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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TOWING on: September 30, 2014, 03:21:50 pm
Having owned a Sprinter (not a PC) I would be very hesitant about pulling a vehicle that weighs 3500 lbs. I realize you see Sprinters going up the road pulling  vehicles but I just never felt comfortable enough to hook anything but perhaps a Smart car to the vehicle. IMO Sprinters are great for the designed GVW but to start hooking things up behind I think you are asking for mechanical problems and safety issues.   best of luck.
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: F-550 on: September 27, 2014, 08:23:21 am
I have heard thru the "grapevine" (very good source) that Born Free will be complimenting their Majestic/Imperial line up with a 33' coach built on the Dodge 5500 with the Cummins engine, that will give the consumer a choice between the F-550 or the Dodge, both exceptional chassis's.  The only issue is $$$, the upcharge for the diesel Ford and diesel gen set will set you back $18,000!.  Would love to see PC offer a 3100 on a Dodge 5500 chassis.
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / F-550 on: September 26, 2014, 04:06:54 pm
I posted a few weeks ago on the subject of PC offering a F-550 chassis and did not get much response.   With all the discussion of weights coming up recently I do not know why the 550 is not looked at as and option? I realize the engineering costs , etc...are significant but   the F-550 sure makes some sense to me as it would offer significant more load capacity, more comfortable cab area, diesel option, and a better ride.  I did very briefly speak with Kermit about this subject and he said he was sticking with the E-450.  Thanks
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: REAR AXEL OVER LOADED on: September 17, 2014, 02:33:08 pm
I need to ask why Ford did not put the larger tires on coming out of the factory?  I would think the manufacturer would want the largest possible GVW for any given chassis... I would worry that perhaps Ford knows for sure how much weight the frame rails, etc can handle and by going to a larger tire you may be asking for trouble?  Just M2C's.   Thanks
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC vs.Nexus on: September 16, 2014, 12:54:34 pm
It is very valuable to compare coaches side by side and then you do not forget even the little stuff.  Having owned 7 motor homes I can tell you PC makes a nice coach compared to the majority out there.  Best of luck with your purchase that I know you will enjoy.  ron
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: REAR AXEL OVER LOADED on: September 15, 2014, 01:01:52 pm
You are right Ron; that is unless I put the dog and my wife in the Jeep then I could pick up a few extra individuals!  As coaches (class C's) get larger and offer more extras I think you are going to see those GVW's being maxed out.  I spoke with Kermit about the F-550 chassis and he said he had no intention at this time to use that chassis at PC. 
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: REAR AXEL OVER LOADED on: September 15, 2014, 10:50:53 am
My 3100S fully loaded including two adults, one dog and full tanks (not sewer tanks) came in at 4,460 lbs front (540 lbs under max.); rear was 9,140 lbs, (360 lbs under max) for a total of 13,600 lbs (900 lbs under max).  I run the tires at the inflation rate as determined from the Michelin tables at  70 lbs front and 74 lbs rear.  Not sure what the actual calculated tongue weight is for my new Jeep Cherokee but I would guess I am still under max GVW and OK from the CGVW since the jeep's weight is 4250 lbs.   I  guess those three slides are sure heavy on the 29's?  I wonder how other brands put larger boxes on the 450 chassis and offer three slides as well, they must be way over weight coming out of the gate?   Hope this helps, thanks, Ron
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: REAR AXEL OVER LOADED on: September 08, 2014, 10:30:06 am
I just looked back and found my specific numbers...fully loaded and ready to head out my 3100S came in at 13,600 lbs.;  9140 lbs rear; 4460 lbs front.  900 lbs under max.   hope this helps?  thanks
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: REAR AXEL OVER LOADED on: September 08, 2014, 10:16:40 am
My 3100 with one slide, full tanks, two adults, fully loaded including 75 lb dog came in 1100 pounds under GVW and both axles were under max. capacity.  I have not done individual wheel weight but would like to. Not sure what to say.   Thanks
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC vs.Nexus on: September 08, 2014, 10:12:43 am
I have not seen a Nexus in person or on the road so cannot give a first hand review of the product,  and obviously I have a bias towards PC's.  I would want to see what Nexus uses for flooring (can not find anything on their website) I bet it is not marine plywood like PC uses?  I like the built in spare tire approach that PC uses, can not see where the spare is kept on the Nexus.  I like the built in cab step that PC uses vs's the exposed style that Nexus uses.  I like the rear bulkhead that PC offers and the lines it creates with the rear cap vs's the plain square look.  I hate all of the names Nexus utilizes for their coaches...Viper is all right for a high powered Dodge product but not and RV, nor is Ghost, etc.  While PC's may be more expensive I can personally see where the differences could come in to play and think the PC is worth the extra dollars.   best of luck.   thanks
