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RE: Is CG info available from MFG's

Our Phoenix Cruiser is only 9'-10" to the top of the roof a/c unit. The center of gravity must be lower yet from having only a 1.5" step up from the cab floor to the house floor. For an E350 chassis, the center of gravity is about as low as you can get without it being a class "B". BUT....... I feel "weight distribution" along with the relationship between the wheel base and the over-all length.....that is where a lot of the "bad action" originates from. Yes I think you are right. I think if each tire carries the same load you have good weight distribution. The problem is trying to get this info before your buy your MH. It seems like they put less info today on their web site than they did 10-15 years ago. For example if the unit has a GVWR of 12,500 lbs and the UVW is 9000lbs with actual weight of the front axle of 3000 lbs and rear of 6000 lbs that should be a good riding MH. I think it becomes more critical in these shorter MH's(24ft). Most seem to have a WB of 159 ins so the only other discriminator is the weight distribution. One would hate to add 500 lbs of depleted uranium to the front end to prevent the front from being too light.
Gjac 10/01/20 06:13am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 1995 Fleetwood Flair 22ft

It is a Chevy chassis with a 454 engine. Here is the id. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZHyWqaQaWuhZB_mcymCJ9d-vgCxU0YaS/view?usp=sharing I can't see your image, just look at your rear brakes, I am guessing they are drum brakes because your chassis is light at 22 ft. Are they Drum brakes? Have you done brake jobs on your cars before?
Gjac 09/29/20 04:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 1995 Fleetwood Flair 22ft

Start by telling us what chassis you have. If it is a Chevy for example have the parts guys look up 1994 p-30 and your brake pads rotors and or drums will be available. Drain old brake fluid out and put in new fluid, grease calipers at the same time. If you do this on your cars you can do it on your MH. If you never did it on your cars take it to a shop you trust.
Gjac 09/29/20 05:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A V-10 mileage

I have driven the same MH in my signature a little over 100,000 miles and have tracked every fill up over the last 15 years manually. I tow a 2500lb Toyota Corolla most of the time. I don't notice any MPG difference towing vs not towing. Added headers and FF muffler. No difference. Added CAI sans cat. No difference. Advanced base timing from 4 degrees BTC to 9. Slight difference. Each mod improved performance but not MPG. Performance went from 19 sec to go from 40-60 mph down to 12 secs. Went from down shifting at the slightest hill to staying in high gear in all but steep hills out west. There were several things that I observed that increased my MPG slightly. Keeping my speed between 55 on backroads and 62 on the highway increased mpg from 8 to 8.5 . Adding a vacuum gauge and keeping vacuum above 10 in HG. Also increasing speed when approaching a hill then letting off the throttle to keep it in high gear. I know when it will shift by watching the vacuum gauge. This increased my mpg to 8.7 mpg. Having said all that I like the increased performance over the mpg gains.
Gjac 09/29/20 05:34am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is CG info available from MFG's

The weight/carrying capacity sticker in my RV lists the four individual wheel weights as manufactured. I don't know if they all do, but it's worth checking. I have seen the total weight UVW, but not individual actual axle weights just just the axle weight ratings. I have not seen this listed on the web sites which is what I am really trying to find. When I call the sales team they don't know either, they just want to tell me about the outdoor entertainment center or indoor fireplace which I could care less about.
Gjac 09/28/20 08:23pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: House batteries

What type of batteries do you have now? How old are they? What converter do you have and how many amps does it charge? It is hard to tell if your batteries are good or bad without knowing a few things about your system. They maybe fine. To check you can have them load tested for free at any auto parts store. Or fully charge them hit the battery disconnect switch and they should still read about 12.6V a week or so later.
Gjac 09/27/20 09:11pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Thinking about buying a class c

The MH is way over priced at $14k for a 24 year old MH. It should sell for $5-6K according to Nada.
Gjac 09/27/20 08:57pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Is CG info available from MFG's

