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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
RE: Fridge warms up at night!

The outside compartment is too cold. Turn off the outside fans, even block some of the vents to raise the temp. there into the 50's to low 100's . Then the absorption cooling will work. A shopping or garbage bag stretched behind the lower grille with it to hold the bag should do it. In extreme cold, like 10 below F,and colder, close off the upper grille as well. His outside temps are NOT to low. NEVER block off air flow access in low temps. Use a 60 watt light bulb to heat up the rear, but NEVER block off air flow. If BELOW 20 degrees ambient, the RV refer will NOT operate correctly regardless of what you do. Doug Doug is you comment specific to the OPs refrigerator? My RM2807 has operated well, at -7 degrees ambient. Richard
RLS7201 01/07/17 12:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Using Automotive Antifreeze in Black Grey Water Drains

Automotive antifreeze can have propelyne or ethelyne in it, which are also components of many plastics. It's possible to have a reaction between the antifreeze and plastic parts, leading to destruction of those plastic parts. Interesting thought. I would like to be better informed about ethylene/propylene glycol and plastics. Can you link us to a site that would document the indicated chemistry. Thanks Richard
RLS7201 01/04/17 07:04pm Tech Issues
RE: Equinox AWD Toad 2017

Remco is the go to store for towing. See what Remco has to say. Richard
RLS7201 12/28/16 07:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Thank YOU, Professional Techs

Well said. I'm amazed at the professional repair guys/gals that make their living in the fix it business and then share with us for free. Many thanks Richard
RLS7201 12/27/16 08:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Latest refrigerator replacement for Norcold 1200?

Go here enter the necessary information on the left. Richard
RLS7201 12/27/16 09:47am Tech Issues
RE: Sway Bar Bushing Lube

Why not fix the problem permanently, with These Bushings on Ebay. Richard
RLS7201 12/22/16 05:53pm Tech Issues
RE: original price to what sells for used 10 years later?

I went to nada.com and arbitrarily picked a 2006 38' Bounder. Has a "suggested list price" new of $178k and a current "average retail" price of $70k. Obviously the "suggested list price" is considerably higher than the actual new sale price, but the 10 yr old current value is probably around half the original new sale price.I highly doubt you could actually get $70,000 for a 10 year old bounder, even if it was never used. Depreciation on a Motorhome is probably very similar to depreciation of an auto. 10 years old, you can maybe get 20 to 25 percent of the original purchase price on the sale of a normal auto (10 year old GMC Arcadia was around $36,000 new, no way it sells for more than $9,0000 if it has 100K miles, which is low usage of 10,000 miles per year). My guess is that Bounder probably sold new for around $130K and $25K to $30K would come pretty close to buying to today in a realistic sale . (normal miles no owner financing, not traded in retail to retail. Hasn't been completely gutted and redone with new electronics, flooring, fabrics etc.) 2006 Bounder DP
RLS7201 12/18/16 08:44pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Propane furnace sending heat to outside vent

I believe that RV furnaces could be made more efficient and not cost a lot more to manufacture. I'm an old school part time furnace guy. Haven't done much furnace work in the past 15 years. Dusty Whenever I see someone post something like this, I wonder. WHY do you not do that. You will be a millionaire in no time. There is a BIG difference between the design of a RV furnace and a HOME furnace. There are space considerations you have in an RV that you do not usually have in a Home system. Doug I'm with you Doug. Those day dreamers can't even speak the language of heat exchangers. IE gravity, induced exhaust, forced air combustion, etc. Richard
RLS7201 12/18/16 10:30am Tech Issues
RE: Can't run a portable freezer on B&D battery station

I take this trip every weekend to haul frozen groceries from Whole Foods Market. My wife would much rather transport them in a freezer, and not in an ice chest, for her peace of mind... If I was to buy a larger wattage battery station, do you think that would work? Or should I forget the battery station and buy a pure inverter, not a battery station, that can be plugged into a cigarette lighter outlet in the car? Cigarette lighter outlet is usually 8 amps. 8 amps X 12 volts is 96 watts. I suspect you'll end up with a hot outlet. Running wires from the battery to the inverter is your best bet. Richard
RLS7201 12/18/16 10:07am Tech Issues
RE: Driver side window replacement

To add to what I said about Atwood windows. My ol Bounder has dual pain windows, so I was thinking in those terms. Almost impossible for a local glass shop to replicate. Where as, single pane windows can be replicated by a local glass shop, except the tint might be off color. Good post by fcooper. Richard Sorry but I've got to disagree with you. I would not have known this if I had not torn mine apart and fixed it. On the fogged window (dual pane) that I repaired, one pane was etched too badly to clean. I had a local glass company make a replacement. After all, a dual pane window is two single panes with a spacer in between the glass with sealant around the edges. Fred Well luck you. I searched all over Kansas City for a glass shop that could match the tint on my windows. Even tried the home/building glass providers. None came close. The Kansas City metro area covers a 15 county area, so I'm not living in the sticks. Maybe you could share the provider that matched the tint on your windows. That would be of great benefit to your fellow RVers. Richard
RLS7201 12/17/16 11:56am Class A Motorhomes
RE: General Winnebago mechanical questions

90 weight oil will be fine in the rear axle! NO! Ford specified 75W140 Synthetic for a reason. That Dana 80 is operating at it's upper limitations. It needs the best lubrication it can get. Richard
RLS7201 12/15/16 11:03am Class A Motorhomes
RE: low power

It might be noted that the horse power of normally aspirated gas engines is calculated at aprox 14.14 psi atmospheric pressure and 77 degrees F. Where as turbo charged diesel engines are certified to maintain horse power at 10.18 psi atmospheric pressure (10,000 ft). Richard
RLS7201 12/15/16 10:44am Class A Motorhomes
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