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241  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
242  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!!! 
243  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
244  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.
245  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
246  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
247  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.
248  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.
249  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.
250  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
251  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!
252  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Suspension and handling on: March 25, 2011, 09:47:32 am
I have the same "light" front end  feeling on my 2010 E-450 2551 that everyone is speaking about.  I just took it in for and alignment at a heavy duty truck center and it was off some but not as much as I would have expected.  The improvement is very small if any.  I went (called) to 6 different Ford dealership in my area (50 mile radius) 3 of which were certified Ford heavy duty truck dealers and none of them would do a front end alignment on the coach.   I did lodge a complaint with Ford as to the difficulty I was having before I took the coach to the non-Ford truck shop and paid the $125 out of my pocket.  Subsequent calls to Ford headquarters proved very interesting.  Front end alignments are NOT done free or under warranty period.   The cut away chassis's come out of the factory in Ohio and go direclty to the coach builders.  Because the factory does 
not know  what kind of coach will be placed on the chassis and what the weight distribution will be it would be impossible for them to alighn the front ends properly.   It is the responsibility of the coach builder to have the chassis alighned after all fabrication work has be done and before the coach is delivered to the customer. I do not know if PC does this or not but I can guess?   Out of Ford's "customer good will" budget my $125 bill is being covered becasue of the problems I had dealing with the multiple dealers, not because the front end was out  This explanation came from the Ford Motor Home Customer Service manager.
253  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: extending roof rack on: March 21, 2011, 12:41:24 pm
A nice option that i have seen but have yet to purcahse is the RVRaxx (www.rvraxx.com), made here in Manchester, NH,.....you can carry two of the "shortie" kayaks in a vertical set up as well as there is the capability to still tow a toad with the hitch adapter that you can buy as well (you loose approx. 25% of the orginal hitch towing capacity).   The  entire  set up is a little pricey but the quality is superb and it is a neat concept with the many acc. you can get to go on the base rack frame system.  Check it out.    Thanks
254  Main Forum / General Discussion / Metal on metal rattle on: March 15, 2011, 02:23:39 pm
Since day one I have had a a real metal on metal rattle right over the drivers seat in my 2010 2551.  The rattle would come and go but always drove me crazy when I heard it.  I went up thru the two spot lights in the cab, got no where there.  got my fist thru the electric boxes on the right side front cabinet and fished around enough to find out there is no insulation in the nose cone at all  and several wires (12-2) run across that section, I fished some insulation in there to stop the wires from jumping around but I new I had not found my rattle.  I finally decided to remove the TV (very easy) to get a clearer view of the front cab over area even if that meant removing the paneling that runs accross behind the TV (never had to).  There is a speaker mounted for the surround sound system right below the TV in between the headliner and the base of the TV cabnet.  I was able to peak in there thru the opening to see the cut-away roof potion and the metal cross memeber that runs across the front of the roof above the windshield.  Sure enough, there was a strip of about 1/2" wide by 10" of cut steel from when the "cutaway" roof was cut that was hitting the cross memeber and giving me that metal on metal "springy" sound; it was and still is attached to what was left of the roof section and was merely the by-product of the saw process  I am sure .  I got a long screw driver and bent the piece up, back and away from any metal and the rattle has now been eliminated.   Thanks 
255  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Roof cracks on: March 15, 2011, 10:15:47 am
JDW:


I feel your pain fella and wish there was something we all could do to help the cause; one issue at a time seems to be the best plan!   As far as the  pins go for the ladder...any good hardware store would have replacements or atleast bolts with nuts that would  get you onto the roof and on the road!  I would agree with the last post that bending the back of the latch a little will help in the locking of the bulkhead doors, I would remove the catch vs's attempting to bend it while it is on/in the door section.  Rust is going to happen when you have steel, water, air and road salt, I have purcahsed a spray rust preventer that I got at a large truck equipment dealer, the stuff is used on plow trucks, etc where there is heavy use of chemicals.  The stuff (forgot the name) is very expensive ($12.00 per can) but works great and last for a very long time.  I hit all bare metal under the coach and it stops rust from developing,  the stuff is extra heavy duty and not what you get at WalMart.  The door panel with a bubble is very weird and most likely needs to be re-painted at some point.  It does appear that perhaps PC is getting into the busy season and pushing the units out  faster than they should?
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