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RE: How I level my trailer

Some trailers have levelers, either hydraulic or electric. The frames are designed to be lifted by the levelers. Stabilizers are a different story. The trailer frame is designed to have the weight on wheels and tongue jack. As mentioned when you start lifting the trailer with corner stabilizers the frame will bow and doors may no longer close, etc. If they were meant to lift the trailer they would be built a lot sturdier than what most are.
Hank MI 05/25/17 05:50am General RVing Issues
RE: Airxcel Mach 8 15K AC unit

The small cap with the PTCR is the start cap. The fan run cap would not be tied to the compressor run cap, the start cap would.
Hank MI 05/21/17 06:11am Tech Issues
RE: Fridge not staying lit when traveling

Clean the burner. Had the same problem on previous MH. Worked fine when parked, gas check light would come on when traveling. Cleaned all the rust out of the burner assembly and no more problems.
Hank MI 05/19/17 05:50am General RVing Issues
RE: Nice Parking Job

Ford looks kinda far from the MH to be a toad but hard to say for sure.
Hank MI 05/16/17 05:59am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Won't Clean

We got our Winnebago used and has the same stuff but the edges of the decals are going bad. When boat place said to wet sand it but that would tear up the decals. We tried beekeepers, 3 different cleaner waxes, rubbing compound, and polishing compound. Some with a buffer and some without. The part I washed and then scrubbed with 00 steal wool and then waxed looks best but like said above it will take a lot of elbow grease to do the whole thing. No wax, rubbing compound, etc. is going to remove the black mold/mildew. The fiberglass surface is not smooth like gelcoat on a boat. The stains are imbedded down in the fiberglass. Steel wool or wet sanding the surface to make it smooth is one way but it's a ton of work. As I said earlier, Zep mold/mildew stain remover cleans it right up. Then a coat of wax so it can't form again. Our MH doesn't look like it has full paint but it sure looks a lot better.
Hank MI 05/09/17 06:20am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Solar panel on a 2006 american tradition

That's the way our Bounder worked and our Winnebago works that way as well.
Hank MI 05/07/17 02:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Help. Converting Auto park Brake to manual lever

Hi hank do u recall how to do it more specific and all the parts that u use. I have a explain to my mechanic how to do it. He is a really good one but has never do it. Or anybody knows of one in South Florida. Thanks guys for all the help Well ours was already equipped with a foot pedal parking brake. If you don't have one then that certainly complicates things. For me it was just a matter of disconnecting the cable from the autopark. It connects to a mechanism where the foot brake also connected so either one could engage the brake. Our chassis manual had instructions on how to disconnect the autopark should it fail and leave you stuck. The autopark cable and foot pedal cable meet roughly under the drivers feet or seat.
Hank MI 05/06/17 02:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Expandable, compact hoses that don't leak?

We have, I believe, a pocket hose. Not the green one, it's black with gold strips, brass fittings and a 1/4 turn ball valve at one end. Seems pretty well made and no leaks yet. Have had it a little over a year, keep it in the MH but have used it at home as well. They now make a metal, lite weight, no kink hose, saw it on TV the other day. They tested it, tried to put a hole in it, make it kink, etc. Seems like a pretty good hose as well.
Hank MI 05/06/17 07:10am General RVing Issues
RE: Help. Converting Auto park Brake to manual lever

We had a 1994 Bounder with autopark. When it failed I disconnected it, replaced the brake shoes and used the parking brake foot pedal. Yes you have to remember to apply the brake but I didn't have to worry about it failing again.
Hank MI 05/06/17 07:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Replacing awning fabric

Rather than getting into multiple instructions here go to youtube.com and search "replacing RV awning fabric" and will be sure to find multiple videos there. The problem I see with your idea is removing the fabric from the tube without removing the ends. Yup, can't slide the old out and new in without removing the end cap and torsion spring. Actually both ends need to be removed to do it right. HOGWASH!!! I just replaced mine following the procedure shown HERE which is much like how Clouddancer did. So much easier than messing around with end caps, torsion springs, etc. Doing it this way you can do it w/o any help, but one helper to feed and pull the new awning into the tube makes the process even easier and much faster. I even added another step by using two pulleys on one the remaining attached awning arm one each side with a rope running to the new awning secured to it with my awning "de-flappers" that way the new awning can be pulled into the grooves and tube while feeding the new awning into the tube/rail from a stationary point. Larry I'm sorry, I didn't realize that drilling holes and cutting open the end caps was a proper solution, and I did mention doing it the right way. All the cutting and rigging you did, I could have done it the right way in that amount of time. Takes about ten minutes to drill out all the rivets. A pair of vise grips to unwind the torsion assembly and the endcap and torsion assembly slide right out. The endcaps aren't open where the slots are in the roller tube for a reason. The nylon bead/rope in the awning material is supposed to fold over the end of the roller tube. When the endcap is installed it locks them in place so the material can't slide on the tube and will stay centered. If the slots were supposed to be open to make it easy it would come that way from the factory. I've done 2 awnings on 2 different motorhomes. It just isn't that tough and I refuse to hack up my awning in an attempt to save a little work. That assumes it even saves any work. I didn't need pulleys, saws, wood rigging etc. Other than a drill and rivet tool just simple hand tools, screw driver, vice grips, etc. But to each is own.
Hank MI 05/02/17 03:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Replacing awning fabric

