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2005/Phoenix Cruiser 2551 VS 2009/Phoenix Cruiser 2551

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grimes34

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2005/Phoenix Cruiser 2551 VS 2009/Phoenix Cruiser 2551
« on: May 10, 2009, 03:42:41 pm »
Hi ,
 Does anyone know the difference  between  A 2005 Phoenix Cruiser 2551  on the 350  and a 2009 on a 450 I cant afford  A  new one  but I am  looking at  a 2005/ 350 and a 2007/450 They all look the same to me!

they look to me to the smartest class c I have seen!

Thankx for your time,
eugene

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jpf

Re: 2005/Phoenix Cruiser 2551 VS 2009/Phoenix Cruiser 2551
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2009, 06:16:14 pm »
As far as I'm aware the wheelbase is longer and the GVWR & rear axle ratio are higher on the 450. Apart from that?? probably some gear ratios?
The 2551 is my PC of choice too. I'd love one.

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Ron Dittmer

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Re: 2005/Phoenix Cruiser 2551 VS 2009/Phoenix Cruiser 2551
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2009, 11:03:45 am »
The few things to watch for on a 2005 that may have been optional back then, but are standard today, are the clean hands sewage system management, and the 2 batteries for the coach

The difference between a 2005 Ford E350 chassis and a 2009 Ford E450 chassis, is huge.  The benefit to the E350 is a softer ride, but is more difficult to handle.  I have a 2007 model 2350 on a 2007 E350 chassis.  I invested in $3,900 to improve it's handling.  It now handles like an SUV, but $3900 is a lot of extra money to put into a 5 year old RV.

The 2009 E450 chassis has an improved and heavier-duty suspension, with bigger brakes.  That makes it better in critical areas.  If you special order a brand new 2010 model with the new huge slide out, the E450 chassis handles that extra weight very nicely.

I am not saying the 2005 is not worth consideration.  But putting the money aside, the 2009 is the sure winner.  A 2010 model with the huge slide out is better yet.  There is also value in warranties when buying new.  Special ordering a new 2010 gives you the opportunity to make it just the way you want it.

Good Luck!

Ron
« Last Edit: May 11, 2009, 11:05:19 am by ron.dittmer »
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Ron Dittmer

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Re: 2005/Phoenix Cruiser 2551 VS 2009/Phoenix Cruiser 2551
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2009, 11:11:03 am »
I should also mention there is a brand new 2007 2551 diesel at http://eastacresrv.com/inventory/inventory.html

MSRP $104,800
NOW $77,500



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