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RE: water heater drain plug

You have to upload the picture, probably as .JPG, to a website. Can be a photo site, or a personal one. Then go to "Advanced Post Form" and use the yellow postcard-looking icon to pull in the "Properties" of your pic on the photo site. Steps'd be 1. Open a Topic or Reply here at RV.net 2. Go to Photo Site, select Properties and Edit/Copy 3. Back to RV.net 4. Select that Photo Icon 5. Edit/Paste those Properties 6. Click "Preview" in that Advanced Post Form and you should see your Photo
j-d 09/29/14 01:15pm Tech Issues
RE: E450 What transmission do I have?

That answer was above-pay-grade for me. Only tip-of-the-tongue for Bryan. From what I understand the E4OD was the final edition of the C6, but with OD added. Then E4OD morphed into 4R100. To me, that's good, PROVIDING Ford did a good job with Fourth gear and the locking Torque Converter. And didn't muck up the C6 in the process. The C6 was one of the Tough Guys from the Big Three, along with GM's Turbo HydraMatic 400 and MoPar's TorqueFlight 727. Bryan, you must know... What does 4R100 do when it's running Cruise and kicks down out of OD? Seems like all it would need is 4th/unlocked but it seems to drop back to 3rd/something. I'd really like it to re-think whatever it's doing.
j-d 09/29/14 12:27pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: samsung phones

Searched Amazon for samsung s3 battery and found a bunch between $5 and $10 some w/free shipping.
j-d 09/29/14 09:31am Tech Issues
RE: E450 What transmission do I have?

You have nothing to be concerned about, it's 5R. If that button at the end of shift lever is marked Tow/Haul or abbreviation for Tow/Haul, it's 5R. The button will be OD Off or something like that for 4R110. Or, Drive It. In T/H the 5r will downshift on closed throttle as you apply brakes. The only change in 4R is it doesn't use OD.
j-d 09/29/14 09:25am Class C Motorhomes
RE: water heater drain plug

I think Atwood uses a 1/2" pipe plug. There's a replacement plug at the RV supply, of course. I don't know if an ordinary "PVC" plug will hold up to the heat. My guess is that it will. There are "CPVC" fittings for hot water, but I don't know if a threaded plug is available.
j-d 09/28/14 05:54pm Tech Issues
RE: water heater drain plug

A "tap" is a tool bit that creates threads inside a hole. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41QL1Yf6+nL._AA160_.jpg Plumbing uses different diameters and threads-per-inch than nuts and bolts, so "pipe tap." Notice the pipe tap is tapered. If you use a pipe tap to clean up rusty threads, do NOT turn it till you are cutting metal! ONLY remove Rust/Corrosion! Go too deep and your Plug, also tapered, won't find bottom and will leak. There's a tap-like "thread chaser" which is designed to only clean threads but not form them. Harder to damage threads with a chaser. You can make a Chaser. Get a shortish (say 4- to- 6-inches) Pipe Nipple. Short piece of pipe threaded both ends. File grooves through the threads, down to the solid surface of the pipe. These would be parallel to the length of the nipple (perpendicular to the threads). About three will do. Then thread the home-made chaser into the plug hole. The edges of the grooves will cut the rust loose and leave it in the groove. Twist it in and back it out a few times. Should get the threads clean enough to get the plug back in. Get another plastic plug if it's an Atwood heater. Brass starts an electrolytic fight with aluminum and aluminum loses. No need to put steel in there and have more rust.
j-d 09/28/14 05:17pm Tech Issues
RE: water heater drain plug

The idea behind one of these https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/317o2m7o7AL._SP160,160,0,T_.jpg is that it reaches inside the heater tank and flush stuff loose while leaving room at the plug hole for the stuff to escape. Search "rv water heater wand" in Amazon.
j-d 09/28/14 04:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Brand new Class C owner and RVer

The Firestone TransForce is a very good tire. If that's all you can find in 16.5" rim size, you'll have good "sneakers" on the road. You can't allow any opportunity for blowouts. The "house" part of an RV isn't very rugged. Cannot absorb the force of a flailing tire belt without damage that's often significant. Belt can also tear out plumbing, wiring, etc etc. There may be other brands in 16.5" than Firestone, but I'll add that Jose is a good researcher. If he says FS is it, very likely FS is it. Hopefully somebody here with a Chevy chassis switched to 16" wheels and can tell you exactly how. I can tell you about Ford but that's it. I saw a Dodge that had been switched and wish I'd hung around to ask the owner but didn't. I'm a little surprised that 16.5's were on that chassis by 1990. I think the way to figure this out might be to check aftermarket catalogs for 16" wheels listed for your chassis. OEM will just come back to 16.5. Another possibility would be to look for the hub information. Should be something like "8 on 6.5" which would mean 8 lugs on a 6-1/2" circle. Be sure you understand "Offset." It affects the space between the tire sidewalls between the dual tires but that isn't how it's measured. It's more like twice the distance between the rim flanges and rim centerline plus the spacing the tire manufacturer requires according to tire size. Say you choose a tire with 10" spacing. Distance between the face of the wheel where it meets the face of the other dual wheel, to centerline of the rim, should be 5". Offset is Critical!!! So of course is clearance. From my own experience and what I've read here, you should be able to safely replace your 8.00's with 8.75" and stay at 16.5" rims. If you want to change rims to go 16" find a chart with offset specs and how to check offset. The Accuride catalog has a chart somewhere around Page 70. If you need help finding that, PM me or post back here.
j-d 09/27/14 11:38am Class C Motorhomes
RE: A/C Not Working

