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454 Chevy has low power and high gas usage

My Bounder's engine started running bad a few years ago and at night you could see the leakage from the plug wires. Decided to have full tune up done. Many hundreds later I got it back and it still ran bad. Long story short, at least three years 4 or 5 shops and still running bad. Hesitates when you first step on accelerator, no power, and when you floor it at the time the rear barrels open, even less power. Well last week we were E/B from Fort Smith AR and it suddenly started running like it did several years ago. Ran great up to Russelville and then is went back to same 'O', same 'O' cra--. I decided that when we got home I would take it to a high performance shop near the house. Well a couple of days later we're in Paducah KY and a bunch of us guys were talking about engine performance and my problem came. Consensus was it didn't make sense. Today I was thinking about the biggest problems I have are with the vacuum system. I also thought back some time ago when the kids were young and we were going over Loveland Pass in our Type 2 VW Bus. No power and high consumption. We also talked about Model A Fords and manual spark advance. Well I sent the DW off to look at quilts and I pulled the cover off the doghouse. Ultimately what I found was a badly worn and flimsy vacuum hose on the vacuum advance of the distributor that would collapse and seal off and hold the advance at full advance. All the symptom fell into place considering the vacuum problem. I need to get a new length of hose and install it but just trimming off the end has made the engine run much better. There has to be at least 100 feet of various size hoses and I would love to replace them all but I don't think I could and I just don't think I can afford to have it done, so at least I know what to look at when the engine runs crudy.
D.E.Bishop 04/22/14 08:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Stay A While

Bill, I don't know where in So Cal you live but odds are there is a real full service propane dealer near you. They carry the 'O' rings as does BBQ's Galore and Harbor Freight has a kit with a bunch of different sizes. If you're near Glendale/Burbank on the S/W corner of San Fernando R and the street S/O the 134 FWY is a propane service center, in Pasadena is a Harbor Freight and a BBQ's Galore in Glendale on Central Ave N/O Broadway. Any place else and you're on your own.
D.E.Bishop 04/22/14 07:34pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Replacement Locks for Under-Coach Storage Compartments

Don't worry about Bumpy, he's just being funny. There are locks that will fit your storage doors and available from a really good locksmith. They are used in hospitals, Dr's offices, pharmacies and the like. They sell in the $20 to $40 range. There are a lot of locks available from an RV store, the cheapest are about $6.00. As for your entry door, I have a door lock that locks the paddle style opener and a dead bolt. My dead bolt was a CHEAP copy of the Kwikset locks. I changed it out to match my entry door dead bolt. Mine was about $60.00. I rekeyed it to match my S&B lock. There are a lot more locks available for you rig and a real, good, professional locksmith can guide you if you feel the need.
D.E.Bishop 04/22/14 04:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Jensen TV's

If you are always connected to 120v, get a 120v TV that fits your needs and budget. If you boondock or dry camp a lot, you can get an inverter to power said TV, or buy a 12V TV. Me, I bought a Best Buy's house brand, Insignia. Their $99 TV had a 12v power brick. I bought what I needed from Radio Shack, and it now runs off my 12v system. I bought two Insignia TVa and a BluRay player from BB and all have the brick. I carry the bricks but don't use them and it has been fine for us. The 24 inch has a much better picture than the 19". The only problem I have had is with the RG6 cables and the19" set. To keep things neat, I bundled about 6" of extra 12VDC cable next to the RG6 cable and in poor signal areas, that set had fuzzy channels. I used three different cables before I found one that worked trouble free. I can't offer an explanation for the cross feed with a shieled cable but with a new cable and separating the power cord and the antenna cable, I no longer have a problem. And by the way, I do have some experience in electronics and it doesn't make sense to me, but it has solved the problem. Another benefit of the BB sets, they were inexpensive, the 24 " was $129.
D.E.Bishop 04/21/14 06:03am Beginning RVing
RE: Travelling the Southwest

