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RE: Master Brake Cylinder

worked on lots of brakes over the years never heard of a brake line collapsing internally guess it could happen but rare Look for it to eventually happen on the front end of an old P32 chassis. The 97,98 and 99 have different hoses and are hard to find. The good ones cost money, too. Best to replace them, ahead of time, instead of waiting for it to happen and maybe lock up and ruin the pad and rotor. Biggest problem with an internal collapse, is with the fluid not returning to the master cylinder. If you look at these flexible rubber brake lines for the P-30 chassis you will see the line is attached to the frame through a steel support that surrounds the hose. What happens is the rubber line swells with time and has no place to go because it is surrounded by the steel support tube. The ID gets smaller acting like a check valve. A sign that this is happening is that the MH will pull in the opposite direction of the failing hose when the brakes are applied. This is quite common on the P-30 chassis.
Gjac 11/22/17 09:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Leak in hydraulic line for rear jack

Excellent. A LOT better than the $200 you were quoted. Yes, I found out from a friend later that has replaced some hydraulic hoses on backhoes and such that this company was extremely high.
Gjac 11/20/17 09:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 8.1 MPG on 37' Gasser

You really need more than one fill up to see what your real MPG will be, but 8.1 MPG is a good start. flat ground 8.1 towing is great when you hit the west mountain passes it will be 6.1 ;; mileage wont increase as more miles added as some like to think that's old school mentality I think it does But not because of engine break in It increases because as you become accustomed to driving the RV your driving habits adjust, and that increases efficiency agreed driver habits can effect fuel mileage as does speed I think driver habits makes the biggest difference in MPG also. Over the years I installed Thorley Headers, FF muffler,CAI, advanced timing from 4 to 9 degrees BTDC and saw increase in performance but no increase in MPG. I installed an old vacuum gauge I had in my garage and the MPG average increased from 8.5 to 8.7 MPG. Driving at 60 MPH increasing speed when approaching a hill and decreasing throttle as you climb the hill to keep from downshifting all help a little. I know from watching the vacuum gauge when it will down shift and also know better fuel mileage occurs when vacuum is over 10 in of Hg. I still don't no why these newer MH of similar size, 6 speed transmissions and newer engines don't do better than 8 MPG.
Gjac 11/20/17 11:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Frozen battery cells

page 3 chart shows DOD ~ 60% just below zero F https://www.cdtechno.com/pdf/ref/41_7953_0112.pdf Thanks for posting this. It shows that at 30% SOC the cells will start to freeze at 10 degrees F but even if your batteries drop to 70% SOC over the winter storage you are good to -50 degrees F.
Gjac 11/20/17 08:47am Tech Issues
RE: 8.1 MPG on 37' Gasser

You really need more than one fill up to see what your real MPG will be, but 8.1 MPG is a good start.
Gjac 11/20/17 07:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Leak in hydraulic line for rear jack

Ordered the new hose from HWH this morning it was $54.65 plus shipping, the would not give me a price for shipping until they placed the order. When the hose blew the MH dropped rather quickly, just something to think about when working under the MH.
Gjac 11/20/17 07:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Frozen battery cells

Sounds like the consensus is a hard freeze is damaging but slush formed in the cells is recoverable. Like I said in my OP I will equalize before really cold weather sets in. They are still holding a charge after 2 weeks with no load. Will see if I get another year out of them next season. This was the first time batteries ever dropped below 50% SOC. There must be some kind of chart that shows at what SOC and temperate ice begins to form in cells, just have not seen one.
Gjac 11/20/17 07:03am Tech Issues
RE: Leak in hydraulic line for rear jack

AP is original P/n. RAP is Replacement P/N. Doug My hoses are all 21 years old and must be original. Thanks for the clarification. The hydraulic shops I called did not that swagging tool. I was able to remove the cable and found two areas where the plastic cover was cracked and pulled away and about a 5 in long area where it was chaffed and worn into the steel braid causing the leak. I checked all the other lines and they looked OK. I think when I put the new line in I will take a section of garden hose and cover the area where the hose goes over the frame.
Gjac 11/18/17 09:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Leak in hydraulic line for rear jack

Think you may be missing a digit. Then price from HWH before making a decision. No, the label up front was clear to read AP2464.
Gjac 11/18/17 09:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Leak in hydraulic line for rear jack

Price on the whole hose is WAY out of line. Check with HWH for parts price. PN should be on both ends of the hose.. Thanks Wolf, I was able to find and read the PN on the other end of the line where it attaches to the joy stick manifold. It is AP 2464, not sure where the R came from in Bud’s chart.
Gjac 11/18/17 11:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Pads for under Leveling Jacks?

I made jack pads out of 1 in thick nylon bathroom stall separators that were being throw away. I cut 12 in X 12 in squares and put a hole in one corner so I can use the awning rod to remove them. Also made larger ones for tires to sit on when not traveling. Most of my camping is in unpaved camp sites and I thought I would use them more than I did especially when traveling to Alaska. In 14 years I only used them maybe a half dozen times, the feet that came with the HWH kick down jacks were large enough to support the weight(15,000 lbs) in most cases.
Gjac 11/18/17 09:18am General RVing Issues
RE: Have You Tested the Class As or Cs built with Hybrid Motors?

