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RE: Follow Up on "New mech. seems to know his stuff"

His "severe grade" must have not been as severe as yours. But I learned something new,......this is the first I knew of a carbureted vehicle w/ an "in tank" fuel pump. I had an 84 Itaska 454 w/ only the engine pump. Many had an external rear pump, but mine never gave a problem. Good luck on the results,....you deserve it ! You're right, my grade was up to 6% and about three miles. And the mechanic has an '89 Southwind without the in tank pump which is why he said he didn't check. I guess they had to overcome the heat problem Harvard mentioned.
D.E.Bishop 10/30/14 12:58pm Tech Issues
Follow Up on "New mech. seems to know his stuff"

Well the new mechanic did a lot of stuff including a rebuild of the QuadraJet and it passed CA Smog as well as our newer SUVs. He tested it on a severe grade and it ran great. I picked it up and drove the 45 - 50 miles home and same old lack of power problems. When I took the rig to Gary, I told him it felt like it was starving out under a variety of circumstances and ask him to test both the fuel system and the ignition system. The carb needed rebuilding and the distributor bench tested perfectly which is why I didn't have pinging or misfiring when the vacuum hose collapsed as the centrifugal weights cook care of things. So now the results, ran great on surface streets but starving out on full throttle and on long grades with the rear jets open. Back to Gary. Asked if he did a fuel pressure test both on the rear pump and the engine pump. He hadn't because of the difficulty in reaching the pump ... Well he finally checked the engine mounted pump and it was leaking and so he replaced that pump. Some but insignificant improvement. Pulled the hose off the regulator and found the rear pump wasn't putting out even the 6lbs needed. Conclusion, drain the 90 gallon tank which is half full, drop the tank and replace the in tank pump. Fortunately he has a full lift and may be able to lower the tank without draining. I strongly suggested he drain the tank first but it's his life if that sucker falls... I already had the extra filters in the filter compartment so he's good to go there for a change out after running for a few miles and filtering out any stuff knocked loose during repairs. So after R&R the tank and the pump, all he has to do is test drive and change both high side filters, the carb filter and the inline filter on the genny. Cost an additional $850 for both pumps and labor. Sometimes even good mechanics don't think and assume stuff. Hoping it's done and back home on Friday as we have to start living in it part time during our interior S&B remodel project. Hopefully the final follow up on Saturday or Sunday.
D.E.Bishop 10/30/14 06:58am Tech Issues
RE: Windshield washer fluid in low temps?

As a second home owner at Mammoth Lakes where sub zero temps are the norm in the winter I too was looking for WW fluid with the lowest freeze point I could get. For some strange reason, isn't it always in Calif. you cannot buy WW fluid with a sub zero freeze point in Los Angeles. I wanted to change before I left to go up and found out you just can't buy it here. Some auto parts stores will special order it but you have to buy a lot and they charge the devil for it. I have half a gallon if you really need some low freeze point fluid. If you can wait until you get to cold country and then buy some.
D.E.Bishop 10/29/14 10:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: Bathroom Fan

New to me trailer (99 fleetwood wilderness) bathroom fan is not working. Previous owner said it just stopped working last summer and didnt know how to fix it. Dont have a clue were to start to fix this. Dont know if its the fan, a loose wire or ?..... Hope its just the fan so i can put something a little better in but dont want to order anything til i know what the problem might be. Any troubleshooting tips would be appreciated. I would start by spinning the fan blades, if that doesn't help, start removing the interior shroud and the wires should be tucked into the space between the vent housing and the cutout in the roof. Using your trusty DMM check for voltage, of course you could use a test lamp. I have no idea which fuse or what amperage fuse to check but I'd start in the distribution panel. If the fan motor is bad, and you decide just to replace it, be forewarned they are ungodly expensive. I found complete surplus bathroom vents for the same price as just a motor would be in an RV parts store. If you have to replace the fan or the entire assembly, I'd replace it with a Fantastic Vent style vent assembly. A little more money but I don't think the DW would allow me to use a computer fan.
D.E.Bishop 10/28/14 10:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Low Clearance Alerts?

I just read the signs that tell how low the clearance is. :W We have relied on that for years, however, 3 years ago while traveling the Great White North, we came across a tunnel on our way back to the highway from gassing and other normal chores at Costco when we encountered a tunnel with a clearance sign in French with metric measurements. I get it, when you're facing a tunnel, a sign with numbers is probably the clearance, but when your doing 35 mph in an only lane and you're not used to converting meters to feet and where inches are very important, accuracy is very important. Oh yeah, the ONLY clearance sign for that tunnel was above the keystone. Just saying observing signs is not always a good method of determining safety. Would you like to have a bunch of French Canadians yelling at you in French and honking their horns?, try stopping on a main arterial ramp to a tunnel in Quebec City in a motorhome with California plates.
D.E.Bishop 10/28/14 09:55am General RVing Issues
RE: water line, installing a T fitting??

