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241  Main Forum / General Discussion / Blue Ox got the best of me on: October 26, 2012, 10:23:27 am
While I am very content with the handling of my 3100 with suspension upgrades that include front and rear Helwig sway bars, Bilstiens, and a Steer Safe I thought why not go the whole way so I orderd a Blue Ox Tiger Trac bar.  I consider myself fairly "handy" and have installed all the above mentioned myself with no problems at all.  I read the Tiger Trac instructions several times and laid everything out before starting the job.  I was 1 hour in to the process and all was going fine until I went to install the large frame bracket that mounts on the drivers side.  I just could not get that bracket to where it needed to go, there are three wiring harnesses that are dead in the way and there is no slack what so ever to move them else where, there are fuel lines and there is some ABS "stuff" that is all so in the way.  After a fair amount of time I just gave up and removed everything i had installed up to that point. I just can not see how that large bracket will fit into that small area withour significant risk of damging over time the wiring harnesses that feed the entire rear of the coach.  has anyone else run into this problem on a 2012 E-450. In conclusion,  I do not see this particular installation at a DIY project, the space tolerances are just way to tight in my mind.   Thanks
242  Main Forum / General Discussion / Rattle in topper on: October 23, 2012, 08:05:52 pm
i have a really loud rattle in the slide topper on my 3100 while on the road.  Everything is tight where it is afixed to the coach, topper goes in and out with no problems.  Seems like the spring is just loose when it is rolled up and when I shake it from a step ladder I get the rattle. Has anyone had this problem?  Has anyone solved the problem? I have seen many similar complaints on the web but do not seem to see any solutions!   thanks
243  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dead starter battery on: October 10, 2012, 01:16:54 pm
Anne and Bob:

The running lights (front and back) do in fact come on for like 20 sec.'s everytime the front doors are opened and that is the way they are suppose to operate.  I am sure Ford could program the onboard computer to do otherwise but I find it a very nice feature.  I would not be cutting any wires to stop the feature or you may in fact cause many other issues.  I hope you have found the problem with the dimer switch and the running board lights?
244  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sprinter MPG on: October 10, 2012, 11:22:30 am
CarolP:

I hope your MPG go up considerably for I do not see the cost of diesel going down anytime soon!  Being the owner of two diesel powered Jeeps (one of which is the 3.0L M-B) I feel your pump pain.  I had a  2009 Dodge Sprinter 3.0L undr a Monaco Covina and no matter what I did for the 10,000 miles I owned it I never broke 15 MPG and actually the first few tank fulls were my best MPG tanks!  That was always with a full H2O tank, AC on, and doing 65MPH.  I am just not sure how some owers are getting into that 18MPG range and what I was doing wrong?  I truly hope with the PC you see your MPG's go up significantly and I for one would like to hear how you make out.  Thanks
245  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sprinter Oil on: October 05, 2012, 07:51:48 pm
Jack....please make sure they use ONLY oil with the ESP designation like Mobil 1 ESP.  I have been told some try to use regular Mobil 1 and using such will void the warranty .  Thanks
246  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dead starter battery on: October 01, 2012, 09:31:44 am
GE-M:

I would have to conclude that if your dimmer switch was on beyond the "intent" then your running board lights wee most likley on all the time. The tow dome/bullet lights would not be on if their switchs were off. I bet you have found your culpert in those little running board lights that you would never see on with the doors shut or you really went looking around at night.  bets of luck.   Thanks
247  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dead starter battery on: September 28, 2012, 09:50:18 am
GE-MT:

It sure seems like you must have something draining on that chassis battery?  The chassis battery is not small in size and while it does have drain on it all the time like Ron D described it should last atleast a couple of weeks without any problem.  I would really check around to see if something has not been left on that would have a more significant drain.  The stair does come off the chassis battery but that yellow light only stays on for a few minutes and I can not imaging there is any draw after the light goes out but who knows?  It was my understanding that the "jump switch" on the dash that jumps from the coach batteries to the chassis  battery only needs to be held in the on positon for several minutes (like 10-15) to do the trick and not for hours like you eluded...best of luck in your diagnostic work!
248  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Roof lamination on: September 27, 2012, 09:46:17 am
Must be something about those 2010 2551's; mine was seperated in the exact same spot, right at the rounded area where roof joins sde wall.  Never seemed to bother but I did not keep it long enough to see if it was spreading.  My 3100 is A-OK on top, I just had a small headliner sag that I had to re-glue to fix on the inside!.  Carry on, Thanks, Ron
249  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dead starter battery on: September 25, 2012, 08:13:15 pm
For those that have problems with dead batteries you might want to install two Battery Tenders.  I have one unit for the coach and one for the chassis and I have hard wired them together and then just plug into 120V and that  keeps them all in top notch shape.  total cost is less than $150.  Just remember to unplug when you pull out!    Thanks
250  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Slide on a 2010 2551 and side mirror on same unit on: August 22, 2012, 02:45:34 pm
Use the supplied allen set screw wrench to tighten the two screws on the base of the mirror head if that is what is loose.  If it is loose on the break away portion on the door there must be a nut under the cover plate to tighten some how.  I would worry that the catch might be broken perhaps someone gave it a hrad hit along the line.
251  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Awning on 2350 on: August 22, 2012, 09:25:33 am
CarloP:


I assume you are twisting the two knobs on each of the slide arms?  They should be tight when the awning is out and that tightens it up some just rembember to loosen them before retracting the awning or you will bend something.  If it is going to be windy it is a good idea to tie them down of better yet retract it.  Thanks
252  Main Forum / General Discussion / Images on: August 21, 2012, 04:24:04 pm
Aimee:


I really enjoy the new images that you are utilizing and some of the images I actaully recogninze but others I do not.  If possible can you label where the images have been taken?  Might be a nice touch.   Thanks
253  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Aime's Matchmaking Service on: August 08, 2012, 08:00:51 pm
Count me in here in the seacoast region of NH!   Thanks, Ron
254  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2350 or ? What did you choose and why? on: August 06, 2012, 01:13:04 pm
NJHonTR:

Congrats on selecting a new 2552S as your coach of choice.  I honestly think you have amde a super call to go with a slide and a little longer coach.  Now comes the fun part of delivery and packing it up for the first outing.   
255  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2350 or ? What did you choose and why? on: August 03, 2012, 10:26:21 am
NJHeart:

As you can see from the posts everyone has their opinions on what they all need from a coach/RV!  There is no perfect coach to be honest, we are all adding and changing things all the time and that makes RV'ing fun!  I have owned 7 motor homes over the yaers ranging from a 38'  diesel pusher down to 24' Sprinter based coach.  I am done with the large units for I love the ability to just "go" and get around in tight spots and not worry about parking, etc..  The PC format is perfect for day trips to the beach for dinner or what ever.  I have had two PC's a 2551S and now a 3100S.  My wife and I thought that we could make the 2551 work with out the dinette set up but we found the unit just a little to tight (tripped on our 80 lb dog all the time!)both on the inside and on the outside and we decided to trade up to the 3100S.  My wife does alot of communicating from the road and having her computer set up and ready to go makes a huge difference to her so the dinnette is perfect.  While we all thing we can make due with a smaller coach there are always trade offs and the comprimises can drive you crazy so do not sell yourself short up front and have regreats later.  Without a doubt the 3100 is the closest that we have come to the perfect coach for us.  We love the single bed set up that allows for beds to always be ready, the new recliners that PC offers in the living section are super.  PC is super in their willingness to add small things here and there and to really customized the coach to your particular needs.  We had a couple small things added like shelves in one of the shirt wardrobes but otherwise we left the unit stock and now that we have used the coach some we honestly can say there are no further changes that we would like to make.  I would highly recommend a slide, yes there is a chance the unit might leak but the added space is significant and the PC is narrow to begin with so not having a slide would in my opinion make the coach very tight (again, just my opinion).  When it comes to the chassis  selection I have to say the E-450 is a superb chassis that is very heavy duty and will take the punishment that you will give it, yes, it likes to drink a lot of fuel but it gets the job done. I have posted before regarding my opinions of the Sprinter chassis and I will just say it did not work well for my needs; there is no question it is a solid chassis and works for many and that is great. I would warn you that despite what some may say getting a Sprinter servied is not as easy as one might think and unless you are planning on doing 80,000 miles per year you will never make up the cost of added maintenance and initial chassis up charge.   I would determine what your maximum budget figure is and seek the largest PC model /floorplan your dollars can purchase and go with that coach.  best of luck!
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