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RE: auto Levelers

Yes, of course all the levelers should go down. Did the 3 that went down raise the RV any? There's a risk of twisting the frame of they lifted it very much. If you'd include some details on your RV and brand of levelers, you might get a detailed answer helping you understand where the problem might be.
DFord 03/30/20 01:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: water pump problems

Sounds like you're sucking air instead of water from the fresh water tank. Take the line loose from the discharge of the pump to make it easier for the pump to prime. You might need to connect a hose onto the suction side of the pump to get it to pick up water after 4 years of setting idle. Once it's primed, connect the suction side back to the water tank to see if will pick up any water from it. Can you put a clear hose on the line from the fresh water tank and use your mouth to draw water up the hose to verify the line isn't cracked and drawing air instead of water?
DFord 03/29/20 07:40pm Tech Issues
RE: how good are the 2005 safari simba,s

Here's another forum of knowledgeable "Monaco" owners: Bill D's Monacoers - The Source for technical information for your Monaco, Holiday Rambler, Beaver or Safari motorhome https://www.monacoers.org/ Monaco Owner's Forum on IRV2: https://www.irv2.com/forums/f115/
DFord 03/29/20 07:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Verizon's free 15gig

I'm paying for an unlimited (throttled) Verizon plan too. Got the text today - 2 days after I got home from our winter escape. Every month I actually use the hotspot, I exceed the 15Gb threshold in the first 10 days of the month and end the month around with around 45Gb of data useage. Now, after being granted an additional 15Gb of unthrottled data, probably won't use it. Thanks for nothing Verizon - which is exactly what it's costing Verizon - nothing.
DFord 03/28/20 10:03pm Technology Corner
RE: how good are the 2005 safari simba,s

Safari made top of the line MHs. Sadly, they bought Beaver out just before a crunch and ended up short on funds. They were purchased by Monaco sometime in 2001 and now Monaco is part of REV Investments. The best thing you can do is join Safari International. It's a chapter of FMCA so you need join FMCA first. That's not all bad - membership in FMCA gives you repatriation insurance coverage and many other benefits. Safari International is a source of a huge amount of information on the Safari line of RVs. Check them out at http://safari-international.org/ Welcome to the Safari Family - it's all good!
DFord 03/28/20 09:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: hydraulic cylinders

The rams on the levelers for my MH are chrome plated. They can pit if exposed to rain. Grease them up heavily if they're exposed. The pits rip the seals when they move past them.
DFord 03/26/20 05:32pm Tech Issues
RE: F-53 V-10 Oil Capacity

The owner's manual and Ford Motor Company are the final word here. If you're not following their recommendations, you're wrong. It's just that simple.
DFord 03/23/20 04:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: C 19

Infectious Disease Experts Don’t Know How Bad The Coronavirus Is Going To Get, Either https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/infectious-disease-experts-dont-know-how-bad-the-coronavirus-is-going-to-get-either/ One of the most pernicious parts of the COVID-19 crisis is how uncertain everything is. Researchers and officials cite statistical models that estimate infection rates, death counts and when things will go back to normal, but those estimates are changing rapidly. And as the forecasts bounce around, so do the rest of us living through the crisis. How can one feel settled when the future feels so volatile? Still, there’s a way to at least get a sense for what the experts are thinking. For the past five weeks, infectious disease researchers from institutions around the United States have been taking a survey that gathers their thoughts on the trajectory of the COVID-19 virus. The researchers come from academia, government and industry and are experts in modeling the spread of viruses like this one. The survey asks about things like how many people will eventually get COVID-19 and how many Americans will die. The top-line numbers are sobering. The most recent survey, taken on March 16 and 17, found that, as a group, the experts think that as of March 15, only 12 percent of infections in the U.S. had been reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They think there’s a 73 percent chance of a second wave of hospitalizations this fall. And they expect approximately 200,000 deaths in the U.S. by the end of the year. (more at the webpage link above)
DFord 03/22/20 09:12pm Around the Campfire
RE: lawn care - which comes first - mow then fertilze

