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Old 02-29-2012, 10:49 PM   #1
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Moving On

Polly and I have decided to move on to a new chapter in our lives. We purchased a condo in Rancho Mirage, CA (near Palm Springs), and are going to spend our winters there in the condo instead of our coach. This will reduce our time in an RV from about 5 months a year to about 1 month, primarily for my annual elk and deer hunting and a little razor clam digging and other camping with our new grandaughter.

It's hard to justify the coach for one month or less a year so we have put it up for sale on the internet and will downsize back to around a 25' travel trailer to tow behind our Tundra pickup for the hunting and close-in-camping needs in Washington.

Sort of like the Shannons, we like Palm Springs so much after spending the last 6 winters there we're buying a place that we can leave our stuff and travel there via auto or plane.

Given the used coach market it may take some time to sell the coach so we may continue to need advice on ours via this forum while we're still using it and have it up for sale.

Personally, I want to thank all of you who have given me such good input and advice on how to deal with the start-up issues we have had with the coach. It's sort of amazing because the last year and a half or so the coach has run with few issues. It's like it takes 30,000+ miles to get it "tweaked" and then it runs like a dream. Wouldn't change a thing about the things we've done to it (well, maybe wouldn't have spent the money on the motion control units), but the rest has been worthwhile. We just returned to Palm Springs from an 18-day round trip from Palm Springs to Texas and Florida, and it was almost a glitch-free trip, except for one minor issue.

So, thanks again in advance for all your help. Couldn't have got here without you!

And, if you know someone that wants a well-maintained coach that's still on warranty, PM me and we'll go from there.

Thanks again,

Bill Blankenship
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Old 03-01-2012, 12:03 PM   #2
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Gunna miss you Bill, but of course times roll on.

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Old 03-01-2012, 07:51 PM   #3
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OF - You're comment about MCU's caught my attention. I've been thinking about getting them to stop the rolling and dipping everytime I turn or go over small surface irregularities. They didn't make any difference on your coach? Have you done any other modifications that stopped or reduced the rolling &/or dipping?

I don't think my shocks are bad based upon the absence of porpoising (extended up / down / rolling back & forth). The coach rolls back & forth when going over a hump or curb but stops pretty quickly. It also "dips" in the outside front corner when turning but levels back out pretty quickly.

Good luck and enjoy your "new life" on stable ground.
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:53 PM   #4
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BC,

We installed Koni shocks first, and they helped, especially with proposing. We changed the tires from the high pressure factory Toyos to the lower pressure Bridgestones (15-20 psi less), and they helped a bunch. Then we installed a steering stabilizer and the MCUs. I have been very happy with the Safe-T-Plus steering stabilizer because I don't have to do as many course corrections, it helps with sidewinds, and I don't get as tired driving it as I used to.

I thought adding the MCUs would make a big difference on the "wobble" over irregularities like speed bumps, ruts, etc., and their help has been marginal. It still wobbles and is very stiff when the rear goes over a bump with one side of the coach ahead of the other. I haven't found I can take those speed bumps any faster.

We haven't noticed the front end dip on the side going around corners.

It may be the other improvements made enough difference the MCUs couldn't add much. Or it may be our shorter coach makes a difference vs the longer ones, like the 40's. Or it may be a function of the Peak chassis vs. other chassis. But I can truthfully say the side-to-side wobble hasn't changed much. I would have to drive one with none of the improvements we made and one with only MCUs to properly asses how much difference they make.

So that's why I said I probably wouldn't spend the money on MCUs again. But maybe others who have installed them have seen a bigger difference than us. We drive about 10,000 miles a year, so feel like we've had a good chance to observe how much they should have helped us.

Hope that helps; if not, PM me and I'll give you my phone number and we can talk some more about it.
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BC,

I also installed Safe-T-Plus and MCU's, along with the Koni shocks on our 40'. Initially, I didn't experience much difference in body rock and roll over irregular bumps at slow speeds. I have to make a diagonal turn over a curb to exit my storage place. If I'm not careful, the coach really rocks coming off that curb. I mentioned this to the manufacturer while at Redmond Rocks two summers ago, and not too long after the MCU's were installed. They install higher resistance MCU's on the rear only. This didn't completely eliminate the problem, but it made a noticeable difference.

I will echo Bill's comments on the Safe-T-Steer reducing road fatigue from constant steering wheel corrections. I can now easily drive 450-500 miles in a day, whereas before the upgrade I was done at 350 miles.
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Sort of like the Shannons, we like Palm Springs so much after spending the last 6 winters there we're buying a place that we can leave our stuff and travel there via auto or plane..........-
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We are also moving on...sort of. We just bought a house in the Dallas area and will "summer" there. Does that make sense? . Anyway, like you, we will "winter" in our beloved Palm Springs for the immediate future.
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Polly and I have decided to move on to a new chapter in our lives. We purchased a condo in Rancho Mirage, CA (near Palm Springs), and are going to spend our winters there in the condo instead of our coach. This will reduce our time in an RV from about 5 months a year to about 1 month, primarily for my annual elk and deer hunting and a little razor clam digging and other camping with our new grandaughter.

It's hard to justify the coach for one month or less a year so we have put it up for sale on the internet and will downsize back to around a 25' travel trailer to tow behind our Tundra pickup for the hunting and close-in-camping needs in Washington.

Sort of like the Shannons, we like Palm Springs so much after spending the last 6 winters there we're buying a place that we can leave our stuff and travel there via auto or plane.

Given the used coach market it may take some time to sell the coach so we may continue to need advice on ours via this forum while we're still using it and have it up for sale.

Personally, I want to thank all of you who have given me such good input and advice on how to deal with the start-up issues we have had with the coach. It's sort of amazing because the last year and a half or so the coach has run with few issues. It's like it takes 30,000+ miles to get it "tweaked" and then it runs like a dream. Wouldn't change a thing about the things we've done to it (well, maybe wouldn't have spent the money on the motion control units), but the rest has been worthwhile. We just returned to Palm Springs from an 18-day round trip from Palm Springs to Texas and Florida, and it was almost a glitch-free trip, except for one minor issue.

So, thanks again in advance for all your help. Couldn't have got here without you!

And, if you know someone that wants a well-maintained coach that's still on warranty, PM me and we'll go from there.

Thanks again,

Bill Blankenship
Send me the details of your coach that will be for sale please.

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