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RE: Steering Wheel Removal-2006 Workhorse Chassis

If no air bag, this method has worked for me for over 50 years. Loosen the nut until it's flush with the shaft, get you knees behind the steering wheel and apply force, grab two ball peen hammers, lay the flat end of the first hammer on the shaft and hit the first hammer with the second hammer. The pressure from your knees will keep the shaft from collapsing unto its self. A couple of taps will release the tapered fit. Final removal of the nut will repair, if any thread damage to the shaft. Richard Hey Richard, How ya doin'? Member me, Scott, met you and Eric at Quartzsite. Your method is pretty darn close to mine for extracting a stuck steering wheel but, I have one thing that maybe should be a word of caution here is, banging two hammers together is kind-a not too good of an idea. I'm certainly no metalergical expert but, I've just been told all my life that two hammers should not be used against each other. I've been told that one of them can shatter due to the way the hammers are hardened. Just thinking here. Scott Well darn it! Now you tell me after a lifetime of banging hammers together. Maybe the midwest hammers are made differently, than the left coast hammers. Never shattered a ball peen hammer but have had to reshape them after they mushroomed. Now where is that old time blacksmith that taught me the two hammer trick? Richard
RLS7201 02/19/17 01:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: External hard Drive for Dish VIP 211K

If your 211 won't supply enough USB power for your HD, you can always use a Powered USB hub Richard
RLS7201 02/15/17 10:12pm Technology Corner
RE: Need a narrow motorhome or folding mirrors at least

Bounders went to 8.5' in 1996. Except for the 35U, which was the first 8.5' Bounder in 95. Richard
RLS7201 02/15/17 09:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Deal of the century

WOW! You haven't lived until you driven a MH with one of those old 413P engines. 4 MPG all day long. Richard
RLS7201 02/15/17 09:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Steering Wheel Removal-2006 Workhorse Chassis

If no air bag, this method has worked for me for over 50 years. Loosen the nut until it's flush with the shaft, get you knees behind the steering wheel and apply force, grab two ball peen hammers, lay the flat end of the first hammer on the shaft and hit the first hammer with the second hammer. The pressure from your knees will keep the shaft from collapsing unto its self. A couple of taps will release the tapered fit. Final removal of the nut will repair, if any thread damage to the shaft. Richard
RLS7201 02/13/17 09:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Small Generator Shoot-Out Results

You can clean up that smokey King by using Amsoil 100-1 2-cycle oil. I've been using it since 1979 in all my 2-strokes, including my dirt bikes, with no failures. The initial price of a quart is startling but do the math and you'll find it no more expensive than running 32 or 50-1 premix. Also, when you run less oil through the main jet, you get more gas, which means a slightly richer A/F ratio. That may help with the RPM hunting, lean roll. In my 175cc dirt bike, I had to reduce the main jet one size when I change from 50-1 to 100-1 premix. Richard PS: many thanks for all your various battery/inverter/converter research and sharing.
RLS7201 02/10/17 10:51am Tech Issues
RE: ford 460 exhaust

Ford 460 exhaust manifolds loosen and leak or crack. Ca smog problem with headers that are legal. Any ideas. Banks is CARB certified. Also, Banks headers install with NO manifold gaskets, just like the factory manifolds. The other brands, with thinner flanges, require gaskets to seal. I suspect Dug Thorley and Gibson is also CARB certified. The performance gain on the old 460, with headers, is impressive. My Banks 460 headers have been flawless for 13 years. Richard
RLS7201 02/08/17 07:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Inverter install question

The Tripp Lite RV750ULHW has a very poor charging algorithm. Once the voltage hits 14.4, it drops back to float instantly. No way to program around the lack of timing. I have a customer with the RV750ULHW in her RoadTrek and we shut off the converter function and installed a PD9145. Now her batteries serve her well. Richard
RLS7201 02/06/17 06:49pm Tech Issues
RE: "RV" toilet paper - myth busted

We did this "test" a few year's ago at a group event in Quartzsite. We had 10-12 different brands of TP,(including "RV" TP) all put in jars with water and stirred once a day. I think the "RV" specific one dissolved at the bottom of the list of others. Not very scientific but similar results. If that was the test guided by Betty Brewer, MembersMark TP from Sam's Club was both the decomposition & price winner. Richard
RLS7201 02/06/17 06:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Emergence Brake

To replace the brake shoes, you have to completely disassemble the ZF brake assembly.. The springs won't come off until you take it apart. Not a lot of fun. See link for break down of parts. All state gear is one of the more economical places to purchase parts. Richard
RLS7201 02/06/17 06:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Chevy 454- good or bad

