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General Discussion / Re: Headed to Elkhart, IN
« on: October 18, 2018, 02:38:59 pm »
The engine in the 2011 Breeze is not the same as the 6.0L in the 03-07 Powerstroke. The 6.0L had problems with head gaskets. The 08-10 Powerstroke did not have such problems. Their main problem was related to Ford upping the RPMs to get a 350HP rating. The 2011 and 2012 Breezes do not have the problems that the 2013 and on have with the exhaust system problems and the potential problems related to the high ratio of exhaust gas recirculation. But the trade off is, the 2012 may be more reliable, but the 2013 and on has more torque and horsepower, which is always appreciated in a motorhome, and it has the exhaust brake, which is really nice (which to my understanding can be added to the earlier Breezes by a third party).

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General Discussion / Re: Headed to Elkhart, IN
« on: October 18, 2018, 09:21:57 am »
It uses 15% Low Sulfur Diesel and we had no problem as I always stop at Flying J or Loves anyway.
I have a local business that does all International Service ( he owns a 40 Tiffin Diesel,) that does all the service at a reasonable cost.

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General Discussion / Re: Headed to Elkhart, IN
« on: October 18, 2018, 07:00:14 am »
Thanks for all of the Kind remarks, First of all I wan t to say Thanks to the Whole Staff at Phoenix. They are wonderful, best group ever. The number 1 reason to buy a PC is the staff and support. Ok Now I have said that, lets talk about the trade and why and the result.
Old Unit = 2013 PC 3100 with 28K Miles
New Unit= 2011 Tiffin Allegro Breeze 28BR w 22000 miles

WE traded because of several reasons.
1: The twin beds just didnt work out for us. It felt too much like when I was camping and not like at home in the Big bed :)
2: Not enough Basement Storage. We had already filled up the entire area with our stuff and that didnt include stuff for our Full Time Journey in May 2019
4: The Dog House cover over the engine  and engine noise when pulling a grade. My wife has had 2 hip surgurys and getting into the passenger seat was very hard for her to do.
5: The single 15K air conditioner is too loud. Unable to watch TV and run the AC at the same time. TOO LOUD !!

Now the ins and outs on the Tiffin Breeze ( This is for RON )
1: More storage ( not alot more but alot more useable ) Storage doors are GREAT !! No more of those little Plastic holder thingys
2: It is a rear Diesel Pusher, so the front Floor is flat, open and very easy to get into the seats. The entry door is in the very front which at first was weird, but now we think its great as it doesnt take up any space throughout the middle of the coach.
3: The motor is in the rear and you can not even hear it, even going up grades. Yes it diesel and gets 11-13 mpg. Navastar made this engine as a clean burning diesel not needing DEF Fluid. Tiffin started with the Breeze and the new Navastar engine in 2011 ( The first year of the Breeze ). Continued with the same in 2012.
The Feds changed the emissions  requirements for Navastar for ALL Motors made beginning 2013. Navastar included EGR regulation to all of the motors until 2015. The EPA didnt like the method choosen and then stopped Navastar on any more production of these later EGR Engines. Tiffin at that point was forced to switch to Cummings which forced a HUGE change in the breeze. The 28 foot model was discontinued and the New Breeze was redesigned and completed built around Cummings. Result: Huge price increase, taller, wider, DEF needed ( Of course ) and now the Breeze is there in name only. Current models are 31 and 33 feet.

So in a nutshell, the 2011 and 2012 Breeze has the good engine, no DEF, clean burning basic diesel motor. On the Tiffin Forum there are ZERO problems reported on this model of the Navastar Diesel. After 2013 is when all the problems started happening until Tiffin was forced to change to Cummings.

