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RE: painting

I just used a product called Ospho to prime a galvanized steel trailer. I painted it with Rust Stop from ACE hardware. The paint is adhering and looks good.
Gjac 04/24/14 05:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hot Water Tank

Leaking from bottom of tank or bottom of rv??? Make sure. Mine was leaking at the water connection at the tank and running down to bottom, but when looking at it from the side it sure looked like WH was leaking from bottom. Confirm where leak is before buying new. Might just be twist of connection. It is hard to see back there when mine was leaking I put a paper towel under the fittings for the inlet and outlet when I saw the towel wet I tightened the fittings and all was well again.
Gjac 04/20/14 06:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Koehler 5 confidant generator

I have the same generator in my 96 GBM and have noticed occasionally the circuit breaker in the main box will trip running both AC's. I don't run the AC's on the generator often but twice when the temps got over 95 I noticed this. Mine happens after running for a while so I would not think it was the hard start capacitor. I was thinking it was more like a weak circuit breaker or the governor needing adjustment. It only seems to happen in the hot weather, I use both AC's to exercise the genset and it doesn't trip in 70-80 degrees.
Gjac 04/19/14 07:55am Tech Issues
RE: anyone extend the height of their bed lift?

My wife added a 3 in mattress topper that was heavy and the struts were not strong enough to hold the bed up. I moved the attach points forward to make the bed easier to lift which also added greater height to the bed opening.
Gjac 04/19/14 07:36am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Refrigerator freezes over

Besides the fan you might want to check your seal and make sure that you have resistance pulling a dollar bill out. After installing a computer fan that I had laying around I was still getting some frost on the fins. I did the dollar bill test and noticed the bill slipped out easily in several locations. I removed the door latch and filed about .050 of the mounting surface which caused the door to seal tighter. This reduced the frosting that I was getting on the fins.
Gjac 04/19/14 07:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Day/night shades

This subject comes up frequently. When my string broke I tied it back together with a square knot.It took me 30 mins to figure out how it worked and to tie it back together. It broke because I over tightened the string to keep it from vibrating downwards. After re adjusting the tension on all the windows I had no more failures. I don't know if newer MH's had a different design or weaker string or what. But in 9 years of ownership I only had one broken string which I caused. I don't understand the need to restring or buy new shades unless you want the room darker.
Gjac 04/19/14 06:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Replacing the old one

Good luck with your new MH. Having looked at a lot or small gas MH's ACE, Vista,Storm etc. what I liked about the Daybreak it was the only one in that price range that had the full basement storage rather than the small cutout doors and much larger FW tanks.
Gjac 04/18/14 09:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: spare tire

I carry a spare, a 6 point socket and a breaker bar. I have removed tires several time in my driveway for various maintenance issues. In 70k miles of driving I only had one tire that was leaking but was able to fix it without removing it. I do have emergency road side assistance also.
Gjac 04/18/14 09:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: kwikee step

Joe have you already determined that your controller was bad by going through the steps on the Quikee web site?
Gjac 04/18/14 12:23pm Tech Issues
RE: Dead in the water, what to check?

Start with the simple things first. Does it have a battery disconnect switch? is it in the off position? Are the battery terminals clean and tight? Is the chassis ground clean and tight? When you check your good chassis battery what is the voltage reading?
Gjac 04/12/14 08:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Not able to start motorhome

When you turn the key on is the dash completely dead(no lights)? Do your steps fail to operate also?
Gjac 04/12/14 08:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Norcold issue again, this is getting old

I was hoping someone more knowable than myself like Chris Bryant would post by now, but from what I understand when the refer is run off level heat rises quickly the Norcold fix shuts it off at 700 degrees to prevent fires. The ARP system shuts it of around 350 to prevent the ammonia solution from hardening inside the tubes blocking the flow of ammonia. Someone posted awhile back doing some tests with various out of level conditions and how high the temps reached. A simple solution to this problem would be to put a temp sensor right above the heating element and adjust the levelers until the lowest temps are recorded, then set bubble gauge to be level.
Gjac 04/12/14 03:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Battery monitor bargain?

