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46  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Curious as to those of you who down sized on: May 13, 2017, 11:26:56 pm
I personally like the Tiffin Allegro Breeze 28BR diesel pusher for it is just 29.5 feet long, 95" wide, and 11 feet tall.  It is nimble enough to get around in national parks and just about anywhere else.
47  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Four-year-old tire failure after 14,000 miles on: May 13, 2017, 11:51:06 am
Ron,
This link appears to have a lot of tire info including a recommended pressure gauge as you inquired about which coincidentally is the same gauge I use.  I am not a tire expert so I cannot attest to the info on the site but it appears to have been compiled by someone with considerable experience in tire construction and failure analysis.

http://www.rvtiresafety.net/search/label/Gauge

This is an Amazon link to the pressure gauge.

https://www.amazon.com/Accutire-MS-4021B-Digital-Pressure-Gauge/dp/B00080QHMM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1494687316&sr=8-1&keywords=accutire+digital+tire+gauge
I've had my eye open for a good digital tire gauge, an easy-to-read, easy-to-use one that covers the gammet (5 to 150psi).  I did a quick search on Ebay and found the one your article had recommended for $8.62 with free shipping HERE.  I took the plunge and bought 4 of them for they are what I had been looking for.

1 for our PC
2 for my garage tool chest
3 for my bike bag
4 our Jeep Liberty

When I get them, I will check the pressure using each of the 4 gauges to see if they vary.  If the 4 digital gauges are consistent, I will use that as a base line to check all other gauges around the house...and I have a whole lot of gauges.  Anything not within a certain percentage of accuracy will be discarded.

Thanks fandj for the information.
48  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Four-year-old tire failure after 14,000 miles on: May 13, 2017, 10:09:51 am
One thing I noticed is how tire gauges and TPMS monitors differ.  Two different good quality gauges new out of the package can differ 3 or 4 pounds at high pressure.  When I set the 4 tires on my 2014 Altima to the exact same pressure using my favorite consistent dial gauge, at 30 psi the TPMS reading varies by as much as 2psi between tires.

Keep that in mind when working at the limit of of 80psi in your PC tires.  You might think you are at 80psi, but maybe you are more.  Maybe you are less.  I wish I knew which gauge that reads beyond 80 psi, to recommend.
49  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: E-bikes? on: May 12, 2017, 03:51:25 pm
If you buy any bike rack made for 4 bikes and use the two inside positions for two bikes, you should not have a problem with weight.  We bought a 4-bike bike rack and use the two inside positions for that very reason.  We have also carried 4 bikes for around-town day excursions with family, but I would not feel comfortable carrying 4 bikes on that rack across the country.  I can keep an eye on the bike rack locally, but not when it's on our tow vehicle.
50  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Making a change... on: May 12, 2017, 03:47:02 pm
It's been great corresponding with you Pax.  Blessings with your change of plans.

Ron Dittmer
51  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Help! Ron Dittmer or anyone on: May 10, 2017, 03:28:23 pm
Glad you got it fixed, Bill
Yes, glad you were able to remedy your water leaks!
52  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Anyone Have Experience With A "Dream Dinette" Table Lift System? on: May 10, 2017, 09:25:58 am
Hi All,

The Dream Dinette hardware system was shared on another forum.  Has anyone here had first hand experience with one, or know someone who has one?  I'd like to hear from you.  It looks interesting enough to consider getting.  I do have one concern for it looks like it has the potential to rattle while driving, and maybe not steady enough when setup as a table.

Our dinette has the old style 2-pole system which works, but the table legs interfere with leg room and it isn't the easiest to convert from a dinette to a bed.

I would also like to read replies from people who own the current-day PC dinette hardware that has a single leg on the out edge.  Does your single-leg system rattle when you drive?

