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RE: Class A's with PTO?

I have seen generators made for a PTO on a pickup. Actually the manual with our 1992 Kohler 5000 Confidant RV generator shows two versions and one has a shaft driven hydraulic pump of the generator end of the unit. Not sure the application however.
Gale Hawkins 12/13/14 12:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Diesel fuel additive ---- WOW !

I add 4 ounces of gasoline to 1 gallon of diesel for my heater. Burns much cleaner and fires instantly every time. I'm no expert but, I think this sounds like a terrible idea. Again, I really don't know and I would ask the manufacture of the heater for there recommendation. Besides the fire hazard gasoline is a very dry fuel that gives no lubrication . I agree it sounds scary but in the old days MB diesel cars of added a small amount of gas to winterize the diesel I have read. There was a ratio but I do not remember it.
Gale Hawkins 12/13/14 12:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Driver of MH indicted in death of Police Officer

I think for some in that age group and younger are diving an overloaded truck for the first time in their life and just panic under stress. Every time we get in a MH we are are at a higher risk of killing others. This fall I used our single axle 1989 Ford F700 to help my brother get out his corn crop after he took off work for two weeks and it rained the whole time. That was not something I had done in 25 years plus he overloaded it when I was not there because we had built a 4' high box inside my 2' dirt/gravel sides. I got it to the elevator but that load was 24,000 pounds of corn because it is a 16'long bed. The truck actually moved it OK but I kept it down around 35 miles a left in the dark to miss most of the traffic. Now if it has been a year or two since driving the MH much I am rusty for the first 100 miles. A MH is a different ballgame than a car or pick up. When people are in the roadway that is a different ball game too. I do feel for this guy because I am sure this has changed his retirement plans totally.
Gale Hawkins 11/27/14 12:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Just a handy hint re battery maintenance

We are cleaning up ours and running three 24 hour Desulf cycles on our batteries with the B&D chargers to help them make it through the winter better.
Gale Hawkins 11/22/14 04:46am Tech Issues
RE: Small Engine Storage

Most just get shut off in the real world. I like to use something like Seafoam, Archoil AR6200, etc so I do not have to get the gas out.
Gale Hawkins 11/22/14 04:42am Tech Issues
RE: First Time Buyer...Updated 03/06/2006

Bill often the price point is important to new buyers hence the rubber roof. They are fine but still not fiberglass. Because of the invention of Eternabond a lot of fiberglass and rubber roof boo boo's are easy to fix. We beefed up our edges with Eternabond to give extra limb protection.
Gale Hawkins 11/03/14 06:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Costco vs Sams Club 6V Golf Cart Batteries

I'm contemplating switching from 2 12v to 2 6v but I don't understand why the 6v have an advantage. Can someone enlighten me? Also, am I correct that the 6v need to be wired in series...seems like that must be how you get 12v out of 6v batteries, but again, what is the advantage of the 6v? I had the 12v connected parallel. Thanks! d-mac1 I have contemplating do doing that as well for all the good reasons stated. One think that stopped me is my under the radiator rack for the engine and 2 house batteries would require some major changes. The big factor was it would rob me of having a back up starting battery setting next to my starting battery only requiring me to move the starting battery cables over to one of the house batteries. When the Nissan PU battery died I just robbed the new in 2011 Interstate engine starting battery from the MH and moved the MH starting cables over to one of the two house batteries after I disconnected it from the other house battery BUT there was no battery moving required. If I was running out of 12v house power every night then maybe yes to two 6v batteries but that is not the case. I like having two extra batteries that will start the engine if required. 6v batteries sure have their place but sometimes it is just for bragging rights. :)
Gale Hawkins 10/18/14 08:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Roof upgrade

Metal if it does not have holes in it is great. I would look at recoating it with something white that does not get hard and crack. EPDM needs to be glued down and it to wood I think most often.
Gale Hawkins 10/15/14 02:28pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Tire Age Question For My Neighbor

Tires should be changed early if one is loosing sleep over it. :) I agree usage history is important. I had rather a 9 year old tire that had seen 100 miles every month than a 4 year old tire that had not been moved since mounted. Setting fully loaded or over loaded for four years without moving is BAD in my book.
Gale Hawkins 09/28/14 10:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tire Age Question For My Neighbor

I would not change them myself. I'd probably have them inspected. I did that with my original Michelins and was told they were fine. I ran them for 8 years and then replaced them. Looking back, what I should have done is just replaced the front ones and ran the rear tires for a while longer. The real safety issue is a blow out on the front. A blow out on the rear isn't going to cause you to crash. It may tear up some fiberglass, but that's cover by insurance. Agree with the above. I would replace the front tires for safety and go. I also agree, If you are concerned about it replace the fronts, a rear blow out won't wreck you. BTW Michelin says have them checked after 5 years and replace at 10. I don't know where this 5 -6 year stuff came from. It is an old husband's tale that is web enabled. :)
Gale Hawkins 09/16/14 08:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford v10 or gm 8.1 liter class A

Either engine will need to make some higher RPM's in the hills.
Gale Hawkins 09/10/14 11:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tire Age Question For My Neighbor

Since the maker states 10 years max I would looking for a new set in a few years.
Gale Hawkins 09/10/14 11:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: trojan t-105

We replaced our Oct 2006 this year (2014) but if used on a golf course we would have had to replace in 2012. Six years is pushing the limits on this technology.
Gale Hawkins 08/29/14 10:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Portable gen running on the back of a moving RV?

Please share with us if you figure out how to overcome the dying issue from the lack of gas. That could save us a lot of $$$. :) Glad you are on the road doing great.
Gale Hawkins 08/03/14 07:26am Tech Issues
Looks like the TV is under the RV now after storm.

Looks like RV landed on top of TV.
Gale Hawkins 08/02/14 02:18pm Around the Campfire
RE: mud daubers

Had one nest built inside the blower motor and had the motor locked up. Had to put a wrench on the shaft to crunch it up. Had a whole house unit set in the attic for 15 years and it took hours to reclaim it when the central unit failed with an empty bank account. That was in 2005 and the bank account is still empty and the 1987 Sears 25,000 BTU unit is still humming by the way as I type. :) The 1992 units on the MH tested fine on a recent generator run. The pre 1995 units seem to run forever.
Gale Hawkins 08/02/14 02:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Air Conditioner changeout

Are there any modifications, or does it simply plug in? More unbolt/rebolt plus unwire and rewire than plug and play if both have all the controls on the unit itself. :) Cleaning the roof for the new gasket to seat well took some effort when we removed our Colemans for new gaskets. A tractor, etc with a front end loader is handy to transfer the old one off and the new one on to the roof to save packing up ladders.
Gale Hawkins 08/02/14 02:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Portable gen running on the back of a moving RV?

Tested at 60 mph without issue. But what about 70 and 80 MPH? :)
Gale Hawkins 07/30/14 03:50pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery charging

Automatic chargers are designed to keep batteries fully charged.
Gale Hawkins 07/28/14 03:01pm Tech Issues
RE: Boy Scout border crossing

We live in a world full of stress and death. With the www and 200 cable channels we hear it all if we listen. In time that messes with minds. My son is working on his Eagle Scout requirements and the story got my attention. A few weeks ago we found crossing into Canada to be low key but not as low key crossing back into the USA but nothing out of the way. This was in ND using crossings north of Minot and Rugby.
Gale Hawkins 07/25/14 10:40pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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