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Old 06-28-2007, 10:00 AM   #1
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Just wanted to share some information. We just returned from a 1800 mile trip from s. ca to national parks at Zion, Bryce, Capital Reef, Canyon Land, The Arches and Mesa Verde, cliff houses. Saw many wonderful things, tons of hiking.

We have a 2003 Bounder on a W-22 chassis. Ultrapower with upgrades. The motorhome ran like a top, pulling some very steep grades with ease. Overall gas mileage for trip was 8.4 mpg. I consider that great with all the mountains travelled and head winds on our return trip home from Az along I-40.

One recommendation to all would be to put Koni shocks on your motorhome. Keith from Redlands Truck replaced our hard as a rock Bilsteins right before our trip. The ride was completly changed with the Koni's. No more teeth rattling when you go over ruff roads. The Koni's take the sharpness away, much nicer ride, like driving a different motorhome.

So go get Ultrapower, for get up and go. Go get Koni shocks for a much better ride. Wife was much more happier at the end of the day with the improved smooth ride.
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Just wanted to share some information. We just returned from a 1800 mile trip from s. ca to national parks at Zion, Bryce, Capital Reef, Canyon Land, The Arches and Mesa Verde, cliff houses. Saw many wonderful things, tons of hiking.

We have a 2003 Bounder on a W-22 chassis. Ultrapower with upgrades. The motorhome ran like a top, pulling some very steep grades with ease. Overall gas mileage for trip was 8.4 mpg. I consider that great with all the mountains travelled and head winds on our return trip home from Az along I-40.

One recommendation to all would be to put Koni shocks on your motorhome. Keith from Redlands Truck replaced our hard as a rock Bilsteins right before our trip. The ride was completly changed with the Koni's. No more teeth rattling when you go over ruff roads. The Koni's take the sharpness away, much nicer ride, like driving a different motorhome.

So go get Ultrapower, for get up and go. Go get Koni shocks for a much better ride. Wife was much more happier at the end of the day with the improved smooth ride.
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Old 06-28-2007, 11:04 AM   #3
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Hi Steve,

Glad to hear your trip went so well. We are currently sitting inside Brazel's shop in Centralia, Wa. getting a complete brake job on our 2003 Bounder. While installing new plugs and wires they discovered all four rotors were cracked and the rear pads were starting to wear, this with only 18,890 miles on a 4 1/2 year old coach.
Jeff Brazel & Mike Bronzini both talked to Workhorse and got them to agree to pay for the brake job except for a $100.00 deductable which I'm more then happy to pay.

Steve, If you ever get this way you really need to stop by and at least say hi, As great as Keith at Redlands is these guys are at least as good. I won't go into all they did for me but I'll just say they went WAY beyond what I could expect a shop to do. If ANYONE ever needs any chassis work done in the northwest I HIGHLY recommend them. BTW, Alan the tech is one of the most knowledgeable men I have ever met in 37 years of RV'ing.

Talk to you later,
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by rvjer:
We are currently sitting inside Brazel's shop in Centralia, Wa. getting a complete brake job on our 2003 Bounder. While installing new plugs and wires they discovered all four rotors were cracked and the rear pads were starting to wear, this with only 18,890 miles on a 4 1/2 year old coach.
Jeff Brazel & Mike Bronzini both talked to Workhorse and got them to agree to pay for the brake job except for a $100.00 deductable which I'm more then happy to pay. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Sounds like it's worked out great... did the shop tell you how this might have happend or what caused it? Also, did you feel that you might have a braking problem of some sort?
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Richard 34.5A:
Sounds like it's worked out great... did the shop tell you how this might have happend or what caused it? Also, did you feel that you might have a braking problem of some sort? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yes, It appears that the rear guide pins were not releasing all the way and that was caused by the brake bell crank sticking. Workhorse does have a TSB out to install a zerk fitting in the bell crank to solve this problem and Brazel's did install one for me. I felt no problem with the brakes at all and was surprised when Alan (the tech) told me about it. But after they pulled the wheels the cracks in the rotors where very easy to see. I can't say enough about a shop that goes the extra mile for a customer with the mfg. This was my third trip to Brazel's for work and you can bet whenever I'm in this area and need some chassis work done, this is where you can find me.
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by rvjer:


Are you saying that you drive all the way from Palmdale, CA to Centralia, WA for warranty or servicing of your Workhorse? Isn't that a bit far, even for good work?

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No, I don't drive all the way from Palmdale to Centralia just to get work done. As I said, when I am in the area which is almost every year, Brazel's is where I will go. If I needed great service in Southern California I would take it to Redlands truck.
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I too am on my way to the Washington area right now. My first stop will be Centralia at Brazel's for some needed service/repair regardless of warrantee. I think these guys are the best too.
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