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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Flat towing on: May 19, 2016, 08:59:40 am
One would have to wonder if the CRV is not experiencing the exact same issue as the Cherokee in that the electric power steering pump (I assume the CRV has a similar electric activated pump) is not activated and therefore there is not any resistance on the power steering rack and the wheels are kind of in a "free state" and the suction of the trucks passing is creating a vacuum that is allowing the wheels to wobble  and that is being passed thru to the coach chassis.  Just a thought.
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cherokee Trailhawk Recall on: May 17, 2016, 01:42:15 pm
I have yet to have any issues with my Trailhawk being towed but I am going to have the new wire harness installed.   The harness is back ordered with no idea when they will be manufactured so do not expect to show up at the dealer and have the recall done.  Yes, you do have to have the optional upgrade II designation to pull any Cherokee, trust me you would not get very far towing if the vehicle only had the base four wheel drive system, a few hundred yards most likely would be it!!!.  The purpose for the hot wire to the battery is to keep the battery charged so that a full charge can be maintained to keep the power steering pump activated to keep pressure on the steering system so when you hit a bad bump it does not set the wheels wobbling.  Jeep does not like to just waste money so I ma sure this recall is justified and for the safety of the consumer.
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question About Toad Hookup on: April 27, 2016, 09:40:36 am
JoeyD and others:

Jeep is addressing the Cherokee (all of them regardless of engine size) RV toad wobble issue by issuing a new TSB...# 08-029-16, the "fix" wiring harness part number is 68321424AA.  It appears that Jeep is picking up the cost of the harness ($125.00) and the labor to install it. The harness supplies power to  the power steering unit so the steering system always has pressure on it, it does not now.  There is a nice looking switch with a cover that is installed in the console area.  There appears to be and inline fuse under the hood that they suggest you pull when you are not towing the Jeep.  Regardless if you have had trouble or not I think it is prudent to have it installed for some of the videos that I have seen the wobble is violent and is dangerous.   I am having mine updated despite the fact I have not noticed any wobble yet.  Just got clearance from Jeep dealer that as long as vehicle is still in 3 year/36000 mile warranty they will cover all parts and labor to install new harness.  The issue is the harness is back ordered with no idea when they will be in stock!Best of luck.
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question About Toad Hookup on: April 23, 2016, 08:25:36 pm
JoeyD........the Trailhawk is not as easy as the Liberty or Wrangler to prepare to tow but it is not all that   bad just a couple extra steps.  I have a Grand Cherokee as well as the Cherokee but I get the Cherokee unlike yougents.  Odomater does not chock up miles while towing, ingnition is off.
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question About Toad Hookup on: April 23, 2016, 05:06:32 pm
JoeyD....I tow a Trailhawk behind my 3100 and it tows much better than by Liberty did.  I use a Roadmaster 2" riser adapter to bring the Trailhawk within 3" of dead level.  You realy want the entire hook up to be level.  Many pulling Trailhawks have had significant issues with violent front end shimmying when going over rough roads.  Jeep has a new kit that keeps power going to the power steering unit so that there is constant pressure on the front end.  The kit cost $125 not sure if they will send it out free or not?  Best of luck with rig and car.  Ron G.
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Topper rattle on: April 19, 2016, 09:39:13 am
Since nearly new I have had a significant rattle in my 2012 3100.  Despite my endless efforts I can not isolate it to anything but the slide topper.  The rattle is very loud and comes from the top section of the slide and when I close the drivers door I can hear the spring rattle so I am 90% sure that is where everything originates from, on rough roads it is really loud.  I called Kermit and he suggested I just hit the slide button (out) to hopefully place a little tension on the spring, no change.  I took the coach to a local dealer since I have noticed the slide  seems to be somewhat off center in the opening (can see like 1/2" more coach wall trim on the right side vs's left side when facing the slide from outside), I'm wondering if one side of the topper might be taking more of the load and the other side is getting looser as the slide walks to the left more over time?  Dealer claimed the slide was installed off center in the opening and he could not center it with out significant work that he was not willing to tackle. I have been told that there is not much adjustment on the topper spring in that if you tighten it to much you risk ripping the fabric when fully extended?  Planning to take to another dealer soon to see what if perhaps the topper spring is broken or can be adjusted some, rattle is driving me insane!   Would love to hear from anyone else who might have a rattling topper?  Does seem to be common if you look on the web...Thanks
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC on new Ford Transit 350 chassis? on: March 17, 2016, 08:42:36 am
Joseph.....I do think either the Ford F or Ram 5500 would make for a great ride...larger cab, much quitter cab compared to a V-10 sitting in your lap, longer wheelbase, much higher GCVW, more of the new technology.   The only draw back I have heard of is the Ram has and integral console set up that would prevent you from being able to get back into the coach, I bet you can delete the console somehow?  The E-450 is just getting old and I do not see Ford putting any energy or money into upgrades when the F series is ready to fill the gap...
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC on new Ford Transit 350 chassis? on: March 16, 2016, 11:11:31 am
Pflasch and others:

