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RE: Ford V10

What makes you believe it needs to be replaced?
Gjac 11/25/22 07:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New Chevy chassis

Chassis is unchanged, and didn't really need to be changed. It's a much better driving experience than the Ford chassis, but doesn't come in as many wheelbase variations. It tends to get used mainly for small to medium Class C RVs because of not having longer wheelbase options. The new engines for both are more powerful for the same gas mileage, which is good, but the difference isn't huge. The Ford has 350 HP vs 401 HP for the Chevy, seems a lot to me. Plus, there seems to be more room in the cockpit for the passenger's feet, and a better ride as you stated. I'm just surprised no one on here has posted that they bought one yet.
Gjac 11/22/22 09:42am Class C Motorhomes
New Chevy chassis

I hear a lot of discussion about the new Ford 7.3 liter engine but have not heard any about the new Chevy chassis. Has anyone purchased a new MH with the Chevy chassis? On paper it looks to have more HP and Torque.
Gjac 11/16/22 06:59am Class C Motorhomes
RE: P30 Disc brake vs drum brake ball joints

This is a very serious issue. I had two failures due to a shop installing the wrong ball joints. The first failure was entering an interstate in Ohio rounding a corner at 20 mph and the left ball joint failed and the whole front end dropped. After it was fixed the shop back in Ct had to do additional work and replaced the correct ball joints with the undersized ones. The second failure was rounding a corner in Montana at 60 mph and the RH ball joint failed, I thought the MH was going to flip over but I managed to stop it safely. The was no warning sounds of clunking just a sudden failure and the whole front end just dropped. The lighter P-30's have drum brakes in the rear, the heavier ones have disc brakes in the rear. After much research I had the shop in MT. replace the ball joint with Moog parts. The confusion for the person who orders the parts is the ball joints listed under the rear drum brakes say HD so they think it is stronger not realizing the ball joint is undersize. The difference is P-30's with rear drum brakes get one part number and P30's with rear disc brakes get another part number. I cant beleive these ball joints didnt fail like you described. They were clunking for over a year and nobody believed me. It appears that the lower ball joint can be pretty bad and still hold together thru gravity, but the upper ball joint would allow the control arms to seperate and be more catastrophic. That whole front end on these is under built. To be precise, the first failure started with clunking, I went to a shop out west that deals with front ends, and they told me the noise was caused by the coil spring being misaligned, they supposedly reseated the spring charged me $400 and I was on my way to a ball joint failure. The second failure there was no warning at all.
Gjac 11/13/22 10:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wire kit fir tow

I used the Roadmaster wiring kit with inline diodes, it just installs using your own car lights and has worked well for the last 15 years until I gave the car away.
Gjac 11/11/22 07:26am Dinghy Towing
RE: traction tracks

After getting stuck in sugar sand in Florida in my tow car I used palm fronds under the tires to get unstuck. When I got home, I bought a set of plastic traction tracks and kept them in the tow car for many years but never had to use them. I think they would work for my tow car but doubt they would work for my Class A.
Gjac 11/11/22 07:02am General RVing Issues
RE: P30 Disc brake vs drum brake ball joints

This is a very serious issue. I had two failures due to a shop installing the wrong ball joints. The first failure was entering an interstate in Ohio rounding a corner at 20 mph and the left ball joint failed and the whole front end dropped. After it was fixed the shop back in Ct had to do additional work and replaced the correct ball joints with the undersized ones. The second failure was rounding a corner in Montana at 60 mph and the RH ball joint failed, I thought the MH was going to flip over but I managed to stop it safely. The was no warning sounds of clunking just a sudden failure and the whole front end just dropped. The lighter P-30's have drum brakes in the rear, the heavier ones have disc brakes in the rear. After much research I had the shop in MT. replace the ball joint with Moog parts. The confusion for the person who orders the parts is the ball joints listed under the rear drum brakes say HD so they think it is stronger not realizing the ball joint is undersize. The difference is P-30's with rear drum brakes get one part number and P30's with rear disc brakes get another part number.
Gjac 11/11/22 06:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Norcold Frig Parts List ??

Also, I found that by adjusting the plastic door latch on my Norcold I was able to tighten the door seal, so it passed the dollar bill test.
Gjac 11/01/22 02:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: ALWAYS something!

Like others have said every trip something breaks. Parts that failed mods, and upgrades I spent as much as the MH cost in 2004. Having said all that, there are some systems that have held up well for a 1996 MH. The slide has been trouble free which is electric with cables, the only thing I did was lube the rollers and adjust the pot on the motor. The roof top AC's are original and still work fine along with the furnace maybe because they are rarely used. The Norcold refer is original with a Dinosaur board, burner tube and ignitor replacement along with the WH with a board replacement. Steps are original, I had to straighten them out when I bought the MH and the control panel went out and was no longer sold, they wanted over $1200 for a new one. I solder in a new relay for $3.42 and it has worked fine for the last 7 years. Kohler genset was problematic and no longer works. The IFS cost a small fortune to repair over the years, but engine and transmission have been trouble free, just general maintenance. The maintenance, repairs, mods and upgrades over the last 18 years and 100,000 miles of travel added another .25 cents per mile over the cost of fuel. I don't know if that is higher or lower than others on this forum but compared to the cost of fuel, I don't think it is too bad.
Gjac 11/01/22 02:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Valve stem extension

I just bought two from Amazon because one of them leaked after 17 years. There is a very small o ring inside that was dry rotted and cracked causing the leak.
Gjac 11/01/22 11:05am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Early Television

