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1831  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tow bar alighnment on: July 14, 2011, 01:19:40 pm
Ok, To get this done quickly, I decided to go with the Roadmaster riser.  I know I would not mount a bike rack or platform while towing our Liberty for concern of damage in a tight-turn condition.  A dual receiver could hold a storage platform and bike rack together, but I wouldn't be doing that because we always tow.

Today, my Jeep Liberty front bumper is only a few inches from my PC rear bumper, when turning the PC steering wheel all the way in a very tight turn.  The extra 10.25" from the Roadmaster riser would be welcoming.  Since I do have a Roadmaster setup in the first place, it also seems logical to continue with the Roadmaster line for liability.  If something ever failed and it was the fault of Roadmaster, at least I could say I used all their stuff.

Thanks all.
1832  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: So what can I do for free (or cheap) near Gadsden, AL? on: July 14, 2011, 12:40:38 pm
I wish I could offer some advise, but have no experience with the area.  Cry
1833  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tow bar alighnment on: July 14, 2011, 12:32:01 pm
You guys have some good data here.  More to consider.
1834  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tow bar alighnment on: July 14, 2011, 11:18:12 am
I think I found the ideal riser for my particular tow bar non-level condition.

My E350 hitch receiver is 6" lower than level with my 2006 Jeep Liberty.  Therefore I need a 6" riser.  I found what I believe to be the right riser on ebay HERE.

This is the picture in the ebay ad, but it appears to be a 4" riser.

I have been in communication with the supplier, asking these two questions with his answers.

Ron's Question #1: Will your 6" riser reduce the 5000 pound rating of the hitch?
Supplier's Answer:  I do not see why it would lessen your tow capacity. It is very strong.

Ron's Question #2:  My motor home's hitch barely protrudes beyond the rear bumper. Measuring accurately, I determined I need a minimum of 2.5" from your riser's lower hitch pin hole to the back side of your upper square receiver. Does your 6" riser meet this dimensional requirement?
Supplier's Answer:  It will fit on there perfect.

Not exactly the detailed answers I hoped to get, but I think I will order one of these and give it a try.
1835  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Emergency Road service on: July 13, 2011, 10:53:37 pm
Not yet with my PC, but on our old motor home with rear duel wheels, I fixed the flat once while the rear tire was mounted to the axle.  I found a nail pierced cleanly into the tire.  I pulled it out, inserted a plug (those sticky rope things), filled up the tire with air, and all was back to normal.

Sometimes the flat is caused by the valve extension going bad.  Just remove it and fill the tire with air.

Having a cheap $30 air compressor handy, is not a bad idea.  Sometimes the leak is slow enough to get you to a tire shop to make the repair.
1836  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: July 13, 2011, 12:19:25 pm
We use a foam mattress topper (from Ikea)  which eases the hassle of making a corner bed.
My wife insisted on using conventional bedding, but leaves me to set the bed.  Cry

If I had it my way, I'd toss out a lot of "fluff" in our PC, keeping things much more basic.  I feel we carry too much stuff which does not have enough daily practical application.  We carry some "just-in-case" stuff too, much of which never gets used at all.  But all that makes the place "home" for my wife.

Happy Wife = Happy Life   Hug2

I guess I too am guilty of "just-in-case" stuff.  I lugged around bags of Lynx Levelers for two weeks, but never used them.  shrug  So there!
1837  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What Would You Do For A Phoenix Cruiser on: July 13, 2011, 12:05:54 pm

So you have 4" of margin.  ThumbsUp
1838  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What Would You Do For A Phoenix Cruiser on: July 13, 2011, 11:38:49 am
I feel that was architectually done extremely clean and very tasteful.  Very sharp!

I am curious, what did your finished garage door vertical opening end up to be?  You have a 2551 E450 with a height of 10'-1", right?  But the picture of your PC in front of your house looks like it's a 2350.
1839  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tow bar alighnment on: July 13, 2011, 09:07:40 am
I would not have thought there would have been that much difference between the E-350 (Ron's) and the E-450 total height?
Actually it does add up right because PCs on an E350 have a 3" lower over-all height compared to PCs on an E450.  If you look at PC's spec web page, it is noted there.

The 3" lower height on my E350 was extremely critcal in my particular situation for my PC to clear my garage door.  If I special order mine on an E450, I would have to drive the PC into my garage with near flat tires to reduce it's over-all height.  As it is right now, I have only 1.5" between the top of the a/c and the door frame.  I could increase the clearence if I filled up my tanks with water, but no need for that.

The lower over-all stance of the E350 explains why my tow bar angled condition is more extreme than many of you.

BTW, the 2350 Sprinter is as high as the E450 PCs so that would not have worked for me either.
1840  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tow bar alighnment on: July 13, 2011, 08:37:49 am
I found a variety of 6" risers on the web.  Some drop the hitch rating from 5000 to 4000 pounds.  I also am concerned about the clearence to the PC's rear bumper.  My hitch is set back slightly under the RV.  The riser might make contact or completely interfere with the PC's bumper once mounted.  It is not a no-brainer purchase.  Further research is needed.
1841  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tow bar alighnment on: July 11, 2011, 03:22:00 pm
I will check out e-trailer.  Thanks!
1842  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tow bar alighnment on: July 11, 2011, 12:31:14 pm
We just returned from our MI trip.  On our flat driveway at home I measured the height difference of the Roadmaster Falcon-II tow bar at the motor home compared to the Liberty to be exactly 6" so I will be looking into something to level it out.  Time to call Roadmaster.

Adding....measeurements taken from center pivot pin, to center pivot pin, for best accuracy.
1843  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Suspension/Handling Evaluation 2011/E450/2552 w/s on: July 09, 2011, 10:03:27 pm
I too had such upgrades done 4 years ago on our 2007 2350, Roadmaster bars, Safe-T-Plus, rear Henderson trac bar, and Koni Shocks.  I have the Koni-RV adjustables set to the stiffest.

Koni-FSDs are now available for the E-Series??????  They really seem to be ideal.
1844  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Shelf Liner on: July 09, 2011, 10:00:10 pm
In my big Tips-&-Tricks article, I show a picture of the shelf liner we use.  It is the typical stuff sold in rolls at home improvement centers.  It does not stick to pots and such that we experience.  But it does shift in the one forward aerodynamic cabinet when braking hard.
1845  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Water in the backup camera on: July 09, 2011, 09:55:45 pm
We have not, but do experience temporary sound outages when water covers over the microphone back there.  Once dry (or blown out from driving wind), I can hear back there again.
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