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211  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Mercedes or E350 for ride and handling on: September 19, 2013, 01:45:42 pm
R and C:

Boy you have really opened yourself up to some very strong opinions I am sure!!!  I have owned as big as 38' pushers and as small as a 25' Sprinter Monaco Covina, I do not work for any RV of chassis builders and share my opinions freely in hopes that my thoughts will help you to make your own mind up.  All chassis have their positives and negatives.  There is no doubt all of the chassis will do what they are engineered to do and for the most part will do it safely as long as the owner does not overload them.  It comes down to what do you really want out of a chassis?  Are you going to tow a toad?  Are you going to want to take a long alot of "stuff"?, etc...  personnaly I am done with the large rigs for a variety of reasons and I have settled into the 30' range as being perfect for what we want to do with the coach.  Besides finding the 25' Sprinter based coach just to small for the two of us I just never warmed up the Sprinter (3.0L V-6 is a suberb engine), I did not think it handled well (no add on suspension updates) , I could not haul my Jeep Liberty (to heavy),  and the service here in NH whit  the Dodge logo was good but M-B is going to be a different story totally.  The cab was comfortable, the german technology was nice but  I never broke 15MPG no matter what I did and averaged in the high 13's.  I find the E-450 a very strong chassis that anyone can work on, parts are easy to get and relatively cheap.  the chassis may be somewhat tight if you are large, the fuel consumption is significant, and the ride is not smooth especially with out a full load on.  I can load the coach with everything, hook up my 4300 lb diesel jeep and away I go  up and over every mountain I can put in front of it,   she may make a fair amount of noise and shift a couple of times but man that V-10 just goes.  I have added all of the possible add on's to the suspension i can... shocks, steering stablizer, sway bars and the rig goes down the road very nicely now.  I have a 2014 Grand Cherokee with the Pentastar V-6 and my wife (hard driver) is consistantly getting 23 MPG around town and 25 plus MPG on the highway and the new 8 speed transmission is superb.  i understand the new Dodge RV chassis  has basically the same set up and if that is the case (other than low GVW) that is going to one super little rig for Winnebago.  In conclusion,  i have purchased coaches from several different manafaturers and they all have issues but the  PC coaches (2) have honestly had the fewest issues and I like the service that Kermit and the grew offer, they understand their product and for the most part have kept them very simple and the same over many years.  best of luck with your research.
212  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Which model is best for us? on: September 12, 2013, 09:28:03 am
There is no doubt that towing a toad does limit you some and you do have to think ahaead  so to not get into a situation where you have to back up.  The turning radius with the long wheeelbase (I have the 3100) like what is under the 2552 is not great that is for sure.  My 38' Class A turned sharper than the E-450 does but with that said again you just have to think ahead  and you will not have any trouble.  While everyone has their own preferances when it comes to floor plans that work for them i would have to agree with your wife 100% on this one...corner beds just do not work for most individulas regardless if you take a teddy bear to bed or not.  About the time I called someone in my household a teddy bear I think I would be sleeping on the front sofa with a real "teddy bear" for quite sometime!!!!!Best of luck,  and I am sure  you will love the 2552
213  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: First Impressions 2552 on: September 10, 2013, 10:19:52 am
I might suggest that you throw the unit into neutral when you pick up the fibration, this action will not stop the entire driveline from rotating but it may give you a feel  as to whether it is coming from the driveline or the tires.  If the vibration lessons or stops  you will know it is driveline related; if no change you can bet it is the tires.  It may be the driveshaft is out of ballance?  I think the rest of your questions have been answered very well.  I did utilize some very durable (and cheap at Home Depot) all weather door mat material that I cut to fit the stair and used 3M super headliner glue to afix.  I used the same material for the first landing inside the coach....It looks very OEM and it traps alot of "stuff" before it gets all the way into the coach.   Thanks
214  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A New Banging Sound After Year #6 - Dead Center In The Headliner Area on: September 09, 2013, 02:18:09 pm
The " long sliver" of left over cut roof metal was actually hitting the front cross member that your photo shows so very well.  It was like a little diving board!  Best of luck getting yours torn apart and you wil have to tear apart for my bet is the front cap has broken loose from being afixed to the cutaway and is really hitting hard on bumps.
215  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A New Banging Sound After Year #6 - Dead Center In The Headliner Area on: September 09, 2013, 10:53:38 am
Way back i posted in regards to my ex-2551 having a very large rattle right over the drivers seat and when I took the headliner down I found a 2 inch wide strip about 18" long  of roof cut away steel that was attached on one end that was dangling enough that over a rough bump it would hit hard on what was left of the cut away roof below.  It was metal on metal and made a racket.  Perhaps over time you have something similar and and it is just now starting to hit what is below?   I am sure you have all seen these questionares as to what you would want in the perfect RV....there is no question in my mind that I would want a coach that does not have rattles and squeaks!  Right now on my 2012 I am hearing huge squeaks coming from the drivers side rear spring pack.  I have sprayed them with everyhitng and i can not stop the squek that is very loud in the coach.  Just like a front end alighnment issues  I am now getting the run around from all my local Ford dealers that they can not look at the issue becasue their lifts are not large enough to get the rig up in the air.  I now have toicall Ford and see if they will OK and will pay for taking the rig to a spring shop.....what a pain, Ford sells these chassis and can not service them, atleast not here in NH!
