the road in my town.   At this point, I was considering selling my PC but decided to wait another year, so therefore I need tires before I can take it out.  Since my tires are eight years old I don't want to take a chance on a blow-out.   I see that Cooper tires have a good rating from race car driver Al Unser.   Cooper Tires have been around a long time.  My dealer here in town has been here a long time and feel I should keep the business here and make it convenient for me.  He said it costs him a lot to have the Michelin tires shipped in and that Cooper Tires are just a good.   What is the forum opinion? Help 
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bilstein Shocks for Cruiser 2010 2551 on: January 12, 2016, 07:03:23 pm
The Bilstein factory tech rep. told me to buy Comfort for our 2552. He said both Comfort and HD were heavy duty shocks, but Comfort gave a smoother ride. The Bilsteins have similar engineering as the Koni FSD shocks, meaning they adapt to the road conditions. We are very happy with the Comforts.
Thank you. In talking with Bilstein  Rep they said the same thing about the Comfort shocks. this makes me feel a little better.
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Bilstein Shocks for Cruiser 2010 2551 on: January 12, 2016, 10:53:39 am
    There has been previous discussions on the Bilstein shocks and I went online to a couple of sites. There were two different shocks to choose from Comfort and HD shocks.  One site had Comfort shocks but the one site said they were for under 9000 lbs. weight but the other site said differently.  Which ones did our members purchased for their MH with over 10000 lbs. weight of coach?   I just want a smoother ride and want to buy the right ones. I have a shop who will install them as they worked on my MH before.
It can be so confusing.  Don't want to purchase the wrong ones.   I had a call into Kermit but he is so busy and never got back to me. I don't know what kind of shocks are on my unit.  I know when I hit a rough road the unit really shakes, rattles, etc. The  vehicle weight on 2551 is 14,500lbs. with 4600lbs front and 9500 rear. So what do I go by?
     Since this forum has been a big help I thought I'd start here.  One site was Shockwarehouse.com and the other one was all shocks.com.  A complete set ranged from$85.00 each on shock.com  to about $92.00 each and  $364.16 for a complete set on Shock warehouse.
    One site said Comfort shocks were for units under 9000 lbs. and the other site said Comfort shocks were for over 10000.  So what do I believe?  Need some input form our members as I could not find previous discussion on the forum.  Planning on getting new tires as well since my tires are over 8 years old.  Don't want to take a chance this year even though the tread is good. Safety is first. 
    Just trying to update MH for my next travel season.   Is there anything else I need to know?
    Happy Safe Travels....
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: RV Insurance and Extended Warranty Insurance on: November 12, 2015, 03:51:31 pm
    I have had Good Sam extended warranty insurance for past two years and  I have never used it. I guess that good or not. I have decided to gamble and cancel it as it is due Dec 2nd. It was approximately 280. a quarter and feel I could put that money in the bank. I keep up maintenance on the rv and really travel from March to November  and since they do not prorate it I feel they are making money. Plus my RV service dealer said they did have a problem with Good Sam warranty even when they received an approval to do the work.  The RV is now winterized and parked in the Garage. 
  My RV insurance is with Good Sam as well and they have been notified that it is not in use till Spring.  At the same time I am sure there are other insurance companies that our members have used and maybe better rates.  Presently I am paying $900 a year and I don't pay for time garaged.   I did get a  quote through Family Motor Coach for $100.00 less but they don't give you a break for being out of service for the winter.   So many things to consider when getting quotes from these companies.   One is from National Interstate from FMCA and Good Sam uses National General Ins.Co.
So what are the opinions from other members.  I guess it has to be where you live that denotes rates.!!
I always check this forum for all ideas and value everyone's opinion. 
  Happy Halloween to all!
Just want to thank everyone for their advice earlier. I have since signed up with Geico Insurance and got a very good rate and saved almost $300. on the policy compared to Good Sam's insurance.  Cancelled my Extended warranty with Good Sam and intent to put the money in the bank for any problems for which I hope don't have.    Did get a quote from Wholesale Warranties just for comparison and it was out of the ball park.  So I will gamble.  Since I only use MH for about 150-200 days and keep it serviced All should be well we hope.  Intend to purchase new tires in the spring using FMAC advantage program and look into Bilstein shocks as mentioned in this forum.   Hope everyone has safe holidays. Thanks again.
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: RV Insurance and Extended Warranty Insurance on: November 01, 2015, 07:02:17 pm
A lot of good points and viewpoints are being presented in this very interesting thread.  Several things come to my mind including that each of us has different skill and comfort levels to make repairs ourselves.  We each use our rigs differently and some are older than others.  So, each of our viewpoints is important.

