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RE: WB longer than 159 ins in a 23-25 ft Class C

One more... Leisure Travel Wonder all is on the 178" wheelbase: https://leisurevans.com/wonder/ I wonder why Ford can make a longer WB for the 3.5 eco boost engine and not the 450 or 350? As I mentioned above, the 176" wheelbase is an option on the E-series. It's up to the RV makers to use it. I've long suspected they tend to avoid longer wheelbases in order to keep the step-up only at the back bedroom. The Transit has flat frame rails so it doesn't need a step up, only wheel-well boxes. The E-series frame kicks up over the rear axle. I think it's a combination of larger frame-rails, more travel, and a larger axle tube that requires that kick-up. Pickup-based chassis have the kick-up in the frame at the back of the cab, but that makes the whole coach floor higher, and make a poor transition into the cab.
carringb 03/21/21 04:24pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Be Thankful Your Ford V10 Is The 2-Valve Version

Run synthetic and you avoid oil sludge issues. The timing chain tensioners in the 2-valve Tritons need good oil too! Or as mentioned, change it regularly. I don't have time for that though. 12k oil changes with full synthetic serve me well. I don't do much in-town driving however.
carringb 03/21/21 04:19pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: WB longer than 159 ins in a 23-25 ft Class C

They call this a "23-footer" but it's actually 26' overall. But it is on the 176" wheelbase: https://coachmenrv.com/class-c-motorhomes/leprechaun/230FS/5146
carringb 03/21/21 11:35am Class C Motorhomes
RE: WB longer than 159 ins in a 23-25 ft Class C

One more... Leisure Travel Wonder all is on the 178" wheelbase: https://leisurevans.com/wonder/
carringb 03/21/21 11:24am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 7.3 Ford vs 6.0 Chevy cockpit room

Only shorter coaches are built on the Chevy. Lots of 24’ models are for sale on it. The longer models would overload the Chevy front-end. The Chevy SLA suspension is not as sensitive to changing alignment with ride height. The Ford Twin I-beam suspension changes caster and toe when ride height changes, so it has to be realigned after the coach is built (Ford even covers it, but most RV makers leave it to the customer to get it done) and even dramatic loading changes can affect it. The 2021 E-series did adopt the SuperDuty steering gearbox and it reportedly dramatically improved steering feel.
carringb 03/20/21 04:00pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: WB longer than 159 ins in a 23-25 ft Class C

Does anyone now why Ford does not make a longer WB like the Sprinter chassis? They do. The E-series come in 138”, 158”, and 176” wheelbases. And may be lengthened to 223”, without affecting any ratings or warranty provided QVM Q-18 is followed. Likewise, the Transit Cutaway is available with the same options except the longest is 178” Sprinter cutaway is only available as a 170” wheelbase.
carringb 03/20/21 03:55pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Front cargo carrier on a C

I do that when I have a trailer hooked up and need more hitch space. Usually just a couple heavy coolers or dry boxes, sometimes a dirt bike. Never had any cooking issues but I’d already added a Tru-Cool max transmission cooler because my Buckstop grill guard did block air to the stock cooler.
carringb 03/20/21 03:52pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: WB longer than 159 ins in a 23-25 ft Class C

Ron thanks for posting that. Turns out they now offer both wheelbases. The 2350 has the 158” wheelbase and the 2351 has a 170” wheelbase. https://www.phoenixusarv.com/read-more-about--cruiser-2351
carringb 03/19/21 08:13pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: WB longer than 159 ins in a 23-25 ft Class C

Forester TS has a 178” wheelbase. https://forestriverinc.com/rvs/class-c-motorhomes/forester-ts Same with the Coachhouse Platinum 3. https://www.coachhouserv.com/models/platinum-3/platinum3-250/ Also all Sprinter motor homes have a 170” wheelbase. I’m not sure why the conventional E-Series/Chevy motorhomes aren’t built on longer wheelbases.
carringb 03/19/21 07:33pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: '92 Coachman Chugs & Stalls Cold Gas to Fix - Another Way?

