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 on: October 22, 2014, 02:05:20 pm 
Started by Steve - Last post by ragoodsp
I would have to agree 100% with Bob,  in the large picture the RV market is just not significant enough for Ford and they will force the larger Class C's to utilize the F series,  they will "tweak" the Transit around the edges by increasing spring ratings, etc and they will hold onto their market share.    I do not see even their new twin turbo Ecoboost V-6  being strong enough to move 14,000 lbs. down the road,   perhaps a diesel plant would work fine but extending a stamped frame to  handle a 31 foot coach is not going to be easy to accomplish, why do you think Mercedes does not allow their chassis to be extended or cut into?  I am sure we are going to see some very nifty European influenced small coaches based on both the transit and Promaster Dodge in the coming years and that is great for the industry in general.  

 on: October 22, 2014, 12:49:35 pm 
Started by Steve - Last post by bobojay
Several of the public service, EMS, fire etc around here have went to F series chassis for their "box" units. Speaking to a couple of the drivers the last couple weeks, they don't like the extra length at all, but like the cab room. Both these folks work for cities that are glued to Ford chassis for some reason for all their public safety vehicles. Could be both have BIG Ford dealers in them make a difference?? Who knows.....

Our local small city has went to Chevy/GMC 4500 series in their ambulances etc. They like them better than the E series they used to always get. Less maintenance and repairs, more power, more cab room.

Wonder if Phoenix has looked at the 35-4500 GM van chassis lately, or at all???

 on: October 22, 2014, 10:45:15 am 
Started by Dick & Trish - Last post by Bruce and Sharon
The camera on our 2014 PC started acting up a year ago just as you describe.  Kermit sent us a new camera that we installed, and we've had no problems since.
Bruce and Sharon

 on: October 22, 2014, 10:06:17 am 
Started by Carol - Last post by ron.dittmer
Hi Carol,

I am curious how the pantry cabinet between the fridge and dinette works.  Does something slide out after you open the doors?  It appears you have more than one door there.  I thought the entire thing pulled out as one piece like a drawer with little shelves & retaining railings.

What is on your other side to the right of the stove wall?  Same thing with the same operation?

What is the exact measurement of each of the two cabinets including their side vertical "stile" framing pieces?

Just curious for future inquiries.  I get lots of inquiries.

 on: October 22, 2014, 09:54:07 am 
Started by ron.dittmer - Last post by ron.dittmer
I think what I am going to do is buy & install a new macerator pump from Phoenix for $350 + shipping.  Also their nice pump bracket.  Mine is still the old hardware store perforated metal strapping.  Then later rebuild the original pump if worth it, & carry it along as a spare.  It'll take up very little room in my maintenance storage compartment....our front dinette bench seat.  Since using full synthetic motor oil, I never need a mid-trip oil change, so I have lots of extra room for spare stuff like that.

 on: October 21, 2014, 11:09:33 pm 
Started by Steve - Last post by Bob Mahon
Gut feeling at this time, Ron, they won't. From that, we'll probably see smaller Ambulance units, which is very feasible. The MH end of the business just isn't that big.
I'll also predict the F series will see cutaways suitable for the MH business. It won't take much and the F series is a very capable platform. Actually, better than the E series. Front seating is also better with more legroom and less heat on the Passenger side.
Time will tell and if I'm still around after 2020 or so, I'd enjoy seeing the evolution of the MH industry.

 on: October 21, 2014, 10:58:52 pm 
Started by Steve - Last post by ron.dittmer
I hope Ford would consider a cut-away Transit that is 500 pounds more capable than the current day cut-away Sprinter.  I think that would provide a platform the RV, box truck, and first responder industries can work with much better.  The E350 rear axle is already in hand.  Ford could simply install it on the cut-away Transit, add a leaf spring or two, increase the gauge of the framing like is currently done for the E450 today, and they have it.  Not much effort for much to retain in this market segment.

 on: October 21, 2014, 10:20:27 pm 
Started by Steve - Last post by Bob Mahon
To compete in what is now the E series, the Transit will have to widen the frame and axles by a good amount for the larger models. As it is, the comparison is closer to the Sprinter specs than to the E series (European models are virtually identical to what will be offered here unless changes are made for the MH market).
The E series duals stand out from the PC body by 1-1/2" per side. The Sprinter wheels are 5 to 6" less than the body per side.

I do not see a near comparison of the Transit vs. the E series as they are now.

 on: October 21, 2014, 09:48:41 pm 
Started by Steve - Last post by ragoodsp
BoBoJay.....I do not doubt that Ford has other ideas for the Transit for I do not see them letting approximately 70%  of the Class C market that they control go away.  With that said I do not see how a unibody chassis could ever see GVW's in the 14500 lb range but I guess anything  is possible.......I see the Transit being used for B's and smaller C's and the F series for the larger Class C's but this is obviously my 2 cents and probably all its worth!   Thanks

 on: October 21, 2014, 09:47:31 pm 
Started by Dick & Trish - Last post by Carol
Maybe check the Ford vehicle fuse box... when my entire fuse box went bad, the backup camera did not work when I went to pick it up after servicing.  Ford found a yellow video feed wire, but no where to plug it in.  I took it back to the RV place that initially tried to work on it, and they fixed it by plugging it into the fuse box in place of another yellow video feed wire that was mistakenly plugged in by Ford.  They then had to tape it up because with all the messing around with wires, it would sort of go in and out of blue screen mode.  So maybe yours is loose? 

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