BUT! Before you mow, sharpen your blades! Don't tear the top off the grass. Cut it off with a sharp blade.
DFord 03/22/20 06:37pm Around the Campfire
RE: F-53 V-10 Oil Capacity

You can NOT rely on the marks on the dipstick. Rely on the owner's manual and what Ford calls for. Back in the days that TSB was issued, the owners that put 7 quarts in complained the V-10 used oil. After they started to listen to reason and stopped at 6 quarts, the engines stopped using oil. Again I say, unless you've made changes to the oil pan, 6 quarts is all that Ford recommends for the V-10. If you don't want to replace the dipstick, after changing oil and filter, refill the crankcase with oil. Run the engine for a couple minutes. Turn it off, let it set for awhile and using a file, put a new "Full" mark on the dipstick and adjust the add oil mark downward till it's the same distance it was below the original Full mark. Or ignore good advice and do your own thing.
DFord 03/22/20 06:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: C 19

This is why Coronavirus is that dangerous https://africafeeds.com/2020/03/19/opinion-this-is-why-coronavirus-is-that-dangerous/ Feeling confused as to why Coronavirus is a bigger deal than Seasonal flu? Here it is in a nutshell. I hope this helps. Feel free to share this to others who don’t understand… It has to do with RNA sequencing…. I.e. genetics. Seasonal flu is an “all human virus”. The DNA/RNA chains that make up the virus are recognized by the human immune system. This means that your body has some immunity to it before it comes around each year… you get immunity two ways…through exposure to a virus, or by getting a flu shot. Novel viruses can come from animals…. the WHO tracks novel viruses in animals, (sometimes for years watching for mutations). Usually these viruses only transfer from animal to animal (pigs in the case of H1N1) (birds in the case of the Spanish flu). But once, one of these animal viruses mutates, and starts to transfer from animals to humans… then it’s a problem. Why? Because we have no natural or acquired immunity, the RNA sequencing of the genes inside the virus isn’t human, and the human immune system doesn’t recognize it so, we can’t fight it off. (more at the link above)
DFord 03/22/20 01:18pm Around the Campfire
RE: F-53 V-10 Oil Capacity

The original V-10 F-53 came with a short dipstick (1999-2000) making it appear it needed more oil to bring it up to the full mark. The replacement dipstick was Part # F81Z-6750-HC Indicator - Oil Level The correct capacity of the V-10 in the F-53 has always been 6 quarts with a filter change unless you've modified the oil pan. TSB 01-10-5 Publication Date: MAY 15, 2001 ENGINE - 6.8L - OIL LEVEL INDICATOR READS INACCURATE - SUPER DUTY F-53 MOTORHOME CHASSIS VEHICLES - UPDATED OIL LEVEL INDICATOR FORD: 1999-2001 SUPER DUTY F-53 STRIPPED CHAS. ISSUE: On some 6.8L equipped Super Duty F-53 Motorhome chassis vehicles, the oil level readings on the engine oil level indicator (dipstick) may read inaccurate (low) when the actual levels are within acceptable limits and adequate oil volume is in the sump. This may be noticed after an oil change, 5.7 L (6 quarts) of oil are added, and the engine has been started to fill the galleys and filter. The engine oil level indicator may then indicate 0.47 to 0.95 L (1/2 to 1 quart) low. This may be caused by the oil level indicator design. ACTION: Remove engine oil level indicator and replace with new design engine Oil Level Indicator (F81Z-6750-HC) which has correct markings to record oil levels at acceptable ranges. The new indicator has a "loop" handle. The prior indicator has a "Tee" stick-type handle (Figure 1). PART NUMBER PART NAME F81Z-6750-HC Indicator - Oil Level
DFord 03/22/20 01:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Reservations cancelled

The more I read and become knowledgeable of COVID-19, the more I realize this will be the biggest catastrophe to endanger our nation since WWII and the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic. We're at war with this gremlin or at least should be. It won't be over anytime soon. Anyone that thinks it will be over quickly is a fool. Expect many months of this to move across the land as it surely will. The restriction in place now are meant to lower the peak because there's no way people needing to be hospitalized will be able to find a bed if it spikes here as it did in Italy. Listen to professionals and kept away from others as much as possible - no exceptions! This is as serious as a heart attack and should be treated as such. It's much better to over-react and nothing happens to end up with COVID-19 needing hospitalization and possibly an undertaker. THIS IS LIFE AND DEATH. DON'T TRIVIALIZE IT. MODERATOR'S EDIT: Per the site Admin's request, I am closing all COVID-19 threads and directing future comments to one thread in Around the Campfire: 2019–20 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC POSTINGS
DFord 03/22/20 12:46pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Reservations cancelled

