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Old 07-29-2013, 03:35 PM   #11
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Dealer installed

I had the RV Dealer install mine before taking delivery. My #3051S has the bunk over the cab. The antenna was mounted on the roof just above the passengers side bunk window.
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:33 PM   #12
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Concerning the jack question there is none provided on FR units. Seems some think it is a safety concern with inexperienced owners changing a tire on a 14K lb vehicle. The spare is provided and bolted and chained up which is more than some RVs. I took my spare off in my garage and it is not easy even with a floor jack on a smooth floor. I'm sure the service guy would not be happy crawling under in the rain or on dirt to get it.

I bought online a new takeout Econoline spare tire winch and installed it in place of the bolt and chain. I also purchased a new factory takeout Econoline jack, lug wrench and instruction sheet for an E450. The jack handle fits into the winch so all I have to do is crank the spare down and slide it out. The jack is mechanical and lighter than a hydraulic bottle. Some RV manufacturer say they are not supplied from Ford but you see these new takeouts often advertised on Ebay with an Elkhart, IN. location. I assume they are coming out of new Fords for Box truck conversions.
I understand that coachnet or the three year roadside assistance that comes with the Ford warranty would cover tire changing but I like to be able to take care of things myself if circumstances warrant.
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:46 PM   #13
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Well, X2 what ATVer said. I'm still stuck getting the tire down the hard way, but it is still doable. Had that same plan with the crank set up on the back burner. To each his own as mentioned before, but I don't understand why it's a big deal to change a tire on one either. These things are small compared to a class A, and people change tires on 40+ foot 16k pound fifth wheels all day long. Guess I've always done everything myself and really don't care to have anybody else touch it. The quality of work, pride, and give a $@&# has withered away over the years. But, if one chooses to pay for the service, I respect that. If I get physically disabled at some point in life, I'll be paying someone to do a lot of things.
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:00 AM   #14
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It is correct (at least for FR) the jack, spare tire carrier and lug wrench are not included from Ford if you get what they call the "RV prep package". That "take off" might be from a company that builds B-Vans, so they buy the entire van package and not a cutaway. With the RV package Ford deletes the side view mirrors, radio, flooring, seats, etc.
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:13 AM   #15
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I will look into purchasing the tire winch, jack and crank. My biggest concern is carrying extra weight. My #3051S is heavy without any cargo, water or passengers.
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:39 PM   #16
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I will look into purchasing the tire winch, jack and crank. My biggest concern is carrying extra weight. My #3051S is heavy without any cargo, water or passengers.
The 3051 is loaded up with a lot of stuff so it is heavy and you are correct to worry about that. The tire winch doesn't add any weight because you will not need to use the big chain or the cross bar hold down anymore. If you already have Big Foot jacks you could use them in manually to jack up the wheel. All you would need to add is a lug wrench which will add a few pounds.
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:08 AM   #17
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Spare Tire Equipment

I am definitely interested in purchasing the spare tire cable winch, tool to operate the winch and a lug wrench. My Toyoda Tacoma has a cable winch to lower and raise the spare.

Does anyone have a good source/link for the necessary equipment? My Ford E-450 is a 2013 model year.
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:37 PM   #18
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One place is ebay. Search for "Econoline Jack" and you should find some. Just checked now and there are two complete kits for $55 plus $15 shipping, left at the vendor in Indiana where I got mine. Just make sure you get the correct lug nut wrench. They come in 7/8" or 1 " .
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I just ordered the Sirius-XM Tuner kit for installation into my 3011DS. Does anyone who has installed the antenna have advice for routing and placement?? This may be in the wrong forum, but... if it is let me know and I will repost.
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