This is a great program to work out the loading of your RV and axle weights. We used this to work out where to place our motorbike and all the heavy things we carried when away for 3 months at a time. http://lda2.svtech.co.uk http://lda2.svtech.co.uk/design?type=type1 for an RV These are interesting formulas but again you have to know the axle weights to plug into the formula. This is good after you buy the MH and get it weighed but does not help in determining what MH has the best weight distribution for better handling without having to add suspension upgrades to make it ride better.
Gjac 09/27/20 08:46pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Is CG info available from MFG's

OP has a good point. There must be some way manufacturer can determine fore & aft center of balance on a motorhome and mark it on side of unit. It's simple arithmetic given the (actual) axle weights. Obviously the center of gravity (and the weights) will vary with loading. I'm not sure what useful purpose marking the center of gravity on the side of a motorhome would serve; there's rarely if ever a need to balance it on a central pivot point. Maybe my post wasn't clear enough, but actual weights for front and back axles are not found on MFG's web sites. If you are trying to narrow down on the MH's you like, that means if you have 5 choices all 5 would have to be weighted prior to purchase, which would be impractical. That is why I asked the question is there another way to get these weights or at least estimate them. My thought is sometimes OCC is given and if you know the GVWR you can subtract the OCC to get the UWV, then knowing the CG you at least estimate the weight distribution. Many on here report if the front axle is too light that the ride will be a little squirrely.
Gjac 09/27/20 08:40pm Class C Motorhomes
Is CG info available from MFG's

I notice most of the TC's I have looked at on the internet post CG(center of gravity) information. I have not been able to locate this info for Class C's on the Mfg web sites. Nor have I seen any info on UVW weight, or weight on front axles or rear axles. Is there a way to find this info before you buy? Or at least a method to estimate the weight distribution? From what I read it is more important on shorter Class C's.
Gjac 09/26/20 04:29pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Reverse shoulder operation

Bob do you remember how much the ligaments were retracted? The Super Spinaus(one at the top) was retracted 2.5 ins. It was already repaired one in 2003 with 4 molly bolts. Did the have to use a spacer from a cadaver to reattach it?
Gjac 09/26/20 04:17pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Costco batteries

I want to thank everyone for their help in this matter. I think I will pay the 10% upcharge and purchase batteries from Sams Club. Probably the same batteries as Costco just different name...go trojan 105 like suggested and done for yrs. I have been hearing the same thing. My Sam's club batteries I bought in 2007 are still good and I think they were Duracell. They were half the price of the Trojan 105's that only lasted 4 years. I think Sam's and Costco change from year to year. There have been more recent reports of Battery Plus 6v GC batteries holding up well, I think they are Duracell.
Gjac 09/26/20 07:40am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: 2002 Ford E350 V10 Transmission Fluid

If your old enough you've likely heard that flushing an older transmission can lead to it's demise, had it happen, blew inside of a week. When experiencing discolored fluid, I simply find a return line and let the transmission pump out the old while I'm adding new....turns pink, your done. When a transmission hasn't been neglected a simple filter change and refill has always been effective. Ymmv This is what I do every 30k miles. Drain change fluid in pan and filter use existing OEM gasket(replacement gaskets are rubber and can cause leaks) I dip a white paper towel fresh transmission fluid remove return line pump out old fluid out of TC. Check fluid coming out with paper towel and compare it to new fluid, when it looks the same just top off fluid and you are done.
Gjac 09/26/20 07:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: Reverse shoulder operation

Best of luck to you, and yes, let's pray it can be fixed with minimal effort. Do keep us posted. I saw the MRI and got the Dr's report this week. Two of the rotator ligament's are torn completely. The top one is contracted 2.5 ins so it cannot be stretched back and reattached. Apparently two were old tears more than a year old probably several years old. I did not realize it at the time but each time I used my arm more damage was being done. Bicep mussel is torn and out of position. He said I had a strong deltoid mussel so I can still lift my arm. He recommended still going back to the gym otherwise mussel atrophy would get worse. Just no lifting overhead and no adduction or abduction exercises then wait until the pain gets worse and get the reverse shoulder. Hopefully it gets better. Moral of the story is if you ever have diverticulitis and take Cipro to heal the infection it softens your ligaments, be carful what you lift.
Gjac 09/26/20 05:43am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: 24 ft ClassC MH downsides