It must be cold out and no one is camping so I will add my thoughts to this thread. When I was a kid my great uncle used to say "watch out for the trolley cars" when ever I would leave his house. These were common in the early 1900's but abandoned when personal automobiles became more popular. I would think from an infrastructure point of view it would be easier to install a ground level power supply on major interstates than charging stations in CG's or truck stops, for trucks or MH's and use a smaller battery pack or hybrid engine once of the highways to get to a city for delivery or CG. I suppose from the ground level power supply the electric batteries could also be recharged while in route. I would think by now some major cities are working on this for mass transportation.
Gjac 11/18/17 08:55am General RVing Issues
RE: Frozen battery cells

Tap water bad! You would not have to have driven very far to find some distilled water. If I am wrong about that then you did a good thing to get you where you needed to go but don't start a new thread in the future about your batteries not lasting as long as they should have. Wow, not a lot of stores open at 10 PM in Mt. to drive to and buy distilled water after dark in the snow. I have treated my batteries well, they are 9 years old I figured topping off with tap water one time is better than no water as someone else posted. I wanted to charge the batteries overnight to keep the cells from freezing solid and really doing damage, the overnight temperatures were 4 degrees.
Gjac 11/17/17 09:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Leak in hydraulic line for rear jack

HWH pumps run at 2900 to 3200 PSI. You do NOT have to replace the complete line. IF the Shop has a tool(I do), you can install the metal flare ends on the end of the bad hose in front of the damaged area(cutting out the hose from the jack to the damaged spot) and then just make a short hose to go from the original to that Jack. Saves time and money. Doug I called a Hydraulic shop yesterday and asked about adding a splice fitting where the line was chaffed through by the frame, and what they described to me was a junction fitting that screwed into the cut line with a retaining nut to secure it. They said it works well with Parker hoses. It was about $30 for the fitting and about $200 for the complete line. They could not install it on the MH so the line would have to be removed anyways. Is this what you are describing? Is there a name for this fitting I can give them? No, I have a portable Hydraulic Swagging tool I purchased from HWH 25 years ago. The Metal ends are installed exactly like HWH installs them. HWH no longer sells that tool. There is nothing wrong with cutting out the bad spot and swagging a new fitting on the old hose and making a new hose for the length from the Jack to the bad area. Your other hoses are the same age as the bad one. You going to replace those also? If you follow the thread about NOT using the good part of the old hose. If it was a front Jack, I would replace the complete hose from the jack to the Joystick. The Swagging tool allows me to make HWH hoses to whatever length I need. Doug This is the tool http://www.hwhcorp.com/mr751000.pdf That is a nice tool, it looks like you can use it without removing the whole hose, is that true?
Gjac 11/17/17 02:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Frozen battery cells

Should always use distilled water. X2. Did that and learned an expensive lesson back in the day. Stuff grew on the tops of cells like weeds - and we have soft water. I have always used distilled water but when it is 4 degrees out and your distilled water bottle is frozen solid I figured warm tap water was good enough. What kind of stuff would grow in your cells filled with acid?
Gjac 11/17/17 01:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Leak in hydraulic line for rear jack

Did you find the number on the white label? That will help. The person answering the phone can normally place the order with the part number. I found a barely readable label wrapped around the hose by the jack. It looks like Part# AP2464 and Hose assy .25 X something. I hope the something wasn't the length. Does the part # look familiar? On edit there must be a R in front of the AP I just found it in the list you posted.
Gjac 11/17/17 01:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Leak in hydraulic line for rear jack

That is way too much. the built line was under $50 in Montana. A 156 inch line from HWH was $67. I would not repair a line even at your ig's age and mine are older. See what HWH wants. Thanks Bud, just called HWH but they put me on a call back list.
Gjac 11/17/17 12:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Leak in hydraulic line for rear jack

Hey Gary a buddie of mine worked HERE for years before moving to NC. They are in Bridgeport. Not sure if they can help any. I take it you are home? How was the trip back? The trip back was harrowing at first there was 5 ins of snow on the ground and MH when I got there. I practiced driving in the parking lot just to see how the MH would handle and stop in the snow, it actually did well. My wife was nervous the whole way back. The major highways were clear and the snow on the trees was beautiful, saw 5 bald eagles, several coyotes and foxes and herds of deer sometimes 30 or 40 at a time out in the fields. The temps were extremely cold so we stayed in motels each night. Had to block the front grill with cardboard to get the engine to come up to temperature. The old 454 started each morning even in 4 degree weather. The only other problem was a vibration in the seat after 60 mph. I was jacking the rear tires off the ground to check for out of roundness when the rear hose let loose. Other than that we made it back OK. After driving 2000 miles through cold and a few snow showers I would no longer be worried about winter travel but my wife would.
Gjac 11/17/17 11:58am Class A Motorhomes
Frozen battery cells

My MH has been in MT for 3 mos(another thread) I asked the shop to charge the batteries because they sat so long over the summer since July. Apparently the charged the chassis battery but not the house batteries. Last week I flew out to MT to drive the MH home and checked the the batteries the chassis battery was at 90 percent SOC and the house batteries were at 30 percent. I started charging with my 40 amp B&D charger and got an error message of a shorted cell. When I looked inside the caps there was a slushy ice formation inside, so I reduced the amps to 10, charged for a while then charged at 40 amps all night. No error message. My distilled water was frozen solid so added tap water to top of cells. It was very cold ride all the way home and batteries continued charging for 2000 miles while driving. They are holding a charge for the last 5 days. I will try an equalization before winter in CT sets in. Do you think partially frozen cells do any permanent damage the batteries? These are 2 6V GC Sam's Club batteries.
Gjac 11/17/17 07:56am Tech Issues
RE: Thor Vegas 3rd year report.

Does the short wheel base affect how it handles? Also do you have enough FW capacity to dry camp in the smaller State and NP's? How much water do they hold? I notice some have the large pass thru storage in the rear does this make up for not having the full basement storage bays like you would get on a larger MH? Thanks for the honest report.
Gjac 11/17/17 07:24am Class A Motorhomes
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