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RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Another point is no one has to follow this or any other forum if it doesn't meet their needs "Follow" what, exactly? A topic about an RV which was obsolete at the time of the original post? C'mon, man. A 1983 RV is close to 4 DECADES old today, which goes to worn out systems, worn out power and drive train, worn out chassis components, and obsolete electronics. Anyone who thinks trying to "rehab" such a mechanical and technological train wreck (cost effectively) is either delusional, or smoking something the rest of us would like some of. Time to put a fork in it - it's DONE.
Racklefratz 08/14/21 07:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Getting help from ALISON

Sadly, such is the case with more and more companies these days. It can be a very difficult task to actually come into contact with someone who is willing/capable of providing substantive help with a problem. I've been there/done that. Good luck.
Racklefratz 07/30/21 06:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 255 30m 22.5 tires

Nobody wants to spend big bucks for replacement tires for our RVs - that's no different than we don't want to spend money we don't have to for ANYTHING we buy. But I can tell you from personal experience with a tire blow-out at highway speed, buying tires is NOT something you want to scrimp on. We had a driver-side front tire explode at 70mph, and tire shards came up though the floor of our Beaver Patriot diesel pusher, spraying diesel fuel everywhere. If that doesn't give you some religion about trying to save a nickel on new tires, nothing will. Don't do it. Buy the best quality tires you can find, and be thankful you did. Tires aren't the place to try to save money.
Racklefratz 07/16/21 06:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking at purchasing a safe and Reliable Motorhome

I find it curious, to say the least, that the OP is conspicuous by her absence from this discussion. Questions asked were valid questions, and it may be that it's either information overload, or she doesn't like the answers to the questions she asked. Some acknowledgement of all the info provided doesn't seem to be too much to ask, however. ;) But there's no getting around it - buying a motorhome is buying a truck with a house attached; it's a big deal. There are lots of moving parts - parts which will enevitably need maintenance, replacement, or both, and it's not something that can be done on the cheap. This isn't something where an owner can simply "set it and forget it", as we owners well understand. A prospective buyer needs to do their homework and go in eyes wide-open, with help from owners like us here, and hopefully, the end result will be a satisfactory ownership experience.
Racklefratz 07/12/21 06:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking at purchasing a safe and Reliable Motorhome

I really know nothing about motorhomes ... I was hoping to purchase a Cummins with Allison trans without air brakes with hopefully a couple slide outs. Conflicting specifications, I must say. Assuming Class-A motorhomes - a Cummins-powered RV will also have an Allison transmission, but air brakes will be part of the package too, as will an air-ride suspension - you won't be able to cherry-pick which of those you want. There are good reasons for air brakes on diesel-powered RVs - they're heavy enough that conventional braking systems wouldn't suffice. If you want to avoid all that, for whatever reason, the option will be a gas-powered RV, which will NOT have any of those features. Number of slides would depend on make, model, and year of manufacture. Gas vs Diesel has been debated ad nauseum in forums like this one over the years, and there's no benefit in revisiting it. Just research the pros and cons on your own - there's lots of information available on the internet. Does anyone know of any good models that will not push me all over the road and go up and down hills with ease. My budget is in and around 25-30k. My hubby wants to spend double. However, we will only be using it a few weeks out of the year, as we are not retired- so spending a lot doesn’t make sense to me. Once retired fair game, but for now I just want something budget friendly, safe and reliable. The best strategy to use in the decision-making process in choosing a motorhome is to research the market to see what's available at the various price ranges, decide on features, length, floorplan might best suit your needs, and THEN be willing to eliminate your wants until you can find something in your price range. On the usage issue, when any of us decide to buy an RV, we know that it won't be our daily driver; we know it will be parked the majority of the time. That's part of the game. But we buy them to enjoy them those times we WILL be able to, even if it's not as often as we'd like. If your plan is to buy low for the short term until you both retire, then trade up to something nicer, that's fine, except that for most of us, retirement also means reduced income. Might be a disconnect there. The terms you've used are quite subjective. What does "push me all over the road" mean? All RVs have large side areas that can be affected by heavy crosswinds. "Go up and down hills with ease" - how much "ease"? Some can do it with more "ease" than others, and obviously, the ones with more power and better braking systems (can you say "diesel pusher" and "air brakes"?) will be the best performers. Don't fall into the trap of buying a "fixer-upper" on the cheap and immediately wishing for something more. Do your research, decide which features really meet your requirements, shop the internet for price ranges, and then, once you've decided what you want, AND CAN AFFORD, people here can assist with filling in any information gaps.
Racklefratz 07/11/21 03:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Solar Panels

https://www.parkedinparadise.com/solar-calculator/ This is just one of multiple places to look to answer your question. But, rather than build a system just for the RV, why not look into building a true off-grid power system.Well, you stepped in it with that last question. The realistic, factual answer is that none of the "alternative energy" options available today are ready for prime time. This is why none of them would exist were it not for the massive government (taxpayer) subsidies they receive. Can you say "Solyndra"? Tesla is another example. Wouldn't exist without subsidies, big ones, subsidies that YOU pay for through your taxes.
Racklefratz 05/29/21 05:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Windshield seal

glass shop who put in windshields.Wish it were that simple. "Glass shop" in most cases will be a business that specializes in car/truck windshields, but won't have the expertise nor the specialized equipment required to deal with the much larger Class A motorhome windshields. How do I know? Been there, done that. Had to go back to the mothership (Tiffin factory) to get one replaced.
Racklefratz 05/29/21 05:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Would you switch from Class A to Travel Trailer

