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226  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tow a Grand Cherokee with a PC 2350 (Ford)? on: December 08, 2013, 02:27:26 pm
The 2006 jeep Liberty CRD (diesel) is at least 300 lbs heavier comapred to the gas V-6.   The V M Moturi I-4 is heavy and mid 2005 Jeep strated puting a much larger transmission in the CRD's becuase the torque was to much for the stock transmission so therefore the extra weight compared to ges version.  it was my understanding the gas vehicles were around 4000 with the CRD's tipping the scales at 4300.  I guess I am the exception....I tow alot but just do not enjoy doing it. 
227  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tow a Grand Cherokee with a PC 2350 (Ford)? on: December 05, 2013, 04:00:32 pm
I would be concerned about beefing up the hitch and what that extra towable weight would do as it gets transferred down the rest of the frame.  I would venture a guess that Ford and PC and other manafacturers have engineered the E-450 to be max'ed out  at the 5000 lb mark.  A lighter toad is  a great idea but some have to go with what is in the garage and how easy jeep's can be towed make them very popular.  Can not wait for a new Mini Wrangler to come out in two years!
228  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tow a Grand Cherokee with a PC 2350 (Ford)? on: December 05, 2013, 01:41:17 pm
For what it is worth I have the 3100 PC that comes in at just over 12,000 lbs., obviously alot more weight compared to the 2350 but 3100 is on the E-450 vs's your E-350.  I pull a Liberty diesel that tips the scales at  4,453 lbs when loaded with fuel,  bikes on the back, etc.   I am well under the maximum weight rating  (GVWR) of the vehicle but getting close to the hitch rating of 5000 lbs.   i utilize a Roadmaster towing system and the combined rig is OK.  i would not go as far as others who say "they do not know the toad is on there"  I find the rig works much, much harder on hills, the MPG goes down by over 2 MPG's, the tow mode kicks in constantly, the fun of driving the rig is diminished considerably in my mind.   I have a 2014 Grand Cherokee Limited and I would not begin to consider  towing it to be honest, just way to heavy, very close to 5,000 when loaded despite what the stats might say.  i look forward to what others might have to say on this subject.   Thanks
229  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: "TOW Haul" feature as shown on dash and trans light keeps coming on. on: October 14, 2013, 11:21:32 am
It is my understanding that the "service soon" light is based on both time and miles, if it was not reset the last time you had your oil changed it may have just "timed out" and needs to be reset.  Most manafacturers have a sequence to go thru with the ingnition or other reset keys that will reset the clock/miles in the ECM and away you go, you should be able to do this sequence yourself.  I would not worry much about that light being on (unlike the check engine light)  since i do not beleieve that in 2010 the  E-450 had onboard dignostics that actaully evaluated the condiiton of the oil in real time and send a meesage when the oil is actually reaching the end of its life the way 2013 cars currently operate.... I may be wrong
230  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TRANSMISSION FLUID CHANGE???? on: October 14, 2013, 11:05:53 am
Good post Sparky....first and foremost,  the Ford transmission used  E-350/450's is very close to being bullet proof;  that is unless you are constantly pulling a toad that  pushs 5000 lbs or you load the coach to its its max every time you go out. I am not sure I would go to the max miles as recommended in the book,  I would be more concerened with the time the oil has been sitting with periods of storage thrown in there. .  Using a good synthectic oil is of couse the most important factor. 
231  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Vvvvvvvvvvibration Noise on: September 27, 2013, 10:09:09 am
I had some rattles around the heat shield that runs the length of the coach...I discovered (and can now see even more clearly in Earl's construction piece) the aluminium "stiffner" that is screwed from the top down, it comes loose with the heat and rough roads and rattles like mad, I have screwed up thru the sheet steel into the square stock with some self tapping lags and have stopped all of the rattling,  atleast for now. Not sure why PC does not tack weld apiece of angle vs's the way they have done it?....If you reach above the shield mid ship you will feel the 1"x1"  square stock, if it is loose it may be what is the sourse of many rattles you are hearing in the cab.  Thanks, Ron
232  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Because I love y'all the mostest on: September 27, 2013, 09:58:17 am
Nicely done!  I would have liked to have seen the walls go up....
233  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Mercedes or E350 for ride and handling on: September 23, 2013, 02:56:52 pm
Another two cents....
I purchased my Monaco Covina (Sprinter) when Monaco was going belly up and I therefore did not pay the significant premium for the M-B chassis.  During that same time (crash of the RV industry) Kermit at PC  purchased a significant number of Sprinters and passed his saving on to the purchaser.   I would never pay the $20,000 up charge when you factor in the cost of diesel, and the significant cost to maintain a 3.0L diesel ($135 for a DIY oil change).  There just are not enough postives regarding the Sprinter to sway me at all.  If you were going to cross the country a couple of times a year or going on the road for two years perhaps the Sprinter would make some sense.  It is not my intention to insult any Sprinter owners for again everyone is different and what might not work for me obviously works for others.  best of luck.
234  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Vvvvvvvvvvibration Noise on: September 19, 2013, 03:53:53 pm
If I had such a noise I would make either Ford or PC or both trade me out of the unit.  For  what you paid for the coach you should not have to put up with such a noise for any reason.  Negotiate with Kermit for MSRP against MSRP and get out of the coach.
235  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.
236  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
237  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
238  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.
239  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!
240  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
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