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RE: Suburban 10 Gallon Hot water heater

Do what bob213 suggested but first take a hacksaw or something similar and make two cuts in a X pattern across and perpendicular to the threads. Make the cuts maybe a half inch deep or so. This should work like a die. Go slow and reverse the threading periodically and clean the threads of the loose metal.
ernie1 09/07/21 05:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Tire Pressure Monitoring System

We have what real camper has and it works out well.
ernie1 08/11/21 04:52pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Removing clear silicone caulk from exterior fiberglass

Over countless years of working on cars and now rvs, I've found virtually not much of anything will do a good job of removing silicone caulk except for two things: gasoline and Mechanica Silicone Caulk Remover. I know, gasoline is a smelly flammable material but it works and it's relatively cheap and accessible. Just wet a rag with it and place it on the silicone for a few minutes and it will start to crumble into little pieces and eventually the area cleans up well. The Mechanica is sold at Ace Hardware and works well but is slow and messy
ernie1 08/11/21 12:42pm Tech Issues
RE: 2021 Pleasure-Way Plateau TS, made in Canada

Sailusvi: I realize I didn't answer your question.I've had two PWs and am mostly happy with them. Keep in mind that most if not all new rvs come with one or a number of problems. Factory support via Phil Nickel is spot on.
ernie1 08/08/21 10:58am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: 2021 Pleasure-Way Plateau TS, made in Canada

I was on a cross country trip in my then brand new PW XLMB when I got a check engine light while I was in Utah and I live in California. Called 3 Mercedes dealers for service and two told me they don't service Sprinters and the third told me they could give an appointment 3 weeks out. Turns out the check engine light had to do with a Mercedes recall. Oh and there was the $500 front end alignment..........!
ernie1 08/07/21 10:27am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Catalytic Connverter

Be careful! A friend of mine had the same thing happen and it was extremely hard to find a replacement. Finally we got one from Eastern Canada for a reasonable price. After installing it things just didn't sound right in that the exhaust system sounded like it was leaking and a lot louder. Long story short, when the car was sold, it had to have a smog check first and that's when we found out that in California, the numbers on the catalytic converter had to meet California specs. Well it didn't. So, after a new converter from Toyota for about $1,700 +installation, it could then be sold to the buyer.
ernie1 08/01/21 12:54pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Dash AC not cold

I concur with Dodgeguy's reply. That's the way I was taught by my refrigeration instructor who was also a mechanical engineer.
ernie1 07/30/21 08:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: trying to get stuck tire off

JaxDad I totally agree with your statement. Whenever I have a drum, rotor or wheel that won't come loose I take my air chisel with a hammering head on it and hammer the area that the rotor, drum or wheel is in contact with the axle. Almost always after hammering different spots and seeing rust and dust flying off the surfaces the parts will separate.
ernie1 07/20/21 10:13pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: levelers

Based on all the glowing remarks I read about the Big Foot leveling system and their support they provide to their customers I purchased a Platinum system when the company had a sale on them. I searched around within an approximate area of 3-4 hundred miles of where I live here in California for a shop to install the Bigfoot. Most. shops seemed very unfamiliar with the system but would quote me a price of $2-3 thousand for installation and it would take from 2-4 weeks to install. With this in mind, I decided to install it myself. After the initial back and forth of ordering and waiting for shipping of the BF system, it arrived and I was in the process of installing the unit that I noticed things weren't matching up the way they were supposed to and I reached out to BF with a phone call. Well after a few days and not receiving a call back I called BF again and was promised a call back which never happened. This went on for a total of 4+ months with wrong parts being sent and calls not being returned and no one claiming to be in charge who would look into helping me with my problems. Eventually I was reaching the end of my installation when I found out that BF sent me the wrong length hydraulic lines and being totally fed up with. it all, I went to a local shop that produced custom length hoses and spent $165 for the right length hoses rather than deal with BF and wait three weeks for shipment. Are they a reputable company to deal with? Absolutely not! It is a family owned and operated business and no one wants to own up to mistakes and they get away with it. Is it a good product? I have had continuous issues with the system related to parts failures and not with the installation. As a matter of fact, the installation has not been an issue at all.
ernie1 07/20/21 12:33pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Bigfoot leveling pump leak

It's probably coming from the rubber or plastic plug that is press fit into the very top of the reservoir. Either it's leaking around the threads or it's coming out the vent hole in the plug. Mine has always done it and creates an oily mess. People at Bigfoot says that's normal and don't worry about it. If the leak doesn't occur when the vehicle is not moving that should be a clue.
ernie1 06/27/21 07:33pm Tech Issues
RE: When does DEF fluid go bad.

