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Get out the soapy water, I actually find something like 409 or fantastic works. Watch this: RV propane leaks 409 has ammonia in it. Recommend not testing for gas leak with ammonia-based product.
gotsmart 02/12/21 06:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Death wobble

My 2004 E450 Class C would try to pull you to the right or left if either front tire dropped into a good-sized dip in the road. After I replaced the ford OE damper with a Safe-T-Plus it no longer could pull the steering wheel out of my hands.
gotsmart 02/04/21 03:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: No Power

Does the RV's brake lights, and rear turn signals work? Do they also work when tail lights are on? (when the headlights are on) If not I recommend chasing that down first. Fixing that may fix the trailer connector.
gotsmart 02/04/21 03:01pm Tech Issues
RE: Receiver Bike Racks

I have the Swagman Semi 2.0 Hitch Bike Rack on my Class C. https://www.swagman.net/content/Swagman/images/500/Products/64686_A.jpg height=250 width=250 I used to have a Thule fork-lock tray rack. It is a good rack but I got tired of remounting the front tire and realigning it with the front brake every time I wanted to ride it.
gotsmart 01/23/21 04:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Buying an RV in Oregon.

.... take it to California to leave year round ... You can use the trip plates to transport an unregistered vehicle from point A to point B. If you're never going to take it anywhere again, does it need to be titled, registered, insured, yada, yada, yada? It may depend. state/county/local laws may apply. Some jurisdictions have 'junkyard laws' which say that all vehicles on a property MUST be registered. If you are moving the trailer to a park - does that park have its own rules regarding unregistered or uninsured RVs? My home park requires proof of insurance at check-in.
gotsmart 01/22/21 06:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Buying an RV in Oregon.

Oregon trip plate: https://www.oregon.gov/odot/dmv/pages/vehicle/trippermit.aspx California Temporary Operating Permit (Check the "One-Trip Permit" section): https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/vehicle-registration/license-plates-decals-and-placards/temporary-operating-permits/
gotsmart 01/22/21 03:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: I Like Verizon, But.....

Thanks again for all the replies. Keep in mind the lack of coverage only occurs during SOME early mornings, and is perfect at other times. BTW, there were no problems this morning (Jan 8). As I mentioned, I will probably visit the local Verizon store in the near future. Another problem you are describing is related to capacity planning. It may very well be that Verizon's local node is being overwhelmed at certain times of day by more cell phone usage than it was designed to handle. If this is the case then Verizon needs to increase the local network capacity to keep up with usage.
gotsmart 01/08/21 02:34pm Technology Corner

Did the OP look into Thunderbird's settings for this: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/make-thunderbird-default-mail-client#https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/make-thunderbird-default-mail-client# Force Thunderbird to check if it is the default Thunderbird can be configured to check if it is the operating system's default mail client each time it is started. At the top of the Thunderbird window, click the Tools menu and select Options, or click the menu button and choose Options. On the Advanced panel, select the General tab. Make sure that "Always check to see if Thunderbird is the default mail client on startup" is checked. Click Check Now to check if Thunderbird is set as the default mail client immediately.
gotsmart 01/08/21 02:15pm Technology Corner
RE: Lifting my class C

Here is the receiver on my 2004 Majestic 28R. I'd be interested in seeing how the Op's receiver is installed. Mine might be higher. Can the Op's receiver be reinstalled 3 inches higher? In the 3rd pic it shows the drop adapter for the tow bar. Even with that I enter curb cuts at a 45 degree angle and do not have a clearance issue. https://live.staticflickr.com/315/18817860855_beaa6c9224_z.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/8296/7796971546_e89be36074_o.jpg Here is a side view: https://live.staticflickr.com/8293/7796511834_89e23e1c6c_z.jpg
gotsmart 01/02/21 05:31pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Life expectancy of a small C class.... Ex Rental

For those wondering about buying a former rental, in 2011 I bought a Cruise America 28R (see my signature). It had 109,000 miles on the odometer. I live in it full time in the Pacific Northwest (mostly west of I-5). It has been darn-near bullet proof. Other than chassis upgrades like sway bars, steering stabilizers, and trac bars - I recommend the following after buying a former rental: 1) check all hoses and belts for cracks - replace where needed. 2) replace all spring hose clamps with worm hose clamps (this may be a Ford thing. Ford's spring clamps get brittle over time) 3) replace every single fluid in the engine and drive train (coolant, brake, oil, transmission, differential), and in the generator. This includes filters for air, oil, fuel. 4) replace spark plugs and spark plug boots 5) have the rubber roof inspected. It may still be watertight but time and sun may have taken its toll on the roof. A new roof may be in the RV's future. A Ford mechanic told me that coil packs do not need to be replaced en mass, but individually as they fail. I can tell you that my 28R never received a 100,000 mile service interval. The differential fluid was sludge - necessitating a deep cleaning of the differential prior to getting new fluid. At the time steps 1-3 cost me about $1,200 or so. Step 4, at a later date, cost me $250
gotsmart 12/16/20 02:08pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Curiosity caught the Cheshire cat

