I'll not talk ;)
Aaah, now you've really piqued my curiosity. :)
Hey, you drive a Jaguar 50 mph in a 65 mph zone, I'm gonna get ticked off. And with a 20' class A, fully empty - no water, no propane, only one gas tank with gas in it and no supplies - I'm gonna pass your butt. Going uphill without real mufflers and a 440 that has some oomph.
That's most of the story ;)
Have you ever seen two motorhomes drag racing?
Actually, yes. There was a youtube video of one such race, on a figure eight course, that I believe was held in Australia.
Also, there's a story about a couple of NASCAR drivers profiling their big, luxury Class A motorhomes around the track when the competitive spirit got the better of them. Supposedly, speeds topped 100 mph before officials got them to knock it off.
Finally, ask "Lead-Foot" Leeann about a certain tire-smoking episode ...
I'll not talk ;)
Thanks Leann! They're on my list to call. I've already checked with the parts store - no new product that matches is available. I know Dr. George's had a clipper out back for parts - my suspicion is that it will be a later model and not have the same sink setup, but I plan on checking this week with them.
If not, it's re-evaluation time.
Even if they don't have your model Clipper out back, they have, more than likely, stripped one in the past and have it on the shelf. They're really helpful and will go searching for a part if it's not listed.
You'll need to know who actually manufactured the coach, like Honey, Concord, Titan, Champion, Winnebago, etc; Dodge only made the chassis.
Other than that, you easily can find operating manuals for the different appliances in the RV just by searching the make and model of the heater, water heater, fridge, generator, AC, converter/charger, etc.
You're much luckier than me. My refer is very narrow and I have been looking for a used replacement for about 5 years. There is only one model that will fit, otherwise I have to tear out the cabinet and build an entire new one.
There is one new model made specifically to replace my old one, but it is about $900.
I bought a Dometic RM66 on Craigslist, which is a 5 cu ft reefer. I'm pretty sure from the opening that it originally had a 7 cu ft, but the PO had replaced it with a tall dorm fridge (held in with a bungie. Yeah, a bungie) My hubby, then bf, just made it fit with a couple pieces of luan. I needed the strips both at the top and on the side. You'd think it would have been shorter only, but it was much shorter and slightly narrower. You might look at one of those...it's a pretty danged nice fridge. And RVdoctorgeorge has a ton of replacement parts for them, too, should it be missing anything.
Or look on Craigslist. I got a used but good 3-way RV fridge for $200. Best $200 I've ever spent.
I also upgraded my converter to a Progressive Dynamics Intellipower Converter/Charger with Charge Wizard (smart charger so it won't boil your batteries). I got a great deal on a refurb 45 amp 9100 series and got the Charge Wizard add-on for less than the comparable 9200 series, but the 9200 series comes with the Charge Wizard built in. That's the next-best $ I spent on my RV. Our original converter was frightening, not nearly as nice as yours. Open wires, metal blade switch...a fire waiting to happen.
Whoops, didn't even consider that could be the issue here.
If your fridge is 3-way, that means it will run on propane, 110v and 12v, but you have to switch the power source at the fridge (there's a switch, usually inside the fridge at the bottom). If it's a 2-way fridge, it will only run on either propane or 110v; 12v won't do anything.
Lights that run on 110v will not run on 12v; there are separate fixtures for 12v lighting and 110v lighting. The 12v bulbs look like old automotive backup/brake/turn/stop bulbs with the round base. 110v fixtures will have regular household bulbs in them.
Mark, that truly is funny. My hubby's is also red...and we bought it in June for $1300. He'd had a 1982 KZ550 D (the LTD is a C-3), black, that died right before I met him and he'd been missing a motorcycle ever since - been riding since he was 12. I found this one on Craigslist about 45 mins away and he drove it home. It was a slightly late wedding present to him :)
Back to the gasahol issue. He bored out the accelerator needles a little to make the RV behave a little better on ethanol since we can't get real gas in our Nazi state.
We swapped LEDs into every 12v fixture we have. Really bright, very little draw on the battery. Soon, I'll buy replacement fixtures that come with LEDs (our current fixtures are showing their age).
For shore/generator power, we bought a set of under-cabinet fluorescent lights. Little things, but put out a ton of light. And we can have one by itself, or string all four together.
As for the fun of gasohol (NOT), we have the ThermoQuad. Hubby found online where people said to enlarge something - he has carb files - to make it happier on the crap. It has reduced the just off-idle stumble but has not eliminated it. Not the main jet; I remember that much. Now I just have to find those instructions or wait until he gets back from his motorcycle ride (in keeping with the spirit of the thread, it's an '82 Kawasaki KZ550 LTD, 4-stroke, 4-cyl).
You really need to check the t-stat. If it's taking a long time to warm up, that totally screws up proper operation of your engine and you'll get nasty emissions.
Also, the idle is way high. Our 440 idles about 610 RPM; your 360 should idle about 700 RPM when warm.
The 2210/2245 are the series of carbs I was talking about from my '75 with 360. Give me a minute; I have the service manual around here somewhere.
In the meantime, I have a service note on those carbs. For proper operation, you need to put a dab of epoxy on them. Something about air or gas leaking…I can't remember now, it's been so long, but here's the pic:
Found the manual - here's the download link:
So,you have the lean-burn carb, yes?More likely a two-barrel BBD. That's what my '77 B200 318 had. Float adjustment is tricky and they have a tendency to leak and sink.
Valve stem seal is a definite starting point for solving oil consumption/burning issue.
The '75 El Dorado with 360 we started with came from CA and had the lean-burn carb. That thing was a total POS.