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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The Two Waste Tank Electric Valve Actuators, Can They Be Serviced? on: January 12, 2017, 01:16:50 pm
Yes Ron, work was done on my beloved 3100 (no longer have).
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The Two Waste Tank Electric Valve Actuators, Can They Be Serviced? on: January 11, 2017, 09:42:02 am
I once had to replace the black tank gate valve and let me tell you it was one pain.   The entire plumbing system was built from the tank out and the tolerances are much closer than you might think!   There are flanges/nipples as I recall on the valve assembly and getting the 3 "round thin gaskets to stay on each side of the valve assembly so that they make up correctly is a real PIA!   You just do not have enough play in  the piping to spread apart enough to get the new valve in while keeping the gaskets where they need to be, forcing it to much and you will break a joint down the line for sure.   After hours of trying different approaches to keep the flimsy round gaskets in place I was successful.  At one point I was going to merely cut all of the piping out and start from the valve with all new pipe like how they put it together at the factory.  You would think it would all be cut and dry  (30 min. job)but I found it difficult.  You can service the electric activate mechanism with out getting into the actual slide valve and I would recommend that approach unless of course the valve is bent or something.  Good luck
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Picking up your new PC. on: January 06, 2017, 09:35:28 am
Make sure you get the Vin #  well in advance and get your vehicle insurance all lined with the policy's effective date the day you pick your rig up.  I picked a coach up in Elkhart once and I had a 10 hour drive back to NH....thru in my sleeping bag, a few snacks and headed  home.   I would not worry much and just enjoy the coach.
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC 3100 - What's not to like? on: December 22, 2016, 07:37:47 pm
Having owned both a 2551S and a 3100 I can say the 3100 is a much better handling coach.  The longer wheel base makes for a much better ride and handles much better compared to the 2551.  The extra weight of the 3100 tones down the rough ride of the E-450 under the 2551.  In my four years of ownership of the 3100 I only dragged the rear end once.  Fully loaded with fuels and water the GVW was 930 lbs under max and both axles were within weight limits.  I would have some concern that with an additional slide and dual pain windows you might then be pushing the GVW.  The only issue with the longer wheel based 3100 is the turning radius is very significant, like you need a football field to turn her around.  I added all of the suspension goodies and that made for a very well behaved coach.  best of luck
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Scangauge on: December 07, 2016, 05:57:34 pm
I still have a two year old ScanGage for sale, have no use for it since I have moved on from the E-450...make me and offer!!!   thanks.
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rear stableizer on: November 22, 2016, 02:30:24 pm

Front and rear sway bars will not improve the ride of the coach at all.  They will improve how well the coach  actually handles.  Cornering, side winds, quick maneuvers are really where you see a significant difference compared to OEM equipment.  The E-450 is a rugged chassis that I found rides hard unless you have are caring a full tank of water and fuel.
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Upgrading Ford factory radio sterio on: October 27, 2016, 08:21:12 pm
In my new  Renegade I have a Kenwood smart radio that does it all including back up, side cameras, GPS, HD radio, satellite, etc.  I have to be honest I find the unit overwhelming.  The  imagery is to small,  the buttons are to small, the commands are just to many to remember.  Not sure what a better alternative is but I will be looking.  It reminds me of my first PC that came  with a Tom-Tom, what a piece of crap that was and I ultimately had it replaced.   Best of luck, Ron G.
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Scan guage on: October 19, 2016, 09:20:44 pm
I can not believe that frugal PC owners  have yet to make and offer for my very slightly used ScanGuage custom for the E-450.  Shoot me a competitive offer.  Thanks, Ron G.
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Scan guage on: October 19, 2016, 12:00:32 pm
My new ScanGuage came that was "suppose" to fit any and all diesels but of course the 2017 chassis's now have a different port that ScanGuage has to modify their current plugs to accommodate.  The US Government sure makes it easy for small company's to prosper!   Not sure why the ports have had to be changed but I am sure it has something to do with the new smog equipment that has been installed.  That is life!
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Scan guage on: October 13, 2016, 08:04:47 am
The onboard port on a Freightliner M2 is round not rectangular and there is no adapter from ScanGuage to make the OMD2 fit.   Furthermore, according to ScanGuage the ScanGage for gas vehicles (including the E-450) is a totally different processor compared to the diesel unit. Tthe diesel unit gives  many more readouts including transmission temp, etc.  Perhaps a diesel pickup utilizes the same rectangular port and therefore you can utilize the OMD2, but the larger class diesels are different.
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Scan guage on: October 12, 2016, 12:22:40 pm
I know a lot of you folks utilize a ScanGuage to monitor all engine functions and if you do not you should...unit gives you everything you can think of from MPG, averages everything, clears any codes that might come up, etc.  I have the unit (and two book instructions) that is calibrated for the E-450; I thought I could use it on my new diesel coach but of course the ports and units are completely different!  I made a bracket that slides into the coin holder on the dash and with Velcro the unit sits perfectly right in front of your eyes and looks OEM.  if anyone is interested please message me with a solid offer.   Thanks, Ron G.
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dont make the same mistake and make PC mad on: October 11, 2016, 09:41:38 am
Chihuly....I really feel your pain and have over the years been caught in the old finger pointing in the game of warranty responsibilities.  Being new to the "new vehicle/RV world" I think a little more compassion could/should have been extended to you.  For the record,  the PC warranty and any other manufacturers warranty only applies to the four walls of the coach basically.  All  structural defects, paint, delamination, flooring etc is where the warranty starts and stops for PC.   All of the appliances, and accessories  have there own warranties that you must fill out the cards and return to the manufacturer to be registered, any reputable dealer could have easily looked up the units serial number and know immediately that it was still under warranty, obviously they did not want to wait for Atwood to send them a check and merely took your money as and easy fix.   There is no reason that Kermit should have yelled at you, perhaps he was having a bad day like we all do once in a while?  For "good will" sense I do think and offer to intercede on your behalf with Atwood would have been the right thing for PC to do and could have turned the entire situation into a learning opportunity to educate you on what perhaps is a better approach to get a malfunctioning appliance fixed.  Best of luck and please stay warm up there in the last frontier!   Ron G
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Barbecue Grill suggestions when plumbed for gas on: October 11, 2016, 09:23:32 am
The Webber Baby Q fits nicely in the back large compartment.  As has been stated here you must remove the regulator on the Q and replace it with a quick disconnect male adapter to allow it to work on the set up that PC will supply, you will need and extension hose that will have one male and one female quick disconnect on either end.  Federal law does not permit the manufacturer from running any LP lines pre regulator from the tank.  I suppose you could do such yourself but there is a very strong case as to why the law was put in!  best of luck.
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Life changes on: October 06, 2016, 08:23:34 pm
You are very welcome D and J!  It is a beautiful coach that will give you years of service.   The PC forum and all of the great people on here are a super resource.  Keep in touch and I will continue to help you with everything the coach has to offer.  Be careful!!
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Protection Against Blowouts and Getting Rear-ended? on: October 04, 2016, 09:37:32 am
Adding a  bumper may be worthwhile but everything that is added equates to weight, why do you think the spare tire has now been dropped? The E-450 is a great chassis but there are limits on what it can carry on its back. Thanks, Ron G.
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