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RE: wv up to new England. Then canada dropping down to minnesta

Temps will stay on the cool side until early May. Considering such a post Memorial Day departure might be best. Green Mountains are a must see. Coast Maine and Acadia National Park also. There's also campground just across the border about on the Bay of Fundy I've had on my list for a few years. Herring Cove Provincial Park. Campobello Island North of the border from Maine you could start by visiting Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. All are about a day drive apart. West and north of Toronto the population per square kilometer thins out pretty quick and your choices of remote back country is pretty much endless. I've most hit the Provincial parks in Ontario with no problems. Haven't looped Superior as yet only Huron.
Dale.Traveling 01/17/19 03:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A tire protection coatings

Soap and water to clean. Covers to protect from sun light. Nothing else is needed.
Dale.Traveling 01/17/19 03:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gasser Handling - Specific Question

Why no rear track or pan head bar?
Dale.Traveling 01/16/19 05:39am Class A Motorhomes
RE: SAFETY WARNING FOR TOADS

I really can't tell from the picture, the near side looks like the ford frame rail, but the inside of the far rail looks different. Most of the manufactures extensions look like Dales pictures, square edges at the bends, not roll formed. Most manufactures extensions are really a cobbled-up mess of steel with some ugly welding. My hitch is on extensions and it would be a rare (not saying there are none) Ford chassis that didn't have extensions once a builder gets done with it. All F53 chassis are delivered with same rear overhang of 105.8 inches from rear axle center to the end of the frame. Looking at the pic of the failure it is apparent that the hitch is attached to house builder added extensions. You can see the Ford frame on the right side of the edge near the fuel tank. Also in view is the last frame cross member. Of note is the frame section height is 9.2" at this point. If you follow the rail to where it disappears behind the hitch (Blue Line), when it reappears the lower edge (red line) of the rail is now several inches closer to the floor of the coach. Also you can see how the extension is bend on the far edge of the hitch (yellow line). https://i.imgur.com/jiHQLbBl.jpg
Dale.Traveling 01/12/19 05:11am Class A Motorhomes
RE: SAFETY WARNING FOR TOADS

The mounting of the hitch with the plate on top of the frame sure looks better than what is on my brother's. Also the triangles (widgets) welded on the frame are additions that add strength that aren't on my brother's. Question, are you using and extensions at the hitch or a riser to move the hitch up and down? I did when I was towing an Accord to reduce bar angle and to add a bike rack to the setup (didn't want to add a rack to the Accord). When I changed to a CR-V the drop coupler wasn't needed and the CR-V had a hitch receiver for the bike rack. https://i.imgur.com/XbwQI4kl.jpg
Dale.Traveling 01/12/19 04:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: SAFETY WARNING FOR TOADS

For what it's worth the images are 10 minutes old and taken of a 12 year old Thor Hurricane 31D gas chassis coach. The hitch is bolted to extensions welded to the chassis. Lots of miles since 2011 towing a 2005 CRV and a 1998 Accord. Prior to spring of 2011 no idea what the first owner towed. Initial impression of the failure image it really looks like at some point the hitch was overloaded for vertical weight somehow. Owners of gas chassis rigs really have to watch the weight when towing. There's a lot of frame and extensions behind the rear axle. Makes for a rather efficient level using the axle as a pivot point. Extensions also have to be considered. The average rig is only rated for 500 lbs vertical. For horizontal weight it's a difficult target to meet. There are new production rigs with 8K lbs advertised tow limits but when you do the math it is very difficult to make the combined weight other than with a very light loading of the coach. https://i.imgur.com/RZHnvzgl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/8Bw1TXcl.jpg
Dale.Traveling 01/10/19 07:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Prevost Bus or Newmar King Air

Featherlite
Dale.Traveling 01/10/19 06:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Bad gas ?

