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RE: Heavy Class C Tire thoughts

For the E350 and E450 chassis. CLICK HERE for Michelin's extra capacity "E" rated tire. (500-600 pounds more per tire compared to the standard "E" rated tire) CLICK HERE for Michelin's standard "E" rated tire.
ron.dittmer 10/08/21 07:51pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 07 E450 Class C rear air bags better handling while towing

I read through the initial post and see the OP inspected his stabilizer bar bushings. There are many products available that address handling. I lean most toward replacing the under-rated stock stabilizer bars versus adding rear air bags. But that is surely a personal decision. Our old 1983/84 Toyota chassis motorhome HERE that we had for many years, had very serious handling problems. Heavy duty stabilizer bars were not available so the other practical option was to add rear air bags. They did the job well for vehicle control, but in order to be effective, they required a good amount of air which increased the harshness of the ride. I feel heavy duty stabilizer bars achieve the same without making for a more rough ride.
ron.dittmer 10/07/21 10:26am Class C Motorhomes
RE: We've had 8 years and 68,000 trouble free miles...

We bought our rig HERE new in 2007. It is built on a 2007 E350 chassis. The rig is garage-kept, the chassis currently driven 42,000 miles, but has lots of idling hours. The house has been relatively trouble-free with exception to the generator of which I had to replace the fuel pump inside it, a problem that developed last year. As for the Ford E350 chassis, it was trouble-free until our last trip out west for a month that we just returned home from. We ended up stranded on Interstate-90, the cause was a failed fuel pump control module. The Ford dealer in Gillette WY took excellent care of us with a swift affordable repair. I am now considering carrying a spare module, an easy item to replace on a roadside. Ron, would you provide a little more detail on how to replace this (a photo or two if possible)? I may buy a spare to carry along too, depending upon how easy it is to replace. That failing, or the fuel pump itself, is a BIG concern for me. We don't tow along another vehicle, so getting stranded along the road somewhere (or worse ...maybe out in the boonies) could be a really big deal for us. Thanks in advance!For Desert Captain too. For our 2007 E350 with V10 engine, this is the old part and new part box. The E450 and other model years might be different. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51542617448_e8cfae9e11_z.jpg width=640 The part is mounted to the inside of the frame about half way between the fuel tank and engine. Two mounting bolts and one electrical connector and it's replaced. Other things to carry would be some 20 amp fuses and fuel pump relays. When the module went out, it blew the associated fuse and relay, both located in the fuse box under the hood. It is a common relay, the largest one used in 4 positions.
ron.dittmer 10/05/21 01:47am Class C Motorhomes
RE: We've had 8 years and 68,000 trouble free miles...

We bought our rig HERE new in 2007. It is built on a 2007 E350 chassis. The rig is garage-kept, the chassis currently driven 42,000 miles, but has lots of idling hours. The house has been relatively trouble-free with exception to the generator of which I had to replace the fuel pump inside it, a problem that developed last year. As for the Ford E350 chassis, it was trouble-free until our last trip out west for a month that we just returned home from. We ended up stranded on Interstate-90, the cause was a failed fuel pump control module. The Ford dealer in Gillette WY took excellent care of us with a swift affordable repair. I am now considering carrying a spare module, an easy item to replace on a roadside.
ron.dittmer 10/01/21 08:20am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Minnie Winnie 25B

Hi Convoy Travel, If you are fine sleeping like Rob and Laura Petrie, look into a used Phoenix Cruiser model 2551 or a new Model 2552. These two models are very popular with older folk who downsized from larger rigs. They come with a slide out but I believe you can order it without one. Configurations include either a couch or a dinette along that wall. Rear walk-around queen bed plans are also available. The Phoenix line-up are lower, more narrow, and very aerodynamic, making them easier to maneuver in. CLICK HERE to get to the main Phoenix Cruiser website. We bought our Phoenix Cruiser model 2350 (SEEN HERE) brand new 14 years ago back in 2007 and hope to keep it for 25 more years.
ron.dittmer 09/28/21 03:58am Class C Motorhomes
RE: We've had 8 years and 68,000 trouble free miles...

