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RE: Removing Velcro from Gelcoat

When removing them, pull it straight back against the itself. If you pull it off perpendicular to the surface you have the highest risk of damage. All adhesives are weaker in peel than in tension. If the adhesive is epoxy, solvent won't work if it is some kind of contact adhesive acetone would be the best bet to soften the adhesive. I would try to start the peel with a razor after acetone at the bond line then grab with Visegrips to peel it off.
Gjac 10/01/14 11:32am General RVing Issues
RE: Any issues with 19.5 wheels???

The question is, have you had issues with these wheels? If you have, what did you do to correct it, and prevent it from happening again? Whatever happened previously has happened, and can't be changed. What have YOU done to fix the problem, or to prevent it from happening again. That is the question.....Thanks I had one issue with my wheel when I hit a pot hole in Alaska and bent the rim on the MH and the tow car. I straitened the rim on the tow car with a hammer easily. The MH 19.5 rim was a lot harder to straighten but straightened it enough to return home then used it for a spare. Having said that the same thing would have occurred on a 22.5 in steel or Al rim. Steel is easier to reform than cast Al. The steel rim is a stamping and less accurate than a machined Al rim. + or - .030 vs + or - .005. Are you concerned about the accuracy of the rim itself?
Gjac 10/01/14 07:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Diverticulosis

Thank you all for sharing. I have had small are of diverticulosis for a few years with no problem. A few weeks ago I became very ill with diarrhea and vomiting. In one day I went from feeling ok to unable to stand or walk. Ambulance to ER and cat scan showed diverticulitis with a small perforation. 4 days of IV antibiotics and 2 weeks of pills I was fine. The in another 2 weeks - back to ER, but not near as bad. I have a week trip coming up and then a colonoscopy and schedule the surgery. I hope I have as good a result as you all. You helped me decide to go ahead with surgery. Barb One thing that I learned having struggled with this since 2003 is that every time you have an attack you loose some of the elasticity in your colon which affects how it functions, I would get several attacks a year for 8 years. I carried the antibiotics with me when ever I traveled and just took them when the symptoms appeared. Knowing what I know now is after the second or third attack I would go for the colon resection. They do it orthoscopically and left the hospital in 3 days.
Gjac 09/30/14 10:01am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Brightening the exterior finish

As others have said if the surface is highly oxidized you have to remove several thousandths of gel coat to get the shine back. If hand rubbing will not work I would try the Barkeepers Friend first on a small section and then a hand rubbing compound to see if that brings back the shine. This worked for me for several years. If this does not bring back the shine the other options would be to use a buffing wheel with rubbing compound first to remove the oxidation then use a wax. This is a lot of work and if you have good shoulders is probably the way to go. The last option is to use the Zeps floor wax(if you have bad shoulders). I have used both methods but prefer the Zeps but I am old with two repaired rotator cuffs. I have not had to wax MH in the last 3 years and it still shines.
Gjac 09/30/14 09:36am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Can't start generator

You can also have corroded connections from the battery terminals or back at the genset.
Gjac 09/29/14 10:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Siding Replacement

I don't think you were planning to laminated the FG sheets? I would use FG sheeting in rolls maybe .040 thk and make hung walls with the sheet insulation between the frames, probably like your Al siding is now. Are the frames Al also? If so I would use a buytal tape between the frame and FG and drill slightly over sized holes(.010) in the FG sheets so the FG would not crack from the expanding rivets.
Gjac 09/29/14 09:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Battery Tender

For a maintenance charger it is hard to beat the HF one for $4.99 with a coupon. I charge from inside the MH through a 12v outlet. Made a 12v male plug that I can attach the HF maintainer to.
Gjac 09/29/14 08:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: stuff needing repair

To answer you question directly yes I have had many more problems with a Class A than I ever had with a Class B. To put it in perspective I have owned the MH for 10 years put on 76k miles myself OD has 100k. I have never had a breakdown that required towing, never had a blow out, and was never stranded for more than a day due to something breaking. I have spent $12k in repairs, mods, and maintenance in 10 years. Roughly half for repairs and mods. The repairs have been small in the last 5 years compared to the first 5 years. Never had it to an RV facility for repair. Major chassis work like headers mufflers, front end repairs, HD springs, rear breaks, etc I had a truck repair shop perform. Just when I think I have fixed most things something else breaks and needs fixing, but this has been a great learning experience.
Gjac 09/29/14 01:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Water damage repair

Same thing happened on mine, I bought 3 in counter sunk screws from Lowe's and a 1/2 oak plank on the inside between wall and dash. This fixed the vibration but not the rotted wood in that area.
Gjac 09/28/14 06:48am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What is This Material ?

I would touch it with a soldering iron tip, if it melts it is a thermoplastic material like Hot melt glue it will soften. If it is a thermoset mat'l like epoxy it won't.
Gjac 09/27/14 09:57am Tech Issues
RE: Social Security question/ help please if you know

I took mine early also. The way I see it is if you are fortunate enough to live past 80 and now are drawing a lesser amount, that is a high class problem to have. If you can still RV into your 90's with a reduced SS check that is a higher class problem to have.
Gjac 09/27/14 09:02am RV Lifestyle
RE: Question about maintenance with new purchase

Without seeing the MH or knowing how many batteries you have, I am guessing but here is my take on this. If you have 4 house batteries and 2 chassis batteries at $100 apiece that is $600. The roof you can wash and reseal yourself with some caulk and a gun. The A/C are just washing the coils and maybe cleaning the foam filter inside on the ceiling. I don't know what general maintenance is involved with the furnace, mine is 18 years old and still works fine and I have not done anything to it. I can't imagine what a 3 year furnace would require. If it were me I would have the owner drop the price by $1000 and do the work myself. Good luck with you new MH.
Gjac 09/25/14 03:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Full wall slide

