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RE: Emergency HELP Please F53 Fuel problems

I'm concerned about adding even more gas to the tank in the event it could require coming down again. There is nothing pinching any lines, vacuum or fuel, none are close to the cover. We also found a collapsed pressure line after the filter which connects to the fuel rail and bypassed it and it now has consistent pressures. I can't imagine what may be causing the loss of pressure when it's hot and the engine controls sense the need for more pressure and you can see it drop on the guage. The mobile mechanic suggested that the OEM Ford pump may be different from the aftermarket f53 pump that was called for. I don't believe that this was the case as it ran perfect with the engine cover off and only seems to be temperature related. This is madness.
Gnarley 09/09/20 01:01pm Class A Motorhomes
Emergency HELP Please F53 Fuel problems

WE are stranded in Grants Pass. We broke down near the bottom of Sexton Pass on I5 on the Saturday of the Laborday Weekend. No Tow Trucks were available and we had to stay in the rig overnight 4 feet from the slow lane on a curve! We were towed at 11 AM Sunday morning back into Grants Pass and dropped at the Walmart and now safe. There are few tow rigs available in some areas and few shops or mobile techs or shops that can handle a large RV. This situation is exacerbated on long holiday weekends! Vehicle: 1999 Holiday Rambler Vacationer F53 gas Triton v10, 1/3 tank of gas. Prior owner at some point installed a frame mounted aux fuel pump before and attached to the filter. Conditions: Driving 55 MPH and pulling a dolly with a Hyundai Tucson on 9/5/2020 at about 2:30 PM and 99 degrees. What happened? We don't yet know what failed. I crawled under and believed the aux pump failed and found a replacement. I installed it in the extreme heat, it did not fix the problem. It would start but did not continue running. FUEL or Pump in tank failure? We found a single mobile tech that was available, there were no other options. He showed up later Sunday and dropped the tank, the pump was non-op. We found one at a parts store and it was installed. It didn't seem to run any different. The tech questioned his install and dropped the tank again. Everything seemed as it should. Sunday he scanned and looked for codes and a few senors that were questionable were replaced as a precaution, and had no impact or change. 2 working pumps may have also overfuled the systems. We tried both and it runs really bad with the frame rail pump installed. UNSURE what to think. Tuesday morning after checking various connections and replacing a suspect damaged fuel pressure regulator we removed the frame rail secondary pump! We drove with the engine cover off and had a fuel pressure gauge hooked up to the fuel rail and it had the correct pressures and the engine ran perfect! Up and down hills in town for about 30 minutes and no problems! You could watch the fuel pressure rise on the hills as should be expected. We put the engine cover on and went for a drive on I5. It immediately had a problem and under load lost pressure. Everything was good with the engine cover off and with it on there was more heat and had an instant effect on drivability. SIDENOTE we only had about 1/3rd tank of gas, could a pump that's not fully submerged overheat and cause a loss of fuel pressure under load? Due to the fires we are stuck. The 2 week trip we planned is canceled and now we are trying to get back home. We may have to abandon our RV and store it since we don't trust driving it home 400 miles away. Does anyone have any helpful suggestions? Please help Thanks
Gnarley 09/09/20 10:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RVing during Pandemic and looking relocate

Ok, to any of you in Oregon who may be reading this. We have a route planned and will be heading north in 2 days! We found quite a few CG's and were able with dillegent searching from my wife to get some nice places. If anyone is up that way and has info or suggestions on what to see in any of those area, please let me know! Dallas/Salem, OR – 9/5 -8 (3 nights) Astoria/Seaside, OR – 9/8 – 11 ((3 nights) Lincoln City, OR – 9/11/14 (3 nights) Florence, OR – 9/14-16 (2 nights) Coos Bay, OR – 9/16-18 (2 nights) Brookings, OR – 9/18-19 (1 night)
Gnarley 09/03/20 01:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RVing during Pandemic and looking relocate

Moved from ATC Ok, I'm good with this move. Who has suggestions on various CG's along the Oregon coast, good, bad, outstanding, or stay away and why? MOD'S EDIT: This thread has bounced from Roads & Routes to Around the Campfire, to Parks, Campgrounds, and Attractions. It's really a square peg that doesn't fit anywhere very well. You're welcome to rephrase your question to something more specific and post it in the proper forum. Good luck.
Gnarley 08/14/20 06:04pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RVing during Pandemic and looking relocate

