Seems to be a lot of funmover threads lately. Thought it might be good if we got together and shared solutions in one thread. . kinda keep it handy and if it grows index it? Maybe we can bounce ideas off each other and improve or repair as needed. Anyhow here are the things I encountered and fixed in my almost 70k 39c. Funmover's been a great rv for what we do. I'm basically interested in riding. We usually pack ours with a polaris rzr, a street bike and a couple of dirt bikes plus kayak. Not to knock it because it is the only vehicle to do what we need doing and is generally comfy to drive. I want to make some changes soon to make it more livable but here goes repairs:
1. Just added battery capacity. I was thinking my old 12 v group 27 's from walmart were pretty sucky and I wanted to install 6 v bats. Went to find out the batteries were last changed in 2007! So, I had no complaints of walmart deep cycle batteries. I installed two more back in front of the generator and rigged the wiring to that going from the generator. I had to cut the metal plate to install battery holders in the frame rails. I now have 3, which is all I need to make it thru a cold night. (In CA deserts worst I have seen is 13 degrees)
2. Passenger side wall started to separate. I think this is from the lack of support for the upper bunk and the closeness of the rv door on passenger side. Must be something to it because fourwinds changed their floor plan and I haven't seen problems like this with the older versions where the cab is better attached. I sent thru I think it was 2.5 inch hex head bolts with some jb weld dipped on into the metal holding the wall. Separate thread explains this from allnight.
3. C7 engine HUI pump took a Cr*p. Apparently the early year pumps had a smaller shaft than needed which weakened, cavitated and sent metal into the injectors. Failure codes allowed us to get home in limp mode. Replaced. Unfortunately my sources say most early repairs for this under warranty were done with old model pumps...so expect it again in about 40k from when it last happened. There is an aftermarket solution I am told.
4. Eternabond taped as much of the roof as I can. I expect to redo the rubber roof with a sealant soon.
5. Had a leak in the garage where water would run under the door. This rotted the wood under the deck which will soon need replacing. I recommend rhino lining the whole back area. I sealed the pooling area with eternabond type tape and now have towels jammed in the door.
6. Sensor from right to left tank transfer pump went out. Expensive fix.
7. Replaced sky lights.
8. added pac brake
9. had to replace the motor running the lift gate on the back. Motor was a monarch 8053 series special order deal cheapest I could get was a place called oddballparts.com $200.
Runs great now.
10. fixed squeaks in slideout. Also sealed with silicon slidout leaks.
11. Added falcon tow brake solution with air brake hose tie in for towing jeep 4 flat.
12. replaced and upgraded exhaust fan in b room using local motor from electronics house and fan.
13. Installed fantastic fan above bunk
14. installed a air access point with standard air compressor collar release fittings on right air tank so in a pinch I can use the motor compressor to pump tires or other needs. I carry 50 ft of hose. Also some basic air tools.
Things I wanna get done and may need suggestions:
1. Route a heater hose under the bath sink and drill out a large hole for heater hose to the back room. Why? Kids sleep there on occasion.
2. Want a bigger tv
3. Want eventually 4-6 6v batteries...where to put...
4.Make a better ladder for the bed area
5. install reverse osmosis filter
6. install some kind of drawer or shelves in the main closet
Oh man, Chuck...you and I really need to get together!
I bet we can have our rigs matching and up to $200k in no time!!
Stuff I've done to my 39C so far:
- Cat 3126E valve adjustment...had already been done by previous owner, but nut on #1 valve was about to fall off...saved the engine. Best $300 I ever spent!
- New steer tires and spin-balanced them. Original Goodyear tires with beads gave a terrible ride when I bought it (no wonder it only had 25k on it between 2004 and 2010!)...after a blow-out in the front replaced with DoubeCoin 606 and spin-balance (old fashioned balancing with weights attached). HUGE improvement in ride and steering.
- Insta-Chains...snow chains installed and removed with the push of a button. Really. Came in handy last Christmas.
- SilverLeaf VMSpc installed...nice to see what the engine and tranny are up to, but haven't seen any problems (yet).
- Replaced/upgraded microwave (Description/pics here)
- Replaced some 12" lights with LEDs (Description/pics here)
- Whatever you do...do NOT let the Cat engine run out of fuel! I ended up having to add a primer pump to get it started again (Description/pics here)
- Cab dome light wouldn't turn off...drained batteries once (Discussion & resolution here)
- Installed Xantrex ProSine 1800 inverter to chassis batteries...powers a computer for use on the road and some medical gear, sometimes (CPAP machine)
My large-scale to-do list:
0. Dual pane window in cab-over. Doing it this December.
1. I'm looking at also changing to a tankless water heater
2. More batteries
3. Solar farm on top
4. Deal with rust on lift gate (where the frame surrounding the door meets the fiberglass...the paint is bubbling off because of rust under the pain. Lots of it.)
