Have someone who knows what they are doing pour a little gas into the Carburetor and see if it will start. If it starts, runs a little and dies, then your problems could be:
No fuel; add five gallons of gas and try again (your fuel gauge may be stuck)
Bad fuel pump or clogged filter.
If it still doesn't start, then it's probably an electrical problem.
Look on Craigslist for a good mobile mechanic. He can do a better job of diagnosis than we can.
You might examine a marine plastic fuel tank. They come in a variety of sizes and possibly could be strapped on top of your existing tank. They're built to haul fuel in an inclosed area, and you would always have the tank available for the future.
I have a 12,000 btu LG portable that I've used two seasons as an emergency A/C for some townhomes I own. It has worked very well. A friend used it for two weeks last summer, daily temps were 100+. He had to replace his central H/A unit, and while waiting for parts he used my LG. It kept his living/kitchen area cool.
I found mine on Craigslist for less than $200, so it's worth the money. But, I have heard some folks haven't had good luck with portables. It is easy to hook up, and where the vent goes into a window opening I use a piece of coroplast to fit the opening and then cut my vent opening, duct tape in place for the temporary use.
Nirtohorse, the children who died in the school weren't killed by the tornado. The Oklahoma medical examiner listed cause of death this morning:
Antonia Candelaria, 9, mechanical asphyxia; Kyle Davis, 8, blunt force trauma; Janae Hornsby, 9, asphyxia; Sydney Angle, 9, mechanical asphyxia; Emily Conatzer, 9, mechanical asphyxia; Nicolas McCabe, 9, mechanical asphyxia; Christopher Legg, 9, mechanical asphyxia;
No one has yet explained "mechanical ashyxia" but it means they didn't drown, or die from trauma, but were suffocated.
Someone told me that this school had over 400 students, and unfortunately these seven children were somewhere in the school and suffocated. All the other students and teachers were spared.
Most Oklahoma schools are built with a safe area for students during tornadoes that work pretty well.
Another story coming out is that FEMA has been holding up $2,000,000 in funds for Moore to build storm shelters. This was offered after a similar tornado in 1999, but FEMA keeps changing the application guidelines and preventing the funding from reaching the community.
Probably 30-40% of the homes in the community have some type of safe room or underground storm shelter. Most people will invest in some way to protect themselves and their families. There were several underground shelters that had too much debris on top of the door, but the rescuers found 119 people and freed them from their shelters. (most shelters are registered with the city so the responders know where to look),
Just continue to pray for the people who have lost someone.
Yes, the homes will be rebuilt and the people will move back in. If you live in Oklahoma long enough you will realize that storms and tornados are a part of daily life in the spring.
I build new homes and in 1999 I rebuilt several of the homes that were destroyed.
The loss of life during these storms is terrible, but many Oklahomans have storm shelters and safe rooms and that's the reason the death toll is 24 and not 240 or more.
If FEMA never showed up in Oklahoma it would be OK, because Okies know how to take care of each other.
And thank you for your prayers for this area, they are being felt and are appreciated.
A few months ago someone posted about a cheap 800w generator from Harbor Freight, $100 with a $20 coupon for a total of $80. Many responses questioned the quality, noise factor, etc, generally slamming these generators.
Well, being a guy who loves a bargain, I went to HF and bought one. I brought it home, mixed the fuel and started it up. Just a Weed Eater motor, I didn't know whether to plug something in, or edge the lawn.
Jump ahead to yesterday's tornado in OKC/Moore, Okla area.
I was watching the local weather people tracking this storm on TV and just as it was crossing I44 about 4 miles south of my house the electricity went out. My real concern was that my daughter, her husband and my two grandchildren were in Moore, OK at the Warren theatre watching Iron Man 3, and when the TV went out it looked like the storm might be tracking for that area.
Now to the cheap generator; I went to the garage, grabbed the 800w generator, two pulls and it started, I grabbed an extension cord and plugged it into the TV in our guest room (closest to the garage), it took about 3 minutes. The weather radar indicated that the tornado was headed straight for Moore, I texted my son in law (cell phones weren't working, but text did) and told him about the storm, I told him to leave and drive south immediately. He did and when he was about a half mile south of the Warren theatre he saw the tornado hit and pass through that area. They had to drive about 30 miles south/west/north and back east to get back to our house. Lots of roads closed with debris blocking the way.
So, the cheap generator paid for itself yesterday. Later I did crank up the 5500 watt unit for power to the rest of the house and today about 1:00 we had service restored.
Thanks to the person who originally posted about this cheap generator.
OP, I for one love your attitude....."Challenge Accepted" is a great rule to live and enjoy life. You had a well thought out plan and accomplished your goal.
Some of these guys don't know how to enjoy life, just complain about someone holding them up, etc.
Enjoy the Challenge!
I pay $195/mo. for a 14x50 inside storage with a 12x14' overhead door. Building is insulated, but not heated. It does have a 30 amp electrical plug to keep batteries, etc. charged.
Go back to the Uhaul website and just change the vehicle you plan to tow with to a 1 ton truck. That will allow you to get pricing and reserve the dolly. The site isn't set up for motorhome towing, so you just need to trick it. When you pick up the tow dolly the uhaul folks will be sure your motorhome is capable of towing before they let you leave. You shouldn't have a problem.
Thanks for all the good constructive replies. Many of you have some great ideas that come from personal experiences and that's why I asked on this forum.
Yes, using our three existing vehicles is probably the number one solution. And all three vehicles are in excellent condition despite their age and mileage. We took them all to the Grand Canyon last May without any issues, so they're good to go.
Renting a 12 passenger van and using one of our vehicles is a good option because the older grandchildren like to do things together and this would allow them to all ride together plus two vehicles instead of three is less fuel.
The casino type shuttle is what I have been looking at. I found one locally that seats 17 and has a storage area in the back, the full width of the shuttle and about four feet deep. That's enough to hold all the luggage. And if I do the shuttle, I will rent a van in Destin that would allow us to go in different directions.
I've checked out the CDL provisions for the shuttle, and as long as it doesn't exceed 26,000# and it is not used for hire or as a volunteer driver for a church or charity, you are allowed to drive it just like a motorhome.
A few mentioned bathroom....yes, it would be nice to have a bathroom in the shuttle, but with our travels in the past we have found the best place for a restroom stop is at a Lowe's or Home Depot, or other big box store. Their bathrooms usually have several stalls, and at the home improvement stores there is nothing for the kids to shop for and waste a lot of time. We do load up snacks and drinks for everyone. This really eliminates the gas stop shopping. And the kids actually look forward to the stops and snacks.
Again thanks for the suggestions. Fortunately I have several months to get everything worked out so there's no rush.
Enjoy your travels.
My wife and I, two daughters with spouses, and 10 grandchildren (ages 4-18) take a family vacation every year. We usually travel with three vehicles, Envoy XL, Suburban and Avalanche(carries five and most of the luggage).
In September we plan on a trip to Destin, FL. I've rented a beach house that sleeps 20 so that's good.
My question is traveling with 16 and three cars (all of which are getting a little older with 150-160K miles on each)I am considering getting a shuttle bus that seats 16-20 and using that for the trip?
I've found several that would do the job, what I would like to hear from you are suggestions and pitfalls to this plan.
Also, what's the largest number of passengers you've traveled with in a motorhome?
If you can't get a proper repair technique from the manufacturer, I would suggest you get a good brand of super glue, Locktite is good, and run a small bead of glue on top of the leaking area. Let dry and repeat a few more applications.
I've used super glue on a small hole in the air line for my compressor, at 120#'s of pressure it's still holding.