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Interesting pricing...

Happened to be wandering around a Love's Travel Stop in Yuma Arizona today, and noticed a glass case with 'truckers' equipment in it. CB radios...running in the $250 range. Whoa, last time I checked a nice one was $50. Amazon has many under $100. With all the same features. And then, the GPS devices. Yikes, 3.5" screen for $339. All name brands...Rand McNally mostly. You can find a truckers GPS on eBay for $50. I'm guessing that these have tunnels and bridges and narrow roads mapped out automatically so maybe the prices are justified? But that's not what caught my eye...down in the bottom of the case was a 3,000 Watt Inverter for, on sale, $224.95! Regular price $249.95. Nice looking build too. I didn't notice if it was modified waveform or not, but most modern electronic devices don't care anymore. Plus the modified units have improved over time and have cleaner waveforms too. The other lower wattage units on the same shelf were low cost too...compared to what I've been seeing lately on Amazon. Just thought I would point out what appears to be a bargain if you're looking for an inverter. Wouldn't hurt to check out your local Love's to see if they have the same unit on sale.
Jim@HiTek 02/24/18 08:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: A temp too cold to apply Dicor?

If it concerns you, why not just pick a travel week where you can head south between storms and put the Dicor on when you arrive in a balmy, sub tropical area? That's what I'd do. :)
Jim@HiTek 02/24/18 07:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

How bout a bus style roof line. A flat center ridge just wide enough for AC and standard vents. Then the slopped sides where you'd put a shower skylight, a couple holding tank vents, and the refer vent. Oh, and the crank up antenna. How long are you thinking of keeping this rig? With my '94 Bounder, I had a cracked and leaking skylight when I bought it, and it was dripping a lot during rains. I Ebonded the cracks and than Ebonded the entire roof interface all around the skylight. Did not leak after that. Let in plenty of light while showering...couldn't tell where the tape was from inside. Still was not leaking 12 years after I did the Ebond work, when I sold it, and it was 22 years old overall. Replacing a broken skylight isn't that expensive either in case you get too close to a tree. Not a big fan of flat roofs myself. Either homes or RVs. One thing about RV roofs though, is you don't want the RV to be top heavy. Don't think you'd want to be rounding a long curve on 3 wheels instead of 6. So making it sturdy has it's limits when considering weight of the roof structure.
Jim@HiTek 02/24/18 03:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Fiberglass? It's all mottled looking. Is that still good? Was it made to look like that?
Jim@HiTek 02/24/18 01:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Oh, you published the inside pictures while I was working on my post... Well, that ceiling doesn't look that bad. Is there some water damage I'm not seeing? Thanks for posting those too. Steel rafter style roof covered with something...plywood maybe? What you could do is notch the steel rafters on both sides of the center, than using some lumber and some big floor jacks, push up on the roof to give yourself a semi-domed roof. Than weld those notches. Sort of how you cut slots in wood to allow it to curve. Heh.
Jim@HiTek 02/24/18 01:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Whoa. Nasty. You going to resurface that roof too? Those rolls of EPDM roofing are like $800. But they last for a couple decades if you're careful with them. Or are you going with some kind of pour on roof? BTW, on my '94 Bounder, the OEM put those plastic domes over the tank vent pipes. And I'd often get smells inside the RV when driving with the window open. So I just removed them and replaced them with plastic PVC 'T's from the bathroom section of Home Depot. Cost was $3.50 each. Aligned them so the open ends faced front to back to get a nice suction going on while driving. They worked great, kept the smell in the RV to zero when I drove...and when parked too, though that hadn't been a big issue to begin with. So when you get around to replacing that tin can, you might consider that money saving trick. I see that now days, Camping World has OEM versions of vent covers in 3 styles for under $10. Probably a better design then those old domes were.
Jim@HiTek 02/24/18 01:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Not of the whole roof, no. Is that what you want to see? Yeah, from both ends. Also from the inside before you do your magic in there. Just to get a sense of what the upcoming restoration work will entail. Since there's snow up there or puddles of water, you should probably rent a cherry picker to take the pictures from...just to be safe. A cherry picker? Surely, you jest. LOL. I'll get a couple. OK, since you have some bias against a cherry picker, how 'bout a Hyster forklift with a cage on the forks? Gotta help you spend money somehow.
Jim@HiTek 02/24/18 12:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Older DP's with drum brakes

