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RE: door seals for bounder

Choose the 'Advanced post form' above the quick form and in the header over the text box you'll see a yellow background and a mountain. Click that and enter your URL you get from one of the free online photo hosting entities. I use photobucket but you can use your favorite. But with this antiquated system from Good Sam, you have to have the photos hosted somewhere online other then here on the forum like millions of other forums do. (That's how cheap the Walton's are). Not just your home computer.
Jim@HiTek 05/29/16 09:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: inverter switch

Wow. That's going to be a tough one because so few people own that particular model will be online. You might give the dealership a call and ask the tech that gave you your walk through. Also, that new of a rig would have had the operators manuals supplied. I know it's not fun, but you might find something about location in the manuals. Good luck!
Jim@HiTek 05/29/16 08:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Refrigerator not working. Leaving for 3 week trip

Camping World is definitely NOT known for quality workmanship. I'd stay far far away from their shop. If you must use CW, at least check RVServiceReviews and check your local shop for any complaints about them first. That will also show you other local shops and their reputations. Personally, I'd look for a local Mobile RV tech to do the job and buy a coil assembly online and have it shipped where I'll be a week or two.
Jim@HiTek 05/29/16 03:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tires

Do full-timers choose tires differently than occasional travelers? Not really. I just choose tires based on my current economics and plans for upcoming trips. I try to avoid brands that have lots of complaints on RV forums...like Michelin XRVs with their sidewall cracking.
Jim@HiTek 05/29/16 12:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV Surplus / Salvage Sacramento or Nor CA?

Looking for 8 cf refrigerator to replace the one that is evidently not working. Doesn't get cold. No ammonia smell that we can tell but husband says the (I think he said freon) gets really hot. Also toilet. And probably 8 gazilllion other things by the time we are done. :( If you do not have an ammonia smell, and there's no yellow residue on the coils, then the refer is probably fine. It just takes a long time for it to cool down. At least 24 hours. If the coils are getting hot, that's a good sign. If it's been sitting for years without operating, the chemicals inside (there is NO Freon in an absorption type refer, it's ammonia, sodium chromate, Water, and hydrogen gas), can precipitate out and cake together and cause a blockage. What I do with the refers that happens to is use a rubber mallet and stroke the coils. This causes vibrations that help unclump the chemicals and allow them to flow freely again. Still takes quite a bit of time and patience working on a refer with that problem...so, keep at it. Replacement RV toilets aren't very expensive new, and you can get them from Amazon. I wouldn't bother with a used one unless the salvage lot let me know the age, it was only a couple years old, and it was half price of a new one.
Jim@HiTek 05/29/16 12:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: electrically operated toilet experience.

Those seals dry out if left without water for too long a time, like when it sits for several months between camping seasons. That's what happened to mine when it sat on a consignment lot for 2 years until I bought it. The bowl wouldn't hold water. What I did was pour 1/4" deep puddle of ATF in there and let it sit. That caused the seal to swell up and it started sealing against water again. Got away with doing that periodically for years before I got around to changing the entire toilet because of a rotted out mechanical part.
Jim@HiTek 05/29/16 12:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking for Online website to order tires

Amazon. Just search for the size you're looking for and they'll show all the brands they carry that have that size. If you have 'Prime', free shipping. On Edit: If you have 235/80R 22.5 tires...there are several sizes that can be replacements for that size. The closest match to it would be a 255/70R 22.5
Jim@HiTek 05/29/16 11:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Norcold refrigerator not working despite propane burning

A little update. I took my RV on a trip to the Mammoth cave (400 miles exactly). I also took a thermometer with me. Here's the deal. The fridge IS working and it IS cooling. However, it is NOT cooling well. After about 8 hours, it cooled the inside to about 50 degrees F, whereas the freezer is well frozen. Because of a safety check that results in a NO CO error if the fridge does not reach the intended temperature in 4 hours, I have to "hack" it to bypass that by turning the fridge off for a few seconds every couple of hours. That restart resets the timer and the fridge at least does not shut off. I will restart it at night also when I get up to pee or whatever. I am not really happy but I can complete my trip. That's a pretty common symptom when you have a set of house batteries that aren't feeling well. So at least check those soon after you travel a couple hundred miles and before plugging into shore power. See where their voltage is. If it's low, there's your problem.
Jim@HiTek 05/28/16 08:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New and nervous. ..

You can check out RV repair blogs like the one in my signature...and as mentioned, it would help if you put the type, brand, model, etc. in you signature. Not to worry, you'll get pretty good advice here.
Jim@HiTek 05/27/16 10:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Holding tank odor

In the bathroom department of Home Depot or Lowe's there are PVC 'T's. I think they're 1 & 1/4". Climb on the roof, remove the dome style covers over the two vent pipes, and put the 'T's on the ends of the vent pipes. The open ends front to back. This will help remove odors either driving or parked. Then do what BS suggests since you'll be up on the roof anyway.
Jim@HiTek 05/27/16 10:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone switch from a fifth wheel?

