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RE: Wheel Lugs

Wow, I never check them, never thought of doing so on any vehicle I own.
ron.dittmer 03/24/20 06:34am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Fiberglass Repair Help

Yes, I also noticed this is a very old thread. But to comment for the sake of others........ We bought this motor home pictured below, brand new in 1983 and sold it in 2007. Over the years, it developed cracks exactly like the OP shared, some formed right away. While under warranty the first year, I called the manufacture who said the cracks were only cosmetic. They were willing to fix them for me but said they would likely return, so I did nothing. I was glad I did nothing. The rig was fine (with more cracks) even the day we sold it 24 years later. The patchwork would have been ugly compared to leaving it alone. So my advise is to do nothing. width=640
ron.dittmer 03/22/20 10:07am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Passenger Side Air Bags on 1998 Ford E-350 Chassis

I STRONGLY feel the safest place for a child in a class C motor home is in the passenger seat......NOT anywhere in the house because the Ford cab is designed with consideration to crash-integrity. The house is not. Cabinetry and contents will injure house occupants. Seating the child in the passenger seat also makes for a much more pleasant trip. They see so much more sitting there, and your conversation with them and pointing out things to them is priceless. Assuming a 1998 E-Series has a passenger-side air bag, I also agree that you need to disable it to seat a child there. The first place to look is in your 1998 E-Series owners manual. If there is no mention of disabling the air bag (I think there is no provision for 1998 model year) then you need to resort to plan-B......unplug the passenger air bag by hand. Look up from bellow for the connector and simply unplug it. Hopefully it is reachable without too much disassembly. But BEFORE unplugging the passenger air bag, FIRST disconnect both your chassis battery and house battery and wait an hour before attempting it. I include the house battery in-case there happens to be a back-voltage present. Waiting the hour allows time for capacitor-held power to drain. Then it is very safe to unplug the passenger air bag. The actual wait time in most vehicles is one minute, but being a 1998 motor home, just wait an hour to play it safest.
ron.dittmer 03/22/20 09:47am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Sagging headliner

time2roll, You are correct. In my case with my motor home's interior, I would have needed to remove everything, furnishings and all because the material was throughout including the inside of the cabinetry. Then peel off the material, and then with a metal bristle brush, remove 100% of the foam, both crumbled and good, then attach brand new foam-backed head-liner material with a contact adhesive on both the foam and interior wall surfaces. It is the same process as restoring a headliner but on a much much bigger scale. Adding the complexity of so many different surfaces converging, there were finished seams to deal with. It would have been so much for anyone to deal with. That is one of a few reasons why we decided to sell the rig. I also looked into a spray-on bed liner material, something much more durable but tan colored, not black. The cost of that option was tremendous.
ron.dittmer 03/16/20 08:47am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Sagging headliner

Our 1984 Toyota Mirage had the "bed curtain" thing going on. It all came down during the course of one trip. The foam backing turned to dust and just let go all at once. We sold the rig like that. Fortunately there were cabinet and trim features that held most of it in acceptable condition, but not well enough in the cab-over area. Here are a few pics I took for the sale ad. width=640 width=640
ron.dittmer 03/12/20 10:19pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 12v house battery replacement

Sam's Club has a Group 31 AGM Marine/RV battery on right now for $160 !That is a very interesting consideration. I wonder what it's physical dimensions are. A quick search, I found this.......Group 31 batteries are approximately 13" x 6-13/16" x 9-7/16"
ron.dittmer 03/09/20 12:31pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 12v house battery replacement

