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RE: Looking for help in improving the ride on my RV

I've done a bunch of work on my rig. Some changes helped a lot others not so much. 1. Tire pressure - Had new tire installed a few days after bring the coach home so I don't know how much a change occurred. Did find that pressure has a big effect on handling. Over filling the tires made for a rough ride and the coach was difficult to maintain lane position. I set my pressures set to axle maximum weight limit which as worked very well. 2. Rear Roll Bar Bushings - OEM bushings more or less melted. Replaced with blue poly bushings I got off eBay shortly after the tire install so I don't have a before and after judgment. Fronts have been fine. 3. CHF - Very dramatic change in coach handling and body roll. Also effect lane push due to wind and made for much better drivability. 4. Koni Shocks - Only have Koni's on the front but mush softer ride than the OEM Bilstein. The rear OEM shocks were replaced with same but when budget allows intend to install Koni's also. 5. Air Bags - Have installed bags on each corner with individual inflation controls (on board compressor) and can adjust on the fly as needed. Helped to level after loading and regain ride height but limit effect on over all ride quality. Other than Koni shock on the rear and maybe new frame bumpers I'm about done with attempting any more chassis mods. Was thinking about a rear track bar but my coach really doesn't get push around all that bad. Plus when it does I can feel it coming on. I've done all the work myself. Since the OP's chassis is an 2002 or maybe an 01 Ford wasn't installing front track bars back then so I would recommend installing one. Rather than air bags (unless the coach isn't level and sagging a bit) I would try Sumosprings instead. Tiffin has started offering them as an option on their F53 built coaches which is a bit unusual for a builder. Most do little if any changes to the chassis suspension. Now if you want to pass up all the fun of experimenting you can go with Kelderman suspension mod for both front and rear.
Dale.Traveling 03/27/15 08:03am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Got the Toad now I need bars and plates

Just installed a Blue Ox base plate on a 2005 CRV that I got off Amazon. Very easy and nearly invisable for my CRV model year. Don't have pics at the moment. The lights took a bit more since the CRV has seperate brake and turn signals. Rather than cutting holes and installing seperate lights I used a signal splitter (THIS ONE). I also added a rear camera and wireless video link back to the coach monitor so I can see out the back of the CRV when going down the road. My monitor will accept two video inputs that I can switch between.
Dale.Traveling 03/27/15 06:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Another broken attwood leveleg. Are hydraulics better?

My coach was built without jacks so the upgrade was from scratch. Went with Quadra Big Foot hydraulics. Call them up, told them my chassis and coach model. Week later the UPS guy arrived with five heavy boxes. Had to hire a welder but all the other work I did. I think total cost was around $3000 (with the welder). I did not go with the auto-level system which cost an additional $500. Purchase and install was Jan 2013. https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-8bdmY5LZ5nI/Uw5lfax0C9I/AAAAAAAATNE/yKbliOs0dHs/s400/DSC00775.JPG One of the four jacks. The mount the jack bolts too is where I needed the welding work. Hydraulic up and down. Single jack is rated at 12,000 lbs. working load while my coach only weights 15,000 lbs. I've got way more jack than coach. https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-wORShyEiFwk/UU8alrjKQBI/AAAAAAAATAU/2OUYl8i2lus/s400/DSC00045.JPG Pump and oil tank. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-8rMlyEKlBeQ/UU8auHKDm1I/AAAAAAAATAU/4fh8_cIdsEk/s400/DSC00052.JPG Manual control panel. Installed mid coach.
Dale.Traveling 03/27/15 04:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Splitting Exterior

Drill a small hole (1/8" is a good size) at each end of the crack which should stop it from growing. Water proof it with a bit of caulk worked into the crack. RTV works well but can present problems sould the area ever need further rework. The big problem is what caused the crack and is it going to grow even after drilling?
Dale.Traveling 03/26/15 12:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Filling Up at Gas Station--Class A Gasser

Not diffacult if you plan ahead. For long trips I know exactly where I want to stop for fuel before we leave the house. I'll use the various street or satelite views to determine where I want to stop. Short trips I have my favorite local stations that are easy in and out.
Dale.Traveling 03/26/15 11:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Colorado Springs to Breckenridge in a Gasser Experience

After down shifting the engine braking on my gas rig works very well holding down the speed. Haven't made it west of the Mississippi River but no problems with the hills here in the east.
Dale.Traveling 03/26/15 04:34am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Blackwater tank flush

At the hose end or the nozzle there should be a check valve to keep offending liquids from leaking out in the tank level reaches the nozzle. The valve might be the problem rather than the nozzle. Compressed air as mentioned might free it up or if you can somehow pump a bit of lubricant into it. My system is after market and I use it pretty regularly so haven't had a need to effect repairs.
Dale.Traveling 03/25/15 01:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ready Brute Elite in action

,,, If your jeep brake pedal is activating your jeep brake lights you may be back feeding your MH lights and cancelling your turn signal lights.Diodes will prevent the feed back but the switch would work also. The other problem to watch for is the toad brakes can cancel the turn signal on the toad. The coach signal combines brakes and turn signals so even with the brakes on the light will still flash. Using additional bulbs will work around both problems or you can use a two wire to three wire convertor such as one of THESE. Ran into the problem with the new toad, Honda CRV. Also AMAZON now carried NSA Products.
Dale.Traveling 03/25/15 07:46am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Snake in a basement of DP!

