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RE: I got the shakes

Left for a trip last night. The coach is tolerable. It doesnt shake much once i set the cruise control at a reasonable speed. It felt a little strange about 200 miles in. Stopped for a break and realized BOTH inner rear tires debeaded. DAMNIT. Im at a truck shop now having it looked at. Appears the filler valves broke off. Not really sure how or when that happened. I cant win with this thing. What color was your filler valves that broke off? By "debeaded" do you mean the beads came out the broken valve stems?
Gjac 09/21/19 09:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Short MH's

The axis is on the E450 chassis which will handle differently than the F53. The E/F450 is traditionally the platform for class C's. Thor decided to make a small Class A on it. The Axis does have an independent front suspension though and that should help the ride. It will also have a lower center of gravity which should help pitch and roll. Are you saying that because of the lower CG it should ride better than a Class C on the 450 chassis? That's what I read on another forum. I have no personal experience. This is interesting, with the IFS it should ride better than the solid front axle of the F53 chassis(that everyone complains about) also. Has anyone on here driven both and can comment on the ride?
Gjac 09/21/19 09:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Short MH's

The axis is on the E450 chassis which will handle differently than the F53. The E/F450 is traditionally the platform for class C's. Thor decided to make a small Class A on it. The Axis does have an independent front suspension though and that should help the ride. It will also have a lower center of gravity which should help pitch and roll. Are you saying that because of the lower CG it should ride better than a Class C on the 450 chassis?
Gjac 09/20/19 02:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Smell and heat from rear wheel wells

Yes, a very simple test.
Gjac 09/20/19 02:47pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Smell and heat from rear wheel wells

I would take it on a 20 mile ride then pull into a parking lot and shoot each tire and rotor with an IR gun from HF ($19 with a coupon if you don't have one) if you find that one of the rears are much hotter than the front ones your rear brakes are dragging or sticking. If so clean and lube the caliper. If you never had the brake fluid changed now would be a good time to do that also.
Gjac 09/20/19 08:49am Class C Motorhomes
RE: I got the shakes

I think he means Equal which is a powder,very common for truck tires. Why would you suspect U joints if you did not have this problem before the tire change?
Gjac 09/16/19 11:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Slide Out Making Banging Sound

For what it is worth I have that banging noise on mine and it is an electric system with cables and pulleys. I found 3 rollers underneath that support the floor, over the years the rollers wore grooves in the floor. I flattened grooves with a hammer and block of wood and noise was lessened. I suspect the noise was coming from the rollers wandering out side of groove when extending or retracting.
Gjac 09/16/19 07:36am Fifth-Wheels
RE: E350 trickle charge

It depends on the wiring size. Most cigarette lighter sockets have very thin wiring going to the battery. On mine I could not run my laptop from it so I installed a another socket with thicker wiring directly to the battery I can now run my laptop and charge the chassis battery with a 5 amp charger. The socket is live all the time so the key does not have to be on the charge the chassis battery.
Gjac 09/16/19 07:23am Class C Motorhomes
RE: I got the shakes

What actually shakes? Is it the steering wheel that you feel shaking or does the shaking come from the floor as noticing shaking in the seat? If coming from your seat it is more likely an out of round tire and you won't fix this by balancing the tire. Have someone follow you in your tow car and watch your tires on a smooth hiway and see if they are bouncing up and down. That would indicate an out of round tire. Also as Ron said, jack tires off of the ground one at a time and spin by hand with a wood board underneath and measure the distance from the OD of the tire to the flat board. Is it an 1/8 in or more? If so see if the tire has been seated properly sometimes just rotating and reinstalling will fix this problem. If not the only other way to fix an out of round tire is the true the tire where they actually shave some rubber off of the high spots to make it round again. If the ride was good before the new tires I would not change any other suspension parts but focus on getting the tires right.
Gjac 09/16/19 06:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Onan Generator Cranking Amps