Hi Bigcheezuz, I agree with Desert Captain getting a pair of 6V-AGM batteries as long as your battery compartment can handle their taller height. We went through two pairs of 12V wet acid batteries over the years with our Phoenix Cruiser. Each pair lasted only 3 years and their performance decreased significant with each year. I decided to replace the second tired set with a pair of 6V-AGM batteries. That was in the spring of 2015. Five years so far and their performance continues to be excellent. I bought the 6V-AGM Duracell-brand batteries from Sams Club for $180 each, but I wonder if they discontinued that battery because I can't find them any longer on Sams Club's website. Doing a quick search, I found Batteries Plus selling the Magna Power 6V-AGM for $275 which is a lot more than Sams Club. CLICK HERE to see the battery on their website. Order on-line and pick-up at your local store for a 10% discount. I would consider one 12V or two 6V lithium batteries, but our on-board Tripp-Lite charger/converter/inverter does not handle lithium technology.....and I really like our Tripp-Lite.
ron.dittmer 03/09/20 01:17am Class C Motorhomes
RE: toad versus no toad

Thanks for all the comments. You have convinced me. We will bring the toad for sure.Wise decision! Once you have secured a campsite in or near our country's national parks and monuments, you will be so very happy you brought your Jeep. We live near Chicago and focus on national parks and such. One year heading out west, we left our Jeep Liberty home thinking we wouldn't need it much. That turned out to be a very bad idea. Now it doesn't matter where we go, our Liberty always comes along. In our particular situation per my signature, towing our Liberty drops our fuel economy by 1 mpg. But we make it up by leaving the motor home at the campsite and drive the Liberty around at our destinations.
ron.dittmer 03/06/20 06:08am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Paint underneath holding tank to protect the plastic?

I don't recommend painting a plastic tank to avoid the potential of solvents in the paint reacting with the plastic, either softening it or making it brittle.
ron.dittmer 03/03/20 09:39pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Compact Class C

Phoenix CruiserX2 We own model 2350 that is 23'-8" long, end-to-end for model year 2007. We've had it 13 years now. They are still made today though a few inches longer now. CLICK HERE to see many pictures of it, inside and outside.
ron.dittmer 02/27/20 06:28pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 5.4 E350 performance and reliability?

I assume the one you chose has the V10 engine. In general, you can't go wrong with a Winnebago brand class C built on a Ford E-Series or Chevy chassis, especially in the shorter lengths. There are so many worse choices out there with regards to general quality of construction of the house itself.
ron.dittmer 02/26/20 02:40pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 5.4 E350 performance and reliability?

Thanks. I'm going to do a hard pass on any rig with 5.4. I'd really like to see the new 7.3 Ford V-8 gasser, which has some significant suspension upgrades. Not sure when we will be seeing it.I agree in that I would pass on a 5.4L unless the rig was exceptionally small. A standard class-C WB-22R is not small enough for my liking, especially if towing. As far as the new push-rod 7.3 engine is concerned. If history has value, the first few years of most new engines will not be as reliable as the engine it is replacing. Consider the V10 spark plug ejection issue that was finally put to rest in 2004. It's been an excellent engine for the past 16 years. But to contradict myself, I would rather have the 1st year V10, than the last year of the V8 it replaced. Still, if buying in the next few years, I would consider the V10 over the new V8, only because the V10 with all it's supporting peripherals has had an excellent reliability record for so many years.
ron.dittmer 02/25/20 08:06pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 5.4 E350 performance and reliability?

One question I would ask is......What size is the fuel tank? Some 5.4L's are equipped with a 35 gallon fuel tank. That would be a deal breaker for me. I need a 55 gallon tank to properly support the generator along with driving to a remote location. I don't like worrying about fuel if I can avoid it by having a 55 gallon fuel tank.
ron.dittmer 02/23/20 07:28pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: E450 Insulated RV Windshield Cover

