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226  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tow bar alighnment on: July 11, 2011, 02:13:35 pm
I have done a quick measurement and it looks like I am actaully within the "safe zone" of 3".  I would not have thought there would have been that much difference between the E-350 (Ron's) and the E-450 total height?  I was shoppping around and found etrailer.com to be  the cheapest for the Roadmaster 2", 4', 6" risers.  They are a very good company as well.  Will completely hook my Jeep up tonight to get a better exact maeasurment.  I do love this forum!  Thanks
227  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tow bar alighnment on: July 08, 2011, 03:28:01 pm
Thanks for the reply Billy; I always worry about getting the tube out to far and having the old "tail wagging the dog effect.  Guess I will contact Roadmaster and see what they thuink...please keep thinking.  Thanks
228  Main Forum / General Discussion / Tow bar alighnment on: July 08, 2011, 01:15:47 pm
Not sure there is any answer but i wanted to throw it out there anyway.....I utilize a Roadmaster Falcon 2 tow bar to tow my 06 Jeep Liberty behind my 2010 E-450, the hitch reciever on the Ford is lower by as much as two inches compared to the Jeep's base plate.  The tow bar obvisously runs down hill to the PC.  I do use a Brake Buddy but I do worry about such a miss-alighnment between the two but see no easy solution.  Has anyone else run into this same issue?  Raodmaster does warn about such conditions but I wonder if there concerns are tied more to those who do not have brake assist system in place?  Their concern is ofcourse around the towed coming over the top.
229  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Paint codes 2009 2400 PC on: July 07, 2011, 09:08:08 pm
I am very sorry but I have looked everywhere including under the hood and there are no paint codes anywhere.  I even checked the touch up bottles that came with the coach and there is nothing on them.  What a pain to have to wiat until the 18th!  Best of luck.
230  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Paint codes 2009 2400 PC on: July 07, 2011, 03:09:12 pm
If it is not to late for you I will check as soon as I get home to see what is under my hood for codes since I have the same paint scheme......RAG
231  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: CB placement in Ford cab on: June 16, 2011, 03:51:53 pm
Does anyone know exactly when or for how long fiberglass hoods were used on E series vans?    My 2010 sure has a steel hood,  that is unless they are making fiberglass that allows magnets to stick to it!!! 
232  Main Forum / General Discussion / PC service on: June 15, 2011, 04:37:33 pm
Recently drove my 2010 2551 to the PC factory for some minor cosmectic warranty work.  To say the least the work was done to my satisfaction and in a very timely fashion.  The staff members at the factory were super and did everything they could to accomadate me while in Elkhart.  I think I may even gotten Stuart to crack a small smile, not positive!  I regret that I missed Kermit who was off site while I was there.   I sure hope the RV business can survive and get back to the numbers of units that were being manfactured  only a few years ago.  Very sad to see so many plants in the Elkhart region shuttered up.  I again salute Kermit for running a tight ship at PC.  Thanks
233  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Warranty - E-Series Cutaway Chassis Warranty on: May 25, 2011, 02:32:00 pm
B-S:

Your discovery makes perfect sense  and I appreciate your dilligent work  but what i worry about is what is the trigger that starts the new owner warranty since I did niot get anything from PC with my 2010 E-450 and Ford still has in their vehicle file PC being the warranty holder.  Who, what, when does the paper work get filed?  Is the burden on the new owner to show "proof of purcahse" otherwise the clock just keeps ticking?  Thanks, R.A.G.
234  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2004 Oven in a 2011 RV? on: May 24, 2011, 10:08:19 pm
I do not have any issue with my oven I do have and issue  with the Ford warranty.  I would agree with Ron D. that the warranty starts when the consumer purchases the unit but I have been told that is not the case..... Ford begins the warrenty when the RV outfiter purchases the unit. In my case I have lost a year.  Would like to hear more on this subject and who actually regisitered the unit and when?  thanks
235  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Changing Oil on: May 19, 2011, 09:38:08 pm
I had a 3.0 L M-B Sprinter and changed the oil myself.  The engine takes approx. 11 quarts of oil.  You must use oil that meets M-B 229-51, either 5-30 or 5-40.  The oil must be low ash and there are only a few  oils that meet this requirement.  Mobil does in their Mobil 1 5-30 ESP, or Pento Super Performance III (made in Germany).  Expect to pay $10.00 per quart and you can only get such oil thru a Dodge or M-B dealer or thur a few  outlets on the web like Euro Oils.  The engine takes a paper filter Mopar #1-05175571AA (has the M-B logo all of it) and it will set you back $34.00.  M-B sells the same filter for 1/2  that and Wix does have basically the same filter for approx. $15.00.  Do not let Jiffy Lube or anyone tell you any other Mobil 1 oil will work.... none  will, it must have the ESP designation and M-B has a lock on who can sell this oil....just them for the most part!  Take it to a dealer if you do not want to do it yourself, other than being real dirty oil it is extremely easy to change the oil since the drain plug is right behind the radiiator and can be easily reached from the front and the filter can easly be reached from the top.  Sprinters are not cheap to maintain despite the fact the oil change inervals are greater than the Ford.   Good luck
236  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: If You Could, What Would You Do Differnet? on: April 28, 2011, 09:32:28 am
Very good thread with some great idea/suggestions...here are a few from my perspective

-More insulation in the cab area, the carpet needs some padding, should be sound mats put in the doors.
-Remote door locks standard with the coach door on the remote as well.
-Doors to get into the under the bed storage area vs's lifting the bed.
-Insulation of the step box, alot of cold and road noise comes from that area.
-There needs to be and outside edge piece put on to keep the twin bed mattress from moving away from the wall.
-Larger fresh water drain, the 3/8" just takes way to long.
-The exterior compartment locks need to be of better quality.
-Armrests on front seats need to be adjustable as one reclines.
-Wind sensor awning would be nice.
-Larger refrigerator option


all in all very nice coaches.
237  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: If You Could, What Would You Do Differnet? on: April 27, 2011, 12:18:23 pm
I had a 2009 Monaco Covina (25') Sprinter based unit for a short period of time; I loved the look of the coach and I am a huge fan of the M-B 3.0L that is one sweet engine and what my wife has in her Grand Cherokee and it is a superb vehicle and very quite on the road.  I found the Sprinter's engine noise intolerable on the road,  you could not  carry on a conversation at 65MPH. I would get blown all over the highway from trucks and cross winds  I never broke 15MPG.  I could not tow my Jeep Liberty diesel (4300 lbs.), I called Monaco because other manafacturers rate the chassis to tow more than 3500 lbs but Monaco (I do not usually agree with anything Monaco says, but in this case i think they were dead on!)! said the chassis just will not tolerate that kind of towed weight.  The E-450 is tighter in the cab area but the brakes, handling, and the power to tow puts the Sprinter to shame in my book.  Perhaps with a smaller coach (like a PC) on  the Sprinter chassis it  would handle better vs's the higher Covina?  In my book the Ford hands down despite how thirsty they are.
238  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A small problem on: April 14, 2011, 10:25:24 am
There is a spray cleaner that you can get at HD or Lowe's for cleaning counter tops that works great.  I have all so used a very mild rubbing compound (fit for clear coat finishes) that worked very well in getting minor scratches out and I am sure oil/greese stains.  The counter top dealer suggested that to me.  best of luck.
239  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Suspension and handling on: March 25, 2011, 01:26:08 pm
Billy:

I think you have put the pieces together; the wheel issue was stated with a "wink of the eye", as they are my local dealer and always treat me very well. You are right, the wheel has nothing to do with the alighment...but
240  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Suspension and handling on: March 25, 2011, 11:40:29 am
Ron and others.....Only one of the 6 Ford dealers said they would even attempt to put the front end work thru on warranty and they "thought" we "might" have a chance because the steerring wheel was not straignt across when the front wheels were straight.  Not sure how this warranty work all works but it might be how the work gets coded as to how they get paid (or not paid) for the work!  Again, atleast on the day I called Ford the manager was very firm that they did not cover any front end work on motor homes that was the manfacturers responsibility.  I am sure the manfacturers have another opinion!
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