NRAlifr; Thanks for the explanation
ernie1 06/26/21 11:50am Class C Motorhomes
RE: When does DEF fluid go bad.

Thanks guys for the good info. Think I'll take and use info from everyone. I'll wait a bit and not worry about the age of the DEF but if I find that I'm gonna be homebound for an extended period of time I'll siphon it all out.
ernie1 06/25/21 05:31pm Class C Motorhomes
When does DEF fluid go bad.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, I've had DEF fluid in my rv system for about a year now because the rv hasn't been driven and may sit for a few more months. When do I start to worry and have to drain it out. If I do have to drain it, how do you do on a 2017 Mercedes Sprinter 3500?
ernie1 06/25/21 12:06pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Is this a bad circuit board? (fridge)

Gdetrailer- Wow where in the world are you getting your information from? What is your source?45 deg F is a total non starter for proper food temperature holding. ALL potentially hazardous foods must be kept at 40deg F or lower period! To be clear- spoiled foods does not necessarily mean food that will make you sick. It is food that has putrified and enzymes have caused changes in the food so that it might taste and smell bad but will not necessarily contain harmful bacteria. Think cheese for instance. Trying to gauge the safety of eating foods with an internal temperature of a certain number vs an external temperature is a non starter. I'm concerned. that this information you are presenting will cause problems for people who read it and follow your ideas and WILL suffer as a result.
ernie1 06/19/21 02:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Is this a bad circuit board? (fridge)

Gdetrailer-Please reread my post concerning "time".
ernie1 06/19/21 12:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Is this a bad circuit board? (fridge)

45deg F is 5deg above the temperature that its is safe to keep potentially hazardous foods at. Yes that temperature and anything above 40deg F can cause foods to grow bacteria that is harmful to the body. Foods don't have to appear or smell spoiled to be harmful nor does "spoiled" foods always make you sick. Keep in mind that the longer the time at the wrong temperature will cause the bacteria to grow more and probably make you sick or worse.
ernie1 06/19/21 11:48am Tech Issues
RE: Help! Class c house batteries dead. Cannot lift levelers

When push come to shove and all or some of the above suggestions don't work, a sure method to undo the jacks so that you can raise them is to carefully and slowly loosen the hose connection to each jack and the pressure will be relieved so each jack can be manually raised. After this is done you would want to secure each jack in an upward position so they don't lower again until necessary as in when you reach a service center. Be ready for a bit of fluid to run out when the hoses are loosened but it shouldn't be a whole lot. When the pressure is taken off the jacks the vehicle will then lower and be prepared for that. It shouldn't be a whole lot until the tires take over the job of supporting the vehicle. I have the BigFoot Platinum model on my class C also and they are not trouble free.
ernie1 06/09/21 12:01pm Tech Issues
RE: 98. Suncruiser f53 Ford chassis doesn't start.

My 1989 Ford e350 had two solenoids and the one that went bad on mine was on the front cowl right next to the battery. I understand there is one close to the starter motor also. You can test them by jumping across the two smaller wires or across the two large wires with a jumper cable.Sometimes hammering them with the handle of a large screwdriver will get them to work.
ernie1 05/23/21 06:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Had our catalytic converter stolen

Beware of any of the companies that sell replacements online especially if they're across the country and wants to sell you new replacements cheap. They will fit but if you have to have a smog check the printed numbers on the converter might show up as not an approved unit for the state in which you live.
ernie1 05/18/21 08:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Squeaking From Motor

A quick and easy check for belt squeak is to spray each individual belt with a squirt of water from a spray bottle. If the squeaking belt gets a shot of water it'll stop squeaking right away and probably start again real quick.
ernie1 05/15/21 07:56pm Class A Motorhomes
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