One time we had a screeching sound one one vehicle, turned out to be a small stone lodged between the brake rotor and the back plate, drove me nuts trying to find it, finally spun the tire and heard the grinding, took tire off and out came the stone.
And yes I was the NAVIGATOR on board the KYRAMARIA for some years, when I wanted to use the moniker for some forums the word had all ready been used so changed it to navegator, it serves its purpose.
Good luck with the noise, sometimes it is a benefit to have selective hearing, some times I do not hear the wife!
Muffler bearings can only be packed with elbow grease!
Does the sound go away when you place the trany in gear and or driving, take the beauty hubcaps off, there might be one that is loose.
Also you can check the fan clutch too see that it is free when stoped and does not have any play, then take the serpentine belt off and run engine, do not run it too long! No noise then check all rotating components, alternator, power steering pump, belt tenssioner,iddler pulleys, and if equiped with air pump, check it too.
Check that the exhaust hangers are all ok, shake the pipes and see if they are O.K., also check the motor and transmission mounts if one has collapsed it might be metal to metal and/or some other part touching, also the shields to the catalitic converters, or the shield to the muffler and/or the exhaust piping.
If the cabin and the house sit on the rubber mounts attached to the frame make shure that they are not collapsed, check that the rear bumper is not loose, empty all compartments and take off any towing/hitch parts and test for noise.
Also make shure that the gray and black tanks do not move, dito for all the pipes, also check all the fuel lines and the fuel filter, if yours has a rear fuel thank make shure that it is bolted correct, also check the brake lines at the rear end and along the frame.
If you still can not locate the noise, Have a cold beer, eventually you will find it.
City water pressure is determined by the height of the city water tank, aprox one PSI for two feet of height, some parks will have more pressure and some less, the whole idea is to maintain a reduced pressure in your rig so that some of the connectors do not blow.
Where we are staying for the season we have variable pressures, arround 3 in the morning the pressure is about 120 PSI, then it drops when the natives take showers and start breakfast, the pressure drops to about 80PSI then goes up between 80PSI to 100PSI depending on what day it is, then it drops down in the afternoon when a lot more natives prepare dinner, wash dishes and thake evening showers and baths, then we see pressures of 50PSI to 80PSI then it climbs back up as the night progresses.
Some fire hydrants will have 200PSI and above, I have had to turn spigots off on rigs that where left for the day and a fitting blew, they look like a water fall and I can imagine the damage inside, all prevented by having a pressure regulator, opening the valve a little will not regulate the pressure, there is static pressure and working pressure.
Static pressure can not be prevented, that is what places the lines and fittings under a lot of strain, with a presuure regulator the moment that you open a valve the pressure drops and the fitting relaxes instead of continuing to be under pressure and eventually failing.
Hoppe it helps alittle
Take the tow dolly and hook it to the RV with the chains crossed under, then move the dolly to one side still hooked, to the maximum turning point and look at the chain's length, it should be a couple of links longer, and when straight it should not touch the ground.
The reason for crossing the chains is so that in the event that the unit is unhitched the chains will pull and also cradle the trailler otherwise the unit will fall to the pavement and being pulled all hell will brake loose behind the RV.
The so called libres are the old roads that where there before the 1950's and then the highways where started in the United States and a few years latter they statred building in Mexico the toll roads in the same manner as in the States, four lanes with a median, today they have built a lot more, I remember driving to Acapulco frtom Mexico City on a "libre" and today they have a toll road that shaves several hours from the trip.
It is recomended to use the toll roads because there are more Angeles Verdes "Green Angels" that will assist a traveller with a brake down, the toll roads also have an insurance when you receive the receipt that you have paid, I do not know what it covers, maybe somenone can tell us.
When I married, I told my wife that if she wanted to stay home or work it was her desision and hers alone, the first yeras she did not work, latter she got bored and started working, she had worked before we married and when she went to work she was happy, we did not have children, we had dogs and cats.
This person is one of those "MACHO" insecure and needs to dominate the wife, probably tells her what to wear and what to do, one day he is going to want a divorse, or maybe not, this person is not worth anything, make shure that you always stand by the wife and help her when the insecure and inferiority complex husband hurts her phiscally or mentally.
These are the individuals and the worst cases for law enforsment, they become domestic fights that some times end in murder.
Tday we are both happilly retired, other wise known as gainfully unenployed.
Check that the underside of the overhead is nice and solid, push up on the corners and if they move up any amount, also tap on the bottom if there is any rot the sound will change from a solid to a dull thudd, indicating mushy or roten materiel if so walk away from an expensive repair.
Should the corners move it means that there is a leak on the windows or marker lights, roof and is getting the frame wet, probably wood has now rotted away, also check the shower floor if any part of the floor feels musy it means rotten floor.
The engine, transmission and all else from the vehicle can be repaired, at a reasonable price, the wood and frame part of the coach can be a bottomless money pit.
If everything else checks ok you maybe on to something good.
The Libres are sometimes a little narrow and some do not have a shoulder, so make shure that you are a good driver, on some roads the pavement ends at the side and there is maybe a couple of feet of loose gravella and then there is a steep drop off, some times after a few pave-overs there is a good inch to four inch drop off to the gravell, if your tires happen to fall off the pavement, it iis a chore to get back up on the paved portion, should you go any furtherb off you might roll the RV down.
