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udidwht

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Posted: 07/11/16 09:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

1/2 Canadian wrote:

brief response to udidwht:
One thing many coach owners neglect is chassis lube. But even those that are religious about scheduled maintenance are unfamiliar with the correct lubrication of driveshafts, as unfortunately are some service facilities.


Those **** zirks are buried into those joints as well. Shaft has to be positioned just right for lube. Using Valvoline Synthetic CV/U-joint grease. I've put ~ 1300 miles on it since the axle rebuild back in Jan. All the other grease points (front end) I hit last year ~ 5,000 miles ago.


1994 Fleetwood Southwind Storm
P-30 chassis 7.4L 454 TBI 56,4XX miles and counting....
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Trip from Seattle to Vancouver BC then to Cultus Lake BS 07/23/16. Started out great until approximately 12-15 miles north of Bellingham, Wa. when I lost both my right rear dual tires (3-4 years old). Upon closer inspection found that the inner tire was missing it's hose extension. Once the outer tire was pulled we came to the conclusion that the valve extension broke off the stem and was dragged in between the tires taking both out. Lost 4-5 hours and $900 dollars.

After getting that fixed we made it all the way to our destined stop for the night (Granville Island) Approximately 1 block for our stop I heard at a stop what sounded like small BB's being dropped into a small glass jar. As soon as I stopped at our parking spot the loud squealing started quite literally as I was putting it into park. Quickly diagnosed the issue as I found the rear bearing on the alternator seized spilling all it's bearings but 2. Luckily I had a friend who was visiting BC the same time and he arrived the following morning to take me to Lordes Auto and pick up an alternator. Had everything loosened up prior to his arrival the following day. Cost $250 not including core return on alternator.

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Badeye: Did you ever catalogue these breakdowns?

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After reading the whole post, I have learned more about this topic. Thank you so much.

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RV particulars:Fleetwood Southwind 35LS
Driveline (Engine, Transmission): Ford 460 EFI, E4OD, US Gears Dual Range
Miles:95,000
Year:1996
Break Down Description: Lost power steering and eventually braking power while driving.
Symptoms: No power steering, no brakes.
Effect: Very hard to steer, almost impossible to stop
Cause: Idler pulley bearing seized up and caused belt to fall off.
Outcome: Nursed it to an Autozone and bought a new pulley and bearing, installed using basic socket wrench set.

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A couple times over the years, I've experienced loss of power after driving the motorhome most of the day, in warm weather at higher altitudes. Each time, the engine would die while driving on the highway, and it would stay dead until the engine cooled. The first time this happened, we replaced, I think (it was 10 years ago) the MAP and MASS air sensors. Last year, the engine died on a hot day after a long drive in the high desert of Arizona and New Mexico. This time, a local engine repair place said it was due to 2 things: 1. hot gasoline vaporizing as it returned to the fuel pump, and 2. a weak fuel pump. The cure? Replace the fuel pump, now 12 years old, and keep the fuel tank more than 1/2 full when driving at altitude in the summer, so the cool gasoline would keep the fuel returning to the pump cooler. Not sure why fuel returns to the fuel pump, but then, I'm not an expert on motors. Seems to be good advice, tho', since I live at altitude in Denver, and the 2 times this problem happened were in Denver and Albuquerque!

Motorhome: 2004 Fleetwood Southwind, 32vs, Workhorse Chassis.


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RV particulars:2006 Fleetwood Revolution 40LE

Drive line (CAT C9, Allison 6 Speed, Spartan Chassis

Miles: 46k

Year:2006

Break Down Description: Oil Leak - Major. I bought the motor home in Mar 2017. We I got it home I first noticed an oil on the ground under the engine. I had it evaluated at Colton Truck Terminal in Colton CA. They told me it was coming from the back of the HEUI Pump.Advice was to monitor it but since it wasn't that large a leak no repair at this time.I put about 2k miles on it. On Sep 1 We had just returned from a trip from San Diego to Lake Tahoe. The REV was parked in front of my house and we were preparing to leave on an extended 6 week trip. I started it and re-positioned it a few feet, got out and had a full on oil spill under the engine. It looked like a quart or so leaked out in about 5 minutes. It was streaming out not dripping.

Symptoms: Major visible oil streaming out of the bottom of the engine compartment.

Effect: Disabled out of fear of major engine damage

Cause: Broken bolt that fastened fuel transfer pump to the back of the HEUI pump

Outcome:The HEUI Pump and Fuel Transfer Pump are sold only as an assembly. 2k for parts 1.2k labor.

