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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: October 10, 2014, 07:56:11 pm
Kermit told me the same thing; I guess he is going to retire the same time the E series does!!
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: October 10, 2014, 02:35:49 pm
I see no other option for coach makers but to move to the Dodge 3500 or Ford F-550 chassis's as the E series fade out.  The Dodge Promaster and Ford Transit will be great options for the B coach market.  Winnebago is already offering a small coach on the Promaster with good reviews.  As I have stated before on this forum the Dodge and Ford HD options would be super in the PC line up.  Perhaps Kermit is going to move PC to a far more European look, feel and weight and utilize the lighter Transit chassis.  i sure hope not since i would jump for a 3100 on the Dodge with a Cummins, that is after I win Powerball.    thanks and have a great weekend everyone, Ron
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: October 10, 2014, 12:33:57 pm
Steve....considering the GVW/GCVW of the Transit chassis I do not see how a 2350 coach could be placed onto it without some major weight reduction on the part of PC.  The stats I have seen do not come close to the Sprinter.  Perhaps Ford has some "heavier" plans for the chassis.  
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Insulation on: October 05, 2014, 07:30:59 pm
Realizing that there was no insulation in the front cap sides in my first PC I blew some expandable foam into the cavity.  Subsequently,  I noticed some  slight dimpling in the fiberglass I always wondered if perhaps the expansion/contraction rate is different between the fiberglass and foam?  I wonder if there might be a reason why PC does not insulate that area more?   ths.
5  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.
6  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.
7  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
8  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
9  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
10  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. 
11  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
12  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
13  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
14  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
15  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
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