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286  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Own a 2010 Ford E350 or E450? Read This. on: April 14, 2011, 07:47:34 pm
From RMMPEs data, between 2000 and 2500 the torque only increase from 380 to 400, only about 5%.

However, using the torque to HP formula of (T x RPM) / 5252 = HP, the HP inceases from 145 to 190, a 30% increase.

May be worth a visit to a specialty shop to discuss.

Bob
287  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Own a 2010 Ford E350 or E450? Read This. on: April 14, 2011, 05:54:11 pm
You may be onto something Ron.  I am very pleased with the response from my E450 with the 4.56 gears, never seems to feel bogged down as you say.  The V10 is known as a hi RPM engine and you can tell this from how it sounds under load.  Maybe the 4.10 gears in the E350 don't get the engine into high enough RPMs at 55-60.  So the result would be that, as RMMPE says, the engine computer shifts down more often to get the RPMS up onto the torque curve.

Some investigation is needed to compare torque/HP curves for the V10 with your RPMs at 55-60.  Could the gears in the E350 axle be be changed to 4.56?  Not sure about the cost.

Bob
288  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Own a 2010 Ford E350 or E450? Read This. on: April 14, 2011, 03:43:07 pm
Mine was also OK, thanks Ron.

Bob
289  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A small problem on: April 14, 2011, 12:26:31 pm
Glad I could help!   Grin

BTW, have you heard from HDDrvr regarding getting to see a PC in the sacramento area (Introduce Yourself topic)?  I haven't.

Bob
290  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A small problem on: April 14, 2011, 12:12:56 am
The mineral spirits will evaporate and not catch fire.

In the future, store the removable tops with the finished sides facing out, the grease won't penetrate.  Or, seal the bottom sides with mineral oil to keep grease from penetrating.

Or, take Sharon out to dinner more often.

Bob
291  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 12, 2011, 08:45:40 pm
Hello to all,

I'm new to the forum, although I've been reading it for several months. I recently retired and have been looking for the perfect RV (if there is such as thing) to purchase. We started out looking at TT's, then Class B's, C's and finally Class A's. We found the Class A we wanted (Winnebago/Itasca 32H), and still like it over all the other RV's we've seen. Then I came across an article on the PC 2551 and immediately liked what I saw and read. I would be able to park it at home rather than pay storage as would be required if I got a Class A. From the research I've done on-line, I know there are no dealers in the Northern Ca. area, or the Western U.S for that matter. For awhile there was a dealer in Az. but now it appears he no longer handles the PC. This gives me concern as I would very much like to see one in-person before committing to the purchase. I am willing to travel several hundred miles to see one. Is there anyone in the Sacramento, Ca. area that knows of a 2551 that can be viewed? Also some other concerns are: getting warrenty work done, if needed, and routine service work done as needed. Since the factory is in Indiana how do you, as owners, deal with warrenty work? Any info you can provide is greatly appreciated. I've already learned enough from this forum to know that the PC, and specifically the 2551, is just want we're looking for.

We have a 2010 2551 and live near Graeagle CA, about 2 1/2 hours from Sacramento, north of Truckee.  We purchased last year through the dealer in AZ that is no longer in business.  Let me know if you want to come up to see the RV, I know how you feel about wanting to see one in person, luckily the AZ dealer had a 2551 in stock and then we order one through them just the way we wanted it.

Sorry, we don't have a casino nearby for a buffet like Billy does.
Bob A
292  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: lights on the running board on: April 11, 2011, 12:28:57 am
David,

Did you close both doors when the engine was running?  My running board lights stays on when either door is open (engine running or not) and goes out after about 4 minutes when both doors are closed (engine running or not).  They may also go out after a longer time with the doors open as part of the battery protect cicuit.

Bob
293  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Satellite dish on: April 11, 2011, 12:24:04 am
Barry and David,

Thanks for the info, I like this solution in that I can use the cable installed in the RV.  This assumes that the cable in my 2010 is in fact RG6, if it was in Barry's 2008 then it probably is.  I guess I could call Kermit to be sure.

The diplexer Barry describes may be the same as what PC installed in David's at the factory.

Now I can do some research on diplexers and see what I learn.

thanks again,
Bob
294  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ron Dittmer, how do you?? on: April 11, 2011, 12:16:08 am
Billy,

I can attach JPEGs that are on my computer, but they are always at the end of the post.  I want to insert photos into the text of the post like Ron does, seems like I have to put the photos on the web somewhere and then use the URL address to insert.  I don't store photos online now, looks like I may need to try it.

Bob

295  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Refer on while traveling? on: April 10, 2011, 05:41:10 pm
Jack,

Not a bad idea, the inverter can handle the load and the engine alternator would keep the batteries charged while driving.  Just have to remember to switch over when stopped long or dry camping as the batteries would drain fast.

Bob
296  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Refer on while traveling? on: April 10, 2011, 05:12:11 pm
JackD,
      I guess I am the only one that ordered a three way fridge.  When on the road we are always on DC.  No problems when we stop for gas as it is on DC.  On the road there is no open flame in case of an accident and this has been the standard for the RV industry for years.  When we stop overnight and plug in we go to Auto which usually allows AC to take over and if no AC available propane becomes the source.  If we go aboard a ferry or tunnel where no propane is allowed, we are on DC.  Just my thoughts.
     Bob

Good idea to order a 3-way refer.  Our 1995 truck camper came with the 3-way refer and I always ran it on DC on the road, wish I had thought to order one on the PC.

Bob A
297  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ron Dittmer, how do you?? on: April 10, 2011, 03:15:28 pm
Thanks Ron,

So, I have to use URL internet images to insert into the text area rather than JPGs on my computer that only post at the end.  I guess I will have to get with it and find a place on the internet for some pics.  Or, is there a way to change a file from JPG to URL without going through a third party web site?  I will investigate.

Bob
298  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Refer on while traveling? on: April 10, 2011, 02:27:23 pm
We leave it on "auto" when traveling.  On my 2010 2551, the inverter does not operate the refer, so it is always on propane when traveling.  When we get gas, my wife turns off the refer while I fill, I think this is important as the propane flame and spark igniter are only a few feet from the gas fill.

I am surprised that your refer runs on the inverter.  You can verify this by switching the refer to manual AC while not plugged into shore power, on mine, the display goes to "A" indicating no AC available even with the inverter on.

Bob
299  Main Forum / General Discussion / Satellite dish on: April 09, 2011, 08:25:06 pm
What is the best way to hook up a satellite dish.  Can you use the cable connection on the outside of the rig, is it RG6, what do you do about the amplifier and splitter?

I have heard that the best way is to run a new RG6 directly from the dish to the receiver and then use HDMI from the receiver to the TV, but that requires getting the new cable into the rig.  So, if the cable in the wall of the rig is RG6 then maybe I can get to it behind the amplifier and then add cable to go to the dish receiver, but they say I can't use a splitter or switch so I would have to change it out each time?  Then I need to pull out the TV and get to the connections on the back to run the HDMI, right?

Hopefully someone has done this with success and can share their experience.

We thought we could live without satellite, but on our last trip this winter we stayed in a campground that had no cable, or antenna reception, or WiFi, or cell phone, for 10 days waiting for the weather to improve so we could get home.  We realized that it would have been great to have news and weather.

Thanks, Bob
300  Main Forum / General Discussion / Ron Dittmer, how do you?? on: April 09, 2011, 07:55:33 pm
Ron,

How do you attach photos to your posts.  Your pics are great because they appear larger and have text associated with each one.  I am trying to attach photos that are on my computer but cannot make them appear as you have.

thanks, Bob
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