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RE: How to pressure check propane system

DO NOT PUT HIGH PRESSURE AIR IN THE TANK!!! Look up how a diesel engine works. Fuel, compression, ignition. There will be residual LP fumes in the tank even after 20 years. I have welded/repaired fuel/gas tanks for years. Even climbed into tanker trailers to do it. You have to know what you are doing. They use high pressure air to QC the tanks after build. They also leave that air in them from the RV OEM, and the LP filler must drain and purge the tanks at first fill. Both ASME and DOT have hi pressure air in them. So, the OP puts in air and verifies the fix then has the LP filler drain and purge and fill. As YOU stated, you have to know what you are doing, which on LP you do not. There is no problem injecting air pressure into the tank to check the system without having to install LP and then drain if the problem is at the tank itself. Doug The problem with your post is that NEW tanks have never had combustible products stored in them! If you can't "Clear" a used tank then you can use an inert gas like nitrogen to pressurize it. Perhaps it is you that don't have the experience because you overlooked the obvious.
Stim 05/21/18 05:48am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How to pressure check propane system

DO NOT PUT HIGH PRESSURE AIR IN THE TANK!!! Look up how a diesel engine works. Fuel, compression, ignition. There will be residual LP fumes in the tank even after 20 years. I have welded/repaired fuel/gas tanks for years. Even climbed into tanker trailers to do it. You have to know what you are doing.
Stim 05/20/18 07:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Workhorse or P-30 Chassis

I have owned numerous motorhomes and always found that running the generator and roof air was more efficient than using dash air. Less drag on the engine and less heating of the engine and the roof air cooled much better. You might want to re-think repairing it. ???
Stim 05/19/18 09:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: car dolly

I drove many different kinds of semi's, trucks and trailers for many years but never used a tow dolly. (did use a converter dolly on 2 semi trailers) Last fall I bought a 2016 Kia Sportage from Hertz Car Sales 140 miles from home. I rented a dolly from U-Haul and towed the SUV home with my Chevy PU. It was very easy towing and I had no problems, BUT every time I looked in the rear view mirror I was shocked that someone was tailgating that close! :) I ran 65-70 mph most of the way home. My best advice is make sure everything is latched/pinned/clamped/plugged in as it should be! It would be easy to miss a detail, you might even make up a check list to work from.
Stim 05/18/18 08:49pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Older Propane Tanks

FYI- I had one the they refused to fill because when open the shut off valve leaked around the stem with soapy water. It only leaked when partially open. There was a packing nut there and I just tightened a little to stop the leak!
Stim 05/14/18 08:11pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Need advice, in a lot of trouble

You can over torque transmission pan bolts with a 1/4" ratchet! Over torquing is a common rookie mistake. Hope he isn't charging you for the extra gaskets and fluid. ??
Stim 04/11/18 09:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford V-10 Sparkplugs

An AFTER MARKET PRODUCT that was put out is called "Timesert". The kit had the tools to repair it as best as you could being that it was a bad design to begin with! With the Timesert Kit you installed the coil and then installed a pin on the edge to secure it. Per Timesert instructions the kit was for Ford engines 4-6-8-10 cylinders from 1993 to 2003! Talk about a flat learning curve! The engines after that came out with a 2 piece spark plug that had a habit of breaking off when trying to remove from carbon build up.
Stim 04/11/18 08:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Brake Job on 95 F53 ***Update***

A common problem is to have the brake hoses going from frame to caliper fail internally and then act like a check valve and not release pressure causing dragging. Also the calipers float on the brackets and get corroded and drag. It's not that hard to change, find a utube video and go to it.
Stim 04/09/18 10:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gasoline Smell in Cabin

No one has mentioned it BUT, ALL RV's need a good working CO Detector! Co-worker died in like new rental RV back in low 80's from damaged generator exhaust.
Stim 04/05/18 10:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Catastrophic Bearing Failure

After thinking about it, there is also a chance that the mechanic(?) did not put the spindle nut back on properly. Small vehicles will use a cotter pin/castle nut to secure. Larger vehicles will use some combination of double nuts and/or keepers. If not put together properly RF would possibly try to keep tightening as vehicle went forward. (righty-tighty) Not sure about the LF. ???
Stim 03/07/18 08:34am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Catastrophic Bearing Failure

