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RE: cricket golf cart for a rv

I get the wee-bee-gee-bees when I see a lot of cantilevered weight on a hitch on any vehicle, but most especially with a class B or C motorhome. It doesn't sit right with me. A couple of bicycles or a light storage carrier is one thing, but a 400+ pound mini-golf cart hanging 2 to 3 feet away from the connection? Not so much. Consider that with the inherent leverage, it is going to be a lot more than 500 pounds at the point of connection.
ron.dittmer 05/21/22 10:45pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Small Class C on a Ford 350 vs Transit chassis

Over the last year I have had 7 people come ring our doorbell to ask if that lovely motorhome {24' Class C} sitting in the driveway is for sale. I did some checking and got offers of $36,000 to $41,000 from a couple of different consignment companies and there is no fee to the seller. Keep in mind I paid $47,000 for it 9.5 years and 71,000 miles ago. I'd be tempted to part with it if we weren't so happy with the coach and then would have to try and find something else {and it 's paid for }.A good feeling for sure. It would be interesting to know what we could get for our rig.
ron.dittmer 05/07/22 01:09pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Small Class C on a Ford 350 vs Transit chassis

If the PC is 3 times what you paid in 2007 that would be about $180K.I many have exaggerated a bit. A brand new PC 2100, fully optioned as they are all built today, I have seen priced at Camper's Inn for around $160k. I don't know if you can negotiate downward in this currently hot motorhome market. Wait until the COVID craze has passed. I am all but certain the prices will drop dramatically on new and used motorhomes of every brand and kind. It is NOT a good time buy a new or used motorhome, only a good time to get out from owning one. I don't know about towables. Every time I drive by my area RV dealers, their lots are loaded with them which tells me they are over-stocked. Maybe the prices on them have come down off the clouds to help move them. I really don't know, just an assumption on my part. Yes, that was my plan to wait. I think not only prices will come down but people that bought RV's on a whim will have to sell them, depending on how bad this recession is. It is a good time to research and see what is out there and what would fit the way one likes to camp/travel.You are so right. There will be so many used motorhomes being put up for sale after people can freely travel abroad again. Their motorhomes will be sitting in storage lots while they are in the Caribbean, Europe, wherever else but in their motorhome.
ron.dittmer 05/07/22 01:07pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Small Class C on a Ford 350 vs Transit chassis

If the PC is 3 times what you paid in 2007 that would be about $180K.I many have exaggerated a bit. A brand new PC 2100, fully optioned as they are all built today, I have seen priced at Camper's Inn for around $160k. I don't know if you can negotiate downward in this currently hot motorhome market. Wait until the COVID craze has passed. I am all but certain the prices will drop dramatically on new and used motorhomes of every brand and kind. It is NOT a good time buy a new or used motorhome, only a good time to get out from owning one. I don't know about towables. Every time I drive by my area RV dealers, their lots are loaded with them which tells me they are over-stocked. Maybe the prices on them have come down off the clouds to help move them. I really don't know, just an assumption on my part.
ron.dittmer 05/07/22 07:59am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Small Class C on a Ford 350 vs Transit chassis

https://www.coachmenrv.com/class-c-motorhomes/cross-trail/20CB/5891 Do you know what the Phoenix Cruiser costs?I do not know the current pricing for any Phoenix Cruiser. One thing I have observed is that prices seemed to have doubled in the past 10 years. We paid $67,000 for our new PC-2350 HERE in 2007. Today the same rig would be more than double that price....maybe closer to 3x.
ron.dittmer 05/06/22 07:51am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Small Class C on a Ford 350 vs Transit chassis

What is a Transit CBT? A brand new Phoenix Cruiser 2100 is costing a whole lot more than $89,000.
ron.dittmer 05/05/22 07:19pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Small Class C on a Ford 350 vs Transit chassis

The Phoenix Cruiser 2100 is similar to that BT Cruiser 5210, but is 11" shorter, 3" more narrow, and 5" lower. Its beauty is that it fits in a regular parking spot. It is also "fully featured" just like typical class C motorhomes. Nothing is micro-sized to get everything to fit. You can take a real shower, have a real fridge and freezer, a real furnace and all the rest. Adding the "quality" of a Phoenix Cruiser and model 2100 would be my recommendation. If you cannot afford a new one, consider a used one.
ron.dittmer 05/03/22 09:57am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Small Class C on a Ford 350 vs Transit chassis

It looks like a unibody chassis rather than a frame type chassis that you would find on a 350.Very true. It is in-part how Ford was able to lower the cab to be more like a mini-van. That is why it's load capability is less. It is also why the wheel base cannot be modified. The outfitters must work with the available wheel bases. That is actually a good thing to me. I was happy to learn that our rig has an unmodified standard 158" wheel base. I like keeping things as standard as possible with framing, drivetrain, and such. But making suspension upgrades is a safe bet.
ron.dittmer 04/30/22 08:40am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Small Class C on a Ford 350 vs Transit chassis