I'm wondering how this entire topic relates to "Roads and Routes"? Have you suggested any roads and routes? I'm all ears. I'm also looking for information on where I can stay along the coast. There have been several contributors who suggested other areas to relocate to and I've responded. Others asked great questions regarding relocation having been in those areas. Tell me what you know... Please contribute and make some suggestions if you have any, anywhere from Florence to Astoria, what to see from a retiree's perspective or possible places to live and roads or routes you may know. I have zero input on where you should retire. I think your "wants" list in a place to live is entirely unrealistic if you want my opinion. I'm on this page to talk about RVing, not someone's retirement plans. I didn't ask anyone where I should retire. I'm planning an exploratory RV trip during a pandemic to find a location I can retire. It seems like RV'ing has suddenly changed and there are lots of new owners trying to learn and as I've been reading helping fill up many of the CG's that are open. As an experienced RV'er I know planning and asking others can be really helpful. I'm not familiar with the Oregon coast so I came here to ask others for suggestions that may be helpful.
Gnarley 08/14/20 02:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RVing during Pandemic and looking relocate

So this thread truly doesn't belong in Roads & Routes, but there isn't a forum for "Hey, I'm Moving" threads either. I'm moving this from Roads & Routes to Around the Campfire. Good luck with your planning. I understand, however I was looking for info and suggestions on what may be open or how to find CG's in Oregon and feedback about the coastal areas.
Gnarley 08/14/20 02:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RVing during Pandemic and looking relocate

I'm wondering how this entire topic relates to "Roads and Routes"? Have you suggested any roads and routes? I'm all ears. I'm also looking for information on where I can stay along the coast. There have been several contributors who suggested other areas to relocate to and I've responded. Others asked great questions regarding relocation having been in those areas. Tell me what you know... Please contribute and make some suggestions if you have any, anywhere from Florence to Astoria, what to see from a retiree's perspective or possible places to live and roads or routes you may know.
Gnarley 08/14/20 10:45am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RVing during Pandemic and looking relocate

Gnarley, Maxifi costs about $100 per year. As you can see on their website, it helps determine your lifetime discretionary spending (what you can spend, not how much you actually do spend) for the remainder of your life based on your assets (present and future earnings included). Compare the pro's and con's of various scenarios (i.e.; when to take SS, when to retire, how much you's save/spend each year if you move to a different state, taxes, effects of inflation, and so much more). It's all on their website. I have found it a very valuable planning tool. But, of course, you may not agree. That's fine with me as I have no skin in the game. Yes, Oregon has an Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) program similar to Cover California. I don't know the details of it as I choose to purchase my health insurance on the open market (61 YO male, $741/mo., ~$8K deductible for those who are curious) even though I could very easily qualify for a subsidy if I wished. If you don't have well in excess of $2M (including anticipated SS and/or other retirement earnings), don't even consider Bend. A friend has a old (early 1900's) 751 sq ft house on a 50 x 100 ft lot that is worth at least $400K. A new 1800 sq ft house on the same size lot goes for ~$600K. And large properties..........well, you won't find much for less than $1M. So say you need 1.5M over the remainder of your life to maintain your present standard of living (probably a pretty reasonable amount for a frugal couple in their 60's in Bend) and you pay 500K for a house on a postage stamp lot. Well, then you will need ~2M over the remainder of your life. I can't speak for other areas in Oregon, but you can easily find prices on Zillow if you are curious. The Eastern Oregon towns of Burns/Hines, for example, would be A LOT less expensive (at least to purchase a house), but you may may not wish to retire there??????? So it might be wise to take a road trip through Oregon before you commit to any one area or even the state. If you do travel through, send me a PM maybe we can get together for a beer. Look. I'm not trying to discourage you and I might be totally wrong on all this (though I doubt it). And, of course, you are free to do what you want. I was just trying help you (and likely many others reading this) by sharing my experience (I have been studying this for the past 5 years) with you. ' Hopefully you have found my comments somewhat helpful, but I think this thread has gone way off topic for this forum so I won't be following this post any further. If you have a specific question, feel free to send me a PM. Good luck and best wishes. Thanks, your info is helpful. I've done some preliminary searches and none of the areas you noted were ever on my radar. We do not want to be in the middle of the state and as I've noted believe that the coast is very possible.
Gnarley 08/14/20 10:40am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RVing during Pandemic and looking relocate

They finally ended up in Sequim, WA. It sits in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains so they average 16" a year. A much more tolerable amount. Sequim is full of retired, active people from all over. You see lots of people out walking every day. The median age is 58 years old. Close to the Strait. Maybe not the ocean, but a salty body of water that you can take a boat out on and see whales and go fishing. Easy day trip access via ferry to Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island. Close to Olympic National Park. A couple of hours via road and ferry to Seattle when you need a big city experience. Pretty affordable housing compared to what we're used to here in CO. Lots of homes available with acreage if that's of interest to you. Definitely suggest spending a few days there to see how you like it. That's a great area! We have friends in Paulsbo. The reason I want to stay farther south is the ability to drive back to a client I have where I'm on-site once a month. I can make the drive from northern OR in 10 hours or a long day drive, farther than that changes the expenses and time away.
Gnarley 08/14/20 10:35am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RVing during Pandemic and looking relocate

