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RE: 1986 Dodge B250 Camperwagon | Engine And Tranny Questions

Maybe change the rear end ratio? I doubt it'll hurt the mileage much more than a 360 or a hop up of your 318. Especially if you're going to a 4x4 conversion, you'll probably want it anyway. Just match your likely front axle ratio. Jim
Handbasket 07/03/15 05:58pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: 1990s dodge chassis

Be sure to read all the links under item 8 in the class B forum FAQ's here http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/19953525.cfm . A few of the late 1990's thru 200? had some very squirrely handling characteristics that were difficult or impossible to cure. Test drive _before_ you buy! Jim
Handbasket 06/22/15 06:17am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Onan 2600 generator

Start by suspecting the fuel filter, since it's cheap & easy, and fits the symptoms well. If it's running good while it runs, it's probably not a gummed up carb, but Seafoam or Techron won't hurt. That leads to three other possibilities: clogged spark arrestor screen in the exhaust (doesn't quite fit symptoms, but can be DIY'd), failing fuel pump (fits symptoms, $$, and generator has to come out), or voltage regulator (somewhat fits symptoms, $$, can be DIY'd, troubleshooting chart in Onan manual & on Flight Systems website). Jim
Handbasket 05/27/15 07:23am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Systems inspection and readiness

Chevy or Dodge? '03 RT could be either. 'underutilized' could be a Dodge with handling issues. Jim
Handbasket 04/18/15 10:54am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Onan 4KY Consuming Oil After Change, Breather Tube/Crankcase

More of a general comment than based on what I've read here, be darn sure you're checking the oil correctly. All 3 of my 2800's (the only Onan I'm really familiar with) have required checking the level with the dipstick plug unscrewed and sitting on the edge of the hole. This makes a significant difference in getting the oil level correct. I actually wrote the correct method on mine in silver Sharpie. Check your manual. Be sure to allow enough drain-back time. I agree with changing back to dino, and using a straight 30W if you don't have an unusual climate. I've always used Castrol in air cooled engines, from lawn mowers to VW Bugs. The oil has to be going somewhere. If you were burning that much oil, I'd really expect smoke and the spark plug to foul pretty quickly. Assuming that it's sitting level, a leak should show up as at least wetness on the bottom of the pan very quickly. Almost has to be the crankcase vent system, and I'm not familiar with yours. Best of luck with it. Jim
Handbasket 04/16/15 03:46pm Tech Issues
RE: HorseTrailer&M-BSprinter

Can't tell for sure if you're asking about a bare delivery van, a passenger van, or a full-up class B. But if it's the latter, I seriously doubt it. If you need towing capacity and compact living quarters, consider a Tiger CX or other Tiger (small C based on a 1-ton pickup). Jim
Handbasket 04/15/15 11:13am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Onan generator only runs with switch held in

If you can get it onto a lift, replacing the voltage regulator in an underslung Onan Microlite 2.8 or 2.5 isn't hard, just patience-& dexterity-challenging, blindly feeling for a small tapped hole in the base pan that has NO lead-in or countersink, with the end of the screw. That's a real, real PITA (mine have only had one, a Torx). Replacing the VR on ramps or the ground might be beyond all but the slimmest & most flexible. Dropping the generator _might_ be worth it, but all you achieve by having the cover off is a slightly better working angle accessing that dam'd screw hole. You do need some minimal electrical savvy & a multi-meter to go thru the troubleshooting steps outlined in the Onan manual or on the Flight Systems website. I'd be darned sure that's what the issue was before buying one and going to the pain of replacing it. Jim H.
Handbasket 04/03/15 03:34pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: help deciding on Class B

Be sure to read all the fine print on the rated towing capacity. IIRC, in the early 2000's RT Chevy brochures gave a figure that (noted in the fine print) was based on driver only, nearly empty tanks (including gas), no factory options (generator, awning), and no cargo. I suspect other B makers may do the same. Jim
Handbasket 03/24/15 05:38am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: High top conversion van Handling in the wind

Switchback & Ted66, after a _lot_ of work, sweat, money, and a few tears, I traced much of my '99/'00 Roadtrek Dodge's evil wind & curve handling to soft sidewalls on Michelin LTX tires, even in load range E. Jim H.
Handbasket 01/27/15 11:07am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Kitchen Module for Van Ford / Sprinter / Chevy

I think www.moreheaddesignlab.com _used_ to offer DIY van interior modules for at least the 1st generation Sprinter. I'm not sure he still does, but a quick phone call should answer that. You may or may not get an answer before start of business Monday, considering the holidays. Jim H.
Handbasket 01/02/15 08:07am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Problems starting 2800 Cummins-Onan gas generator

Don't waste your time looking for "the infamous little black vent tube". That's _only_ on the 2500LP units, not the gasoline 2800. It's a breather tube for the propane regulator. At 50 hours and 10+ years, your issue is almost sure (95%?) to be a gummed-up carb. Onan says they're not rebuildable; I believe them. They have super-fine internal passages. I have cleaned two of my previous ones, but they weren't that neglected. Assuming it can be started and run at all, and using all proper caution, break the fuel line somewhere between Onan & fuel tank. Put the 'to Onan' end into a can of 1/3 Seafoam, 2/3 fresh gas. Start it, let it run for 1/2 hour. Stop it, let it sit overnight. Run it 5-10 minutes the next day to draw in fresh solvents. Repeat daily until it runs right or you give up. I succeeded after about a week in one case. Jim
Handbasket 11/01/14 06:45am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Blowing fuses

