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« on: June 27, 2016, 01:40:41 pm »

How would you rank the overall E-350/450 cab noise?  Utilize a scale with one (1) being least tolerable to five (5) completely tolerable? 
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« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2016, 04:15:31 pm »

5 - not important to me.  My husband may disagree with me. However, noises from the house side make me nuts.   Please - no squeaks or whines or thuds from back there!
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« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2016, 08:34:22 pm »

Ford V10 Engine noise to me is completely tolerable when cruising.  It's nasty when pushing down on the gas pedal to accelerate or climb, also nasty when engine braking.

Regarding cabin (house) noise.  Like Janey, that bothers me something fierce.  It requires a lot of determination.  For me it started with the right tire pressure, only 5 psi more than our rig officially requires, not more than that.  Adding foam shelf liners inside all cabinets and drawers, paper towels in between cookware, felt pads in many places including the rooftop antenna and flip-up counter, an extra bracket under the main TV, a silicone pot holder between stove grates and counter top covers, and tightening the screws on the face of the microwave just before every trip.

I am sure I forgot a lot.
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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2016, 07:53:54 am »

House noise, same as above. I pick a noise, track it down and figure out how to silence it. Sometimes I win, sometimes not.

BUT, as for cab noise... that will vary. When we first bought our Phoenix we had evil noise. We had to yell loudly and often repeatedly to each other to be heard across the cab. After several trips to Phoenix and many days living in a hotel while our Phoenix lived at the Ford dealership, we wound up with no solution. The dealer tried to get approval for a complete rebuild of the transmission and housing to locate what they thought was a wandering screw caught in between metal parts somewhere but Ford denied the request as there was no solid evidence that it was the problem and all their other tests came back negative.

We then took someone's advice here on the forum and went to a drive train guy in the panhandle of Florida who used to be the service guru that found and fixed noises for different automobile manufacturers. His answer was it is probably some kind of wind noise that kicked in when you got up to a certain speed. He explained that to reduce costs, manufacturers reduced the number of screws used to hold different parts. Those parts can now catch the wind and sing. We happened to get one that roared. You can test this "loose parts" theory by opening the hood and trying to wiggle those plastic shields and such in there. There are a lot of possibilities.

I am happy to say our growling rumble died down to a good degree. I'm sure we've become somewhat accustomed to it but we know it is also quieter as we have to talk loudly over the truck noise, but no more screaming "LEFT TURN!!!!!!" over and over. We even listen to the radio now, turned up more than in the Subaru, but at least we can hear it.

So, it will vary. It is a truck. The truck cab itself has a certain amount of wind and road noise. It is hauling a good load up and down and around the country which sometimes makes her rumble AND there is always a chance that yours will "sing"... but I sincerely hope not.
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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2016, 08:02:05 am »

The cab noise in our 2100 is exactly what we expected on a E350  V10, very tolerable.  However the slide does rattle at times and bothers me but not Hal.   Kermit said, after bringing in the slide all the way, back off slightly but not enough to break the seal.   I think it will release the tension on the brackets and stop the rattle.   

I would not give up the slide even if the rattle continues.   We prefer to travel in a small motorhome and the slide makes such a difference with the expanded livability.
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