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RE: V-10 Excursion missing; no code or pending code

I never noticed anything. I found it quite by accident. I got a new battery at Walmart, and they replaced the - clamp with a painted clamp. This was so bad it kept setting a transmission output code. It stalled and ran poorly. FTE and the scantool both said the most likely cause was a bad ground. I started inspecting all the grounds. I replaced the chassis to frame ground, and inspected the - battery to chassis ground wire expecting a problem there. Instead, I discovered the negative clamp paint and surmised that was where the problem was. Bought a lead clamp and installed it in the dark with a head mounted flashlight while it was snowing. If I hadn't had the problem with the painted clamp I may have never found it. If Walmart had installed a lead or brass connector, it would have solved the problem but I may never have figured out what the problem was. Bad grounds cause all kinds of weird problems.
jspringator 09/01/15 05:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: V-10 Excursion missing; no code or pending code

UPDATE: Ended up the problem was a badly corroded negative battery terminal.
jspringator 09/01/15 09:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Scan tool for wasy to read Ford $06 misfore

UPDATE. My COP issues were caused by a corroded negative battery terminal. Replace the negative terminal, but don't use the cheap painted steel terminals.I ended up with BlueDriver bluetooth code reader that has the individual cylinder misfire code
jspringator 09/01/15 09:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: ohio to florida keys

I usually take 75 to the Fl Turnpike, and take the Turnpike to Homestead. Go online and get a Sunpass before you leave. I've come back 95 one time and it was a mess. The Turnpike was fine. I've only had one problem going through Atlanta and I've been through there 20 times at least. If you want to go 95 you will have to go to Knoxville, take 40 east and go through the mountains. I try to avoid that route.
jspringator 08/13/15 03:06pm Roads and Routes
RE: Maxxis Load D To E - Bouncy Ride

The PSI rating of the wheel is indicated by a sticker on the inside of the wheel. IIRC, the stock wheels on my Jayco Eagle were rated at 65 PSI. Have you checked this on your wheel? This very may well answer your question. Additionally, I remember one of the major tire manufacturers published a chart with the weight rating of a particular tire at different PSI's. Weigh the trailer by axle, divide by 2, add a 15% margin of error, and the chart should give you a PSI. Too much air can make the trailer ride so harshly it could damage it. I've got 2 Goodyear LT tires (Cargo, I think) that fit a Sprinter van on my front axle. 2 for the rear go on next year.
jspringator 07/03/15 07:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Public CG south of I4 in FL after Christmas

Does anyone know if gas outboards are permitted in the river that runs through Hillsboro? I have an 8' Portabote with a 3 1/2 hp Tohatsu that would be a lot of fun.
jspringator 07/03/15 05:37am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Public CG south of I4 in FL after Christmas

Reservation made at Hillsboro. Alafia is full for my timeframe. Couldn't talk my wife into Okeechobee. I think that would be a cool trip. Thanks everybody!
jspringator 07/01/15 05:55pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Public CG south of I4 in FL after Christmas

Yeah, I'm flexible. I just want to be warm.
jspringator 07/01/15 01:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Public CG south of I4 in FL after Christmas

I'm looking for a public campground below I4 where I can spend a week between Christmas and New Years. I'm pretty flexible, as long as it has a bath house with showers. Any ideas? I seem to get stuck in a rut as far as campgrounds go.
jspringator 07/01/15 06:49am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Known issues with 1997 Aliner

I want to give an Aliner a try while still holding on to my Jayco. I found a 1997 model for sale. Are there any particular issues with the older Aliners that I need to be aware of? I'm expecting to have to fix wear items, but i'm concerned about rot issues. I know the type of wood in the floors was changed in 2010, but I don't know how prevalent rot is in the older units.
jspringator 05/10/15 04:52pm Folding Trailers
RE: Headlight or Fog light performance on E350

Call Daniel Stern. He's an expert.
jspringator 05/01/15 03:08pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Headlight or Fog light performance on E350

The sealed beam lights are replaceable with Cibe Ecode headlights that are head and shoulders above the composite lights. Call Daniel Stern Lighting. http://www.danielsternlighting.com/
jspringator 04/28/15 06:33pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Gear Vendors for Excursion V-10 4.30 rear

I can get a lower gear by punching out of OD and putting it in 3rd. Probably roughly equivalent to the 4.88. I'm looking for something between OD and 3rd. If my non-towing mileage were better I would get much more use from the truck. If I could get 18-20 mpg or so consistently on the road, I would drive it a lot more. It did the best it had ever done on my last tow with the performance tune. I guess after that performance, I was willing to make a commitment to the truck. I'll probably do this within the next year.
jspringator 04/23/15 04:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Gear Vendors for Excursion V-10 4.30 rear

Holy cow you have 400k miles on that van? Pretty awesome, hope I can get anywhere near that. That isn't unheard of with Ford V-10's. I've heard reports of airport shuttle bus V-10's with 500,000 miles.
jspringator 04/19/15 05:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: Gear Vendors for Excursion V-10 4.30 rear

I doubt my truck is worth $5,000. The issue is what it is worth to have a more satisfactory tow experience. Last tow I put in noise isolating earbuds so the noise of the motor revving didn't bother me as much. That is obviously the cheapest solution. The most expensive solution is to buy a used diesel truck. This solution is significantly cheaper if it works. Used diesels are expensive to purchase and maintain. I may recoup $300 in fuel savings a year, but the truck probably won't last long enough for a full payback. However, it will last long enough for a partial payback. So if the cost is $3,500, is it worth $1,700 for a better towing experience? I need to think about it. When it revs, it will maintain a reasonable speed. There is just something about it that bothers me. Lets give the earbuds another shot on this summer's trip. I don't suppose there is a 6 speed transmission that would bolt in, is there? I've got 100,000 on this transmission.
jspringator 04/17/15 03:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Gear Vendors for Excursion V-10 4.30 rear

From this chart it looks like I could leave it in OD, lock out the double OD (I assume there is a button for this) and I would have a gear between my Truck OD and when my truck OD kicks out (third); third over. That is really where I need an extra gear.
jspringator 04/17/15 12:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Gear Vendors for Excursion V-10 4.30 rear

Stock tires. As I understand it it will go from GV OD to a gear higher than my 3rd gear without OD, then to 3rd without OD. Is that right? If it went from GV OD to 3rd wo OD it would be the same as I have now. It isn't my DD, but I do tailgate with it and use it when I have more than one passenger. My other car is a nineteen year old BMW convertible.
jspringator 04/17/15 09:50am Tow Vehicles
Gear Vendors for Excursion V-10 4.30 rear

I have a 2001 Excursion with a V-10 and 4.30's. I tow a 33 foot high profile TT that has a gross weight of 9,000 pounds. I found a great tune, 5-star 87 performance, that made a big difference. I was wondering if anyone has tried a Gear Vendors OD in this application. It would be useful to have a gear between OD and OD out. I suppose that is what they call "gear splitting". $3,000 sounds like a lot, but another truck (or lighter trailer) would cost a lot more. It does have 190,000 miles on it now, but runs great, and is in great condition. I expect another 100,000 miles of use. I am looking for ease of towing, and I understand that any mileage increase wouldn't pay for the unit.
jspringator 04/17/15 06:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: electric tongue jack

I opened up the top and regreased it. My new one has a greasing procedure.
jspringator 04/02/15 07:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: electric tongue jack

I'm on my 3rd unit. I got the biggest one they had. This one had the separate ground wire that attaches to the battery post. I also keep the top covered. I think water washes the grease out causing premature failure.
jspringator 04/02/15 06:23pm Travel Trailers
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