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RE: Class C Chassis

There is no 2020 E-series chassis. They just ran production of the 2019 long, then start 2021 early with a 2 month changeover shut down. The 2021 E-series has the new 7.3L, but carries over the previous doghouse. The 2022 E-series, which starts production early, will have the new doghouse which will take advantage of the smaller motor. I haven’t seen pics yet however. Reviews from QuadVan indicate the steering feel is vastly improved. I haven’t driven a new one myself yet.
carringb 10/30/20 08:57am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Schwintek slide system.

The big problem with the heavy slides is the tracks wear out. Eventually it’ll jump a tooth, or worse, snap the pinion shaft, which is what did mine in the last go around. It’s great from a packaging standpoint, but it’s simply not suitable for moving and supporting lots of weight. Next summer I’ll be adding extra tracks and support arms under my main slide. Like I mentioned a above, it’s been ok on the small slides, although I did lose a motor on one of those as well.
carringb 10/29/20 10:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: A three cylinder Bronco.....a THREE cylinder Bronco???

The 3-cylinder EcoBoost is a great power plant, and it’s smooth when it’s operating all 3 cylinders. In 2 cylinder mode, it’ll vibrate at lower RPMs. If that bothers you, they also offer the 2.0L EcoBoost. Regardless, it’s not towable. The full size Bronco is. And it’s powered by the 2.3L 4-cylinder or optional 2.7L cylinder EcoBoost. Not sure why the poster previously thinks the Mustang is being replaced. It’s not. The Mustang is simply being expanded into a brand (similar to the Transit), and the Mach-e is a different product that will be sold alongside it. Unfortunately we don’t know yet if it’s towable.
carringb 10/28/20 11:35am Dinghy Towing
RE: Schwintek slide system.

Yes. Avoid it at all costs on a super slide! It’s fine on smaller slides. My Super slide 3.5’ x 15’. The system was rebuilt at the factory twice. Just had it rebuilt for the 3rd time, out of pocket, at a cost of nearly $5,000. I tried to upgrade to the new 3-track setup, and ORV agreed it would help with longevity, but Lippert said they would not warranty the hardware since it didn’t come with the 3-track setup originally. So... I’m stuck with the 2 track setup.
carringb 10/28/20 11:23am Travel Trailers
RE: TT Lengths

My “31” trailer has a box that is 35’ long and an overall length of 38’. It did end causing me to pour another slab to extend the driveway, but I don’t mind the understated length since Oregon charges TT registration by the foot, but they generally just go by model number rather than actual length.
carringb 10/27/20 10:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: Class C Chassis

For up to 28', the Chevy is fine. Over 28', the Chevy frame can't be stretched as far, so you end up with some really bad length-to-wheelbase issues, and that's why the RV makers just don't offer that size coach on the Chevy anymore. The Chevy cab does have more passenger side foot room, and it got a 6-speed transmission before the Ford did. So... kinda depends on what coach you are looking at, which specific chassis (3500 vs 450 etc) and year.
carringb 10/27/20 10:58am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Torque Wrench for WD Hitch nylock nuts

You guys are over thinking this. Just buy the appropriate length breaker bar so your body weight will generate the torque needed. If you weigh 180 pounds. A 2 foot breaker bar will apply 360 foot pounds.
carringb 10/24/20 07:21pm Towing
RE: spartan says they don't carry it looking for radiator

MAC's radiator will rebuild your radiator, and they probably have the dimensions on hand to built a new one if you prefer.
carringb 10/24/20 11:12am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newmar Gas and Diesel Opinions

Ideally this Canyon Star Newmar would be built on a Freightliner chassis. Of course this is not possible, but in my ideal world that would be the case. FYI is it available on the Freightliner diesel chassis for 2021, using the 340 HP Cummins 6.7L. Interesting timing on offering a front-end diesel, when gas is cheap and the new Ford 7.3L is quite a bit more capable, and the 6.7L only comes with a 5-speed auto. I'd love to see a head-to-head between those two platforms!
carringb 10/24/20 11:08am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Winterize of Not

Yup. I use my trailer all year round, so rather than winterizing, I just leave the furnace at 55 and leave the water heater on. I usually leave the water heater on propane, and it rarely fires back up, since it holds heat really well. This allows me to run a space heater for primary heat (I'm only plugged into 15 amp at home), then the furnace only kicks on when it's really cold. If I have the cover on, the space heater alone is enough to keep the trailer from freezing, and I have a nightlight I place in burner compartment of the water heater.
carringb 10/23/20 08:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Pigtail not fitting....

I've run into this with a couple trailers. Looking into my socket, I could see where the blades were contacting the edges of the blade-receptacles in the pigtail. Just a very slight nudge to the blades using a screwdriver was all it took to line things up. Note: One time I really tried smashing it in there, and it bent over one of the blades. That one took a bent pick to straighten it.
carringb 10/20/20 09:17am Towing
RE: Thor Axis 24.1

As I noted in my OP it looked difficult to access the engine because the dog house was so small. I wanted to go back and see what the access was like with the dog house removed. It only had about 4 screws to remove cover. The salesmen called me back and said the techs at the dealership would not allow the cover to come off. I thought that strange and of course only reinforced my belief of the difficulty of changing spark plugs or adding water to the battery. Was my request unreasonable? Well, if you decide to proceed, maybe make your offer contingent on a maintenance contract that includes spark plugs, spark plug wires, and batteries for the first 5 years?
carringb 10/20/20 09:13am Class A Motorhomes
RE: favorite tow vehicle for small trailer??

