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  1. Next Amazon order, I'm getting me some
  2. My Wonder Bread van

    SWEET! My wife did not want the bread truck look but I liked it. Hence, we have a black TC I traded a 2014 XLT SWB for a 2017 XLT LWB and there are few differences. I was really happy with the 2014 but wanted the extra length.
  3. Measure your windows including the smaller front door one. Those doors are huge and I did not find (a couple months ago) any of the drop over the door screens that would fit a TC front door. The back doors have the same problem ;( I considered making my own but need to find the screen material at a decent price. What I did was get plastic with screens rain gutter guards from Home Depot and cut them to fit the roll down back windows since the glass has minimal curve, unlike the front windows. Saw it on a Utube that some van dweller did. Pics are in another thread here.
  4. 2017 Transit Connect Recall?

    Just did a quick search. Didn't see any recalls on the new TC but the Transit has a major driveshaft recall affecting basically ALL full size Transits.
  5. Extended Idle gas usage

    Yes, the standard 2.5L.
  6. I have a set of ramps. I even used them when installing the new hitch. but, the front air dam WILL severely rub on them if trying to lift the front.
  7. Extended Idle gas usage

    Get this. Lots of family issues going on. My wife comes home from the dentist after a partial tooth rebuild, hour & a half in the chair. Leaves the TC outside the garage, 3PM. We take my grandson to his tutor, 4-5:30PM in my Explorer, wife locks her car from the passenger side before we go. Get home, park about a car's width from the TC, go in, have supper. Wife goes outside to smoke on the porch at 9PM, asks me why the TC's lights are on. Also wonders where her keys are. They were in the TC, which was locked, running for SIX hours. Had just filled it the day before and she only drove about 8 miles since then. Gauge now shows 5/8 full. Damn, that TC is QUIET at idle! I had to unlock it to verify the engine was running on the tachometer.
  8. Second time using the new LWB TC to haul my PA gear. Great fit. Lifted everything in and out, then used my wheeled cart on the ground. Not using my aluminum ramp for just the one cart. With two large sliding side doors and the rear barn doors, this is the easiest loading vehicle I have owned.
  9. I have an EZ-Up 10x10 with the screen room side attachments. That and some small plastic tarps and some cable ties can make for a great camping extension to the TC. Including a privacy potty area. All that said, wife & I have been researching small enclosed camper trailers, 18-19 foot, empty weight near 3K#, for towing with the Explorer. If I hadn't traded in the 2014 TC on a 2017 TC, we'd already have the new trailer.
  10. Shame you covered that beautiful flooring. Looking good overall, though. A porta-potti and you have yourself a traveling RV.
  11. E85 regular users?

    Replying to my own post I easily found a US government website on fuel economy, fueleconomy.gov. The Gummint says 15 to 27% loss in mpg on E85 fuel, E10 fuel loses 3-4% mpg, E15 fuel loses 4-5%, all in comparison to 100% gasoline.
  12. First road trip in the new 2017 LWB

    A standard, if it is consistently off by a set amount, is still a standard. lots of other variables to account for or disregard. Does the pump shut off, stop filling, when the tank is truely full? How many extra squeezes on the filler after auto shutoff? Sometimes, ballpark estimates are adaquate. PERFECT is the enemy of good enough. Old Russian Army proverb. My previous experiences with Ford trip computer's mileage estimates have been pretty close, most often within .5mpg, when compared to my manual calculations. So I rarely bother to manually calculate exact mpg anymore. Just not that important to me. Observing driver controlled variables, along with speeds, loads, and terrain variables, affecting mileage, even trip computer calculated, however can be informative.
  13. If you saw my trip in the mountains post, you'd see I was often running it at 5000rpm to gain speed uphill. once you select a speed with the push button, it will stay there until the car's computer decides you are endangering the engine. I've not tried to force it to upshift that way, but I did have it downshift on me a couple times when coming to a stop. Then it stayed in first gear and really reved the engine up before I pushed it into Auto.
  14. 14 and Newer 6 Speed Select Shift

    169hp @ 6000rpm 171 ft/lb @ 4500rpm factory specs tell me you have to wind it up when you want or need power. It's rare that a gasoline engine has more torque than horsepower. Regular automatic mode just doesn't shift down as needed in the mountains, even when you floor the accelerator. Thank Ford for the Select shift mode. Even just leaving it in "Sport" automatic mode was not enough. So my downshifting showing 5000rpm when needing to increase speed on an uphill makes more sense to me now.
  15. E85 regular users?

    That's why I asked this here. Always great info. Think I'll stick with the regular 87 octane.