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RE: Life expectancy of RV Air Conditioners

As noted here they'll run a dozen years. Maybe 2 or 3 dozen years. Keeping filters and coils clean is important. And yes, you may need to replace capacitors Biggest factor I think of here is POWER. If voltage is around 120 and there are no spikes, outages and brownouts, you can expect those dozens of years.
j-d 04/25/15 01:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Ford E450 - Inspect / Lubricate U Joints?

If it's E-Series 1992 and newer, it has ball joints not king pins. The latest ones don't even have holes for grease fittings in the ball joints. I installed grease fittings ("zerk's") in the front end on our 2002 E450. Chose angled ones that'd let me get the grease gun onto them easily. I think it's good to grease the front end parts IF IF IF we don't blow the seals out with excess grease/grease pressure. Only grease till the sealing boot expands a little.
j-d 04/24/15 06:49pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Concerned over ACME Tow Dolley Straps

Glad it worked out. I don't know if a dolly comes with a decent wrench to tighten the straps, but the previous owners of ours had a good mechanic's open end wrench that fit the ratchets. It's essential to have that. THANKS for the update! OP's often don't bother and we don't get to know how things went and if our suggestions were helpful. Happy RV'n!
j-d 04/24/15 12:59pm Dinghy Towing
RE: What class am I/

The one above is a Class C. Some may call it a B+ but what it really is, is a compact Class C. Again, built on a cutaway truck chassis, not a panel van.
j-d 04/24/15 10:23am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Any Jayco Redhawk 23XM owners out their? Questions!

I couldn't find it, but a former moderator named Bill (handle = westronics) modified his JAYCO 24SS to go from one 12V battery to two 6V's. He got a Kwikee sliding tray and cut the lower coach wall for a new door that cleared the new tray. I don't remember where he got a new access door. JAYCO might carry a replacement door/frame assembly that fits. This would only work if there's "dead" space next to the existing compartment, to one side or the other. Or both, I suppose. Bill had that 24SS pretty tricked out, and all his work was craftsman like.
j-d 04/24/15 05:53am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Brands with fiberglass roofs?

I've read about FG roof on some JAYCO models.
j-d 04/24/15 05:03am Class C Motorhomes
RE: shakey towing of jeep cherokee

What towing rig are you using? When I look up "Tow Master" I get Roadmaster, and hadn't heard of flat tow equipment called Tow Master.
j-d 04/23/15 08:00pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Play in steering wheel = nerve wracking!

I'd be very surprised if 70 or 75 PSI isn't too much for the front axle. Once weighed, you can use any load/inflation chart so long as the size and rating of the tires are the same. Link to Michelin's Chart That CAT scale page shows you how to weigh. Look at the top of the page. Basically, scale is actually three scales called Steer, Drive, and Trailer. You should be able to get Front on Steer, Rear on Drive, and Liberty on Trailer. Then you'll know what you've got. Print the chart and bring to the scales with you. Then you can adjust tire pressures for your drive home and see if the changes helped you. If you've got 75-PSI Front, I can promise you they will.
j-d 04/23/15 08:51am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Play in steering wheel = nerve wracking!

If it's shy on caster, or toe is "out" vs. zero or "in", you'll get that vagueness. Sure, it "might" need steering box adjustment, but at those miles the odds are less than the other things we've discussed.
j-d 04/22/15 07:37pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Play in steering wheel = nerve wracking!

The issue "do the Ingalls, SPC, etc. bushings fit E450?" goes like this: Heavier vehicles can loosen improperly installed adjustable bushings. The fixed bushings are keyed so they can't come out even if the pinch bolt isn't tight. Adjustable bushings can't be made the same way or they couldn't adjust. For this reason, at least some of the manufacturers don't recommend or list adjustable bushings for E450 since every E450 has dual rear wheels, indicating it'll carry heavy loads. Some shops say they'll remove them if they find them, and certainly won't install them, on RV's. When I spoke with John at Henderson's Line-Up, he assured me they WILL stay if properly installed. The torque on the Pinch Bolt is around 65-ft-lb. I'd add that they should be installed Clean and Dry, not oiled or greased. Henderson's uses the Ingalls or Specialty (SPC) bushings. The E450 axle is no different than the E350 when it comes to bushings. In fact, since 2008, all E-Series front axles have been the SAME. Differences are the springs, shocks, spindles, etc.
j-d 04/22/15 06:59pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: water heater on minnie winnie 22r

OB's comment "w/electronic ignition, auto spark" means a LOT. The "standing pilot" types are truly a pain. You have to go outside to light them, so the tendency is to leave them on. That wastes a lot of LPG. Often I'd leave ours on only to find it blew out and we didn't have hot water anyway. Yes they sound like a little jet engine, but they don't add up to a lot of LPG when uses the way Mobile Basset suggested.
j-d 04/22/15 03:42pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: water heater on minnie winnie 22r