Did you pull up wiring diagrams from the Winnebago site and pour over them? You might have had a wire-nut splice come loose somewhere. Winnie's diagrams will show every junction point. You can start looking for them and popping covers off to inspect the connections within. Always the chance of a bad breaker, given the breaker is in the generator power feature, given the info you've provided so far. If your generator's like some I've seen, it has two outputs. One pretty much runs the coach as 30A and the second largely handles the second A/C... 2011 Winnebago Sightseer, correct? Please post the Model Number within that group that represents your coach. Maybe one of us will pull up a wiring diagram and look for possibilities.
j-d 09/27/14 09:52am Tech Issues
RE: Freezer to cold

Those wireless thermometers are great. Ordered a set from Amazon. Didn't work. Sent back no hassle and fortunately decided to order replacements. This set is faultless. It's good to re-set the High/Low feature once the fridge has cooled down.
j-d 09/27/14 09:45am Tech Issues
RE: Freezer to cold

If it has a Thermistor to input temp info to the logic board... A poor or unplugged connection will cause the board to command full cooling. A "failed open" thermistor also will.
j-d 09/26/14 09:06pm Tech Issues
RE: "5 star tuner" on a V-10?

Hank and Phil, thank you both! Hank, please PM me when 5 offers a deal. Phil, I Don't think I fully understand the way 4R100 thinks. It defaults to OD unless "OD OFF" is selected. But, hitting a slight grade in OD with cruise, seems to downshift deeper than Direct or simply OD OFF. more of a passing gear situation. It'll pull the same grades easily out of cruise. You're right about tow/haul. Rented a C with torqshift and it wasn't neurotic in t/h. The diff is that I have to give up OD or (maybe AND) cruise to stop neurosis. The torqshift let's you keep both. Ford developed 5R to be an Allison killer. I'd be happy with anxiety meds for 4R. If 5star will do that I could be happy.
j-d 09/26/14 07:15pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: "5 star tuner" on a V-10?

My issue is mostly the neurotic downshifting. Ours is 4R100 and I'd hoped TorqShift corrected more of that than it seems to have. We'd all like more HP and better MPG, but the HP really seems OK and I'm not sure there's much room for more MPG at the weight and frontal area we run. Most of the OP's who have offered comments and suggestions how to Live With or Work Around this powertrain's behavior do not seem to be among those who actually drive one.
j-d 09/26/14 09:49am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Tire pressures--newbie questions!

For these 22RK's, what is the Wheelbase and the actual vehicle Length? I saw what might've been one of those, had a Motorcycle Rack on the rear. Not One, but TWO motorcycles. They weren't big bikes, but still, yeesh! I asked the owner how it handled and he said "Like it two motorcycles on the back." As I mentioned earlier, the short C's don't seem to have so many handling problems. I know our 24-ft Holiday was pretty agreeable once I fixed a couple front end problems. And wheelbase was only 158". You could get a Front-mounted hitch receiver and shift that cargo carrier weight from Rear to Front...
j-d 09/25/14 06:04am Class C Motorhomes
RE: E 450 V 10 MPG

About 7, driving 62 and about 18000# with the toad. Touring and camping are wonderful in the RV. If time/distance are important we drive a car or buy plane tickets.
j-d 09/24/14 08:50pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Tire Rotation

I take it your Alcoa's are polished on only one side, intended to stay on the Front with that bright side and Rear Outer with the opposite side bright. They ARE pretty, and they have the potential to ride a little smoother, but gotta say, glad I don't have that complication.
j-d 09/24/14 05:07pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: "5 star tuner" on a V-10?

Since this is the Class C forum, I take it you're asking about the Two-Valve V10 used in E-Series, as opposed to the Three-Valve used in newer F-Series. It could help to know the Year of the Chassis, and which Transmission you have. Five-Star could act differently with the 4R100 transmission vs. the TorqShift. I don't know if the 1997-98-99 V10's will act differently than the 2000-and-up with different heads.
j-d 09/24/14 03:50pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Tire pressures--newbie questions!

Handling? Well, it's a little tail-heavy. You have 30% of loaded weight on the front axle and Ford want 33% minimum. Some say load the front to 75% or more and you have 82%. Still: Move any weight that you can, forward. Or simply carry less in the rear, behind the axle. Make sure Front End Alignment is Correct. If it isn't, have CASTER set to at least 5-degrees. Adjust Tire Pressures... Next step I think I'd add a heavy duty 1-1/2" diameter rear sway bar. Hellwig is less expensive than Roadmaster and has the same specs. As a group, the short Class C's AND the long ones seem to have less handling issues than the in-between ones.
j-d 09/24/14 03:14pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Tire Rotation

The wheels don't start out different, unless the set isn't all steel wheels. Those of us with custom valve stems have one kind of special valve in the two inner duals and a different special valve in the two outer duals. Fronts and Spare would have the same ordinary valves. Spare with ordinary valve will serve anywhere.
j-d 09/24/14 02:45pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: V-10 & high mileage, need advice

Many many of us have been successful with V10's. The main sparkplug issue was CHASSIS years 1997-98-99. In CHASSIS year 2000 they introduced "Performance Improved" (PI is molded into them) heads. That added threads to the sparkplug holes to address the plug blowout issue, and upped horsepower from 275 to 305. Problem, though... Some (and I repeat only SOME) of the PI heads were not machined correctly in the sparkplug area. The issue was apparently by manufacturing plant. With enough research you can probably figure out which PI heads are OK and which might be questionable. But you'd want to consider all 1997-98-99 heads questionable. I, personally, would shy away from the non-PI years. You can see our chassis is 2002, and I felt safe going with a V10 equipped with PI heads. You are correct in that engines 2004 and later had properly machined heads, no matter which plant produced them.
j-d 09/24/14 08:42am Class C Motorhomes
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