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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need new shocks (Bilstein thread) on: October 03, 2015, 06:17:26 pm
A follow up to my previous post on this thread.  We had 22,500 miles on our 2012 2551 PC when we decided to have Bilstein HD shocks installed in August.  The frame shop that installed the shocks confirmed that all four shocks were bad but the passenger side shocks showed much greater wear.

It was not until mid September that we were able to take a couple of short trips (950 miles) around Michigan.  The shocks performed well and provided a controlled and fluid ride without excessive harshness.  Also, on one travel day we had constant side winds in the 20-30 mph range with higher gusts and experienced no handling issues.

2  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Sold and Sad on: October 01, 2015, 06:17:49 pm
Thanks for posting and sharing on this forum.  We wish you the best!

3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Cruiser sighhtings on: September 21, 2015, 02:11:55 pm
We were traveling northbound on M-31 in MI on Sunday 9/13 at 10 AM, spotted a PC going southbound. 
4  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Unstable 30AMP Service on: September 19, 2015, 12:58:05 pm
Just returned from a short trip around Michigan and I'm glad to report that my new 50 to 30 AMP converter worked flawlessly. 

5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Running Heavy This Year On Our 2007 E350, PC Model 2350 on: September 18, 2015, 09:53:43 pm

The minimum rating would be 3700 pounds but it could be as high as 4600 pounds

In addition to the front and rear axle rating other items may affect the GVWR.  Some of the items that could affect the GVWR would be the engine, transmission, differential, tires, wheels, brakes etc.  Any of these items could reduce the GVWR.  It's only as strong as the weakest component.

Here is a link to a site that will help decode the PC VIN

This is not an official Ford site but it will give you an idea of what is on your particular vehicle. It is important to note the disclaimer that this is a general description of the information generated by the entered vehicle's Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and some pieces of data may be general to that specific model and not entirely accurate for the vehicle specified. If you look under the equipment tab it will give you the axle ratings.   I would call the Ford Customer Service Group (800-392-3673) with your VIN and they can tell you the specific axle ratings for your particular vehicle.

6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Running Heavy This Year On Our 2007 E350, PC Model 2350 on: September 18, 2015, 02:48:25 pm

The reason that the chassis specs for a 2007 Ford E3450 is a range (3100 - 4600) rather than a specific number is because the front axle rating is based upon the specific spring combination installed.

7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Towing cruise control questions on: September 05, 2015, 10:25:20 am

I have found that each state has slightly different laws about what is required to tow a car or trailer.  The big difference is when is it required to have an auxiliary braking system. I find it easier to just use my auxiliary braking system all the time.

Here is a link to a website that outlines specific requirements each state has about towing.  In addition, the website provides some general information about towing.

8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Lighted grab bar by the door on: September 02, 2015, 08:22:49 pm

In our 2012 2551 the grab bar light always comes on with the porch light.

I replaced our porch light this year and there was only one pair of wires connected to it.  It was wired with one pair of wires from the switch to the grab bar and then from the grab bar to the porch light.  The factory may have changed by running two pairs of wire one to the grab bar and then another to the porch light and then both terminating at the switch.  You could call the factory to see if there are two separate wires run or just one.

I would remove the switch inside the PC and make sure there are no wiring or switch problems.

If the porch light comes on and the switch looks good I would check the socket in the grab bar for a problem.  If the porch light does not come on then I would check for a blown fuse.


9  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: W P Franklin Site Availability in Feb. 2016 on: September 01, 2015, 02:43:22 pm
I PMd you back.  Hope we can meet up this winter.
10  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: W P Franklin Site Availability in Feb. 2016 on: September 01, 2015, 02:02:35 pm

We will be there from 2/17 until 3/1.

11  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / W P Franklin Site Availability in Feb. 2016 on: September 01, 2015, 01:08:23 pm
If anyone is insterested, as of 1:00 PM today W. P. Franklin in Alva, FL has site 8 available starting Feb 13, 2016 for 5 days and then again Feb 21, 2016 for 6 days.

12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MPG - E450 - four summers on: August 26, 2015, 04:44:47 pm
I find the cruise control on the E-350/E450 less responsive to grade changes than other vehicles I have driven.  On a roadway that is flat to rolling the cruise control works well.  However, once steeper inclines are encountered the cruise control seems to rely more on downshifting than throttle control.  I have found that once my speed drops 4 or 5 MPH below the cruise control set point the transmission starts downshifting one or more gears.  I have also found that if I manually increase the throttle and keep my speed close to the cruise control set point I can climb most inclines without having the transmission downshift.  I do not know if this saves any gas but it sure makes me feel better to the keep the RPM's down.

The other problem I have with the cruise control is the way it handles declines.  When going downhill with the cruise control set if my speed increases 4 or 5 MPH the transmission will downshift and will remain in the lower gear far too long.  I avoid this situation by disengaging the cruise control on long or steep down grades and manually downshifting as necessary.

13  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Unstable 30AMP Service on: August 24, 2015, 07:59:38 am
I find Harbor Freight to be a good source for inexpensive tools that function as described.  Here are links to a voltmeter and a receptacle test that are available for under $12.  Add to that a 30AMP to 15 AMP adapter plug from Amazon for $5.00 and you can test most electric problems for less than $17.00.



Electric Receptacle Tester
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: sliding twin bed matresses on: August 23, 2015, 08:48:56 pm
Nice idea, thanks!

Another thing that works well are yoga mats.  I found them at the 5 and under store but for $10 it was well worth it.

15  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Unstable 30AMP Service on: August 22, 2015, 08:29:56 pm

That "tingle" is a sure sign of trouble.  Good information to share.


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