Stumbled across your question, and couldn't psss it up. Been there, done that. Had the idea that, after owning a Class A diesel pusher, a 5th wheel could be a viable option, and was sorely mistaken, for numerous reasons. We're back doing Class A diesel now, and glad of it. There's no comparison. Oh, and to rebut the baseless criticisms of chosing an "A"...the dirty little secret is, maintenance might be more expensive, but you won't need much, if ANY, of it, if you just do the routine stuff in the book. That's always the argument in these "discussions"...people buy what they can afford, and they try to trash people who can afford something nicer.
Racklefratz 05/10/21 06:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Too old to drive ?

Guess I’m one of the luckier ones ..at 77 I still fly our plane but I usually take another pilot with me, not to fly the airplane as long as I am still alive but if I croak, it would be a shame to ruin a perfectly good airplane. I think you ARE "one of the lucky ones". I got out of aviation a while back, after decades of flying and ownership, and I miss it dearly. Age 77 here, as well. Currently own and drive a 43' Tiffin, but I miss flying. Enjoy, my friend. "shame to ruin a good airplane"....LOL.
Racklefratz 03/18/21 07:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How often to disconnect from shore power

When plugged in the chassis battery does not get charged, only the house batteries. Careful about oversimplifying - our Tiffin came from the factory with a trickle-charger connected to the starting batteries, so they definitely DO get charged whenever the bus is on shore power. Electrical systems vary all over the place from brand to brand, and model to model. It's hard sometimes to make blanket statements that apply to them all for some aspects of their design and capabilities.
Racklefratz 02/27/21 12:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Electric Jacks Lubricant

NO! Not WD-40! 1st it's not a lubricant. More important, it'll dry and turn sticky in the process, collecting dust, dirt and whatever, leaving you with a mess to clean off. My go-to is dry silicone spray. You're right about WD-40, which is always among the recommendations each time this subject comes up. The "WD" in WD-40 stands for "water displacement"; it was never intended as a lubricant, although it's widely MIS-used for that. Not to hi-jack the OP's thread, but our coach has HWH hydraulic jacks installed from the factory, and HWH's position on lubricating their jacks is "DON'T". Just keep 'em clean. Any build-up of any kind of lubricant on the moving parts of the jacks is a dirt-magnet, and the grit on the jacks can destroy the seals over time. HWH says if jacks need repeated lubrication to get them to retract, there's likely to be a problem somewhere - weak retraction springs, etc.
Racklefratz 02/27/21 11:31am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is there any difference in DRIVING a gas class A vs diesel?

To the OP, my advise is make your decision based on ride quality, handling, noise and layout, not fuel type. Diesels cost twice as much to maintain. Unless you are buying something with over 400HP, power is not much of a difference anymore Power may be of lesser importance now, but powerBAND is still a big deal, one that newcomers to RVing may not always be aware of. People complain about the noise up front in a gas-powered Class A, and for good reason. It's noisy not only because the engine is situated right between them, but also because a gasoline engine has to turn higher RPMs to make its rated power. This is a concern because an engine that constantly runs at higher RPMs will suffer greater parts wear over time. A diesel, OTOH, makes good power at significantly lower RPMs, which results in longer engine life. Our 450HP Cummins-powered RV loafs at 1,750RPM at 65MPH. You won't see that in a gasser - it'll be screaming. The combination of more usable power and torque at lower RPMs explains why over-the-road trucks and most construction equipment use diesel power. These same reasons are why diesel engines make for an attractive solution for Class A motorhomes. The price of admission will typically be less for a gas powered motorhome, but like anything else in life, you get what you pay for.
Racklefratz 12/12/20 11:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What about driving a diesel pusher?

I've owned a couple of diesel pickups and I drove a large school bus for a year, but when I sit in the cockpit of a diesel pusher I'm stymied by all the switches, knobs, and pedals. So what do I need to know about driving a diesel pusher? I disagree with any assertions that the "knobs and switches are only there to impress friends"...they're there for a reason, and they all have a function. But if you drove a school bus, you can handle a diesel pusher - it's the weight and length you need to be concerned with, and you've done it. The "knobs and switches" are explained in the manual - just read it.
Racklefratz 12/08/20 07:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: My windshield nightmare.

And let me also add. DO NOT CALL A "National company" you find on the internet. Find a local company and go with them! Not a "one-size-fits-all" solution, unfortunately. When we had a windshield problem with our '12 Allegro Bus, I DID call a prominent local automotive windshield repair/replacement outfit to come to my place and evaluate a replacement windshield, and all I got was, "that's a BIG piece of glass". He promised to consult with management and "get back to me" with a proposal, and I never heard anything else from them. Ultimate resolution was a trip to the Tiffin factory service center for a new windshield installation. Lesson learned: Don't rely on local businesses to always be willing or capable of dealing with an RV windshield issue.
Racklefratz 12/02/20 06:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is there any difference in DRIVING a gas class A vs diesel?

