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181  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: The high cost of healthcare on: November 11, 2012, 06:11:19 pm
FUNNY!   Maybe with more material such as this I can retire from my day Job!   Wink
182  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What tires are ya'll buying? on: November 09, 2012, 09:41:08 am
I have heard that most tire shine sprays are not good and produce sidewall cracking.  I am not familiar with 303 protectorates. 

I keep tires covered in the carport, and just wash them down when I wash the coach.

Only experience with MH tires was 7 years with the Rialta. Rear usually wore out before front, even though front wheel drive. (they seemed to cup after about 3 years).  But the tires were starting to crack after about that time anyway, so they were usually changed after 3 years for wear and cracking.


183  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: My 2350 handling problem on: November 05, 2012, 10:09:40 pm
Yep BandD, my alignment guy said the same thing... Not enuf lub put in the ball joints make them super tight at first, and then later they just wear out per-maturely because of lack of lube.

Ron.. yes... sorry, but I meant the rear trac bar..   Maybe I don't appreciate what all it is doing for me because of the steering problem.  Guess the rear end does behave itself quite well... 

184  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Barry and Sue's list of TIPS and TRICKS on: November 05, 2012, 09:54:27 pm
many thanks!!
185  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: My 2350 handling problem on: November 04, 2012, 05:54:12 pm
Ron.. yes I like to keep those informed that maybe in the same boat!   Smile

As you probably have followed along, so far did the Bilstein HD shocks all around and that helped on the swaying and the bumps.   Before that did the Blue Ox frame stabilizer on the rear.  Am not sure of its effectiveness yet.

For the steering "return to normal" problem, I suppose I could install one of those pricey Paul Harvey steering stabilizers, which would mask the problem.   (Poor little power steering pump must really get a workout with one of those am thinking. My steering wheel turns hard enuf without more springs. )  So I will watch if it loosens up on its own, or I will just return it to Ford.  The steering box replacement certainly made the steering more predictable. The mechanic admitted he wasn't that experienced with the 350 SD when it comes to steering. Guess they may not get that many in there car garage. He has been a friend of mine for many years, and been in the business all his life at Ford. My brother has more experience maybe with the big trucks as when he worked for Ford that is all he worked on. So will let him test drive it when I get a chance.

186  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Big Bend National Park on: November 03, 2012, 11:10:38 pm
Guess I started this thread under the correct heading  "Adventure Anyone"!  LOL

Each year we do stay at border towns like Columbus, and even cross there annually to see a doc or so. But that is quite quiet compared what I am hearing about BBNP.  But I imagine with just a river as a border, it is quite the crossing place. We were at one NF near Nogalas two years ago, and the border patrol emptied their patty wagon in the camping site next to us with about 8 seemingly friendly chaps from S. of the border..   Don't know why they sat the boys down on the ground in a circle there next to us, but they did. We always travel to places like this with another couple and never leave home without our sidearm. (Good for 4 legged as well as 2 legged situations that one can come across out there.)  What was interesting is that my buddy and I were just finishing up with some target practice when the patrol pulled up and emptied their wagon next to us... and we were still wearing our sidearms. (It was legal to discharge firearms in that NF we were at.)  They didn't say anything to us, and we didn't ask.

But anyway.... hey thanks everyone for the comments..   Will have to assess if it is worth the drive down there. Was going to spend some time in the Carlsbad area, and thought maybe BBNP would be a good addition to the itinerary.   

187  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Big Bend National Park on: November 03, 2012, 09:55:47 am
Anyone been to Big Bend NP?  Working on our winter itinerary and would be interested in anyone's experiences there.  Plan on visiting the area in Feb and we like to camp (dry camp), maybe fish the Rio Grand and take many hikes.
188  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: My 2350 handling problem on: November 03, 2012, 09:41:38 am
Update..  Ford changed the steering gearbox, and the handling did improve and the steering wheel does return to center better but not all the way still.  So the mechanic said to drive it and bring it back if it doesn't loosen up.  What I can say is that in a cross wind etc, the steering is predictable now at least. So miles behind the wheel will tell.

189  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rather be camping? on: November 01, 2012, 10:57:41 pm
Thanks Jerry.. Been to both places but your tips are appreciated.

190  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: New Cabinet behind driver's seat in our 2910 on: October 26, 2012, 07:19:50 pm
yes we need to use all available cu-inches in our coaches... That mean even the cu-inches at eye level!!!!  So George you did a great job filling the cu-inches in that area!   Cheer ThankYou
191  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / My 2350 handling problem on: October 26, 2012, 07:09:05 pm
As some of you know, I have been having handling problems with my new 2350 Ford.

Alignment didn't help much and the alignment man said my steering was tight probably caused by tight Ball Joints... a problem Ford knows they have.... Caused poor manufactured ball joints OR manufacture not putting in enuf grease..  He recommended at that time (1000 miles on unit) to put a few thousand more miles on it and then bring it back.  So after 5k miles, I brought it back to him to test drive it. The tight steering and slow return of the wheel was still not right according to him, and I had to agree...  He then suggested to take it back to Ford and see what they can do.

Taking it to Ford, they discovered that the ball Joints were fine.  But the Steering Gear Box was not working properly.  So today I was called by Ford that they ordered the parts for the gear box and am scheduled to had them replaced on Wed of next week. 

Hopefully this will make my 2350 a sports car! 

192  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Blue Ox got the best of me on: October 26, 2012, 06:53:14 pm
I too had some head scratching when mounting the blue ox on my 2012 2350.  The Driver Side yes is a head scratch-er for sure.  But after removing some precious hair (I cannot afford to loose much), the print did kind of make enough sense to allow me to get it mounted properly.

I can take a pic and post it here if that would help on your rig.

193  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rather be camping? on: October 25, 2012, 09:49:58 am
Carol... wonder if there is medication for that?  Smile

Barb and I are gypsy's. (Probably a lot to do with living in Wisconsin's snow and Ice.)

In our younger years did a lot of oversea trips. But since 9-11 kind of got soured on them. 

Now only go oversea when on a Christian Missions Trip.

Do have a "family and friends" with a cruise line that allowed us to recently enjoy some nice cruises a bit cheaper. 

But our passion is camping.  All three of our kids family's now recently took up camping. This summer, God willing, we will be going to Bamif BC with one family and then joining another family in Rapid City SD, and then then moving south to Wyoming and camping with our sons family that live out there in the Snowy Ridge Mountains.

So trying to think of ways to put the garden on "automatic" as we will be gone probably a month.  Smile

And of course, after our Missions trip in Jan 2013, we will be gypsy'ing our way around NM and Ariz for 3 months.  (by end of April even Wi. starts to warm up!)

194  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rather be camping? on: October 23, 2012, 05:58:14 pm
I have to also admit, that I got more idea's for my 2350 from Ron and others before I even took delivery. I had mods and changes listed on a piece of paper from this PC group, just waiting for the coach to arrive... So yep, Ron .... retire.... promise you will never look back!  (Just make sure your med insurance is covered ... that's the bigy)

195  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rather be camping? on: October 22, 2012, 11:17:47 pm
Ron ... that is going to be  the most satisfying times of your life, as you already know.  The PC just adds too our enjoyment when doing times with our family and friends.   
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