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Beta Don

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  1. Site keeps logging me out

    My log-in problems were fixed for only one afternoon - Now I'm back to having to log-in each time I visit Some progress though - It used to be a 3 click process to log in . . . . today it's just two clicks. Progress, even if it's only a tiny bit of progress Don
  2. Site keeps logging me out

    Yes . . . . *fingers crossed* . . . . it does seem to be logging me on automatically now! Thanks! Don
  3. First road trip in the new 2017 LWB

    He's been looking for quite some time - Maybe you just missed it? Don
  4. Larger Wheels

    To increase to 18's, 225/45R18 is usually the preferred size, and will give you a better ride than the 40 series 235's. However, the 225/45's are almost 3% too large in circumference when compared to a stock tire and the 235/40's are actually closer to the correct circumference IMO you would be less likely to bend a wheel with the 45's Don
  5. Unless you need 7 passenger seating, you might want to give the SWB version a look I'm not sure about 2018 (I assume they're the same) but earlier versions come with a 60/40 split rear bench seat which is easily removable when you need to use it in 'cargo mode'. The rear seats do fold and then 'tumble' vertically to rest against the backs of the front seats. You can fold either the larger or smaller portion or take out either or both in just a few minutes - Very versatile. The flat floor in the SWB models is lower than in the LWB models because the seats don't fold into the floor Worth a look anyway, while you're shopping. We remove either a portion of the rear seat or the whole thing every time we travel Don
  6. All air conditioners 'pass the heat outdoors' - The window units are just more efficient at doing it than the ducted units. Hot air is blown out the window via the hose, which means replacement air must be allowed into the room somewhere and that air is both warm and humid, whereas the window unit doesn't exchange the air in the room - It just cools and dehumidifies it. We all know how much more efficient the A/C is in our vehicles when we use the 'Recirculate' position vs the 'Ventilate' setting. The window unit recirculates, the ducted unit ventilates His window unit was $99 - The ducted one is $349 His 1600 watt generator will start his 5,000 btu window unit with ease, but it probably would not run the 8,000 btu ducted unit The ducted unit takes up valuable floor space inside the van, which the window unit doesn't I can't think of one single plus for the ducted unit over the window unit - True, he had to build a wooden panel to install it in, but that gets it up and out of the way and doesn't rob him of precious floor space Don
  7. Site keeps logging me out

    Same here - I have to log in every single time ( a 3 click process) even though I have selected 'Remember Me' - It never does. None of the other forums I use have this problem, just here I guess it is a *little* better than it used to be - At least it now logs me in as Me, rather than the host of other users I used to get logged in as . . . . . but it's still a major PAIN Don
  8. 2016 Ford Focus ST wheels.

    The shorter the sidewall the rougher the ride - How much rougher is a subjective call. If you choose the correct size tire (keeping the circumference the same as the stock tires) the speedometer will still be correct . . . . or as correct as it originally was anyway Don
  9. Rear brake noise

    Drums on the Gen 1's and discs on the Gen 2's Don
  10. I can think of several words to describe those sorts of jobs, but 'retirement' sure isn't one! Nice write-up for everything you did to get comfortable - Hope you can really 'retire' one day soon!! Don
  11. How is Backup camera activated?

    After visiting 3 different Ford dealerships, I know it's hard to find anyone who knows very much about the Gen 2 TC's, I guess because they're made in Europe? What bothers me most is, they don't show any interest in learning more about what they sell and service either. My TC had a computer glitch when I got it where the passenger window would only roll up or down in 'segments' of about an inch and a half at a time - You had to push the switch 6 or 7 times to go all the way up or all the way down. The dealer ordered a new window motor *assuming* that would fix it and after 3 days it came in and when they installed it, same problem. Only then did they begin reading their books and learning anything about the vehicle. They fixed it a couple days later, but the 5 minute fix took them a week I wanted them to add DRL's to my TC, but they told me if it didn't come equipped with them, they couldn't be added. I'm pretty sure a simple program change is all that's needed, but they have no interest at all in reading up on how to do it Don
  12. Could it be that it's cooling way more cubic feet of warm air than your previous ride . . . . and there's lots more glass and uninsulated sheet metal letting the heat in than you had before? 3M makes an almost invisible tint that blocks about 80% of the solar radiation and covering the windshield with that will make quite a difference. I did the front windows with it and put a strip about a foot wide on the top of the windshield and I know it really made a difference. The tint shop wanted to do the entire windshield and showed me a couple other vans and trucks they had done, but I was a bit worried about night driving, as I have pretty bad glaucoma, so I hesitated Don
  13. How is Backup camera activated?

    I'm 99% sure it's computer controlled, as is everything else. The camera stays on for a while after you put it in a forward gear, so we know the reverse selector or the back-up lights don't trigger it, or it would go away when you take it out of reverse Don
  14. That used to be true - I had it done a couple times many years ago, but when we got a chip in the TC, I checked with our insurance company (State Farm) and they said they quit that policy several years ago - Now they pay nothing for any repair Don
  15. 25+ mpg is very good, especially if you were doing much of that at 90 mph!! Don