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RE: Steering problem...looking for ideas/causes

Our 2000 Four Winds on Ford E-350 did just that in Arches because the idiots at the Ford shop where I had it aligned didn't torque anything down - they set the alignment, and snugged the fasteners but didn't finish the job. As a result, one of the (extra cost) bushings that set the caster/camber popped out of the socket on the right side, causing the pin to flop all around in the hole vacated by the bushing. Fortunately, my brother and his GF found the bushing around a mile away, and we jacked up the axle, then re-installed the bushing. I hand-torqued everything, and we were fine for the remainder of the trip. Needless to say, this was the final nail in the coffin as far as me being a Ford owner; I still resent the treatment they gave me during the alignment (another $50, another $50... ) and the lack of any compassion when I reported the results of the failure to the management afterwards. Sorry for the rant.. but have them check the alignment bushings in the twin I-beams - they are right behind the wheels. Did either/both go awol?
BruceMc 09/12/23 10:47am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Installing new vinyl trim inserts, caulk or no caulk?

Note that vinyl shrinks with age. As many other report, the arch just above/behind the drivers/passenger doors on Class C's pull out over time due to this shrinkage. Rather than replace the length, I pull it up from the bottom, then add a small piece below to complete the fill, like this: https://a4.pbase.com/g13/88/791988/2/173819956.33728a54.JPEG The small piece was a tad narrower, so it didn't bulge out like the original, but still did the trick. I added an external stainless screw to hold everything in place. As others report, seal each screw head before inserting the vinyl strip For those of us who use our rig occasionally over the year, a big part of preservation is storing your RV under a solid cover or in a garage/shop to keep it out of the elements. It's not possible for many folks, but it sure makes them last a lot longer.
BruceMc 08/14/23 08:44am General RVing Issues
RE: Unsolicited want to buy your RV people

Back in the 80's, we constantly got door to door solicitors. I created a rather large hardwood sign, 30x2x3/4" that stated in bold letters: No Soliciting. This was placed on the storm door, attached with velcro strips. One day, the doorbell rang... and we opened the door. Noting they were trying to sell us something, I stated "didn't you see the No Soliciting sign?", No, was the answer... so I opened the storm door, and saw they had removed the sign and set it beside the door. I picked it up, and handling the sign/stick in baseball bat fashion, told them to get lost. It didn't take them long to scram. One of the best deterrents at our current place of 22 years is a Beware of the dog sign. It's on the tree just after entering the driveway. Many people, including delivery folks, wouldn't get out of their vehicle, as they didn't see a dog... And that's the deterrent. Lately, the only solicitors we seem to get is odd phone calls on the landline (yes, we still have one) from unknown/random numbers, who never leave a message. How rude.
BruceMc 08/02/23 11:56am General RVing Issues
RE: What is the lowest voltage you have seen?

I stand corrected: The lower the voltage, the higher the current draw... Things are cooking somewhere! Maybe - resistive loads will have lower amps with lower voltage. Inductive loads like motors will have higher amps if they maintain the same horsepower. Years ago I measured my A/C, lower voltage resulted in lower amps because the motor produced less HP. Several others reported the same. Not suggesting low voltage is OK...:B
BruceMc 06/06/23 02:50pm Tech Issues
RE: What is the lowest voltage you have seen?

That's tough on electronics. The lower the voltage, the higher the current draw... Things are cooking somewhere!
BruceMc 06/03/23 08:25am Tech Issues
RE: 12v rv freezer difficult to open,,,suction

We noticed this on our dometic as well, particularly after opening & closing, then on the second opening... it's difficult!
BruceMc 05/02/23 09:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Lighter weight power cord

While this thread is regarding full amperage power cords, depending on your expected load and duration, you can use a 15 or 20 amp power cord (14/12 gauge) with adapters for your 30 amp feed which is much easier to deal with than the 10 gauge 30 amp cord. When we plug in where we don't expect to use the roof air, a 15/20 amp connection is all we need. Indeed, I use a rubber insulated 12 gauge cord which is sufficient and much easier to handle. For you 50 amp users, lightweight cord options are limited depending on what you have on each 120 volt branch.
BruceMc 05/02/23 09:55am General RVing Issues
RE: 2016 Chevy 4500 "Service Airbag" & No Start???

Great information! We have a 2016 Sunseeker on the 2015 Chevy 4500 chassis. It currently has nearly 20K miles and I've never had an issue to date. If this happens in the future, I'll be armed with this nugget, if I can drag it from the dusty crevices of my noggin! Having the option to swap the AC relay is very useful; many of the relays are the same, so another option may be at hand from a less needed circuit such as the Big-Brother-is-watching(OnStar) circuit! B^)
BruceMc 04/14/23 09:00am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Maintenance Schedule !