If the starting has not gotten more sluggish over time I would back your tow car next to your genset and with jumper cables hook your starter up directly and see if that makes a difference in how it cranks. If no difference I would suspect the starter, if better I would look first at the cable ends for corrosion especially inside the cable ends(under the shrink wrap). If that looks ok what gauge wire is used from house batteries to starter? The longer the wire the thicker it should be. If ok you know from the tow car test a starting battery will work as someone else already posted.
Gjac 09/13/19 08:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: apps

I use the old Copilot app I bought for $6.99 years ago that is RV specific (avoids low bridges and propane restricted tunnels) the data is downloaded to your phone so no cell service is required. Also use Waze to check my route before starting the trip and to check on traffic. Generally when you have no cell service(Waze won't work) there is no traffic to worry about anyways. I would not buy another Garmin GPS that had to be updated and costs $400 when these app's do the same thing and will not have to be replaced do to a dead battery etc and are updated automatically.
Gjac 09/13/19 06:46am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Onan Generator Cranking Amps

Has this problem always existed or is it a recent issue?
Gjac 09/13/19 06:10am Class A Motorhomes
RE: TC vs Small 5th wheel

TTs and fifth wheels rock a lot more. Not sure how stiff your spring are but I had a 35ft Jayco front living room that had no stabilizer jacks in the rear..The most stable RV I have ever had, especially in the wind,setup..Can't imagine a TC 13-14 ft high being more stable and I have a DRW with a baby TC on it.. We all want to say our currant RV/TC is the best and there is not any way to compare unless you own or have owned all that you are comparing..Watching the neighbor setup, not knowing his level of experience isn't a comparison. The op asked about small Fifth wheels/Travel Trailers versus a Truck camper... "Is a small 5th wheel or TT much more difficult to back into a site and level? Have any of you owed both a short 5th wheel and a TC that can comment on any advantages or disadvantages of each setup? I dry camp 95% of the time so water capacity is important I have 60 gals now which last me 7 days.' 1-It depends on the site but on average not im my opinion. 2-It depends on short..My FW measured 35 ft stem to sturn,some label that length as a 30ft or smaller..I had a 26ft labeled TT that measured 30 ft front to rear and a pickup can measure 22-23 feet bumper to bumper..Like a 26.5' Jayco RLDS is going to measure 26.5 bumper to tongue..Not likely. 3-I also dry camp 99.5% of the time and in my opinion the Outdoors RV "Mountain Series" is the best boondocker made..Very large water tanks/Built in gen set/ready for 4-6-volt batteries/solar and a suspension made for off road....They have my attention for the next RV.. Don't get me wrong..I love my TC but it has it's faults as every RV has..Water capacity is one as well as room..If it wasn't for traveling the backcountry of Idaho needing the ability to turn around anywhere,I would have a small TT or FW.. Seems I am always going down a dead end road.(laffin). I just looked at the Outdoor RV Mountain series RKS. 80 gals of FW, 16in GC 80 gals Grey 40 black and it looks like it is well insulated. I can't tell if it is 30 ft or 27 ft but looks like a nice rig to boondock in. Not many Class A's have that much FW.
Gjac 09/08/19 09:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Heat exchanger type water heater?

The main advantage that I see is it is effectively another radiator which would supply extra cooling on long hill climbs especially when you are at max load or have an older engine with some partially clogged tubes.
Gjac 09/08/19 02:59pm Truck Campers
RE: TC vs Small 5th wheel

All interesting comments. Sounds like set up and leveling is about the same except if you have a stable lift setup. Some have posted that a TC can get into remote sites better than a TT or small 5th wheel because of GC. I read some on here where people flip their axles on a TT to get greater GC and see where some off road TT's come with greater GC. Wouldn't the height of a TC create more of an issue on forest roads than lower profile units? I prefer these sites but have several roof tears and two cracks A/C covers on my Class A that is 11 ft 6 ins tall backing into these sites. Typically what is the height of an average TC compared to a TT or small 5th wheel? Also I would be interested if the higher CG of a TC is more of an issue on these back roads or on windy mountainous roads?
Gjac 09/08/19 08:35am Truck Campers
RE: Trailer Battery runs down

