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RE: Massachusetts to east coast florida

I live in Ct. and make this trip at lease once a year and I find that if you leave on a Sat or Sunday morning and take 95 over the GWB there is no traffic or tolls. If you travel on a week day if you make it to the GWB by 6 or 6:30 am there is some traffic but not bad. Heading back to Ct. or Mass take 95 north to rt 17 or 26 to 77,81 and 84 over the Newburg bridge into Ct. you will save on tolls and DC and NY traffic that way.
Gjac 09/28/15 08:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: P30 (1984) Brake Question

Two things I would check is the brake line and the caliper slide. If you apply the brakes while moving slowly and the MH pulls to the right and then straightens you're left brake hose is collapsed and vice versa. The slide can be cleaned with a wire wheel and then lubed so it doesn't stick anymore. I have had both of these problems with my P 30 chassis.
Gjac 09/28/15 10:06am Class A Motorhomes
RE: General Purpose Cleaner

If you want one "general purpose cleaner" I would look at Awsome from the Dollar store. I use it to clean everything on or in the MH, for glass, plastic, FG, removing bugs from the front of the MH, stains on the carpet, etc. It comes as a concentrate and you dilute it with water.
Gjac 09/25/15 09:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Syn oil in generator

Genset was not overfilled and yes it has oil in it. It has been leaking for 4 years and I check it all the time. I posted this to possibly help others with the same problem. I switched to syn 10-30 in the MH at about 50k miles, the tow car at about 70k miles. I figured I would just buy one oil for all three engines including the genset. The MH now has 107k miles on it and never leaked. The tow car 2002 Toyota Corolla leaked right away at the pan gasket. I tightened the pan bolts 3 times before I got the leak to stop. The genset leak did not show up until a year after I switched to syn because it gets used minimally. I could never find the leak and was not about to pull it out and spend another $1000 to fix it as Mr Wizard said. I am just happy it was an easy fix.
Gjac 09/25/15 05:39am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Generator exhaust rusted out

Glad to hear that it worked out well for you.
Gjac 09/24/15 08:51am Tech Issues
Syn oil in generator

Awhile back I posted about my Kohlar generator leaking when I switched to syn oil and asked how to stop the leak. The leak was bad and dripped onto the hot exhaust causing a lot of smoke as well as puddles in the driveway. I thought about using a stop leak product like Lucas but decided to go back to regular oil first to see if there was any improvement. I went back to reg oil and leak slowed somewhat. After 3 oil changes I ran my genset for 5 hrs straight, last week recharging a friends camper next to me as well as my own and did not see any leakage. Had never run the genset for that long before. My generator is 18 years old and I am glad I did not have to pull it out to fix the leak.
Gjac 09/24/15 07:06am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 1992 itasca sunrise 454 operating temp

What temp thermostat do you have? If 195 F that is very normal. If 180 F it should be lower. Also if you are using the dash gauge it may be off. When I replaced my sensor for the gauge I noticed a 15 degree difference between the old and new.
Gjac 09/24/15 05:49am Class A Motorhomes
RE: telecom batteries and boondocking

They are Dynasty UPS12-490MR The chemistry is Lead Calcium AGM with a SG of 1.300 Amp-hour capacity 139.2 when new. They are a non starved acid AGM. I think they are pretty much the same as yours Niner. I have four in two balanced banks. Don, how much did you pay for these batteries? How long do you expect these to last compared to your wet cells? Do these 12 v AGM batteries last as long as the 6 v AGM batteries?
Gjac 09/23/15 08:28am Tech Issues
RE: Engine cooling system

On a brand new MH I would look for something simple like a bad thermostat or the radiator cap not screwed on all the way. I have seen brand new thermostats fail to open all the way.
Gjac 09/22/15 08:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Servicing waste gate valves ( Greay and black water valves)

I did mine as Bill described in his post. It took me a lot longer than 10 mins because there was not much play in the lines. Not wanting to do this job again. I installed grease fitting in the front of the valve face. When ever the handle gets hard to pull I give it a shot of grease usually once a year. The fittings are self tapping and thread easily into plastic.
Gjac 09/22/15 07:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Engine cooling system

