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RE: Driving on the lateral with a MH (in PV)- What is the rule?

Yes, a very common practice in Mexico on major roads: Four or more main lanes. For "faster" traffic. Parallel roads on either side of the main lanes for slower vehicles. There is usually an international type sign showing dual rear wheels with a line through it on the main lanes. If you see all the other vehicles with dual rear wheels on the laterals, figure you should be too. And, in some areas, Guadalajara ring road for example, vehicles with dual rear wheels may only use certain lanes. Again, a good idea to keep traffic moving-- loaded dump truck in the left lane(s) would sure slow down traffic.
wolfe10 02/26/17 08:37am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Jake Brake

It doesn't rely on compression, it prevents it. You might want to rethink this statement as it is totally wrong. OK, how an engine compression brake (AKA Jake brake) works: It take a LOT of energy as the piston comes up on the compression stroke to do the 15:1 or more compression. If the engine brake is not on, once past TDC most of that work is returned, pushing the piston back down. Yes, there is a little friction loss. What the engine compression brake does, is as the piston reaches TDC, it OPENS the exhaust valve. That allows all that work stored in the compressed air in the cylinder to escape out the exhaust. So that amount of work is lost. Most are two stage-- with 3 or 6 cylinders doing this. And, the wiring is connected to the Allison ECM so the transmission also downshifts toward the pre-select gear. This part the same for engine compression brakes and exhaust brakes.
wolfe10 02/24/17 11:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Refrigerator problem

Said another way, how far into the ignition process are you getting?
wolfe10 02/21/17 06:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Coachmen Mirada 2004 Brake Question ?

Mike, Please post what chassis you have. That will make answers a LOT more relevant.
wolfe10 02/20/17 05:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Coachmen Mirada 2004 Brake Question ?

First VERY IMPORTANT thing to do is bleed/flush the brake lines thoroughly with fresh brake fluid. Critical to do that to get rid of moisture that finds it's way into a brake system when it sits. Standard brake fluid is designed to absorb moisture to protect the metal parts but it will eventually get saturated and that is why brake fluid should be flushed on a regular basis. While I totally agree with the need to have fresh/non-hydrated brake fluid, the OP is not showing signs of old fluid. Old/hydrated brake fluid will surely FADE after one or two stops, as temperatures in the calipers exceed the boiling point of the bad brake fluid. But, even old brake fluid will not be mushy on the first stop. To the OP: You need someone familiar with your braking system (probably Ford??) to check it. Master cylinder is one of the likely suspects.
wolfe10 02/20/17 04:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Sub floor

Pulling back the carpet will give you the FACTS very quickly. Many are OSB.
wolfe10 02/18/17 07:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Spare tire on the roof?

A very hot location for a tire.
wolfe10 02/18/17 03:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: purchasing getting closer

I'm not sure if the Windsor was part of the RR4R recall, but it's worth checking out. I know the Knight and Cayman were but not sure about the Windsor. Perhaps Wolfe10 could shed some light on that. Here is a link to an older post with the specifics: https://community.fmca.com/topic/569-important-safety-issue-monaco-hr-safari-chassis/
wolfe10 02/18/17 09:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Spare tire on the roof?

We carried an unmounted spare on the roof of our 1993 Foretravel 36' DP when in Mexico where that size was not available. Covered with Sunbrella material Dianne made into a custom cover. Securely tied down to the Foretravel OE roof rack. Never a problem.
wolfe10 02/17/17 08:48am General RVing Issues
RE: Hurricane 34B Ride Quality

LadyRVer What is puzzling is mine is also built on the Ford F53 chassis. The previous owner replaced the tires in 2014. On the sidewall of the tires it says minimum air pressure is 100 lbs. On the placard on the drivers side wall it says 80 lbs. I think I'm going to post the type of tires and ask for feedback. It may very well be I've got cheap hard - overinflated tires causing the rough ride. Sorry, that is NOT what it says on the side of the tire. It will say carrying capacity of XX at YY PSI. If your tire is not carrying XX, you do not need YY PSI. Go get your coach weighted-- individual wheel position weights are best. Then go to your tire manufacturer's inflation table to determine the minimum PSI for that weight (all tires on an axle get inflated based on heavier wheel position on that axle). Most of us add 5-10 PSI to that minimum. The GVWR sticker by the door will give PSI for the coach WHEN EACH AXLE IS LOADED TO GAWR. Are you that heavily loaded? If not, that may be over-inflated.
wolfe10 02/13/17 07:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Getting older MH road ready