During the late fall/early winter is when the winter residents start showing up. As noted earlier, snow is possible and almost all evenings cool off in the mountains and high desert. A couple of points of interest, one is the White Sands Missile Range in NM, I really wish we had time a couple of weeks ago when we were there to visit all the missile facilities. In the N/E corner is White Sands NP, it is awesome. Another park is Carlsbad Caverns, I have wanted to go there since 3rd or 4th grade and finally made it this month. You will miss the bats as they are snowbirds too and will be back in MX by then, but the cavern is fantastic. The DW knew nothing about it other than it was a limestone cavern with some beautiful formations, she left in awe. I wasn't disappointed, and we plan on returning with our DGKs either Thanksgiving week or next spring. The Guadalupe mountains are very pretty and worth a visit. In Arizona, don't miss Saguaro NP and Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. In the park be sure and watch the movie at the visitors center. The road from the north into the park is listed as a dirt road, it is a dirt hwy. Wouldn't take the RV there but a good drive in a car. Have fun and bundle up at night.
D.E.Bishop 04/21/14 05:18am Roads and Routes
RE: Class A toad caught on fire

SAD! Possibility that the electronic braking system caught on fire, too.....they've been known to do that. :( Is there any backup data on this? I don't want to buy a new system that is prone to catching fire. Any posts here or elsewhere on this?
D.E.Bishop 04/18/14 06:38am Class A Motorhomes
Sisemore's TV Museum

We stopped to get a replacement for a defective Winegard Crank handle(darn thing was only 25 years old) at Jack Sisemore's RVLand in Amarillo TX, we were told that if we stopped there to see his RV Museum. What a kick, he has a big dealership and has opened a small but growing museum. He even has the first Itaska built, the Flexible bus conversion from the movie RV and a lot more. Spent about two hours there with Jack himself and his son Trent. They took us into the new wing of the museum and explained all the displays that will be there. It's free and it's fun if you're passing through. I'll post somemore in a couple of days with pictures.
D.E.Bishop 04/16/14 09:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: Kitchen Matches

My 12 year old grandson carries safety matches, waterproof matches, magnesium stick, flint and steel and wants a butane lighter. On a multiple day backpacking trip with all the tossing and jostling and bumping together those fire starters get and no spontaneous ignition. Every member of the Journey of Discovery carried a Possibles Bag with flint and steel and no accidents. I guess I'm just too worried about other things like whats for lunch, does the store at our next campground still carry the fabulous ice cream they did the last time we were there. Oh yeah, one last thing, lighting an old sulphur match required a lot of heat, therefore, the denim pants of old were used because they didn't break the heads off, boots did.
D.E.Bishop 04/16/14 07:06am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Were you checked for tire chains last winter?

Concerned about chains myself for an upcoming early spring trip... but I wonder? What do the police do when your car maker has it in bold letters DO NOT USE TIRE CHAINS ... for example my Subaru Outback, the manual expressly states several times Subaru does not condone tire chains. Pretty sure the manual for my new RAM recommends tire chains only for 2wd models, will double check. Chains are usually not required on 4WD vehicles. I have not used chains since 1980, I hate them and they are not absolutely required when the signs say "chains required". Almost all states are now going with "traction devices required", this includes all three Pacific states. I have two different style cable sets, the old standard simple straight across cables like most chains and the "Z" type. Both are accepted in CA and I bet in most states. Chains work on Subaru and a lot of other small cars with minimal clearance. I don't know about the other 48 states but CA and OR do have requirements for 4 X 4's. I have been checked in both states by highway patrol. The minimum requirement is M&S tires, traction devises for all wheel and 2 wheel drive vehicles and ALL VEHICLES. I have been checked in both states. While I live in Los Angeles where chains have not been needed since 1949, the DW and I own a home in the Eastern Sierra and believe me when I say 4X4's are required to carry traction devices when the basic requirement for chains is posted and use is required when the NO EXCEPTION sign is showing and normally in our little town that of Mammoth Lakes.
D.E.Bishop 04/15/14 09:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: Famous sightings... almost

During our fall trip in 2011 we set up in Cherry Hill Park and disconnected to go shopping. Drove toward the entrance and saw a rig with the Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice guys on the side, got to the end of that street and parked there was the "Porn Star Road Trip Bus". DW would only let me take pictures from the towed. There were a few guys standing around looking, but no porn stars.
D.E.Bishop 04/12/14 06:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Supplies for Seasonal Camp

We have a seasonal(for us) condo and have almost the same stuff for it as for our S&B. I would do my A the same way.
D.E.Bishop 04/07/14 10:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Fried Eggs in Bread

When I worked as a camp counselor, many, many years ago, we cooked them on a tincan stove and used a quarter slice of bacon to make the grease. Make a tincan stove with a number 10 can, build a small fire inside the can, fry the bacon, put the bread and egg on the stove after setting the bacon aside. Place the bacon back on the egg and flip to finish cooking. Have to do that with the DGKs next time out.
D.E.Bishop 04/07/14 12:24am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Trip To Newfoundland Via Labrador

