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RE: rusting out cargo bins

Check out Eastwood the car resto materials supplier. They have a product called Por-15 , and the associated materials that are suggested you use with it. Follow the directions on these items and it will be a long time before you will have to go there again. Chassis Saver is pretty much the same as POR-15, I've used both. Just used Chassis Saver on our 2003 Adventurer. Not a lot of rust, some compartments had none but thought I'd take care of it before it got worse. The local AutoValue carries Chassis Saver. Like POR-15, it goes a long way so if you try it, start with a small can, like a pint.
Hank MI 08/28/15 07:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Transfer switch

Since your original has worked for 11 years I wouldn't be afraid to replace it with same.
Hank MI 08/21/15 05:49am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Riding Mower

If you have lots of obstacles to mow around, the extra bucks for a "zero turn" mower can be well worth it in time savings. We've always gotten great service from our Snapper riders. Couldn't agree more. We have a Toro 42" zero turn, 1.5 acres and plenty of trees. Got a flat tire while mowing just before the 4th. Since we were going out of town the next day I borrowed the neighbors lawn tractor to finish. Wow, slow, hard to maneuver. Been a long time since we had a lawn tractor but I would never have another for lawn cutting.
Hank MI 08/20/15 07:28am Around the Campfire
RE: Propane relay stays on and drain batteries?

On our previous MH it was connected to the propane detector. Turn off the detector and the relay closes, shutting off the gas at the tank and no 12v drain.
Hank MI 08/19/15 05:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Base plate pulled off

I installed a BlueOx base plate on our 2007 Malibu. Two steel safety cables were provided with the base plate. They wrap around the front frame member and the base plate. If the base plate comes loose it would definitely destroy the front grill and bumper put the cables will keep it attached to the car.
Hank MI 08/17/15 02:31pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Stuck Generator Oil Filter

I don't understand why people over tighten oil filters like that. After you manage to get it out, put the new one in hand tight only. be sure to oil the seal first. Oil on the gasket is the most important thing. No oil and the gasket will weld itself on. Just went through this on an 8.1 liter, used Winne Adventurer we bought in June. Ripped the bottom plate out of a cup type remover. Destroyed a band clamp filter wrench. Couldn't fit a chain wrench between the filter and block. Punched a whole in the bottom and one in the side and let the oil drain out. Then took snips and cut the entire canister off. Hit the metal top plate of the filter with an air chisel and it still wouldn't budge. Finally took a propane torch and heated the out edge of the filter until the gasket started melting and smoking. Then the air chisel got it loose.
Hank MI 08/17/15 02:17pm Beginning RVing
RE: Mufflers for 2005 workhorse with GMC 8.1

It's typically a combination of the sound level you're trying to achieve and the engine. Too little back pressure, not really a concern, maybe if you're running open headers. With a full exhaust system, stock exhaust manifolds, catalytic converter, mufflers, it's nothing to worry about. So it comes down to what fits and what sound are you willing to put up with. Any stock type muffler that fits should be good. If you're willing to put up with a little more noise there are other options. You probably won't even hear the difference from the driver's seat and they can improve performance, marginally.
Hank MI 08/14/15 07:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Catalytic converters for 2005 workhorse with GMC 8.1 vortec

Thread title says catalytic converter, then you say muffler. Many converters have a separate heat shield attached to them, they got really hot. Could the hanging metal be the heat shield? Good point, Hank. It is the muffler that is peeling on the bottom. Little did I know how small the converter is. Okay, just checking. We have an 03 Winnebago on the Workhorse chassis and the exhaust system is in great shape.
Hank MI 08/14/15 06:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Winnebago basement air

well I am currently ..just looking at a 2004 winnabago adventure..wqith basement air..very good commets so far ,,but the sales people say the front dash air is not working...any response fom previous owner...issues? lane We have an 03 Adventurer. The dash air was weak when we bought it. I threw a can of 134a at it, that helped. I wouldn't sweat it, oh I made a pun. Really, the dash air isn't going to do much unless the temps are below 80. A motorhome is just too big to cool with dash air. Start the gen and stay comfortable.
Hank MI 08/14/15 06:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Catalytic converters for 2005 workhorse with GMC 8.1 vortec

Thread title says catalytic converter, then you say muffler. Many converters have a separate heat shield attached to them, they got really hot. Could the hanging metal be the heat shield?
Hank MI 08/14/15 06:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Winnebago basement air

