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RE: Dog Chwing resistant entry mat

The best thing to do is to train the dog what is acceptable to chew on and what is not. Make sure they have an acceptable toy to chew on and encourage it by playing with them with that toy. I cringe when people give them old shoes to chew on and then get mad when the dog chews up their good shoes. Short of that, you can try one of the Bitter-Apple sprays from most any pet store, but even those don't work as expected.
10forty2 10/08/19 09:11am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Slide moving out

If it's a Powergear slide with rack/pinion, the free-wheeling brake on the actuation motor has likely been released. There should be a lever on the motor that is fairly easy to flip back and forth that releases the motor to free-wheel to allow for adjustment. It happened to mine, and although I keep the slide locks in place when going down the road, I noticed in the mirror that the bottom of the slide was slightly out. Took me some thinking on it, but I discovered the motor brake lever, flipped it back and all was good.
10forty2 10/08/19 09:06am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Progressive EMS is growling at me/Loud hummmm

My ATS hums slightly, but the Progressive EMS that I wired in makes no noise at all. I would suspect a loose connection first. Not meaning to doubt you, but are you sure its the EMS and not the ATS?
10forty2 10/01/19 12:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Battery Hold downs

I just use rubber bungee straps with s-hooks on the ends. Stretch 'em over the batteries and secure the ends to the tray or other solid piece. They cost a few bucks and last 2-3 seasons before they need replacing. Easy enough to install and remove when needed.
10forty2 09/27/19 02:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 6" valve stems

If you install these from experience also install rubber wheel inserts to support them Good point! The kit I bought from that link included the rubber stabilizers!
10forty2 09/27/19 12:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 6" valve stems

Dually Valve Stems You should be able to find the right ones for your application. Best money I've spent on mine so far!
10forty2 09/27/19 08:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Getting very frustrated with this site!

I guess you get what you pay for......
10forty2 09/13/19 07:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fuel economy

. Gets me about 9.5 by the computer. 9.5 MPG - c'mon I average around 9mpg and don't do anything special to try to make it that way. My comfort zone for highway speed is max 65, so I guess that plays into the overall fuel economy, but I drive 65 because I'm more comfortable and not to save fuel. Quite simply, the lack of good fuel mileage is already factored into my mentality when traveling, so I don't really worry about it. When the needle gets below half a tank, I start looking for a gas station big enough for me to pull Big Girl through and fill 'er up. So far, my destinations have been close enough to get there on a single tank of fuel, and then fill up when I get there BEFORE I get settled into the campground. That way, if we need to evacuate for any reason, I'm already full and we just have to drop utilities to roll! At the end of the day.... I did NOT buy my rig for economy.
10forty2 09/10/19 06:05am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Which air lifts , 1997 F53 Tag axle Bounder

I installed Ride Rite on all 4-corners and got the on-board compressor with a single wireless/remote control to separately adjust each air bag and monitor the pressures. I don't have pictures, but I can tell you, there were holes in my frame where the instructions said there would be, and I had to drill the frame where they said to as well. For me and my situation, it was a very straightforward installation. Plumbing and routing the airlines to the compressor was a bit tricky finding the right route to make sure the plastic lines didn't touch anything that moved or heated up while underway, but again, nothing that was too difficult to do in the driveway.
10forty2 08/20/19 08:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: White smoke from exhaust

It's always been my experience that white smoke means moisture is in the combustion chain and is steaming off. Could be simply that some condensation built up in the cylinders between uses, or it could mean that coolant water is getting past the head gasket. If that's the case, the oil will likely look like a chocolate milkshake. Black smoke usually indicates a rich condition, and blue smoke usually means it's burning oil.
10forty2 08/20/19 06:02am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford F53 Suspension

I've done similar upgrades to chassis on mine as well, with similar results as listed here. My very first suggestion (outside of proper tire pressure for weight) is to check/change the sway bar bushings. On my rig, they were completely gone. I replaced them with the poly bushings and it made a world of difference in the body roll. Next, I added Firestone Ride Rite air bag helper springs to all 4 corners. Another big help in handling and ride quality! Next, I replaced the worn out leaf springs on all 4 corners and replaced the Bilstein shocks. A slight improvement overall by doing so, but a necessary repair since my springs were so completely worn out that they were in a negative arch and teh shocks were shot. I now run about 60psi in the driver's side air bags, (HEAVY side/slide side) and about 20psi in the passenger side and overall the rig tracks straight with very little steering input. About the only things I haven't done is a steering stabilizer and track bar. Might do that next season. You may want to consider an alignment as well. I tried to get a truck shop to align mine, but they wouldn't do it citing that the king pins were worn enough to lose the alignment in short order. They said there was no safety concern, but they couldn't guarantee the alignment without replacing the king pins, and didn't want to take a chance at it reflecting on the quality of their work.....which I can totally understand. Plus, I didn't want to spend the money and have it go back out after a few hundred miles. I compensate for the king pins being slightly worn by keeping the front end packed with grease frequently. That's also another good thing to increase handling/decrease wandering.
10forty2 08/19/19 11:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tires

