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1741  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Optional Ford V-8 on: October 24, 2013, 11:29:59 am
Sparky, We went on a 31 day vacation last August.  At the end, neither of us wanted to head back home.  We were very comfortable in our 2350 for the entire trip, lacking nothing.  I think our larger 3-drawer galley helped a lot with that because our operational efficiency increased dramatically.  We both wondered if we cashed out of our house and contents that we could full-time in the 2350.  It is a serious change in life style.  The things we would miss most is our relationships with family, friends, and with our church.  We are both very active there.  Then there is the "job" thing.  We're doing our best to prepare for retirement but just not there yet with funds.  At age 55, we still have time.  Every year counts big now.
1742  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Optional Ford V-8 on: October 23, 2013, 08:26:41 am
This topic interests me.

I've always wondered if the 5.4L-V8 engine would have been benefitial for us with our 2350.  It's lightly questionable only because we tow a 4300 pound vehicle most of the time.  Even so, the V8 might be adequate.  Going solo our 2350 with V10 feels like over-kill.  I don't know our top speed but it wouldn't surprise me if we could get beyond 100 mph.  If we were to get a 2100, no doubt about it, I would want the V8.  It will save $1000 in the purchase price.  I'd rather have more PC upgrades than excess power and lower mpg.  Supposedly the V8 will improve fuel economy by 10% for the right application.  I don't believe the same applies to the E450 given the heavier load.  But then again, maybe the 2551 and 2552 may benefit.

I suppose I feel this way about it because of our history with motor homes.  We owned a Toyota chassis motor home for 24 years with a carbureted 2.4L-L4 engine that was a real slug.  All Toyota chassis at the time were California emissions equipped yielding only 96 hp.  Empty with the pedal to the metal, top speed was 78 mph.  Loaded up with people and gear with conservative driving practices, you can imagine how sluggish it was.  57 mph was our sweet spot in speed limit.  We consistently averaged just over 20 mpg on trips but we did have to take our time getting everywhere.  Driving 24 hours a day across the plains made it work.  But those days are done.  You can see pics of our old Toyota rig HERE

Many delivery trucks built on the E450 are equipped with the 5.4L-V8 so it can't be detrimental to any motor home.  I imagine it's more a matter of performance.  Still I'd want the V10 in a longer PC.
1743  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drive line vibration diagnosis on: October 23, 2013, 07:38:50 am
Kudo's to you for being up front regarding this matter
I agree with sparky.  Having posts like this are immensely helpful to anyone else having the same troubles, now or in the future.
1744  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question on propane furnace on: October 22, 2013, 11:24:30 am
Any combustionable heater runs a risk of asphyxiation (depletion of oxygen) in an enclosed vehicle like a well sealed PC.  That would result in death.  Electric heaters don't burn oxygen or give off harmful fumes.
1745  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Winterizing on: October 22, 2013, 12:07:40 am
I blow out the lines with compressed air, drain the HW tank and fresh tank, drain the waste tanks and call it done.

I cheat not using anti-freeze because our garage doesn't see freezing temperatures.
1746  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Goodbye to PC on: October 22, 2013, 12:03:20 am
That is living on the road in great comfort.
1747  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: SMI Brake Assist on: October 21, 2013, 11:49:10 pm
Ron, are you saying you broke your wife's car?
No her Jeep Liberty is not broken.  Just that the tires now rumble loudly.  I don't have the money to put into new tires right now so she drives with the rumbling noise.  Fortunately she travels most often around town a few miles from home.

I am thinking of buying 4 good used alloy wheels off Craigslist and put new smooth thread quiet street tires on for around town.  I'd retain these rumbly old tires for towing on trips and for winters given they have a good aggressive thread pattern for off-road and snow.
1748  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: SMI Brake Assist on: October 21, 2013, 04:54:02 pm
About suppliment brakes in-general.  I've learned a lesson with our Unified that if the tow vehicle's braking system is set more sensitive so that it will help slow down the motor home, the tow vehicle wheels could be locking up and skidding.  Our tow vehicle tires rumble from all the skidding going on during a test drive from home to work and back.  Cry
1749  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Generator won't start on: October 21, 2013, 04:46:17 pm
One of the first things to check is how much gasoline is in the PC fuel tank.