As BFL13 said first find out how big the draw is. What I would do is to disconnect the positive cable and set your HF multimeter to 10 amps and read the amp draw between the pos cable end and the pos terminal on the battery. Is it more than one amp? If more than 2-3 amps something is left on. Pull each 12v fuse one at a time to see which one reduces the amp draw then you will know which circuit is the problem. If your amp draw is less than an amp say .2-.5 amps and your battery goes dead quickly I would suspect a bad battery.
Gjac 09/07/19 09:41am Tech Issues
RE: TC vs Small 5th wheel

Kayteg1, your drw was kind of required. Not cheap and counts as “part” of your RV. You'r are right, having never owned a truck I was shocked at the cost of some of these HD DRW trucks. The way I look at it if you need the truck for work or for carrying a lot of stuff paying $70k or more for a truck may make sense. But for the average retired homeowner maybe not.
Gjac 09/06/19 01:43pm Truck Campers
RE: TC vs Small 5th wheel

We like a TC for the ability to get off the beaten path. Many of the places we have been I wouldn't try and get a trailer into. Usually for reasons of high ground clearance. Our TC has large tank capacities 65/51/32 which allows for over a week of dry camping, large shower, queen bed, comfortable seating and lots of storage (for a TC). It does require a big truck though. Large multi slide campers start to blur the lines a little between super short 5th wheels and TC's. If we were going std campground type camping or desert BLM fire roads only we would go with a 5th wheel, and maybe will one day. I have researched short 5th wheels and find very little under 30' that is premium quality. In 24 to 28 foot range you usually find their ultra light economy "1/2 ton" campers. You are right short ones are hard to find. The only ones I found 24-25 Ft with a slide were the Allen 212 RLS,Rockwood 2441WS,KZ SportsmenS231 RK,and Forrest River Flagstaff 524. I have not seen any to compare quality but several members liked the Allen 212 RLS.
Gjac 09/06/19 01:27pm Truck Campers
RE: TC vs Small 5th wheel

Starting with a homemade popup trailer in 1966, we have owned/traveled in/with every RV type made. We bought the Outfitter TC in 2004 while we still had the Class C MH, and recently completed a 7822 mile month long trip in it. The MH was replaced with an Idle Time 24' fifth wheel a couple of years ago which will be our choice for a Smokey Mountain trip next month. For us much depends upon whether we will be "travel camping" or "sitting still camping" as in how we plan to spend the majority of our time. The idle time 24 ft 5th is what I was considering. It has enough interior space with the slide and light enough to be towed with the Ford 150. Having owned both is this 5th wheel much more difficult to travel with say cross country staying only a night or two in each location? Does the high CG of the TC around corners feel less stable than you 24 ft idle time? Said another way is towing your small 5th wheel on the hwy any different than hauling your TC?
Gjac 09/05/19 07:32am Truck Campers
RE: Ford 460 motorhome running hot

Glad you got the timing straitened out. 200 F on a flat and 220 on a hill sounds normal to me for an older 460. I would do several things to reduce the heat. Remove your thermostat and put it into a pan of water and see if it opens a 1/4 inch or so. I have seen several new ones only open 1/8 inch. You can use a good chemical flush in your radiator and drain before you remove the thermostat then reinstall the housing and flush the radiator from the lower hose using a garden hose. Without the thermostat in the way you will flush the whole system and see a lot of mineral deposits come out the drain. Also you can check you radiator before and after the flush with a IR gun in a grid pattern every 2 -3 inchs from top to bottom. When radiators clog they seem to clog in the middle and much colder readings would indicate a clogged section. You should see a delta T of 40-50 degrees F from top to bottom on a functioning radiator. There is a viscous fluid inside the fan clutch and if it leaks out it will not engage the fan. Look for leakage on the clutch also clean the spring in the center of the clutch on a 1988 it is probably covered with dirt which insulates the bi metal spring which controls the fluid into the clutch as the air temp rises. The fan blade should spin by hand with some resistance. There are other things to try but try these things first and let us know how you make out.
Gjac 09/04/19 09:01am Tech Issues
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