I'm frequently on the road while attending meetings via my cell, usually with wired earbuds (not via the vehicle's bluetooth mic). Of course, they get to hear the "blinkers", as the 1st gen GMC/Chev Canyon/Colorado has a fairly loud "blinker" noise. As the signaling is done by the computer, there is no mechanical flasher to provide the noise. I've been told more than once that my blinker fluid is low because the clicking is so loud! Thus, that's become the running joke - they know I'm on the road when they can hear the blinker fluid is low. We blame one of our colleagues; he helped design the GM flasher module while he was employed at Motorola in the late 90's/early 00's. He claims it wasn't intentional; but we think it was designed that way to bolster sales of blinker fluid after the units aged a few years. B^)
BruceMc 04/03/23 09:18am General RVing Issues
RE: Smallest Class C that can tow a Jeep

We tow our 2012 GMC Canyon behind our 2016 24' 2250 Sunseeker on Chevy. The pickup is about 4500 lbs, which is probably similar to many of the Jeeps. The Sunseeker has the 6.0L engine, which is well suited to the task. https://a4.pbase.com/g12/88/791988/2/171025809.xbQtFJHe.jpg Shorter Class C's on GM or Ford chassis are lighter than the longer counterparts on the same chassis, so that leaves even more towing capacity. While most have a 5K towing capacity, many of the newer Fords have 7500K so you can tow those big toys! Post what you eventually get!
BruceMc 03/31/23 09:19am Class C Motorhomes
RE: FR Forester vs Sunseeker - what's the difference?

You are most welcome, bobndot!
BruceMc 01/15/23 07:41pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: FR Forester vs Sunseeker - what's the difference?

I swapped our dinette for theater seats. It's not a simple job, but very doable IF there's no services under the seats. Check for the water heater and/or furnace, or any other object that cannot be moved before undertaking the task. Here's pics of my dinette/theater seat mods: Original Dinette: https://a4.pbase.com/g9/88/791988/3/163724878.A3to2EPo.jpg Current Theater seats: https://a4.pbase.com/g12/88/791988/3/169336557.chac1Y6D.jpg Full albums of the Dinette mods, then finally the removal and installation of the theater seats: 2016 Sunseeker Seating Projects This album also includes the passenger swivel seat mod in a sub-album if you are interested. If not, just skip the first image in the set. --Bruce.
BruceMc 01/12/23 10:05am Class C Motorhomes
RE: FR Forester vs Sunseeker - what's the difference?

I believe there used to be a difference, similar to GMC vs Chevrolet. But like those brands depending on the years, the products seem to get more similar, then migrate to differentiators, such as more bright-work (chrome) and differing body skin/grilles, etc. The main difference these days between Sunseeker and Forester is body paint/decals, and the name. There may be differences in price, based mostly on dealer perception of the two nameplates, but you can purchase either nameplate and you'll get nearly the same product. We purchased our Sunseeker because it was offered for a terrific sale price, and because it's what we had been looking at anyway. Had it been a Forester, we'd be Forester owners today!
BruceMc 01/11/23 11:30am Class C Motorhomes
RE: New Chevy chassis

This might be helpful: https://www.gmfleet.com/vans/chevrolet-express-cutaway-3500-4500 I'd expect they'd have a 2023 year models listed, but I think this will answer your engine questions.
BruceMc 11/16/22 09:31am Class C Motorhomes
RE: dingy induced sway

A "De-Rattler"... interesting term! I've always known them as a Hitch Clamp. Amaz... shows Hitch Clamp, Hitch Tightener, Anti-rattle stabilizer, etc. I use them when towing anything, and have given several as gifts. https://a4.pbase.com/g12/88/791988/2/171025803.y4vvB6HU.jpg I put a lot of effort into reducing slop at all movement points as well. There's slop where the tow bar mounts to the crossbar, crossbar to removable arms, arms to baseplate, etc. Removing all excess slop helps reduce wear and toad wandering, and perhaps the OP's (and my) original issue of steering under/over sensitivity when towing. Here's the remainder of my toad/tow setup, for those who haven't already seen it... Towed/Toad project photo gallery
BruceMc 11/09/22 09:42am Dinghy Towing
RE: dingy induced sway

I have the same issue on my setup. I believe it's because a motorhome steering change coaxes a steering response from the toad which is a delayed response. Initial MH steering feels like understeer, then the toad's change produces a sensation of oversteer.. It took a bit to get used to, but I expect it now. Dolly towing is a completely different dynamic than 4-down. The dolly has a single hinge point between the wheel platform and the dolly frame, so you are not forcing the toads front wheels to respond. I think this response varies depending on the toad and the tow rig. Speaking of new tires, I put new Bridgestone Duravis R500HD on our GM based Sunseeker, and they are squirmy... which contributes to the steering sensitivity when towing. You have Michelins on your Ford, so that may be like comparing apples to oranges. But based on my experience, the tire characteristics will affect towing sensitivity. Installing a track bar/Panhard rod may help, as that would remove the side-to-side flexibility in the rear axle of the tow vehicle... It would help when not towing as well.
BruceMc 11/07/22 11:00am Dinghy Towing
RE: What is your secret trick for cleaning your front cap?

I use a telescoping brush that the handle extends to 6'; that and purple power (or whatever it is called) that contains TSP works perfectly for me. I wet the surfaces, spray the purple, the brush until most bugs are gone. Rinse, rinse, rinse. If needed, a spot spray gets the last of the bugs. Some folks recommend only products formulated for RV use, and fear the TSP based cleaner will remove the finish. I've never had an issue with these cleaners but I do rinse well. That said, use what you feel is right for you. I've never waxed any of my rigs, but I keep them clean and out of the sun when not in use. Our Sunseeker still looks almost as shiny as it did when we purchased it new 7 years ago.
BruceMc 10/31/22 10:30am Class C Motorhomes
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