5. Bathroom remodel: want to move the sink into the corner to make an area big enough where people can change clothes and get dressed, comfortably. Since we usually have at least 4 people on-board, privacy spaces are hard to come by.
6. Turn living-area wardrobe into shelves/drawers/something useful. I really like what vwlovr did to his (Video here)
7. Install leveling jacks
8. New shocks, probably Koni FSDs
9 Maybe add airbags to improve ride more...but the shocks may be enough
10. Wheels: powder coat with metallic silver on the 4 external wheels, and ditch the wheel simulators (why aren't they called hubcabs on trucks??). On the rear that will allow an equalizer that will keep both tires inflated to same pressure, and then there are large indicators that you can just glance at to see if the tires are at the right pressure (green is good, yellow is +/- 3 PSI, red more, etc.); the equalizer also makes it so only one fill-point and it doesn't let both tires go flat if one does.
11. I really like the air-hose-attachment idea. I'm sure it's low throughput, but in a pinch it's better than nothing!
2004 Four Winds Fun Mover 39C (39' including 14' toy hauler garage)
Cat 3126E 300hp Allison MD3066P Pics of the FunMover
Those goodyear tires were really sucky. Got bfg's up there now. I saw vwlover's stuff but for us that is a bit too much. I bought mine originally to haul construction tools and supplies like cabinets, tubs, lumber, etc and provide a place to work and to carry our bikes for camping. We don't live in it and we need the rear space for hauling. I did like how he did his kitchen with a little ledge going along the dinette.
We've also talked about putting some windows in the back, getting a drop down bed like the newer models have and redoing the rear door... making more a bedroom with the gear out. The bunk bed is a bit cramped for two adults...and extending it is a non starter with the slideout.
Cbigham...what size lift do you have on your rig to load a razr ?? My lift isn't long enough to fit it on, have a 1600 lb lift on mine. Also
if you need I have the item number for back door gasket mine in leaking too and just ordered the new gasket from company that buiilt them for fourwinds. We love ours too just wish I could get a razr up into back. We would drop the Atv's for it in a heartbeat getting too old !!!!!
2007 36' Four Winds Fun Mover
6.6 Duramax Diesel
2 Polaris 500
"You Don't Quit Riding Because You're OLD, You Get OLD Because You QUIT Riding"
I will have to measure it when I get a chance. Our lift platform has an extension with hinges welded on - done by the factory. (Thieman - lift maker) The rzr just barely fits - the nose about 1-2 " from the fantail of the funmover and the back wheel of the rzr is just touching the little ramp part where the platform slopes down to ease loading. I chock the wheels on the rzr when I lift it. So far no worries dozens and dozens of lifts.. I do always stand back or deep in the funmover when that heavy a load is going in. . in case something breaks. THe rzr is 2 inches below the rear door, and I figured if I bought a rzr s I could make it in, but a new xp900 would be too long. (which is nice, because I been drooling over one but now don't have to spend the cash)
Our back lift gate is 74" with a 18" folding piece, I haven't tried to
put a Razr on just did measurements and didn't seem like it would fit because of the back wheels. Golf cart fits in though !! As do our two
500's but it is such a tight fit hurts my back lifting and moving (getting too old for that stuff now) Thought a razr in out quick and ride baby ride !!!! I'll have to take it to a dealer and see if it will fit or better yet see if they will let me bring one to the RV if they want to sell one. Looked at a pretty yellow one the wife just loved. She wants to go back to Utah and ride some again had a good time there on the Piute trails. Also thought about adding a piece to the folding piece of the gate since 18" is max according to the T company.
I'm getting it from MotionWindows, outside Portland. The window is $400.
I'm gonna have them install it on my way to Christmas at the in-laws. Shipping is pretty pricey, which is a big part of why I'm going to stop by and pick it up; sales tax will be MUCH less. (The company is actually in a Portland 'burb on the Washington side, so it has Washington sales tax.)
I'll post about the window, after the installation, and answer any questions.
Started to repair a leak in the bathroom. Found water running out under the wall. Tracked it down to the putty between the pan and the shower molding/wall. Plan is to pull off the wall molding, use some eternabond type tape to better connect the pan with the molding and insert putty when putting it all back together.
Also fixed a bad solenoid keeping my HWH hydraulic jacks from extending, and want to install a heater hose from the heater under the shower pan, thru the bathroom vanity and into the back wall of the garage with an open/closed valve to heat the garage...
Hmm..if I remember my lift is about a foot longer than yours but you should tell them if it fits...
I will say the rzr has been a real revelation in fun, and reliability. Ours has over 5100 unkind miles on it of mountain trails and western deserts. Much more fun than any atv and the funmover fits well. We ride the paiute as well.
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