I have searched and read as much as I can about this. I understand that it takes away outside storage. But, does it work any better that two air conditioners mounted on the roof? Does it really cool quicker? Less noisy? If so, why isn't everybody else offering it? Just curious. Cold air falls, hot air rises. That tells me something about efficiency. At home, my air handler is in the attic and the vents are in the ceiling. If one of your roof ac's quits, you still have another or two, until you get it fixed. Not sure about basement air. Also need all the storage, we can get. Actually basement air would be a deal breaker for me. Not sure what you're saying. Our basement air is ducted and blows out through ceiling vents. That fact that the unit is in a basement compartment vs the roof makes little to no difference. In fact not having it sitting on the roof, baking in the sun should help it cool better. Our home AC unit sits outside and is ducted through the furnace ducts, it will freeze you out. Yours is in the attic, the hottest place they could find to put it. I know it's common in some areas but doesn't make sense to me. The basement unit has 2 compressors so if one quits you still have another. True a total system failure would take them both out. Your home A/C unit sits outside but that isn't where the air is coming from. That outside unit is just cooling the Freon which is circulating to your heater which is where the fan is except it's blowing cold air chilled by the Freon instead of hot air heated by the burner. I understand that. My point was the air handler is the furnace, in our case it's located in the basement. In your case the air handler is in the hottest place you could possibly find. I know it works, just doesn't seem efficient to try and supply cold air from the attic which is well over 100 when the sun is shining.
Hank MI 08/14/15 06:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Winnebago basement air

I have searched and read as much as I can about this. I understand that it takes away outside storage. But, does it work any better that two air conditioners mounted on the roof? Does it really cool quicker? Less noisy? If so, why isn't everybody else offering it? Just curious. Cold air falls, hot air rises. That tells me something about efficiency. At home, my air handler is in the attic and the vents are in the ceiling. If one of your roof ac's quits, you still have another or two, until you get it fixed. Not sure about basement air. Also need all the storage, we can get. Actually basement air would be a deal breaker for me. Not sure what you're saying. Our basement air is ducted and blows out through ceiling vents. That fact that the unit is in a basement compartment vs the roof makes little to no difference. In fact not having it sitting on the roof, baking in the sun should help it cool better. Our home AC unit sits outside and is ducted through the furnace ducts, it will freeze you out. Yours is in the attic, the hottest place they could find to put it. I know it's common in some areas but doesn't make sense to me. The basement unit has 2 compressors so if one quits you still have another. True a total system failure would take them both out.
Hank MI 08/11/15 06:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 1992 454 7.4 liter oil

Some people think thicker oil is better. A thicker oil may be the right choice if outside temps are high enough but not as a general rule of thumb. Some will look at the oil pressure gauge, see the higher readings with thicker oil and think that's a good thing. The pressure readings are higher because the oil doesn't flow as easily. Less flow equals less lubrication and less cooling to critical components. You want the oil circulating through the engine, providing clean, cooler oil. Not thick oil that doesn't want to move. Check the engine manual and see what oils are approved based on temps. I would always choose a multi-weight over a straight weight oil. Outside temps are never a constant.
Hank MI 08/11/15 06:09am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 1992 454 7.4 liter oil

I had a 30'Class'A'on the Chevy P30 chassis, 454. for 14 years. After about 30,000 miles I was told to use 20w50 in it because its a hot runnin engine with sloppy tolerances. Seemed to work good. Don't forget to shield the starter motor against the dredded "Hot Start" problem. It absorbs heat when shut down and locks the plunger in place till it cools down. Great fun at gas stations. Also, when it cracks exhaust manifolds install the BEST aftermarket copper gaskets you can find. This last weekend It was in the 85f outside . temp gauge on motorhome held right at 190f with front air conditioning on . I shut it down after idle for 5 mins . and I noticed if I turn keey back on to part right before starter kicks in the front electric radiator fan kicks on . would this be another way to cool it more after shut down . You know leave keey on for 5-10 mins . Theres some serious heat in engine compartment. Itasca55 Let it idle for a few minutes. The fan will cool whats in the radiator and some cooling to engine but the coolant is not moving. Heat is still trapped inside the engine. Idling will bring the coolant temps down both in the rad and inside the engine.
Hank MI 08/11/15 05:59am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cracked coolant expansion tank

Had a 94 Bounder on the Chevy chassis. When ours cracked I picked up a generic at Autozone.
Hank MI 08/05/15 05:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Atwood Water Heater Strange Problem