Some of the libres are also some of the nicest panoramic views and some can be down right scary specially on some of the mountain passes, same as some of the roads in the States, yust go a little slower and enjoy the view, and when you approach a town or hamlet, SLOW down, if you see a sign that says ESCUELA "school" there are going to be TOPES, those nasty mounds of asfalt that run crosswise to the road.
Some of the topes are marked or painted others are not, so when you see a few houses take it easy.
The LIBRES are marked with yust a number, the toll roads have the same number with a "D" at the end.
Reynosa to Monterrey 40 libre, 40D toll and Laredo to Monterry 85 libre and 85D toll road.
Buen viaje caminante.
We have the RV on its's policy and the taod has it's own policy both in the US and in Mexico, so yes you need two policies when taking a "car" and a "Motor Home" down to Mexico same as in the USA.
Some of the big companies in Mexico with ties to the USA have been down there since the end of WWII, many moons ago my sister worked for Price Water House Mexico City, an acounting firm from New York I belive, that did all the acounting for a lot of American Companies in Mexico, there are a number of American middle and high schools that where established in the earlly fifties and are recognised by all the Universities in the USA.
Mexico has more ties to the USA than what a lot of people realise.
There are some that like Mexico and there are some that do not like Mexico, and then you have those that have opinions that are so stupid.
Some of you are probably not aware how many American companies have manufacturing companies in Mexico, Ford, General Motors, Crysler, Procter and Gamble, Coca Cola, Pepesi Cola, 3M, Monsanto Purina, and then you have the big box stores Sears, Home Depot, Walmart, Costco, and one that I used to go to when my parents lived in Mexico City, the Pigly Wigly, and Pitza Hut, Dairy Queen and then you have the big metalurgical companies Alcoa comes to mind and a bunch more that I can't remember.
So before you statrt bad mouthing the neighbors to the South think how many people there are in the world that do not like the United States of America, and then be glad that they are not in ower neighborhood!
If you have nothing good to say why don't you keep quiet, silence is golden.
There are some dealers that have bank repos and some are pretty new, check with the banks and lending establisments as to where they send theire units, some of the unit bearlly have been used and are low milage, there are other units thyat are called unwinds, they are sighned for at the dealer on a Saturday or Sunday and on monday the purchaser does not qualify for the loan, now they have to sell the unit as a used unit.
After I was transfered to San Diego we lived in an apartment in Coronado, one night about 02:30 a huge beam of light iluminated the bedroom that faced south, and woke us by the brightness, the window was above ower bed and I kneeled on the bed and looked out the window.
I really thought this is it, well it was a military plane landing at North Iland and was on the ILS beam which is over the city, normally the helos and planes use a shifted pattern to avoid the Taco towers and the Hotel Del Coronado, using the sea approach.
When the aircraft was closer I could see that it was a big C-5A Gallaxie cargo plane, rats I thought well maybe today I get to see one, no such luck.
And no there was no beer consumed before bet time, work day.
Some items that are manufactured in Mexico are prohibited from being "imported" or have taxes, refrigeratos, freezers, washing machines, dryers, are manufactured in Mexico, Westinghouse, General Electric, Ford, Chevrolet, 3M, and a lot of chains like Home Depot, Walmart, Sams Club, ETC. Sell items manufactured in Mexico and some imported from the US.
Some areas in some cities look the same as cities in the US with all the "American" stores and food chains, so importing items that are sold or manufactured in Mexico and getting the RED light can be a dent in the wallet.
If you are only going to be a "TURISTA" and only travell in Mexico, then all your property should be returning to the US. It is the same for a tourist visiting the US, importing some items are frouned upon by Customs.
Unless you are importing something into Mexico, no you do not need to "declare" anythingt since you are travelling with your personall items, you are actually importing the RV and the toad.
The RV is granted a 10 year permit and the vehicle 180 days, count the actual days and not 6 months, to import anything requieres a lenghty prosses and a mountain of paper, My wife used to export from the U.S. and import into Mexico, so no as a tourist you do not declare anything to import, if you have weapons, leave them in the US.
The only port of entry where some meat and meat containing products have been confiscated has been at Lukeville to Sonoyta on 85, South of Ajo as has been reported on this post.
There are idiots every where, we had an idiot from Los Angeles that went hunting, got lost and fired a flare, burnt a lot of forest and a lot homes with some fatalities. If you do not know what you are hunting and do not know how to shoot, stay home.
My uncle had a small farm with a few milk cows, come hunting season we would bring them close to the house and paint in big red letters COW on the side, bullets still wissed by.
Thankfully noone was hurt, do make a report to the local authorities, it is important so that they can either parol or let the locals that there is an idiot shooting randomly.
It is not the weapon that kills it is the idiot behind the weapon that does not know how to use it properlly.
You have a leak that is not necesarilly on the window area, take a small hammer and lightlly tap on a wall that is not affected to learn the sound, then tap lightly arround the area that is going bad and you will hear how far the problem area extends.
Wet soaked wood or compressed wood sounds dull instead of resonating with a high tone as in dry wood.
Also check arround the air conditioner and all the vents, also on the corners where the front and or rear cap meets the rubber membrane, a leak can be further away than where the damage is located, if the unit has any tilt, even slight the water or moisture will travel to the lowest point until it meets a barrier like a window frame.
That needs a repair and to locate the sourse of the water entry, do not foget to check the marker lights they are also a source of water entry with time the plastic covers crack and allow water to penetrate.
Hope it helps a little and good luck