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31  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MICHELIN TIRE RECALL on: December 16, 2013, 02:29:47 pm
Get ready for "somewhat" of a run around!   Called my local Michelin dealer and he said in a recall situation it is the repsonsibility of the selling agent (dealer) to honor the recall order.  If he had sold me the tires he would do the entire recall change over completely free of charge.  Since most of us got the Michelins as OEM it really is Fords responsibility to do the replacement.  In my case I sometimes get a little push back that the coach is to big for the local Ford bays, in that case the local Michelin dealer may be able to help but he/she would have to get permission from Michelin to do the work.  In a recall situation the work that is done is paid for  by the manafacturer but evidently at a rate far under the going retail rate. My Ford dealer said I would have to make and appointment and they would pull the tire codes (will not take my word) and order the tires from Michelin.  This work  will be done at no charge to me.  In each case I had to educate the servcie managers to the recall since they had not heard anythingoffcially from either Ford or Michelin. 
32  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MICHELIN TIRE RECALL on: December 16, 2013, 12:48:14 pm
2Frazzeled....That 009X does not look right at all...should be four digit and should only be no more than one (1) zero since the first two digits represent the week of production and the second two are the last two digits of the year.  0-52 for weeks and obviously 10-12 for the years.   I would be very surprised if yours were not part of the recall since the DOT sequence number is the same as the recalled units.  Michelin is a superb company and do not have any doubt that this will not cost us a cent at  the end of the day.   Thanks
33  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tow a Grand Cherokee with a PC 2350 (Ford)? on: December 09, 2013, 10:40:34 am
For the record....Yahoo Auto lists the curb weight of the 2006 Jeep Liberty Sport 4X4 (gas) with AT at 4,011 lbs, (unlaiden) and the CRD Sport (diesel) at 4,144 lbs (unlaiden).  Load both up with fuel, etc and you would push 4500 lbs for sure. 
34  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. 
35  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!
36  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
37  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
38  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. 
39  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
40  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....
41  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.
42  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.
43  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.
44  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
45  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
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