216  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drivers Side Propane Connection? on: August 16, 2013, 10:50:15 am
If you have a low pressure grille we all know it will work great with a post regulator set up.  The issue i have is the selection of low pressure grilles are few and far and If one goes this route most grilles we all have will have to be heaved because they will not work with low pressure.  I like my Webber and would hate to have to replace it.  if you do not have a grille go for a low pressure unit and have the factory pipe it post regulator and all will be fine....thanks
217  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drivers Side Propane Connection? on: August 15, 2013, 04:12:21 pm
I had a Monaco coach (04) that came from the factory with a quick disconnect.  I called the factory to get clarification as to why my Webber Q would not work well and of course was told that I needed a  low pressure grille.  The techniction i spoke with at that time told me it was not legal for safety reason to run a  pre regulator line accross the coach and Monaco was going to stop doing even the low pressure line  becuse owners got upset tha tthey had to go out and buy new grilles to take advantage of the connection set up and there was always confusion.  Not sure if this really was the case since I totally lost interest in Monaco.   Thanks
218  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Driver's Seat power problem on: August 08, 2013, 12:07:46 pm
The power seats are supplied by PC thur a vendor they utilize, the units are not Ford and therefore would not be covered.  I got a new power unit from PC and it did not come thru Ford.  Like others, i would look real closely at where the wires go thru the floor deck and double check again all around underneath since there are many moving parts connected with the meganism and the wires are very loose under there.  To blow that rapdly something must really be grounding out big time. 
219  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Where to buy good tires on: July 23, 2013, 01:46:49 pm
We all have opinions on tires that is for sure!  I would for kicks check with Michelin to see if there is not something they might do to compensate you and get you into a new set of tires in consideration of the fact that yours appear to have not lasted as along as they should have. I have had superior luck with Michelin standing behind their product 150%.  As far as where tires are made you might want to read on the sidewalls, Michelin maybe a French company but all of their N. America tires are made here in the USA.  Bridgestone makes all of their N. American tires here in Firestone plants.  It is a world economy these days.  Again, my vote would be to go with Michelin's, they are worth every cent you pay extra for them.   best of luck, Ron
220  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: To tow or not to tow. That is the question. on: July 22, 2013, 12:35:50 pm
Not much I can add to the discussion that has not all ready been said!  I have towed with my last five motor homes and have used the same set up for all, Brake Buddy brake assist, Roadmaster bar.  I would just say make sure the tow bar is within 3" of being level between the Ford and the Honda, you do not want the Honda riding up or going under the chassis (alot of leverage on that tow bar that can act as a lever and push hard).  To be honest,  I just do not like towing I find it is just one more thing to worry about, a pain when you have to pull in for gas, etc., towing makes the chassis work harder and the hills just become a little slower to get up and over.  I pull a 2006 Jeep Liberty diesel that tips the scales at 4400 lbs. (350 lbs more compared to the gas unit) so it is not a light vehicle.... I can not say I do not know it is there because i do.  I like having a car at the campsite and like being able to bring my kayaks, bikes, etc. but the PC as I have it set up drives so nicely by itself I just always hate hooking that jeep up.  Will be heading out for a week next week and the Jeep will be coming along so there you go.....Best of luck, Ron
221  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Quick check: tail lights when door opens on: July 16, 2013, 09:24:35 pm
TomH is right on the money....nice feature built into the PC.  all is normal.
222  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire Pressure on: June 17, 2013, 09:41:59 am
Keelhauler:

You must have gotten a Ford Service rep on a good day!   I spoke with them at length 2 years ago pertaining to the front end alignment on my 2011 2551S, they flat out refused to pick the tab up and said it was the responsibility of the RV manafacturer and not Ford.  I went to a truck center (no Ford dealer could do it in NH) and had it done and submitted the $120 bill to them with a nice form letter and they again turned me down!  Perhaps they have changed their policy of late and they should have!   Thanks, Ron
223  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New members looking for advice on: June 14, 2013, 02:29:24 pm
2 Fraz....Just did a little research and discovered as I am sure you have that Grapponne Ford Truck Center is no longer in Bow but is in Londonderry under the name of NH Ford Truck of Londonderry.  it does appear that they service cutaway vans.   I guess when Ford got out of big truck business a few years ago they closed the Bow large center.  Again, good luck!    Thanks
224  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New members looking for advice on: June 14, 2013, 02:20:50 pm
I would suggest Grappone Ford Truck Center in Concord.  I use Mcfarland Ford here in Exeter for my 3100 and they treat me very well, their sister dealership is Hampton Ford.  You will not get one Ford dealership in NH to do a front end alighinment and even Westbrook, Maine truck center will not.  I had to go to Donovan Spring in Manchester and they did and OK job. I tried Ford Customer Service for alignmnet info and they were of absolutely no help.   Good luck
225  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire Pressure on: June 14, 2013, 02:15:41 pm
No rotation here!  If they are going round and round with no bumps or thumps I leave them alone!  Many vehicle makers s including BMW are not reccomending any rotation if all looks good.   Thanks, Ron
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