"I remember Winky Dink, Arthur Godfrey, and when I was about twelve after the National Anthem, Static." WOW, and here I thought I was the only one that ever heard of Winky Dink. :) Winky Dink was really ahead of its time, it was interactive TV where the kid would have to draw a bridge for example on the TV screen with a crayon for Winky Dink to cross a river. It was my favorite Saturday morning show. It was only on for a few years so I am guessing you guys must be about 75 or so if you remember that show.
Gjac 10/17/22 03:37pm Around the Campfire
RE: Looking for a Good Men's Hair dressing

Brylcreem a "little dab will do ya." I also used Vitalis and Pomade back in the 50's. My hair is thinning also but what works for me now is either hair gel applied when damp, it can't be wet or any hair spray damp to dry. Then after it dries and a little stiff, brush it out and the product will give your hair a little more volume and will stay in place. Much better than the aforementioned greasy products. The thinner your hair is the shorter it needs to be cut.
Gjac 10/05/22 01:46pm Around the Campfire
RE: Alaska - 2023

Our trip to Alaska in 2006 was fantastic. I thought the journey from Ct to Alaska was just as good as Alaska itself. You have to stop somewhere to sleep anyway so sleeping and visiting the national parks in the lower 48 was great, especially early in the season with little to no crowds. First park we hit was RMNP, took our bikes to the top of the highest road in the US, trail ridge road and there was still 6 feet of snow at the top and the road blocked off to cars but we road our bikes another 5 miles or so up the hill then coasted 17 miles all downhill back to the CG. Still snow in Yellowstone no problem getting into any CG with no reservations in early May, then up to Glacier Caught a doz trout in Pray Lake in Two Medicine Lake CG. Caught cutthroat trout outside CG and a 20 in Lake trout at Indian falls. No license required in the park. Banff, Jasper and the other Canadian parks were all beautiful caught Lake trout along the way and a 7 lb Lake trout in Kulane NP just before entering Alaska. Stayed between 1 to 3 days at the CG's on the way up. We drove on every road in Alaska saw all the sites that you have heard about already. Not mentioned yet was a trip to MCcarthy to visit an old copper mine, walked on a glacier there which was memorable. Took the top of the world hwy to Dawson City in the Yukon. The couple we went with did not fish so I fished whenever we stopped caught a lot of rainbow trout, grayling and Dolly Varden along the way. I missed all the Salmon runs along the way however I caught a large King while fishing for rainbows. The only regrets I had was not staying in Denali NP itself, however I took my bike in and saw more animals than I did with the bus tour. Stopped in Hyder on the way back and saw a lot of bears. It was a great trip had no reservations in 3 mos that we were gone. However, by the time it was over my wife was anxious to get back home so she drove a good portion of the way home. The trip cost about $10,000 and gas was about 1/2 the cost. I would love to go back but my wife is happy with just memories of the trip.
Gjac 09/27/22 08:38am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Norcold on Inverter

I installed a 1000 watt inverter to run my refer off my 2 6v GC batteries years ago. It will work but the only problem it puts a lot of strain on your alternator as Wolf said. After several trips running the refer on battery power I burned out my alternator. Think about stopping for gas or lunch or being stuck in traffic and the alternator working overtime to replenish the battery bank. To me it is not worth it for the small amount of propane saved.
Gjac 09/27/22 06:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: HWH 210 series HYD pump motor not working

I just heard back from HWH from a call I placed on Aug 2nd, inquiring about my pump motor, today is Sept 23. Almost 8 weeks response time. They used to have very good and responsive customer service. Not sure what is going on today.
Gjac 09/23/22 10:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Steps acting up again

Start with what make of steps you have. If Kwickee they have a good online trouble shooting section. For you to have the motor and the control module replaced twice in 5 years something is not right. Is the light on under the steps?
Gjac 09/16/22 02:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Front grill filter

udidwht, Which MH did you put the screen on your Chevy or the Westfalia? How many miles have you driven with it on? Have you taken it over the continental divide coming east yet?
Gjac 09/15/22 05:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Frozen levelers

If they are HWH jacks, the shafts can be cleaned and lubed. If they are the kick down jacks when she said they can't be retracted maybe she meant the shafts won't go back into the cylinder which is a common problem for those jacks, they can kick up, but the shaft is stuck extended. I have a left front jack that won't retract at times. I extend is slightly, then spray it with silicone or WD-40 and work the foot back and forth and the springs will then retract it fully. There is a seal inside that keeps the shaft lubricated once it is retracted. The shaft is SS so I doubt that they are badly rusted. Whenever I leave mine extended for an extended length of time, I have this problem. Once I do this procedure the jack is good for several years as long as I don't forget and leave it extended over the winter. The inner seal probably needs replacing because the jacks are 27 years old and I still have the original springs. If you can get the jacks to work by what I described that vintage Workhorse with 340 HP and the allision transmission is a nice combination. Good Luck.
Gjac 09/01/22 10:06am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Will this work

I know Fords F150, they set it up to do this and actually have an upgrade that puts some 120v outlets in the bed. The question is does your toyota have a 120v outlet or if not, does the 12v come from the big battery bank. Most propulsion battery banks are not 12v, so it wouldn't surprise me if the big battery bank is at a higher voltage and the 12v outlet is pulling off the small battery. I do not have a 120v outlet only a 12v outlet. The traction/propulsion battery is a little over 200 v which in turn supplies voltage to the 12 v battery which in turn is connected to the 12v outlet.
Gjac 09/01/22 09:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Will this work

Are you certain the hybrids HV battery powers the 12 accessory outlet? It would seem simpler for the manufacturer to power that from the 55 AH 12 volt starting battery. The way it works is the engine turns the electric motor which charges the HV battery and the HV battery then charges/maintains the 12V acc battery. The 12V acc battery is not a starting battery the HV battery starts the engine.
Gjac 08/30/22 07:24pm Class A Motorhomes
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