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RE: Current GM / Chevy Reliability

I am reluctant to let go of my 2004.5 Ram 3500. It has no EGR, DEF or DPF. Today's diesels are not quite the simple reliable motors that the were pre'05.
PNW_Steve 07/16/19 07:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Tow Vehicle

I guess opinion do vary. I have a Dodge 3500 with 5.9, 6speed and 3.73 gears. IMHO: it's overgeared. I don't spend much time running 6th gear and reverse is too tall. I find myself slipping the clutch more than I like when backing up with a trailer on. I have thought about putting a set of 4.11's in it. My bus has 5.29's behind an Allison 6 speed auto. That would suit me perfectly except it had 6th gear locked out at the factory. I am working on getting 6th unlocked. Then it will be sweet. Just my $0.02 :)
PNW_Steve 07/14/19 07:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Converter noise

A word of caution. When the nylon bearing begins to fail it will make noise. If it suddenly becomes quiet it is likely because the fan has frozen up. Fix it while it is still making noise. +1 on the recommendation above to replace it with a ball bearing fan.
PNW_Steve 07/14/19 07:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Keeping cool

Sorry, my link does not work. It is a maxair roof vent cover.
PNW_Steve 07/14/19 07:09pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Keeping cool

Thanks. Are there any concerns about the wind ripping off the vent cover if it's open on the roae? Absolutely...... Ask me how I know....... If you want to drive down the highway with them open I would recommend something like this : https://www.rvupgradestore.com/Maxxair-Translucent-White-Roof-Vent-Cover-p/31-1919.htm?gclid=Cj0KCQjwpavpBRDQARIsAPfTwizTXUtIsidLU7PYefDI-4FCxjfI7Eh7_RNOTeyx_m6NC5a0RqdKUp0aAnXQEALw_wcB&gdffi=d722fab84a06472899ce2a16e4d2ed3f&gdfms=A6A1B0E895C54C0F928778E7F79DC11D In really hot weather I run my generator and roof air. It's a fifth wheel so hopefully dash air.
PNW_Steve 07/14/19 07:07pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Honda generator repair/replace?

Thanks for the input on the 2k's. Also for the direction to look at the throttle. I "think" the stepper motor for the throttle is part of the carberator assembly. Do you think replacing the carburetor to "shotgun" the problem is a good idea? Thanks again.
PNW_Steve 07/14/19 05:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Honda generator repair/replace?

You'll need 2 2ks to comfortably run your air. If you can't find parallel cables I'll tell you how to make your own for about $25. Your Honda served you well. Too bad you don't want to afford another,.. Thank you for sharing that. I did not know any better and have been running my roof air from it with no issues for 13 years. It is disappointing that I cannot afford a new Honda.
PNW_Steve 07/14/19 05:41pm Tech Issues
Honda generator repair/replace?

Hello Everyone, I have a Honda EU3000i generator that has served me very well for 13+ years. Including running my household for 11 days during a winter storm. Unfortunately in a moment of impatience I broke it. :( It fell off of the rack when I rounded a corner. Found it lying on its side in the ditch still running. I shut it down and carried it back to camp. I looked it over and checked the oil level. It looked OK so I started it up. It seemed fine other than some road rash and a broken trim piece. It ran fine for about 8 hours before I shut it down for the night. It started fine the next morning and ran for about 4 hours and abruptly stopped. I checked fuel and oil. All OK. Started it up and it was not right. It runs at a very slow speed constantly. Eco-throttle setting makes no difference. It sounds like one of the old Lister 6/1 engines. Pop....... Pop..... Pop..... Pop.... Suspecting a fuel problem, I removed the air filter and tried squirting a bit of WD40 into the carb expecting the engine to speed up. It did not. It starts easily but will not run properly and nothing I have tried ha made any difference. Any Honda guru's in the house? Any thoughts on what the problem may be? As I will be needing another generator later this year, I thought that I would go ahead and buy another one to use while I am working on the Honda. Unfortunately, my budget will no longer support the purchase of a new Honda. My big concerns about a new one are physical size, quiet and the ability to run my 1990 vintage roof air. After much research I ordered a Champion from FactoryPure.com. Well.... They screwed up the order and are being real butheads about it. I am going camping on Thursday and need a generator. I have been looking locally and all I have found so far are 2000 watt generators from Craftsman, Westinghouse and Harbor Freight. Do any of you have any experience with these? Will they support my roof air?
PNW_Steve 07/09/19 11:35am Tech Issues
RE: 4WD or 2WD