For as many tire manufacturers that are out there, you will get that many opinions. Michelin, Goodyear, Toyo, Sumitomo, Bridgestone, Double Coin, Hankook....all have their supporters and all have their opponents. I've had bad luck with 2 Goodyear tires, but still have Goodyears on my rig. Yes, you will pay more for certain brands over others. Yes, certain brands will ride and wear differently due to the chemical makeup of the rubber. Some tout that they are RV tires while some call themselves truck tires. As long as they are in the right load range for your rig, and are inflated according to the manufacturer's recommendations according to the weight of the rig, and as long as they are maintained properly....AND, unless you're going to be putting a LOT of miles on them over the highways (most RVers don't).....they are ALL most likely going to give you good service over their lifetime. So, shop around for acceptable pricing and a good shop to mount them....and go have fun camping!!!
10forty2 08/12/19 01:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: F-53 tires

22K miles divided by 6 years is only about 3,600 miles per year.....most of the time sitting with some degree of UV sunlight hitting them. If you covered your tires every minute that it sat still, you might kick the can down the road another 6-8 months, IMHO. The chemical compounds in tires are meant to be heated up often through use, and as a result distributed evenly in the tire itself. 3,600 miles per year ain't a lot of miles, and several collective months of sitting in the UV rays of sunlight takes a significant toll on the tires' integrity. Others will argue that they are fine, and chances are.... that absolutely nothing will happen. However, chances are also greater now, with each passing year...that you will experience a failure. Best case, they start to slowly leak air....worst case, you have a blowout, tear up the fender well and side of the RV, and/or possibly lose control causing an accident. Me? I'm budgeted to replace at year 7........personal preference......
10forty2 07/24/19 12:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Seriously looking at a late 90's HR Endeavor

Can't speak for the chassis of the DP Endeavor, but my gasser's fit and finish is what I would consider above average for what I've seen as the "upper level" models of similar years. And in many cases, above average for current year models. We have been very pleased with our unit, and have found very little trouble getting parts for the house when needed.
10forty2 07/24/19 06:03am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV Tank Maintenance

It might be overkill, but I flush the tanks and use Dawn/Calgon after every trip. I have a built-in tank flusher so I hook that up and let it do its thing. I also allow the black tank to fill almost full several times and then dump it. Once I have only clear water coming out of the black tank, I let it empty as much as it will, and then close the valves, and put in two gallons of hot water mixed with a box of Calgon and 1 small bottle of Dawn. So far, so good.....no smells inside, and everything appears to be working properly. Unfortunately, my tank sensors were out of service long before I got the rig.
10forty2 07/16/19 07:03am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking to upgrade suspension and add a steering stabilizer

First things first....if you're getting a lot of body roll, or "sway," you need to check the sway bar bushings, and probably replace them with the newer poly bushings. I had terrible sway on my 1999 F53 when I first got it, and found that the OEM bushings had completely deteriorated. Replaced them with poly bushings and that made all the difference in the world. Since then, I have replaced all 4 leaf springs, added new Bilstein shocks, and Firestone Ride Rite air bag helper springs on all 4 corners. She now handles like I've always thought she should. One last thing I'm going to do to her, suspension-wise, is to add a rear track bar. I've considered the steering stabilizer, but I don't have the wandering steering wheel that everyone else seems to complain about.
10forty2 07/16/19 06:18am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dometic roof top ac unit

Another thought is to make sure that your freeze-control thermistor is in place and working properly. If not, the unit's coils will freeze up and it will not cool or move air until it defrosts. My front 15K unit started freezing up and not blowing cold air. Turns out, after removing the cover up top, the thermistor had fallen off the coil tube and allowed the coils to freeze up.
10forty2 07/15/19 12:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Refrigerator has quit working on elec./ where is fuse?

do you have a gfi that needs to be reset. The outside refrigerator. plug should be connected to a gfi. X2 - Happened to me a few weeks ago when washing the rig. I left her plugged into shore power to keep the A/Cs running and apparently I shot water into the refer's vent, hitting the electrical outlet and tripping the gfi. Reset the gif outlet upstream, and everything is back to working.
10forty2 07/15/19 12:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Where to buy Flat Temper DOT Glass replacements

I had luck contacting Atwood directly to buy a replacement window for my driver's door. I think Dometic has purchased Atwood now, but you may still be able to contact them directly and get a replacement window. You might also try here: Lippert RV Windows
10forty2 07/10/19 08:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 13,5K BTU vs. 15K BTU?

Another thought....if the problem is that your A/C units are freezing up, the above suggestions are very valid...cleaning, sealing, etc. But, you might also have a misplaced or bad freeze sensor. My 15K unit on the front kept freezing up and what I found was that the freeze sensor had fallen off the coil. After finding that last year, I put it back into place and resealed all the inside of the unit where the cold air was getting back into the air flow across the coils..... And, as of this morning at 80 degrees outside with about 85% humidity, (so thick you can cut the air with a knife)... it was a very comfy 70 degrees inside!
10forty2 07/08/19 08:23am Class A Motorhomes
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