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RE: Cat water pump bearing

I believe the 3126 is similar to the C7 and if so, the bearing you are referring to (about in the center of the block and drives the fan on rear rad engines) is not the water pump, but rather an idler/fan pulley. The water pump is mounted low on the engine and most, except for some C7's like mine, have a separate belt. Regardless of that, I have read where others have added additional tubing/hose to extend the zerk fitting to a more accessible location. Another option might be to replace the existing bearing with a seal bearing like many of the the C7 engines have. I'm willing to bet our resident CAT expert Brett (wolf10) will jump in at some point with some specific info on this topic. Good luck. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy CAT C7
sailor_lou 12/08/16 10:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Am I the only one here?

What kind of issues are you having? I do my own maintenance so I've never been to a shop, but rarely (maybe two or three repairs in over 7 years of ownership) have I needed to do anything other than routine maintenance. Even then, the repairs have been simple fixes. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 11/25/16 06:37am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Have I told you lately

I have always felt pretty much the same way about my Travel Supreme. Then again, TS and Newmar are very similar in many ways. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 11/20/16 08:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: TPMS, name only!

TST 507 Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 11/08/16 06:37am Class A Motorhomes
RE: I need a driver side wiper arm?

I've had good luck getting wiper parts from here: Mill Supply Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 10/15/16 06:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Joined the Class A family, it's an oldie, hope its a goodie!

Good for you and congrats on the new rig. Sounds like the big ticket items were previously addressed and like all MOHO's, some additional "tweaking" is always required. As darsben1 pointed out, brake fluid replacement is more critical on heavy rigs and often overlooked, so flushing the system is a good idea (unless you are sure it has been performed recently). Safe travels. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 09/29/16 06:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hemi Engines

HEMI is a nametag not a style of engine; Chrysler Corp. stopped producing real Hemi engines in the 70s. The HEMi 5.7 is the same old 360 block that has been around a long time, they just do a good job of marketing the Hemi badge. Hemispherical cylinder heads (ie: Hemi) have been around forever and are still used by many car manufacturers today. Chrysler trade marketed the term "Hemi" in the 60's so no one else uses the term, but the head design is the same. The design allows for a better valve angle with larger valves so more power for a given size. However, the cost and weight is greater so like with everything in life, there is a compromise.
sailor_lou 09/09/16 06:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Bus or Motor Home

We usually say RV, bus, coach, motorcoach and even motorhome sounds a little pretentious to us. On the other hand, my 85 year old mother calls every type of RV, whether it be a Class A, B, C, 5er or TT a trailer, so when she's onboard it's a trailer. Just enjoy it whatever it's called. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 09/04/16 07:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2008 Travel Supreme Insignia 40DS04

As the others have identified, sub-supplier parts are still available and anything else can be fabricated by a third party manufacturer, if necessary. If you are still interested in a TS, consider visiting the owners group: TS Owners Group Plenty of friendly people with a ton of knowledge and experience that are always eager to help answer any questions you may have (esp. what to look for when buying). Good luck. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 09/02/16 06:46am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How do you adjust the rear ride height on air suspension

To the OP, PLEASE pay close attention to the above posts on both ride height and more importantly, blocking the frame before you crawl under there. There is insufficient room under many motorhomes for a body when the suspension is fully deflated. You may already be full aware of this, but it's worth repeating. Good luck. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 08/13/16 07:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Changing light bulbs - Must read

Lightbulbs use too much energy, the fabrication process of LED's generates too many toxic materials and the use of candles contributes to global warming. Unless we learn how to make our eyes adapted to night time vision the planet is doomed. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 08/12/16 05:11pm Around the Campfire
RE: tire and wheel extended warranties

I'd say no, save your cash. However, mechanical/tire warranties are a personal comfort thing that I personally do not see worth the expense. In the 11 years of RV ownership I have never had a tire issue and have only had one flat tire (due to a nail) on all my cars/trucks/trailers in at least the last 20 years. A roadside assistance plan will send the tire guy out to you and I can't imagine the cost patch a nail hole would be that significant. In my experiences a tire failure is not that large a concern and the $969 you will spend on the warranty will cover the cost of two replacement tires should you ever need them. However, as I stated above the real answer is based on how much comfort does the plan give you. Good luck. Lou 05 Travel Supreme envoy
sailor_lou 08/03/16 10:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: buying a 2008 Travel Supreme Class A

I believe you'll be happy with a TS (then again I'm a bit bias). If you do make the purchase, in addition to this forum you'll find plenty of happy owners with a large knowledge base on the iRV2 TS Owners Group: TS Owners Group Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 08/02/16 07:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Breakdown Options

Sorry to read about your issues, but something doesn't add up here and I agree that you need another mechanic. Ask them what do they mean specifically by "internal damage" and have them explain how that results in not getting to "half throttle" (another strange use of terms). Did they run a compression or leakdown check on each cylinder to make that determination? Do you have a check engine light and if so, what codes are locked in? Can you at least drive it to another shop? Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 07/18/16 07:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Header Installation - Abandon EGR Tube? - Acetone?

I don't see a problem leaving the EGR capped provided you don't have an issue with DMV inspections (provided you even have inspections). The acetone is a new one on me and it's difficult to believe 1 oz. in all that fuel would make any difference in MPG. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 07/14/16 08:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dumb mistakes

While pulling into a campsite I thought I heard a noise, but in my infinite wisdom chose to ignore it and continued into the site. After we got out of the RV I discovered I crushed three basement doors on some landscaping timbers. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 07/06/16 07:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Survey - How Do You Store Your Class A?

We built a 1400 sq ft RV garage/workshop in NH where we will eventually build our retirement home. It got a little pricy ($68/sq ft) because of upgrades in the type of siding we selected, upgraded to a standing seam metal roof, 6" of 4,000 psi fiber concrete with rebar and I needed to bring in approx. 1500 yards of fill (slope of the land). The cost breakdown was as follows: Excavation & fill: $29k Concrete: $16k Building: $50k Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 07/06/16 07:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Change your oil- yourself or shop

Other than mounting tires on a rim and twice for warranty work, I've never had anyone work on my car, truck, boat, RV or backhoe my entire life. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 07/02/16 05:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV Covers

I have used ADCO Aqua-shed covers in the past with good results. If you cover the sharp objects on the roof with foam (something like pipe insulation) and secure them properly you will get a min. of four seasons and no paint damage. With the New England snow/ice and all the stuff that falls off the trees (leaves in the fall and pollen in the spring) I still believe it is worth the effort. The only down side is you will need to wait for the snow to melt before removing it so if you are planning a mid-winter trip down south I would hold off. Good luck. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 06/23/16 01:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Samsung Fridge Questions

We went with the SS and believe the platinum would have been a better choice. As you identified, keeping fingerprints off the SS surface is a never ending battle. The platinum is still a silver color, just a few shades darker. I actually think it is better looking than SS and since it's a painted surface it is easier to maintain. Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy
sailor_lou 06/14/16 04:28pm Class A Motorhomes
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