I worked on Semi's and trailers for over 30 years, supervised 3 shops in 2 states. My guess is BOZO put spindle nuts on with impact! Seen it too often in shops that I did not supervise! I have run many service calls for burnt out wheel bearings. I have had to cut off races welded to spindles and polish spindles for new bearings to fit many times. Front wheel bearings usually give notice way before they are that bad. I also had a R front seal let go on a 1993 KW that I was driving and when I hit the brakes it made a hard right turn into a Jersey Barrier! Luckily it just scuffed up the wheel studs.
Stim 03/06/18 08:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 93 Brave with Chevy 454 acceleration issuea

TBI has a fuel pressure regulator in it and they get weak over time. They are not hard to change or expensive. I had to change the one on a 1989 PU back when. Can be changed on the vehicle if you have good access.
Stim 03/06/18 07:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New Breakfast Ideas Needed for 2018 RV'ing season!

I take instant oatmeal (Walmart brand) make it normally (pouch to 1/2 cup microwave hot water) and then add crushed up Cinnamon Toasty Crunch Cereal to it. YUM! Try it with your favorite cereal.
Stim 02/20/18 10:22pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Air leak

I have used service truck air to get disabled semi's off of the road having them follow me slowly to a pull off with a hose between us. Two things to ad, a spray bottle with dish soap and water works well for finding leaks. Also, a child's hearing is much better than an adult. If one is available to help it might make a difference.
Stim 01/29/18 08:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gotta Ham Bone. Need a recipe!

Put it in a pot with frozen mixed veggies, add water, potato and onion chopped up. I also like barley. Slow cook until the meat falls off of the bone. Here is a tip I found out the hard way- If it was a spiral sliced ham you end up with pieces of bone from the slicer- NOT GOOD!
Stim 01/19/18 09:26pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: 6 speed auto transmission Allison with 8.3 Cummins

On your S Cams and Slack Adjusters it's common for them to get sticky from lack of use and not being lubed properly. I have had to free up hundreds of them on semi's but the $900. plus figure seems very high to me. ???
Stim 01/11/18 05:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How to fix sway on Newmar Baystar

I owned a 1974 Winnebago Indian (can I still call it that?) on Dodge Chassis in the low 80's. If/when a semi passed it you would be moved over a 1/2 lane! It handled horribly in the wind too. The problem with it was the gen and 2-40 lb propane tanks were behind the rear axle with a lot of overhang and made it tail heavy. Hopefully your MH builder was smarter than that design. ??
Stim 01/11/18 05:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow dolly without brakes

I tow a 2017 SPORTAGE with an ACME TOW DOLLY, with surge brakes, what's your feeling about traveling in NEUTRAL v/s IN PARK with steering wheel in UNLOCKED position, key in ignition? Is your Kia "All wheel drive" AWD?? 3 months ago I towed a new to me 2016 Kia Sportage front wheel drive on a U-Haul dolly 130 miles home after purchasing. I had key-off/removed, transmission in- Park. If you have AWD the owners manual has AWD towing instructions. You can find owners manual online if you google.
Stim 01/03/18 08:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Engine cooling thermostat in Cat 350

If the engine is running at lower temp look for better fuel mileage when you get back up to normal. Computer will add more fuel to cooler engine. Had a Chevy PU (gas) get 2 more miles to the gallon with just thermostat change! Watch the antifreeze with any animals, it's poison.
Stim 12/20/17 09:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ignition problem

Normally a diesel engine has a solenoid for shut off. When you turn the key on it causes the solenoid to open letting fuel to the pump. You might have had a sticking solenoid. ??? Years ago I had a CAT engine in a Boom Truck. Once warmed up if I shut it off for any length of time the pressure would build up and it would not re-start until cooled down or I opened a fuel line and drained pressure on the solenoid. I learned to shut it off then turn key back on if I was going back out with the truck. At the time I was too broke to replace the solenoid!
Stim 12/20/17 08:57pm Class A Motorhomes
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