454s have some history of antifreeze leaks from head gaskets and intake manifolds, causing hydro lock. Hydro lock can cause broken crankshafts, bent rods and broken pistons. I have personally been involved in the repair of two such cases of hydro lock. Richard I have never heard of this happening except on boats for obvious reasons. The 454 is a very popular marine power plant. I googled it to see if it's a common problem with the 454 or any other engine in particular. It just isn't. There was no evidence of a head gasket leak on mine when the #3 piston came apart. You would have to have a massive, instantaneous intrusion of coolant in order to hydrolock an engine. Not saying it can't happen, but it's virtually impossible without very obvious signs of a head gasket leak over a very long period of time or some other catastrophic failure that causes the head gasket to blow. I had a Grand National that a shop apprentice stole after hours. He ran 30 PSI of boost through it street racing without knowing how to operate the alcohol injection system. The head gaskets on both sides blew in about 4 different places. But it didn't hydrolock. Beat the **** out of the crankshaft and main bearings but that was from detonation, not coolant intrusion into the cylinders. (yes I sued the shop owner, no I never got paid. Cost me $6k to fix it). But I digress.... The worst cases of poorly designed head gaskets I've come across in my shade tree mechanic life are on the older dodge inline 6s (like in the K-cars) and the Nortstar V8s. I've had several and none ever hydrolocked. They'd lose coolant at an alarming rate - but they'd burn it. Never hydrolocked. Ironically I did have an '86 T-bird with a nasty head gasket leak that I drove that way for years. It did hydrolock after going through a deep puddle in front of my house. Thankfully I wasn't going very fast. I was able to pull the plugs, crank it over a few times, put the plugs back in and start it up. I was only 15 minutes late for work! Again, not saying it can't happen but I wouldn't consider it common and to say 454s have a "history of it" is just plain misleading. I didn't say it's common. I said there was some history. The engines I was involved with, hydro locked while sitting and destroyed them selves when the starter was engaged. It's really a shame when a flaw is presented and brand name lovers are offended. I spent many years of my younger life as a automotive professional and may have seen more failures than hobbits. Richard
RLS7201 01/23/17 06:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Chevy 454- good or bad

454s have some history of antifreeze leaks from head gaskets and intake manifolds, causing hydro lock. Hydro lock can cause broken crankshafts, bent rods and broken pistons. I have personally been involved in the repair of two such cases of hydro lock. Richard
RLS7201 01/22/17 10:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wheel base to length ratio

My 95 Bounder F53 is 33' long on a 190" wheel base and drives very well. It doesn't ride like my CRV but I find it acceptable. All the nonsense about wheel base to length ratio is just that. All I have done to the chassis is set the toe-in correctly and added a panhard bar to the front axle. My wife has driven us through the twisty roads of Arkansas with no problem. Richard
RLS7201 01/14/17 02:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 1997 Bounder ford f53 class a wont shift or start.

Thanks for coming back with the resolution. That ol 460 starter is normally pretty durable. I have the original starter on my 95 F53, starting a 528 stroker engine. Just waiting for it to time out. Richard
RLS7201 01/12/17 10:27pm Tech Issues
RE: 1997 Bounder ford f53 class a wont shift or start.

There is a solenoid on the steering column that keeps you from shifting from park unless your foot is on the brake pedal, when the key is in the on position. With the key one click forward of off you can shift from park. That's built in intentionally, in case the stop light switch fails or the stop light fuse fails. The most common no starter engagement, for you chassis, is the starter relay. It is located in the left side of the dog house, adjacent the throttle pedal. If you go to IRV2/Ford Motorhome Chassis and ask for the relay location, "subford" will probably post a pic of the location. Richard
RLS7201 01/12/17 06:40pm Tech Issues
RE: Fleetwood storm coolant leak

It was always my impression that Fleetwood and other RV mfg. essentially buy products from other vendors (chassis with engines/ refrigerators/ovens etc) assemble them and use the mfg warranties. If so, engine related issues are suppose to be resolved by chassis/engine mfg which would be Ford. Over tightening hose connections has the same cause/effect in every engine whether it's an RV or car ... no surprise to me that Fleetwood pointed a finger at Ford. If only is was that simple. While ford did indeed install the engine, radiator and associated hoses. It was Fleetwood that installed the dash heater and associated hoses. So the question still remains, which hose clamp was installed by who? Richard
RLS7201 01/10/17 07:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: LED headlight conversion

I put LEDs in my 2013 CRV. They are great! No adjustment required. They put the hot spot on the road about 30 feet in front of the car. They do not shine in the rear view mirror of the car in front of me. I went to a large commercial garage door at night to see the pattern. No out of place stray light. Richard A hot spot on the road 30 feet in front of the vehicle is not good. That tends to focus your attention there, much too close to be able to react to anything except at very slow speeds. That also makes the pupils in the eyes close a little and so reduces distance vision. Having lots of light near the vehicle does make the lights look nice and bright and effective to the driver. It's an unfortunate irony that this is misleading and they are not actually as effective. (There does need to be some balance in things, of course. One doesn't need or want a black hole in front of the vehicle. Even illumination, perhaps with a bias towards farther distances, is ideal--with a good cutoff for the low beams.) Installing bulbs other than the type specified makes the headlights no longer DOT approved and therefore at least technically illegal, for what it's worth. Unless egregiously bad I suspect you're not too likely to be fined or otherwise harassed. OK, then tell us where the hot spot should be for low beam head lights. I'm sure you are a qualified/trained expert in the automotive lighting business. If you feel the need to condemn, then offer the documented correct answer. And you might want to read this. Richerd
RLS7201 01/08/17 11:01pm Tech Issues
RE: LED headlight conversion

I put LEDs in my 2013 CRV. They are great! No adjustment required. They put the hot spot on the road about 30 feet in front of the car. They do not shine in the rear view mirror of the car in front of me. I went to a large commercial garage door at night to see the pattern. No out of place stray light. Richard
RLS7201 01/07/17 10:04pm Tech Issues
RE: Frozen water pipe

You may want to check the heater duct work for kinks and bends. Also have a look at the return air flow. Does the hot air travel all the way across the bay? In my case Fleetwood did install heat in both wet bays but the return air flow was screwed up and didn't travel across the whole length of the bay. I had to do some redesigning to get it right. Now the wet bays stay about 5 degrees below the living quarters. I travel with the furnace off. The negative pressure in the wet bays, when traveling, draws heat from the dash heater into the bays. Richard
RLS7201 01/07/17 09:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: T-Mobile changes to one plan

T Mobil 4G LTE coverage. They keep getting better. Richard
RLS7201 01/07/17 01:11pm Technology Corner
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