I would make my "2 AM sweaty palms" comment:  if it is something that is going to worry you and take away your comfort and enjoyment of your RV, don't do it!  

Personally, I am totally comfortable without a warranty but I think there are a lot of us that should have one to fully enjoy worry free travel.  I enjoy the maintenance aspect of our rig and repairs are simply a part of the hobby for me.  I enjoy working on the thing!   I have been exceedingly fortunate in that I have taken only one rig in all my years of rving to a dealer for a repair.  I will not touch the chassis but that is another matter.  I do take the Ford part to a local shop I have been doing business with for thirty years and they have two bays for RVs under 30 feet to do chassis work.  I took the PC to a local independent rv repair shop  to have a towing/braking system installed because I don't know come here from sic 'em about doing that and didn't want to risk my life or someones life on my Billy Bob installation.

A service warranty is simply an insurance policy, no more and no less.  You have to read the fine and very fine print and think about it before you purchase.  Folks often get surprised when they find out a need is not covered under the extended warranty.  

The risk of not having a warranty is quantifiable.  How many years have you had your rig, how many more do you expect to keep it, how well do you maintain it and how many miles do you drive it?  How much out of pocket risk can you assume?  If for example, you had a $800 a year premium and hadn't used the warranty in five years you could have saved four grand.   Personally, I have a $1000 deductible on all my insurance policies.  In essence I self insure for the first grand.   To me, insurance is to cover the "biggies" I can't afford or control and the liability that is always present.  Having spent fifty years in finance, I finally figured out my Finance 101 professor was mostly right:  fear and greed where money is concerned are the only two emotions.  My greed just keeps me from turning over those extra bucks to an insurance company.   My fear always causes me to wonder if I am making a mistake by not doing that, so we are back to the first question:  what is your PERSONAL comfort level?  

Just my thoughts since like a lot of us I got us an hour earlier today LOL

Paul
A lot of good points have been expressed and really appreciate.  Life is a gamble and decisions to be make.  I will check into the insurance companies suggested as I Have time.   As far as warranties I will check out other companies.  Thanks to all for your suggestions. It is really appreciated.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / RV Insurance and Extended Warranty Insurance on: October 31, 2015, 11:24:39 am
    I have had Good Sam extended warranty insurance for past two years and  I have never used it. I guess that good or not. I have decided to gamble and cancel it as it is due Dec 2nd. It was approximately 280. a quarter and feel I could put that money in the bank. I keep up maintenance on the rv and really travel from March to November  and since they do not prorate it I feel they are making money. Plus my RV service dealer said they did have a problem with Good Sam warranty even when they received an approval to do the work.  The RV is now winterized and parked in the Garage. 
  My RV insurance is with Good Sam as well and they have been notified that it is not in use till Spring.  At the same time I am sure there are other insurance companies that our members have used and maybe better rates.  Presently I am paying $900 a year and I don't pay for time garaged.   I did get a  quote through Family Motor Coach for $100.00 less but they don't give you a break for being out of service for the winter.   So many things to consider when getting quotes from these companies.   One is from National Interstate from FMCA and Good Sam uses National General Ins.Co.
So what are the opinions from other members.  I guess it has to be where you live that denotes rates.!!
I always check this forum for all ideas and value everyone's opinion. 
  Happy Halloween to all!
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