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Old 03-10-2019, 11:18 PM   #1
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Now what have I done?

My RV is on a 2010 Ford E-350 chassis. I managed to get stuck in some loose sand and was rocking the coach back and forth trying to get unstuck. On about the 4th shift I heard a strange sound - sort of like something hitting fan blades, and decided I better stop and dig out.

After an hour of digging and laying carpet runners under the back dual tires I got back inside and tried back it out. BUT... the gearshift lever moved and it indicated that it was in reverse, but nothing happened. The transmission did not change gears.

I've also been dealing with a pack rat invasion. Washer fluid pours onto the ground and no air will come out of any of the vents. I’ve caught 5 rats so far with glue boards and have bait stations and bait arriving on Wednesday.

HELP! What has happened to our RV? How costly will it be to fix? Should I have it towed to the Yuma Ford dealer, or a transmission shop?

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My RV is on a 2010 Ford E-350 chassis. I managed to get stuck in some loose sand and was rocking the coach back and forth trying to get unstuck. On about the 4th shift I heard a strange sound - sort of like something hitting fan blades, and decided I better stop and dig out.

After an hour of digging and laying carpet runners under the back dual tires I got back inside and tried back it out. BUT... the gearshift lever moved and it indicated that it was in reverse, but nothing happened. The transmission did not change gears.

I've also been dealing with a pack rat invasion. Washer fluid pours onto the ground and no air will come out of any of the vents. Iíve caught 5 rats so far with glue boards and have bait stations and bait arriving on Wednesday.

HELP! What has happened to our RV? How costly will it be to fix? Should I have it towed to the Yuma Ford dealer, or a transmission shop?

Barb
My guess would be your linkage broke you should probably be able to get underneath the motorhome figure out where it broke and move the linkage by hand make sure that the vehicle has the wheels chocked so it does not roll
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Old 03-10-2019, 11:53 PM   #3
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The linkage connection where it attaches to the transmission should be on the driver's side of the transmission of course this is going to require some Mechanical Aptitude in order to be able to do this if that does not sound like you then you might as well call a tow truck as far as where to have it towed a Ford dealer or a transmission shop either one should be fine
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The linkage connection where it attaches to the transmission should be on the driver's side of the transmission of course this is going to require some Mechanical Aptitude in order to be able to do this if that does not sound like you then you might as well call a tow truck as far as where to have it towed a Ford dealer or a transmission shop either one should be fine
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So this isn’t a huge expense? That's a relief!

No, I never learned auto mechanics and it's the one area I’m afraid to tackle. As a single female I’ve learned the hard way that going to a repair shop clueless will make me an easy target. Anyone care to guess what an appropriate cost on this might be? Will it require expensive parts?

There is no chance it will roll. It's still stuck in the sand. BTW I highly recommend FMCA roadside assistance. . Thanks guys!
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If you had the tires spinning and you missed reverse and shifted into park, that would explain the sound it made. The parking pawl would have skipped a few teeth before latching in. Not great to do, but not damaging.

Check UTube about E350 shifter cable clip issues. Seems they have a weak link in the system.
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I hope it is the shift lever. Back in the ninties we had a DP customer get stuck in the mud. He had the allison world transmission. That is one great transmission. He rocked it back and forth trying to get out of the mud and totalled the transmission. The Allison supervisor told me that rocking the transmission was the absolute worst thing you can do. PLEASE let us know what you find wrong.
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Tow truck....transmission shop


Costs------
All depends on type repair(s) needed
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Are you near Yuma? A mobile mechanic might be the best to start with. FMCA Roadside Assitance should be able to help with that.
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She's got it handled.....and not to far from Yuma....a 'hook' will be needed.......to far down for a 4x4 to do much.....
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Are you near Yuma? A mobile mechanic might be the best to start with. FMCA Roadside Assitance should be able to help with that.
We're about an hour from Yuma. I think it will need to be towed up out of the hole I made before I messed up the transmission. There's no way to get under it now. And there's the rat damages - washer fluid reservoir and vacuum lines and probably more. It needs to go where it can be fully inspected and repaired.

I'm going to have to find a mechanic that is willing to let us use the RV at night. Going to a motel doesnít work for us. They arenít monkey proofed. All our doors, drawers, closets and the fridge have magnetic child locks installed on them.

Anyone know of a good mechanic in Yuma?
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For the shift issue check under the dash on the column, some Ford's the mechanism comes loose., takes a torx t-30 to tighten it.
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