Rather than getting into multiple instructions here go to youtube.com and search "replacing RV awning fabric" and will be sure to find multiple videos there. The problem I see with your idea is removing the fabric from the tube without removing the ends. Yup, can't slide the old out and new in without removing the end cap and torsion spring. Actually both ends need to be removed to do it right.
Hank MI 05/02/17 06:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Won't Clean

Sounds like what our '03 Adventurer looked like, we purchased it used. Sides had gray/black imbedded in the fiberglass. Tried various cleaners without much success. I finally tried Zep mold/mildew stain remover. I was reluctant to try because it contains bleach but it worked great and didn't harm the decals or painted compartment doors. Spray it on and watch the black and brown goo run down the side then rinse and rinse. I started with a small spray bottle then had to buy a gallon jug to refill the spray bottle. I followed that with nano wax, doesn't give a super high gloss shine but definitely makes it look better. I used Protect All on some sections and Turtle Wax spray nano wax on others. I'll see which holds up best. No hard buffing with either one and both have UV blockers. Rub it on then wipe off with a dry cloth. Doesn't look like a coach with full paint but sure looks a whole lot better.
Hank MI 05/01/17 02:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What is this in my battery box

I'd guess the needle is covering up "ON" looks sort of like those A, B, or AB switches but ??????? bumpy Nope, says single circuit so just an on/off battery disconnect switch.
Hank MI 04/22/17 04:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Registration......Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr !!!

What a rip that is. Michigan permanent one time lic plate fee. 0 to 2499 lb is $75.00. 2,499 to 9,999 is $200 and over 9,999 is $300. If the trailer is sold, the new owner then has to buy his permanent plate. It's permanent but actually permanentish. That's for a trailer. Close to $500 for our MH every year. We drive it south in January, about 70 miles. Come back in April, another 70 miles. Then maybe a few in state trips during the summer, call it 800 miles. So almost $500 to drive less than 1,000 miles on MI crappy roads, close to 50 cents a mile.
Hank MI 04/22/17 06:11am General RVing Issues
RE: House batteries keep disconnecting

If you have the Intellitec model system. Replace the latching solenoid. It is not staying closed. Doug Yup, I doubt it's the switch, it's the latching solenoid. Had one fail on our previous MH, wouldn't stay latched in the On state.
Hank MI 04/15/17 04:50pm Tech Issues
RE: E-Trailer good site for general RV stuff?

I ordered a BlueOx towbar and base plate from them. Their price was the about the best I could find. When I went to install the base plate it was bent, obviously dropped, and wouldn't fit between the frame members. Called them and they immediately called BlueOx, the base plate was dropped shipped by BlueOx. They called to let me know what was happening and I received a new base plate 2 days later. Both E-Trailer and BlueOx responded as fast as they could to solve the problem.
Hank MI 04/15/17 04:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Strap stuck under rubber seal for slideout?

Not sure but maybe to pull the slide in with. Our MH has a strap under the couch. It also came with a boat type strap winch that hooks over the steps on the other side. If the hydraulics fail you use it to pull the slide in. Just a guess.
Hank MI 04/15/17 04:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: What did you do to your Class A MH today???

After 2 months in Florida, partially under avocado trees, the roof and slide toppers were filthy. Avocado trees seem to drop some type of **** year round. Anyway I washed the roof and slide toppers to get all the dirt and black junk off. I washed the roof and put Mop And Glow on it last summer. I'll tell you it worked. The roof was easy to clean and looks like new again.
Hank MI 04/15/17 04:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Full side slider

That really is a loaded question. I don't have a class C or full side slider but I guarantee you someone has had a problem with one. Just like people have had problems with other sliders, hydraulic, gear drive, cable drive. Someone has a problem with all of them.
Hank MI 04/14/17 01:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Allison Transmission

The only time you need to drop the pan and change the pan filter is during a rebuild. Changing the pan filter is not considered a maintenance item. Change the spin on filter when replacing the trans fluid. Being a 2003 if it hasn't been changed then it's probably Dexron III. There is no way to determine which is in the transmission. Testing the fluid only determines the amount contaminants and if it should be changed. To change to Transynd you need to do a double drain and replace. Drain the fluid and replace with the same amount of Transynd. If you allow the rig to sit for a few days you'll drain out more fluid since some of the fluid in the torque converter has drained into the pan. You're looking at 12-14 quarts, depending on how much as drained from the torque converter. Drive the rig to mix the Transynd with the remaining Dexron III. Drain and refill again with Transynd and replace the spin on filter. If you choose to have it done as opposed to doing it yourself DO NOT let them do a power flush. Allison strongly recommends against that. The double drain procedure meets Allison specs and you can now use the Transynd maintenance schedule. There is an Allison sub-forum on irv2 forums. A member there is a former Allison fluids engineer and can answer any further questions you have. Transynd is expensive and you won't find it at your local auto parts store. Any truck service center will have it available. If you choose to do it yourself go to the Allison website. You'll find a list of fluids that meet the TES-295 (Transynd) spec. You can then search the internet to find the best price.
Hank MI 04/14/17 06:45am Class A Motorhomes
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