The Transit is more car-like with easier access, both concerning inside and outside access. It is like stepping into a minivan rather than stepping up into a standard van like the E350 and Sprinter. It will also yield roughly a 20% improvement in fuel economy compared to the E350 with the new V8 as long as the house it carries has excellent aerodynamics. If the Transit has a large wind-catching over-head cab bunk, then the gap in fuel economy closes. The Transit diesel has been dropped by Ford for some time now, replaced with a twin turbo gasoline engine. This change in the power plant drops it's fuel efficiency significantly, bringing it down to that 20% improvement over the current-day E350 with 7.3L-V8 engine and 6-speed transmission. I personally would rather have the E350 with it's normally aspirated engine. The slight drop in fuel economy compared to it's benefits in power and chassis rating, it is something to think about. If your goal is to be as "car-like" as possible, the Transit is the one to consider. But it would concern me, after owning it a while, you might say something like...... "Why didn't I go for piles more power & capability for just a slight drop in fuel economy? My engine works so dang hard just to maintain cruising speed. The turbo is always singing in boost-mode. My fuel economy is not what I expected. My chassis is always over-loaded! Why didn't I just get that E350? I would have gotten used to its inconveniences." It took some effort and about $4000 to get our 2007 E350 to a good place with some suspension upgrades and front coil spring reduction. I wouldn't know how the ride and handling compares to a Transit, but compared to a stock E350 motorhome, it is a monumental change for the better. The house is not getting all shaken up and it handles very nicely. It climbs up mountain passes while towing our Jeep Liberty. It does everything it should without feeling like it's being over-worked. Our 2007 E350 with 6.8L-V10 engine fuel economy "trip average" without towing is 10.5mpg. Reports of the current more powerful 7.3L engine are coming in at 1mpg better....more power, better fuel economy, and more quiet too. That is a 3x win for the 2022 E350. So what is most important to you?
ron.dittmer 04/30/22 08:17am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Stainless wheel liners.

I recently replaced my steel wheels and covers with Alcoa wheels. Both inside and outside wheel covers pried off. This is them. If you have the same hubcap symbol, they likely pry off too. https://live.staticflickr.com/1625/25509285301_61f9faee02_z.jpg width=640
ron.dittmer 02/10/22 06:52am Class C Motorhomes
RE: E-450 Stuck on Defrost Mode

Here's just one of the "how to bypass" videos on You Tube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddcZnubJJgcNice, simple, straight forward video! Well wishes with the project.
ron.dittmer 02/07/22 09:43am Class C Motorhomes
RE: E-450 Stuck on Defrost Mode

As I understand you Bordercollie, you want to run a second vacuum in the area that is very difficult to access. I have seen write-ups on this in the past, and I "Get That". Just MAKE SURE that is in-fact the area of failure. Like you say, you want to seal off the leak as not to mess up your engine emissions, performance, and fuel economy. Please follow up on what you learn and your final solution. I wonder if a new hose could be pulled through the difficult channels by taping it well to the end of the old hose, then carefully pull the old hose out and have the new hose follow along.
ron.dittmer 02/07/22 07:14am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Minor alignment issue... but a long story

Desert Captain, It just came to me, a possible cause for the unexplained edge-wear on one of your front tires. During one of your trips with those tires, if you experienced a strong consistent side wind all day long on the open road, that would create the wear you describe. I speak from experience with our first motorhome. One trip travelling across the great plains, we experience a consistent side wind all day long that had me turning the steering wheel slightly into the direction of the wind. That trip ruined both front tires with horrible edge wear on the outer edge of the one tire, and the inner edge of the other tire.
ron.dittmer 02/02/22 04:36pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Lithium Iron Batteries and Charging Systems

We own a 2007 Phoenix Cruiser with a Tripp-Lite 2000W inverter/convertor combo unit. Our rig was originally equipped with two wet acid 12V house batteries, easily inspected through the use of the battery tray. When it came time to replace the second set of 12V wet acid batteries in April 2015, I looked into Lithium technology. I also looked into AGM, and the various 6V options. Our Tripp-Lite was engineered to handle AGM technology (6Vx2 or 12V didn't matter) when set appropriately, but had no accommodation for Lithium technology. So a pair of 6V-AGM made the most sense. It didn't help that Lithium batteries were crazy expensive. Our 6V AGMs were twice that of the 12V wet acid. I bought them at Sam's Club for $180 each back then but are no longer available here in the Chicago area. The next cheapest 6V-AGM I found locally is THIS ONE at Batteries Plus. You can save 10% buy ordering on-line and picking up at your specified store. I got only 2 good years from each pair of 12V-wet acid batteries, one marginal year, and one poor year. With the pair of 6V-AGMs, we've got 6 good years so far and counting, still performing quite nicely, so needless to say we are very happy with the change to 6V AGMs. When it comes time to replace these batteries, I might consider sealed wet acid due to the cost. I cannot consider standard wet acid because I ditched the battery tray to get the extra height required for the 6V batteries, leaving no practical means of checking fluid levels.
ron.dittmer 01/27/22 10:24am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Aftermarket engine gauge recommendations