For cold camping conditions, we do the following with our E350 cab area. I can't say to what rating it's good for, but it works for our particular rig to a low of around 28 degrees F. - set the climate control in the dash to "recirculate" - cover windshield and door glass with pop-open sunshades, but custom-fit insulated shades would be much better - drape and tuck a comforter over and around the two front seats, creating a sealed and insulated barrier to trap the cold air in the cab - when 110v is available, we place a small cube heater on the floor near the cab and blow the warm air rearward towards the house interior. - not related to the cab, but we also draw the shades in the house Our interior is small, has no slide-outs, has a lower ceiling, has thermal pane insulated glass, and a well sealed entry door. General air leakage and radiated cold is less with the quality build of our rig which further helps with interior comfort. With everything considered, the main house furnace operates much more efficiently. At bedtime we close the bedroom curtain to trap bedroom heat. The thermostat inside the enclosed area then works off that trapped heat with us inside it, further reduces furnace cycling which reduces our concern for battery and propane usage. CLICK HERE to see our rig's interior and curtain. The curtain is thin but helps a lot.
ron.dittmer 02/19/20 06:53am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Issues with Tow/Haul mode

If you disconnect both your chassis and house batteries overnight, the hard-reset might place Tow-Haul mode into "off" by default. Make sure your trans fluid is at the proper level. If any is needed, MAKE SURE you add the right kind. Don't add just any generic trans fluid. All Ford trans require a specific trans fluid. I would not worry about the situation because it sounds normal, especially after a cold start. Just take it out of Tow-Haul before putting the shifter in drive. I wish our 2007 E350-V10 had your problem, Tow-Haul "on" by default. I say this because the weight of our rig with tow vehicle is in a Tow-Haul mode scenario 100% of the time, easily 15,000 pounds combined vehicle weight. Many years ago when our rig was a few years old, I called my local Ford dealer inquiring if they could program the Tow-Haul to be on by default. They said "no". So....I put the trans in Tow-Haul mode right away, every dang time I remember.
ron.dittmer 02/17/20 09:00pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: pp space heater in a rv

pp = propane.......AH! I get it. I don't have a good feeling using a propane-fueled heater that burns cabin oxygen. I would see if you can set yourself up with two 6V batteries so you don't worry about battery-drain when running your furnace overnight. I suppose other factors include: - how well your house is insulated - how good your house windows are (thermal panes help a lot) - how well sealed your slide outs are - how many cubic feet of air you are heating overnight. With our rig SEEN HERE with two 6V house batteries, thermal pane windows, no slide outs, an over-all length of less than 24 feet, a low interior ceiling, a narrow 93" house width, a comforter draped between and tucked around the front seats, and a privacy curtain to the bedroom where the thermostat is located, all in combination, we stay warm letting the furnace run as needed overnight without concern. The furnace does not cycle on/off that much when temps are just below freezing. We've yet to camp in temps below the high 20's.
ron.dittmer 02/15/20 07:35pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Need some advice

After some deliberation we have rented a Ford Explorer. We will stay in hotels, motels and camping sites. After all your help we think this is the most appropriate way of traveling. The car is around $2000 for 32 days.Oh, that is very unfortunate this forum talked you out of it. In my opinion, the only good way to see our county's national parks and monuments is camping, and doing so in a tiny motor home is ideal for a couple from another country. Scanning through all the replies, I worried you would be talked out of it. They frightened you away from taking the right kind of trip. Renting a motor home from a rental company like Cruise America is done all the time by Europeans, and THEY LOVE IT. The rental companies deal with foreigners all the time and are setup appropriately, including matters of insurance. Renting a tiny motor home like THIS ONE will be not be a challenge to maneuver around. You will reduce your chances of a minor altercation by 95% compared to a standard size motor home, and you will increase you chances for a parking spot by 3000%.....that is not a typo. It's tiny size helps anyone, but especially a foreigner get around with confidence. You mentioned traveling with another couple. I think that would be exceptional for each couple to have their own tiny rig to have independence and privacy. Maybe you will want to separate for a short period now and then. The only matter with two rigs is that everywhere you stay will require one camp site per motor home. In the summertime, getting adjacent sites will be uncommon, but you mentioned going in May so maybe you will do better. Going before school lets out here in the USA is very smart. Once the USA families get out and travel, the parks are busting and the best camp grounds in ideal locations will be near impossible to stay in. This applies mostly to the popular parks. For my wife and I, traveling in a car and staying in motel rooms handling luggage is serious torture. Just shoot me by the end of week 3. Keep in-mind that a big part of the national park experience is staying in or adjacent to the parks, waking up in the morning, stepping outside with a cup of coffee and look around in awe. It is priceless. Staying in a motel outside the parks changes the dynamics of the experience. You could stay in the park lodges, but they are extremely expensive and require reservations years in advance. With reservations, you are on a very strict schedule which also takes from the experience. We exclusively travel to the national parks and monuments, and we NEVER EVER get reservations for camp sites. We always take our chances and always come up with a campsite. about 50% of the time we end up in a national forest or BLM just outside the park boundary, but are still where we want to be. Don't forget that you can park your motor home overnight in 24 hour Walmart parking lots when traveling between parks. We do that too which offers a different flavor to the RVing experience. You and your friends will make time-long memories together, especially doing it together, each in your own tiny motor home.
ron.dittmer 02/12/20 06:08am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Need some advice