SMPLMN, that does not quite match what I've seen when the fuel pump start running hot. I do think that if yours is original, it should be replaced. But I'd be suspect of the ignition coil in your case, due to the pattern/timing of your symptoms and because it idles even after your symptoms start. If your plugs have too much gap, that can also make the ignition coil run hot, and when it gets hot resistance increases and spark gets weaker.
carringb 03/19/21 06:38am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Car handling issues

I used to tow a 5x10 continental steel frame trailer with my Focus, until that trailer got stolen. Typically 1,500 pounds but sometimes right at the 2k mark. Never had handling issues, only grip issues on steep grades in the rain with the snow tires on (like over 15%+, Toyo observe tires). I have noticed that most of those trailer without the side door have the spare tire bolted to the wall in the back. The front door models have the spare up front. Mine was a front door model with the front spare, and empty tongue weight was barely sufficient. The rear spare equipped ones probably are too light on the tongue.
carringb 03/17/21 04:13pm Towing
RE: Heavy tongue weight - change from PP 3P?

Whoa! Running at normal PSIs should not cause Death Wobble! Have you had the alignment checked? I'd be suspicious if not-enough-camber. Hooking up a heavy trailer makes it worse because as the front end rises, it removes even more camber. Your WD bars regardless of hitch should restore at least half the unloaded ride-height up front, but if your camber is marginal, you may need to do it the old fashioned way and completely restore your front ride height. As long as your ProPride is able to bring the front down far enough, I'd keep it. I had a Hensley for a short time, and it towed great with 3,200 pounds of tongue weight. Unfortunately the construction of it just couldn't hold up to that much.
carringb 03/14/21 09:54am Towing
RE: 7.3 Ford vs 6.0 Chevy cockpit room

The Chevy will still have more passenger side footspace. The doghouse hasn't changed, but we'll get a new one with the 2022 E-series chassis. Looks like all of the makers have dropped the Chevy from the larger floorplans. Speaking of flooplans... Getting one with the forward main entry door means you can actually slide the seat back, vs running into the dinette.
carringb 03/13/21 04:02pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Is this a 10 speed Ford?

2021 E-series is 7.3L V8 only. But they offer an “economy” tune for fleets, which u-haul likely orders. All have the 6R140 TorqueShift 6-speed.
carringb 03/08/21 02:08pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: New Thor Omni xg32

Main con IMO, and this applies to all pickup Class Cs, as the cab height in relation to the house height. It's not very friendly to passing into the cab, and if you have passengers, they can't see forward. Hardly at all. At least the OMNI has that upper windshield in the cabover, but it's too high for seated passenger to see the road out of. So... make sure you test drive with any passengers susceptible to motion sickness
carringb 03/05/21 06:05am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Equilizer vs. Blue ox SwayPro?

You still feel the Bow Wave affect with the Hensley, just only once. You'll still get some push when the front of your TV passes the front of a square-nose semi. The difference is you only get it once, where a traditional hitch allows an opposite yaw moment when the front of the trailer passes the same bow wave, which you feel as a steering force towards the truck. Anyways, newer semis are so much more aerodynamic, it's rare to pass one anymore that pushes hard. I bigger challenge is during very-high cross-winds which create some steering force as you pass through the wind-shadow of an up-wind truck.
carringb 02/28/21 09:23am Towing
RE: Replacing Ford drivers seat........

RockAuto has new foam, but not new covers. Good wrecking yard seats are VERY hard to find. I've been looking for years now, and I never get to a good set quick enough. Sheel-Mann would be my dream seat, but that's not really in the budget at the moment. I'll probably do new foam and an aftermarket cover. Maybe add some heat. I actually like the factory seats far more than any of the RV style seats.
carringb 02/28/21 09:14am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Equilizer vs. Blue ox SwayPro?

The Blue Ox will ride better because of its tapered bars. And it doesn’t make noise. But it won’t control sway any better. If you’re really 8,500 loaded you probably need more to tongue weight.
carringb 02/25/21 02:10pm Towing
RE: Grand design and towing with a Ford Expidition

As for the hitch, I'd try it without the Hensley first. You probably don't need it. Grand Designs don't seem to generate many towing complaints, and the Expedition is stable as well. are you saying NO WDH at all? Because the weight carrying tongue weight cap for the Expe will be 500lbs. He is going to be over that a good long ways. Sorry, no I did not mean to imply no WD. Only that a Hensley might be overkill compared to a traditional WD hitch.
carringb 02/24/21 11:03am Travel Trailers
RE: Grand design and towing with a Ford Expidition

Weight-wise, you'll be generally in good shape. I do like the long wheelbase of the Max, but even the regular version tows well. As mentioned, you could have payload challenges if you need to carry a full passenger load while towing. As for the hitch, I'd try it without the Hensley first. You probably don't need it. Grand Designs don't seem to generate many towing complaints, and the Expedition is stable as well.
carringb 02/24/21 06:23am Travel Trailers
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