HA, you all think walking onto a dealer lot becomes scary, try walking into a chocolate fudge factory. stay out of the room where they pack the fudge. :E
gotsmart 12/09/20 03:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How to Fix a Squirrelly Front End?

For my 2004 E450 what solved the looseness in the steering was the replacement of the upper and lower ball joints, and replacing the OE steering damper with a Safe-T-Plus damper/centering device. Changing the Ford OE damper to a Safe-T-Plus also made a big difference - because it is a damper and a centering device all in one. Note: even with the above 2 changes I still feel the bow wave of passing trucks (passing me or from the opposite direction), but it is not death-grip-driving anymore. I also had the OE front sway bar replaced and a rear trac bar (for flat towing) installed. I could probably add a rear sway bar - but it has not been bad enough for it, yet. When replacing Ford ball joints, use a brand that has Zerk fittings on them. Ford likes to use permanently sealed ball joints. You want to be able to lube them. I have posts about my chassis upgrades.
gotsmart 12/05/20 01:30pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Replacing ceiling lights & adding more light

I replaced all of my 1141 pancake fixtures with Thin-Lite LED pancake fixtures. The only hiccup was discovering that the red and black leads on the the Thin-Lite fixtures were reversed. Black was (+) and red (-). Black-to-red, red-to-black - easy fix. Thin-Lite LED double pancake Thin-Lite LED single pancake I replaced nine 1141 double pancake lights and one 1141 single pancake light. I replaced the incandescent bulb in the range hood with an LED replacement bulb. I did not bother with the fridge's bulb.
gotsmart 09/09/20 02:58pm Tech Issues
RE: What ONE feature do you really like/want in your next RV ?

I want a butler, housekeeper, and chef - so all I need to do is show up, eat, sleep, and be merry.
gotsmart 08/12/20 03:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

Another small point - I was told that the backup warning is "disabled during refurbishment" - and yet I see in here that previous buyers have a working one. Anyone know how to re-enable this? The black rectangle behind the bike rack on my 2005 28R is the backup sonar. I unplugged the connector behind it because the rack and car-in-tow would set it off. Also the backup beep comes from the bulbs in the tail lights. When I put the transmission in reverse the backup lights turn on and the beeping starts. https://live.staticflickr.com/8296/7796971546_d7a909af74_z.jpg
gotsmart 08/05/20 09:08pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Generator/Shore Power Work, Battery Power Doesn't

The OP has a 734Q series unit. Here are 3 PD links for it from here: Owners Manual Service Manual Basic Operation Guide
gotsmart 07/19/20 07:33pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Trac bar

Anyone intall a trac bar on thier class c ? I’m think about installing one to help control tail wag while towing our tow car. In windy conditions especially side winds my tow car gets pushed some and it tend to cause some tail wag.i am towing a PT Cruiser all four down I have the SuperSteer SS450 installed on my 2004 E450. Here is a link to my post of it: http://forums.goodsamclub.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/26797712/gotomsg/26798137.cfm#26798137
gotsmart 07/19/20 04:34pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Permanent Parking 10 Gallon 120vac Hot Water Heater?

It sounds like a water softener should be part of the long-term solution. A water heater may then last many years.
gotsmart 07/16/20 01:47pm Tech Issues
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

CA units do not use the plugin in your photo. the photo does not refer to CA units. There is text written, above and below the photo.
gotsmart 07/15/20 04:54pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

Hey "Gotsmart" I have a question for you. I have a CA too, but what do you mean by "hard wired shore power calbe"??? is that cause we have to plug into the inside recepticle when we disconnect from shore power? I'm an RV novice since this is my first, so forgive my question. Marty hardwared - as in: it is part of the coach. As opposed to a cable that plugs into the coach using one of these: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71qG-i0pZ2S._AC_SL1500_.jpg height=264 width=240 that one finds on most trailers.
gotsmart 07/11/20 01:42pm Class C Motorhomes
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