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RE: Balancing tires on bent steel rims?

For most of my driving life, I've always checked the rims simply by rolling them on a flat cement floor and watching them roll away. A true rim will roll straight and true, while a bad rim will wobble. Have been doing this for so long, can't even remember what caused me to do it in the first place. :) Did you also have excessive tire wear? And an odd pattern to tire wear?
Jim@HiTek 08/17/17 08:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Remember to leave an open section under the driver so you can use your feet to get the rig moving...ala Fred Flintstone. I for one would like to see that...
Jim@HiTek 08/16/17 08:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Torn awning seam...

My BIL had the same type of tear.. He used the clear awning repair tape and it worked fantastic... Found it on Amazon. Thanks for the tip...
Jim@HiTek 08/09/17 08:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Losing fresh water on right turns

WTH! I joked about the water squirting out like a squirt gun and my post gets deleted by a moderator? Come on snowflakes, lighten up! Sometimes RV dot net just doesn't post something. Might be because of an accidental special character was added to the text. That's usually why it 'seems' someones post was moderated.
Jim@HiTek 08/09/17 08:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Torn awning seam...

I would use a sewing awl and stich it up with 15 lb braded fishing line. I bought my awl 45 years ago at Tandy and it still works fine. Makes leather, vinyl and canvas repair a cinch. Problem with that idea is that the rip is right at the seam, one side of which disappears into the metal channel. And a quick fix doesn't include trying to pull the entire awning out of that channel. Thanks though. PS When I was in the Navy, I learned how to sew heavy canvas. Good times, only in a memory sense though. Now that I think about it though...that might work long term. I have heavy duty curved needles.
Jim@HiTek 08/09/17 07:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Torn awning seam...

I had a small rip almost like yours, I don't have the metal sleeve. But the rip was right next to the track on the MH. I used the Gorilla Tape still going strong into my second year like that. I may replace it this year when we get back to RGV for the winter. My MH is 2006, think I got my use out of the awning, it time for me to replace the awning. What kind of prep did you do to the fabric? And did you put the tape on the top and bottom of the fabric, or just one side? Any pics? Thanks.
Jim@HiTek 08/09/17 04:32pm Class A Motorhomes
Torn awning seam...

I have a 20 foot patio awning with cover and it's developed a tear along the seam near the entrance door. http://chaos.goblinbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/P8090003.rzd_.jpg It's about 4" long. http://chaos.goblinbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/P8090004.rzd_.jpg I'm not where I can do much about it for now...anyone have a fix for this? A long term temporary fix? I've heard Gorilla tape, and wonder if that would work here? Thanks for any ideas.
Jim@HiTek 08/09/17 03:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Wondering why you haven't removed the captain's chair to give more room to work, and to keep it safe from work accidents? Planning on replacing it anyway?
Jim@HiTek 08/06/17 02:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Ah, I see. Ok, well, carry on. Also, cut off the ring.
Jim@HiTek 08/04/17 11:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Losing fresh water on right turns

Fill it to 2/3 tank and go. ;)
Jim@HiTek 08/04/17 08:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Wait a sec...you wear a ring while welding?...that's a safety violation right there. I'll have to write you up for that... What was the original stud spacing? IF it was 16", recommend you stick with that. Even though it's an older RV, we've had stress testing and computer programs that calculate load factors since the early '80's. So suggest you stick to what those highly trained engineers determined was the best spacing based on testing, expirience and road testing. But as you said, it was missing some critical headers so I guess they really didn't know what they were doing afterall. And it's your project so...
Jim@HiTek 08/04/17 08:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Ahh, that's how they do that. I was thinking wood, but plastic or even extruded AL is a pretty good method. Looks like it's lasting pretty well. My '02 has rounded edges on the windows too, now I know how they're probably made.
Jim@HiTek 08/04/17 10:39am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Sewer gas issue

For whatever reason the vent on your roof is capturing the outside air and forcing it down the pipe in to your RV. If you have anything on top of the PVC pipe, try taking it off and see if that fixes the problem. If it does, just get a standard vent cap. how could that be? the black tank only has one vent and thats the roof out to atmosphere; the only other is the toilet and the seal would have be shot(wont hold water) and surely a owner would know this and the seal would have to be incredible worn for it to actually escape enough through this seal to cause a problem from driving down the road There's a very simple reason how it could be. If you have a window open in the RV while driving, say the drivers window, the slipstream causes suction, which causes negative pressure inside the RV. That can cause holding tank fumes, grey or black, to be sucked inside the RV. Grey tank smells can be as bad as black tank smells. Reasons are numerous but can include a dry P trap on the washer drain, a dry P trap on an unused sink, a weak seal in the toilet, etc.. Those old style dome vent covers on the roof use to be famous for allowing smells inside with the drivers window open. There are commercial devices for that, but I just put a bathroom sized PVC 'T' on the roof in place of those dome vents and the wind from driving, caused slight suction in the tanks which allowed opening the drivers window with no smells.
Jim@HiTek 08/02/17 03:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Sewer gas issue

Two cups of bleach may be appropriate to really shock your tank and system but only if you have a full 123 gallon black tank. The formula for bleach use, for a troubled system, is "bleach in oz = 0.13 X tank size". And for a normal preventative it's 1 oz bleach/60 gallons. Too much bleach is unnecessary and does damage to good things in the system not to mention could conceivably cause issues at the local septic tank or sewage system when you dump. Kills good bacteria and damages seals. Info from a RV full time chemist who retired from the job of maintaining a city's sewerage system. Just enough bleach is...just enough. Just sayin'.
Jim@HiTek 08/02/17 01:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Opinions on Travel Assist Insurance

There are 1? 2? volunteer retired groups that will drive your RV home for free in the event of any emergency. I think that Escapees has that program, don't remember the other group.
Jim@HiTek 08/01/17 11:42am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Oil pressure oddity

Oil pressure gauge or associated wiring. Had the same prob with mine.
Jim@HiTek 07/27/17 08:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Ahh, yeah, that does look normal...
Jim@HiTek 07/25/17 06:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Something about the angle of the inner daully in your pic would make me want to measure to make sure there's not something weird with the wheel... http://paddleupstream.com/mohorebuild/floorjoists1.jpg
Jim@HiTek 07/24/17 07:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Since the first surf replaced the broken stone wheel on an abandoned cart with a wooden one, it's been argued about whether it's worth it to restore or not. I don't think it matters to anyone other than the person doing it. Keep up the good work Fulltimin.
Jim@HiTek 07/24/17 09:02am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Norcold refrigerator "NO FL" code, propane burns fine

Thanks guys for guiding me. I have replaced the spark wire yesterday. The sparks work GREAT and the flame starts every time. However, despite that, flame is still NOT detected. The "tower" on top of the control board, from where the spark electrode terminal comes out, is NOT loose. I feel that I am making progress, eliminating possibilities at acceptable cost, but still no final resolution. In that case, then you probably need to follow Doug Rainers instructions above. If you can solder and have the equipment that is... Good luck!
Jim@HiTek 07/23/17 11:35am Class A Motorhomes
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