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Brake Buddy on: August 29, 2014, 11:00:19 am
FYI....For all with the new Jeep Cherokee utilizing a Brake Buddy set up for towing four down....the clevis set up  on the BB does not slide over the top of the brake pedal because the Cherokee's pedal shaft is just to wide.  I tried to grind the notch wider but was not happy with the outcome or fit.  I emailed BB and got a very fast response they  have a new modified clevis set up specifically for the Cherokee's pedal and they are sending it out to me free of charge.   Great company I must say with super customer service.   I hope everyone has a safe long weekend!   Thanks, Ron
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: vibration in driveline on: August 11, 2014, 09:42:38 am
Skipper....I hear you loud and clear and the hassle is some times just not worth it but it just irritates me that the coach owner  (I purchased the unit new) purchases a coach expecting everything to be A-OK and when it is not it should be made right especially if the unit only has 7000 miles on it.   I am sure many would not feel the vibration I feel or they would merely tolerate it, I am critical and will get the vibration fixed one way or another.  I have had my issues with Ford going back to a 1995 Holiday Rambler on the F-53 chassis that had ongoing fuel pump issues that Ford could not seem to resolve and we "settled" and not in a Ford dealership setting!   I have been told by someone who knows that any of the company reps that you might talk to in regards to warranty work or buy back negotiations are actually compensated on how much they do not pay out, so it is in their best interest to push back on the consumer.   thanks
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: vibration in driveline on: August 06, 2014, 09:59:24 am
Update...I called Ford Motor Co.'s RV customer service line yesterday to inquire as to what suggestions they might have to remedy the ongoing vibration I have in my 2012 E-450 with 7,000 miles on it....I placed the call primarily out of principal and due to the fact I know there are no Ford dealers in NH that have the capability to balance all three shafts at once... I was primarily looking for permission to go "out of network" without loosing the potential for Ford warranty coverage.   My conversation began positive but soon turned somewhat negative as the Ford rep resorted to reading from the "old Ford defensive play book".  For the record there are two certified Ford frame modifiers in Elkhart who follow closely the Ford tech specs for frame extending and in most cases actually utilize Ford drive shafts for the application.  Because Ford did not do the actual work they are not responsible for any warranty coverage.  While I understand their position I find this "gray area" disturbing in that I have read the warranty booklet very closely and there is absolutely no mention of any break in driveline warranty coverage (5 years/60,000 miles) if the frame has been modified.   The booklet specifically mentions limo and ambulance applications (no mention of RV's) but states clearly that as long as the fabricators use a Ford certified chassis for specific applications the Ford warranty is still in affect.  PC uses RV certified chassis in all of their coaches.  As the end user I think we should all be aware that if there is and issue with the frame, drive shafts, of other components excluding the engine, transmission and rear end we are all with out any  Ford warranty coverage.  We all spend a lot of money to purchase our coaches and with that purchase comes the implied warranty coverage and I find it upsetting when an issue surfaces know one (Ford, the certified Ford frame extender, or PC) steps up to assist the owner.  In conclusion,  I spoke with my local Ford dealer who is willing to approach the regional Ford rep about some assistance (good will $$$) when the vibration is resolved.  What is ironic is the Ford dealer got absolutely nothing out of my purchase of the PC and yet is willing to help me out.   I look forward to what differing opinions of this situation you all have?   "Live Free or Die", NH's state slogan says it all.   Thanks
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: vibration in driveline on: August 01, 2014, 08:39:55 pm
Kermit returned my call today and we had an informative conversation regarding the vibration.  His rule is if you can feel it in your butt it is driveline, in the wheel it is tire related.  His advise was that not balancing all of the shafts together would most likely be a waste.   A truck garage that specializes in suspension, driveline issues in Portland, Maine can balance all three together.  I think I will take the rig up there and leave it since they claim to have a super guy who just specializes with such issues.   Will keep you all poster.   thanks
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: vibration in driveline on: August 01, 2014, 09:49:57 am
Mark.....my unit is still under Ford 3/36 warranty but I know I will have a fight to get them to cover.  Still awaiting to get Kermit's input.  Your point is well taken in that there is no way the three shafts not balanced together could ever work.   will keep you posted.
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