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RE: lifetime of chassis batteries?

Gas engine may need 200A peak starting current while diesel engine may need 1000A peak starting current because of higher compression & mass. My motorhome has Bird relay and will start engine even with starting battery disconnected.
liborko 08/24/14 10:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: lifetime of chassis batteries?

My 2002 motorhome on Ford F53 still has original Motorcraft starting battery the motorhome came with. I am not replacing it until totally dead.I can always start the motorhome with house batteries.
liborko 08/23/14 07:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Bedroom Air Conditioner . . . . Worth It??

We would not use AC in bedroom because of noise. We always turn on Fantastic fan on opposite end of motorhome to reduce noise while maintaining air flow.
liborko 08/22/14 07:54pm Tech Issues
RE: CHARGING TERMS Bulk/Absorbsion/Float

Perhaps Mex can check Xantrex line of battery chargers. Xantrex wrote a book on fully AUTOMATIC, carefree charging decades ago when it was still called Statpower. And three distinct stages of charging are valid:constant current(or more accurately limited max. current, constant voltage and maintenance voltage.
liborko 08/22/14 07:23pm Tech Issues
RE: How to tell if your wheel bearings are bad.

It will say "Made in China".
liborko 08/16/14 11:04pm Tech Issues
RE: Shaw direct in Florida

I regularly receive Bell satellite signal in Port Townsend and further south, WA without any problems. I know it is not Florida. What is illegal is "stealing" the signal. If you pay for service, you can receive it anywhere you get signal strong enough.
liborko 07/19/14 07:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2000 Ford F53, V10 cranks but not starting, & solution

Very educational. Thanks. People should read the whole thing before commenting.
liborko 07/15/14 01:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: ecm

Some code readers will tell you that; mine does.
liborko 06/19/14 10:04pm Tech Issues
RE: propane fridge on when traveling

I have seen number of RV's burned to the ground since 1974 when I started RV-ing. Truck campers, trailers, motorhomes. I didn't know the reason for the fires. Could have been caused by released propane from overfilled tank, could have been gasoline leak from old&cracked fuel hose, could have been from number of reasons. One trailer fire was caused by a cigarette butt thrown by a driver which landed in the trailer he was pulling. Yes, bad things can happen in an accident. We have to carry fuel, be it gasoline or propane or natural gas or diesel which is a risk factor allready. Propane, when leaking tends to collect close to the ground because it is heavier than air. My point is why to increase the risk of something bad happening by having an open flame while driving. DOES THAT FRIDGE REALLY HAVE TO BE ON WHILE IN MOTION?
liborko 03/22/14 05:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: propane fridge on when traveling

A flame needs oxygen to burn. If it is burning it is getting oxygen. If it is getting oxygen, it can get explosive mixture of gases as well. I guess we will never agree on this issue. I travel with all propane appliances OFF and propane tank shut-off. When I have to have fridge running while driving, I run it on inverter. You do as you please. Signing off.
liborko 03/22/14 01:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: propane fridge on when traveling

"Common sense" dictates not to travel at 60mph on highway with open flame no matter how protected. If you need to run the fridge while traveling, run it on inverter. I seldom drive longer than 5 hours and in that time fridge can be off until next stop. If there is a manufacturer of propane appliances that RECOMMENDS running them while the vehicle is in motion at highway speeds, I would like to know the name.
liborko 03/21/14 11:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Polishing wheels on Ford Chassis

For number of years until recently, Ford was using 8-studs hubs and wheels hub piloted and standard wheels were steel made by Accuride. Only wheels made of aluminum that fit these hubs are Ford aluminum wheels optional for F550 chassis that are too narrow for 245/70R19.5 tires common on F53 chassis. Few years ago Ford switched to 10 stud hubs and wheels and some of the aftermarket 22.5" wheels might fit these hubs. So the chances that anyone has aluminum wheels on F53 are very slim. FIRE UP: Your wheels are proprietary Freightliner wheels very likely made by Alcoa(with Freightliner logo holes) for Freightliner not available for anyone else.
liborko 03/21/14 11:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: propane fridge on when traveling

NEVER ON PROPANE. Seen too many RV fires.
liborko 03/15/14 06:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: F53 steering damper, recommendation

I installed Bilstein steering stabilizer on my 2002 F53 for a total cost around $200 few years ago. Works well.
liborko 03/15/14 06:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Water Heater Removal

I had to remove and repair leaking weld of a bung on aluminum water heater tank in Fairbanks on the trip to Alaska. Took it apart in front of an RV supply store in case I needed any parts. Took the tank to a shop near-by that was building aluminum boats. Cost me all of $10 to reweld the bung. Took all of 2 hours for the complete repair. It was either repairing the tank or no showers for the whole trip. You have to disconnect water lines and propane line to remove the tank.
liborko 03/15/14 05:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Hooking up a UK RV in USA

Replace your converter/battery charger with Xantrex Truecharge that will operate anywhere in the world. Available on-line from many vendors: Xantrex battery chargers
liborko 03/06/14 09:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Voltage drop from solar controller

Problem #1: 420W:14V=30A. You need at least 30A controller, more is better. Don't forget that MPPT controller boosts the output current. Problem #2: Too much voltage drop between the controller and the batteries. You need to analyze voltage drops on ALL wiring, including wiring between the panels and the controller. Decide where to mount the controller and then adjust wire sizes. Wire size is determined by maximum expected current and the length of wire. Work from voltage drop tables or calculate. Problem #3: Heat means resistance and voltage drop. Replace fuse holder and the fuse with properly rated holder and the fuse so that it will stay cool in operation. That includes wire terminals and crimps. DO NOT INCREASE OUTPUT VOLTAGE FROM THE CONTROLLER. Bad idea. Do it right and select proper size of wires(all).
liborko 01/18/14 07:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Tire decision, Michelin, BFG, or Kumho

Michelin of France is the largest tire manufacturer in the world and invented the radial tire. Sears was the first importer of Michelin tires into the USA. Michelin has factories all over the world and I had Michelins made in Canada, Spain, USA, France. My present year and half old motorhome tires were made in USA.
liborko 01/15/14 12:12am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tire decision, Michelin, BFG, or Kumho

Michelin is the only brand of tires I buy since 1968. My motorhome has 245/70R19.5 Michelin XZE load range H. If you want Michelins check Costco prices.
liborko 01/09/14 11:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Heater not warm enough

By placing my hand on furnace outlet. The heated output air was lukewarm and it would take forever to reach a set-point of 70 deg. in a motorhome we own for 11 years so we know what is normal and what is not. Last three refills before last were done in Washington state. After the last fill in Canada the furnace output returned to what I consider normal and are used to. The furnace is installed under the dinette seat and has about 2 feet of a 4" dia. hose between the furnace and the outlet where I can put my hand over the outlet to check the air temperature while sitting.
liborko 01/02/14 02:03pm Tech Issues
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