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Old 11-11-2013, 12:11 AM   #1
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Smile New Tioga 31P

I should be picking up my 2013 Class C Tioga 31P Ford on Tuesday. Does anyone have any experience with this manufacture? The good bad any tips as to improve it from it factory setup.

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Old 11-11-2013, 10:38 AM   #2
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Welcome to iRV2 and congrats on the new ride.

We had a 31' No-slide, Mini Winnie DL and can relate the chassis issues to you.

A 31' body on the E450 chassis has it pretty well loaded and you have a limited cargo carrying capacity. We found we had to run with the waste tanks empty and a max of 1/4 tank of fresh water and we were within 100# of the chassis GVWR.

The stock anti-roll bars and shocks are woefully weak for that much body on the chassis. You will probably need to replace the anti-roll bars with much heavier ones on the front and rear and use urethane bushings.

It will also need Bilstein HD shocks front and rear.

These two modifications will stop the tendency to bump (or roll) steer tendency of the chassis. This is caused buy the weak anti-roll bars and the chassis wants to roll to one side changing the front geometry which requires a steering corrections. Then it rolls the other way and requires steering correction. A kind of see-saw steering as you go down the road.

But the very first thing you will need t do is to load the RV with your camping supplies and cargo as you would normally travel. Get the coach weighed to make sure you are not overloaded on either axle and adjust tire pressures based on the axle loaded weights.

Now with it loaded, take it to a independent (not Ford) truck alignment shop for a front end alignment. It is shipped with the alignment set fro an unloaded chassis.

Another issue is the coach manufacturers typically do not insulate the cab floor and minimal in the engine cover. Pull the seats and front carpet out and install a foil backed fiber heat insulation and reinstall the carpet and seats. Line the engine cover and reinstall.

I know this sounds like a lot to do to a "new" RV, but this is what we found was required to make the RV safer to drive and not melt the stuff on the cab floor.
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We had a 2012 Tioga Ranger 28y. We put 28000 miles on it in 18 months including 4 months in Alaska. It is bullet proof. The only thing my trusted mechanic told me was it will need ball joints eventually, as they are sealed and will wear out. I switched to synthetic oil at 5000 miles and did the heavy service intervals. We had no problems with it all, except the Onan fuel pump went out when it got warmed up.
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Well with today being a holiday I was only able to get the paper work started on the insurance. They will be completing it in the morning. 11/12/13 now that is a date to recall when you get a new RV.
Then once that is done I hope about the same time I get a call from the dealer in regards to the completing of the financing.


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Well with today being a holiday I was only able to get the paper work started on the insurance. They will be completing it in the morning. 11/12/13 now that is a date to recall when you get a new RV.
Then once that is done I hope about the same time I get a call from the dealer in regards to the completing of the financing.


Getting excited.
We bought our Bounder on 11/11/11. I can't wait to see the pics of your new RV!
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Cool Update

Well Today 11/13/13 I got all paperwork completed.
Finance with check for dealer. DONE
Insurance info sent to dealer. DONE

Finance person off at dealer today BUMMER will be going in the morning to complete the paperwork at dealer.

Will get a pickup date so I am getting closer. Wow this is time consuming.

Updates to follow.
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Pick up time is Monday at 0900
All should be complete on the Tioga.
A new wash job
It will be given a once over to make sure all is in order.
Final go over by myself and DW
Then it will be sit down and come up with a camping trip.
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Talking Update

Well yesterday 11/18/2013 I picked up the Tioga. As luck would have it when I got home with it, it started to rain. Had to work today so hope tomorrow I can start putting gear back in the RV. The drive home was short but sure did handle good on road. It fits very nicely in my yard right where the TT was.
Now to get sometime to go camping in it.

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