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31  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: October 23, 2014, 09:31:16 am
I hear you Ron D.; 500 lbs added to the GVW on a small coach is significant.   My concern is in regards to the larger Class C coaches and what chassis choices will be out there when the E-series is retired?   I hope we not going to be forced into a small Class A?   Thanks
32  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: October 22, 2014, 02:05:20 pm
I would have to agree 100% with Bob,  in the large picture the RV market is just not significant enough for Ford and they will force the larger Class C's to utilize the F series,  they will "tweak" the Transit around the edges by increasing spring ratings, etc and they will hold onto their market share.    I do not see even their new twin turbo Ecoboost V-6  being strong enough to move 14,000 lbs. down the road,   perhaps a diesel plant would work fine but extending a stamped frame to  handle a 31 foot coach is not going to be easy to accomplish, why do you think Mercedes does not allow their chassis to be extended or cut into?  I am sure we are going to see some very nifty European influenced small coaches based on both the transit and Promaster Dodge in the coming years and that is great for the industry in general.  
33  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: October 21, 2014, 09:48:41 pm
BoBoJay.....I do not doubt that Ford has other ideas for the Transit for I do not see them letting approximately 70%  of the Class C market that they control go away.  With that said I do not see how a unibody chassis could ever see GVW's in the 14500 lb range but I guess anything  is possible.......I see the Transit being used for B's and smaller C's and the F series for the larger Class C's but this is obviously my 2 cents and probably all its worth!   Thanks
34  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: October 10, 2014, 07:56:11 pm
Kermit told me the same thing; I guess he is going to retire the same time the E series does!!
35  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: October 10, 2014, 02:35:49 pm
I see no other option for coach makers but to move to the Dodge 3500 or Ford F-550 chassis's as the E series fade out.  The Dodge Promaster and Ford Transit will be great options for the B coach market.  Winnebago is already offering a small coach on the Promaster with good reviews.  As I have stated before on this forum the Dodge and Ford HD options would be super in the PC line up.  Perhaps Kermit is going to move PC to a far more European look, feel and weight and utilize the lighter Transit chassis.  i sure hope not since i would jump for a 3100 on the Dodge with a Cummins, that is after I win Powerball.    thanks and have a great weekend everyone, Ron
36  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: October 10, 2014, 12:33:57 pm
Steve....considering the GVW/GCVW of the Transit chassis I do not see how a 2350 coach could be placed onto it without some major weight reduction on the part of PC.  The stats I have seen do not come close to the Sprinter.  Perhaps Ford has some "heavier" plans for the chassis.  
37  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Insulation on: October 05, 2014, 07:30:59 pm
Realizing that there was no insulation in the front cap sides in my first PC I blew some expandable foam into the cavity.  Subsequently,  I noticed some  slight dimpling in the fiberglass I always wondered if perhaps the expansion/contraction rate is different between the fiberglass and foam?  I wonder if there might be a reason why PC does not insulate that area more?   ths.
38  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TOWING on: September 30, 2014, 03:21:50 pm
Having owned a Sprinter (not a PC) I would be very hesitant about pulling a vehicle that weighs 3500 lbs. I realize you see Sprinters going up the road pulling  vehicles but I just never felt comfortable enough to hook anything but perhaps a Smart car to the vehicle. IMO Sprinters are great for the designed GVW but to start hooking things up behind I think you are asking for mechanical problems and safety issues.   best of luck.
39  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: F-550 on: September 27, 2014, 08:23:21 am
I have heard thru the "grapevine" (very good source) that Born Free will be complimenting their Majestic/Imperial line up with a 33' coach built on the Dodge 5500 with the Cummins engine, that will give the consumer a choice between the F-550 or the Dodge, both exceptional chassis's.  The only issue is $$$, the upcharge for the diesel Ford and diesel gen set will set you back $18,000!.  Would love to see PC offer a 3100 on a Dodge 5500 chassis.
40  Main Forum / General Discussion / F-550 on: September 26, 2014, 04:06:54 pm
I posted a few weeks ago on the subject of PC offering a F-550 chassis and did not get much response.   With all the discussion of weights coming up recently I do not know why the 550 is not looked at as and option? I realize the engineering costs , etc...are significant but   the F-550 sure makes some sense to me as it would offer significant more load capacity, more comfortable cab area, diesel option, and a better ride.  I did very briefly speak with Kermit about this subject and he said he was sticking with the E-450.  Thanks
41  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: REAR AXEL OVER LOADED on: September 17, 2014, 02:33:08 pm
I need to ask why Ford did not put the larger tires on coming out of the factory?  I would think the manufacturer would want the largest possible GVW for any given chassis... I would worry that perhaps Ford knows for sure how much weight the frame rails, etc can handle and by going to a larger tire you may be asking for trouble?  Just M2C's.   Thanks
42  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC vs.Nexus on: September 16, 2014, 12:54:34 pm
It is very valuable to compare coaches side by side and then you do not forget even the little stuff.  Having owned 7 motor homes I can tell you PC makes a nice coach compared to the majority out there.  Best of luck with your purchase that I know you will enjoy.  ron
43  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: REAR AXEL OVER LOADED on: September 15, 2014, 01:01:52 pm
You are right Ron; that is unless I put the dog and my wife in the Jeep then I could pick up a few extra individuals!  As coaches (class C's) get larger and offer more extras I think you are going to see those GVW's being maxed out.  I spoke with Kermit about the F-550 chassis and he said he had no intention at this time to use that chassis at PC. 
44  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: REAR AXEL OVER LOADED on: September 15, 2014, 10:50:53 am
My 3100S fully loaded including two adults, one dog and full tanks (not sewer tanks) came in at 4,460 lbs front (540 lbs under max.); rear was 9,140 lbs, (360 lbs under max) for a total of 13,600 lbs (900 lbs under max).  I run the tires at the inflation rate as determined from the Michelin tables at  70 lbs front and 74 lbs rear.  Not sure what the actual calculated tongue weight is for my new Jeep Cherokee but I would guess I am still under max GVW and OK from the CGVW since the jeep's weight is 4250 lbs.   I  guess those three slides are sure heavy on the 29's?  I wonder how other brands put larger boxes on the 450 chassis and offer three slides as well, they must be way over weight coming out of the gate?   Hope this helps, thanks, Ron
45  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: REAR AXEL OVER LOADED on: September 08, 2014, 10:30:06 am
I just looked back and found my specific numbers...fully loaded and ready to head out my 3100S came in at 13,600 lbs.;  9140 lbs rear; 4460 lbs front.  900 lbs under max.   hope this helps?  thanks
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