If your documentation isn't clear, open the cover of the heater, find the Make/Model, and post it here. We can help you find out. The cheapest water heaters use LPG with a "standing pilot" like many home water heaters. The better ones are DSI (direct spark ignition) where all you have to do is flip a switch inside the coach and it lights itself. That sounds like that MB does above ^^^ and it's what we do when campground power is scarce. Out Suburban offers Electric too, but sometimes we have to conserve power and use a little LPG. MB's method above is very efficient.
j-d 04/22/15 11:27am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Recurring engine bank 1 sensor 1 trouble code

Yo! Jose! Good to see you here, and YES to the Offset Wrench. HF 97177, on sale $5.99 $2 off. I was doing a project at the auto skills center on a USAF base. Somebody couldn't get an O2 sensor out. Tried the variety of tools in the center's crib, no joy. I broke out my cheap HF tool and it allowed access and removal.
j-d 04/22/15 11:19am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Play in steering wheel = nerve wracking!

We have a 31-ft with a good long wheelbase and our toad still de-stabilizes it a little. That's with HD Hellwig sway bars front and rear plus a rear Track Bar. The Additional Caster recommendation is valid. Harvard discovered this on his own. I was able to validate it later at a major shop that specializes in RV ride and handling. Mid-range for caster is about 3-degrees. Steering will feel vague at 3-degress. Harvard suggests at least 5-degrees. The shop said 5-left and 5.5-right. Steering will feel "loose" when the front end isn't properly aligned, even if parts are not worn. Still, make sure your suspension (mostly ball joints) and steering linkage (tie rods/tie rod ends) are all good. For that matter, be sure the front end of the Liberty is tight, too. Also, Mitch makes an excellent point. Weigh your coach, loaded as for travel including passengers, and adjust your tire pressures accordingly. Make sure there is no measurable play in the towing rig, As little as 1/2" will translate to wander in the motorhome.
j-d 04/22/15 11:11am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Recurring engine bank 1 sensor 1 trouble code

Bear in mind, it's "probably" the O2 sensor. Commonly replaced, consumable kind of part. Same idea as a spark plug. Still, other problems in a system "can" trigger a code so simply replacing the part bearing the code's name may not clear the problem. I tried to look your 6.0L up without Year or VIN, but he chart I found points only to the generic codes and 0053 is the "heater" portion of the O2 Sensor.
j-d 04/22/15 08:59am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Flat Towing Makes my Tires Noisy

Are they Uni-Directional? If not, cross'em, side to side. You have supplemental brakes no doubt, and braking can cause a re-shaping of the tread blocks that makes the tires noisy. I'm told, a side-to side cross, reversing the rotation, will wear those odd spots away.
j-d 04/22/15 08:44am Dinghy Towing
RE: Base plate install, Suzuki Vitara

Great writeup! There always seems to be a gotcha somewhere in these install instructions. That or something doesn't fit just quite right. The install instructions for a TigerTrak rear track bar didn't make sense till I called and a tech helped me. On a baseplate, the instructions were OK but two of the longer bolts to replace OEM bolts didn't thread in properly. Buggered the nut plates that are part of the vehicle frame. Luckily I could drill through and use still longer bolts with nuts behind. The tip about the right sequence for nut plates is very helpful. Glad you got'er done.
j-d 04/21/15 06:58pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Recurring engine bank 1 sensor 1 trouble code

Two helpful Harbor Fright items: I have this "offset wrench" http://www.harborfreight.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/small_image/160x/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/i/m/image_13142.jpg width=150 But they also have this traditional "socket" http://www.harborfreight.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/small_image/160x/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/i/m/image_23171.jpg width=150
j-d 04/21/15 05:54pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 1982 Ford E350 16.5 rims to 16

^^^ Ford E350 from CHASSIS Year 1984 and up will accept late model wheels. I was corresponding with Grillmeister back in those days and saw a pic of the new wheels. He said they just mounted right up. He called his RV "1984" and so was his chassis. Ours was also "1984" but chassis was 1983. Barry's Tire Tech will show that if original is 8.75/16.5, then the LT225/75R16E is very close to an exact replacement. So long as OFFSET is OK, and if the tires/rimes are OEM, it should be OK. Barry's calls for 10.2" of which half would be 5.1" but some sources call it 5.15" But this is an older (1983 and prior) E350 and has the lug-centered coined wheels.
j-d 04/21/15 10:49am Tech Issues
RE: 1982 Ford E350 16.5 rims to 16

Try This Thread as it mentions Dodge Dually's around 1992. As noted earlier, Lug-Centered wheels have mostly gone away. Amazed that a 1992 vehicle would still have them...
j-d 04/21/15 08:59am Tech Issues
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