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31  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...
32  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.
33  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.
34  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.
35  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! 
36  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.
37  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question for 2910 Owners on: December 22, 2015, 09:25:20 am
RichardP:

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.
38  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.
39  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.
40  Main Forum / General Discussion / New transmission on: December 04, 2015, 01:11:58 pm
I have noticed that the new E-450/350 is now coming with a new 6 speed transmission.  Has anyone gotten a new PC that has this new upgrade?   Would love to know how the transmissions are working out and if there is any slight improvement in mileage?   With all of the movement of Ford truck production it does appear that the cutaway E-350-450 may in fact continue to be produced beyond what had been expected ( as long as demand continues to grow)with manufacturing happening in  OH.  That leads one to wonder if Ford will again begin to make improvements and additions to the chassis to keep it more up to date?   Time will tell I guess.   Thanks, Ron G.
41  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC 3100 and PC 2351 Owners ... purchase dilemma on: December 01, 2015, 09:32:12 am
 I have owned coaches 27,32,36,38,24, 25 and now 31 foot length.  Like DynaDave the big ones are great when parked but a pain otherwise.  While you may think breaking camp to go get milk is easy it gets old very fast.  While I do not really enjoy towing my Jeep it does give me more flexibility to take more toys including my kayaks, bikes, etc.  The 31' is perfect for a couple and gives you plenty of storage and room to live.  As a couple we found the shorter length coaches are just to confining and the corner beds just do not work for us.  Every one has different needs and wants and certainly no one floor plan meets the needs of everyone. A slide in what ever size coach you decide on is a must.  I am still hoping that PC comes out with a new model just a little longer, perhaps a 33' on the Dodge/Ford 5500/F series chassis, Dynamax and Born Free have such coaches now   I would be very inclined to purchase such a unit.   Best of luck in your selection process.   Ron G.
42  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: NewJeep Cherokee on: November 23, 2015, 11:23:47 am
Glad to hear you have not had any issues Paul.  I have towed my Trailhawk perhaps 1000 miles with no issues but the last count on Jeep Cherokee Club forum and Jeep Garage forum was over 40 owners who have had violent wobbling episodes at low speeds.  I have owned 8 different Jeeps with very few problems.  I can not say I like my Trailhawk better than my wife's Grand Cherokee but I can not tow the GC behind (weight) the PC.   Ron G.
43  Main Forum / General Discussion / New Jeep Cherokee on: November 23, 2015, 09:26:41 am
There is a fair amount of discussion on the Jeep Cherokee (2014,2015) forums about the "death wobble" at low speeds on Cherokees being towed four down.  Evidently the electric power steering system when activated  (engine running) places a static load on the front wheels and that prevents the wheels from going into a wobble, with the key off (when being towed) that pressure is not there and that allows the wheels to go wild especially when one goes over  tracks, etc not at a right angle to the roadway.   Jeep is supposedly working frantically to come up with a fix that may mean some kind of damper mechanism.   I have yet to have any such issues with my Cherokee (really have not towed that much)  and wanted to know if any PC owners have had this problem?  If you have you should log your a complaint ASAP with Jeep so they are even more compelled to come up with a solution.   Thanks, Ron G.
44  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dip stick on: November 13, 2015, 02:36:42 pm
Dave:   You are not missing anything...the dipsticks are a pain to get into the hole and double pain to read.  I wish I had a good suggestion but I do not...dimmer light seems to show the line up better.  I have yet to have a V-10 use a drop of oil so to be honest I have resolved myself to kind of say the heck with it and run it!
45  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sound proofing/Undercoating on: October 27, 2015, 09:34:11 am
Folks:

Like others have said I would skip the spray on aftermarket for I do not think there would be significant sound proofing results to warrant the cost.  I will say I think PC could do more to silence cab noise, and that would begin with placing sound proofing mat under the cab carpet.  One of these days I do think I will take everything out of the cab area and put some sound mat down that would also take care of the heat coming thru the floor.  The door panels could stand to have some sound mat as well.   That is what I would spend the $1000 bucks on!   As far as the undercarriage goes I spray every possible metal surface twice per year with Fluid Film a lanolin based corrosion inhibitor (there are many similar products out there).   I can honestly say I do not have one bit of rust and I have had other coaches that I have not used FF on and after three years they have extensive rust.  I was turned on to the Fluid Film product by  individuals at the NH Dept of Public Works who use the product a lot on their salt trucks and they swear by the product.  Thanks, Ron
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