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Re: Options qustions...
« Reply #90 on: July 01, 2019, 06:19:52 am »
This it's just a WAG, but maybe the upgrade requires additional certification that the Phoenix tech doesn't have thus requiring outsourcing.
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« Reply #91 on: July 01, 2019, 10:47:30 am »
Hey folks wondering if any of you got a hitch upgrade when you ordered your PC recently.
I believe the standard is 5K and a 7K is available?


The 'weight' referred to on the hitch is the total weight of the trailer (or towd) and its cargo, not the tongue weight.  Get that 4K pound Jeep behind you swerving back and forth after a quick steering input and it could be putting 7K of force on that hitch very easily as it plays 'crack the whip'.  Same with a tow dolly.  Ask RonD if the incorrect angle can affect things also..  :-D

My 'MediumAzz'  :lol tandem trailer maxes out at 5K, same as my hitch, but the tongue weight and closely spaced axles make the forces on the coach much more predictable when pushing the limit.  (Most it has weighed with the cart inside was 3900 pounds)


Seems like I am a 'safety wonk' this Sunday... could be worse.  (nod)  Go ahead and ignore me, most people do. I dont even travel with the radio on for safety.   Living here in Florida where many drivers are...um...'past their prime driving years' it must be closer to the surface of my mind.

Yikes, I knew that about the hitch ratings.  I had a case of brain flatulence!  I have red-neck tendencies and assume that if there is a hitch present, you can tow anything  roflol

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« Reply #92 on: July 01, 2019, 07:42:21 pm »
2 FRAZZLED, That is a very good possibility that I hadn't thought of. Thanks!
But doesn't explain why I have to deal with the vendor directly.
Seems to me that the work done extending the frame and replacing the rear suspension is much more complex and is also outsourced but I don't have to pay separately for these services.
This is not a really big deal to me but it just seems weird.
When I asked why, they just kind of talked around the answer.
I was hoping to see if anybody else had a similar experience and how it worked out.

Best regards, Jim G.

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« Reply #93 on: August 06, 2019, 07:38:48 pm »
Talked to the factory today and got a bit of clarification about the 7.5K lb hitch install.
Basically it is an aftermarket upgrade done by Elkhart Hitch that is done AFTER the RV is completed.
The cost of the upgrade is paid directly to Elkhart Hitch
As a courtesy, PC will drive the RV over and back for the install but it is not part of what you are buying from PC.
Still seems a little odd that this is not just a regular available option from PC but I guess it really doesn't matter.

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« Reply #94 on: August 06, 2019, 07:54:27 pm »
OK Big News for me today!
After waiting patiently for what seems an eternity (it really wasn't), I got word today that my build is underway.
The frame is stretched, Liquid Springs installed and its been on the line for a day or two.
Genny and Propane are in and the flooring is applied. Electrician slated to start in the next day or two.
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eff Pressinell the sales guy from Campers Inn assigned to the PC factory took this picture for me this morning. Thanks Jeff! Keep 'em coming!

If anybody is going to be visiting the factory in the near future, I would greatly appreciate if you could send some pictures my way of the build in progress.
I'd even be willing to pay a modest sum to somebody who lives in the area willing to go to the factory a time or two for pics during the build.
 I really want to be there myself but it just isn't doable right now.

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« Reply #95 on: August 06, 2019, 09:11:00 pm »
Jim
Great to see your unit construction started.  There is a light at the end of the tunnel!  Our 2010 2551 is awesome. I canít believe the quality of the unit. Everything works nicely.  I wish the beds were longer but canít have everything.

We had heard about the transit a while back and nothing since.  Was the Ford transit an option when you were looking? They donít list is in the brochure.

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« Reply #96 on: August 06, 2019, 10:22:36 pm »
Congratulations Jim, on your new "baby".

This one will grow into adulthood more quickly than most.  You'll be cruising down the road before you know it!