Time to find a new dealer to service the coach. Bad gas would not cause two cylinders to misfire it would cause 10 cylinders to misfire, randomly, along with difficulty starting, ruff idle, stalling and a list of other problems. And the shake down with the threat of the loss of warranty coverage, in it's last year for a 2016 model, is the candle on the cupcake. Older gas is easy to fix by add new gas to the mix. If the tank is nearly full drain off enough to a 1/2 tank level on the gauge and refill the tank. Save the drained gas for use in the lawn mower, fire ant eradication program, civil unrest, topping off the tank on the daily driver or just back into the coach when it's a few gallon short of a full tank. BTW, any problems with the generator? Same fuel source but being a carbureted engine the symptoms of bad gas would be much more apparent.
Dale.Traveling 01/08/19 06:08am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Alternate for the door magnet

As I see the solution there are two potential choices, reposition or replacement. Moving the magnet, reposition, is a pretty simple fix with the hardest part being hiding the wire behind the door framing if possible. You could rework the "stay out" switch from its current function to that of manually controlling the extension/retraction of the steps. Call this the replacement option. Probably the least desirable particularly when you go to exit the coach after driving which makes for a long last step. Also forgetting to hit the switch to retract when you start out and leave the steps out while going down the road and make a right turn that is a little close the the curb.
Dale.Traveling 01/05/19 06:01am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 40' Gasser Too Large For V-10?

I never heard of 40 ft gas unit ?? What brand Rounding up. Newmar Canyon Star comes in at 39' 11" and Fleetwood Southwind is at 39' 1". Tiffin Allegro are about 18" or so short of 40' but give them a few model years to use up inhouse inventory and they'll has something between 39' and 40' in the Allegro line. Probably the same with Winnebago. Might not be 40' but they are pushing the numbers up. When Ford started producing a F53 with a 17,500 rear axle giving them a 26,000/30,000 lbs GVWR/GCWR capacity the race beyond 38' was on.
Dale.Traveling 01/03/19 06:39am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Toll avoidance

So how does the E-Zpass work with a motorhome pulling a toad? You buy a pass for the motorhome only? Or motorhome combined with toad, or a pass for both? Single transponder in the coach only. Sensors in the lane will count axles and determine the toll rate accordingly. If you have a transponder in the toad you will be charge for it in addition to the axle count charge for the coach. My transponders are attached with velcro so easy to remove and wrap in aluminum foil to prevent inadvertent detection.
Dale.Traveling 01/01/19 06:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Toll avoidance

When planning our travels I'll do a cost/time analysis between using a toll road or not. Being a two axle class A towing a two axle daily driver the tolls can be excessive. For most of our travels I have avoided tolls but sometimes it's just not possible. Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and the Mackinaw Bridge are two that it was more cost effective to pay at the time. The PA Turnpike I have yet to have a reason to take it considering the alternatives. I80 to the north and I68 to the south for example. I've even run US30 between Breezewood and Bedford to catch I99N to avoid the Turnpike.
Dale.Traveling 12/31/18 07:09am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Windshield breakage in 2005 Class A due to chasis?

A 400 CI V8 in a Monza? Besides cracking the windshield on demand I'm surprised the doors would open or stay closed. Back to the OP. I would reach back to the insurance, presuming they are demanding an examination, for recommendations regarding who they want to check the chassis and negotiate with them regarding the cost for the same. What is happening is unusual. Lots of Kountry Star's still on the road that are not eating windshields. Who knows what's going on and cracking windshields could be a symptom of something deeper and more serious that needs attention.
Dale.Traveling 12/31/18 06:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gas RV Fill up tips

As a weekend camper I know which local stations are usable for the coach. When we adventure out further I'll plan the stops and use multiple resources to ensure I can get in and out with minimal problems. Except for maybe waiting a bit for the lane/pump I want to clear, haven't had a problem.
Dale.Traveling 12/27/18 05:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: F53 Full Fluids Service Price Check

