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RE: Brake pad smell after long downhills

Even our old 1992 Chevy P30 with 454 TBI and 4L80-e when using the transmission for engine braking will shift up one gear before it red lines the engine. Like wise you and not force it to shift down if the action would cause a red lining event. I agree no ceramic pads from MH or TV usage. With engine braking a set of pads can last 100K+ miles. With just the MH going down 14 slopes in 1st means I will have to jab the brakes from time to time but 10 and under brakes are not needed for speed. It is just my approach but going down hill I go to WOT and get a shift down then move the shifter into that lower gear position and get off the gas. It takes 2 seconds or less.
Gale Hawkins 07/23/14 10:09pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Brake pad smell after long downhills

Quote: "Question. Do you use lower gears going down hill? No, because I have that 4r100 trans that is known for building up to much pressure in low gears and pressure blows up the front seal in trans." That has got to be one of the dumbest things I have ever heard. Dave I do not know about Ford but our 4L80-e holds our 15K MH down hill so there is really no reason to use the brakes for speed control when we did the Rocky Mountains. We however were in 1st or 2nd driving the horse shoe gate to gate route driving through Yosemite. The questions about how long brakes last of course depends on how you use them. My guess is 50K-150K depending on several factors.
Gale Hawkins 07/22/14 12:07am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Scan Guage D

If it is anything like the II for gas engines you will love it. We keep ours in the vehicle that is throwing codes at the time.
Gale Hawkins 07/22/14 12:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tire Trade-in Value

I agree with the one poster, why would you sell someone a tire that you think is unsafe, I see used tires all the time on eBay and most of the time they say lots of tread but don't know how old. If you want to sell them offer a warrentee, I think the seller should be liable for something as important as tires. You can buy double coins for less than 200.00 for a 19.5 tire if the funds aren't there A tire blowout that could cause $5K in damage to a nice MH may be very fine for farm trucks and many other applications.
Gale Hawkins 07/16/14 01:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Eternabond Roof Edges?

NO but try to make sure you are not taping over trapped water.
Gale Hawkins 07/12/14 12:00am Beginning RVing
RE: Tire Trade-in Value

They are worth what you can get but that in these parts seems to be $50-$100. A guy bought my 9 year old pulls and put them on his MH after he as a bad blown out with the 16 year old OEM tire. On our F700 Ford truck 1998 is the oldest caucus but it has been recapped. Around here is common to find farm trucks with 25+ years old. MH's typically are under tired so hence more blow out from blow outs and they are never ran or parked like trucks.
Gale Hawkins 07/11/14 11:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Battery dead

With that amount of charging all you did was put a surface charge on it - which is enough to make the top light on your control panel light up. That sounds like the case to me. I think two hours would be on the short side.
Gale Hawkins 07/09/14 10:56am Tech Issues
RE: 454 Back fire thru exhaust

Though I do admit that on many vehicles the exhaust is to the rear and thus "BACK FIRE" might be proper. In automotive terms a back fire is a fire backwards (Out the air intake instead of the exhaust).. That said.. Good advice above.. I can not improve on it. I guess I call After Fire Back Fire :)
Gale Hawkins 07/08/14 09:01pm Tech Issues
RE: 454 Back fire thru exhaust

It does the back fire during acceleration of 50 to 55. It did it before and after changing new plugs and wires Had back firing twice with our 1992 454 TBI. First time it was the pick up coil under the distributor. We did the labor and the part cost $13 but I would just with a rebuilt distributor next time I think. The second time it turned out to be a dirty fuel filter . Both problems had the identical symptoms. As noted with a carb you should have two fuel filters.
Gale Hawkins 07/07/14 11:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Repeated blowouts on inner dually Class C

All good points. Remember on most roads the right rear inside tire will nearly always due to weight shift and road crown carry more than 25% of the load. Are your tired and aired to 125% of your rear axle scale weight?
Gale Hawkins 07/07/14 11:24pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 1994 Fleetwood Southwind Diesel, no power to dash

Cleaning the ton of negative cable connections has always did it for us. Just moving them a bit ways got us going for the mean time.
Gale Hawkins 07/05/14 08:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Running A/C on Low

Yes but we tend to run the front one in the evening. You will know if it freezes up then you can leave it off for a while and run Hi only. We leave the blower blow all the time so the noise of start up is not huge but I sleep when I sleep. :)
Gale Hawkins 07/05/14 08:46pm Beginning RVing
RE: Just a warning about the Alaska Hwy

Thanks I am impressed with the Honda Fit review.
Gale Hawkins 07/04/14 12:02pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Portable gen running on the back of a moving RV?

Get into redneck country and you will see many designs so it seems to be very doable. :)
Gale Hawkins 07/03/14 10:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Just a warning about the Alaska Hwy

I thought this was to be expected in that country? Build a building and have one development under it if you want to see and hear a wreck in slow mo. :(
Gale Hawkins 07/03/14 10:51pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Buying on bayE

eBay has worked well for me over the years including buying cars from photos.
Gale Hawkins 07/03/14 10:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: battery boiling

Any PD would be nice but kind of leaning to this one to keep it simple.
Gale Hawkins 06/30/14 11:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 1997 american eagle vs 2000 monaco diplomat

Think you did well on that choice.
Gale Hawkins 06/30/14 10:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Maxing out tire pressures...

I've read in a couple of places that to improve the ride some people "ignore" the tire pressure recommendation inside the door and inflate their tires, (often just the rear), to the max inscribed upon the wall of the tire itself. I've searched within this site and the search engine isn't super helpful and I've tried google and see lots of yelling about "over-inflation" of tires. It would seem to me that the recommendation on the door is most likely to give the most comfortable ride in an unladen vehicle, (and therefore a sales thing), while "harder" tires might dampen some of the TT TV interactions on the road. I'm towing with an F-150 SCrew, with factory towing where the door indicates 35psi while the tire states max inflation is to 44psi. I've experienced some bouncing on rough roads but a nice towing experience on smooth blacktop. I'm taking a longish trip through four states where only one of which has any reputation for good roads, (MI, IN, IL & WI - you decide). Would I benefit from taking all four tires to 44psi, just the rears to 44 psi or should I, (for safety's sake), leave everything at 35psi per the door and take the pain. We have the same 44 psi max stamped on the tires of the Towncar and did a 3500 mile run last week up to Canada. While it is a car and not towing the ride was fine and it seems to have less squirm than at 35. There are bad roads every where we learned. As other noted there are no safety issues running at stamped PSI. One plus at 44 we learned was at 5pm we came out of a sales call in Minot ND with a low tire that we topped off down the street until we found a tire shop open ($30 to patch from inside). If we had been at 35 I expect we would have been down on the rim instead at 12 PSI. 44 will give more margin of safety in a case like that.
Gale Hawkins 06/29/14 11:04pm Tow Vehicles
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Gale Hawkins 06/28/14 11:04pm Class C Motorhomes
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