No this is not normal. Many on here with the Ford chassis have posted that the gauge is not a graduated gauge and is not accurate. When climbing the hills out west you should see a gradual temp rise until your clutch fan kicks in which should be a loud roar. Did you hear the fan come on? I would use a scan gauge or an IR gun to determine what the real operating temps are.
Gjac 09/22/15 07:35am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Winter Storage Question

If you fully charge your batteries and remove the neg cable they will be fine for a 3-4 month winter storage. I usually equalize and desufate the batteries also before storage.
Gjac 09/22/15 07:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Transmission Fluid

It uses Dextron 111 but I doubt that you can find it anymore. The last time I changed mine I could not find it and had to use the "backward compatible"fluid. Walmart sells it.
Gjac 09/21/15 06:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: New vs old Ford observation.

They were all Class A's the older ones were a Tiffin and a Fleetwood the newer ones were both ACE. Did not like the fit and finish or the slide sticking out 1 inch when closed but it was more quiet than the older models.
Gjac 09/20/15 09:47am Tech Issues
RE: Generator exhaust rusted out

I would look at it like this: your exhaust system has lasted 17 years so far, will you keep your MH another 17 years? If not why not replace it with a steel muffler from a low cost muffler shop. If you are willing to do the work yourself, TS sells low cost mufflers and pipes.
Gjac 09/20/15 09:16am Tech Issues
New vs old Ford observation.

When I started looking at newer MHs (2006-2008) on the Ford Chassis I was amazed at the amount of engine noise in 2 gear do to the higher rpms compared to my old 454. Last week I test drove two 2015 MH's on the Ford Chassis and they seemed much more quiet. My question is what changed? Is there a year that Ford added more sound proofing? I believe the drive train has been the same since 2006.
Gjac 09/20/15 08:37am Tech Issues
RE: How often do you change your differential oil?

I think it depends on how you change it and how much metal is in the oil. I change mine when I change the fluid in the transmission every 30k miles. My drain and fill port is on the top. I think the best way is to split the case drain and wipe down the inside then reseal and fill the housing. Mine did not leak nor did I want to cause a leak so I just pumped it out and refilled. No noticeable metal in the fluid so I probably wont change it again but my transmission still shows metal on the magnet so I will continue to change every 30k miles. To me it is more about inspecting than the fluids breaking down.
Gjac 09/19/15 08:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: sway bar and steer safe

I have had the Steer Safe on my MH for 10 years and 80k miles. I always thought that it improved the ride but it was installed when I bought the MH. I had a accident where the steer safe was destroyed on the left hand side and I drove home from Oh to Ct with the springs removed on the right after the front end was rebuilt. I felt no difference without the Steer safe, it drove the same as before with one hand.
Gjac 09/18/15 09:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Water Heater problem

Do you have the potted circuit board? What I have found over the years that was baffling to me also is that just because you have that correct voltage does not mean the correct amps are getting through. I would try a jumper wire directly from your battery to the fusable link the next time it won't fire and see if it consistently fires it should be the brown wire. You can compare the amp reading with the jumpered wire to your original wire this will tell you if you have corrosion somewhere or a failing switch. After playing with my WH for 10 years my board finally failed the test Old Biscuit posted and I replaced it with the Dinosaur board and it now lights every time. I also installed a new wire and switch.
Gjac 09/18/15 07:58am Tech Issues
RE: House Battery Charge While Underway

Back to the ops question I think what you are describing is normal. I have 2 6V batteries and 180 amp alternator and after a week of dry camping a five hour trip home won't completely charge my batteries. You have 4 6 V batteries and twice the amp hours to put back in those depleted batteries. With your motorhome running if you read 14 V at the chassis battery and 14 V at the house batteries your solenoids are working their way they should. It always takes me overnight to recharge my batteries with a 40 amp charger. Many on here talk about a larger wire size from the alternator to the batteries as being helpful and also external alternator regulators as a means of getting more amps to your batteries while driving. As far as parasitic draw's go these are easy enough to check by disconnecting your negative cable and putting your ammeter between the cable and the negative post I have .4 A of parasitic draw. I had over 1.5 A until I found what was causing these parasitic draws.
Gjac 09/17/15 08:46am Class A Motorhomes
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