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RE: Best diesel pusher chassis ?

I have only had Freightliner not saying they are the best, but it seems to be easy to get parts and service nationwide once they get your vin# in the system.
tinkerer 05/23/19 07:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: MPG for Various Class A Motorhomes

I have a 2007 Discovery and usually travel with a toad or a 24 ft car trailer and honestly 7 mpg is a normal figure some days less and some days more all depending on the wind. The Cat engine seems to have a sweet spot at about 68-70 mph but also uses more fuel. I always look at it as I have bigger fish to fry than my MPG. One day I had a strong tail wind and I got 11.5 MPG . Maybe I should use that one day figure when I quote my MPG.;)
tinkerer 05/04/19 06:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: cummins "53"

The years for these blocks were from 1998 to 2002, they were cast in Brazil. I had the misfortune of getting stuck with one of these failures in a MH.
tinkerer 03/10/19 10:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Detailing RV

we winter in Arizona and my wife doesn't want to help me wash our MH anymore so I get a mobile wash service who wash the coach and the roof. I had some of these people wax my MH and didn't like their work. Since we are in the same place for 3 months I take my time and polish it With Liquid Glass. I also treat my TPO roof and polish my chrome wheels with Mothers wheel polish. If I remember right they charge me about $100 for my 39' MH for the wash job. They have done a great job.:)
tinkerer 12/28/18 06:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Replacing Norcold 1200 With A Residential Refer

I have replied earlier to a similar post. We replaced a Norcold 1200 with a 18 CF Samsung. It was one of the best upgrades we ever did on our MH. We have Fleetwood Discovery and we had to take the passenger seat out and the exterior door. The Norcold slipped out real easy and the Samsung had a half inch of clearance minus the doors. I had to trim the surrounding and made an extension for the front legs. I don't think we will ever look back.
tinkerer 11/20/18 06:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Towing a car on a car trailer.

I pull a 24 ft trailer with a Honda car and a Polaris RZR behind a Discovery with a C7 Cat. My hitch is rated for 10,000 lbs. It might slow you down a little in the mountains but otherwise it gets the job done.
tinkerer 10/19/18 06:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 45 footer as first RV

I drive a 39 ft and sometimes pull a 24 ft trailer. It don't seem to be a problem as I was used to driving large and wide farm equipment. You just have to use your head before you get into a pickle. I generally fuel up at truck stops and with the mirrors usually you can back out of a pickle. If I bought another coach I wouldn't think twice about a 45 ft:)
tinkerer 10/19/18 06:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Alternator issues

My experience with checking voltage on a running alternator reads only 12 volts is not working. That is what happened on my MH. Put a new alternator on and it read 13.6 volts and problem was solved.
tinkerer 10/08/18 06:51am Class A Motorhomes
update on oil pan

I got my C7 oil pan changed out yesterday with little different oil pan from the truck supply company. It had the drain on the bottom but has the same height of the old pan. I appeared to have a longer sump than the old one. I had my oil dipstick calibrated for the 19 quart level in my old pan and when I filled the new pan it took 23 quarts to reach the same level. I forgot to take pictures so non for posting. It wasn't a bad job as i just had to reposition a cross over pipe from the cooling system.:)
tinkerer 10/05/18 06:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: residential refrigerator upgrade question

The only time we unplug our Samsung is when the motorhome is in storage. Just remember there are some who don't have a residential fridge in their MH who know more about residential fridges than the people who actually have them. Replacing the Norcold with the Samsung was one of the best upgrades we ever done to our coach.;)
tinkerer 10/05/18 06:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Experience With Radiator Replacement

Last year I cleaned my rear radiator DP with the Simple Green. I didn't get a lot of dirt and grime running out but a fair amount. But when I finished I put a light on the engine side of the radiator and I could see through the entire radiator from the rear. I figured good enough. But since my coach is a 2007 the slobber tube is routed past the radiator. The only time the coolant temperature rises is on a long hard pull in 90 degree weather like the pull north Of Phoenix on I 17 towards Flagstaff. I usually just shift down and keep the RPMS at of above 2000 and it works. But one of these days I might be faced with removing my rear radiator to do the service you posted earlier. Thanks for you information.:)
tinkerer 10/03/18 06:34am Class A Motorhomes
RE: C 7 oil pan

Ford gas V8 Engines from about 20 years ago had a problem with oil pan is rusting through as well. The problem on those installed in trucks and vans was that you had to lift the motor out or drop the whole front crossmember in order to change the pan. I will say at least this oil pan should be very easy to change everything is almost wide open with no cross members in the way. I plan on doing it myself as we have a shop with a pit.
tinkerer 09/29/18 06:08am Class A Motorhomes
C 7 oil pan

About 3 years ago I posted a picture of my badly corroded oil pan on my C7 Cat. Well back then I removed as much rust as I could without taking the pan off and coated it with a epoxy product from an automotive store. This summer I thought the drain plug was dripping. Well I went to change the oil yesterday and no it wasn't the drain plug but a leak on the oil pan near the drain plug. I found any aftermarket oil pan and saved about $150.00 over a Cat oil pan which had a really poor paint job to begin with. So if you have a stamped metal oil pan, keep an eye on it. I was afraid it would develop a bad leak while I was traveling and starve the engine on oil leading to some really expensive repair.;)
tinkerer 09/28/18 06:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Oil Sample Analysis - Should I Be Concerned

I had some similar samples from Cat on my Cat C7 which was somewhat disturbing. But when talking to a diesel mechanic he told me that it's important to do the correct procedure to do the sample. Warm engine fully and take a sample after some of the first oil oil is drained. I did this and my samples came back much better.:)
tinkerer 09/26/18 07:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Shopping tires now wow$$$$

Looking for a spare to carry I am looking at the Hankook AH12 Tire, 275/70R22.5 Anyone with experience with them? I have the Hankooks for 3 years now with same tire you posted. So far very good, seem to ride just as good or better than the Goodyears they replaced. I will know more in 4 years.
tinkerer 09/25/18 06:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Blown Engine - 40" V10 Newmar

Just suggesting, it could just be something in valve train.
tinkerer 09/12/18 07:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Full Wall slide dependability

Adding to my other post and having a full slide for over 10 years, there are a couple of rules for my full slide MH. Always level the coach before engaging the full slide, and when you engage it you extend it all the way out or all the way in and don't leave it half in or half out. ;)
tinkerer 09/05/18 06:18am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Full Wall slide dependability

My Discovery is 11 years old and has a full slide with 3 Power Gear motors. So far no problems. Would be on my bucket list if I was buying a different coach.
tinkerer 09/04/18 06:20am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Kansas Hwy 54/400; Wichita to Liberal

I drive this road every year when we migrate to Arizona. A good share of it is 2 lane. I cruise at 65 and let the cars pass me on their own. A lot of trucks drive 65 on that road but sometimes a big rig wants to pass, in Texas there are huge paved shoulders where you can slow down and pull to the right and let them by. They appreciated it. Biggest problem we had was idiots driving cars trying to pass when there is oncoming traffic. With my trailer I am 67 ft long and they don't allow enough time to get by you. So watch for these idiots and be ready to take evasive action. I had to do that a couple of times.;)
tinkerer 08/08/18 06:39am Roads and Routes
RE: norcold 1200 refrigerator

https://i.imgur.com/DxryTFdl.jpg This is the installation in my 2007 Discovery.I had to remove the entry door of the coach, but not the door frame. Sure don't miss the old 1200!
tinkerer 08/04/18 07:11pm Class A Motorhomes
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