My first RV was a Class A DP and I went full time in '04. After all the RV parks I've been to from Alaska to Cancun watching, observing, talking to 5er owners I'll never have a 5er. Too much work. Watching 5er owners spend all that time & effort setting up and breaking down is just too much for my lazy a** self. I do think they look pretty nice inside, but so does my A.
Jim@HiTek 05/27/16 10:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: replcing mirror glass

Your profile doesn't mention where you are, but if you're close to Mexico or travel there, many glass shops down there can make you a new fitted mirror and some can make the convex mirror, all for just a few bucks. I got two replacement mirrors from a drawing I made at a Mazatlan glass shop for under $12 USD. A taxi driver knew about the place. I did the install of one replacement mirror into the frame myself as the glass shop didn't do that, but it was fairly easy. (The other mirror was a spare, in case I hit another street sign on the freeway again). The heater element was a sheet of heating wire attached to a sticky sheet that I carefully pealed off the smashed original mirror...it stuck right onto the back of the new mirror no problem. The new mirror I held in with a bead of silicone surrounding it on the edge. Not exactly like the original, but it worked. No problem with it for several years afterwards either.
Jim@HiTek 05/27/16 02:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Mufflers

I had no idea where to get the large muffler for my '94 Bounder so one day I just stopped into an independent muffler shop. They had my old muffler out, and new muffler installed in under an hour. So, I'd agree with just as rgatijnet1 says, almost any muffler shop can do the job.
Jim@HiTek 05/27/16 02:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Adding Fans to Norcold refers

Jim.....just about any Norcold other than the 1200 LRIM 4 door have always worked well and cooled well. I don't think I would go too crazy adding components until you see how it works. The rear fan will probably beneficial on really hot days. I do like the little computer fans that were placed inside and powered by the light, they keep the air moving. Congrats on your new coach. Thanks, Don! I'm really enjoying my newer coach...it only has 71,000 on it and though it's 14 years old, it really doesn't show it, mostly. FYI, although I placed two fans in my older Dometic, in this Norcold I've only added one...and it seems to be doing the job even though we have 52% humidity here. I attached it to the ceiling on the right side of the refer section and set it back from the fins around 2" (compared to the 1/8" setback I used in the Dometic) to get more of an air splash on the other fins. So it seems with this setup, one fan works as well as two, so far. I've been using the refer now full time since Feb. 8th, and as you say, it's worked and cooled well. No complaints.
Jim@HiTek 05/26/16 10:49am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Power shut of switch

Whack all the big solenoids you see in and near the BCC (Battery Control Center) box with a rubber mallet. Not only satisfying, but can fix the problem for a while. So you can keep traveling.
Jim@HiTek 05/26/16 10:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Northern California- cheapest place to buy new refrigerator?

You can get a heavy duty rebuilt coil set (you keep your old box and just replace the coil assembly) for under $500, including shipping. One handyman can install it in under 2 hours. We could give you more specific info if you gave us more info. What's the brand and model of the refer? How old is it? What are the symptoms? Did you just turn it on? It can take up to 24 hours for the refer portion to start to cool much.
Jim@HiTek 05/26/16 10:01am Class A Motorhomes
RE: coach batterys on a 1997 Damon intruder

Are the Salesman's switches ON? Usually just above the door. BTW, if you had a battery grounded out, it would have smoked something. If you're measuring fully charged, then you have an open circuit somewhere. A solenoid that's not closed, or a blown fuse. Many RVs of that era had large resettable fuses in the BCC (Battery Control Center).
Jim@HiTek 05/26/16 09:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Adding Fans to Norcold refers

I'm using LED PWM dimmers off eBay. Fully assembled with knobs and terminals $4 delivered from China. Lemme know how the two speed works out, that might be another project. BTW- I saw those fans on eBay for around $16 a few days ago Amazon also has those fans for $19. Free shipping if you're a Prime member. I looked at those dimmers on eBay and they are very inexpensive, but...I'm looking for a hands off approach so I think I'll just design a PWM (I have all the parts in stock) and have a couple thermodisks (also on eBay at a low price) trigger it.
Jim@HiTek 05/26/16 09:11am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2013 sightseer 33c wind noise

Here's a link to the thread about the weep hole inserts: Inserts
Jim@HiTek 05/24/16 03:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Motorhome steps

After checking on what Darsben suggests: I would shut off power, climb under and disconnect the electrical wire bundle, disconnect the arm (easy job - just one nut). That lets it swing free. Then I'd use a couple heavy duty zip ties (1/4" wide) to tie it in the up position. If I didn't have one, I'd buy one of those single plastic folding steps to use until I could get to a place I could repair the steps. I did this once and traveled hundreds of miles with it zip tied.
Jim@HiTek 05/24/16 03:06pm Class A Motorhomes
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