As a safety feature of the generator, if your gas tank is less than 1/3 full the generator will not be able to draw any fuel.  Barry
I always heard it was 1/4 tank but experienced the same.  It's more like 1/3, not 1/4.  A fill-up at the gas station might be the answer here.

I would also listen for the fuel pump while priming.  The fuel pump on ours turns on after the priming light goes out.  So hold and listen long after the light goes out.
1750  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drilling into the closet on: October 21, 2013, 04:30:29 pm
Great idea, thanks!  Putting shelves in these closets is testing my limited carpentry skills.  Almost everything curves and curves at different rates.
Oh yes!

I created patterns made of cardboard for our front cabinet shelves.  It took a lot of patience.

As far as I know, all interior walls are 1/8" thick.  Plan to use screws with that depth in mind.  When screwing into the light colored wall material like seen in my pic above, be sure to pre-drill to the screw inside thread diameter.  This will prevent the wall material from fracturing and breaking out.  You want the threads of the screws to bite in, but the center shaft of the screws must pass through or they will force your pre-drilled hole larger in a bad way.
1751  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question on propane furnace on: October 21, 2013, 04:21:51 pm
I agree, it's a good idea to carry an electric space heater.  When placed between the two front seats, I would think it would be effective in warming up any cool air coming from that area.

We've never camped in below freezing temps with shore power available.  Does the heat strip contribute significantly?  I assumed it could maintain a comfortable temperature after the interior gets warmed up by the furnace.

To you with slideouts.....Do you get any cold penetrating around the perimeter of your sideouts?
1752  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Motor mods on: October 21, 2013, 12:45:58 pm
That would be great for clearing snow off the roads. rolling on the floor
I agree!

I was thinking that would come in handy when there is cattle on the road.  I could have used that air scoop last trip  LOL
1753  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question on propane furnace on: October 20, 2013, 11:34:05 pm
6.5 years ago on our maiden voyage, the furnace didn't work the first time we tried it.  In desperation I removed the outside access panel and discovered a switch inside.  I tripped the switch and the furnace immediately started working.  I left the access panel off and it took but only a minute for my wife inside to start yelling that she was being overtaken by fumes.

The seals on the backside of the furnace access panel have life or death consequences.  Make sure they are in perfect condition and perfectly positioned, and the panel is properly screwed on.  Along with a properly working carbon monoxide detector, I'd say you are good to go in  sealing up the rig in cold weather.  If you want extra assurance, I would leave the dash board heater controls set so outside air can make it's way inside through the defroster or heater mode.
1754  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2012 Honda CR-V battery discharged after tow on: October 18, 2013, 02:20:50 pm
I'm still not certain what our next step should be.  Do we just attach a single wire to a connection inside of the CR-V's wiring socket that will extend the 12v line to the CR-V's positive battery post, or do we also need to connect a wire to the negative lead to extended it to the CR-V's negative battery post or to ground?


If I type fast, I can beat Ron on this one.  Use a single wire from the socket to the positive battery post.  Ford uses 12 gauge wire for this circuit so you should continue with that gauge.  There is a fuse in line in the fuse box under the hood that protects the circuit.

Bob did beat me so I am left to say.....Sounds right by me.

Bob, Just clarifying...."fuse in line in the fuse box" You are referring to protection in the PC.

Bruce, the ground wire should already be in place to support lighting like tail lights and directional signals.  I would not worry about the ground wire gauge because the setup most likely considers battery maintenance.

In my 2007 rig, I do wonder if there is an accessory or two (or 3 or 4) installed by PC USA sourced off that ignition-on-12v to tow vehicle.  It would explain my situation, and might be the case with you guys too.  You just don't know it yet.
1755  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Steering damper and suspension improvements - advice please on: October 17, 2013, 10:14:29 pm
That is a great start.  I hope it is also your finish.

Whoever installs your rear bar and helper springs, have him inspect the front stabilizer bar.  Just make sure it's in good order, especially where the ends of the bar passes through gromets.  Get the mechanic's opinion on that.
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