Note: I feel very fortunate this happen in front of my house and not on the road.

Postscript: On Sep 16 we left on our originally planned trip. On arrival in Las Vegas, our first stop, I noticed oil was being sprayed on our tow car along with oil drops on the ground. Needless to say I was more than a little disappointed. I rigged up a catch for the "slobber" tube thinking it was blow by. Drove 240 miles to Ely, NV and there was still some oil drops and some spray on the car. Cleaned up the spay and drove another 120 miles to Wendover UT. Significant spray on the toad and more significant drops on the ground. In checking the engine oil level found no detectable loss of oil. I contacted the main CAT dealer in Salt Lake City UT. They didn't work on the over the road engines anymore but referred me to Larry H Miller Super Ford in Salt Lake City.

These guys were GREAT! Tyler the service writer and Ken their in house CAT expert.This car dealership is an authorized service center for CAT, Allison, and Spartan. In spite of a 4 week work back log they told me to come right over and they would have a mechanic take a look at it and at least tell be where the leak was. Ken really knew the C9. In short order he found the leak.It was a leaking o-Ring in the air compressor oil supply line. He removed it, installed new o-rings and I was on my way. Drove 40 miles to Park City UT and not a drop on the Toad or ground. The oil leak odyssey for us is finally over and we are proceeding on our trip with a peace of mind we haven't really had yet with this motor home. I just can't thank those guys at Larry H Miller Super Ford enough!


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2012 Chevrolet Sonic W/Blue Ox Tow Bar
2008 BMW GS1200
2004 VTX 1800R


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RV: 1994 Fleetwood Southwind Storm 28ft w/Chevy P-30 454TBI & 4L80E trans (now 56,130miles)

While on my recent trip (Seattle to HB, Ca.) I had a trans slip issue start up while on the last leg of the pass just south of Ashland, Oregon. After cresting the RV would not go beyond 30-35mph. Pull off at Yreka, Ca. stayed the night (Baxters Auto lot).

The next morning they sent me over to Onarheim truck repair. Mechanic checked what I had checked (fluid) which was perfect no issue. He also drove it without issue. Says it may have gotten hot.

Continued on south. Made it to HB, Ca. (shot over from the 5 to the 101 via 505 - 680 - 101). No issue/s.

On the return trip ~10 days later just south of Willits, Ca. (during a grade) I had it do the same thing again. This was after driving without issue from HB, Ca.

Same results next morning no issue. However roughly 35 miles later same issue popped up (grade pull). This time I could tell the trans was in limp mode. Not going from 2-3. Quickly realizing that when turning off the engine and restarting it resets and all is ok. Now beginning to look like shift solenoid issue. Did this (2-3) more times until I reached Grants Pass, Oregon and stopped the night. Ended up staying just outside of Jerry's Clutch & Transmission (Great guy). While stopped I used paper clip to pull codes 68 and 87.

The following morning (Joe) mechanic used computer and pulled same codes:

68 - Trans slip
87 - Shift solenoid stuck open

He quickly fixed it by stating the 68 slip code can be resolved by turning the force valve up 1/4 turn and we'll replace both shift solenoids A & B.

While we had the RV up on rack he also found that the trans wire connector was leaking (internally) as well. Replaced it with upgraded one. Back on the road in roughly 2-3 hours. $290

So if anyone ever has trans issue I highly recommend Jerry's Clutch & transmission in Grants Pass, Or.

* This post was edited 09/26/17 02:31pm by udidwht *

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RV particulars:1999 Gulf Stream Sun Voyager Bus
Driveline (Engine, Transmission): Cummins/Allison
Miles:47633
Year:1999
Break Down Description: No Air pressure above 50 lbs
Symptoms: Started RV after stopping for lunch at a rest area, just west of OKC on I40. Killed coach and started generator. Ate lunch then wen to start coach back up to continue journey. Would not build up air pressure.
Effect: Would not build up air pressure so could not release parking brake.
Cause: 2 rather large air leaks.
Outcome: Called GS roadside and they sent out a mechanic (who was super, by the way). Drained front tank, replaced governor on compressor and bypassed air dryer. Almost immediately built up to 125 psi in both tanks.

This was my first trip in the RV (except for 2 short 100 milers). Was on my way to St. Louis. Had already worked on the air dryer. Worked perfectly the rest of the trip. I have past experience with diesels (buses), so know about keeping the moisture out of the tanks.


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