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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: brakes on: May 25, 2017, 03:45:44 pm
Hi Mario,

It seems, the shorter the PC, the greater the need for suspension improvements.  You have a 2910 and claim you don't have any handling issues so maybe you don't need them.  But for short wheel base/long rear overhang units like the 2100 and 2350, the suspension upgrades are much appreciated.....most especially on the 2007 and older E350 model years because they don't have a Ford standard rear stabilizer bar like other E-series have.

Here are the listed upgrades most commonly utilized by owners of E350s and E450s, regardless of the brand of motor home.

1) Heavy Duty Rear Stabilizer Bar (thicker & stronger with polymer bushings, Helwig & Roadmaster are popular brands)
2) Heavy Duty Front Stabilizer Bar (thicker & stronger with polymer bushings, Helwig & Roadmaster are popular brands)
3) Heavy Duty Shock Absorbers (Bilstein and Koni-FSD are most recommended)
4) Heavy Duty Front Steering Stabilizer (Safe-T-Plus Is most popular)
5) Rear Trac Bar (Henderson is most popular)

I suggest you read THIS and see if it applies to your PC.

Our 2007 2350 had serious handling issues when we bought it new 10 years ago.  With my previous experience with the motor home it replaced, I wasn't going to wait, so I took our PC to our trusted RV/Bus/Ambulance suspension shop.  They suggested everything I listed along with a proper wheel alignment.  It cost me a lot, $3,900 ten years ago but well worth it.  No regrets at all.  I really enjoy driving our PC.  And when conditions are horrid, I can still enjoy a cup of coffee and a bite to eat.  I can drive so much longer due to less fatigue.  My stops have been limited to potty breaks and/or gas...not because I am all worn out.
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Scan Guage Accuracy on: May 23, 2017, 09:20:43 pm
Hi Joseph,

I've had a Scanguage for 3 or 4 years now.  I can't say how accurate it is for I really don't know.  I use it primarily as a real-time guide to smarter driving for best fuel economy.  I like to display the throttle position (I think labelled TPS for Throttle Position Sensor) to tell me how close to the floor I have the gas pedal because sometimes I don't realize how much gas I am giving.  That along with instant gas mileage, speed, and average fuel economy.

Too bad the average fuel economy on mine resets with every ignition off/on cycle.

Sorry I can't provide useful information to your question.  I figure I'd share how I utilize mine.

Ron Dittmer

Adding: I mounted my Scanguage on top of my backup monitor of which I re-mounted in place of the rear-view mirror.  The ODB cable is behind the headliner and door pillar, out of sight all the way to the connector below.
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Four-year-old tire failure after 14,000 miles on: May 23, 2017, 09:10:22 pm
Maybe you can start a new tread so we don't steal this one.

Thanks.

Done..... in Tips & Tricks
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Do you leave your sink cover over the sink while driving? on: May 23, 2017, 03:46:37 pm
I have made little foam wedges for each so they don't shift, rattle or pop out when we hit a pothole.

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I did something similar, adding two of these little round drawer rubber bumper pads on the shared edge of one of the stove covers to make them fit tightly into the countertop.  I also labelled the back cover "BACK" so they go into their best fitting position.

5  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Evaluation Of Tire Gauges For Accurate Readings - Reduce Risk Of A Tire Blow-Out on: May 23, 2017, 02:00:10 pm
A tire-failure thread got me thinking about tire gauges.  Over the years I collected different tires gauges and always wondered if I could trust them.  It came recommended on another thread that the Accutire gauge is a very good one.  I've had my eye open for a good digital tire gauge, one that is easy-to-read, easy-to-use, and covers the gammet  from 5 to 150psi.  The Accutire gauge seemed to meet all my requirements so I did a quick search on Ebay and found them for $8.62 with free shipping HERE.  I took the plunge and bought 4 of them.

When they arrived, I collected every tire gauge I could find around the house and in my vehicles.  Here they are.


I set one of my PC tires to 50 psi because some of my tire gauges go only that high.  I learned that all 4 Accutire gauges were spot-on with each other.  My gray colored Slime digital gauge was only 0.5 psi higher so I used the Accutire as my baseline to compare all other gauges to.  I was surprised to learn that what I thought was my best gauge (the costly long handle truck gauge) was in-fact reading high by 9 psi.  That meant when using that gauge, I was putting in 9 psi less air than I thought.  No other tire gauge was off by so much.

The gauges on the left side of this picture were off from 4 to 9 psi when compared to the 4+1 digital gauges.  The ones on the right were within what I considered to be acceptable, off by less than 3 psi, some a bit high, others a bit low.


My next test was setting one PC tire to 80 psi, again using the Accutire gauge as my baseline.  The 4 Accutire gauges matched eachother at 80 psi just as they did at 50 psi, and the digital Slime gauge was 0.5 psi high just like before.  My expensive truck tire gauge read high by 7.5 psi.  I threw it away along with the others that were off by 4 psi or worse.

I opened one Accutire battery compartment to learn that it uses 3 button cell batteries as shown.  The clear label you see is easily removed.  It states something about passing frequency interference to other electronic devises.


Though accurate, my digital Slime gauge is complicated with menu features making it confusing to operate.  But it is nice to use in tight quarters.

The Accutire gauge is straight forward, very simple to operate.  It turns on while taking a reading, and turns off in 5-10 seconds after taking the reading.  They work great in the dark because the display lights up.  They are ergonomically friendly, offering just the right place for your thumb to apply pressure for a good reading.