X2 on going with a turbo. But also I do not recommend a CVT (Subaru Ascent). Taking a Subaru actually off-road has caused near-instant belt-failure for some owners (or at a minimum, limp-mode as it tries to stave off belt failure). I imagine a decent steep grade will result in a similar occurrence towing a trailer. Also note that Subaru does not rate their cars to the SAE J2807. Toyota does rate the Highlander to that standard. I also can't find any evidence that Honda rates the Passport to that standard. Might I suggest an Explorer? The 2.3L EcoBoost is rated for 5,300 pounds with the Class 3 towing package, and is calculated with SAE J2807 method. Plus the RWD-based platform will be better for towing anyways. And it's rated for 27 MPG highway, 23 combined.
carringb 10/19/20 11:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Brake Fluid Still Milky

Yup. Keep flushing. There's probably a bunch trapped in the accumulators in the ABS pump, but you need a diagnostics terminal to cycle the pump when bleeding. For a DIY, just drive a while then flush again.
carringb 10/17/20 02:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Thor Axis 24.1

If I understand you post completely I think what you are saying is when both use the chassis certified method the real difference in HP is 125 HP. That is a significant difference, especially if it gets the same or better MPG. Do you know if they went with taller gears in the rear end to increase the mpg? The Axis/Vegas 24.1 and 24.3 are built on the E350 for 2021, which comes with 4.10 rear end gears. The larger models are still built on the E450, which comes with 4.56 gears. So yes, the shorter ones should use less fuel, but also have a lower tow rating (18,500 combined vs 22,000 combined).
carringb 10/15/20 09:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Thor Axis 24.1

From what I see most of these smaller C's get about 10 mpgs with the V-10's don't know if 45 more HP in the newer eng will do better but should be much better performance on hills. The Thor/Axis have the lowest coeffecient of drag of any motorhome. That's what allows them to use a Class 3 (E350) chassis, which has a stricter carbon-emissions limit than the Class 4 chassis. Ford and Thor went through a lot to optimize that sloped front windshield. Also, the extra power of the new 7.3L is more than the 45 hp on paper might suggest, because the V10 was only chassis certified, and the new engine is dyo certified. For claims both methods are tuned the same, and only the test method differs. The same motor in the F-series is rated at 430 hp using the chassis method. The simplest way to describe the test methods is chassis dyno certified = best load case (no EGR, fan off, A/C off, minimal alternator load etc) and the dyno certified is worst case (will EGR, engine fan maximum engagements, max load of all front-end accessories). But.... as others have mentioned... Thor's QA program leaves a lot to be desired. Do a very thorough inspection before you buy. You might find some build-quality differences between the same units on the same lot.
carringb 10/15/20 08:25am Class A Motorhomes

Will this be a daily driver too? If yes, I wouldn't recommend the Durango for that. I'd consider it if it'll be a dedicated TV, but only the V8. The V6 can do it, but not well. It seems like it can never find a good gear when it's loaded heavy. The Pathfinder is NOT a good TV for 5,000 pounds. It's low on torque, and has a CVT. CVT's are prone to early failure when low-speed torque is needed, because of the heat generated by the belt. And when the belt breaks, you have to just replace the transmission. The plates that makes up the "push" design" of the belt scatter all over, and trash everything else in there. The Explorer is nice, and great for towing with the EcoBoost. My sister has a 2016. Bought with 15k and has 75k now. It's been back to the dealer a few times, but only for improper repairs from a rollover accident that didn't show on it's history. No issues other than those (broken roof-rack trim-clips, leaky windshield, butt-connectors on the rear-seatbelt-airbag system. The one common issue to watch out is cooked PTU fluid. Changing it should be part of your new-vehicle inspection, and then change it regularly after towing. It gets too hot because of it's proximity to the exhaust, and you can't run synthetic because that would reduce the ability for the clutches to hold.
carringb 10/12/20 07:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Jack Knife Sofa Fold flat on wall?

Yup. My WW sofa did the same, and even had buckles on the window valence to hold it up. I added 2 more jackknife sofas to the garage, and they likewise folded up flat, but I just secured them with a ratchet strap in the up position. If your sofa has folding legs, you should be able to do the same. If yours was build on a wood platform, if might need some minor mods to make it work like this.
carringb 10/08/20 11:26am Toy Haulers
RE: Blown engine

"Blown" can mean a lot of different things to different people. I'm glad you got the rig away from the dealer. In my experience, some dealers automatically defer to worst-case, because it avoids any problems from bad diagnostics. My local Ford dealer "diagnosed" my last van as needing a new motor because of some intermittent black exhaust, when it really turned out to be a broken wire going to the oxygen sensor.
carringb 10/08/20 11:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Equalizer Shackles Hitting Frame

The shackles are stronger than the spring-hanger, and that part of the spring hanger doesn't add any strength. The new shackles are just meatier. My vote is just leave it. It's already made clearance for itself. Also, once the rubber "springs" is the dexter-equalizer get some miles, they'll settle out a little, and you'll gain a tiny bit of eye-to-eye distance.
carringb 10/07/20 06:53pm Towing
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