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Old 10-15-2015, 05:59 PM   #1
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Our new 2016 Coachmen Pursuit 31BD

Well... we brought her home! Picked up our new MH last Saturday in Hamburg, PA. Loved our 2014 Flagstaff 26RLWS but decided it was time for an upgrade. Shopped the Hershey show and ended up buying a Pursuit - especially after the dealer gave us what we paid for the Flagstaff in trade. At least we stayed within the FR family! I knew we were buying an "entry level" coach - leaving plenty of room for mods and upgrades. Given the cost of the "next up the line" Mirada I figured I could start here and add what was "missing" for a lot less money than that model would cost me. Besides, modding is half the fun for an electrically & mechanically inclined "home improvement geek" and shop rat. We loved the layout and pretty much everything else about this coach - not withstanding the "bells and whistles" it lacks. No problem - let the modding begin.

The DW is already retired and I'll be in that boat in a year - two years tops... so over that period of time my plan is to equip the coach properly and shake out the bugs (and get the hang of driving it) with some relatively local long weekend trips. After that we don't plan to full time, but may go "half time" at least for a while. Lots of beautiful country to see out there.

The "to do" list is long, but number one was LED lighting. I went with "natural white" bulbs from M4Products. Replaced all the interior bulbs last night. Third pic shows that in-process. Nearest and furthest fixtures still contain the factory incandescents; the two in between have the new LEDs, as does the fixture over the sink. I like both the color and the brightness - happy with my choice.

I ran into an "oddity" in the bulb replacement process. When I replaced the "dome light" bulb out over the dash I ran up the dash instrument light dimmer past the detent - the light turned on. Duh! I ran it back down and the lamp turned off. Again, duh! I walked back to the kitchen counter to retrieve the lens and screws for the fixture and when I returned the new bulb was on - very dim, but on. Huh? There's apparently some kind of "leak path" that runs a small amount of current through that bulb even when the switch is off. Not enough to make the stock incandescent bulb light, but enough for the LEDs. How strange.

Anyway - more on the modding saga will follow as I tackle additional electrical and plumbing upgrades. Pursuit owners feel free to chime in with advice and experiences... the adventure begins!
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Old 10-15-2015, 11:01 PM   #2
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Congratulations on the new Pursuit. Looks like the 31BDP. We are on the 2nd year with ours and still modifying ours. Good luck and safe travels.
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Old 10-16-2015, 03:29 AM   #3
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Congratulations on the new Pursuit. Looks like the 31BDP. We are on the 2nd year with ours and still modifying ours. Good luck and safe travels.
Thanks! Yes, I've variously seen this model referred to as the BD, BDP, and BDPF... haven't broken the code the way I had with my Flagstaff, but as far as I can tell they're all referring to the same unit.

BTW - did you ever get your generator problem resolved?
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Old 10-16-2015, 06:28 AM   #4
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Very nice looking coach. Happy trails!!
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Old 10-16-2015, 07:25 AM   #5
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Very nice looking coach. Happy trails!!
Thanks, Jerry. We're pretty excited about moving up from the tow-behind (which we loved) and starting a new chapter in our on-the-road adventures.
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Thanks! Yes, I've variously seen this model referred to as the BD, BDP, and BDPF... haven't broken the code the way I had with my Flagstaff, but as far as I can tell they're all referring to the same unit.

BTW - did you ever get your generator problem resolved?
The first letters refer to a key feature. Mine is KB for King Bed. BD is most likely Big/Bed Dinette which is your key feature. The P is a throwback from when Pursuit was the low end sub-line of Mirada. The F is for the Ford chassis.
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The first letters refer to a key feature. Mine is KB for King Bed. BD is most likely Big/Bed Dinette which is your key feature. The P is a throwback from when Pursuit was the low end sub-line of Mirada. The F is for the Ford chassis.
Ah! Makes sense. The sticker by our door just says 31BD... since it's a Pursuit the P is superfluous, and since they're ALL built on F53 chassis the F really isn't needed either...

Love that dinette, BTW... one of the things that clinched the deal for us.
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So far the generator seems to be working. Installed the fuel pump kit that they sent and insulated the fuel line. Only had one hot weekend to try it sense, and it stayed running even while driving.

On our unit it has 31BDP next to the door and the insurance company and the DVM both have it as 31BDPF along with the vin number.
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A new twist on the model designation theme: just got my financing paperwork and the bank has my coach listed as a 31BOP! Sounds like a "reading someone's handwriting" issue. Not mine, BTW.

Well... the Esco LPT50BRD transfer switch and Progressive Industries HW50C EMS have arrived in the big brown truck... I know what I'm doing next weekend!
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A new twist on the model designation theme: just got my financing paperwork and the bank has my coach listed as a 31BOP! Sounds like a "reading someone's handwriting" issue. Not mine, BTW.

Well... the Esco LPT50BRD transfer switch and Progressive Industries HW50C EMS have arrived in the big brown truck... I know what I'm doing next weekend!
Although I have a 30A coach, I suggest you consider installing your PI HW50C with twist lock plugs. If you have a circuit board failure you can bypass the PMS and restore power in seconds (even if that means you have to run the genset), rather then being without juice until PI sends you a new card. Pic of mine below. Also credit to Turbs for the idea.
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