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RE: Tow protection

I made one out of old trampoline material when I went to Alaska. Also made a wind shield protector . The dirt roads and passing trucks threw a lot of rocks up and it worked as designed. After a month of driving I just used the wind shield protector. It is just added work when disconnecting the tow car, and not worth $200-$400 IMO. I never used it again after the Alaska trip.
Gjac 08/13/16 10:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: can not start generator

If I understand your post the genset will not even crank over is that right? If that is the case I would jump your tow car directly to the starter and see if that will turn the engine over. It sounds to me that you are not getting enough amps to the starter to crank the eng. could be a loose or coroded cable. If and alternate 12 v source starts the genset you know the problem is with the batteries, cables or starter.
Gjac 08/13/16 06:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What place has made you Blush, cry, make you proud...?

Cried, standing on the Arizona in HI watching the oil still coming out after all those years. Blushed, at the night ceremony at Mt Rushmore when they called all veterans up on stage to state name and years you served and branch of service. Sad, when I got out of the Navy in 1971 and a philosophy professor called me a baby killer on my first day of class. Mad, to think the universities still let these guys teach and influence our young kids.
Gjac 08/13/16 11:14am General RVing Issues
RE: Do I need new steps? Help me decide

In addition to the 4 tension bolts that drew described there are two shear bolts or self tapping screws, one on each side of the steps. It took me a while to find one was sheared off and was causing my steps to sag on the same side.
Gjac 08/12/16 10:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Onan Fuel pump

As bud implied in his post if you have a bad connection you may not be getting a consistent 12v to the pump. This happened to me on a trip. I bought a new one at Napa when I went to install it I found that the butt splice from the 12v supply line to the pump was loose. I put in a new splice and now have a spare pump.
Gjac 08/12/16 09:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Dometic Fridge not cooling

Before you replace any more parts I would check the cooling unit first to see if it is good by discontenting the 120v heater from the board and connecting it directly to a 120v source and let it run overnight. If the refer cools down your unit is good and the problem is elsewhere. Let us know the results. Did you read the troubleshooting section that Old Biscuit posted? Gjac, I double checked that there is 120v coming from the board to the heating element. Also, when disconnecting power to the board the burner lights immediately and will continue to burn. Would there be an advantage to connecting the heater directly to 120v? Replacing the control board did correct the problem with the unit not lighting...but unfortunately its not cooling. We do have quite an issue with dirt dobbers and I'm wondering if there could be a blockage to the cooling unit. I appreciate any input! Thanks! What I am talking about is disconnecting the two leads on the 120v heater element from the board with the refer off(no power) plug those into a 120v extension cord. You will have to make some male connectors to plug into the female spade connectors on the heating element. By doing this you by pass all the electrical stuff that controls the heating element. If your refer gets down into the 30's overnight the cooling unit is good and the problem will be something less costly to fix.
Gjac 08/12/16 09:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Any hope for this roof?

The spots under the rack flanges are white rubber. I'll get a picture after work. What you are seeing is the white surface coat of your roof sloughing off and exposing the black base coat of the rubber that is why you still see white under the rack flanges which were not exposed to the elements. My friend has a 1996 Bounder with an EPDM rubber roof that is almost entirely black. I have the same year GBM that looks like yours. I coated mine in 2006 with Kool Seal that I got from a friend who bought a new MH with a FG roof. It looked white for about 4 years until it started sloughing off then showed the dark spots underneath. I only had enough for one primer coat and one final coat. I will eventually recoat the roof if I decide to keep it any longer only to reflect the sun's rays to keep the inside temps down.
Gjac 08/12/16 09:08am General RVing Issues
RE: hwh leveling sytem

I have this same system. As Richard said I cleaned the bezel several times with a Qtip and alcohol retensioned the springs, and had to replace the switch. In addition I left the window open and water got into the control board underneath and had to be replaced. The parking light does not always come on and the system will not work. If I quickly press the parking brake it will engage. Having said all that if yours always works on shore power but not on battery power and your batteries read 12.4v or higher I would check your connection for corrosion or tightness. Just because you read 12.4v at the solenoid for the motor does not mean you are getting enough amps through to engage the solenoid. Try pressing the battery combiner switch if jacks work then, you know the problem lies with the chassis battery or the cables connections.
Gjac 08/12/16 08:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dometic Fridge not cooling

Before you replace any more parts I would check the cooling unit first to see if it is good by discontenting the 120v heater from the board and connecting it directly to a 120v source and let it run overnight. If the refer cools down your unit is good and the problem is elsewhere. Let us know the results. Did you read the troubleshooting section that Old Biscuit posted?
Gjac 08/11/16 08:19am Tech Issues
RE: Need some good advise here