Gjac, We have a 2002 Winnebago 24v Class C withe the 158" WB on a E350 chassis. Completely empty, it weighs just under 10,000 pounds. Full of fluids and gear for a long trip, we topped out at 11,400 pounds, just under the GVWR of 11,500. On ALL of our other RV's (truck campers, truck&trailer, diesel pusher, etc) my wife refused to drive. With this Class C, my wife does 2/3's the driving. The Winnie handles like a breeze. The new chassis are supposed to be even better. I would not be concerned about a E350 chassis. Did you need any suspension add on's to make it handle like a breeze? Or did it handle well from the factory?
Gjac 09/18/20 07:25am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Gravity Water Fill

I assume you looked around on the exterior and didn't find a fill hole? If you don't: You could stop by the hardware store and pick up a garden hose end fitting. It would only take a minute or two to put it on, fill up and then 30 seconds to pull it off. Just have the fitting and a screwdriver handy by the front seat when you pull in. How do you by pass the check valve to allow water to flow in? Same way when you use a standard hose at a regular tap. Might be a valve or valves you switch over. I doubt they put in a fresh water tank and there is no way to fill it. You can fill the tank with a garden hose or any hose under pressure. I think what the OP is asking is how can he fill it by a jug of water when his MH did not come with a gravity fill line. The check valve in the inlet where you screw in your hose needs pressure from a garden hose to open and allow water to come in.
Gjac 09/16/20 08:41pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Reverse shoulder operation

Glad you are on the mend Bob. Do you know what he actually did to make the repair? I did not realize I torn mine completely off over a year ago that is why they shrunk. Apparently other muscles get stronger and compensate somewhat so I was still able to do pullups and any kind of pulling exercises. I just could not push anything over head or any other pushing exercises. Then about a month age I fell off my bike in soft sand and that tore the bicep tendon and pulled it out of joint when I put my arm down to break the fall. I have an appointment next wed to review options. The reverse shoulder seems very extreme that is why I asked here hoping there may be another option. Thanks, yes I am on the mend for sure. I likely could have been further along, but I got lazy with my at home physio and exercise. I was actually very paranoid about re-tearing the muscles off again, so I was extremely careful not to overdo it. Doctor told me that he used something to basically "rivet" them back onto the bone. Not an actual rivet, but something similar in concept. He told me that with the attachment to the bone, it would bond itself naturally over time, which it has done. I was in a sling for 6 weeks with no use whatsoever of my shoulder. I could use my hand a bit at my side but no more. It sounds like your injury is similar to mine, so perhaps the extreme "reverse shoulder" procedure may not be needed. Obviously, I am not a doctor and I am only guessing at that. We are all different. But it sounds like yours was done in a similar fashion. If it is just a case of muscles/tendons being torn off the bone, then the arthroscopic procedure used on me may suit you. Arthroscopic is a small incision where they insert the tools to perform the repair, rather than cutting things wide open. It heals faster too. I have 3 small scars where he went in. My other muscles did indeed compensate, and I was still able to do a lot prior to surgery. I couldn't lift my arm over my head, but I could grab it with my left and drag it up there. Once above my head I could put a drill in my hand and use it, albeit with a lot of pain. Strange thing... I was still working out at the gym after the injury. I refused to accept I was hurt I guess. I was ok pushing / pulling down low, as long as I didn't try extending my arm. With the injury I could still dead lift 245 with a straight bar, 265 with a trap bar. Not bad considering I was 65 when I had things fixed. My muscles were badly atrophied before surgery, as they were torn right off and resting in the contracted position. But the doc was still able to stretch them out enough to reattach to the bone. I was nearly 4 years from the injury date to surgery, so they had lots of time to just sit there doing nothing. I agree with the things Kevin is saying here too, sounds like he is educated in this problem too. You are only a few years older than I am, you said you are active, so am I. I would try for the reattachment process before getting radical about it. Recovery? Well, I have to admit, after surgery I had a dickens of a time. There was no comfort to be found in bed. As soon as I laid down, the aching set in. And it was miserable. Lots of pillows, sleep upright, try a recliner chair, I did it all. I took the meds they gave me once, only once. Opioids, and they put me into a stoned stupor. I did use Advil for the first couple weeks, then decided to tough it out. Drug free body, and I like it that way. Yes I suffered a lot at first. However, after a couple months passed I was able to sleep again with less discomfort. It's a process, you gotta go through some ugly times for the first while. But it does pass. I am now pain free. My shoulder no longer sounds like a bowl of rice crispies when I move it. I am now glad I had it done, wasn't sure at first. The lack of living in pain makes it all worthwhile. I imagine I will be another while before I'm back to normal. I could exercise more.. Yes Bob it seems like a similar injury. The only think different is my Dr said two of the tendon shrunk and could not be pulled back to the original position without the use of a cadaver skin to use as a filler material. The rivets you talked about were probably Ti moly bolts I already have 4 in each shoulder. The original surgeon said he would try to do it arthroscopically but I ended up with 4 in long scars. I guess the MRI helps but they can't really see how bad the damage is until they open you up. I have just been praying that the tendons can be repaired without going to this radical surgery.
Gjac 09/16/20 08:30pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Reverse shoulder operation

