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RE: The Verdic is in, New Ford 7.3 V-8 Gas mpg not so Great

Yes, yes, and yes!
Bruce Brown 01/22/20 04:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: The Verdic is in, New Ford 7.3 V-8 Gas mpg not so Great

I'm not even a little surprised. BTUs are BTUs. Big trucks with big engines use a lot of fuel, nothing new there. The real test will be how well does it do in MH duty. My guess is it will be a real nice improvement.
Bruce Brown 01/21/20 09:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Interior adhesive

Just last night I watched a video on which construction adhesive was best. Loctite PL 8X was the winner by a wide margin.
Bruce Brown 01/19/20 06:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: "Leather" coming apart and peeling

I could be wrong but the stuff thats failing isn't bonded leather. If it's peeling it's bonded leather. Bonded leather is made by grinding up all the scraps left over after making "real" leather products, then adding the resulting powder to water to make a slurry. That slurry is then sprayed onto a fabric substrate and allowed to dry. When the manufacturing process takes shortcuts - either using poor quality materials, or just sloppy processes in general, the top layer will eventually separate from the substrate. There is also a man-made product with the trade name "UltraLeather" - it is a higher quality product that seems to not be used much anymore. We had a sofa and love seat set in our house made with bonded leather. It started peeling right as the warranty ended and the company would not do anything; they said it's "normal wear and tear". In contrast, our 2007 Bounder has UltraLeather upholstery and it still look great after over 12 years and 45,000 miles. Thanks for the info - I just learned something. Ours too has Ultraleather which has held up well.
Bruce Brown 01/14/20 06:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: "Leather" coming apart and peeling

You are right, Bruce. That is what Bradd and Hall told us. We've just had some bad "happenings" with our Fleetwood. Added all together makes us think 'no more Fleetwood'...This is our last motorhome anyhow, due to our ages, not the motorhomes'...but if we were to get another one it would NOT be a Fleetwood. While ours was many, many years ago, our second MH was a Fleetwood. Had it been our first MH there never would have been another one - it was that bad. With that said, Fleetwood today is an entirely different company than it was when we owned ours. It is sad people have issues with any brand. Thankfully since we traded our Fleetwood for our first Newmar things have been **MUCH** better. We're on our 3rd Newmar, if we ever buy again it will be another. Good luck with yours.
Bruce Brown 01/13/20 10:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: "Leather" coming apart and peeling

Our 2005 has the ultra leather and is in great shape. A year or longer later they started using a cheaper ultra leather, or polyurethane I think it is. it was on these forums and others. We looked at Winnebago, some American Coach and the others and their seat covers feel like the really cheap car seat covers from Japan 30 years ago as well as the seats being smaller and hard and not fitting us. The stuff in our '08 is still good, thankfully. In the OPs case I can't say he would have had any different result had he bought another brand. They all pretty much use the same suppliers.
Bruce Brown 01/12/20 04:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: "Leather" coming apart and peeling

I could be wrong but the stuff thats failing isn't bonded leather. It's a bad run of man-made stuff that has been discussed here at length. Sadly, very few are getting much help from either the coach builders who used it or the manufacturer who put the furniture together.
Bruce Brown 01/12/20 01:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Considering moving from a Newmar 40' to a Fleetwood 38'

^^^ Same.
Bruce Brown 01/06/20 04:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Considering moving from a Newmar 40' to a Fleetwood 38'

For the budget you're working with I sure wouldn't settle for something that may or may not work for you. There are a lot of nice options in the Newmar line that fit your needs and budget, with a brand you know. Comfort drive was on the higher line diesels in '07, it was on all diesels starting in '08. It's a game changer for the long drives. RV Trader is your friend.
Bruce Brown 01/02/20 09:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Atwood Levelegs

My guess would be a chipped gear. They're easy to work on. If you want to take it apart I might have some parts for you.
Bruce Brown 01/02/20 05:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Very Bad RV Wreck in Oregon

