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226  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New tries for 2010 on: March 20, 2013, 08:10:04 am
GE-MT.....I think you are smart to play it safe and replace your 5 year old tires.  I am sure there are alot of miles left and some say 7 years is the rule  but your life is riding on them so why not paly it safe and not worry going down the road.  There are mnay good brands out there like Toyo, Bridgestone and others  but IMO none come close to Michelins.   Michelins are a little more pricey but the company stands behind their product and I have never had a single problem with  and adjustmnets or even a  replacement.  never any question they just do it.
The front hub caps come off with some heavy prying with a very large screw driver.  I have not had my rears off so am not positive but I am sure they are like my other motor homes in that you will see some dimples in at least two of the lug nut chrome covers, those are the ones that pull off to reveal some slim nuts that you loosen and the entire cover comes off to reveal the stock wheel and lug nuts. 
I would personanlly go to your local truck tire dealer and purchase thru them vs's Camping World since I think they run high on price.   I am sure others on this forum will have differing opinions.   best of luck!
227  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: rear access door problem on: March 18, 2013, 02:49:56 pm
There can be a lot of pressure pushing both opening and closing the hatch and thee is not much "meat" there to screw into.  I would try going to and oversized screw to see if that might hold.  Otherwise,  i would glue and perhaps pop rivet a small rectangle of sheet aluminum and screw thru it.  If you are speaking of the screws on the body pulling out I would again go oversized first and then back to the drawing board on what the next step might be.  I am writing my comments from memory and I have no access to my coach to see exactly how the pistons are fastened but I know there is alot of up and down pressure and if you rush opening and closing you will add to the force.  Best of luck
228  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Maserator doesn't work on: March 15, 2013, 09:40:08 am
The unit just 1/4 turn locks onto the black discharge pipe.  Take one screw out that is on the bottom of the stainless bracket that screws into the grinder unit, disconect two wires (there are disconnect plugs) loosen the small radiator clamp that holds the 1" hose on and then twist the unit off.  I can not believe the grinder portion of the system would cost $600 but who knows?  Good luck
229  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: E-450 replacement on: March 12, 2013, 11:16:56 am
Just went to the Ford site and there is a dedicated section for the new Transit chassis. The DRW chassis has a GVWR of 10,360 lbs., That is the heaviest rating that I can see.  Very limited application in the RV idustry I would have to conclude.   Thanks
230  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: E-450 replacement on: March 12, 2013, 11:10:38 am
Folks:

I am sorry, I do not have the specifics as to exactly which chassis (4 or 6 wheels) they were referencing.  The info came directly from and RV RSS feed that I subscribe to so I am leaning towards direct RV application and therefore 6 wheels but I am not positive.   Thanks
231  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: E-450 replacement on: March 11, 2013, 07:32:33 pm
It is my understanding that the entire E series line will be going away in a max of 6 years.  Of course there will be no break in parts for the E series since there are just so many out there in service.  I spoke with Kermit and his concern is that inprovments/additions to the E-series will stop being made knowing that the line will be elimnated, of course the old Crown Victoria went on several years beyond what it was suppose to.
232  Main Forum / General Discussion / E-450 replacement on: March 11, 2013, 10:32:05 am
I have been waiting to see the specs on the new Ford Transit and how it compares against the E-450 that it is suppose to replace in 5-6 years.  Saw early figures last week and while it should be a nice vehicle with some nice engine choices the GVWR is a whopping 4,000 lbs less than the E-450.  I guess they are going direclty for the Sprinter applications.  I now know why so many RV manafacturers are now looking at the F-450 as and alternative to the E-450.  I feel much better that I did not wait and it makes the 14,500 lbs E-450  look very nice.  Thanks
233  Main Forum / Polls / Re: The RV Good Fairy on: March 01, 2013, 09:41:32 am
Oh lets see....
1. Better ride.
2. More room in the cab area and much more sound insulation.
3. More exterior storage.
4. better mattresses
 
234  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Shower Pan on: February 25, 2013, 02:09:13 pm
I all so noticed several hair line cracks on the top flat section of the shower pan just as it lips under the back/side walls on my 2012 3100. They did not go over the edge and head down the pan and Kermit said let's leave and watch for a while ( would of course replace if it got worse).  I filled them with some two part marine epoxy with Kermit's blessing, sanded smooth and spary painted with matching white just on the top rim.  I found a cool product at Lowe's that they sell for sealing tub surrounds where the surround meets the tub.... the white vinyl is perhaps 1" wide and is "scored" in the middle.  Adhesive is on one side, peel the backing and I was able to very neatly adhere 1/2" on the top lip and the remaining 1/2" just overlapped down the side of the pan.  there is enough flexibility in the material that I could make the corners pefectly with out having to cut/mitre.  Have been out sevearl times, used the shower a fair amount and the cracks have yet to re-appear.  The job looks custom and I am hopeful that just enough flex has been taken out of the pan so perhaps the cracks will not re-appear or spread.  Would really prefer to not have everything wripped out if we do not have to.  Thanks
235  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Shower Pan on: February 21, 2013, 02:56:56 pm
Folks:

For what it is worth... I placed three brushed stainless hooks about three inches in from each side and the same from the top of the slider door.  There is a sold wood header that runs accorss so my screws had something to go into.  I then sprayed the vinyl wall covering with satin 3M ChipGuard (get at any good auto store) so that the wet towels will not harm anything.  You can not tell at all that the ChipGuard has been applied.  I placed the toilet paper holder about 2" behind the GFI plug on the side of the sink, I used the single pole type that allows the roll to slip down on it, used small bolts/nuts/washers so nothing will pull thru the luan.   Just other approachs to think about!
236  Main Forum / General Discussion / The ultimate "white out" condition!! on: February 10, 2013, 04:37:11 pm
To the say the least I can not wait for spring!  I wonder if Kermit did snow load calcualtions for 27"?!!!  All cleared off and all is A-OK.  Ron
237  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: First Road Trip With New 2910 on: February 06, 2013, 12:20:20 pm
Folks:

I am very jealous of all of you!!  Here in the seacoast region of NH we are getting ready for as much as 12" of snow tomorrow!   My poor 3100 is just waiting to hit the road but it is going to be a while now I am afraid.  Have fun and be careful on the roads.  Thanks, Ron
238  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire Pressure on: February 05, 2013, 09:03:04 am
joeyD:

On my 3100 I run 72 lbs. in the rear and 68 lbs in the front.  The coach handles very well and the ride is not as harsh as it is with the 80 plus pounds of pressure.  I had the coach on the scales and then went to Michelin's charts to come up with those inflations.  I only have one slide so you might be  coming in a few hundred pounds over me and the inflations should be a little more but I think 90 lbs in the  is way to much and over max for the tires and you will really get that wandering feeling in the front end.   best of luck.   Ron
239  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Rust on interior of door frame on: February 04, 2013, 05:07:49 pm
I sprayed the stair box with rust sealer spray and then covered it with 3/8 closed cell adhesive foil backed insulation.  This insulation really helped with road noise coming up thru and I am sure it helps with heat/cold.  Very inexpensive and looks really nice when complete.
240  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: F-550 on: January 30, 2013, 01:52:51 pm
While I would love to entertain the thought of a new 3100 based on the F-550 chassis reality is such that two new PC's in less than 3 years has stretched my "recreation budget" to its limit i am afraid!  And with spending in Washington as it is I think we are all going to be in for one rough ride for the next four years, I feel very badly for the small company's like PC that are going to be the hardest hit and they are the back bone of this country!
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