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31  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: F-550 on: October 03, 2014, 07:43:09 pm
We went to a RV show today and saw a couple of rv's built on the F550 chassis.  They look very impressive.  There were a couple of things that I noticed that might be of interest to future buyers.

1.  The front of the F550 is between 2-3 feet longer than the E450.

2.  The living area of motorhome sits a lot higher on the F550 than on the E450.  This results in the cab area being well below the floor of the living area.  I started to get into the driver's seat from inside the motorhome and quickly changed my mind.  There just did not seem to have any place to put my feet or any good handholds.

Barry
32  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Disappointing gas mileage on: September 28, 2014, 09:20:11 am
Rose and Earl

Ron presents some very good points.

We had a 2008 2350 with slide on an E350 chassis and over the first 10,000 miles of usage we averaged 9.98 miles per gallon.

Some of the things we found that help the mileage:

1.  Maintain good tire pressure.  Good is hard to define.  The tires need to be inflated enough to carry the load but not so much as to cause a rough ride and excessive tire wear.

2.  A clean air filter helps .  I added a K&N air filter primarily to increase time between filter changes.

3.   Starting and stopping  in heavy traffic or at stop lights destroys the mileage. 

4.  When towing I usually maintain about 60-62 MPH.

5.  Hills will also greatly affect mileage.  I found that if I am able to keep my speed in the 60+ range I can climb a lot of hills without having the transmission down shift.

On a separate issue the Ford V10 used in some if not all Class A's is slightly different than the V10 used in an E350 Class C.  The Class A would have a 3 valve configuration and the Class C would have a 2 value.  I do not know if this was the case in your previous Class A.

Barry
33  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TOWING on: September 27, 2014, 08:16:17 pm
Welcome Dale and Cindy!!!

As far as checking to see if you can tow your 2005 Hyundia Santa Fe, look first in you owners manual.  They usually will tell you if you can flat tow (4 down) a vehicle.

Next search online for the dinghy towing guide.  I looked at www.lichtsinn.com/PDFs/Dinghy-Guide-2005.pdf. It does not list your vehicle as one that can be flat towed.  Every year motorhome magazine publishes the dinghy towing guide and these can be found online.

But most important is to check the towing capacity of your RV as well as what your hitch is rated to tow.  Phoenix gives you the details about what the GVWR and GCWR for Sprinter.  Then you need to look at the CCC which is on the yellow sticker of the doorframe.  You cannot exceed any of these ratings.   A Hyundai Santa Fe weighs in at 3549 so that has to be calculated into your weights and since you would need a tow dolly that would be another approximately 1000 pounds.

Remco also does a very good job at identifying what vehicles can be towed and how.

Sue
34  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Length of 2450. Bumper to bumper on: September 21, 2014, 04:24:08 pm
Tim
We had a 2008 2350, with slide with a couch and, yes there were seat belts for the couch!

Sue
35  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Length of 2450. Bumper to bumper on: September 17, 2014, 10:56:21 pm
Tim,

  I think a 2450 is a great coach, I just wanted you to see that you can swivel both chairs in a Ford chassis.  Our 2551 is built on a Ford.

Barry
36  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Length of 2450. Bumper to bumper on: September 17, 2014, 09:50:01 pm
Tim

We have a 2012 2551 (Ford Chassis) and had the factory install the swivel option on the driver's seat.  The only requirement was to have a slide and no power seat.

Here is a picture of our seats.  It is nice to have the extra  seat and a little more open space.



Barry
37  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: REAR AXEL OVER LOADED on: September 17, 2014, 11:11:24 am
I have a question?  How would changing tires change the actual load rating of the axle itself?  Can you exceed the weight limit of a 9600# rated axle  by changing tires?  Isn't an axle a component that has a weight limit just like springs or tires that have their own weight maximums?

Sue
38  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Passenger Seat on: September 15, 2014, 10:30:23 pm
Let us know what you find!
39  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Passenger Seat on: September 15, 2014, 08:13:02 pm
Barry and I went out and took a picture of how ours works.  (login to see the picture)  When you pull the lever toward you a locking tab is released from a slot, at that point I hold it in the released position and then can turn the chair in either direction.  

When you pull on your handle can you see the tab  being pulled away from the slot as shown in the picture?  If it is not then you will not beable to turn your chair.  If you click on the picutre you can see it in greater detail.

If the locking tab is being released from its slot and it still doesn't turn I wonder if a bearing(s) is out of place or rusted out.
40  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Passenger Seat on: September 15, 2014, 01:29:14 pm
What happens when you pull the release handle toward you (when I am doing it from behind the seat the release is under the seat on the left)?  When I pull on ours I can hear a spring working to release the stationary mode and allow me to swivel the chair.  I also make sure the seat is all the way forward in the cab so that it doesn't hit the door when I turn it.

Sue
41  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Camgrounds in New Jersey or Delaware on: September 10, 2014, 02:02:48 pm
Tell your granddaughter we wish her the best and we'll keep her in our prayers!
42  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Camgrounds in New Jersey or Delaware on: September 10, 2014, 08:30:17 am
GoPhoenix

So sorry to hear what happened to your granddaughter.  Glad that Adventure Caravan treated you well.

We ended up getting into Delaware Seashore State Park.  The park is just a parking lot but we were in an area that we could do everything we wanted.

Sue
43  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Rust on interior of door frame on: September 09, 2014, 03:31:12 pm
WARNING - WARNING

We called Phoenix prior to using the chassis saver on our step.  The step is bolted on, then the plywood is laid, then the vinyl flooring.  There would be no way to access the bolt heads and keep the bolts from spinning thus never being able to tighten the bolts again.  That is why we did not remove the step.

Also, do not get  the chassis saver on any moving parts because it does bond metal to metal!

A quart does go along way.  It has the consistency of water but does set up quickly once exposed to air.


PS-Our rust is probably from our many trips to Florida in the winter as well but it's a small price to pay.  I'll take rust over snow any time.  Wink
44  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Rust In The Shower on: September 08, 2014, 10:14:58 pm
We replaced that one before we ever used our shower.  On our previous PC (2350) we noticed it when cleaning the drain so as soon as we bought the 2551 it was one of the first things we did.
45  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Small, quiet electric heater suggestions??? on: August 26, 2014, 08:14:10 pm
Margie,
We use a Lasko model 5409.  It is an oscillating unit and very quiet.  It has a thermostat and a fan only mode.  We use it instead of the furnace and it keeps the RV nice and warm. 
Sue
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