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46  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MICHELIN TIRE RECALL on: May 15, 2014, 10:56:48 am
The XPS Rib 225/75R16 (LRE) tires are made in Germany (date code 4712) and 7 were installed yesterday. On the 46 mile return home, I was able to form a preliminary opinion, which is favorable. The Ribs are definitely quieter (not that the original were very noisy) and the ride seems to have improved somewhat. Tracking is at least as good and perhaps slightly better.

NOTE: The XPS Rib 225/75R16 (LRE) are summer tires and as we have never driven our unit in snow or mud, I don't forsee any issues. They are, however, rated better in rain, which we see frequently.

Evidently, the XPS Rib tires are slightly larger as they are listed as 706 revs per mile vs. the 710 revs per mile for the original LT225 75R16 tires.

So far, so good.
47  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Acadia national park on: May 07, 2014, 10:11:28 pm
I'd go with the Triplett's suggestion. Too many tight places to use the Cruiser unless you use the L.L. Bean or Oli's Trolley transport. Even then you'll not get to all the neat places.
Also, do the Bar Harbor Whale Watch and Puffin cruises.

Good luck, safe travels and God bless.
48  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Acadia national park on: May 07, 2014, 10:23:43 am
Check out Oli's Trolley in Bar Harbor. They run from May through October.
We were very happy with the tours.
49  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MICHELIN TIRE RECALL on: May 06, 2014, 04:18:38 pm
Thanks for the feedback. Fortunately, my Ford dealer is able to get the Michelin XPS Rib LT225/75R16 E/Q to replace all tires. The speed rating is Q (100 MPH) rather than the LTX R (106 MPH) but the load range is the same. As I'll never see over 80 MPH on the Cruiser, I'm not concerned (I'm almost always at a max speed of 60/65).
The reviews I've read of the XPS Rib are very favorable.

I'm a lot happier now than I was this morning.  ThumbsUp
50  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MICHELIN TIRE RECALL on: May 06, 2014, 09:26:21 am
I'm having a horrible time finding tires around here. After a few calls to Michelin, their requirement to have a competitor's tires paid for is that the tires be LT rated, Load range E, a minimum speed rating of R and be replaced by a Michelin dealer. A few years ago I had to replace the Michelin LT tires on our old 2350 and found a dealer that could do it in Scott's Bluff, NE. He recommended Toyo LT225/75R16/E/S. I took his advice and found the Toyo tires very satisfactory. I'll be looking into that at a dealer today.

Funny thing about Michelin's recommendations is that they said the XPS Rib was a suitable replacement. However, that tire is Q rated and the Michelin site clearly says it is not suitable for use on our E450 2552.

Other Michelin recommendations are the Uniroyal Laredo HD/H and BF Goodrich's Commercial TA All season, both of which are speed rated Q. Strange; a competitor's Q rated tires are not suitable but a Michelin company's Q rated tires are. Probably because Uniroyal and BF Goodrich are Michelin companies.

What a pita.
51  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Does your Phoenix Cruiser have a slide out? on: April 27, 2014, 10:48:03 am
1.  Yes
2.  No, none at all.
3.  Yes, would get one.
4.  Yes, would get one.
52  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Dead battery salvation on: March 31, 2014, 10:43:03 am
If you have dual 12 volt "House" batteries rather than dual 6 volters, one of them can replace a bad Chassis battery in a pinch. A pita but it will get you going.
53  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thermostat? on: March 30, 2014, 12:11:07 pm
When running the heat strip, set the fan to low. You'll feel the heat then. The air volume when running on high defeats the heating ability of the strip.
54  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Lazy Furnace on: March 26, 2014, 10:36:04 am
I'd get as far away from them as fast as I could with no apologies.
55  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cracked shower pan on 2350 on: March 23, 2014, 04:33:58 pm
Not recently but I had a similar problem in a MH I had years ago. I drilled a hole in the middle of the crack and squirted expanding foam into it. After the foam stopped expanding and solidified, I cut off what had come back out of the hole, roughed up the pan along the crack with 120 grit sandpaper and applied epoxy soaked fiberglass mat. Lastly, I painted the pan with white Interlux Bilgecoat. The fix was all but invisible and the pan was very solid after that.
56  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thermopane Windows on: March 23, 2014, 12:14:30 pm
All my house windows are also Thermopane. But they don't fog.
57  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thermopane Windows on: March 23, 2014, 10:58:01 am
I've had both in a number motorhomes. All the dual pane windows fogged at some point and, if given the choice, I won't have them again.
58  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Battery Negative Lead on: March 23, 2014, 10:55:09 am
The 6 volt batteries are connected to each other in series, providing 12 volts to the chassis.
The 12 volt batteries are connected to each other in parallel, providing 12 volts to the chassis.
Consequently, the breakers and fuses should be the same.
59  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How I "fixed" the problem of the SHORT queen bed on: March 10, 2014, 09:51:35 am
Let's see some pics of the mods.
60  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Decisions Decisions on: March 06, 2014, 10:06:45 pm
Thanks Pax. We too.
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