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RE: Some fun We did this about 10 years ago on this forum

Pancake Bay Provincial Park, Ontario Canada mid July. http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d39/sweetbriarmanor/DSC01077_zps7ufz4pa8.jpg height=480 width=640
Dale.Traveling 02/19/17 06:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Figuring the correct tire pressure

Go with the what Goodyear recommends but also add a few PSI to compensate for potential increases in loading or temperature changes. The coach chart is based on the listed size and load class of the tires that were installed by the chassis builder. If the tires you have now does not match what is listed the chart numbers should not be used. If you cross reference the chart numbers you'll find the pressure listed for the tire listed will be slightly over the axle maximum capacity. In other words the chart is the pressure for the tires listed if you load the coach to the axle maximum. If your current weight is less than chassis maximum that would be the reason why the pressures don't match and why your ride is rather harsh. Also if you're off the bottom of the chart, as I am, don't try and extrapolate what the pressure could be. Best to stay at or above the minimum pressure listed on the OEM chart.
Dale.Traveling 02/17/17 07:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford Transmission

Dale not wanting to call you out or belittle your knowledge here,,,Not to worry. Getting transmission fluid wrong can be an expensive error. I won't make the mistake a second time when someone asks and only because of your post with a simple question.
Dale.Traveling 02/16/17 05:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford Transmission

Thought it called for Mercon LV.I'm going to have to fall on my sword on this one. Had to review multiple years of owner's guides to figure this one out. Model year 2006 when the 5 speed first hit the F53 chassis it was SP. For model year 2008 Ford switched to LV. The OP's 2011 is LV and the last model year 2015 was LV. With the 6R140 it's still LV. If you need to verify what your transmission requires, and all the other needs regarding proper care and feeding, best go by the owner's manual for your chassis model year. Electronic copies can be found HERE.
Dale.Traveling 02/15/17 07:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford Transmission

Based on my 4R100, I would agree that this is an annoyance. Trying to suss out the level using the dipstick after pouring a few gallons down the long little tube is also rather a difficulty.I've got a 5 gallon bucket I marked for quarts and refill the same amount I drain. Only works if the level is correct before you drain.
Dale.Traveling 02/14/17 07:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford Transmission

Going early certainly will not hurt. A few items concerning your transmission. 1. You have a TorqShift 5R110W electronically controlled 5 speed transmission. There are actually 6 forward speeds but it will normally skip 4th gear. For some reason that's how Ford programmed it. The gear ratio difference between 4th and 5th is only .09 which is kind of strange also. 6th is overdrive at .71 to 1 2. For RV applications scheduled change interval is 30,000 miles (listed under exceptions in the back of the scheduled maintenance guide). 3. Liquid capacity is 19 quarts unless the house builder or owners modified the external cooler. 4. Use of Motorcraft Mercon SP XT-6-QSP oil is highly recommended. Substitute at your own risk. 5. There is no torque converter drain. As such the only way to drain it is removal. 6. There are two filters with the F53 configuration. Internal to the transmission and a external mounted on the passenger side frame in the line to the cooler. 7. The transmission has a thermostat just like the engine cooling system. The thermostat opens around 160 degrees so if you decide on a flush it must be a HOT flush. I do a driveway drain and fill. Of the 19 quart capacity I have only been able to get 12 out using compressed air to blow out the cooler. Considering the 7 quarts I could not remove is mixing with the new I reduced the interval to 20K miles. I also send a sample out for analysis of potential problems. So far at 56K miles all is good. The most difficult part of a drain & fill is pouring 12 quarts of oil down the small dip stick pipe. One of these days I'll get a pump.
Dale.Traveling 02/14/17 07:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Replacing decal stripe

I striped off the old sun stroked black decal and repainted using Rustoleum spray paint. Three summers later the tint of the paint color changed with exposure. Last summer repainted with automotive paint that I added additional UV protective additive beyond what the paint base had. Changed the color from black to burgundy. A little less monochromatic. Before http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d39/sweetbriarmanor/IMG_0029_zpslir9npkw.jpg width=380 After http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d39/sweetbriarmanor/20160716_184208_zps50ethq5v.jpg width=380
Dale.Traveling 02/13/17 03:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: AIR CONDITIONER REPLACEMENT

A quick Google search of Carrier AC to Coleman Conversion will show a YouTube Video on how the conversion kit works. You can get the kit in lots of places for under $100.The conversion kit is your best option since Carrier stop making rooftop units. Option 2 is replacing both parts and adding a thermostat along with running the necessary control cable for a thermostat.
Dale.Traveling 02/12/17 04:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 1994 Ford F53 Transmission Failure

Glad to hear it worked out and the trading dealer gave you a reasonable cost offset with the problem coach.
Dale.Traveling 02/12/17 04:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: High Wind Video From Wyoming Highway Patrol

Last week down here in south eastern Virginia had a rig blown off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel into the bay. Drive died for cardiac arrest which was probably brought on by hypothermia and the cold bay water. Can happen anywhere.
Dale.Traveling 02/11/17 06:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 1994 Ford F53 Transmission Failure

Multiple reasons for what happened. Stuck solenoid valve, failed oil pump, something let go in the torque convertor or maybe you're just low on oil. The difficult decision is to you pay out potentially several thousand or start over with a new to you coach. If everything else is in good working order with the house side of the coach I would consider full replacement but first I would have the engine checked out. Oil analysis, cylinder compressor and leak down testing just to ensure that you won't be bolting a new transmission to a engine that might be in need of a rebuild.
Dale.Traveling 02/11/17 05:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dicor Self Leveling or Eternabond Tape