A thread has been around either on this forum or was it another, a Nexus bashing thread. I am happy to read Desert Captain's report. I too appreciate his refreshing report as well as the replies to it. Our rig is smaller than his at 23'-8" long, rear corner double bed B+. Like many comments here, it's a good length for the sake of mobility and utility. It's a cottage not a mansion, just right for it's purpose. I envy Desert Captain's accomplishments in his time frame and miles driven. We can't seem to get away as easy as it should be. I suppose it's what we put on ourselves here when at home, and all this "COVID stuff" didn't help. Desert Captain, Thank you for sharing that.
ron.dittmer 08/15/21 05:07am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Supplemental Braking Systems

I never heard of supplemental braking for the motorhome. If you are referring to supplemental braking for your tow vehicle, we have a Unified tow brake system by US Gear. It works effectively because of the system's vacuum pump that keeps the power brake booster charged. The pump goes on when touching the brake pedal and goes off after roughly 30 seconds of releasing the brake pedal. It is installed into the tow vehicle in a "once and done" fashion.....I installed the system myself into our 2006 Jeep Liberty back in 2009. All we do is hook up the umbilical cord and the other normalities for towing and it's ready. We have had this system for 12 years now and it still works like new. The controller for the system is mounted on the RV dash board to adjust it's sensitivity as conditions call for, while you tow. One day we will eventually have to change tow vehicles. My plan would be to transfer the system to the new tow vehicle. Here is the installation diagram for the system which looks challenging, but wasn't bad in reality. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/proxy/qUQib-PdtxR0HGgB3r5Kuylakq91QARzTEYF5k54UsK84VrHHUHfq2mg2iXkr4Dok3qzVXTvx3728JjJqjgEyiQbWD5Slvo5mMkjfcoTSnjoH8srq_9K width=640 Here is the controller in our 2007 E350 chassis motorhome....#2 in the diagram. https://live.staticflickr.com/762/22047323699_d158cc6e33_z.jpg width=640 Braking force to the tow vehicle is consistent whether braking softly or braking abruptly with the motorhome. It takes some getting used to because during most braking conditions, you feel the tow vehicle slowing down the motorhome. It helps to keep the motorhome brakes cooler at the expense to the tow vehicle brakes. I consider that a "plus". Tow vehicle brakes are not worked so hard to overheat, but they do more than their share of slowing down the train, and it's brake pads and rotors are a lot cheaper to replace.
ron.dittmer 07/21/21 11:03am Class C Motorhomes
RE: trying to get stuck tire off

There is a product called "Never Seez" that is a type of grease that you can paint onto wheel studs and you will never again have that problem. I use it all the time on wheels, and brake discs, and other stuff that gets exposed to water and might someday have to come off. Doesn't solve your problem, but prevents it from happening again. Oh, and yes, use a sledge hammer. I agree with everything you are saying. You call it "Never Seez". The industry calls it "Anti-Seize" sold under many different names and labels. Google the word anti-seize. Remove the cap and there is an application brush attached to it like this. https://www.bio-circle.com/media/image/61/19/99/C25010_Metallfreie-Montagepaste_250g_PF_300x300.jpg width=200 I use anti-seize compound on contact areas for brake rotors, alloy wheels, wheel hubs, and lug stems.....any such things that get badly corroded, that you want to come apart easy later.
ron.dittmer 07/19/21 02:11pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Front Sumo Springs

Are you certain you need extra spring assist up front? Maybe your condition is like I had where the extra weight behind the rear axle lifts the front making it lighter and higher. I addressed the condition through replacing the front coil springs with lighter-duty versions to soften the ride up front along with lowering of the front suspension by 1.25". CLICK HERE to read all about it. I included a diagram of my weight distribution and before/after pictures. I previously installed heavy duty versions of stabilizer bars, front steering stabilizer, and shocks to improve handling. The softer front springs actually improved handling a little bit better yet. The rig is more tame since the change in front coil springs.
ron.dittmer 07/10/21 11:17am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Considering move from class A to C

