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RE: Popping spark plugs V10

As noted, the OP is searching for a solution for which there is no known problem.... sigh. The government does this a lot. Relax and enjoy one of the most reliable, powerful motors ever built. :C
Desert Captain 04/30/16 06:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Theft: the bad, the bad, and the really bad

IMHO: If everyone did the right thing and kept valuables secured or out of sight none of us would ever have a theft problem. Sadly, a lot of folks just can't be bothered and the low life's know that most campgrounds are easy pickings. If you don't give a rats hat about your stuff keep in mind that you are merely enabling the thieves and your neighbors will ultimately pay the price. :R As always.... Opinions and YMMV.
Desert Captain 04/25/16 08:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What are dealer labor rates in your area.

Both Camping World and La Mesa RV charged $130 per hour - that maybe higher now as I haven't used either for a couple of years. Ironically when we stopped at the Nexus factory for a couple of mods their labor rate was a very reasonable $75 (again that was nearly 2 years ago. I don't mind paying a $100+ an hour if they know what they are doing and CW does NOT! LMRV at least was competent in fixing what CW screwed up. I have had the best luck with local independent's for the items I was unable to correct myself. As always .... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 04/22/16 06:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: All is well

I often thought of starting a thread like this one, my compliments to the OP. We have had our Nexus Phantom 23P for a little over 2.5 years and more than 29,000 trouble free miles. Our 24'C has every amenity found in the big boys with the possible exception of a washer/dryer and "Frankly Scarlet".... We got very lucky in that we found our perfect rig, used with just 6,205 miles on it, at a smoking good price. Happily we were smart enough to jump on that deal and have not looked back. We did a 7,500+ mile cross country, 22 state, two month trip (May - June 2014), that was nothing but amazing... other than having to dodge more than a couple tornados. :E We have done 3 to 4 week trips to northern California and/or Oregon 4 times and spent 3 weeks in the southern Rockies last year... all out of our home town of Tucson. We are in the planning stages of a month+ long trip to Key West this fall and of course will be returning to northern California/Oregon once again in August/September. The key to all of our successful travels are "our travels". As I learned during my boating career "use it or lose it" is just a simple fact of life. Regular use and maintenance are essential if you want trouble free miles {of course having a quality coach and knowing how to properly/safely operate it helps a great deal}. Whenever anything shows the slightest sign of needing maintenance (above and beyond the routine scheduled variety), it gets addressed. When not out on the road on extended trips we camp every month, often more than once in any of the wonderful CG's to be found here in Arizona. By altering the elevation we are able to do so year round in complete comfort (the 35,000 BTU furnace does however get a workout during the winter). :W We take our time, usually cruising 55 to no more than 65 and only on the interstates out of necessity. Our travel days are typically 4 to 6 hours, rarely longer than that. We start and end our days early and enjoy wherever we are even when just passing through. This country has so much to offer and we intend to continue enjoying it for as long as we are physically able. :B
Desert Captain 04/22/16 08:48am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Las Vegas motorcycle day trip

You could take US 95 north to Beatty, NV... about 110 miles good 2 lane highway. Turn west on Nevada highway 374. A short in and out into Rhyolite about 10 miles west of Beatty. http://ghost-town-photography.com/Rhyolite-Ghost-Town.jpg height=420 width=640 Continue west on 374 into Death Valley National Park... take the first left towards Furnace Creek at the entrance station. Stop at the visitors center and have your picture taken with the Death Valley electronic thermometer, check out the open air Borax museum then continue south. If you have time try not to miss Artist's Palette, a one way loop road a few miles south of Furnace Creek Inn. Weather permitting... it can get really hot in May in DVNP! Return to Vegas via Death Valley Junction, and Pahrump, then south on Nevada 160 through Mountain Springs passing Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and it's lovely views... http://www.blm.gov/style/medialib/blm/nv/field_offices/las_vegas_field_office/red_rock/redesign_photos.Par.54435.File.-1.-1.1.gif X2 Great advice. Also agree that the ride up to Zion is well worth your time. :C
Desert Captain 04/15/16 12:55pm Roads and Routes
RE: Knee Issues

Before having a knee replacement find out what type of knee they are going to put in and then get yourself tested for any possible allergic reaction. While rare if you are the lucky guy with a reaction you are seriously screwed.... Been there done that. My first replacement was Chromium knee and it turns out I am deathly allergic to Cobalt and Nickel both of which are in the Chromium. My body was rejecting that knee before I was off of the operating table. After 17 days in the hospital followed by 6 months of excruciating physical therapy and only getting worse I finally fired my surgeon and got a second opinion. The new surgeon took one look at my swollen, warm to the touch knee and stated un equivocally "That has to come out.... and soon". The second surgery, only 14 days in the hospital this time, called a revision {doctor speak for we screwed up the first one}, went better but the double layer of scar tissue will always be an issue. I can do stuff now but everything I do hurts, 24/7. For the record I was not/am not overweight. Getting back to the RV side of the question I use an 8" high single step at the bottom of the two interior entry steps on our Class C and it helped tremendously both for me and our recently departed doggie. Good luck! :C
Desert Captain 04/15/16 12:51pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Millie has passed...

