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RE: Kwikee Step

I was having the same problem that you are experiencing. I took it apart and cleaned everything up lubed everything and reassembled it. I have had no more problems since then. I did do some research for a new motor at that time and for my Kwikee 2 step the motor was exactly like the Ford Taurus front driver side window lift motor. I looked at NAPA and Autozone and both were much cheaper than the dealer. Autozone also came with a lifetime warranty. JMO Same here. I removed the motor/gearbox, disassembled, cleaned and lubed the gearbox, along with pivot points on the steps. Been fine for several years since then.
Hank MI 02/24/15 06:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Warning - Firearm Carriers - Avoid New Jersey

Federal law says you have the right to transport a firearm from state A to state B so long as you have the legal right to posses that firearm in both states. Now you have to look at the laws in the states you'll be passing through, between states A and B. In the glovebox does not usually qualify as an inaccessible place. In a car the trunk is best option. In a MH, unloaded and secured with a lock works. So long as you follow the laws for transporting a firearm in those inbetween states federal law says you're okay.
Hank MI 02/19/15 06:31am Roads and Routes
RE: Another question about Florida turnpikes

If you're going to drive the car by itself on the turnpike you would need another sticker. Don't attach that sticker to the windshield. If you do then you'll be charged twice when towing the car. Remove the sticker from the car when towing and stash it away, wrapped in aluminum foil wouldn't hurt. The Sunpass website says stickers cannot be handheld and have to be permanently mounted in order to work. Then if removed they no longer work. We got the portable suction cup model to be able to move it to any vehicle we're using as long as we register the new/alternate vehicle online in our account. That has proven useful many times, but we go to Florida often. Under "towing", it indicates they calculate the number of axles and charge accordingly. True, that's what they say. Tape it to the windshield or whatever. If you stick it on it can't be removed without destroying it. If you have 1 in the MH and 1 in the toad you can be overcharged. Only other option is the portable one. Of course if you're not cruising the turnpike in your car it's a non-issue. We have one in the MH but none in the car. We only need the turnpike to get to our destination.
Hank MI 02/08/15 06:44pm Roads and Routes
RE: Another question about Florida turnpikes

The sticker will go in the MH. They will automatically charge the extra amount for the car being towed. If you're going to drive the car by itself on the turnpike you would need another sticker. Don't attach that sticker to the windshield. If you do then you'll be charged twice when towing the car. Remove the sticker from the car when towing and stash it away, wrapped in aluminum foil wouldn't hurt.
Hank MI 02/08/15 08:43am Roads and Routes
RE: base plate question

On our 07 Malibu the entire front clip needs to removed as well as some air damns under the bumper. I installed the BlueOx base plate myself. All that needs to be removed so you can get to some structural part of the vehicle to attach the base plate. I assume that you have determined that it is towable 4 down? bumpy Good question. We kept the 07 Malibu to tow when we bought a 13 Malibu. The new ones have the 6 speed trans that can't be flat towed. Maybe someone makes a lube pump for them so they can be.
Hank MI 02/07/15 02:20pm Dinghy Towing
RE: window replacement

Try this place. RV Glass I ordered several panes from them to replace some fogged up ones. They were etched so bad I couldn't get them clean. They may have a pattern for yours already. If they don't and you can provide measurements they can make one. I had several windows replaced by Suncoast Designers. I would not give them rave reviews but would recommend them over others. they are reasonable and do a good job. See my experience here. Glenn, I visited your site. have a 70 Chevelle. Thanks for all the good info.
Hank MI 02/07/15 02:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dinette Storage Drawers

good job. I bet there are many of us who have wondered why they don't do this in the factory for us. They did for me, both seats have slide out drawers. No door, built like a cabinet drawer where the front of the drawer is the door/face. We store pots, pans and misc in them. You may want to install a lock on the slide so it wont fly out while traveling. Ours will if we forget to lock them.
Hank MI 01/25/15 06:16am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Leaving seat while driving

DW gets up to use the toilet or get a snack/drinks for us while underway but, otherwise, stays seated. What he said.
Hank MI 01/24/15 06:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Front Window Privacy Curtain

It has a small I beam track and I don't know where I would get hardware that would attach curtain to track? Sounds like ours, 2 nylon rollers that slide along the i-beam. We ordered the curtain and new hardware from CW. Of course it wasn't until a few days later that they notified us the hardware wasn't available. So we had to order that from another RV supplier and pay additional shipping costs. Anyway, the curtains are generic, ours fit just fine. All the suppliers carry the same curtain and hardware. So it's just a matter of who has it in stock and how much it costs.
Hank MI 01/24/15 06:19am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What Time delay switch/relay/breaker for portable genset?

What size gen? They make outdoor remote control power outlets. Like for controlling outside Christmas lights. Hit the remote to start the gen, wait a minute, hit the remote to turn on the power outlet. Assuming your coffee pot is already plugged in and turned on, it starts brewing. You don't even have to get out of bed until the coffee is ready. Of course there's still that bonded neutral/ground issue. An 8' copper glad ground rod should take care of that. Sorry, don't know any way to drive that sucker in the ground remotely.
Hank MI 01/23/15 04:14pm Tech Issues
RE: Furnace Pilot Light Burns Out overnight

Built in energy conserving device? Seriously, how big is the pilot flame? Is the thermocouple positioned with the tip centered in the flame? Just guessing, it's colder at night, if right on the edge of keeping it lit in the evening maybe you go over the edge when temps drop. Or maybe the thermocouple is going.
Hank MI 01/23/15 03:59pm Tech Issues
RE: OK, I was stupid. FINE !