Two and a Half years ago we drove through Quebec and found the roads to be the worse in Canada, we were very happy to get to New Brunswick. Tunnel and bridge clearance signs were in French and meters instead of feet, I hadn't converted my height to meters and was scared leaving the COSTCO store in Q City when we encountered a tunnel. Just our $0.02 worth.
D.E.Bishop 04/04/14 11:46pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
Suzuki Security System but no remotes

A few years ago I bought a beater towed from the third owner. The security system module was in the side pocket and the remotes were missing. We bought a newer Grand Vitara when the trans went out on the Sidekick and we were going to sell it rather than put two or three K into repairs. Couldn't sell it so I had the trans replaced and I detailed the Sidekick and we decided to keep it for the DGD who gets her learners permit soon. Now I want to get the security system working and everyone who I've talked to wants to sell me a new super cool system and of course they will have to rewire everything to install the system. The system I have is a factory system and has a standard 12 pin connector and a two pin connector. I have all the info on what is what on the connectors, can a standard Viper or whatever system use the same connectors. All I really want is to lock and unlock the doors and have an intrusion alarm. Don't need anything else. I worked is both the electrical trade and in electronics and I can wire it in, I just wonder if there is a standard pin assignment that is used from system to system. Any ideas??????
D.E.Bishop 04/02/14 09:37pm Technology Corner
Conversion to HDMI for two TVs

A while back I asked about using a splitter from the BluRay player to service both the front and the bedroom TV, I got basically the same info from all who responded. The answer was get a active(powered) splitter and good cable. I ordered a 35' HDMI cable and a one in, two out, 12VDC splitter. The cable came and boy is it a heavy duty cable, BluRay, 3D, and so on. Then the splitter came and I was skeptical, the wall brick weighed more than the splitter. The RV was in storage and we were leaving for Maui with the DGKs for spring break, so it sat for the last three weeks or so. We're leaving Monday for the mid-west via Big Bend and the gulf coast and I have the rig at home. I don't have time to do a proper installation so I just laid out the cable and hooked everything up and power up. I slipped in the comedy/spy movie RED and tried all possible hook ups and the splitter/booster and cable are giving me as good a picture as I get in the house. Once again you folks were spot on and eBay had the gear at a great price. I'm happy, the DW is happy and I'm sure the DGKs will be too. Thanks again for the outstanding replies and help.
D.E.Bishop 04/02/14 09:24pm Technology Corner
RE: Home dump station

Okay, Gardena CA is not on septic. I live in LA proper and just added a 1 1/2 " clean out to the 3" toilet line and it works great. I have a sewer solution so 1 1/2 " works great for me.
D.E.Bishop 03/31/14 01:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Where to go in the Far West for a week in early May?

Why not check with the BLM office in Bishop and ask if camping is permitted in Adobe Valley. There is a herd of about 200 to 250 wild horses there. Back side of Mono but darn few travelers on dirt trails and road.
D.E.Bishop 03/31/14 01:07pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Looking for info re; chinese fuses causing fires

Thanks RoyB and nomad297, both threads are interesting but not the one I was looking for. I'll keep trying.
D.E.Bishop 03/30/14 03:18pm General RVing Issues
Looking for info re; chinese fuses causing fires

Earlier this month or maybe as far back as last month, there was a post about an electrical problem and fuses blowing, someone warned about using the Chinese fuses sold on eBay as they have been know to cause fires. I have searched Fuses, Fire, Fires and Chinese Fuse with no luck, anyone remember of able to find the thread?
D.E.Bishop 03/30/14 12:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: Toad Advice

budbon, I know you said you said you wanted a pickup and I'm wondering why, I have had pickup for a DD almost all my adult life and bought a Mazda B4000 w/stick shift and 4wd. Great towed, AC went out cost more for repair than selling price of another. I settled for a 1995 Sidekick and now have a Grand Vitara. I miss the bed of the pickup often but really love the GV. On top of all else it is a real kick to drive off road. It is a real 4wd but I hardly ever get to the point where I need it. It's not as versatile as a pi8ckup but it well under 5k and tows great.
D.E.Bishop 03/29/14 10:57am Class A Motorhomes
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