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Everything posted by Boomerweps

  1. Excited owner of new to me 2014 Transit Connect XLT (SWB) wagon

    The SWB even with the 2.5 handles and drives like a sports car. A noticeable difference when I traded mine in for a LWB. While I appreciate the extra room, it was the only reason I traded my 2014 for a 2017. I miss the 2014 and should have just kept it ;( My wife complained about the loss of power, especially on the last trip, our second, driving PA to UT and back. Using the select shift gearing was a must on that trip with the LWB.
  2. General Grabber AT2 upgrade

    Yeah, WalMart is a PITA when it comes to tires. They did not want to mount winter tires on my old RX7 without mounting them on all four tires. I brought them the tires and wheels by themselves and they mounted them.
  3. Daughter talked us into going with them on a 4 day stay in pigeon forge TN. They bought into a time share deal 😱 Anyways, my grandson will be riding with us, keeping the grandkids well separated. I'm looking at this as a trial run, just a nine hour drive. We want to take him with us in August to see Mount Rushmore and on to Utah to my wife's cousin. I know, hot time of year but the only time we could work it in. I'll be monitoring the MPG closely. Won't be controlling the travel speed down, we'll be following my son-in-law in a four door F150. Our last road trip in the 2014 SWB from PA to Utah and back went well. Probably my 2nd favorite road trip vehicle. Had a 88 Aerostar that was almost as good for trips. But my all time road trip fav has to be my first vehicle, a 66 Mustang convertible I bought in 74. Top down, Kraco 8 track blaring Aerosmith, speeding along at 65 mph (10mph over the national speed limit at the time!), just a sailor on leave.
  4. Much as I prefer and love the rear cargo doors, I've had it with them slamming into me when loading groceries. In the past it really only happened occasionally at one particular store where we usually only bought a couple bags worth of stuff. But yesterday I got slammed three times while loading a large purchase at Sam's club. I was swearing up a storm, had to have my wife hold the door open. Wouldn't even work in the 180 degree position. We had three carts full of stuff. So I'm looking at making some kind of prop to hold the doors open at the 90 degree position. Anybody already have something similar?
  5. Haven't checked this topic for a while due to illness and family visits (redundant?). Great ideas. I'll investigate the hinge rod bulge solution, easy to pack away and still be quickly available while shopping. If I can find it, I'll use some kind of scrap plastic vice metal if I can. I do have some PA gear rack mounts I could use for this if I go metal.
  6. Thanks, Windguy. I thought I remembered you doing this but the search wouldn't find it for me. Yup, a little crude looking on the close up But effective. Being able to throw a tarp over that makes for a great standup changing area, too. I had a thought today about using a rubber or plastic trailer wheel chock in the hinge area. It's a pretty big gap, might have to design my own. These would take up less space than a two door spanning bar like you have, unless I could make the bar a folding version. I have more storage concerns because I have the passenger van (or as Ford calls it, the wagon) The driver's side door is the one I have the most problems with.
  7. Hazard warning wire colors

    Where did police use a 2010 Transit Connect? Is it cargo or prison transport?
  8. 2017 XLT model changes/upgrades

    Anybody notice Ford replaced the fold forward "desk" plastic passenger seat back in the XLT LWB with a cloth back with a pocket? XL model apparently still has the fold down seat. I liked it in my 2014 for hauling 2x4s. Roof rails standard, but not the crossbars needed to haul ANYTHING on the roof. Rear parking sensors standard. Heated outside power mirrors standard. Auto dimming rear view mirror. Automatic headlights. Rain sensing wipers that automatically turn on the headlights.
  9. Bought the day after I bought the TC, about 3 months back. Got my son in law to help, actually he did the bulk of the work His name is Curt! Forget the front, but the back goes up a set of ramps easy, no prob. Had to grind off a little off the bolt heads to get them to fit up in the designated frame holes. Took under an hour total. Looks good. Took the time to show my wife the minor ClusterFred it takes to get the spare tire in and out. You have to disconnect the main cable from the fitting and unscrew the safety cable from the fitting. Even though she won't be the one doing it, she needs to be able to explain it to a Good Samaritan. We measured carefully to center the receiver before torquing it in and kept the throat pretty much even with the bumper face. So it sticks out far less than the factory hitch. Next, the wiring harness. Probably this weekend.
  10. Picked mine up!

    Excellent choice for a working musician. I ended up buying a 4pc folding 6' ramp so I can roll a RockNRoller R6 cart right up in, used to be able to roll in my R16, too, but when I upgraded from a 2014 SWB to a 2017 LWB passenger wagon,, I lost a few inches in height due to the permanently mounted fold down seats. I've hauled my PA a few times with plenty of room to spare. Cant see, did you get the cargo doors in the back? I had to hunt for my passenger wagon with cargo doors, hatches need not apply.
  11. Next Amazon order, I'm getting me some
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. E85 regular users?

    Just got back a week ago from UT to PA. Was stuck with using E85 gas due to the huge price difference between real gas and alcohol blends. Fuel filler says E85 is OK so I tried it. Has anybody done comparisons on their mileage between regular and E85 gas? I can't give a decent comparison because all my E85 use was at high altitudes and up and down significant mountains. At home, there isn't much E85 around BUT a station 16 miles away had the E85 at $2.189 vs regular 87 at $2.499. So around a 12% cost savings.
  15. Bought the 2014 TC in SWB, wanted the LWB but this one had more of what I wanted. Overall, love it, drives like sports car. But, planning a long trip and wanted the option for my wife & I to sometimes camp in TC, saving $$ & being able to pull over whenever & wherever to sleep. Bottom line, we are both too tall for the vehicle. I can build a 2/3 platform for the passenger side, put the front passenger seat down, and use a twin size air bed for one of us to sleep while the other drives. Too bad the drivers seat doesn't fold down, too.
  16. 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.
  17. Extended Idle gas usage

    Yes, the standard 2.5L.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. I eBayed a 4 way folding 6' aluminum wheelchair ramp a while back. It works great with my SWB Connect. Clears the painted plastic bumper by an inch or more. Bought the ramp for use with a couple cargo trailers I have but was hoping this would work for the Transit Connect and IT DOES! I had a sound system speaking/background music dinner gig last night and tried it for the first time. I had most of my gear loaded on a Rock N Roller cart and wheeled it right in and out with the ramp. I have a couple of these carts. I used the mid size one (R6) which fit with just the wider rear seat folded but left in place. IF I had removed the seat entirely, my larger (R16) cart would have fit. There was enough room beside the cart to slide in the folded ramp. Note: amazing but, with the rear seats removed, all the Rock N Roller Multicarts fit in the SWB Transit Connect, although the 2 longest units might require a shoved door. The ramp size was chosen so when folded it can also fit sideways in both my vehicles' and smaller trailer's cargo area at the doors. Much easier to leave a little room at the end than a gap running lengthways with a load. if Ford would come out with a 4wd version, I'd sell my Explorer and get a second Transit Connect in LWB. I love the cargo handling capacity of these vehicles! With barn doors, of course.
  22. 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.
  23. Shame you covered that beautiful flooring. Looking good overall, though. A porta-potti and you have yourself a traveling RV.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.