The procedure to follow is, turn the water off, select location for the "T" and cut approximately 1/2" piece out of the pipe, take 1/2" length of pipe to hardware store and buy the appropriate size crimpless "T" and the fitting needed to connect the sprayer hose to the "T". Go home and install. Turn water back on and test for leaks and sprayer operation. The pipe is probably 1/2", but take the piece with you to make sure. Sharkbite and other fittings do not use crimp rings. Some here say crimp rings are better but I've never had a Sharckbite or Flair-It fitting leak after a hard bumpy all day drive. All my leaks have been crimped fittings. Sea Tech also makes some nice fittings. I've used my pen knife and my PVC pipe cutter and both work fine. A pex and plastic tubing cutter is about 15 bucks.
D.E.Bishop 10/27/14 01:35pm Tech Issues
RE: National Park Vandal

when the Native Americans did it, it was considered historical and worth saving. At that time the Native Americans owned/controlled the land. Now the citizens of the USA own/control the land through the government. She didn't get my permission! When the First Nations People did petroglyphs and pictographs there were as many reasons for doing it as there are today, but there was no other medium available to them and it was their only way to preserve what they did on a daily or seasonal basis. The gracious and loving Europeans had not brought their civilized way and their paper and pen and diseases here yet. Neither had Teddy Roosevelt established the first National Park or provided any real protection for the things we now consider National Treasures. And that my fried is the deference between cultural history and cultural lawlessness.
D.E.Bishop 10/26/14 09:13am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Finally made it to Quartzsite

Just a quick PS:, I read in the BLM flyer that you are supposed to maintain a fifty(50) foot clearance from other campers. That may be the reason for the border around their parking area, of course there are those expecting an Indian attack and circle the wagons, nose to tail and keep everyone in and park the toweds outside.
D.E.Bishop 10/26/14 09:01am Snowbirds
RE: Finally made it to Quartzsite

The DW and I made Q last year for the first time for the show. We stayed at Hi Jolly for an overnight a couple of years ago because I was too tired to go on into LA and home. Been there once before maybe 35 years ago to visit dear departed rockhounding mentors. It sure changed a lot. The DW was afraid that if we drove the RV in for show week that we couldn't find a place to dry camp or even in a paid campground. I tried to tell her that are about 18,000 acres of designated BLM camping and surly there would be space somewhere. Stayed in Blythe and commuted along with a lot of vendors. So now to the crux of it all, Beer Belly's", it is a show week must. Even if you don't like or drink beer, go, look, listen and watch the dancers. You can tell the locals from the show crowd, the show crowd wears matching western style(square dance) outfits especially in turquoise and they have clear complexions, the locals wear T Shirts and boots and are more tan and wrinkled than the RV crowd. Then if your just there for the show. come back a month later or if you're SBing go back in a month later and you'll be surprised at the change in clientele. A little more subdued and no matching outfits. Oh yeah, and there's parking where the tent was. This is all said in jest, it's true but said in jest, so please don't take offence. We'll be there too in January and we may just wear our matching Aloha Shirts and flip flops.
D.E.Bishop 10/26/14 08:49am Snowbirds
RE: used RV - carfax shows driven 50,000 miles in one year

Possibly a rental? If so, maybe "abused" by users with little or no knowledge of proper operation of systems. IMO, this is true of any used anything you buy from anybody. In what way do you suspect that a system might be "abused" and weren't all of us, users with little or no knowledge of systems at one time. After reading these forums for the last 14 years, I seem to recall more than a few people professing to being "newbys" and needing help. Wouldn't that put the newbys in the same class as renters and by extension, possibly damaging a system and then selling the abused rig later? It is my feelings that RV renters are as concerned about causing damage to the rented unit as newbys are and for the same reason. Most users, be they owners or renters are concerned with the extremely high cost of repairs should they damage something. In fact renters for the most part have no choice but to pay for repairs caused by abuse where a owner has the choice of paying for repairs or fixing themselves. Now if a rig is rented to someone for Burning Man or Coachella, all bets are off.
D.E.Bishop 10/26/14 08:17am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Problem with furnace...

Larry, the suggestion about the sail switch is a good one as is the one about needing to bleed the line. My suggestion is to first search for a manual for XXX Brand, XXX Model (you didn't include that info) read the manual and learn the names of the different parts of the heater and then come back with a request for help. The first thing I would suggest is make sure you have gas at the heater control board, then check the burner tube for cleanness, then check the operation of the sail switch. If there is proper air flow down the tube and the gas valve opens when the sail switch is closed, the problem most likely is the control board. This is pretty much generic info for most heater but the manual will show you where to look for gas, and electrical test points. Give us a shout back and let us know what is working and what isn't and maybe we can go deeper into the problem.
D.E.Bishop 10/25/14 09:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Heater core removal