4: Ducted AC which is whisper quiet and works great, Enough said. 15K Unit with Heat Pump.
5: Phoenix replaced ALL of the Furniture in the Breeze from the Ultra Leather and recovered with REAL Leather. Thank God !! Ask anyone about the old Ultra Leather Delamination problems. PC now uses real leather also
6: Single slide and a rear bedroom with a Queen Bed. Sleeps great
7: Very well built with the best wood and attachments on Cabinets. Individual Tile squares make up the floor for easy replacement of a bad piece if you mess one up.
8: Big Front window with electric Sun Shades and Day & Night Shades. No more curtuains

Now for the specs:

Heigth = 11' 1 inch vs PC at 10' 1 " ( a foot taller )
Length= 29' 7 " vs PC at 30'10"
Weight= 18000 GVWR vs PC at about 14500 GVWR
Chassis built by Freightliner on a PowerGlide chassis Custom built just for the Breeze and its short wheelbase

The breeze has Air Ride and Air leveling, NO MORE JACKS lowering to the ground. It just levels up the coach as it seats. NICE
The Breeze has a 26 foot turning radius. Thats right 26 foot. Need I say that was simply unbelievable during our trip back.

The PC 3100 tracks better because of its 218 inch wheelbase vs the 153 Inch on the breeze. Proper alignment, Proper Air Pressure ( This is critical ) move heavier weight to front, Safe-R-Plus steering stabilizer. and the Breeze tracks just fine. This was one problem area that Tifin had to solve and they have done well. I have driven 1 stock and one with the improvements and yes they WORK.

So there it is, feel free to ask Any questions you may have and I will try to answer them. We miss our PC, and Yes we love the new Breeze. Its all about the small things that mattered and sometimes they really add up. PS: Bring more Money :)

Cya Down the Road, Rebel ( James Deane & Gigi )

Link to video for Interior views:
https://vimeo.com/293748341

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General Discussion / Headed to Elkhart, IN
« on: October 13, 2018, 05:21:06 am »
GiGi and I are heading to Elkhart to trade In our 2013 Phoenix Cruiser 3100. WE hop for it to be exciting adventure. We get to meet the gang at PC, get a 2011 Tiffin Allegro Breeze 28BR ( Diesel ). The PC Group has been at work all week getting it ready for us..

Once again many thanks to all of the people at PC. Keith ( The Money Man ), Stacy ( the Sales Guy ), Dave ( Service and other Details ) and everyone else. Cant wait to meet them.

Wish us luck on our trip from Knoxville, TN to Elkhark, IN. WE also plan to see the RV Hall of Fame on Sunday. Should be a blast.

AS always, CYA DOWN THE ROAD !!  Rebel and Gigi

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General Discussion / Time to Say Goodbye
« on: October 04, 2018, 05:48:17 am »
Hello everyone, James Deane here from Tennessee. As some on the forum know, we own a 2013 Phoenix Cruiser 3100, that we bought about 6 months ago. It has been a Great rig and is definitely the best Class C on the market today. Well Thanks to the folks at the Factory ( Stacy, Keith and others ) I discovered that they had taken in on trade a very nice 2011 Tiffin Allegro Breeze 28 BR. Since we are going full time , there were a few things we wanted different in a new rig.

1: Queen bed instead of the twin beds
2: More Basement Storage
3: A quieter AC and more height in the ceiling.

By accident we saw a 2011 Tiffin Breeze 28BR locally here for sale and got a chance to see and drive it. And it fit the above requirements plus a few more. We then noticed that The Factory had one as well For Sale. After a few minutes of negotiating with Stacy at PC and a bit more Money ( of Course ), we bought it and traded in our PC 3100     ( which will soon be for Sale at PC ) Contact Stacy at 574-361-1962 in inquire.

I want to say Thank you to all of the wonderful people on this Forum. You all are the Best !! So as a parting gesture, I made a 2 Special Videos for you. Number 1 is the 2013 Phoenix Cruiser 3100 and number 2 is our new 2011 Tiffin Allegro Breeze 28BR
Once again a big Thank you to all of the folks at Phoenix Cruiser, one of the best families you will ever have. I will miss you all.