There is a sticky under forum technical support that shows how to post a picture. I assume the bubble is under the passenger window not above or on the side? How large is it? 1 ft in dia? When you push on the interior wall is it soft or just the wall paper wrinkled? Start by coin tapping the outside and inside walls to see how much damage is underneath. A disbonded area would have a thud sound and a good bonded area would have more of a ring to it. From your description the window will have to be removed to seal it properly with butyl tape and allow the area underneath to dry. Once removed you can look inside the skin and see what the damage is.
Gjac 08/10/16 10:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: maintenance

All fluids replaced. All filters replaced. New serpentine belt. New tires. New shocks. Serviced brakes. Ready to roll. Gonna leave plugs as is. Thx guys. How were the brakes serviced, pads changed caliper slides lubed or caliper replaced? Had mine "serviced" twice but the caliper hung up when I went out west last year and over heated rotors. Did your fluid change include brake fluid?
Gjac 08/10/16 09:56am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newbie. Wanting to buy a class A

All MHs in the years you are looking at will be built on the same chassis, use the same appliances and accessories . The discriminators would be the storage, full basement storage or the small cut out door storage that you see in Class C's, FW ,grey and black tank storage if you plan on dry camping. Another discriminator is the box construction, but this is harder to get info on as to the materials and process used to bond the side walls together. I like the hung wall concept rather than bonded panels only because they are not laminated so they can't delaminate. Newmar, and Monaco use this method. I would look for units with end caps. I would also look for units with two full pass throughs so you can store bikes, ladders, tables etc inside the MH. Some shorter MH's have only one AC this may be a discriminator depending how and where you camp. I would focus on the features that you want on the MH based on how you plan to use it and the general condition rather than brand, they all have problems. Check for water leakage and maintainance records.
Gjac 08/10/16 09:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: outside window molding

I found acetone works the best on rubber or plastic for removing mold that has been there for awhile. Just don't soak the rag, if the mold is new full strength awesome may work.
Gjac 08/09/16 01:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: NE trip recommendations

Not mentioned yet is the White Mountians in NH especially if you like to hike. If not just a drive along 112 ,302, or north on rt 16 is a nice ride. There are a few FHU CG's right on the Saco river in Conway and a number of NFS CG's along the routes I just mentioned.
Gjac 08/09/16 01:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Broken Window

To me when I blow the picture up it looks like a slight impact from the right side in the middle of the glass. The cracks seem to radiate from that point. Having said that if it is safety glass it has a lot of surface tension built up to the mfg process, some upwards of 10,000 psi. With an Al frame that expands twice that of glass in the hot sun trapping it, it would not take much of an impact to shatter it. Another problem occurs if the edges of the glass are not smooth or polished a crack can start from there. If you notice that the safety glass breakers have just a small diamond tip that will shatter the glass better than a hammer because the psi is greater.
Gjac 08/09/16 09:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Older Diesel Pusher Motor Home Refurbishment for Full-Time

I think your estimate is high. I bought a used MH 12 years ago for 30k. I spent $12k for repairs, mods and maintenance over the 12 years that I owned it. Roughly 1/2 was for repairs and mods. Look for a well maintained MH where the owner has records of what he has fixed as well as maintenance records.
Gjac 08/08/16 12:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Will regular epoxy hold?

If you can keep your hand or barefoot on the tile in question without pain it is no where near 300. Just use a good epoxy adhesive, sand the tile and floor well and alcohol wipe the area. You will get a good mechanical bond. The only load the tile sees is your foot so it does not need high shear, tensile or compression strength.
Gjac 08/08/16 11:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Why is the mirror vibrating so bad I can't see behind me?

Why is the mirror vibrating so bad I can't see behind me? All the screws are striped and the threads are rusted off. Yes, I said screws. Who would use just wood screws to mount a major component like the rearview mirror? Ok I know I am a little critical because I come from an aerospace background and can't imagine some of the things I have seen in RV construction. So for a temporary repair I put some larger screws screws back in till I get home (out back of Zion today) where I will do a more permanent and more robust repair. If your mirrors are vibrating you probably have a similar problem. Bill Chances are if the treads are rusted off of the screws you have a leak in that area. If it has been there for awhile the wood underneath may be rotted. If this is the case 4 in lag screws into a piece of 1/2 in wood will hold it in place without vibration.
Gjac 08/07/16 10:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Generator Fuel Leaks and Safety Issues

I had a slight leak in my fuel line going into carb. I took me awhile to see the problem but it turned out to be a crack in the flare at the end of the tube. I had to cut off the cracked end and reflare it to get it to seal again. Another time when I removed the cover of the genset to replace a coil I found nests of dried grass and acorns packed under the cover. Both of these could have started a fire and were not obvious.
Gjac 08/07/16 04:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: windows 10 and photo viewing

Get a free Flickr account so it will have a myriad of photo sizes from tiny thumbnails to huge sizes over 7,000 pixels. 75x75 7360 x 4912 Flickr is old old and not worth setting up an account for same. Years ago it was decent but no more... What is a good freeware editing software account.
Gjac 08/07/16 03:39pm Technology Corner
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