OP here, I would like to sincerely thank all of you who took the time to share your condolences. Your outpouring of support at this very difficult time meant more to us than you will ever know. It will be a while before we can even talk about Millie without the tears... like now, sigh. In time the great memories will begin to replace the pain and we will probably move on to another dog in our lives. Hopefully we will get to meet, greet and pet a lot of wonderful dogs in our upcoming travels. Thanks again, Steve and Jeanne
Desert Captain 04/12/16 12:24pm RV Pet Stop
Millie has passed...

Sadly our beloved Millie has passed. She loved camping even more than we did. She could always be found quietly enjoying our site from her bed. Here she is 7 years ago at one of her favorite CG's, Patagonia Lake SP: http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/CIMG1324-1_zps9d629c36.jpg To all who knew and obviously loved our dear Millie it is with indescribable sadness we must share her passing. As her 11th birthday approached she began to struggle. Losing weight and in the end unable to keep anything down we finally faced the tragic reality that she was dying. She showed no signs of pain through her last days and even managed a short walk on Thursday, the highlight of each and every day of her life with us. Jeanne stayed up with her Thursday night but by Friday morning we both knew it was time for her to leave us. We called our Vet and he came to our home, her home, at 11 Friday morning to help her over the Rainbow bridge. She died peacefully in our arms, with dignity and unconditional love. Without question she was the gentlest, sweetest dog on earth and It was our privilege to share her life for more than 8 years. I never once heard her growl or show the slightest hostility toward man or beast. She didn't bark, play or chew things but she understood more about retirement than anyone in Arizona. The simple pleasures of a belly rub or her daily walks always sustained her. The indescribable pain of her passing will fade but never the beautiful memories of her that we will always treasure. Truly she is now in a better place where her gentle spirit will live on forever. Our sincerest thanks to one and all for your many kind condolences, they mean more to us than you can ever know. Steve and Jeanne
Desert Captain 04/10/16 08:50am RV Pet Stop
RE: Leave water on ?

A water pressure regulator and an in line filter are must haves if you are going to connect to "city" water. Also it is a very good idea to shut off the city water anytime you are not in the RV. If something starts to leak, left unchecked it can literally ruin your rig. Excessive water pressure (unregulated), has the greatest potential for disastrous damage but foul water, which we have encountered any number of places coast to coast, will be almost as big a PITA to correct once it gets into your tank and plumbing. Most places we just fill the tank with filtered water and run off of the pump. :C
Desert Captain 04/07/16 08:08am Beginning RVing
RE: Ford V10 shutter/ misfire only in overdrive diagnosed/ fixed

K-9, Good info thanks for sharing. What year is your V-10?
Desert Captain 03/26/16 11:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: Mold and dirt underside of awning

Concentrated SIMPLE GREEN! We bought an atomomizer at the local garden center. SIMPLE GREEN mixed as directed or a bit stronger if you want. Spray the underside and we use a brush with a telescoping handle, brush and respray, thats it! Sometimes I have sprayed it before putting it away and it removes what ever gets caught in the roll or it at least will sweep right off! Simple Green will strip the wax off of your coach. If you use this method do not get any on the RV itself. :C
Desert Captain 03/20/16 08:59am General RVing Issues
RE: What did you do to your Class C MH today???

On our last trip I noticed the 4 year old Thetford toilet was failing. When the water pump was on water would continuously flow into the bowl, potentially overflowing. We got by OK for a couple of days by just shutting off the pump but it was a PITA. I assumed the internal valve had failed and bought a repair kit several weeks ago. Day before yesterday I finally got around to installing the new valve as we are headed out on Monday to Patagonia Lake for a few days. The new valve kit went in easily enough but I failed to notice that the male threads on the water line inlet were stripped. Probably overtightened at some point in the past. I tried to repair them by chasing the threads with a female coupler and did manage to clean them up a bit but they still made me nervous. At this point I just bit the proverbial bullet and bought a new Dometic 310 series that was on sale at CW for $170. Installed it successfully today but did have to overcome a couple of challenges. The water inlet on the new Dometic was 3" lower than the original Thetford. Nexus uses the Pex water lines and while they are top of the line in terms of quality/durability when it comes to flexibility... not so much. I bought a couple of fittings at Ace Hardware - a threaded male with a half inch hose barb that went into the feed line and a threaded female with half inch hose barb that attached to the toilet. By aligning and connecting them using a 2' piece of half inch PVC tubing looped to give a clean connection at each end I was able to make it all work. A double wrap of Teflon Tape on each fitting and SS hose clamps secured both connections without any leaks. Most of the connecting was done by Braille back behind the toilet but by sanding down the hose barbs, adding a squirt of teflon spray and a fair amount of profanity (I was working alone), managed to seat the hose barbs securely . Wasn't much fun but we now have a nice new (as in better), toilet and saved about $150 on the install. :B
Desert Captain 03/18/16 08:27pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Furnaces. Very inefficient!