Europeans do that trip all the time. But you will want to fly into LasVegas Nevada, not Denver. LasVegas has plenty of RV rentals. You will want to rent that 20 footer. It actually measures 19 feet. It is perfect for a couple who can handle the upper bunk. As far as where to go, that is one of my most favorite parts of the USA. - Canyonlands National Park (rent a 4x4 Jeep in Moab and drive into the canyon for the day) - Arches National Park (see every arch that time permits (hike the loop trail at the far end, and NEVER miss Delicate Arch) - Zion National Park (hike to Angel's Landing and also in the water through the narrows) - Bryce Canyon National Park (a 2 to 4 hour hike in the canyon is awesome) - Grand Canyon National Park (what can I say?) - Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument (hike to hoodoos and in water-cut canyons) - Capital Reef National Monument (a beautiful drive-thru) I see you also mentioned other national parks and monuments. We have been to all of them and they are all worth seeing. 5 weeks is going to be enough time to see everything you want as long as you don't get lazy and burn away days relaxing excessively. There is at least one visitor center in each national park and monument. Be sure to stop in and talk to park rangers for recommended trails and a free trail guide, and weather forecasts. Spring time can bring spring rains, and rain can bring flash flooding. Just be mindful, not paranoid.
ron.dittmer 02/10/20 12:34am Class C Motorhomes
RE: purchase

SO is it just part of a numbers game? A certain percentage are going to complain?I believe so. There are also naive people with the misconception that a motor home is built to the same standards as a regular automobile. Getting "shocked" with disappointment often sparks negative comments. And because Coachman entry level products are most affordable, they are also most common....hence "The Numbers Game". Regardless of brand, if you want your motor home experience to be a friendly one, you really need to have or develop basic automotive, plumbing, electrical, and housing skills and apply those skills annually. Otherwise you will be posting your own negative comments on that complaining forum. As for me and my wife, we got very lucky and bought a Phoenix Cruiser. Our model 2350 is now 13 years old. It looks the same as when THESE PICTURES were taken many years ago. The handyman requirement is much less than typical. Adding that we garage it when not using it, helps immensely more. I do work on it, but nearly all is "elective" making little improvements to enhance our RVing experience.
ron.dittmer 02/03/20 10:14pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Anybody Know of a Class C With This Floorplan?

My brother is considering a brand new Coachman Pursuit 27XPS. CLICK HERE for the floor plan and specs. He says dealers are selling brand new 2020 models for $65,000. With a little negotiation, I wonder if one could be had for $59,000. Model 27XPS has no slideouts and measures exactly 29 feet end-to-end. The beauty of it is the full living room and a rear walk-around queen size bed. Coachman (especially the entry level Pursuit) is known for "Affordability", not high level quality.
ron.dittmer 02/01/20 08:54pm Class C Motorhomes
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