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 Forum: General and Technical Information, Questions, and Responses   Topic: Discussion of Operational Limitations of Ford V10 Engines

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:03 pm 

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There is much truth in the service desk reply! Mileage can be improved, but its not for the faint of heart. You need to tune the AFR (air fuel ratio) to the engine load. Lean cruise is in the range of 2,000 to 3,000 rpm on a more or less level highway. Tuning the AFR to 15.4:1 and dialing in 40 to 4...

 Forum: General and Technical Information, Questions, and Responses   Topic: Discussion of Operational Limitations of Ford V10 Engines

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:06 pm 

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Steve and Perleys, the 5 Star Tuning is a software modification of the Ford Factory EEC computer which controls all of the engine operating functions including throttle, fuel delivery (Air Fuel Ratio), ignition timing as well as a number of transmission functions. The software "tune" is lo...

 Forum: General and Technical Information, Questions, and Responses   Topic: Discussion of Operational Limitations of Ford V10 Engines

Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:14 pm 

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Gentlemen, I post infrequently in this Forum because my interests are generally more technical and focus of Coach modifications, both powertrain and motorhome interior functionality. Also, I am the owner of a 37 year old edition of the Born Free 24ft. President Rear Bath model and couldn't be happie...

 Forum: General and Technical Information, Questions, and Responses   Topic: How many of you wish your Born Free had an Electric Step

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:22 pm 

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Michal9651, I have continued to restore, upgrade and modify my 1982 Dual Fuel Born Free 24Ft Rear Bath unit. I have found virtual no interest on this forum for the older Born Free units, so I have stopped posting any details here. I'll PM you separately to initiate some possible exchanges of informa...

 Forum: Factory Brochures for Older Born Free Motorcoaches   Topic: Trailer Life Test of 1981 LPG/Gas 24' RB Born Free President

Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2016 1:28 am 

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Michael, I definitely still have 1982 Born Free and continue to make a number of improvements and upgrades both to the Motorhome and to the Powertrain. I have been very disappointed to find virtually no interest on the part of the Born Free Community here in any issues, questions or comments about o...

 Forum: General and Technical Information, Questions, and Responses   Topic: How many of you wish your Born Free had an Electric Step

Posted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 12:32 pm 

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Yep, the same!

 Forum: General and Technical Information, Questions, and Responses   Topic: How many of you wish your Born Free had an Electric Step

Posted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 11:31 am 

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Interesting! My 1982 Born Free 24RB has a vacuum operated step. Step is retracted with the engine on and extended with engine off. Still functioning perfectly. Original component manufacturer long gone, but very simple mechanism. The vacuum motor still available in industrial applications.

 Forum: General and Technical Information, Questions, and Responses   Topic: Unorthodox solar panel install - 24 ft. RB

Posted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 11:34 pm 

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Stan, I agree on the adequacy of 200 watts. As I indicated, my very much older BF has an auxiliary battery, same size as the starting battery mounted under the hood. I use a 12v deep cycle Interstate battery in this location. That deep cycle 12V is wired in parallel with the two 6V 105 Trojans for m...

 Forum: General and Technical Information, Questions, and Responses   Topic: Unorthodox solar panel install - 24 ft. RB

Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2015 2:17 pm 

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I have been following this thread and thought I'd offer a few comments about my solution, as this is an unusual DIY topic for this board. In my case, I have a 1982 Born Free 24 ft. Rear Bath model. I had upgraded the power panel to the current Progressive Dynamics system but felt the single auxiliar...

 Forum: Factory Brochures for Older Born Free Motorcoaches   Topic: Trailer Life Test of 1981 LPG/Gas 24' RB Born Free President

Posted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:39 pm 

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This is a scan of the unusually detailed road test of the 1981 Born Free 24' Rear Bath President DUAL FUEL Model. I was excited to find this in my documentation searches because my 1982 Born Free 24" RB Model is exactly the same! That is, it is a factory equipped LPG and gasoline model. When I first...

 Forum: Factory Brochures for Older Born Free Motorcoaches   Topic: Family MotorCoaching Review of 1987 26' Full-Timer

Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 2:38 am 

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This is a scan of a reprint of the 1987 article on the 26' Full-timer Born Free Model. The last page offers a short overview emphasizing the results of John Dodgen's roll-over accident.

 Forum: Factory Brochures for Older Born Free Motorcoaches   Topic: Trailer Life Road Test of 1986 Born Free 24' President RSB

Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 2:29 am 

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This is a scan of a reprint of the April 1986 Issue Road Test by Trailer Life of the 24' President Rear Side Bed Model. I am posting it in that it gives an interesting perspective of the operational characteristics of the Ford pre-fuel injection chassis.

 Forum: Factory Brochures for Older Born Free Motorcoaches   Topic: Brochure and Price List 1988 Born Free

Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 2:21 am 

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This description of the 1988 Modal Year was printed in 1987.

 Forum: Factory Brochures for Older Born Free Motorcoaches   Topic: Brochure 1989 Born Free

 Post subject: Brochure 1989 Born Free
Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 2:19 am 

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I had hoped there would be more contributions on "Older Born Free Brochures" in this thread, but the influx seems to have slowed. Here is a copy of the 1989 Brochure. Hopefully others will scan and upload earlier material.

 Forum: General and Technical Information, Questions, and Responses   Topic: Required reading for solar

Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:02 pm 

Replies: 14
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After due consideration, I'm going to up the ante by mounting 2-100 watt panels, running 10 gauge wire with MC4 connectors from panels to controller, with a Sunsaver PWM controller, 4 gauge wire to an 12V 8D battery in a vented poly case. This should give an auxiliary level of 290 A-H and an inadequ...
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