Anyone have pictures of their roof seams sealed with eternabond tape? If I do the tape should I try to do it in one length or in pieces?I'm pretty much in the same school of thought as MrWizard. Tape straight lines while caulking round openings. I've taped the front and rear cap to roof seam along with skylights and vents. Never have to renew the seal again. http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d39/sweetbriarmanor/DSC00005_zpsga2sw8jl.jpg height=480 width=640 Edit: Forgot to mention, one long single piece of tape front and back cap seal along with the vents, shower sky light and a retrofit Jack TV antenna base. If you rework a long run such as the front or rear seal measure and mark reference lines to follow with the edge of the tape. Once down the possibility of successfully pulling off and resetting Eternabond is pretty remote if your a bit off following a seam. A chalk line or tick marks every couple of inches will keep you going in a straight line.
Dale.Traveling 02/10/17 04:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2 full baths now?

Concerning the slides, got a camping buddy with a Damon Challenger with the same system called an Accu Slide. Used cable to move the slide in and out. Seems to work pretty well just I wouldn't want to have to rethread a new cable. Accu Slide
Dale.Traveling 02/07/17 05:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 1992 Bounder Diesel Pusher motor seized. Buy and fix?

Difficult decision. I would go after the rebuild. As mentioned anything could happen even with a new off the lot coach. If you break the project into smaller manageable steps with reasonable timelines it really isn't as hard as it looks. Day 1. Mark, photograph and document all plumbing, wiring, and other aspects of the engine compartment. Day 2. Drain ALL fluids and document amount drained. Day 3. Disconnect all cooling and fuel system lines and remove as necessary for clearance,,,, Hardest part will probably be keeping the A/C system intact so you don't have to recharge it considering the age and expense of the older feon. And when the day comes that you turn the key and the new engine comes to like your head will explode with pride of doing something few would attempt. Go for it. Document everything as it occurs and post up dates so we can follow.
Dale.Traveling 02/07/17 04:56am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Been thinking...need advice...

You'll be close but as long as you're not loading the coach to it's limits. Per Thor's on line specs the Ford based chassis GVWR is 10,360 and GCWR is 13,500 so if the coach is loaded to maximum you'll be overweight by 100 lbs or so. If you go with the Sprinter based chassis you'll have an extra 1000 lbs to play with. Double check the hitch and ensure it is 5000 lbs capacity. The elephant in the corner is what is the empty weight and how much stuff can you pack in.
Dale.Traveling 02/05/17 03:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Replacing black water tank with freshwater tank.

Easy project. The hardest part is finding a ready made tank to fit the space the black tank has. Probably the simplest way to transfer water would be using a portable pump when needed. And also use the pump to fill the tank. If you find one with the same foot print it would also be a back up to the primary. Just try and stay with a tank of the same water volume as the original black tank for weight considerations. An alternative to consider would be to just leave the tank in place, seal the opening for original toilet and cross connect the two waste tanks increasing the gray water holding capacity. Easy enough to carry extra water externally while dumping, even gray water, anywhere other than at an approved facility can get you into trouble. As far as when the day comes to sell the modified coach I wouldn't worry as long as you're considering do the mod to the 1992 Pace Arrow in your forum signature. Now if the coach was a 2012 may not the best idea considering your target buying audience would be a pretty small focus group.
Dale.Traveling 02/05/17 05:59am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Removing vinyl graphics and painting

How did you mask the curves?Short pieces of 1/8 masking tape. It's not absolute perfect but from a few feet can't tell. Waiting for the perfect weekend took the most time. Low humidity and no wind. Masking took several hours while paint application was maybe an hour for several coats with a short tac time between. The paint chemically hardened so tac time was fairly short. http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d39/sweetbriarmanor/20160604_154309_zpsizomfftr.jpg
Dale.Traveling 02/04/17 07:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Removing vinyl graphics and painting

I did the same as fyrflie but just the black stripe, so far. 3M eraser wheel in a corded drill took the sun stroked black graphic off in about two hours. First paint was with rattle can paint. Looked good for a few years then sun fade started getting noticeable. Repainted with Sherwin-Williams Dimension auto paint last summer so it's a bit early to make a judgement call on how the new paint is holding up. The erase wheels cost about $45, paint was $125 and masking material was maybe another $40. Spray gun was $75 but I've used it several times around the house. Dealer pick up April 2011 http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d39/sweetbriarmanor/IMG_0029_zpslir9npkw.jpg First paint attempt after 2 years. Parked outside 24/7 http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d39/sweetbriarmanor/20140920_160112_zps1uymcofn.jpg Second paint attempt May 2016 http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d39/sweetbriarmanor/20160716_184208_zps50ethq5v.jpg
Dale.Traveling 02/04/17 07:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: F53 ride height

Concerning the Ford F53 chassis ride height, measured from the frame to the ground or from the frame to axle is going to change with each make and model of coach based on the weight of the house built on it. Coach loading by the owner will further change the measurements. Ford never produced the chassis with an independent front axle and never included any means to adjust the ride height to compensate for loading. There are aftermarket suspension modification kits available that can run from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. If you have the budget - Kelderman Air Bag Suspension
Dale.Traveling 01/28/17 03:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Slid out "out" permanently?

For me slides and awnings move together. Awning in the slide is in. A slide will seal much better in than out. It's made to be tight against 60MPH wind blow rain when retracted. Think going down the road with this one. Plus one good storm and the topper is toast. Close it up when leaving for more than a day.
Dale.Traveling 01/22/17 01:55pm Class A Motorhomes
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