Regardless of what Ford might do to "beef" up the Transit chassis I do not ever see that chassis being able to tow what the E-450 can,  or handle the GCGW the E-450 does with ease.  With that said I would love to see PC expand their line up and start using the F-550 chassis or the Ram 5500.  Thor has a new Super C line coming out that is going to be more high end compared to their current Super C's based on the F chassis'.  Dynamax, Born Free, and I am sure others are going to be utilizing more of the F's in anticipation of the slow phase out of the E chassis by Ford.  While PC is most definitely a niche company making some super coaches I worry a lot that such company's will not be able to survive against the giants like Forrest River (look what happen to Dynamax).  Kermit is in a very tough spot for sure as it  must take huge dollars to engineer for utilization of a new chassis.  Personally I would jump for a 33'-35' PC on either a Ram 5500 or Ford F-550 chassis.   Time will tell.  Thanks Ron G.
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Yellowing Shower Pan on: February 29, 2016, 09:20:37 am
Please do not think I am crazy but I have seen it work with my own eyes and could not believe it...On  certain kinds of plastic (there are many kinds so be careful, I saw it applied to plastic wheel trim on and RV) BrakeClean, the chemical spray for cleaning brake pads and rotors turned very yellowed plastic back bright white.  I would try a very small area and be very careful about ventilation, open flames and cover the gas detector.   If this should not work I would use any of the paints for plastic, I had some very small stress cracks in the lip of the pan and I filled them with epoxy glue, sanded, and sprayed the tub base and it has held up perfectly and looks like brand new. I am afraid the walls would be a little more difficult to get a nice even coat.  best of luck. Thanks, Ron G.
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: cooper tires vs. michelin tires for PC on: February 19, 2016, 09:44:08 am
Obviously, everyone has their own opinions in regards to tires and the replacement of tires.  With my life really depending on the tires under my rig I do not like to push my luck with a blow out doing 70 MPH in the passing lane just to get one more year of use.  With that said I am a Michelin man thru and thru.  Yes, they cost a lot more but the company stands behind the product.  On the couple of occasions that I have had issues Michelin has replaced the tires at no coast to me and with zero argument.  My father in law went with some Coopers some years ago on a 25' Class C primarily because of cost.  Tires were the right size, weight rating was right, and he constantly checked inflation, on his return from Alaska four of the 6 tires all had side wall separation and Cooper did not stand behind the tires.  I think Doneworking has summed it up very nicely in that their are engineers much smarter than me doing the calculations and analysis on tires and I will go with their recommendations any day.  best of luck. Ron G.
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Our Phoenix Cruisers compared to other rigs on: February 04, 2016, 08:57:06 am
Like others,  I have had several  (7) big and small coaches made by leading large manufacturers, none come close to PC in quality.  Just last night here in seacoast NH the wind gusted over 40MPH knocking out power.  Pulled the winterized PC out, cranked up the heat, turned on the Onan and watched TV all night.  No swollen doors, no leaks, everything ran like clock work.  My other coaches (Monaco specifically) always had something wrong, I was working on them all the time, took the fun out of ownership.  I just hope a small company can continue to compete against the giants! 
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: short time storage on: January 04, 2016, 03:32:40 pm
To be honest,  I do not see that anyone is doing anything dreadfully wrong in their approach to winterizing their coaches, if it works for you with no problems keep doing it.  I winterize my coach, leave everything open, refrig., etc, run  engine/gen set every couple of weeks.  I put a battery tender on both the coach and the chassis batteries and that ensures that the batteries are always fully charged but not over charged, personally I just do not like to leave the coach inverter/converter on. What ever you do just make sure the water levels in the coach batteries are full all the time (they are not maintenance free)  I debated about covering my coach this year and actually ordered a cover but subsequently returned the cover and will just keep shoveling the snow off, I just worried about the coach not being able to breath, possible paint damage, and then the inability to actually drive the coach when the roads are clear here in NH.  Again, to each his own, ideally I would like to have a nice heated barn to put the coach in but that is not going to happen anytime soon for sure!   thanks, Ron G.
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question for 2910 Owners on: December 22, 2015, 09:25:20 am

I have the 3100S  (had a 2551S before) and like it very much because it works well for two people. Before settling  on the 3100 I approached PC to do exactly what GradyGal  did with their 2910D but at that time for some reason the factory said my modifications could not be done (several months later GradyGal had theirs).  I think that a modified 2910D to facilitate twin beds is a great approach.  Instead of the bed stand between the beds I would consider a ceiling to floor closet (had that set up in and old Fleetwood Jamboree and it worked great), you would loose the rear window but that is no big deal.  The "T" is great for space but I would have some serious concerns about the chassis being overloaded.   Best of luck with your selection process, those rear bathrooms are very nice I must admit.  Thanks, Ron G.
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sudden loss of shore power on: December 18, 2015, 09:35:22 am
As well as the microwave one can use the little red light on the lower right corner of the TV to know when power has been switched over and flowing.   happy Holidays, Ron G.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Mattress covers/pads for twin beds? on: December 18, 2015, 09:31:29 am
On the 3100 we just use regular twin sheets and tuck them in on the back side and they are fine.   I would be hesitant about raising the actual height of the mattress with the addition of any toppers, etc because you would then be whacking into the shades etc.   I have often thought about ordering new mattresses (have not done it yet) that are more to our liking from a firmness perspective.  There is a company in NC (I think there was a post on this forum pertaining to custom mattress construction) that will customize any size in any firmness for you I think they may offer custom sheets as well.  best of luck, Ron G.
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