I had at least 26 different RVs. Somehow I never found the diesel to be more powerful than the gas.I haven't bought another RV every year we've been at it, but I've owned both gas and diesel. You and I own diesels now, and both of us understand why. My experience parallels the rest of all the other posts here and elsewhere on the internet about the differences between the two. It isn't about power - bigger engine, smaller engine...not the issue - it's a quality of life thing. The fact is that you'll have to work very hard to find any diesel-powered RV built on a sub-standard chassis and/or with sub-standard house components. Prevosts are expensive - Bounders are less so. There's a reason. And, OBTW, for anyone who doesn't know, Prevosts are not gassers.
Racklefratz 11/28/20 06:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is there any difference in DRIVING a gas class A vs diesel?

I have always done my own repair and renovation. That may have to change some as I have no experience with diesel engines. Something I didn't see pointed out here is that if a diesel engine gets the maintenance it requires, as specified by the mfgr, you're not going to NEED to do much work on it. Keep the engine, tranny, and generator oil and filters clean and replaced at the correct intervals, and a diesel will go a lot further than a gasser will before needing anything major. They're built that way, which is why all the over-the-road trucks are diesel-powered. As you already know, an RV consists of a lot of moving parts, since it's not only a vehicle, but a home as well, with all the appliances, plumbing, etc that goes with that aspect. THAT'S where your DIY experience can really help. If you can do that stuff, you'll be ahead of the game, and you won't have to worry about the dealer's minimum-wage kid doing on-job training on your rig with his little power driver, and stripping all the fasteners in the process. Good luck with your search.
Racklefratz 11/27/20 02:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: HWH customer service phone number is a joke

The reason the phone number is loaded up is because of people like you. You call for help when you either have the Instruction manual or lack the resources/lazy to go online to HWHcorp.com and they have any and all instructional help you would need. Including a specific site on their online manuals for ALL their various Leveling adjustments. THAT'S pretty heavy-handed, and shows YOU obviously haven't experienced the HWH "call-back" problem. OTOH, I **HAVE**. When I noticed a pool of hydraulic fluid under our coach several years ago, I went to the HWH website for clues. That website is the most disorganized and poorly designed site I think I've ever seen, and with all the litany of various permutations and combinations of HWH systems available and in service on all manner of commercial and RV vehicles over the years, trying to actually find the one installed on YOUR specific vehicle is a royal PITA. And if it's a parts issue, one first has to know specifically WHICH parts will be required, and the average owner probably WON'T know that. Even if one DOES know, it's difficult to impossible to find them available for ordering on the website. On the "callback" issue, I was told the same thing as the OP here was told, and it turned out to be FOUR BLASTED MONTHS LATER when I finally got a call. During that time, I was definitely exploring other options for any kind of local help, but it turns out none of the mobile tech operations have any experience working on leveling systems, and taking this coach to any of the lame RV dealers, where they park it out on the back lot for 3 months before one of their minimum-wage flunkies ever gets started with his on-job training on it on my dime was totally out of the question. Not happening. Four long months after I first called HWH, I was shocked and surprised that someone from HWH actually DID call, and to their credit, he was sympathetic, knowledgeable, and helpful. After discussing the problem, he surmised that an o-ring kit to replace those in the suspected leaking solenoid would fix the problem. It did. So my contact with HWH, once it finally took place, was productive, and the problem was solved. But your diatribe here of accusing people you don't know of being "too lazy" to get whatever resources they need is not helpful - you have no way of knowing what they might have done, or if they're even capable of handling the repairs on their own. I have done lots of repairs on our coach, and I always do it myself when I can. But I'm an owner with no formal RV maintenance training, and when I needed HWH's help, it was a frustrating experience.
Racklefratz 11/16/20 11:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: My windshield nightmare.

My RV is parked in a shed so no leaking without me knowing it. When it did a towel was put down. Windshield leaks are no fun - our '94 Beaver Patriot leaked whenever we got into any rain. I didn't really pursue it, since where we live, there's not much rain. Sorry I don't have anything to offer in your situation. But as an aside, I notice your signature includes "UPS Feeder Driver retiring in July 2016!". That was a while ago. ;)
Racklefratz 11/16/20 10:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: HWH Service

Just replaced the rear switch and no change so the problem is as you say Mick. We once had a situation where the electrical contactor that powers the HWH pump was intermittent, and neither of our hydraulic slides would move. Since one of yours works, this probably doesn't apply.
Racklefratz 11/16/20 10:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Oasis Hydronic water heating

Woke up this morning to find we had no hot water. Everything was fine last night after our showers and dish washing. Any ideas? No idea which system your coach has installed. But in our Tiffin, and when the same issue occurred, it turned out to be a failed thermostatic sensor which, if failed, disables the system, resulting in no hot water. Ours is HydroHot.
Racklefratz 10/21/20 07:36pm Class A Motorhomes
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