We need more info about the chassis and how long it has been sitting and where (humid? dry?). An perfectly good answer for an older Chevy 454 would be worthless if this is a diesel pusher.
wolfe10 02/12/17 04:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV by Life Products

Yup, used Git-Rot on a rotten area of the deck where a hatch was bedded on a 1968 Peason Wanderer 30'. Works as advertised. Yes, this was many decades ago.
wolfe10 02/11/17 05:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: A friend to many here on RV.net has passed.....

Sorry to hear that-- have known Dick for more than a decade. A loss to the planet and to the RV community.
wolfe10 02/11/17 12:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: 50 amp electrical issue

As several have posted, if one hot's voltage goes up and the other goes down, an open or compromised neutral is the suspect. The neutral serves as the "reference point" for voltage. Without it, voltage on 50 amp service (i.e. two hots) can range from extremely low to extremely high.
wolfe10 02/10/17 02:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Arizona Purchase

1. What does the selling dealer's General Manager say-- THAT is who to ask. 2. Call the Arizona DMV and determine the status of the title giving them your VIN.
wolfe10 02/09/17 06:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How to Dehumidify without power.

No problem-- just like to base decisions on FACTS. Very likely you situation is very different than ours--we are on the Texas Gulf Coast. I suspect there is no "here is the right answer for everyone". So, I searched for: "water absorbing properties calcium chloride", the active ingredient in Dri-Z-Air. Lots of hits with the answer. There are several variables, but here is reasonable example: How much water can be absorbed from air by 94 percent calcium chloride at 77°F and 70 percent relative humidity? Answer: 2.5 lbs SO, if you have one pound of calcium chloride (13 ounce is a common size Dri-Z-Air), it will remove 2.5 pounds of water divided by 8.3 pounds per gallon= .3 gallons or 38.4 ounces of water. We are in very different climates (again, we are on the Texas Gulf Coast). But in our coach, stored indoors, our small house-type dehumidifier will remove that much water in one day. No way would it keep up with our climate's humidity. I am happy for those who do not require the removal of large amounts of moisture-- many parts of the year would sure like to trade locations! Again, base your dehumidification decisions on where you are and how much water/moisture you need to remove.
wolfe10 02/06/17 11:06am General RVing Issues
RE: How to Dehumidify without power.

I went to Dri-Z-Air's website looking for FACTS on how much water their product could remove. I could not find it. Anyone have the FACTS on how many gallons each of their sizes will remove? At least "number of gallons" is the volume we need on the Gulf coast over a month's period of time to keep humidity at 50%.
wolfe10 02/06/17 09:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Been thinking...need advice...

From the O.P.: Here's what I've found so far: The GCWR for the '17 Gemini is: 13,500 The coach weighs 10,360 The Honda CRV 3,400 Total 13,760 Sooo, I'm already over the stated GCWR without including weight of passengers, dogs, food, clothing, etc.etc. Am I right?? If so, the deal for the Gemini is out. Probably need to dig in a little further. The answer right now is "we don't have enough information to determine that. Their website states GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT is 10,360. I don't see in the specs the UVW (Unloaded Vehicle Weight) or a CCC figure. So, that 10,360 could be very close to actual or well above unloaded weight.
wolfe10 02/06/17 09:31am Class A Motorhomes
RE: hydraulic leveling jacks reservoirs

Easier to find if you have someone else deploy the jacks while you walk around the coach. You WILL hear the electric motor for the jacks when it is running!
wolfe10 02/05/17 08:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How to Dehumidify without power.

Quite frankly, none of the chemical dehumidifiers will do much. Look at the total volume of water they can absorb. A good house-type dehumidifier will remove that amount in 24 hours. Not reasonable to expect that to keep an RV dry for an extended period of time. This is also an issue for boats. The best solution is to install a solar-powered exhaust fan. Because it is solar powered (not connected to a battery), it ONLY works in day light when humidity is lower than at night/bad weather. So, every "nice/sunny day", it brings in more dryer outside air. Not as effective as a house-type dehumidifier, but probably "second best".
wolfe10 02/05/17 09:42am General RVing Issues
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