No snow here in July..... I still needed 4wd to get to my campsite last weekend. I go to great lengths to avoid snow. Especially when hauling/towing. I still would not consider a 2wd truck for camping. Just my $0.02
PNW_Steve 07/08/19 10:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Signal strength for phone meter

I have to disagree. I lived for a couple of years in a spot with spotty cell coverage and no land-line. I found a signal strength app very helpful. I have changed phones since then and don't remember the name of the app. I found it on Google Play Store. I searched for "cellular signal strength" and found several. I picked one with good reviews.
PNW_Steve 07/08/19 10:27am Tech Issues
RE: Aims Power PWR120001212OS

Tell us what you have for house batteries and how the inverter is connected? Wire size and length are important.
PNW_Steve 07/07/19 10:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: TV antenna

Great explanation of gain antennas. Mind if I steal it?
PNW_Steve 06/26/19 04:54pm Tech Issues
RE: CAT 3126B

Put fuel in filters. It will try to turn over but will not. Will check for pump and any loose wires, etc. When ignition is in on position you can hear the sensors click. It is still not clear. What happens when you turn the key? Nothing? Turns over/cranks but no start? If it fails to turn over I would be looking at electrical. If it turns over (spins) but will not start, I would be looking at fuel.
PNW_Steve 06/26/19 04:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Texas?!? I'm shocked.

I wish every State had a required inspection. Some of the rotted out junk running around here is an accident waiting to happen. B.O. There is a valid point but when I went full time I made sure to establish residency in a state with no annual inspection. Many do tie registration to inspection and I didn't want to have to go "home" every year for inspection. As it turned out, after I set out on the road I did come back to Washington for around eight years. Regarding WA inspections. There are certain circumstances where a one time inspection is needed. But no annual inspection requirements. I did find out recently that VT has an annual inspection but does not tie your registration to it and as long as you stay out of VT you have no problem.
PNW_Steve 06/25/19 12:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Furnace

The air inlet should have the same, or larger cross sectional area as the outlet duct.
PNW_Steve 06/25/19 11:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Texas?!? I'm shocked.

I seem to remember seeing annual inspection stickers in the windshield of my grandparents car in the 1970's.
PNW_Steve 06/25/19 10:57am General RVing Issues
RE: Mind the Batteries

I have been flamed for saying this but there are no SIX VOLT batteries in RV's. Only 12 volt that have been split into two halves for easier handling. So you use only 12 volt stuff. the two sixes, when hooked in series are roughly a 4D (that's a BIG 220 amp hour 12 volt battery) Actually the converter in the RV should charge those just fine less it is a very old rig with a very old converter. I have been using 6v GC-2's in my RV's for years. Outfitting my new one with L-16's. IMHO: The group 27 "marine deep cycle" batteries that come in so many RV's are useless in this application.
PNW_Steve 06/25/19 10:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Charging battery with Honda 2000

Keep in mind that your batteries have a limit to how much current you can feed them without damaging them. If you are running deep cycle batteries, most manufacturers recommend a charge rate of 8-13% of the batteries C-20 rate for maximum lifespan.
PNW_Steve 06/25/19 10:47am Tech Issues
RE: Survey-- City Water vs pump

I have had two significant floods in my RV's. Both occurances I was hooked up to city water, left it on and wasn't paying attention. I pay strict attention to the shut off valve now....
PNW_Steve 06/25/19 10:37am General RVing Issues
RE: Newbie-type question about power supply at home

To add a 30 or 50 amps hookup you will need to add a breaker, appropriately sized wire and receptical. The cost difference between 30 & 50amp should not be that much. If you need one roof air then a 30 amps should be adequate. If you need two roof airs or have other large loads you want to look at going with the 50 amp.
PNW_Steve 06/25/19 10:30am Tech Issues
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