saga of the slide - part 3!
ok, so the 3 week adventure went off with a few minor glitches. I say minor, because with some dealer and factory attention they were all fixed (mostly).
the first issue to appear was the continuing work/notwork with the water heater. we pretty much got along without it until the midway point of the trip when we took the unit to a dealer for a water leak repair, and steering stabilizer install. The circuit board was replaced (from stock, what a great way to do business!) and no more problems with the water heater. ---- passhooter take note------ this dealer was stocking the board so my guess is they have seen more than mine come in with bad boards.
The next item was a fresh water leak. We discovered that we were emptying our fresh water tank in under 24 hours with minimal usage. At the midway point (again), I noticed the outdoor kitchen compartment floor was wet, ( and we had a big puddle under the coach) and upon removing the drawer, I found a 1/2 inch of water under the cabinet. The dealer looked at it, and found the water filter on the intake side of the pump was basically falling off, allowing the fresh water to just spill into the cabinet. A quick tighten of the fitting, dry out the cabinet and we were fixed.
This dealer appointment happened because after wrestling with this thing for 2500 miles plus, I knew it needed help, and we decided to add a Safe T plus. While I still had some alignment issues (see below) it made a world of difference in the drive ability.
What about the stupid slide you ask??
Sure enough, after 2500 miles of cross country torture across the freeways, it stuck in the in position, and required some serious pushing to extend. On a Sunday, I called Nate at Coachmen, and left him a message that we were going to be on his doorstep Wed morning and to plan on a crew to work on this thing. (Fortunately, this mishap happened less than 2 hours from the mother-ship and I decided it was time for the nuclear option.) Nate called me back on Monday, and had me take it 20 more minutes down the road to Lippert where Shannon took over. We got a hotel for the night on Coachmen and waited for the minions to make their repairs. Shannon completely tore the slide apart and finally discovered that the rear part of the slides underside rollers were not making contact with the floor, thus the entire weight of the rear of the slide was on the brackets and causing the binding. With this fixed, you can now barely even hear the motors work while operating the slide, before it was too loud to have a conversation.
Shannon gave me a tip though, after driving it, he said to push and hold the in button before trying to extend the slide out, and allow the motors to resync and take up any slack caused by shifting as it was beaten to death going down the road. Worked like a charm and we have had no further issues with it.
While at Coachmen, I did have the alignment redone as it was out 3 degrees, and attempted to have the "clearview" set, (to me its center the steering wheel so it is straight when the wheels are straight). Mine came from the factory almost 5 degrees to the right. The idea was to have this fixed at the factory, but that day the only guy certified by Ford to to do it was out. Nate has asked me to have it done by a local Ford truck repair facility and send him the bill.
Overall impressions after 3 weeks and 5300 miles.
My wife and I bought the Pursuit 30 to do a weekend per month away, and for that I believe it will be excellent. (Comfort, waste tank size, etc.) For longer term trips though, and especially over the road type trips down the highway, the Pursuit is the equivalent of bringing a knife to a gun fight. It just does not have the suspension to take on the highways in any kind of comfort. Every cabinet and drawer rattled loose, even the microwave plate committed suicide and exploded on the floor while going down the road. I have a small bracket and two screws on the floor at the bedroom door that I still have not been able to determine what they are for.
With all that said, its not a bad entry level coach experience if you go in with the expectation that there are going to be things to fix, and upgrades to make to make the thing more comfortable to drive. (like the Safe T Plus)
BTW, Shannon and Nate were great to work with, and gave me the impression they truly care about the work they do. Nice to see that kind of attitude today in the consumer throw away world.
Next trip to be determined......in the mean time stay safe and enjoy!