All the best,      Mike

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« Reply #97 on: August 07, 2019, 03:56:40 am »
AWESOME!   Congrats on the build starting. I hope you can find someone to get pics!!    (exactly)

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« Reply #98 on: August 07, 2019, 03:13:06 pm »
A VERY exciting time for Jim!

I see Phoenix maintains the tradition of their galley base cabinet having 3 narrow and shallow drawers in the middle portion.  The right side has a slide out butcher block counter above two narrow drawers, all hidden behind a cabinet door.  That is what we originally had in our 2007.  The configuration dates back to 2005 or 2006.  Prior to that was an external work surface on the right side that when folded down, covered the drawers.
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« Reply #99 on: August 07, 2019, 07:41:32 pm »
Ron S. : We had already decided on the 2552 before we went to Elkhart so we never asked about the Transit. Sorry.
One prerequisite on this purchase was permanent beds and the 2552 is the smallest floor plan that satisfied that for us.
I toss and turn too much to allow the 2350 or 2400 to work for us.

Ron D.: We opted for a 6" stretch on this unit that should make the DS bed the same length as the PS and also make those drawers in the middle 6" wider.
I compared the pic of my unit with the pics in the 2552 section of the web site and it looks like they are somewhat wider than normal.

I sent the salesman a request to provide regular progress pics of the build so hopefully he will come through for me.

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« Reply #100 on: August 11, 2019, 10:18:16 pm »
Ron D.: We opted for a 6" stretch on this unit that should make the DS bed the same length as the PS and also make those drawers in the middle 6" wider.
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« Reply #101 on: August 12, 2019, 07:23:48 pm »
Called the factory today to remind the sales rep to take some photos of my 2552 build in progress.
Was disappointed to find that he is no longer employed there. Tomorrow I will try to contact the third salesman so far in this purchase.
It has been a roller coaster to say the least.

SO..... If anybody is in Elkhart and would be willing to take some pictures of my build, please contact me. Willing to compensate. Thanks!

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« Reply #102 on: August 13, 2019, 08:10:04 pm »
New Campers Inn sales rep for PC is  Robert (Bob) White.
Very friendly and was quick to send me several build photos with promise for more.
Even called me before I had a chance to call the factory this morning.

So far this seems like  big improvement from a communications standpoint.
Fingers crossed it continues.

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« Reply #103 on: August 31, 2019, 08:05:27 pm »
Quick update, Looks like we are ready for paint!
Had a bit if a snafu but luckily I was able to let PC know early due to the pics that Bob White has been sending and they were able to straighten it out before the unit went to the paint shop.
I had ordered with a compressor fridge both because I had heard issues when the propane fridge is located in a slide and also because I didn't want the two big refer vents on the side of my unit.
Seems during the transition to production the compressor fridge got lost and a propane unit was installed including two big vents!
I noticed it in a picture that the salesman sent and he promised it would be corrected right away.
So far so good with Bob White!
Thanks Bob!

Ok, I give up. Can not seems to get these pictures oriented correctly.
They look right on my computer and I tried rotating a copy clockwise to make it work but they just WANT to be sideways!
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« Reply #104 on: September 01, 2019, 07:45:37 pm »
Hello Folks: Now that my 2552 is nearing completion, our thoughts turn to the pick up process.
When  we placed the order the salesman told us normal process was we would provide an insurance binder and they would provide a paper temporary Indiana plate.
I called our insurance agent and he told me that because we live in Massachusetts, that wouldn't work for two reasons.
First: he said a Massachusetts insurance company wouldn't provide insurance to a Massachusetts resident for an out of state registration
Second: Massachusetts does not recognize any temporary out of state registrations. A quick google seems to support his statements.

Wondering if any MA residents have experience with this.

Right now I am thinking we are going to need to go to the factory to inspect and purchase the unit and then fedex the paperwork to my agent who will register the vehicle and fedex us the plates before we can take delivery.
If all goes well it should only add a few days to the process.

Any ideas?

Thanks, Jim Godfrey