Don't forget to factor in the cost of health insurance. You may want to look at this program. I find it quite helpful for evaluating exactly the type of questions you are asking. As to the cost to live in Oregon. There are several websites that rank Oregon as I mentioned (4th or 5th most expensive in the country). A number of factors go into those calculations including; taxes, housing (ugh, property tax), utilities, food, transportation, and medical. Scoop around on the web and you will find what I am referring to if you are interested. Also, keep in mind that Oregon has an estate (death) tax on anything over $1M ........ where California doesn't. Now how good is Oregon looking? Best wishes in your search and let us all know what you find. Oregon still doesn't look bad! What can you tell me about the MaxiFi software, is it free to individual users? We needn't worry about the $1M mark, that ain't happening! The info below counters many of the "best places to retire" lists out there. Here's the good news: you can ignore all of them. Discrepancies are the rule rather than the exception, partially because the rankings emphasize different criteria. Some lists emphasize college towns, whose populations tend to skew young, while others put a premium on communities with a lot of senior residents. Many publications advise looking at local tax rates, but they clash when it comes to deciding whether income, property or sales tax is most important. https://business.time.com/2013/05/13/please-dont-use-a-best-places-to-retire-list-to-decide-where-to-retire/
Gnarley 08/13/20 04:25pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RVing during Pandemic and looking relocate

The ability to use your equity to purchase a new home will depend upon how much you net and exactly what you mean by a coastal location. Oceanfront will cost much more than being a couple of miles inland. And the maintenance on oceanfront properties can be extreme, the salt water just eats everything. Personally, the couple of times I have driven the Oregon coast I felt like the towns were really struggling and there were too many disaffected souls roaming the highways and byways. But to each his own. As for making an income, when you say you are considering being a contractor, are you talking about contract work for corporations using your internet security certifications or are you talking about being a construction contractor? If it is being a 1099 independent contractor in Information Systems only you can say whether or not you can generate enough income. If it is a construction contractor, I would think that it would be very tough to start from scratch without local contacts and local referrals. Not Oceanfront, I never implied that. You can be near the ocean and still have a view, location, location, location.... I am a 1099 independent contractor, I provide Technolgy services and consulting and can add additional customers. I also can offer part-time work, or offer a variety of services that require proper licensing. Being a jack of many trades can be really helpful!
Gnarley 08/13/20 04:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RVing during Pandemic and looking relocate

The equity we have won't work for coastal living in California and farther north is even farther away from any decent airport. For us the north west coast of Oregon seems to have what we are looking for. I'm considering adding Powerball to our retirement planning. :W I'm telling ya, Ain't that the TRUTH! For many of us who are lucky enough to have RV's having a good life after a working career sometimes seems out of reach. By making concessions and relocating maybe, just maybe we'll be alright for our late years. Only time will tell right?
Gnarley 08/12/20 06:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RVing during Pandemic and looking relocate

I won't disagree with you, however, living hours inland is not what we want. I have friends from Reno To Gardnerville, and I lived in Reno for a few years but I prefer the cooler climate and moisture. Thanks Gnarley. That makes sense. Have you looked at any of the northern counties on the CA coast? People close to me moved to Humboldt County in the 70s. I assumed the region was just depressed at the time, but through all the booms and busts in the rest of the country, Humboldt County has remained pretty depressed this whole time. I think there are a lot of opportunities up there if you're looking for a bargain. I assume you don't need to be right on the beach, because that will cost a fortune anywhere. There are nice places to live from Legget or Garberville clear up to Trinidad or Orrick(sp?). Good luck with your search. The equity we have won't work for coastal living in California and farther north is even farther away from any decent airport. For us the north west coast of Oregon seems to have what we are looking for.
Gnarley 08/12/20 04:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RVing during Pandemic and looking relocate

As a resident on the Central Oregon Coast I would surmise you are going to have to make some consessions to your wants. Access to large airports is one. Large hospitals and top notch medical service is another. Here in Florence its just over an hour to a decent airport.....and while our local hospital can take care of most matters, serious medical attention is an hour and a half away. Jobs are also problematic. With your skills perhaps the local hospital would be interested.... and we do have a high tech ISP startup....but not many employees. Good luck, wherever you end up. That's kind of funny... We've been here 20 years and never really felt it was home, it's a fantasy suggesting this is such a wonderful place to live,for those with the means it may be. Frankly this is an economic decision due to the cost of living here and we cannot afford to stay.
Gnarley 08/12/20 11:05am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RVing during Pandemic and looking relocate