Gary, I understand how you feel about the reverse shoulder surgery. It sounds extreme to me as well, which is why I haven’t gone that route yet. My doc also feels I should hold off as long as possible, because there’s the possibility that if it’s done too soon you could actually wear out the new parts and need a second replacement 15 or so years down the road. There are four rotator cuff muscles, and it’s not uncommon at all for someone (males especially) to tear or totally separate the two smallest ones by the time you’re in your mid-forties. That’s what I did in both shoulders, and just thought it was normal “getting old” aches and pains. Then moving some heavy equipment I started tearing my right deltoid away from its attachment point at the shoulder. That didn’t hurt too much until the muscle started ripping down the middle, and I lost use of my upper arm. During surgery to fix the tear, the doc also found that the bicep long-head tendon was damaged to the point where it had to be cut loose and not reattached (bicep tenotomy vs. tenodesis where it’s reattached to the upper arm bone), so my right bicep looks funny now. My upper arm was immobile long enough that all the arm and shoulder muscles associated with it atrophied. Getting them working again took several months, and the 24x7 pain didn’t stop for almost two years. Today like I said, I have 90-95% range of motion, maybe only about half of the upper arm and shoulder strength, and similarly diminished endurance with that arm. Working above shoulder height is difficult, but I can do it if it’s for a short duration. It’s not pain free, but it’s manageable without Rx drugs, and thank goodness it’s no longer 24x7. So, you CAN live without some of your rotator cuff muscles, half your bicep disconnected, and a repaired deltoid. But I would never advise anyone which way to go on this. The wisest thing to do would probably be to get a second and maybe even a third opinion. Your age will likely play a big part in what you decide. :):) Thanks for sharing your experience Kevin. I am 73 but fairly active. I can live with the pain I have had knee arthritis since 52 and was very painful at first, and now no longer notice it except from getting off of a chair. I guess you get used to the pain. What I worry about is further tearing out my bicep mussel or doing some other damage. I know what you mean about rehab it took me 1&1/2 years to rehab each rotator cuff repair.
Gjac 09/16/20 03:04pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Reverse shoulder operation

Glad you are on the mend Bob. Do you know what he actually did to make the repair? I did not realize I torn mine completely off over a year ago that is why they shrunk. Apparently other muscles get stronger and compensate somewhat so I was still able to do pullups and any kind of pulling exercises. I just could not push anything over head or any other pushing exercises. Then about a month age I fell off my bike in soft sand and that tore the bicep tendon and pulled it out of joint when I put my arm down to break the fall. I have an appointment next wed to review options. The reverse shoulder seems very extreme that is why I asked here hoping there may be another option.
Gjac 09/16/20 09:50am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Gravity Water Fill

I assume you looked around on the exterior and didn't find a fill hole? If you don't: You could stop by the hardware store and pick up a garden hose end fitting. It would only take a minute or two to put it on, fill up and then 30 seconds to pull it off. Just have the fitting and a screwdriver handy by the front seat when you pull in. How do you by pass the check valve to allow water to flow in?
Gjac 09/16/20 08:52am Class C Motorhomes
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