Does anyone know who makes these slide mechanisms besides Power Gears system, and Schwintek?
Gjac 09/25/14 03:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: buying a 1996 Holiday Rambler Vacationer

I have a 1996 GBM on the same size chassis. It is a 454 TBI not the vortec. It weighs about 15,000 lbs and has got 8.7 mpgs over 70k miles of driving. Look at the front end components and check the ride height I had spent a lot of money fixing the front end. Exhaust manifolds are another know problem for leaking or cracking. Headers fixed this problem and engine and trans have performed well, it has 100k miles on the OD now. Check for water leaks around windows,roof, and anywhere there are screws into the MH and recaulk. Hope all works well for you and you enjoy the MH.
Gjac 09/23/14 07:03am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Issues preventing camping.

Dave your post was inspirational. Rockhillmanor, how did you fix the steps.
Gjac 09/22/14 10:54am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Hill Country Texas State Parks

Went there 2 winters ago and found the hill country very interesting. We went to the Sonora Caverns (caves) and it was nice. They had a CG right there which we stayed at.
Gjac 09/22/14 07:34am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Issues preventing camping.

After reading all these posts about problems that others are dealing with I feel blessed even though it was a tough month for me. Talked to the knee surgeon last week he told me that I had a torn quadricep tendon as well as a torn meniscus but at my age due to other degeneration in the knee there were no guarantees that surgery would help. So he said wait a few more weeks if and if the pain stays away leave it alone. In the mean time I passed a kidney stone so what I thought was a diverticulitis attack may have been the stone passing. So I am ready to go camping again, suppose to be sunny for the next 6 days and the trout should be biting.
Gjac 09/22/14 07:29am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: A/C Cooling Fan / Radiator / Cooling

Glenn I don't know if this will help or not but I have a P-30 chassis with an Evans tempcon system and there are two things that control the fan. One is a temp sensor in one of the heads and when it reaches a set temperature the fan s comes on. The other is a small pressure switch with three leads going to the switch sometimes referred to as a trinary switch. One of the leads comes from the A/C. When mine was leaking it would not blow cold air. I changed the switch and recharged and all was well again.
Gjac 09/21/14 08:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: tires out of round because of bent wheels

You have 2 pgs off folks saying get a second option which is good advice. What I would do first is to jack up the front of the MH first and put a flat piece of wood under the tire and then rotate it and you will be able to see if tires are out of round and how much. For your tires to bounce do to being out of round you should see 1/4 in or more. Don't know where you got the idea that 1/4" or more is the lower limit, but your high by a factor of 3X or so. A tire that's out of round by 1/16" or less will be quite noticeable. I just had a shop true (lathe) six Goodyear tires on my MH. One was radically out of round, in excess of 1/8". The others were out by much less. Removing defects much smaller than your 1/4" will make a radical difference in how the thing rides and rattles. I "got this idea" by measuring how much the my tire was of round. The OP describes "front wheels bouncing baldly" a tire that is within a 1/16 won't do this. When my mine were under 1/8 in the bouncing ceased but was still very noticeable. I have not been able to find anyone in Ct. that still trues tires but that is the best way to get rid of out of round tires. Even brand new tires can be slightly out of round. Sorry, but I still strongly disagree. If you have a tire that's 1/4" out of round, you are at the outer extreme of totally defective. Truing a tire of this caliber would mean leaving areas of deep tread and others with little remaining, or even wear bars showing. But, you're relying on the OP's definition of "bouncing", whatever that means to him, and he is no longer contributing to the thread. On my 2006 F53 chassis, an out of round front tire, well below 1/4" out, not only created a horrendous ride, and extreme vibration through the entire coach, but it also created oscillation and vibration in the steering column, and seat which certainly could be described as bouncing. The experience was similar to driving down a set of railroad tracks and bouncing off of every tie, once the thing hit 40+mph. I am just relaying my experience. When I returned from a trip to Alaska my front end were worn and springs were shot (I had very little ride height) the tires were severely scalloped and out of round. When they were put on the rear my son following me could actually see them bouncing up and down leaving the ground. Front end was fixed along with HD springs. Adjusting to a lower tire pressure helped as well as several thousand miles of wear tires stopped bouncing(tires coming off the ground) but the front seat would still shake and cushions on the couch would vibrate out of place. Only new tires fixed this.
Gjac 09/21/14 07:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: tires out of round because of bent wheels

You have 2 pgs off folks saying get a second option which is good advice. What I would do first is to jack up the front of the MH first and put a flat piece of wood under the tire and then rotate it and you will be able to see if tires are out of round and how much. For your tires to bounce do to being out of round you should see 1/4 in or more. Don't know where you got the idea that 1/4" or more is the lower limit, but your high by a factor of 3X or so. A tire that's out of round by 1/16" or less will be quite noticeable. I just had a shop true (lathe) six Goodyear tires on my MH. One was radically out of round, in excess of 1/8". The others were out by much less. Removing defects much smaller than your 1/4" will make a radical difference in how the thing rides and rattles. I "got this idea" by measuring how much the my tire was of round. The OP describes "front wheels bouncing baldly" a tire that is within a 1/16 won't do this. When my mine were under 1/8 in the bouncing ceased but was still very noticeable. I have not been able to find anyone in Ct. that still trues tires but that is the best way to get rid of out of round tires. Even brand new tires can be slightly out of round.
Gjac 09/21/14 12:56pm General RVing Issues
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