Although a snake would bother me I would be more worried about why the snake was there. They live where there's food and a rat snake has the name for a very good reason. Leaving the door open should work but remember they are cold blooded and don't move very much when the temps drop. Just hope nothing moves in when the snake moves out.
Dale.Traveling 03/24/15 07:49am Class A Motorhomes
RE: generators

I went three days on my gas generator in the driveway after an August hurricane knock out power and we moved out to the coach for the AC. Ran an extension cord back to the house to keep the fridge going. Not enough space in the coach fridge to move everything out there. Hardly made a dent in the available fuel in the coach tank. Always park with a full tank.
Dale.Traveling 03/24/15 04:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: windshield sun blocker

I like the products Magne Shade produces but couldn't find room in my budget so I made one my self. Installs in a bout a minute using a wood dowel. Not ladders, snaps or such. Takes even less time to remove, just pull it off. Bunch of You Tube videos from the manufacture are available for viewing. https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-jIQKRbL-gPs/USAhFQFmqLI/AAAAAAAAVKw/s3WMSwgggwI/s640/DSC00125.JPGhttps://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-lgLRfmnR_g4/USAhjEaY_8I/AAAAAAAATAI/bvi0W37qA6U/s640/DSC00111.JPG Held on with very strong magnets attached to the inside of the windshield. Found the material at Home Depot and I think I got the magnets from Amazon but I can't recall the exact magnets I used. Also made a sun screen to hang off the awning. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-aMSNCydPWik/UZaU6KWw_VI/AAAAAAAAVO4/DP7X_AldRkI/s640/011.JPG
Dale.Traveling 03/24/15 03:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ready Brake

Traded in the old toad and move the cable and brake lights hardware to the new toad. Easy job this past weekend. Price for the tow bar has really gone up the past few years.
Dale.Traveling 03/23/15 06:44pm Class A Motorhomes

I fixed a section on my coach below the floor line so I was able to get to the back of the glass easily. What I thought would be a small section turned out to be a whole lot bigger. The 10% visible pretty much fit. The thin ply wicked water very efficiently. https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-O338RriXa6Q/U9U7VPVo-6I/AAAAAAAAVeI/H1m3Qox8fLM/s640/DSC01313.JPG
Dale.Traveling 03/22/15 06:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Jack stands on 7000 lb rear ax.

I used THESE stands along with this THIS jack. Used to carry them in the coach to level at a camp site before I added jacks to the coach.
Dale.Traveling 03/22/15 06:13am Class A Motorhomes
RE: motorcycle lift on small gas A

I suspect a gas chassis isn't up for the job. 1/3 of my coach hangs behind the rear axle and adding over 1000 pounds to the rear might cause drivability issues concerning weight distribution between the front and read axle. You'll need to research a choosen coach very carefully in particular available weight capacity of the rear axle. Some will come off the builder's line with less than 1500 pounds of usable capacity split between both axles. As mentioned the framing on the back end might not be up for the task also and will possibly require maybe boxing or other modification. A better choice might be a swivel wheel trailer such as ONE OF THESE.
Dale.Traveling 03/22/15 05:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Using blocks under automatic levelers

Shouldn't be a problem. Had some left over 2x6 and 3/4 ply that I used to make 12x12 pads. What I carry incase a campsite is on dirt or other potentially soft material. Jacks down while storing is a personal decision. I keep the up unless we're driveway camping.
Dale.Traveling 03/21/15 05:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ez pass locations

In a pass life did parking access control using transponders, both active and passive, hand held cards and such. If you are having problems the first thing to check is how transparent your windshield is for radio frequencies. Some glass manufactures included metals in the glass as a tinting agent. About the only way I ever found to field check was to look at the glass in sun light with polarized sun glasses. Pinkish tint glass was always a nogo. Other way was to research the manufacture of the glass and contact them. Had problems with Mercedes, GM mini vans and a few other GM products. Only option was a license plate transponder. Never ran into a Bentley but read that you can't use a cell phone inside the vehicles because of the window tint and metal body blocks all signals. With class C rigs the overhead bunk is going to be a problem blocking the line of sight and you'll need a license plate tag.
Dale.Traveling 03/21/15 05:10am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 1999 2v v10 f53 fleetwood bounder poor performance

I would check the air filter first,,, There may be a mouse nest in the air intake tube.First thing that came to my mind.
Dale.Traveling 03/20/15 04:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Backup Camera Monitor not working

Fading image as described is pretty much the CRT going out. LCD monitors are very in expensive on either eBay or Amazon. You shouldn't pay more than $50. The problem you will have is the size might not be a direct fit, as I found when I replaced my monitor. Add a spacer cut from 1/8" ply and hot glued the monitor frame in. Good fit side to side. I have THIS ONE. Use the second video input via a wireless to a camera on the back of the toad. https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-_VcTG9C9xwU/UU8ar5vLz_I/AAAAAAAATeo/ESuaXewyzLs/s640/DSC00051.JPG
Dale.Traveling 03/19/15 05:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: The end all thread on class A gas mpg with v10

8-9 hwy. is the norm for a V-10 with any type of load.If I got 9 I'd rent a billboard. Got 8 once and posted to our Facebook group. Fellow campers demanded a pic of the Scan Gauge to prove it. What hurts a class A in the rather non-aerodynamic shape of the front end plus all the stuff hanging on the sides or poking out of the roof. Loading up with enough stuff for three weeks off the grid camping while only heading out to the local state park for weekend of glamping doesn't help either.
Dale.Traveling 03/19/15 10:17am Class A Motorhomes
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