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General Discussion / Re: Jacks
« on: April 07, 2015, 04:28:46 pm »
I doubt you'll get your money back on the jacks anymore than one does on accessories for a motorcycle (10% at best).  I recently bought a used 2011 2552 with 19,000 miles because I hate buying new even though I can. (It's just me. )That being said. the RV I bought had jacks, had  it not I still would have bought it. When buying used you go for as many things as you can on your want list knowing you probably wont get all and go for the deal.  I ended up with more than I had been looking for at just a few grand over wholesale and thousands under the lowest book. When your buying new I would never look at what I might get back out of an option in dollars. I look at what I will get out of an option in enjoyment. If your buying new, go for the jacks, I believe you'll be glad you did, but do not look at what you may get back when your done because that's all speculative.

General Discussion / Re: PC Quick Look
« on: April 03, 2015, 09:46:06 am »
Ragood, I'll keep that in mind should I come across one, Thanks. Unless one drops from the heavens at a super can't pass it up price it probably won't come into play. However stranger things have happened.

General Discussion / Re: PC Quick Look
« on: April 03, 2015, 09:43:10 am »
Tom, no doubt I see more jeeps towed behind rv's over any other vehicle.  I'm glad you have good such a experience with them. There just not right for me at this time.

General Discussion / Re: PC Quick Look
« on: April 01, 2015, 05:09:48 pm »
Ragood.. Unless I come across an older jeep wrangler at the right price I won't go with a Jeep. No offence to those that really like them but I'm not fond of the newer models.  Too much Chrysler not enough Jeep.  Well that and I have only bought one new vehicle since 1988. And that was recently with a new Fusion.  I really dislike buying new when so many buys are out there. IE in 2009 I bought a 2001 Lexus  LS430 with 25,000 miles for 7,400.  I'd still have it if that goof ball in front of me had notice I was asleep and not stopped in front of me. Some peoples kids, sheesh

General Discussion / Re: PC Quick Look
« on: April 01, 2015, 04:23:26 pm »
We started looing for the 2350 but couldn't find a later model used at the right price. When we located the one we bought we thought we were buying a 2551 only to find out after its a 2552. At just under 28 foot its the most we will ever need, being we don't full time. Now the search is on for toad, (a wee one). 

General Discussion / Re: PC Quick Look
« on: April 01, 2015, 11:16:18 am »
Ron, I'm on the same page. However out of all of my friends that have bought RVs I'm the only one. They all went 34 to 40 plus with three plus slides. Mind you none of them full time, just weekends and a week or two here and there. And most of them have the footer illness. They wish they had a foot or two more. It's ok and their choice isn't wrong by any means. It's just wrong for us.

General Discussion / Re: PC Quick Look
« on: March 31, 2015, 11:49:04 pm »
Dale and Cindy, we have gotten rid of all our properties other than our retirement home in  La Quinta / Indio  (Palm Springs). I'm coming up on retirement soon. I've spent so much time over seas it will be nice to spend some time seeing this beautiful country. After all that time in foreign lands I learned first hand bigger is not better and not required.  Well except for all the time I spent in the middle Eastern countries. That's an entirely different world.

« on: March 27, 2015, 09:42:54 pm »
Bobojay....I don't think so, You have real world experience with the exact brand engine he had questions on. I certainly learned from your experience. 

General Discussion / Re: Jack and/or lug wrench
« on: March 27, 2015, 04:41:04 pm »
Ron, that's a good point. Might be worth it to check just to be sure the spare is there.

« on: March 27, 2015, 04:38:49 pm »
Hopefully Dale and Cindy got the information they needed. I certainly learned quite a bit.

« on: March 26, 2015, 05:37:21 pm »
Not being able to idle a good thing; Being a farm boy I sure don't see it that way. That one issue alone would keep me from buying a Diesel rig with the DEF system.  Is this no idle issue on their diesel cars as well? Makes no sense, as an example,  if you get caught in a snow storm you can't idle your engine to keep warm.  Makes no sense at all that I can see. A motor that cant idle... ridiculous.

No offense taken, I'm just trying to learn. I will say this lesson sounds as if politicians once again stuck their nose into things and screwed things up....

I'm truly dumbfounded, a motor designed in such a way that it cant be allowed to idle more than a few minutes!

« on: March 26, 2015, 11:03:42 am »
Are there multiple idle speeds?  I'm guessing there must be, I've never heard of a diesel that couldn't idle for hours on end.

« on: March 25, 2015, 06:10:54 pm »
DEF as I understand it is set at a usage rate of about 2 to 3% of fuel usage. So how often you need to fill will depend on the tank size and how many miles you've driven.  My understanding (which isn't much I might add) is if you run out it will become difficult to start and performance will suffer. Does the manual state to check it every 15,000 miles or to add DEF every 15,000 miles? IE, check your transmission fluid every 5,000 miles and replace and service every 30,000.  No idea if this helps but its all I got.  One other thought, if your using more than what  Mercedes states it requires in DEF it could be something that needs to be adjusted by the dealer.

Also with a smaller Diesel they may not require the oil changed before 15,000 due to its under much less of a load than a 500 HP big rig and it also probably holds 15 quarts?  Now if it were me, when ever you do get around to changing it be that at 8,000 or 15,000 I would send an oil sample into blackstone labs. They can tell you how the engine is breaking in and how the oil is holding up to determine if you can continue to go 15,000 miles or if you should change earlier. Its, 25 bucks for a basic test and 35 if you want viscosity test as well.  For the cost of a couple tests you'll know exactly where you need to be regardless of what the book says you can go to.

General Discussion / Re: PC Quick Look
« on: March 25, 2015, 05:15:34 pm »

[/quote]I would imagine this to be true, but as the tooling gets worn and demand drops, those two factors in combination could prematurely end E350/E450 cut-away production.  It seems the motor home industry could revert back to the 70's, forced to offer smaller B+/C rigs than currently offered..

I'm not so sure going smaller is a bad thing. Its one of the reasons I went with the PC. Everywhere I go I see monster rigs. In most cases its hard for me to imagine they are really needed by most. That aside we have ways of justifying why we do things.  At the last campground we hit on our way back from Canada we were the smallest unit there. Every rv there was over 36 feet. One 5th wheel was a 38 footer with 5 slides. Beautiful but HUGE. I was the runt of the litter and kind of liked it.

General Discussion / Re: PC Quick Look
« on: March 25, 2015, 04:57:29 pm »
The Lincoln town car is an example of how things can change. They were going to stop production of this model and announced the last years production for any company wanting them. However the Livery services went nuts. Ford motor CEO Alan Mulally and the BOD's were convinced, they shut down production for one year, moved the line and updated the tooling.  One never knows!

The F series has some perks, one being they can use the higher performance V10 or a Power stroke Diesel. The Diesel wouldn't be as loud in the F series so that's a plus as well for Diesel fans. It also has drawbacks, one being length. With the F series the over all length changes on all models of any brand using it.

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