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76  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Errors in speedometer and trip meter on: August 06, 2012, 07:39:48 pm
Well I just turned 10,000 miles on the odometer however it is actually more like 10,120 miles.

From the beginning it was obvious that the E450 speedometer was lower than the GPS and traffic radars; over 1 mph but less than 2 mph.  The difference remains the same at all speeds.

At each fillup I find the Odometer/Tripmeter readings of the E 450 are also short of the miles logged by a Scangauge calibrated to the GPS.  Over the fillups so far this summer the average error is 1.2%.  That means the actual distance traveled averages 12 miles farther for every 1,000 miles shown on the odometer.

This represents  0.1 increase in miles per gallon and a small extemsion in the Ford warranty.
77  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sprinter MPG on: July 25, 2012, 10:27:34 pm
I traded my in-line 5-cylinder Winnebago View for my new PC 2910D.
Below is the performance graph for the unit I traded in.



The specification for that motor-home is 17 to 19 mpg. Over 80+ thousand miles my fuel consumption averaged 18 mpg... highways, byways, AC, no AC, mountains, plains, good fuel, bad.

When the EPA emission requirements for 2008 came on stream it was necessary for Mercedes to go to a V6-cylinder engine to get the horse power rating back up to the HP of the previous in-line 5 cylinder engine. The upside was a larger chassis for greater Cargo Carrying Capacity and higher torque. Downside was 2 to 3 seconds slower 0-60 and 2 to 2.5 lower mpg.  Fuel consumption is 14.5 to 17 mpg.

When the current emission standards came into effect in 2010, the power losses of over 30 HP were again a problem. To get back to the 5-cylinder performance, Mercedes introduced the V6 Blue Tec engine. It uses liquid urea (DEF) for the two catalytic  nitrogen oxides converters, plus high fuel rail pressure and pattern-programmable multi-jet injectors. Upside is 0-60 speed is back up and mpg is improved slightly. Downside is a 6 gallon DEF tank that reduced storage and was problematic to fill. A new option for a small DEF tank located in behind the right headlight solves the filling issue. Fuel consumption is 15 to 17.5 mpg.

From these data and the performance graph you should be able to judge what to expect with a Sprinter-based class C motor-home.
78  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Smoke & CO2 Detectors on: July 25, 2012, 03:24:17 pm
We have a combination CO and Propane alarm in our coach. Yesterday the CO (carbon monoxide) alarm went off and caused a lot of concern. The "off/reset" button silenced it but the red light continued flashing.  The alarm would go off again after perhaps five minutes.  The reset did not work. The test did not pass. We could not shut it off. 

Called the mother ship.  Bob guide me on how to disable the faulty unit then transfered me to Carol for a replacement. The post office just called to inform us that a package just arrived!  Astounding! Simply incredible! Dumbfounding!

I love these people.

79  Main Forum / General Discussion / Scheduled Ford service on: July 07, 2012, 02:29:54 pm
At 7500 miles it is turning out to be a bigger deal getting service than I expected.

Is there list of Ford dealers that can handle RV's?

Are quick change places like JiffyLube, Wallmart, etc. A possibility for just an oil/filer change?

Dick from FL in OH
80  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Can I walk on the roof of my Cruiser on: June 28, 2012, 08:33:36 pm
Sure.
I was at the plant today and I and supertech Bob were both on the roof.
81  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Do you attend rallies in a PC? on: June 14, 2012, 09:40:41 pm
Tom,

We have attended FMCA rallys for years in 24 ft Sprinter.  As part of the Frustrated Maestos group, we arrive for rehearsals three days before the rally. Never gave a thought to the tanks.  If we needed water, we got water. If we needed to dump, we dumped. No biggie. Now with a 2910 I will do the same at the upcoming NEAR.  I regard it even easier to move now because we have HWH levelers.

Dick from FL in WI
82  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Veterans on: May 28, 2012, 06:00:59 pm
317 Army Band 1952-1954
83  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Battery Switch next to streering wheel question? on: May 19, 2012, 09:18:03 pm
John and Barry

Let me add a bit more.  The man that does the wiring says the gauge of the wire is suitable only for charging.  To pull a full starting current is too much.

Dick from FL in IN
84  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Coach step on: May 15, 2012, 09:32:02 pm
George,

The answer to your question is: yes, but there is no easy way.

Remove the cotter pin and bash and pry out the clevis pin on the actuator arm.

If you are crazy enough to accomplish this, you will need some wood to stabilize the step when out and a strap or rope to secure it for travel.

If you actually free the actuator arm you might as well drop the motor/gear housing (3 bolts and some prying). You probably will find that the motor works once free. If so put it all back together and enjoy until it freezes the next time.  When you finally get tired of this, replace the motor/ gear assembly.  Cost is around $30 from the source Kwikee uses.

Dick from FL in GA
85  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Eurochairs on: May 07, 2012, 09:23:03 pm
I finished the hold-down clamps today.  They allow the chairs to be positioned out of the way for travel and re-positioned at the table for lunch... all without removing the bolt that secures each clamp. At camp the clamps come off so we can sit side by side to watch TV.

Dick from FL
heading for Elkhart next week
86  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Eurochairs on: May 05, 2012, 10:01:47 pm
Hmm.  Maybe they did not install restraints in our unit because they found that they were not used. The salesman at Punta Gorda said basically the same thing that you say.

Never-the-less, the possibility of flying chairs from a strong forward collision haunts me.

Today I decided on brad-hole T-nuts imbedded in the floor for minimum visibility.  I am fabricating hold-down brackets accordingly. 
87  Main Forum / General Discussion / Eurochairs on: May 05, 2012, 02:07:00 pm
We are getting ready to leave for the summer next Saturday.  Naturally there are things to do. Currently the focus is the two eurochairs in conjunction with the flip-out side table. Today I finished raising the chairs 1-1/2 inches because they were too low for eating and writing at the table.  Now I am pondering on how to restrain them during travel in case of an accident.  Has anyone in the group resolved this concern?

The side table is next.  Is it possible to remove the front face by taking out the three screws on each side?

Dick from FL
88  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Scangauge users on: April 27, 2012, 10:29:57 am
Hmmm. No replies out of 90 people looking.  It looks like the Scangauge is not part of the engine monitoring instrumentation used here. 

For general information, this device plugs into the engine computer output port (OBD-II) to let you see in real time things like mpg, average mpg, fuel used/remaining, engine load/temperatures/rpms/horsepower etc. It also scans, reads-out and resets engine error codes.

Once I get my Scangauge calibrated for the V10 engine at low and high altitudes, I intend to generate performance curves for mpg vs mph with and without air conditioning...  the same as I have done for my previous Sprinter diesel engine.  Do not hold your breath. This may take years to complete.

89  Main Forum / General Discussion / Scangauge users on: April 16, 2012, 09:10:35 pm
What range for % Calibration values do you get with what model/engine?  I am wondering about a reasonable starting point for my E-450.
90  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Some really basic questions on: April 09, 2012, 09:58:55 pm
Gradygal,

Interesting.  When we were taking delivery we noticed no water filter at the kitchen sink nor room for one under the sink.  The salesman dismissed this as unnecessary.  Turns out that the water at our trial run campsite was terrible in-spite of a blue filter at the hookup post.  We immediately installed a Brita and solved the problem.

Dick
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