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  1. Had a Class A on Ford chassis and traded for 36 ft. Class A on Freightliner Chassis. Performance and handling are 100% better with the Freightliner and I tow a Lincoln MKT which I believe is the same chassis as the Edge. It is a pleasure to drive the diesel and we have been over the Rockies many times. Must pay close attention to keeping the area between the radiator and charge air cooler clean to prevent overheating. Otherwise, I would never buy another gas.
  2. Council Hitch, 219 N 16th St., Council Bluffs, 51501 Phone 712-322-4717 www.councilhitch.com They had the car for 1 1/2 days. They have installed numerous hitches for me and do nice work. Contact John Hearn. Let me know if questions.
  3. Last year I had a Blue Ox system installed on an MKT. Base plate with labor was $875, light wiring was $498, Ascent Tow Bar with safety cables $1132 and the battery charge system was $125, all without tax. I received a quote direct from Blue Ox (I live near factory) and a local hitch professional that I have used for decades. Both were about the same price. I wanted Blue Ox equipment for my own reasons, and did not price any other tow systems. Hope this helps.
  4. Went to the Blue Ox representative in Council Bluffs (Council Hitch) and the cost was $5050.40 which included a car battery charge device. I have a 2015 Lincoln MKT which I believe is the same chassis as the Edge, and have the 3.5L with all wheel drive. I have never had a good experience at Camping World.
  5. Purchased Lincoln MKT new in 2015 but didn’t set up for towing until this summer. Parked at dealer today to get transmission rebuilt with only 62K miles. Only 3K towed miles and last trip was in August. Owner’s manual set up procedure followed explicitly. Dealer doesn’t believe towing caused the failure and is repairing under warranty, but never had a transmission fail with such low mileage. Any observations? 3.5L EcoBoost AWD
  6. Looking for recommendations on equipment to tow 2015 Lincoln MKT (about 4700 lb) behind Fleetwood Expedition with Cummins Diesel.
  7. My experience with overheating. We have a Fleetwood Expedition on a Freightliner chassis with a Cummins 6.7 liter engine that we purchased new. Between 10K and 40K miles we chased an overheating problem that presented as coolant temperature and engine temperature trouble signals. In every instance we returned to the nearest Freightliner dealer in various parts of the U.S. During this time, sensors were replaced, fan clutch replaced, water pump replaced, thermostat replaced and the radiator steam cleaned without removal. Ultimately, a Cummins dealer in Phoenix diagnosed the problem as dirt and debris, between the radiator and charge air cooler. This was without hesitation and without inspection. While we relaxed in the motor home they removed the radiator and charge air cooler, then invited me to take photos of the two with caked dirt and grass that covered both surfaces. We like remote camp sites. After they were cleaned, the digital engine temperature display has never exceeded 202˚F regardless of the load, altitude or speed. Normal at cruise is 196. After every trip I make a point of hosing down the radiator and charge air cooler.
  8. Thanks Mr. Wolfe!! Cummins Rocky Mountain in Phoenix pulled the radiator and the charge air cooler. Major air blockage that is not obvious by simply feeling air flow when the engine is running. Looked like a large bird's nest of grass and mud. In the future, this area will receive a flushing after every trip. Certainly Freightliner dealers in Wichita and Salina have some explaining to do. Tried to add photo's but failed. Thanks again everyone for the input.
  9. Thanks for the info. Have appointment with Cummins Monday morning. They agree this is a probability. I got through the closet floor, but that is just the top of the fan shroud. Now looking for info on how to access through the floor.
  10. Original owner of 2008 Fleetwood Expedition with 48K miles. Just started occasional overheating alarm for no apparent reason such as load, hills or outside temperature. New water pump and thermostat, fan clutch new at 20K miles, radiator steam cleaned by Freightliner two days ago when water pump replaced, belt good. After I pull off road and allow engine to idle for a few minutes, temperature drops to normal and stays in normal range for several hundred miles. Any ideas? Currently east of El Paso heading for Tucson, then through the mountains and home to Nebraska.
  11. When traveling with a full or nearly full water tank, is there a risk of breaking the mounting brackets due to the forces from water movement? Recently a fellow traveler said that all tanks should be empty to avoid such failure and add water at the camp site.
  12. I have 08 Fleetwood/Freightliner and had it aligned at a heavy truck suspension shop in Omaha (not Freightliner dealer) in 2012. Don't know what they had to do, but the bill came to $69.50 for an hour of work. Really improved handling so they did something. Sorry for the bad news.
  13. Due to a death in the family, we are considering taking our motor home on a 400 mile trip to the Minneapolis area. The local Camping World service manager said that even with a heated basement, the plumbing will still freeze while driving. Have a 2008 Fleetwood Expedition diesel pusher. Anybody have experience with this?
  14. Have power gear automatic hydraulic jacks. I automatically leveled the coach and then realized I had forgotten to deflate the suspension system. I again turned on the jack controls and the low voltage light is now on and the jacks will not retract. Actual voltage is 13.6. Cannot find any help on the power gear website. Any ideas?
  15. I have a factory installed Jensen radio with factory installed antenna for Sirius radio. If the motor home sits unused for a week or two, I have to call for a re-activation signal and no matter what time I call, reception doesn't start until around 6 or 7 in the evening. Then during our trip we will have no problem unless we encounter a lengthy obstruction (like a tunnel) and the signal is lost again until I call for re-activation signal, and again, radio doesn't work until 6 or 7 in the evening. Naturally, Jensen points at Sirius, and Sirus points at Jensen. Any ideas??
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