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211  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Disinfecting potable water tank on: March 26, 2012, 03:38:39 pm
I believe there is a fifth draw off the Ford battery (you may not have this option) and that is the power front seat/seats, not sure how that could be drawing anything but they do operate without the iignition on.   good luck
212  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Selling your 2350 with dinette? Want to buy used. on: March 26, 2012, 09:14:33 am
BigbadJC:

I would have to say you are getting very good MPG with the E-350, I wish I was getting the same with the E-450!!  This chassis discussion will go on for ever,  I must agree that many dealerships including my local Dodge dealer are not overly impressed with the durability of the Sprinter chassis over time nor is Fed-X.  While I am a huge fan of the 3.0L M-B engine for I have one in my Jeep Grand Cherokee,  to say they are maintenance free is far from the truth, oil changes that I do myself cost over $140 (over $200 at the dealer)  and the fuel filter change is $106 at the dealer.  The 3.0L is and extremely complicated engine that throws codes very easily with the slightest variation from any of the many sensors.  I am not "in bed" with Ford since I once brought suit against Ford Motor Co. (won by the way) over many fuel pump issues in a F-53 chassis under a Holiday Rambler, I vowed then to never own another Ford product.  My expeience with the Sprinter chassis for one year and 10,000 miles drove me back to Ford, I never had any large issues with the Sprinter it was just that I always had the sense that the chassis was just being over worked from all aspects.  I am very happy with the performance of the E-450 and in particular with the PC coach.  While I fully realize that going 55 MPH in either a Ford or Sprinter chassis witll yield the best possible MPG I would seriously worry about ones safety on todays dual lane highways where the average MPH speed atleast here in New England is pushing 80 MPH.  To each his own,  and what makes our country so great is that we have choice in the marketpalce and everyone will make up their own minds.  I would love to hear what Kermit, Stuart and Kyle at PC say about the Sprinter based chassis since they could best make a comparison between the two chassis.   Thanks


 
213  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Selling your 2350 with dinette? Want to buy used. on: March 25, 2012, 03:39:51 pm
Sherman:

i know you have spent a ton of energy and time researching your potential big puchase and for that I salute you. I realize that you have a budget and a certain size RV that you are targeting but i would be concenred that you are really backing yourself into a corner and I would worry that you are not going to be happy.  It sure appears that you have to get into at least a 25' rig to get what you appear to want and  need.  I have commented in the past regarding my feelings regarding the Sprinter chassis
All of us want to get as many MPG's as we can but I would really caution you about Sprinter MPG claims.....If you have full tanks, AC on, full wall slide,  tires at recmended pressure, cruise set at 65 MPH, 2 adults, two bikes on the back you will not break 14 MPG I never did in 10,000 miles of driving a 2009 Monaco Covina 3.0L.  I applaud you for doing the math regarding the CCC of the chassis and while you may be able to come in slighlthy under I will bet one of the axles will be over weight.  PC makes a super product and I would do whatever to find a model within the PC family that will work for you.  Best of luck.  Thanks
214  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: High sided on: March 14, 2012, 02:52:25 pm
Folks:

1/2"'ish sure does not sound like much to me but you can see it if you really look closely,  especially if the water tank (right side) is full and the holding tank on the left is empty.  The coach goes down the road perfectly (especially with new sway bars, shocks, and stabilizer) but the front end guy did say that the slight tilt would/could influence the front end alighnment.  In a private message to me a poster who did remove his spacer stated that he developed a problem with the slide operation immediately after removal  of the spacer so perhaps 1/2 does have influence??.  I think I wil leave as is to be honest
215  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: High sided on: March 14, 2012, 12:48:23 pm
R.D.:

Thanks for the comments.  My rig was measured at time of front alighnment on a dead level slab with water tank full, slide in, holding tanks empty and me sitting in the drivers seat like the coach was going down the road, the tech immediately observed the diference from side to side and measured the distance from the floor to the bottom saddle and it was basically the exact measurment of the extra leaf/spacer on the left side.  I have never measured or observed if that left side settles when the slide goes out nor do I really care since I have jacks to level.   Thanks
216  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: High sided on: March 14, 2012, 10:27:34 am
JC:

The extra leaf/spacer was to counter the 1000 plus lbs of extra weight that the refrig, sofa and slide places on that side.  In a private message a forum user infomed me that he did take his spacer out at the recomendation of Kermit who gave the situation a little more thought and while the spacer did/does make sense it most likely is just not needed considering the 11 leaf set up the E-450.  The E-350 may have needed some help but that chassis is not used on the 2551's anymore so moot point I guess.  thanks
217  Main Forum / General Discussion / High sided on: March 14, 2012, 09:18:44 am
Folks:

I know this subject was touched on a while ago but I just do not have the energy or time to research back.....my 2551 is about 1/2" higher on the left side due to the spring spacer that PC put in to counter the weight of the slide.  Was it not decided by Kermit that the spacer is in fact not needed becasue the E-450 is sprung heavy enough that the extra weight does not effect anything and the spacer should be removed?    Thanks
218  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Some really basic questions on: March 06, 2012, 08:45:17 pm
Welcome to the forum Dick and congrats on your purchase of a new PC.  There are many more savy individuals on this forum that I am sure will chime in to answers your questions better than I will but I will try my best...the sinks, shower all empty into the gray water tank, the toilet is the only waste that goes into the black water tank.  What is nice on my 2551 and I am sure on the 2910 is that I can open both gate valves and mix the two tanks and get more total capacity.  There is a 12V plug on your TV ant. boost plug and that comes off of the coach battery, should be in one of you front over head cabnets.  The slide, and stair are wired off the chassis battery all other detectors come off the coach battery.  The stair switch has and on/off setting, the off leaves it in the out position all the time and it only retracts when the ignition is turned on, in the other setting the stair goes in and out everytime the door is opened or closed and a yellow light will stay on under the stair.  I have no idea what the" significant" draw would be from  unless there is short circut somewhere.   The main battery shut off is right at the doorway and all other fuses, breakers, etc are near the fuse panel and the inverter/converter, not sure where that allmight be located in the 2910.  bets of luck
219  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question for 3100 owners on: February 29, 2012, 08:08:16 pm
While I really enjoy my 2551 i have seriously thought of upgrading to the 3100 for the extra space.    I have had 2 A's with the dining/sofa arrangement like the 3100 and it worked OK. I  have some reservations about the  PC's  seating arrangement since the PC sofas are a little on the short side.  I think the 2910 without the rear slide would be ideal...twin beds on each side, floor to roof wardrobe between them on the back wall and the shirt closets placed like on my 2551 (foot of the beds) would be ideal.  I spoke to Stuart some time ago and he thought the concept could be accomplished without much trouble.  I would remove the dinette as well and replace with a smaller table and two euro style chairs.  It is great that PC has the flexibility and willingness to look at differing design concepts.  Thanks
220  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Towed vehicle - question on: February 28, 2012, 09:33:07 am
Begentle:

I have your model/year PC with the same "add ons" as well as a steer safe damper.  My Jeep Liberty is a diesel and therefore with the bike rack, bikes,  etc. it weighs in at just over 4500 lbs.  The biggest improvement I obsereved towing the Jeep came when I installed the 2" lift hitch reciever that brought the tow bar (I use the same one you do) into that ideal 3" level position.  Before that I was looking at the Jeep actaully being nearly 6" higher than the hitch and I think that contibuted greatly to that feeling that the Jeep was "running the show" even with the Brake Buddy cranked up.  I would still not say that I do not feel it back there, I feel it, especially on secondary roads.  I would bet  your Escape has about the same ground to bumper/plate distiance as the Liberty.  I would spend the $50.00 to get the Roadmaster riser and the lock set up that Ron D. mentioned.   Thanks and best of luck.
221  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2350 TV on: November 28, 2011, 08:41:37 am
Be very careful taking all of the screws out...TomH is 100% correct in that once all the 6 screws are out that baby just falls out.  Billy is all so right in that the cables do not have a lot of extra length and it is not easy to get the TV back up and reach around to see what plugs are what; You cannot plug anything in while the set is down and out just nbot enough extra cable....a pain to say the least.  Best of luck
222  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2008 Tiffin on: November 21, 2011, 12:50:45 pm
Cordlyn:

That Allegro bus sure is a beauty!   I have a freind with a Phaeton and he has interst in moveing up the Tiffin ladder and your ex-coach sure looks perfect.  Can you share any back ground with me as to why you are getting rid of it?  Have you had any issues with it?  Thanks
223  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: battery storage/ maint on: November 21, 2011, 12:48:12 pm
I would have to echo what TomH has to say....your PC is a "recreational vehicle" and with that said I like the ability to just head out regardless of the weather and not have to reinstall batteries, etc.  My coach sits out here in NH all winter.  I just put a timer on the outlet and leave the coach plugged in.  Every day the power/charger comes on for a couple of hours and the batteries stay fully charged.  I have never had a battery freeze or not get full life out of the.  Ron D. is right in that with no electricity to the coach it would be a totally different story and you would have to protect the batteries.
224  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sprinter 3.0L V-6 on: November 14, 2011, 08:47:56 am
LGHJr.:   Thanks for the info...looks very interesting. 
225  Main Forum / General Discussion / Sprinter 3.0L V-6 on: November 13, 2011, 06:23:10 pm
I have long been a fan of the 3.0L M-B engine that is used in the Sprinters and I have in my 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee,  but of late I am loosing some of my fondness and thought some of you folks with Sprinters may want to be aware of  issues that could cost you some very big money.  Three weeks ago my check engine light came on, my super Jeep dealer pulled the code and found one glow plug was bad and the control module that controls the plugs  was all so bad, my vehicle has 52,000 miles on it.  I purchased the extened warranty on the vehicle so I only paid my $100; the total tab was over over $3000 since each glow plug is like $420 each and they decided per order of Jeep to replace not just one but  all 6 and the control box is not cheap.  I went on my way feeling OK, but glow plugs should go 100,000 miles.  It is my understanding that you could  not get any Chrysler extended warranty on Sprinters at all, not sure what M-B offers now?  My check engine light just came on again and this time the issue is the" swirl valve" it controls manifold air circulation, the engine is now in "limp" mode and sitting at the dealer waiting for parts to come.  The retail tab on this little job  is over $3400! My extended warranty is picking up the tab.  Very weird, but by nephew has the same Jeep vehicle and his was just diagnosed with the exact same issue (he only has 43000) and it is not covered by his extended power train only warranty, he is not happy.  There is absoutely no maintenance that one can do to prevent the swirl valve from failing and my Jeep/Dodge dealer stated that they saw tons of Sprinters with swirl valve failure (one twice) and the rate of failure is due to poor design that allows oil to run down the intake and somehow the oil actually seeps intot the sealed electric motor that operates the valve.  I sure hope changes have been made so that I do no have to replace it again when I am out of warranty.  Just thought 3.0L owners might want to have their dealer take a look .  thanks
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