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Old 12-02-2013, 08:51 AM   #31
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I can help with the electric front shade. There is a button on a length of wires hidden under the front, left windshield track that you use for the programming of the shade. Instructions to do so will be found in the MCD shade paperwork supplied with the coach. It's not difficult at all.
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:07 AM   #32
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The ticking noise is the front caps that cover the lug nuts. We have been trying to find a fix for years. We called alcoa they said they did not manufacturer the canter cap it is a ford product, and to resolve the problem you need to buy new chrome lugnuts and a small center cap.
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:17 AM   #33
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I can help with the electric front shade. There is a button on a length of wires hidden under the front, left windshield track that you use for the programming of the shade. Instructions to do so will be found in the MCD shade paperwork supplied with the coach. It's not difficult at all.
They showed us the button during the walkthrough. It resets the shade in case someone pulls it down. I'll have to look for the manual to program it. Thanks.
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:25 AM   #34
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The ticking noise is the front caps that cover the lug nuts. We have been trying to find a fix for years. We called alcoa they said they did not manufacturer the canter cap it is a ford product, and to resolve the problem you need to buy new chrome lugnuts and a small center cap.
So that's where it's coming from. It drove me nuts. I'll have to take a look to see if there is a fix.
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:36 AM   #35
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Not 100% where it is causing them to do it but I tried all the suggestions to fix it. Like putting silicon on them,tried rubber washers,and liquid electrical tape. All short fixes. So I took them off for now so I do not have to listen to them.
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:27 AM   #36
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We just made it back home and it was a near perfect trip...an 18 wheeler idiot ran us off the road. I can't figure it out, but he had to be intoxicated or way too tired. Three lane highway, 65 mph, we were in the far right, he came through the middle lane and pushed us right off. Thank God it was a big shoulder and managed to move out of the way. I honked the entire time and he didn't even flinch. I have to admit that the horn in our coaches suck. I'm going to have to install an air horn or something as loud as the 18 wheeler boys.

We love our coach, but there are some things we need to modify.

-Need some sort of lumbar support
-Dim the radio for night time driving
-Dim the lights on the switches
-Louder horn
-Bypass the electric front shade so it drops down a little bit more
-Get longer front sway bar links (anyone know where to get them?)
-Don't like how the black tank valve hits the panel and it's hard to push it back in
-Figure out what's causing a tick tick tick...not sure if coming from the engine or the front left side of the coach
-Figure out how to make a better latch for the two front side sliding windows...that stupid little butterfly locking thing is pretty bad.
-Not happy with the rearview camera...it just looks down and it has zero wide angle...I like the one in my truck where you can see the bumper and also what's behind you.
-Need a brighter outside light for the awning area...the yellow light is worthless
-Figure out how to make the dash/center console more solid...you can actually grab the lower left end of the center console and move it back and forth like a cheap plastic toy...also the top of the center console is very saggy...I installed a GPS there and the thing shakes like crazy

I'm sure there are a few more. I'll post as I go.
Hey Al (can I call you Al?)...since we have the exact same coach I'll share my impressions as well -
Lumbar support - we use small Relax-The-Back pillows and they work well
Louder horn - that's kinda funny, but I think the only time I've used the horn was to tap on it to say goodbye when leaving the neighborhood on a trip
Dim the radio lights - I haven't poked around on this yet, but I'm thinking there may be a setting on the radio menu itself for that. If I find it I'll let you know
Electric front shade - I guess I'm tall enough that if the sun is right on the horizon, the shade *just* drops low enough. I sometimes raise the driver seat to compensate if necessary
The Tick-tick-tick - hmmmm, haven't experienced that one yet. Knock on wood.
Front sliding window latch - these are the same that I've seen on many other coaches. Nothing special but they seem to work ok for us.
Brighter light for patio - we actually love the amber light because it does not attract bugs. It's an easy fix to replace the amber lense with a clear one - you'll get more light, and you'll get WAY more bugs, right at the door. If you need more light, I would suggest installing an LED strip under the awning or using a lantern away from your door.
Center console loose and saggy - Hmmm, ours isn't saggy in the least, nor is it bouncy. I leave my cell phone laying in the center and it doesn't move at all. You might be able to reinforce from underneath, between the carpet and the bottom of the molding to help dampen any vibration.

