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RE: Delamination! Any testing available?

If there is water in a woodbased core, it will eventually rot. Moisture is different than water intrusion. Most aerospace composite structures can survive in hot wet conditions because that is how they are tested before using them in the design. They become weaker as they absorb moisture and are designed for those hot wet conditions. More plies need to be added to obtain the desired strength.
Gjac 01/23/17 09:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Delamination! Any testing available?

The most effective way to test for delamination is to "coin tap" the suspected area. I worked it composites mfg for 30 years and used all kinds of NDI equipment to test for disbonds or delaminated areas and I can tell you even with $500k ultrasonic equipment we still coin taped our bonded rotor blades and air frame structures to check for disbonds. A large washer or even a screw driver as a previous poster described will work also by continuously tapping across an area in a grid pattern until a change in sound is heard. A good bonded area will produce a ringing sound a disbonded area will sound like a thud. A moisture meter will tell you if moisture is present but will not tell you if the area is delaminated. Composite structures all absorb water unlike metal but that does not necessarily mean it is disbonded.
Gjac 01/22/17 08:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: On our way outwest this summer...

There are a few nice NF CG's in the UP that I liked. Bay furnace is one right on Lake Superior, water was cold but very clean. Saw the northern lights from that CG late one evening. There is a boat ride to Pictured Rocks which is nice. The north shore of Minn has some nice SP CG's also and is a pretty area.
Gjac 01/21/17 09:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: WH chassis vs Ford chassis handing

no body would actually know how much HP and torque were added unless you did a before and after dyno test. The figures they give you are BS. I have also added full banks power pack and the 5 star tune and although I can tell it does improve performance especially in the hills I think banks hp gains are very optimistic . Performance gains are highly subjective to say the least. I have tried to quantify each performance mod with 40-60 mph times on a flat Hwy. Before any mods headers,CAI,FF muffler, advancing timing my MH took 19 secs to go from 40-60 mph, after the mods the time was reduced to 12 secs, a significant improvement in performance. Improved performance on a flat translates to improved hill climbing and less downshifting which to me is very important.
Gjac 01/21/17 09:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Chevy 454- good or bad

I'm sure there is more than just a blown head gasket to this story. Maybe the OP will return and fill in some of the missing details.
Gjac 01/21/17 08:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ok to get on roof?

If you are not going to travel with it and are I just worried about the the weight of the snow, I would just let it melt as you are liable to break an AC cover or one of the other plastic components on the roof trying to shovel of the snow. Those plastic covers get brittle after many years in the sun.
Gjac 01/21/17 04:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: WH chassis vs Ford chassis handing

Yep I did the CHF and I also have 4 air bags and went with the softer Monroe RV shocks, sound proof the doghouse and under the floors on drivers/passenger side, also I have the full Banks Power Pack system and 5 Star Tuning to make it shift better. My ride comfort is a 100 percent better than the day I bought it.. Tim, in your opinion which was a better performance mod the Banks or the 5 star tuning? How much HP did each add?
Gjac 01/21/17 04:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Lippert leveling system.

Thanks for the quick replies. What other systems would be used in 2008 or newer ClassA MH and would be better than Lippert? I am finding out quickly you can't get everything you want in a used MH.
Gjac 01/21/17 03:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: HWH 610-625 Computerized Level Control

1999 Tiffin. Is the control panel mounted on the floor next to the drivers seat? If so, I will bet LF tire rain water has corroded the control board. If on the floor remove the 4 screws and look at the Printed Circuit board. It will be evident if it is corroded. Doug Interesting, I had to replace my control board which is on the floor also. I thought it was because I left the window open several times and rain got inside but when I removed the control panel the under side was covered in mud so I think your bet is right. The new board was a little over $100.
Gjac 01/21/17 10:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: WH chassis vs Ford chassis handing