Ron, from your photos above it looks like the captain's chair also slides forward and backward? (as well as swiveling) If so, note that whoever is using the captain's chair in your RV can also face it at the right hand dinette seat, slide the captain's chair all the way forward to be as close to the dinette seat as possible, and then raise up their legs to rest their feet on the dinette cushion. We do this all the time with our very comfortable stock barrel chair. This is also a good way, from a barrel chair or captain's chair, to watch a small portable TV screen (or computer monitor screen) that is sitting on the dinette table.Yes, as I stated before, I use the dinette bench as an ottoman. A person sitting in that 3rd captain seat has their own dining surface through utilizing the flip-up countertop across from the main entry door. It's not ideal, but works in a pinch.
ron.dittmer 07/05/21 04:38pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Considering move from class A to C

I would suggest (works for me as I get older) you get one with at least 2 different places to sit. Sitting at a dinette gets old, I shift to the barrel chair, you may have a couch. Two places to sit. Its very versatile Yes Indeed! Our rig has a dinette and a 3rd seat, originally with a barrel chair that I changed with a 3rd matching captain chair. That was one of my better modifications that cost me around $400. Before with barrel chair. https://live.staticflickr.com/4543/38066818464_59da1639fa_z.jpg After with the matching captain seat. https://live.staticflickr.com/7813/46394369205_f4d40eac53_z.jpg The front-most dinette bench seat is used as an ottoman here. https://live.staticflickr.com/4531/37897326165_938fa70aa4_z.jpg Here, the front passenger seat is the ottoman. https://live.staticflickr.com/6173/6191936126_12d4e1ae89_z.jpg Needless to say, we fight over this seat. It is also a nice seat for a third passenger. When adjusted out into the isle and swiveled forward, the passenger can look out the windshield fairly well. FYI: Our scaled-down 93" wide rig has no slide outs. This is our interior, the picture taken from the rear corner double bed. https://live.staticflickr.com/8518/8462453675_5d79315fcc_z.jpg
ron.dittmer 07/05/21 11:53am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Unusual Class C

I agree that the unique changes in that particular rig are a matter of taste that I personally don't care for. But I noticed a few un-tampered Telstars out there that have been garage or barn kept, in great shape. If looking for something very affordable and well constructed, look at a Telstar. There were many different floor plans available. Of coarse the one drawback to anything that old is the gas hog E350 chassis of that era. The V10 engine introduced in the RV industry around 1998 is much more fuel efficient and less temperamental.
ron.dittmer 07/02/21 07:39am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Unusual Class C

I noticed the Telstar line of motorhomes many years ago. If it fit inside our garage, (too tall) maybe I would be an owner of one. I think their production was from 1985-1995. There is one with a purple interior and a built in car phone on the wall that was owned by Barbara Streisand. CLICK HERE to see it. It might be in a museum today.
ron.dittmer 07/01/21 05:50am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Front stabilizers on Class C Jamboree

If your rig moves a lot when parked, then it moves a lot when being driven. So if you are thinking you need stabilizer jacks, you might benefit from heavy duty front and rear stabilizer bars also called sway bars. Motorhomes built on the Ford E350 model 2007 and older, don't have any kind of rear stabilizer bar unless added by a previous owner. If you lack a rear stabilizer bar, adding a heavy duty one will significantly reduce the need for stabilizer jacks. CLICK HERE for instruction on a simple test you can perform to help determine if you could benefit from such suspension upgrades.
ron.dittmer 06/24/21 07:58pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Looking for Short, Used Class C with Island Bed

An island bed without it being inside a side-protruding slide out is a rare find these days. Being only 26 feet over-all length is even harder to find. I don't like a slide out located above or behind the rear axle because of the issues with weight distribution. I feel a centered walk-around queen bed without a rear slide out makes for an ideal bedroom in a class B+/C.
ron.dittmer 06/23/21 05:56pm Class C Motorhomes
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
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