I thought the latest 2021-2022 chassis instrumentation already provides lots of information. For our 2007 E350 chassis, many years ago I added a ScanGauge-II on top of the rear view back-up camera as shown. I tucked the wiring behind the head liner and "A" pillar trim for a professional looking installation. Needless to say, it stays put. I appreciate having it. I personally like to show fuel-rated information including the TPS (Throttle Position Sensor) which tells me how far down I have the gas pedal. Sometimes I don't realize I have the pedal to the metal until lifting my foot. Backing up a lot on the throttle can sometime yield very little difference in speed when on a gentile many-mile incline. https://live.staticflickr.com/8228/8463546500_4ee91cd3bb_z.jpg width=640
ron.dittmer 01/24/22 10:59pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Thinking About a Class C

With "RARE" exception to the RV itself like a 1992-1995 Telstar motorhome, I would avoid an old Ford chassis that did not have the V10 engine and at least a 4-speed transmission. For reference regarding fuel economy, our 2007 E350 with the V10 engine and the TorqShift 5-speed transmission of that era (MANY PICTURES HERE) averaged 10.5 mpg, a figure accurately logged and calculated upon returning from a ~5000 mile RV trip (not towing). 10.5 mpg is a whole lot better than a mere 6 mpg.....and there are other matters pertaining to performance, behavioral, available parts, and reliability.
ron.dittmer 01/22/22 12:46pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Reducing push/pull from tractor trailers passing

I usually am towing my 6 X 10' {8'tall} cargo trailer loaded to about 2,600#. To offset the increased tongue weight of the single axle I added AirLift 5,000# air bags which at 50 psi return the tongue to dead level, 16" to the top of the ball per the trailer manufacturers recommendations.That is "Excellent" advice when towing something with substantial tongue weight. We tow, but it's a vehicle with a mere 20-30 pounds of tongue weight, hence no need for rear air bags.
ron.dittmer 01/18/22 10:20am Class C Motorhomes
RE: New suspension upgrades

I just bought this 2006 30" winnebago Aspect e450 and it wandered like crazy. I recently added front Hellwig sway bar, Bilsteins x 4, safety T steering. Tire psi 70/60 R-F. Set rear air bags to 50 psi. This has made a world of difference n driving this rig. I will be installing the rear Sway Bar this week.Add front sumo springs , Rear Hellwig ASB and if you tow or cream on top add in a rear Trac Bar ! I did the all above along with an alignment , only difference I drank the koolaid from reading others posts here on the koni's , I actually felt I went backwards when I put those on ! Those koni shocks are garbage ! There's a reason why the Bilsteins are on back order ! ;)I am "with you" concerning HD-RV Bilsteins. Reiterating that I am "Extremely" happy with how well the HD-RV Bilsteins manage our 24 foot rig on a 2007 E350 chassis without increasing "harshness of ride". I read mixed reviews from people concerning their personal experience with the Koni-FSDs. They cost a dang fortune. I hoped the extra expense offered a guaranteed sweeping improvement. Regarding Sumo Springs, I have studied how they contribute. If my choice is either Sumo Springs or Heavy Duty Stabilizer bars, I favor the bars. Maybe having both together would be a perfect union. Aside from being a weaker bar, the problem with the stock front stabilizer bar up to and including model year 2007, is the design of the two end-link attachment points. The "rubber grommet" design quickly wears into an oval hole introducing inherent "play" in the bar. The stock bar then has no influence until after the rig is in a substantial "lean". You could mess around rotating, then later replacing the two end link rubber grommets, both being short-lived solutions, or spend a lot less time and aggravation and replace the entire design with a heavy duty version that is much more effective and robust.
ron.dittmer 01/18/22 08:56am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 20201 Class C on Ford E-450-Heavy Hood

WHY are you all talking about 2007 e-350's with plastic hoods???In case someone with a 1992-2007 hood wonders why your hood is so heavy for you. They might not realize the change from fiberglass to steel in 2008 when Ford restyled the frontal area. My apologies. Now back to solutions labeled under these names. pneumatic hood strut hood lift support shock strut hood gas strut hydraulic hood assist Shopping around, you won't find any marketed for a Ford E-series vehicle. You will have to engineer through retrofitting struts for another application, vehicle or otherwise. Plan your mounting location with consideration to both open and closed positioning. You will also need to explore the appropriate strut mounts. I realize you are hoping someone else has already successfully addressed this, but you may be paving a new road. I have been on RV forums since 2007 and I never read anyone else discussing this topic before. I wish you well with a resolution.
ron.dittmer 01/15/22 09:30am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 20201 Class C on Ford E-450-Heavy Hood

I didn't realize that they used to come with fiberglass hoods, my '07 Forester on the '06 E450 chassis came with the metal hood......Are you certain your 2006 E450 has a steel hood? Or are you "assuming" so? If it is truly made of steel, it must be an aftermarket replacement because I understand every original hood on the E150, E250, E350, and E450 made from 1992 to 2007 is made of fiberglass. Someone please correctly if I am wrong.
ron.dittmer 01/14/22 03:54pm Class C Motorhomes
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