That one will not buff out.
Bruce Brown 12/31/19 04:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford Engine size

Ford's tend to run semi-synthetic oil - works well. And yes, its a 6.8L V10.
Bruce Brown 12/26/19 09:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Good luck with the wedding. When our son got married 2 years ago, he and his bride spent nearly 10 grand, and they did nothing lavish. Putting that into perspective - the wife has a sister, who's grand daughter is getting married next year. They are spending 10 grand just for the venue. I can't imagine what the rest of that bill is going to be. I guess 20 - 50k is not out of the question for them. On the other hand, my wife's cousin went to a judge, got married, invited about a dozen close family for a meal at a local restaurant, and spent a couple hundred on everything. Just a matter of where one's priorities are. Thanks. Our oldest daughter was married this September. Great party but nothing too crazy, except the cost! :E The issue we had was the shear number of people, with over 275 invited. Big families and lots of friends on both sides. Every time we tried to trim the list down we ended up adding more people. And keeping this on an RV topic, many of those there were friends we met while camping!
Bruce Brown 12/24/19 10:48am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

It might be minor work but it wouldn't be a minor expense. I guess it depends on how you define minor. Reman engines for that year are available for less than 3 grand. It's a Chevy 454, so it's nothing exotic. From my perspective, I don't think that is excessive. If we were talking a diesel for around 20 grand, that is a different issue. Or...you could just treat the one you already own like it should have been treated and the expense would be, oh, I don't know...ZERO. Maybe its just me but I don't consider $3k to be a minor expense. :W It's all a matter of perspective. Compared to the other expenses occurred, a rebuild/reman, would be good to go for another 100,000 miles. Granted, 3K is not insignificant, but, compared to 20K for a diesel, it's a bargain. This has 130k on the clock, but still runs well, (or it did when last inspected a couple years ago), so we'll see. Thanks. The cost of a diesel rebuild is irrelevant, we're not discussing a diesel here. $3k is equal to 35% of your current expenses. Think about that perspective. I'll also say if you have an extra $3k kicking around I'd be more than happy to give it a home. My youngest is getting married next summer, I'll take all the $$$ I can get! :B
Bruce Brown 12/23/19 04:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

It might be minor work but it wouldn't be a minor expense. I guess it depends on how you define minor. Reman engines for that year are available for less than 3 grand. It's a Chevy 454, so it's nothing exotic. From my perspective, I don't think that is excessive. If we were talking a diesel for around 20 grand, that is a different issue. Or...you could just treat the one you already own like it should have been treated and the expense would be, oh, I don't know...ZERO. Maybe its just me but I don't consider $3k to be a minor expense. :W
Bruce Brown 12/22/19 04:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

It might be minor work but it wouldn't be a minor expense.
Bruce Brown 12/22/19 04:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Refrigerator question for you class A campers

Today's modern refrigerators use so little electricity compared to the older ones it seems to not be an issue for most. A few years ago I put a new cooling unit in our LP fridge. If I were doing it again I'd just put in an electric one. We recently did that in my buddies off-the-grid hunting camp. The new electric with limited generator usage works much better than the propane one we took out.
Bruce Brown 12/19/19 04:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: suburban furnace tripping on high temp

Any chance its just a bad switch?
Bruce Brown 12/18/19 04:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Letting diesel rv sit for 3 months

Engine? No worry. But you might want to put a gauge on the tires once in a while. If nothing else it will mean less time airing them up for next move. They shouldn't loose any air either. I have yet to need to add air after our winter storage, and yes, I do check them ! :B With that said, one of my trucks tends to need air about once a year.
Bruce Brown 12/14/19 12:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Letting diesel rv sit for 3 months

I pulled ours in the garage in September, it won't see the road again until April. The only thing we do is make sure it's parked with a full tank of fuel. My farm tractor hasn't been used since August, probably be May before its used again. In other words, 3 months - you'll be alright. :B
Bruce Brown 12/14/19 06:46am Class A Motorhomes
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