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16  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Initial Oil Change and Fumoto Oil Drain Valve on: May 31, 2017, 09:49:29 am
Oil and tires do always bring out the opinions!  I will leave tires for another day and concentrate on oil.   My rule is to go by the owners manual 100%, if the engine calls for 5-20 that is what I use for I do not have a PhD in chemistry and I am not about to question the recommendations of Ford engineers for their engines.  Today's engines   are way to complicated and nothing like engines of even 10 years ago.  It is always interesting that folks invest well over $100,000 in their coaches and then worry about $100 annually in oil changes, the oil is the life blood of the engine...change the oil frequently and use the best oil possible.  Our coaches sit a fair amount and that generates a lot of moisture and therefore i change the oil every 6 moths and never exceed 5000 miles.  To each his own but good oil and a quality filter is cheap insurance.
17  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Wind intrusion on: May 23, 2017, 02:13:39 pm
That one is a weird one for sure!  If you leave the heat/AC control in the "on"  position vs's turning it to the true "off" position there is a damper that stays open and could let one lot of air in especially if the wind was coming directly at the nose of the coach and perhaps following the windshield up to the TV area?  Ron D's. loose B cap is the only other way air could ever get up into that area and if that is the case I would want to get the cap and the roof screwed together ASAP before you hit a heavy rain.   best of luck.   Ron G.
18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Curious as to those of you who down sized on: May 15, 2017, 08:01:53 pm
Thanks Joseph! 
19  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Making a change... on: May 14, 2017, 02:26:31 pm
Congrats on the purchase of your new coach Pax!  Our lives do change and we need to adapt to the changing times.   Enjoy those grand children and perhaps their memories of travel now will make them RV fans in the future.  What did you purchase?   Thanks, Ron G.
20  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Curious as to those of you who down sized on: May 14, 2017, 01:12:56 pm
For safety sake (no class A pusher with nothing but fiberglass under and around you for me), ease of maintenance, and just pure driving enjoyment I chose the Renegade Verona 36VSB on the Freightliner M-2 106 chassis with a Cummins ISL9 engine.  Very nice coach.
21  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Curious as to those of you who down sized on: May 11, 2017, 11:06:48 am
Started with a 27' Class C with two small kids, lay out worked great, four trips across the country with no issues,  went to a 31' Class A with no slides, had Ford un-resolvable issues and sold coach (sued Ford and one!), went to a 36' double slide pusher that worked fine but had to many issues with coach and sold it.  Moved to a 38' pusher, to big, did not work for what we wanted to do at the time, went to a 24' Sprinter chassis, way to tight for us and did not like the Sprinter at all ( sorry Sprinter owners).   Moved to a PC 2551S and liked it but found it a little tight and missed the dinette set up, traded for a PC 3100S and loved the coach and never had a serious issue with it.  I will be retiring in Jan. and anticipate much more travel and therefore we wanted a little more room so settled on the 36'10" Super C with two slides and absolutely love the coach, never say never but current coach may be my last, my wife has strongly  said it will be my last!  As a previous poster stated as ones life changes so do your RV needs.    be safe, RAG
22  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Freightliner on: May 09, 2017, 09:32:44 am
One can always count on PC forum members to jump right into the discussion with some candid opinions, that is why I like the forum so much!  No one has the crystal ball to see what the future holds and again I was not implying that a Feightliner chassis was the direct replacement for the E-450 in 100% of the the applications it is utilized for  but it certainly could be a replacement for the larger triple slide 29'-32 foot class C's that are really over weight before they are loaded with anything.  If I was to venture a guess I can see the 20'-23' coaches being built on the Sprinter, Transit and Ram chassis exclusively, the 23' and up could utilize the F series and Ram 5500  with the 29' plus coaches utilizing the  Feightliner SC-2RV.  Ford initially said they would stop production of the E-450 in 2020, they are now saying as long as the demand is there they will continue production, one does not know what the bottom line "demand" really is?  If we see another spike in fuel costs I am not sure how the V-10 is going to compete?  At 71 MPH (no toad) with my ISL-9 Cummins I consistently get 10.7 on flat road, the ISB will get that or better.  Just my two cents and that is probably all it is worth!   Thanks, Ron
23  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Freightliner on: May 08, 2017, 08:13:32 pm
I was not implying a 2350 would be dropped on the SC2RV but I can see a nice 34' triple slide sitting on top of it!  Expand your imagination a little!  Thanks, Ron G.
24  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Freightliner on: May 08, 2017, 03:03:22 pm
The SC chassis has been around in school bus application for a while but the RV designation is new.  With the SC-2RV chassis you as owner can be a memeber of the Freightliner Custom Chassis Club thatofffers some unique services and benefits that one can not get with the M2 chassis that is manafactured under a different Feightliner subsidiary....
25  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Freightliner on: May 08, 2017, 02:37:49 pm
North Trail RV in FL. has a new Valentia and one of the photos shows the dash layout that has 12 blank switch plates that would all tie into Freightliners muitlplex wiring system that allows for the use of extensive 'smart switches".   Looks like the chassis comes with the 3000 Allison and not the 2500.  I would guess it is a much cheaper chassis compared to the M2 and therefore would help with the Class C price points? 
26  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Freightliner on: May 08, 2017, 02:30:44 pm
Wish I could Ron but I can not find anything either.  There are several manafacturers (according to Freightliner) that are starting to use the chassis at this time...check out Renegade Valentia model, this is the first coach I have seen based on this chassis.  Ron G.
27  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Freightliner on: May 08, 2017, 11:07:24 am
This size chassis would really allow for expanded Class C floorplans without having to deal with over weight issues.  Class A sales are flat and Class C's are up and that is because people want the smaller coaches but do not want to give up the luxury aspects that the A's offer.  just my two cents.  Thanks, Ron
28  Main Forum / General Discussion / Freightliner on: May 08, 2017, 09:30:25 am
Last week i was speaking with a person at Freightliner Custom Chassis and we go into a  discussion pertaining to the new SC-2 chassis that is is being manafactured in Gaffney, SC at the FCC plant now (the M-2's are made in Mexico but may be moved to Gaffney as well).  The SC-2RV's are much lighter duty compared to the M-2's, SC-2RV has the 3000 Allison (M-2 has the 3200 Allison)  and the SC-2RV has the  ISB Cummins (M-2 uses the ISL-9 Cummins) but what is nice is the chassis is completely RV buildout ready with many very nice features that the Phoenix Cruiser folks and other manafacturers will really like....It was eluded to that Freightliner is anticipating perhaps the expected exit from the market of the Ford E-series and they want to fill the vacume with this new option?  The SC-2RV would sure address the over weight issues that some E-450's are expieriencing these days.  I am sure Kermit is working his majic to utilize this new chassis!  Thanks, RG
29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Grille bug screen & windshield sun screen on: April 27, 2017, 07:48:26 pm
Go to Carids.com. they have some nice custom screens for the E-450. 
30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2017 version slide out - a River Runs Thru It? on: April 21, 2017, 01:42:24 pm
As I am sure we all know water can travel a great distance in wall/roof panels before it shows its ugly head!  .   You have to determine if the leak is inside the box or outside (slide box I am referencing)?  I would be very suspicious about leaks occuring with the slide in...i would guess the leak is elsewhere and is merely showing up above the slide.   i would call Kermit or Bob and gettheir input as to where to start looking.   Do not let a water leak continue.
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