Ron Dittmer

We had one in our last RV, a 2008 Forest River Lexington.  Their biggest drawback is you can NOT adjust the height once it's installed.  It was stable once up and easy to put up or down but it was always too high when up. Because of the way Lexington built their motor homes back then, the wall mount sat on a 3" lip (where water pipes run) so we hated it.


donc13,

Your comment is concerning because our 2350 has the same type of lip, and it's a lot taller than 3" as seen in my picture.  Having the table sit taller would be very annoying to us as well.  With your comment in my head now, I looked again at the document and see on page 8 that it shows the wall bracket going all the way down to the floor.  The height of our table is perfect right now.  I don't want to mess with a good thing trying to make it a great thing.  The Dream Dinette is no longer a consideration for me with our 2350.

Thanks for sharing that.

Ron Dittmer
53  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Utah journey on: May 10, 2017, 01:57:38 am
I still got the uneven front tire wear after crossing the great plains from a strong & consistent cross wind for days at a time, for I still had to hold the steering wheel at an angle to compensate for the blast.  I just can hold it much more steady than without the Safe-T-Plus.
54  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Utah journey on: May 09, 2017, 06:06:51 pm
Larry,

You did the trip we had planned for this spring but were unable to due to a temp contract job assignment.

If you dealt with strong cross winds for days and are now considering a Safe-T-Plus, I am curious if your front tire thread is now worn unevenly from counter-steering the cross wind for so many miles.
55  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Freightliner on: May 09, 2017, 05:49:14 pm
Ford did have a 2 year production run of an E550 in 2002-2003, specifications posted HERE.  It stood tall like a current day Quigley 4x4 conversion that Phoenix offers.  The front axle was solid across like a dump truck, not an independent front suspension like we all have on our E350/E450.   The heaviest PCs would benefit but I wonder if lesser PCs would break up from a terribly rough ride.

According to the specs, the front axle could handle 6000 pounds.  The rear axle could handle a whopping 13,500 pounds, 2000 pounds more than my entire PC weighs when loaded up on a trip.  The tires were bigger at 19.5 instead of our 16.0.

Here is a picture of an E550 cutaway.  You can see the larger tires, it's taller stance, and the front axle bridged from wheel to wheel.  It seemed to be a dump truck with a van cabin to hide it's identity.
56  Main Forum / General Discussion / Anyone Have Experience With A "Dream Dinette" Table Lift System? on: May 09, 2017, 10:11:43 am
Hi All,

The Dream Dinette hardware system was shared on another forum.  Has anyone here had first hand experience with one, or know someone who has one?  I'd like to hear from you.  It looks interesting enough to consider getting.  I do have one concern for it looks like it has the potential to rattle while driving, and maybe not steady enough when setup as a table.

Our dinette has the old style 2-pole system which works, but the table legs interfere with leg room and it isn't the easiest to convert from a dinette to a bed.

I would also like to read replies from people who own the current-day PC dinette hardware that has a single leg on the out edge.  Does your single-leg system rattle when you drive?

Ron Dittmer
57  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Eliminating The Need To Carry Paper Documentaion on: May 09, 2017, 09:10:38 am
I agree that all the paper documentation is difficult to deal with on a trip.  Given that I like "paper" better than reading a screen for such things, I separated the paperwork into two groups.  The stuff that won't help while on a trip is organized in a 3 ring binder and stays at home.  For the bring-along stuff, I found a nice zippered 3-ring binder.  It's about 1-1/2" thick, nicely sealed and well protected.  It can be tossed around, dropped on the floor and it stays together.
58  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Freightliner on: May 08, 2017, 09:16:49 pm
I was not implying a 2350 would be dropped on the SC2RV but I can see a nice 34' triple slide sitting on top of it!  Expand your imagination a little!  Thanks, Ron G.
Okay, I get it!  Smile

I thought you were suggesting the SC2RV was a replacement for the E450, for every PC currently in production.  That is what had intrigued me.
59  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Freightliner on: May 08, 2017, 05:29:14 pm
I agree with you Tom.  It redefines "Downsizing".  I can't see it as a direct replacement for the E450.  Just imagine a 2552 built on top of it.
60  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Freightliner on: May 08, 2017, 05:01:56 pm
The Renegade Valencia is this......a Super C chassis.  Is this what you are talking about?
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