Engine oil change is no different than your daily driver except for one small problem. The drain plug is directly over the axle. Makes a mess unless you can divert the flow. I cut the bottom out of a gallon jug and use it to direct the oil to my drain pan. Mobile 1 full synthetic is a favorite of may owners. Save $110 and do it your self. The transmission is the only somewhat challenging project on the list. Ford made it a little harder by installing a 160 deg thermostat controlling oil flow to the external cooler. But there is away for a shade tree mechanic to get-er-done. Watch this YouTube Video and decide if you want to give it a try. Stick with Ford oil and double check what oil type was used for your model year. To make the brake fluid change easier spend a bit of and buy a pressure bleeder - Amazon Coolant Flush - use distilled water for the last flush of the cooling system and also to dilute the coolant. 60 cents a gallon at Wally World. Stick with Ford coolant. The thermostat should be OK but replace the gasket when you pull thermostat to flush the block - Amazon Differential oil I would skip. Maybe at 50K miles but I think the recommend interval is 100K. Power steering, disconnect the hoses from the pump and let it drain. Measure what came out and refill with the same amount. Fuel injectors, they should be fine at 9K but you can always start running a could of cans or Sea Form at fill ups. Run the generator also.
Dale.Traveling 12/19/18 06:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Winnebago Electric Motorhome on a F-53 chassis

,,, The charger to charge the thing in a hour needs to put out a solid megawatt that's like powering a 1000 homes. If you plugged it into a campsite 50 amp service it would over 80 hours at full blast to recharge. And that's 80 hours ONLY if every watt available from camp ground 50Amp 120VAC split phase service is available for battery recharging. Now let's scale this up in. Consider a couple of thousand large vehicles plugging in each night and the potential demand for recharge power. The average American home consumes about 900 kWh per month. A semi or class A is consuming that much in one day. Current generation and distribution capacity is not even close to supporting this new demand. The necessary improvements will make the Tennessee Valley, Hoover Dam, Grand Coulee Dam and the Manhattan projects look like small scale residential neighborhood master planning. Rolling black outs anyone?
Dale.Traveling 12/18/18 01:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Sealants

For vertical surfaces I've had very good results from Pro Flex. Applies and smooths much the same as an RTV base sealant but without the down side of RTV. I'm still trying to figure out the infatuation of RV owners with self leveling sealants. The intent of these products is to fill gaps in both depth and separation. Using the same on an overlapping seam or a butt joint was never the intended purpose of self leveling sealant. When a large portion of the product ends up inches away from the the area that needs to be seal what good does it do? You end up with an 1" or so over sealant left and right of the seam and 1/8" or less over top of the area to be sealed. Looks great being smoothed out but how long will that seal last? And what will happen when if fails?
Dale.Traveling 12/16/18 09:44pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: When to head to New York from Florida?

Early May, or after the predicted last frost. Might be difficult to find an open camp ground before Easter. Many are close for the season from Veteran's Day thru Easter.
Dale.Traveling 12/16/18 08:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Buying a CoPart RV!

Strange place for a fire. I wonder if it self extinguished after the plumbing melted. Shouldn't be a difficult or expensive fix unlike an engine or fridge fire that gets caught early before burning into the body or sidewall. Personally the sale would have to be heavily discounted before I would buy a rig with a salvage title. Just too many potential unknowns that could pop up months or even years later. My current coach was a repo and that was enough risk I was willing to accept for a rolling earth quake.
Dale.Traveling 12/12/18 04:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Battery light on dash on

Considering the next day numbers I would clean the battery posts, alternator terminals and just keep an eye on it. If the alternator does fail, rather than a hiccup, you can keep the coach going while on the road by running the generator which will cross connect to the chassis 12VDC system and keep the engine running until a replacement can be found. Replacing is pretty easy maybe an hour job. With a bit of searching for a Ford Commercial Truck service center, any independent place that can handle a F-53 based coach or even a mobile tech along your travel route you can make arrangements for replacement. You could even buy a replacement now (which will guarantee the original will fail) so all you will be looking for is someone with tools and knowledge to swap it out. The V10 has one wide serpentine belt with an spring load slack adjuster that drives all the engine accessories. If there was a problem with either good possibility you would also overheat or the A/C would be also acting up or the power steering and power brakes would be misbehaving. Power brakes are not vacuum driven but use pressure from the power steering pump to assist with braking.
Dale.Traveling 12/11/18 04:56am Class A Motorhomes
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