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RE: Class C that's easy to fix?

The problem with a class A is that shops don't want to work on them. If you get stranded out in the middle of nowhere USA, your towing fee could be extremely expensive and your down time tragic. The Ford E350/E450 and the Chevy 3500/4500 cut-away chassis are most apt to be taken care by shops because the chassis is very common and they can follow their shop software with no timely surprises. I recall reading some years ago, one class A gasser required the removal of the entire face of the motorhome (windshield and all) to replace certain components. Think about that one.
ron.dittmer 06/21/21 06:16pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 24 ft or less B+ with over head bed.

I agree that the E450 is the best of the bunch. The only thing I would do concerning the extra rough ride in back on the lighter weighted rigs would be to "tune" the rear suspension to better match the actual load it carries. Too much extra capability will make a rough ride even more rough. Many RV owners complain about their rig thrashing around. Maybe something can be done to soften the ride. How to "tune" the rear suspension is another topic involving the removal of the proper amount of E450 leaf springs. I have no personal experience to provide, only theories. I imagine it would begin by comparing the leaf spring packs of the E450 to the E350, learning what you can from the differences. Also compare your E450 actual rear axle weight to the limit of the E350 of the same model year. If you are rear axle weighs 1000 less than what an E350 rear axle can handle, then you want your leaf stacks to be that of an E350. Again, my theory alone.
ron.dittmer 06/21/21 01:29pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 24 ft or less B+ with over head bed.

When it comes to handling, motorhomes are not much different than rental moving trucks. Imagine setting a 4 ton machine in an empty box truck right at the overhead door, then another time, place it right behind the cab, then another time left or right of center. Then do everything in a short box truck and again in a long box truck. That is how motorhomes vary.
ron.dittmer 06/21/21 06:53am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C that's easy to fix?

Here you go et cetera. A V8, likely a GM. https://i2.wp.com/howtowinterizeyourrv.com/wp-content/uploads/135840-every-wonder-whats-under-the-doghouse-of-a-class-a-gas-scaled.jpg?resize=1080%2C675&ssl=1 width=640 Here is a V10 engine, 99% sure it's a Ford https://5startuning.com/wp-content/uploads/Ford_68L_intake1_lg.jpg width=640
ron.dittmer 06/20/21 05:58pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Customizations / mods to the Freelander 21QB

Since we are sharing...... CLICK HERE for my list with pictures of mods and little things added to our Phoenix Cruiser since we bought it new in 2007. I have maintained this post since it's inception in January 2009.
ron.dittmer 06/20/21 03:23pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 24 ft or less B+ with over head bed.

Every motorhome, brand, length, wheel base, etc. has it's own unique driving characteristics. I got gutsy last year and decided to optimize our rig further than most people would consider. CLICK HERE to read about it which includes many descriptive pictures. Again.....Every rig is different so you will need to do your own research on whether your rig would benefit from doing something similar.
ron.dittmer 06/16/21 06:09am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Wheel simulators, tire valve extensions and other questions

Though we never had trouble with our simulators SEEN HERE, I wanted to upgrade to Alcoa wheels SEEN HERE. I am happy with my expensive decision. I sold 4 of my original 6 wheels for $400, and have the simulators with valve extensions for sale for $100. My point is that I hope to recover 1/3 of the cost of the $1500 Alcoa wheels.
ron.dittmer 06/13/21 07:09am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 24 ft or less B+ with over head bed.

I would not know how the E350 and the 3500 compare for any particular model year. I only have the E-series spec sheets.
ron.dittmer 06/08/21 01:11pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 24 ft or less B+ with over head bed.

A small motorhome built on a Ford E450 or Chevy 4500 chassis will provide a very rough ride because the chassis is designed to carry a lot more weight than is actually being carried. Our 2007 Phoenix Cruiser 2350 is 23'-8" long, is built on a 2007 Ford E350 chassis, and even it was over-capable in the front axle, making a more rough ride for us sitting up front. I finally got brave and addressed it last year. CLICK HERE to read all about it. I included many pictures for clarity.
ron.dittmer 06/05/21 06:19am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 24 ft or less B+ with over head bed.

