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1456  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Supersprings on: June 12, 2014, 11:34:09 am
Thank you for your advice I plan on discussing the possibility of stepping up to the 450 with Earl.
Yes David, I would seriously consider the E450 for your made-to-order 2450.

I have so many ideas on how I would special order a 2450 for us.  Of coarse you all would find most of them repulsive, ha, ha.

I do think a 2450 will fit inside our garage..... but I'm not going there unless it rains money instead of water one day at home.
1457  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Supersprings on: June 12, 2014, 11:27:03 am
Ron

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Just moments ago I placed my 4 foot level on the vinyl flooring and confirmed our floor has a minor slope down to the rear.

Most garage floors have a slope to aid in draining water.  Did you account for this slope when you measured your rig?


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I suppose if we had a slide out, the condition would be more severe.

You raise an interesting point, it appears the slide would add weight between the front and rear wheels.  This might reduce the weight ratio of the rear overhang.  Our 2008 2350 with slide had no sag.  

Ah!  Great point Barry!  Yes our garage floor is sloped rearward towards the garage door.  I forgot about that.  My PC's floor might be level after-all.  At next opportunity, I'll place the level on the garage floor and compare it to the PC floor.

Interesting point about the slide-out.  It might be a counter-balance, leveling the rig.
1458  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Supersprings on: June 12, 2014, 08:49:29 am
I agree with you Tom, "Completely Agree".  If I am adding springs to my E350, I should have gotten an E450.  If I was getting that new 2350 stretched version called a 2450, I'd surely pay the extra moiney for an E450 chassis.

As I mentioned before, our 2007 E350 does have a little rear-end sag.  Just moments ago I placed my 4 foot level on the vinyl flooring and confirmed our floor has a minor slope down to the rear.  This considering that our rig is loaded up minus fresh water, food and clothing.  The slope will surely get worse when loaded for a trip.  I never considered the sag to be of concern as we don't feel the slope, nor do we scrape the street when exiting gas stations and such.  It just doesn't look quite right.  You can see what I mean when closely examining this picture, taken during a trip.



We do have a unique matter concerning our garage.  If we raised the rig that 2", our a/c cover would not clear the door frame.  That is why I consider the Firestone air bags which would allow me to lower the rig when back at home.

I'd like all your opinions looking at my picture.  Do you feel my sag is worth doing something about?  It is more of a "mental thing" to me.....so I think.  I suppose if we had a slide out, the condition would be more severe.
1459  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 5 Star Tune on: June 12, 2014, 12:15:54 am
Hi Fellows,

I looked on the 5 Star Tune website.  It appears to be an engine computer programing change.  Does it also affect the transmission computer?

That website had me a bit confused as to what you had done, what it cost, and where to get it done.
1460  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: traveling I 70 west of Denver on: June 11, 2014, 11:27:07 am
J & D,

Absolutely "NO WORRIES" with your rig and tow vehicle as long as your tow vehicle is equipped with proper tow brakes.  Tow brakes are the law anyway.  After doing it once, you'll have full confidence.  You have an E450 chassis with V10 engine, on one of the lightest motor homes.  You are better equipped than 99% of all other class B+ and C motor homes.  Just enjoy your travels at any elevation, any paved surface grade before you.

Just a tip on scenery.....
Going from Grand Junction CO to Moab UT, be sure to take the direct route scenic byway that follows the Colorado river, not the right-angled interstate route.  Many pictures of our PC were taken along that road, all in a matter of a couple hours.  It's not hilly, just a fairly slow but steady elevation change following the Colorado river.

Reading Tom's comment below me here....he offers good advise on how to handle steeper grades.
1461  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 5 Star Tune on: June 10, 2014, 07:10:04 pm
Thanks for the preliminaries.  It sounds promising.  Smile
1462  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Best paper maps on: June 10, 2014, 09:06:53 am
We appreciate a current year Rand McNally Road Atlas.  But it seems the best state maps are generally given free at tourist centers off the main interstate roads at the state borders.  Some states will mail you their state map from their state tourism website.

A current copy of a Rand McNally Road Atlas is nice to have but it did let us down in the San Francisco area, north of the Golden Gate Bridge.  That area was cut off on the blow-up portion.  We got lost and had no idea how to get back to a known point.

Later with GPS and now with smart phones, we are better equipped.
1463  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 5 Star Tune on: June 10, 2014, 09:00:03 am
This topic has my curiosity.

I always thought our 2007 E350 Torqshift transmission didn't behave properly when in cruise control on the open road and we start to climb an over-pass.  It drops into too low a gear and races like crazy up the incline.  It is so irritating that I don't use the cruise control nearly as much as I'd like to.

I wonder if the 5-star tune will remedy that.
1464  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rear Bumper on: June 04, 2014, 12:09:44 pm
Denny,

I think you just got started.  You should consider continuing on till your PC is fully woodyfied like this one.   Smile


In all seriousness, I really like your work but would have painted the bumper to match the full body paint to blend in rather then stand out.  But that is just my personal taste.
1465  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Supersprings on: June 03, 2014, 10:05:28 pm
After consulting a bunch of truck and motorhome people we went with adding a leaf to the rear set. We gained 2 inches ride height and improved ride. The cost was considerably less than the quotes we received for air bags.
When you say "improved ride", do you mean better handling, or a softer more cushier ride?  I would think more leafs would yield a more harsh ride.
1466  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Doubling Drawer Storage Of Galley Base Cabinet on: June 03, 2014, 09:59:49 pm
Can you print the picture and take the specs to your local HD, and ask the head plumbing expert there?  He may be able to look up in their database, then order them for you.
1467  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Supersprings on: June 03, 2014, 04:57:16 pm
It sounds like you seek a means to lift up your rear end.  Am I right?  I am surprised the air bags didn't lift the rear for you.

From day one, our 2007 2350 has been a bit low in back but not by much, maybe 2" at most, strictly visual, not a mechanical concern.  I don't scrape anything.  I am concerned of raising our rear by any amount for fear of a rougher ride.  For me, the quality of the ride would take priority over a 2" rear lift.

I had considered Sulatic Shackles to make our ride softer in back, but the design seems scary to me and they are pricy too .  I don't feel comfortable, concerned with their reliability, wondering what would happen if they fail.  But they are simple by design and seemingly very effective in offering a softer ride.
1468  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Doubling Drawer Storage Of Galley Base Cabinet on: June 03, 2014, 09:05:04 am
Bill BandD,

I would have thought your local Home Depot could special order the parts for you because they are stocked in other Home Depot stores.  They should charge you their standard price and absorb the cost of shipping to your store for local pick-up.  But I never tried that myself to say for certain.
1469  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Roof air not working on: June 02, 2014, 03:26:10 pm
The main thing I learn is that it is usually operator error.
Ain't that the truth!
1470  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Before/After pictures of the entry step and hitch on: May 30, 2014, 12:37:25 pm
Barry-Sue, where did you buy the chassis saver?
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