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16  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: DW missing Class A on our new lot on: March 18, 2014, 01:35:52 pm
Traded yet, please share what your new rv is.  Curious why thinking of a 34 ft gas and not diesel as there are several.  I've procrastinated buying a PC gas.  My 31 ft gas A turned very tight with its short WB and 50 deg wheel cut but was still a nightmare at the gas pumps pulling a car, figure a 28 ft or longer PC could be even worse.  Is it just the gassers lower costs or other issues with diesel?  Thanks.
17  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Battery Cut off Switch on: January 05, 2014, 06:32:33 pm
I had an Intellitec solenoid fail on a 2005 Rexhall and was a "walk home" but that isolated the starting battery.  I prefer a mechanical switch.  Earl quoted $100 to substitute inlieu of the solenoid.
18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Optional Ford V-8 on: October 23, 2013, 07:09:51 am
Earl replied to my inquiry of V8 availability mid-Sept.:

"I have sold a couple of V-8 Ford chassis 2 months ago but I dont have any chassis now. I may be able to get some more if that is what you want."

So probably speaking of the 5.4 L which should be sufficient for the E350 models but would love to hear from actual owner experience.

19  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Steering damper and suspension improvements - advice please on: October 01, 2013, 12:24:43 am
Steve, please describe the handling issue you are experiencing.  Also, if the tires are inflated properly and the front tires wearing evenly. 
20  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Goodbye to PC on: September 25, 2013, 10:02:06 am
Alan, best wishes, and please share a bit more.  Will you be full-timing or months out and how wouldn't a larger PC with permanent beds have been a good choice for you?  Was there a model you almost considered?
Had you previously traveled in a large MH and what about that experience was lacking in the PC?
My own wife bristles at the idea of making up a bed each stop and I wonder if a murphy bed in the 2400 would appease her, maybe not, she has a friend who requires no less than a king-size bed.  Women!
21  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Any pets travel with you? on: September 24, 2013, 01:48:37 pm
Freckles, our 10# Papillon goes everywhere with us, even air travel.  He loves to go in the rvs, originally secured in an elevated perch but lastly would lay under the skirt of the passenger seat.  For years he slept in a crate but lately we let him sleep under the bed, his preference.  Has anyone built-in a doggie den under a bed in a PC?  Seems there would be room under the LS twin bed.
22  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Report on alignment and handling of our 2552 on: September 24, 2013, 12:41:23 pm
If the handling issue is the feeling of being blown aside by a passing truck causing driver to over correct the steering then can't say enough for the improvement due to the Blue Ox Tiger Trak.  Had installed on a new 31' Workhorse for a little more than $500, well worth it and think it or similar product should be standard equipment.
23  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Protective Bug Screen for front of PC on: September 19, 2013, 12:41:40 pm
Stopping before dusk helps, I know too obvious, but requires planning.  Fort Wilderness expensive but allows washing RVs and few perks like free parking at theme parks and easy access to deluxe resort parking lots for a great breakfast or dinner, better than theme park food.  -  Randall
24  Main Forum / General Discussion / Mercedes or E350 for ride and handling on: September 19, 2013, 12:12:54 pm
As more big RV manufacturers are testing the downsizing market, the many sprinter based coaches, new Winnebago with gas V6 Trend, and recently announced E350 based Thor RUV, recreational utility vehicle.  I'm wondering which PC most feels like driving a large SUV, the Mercedes or Ford E350, and what add-on like steering damper, larger sway bar, or rear track bar most helped achieve that SUV driving experience.  Thanks.  -  Randall
25  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Which model is best for us? on: September 13, 2013, 02:50:28 pm
Received turning diameter info from Ford:

Thank you for your interest in Ford Motor Company and for your interest in our E-350 and E-450 DRW cutaway chassis vehicle. The maximum degree of wheel cut that you have requested is not a measurement that we normally make. However, we do have the turning diameter of the E-350 and E-450 DRW cutaways. Turning diameter is defined as the diameter of the outside track made by the outside front tire during the shortest turn. When comparing competitive truck specifications, be sure to note whether they specify a diameter or radius dimension.

                                                                          Turning Diameter (ft.)

                                  Wheelbase                   Curb-to-Curb      Wall-to-Wall

E-350 DRW /E-450     158                                  54.8                   56.2

E-350 DRW/ E-450     176                                  60.3                   61.8

The Curb to Curb measurement is the turning diameter in feet to the outer front tire. The Wall to Wall measurement is the turning diameter in feet to the outer corner of the bumper. The turning diameter is the average of left and right turns with standard tires.

Mercedes says their Sprinter with 170" chassis is 54.6' wall-to-wall, so it must have a slightly sharper wheel cut.  Now if its nearly linear then the 2552 turning diameter should be about 72' or 6 lanes of road which pretty much rules out a U-turn with toad which would be a gutsy thing anyway.
26  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2551 and 2552 in Houston, Texas on: September 13, 2013, 02:28:02 pm
Thanks Ron, was wondering if 2350 had space to accommodate captain's chair, yours looks great.
27  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2551 and 2552 in Houston, Texas on: September 13, 2013, 09:52:51 am
This is sold but interesting video that shows a 2552 with captains chair in place of the euro chair, allows a 3rd passenger to ride in style.  Earl says can do on new order no charge.

28  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How did you take delivery? on: September 13, 2013, 09:28:32 am
Have had a motorhome delivered once and had traveled to the dealer to pick up once, preferred picking up myself.  The one delivered was used so wasn't worried about break-in but the driver did incur a rock to the windshield and found a couple other issues to have to deal with the seller long distance.
For the other we flew and were picked up at the airport, stayed in the MH first night at dealer and stayed another night nearby as we double checked all the systems and features finding several things which were quickly and easily addressed returning to the dealer.
29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: First Impressions 2552 on: September 12, 2013, 09:33:13 am
Mark, Sorry to hear your 2552 rides like a truck as I'm seriously considering one, but do have suggestion for need to correct steering while being passed by speeding trucks.  Had that issue on a new 31' class A and really irritated my wife, "can't you keep this thing going straight", so after some research had a Blue Ox TigerTrak installed to laterally tighten up the rear axle to the chassis frame.  Best $500(approx.) ever spent...Randall
30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Which model is best for us? on: September 11, 2013, 10:12:31 pm
Thanks to all for the welcome and great feedback.  We've been looking since sold our MH in Jan. and even stopped by the PC factory in July while they were down but was raining and didn't ask to test drive though Kermit was helpful and gave the best tour he could under circumstances.
Chris(wife) wouldn't even go in the 2350 but I'm interested for maneuverability and doing without a dinghy.  Bed might be issue since I'd be on inside with reduced legroom, also she brings a lot of stuff.
If we get the longer 2552 would probably tow a car and concerned how I'd do at the gas pumps and all the stops Chris insists making at every little fruit or pecan stand with limited space.  Anybody ever done a U-turn in 2552?  I recall driving an extended 3500 Chevy van and it had a huge turning radius.
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