I think your 'house' fuse box is in the converter, right? Your converter's lid/door may contain a diagram of the fuses that tells which holder goes to what, and what size each fuse should be. The fuses may be undersized. Simplistic, but sometimes overlooked. If it's different fuses that blow at random, you may have a chaffed wiring harness, most likely near the converter. I can't recall either of my RT's wiring layouts from 10 years back, but I suspect they ran the wires in a common bundle leaving the converter, and splitting off as they went close to the various 12V users. I'd start by inspecting that wiring bundle. Roadtrek _might_ have a wiring diagram on their website. They're better than most RV makers about such stuff, but I dunno how far back their online stuff goes. Jim, "Leaves don't fall off of trees. They're pushed."
Handbasket 10/14/14 11:24am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Falcon 19 footer - 1986 - newbie with questions

..... When you get done, you'll know why so many mechanics tend to be a bit grumpy. :D Ain't that the truth... :( What the manufacturers do is select a part that they _know_ dam' well is gonna need replacement sometime in the vehicle's life, probably more than once. Then they hang that part from the ceiling, and build the vehicle around it. "You can't get there from here" was originally said in a garage, not when giving directions to a stranger as is commonly believed. Jim, "Yeah, I'm lost. But darn, I'm sure making good time!"
Handbasket 10/13/14 09:42am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Domectic refrigerator operation

May as well find out what it can do by setting it on 7. It won't speed up col-down time much, tho'. Best to install a remote-reading thermometer in it, so opening it to check won't slow down cooling. Empty, a fairly good operating RV reefer can need 12-24 hours to fully cool down. Fill it with pre-cooled stuff from the house reefer, and only add small amounts of warm stuff over time. It (the reefer and RV) needs to be darned close to level. You can ruin the cooling system by running it off-level much or for an hour or so. The noise may or may not indicate issues. My Tiger's much-abused reefer clucks quietly sometimes running on propane, but not noticeably on electric. It cools OK, but not great. Condition of the door gasket can be an issue with cooling, and Dometic may or may not have one (probably won't, in my experience). Jim, "Manure occureth."
Handbasket 10/10/14 01:14pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: water heater winterizing question

My Tiger has a manually-lit 3 gallon Suburban WH. When I think there's a danger of it freezing but it's not yet winterized, I just light the pilot light. Leaving it on just 'pilot' all night gets the water plenty hot enough to shower, so I'm sure it's protected from cold. Mine's easiest to light if I light a stove burner for a moment first. Jim, "Neighbors... the strangers next door."
Handbasket 10/10/14 10:51am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Onan MicroLite 2.5 LP series L

Will it always restart immediately? If so, that argues against it being a heat-related. But if it requires a cool-down period, it may sell be heat-related. Both my failures on my current Onan 2800 required at least 5-15 minutes cooling in summer before they'd re-start (fuel pump, voltage regulator). Another thing often overlooked is the spark arrestor being plugged, but your symptoms don't match mine when that happened (run fine no or light load, chug down and die under load). Good luck with it. Jim, "Trying to understand the behavior of some people is like trying to smell the color nine."
Handbasket 10/08/14 08:44am Tech Issues
RE: Ticking/Knocking Engine noise 1989 Coachmen E250

Dirt on a belt can cause a ticking sound as the belt articulates on/off of the pulleys. I agree with PaulJ2, you can remove the belt and run the engine. Or use my friend's technique. He's a 30+ year high-line import mechanic (MB, BMW, etc). He sprays a little silicone spray lube on the offending belt. I've seen him do it on my Tiger's serpentine belt. The ticking noise went away _instantly_. It's just a diagnostic tool, it won't eliminate the noise for long. But it does no harm (I've run that same belt another 55,000 miles). Now if it's belt noise, you'll know and can decide if it's annoying enough to be worth replacing. Jim, "Mo' coffee!"
Handbasket 10/08/14 06:05am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: New bunk side windows in 2011 Jayco 26DS

Another window brand to check on is 'Hehr'. Jim, "One good turn.... gets most of the blanket."
Handbasket 10/06/14 04:09pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Blue Ridge Parkway hopscotching

I've lived less than a mile from an Asheville entrance for the past 20 years, driven the length of it twice, and driven much of it more than that. The most scenic part in my considered and hopefully unbiased opinion is between Water Rock Knob outside Waynesville, NC, and Spruce Pine. The 'commuter section' around Asheville is not that interesting, but it does include the park headquarters & visitors' center and about 3 miles on, the Folk Art Center. I'd suggest finding a CG in Asheville, driving north on the BRP one day, and 'south' (more nearly west) the next. Jim, "I always thought a gentleman should open a door for a lady, but all she did was scream and fly out of the plane."
Handbasket 10/05/14 05:01pm Roads and Routes
RE: Where to "dump" when not at campgrounds?

Some (most?) Flying J truck stops that have an RV fuel island have dump stations, but charge $10 these days to use them. That may be discounted if you have their fuel loyalty card, not sure. I Think some other brands of large 'travel centers' have them, but not sure. I think Flying J lists the amenities available at each place on their website. NFS & NPS GC's will allow you to use their dump stations for $5-$10. Jim, "If you want breakfast in bed, sleep in the kitchen!"
Handbasket 10/04/14 02:58pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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