The Phoenix Cruiser has always been a B+. I own one with the typical cabinets and TV in that area. You could special order that space as a bunk. To get it so, you would sacrifice what I have plus the easy entry into the cab area. The overhead bunk would make an excellent loft for a child or pet to sleep in as well as for open bulk storage. It would also increase roll-over protection because the van roof with its rear support would not be cut. Here is an old Phoenix Cruiser, maybe a 2002 model year, with the overhead bunk. I think today it would be finished off with more interior volume. If you sought an exceptionally deep bunk, I think you could have the factory build it some additional inches more rearward. https://live.staticflickr.com/561/18403520006_0af63d114e_z.jpg width=640 For comparison, here is my rig. https://live.staticflickr.com/8518/8462453675_5d79315fcc_z.jpg width=640 This is what is done to every PC like mine which is just about every one made. It is also what happens to every other class B+ and C motorhome. https://live.staticflickr.com/6173/6205758603_595094aa37_z.jpg width=640
ron.dittmer 06/03/21 07:46pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C RV cost in the Covid era...

Hey, I am willing to sell my garage-kept rig HERE with 38,750 miles for the lean low price of only $90,000. I just installed a brand new set of Alcoa wheels, 6 Michelin Agilis tires, had a fresh wheel alignment and brake system flush. I'll even throw in a transmission fluid & filter change, coolant change, oil change, and air filter change. It'll be good as new (better than new). ;)
ron.dittmer 06/03/21 12:29pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2021 E450 dual alternator

I understood that a chassis with the motorhome prep package has a higher amperage alternator than a box truck chassis. This addresses most people's needs but Brian has some unique plans. I imagine Ford's ambulance prep package (with twin alternators) would be ideal for his plans. Apparently the Ford parts guy he was working with was too lazy to determine what is needed from the ambulance prep package. Brian, I wonder if a Helm shop manual for your chassis will identify what you need. It's a misconception that the ambulance prep package has dual alternators. It does have dual batteries and a 240A alternator and dual alternators is still an option, but the rest of the package has little to do with the electrical system and more to do with the auxiliary HVAC systems, front axle rating and required heat shielding. All of the newer ambulances that I've work with have automatic high idle. Ours do not have dual alternators, since apparently the 240A alternator is sufficient, and we've never had an issue with not having enough alternator output. The prevelance of all LED lighting has helped immensely with this.And here we have first-hand experience being posted. Thank you!
ron.dittmer 05/29/21 09:31pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2021 E450 dual alternator

I understood that a chassis with the motorhome prep package has a higher amperage alternator than a box truck chassis. This addresses most people's needs but Brian has some unique plans. I imagine Ford's ambulance prep package (with twin alternators) would be ideal for his plans. Apparently the Ford parts guy he was working with was too lazy to determine what is needed from the ambulance prep package. Brian, I wonder if a Helm shop manual for your chassis will identify what you need.
ron.dittmer 05/28/21 05:56pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Help! Onan 4K generator refuses to start and stay on

Hi KennyG, I had a problem last fall with our Onan 4000 generator. It would self-shut down after 20 minutes running. I replaced the fuel pump with fuel filter just yesterday and the generator is perfect again. The fuel pump was not easy to replace, but can be done. I highly recommend you consider replacing your fuel pump & fuel filter together. I recommend getting one with the exit tube like this (like the original one) to avoid a potential interference problem that I dealt with with the other available design. https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1eYtpatzvK1RkSnfoq6zMwVXaD/Electric-Fuel-Pump-for-Onan-4000-4Kw-Gas-RV-Cummins-Generator-Microlite-MicroQuiet-Replaces-Airtex-E11007.jpg_Q90.jpg_.webp width=300 Everyone on these RV forums quickly zero in on the carburetor being the problem, most especially because the unit sat idle for too long and bad gas in the carb gumming it up and such. At risk of insulting others, I don't agree. I would replace the fuel pump and fuel filter together. It's surely cheap enough. It's all in the labor. If you decide to do it, first disconnect every battery for the house and chassis. You will need to disconnect lots of wires in the area, remove the solenoid, then the control module. There is a 30 pin connector plugged to the underside of the control module that is very hard to access. I pulled every cable and wire harness out from the work area to gain enough work space. When disconnecting and removing the fuel pump, make sure to first protect that 30 pin connector with a good rag to absorb any spilt gas. Repeating what I said many months ago here in this subject, I never run my generator during storage which is typically 7 months but has been as long as 2.5 years, with the gas in the main tank being that old. Starting involves a lot of pump-priming, then chugs a bit and soon smooths out. The main chassis engine starts right up like it ran just the day before. Carbs for simple engines are a lot more forgiving than people give credit.
ron.dittmer 05/21/21 05:27am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Coach House 272 First Impressions