'02 Journey with air brakes...and they look like drums to me. And they look like it would be difficult for water to get inside them. I've never driven in much rain with this RV so I don't if they are subject to rain fade or not. http://chaos.goblinbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/P6100243.resized.jpg
Jim@HiTek 02/24/18 12:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Not of the whole roof, no. Is that what you want to see? Yeah, from both ends. Also from the inside before you do your magic in there. Just to get a sense of what the upcoming restoration work will entail. Since there's snow up there or puddles of water, you should probably rent a cherry picker to take the pictures from...just to be safe.
Jim@HiTek 02/24/18 12:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Have you ever taken any pics of the roof and posted them? (I don't really want to wade through 165 pages of posts and figure you would have copies on your computer easily at hand).
Jim@HiTek 02/24/18 12:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

I forget, how's the roof do in the rain?
Jim@HiTek 02/24/18 09:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fort Widerness

There are some RV parks in Apopka and if you have toad, you drive to Disney (I assume that's your ultimate destination) early in the morning and spend all day there. Rest an hour near the gate before you leave and drive back to your RV. Save enough to spend more time at Disney. It's only a 24 mile drive one way. That's my opinion. I wouldn't pay $160+ for a space near Disney World I was only going to be in for sleeping for the most part.
Jim@HiTek 02/23/18 09:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: Florida "noseeums" distress

I discovered them when I visited Florida and for relief I'd use a suntan lotion with lots of aloe in it to reduce the itching. Worked for several hours per application. I'd put it on just before bed and get a good nights sleep. Than occasionally some kind of pain relief like an OTC antihistamine would help reduce the itching. But mostly, I try to spend the most time in the desert areas in the winter. Away from 'ponds' that breed things like that.
Jim@HiTek 02/23/18 09:45pm Snowbirds
RE: Wiggle behind car carrier

Car carriers create a lot of turbulance just because of the all the different exposed surfaces. Back off or pass. As far as drafting, Jim, Its is not the way to save fuel. It's illegal for one thing. Also dumb, stupid, crazy, insane, How else can I say it? A sudden stop and you achieve a zen state. You become one with the semi trailer. What are you talking about? Illegal to follow a vehicle 200 to 300 feet or more behind? Since when?
Jim@HiTek 02/22/18 08:31am Travel Trailers
RE: Wiggle behind car carrier

In my Class A, back when I needed to save fuel, I'd draft behind big semi's. And to find the sweet spot, I'd approach them from behind and when I felt the substantial wiggle, I'd move up another 12 feet or so. This is the suction zone and I can see my RPMs dropping while I maintain the same speed. I'm drafting in the semi's slip stream just inside the vortex tail. Saves fuel for me, but costs the semi driver's company. So I don't do it very often any more. So, yeah, I'd expect there to be a disturbance behind a car carrier. But I've tried to draft behind them but the slip stream is too chaotic for that. The best vehicles to draft behind are double semis.
Jim@HiTek 02/21/18 06:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Frameless window blows off in transit

I had no idea those safety exit windows blew out so often...
Jim@HiTek 02/21/18 01:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Assuming you are talking about reducing from something like 14 gauge to 18 gauge, correct? You are correct sir. However, always best to check current draw, than base the wire size on that from the tables.
Jim@HiTek 02/21/18 08:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gifted Class A

For instance, the ball bearings supporting the crank shaft can develop a flat spot where the weight of the shaft rests. Good luck! Wondering what gas engine has a ball bearing supported crankshaft.? Or put another way, the bushing supporting the crankshaft develops a flat spot.
Jim@HiTek 02/20/18 09:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

I would love to see how FMC does their conduit though. I would guess that they never fill the conduit more than 50% with wires. Perhaps they puncture it so it has lots of holes for heat to escape. First there are multiple conduits, and, secondly, they are open ended so if there is any coach movement there is forced air movement through the tubes which provides ventilation and thereby cooling. Ahh, yes, very clever. I'll have to see if I can find an FMC product in the park and talk the owner into letting me crawl underneath. Heh.
Jim@HiTek 02/20/18 09:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

I get it...the PO had already started replacing the exterior lights with LEDs? Good idea. The LED running light prices are starting to come down too.
Jim@HiTek 02/20/18 09:15pm Class A Motorhomes
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