Give a little tug on the wire going into the ignitor. On ours the wire had broke loose inside the ceramic. The high voltage spark would jump the gap but the millivolt signal coming back wouldn't. So it would ignite but not sense flame. In your case the change in humidity could definitely be a factor. Also pull the spade connector off the control board and reinstall, other end of wire from ignitor.
Hank MI 07/30/15 06:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Scary New Credit Card

A little off topic but ironic, last night we got an email from one of our banks about suspicious activity. We are in MD but it seems someone in MO tried to use our "card". We have our cards in our possession so someone must have manufactured new plastic based on our magnetic strip. This is reason for the new chips, to stop magnetic strip theft from happening. Sounds good...but can you explain why our friend....and his business has had 4 cards hacked this past week......and ALL of them have the chip???????? I'm sure they also have a mag strip. Until they get rid of all the mag strips the cards can be easily hacked/cloned. There are still a lot of places that don't have chip readers so the mag strip still works.
Hank MI 07/25/15 06:00am Around the Campfire
RE: Scary New Credit Card

The chips are not RFID. If they were you wouldn't need to insert the card, just wave it around in the vicinity of the reader. Costco doesn't require a signature unless the purchase is over $200. Don't recall ever seeing a gas pump that requires a signature. Signature/no signature is up to the merchant. They are RFID, that is why they can be used for tap transactions. Larger purchases require your pin so the card has to be inserted in the reader. The reader itself energizes the chip and communicates with it. They only have a range of about 10 centimeters. These chips are also being used in Canadian provincial drivers licenses, new Canadian passports and the Nexus cards used by both countries. Gas pumps in Canada have card readers and you must insert your chipped card and enter your pin to buy fuel. Semantics? They use RF but are much more than the simple RFID devices that have been around for decades. Chip and PIN, chip and signature, chip only. The choice is up to the CC processor in the U.S. Mag strip worked fine in the U.S. until, as always, the thieves found a way to beat the system. Mag strip didn't work well in Europe, where chip technology was developed. They don't have the telephone networks that allowed the point of sale terminal to communicate with the processor in a timely fashion. Chip and PIN solved that. The U.S. does have the networks to allow for quick processing. So some card insurers don't use PIN or signature. A unique transaction id is generated and stored in the chip each time the card is used. A cloned card won't have that previous transaction list so the processor will detect a mismatch of transaction id's. Chip and PIN can rely solely on the card and use of the PIN, decision to allow or deny the transaction can be made at the point of sale. Chip and signature? Really what good is a signature? You can make an X, a line, draw a smiley face, all will be accepted. Not sure why any CC still requires it. Not sure if the 3 methods will ever converge here in U.S.
Hank MI 07/23/15 07:04am Around the Campfire
RE: T-Mobile Borderless Cell Plan - is this too good to be true?

Watch out for T-Mobile's coverage. We had them for many years and liked them until about 2 years ago. Then reception really started going down hill. After several calls to customer service it was finally revealed they had lost several towers and couldn't tell us when if ever they would get those towers back. We changed to Verizon and have had excellent coverage with them. Another couple we know just had the same experience with them and they changed also. Just do your research carefully before jumping in. We've had T-Mobile for a long time as well. Also noticed problems with coverage a few years ago. Turned out the problem was with the upgrades they've made for 4G LTE. My phone, not all that old, just didn't like the upgrades. I wasn't happy that I had to buy a new phone but it made a world of difference. Haven't upgraded the wife's phone yet but I now have coverage where hers has none.
Hank MI 07/23/15 06:41am Snowbirds
RE: What has happened to Winnebago Quality?

Yes, I too feel Winnebago sure has lost the quality along the way. My first coach was a 1995 Itasca Suncruiser no slides. Bought it used in 1997. It was a great MH, no rattles, very little money did I put into it. No major problems the entire time I Had it. Traded it for a brand new Winnebago in 2006. This coach has given us all types of trouble, Spark plug wires kept burning off, slides quit working, leak up on right hand corner, dash air needed repair, basement air just got repaired, had to repair shower leak, refrigerator had to be repaired, repaired drawer guide, Onan generator needs repaired. That's all I can think of right now. But only twice have we been on a trip that some thing didn't go wrong. Not saying the quality is not what it use to be. But, many of the issues you mention are somewhat out of Winnebago's control. Spark plug wires, refrigerator, AC, generator. These all come from suppliers and often there is only one or two suppliers to choose from. Want a frig, Norcold or Dometic. Want a water heater, Atwood or Suburban. Want a chaiis, now the only option is Ford.
Hank MI 07/22/15 09:37am Class A Motorhomes
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