Pretty sure that there are job openings for good mechanics in Bend (Oregon). Just keep in mind that Oregon is the 4th or 5th most expensive state in the country to live in....and Bend is probably in the top 10 (maybe 5) of most expensive Oregon communities. I don't need to work for someone else, I have the means to start a shop, but at 62 I want to start slowing down and have more control over the work I do. Working as a contractor or having a part time business could afford me additional income and flexibility.
Gnarley 08/12/20 10:50am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RVing during Pandemic and looking relocate

Jobs: The workplace is more mobile now than it ever has been. Park reservations: Things are about to change for you. Location: What about taking all that nice Sonoma equity and moving someplace less expensive (but not Oregon coast) and then traveling to the coast for longer term stays from time to time? Use part of that Sonoma equity to buy in Carson City or someplace in ID where you're not too far from the west coast. You'd have enough to buy a less expensive home, set a chunk aside for medical insurance, set another chunk aside for travel expenses, and then take gig work to fill in the gaps and travel on a modest budget until you hit Medicare age and your healthcare expenses are reduced. I won't disagree with you, however, living hours inland is not what we want. I have friends from Reno To Gardnerville, and I lived in Reno for a few years but I prefer the cooler climate and moisture.
Gnarley 08/12/20 10:44am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RVing during Pandemic and looking relocate

Pretty sure that there are job openings for good mechanics in Bend (Oregon). Just keep in mind that Oregon is the 4th or 5th most expensive state in the country to live in....and Bend is probably in the top 10 (maybe 5) of most expensive Oregon communities. Most expensive based on what criteria? I suspect that if you have significant income you are correct, and I've read many of these articles also. Not everyone retires with great income. We found that we can get by pretty comfortably by eliminating mortgage from the equation and then with everything else costing less our bills drop down by another 15%, I think that will cover any additional income TAXES and then some. The spreadsheet is pretty clear, it shows income and expenses, and we're currently in the RED due to a mortgage. Cutting the mortgage puts us in the black. We will never pay off our current mortgage and we do not want to retire in this house or area. Using our equity for an outright purchase is a means to provide a home and stability. Oregon seems to meet our needs on paper.
Gnarley 08/12/20 10:37am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RVing during Pandemic and looking relocate

What would you consider suitable work in your 60s? At your age I'd be selling everything and hitting the Roads and Routes and forgetting about work.. if that's possible. Life is short. I was working in tech, I'm a systems engineer/manager and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, CISSP. Before tech I was an ASE certified Master technician, I can do anything to vehicles. I also can do pretty much anything around a home. With many skill sets I could add to my retirement. Full retirement is not in the cards if I desire to enjoy life at this point.
Gnarley 08/11/20 02:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RVing during Pandemic and looking relocate

Come on East! We have wonderful health care here. Cost of owning a home is one of the lowest in the country! Lots of camping, including the #1 & #2 State Parks on the country. Where is this place, and it Western New York! Yes it gets cold here, but we have some of the best skiing east of the Mississippi. Come give us a try, (after you quarantine for 14 days, that is) WNYBob The Eastern US certainly has some nice areas. Going east is not in the cards. It's too far, we don't want snow and there are NO affordable homes on the coast, they were taken long ago. It would be a logistail nightmare moving across the country. Staying out west we have better chances of getting what we want and not having to deal with larger populations. I thank you for your suggestion anyway!
Gnarley 08/11/20 01:50pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RVing during Pandemic and looking relocate

I am on the Oregon Coast right now. This private RV park is quite busy. Some of the State Parks on the coast are closed to camping, some are open. Life is going on almost as usual, with masks, outdoor seating, take-out, smaller groups, etc. Have you traveled the Oregon Coast before? Not sure you would like the weather year round compared to Sonoma County. We come here in Aug. and Sept. because they are the two best weather months. I think the southern coast is more the "banana belt". If finding suitable work in Sonoma County is a challenge, doubt it will be any better on the Oregon coast. If you want RV park recommendations in specific towns, just ask. Lots of RVers on this forum have been to the Oregon Coast. We love the Brookings area, but there are no airports close by. We prefer to be closer to a large airport. By selling our home and using the equity for an outright purchase we eliminate 2/3rds of our bills and can afford our life. I have many skills to offer anywhere we land and if I'm unable to find a good job there are many other ways to sell my services. Do you know of any lists for campgrounds along the coast? By the way, some of our summer days look like coastal Oregon due to the marine layer. Today is overcast and 66° 30 miles inland. If you haven't lived in this part of Sonoma County you may not understand but due to the fires of 2017 and 2019 and the increasingly dry humidity that time of year we would like to go somewhere that has more humidity such as a coastal area. Thanks
Gnarley 08/11/20 12:50pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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