Nice report!
ron.dittmer 05/14/21 07:56am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Marathon driving

Marathon driving? Try driving 24/7 at 57 mph from Chicago to places like Yosemite, Glacier, and the shorter trips to Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain.....in THIS SLUG of a rig. We did that during most of our working years with reduced vacation time with kids on-board. We setup our two boys with Sega Genesis Nomads which helped keep them occupied, but they loved to play interactive games with each other much more. They say their fondest memories of our trips were those long days in the motorhome, not the destinations. For all they cared, we could have driven around in circles. They complained big time when we put the rig up for sale in 2007. I said, "Hey, you can buy it" which quieted them down quickly. Our oldest had just graduated with a Masters degree at the time, so he could have bought it if he didn't want to see it leave the family. Anyways.... EMD360, I am glad you had a great trip. Thanks for sharing that.
ron.dittmer 05/08/21 04:28pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Metal carport RV shelter

You know the how it is with boats and "2foot-itis". My advice is to make the building as large as your property can accommodate, within reason of coarse. Build it bigger than your rig needs because life changes. Suddenly it's too small and you'll be kicking yourself over your decision to make it just big enough. Maybe you'll never own a larger motor home, but later want to store other things inside, if not for yourself, then for family & friends.
ron.dittmer 05/05/21 07:42am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Height of Unit

Phoenix Cruiser model 2350 on the E350 chassis was advertised at 9'-10" to the top of the a/c unit, and ours was true to that spec. The a/c unit on our rig is the highest point. But if you have a satellite dome, that is going to be taller.
ron.dittmer 04/30/21 10:22pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2006 Isata Touring Sedan model 220 anyone familiar?

That vintage of the Isata was known for exceptional quality. If the one you bought was well kept, then you have a sweet rig.
ron.dittmer 04/29/21 10:35pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C that's easy to fix?

pnichols brings up a very valid point that we lived with for 24 years with our first motorhome SHOWN HERE. If you scroll thru the pictures, you will see where the manual gear shifter was located. Talk about being a contortionist. We had no concerns getting between the cab and house when we bought the rig at age 25, but were so tired of the struggle during our later years. In the E350/E450, people complain about the difficulties getting from the driver seat to the house interior and back again. I say "Ha, ha, what difficulty?". I have no trouble at all. I realize a full size pickup cab does not compare to what we managed with for all those years, but is still a lot to deal with compared to a van cab. Between that and sacrificing so much "house" in the overall length, a pickup cab would never be a consideration for us. I'll take the van cab benefits over "repair convenience" of a pickup cab. If we were shopping for a new class C, we would simply page past on-line, or walk past in-person over every pickup cab. Looking at that picture higher up of a pickup cab lifted off the frame to work on it's diesel engine, leaves me to question the benefit even further. That is not even an option with a motorhome. With the 22R engine my guess is that vehicle is still moving down the road. Secondly, if that were mine the license plate would be "jetsons". what a great looking rig.Our little old Toyota/Mirage just might still be. If would be interesting to run a CarFax report on the VIN to see if it's still alive. Other than the interior fabric and carpet, that rig was in excellent condition 14 years ago when we sold it. I still get inquiries about it from my flickr pictures and my write-up posted inside it with it's history.
ron.dittmer 04/29/21 06:22am Class C Motorhomes
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