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RE: 2002 Rexhall RexAir Water Pump location

It should be close to your water tank. Fill the tank and turn the water on inside and you should be able to hear the pump and find it.
msmith1199 07/15/19 05:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Motor homes and earth quakes.

An earthquake can break and/or bend your jacks up. If you don't have them down the only think you have to fear is the ground opening up and swallowing you, or something like a tree or building falling on you. Not sure about the above statement. Seems a bit "out there". Had a relative who lived in Napa and the earthquake there destroyed their jacks. I saw the pictures!
msmith1199 07/15/19 03:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Motor homes and earth quakes.

An earthquake can break and/or bend your jacks up. If you don't have them down the only thing you have to fear is the ground opening up and swallowing you,. Really,, How do you decide to put them down at night or not? Well if you're in Ridgecrest may want to keep them up for a while.
msmith1199 07/15/19 03:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Motor homes and earth quakes.

An earthquake can break and/or bend your jacks up. If you don't have them down the only think you have to fear is the ground opening up and swallowing you, or something like a tree or building falling on you.
msmith1199 07/09/19 11:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Have you thought about downsizing?

Thanks John. My only concerns with the Sprinter chassis is they seem a little light weight. I don’t know if they would tow the Jeep comfortably when I do want to take it and I think they have small holding tanks. I’d like to be able to boondock too and you need some water capacity to be comfortable doing that. So I’ll look at some smaller C’s too on the Van chassis.
msmith1199 04/28/19 08:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Have you thought about downsizing?

That’s exactly why I’m looking at it gemsworld. I want to do more coast to coast travel and it just seems like a much easier way to put on lots of miles on the road. I would also like to have the ability to tow the Jeep Wrangler so I don’t know if the Sprinter is capable of that. I did see several of the Sprinters towing wranglers on this last trip. Are they rated to tow that much?
msmith1199 04/28/19 08:39pm Class A Motorhomes
Have you thought about downsizing?

I have a 35 Foot National DP with three slides. Had it for almost 15 years now. It's been a good motorhome over the years. But, I was thinking about down sizing. Not because of money, but just because of convenience. We are not the type of RVers that set up in one spot for a week or weeks at a time. We just did a Southern Utah through Northern AZ two week trip and never stayed more than 3 days in one spot. That is how we often RV. One thing I noticed on this last RV trip was a lot, and I mean a lot, of Class C motorhomes on the Mercedes Sprinter chassis. And not just in RV parks. As we were driving through the national parks in our Jeep, the people with the Sprinters were in their motorhome. They really don't take up a lot more room than a large pickup so they got into parking lots and parking spaces and every place they needed to go. The 35 foot DP is great when set up in a campsite, but when driving down the road with the Jeep in tow, not so easy to navigate all the time, and you can't just park anyplace or make a U-Turn to go back to see something you just passed. Not to mention the 7 MPG!! I think these Sprinters are getting 12 to 15. Would be nice to take complete cross country trips in a smaller motorhome like that. Anybody done it, or thought about it?
msmith1199 04/28/19 04:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 77 years ago, The Doolittle Raid

I got to meet Richard Cole back when I was in the Air Force. He was flying Space A with his wife and they were traveling around the Pacific. He was a passenger on my plane. I was a loadmaster on C-141's. Once the pilots got word of who he was they brought him up to the flight deck and he spent the entire leg of the trip in the jump seat talking to them. He left his wife downstairs alone and she did not appear too happy about it.
msmith1199 04/28/19 02:09pm Around the Campfire

I’m not going to read all the posts here so I don’t know if this has been covered or not. But who hasn’t drug their hitch on the pavement on a steep driveway? I know I have. You can potentially put a huge amount of weight on the hitch when doing that and it could tear things up down there. I tend to doubt the frame in the photo just broke. I could imagine the hitch was drug on the ground or something else similar happened to it.
msmith1199 01/13/19 09:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Water Heater Repair

The first photo about shows the access panel I had and the second in taken from right at that access panel. A little hard to tell in the photo but basically the entire water heater was supported by the screws in the front frame. The tank was basically just hovering over the base of the cabinet. So I’m trying to fix this as easy as possible. All I need to do is get something under the styrofoam on the tank. I’m thinking a small section of 2x4 would probably work just fine. The only problem is that access panel is small and I can get one arm in there, but not two. I tried lifting the water heater but that isn’t going to work with the angle. That and it’s filled with 10 gallons of water. So first thing I’ll try is draining it and seeing if I can lift it. If that doesn’t work, I guess I’ll have to take all the screws out of the front and pull it out far enough to get something under it. Based on the looks of the pipes and wiring I shouldn’t have to disconnect anything to pull it out enough. Anybody got any better ideas?
msmith1199 11/30/18 04:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Water Heater Repair

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msmith1199 11/30/18 04:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Water Heater Repair

I went to the motorhome yesterday and pulled off the access panel inside the motorhome so I could see the back of the water heater. The water heater and the rear furnace are both in this same compartment. I was surprised how clean the area was. All the wood was in very good shape and there was no sign of any type of water damage at all. Now for the problem. There was nothing supporting the water heater at all. The unit was just slid in and screwed in at the front, but the entire water heater tank was suspended a few inches off the bottom of the compartment. It’s a 10 gallon tank so that’s 80 pounds of water plus the weight of the tank all being held by the screws around the front flange. Took it 13 years, but that’s what eventually what caused the heater to tear the metal facing and drop down a couple of inches. So the good news is to fix it all I have to do is get something under the tank to raise it back up to where it should be and then put the muffler tape on the tear in the metal and we’re good to go until it eventually breaks and needs replacing.
msmith1199 11/29/18 11:37am Tech Issues
RE: Water Heater Repair

Is the tank sitting directly on top of wood? I have an access panel inside but I haven’t taken it off yet. I was hoping once I got it off I could see an easier way to prop the tank back up. But if I have to pull it out anyway, I may just go ahead and have it replaced. It is a 14 year old water heater.
msmith1199 11/19/18 10:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Water Heater Repair

Yeah they sell aluminized tape for car exhaust systems. Try your local auto parts store Didn’t even think of that, but that is exactly what I was thinking about. Thanks.
msmith1199 11/19/18 07:59pm Tech Issues
Water Heater Repair

Easy question, but a little bit of a complex explanation: My water heater shifted downward inside it's box. This caused it to tilt and cause a tear in the metal facing of the enclosure. This resulted in a piece of the exhaust deflector to drop down in front of the exhaust and block it which caused the fusible link to heat up and pop. That was how I knew something was wrong. So the current situation is after I replaced the fusible link the water heater works fine in both electric and gas but I'm not using it with gas right now because of the tear in the metal facing. That tear would allow exhaust fumes to enter the motorhome. I was going to just go ahead and replace the water heater, but apparently the model I have is not made anymore and the replacement is a different size which would require some modifications to make it work. So I've decided to try and just keep what I have. So I'm going to try and get in from the access in the back and move the tank up into the proper position and if I can do that I then need to repair the tear in the metal facing. So after all that reading here is the question: Is there some type of heat proof duct type tape that I can put on the metal face? All I really need to do is seal it up so exhaust doesn't get inside the motorhome but the tear does go right up to the exhaust pipe so whatever I put on the tear has to be able to stand the heat from the exhaust. Does a tape (or something else) exist that can do this?
msmith1199 11/19/18 06:49pm Tech Issues
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