So here they are, 2 Videos for your enjoyment, Please watch in FULL SCREEN and yes there is MUSIC so turn it up :)

1: https://vimeo.com/292579538
2: https://vimeo.com/293748341

Cya down the road
James Deane ( Rebel ) and Gigi

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General Discussion / PC Solar Panal Option
« on: June 17, 2018, 07:10:23 am »
If anyone has gotten the Solar Panel Option from PC please give me the details on what came with the option ( Individual parts included ) and how you like it. I am thinking of visiting PC in Elkhart to have this option added to our coach. Thanks in advance

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General Discussion / Re: Problems with Spare Wheel Cover Latch
« on: June 07, 2018, 05:25:01 am »
I have the same problem, however mine is difficult to disengage the latch. Any suggestions?

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I am a Licensed P&C Agent with over 26 companies. Here is a rundown on what to look for in RV Insurance. Here is a breakdown on what you get with a Progressive policy which I consider the best company for these reasons.

1: Go with a company that does a separate RV Policy, not a add on to your car insurance

2: Full total loss replacement: You can only select this for newly purchased RVs one model year old or newer. If its totaled within 5 model years, you will get what it costs to buy a brand new RV (similar model). And yes, thats the full cost, even if it costs more than what you originally paid for your RV.

Once your RV is outside the five-model year window, we will give you the original purchase price you paid for your RV (this will always be in writing in your policy documents).

Agreed value: We offer this for select RVs. With this, you basically tell us the value of your RV, and together well agree on a payout number for a total loss. The agreed value will always be in writing in your policy documents, and we wont depreciate or change this value for up to 10 policy periods.

Market value: You can select this no matter how old your RV is. Well give you cash for your RVs estimated market value.

3: Full Time Rv insuraance is tricky, most companies do not write it, Progressive does

4: Emergency expense:If your travel plans are interrupted, Progressive will give you up to $750 for transportation and hotel expenses. If youd like you can add more coverage

5:Vacation liability : This pays for injuries that happen at your vacation site, in your RV or the area around your RV up to $10,000. You can add more coverage if needed.

6:RV roadside assistance: If your RV breaks down (within 100 feet of the road), well pay to tow you to the nearest repair shop. You pay nothing out of pocket.

7: Full coverage for belongings & personal items: You can get full replacement cost for belongings inside your RV up to $99,000. Replacement cost means that we will give you what it costs to buy new belongings and not the depreciated, estimated value of used items.

8: Besides Comprehensive & collision, Personal Liability and Medical Payments these are the main features of a GOOD RV Policy

PS: Yes I have a Progressive RV Policy and I had access to over 15 companies to choose from.

Go here to read up on all of the features offered by Progressive:
https://www.progressive.com/rv/rv-coverages/

I hope this helps

James Deane

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General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself!
« on: April 16, 2018, 03:03:28 pm »
Hello, Name is James & Georgiana Deane and Saturday we picked up a:
 2013 PC 3100 from Texas, It has the following Options: HWH Levelers, 15K air Conditioner, Full Body Paint, Compass Mirror, Cherry Cabinets, Premium Package and its Options, Ultra Leather, 2 Fantastic Fans and Covers,Samsung DVD Surround System, 2nd Samsung TV, Braided Tire Valve Extenders on Both Rear Wheels, LED Reading lights on Sofa, Dinette and Both Beds, Cherry Platforms Pieces at the end of both Beds and beside the Vanity in Bathroom, Atomic Clock in Living area, Convection Microwave and of course the 1800 Watt Inverter and 4K Oran Generator and Macarator.

After 2000 mile total trip we are back and everything went Great. Glad to be part of the PC Community


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General Discussion / Re: Earl Robbins last day: Friday March 30 2018
« on: March 29, 2018, 04:59:45 am »
Earl, You will be missed. Thanks again on all of your help in helping us in getting our PC. Happy Trails from James Deane and Georgianna

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