We all learn from our mistakes... If only that were true. It is for most us, I hope, but there are some that never learn.
Hank MI 01/23/15 03:53pm Tech Issues
RE: How to avoid FL Toll Roads

I go N & S from South Miami twice a year in my MH pulling a toad. I never pay any tolls. Coming S on I75 take exit 329(Wildwood) SR44E 15 miles to US27S Take US27S all the way to 953S just North of the Airport on East side. Follow signs for airport. No tolls and US27 is 4 lane all the way. I took that route south last year to just north of Homestead, won't do it again. US27 from Wildwood to Lake Okeechobee area was nothing but stop and go through a bunch of small towns. Stop lights every 1/4 mile or less. In a MH pulling a toad it was no fun at all. I'm sure the trip would be a lot nicer in a car, you do get to see more things and US27 is a pretty good road.
Hank MI 01/20/15 11:54am Roads and Routes
RE: help me choose new towbar

I installed a BlueOx base plate on our 07 Malibu. It obviously is a unibody but required no reinforcing, did have to drill a couple of holes. The attachment points are under bumper through the small lower grill. Not noticeable with the inserts removed. We have a BlueOx Aladdin tow bar rated for 7,500 lbs. BlueOx prices have gone up considerably since we bought ours, dealers can no longer sell below a minimum price set by BlueOx so other brands can be had for less.
Hank MI 01/20/15 11:41am Dinghy Towing
RE: How to avoid FL Toll Roads

Toll by plate includes an admin fee. Cheaper tolls with sunpass. I just looked it up. You get a monthly bill for your tolls with a $2.50 administration fee. That's not bad. If you don't plan on returning to FL in the near future it's better than buying a transponder.
Hank MI 01/20/15 08:01am Roads and Routes
RE: How to avoid FL Toll Roads

Many of the toll booths are now transponder or toll by plate, no cash. A stick on transponder is $5 and are for sale all over in FL. If you can pick one up, go online to register and put some cash on it, that's the way to. If not, toll by plate is the only other option. I-75 will take you down the other side of the state and add to the miles. When you get near Ft Lauderdale and Miami, however you get there, the toll roads are your best bet. Unless of course you like sitting in traffic with a bunch of crazy drivers that learned to drive in another country. Just my .02. Go to sunpass.com. They have a toll calculator, you put in your starting and ending points, number of axles and it will tell you what the total cost is. If toll by plate you'll have to add the that cost. Don't recall what it is , check the sunpass site.
Hank MI 01/20/15 07:34am Roads and Routes
RE: Auto battery problem

Have you had the charging system checked? With a shorted diode in the alternator it can will still work, just not at full capacity and will drain the battery when the engine is not running. As for passive drains on newer cars, I experienced that last year. I hooked up a 2 amp battery maintainer to our 2013 Malibu a few days before we were heading to FL. There was so much drain on the battery the maintainer went into check mode, defective battery. After several attempts I finally disconnected the battery and hooked the maintainer directly to it. On a side note, you may not be able to use a power outlet/charger port to plug in a battery maintainer. On some new cars they're disconnected when the car is off. So don't leave your phone in the console thinking it's being charged when the car is off. Another thing I discovered with the new car last year. The TOAD, a few years older, does not disconnect the power outlets.
Hank MI 01/20/15 06:59am General RVing Issues
RE: setting five months run the engine or not?

Running the generator once a month is different than running the engine. The gen needs to be exercised under load to dry out and remove and corrosion buildup on the brushes. If not the buildup can get to the point where the gen won't produce any electricity then it won't stay running. I have a 70 Chevelle SS that sits in the garage all winter. No way I'm driving it around in the winter in MI so it doesn't get started. I know dozens of other guys that do the same with there cars. No ill affects. Due to extended circumstances our MH sat for several years without being started. Only issue was lousy gas mileage until we burned up the old gas and filled it with fresh. As you can see I don't believe letting it sit for months causes any harm. If you must start it, idling is not the same as driving it. It may get hot enough to dry out any moisture created but how can you be sure. Especially in the exhaust system. At idle you're not pushing enough heat through to dry out the entire system. Takes a lot of hot gases to fully heat up and dry out 20 some feet of exhaust.
Hank MI 01/20/15 06:19am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking for stops in route

If you go the I65/231 route thru Alabama, we always stop at Deer Run CG near Troy, AL and de-winterize there. It's a very nice place and very convenient for that route. We stopped there on our return trip last year.
Hank MI 01/19/15 02:35pm Snowbirds
RE: sticky awning

My manual awning would hang up because fabric had shifted on roller. This would cause awning to roll up cockeyed and sometimes it would not stow properly and sometimes it would not release and extend properly. Fabric in top rail is held in place by screw at each end of material into track......no shifting. But on roller no such screws so fabric can move inside grove on roller. I repositioned awning material so that edge of fabric was same distance from end of roller tube. Then installed a short shelf tapping screw right at edge of fabric into roller grove. Haven't had an awning stowing/extending issue since. Ours stuck on the left side too before replacing the awning fabric. Look at the arms on the left side, is the outer/bottom arm rubbing against the upper arm when closing. As mentioned shifted fabric will do it. Ours works perfect since we replaced the fabric.
Hank MI 01/19/15 07:08am Tech Issues
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