A friend of mine bought the Chinese system from ebay and gave it to me when he bought a new DP. I installed it and it works fine for voltage and amps when camping. I wanted to check charging amps but can't seem to read more than 5 amps to 50% SOC house batteries while driving. So I don't now if it is the meter or just the way the alternator senses voltage in my MH.
Gjac 04/12/14 09:29am Tech Issues
RE: vacuum gauge

path1 I did the same thing as your father-in=law. The only disadvantage is that I have to look down a little so I put a pointer (black tape) at 10 in so I can glance at it and try to kept above the line. Joe I hooked mine into the intake manifold using a threaded fitting into the manifold and a barbed fitting for the hose to the vacuum gauge.
Gjac 04/12/14 08:47am Tech Issues
RE: F53 air filter change frequency

I have a CAI on mine that goes right to the front grill. Bugs get in and it clean once a year by tapping the filter to remove the bugs and any road dirt. I chg every 15k miles.
Gjac 04/10/14 11:35am Class A Motorhomes
RE: GCT Carbon Fiber RV

Technically it will be interesting to follow it's progress, but practically who would pay $170k-$700k for a trailer( why the big price swing?). I guess one advantage is that you save on buying a big diesel truck and can use an SUV to tow.
Gjac 04/09/14 12:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: Lacking Power

Power in a MH is very subjective. Most folks say they have "a lot of power" or it "feels under powered on hills" . I would post what your HP rating is and its weight. Also if you do a 40-60 mph test at WOT and post results you can see if there is something wrong with the MH or if it is just what that MH is capable of doing based on HP to weight ratio. As a data point my friend had a 5.9 diesel bounder 34 ft and it took 22 secs to go from 40-60 mpg. I felt it was under powered but it was brand new and that was the best it could do. I just tested a 2002 40 ft CC for a friend it had 370 hp and weighed around 34,000 lbs or so (the owner did not know the weights) it took 20 secs to go from 40-60 mph on a flat slab. If you post your HP, Wt. and 40-60 time folks could give you a more accurate answer if something is wrong or not.
Gjac 04/09/14 11:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Restore Fiberglass

Hi--surprised that no one has mentioned Red Max Pro. Do a search and read all the posts from those of us who have used it and how great it makes our rigs look! Red Max Pro is virtually non-existent, but Home Depot carries the ZEP line and I like the "Wet Look" finish. Try it, you'll like it! I used RMP on mine with good results but mine is 18 years old. The op's MH is only 6 years old, I would try to remove the oxidation first. Once removed wax can be applied every year or so to preserve the finish.
Gjac 04/09/14 09:04am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Getting the shine back on fiberglas.

This isn't trying to be a smart Alec answer, but shade is the only thing that is going to help keep a new finish, new. The problem arises when solar panels are chosen and a rig needs to be kept out in the sun. Do "they" make "in-use" custom covers that would expose the roof, cover the sides but leave windows are doors free? This would seem to be the most intelligent way to protect a tupperware finish. In Mexico I hired the kids to build a palm frond enclosure. I had the only Crown 10-wheeler with appliance white DuPont Imron on it. I guess that paint is illegal to use now. It laughed at ultraviolet light.Mex, agree with you 100% about the effects of sun, UV degrading is the #1 cause of oxidation for most resins. Boat users that clean their hulls after pull out see the difference under the waterline. Imron is till sold but anyone that's used the three part primer will advocate it's removal from the marketplace. Chemical masks need cartridges specially formulated for the toxic brew and skin absorption will still make you sick, if not totally protected. After priming, no one can approach the surface until it's cured for a week or has been top coated. I've painted with Imron and never want the experience again. Then again, maybe it's been recently reformulated and isn't the toxic soup I encountered. I have performed tests on unprotected composite structures and have seen the epoxy matrix erode from the woven fibers be it carbon, Kevlar or fiber glass. We built a all composite fuselage and left it out in the elements for 10 years and the surface resin was almost gone. Painted surfaces stopped this erosion. If the surface is just gelcoat repeated waxing needed to stop this erosion.
Gjac 04/08/14 09:02am Tech Issues
RE: Tank Treatments

If you go to Rid-X site under FAQ they don't recommend it for RV use. Some say that the micro organisms that dissolve the solid wastes also will dissolve the rubber seals over continued use. I never used anything but water and at the end of the year dish washing detergent and a 3/4 full tank and a long ride home, then dump before storing for the winter. If you are concerned about a build up you can open the toilet valve after final dumping and turn on the fantastic fan with all windows closed and if no odor is detected your tank is clean.
Gjac 04/08/14 08:44am General RVing Issues
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