Most with Ford & Chevy Chassis seem to really think they handle well. Drive both and see which you like is probably the best advice I can give. The Ford in particular I have not heard any complaints on the handling. I guess that is why I asked the question because I have heard more complaints on here about the Ford over the WH. I am currently looking at a 22k lb Ford chassis and see a lot of mods folks on here talk about like the CHF (Cheap handing fix) which most report really helps the ride. I would rather not start adding track bars and such to get a decent ride. The reason you have heard of more complaints on the Ford chassis is because there is more of them on the road, they all need some improvement to make it ride better, as to noise I don't know about that, I had a 2002 Flair with the 8.1 on a P-32 chassis and was more nosier than my current 08 Bounder on a Ford chassis, I also sound proofed the dog house and now its even more quiet. Ford did lots of upgrades 2006 and newer with the chassis, motor and trans. Pick the motorhome by the layout 1st chassis 2nd than make chassis improvements to make it ride better.. I noticed that the newer Fords were much quieter than the older ones I tested. The fist Ford I tested I though the engine was going to blowin second gear. My old 454 was much quieter. It reached max torque at 1800 rpms , also because I put an extra layer of insulation. Did you do the so called CHF on yours?
Gjac 01/21/17 10:34am Class A Motorhomes
RE: No transfer switch?

We had a gasser with no transfer switch, the way it was wired was actually simple and easy; when on shore power you simply plugged it in as normal. In travel mode you simply plugged the cord into a 30 amp receptacle in the cord bay. That receptacle was wired directly to the generator. Simple, easy, and zero chance of failure. Had one, as well and I agree. One might even fair better with removing these switches for a like conversion upon failure. Only thing is, if you have an auto start genset and you leave pets inside with the heat of summer, it might come in handy with a shore power failure. As for the OP's dilemma, these Generac's have a habit of no output on occasion and one sometimes needs to shutdown and restart it, once or twice or maybe even three, in fact. Don't know why and might be for a lack of excitation voltage during startup and for whatever reason.. I have this system now and like it, it is simple. The few times when my genset would not work was when my 50 amp cord was not plugged in or my circuit breakers were tripped. There my also be fuses in your genset also.
Gjac 01/21/17 10:23am Class A Motorhomes
Lippert leveling system.

I am looking at a MH with a Lippert hyd leveling system. My HWH leveling system is 20 years old has been relatively trouble free. Is there any known problem with this system?
Gjac 01/21/17 10:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2009 Safari Simba

Can I ask what price they are asking? $49k. It is a little below Nada ave retail of $54k. Low retail is $44k.
Gjac 01/19/17 06:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: ARP Refrigerator Protection

Hi, I have it installed in my Fridge. It has been great for my peace of mind. It has gone into protection mode 3 times since installation. All the times were in cold weather. Why in cold weather Don? Were you more out of level than normal?
Gjac 01/19/17 10:14am Tech Issues
RE: WH chassis vs Ford chassis handing

Most with Ford & Chevy Chassis seem to really think they handle well. Drive both and see which you like is probably the best advice I can give. The Ford in particular I have not heard any complaints on the handling. I guess that is why I asked the question because I have heard more complaints on here about the Ford over the WH. I am currently looking at a 22k lb Ford chassis and see a lot of mods folks on here talk about like the CHF (Cheap handing fix) which most report really helps the ride. I would rather not start adding track bars and such to get a decent ride.
Gjac 01/19/17 10:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2009 Safari Simba

Keep in mind if it was built in 09 it was made by Navistar. Even the earlier units made by Monaco are not the same as the original Safari's. An 09 might just be a HR in disguise. Still the brochure shows a nice unit. Moisheh I looked at an HR last year and it was very similar so you might be right. I liked the HR it had Al hung side walls so it could not delaminate, however it was in rough shape and much higher than Nada value.
Gjac 01/19/17 09:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2009 Safari Simba

Maybe Here Could not open the link in my lap top (error message of unsecured link), but was able to open it from my IPad. It looks nicer than the Damon Daybreak I was looking at with full body paint and longer WB, it only has 1 pass thru and not as much storage as the Daybreak. Interior looks nicer also. I guess everything is a trade off.
Gjac 01/19/17 09:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2009 Safari Simba

Brochures Here ya go... :) thanks for the links, unfortunately I could not open the 2009 Simba link.
Gjac 01/18/17 07:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2009 Safari Simba

Do you know how the sidewalls were constructed?
Gjac 01/18/17 02:45pm Class A Motorhomes
2009 Safari Simba

I am in the process of buying a newer MH and have come across a 2009 Safari Simba with a WB of 228 and 33 ft long Ford Chassis. Does anybody on here know much about this MH? From the add it is basically what I am looking for, just have not heard much about this MH.
Gjac 01/18/17 11:06am Class A Motorhomes
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