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millesecond

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Posted: 01/06/20 05:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are retired so the Fuse seemed like a great travel the country rv for just the 2 of us. Started looking at several dealers and after spending some time in one (1.5hrs) on the dealers lot the salesman insisted we test drive it before leaving. I was impressed with peppy little diesel. What turned us away was the wind noise coming from the coach entry door. From the drivers seat it sounded like the door was wide open.


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ron.dittmer

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millesecond wrote:

We are retired so the Fuse seemed like a great travel the country rv for just the 2 of us. Started looking at several dealers and after spending some time in one (1.5hrs) on the dealers lot the salesman insisted we test drive it before leaving. I was impressed with peppy little diesel. What turned us away was the wind noise coming from the coach entry door. From the drivers seat it sounded like the door was wide open.
You owe it to yourself to check out a Phoenix Cruiser. Being in Wisconsin, you are not so far from the factory in Elkhart, IN. Pick your favorite floor plan on-line by CLICKING HERE, call the factory for a tour making sure they will have a finished one on-hand of your favorite, for you to inspect. They used to build on the E350, E450, and Sprinter. Today they build exclusively on the Ford Transit and E450 chassis.

You won't hear a whistle from their main entry door. It is made very well, like no other I have ever seen. The door and door jamb are installed as an assembly. It is perfectly aligned, well gasketed, and also very solid, a reflection of their over-all workmanship. Outdoor compartment hatches are not up to the same caliber, but are still done well. Our 2007 outdoor compartments are well done but are more generic. Today they have compartment latching hardware like the best rigs have. You will pay more, but you get that much better. It depends on your priorities......cash in-hand, or cash in-rig.

If you go with an E450 chassis and delete as many slide outs as the floor plan allows like we did, you will lower the purchase price significantly. We applied the savings into the full body paint option. You can see our 2007 Phoenix Cruiser 2350 by CLICKING HERE.

We ordered our PC brand new nearly 13 years ago. We love our slide-less rig, so clean and worry-free for all the years still coming that we plan to keep it. Unless the floor plan absolutely requires a slide out, I always encourage people to consider deleting it to save money and avoid the rest that comes with any slide out. Keeping it simple keeps it cheaper, stronger, lighter, warmer, cooler, drier, cleaner, and most reliable. You even gain more linear wall space for bigger cabinets, or in our case a spacious and comfortable dinette.

* This post was edited 01/06/20 07:33am by ron.dittmer *


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Sorry to hear about this since I liked the price point. I didn't, however, want one after viewing a few of them. Once you're inside - they're just too small for me, as contrasted with the Mercedes-Benz View/Navion. The Ford Transit diesel, one would think a winner. But I guess not?



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millesecond wrote:

We are retired so the Fuse seemed like a great travel the country rv for just the 2 of us. Started looking at several dealers and after spending some time in one (1.5hrs) on the dealers lot the salesman insisted we test drive it before leaving. I was impressed with peppy little diesel. What turned us away was the wind noise coming from the coach entry door. From the drivers seat it sounded like the door was wide open.

When it comes to a Class C to replace my current Class C, all my chips are in to the Winnebago View. They're higher than others by a lot, however, it's the only Class C where I am certain that I would be making the right decision, all things considered. I've been looking at them for over 10 years now, and I'm convinced they're the way to go for me when it's time to trade Up.



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I was almost swayed by the Winnebago View until I looked at a new one. I just didn't like that the outside hatch doors open upwards but only half way. I would have to duck under to get to the back of some compartments and they are already low. If they opened up all the way I would probably be driving one today. Back to looking. What ever I get will probably be the last one. Maybe a Renegade Villagio? Maybe someone will come out with a nice unit on a Ford transit.

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Ed_Gee wrote:

Apparently Ford has redesigned the 2020 Transit chassis so Winnebago stopped production on the 2020 Fuse.....hopefully to redesign the house body for the new chassis. Not one seems to know if Winnebago going to bring the
Fuse back to production.....no word from them so far...
AS far as problems with the .fuse.....the vast majority of owners love their Fuses. Admittedly Winnebago did address some issues on the early models....like low rear clearance. You will find the most useful information on the Fuse on the Winnebago Fuse Owners Facebook group.

Reason the Ford Transit not used as a base for Motohomes here. Similar style ,would be the Renault Master, for lighter Motorhomes, not as near as many problems
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