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226  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Levelers being balky on: December 23, 2014, 09:58:46 am
In regards to leaving the engine running while operating the jacks and what are the "safety concerns" as to why one should not do that...
1. I often leave the coach door open, my wife is always quick to open windows, vents, etc and i just do not like to fill the coach with engine fumes while I am setting up.
2. I like to be polite to my next door campers and always try to be as quite as possible and shutting down the engine as soon as possible  to prevent noise and exhaust from be bothersome to them, I always shut my headlights off as soon as I can if I come in at night as well.
3. The chance that the truck would jump out of park is extremely rare I grant you that but stranger things have happened and a major car manfacturer is recalling vehicles now for this exact issue so why would you want to chance something strange happening?   There must be a reason why the jack manafacturer requires the parking brake to be engaged and does not depend on just "park" being utilized before operating the jacks.   I once had a Monaco product that actaully had and intelock that prevented the jacks from working with the engine running I wonder why?
4. When gas was not $2.50 per gallon it made good sense to shut that V-10 down any chance one could get.

While my points are perhaps not all "safety" driven I hope they make sense?   Thanks, Ron
227  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HELP! Need hot water on: December 23, 2014, 09:42:42 am
Good morning....You do not have to read this forum for long to see that there are many differing opinions about many subjects.  I have done a fair amount of research on the Atwood RV water heater web site and i would suggest that perhaps others spend some time on the site and in particular on the Troubleshooting manuel that is on the site.   Weeping pressure valves do not in any way represent a malfuction of the water heater or a lack of air in the tank.  Atwood designs and internal air gap at the top of the tank, actually well above the pressure relief valve.  Over time the water in the tank will absorb the air in the air gap and there are specific instructions on the Atwood site as to how you can introduce air back into the tank by releasing the pressure valve lever until water comes out and then letting it snap shut.  I would suggest that if you have the time or the interest do some reading for releasing air from the pressure valve does not cause the valve to weep and if done right may infact promote better air gap fuctionality.   Have a great and safe holiday season.   Ron
228  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HELP! Need hot water on: December 22, 2014, 08:38:22 am
as sated the red light only comes on when there is not proper ingnition when on propane.   Just one additional not run the water heater without water in it!  The heat will destroy the unit.  Make sure valves are right (think you have them right) before you fire the unti off.  I always bleed the air off and make sure the tank has water by cracking the pressure relaease handle towrds the top of the tank on the outside of the coach.   You will get it all down perfectly in time.  have fun!
229  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Levelers being balky on: December 16, 2014, 09:51:46 am
Ignition must be "on"  as in the "accessory" position but not with engine running. Parking  brake must be fully set.  I see no reason to have the engine running and I personnally would not want it running for safety reasons when the jacks were being deployed.  I honestly do not think there is anything wrong with your jacks.   Might be a good idea as suggested to spray the entire jack set up to prevent corrosion.   Best of luck.
230  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: October 23, 2014, 10:56:25 am
I am sure we will be seeing far more european styled coaches that will get significantly better MPG than the old V-10 but at a cost. Having traveled Europe in and RV I can say that those coaches are  great for sleeping and drive very well  but the american RV user is going to have to change their RV habits and not tote/haul as much "stuff" as they do now!
231  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: October 23, 2014, 09:31:16 am
I hear you Ron D.; 500 lbs added to the GVW on a small coach is significant.   My concern is in regards to the larger Class C coaches and what chassis choices will be out there when the E-series is retired?   I hope we not going to be forced into a small Class A?   Thanks
232  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: October 22, 2014, 02:05:20 pm
I would have to agree 100% with Bob,  in the large picture the RV market is just not significant enough for Ford and they will force the larger Class C's to utilize the F series,  they will "tweak" the Transit around the edges by increasing spring ratings, etc and they will hold onto their market share.    I do not see even their new twin turbo Ecoboost V-6  being strong enough to move 14,000 lbs. down the road,   perhaps a diesel plant would work fine but extending a stamped frame to  handle a 31 foot coach is not going to be easy to accomplish, why do you think Mercedes does not allow their chassis to be extended or cut into?  I am sure we are going to see some very nifty European influenced small coaches based on both the transit and Promaster Dodge in the coming years and that is great for the industry in general.  
233  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: October 21, 2014, 09:48:41 pm
BoBoJay.....I do not doubt that Ford has other ideas for the Transit for I do not see them letting approximately 70%  of the Class C market that they control go away.  With that said I do not see how a unibody chassis could ever see GVW's in the 14500 lb range but I guess anything  is possible.......I see the Transit being used for B's and smaller C's and the F series for the larger Class C's but this is obviously my 2 cents and probably all its worth!   Thanks
234  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: October 10, 2014, 07:56:11 pm
Kermit told me the same thing; I guess he is going to retire the same time the E series does!!
235  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: October 10, 2014, 02:35:49 pm
I see no other option for coach makers but to move to the Dodge 3500 or Ford F-550 chassis's as the E series fade out.  The Dodge Promaster and Ford Transit will be great options for the B coach market.  Winnebago is already offering a small coach on the Promaster with good reviews.  As I have stated before on this forum the Dodge and Ford HD options would be super in the PC line up.  Perhaps Kermit is going to move PC to a far more European look, feel and weight and utilize the lighter Transit chassis.  i sure hope not since i would jump for a 3100 on the Dodge with a Cummins, that is after I win Powerball.    thanks and have a great weekend everyone, Ron
236  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: October 10, 2014, 12:33:57 pm
Steve....considering the GVW/GCVW of the Transit chassis I do not see how a 2350 coach could be placed onto it without some major weight reduction on the part of PC.  The stats I have seen do not come close to the Sprinter.  Perhaps Ford has some "heavier" plans for the chassis.  
237  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Insulation on: October 05, 2014, 07:30:59 pm
Realizing that there was no insulation in the front cap sides in my first PC I blew some expandable foam into the cavity.  Subsequently,  I noticed some  slight dimpling in the fiberglass I always wondered if perhaps the expansion/contraction rate is different between the fiberglass and foam?  I wonder if there might be a reason why PC does not insulate that area more?   ths.
238  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TOWING on: September 30, 2014, 03:21:50 pm
Having owned a Sprinter (not a PC) I would be very hesitant about pulling a vehicle that weighs 3500 lbs. I realize you see Sprinters going up the road pulling  vehicles but I just never felt comfortable enough to hook anything but perhaps a Smart car to the vehicle. IMO Sprinters are great for the designed GVW but to start hooking things up behind I think you are asking for mechanical problems and safety issues.   best of luck.
239  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: F-550 on: September 27, 2014, 08:23:21 am
I have heard thru the "grapevine" (very good source) that Born Free will be complimenting their Majestic/Imperial line up with a 33' coach built on the Dodge 5500 with the Cummins engine, that will give the consumer a choice between the F-550 or the Dodge, both exceptional chassis's.  The only issue is $$$, the upcharge for the diesel Ford and diesel gen set will set you back $18,000!.  Would love to see PC offer a 3100 on a Dodge 5500 chassis.
240  Main Forum / General Discussion / F-550 on: September 26, 2014, 04:06:54 pm
I posted a few weeks ago on the subject of PC offering a F-550 chassis and did not get much response.   With all the discussion of weights coming up recently I do not know why the 550 is not looked at as and option? I realize the engineering costs , etc...are significant but   the F-550 sure makes some sense to me as it would offer significant more load capacity, more comfortable cab area, diesel option, and a better ride.  I did very briefly speak with Kermit about this subject and he said he was sticking with the E-450.  Thanks
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