Thank you fandj for the tip on the Accutire gauge.
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Wind intrusion on: May 23, 2017, 01:16:54 pm
Try lifting your B+ cap at each front corner to determine if it has become loose.  It should be real tight to the steel van roof.
7  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Keyless Door Lock on: May 23, 2017, 10:50:01 am
I surely understand the convenience of a keyless entry door but in the case with a PC, the keypad is positioned high making it easy for someone with binoculars to watch the code get punched-in.  These days with such high quality cell phone video cameras, they can even record it from a long distance.

Do you worry about that?
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Four-year-old tire failure after 14,000 miles on: May 23, 2017, 12:22:38 am
Scroll higher up to read where.  Smile
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Four-year-old tire failure after 14,000 miles on: May 22, 2017, 10:35:16 am
Nice test and report Ron.

Now can you run the same test at 70 and/or 80 PSI, which is what most of us run our tires. I am not worried about the gauges that don't go that high.

Maybe you can start a new tread so we don't steal this one.

Thanks.

I will do that Tom.
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Four-year-old tire failure after 14,000 miles on: May 22, 2017, 12:09:28 am
Okay.......

The 4 Accutire digital gauges arrived, the ones that were endorsed on that website.  I pulled out every tire gauge I could find around the house and in vehicles.


I set one of my PC tires to 50psi because some of my tire gauges go only that high.  I learned that all 4 Accutire gauges were spot-on with each other.  My Slime digital gauge was only 0.5 lbs different from them so I used the Accugage as my baseline to compare all other gauges to.  I was surprised to learn that what I thought was my best gauge (the costly long handle truck gauge) was in-fact off by 9 psi.  No other tire gauge came close to it.

The gauges on the left side of this picture, I tossed them in the trash.  The ones on the right were within what I considered to be acceptable, not worse than 3 psi off the digital gauges.


I opened the battery compartment to learn that the Accutire gauge uses 3 button cell batteries as shown.
BTW, that clear label you see is easily removed.  It states something about passing frequency interference to other electronic devises.



11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: May 21, 2017, 11:44:47 pm
Hello everyone,

We just ordered a 2350 4x4 450 a couple months ago. We live in Oregon, my wife is retired, I'm still at it for awhile.
We enjoy back country camping, have owned several trailers over the years, still own at least 5 tents from wall tents to bivey sacks. Have camped off mountain bikes pulling trailers to owning a pack string of llamas. This is our first Motorhome. We spent at least a year looking for an ideal rig, and didn't find one! We will be making some major modifications to our 2350 once we get it.
I appreciate the forum and all it has to offer!

Doug
Welcome Doug!

If you did not catch this one.....The factory does a lot of special requests, and done so affordably.  So if you have a lot of things to change, the factory may be able to take care of some of your list, done at the ideal time during the construction process.
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: brakes on: May 20, 2017, 09:59:28 pm
Mario,

Rest easy.  You have very good brakes on your E450 PC.  I never heard anyone upgrading their E450 brakes.  I even wonder if brake upgrades are available.

As others mentioned, just be sure to have trailer brakes that work right.

Now if you asked about upgrading your suspension, that is entirely different.  A lot of people including myself have had suspension upgrades done.
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Do you leave your sink cover over the sink while driving? on: May 19, 2017, 01:34:53 pm
Hi Tom,

We ended up leaving the sink cover home because we never used it.  More recently I made something more useful to us, a reversible cutting board to fit in the same place, though not fully covering.


We do this for the stove covers.  They are silicone pot holders/trivets, sold at Walmart.  One placed on across both grates with the covers over it creates a snug fit which eliminates all stove-related rattling.  The pot holders/trivets also serve their designed purpose.  


We never have the covers in the storage slot when driving for fear they would rattle and possibly get damaged a little too.
14  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Replacement Sani Con impeller on: May 18, 2017, 08:43:20 pm
Barry,

Our PC's original Sanicon was ejecting those rubber impeller blades a few yers back and so I had initially considered rebuilding it after learning how much a new one cost.  At the time rebuild kits were quite expensive.  I later found a close copy replacement pump very cheap.  My story about it is HERE.  Today sold on Ebay, the same pump is branded under many different names, still in the $60 price range.  So far so good with our macerator pump.  

For what it's worth.

Ron Dittmer
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Installing a child's car seat in PC2100 on: May 15, 2017, 03:10:49 pm
The front Ford/Sprinter passenger seat will be your safest place for a child seat but only if you can turn off the front passenger air bag.  With our old Toyota/RV, when our kids were small, they loved being in the passenger seat via child safety seat.

If you resort to mounting the seat in back, then I suggest to utilize the dinette bench facing forward so the driver can interact with the child.  The rear view mirror & a vanity mirror helps in conversation with her and is also great to keep an eye on her.  Try to set it up so your granddaughter can look out the dinette window and watch the world go by as well as watch Grandpa or Grandma drive.  You can come up with a very secure method to mount the seat utilizing one or both seat belts for the base, and buy a 3rd seat belt on the internet or from a junk yard for the top mount.  Bolt it through the floor with a solid thick steel plate on the underside of the floor so it will never pull out in an accident.  Bring it up and over the backrest structure of the dinette bench with attachment to the top/center of the seat.  When done, you'll have to assure that seat isn't going anywhere.  You just might have to reinforce the backrest structure to make sure it won't fold or break up during an accident.  At least a variety of that has been going through my head with our granddaughter.  We do have the 3rd captain seat and will add a "D" ring to the floor to mount the seat back up and over the backrest.
 But I'd like some options in case one isn't working friendly enough.

As jatrax says, you may have to take the dinette table out or set it up as a bed.  And do NOT sit the child facing sideways, via the couch.
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