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RE: update on PacBrake

wolfe10 10/25/14 09:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Allison trans. shift issue

Use the shift pad to check for diagnostic codes in the Allison: Key on, engine off: Push up and down arrow at the same time. You are right at the juncture where this put you into diagnostic mode (earlier models) OR into OL (oil level) check. If the latter, just push the up and down arrows again. That will bring up d-1 followed by any code. - - means no codes. If there is a code for d-1, record it. Push mode button to proceed to d-2, etc. When you get a d- (number) and - -, there are no more codes. Push D to exit. Look up codes on Allison's website.
wolfe10 10/24/14 08:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Transmission Retarder vs Exhaust Brake

Only motorhome I know of not built on an OTR bus chassis with a transmission retarder is Foretravel. Actually, there are THREE categories of supplemental braking on DP's: Exhaust brake-- generally found on smaller engines/coaches. Adequate for lighter coaches. Engine compression brake-- found on larger (smallest I know of is the Cummins ISL which is offered with it-- 8.9 liter). More braking HP than exhaust brake. Transmission retarder-- most braking HP. But takes a little care, as you are turning momentum into heat in the transmission. Most come with 10 position joy stick for excellent fine-tuning.
wolfe10 10/24/14 08:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: tire codes, how to read??

Believe tires were manufactured in the 36th week of 2006. So that would be, what, during about September 2006. First two numbers mean the week, last two are the year of manufacturer. Correct.
wolfe10 10/23/14 06:42am Tech Issues
RE: Dometic Refrigerator Not Working

You need to charge your batteries-- they are virtually "empty". Yes, there may be other issues, but 12.0 at the batteries may well be too low by the time it gets to the refrigerator PC board to allow it to work.
wolfe10 10/21/14 04:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is 360 hp enough for for 38-40 ft class A

I am hesitant to even comment on what could become a "HP vs Torque" discussion. BUT, here goes. HP is what moves you. 380 HP is 380 HP, be it a gasoline engine, diesel engine, gas turbine, etc. Torque (read that high torque at low RPM) is what allows you to climb a grade at an RPM that won't hurt your ears or your engine. Said another way, a current Ford V10/F53 chassis produces 362 HP. But, look up the RPM. Our new coach has 400 HP (not much more than 362) but has 1200 lb-ft torque at 1300 RPM. Bottom line, it can generate the same HP at SUBSTANTIALLY lower/sustainable RPM.
wolfe10 10/20/14 04:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Can you wax the decals or avoid them

Use 303 aerospace on the decals. Do NOT wax them.
wolfe10 10/20/14 02:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Furnace blowing cold air

Ya, had a cold front blow through here today-- it is down to 78 degrees.
wolfe10 10/19/14 04:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Furnace blowing cold air

First "suspect" is low voltage at the furnace. Low voltage= slower fan speed= sail switch does not close= fan runs, but ignitor and propane valve don't open. Of course restrictions in air return or vents will cause the same low air flow and symptoms.
wolfe10 10/19/14 04:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: PacBraKE

Idea is OK, but, be sure to disconnect the wire from solenoid going forward before applying 12 VDC positive. Without a lot of research into the effects, you do not want to back- feed the relays/transmission ECM.
wolfe10 10/19/14 11:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: PacBraKE

Mike, There are several relays involved in activating the exhaust brake. I would start by checking for good voltage at them. If so, I would buy one extra relay and start swapping the new one for the existing ones.
wolfe10 10/19/14 06:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Exhaust parts

Clicky: http://www.walkerheavyduty.com/en-US/
wolfe10 10/19/14 06:48am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Exhaust parts

Exhaust brake? Check carefully. It is likely that an exhaust brake is bolted to the turbo, so the pipe would go from exhaust brake, not turbo.
wolfe10 10/18/14 05:44pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: tire rotation

No! I was told that by Michelin and my local tire shop! I've been RVing since 1976 and never have rotated a RV tire! Why? As long as you don't change the direction of rotation, why would there be a problem. You could be right! I'm just following instructions from my tire shop! Actually there are VERY few RV tires that are directionally sensitive. Unless you have arrows on the sidewalls indicating direction of rotation, you are "free to do anything you want" as far as rotation. Not changing direction of rotation on a modern radial is AN OLD WIFE'S TALE". If in doubt, go to Michelin's RV tire guide and read it for yourself.
wolfe10 10/18/14 05:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: tire rotation

I am not aware of any tire manufacturer who recommends rotating tires on a Class A UNLESS there is uneven tire wear. Tire wear is much less an issue then on a car. You will very likely replace tires due to age, not tread wear.
wolfe10 10/17/14 11:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: PacBraKE

Brett, didn't you say the same thing I said, except maybe a little more detailed???? Duh, or were you answering the original poster's question, not responding to my response? ED, Sorry, I was not clearer. The OP was incorrect. You were correct.
wolfe10 10/16/14 12:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: PacBraKE

NO, that will not test your exhaust brake. Drive the coach. Down arrow to 3rd or 4th gear. Accelerate to the higher RPM range for your engine. Turn on/off/on the exhaust brake. Since the transmission remains in the same gear, you have eliminated it as a cause of additional braking. You should feel a real difference in braking with the exhaust brake on. BTW, the Allison ECM is the first place your exhaust brake signal goes, causing your transmission to begin downshifting toward the pre-select gear. So, if your transmission window does not change from "6" to what ever your pre-select gear is (2nd and 4th being common choices), the brake is not working electrically.
wolfe10 10/15/14 06:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cummins ISC 350hp Valve Adjustment Schedule

Valve clearances do not change based on time. The change based on miles/wear of mechanical components. And, yes 150,000 miles is the official answer from Cummins with the additional statement that these engines tolerate a WIDE range of clearances with no adverse affect on performance.
wolfe10 10/15/14 10:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Winter Storage Questions

Storing a diesel coach for 6 months: If you filled up (full tank is a must, as it minimizes condensation) in the summer or fall (i.e. #2 diesel), adding an anti-gel is a good idea. And for storing that long, I would also add a Biocide (available from any marine store, as boats storing diesel have the same issues).
wolfe10 10/15/14 07:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Over Priced Used Motorhomes.

Yes, you are correct-- many are very poorly maintained and prices IRRATIONALLY. In fact, we have been looking for a coach for the last 3 weeks-- very frustrating, since I DO know what I am looking at. Finally found one that was owned by "another anal" owner. And priced in NADA retail range. Keep looking-- and for rust free, you may need to look further south!
wolfe10 10/10/14 05:55pm Class A Motorhomes
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