Miami-Dade County notified everyone they'd have to be out or their campgrounds by 5pm on Monday. Nothing open around here but grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations and carry out food. All other businesses have been ordered to close.
DFord 03/21/20 07:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: F11 Top coat Polish

Try looking over these reviews: https://www.amazon.com/TopCoat-F11-Master-Craftsman-Polish-Sealer/product-reviews/B076R7FKYP
DFord 03/21/20 04:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Should we be going?

ABSOLUTELY NOT! We're in uncharted waters right now and the best defense is avoiding contact with others as much as possible. If you're like the rest of us, you're in the high risk group that has the most problems if you come down with it. It's nothing to fool around with. It's a lot better to be safe than to be sorry - or dead. Listen to the doctors recommendations!
DFord 03/20/20 12:07pm RV Lifestyle
RE: General Question About Routers

Thanks for the replies. It all sounds pretty good. Further question: can the same router be used with any Internet provider when moving to another location? I presume the answer is yes, just making sure.Generally speaking - NO. I've heard some have a SIM card that allows them to switch networks by replacing the SIM card. FMCA members can sign-up for an Unlimited Data plan through Sprint for $50/month. My so called Unlimited Verizon plan throttles me after 15GB a month. I can still access the internet but not at the higher speeds allowed in the beginning of the month. I'm online a bunch and my data usage averages 45GB a month. It's all browsing, email and FB. I haven't streamed any movies while achieving that number.
DFord 03/19/20 05:00pm Technology Corner
RE: General Question About Routers

Every service provider (carrier) will furnish a device with a contract plan or you can purchase a compatible device on your own through eBay or Craig's List and go with a no contract plan. Here's a page where Verizon shows their "mobile hotspots" https://www.verizonwireless.com/internet-devices/ No matter where you take them or turn them on (as long as there's a cell signal) the hotspot (wireless router) will connect to network provided by the carrier. Once that happens you can get "online". No changes are necessary on your part after the initial setup. If your computer doesn't connect automatically you may need to scan for the WiFi networks available and connect to the one your device is broadcasting. It's much more secure and safe than connecting to a public WiFi network. I don't believe the 5G option is practical right now as it hasn't been completely implemented yet and it's range is much less than 4G service which can be fast enough to watch streaming videos. The more data you use, the more it costs.
DFord 03/19/20 10:37am Technology Corner
RE: 1984 Revcon!!!!! Garbage or decent?

https://myrevcon.webs.com/engineout%20(Small).JPG Nice website about Revcons. Most of the support sites mentioned there no longer exist. There may be an FMCA group you could get help from. https://myrevcon.webs.com/
DFord 03/18/20 08:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 1984 Revcon!!!!! Garbage or decent?

1984 Revcon King RV for Sale https://www.nicetoownrv.com/2015/09/1984-revcon-king-rv-for-sale.html Instead of asking if the price is worth it to us, ask yourself if it's worth it to you. From the pictures in the for sale listing, they look nice and as I recall, they were a high end MH for their time. The only thing that would be make or break for me would be the integrity of the frame. Make sure there's no rot from water leaks. If it's sound, it would make a nice project. Not sure how much to want to remodel inside and what your skill level is. If you good ahead with it, good luck and happy travels. Your question can only be answered by you. 1984 Revcon Prince 310 Motorhome Exhibit "A" http://www.viewrvs.com/motorhome/revcon/1984/1984-revcon-prince-310-a.php https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-iUnS3haKeXU/Vf2h6tV5LYI/AAAAAAABIVw/R3thOE-8UpU/s1600/1984-Revcon-King-RV.jpg
DFord 03/18/20 07:32am Class A Motorhomes
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