We have a punch list of things to address as well and I'll get around to posting sometime soon.
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Old 12-02-2013, 12:36 PM   #37
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Hey Al (can I call you Al?)...since we have the exact same coach I'll share my impressions as well -
Lumbar support - we use small Relax-The-Back pillows and they work well
I'm going to get one of the memory foam ones to see how it goes

Louder horn - that's kinda funny, but I think the only time I've used the horn was to tap on it to say goodbye when leaving the neighborhood on a trip
There are some crazy drivers out there especially in FL

Dim the radio lights - I haven't poked around on this yet, but I'm thinking there may be a setting on the radio menu itself for that. If I find it I'll let you know
I've been through all the settings and can't find it. I haven't looked at the wires for this radio, but most radios have a wire that you hook up to the dimmer switch for the dash

Electric front shade - I guess I'm tall enough that if the sun is right on the horizon, the shade *just* drops low enough. I sometimes raise the driver seat to compensate if necessary
Apparently it is programmable. I need to find the manual to find the procedure

The Tick-tick-tick - hmmmm, haven't experienced that one yet. Knock on wood.
Apparently it is the hub caps and it is very common

Front sliding window latch - these are the same that I've seen on many other coaches. Nothing special but they seem to work ok for us.
I need to tighten ours because I have found them in the unlocked position probably due to vibrations. IMO, poor design

Brighter light for patio - we actually love the amber light because it does not attract bugs. It's an easy fix to replace the amber lense with a clear one - you'll get more light, and you'll get WAY more bugs, right at the door. If you need more light, I would suggest installing an LED strip under the awning or using a lantern away from your door.
Oh, we know all about bugs since we are originally from FL. I also do like the amber light, but it would be nice to have a bright one for when needed and not have to use a flashlight

Center console loose and saggy - Hmmm, ours isn't saggy in the least, nor is it bouncy. I leave my cell phone laying in the center and it doesn't move at all. You might be able to reinforce from underneath, between the carpet and the bottom of the molding to help dampen any vibration.
I'm going to try and post a couple of videos of what I'm referring to. The fix will most likely be having to remove the black dash to install foam under the top part of it and a brace from the lower left to somewhere solid.

We have a punch list of things to address as well and I'll get around to posting sometime soon.
Couldn't get the video to embed, but here are the links:

http://youtu.be/4t6_i_psaHA

http://youtu.be/wkoA6duIzXQ
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Old 12-02-2013, 12:59 PM   #38
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On the saggy center consol>>You need a brace added from the bottom of the frame to the Motor cove frame just in front of and above the motor cover. Also on mine the fake wood panel that holds eveything is screwed into the center frame with six screws. The frame is just thin formed beige plastic. FR didn't bother to provide any substantial material for the screws to bite into, so,, the screws strip and get loose allowing the panel ( and everything on it) to move anywhere it wants to. I added speed clips to the plastic frames around the console and also around the dash fake wood and the arm rest too. Where-ever FR has a self tapping screw into plastic I add these. Gets rid of a lot of issues. Look at:
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Old 12-02-2013, 03:23 PM   #39
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I have a bag of those clips laying around somewhere. When I get a chance I'm going to take it all apart to reinforce it. At the same time I'll install a better sub amp (behind the black panel) and hook up the dimmer wire from the radio to the switch. I'm also going to look into installing a glove box or something on the passenger side of the console. Our FR is a nice coach, but some things are really cheap and poorly designed. I guess you pay for what you get.
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I agree. Let us know what you figure out on the glovebox. I added a kicked amplified sub-woofer on my radio. It is between the driver side wall and the seat. I would have gladly paid double for the clip cost of ~$5 to $10 on the coaches price. As they say " we don't need no stinkin nuts"
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