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1  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.
2  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....
3  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.
4  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.
5  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!
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cleaning Holding tank sensors and chemicals on: June 10, 2015, 02:41:56 pm
Age old problem of cleaning your tank sensors.   Check out this site website: tanktechrx.com
Boy did I learn  a lot about some of the chemicals.  Worst chemicals to use are TSG, Orderless and Happy Camper. Happy Camper being the worst one. This tanktechrx solution is not a chemical but a probiotic. Check it out. 
What was stated about the chemicals were told to me and I am only passing on this information.  I've used these chemicals over the years and it was interested to find out about them.
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Cleaning Holding tank sensors and chemicals on: June 08, 2015, 12:15:39 pm
Age old problem of cleaning your tank sensors.   Check out this site website: tanktechrx.com
Boy did I learn  a lot about some of the chemicals.  Worst chemicals to use are TSG, Orderless and Happy Camper. Happy Camper being the worst one. This tanktechrx solution is not a chemical but a probiotic. Check it out. 
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Where to hang bathroom towel rack and toilet paper on the 2100? on: May 17, 2015, 06:54:46 pm
Thanks so much for your response. Does the stick-on one stay put when you're driving, or does it have to be taken down each time? Can you give me more info on the stick-on towel holder? Is it the kind that has tension and holds in place that way?

Never had a problem when driving. Weight of the towel holds it down.  Just put up two 3mlarge hooks with tape that comes with the hooks and the curtain rod just sits on the hooks and the towels holds the rod down. Its never has fallen while traveling.
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Where to hang bathroom towel rack and toilet paper on the 2100? on: May 16, 2015, 03:48:22 pm
I have to admit I have not found a spot I like for the toilet paper or the hand towel, so they both sit on my bathroom countertop.  I did put two big 3M stick hooks on the shower wall to hang towels.  I understand the reluctance to drill holes when you are trying to figure where you want things.  I have moved hooks multiple times before I settle on the perfect spot.  That's why I use the removable stick-on, because they really do remove without damage.
For the towels I used the 3M adhesive tape hooks on sliding bathroom door and use a round curtain rod to the towels.  I have two sets, one below the other, spacing out the length of the towels. works great.  For the toilet tissue I mounted it just above the heater vent  in the corner which faces the toilet.  that works too.  Hope this helps
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: pc rally on: May 12, 2015, 02:52:27 pm
I purchased our PC a few months ago. I would like information on any rally for PC owners. I would like to attend. Any information and requirements would be appreciated.
jhb
Welcome to Phoenix Cruisers.  There is a PC reunion in Nashville Tennessee September 10 - 14th. Website  Inter-Vec Phoenix Travel Club or just go to Phoenix Cruisers Site and check out PC club.  We have a bi-monthly newsletter . You can also contact jimcynv@yahoo.com our treasurer Jim VanderMolen Call 231-O799 1603. these reunions are a lot of fun and get to see other PC's and share ideas and meet great families. Hope you can attend.
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: East Coast Phoenix Rally ??? on: March 18, 2015, 07:08:01 pm
Maybe in Va.  Md.  Del.  Pa.  or even in the Carolinas, two to choose from.    Grin
Sounds like a good idea. I camp a lot in Gettysburg pa and will be going to Williamsburg end of april at the Anvil Campground. Looking forward to the reunion in Sept in Nashville also. So much to see on the east coast.
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Batteries coach and chassis on: March 04, 2015, 11:29:18 am
Before you start replacing your batteries take a picture of the wiring. You can refer to this picture when rewiring to insure you have it correct. Wink

Remove the negative/ground wire first. Replace the that wire last. This will prevent sparking, which can be a bad thing.
I plan to mark each cable and take photos as it is very intimidating. I am well aware with so many cables. I also have my sons to help.
Thanks for the input. Smile
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Batteries coach and chassis on: March 03, 2015, 02:21:12 pm
In my recent post I needed advice on batteries and now I solved my problem with batteries and was able to replace them and save $$$.  Found a place In Newark Delaware called TBS Tri-State Battery. these people were knowledgeable and save me a few dollars.  I dealt with Sarah and Josh and they were very personable and helpful in choosing the right batteries for the coach and chassis.  They are online and they do ship batteries.  They cost $109.95 each and the right size for the coach to fit in the 13x14 tray.  They are already charged and ready to go.  So if anyone is near or going thru Newark DE I or MD would recommend this business.  I also saved on sales tax in DE .  I will get $45.00 back when I turn in  the dead batteries.
Their address is 107 Albe Dr., Newark DE  19702 phone is 800 852-9700 and they also have a branch in Belair MD and Gambrills, MD.  Batteries I purchased were Deka Marine Master for the Coach and Deka Gold for the chassis. Coach batteries  are similar to Astro-Lite Group 27 Deep Discharge Marine Battery that Kermit told me about. 
Now to get my sons to mount them this weekend so we can get ready for camping season. thanks to all for advice in previous post Smile
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Battery replacement on: February 25, 2015, 09:02:33 am
Frecklestweety
I found several Group 27 batteries that I though would fit the battery tray on the PC at Battery One (Excide and Crown) and Battery Warehouse.  You might check those sources near you.

David
Found a place in Newark DE that has the 2700 series that will fit.  Its only a half hour from my house. They are $298 ea.
Thanks for your help. This forum is really great.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Battery replacement on: February 24, 2015, 02:24:31 pm
Hi,
I replaced the coach batteries in my new to me 2008 2551 in late January.  I went to S&S RV Super Service Center (recommended by Tom Hanlon).  George at S&S recommended Astro-Lite Group 27 Deep Discharge Marine batteries (12 volt).  He also tested the charging systems both from the vehicle alternator and the Trip Lite Inverter/Charger.  I had a very good experience with S&S and would recommend them. 
I see that you are in PA, but I don't know how far you are from Gettysburg.

David
Found out that astro-lite battery is no longer available.  It would have been perfect. Still searching for the correct size too. Will keep you posted..
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