I too am very happy with our furnace, for several reasons. First of all it is large enough to get the job done.... and then some. Our 24" Nexus Phantom 23P Class C came with a 35,000 BTU - 4 duct furnace. I don't think we have ever had it run for than about 10 to 15 minutes before it was well over 72 degrees throughout the coach. Another factor for us is how well the Nexus is built/insulated. Once you get it warm it stays that way for quite a while. When camping with sub 30 degree temps leaving the thermostat set at 65 when we go to bed generates about 5 minutes of run time once or twice a night. It's nice to have the thermostat right above my head on the wall where I can reach it while still snug under the covers to toast up the coach in the morning before getting out of bed. :B Also there are a couple of proactive steps you can take to increase your furnace's efficiency. Hang a curtain or better yet a heavy blanket/quilt between the cab (of a Class C), and the living space of your coach. A windshield cover will also keep the cold out - heat in. Pulling your window shades or using Reflectix (or similar insulation), will also help. :C
Desert Captain 03/14/16 11:46am Tech Issues
RE: V10 Higher Octane?

I used to run 87, but when they started messing around with the Ethanol in the gas in 2010 (yes they had it before then, but they messed it up more in 2010), I lost power and mileage. I was down to 5mpg and the truck had a hard time doing 55mph into any headwind! In WI, I filled with 93 non ethanol and it was a night/day difference! power and mileage returned. back in IL I ran 93 all the time and it was fine. I then got a tuner from 5 star that lets me run 89oct. and gets me my power and mileage. IMHO: The difference you saw was due to the ethanol not the octane. Ethanol is garbage and yet the government keeps foisting more and more of this junk on us. The big corn lobby makes big oil look like the Girl Scouts. Arrrrg! :M
Desert Captain 03/10/16 08:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Arizona hwy 85

I'd rather eat linoleum than drive through Phoenix. Definitely take 85 getting off of I-8 at Gila Bend. It is a decent 4 lane that runs about 30 miles north to I-10. No problems for your rig. :B
Desert Captain 03/10/16 07:59am Roads and Routes
RE: Corned Beef

Do it in a Pressure Cooker using apple juice and a little wine for your cooking liquid. Drizzle a couple of tablespoons of molasses over the meat (trust me on this), and cook the vegetables separately to avoid over cooking. The meat will be perfect in just 45 to 50 minutes. No reason to wait 3+ hours to eat a meal this delicious. :B
Desert Captain 03/09/16 03:27pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: What do you level Coach C with?

Been using the yellow Leggo blocks for years (4 with our 22' TT and 2.5 with our 24' Class C). It is hard to imagine anything being any simpler/easier to store. I have never needed to go more than two blocks high and since they nest together there is never any slippage. A dozen store easily in a compact zippered nylon bag and I think I paid about $30 for them at CW 6.5 years ago. Works for us! :C
Desert Captain 03/06/16 04:50pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Best shocks for Class C RV?

Another vote for Bilsteins. After a lot of research they turned out to be the best bang for the buck, by far. Shock Warehouse sold me a set for just under $400 - no tax or freight. After talking to them and Bilstein I ordered the heavy duty version for my E-350. They are a PITA to install so I had it done at the local truck center for $287. Two guys wrestled with them for nearly 3 hours so it was well worth it to me. As expected the improvement was off the charts and I could not be more pleased. Like Koni's they come with a lifetime warranty. :C
Desert Captain 03/05/16 07:31pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Battery accident!!

Just replace the acid. They are not shipped wet to the store anyway. Put some new acid in it and you're good to go. I disagree. Every battery we sold, and that number is in the hundreds/thousands (?), as we were a Trojan dealer, at the Chandlery I worked at in San Diego came with acid in them. Yes, there was a little room to top up and we recommended folks do that after they were installed as placing them in a boat calls for some awkward angles going in. Had the same experience at Boat US/West marine. Batteries leave the factory with acid . I agree to try refilling the OP's battery but would be much more concerned with the damage done by the spill. That acid has migrated to all sorts of places never intended for corrosives. :C
Desert Captain 03/05/16 10:11am Travel Trailers
RE: Late Oct. in Southern AZ and NM

Between the beautiful Arizona State parks and all of the RV parks available you will not need reservations. That is a great time of year to visit and if you would like specific recommendations feel free to PM me (we live about 25 miles north of Tucson and just 6 miles from Catalina SP). Most of the snowbirds don't start arriving in mass until late November (at the earliest). :C
Desert Captain 02/27/16 07:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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