First of all Flyboy, welcome to the forums and yes we have the answer you need, look no further. The first lesson newbys learn is the guys and gals on here are notorious for wanting details. As someone said, "The devil is in the DETAILS". The year, make, model are always good to know, most of us put that in our signature, a description of the problem or info needed, "how do I remove my heater core", good question. If you have a 1990 Bounder, there are about 6 clamshell clips that hold the heater core housing together. Of course if you have a Holiday Rambler, not so much help. Pictures are often good in showing the current condition or problem. Creating and Modifying Signatures are in a separate folder and no I don't remember how to get there. Not much help eh? Don't know how to do something, notify a moderator and one of them will help you. Contact the Mod in the Forum Technology Support. It's in The Section Called Technical Resources. Contact 1492 if you need help but remember he is a kinda Funny Guy. Never know just what he going to say. All seriousness aside, he is great and make sure you read the stickys there. Once again, Welcome and stick around and soon you'll be answering questions.
D.E.Bishop 10/24/14 10:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Getting expensive

I think camping is the cheapest way to see America and the most relaxing. Nothing better than a 2 week vacation traveling out west. So for my money it is worth it. X2, except for that out West part;), we prefer back East, or Mid-West. We're like a few others, we're getting a new States Visited map, we're on our second time around. Yes it is very worth it.
D.E.Bishop 10/23/14 07:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Interesting Places to see and do

Just a few spots, Scott's Bluff and Chimney Rock NE, Hubble's Trading Post AZ, Isle Royal NP in Lake Superior, Cape Disappointment WA, Ho Rain Forest WA, all the Slick Rock areas in AZ. I could go on for hours but the DW is calling.
D.E.Bishop 10/22/14 09:04am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cheap bath faucets "stripped out"

There is nothing in your post to say what type of shower control you are replacing and if it is an inside or outside wall or what the center to center measurement is. Mine for instance is a cheapy thing mounted on the adjacent cabinet and is also used for filling the tub. A picture or good description would be nice, in lieu of that, there are four listed in the current catalogs for shower only, two Phoenix and two Catalina, all four have 4" centers, they run from $20 to $50. If you have a Phoenix fixture, there are repair parts listed. There are six more that are tub/shower fixtures. I would guess that you could find fixtures at any of the big box stores for anything with wider center to center measurements but I don't know about the 4' center to center fixtures.
D.E.Bishop 10/20/14 09:14am General RVing Issues
Outside TVs and Propane Quick Disconnects

This is not a post on the use or non-use of anything, it is just trends I believe are starting, and are from my observations at the Pomona Show last week. rvnoob had a post on outside TVs and Muddydogs had one on outside propane fittings. We noticed that both those things are becoming standard equipment on the mid and entry level motorhomes. We also found a 27' model of a class A with a 50 amp service, 5500 watt generator and two AC units. That has been common on rigs larger than the 32' class but not a small rig. I also noticed that there are WFCO converters in most rigs in the less than $100k range and several in the over $200k rigs have WFCO converters. There doesn't seem to be any change in the use of inconvenient locations for the power centers, most still put the fuses and breakers under something like the dash board or fridge. I guess things change and sometimes the manufacturers listen and try to give us what we want, if it doesn't cost too much.
D.E.Bishop 10/20/14 08:50am General RVing Issues
RE: 12 V or 110 TV

My TV also runs on 110vac with a transformer or also known as the power wart. This plugs into the TV as 12vdc. So I also have a cigarette lighter adapter and run the TV on 12 volts. This is just like my laptop; I can run it on 110vac or from the power port on the car at 12volts. I find 12 volts draws .5amps for the TV. The inverter draws .7amps just idling so why have the inverter and more current draw when the TV runs on 12 volts anyway? X2, in my case the OEM inverter used to power the OEM 13"/CRT TV and the VHS recorder draws more power than my 24"/Insignia flat screen TV and BluRay Player. I do have to use the inverter for the HDMI splitter that I installed to play BluRays simultaneously on the front and rear TV's. All three HDMI capable devises came with "wall bricks" and rather than cutting the cords, I made my own power cords. The wall bricks are rated as 12V/5A, DC, those work really well with LED lighting strips up to 16'. If you have any further questions as to the suitability of using battery power vs 120 VAC, look at the powersource on most entry and mid level rigs. Most have "off brand" TVs that are built for the RV trade and 12volt only. I bought a couple of surplus bricks from an RV surplus and salvage shop just for LED lighting projects at home. As an after thought, I have not looked for a large screen TV with a power brick. You may find those harder to locate than the smaller sizes. I looked recently for a BluRay player at BestBuy, and found many of the players, including Sony's with bricks. I will continue to look for a splitter with a brick or using only 12 volt and change over when I do find one.
D.E.Bishop 10/20/14 07:36am Truck Campers
RE: Current Status of Holiday Rambler

I looked at the HR line on Friday past at the Pomona Show. Nice looking coaches. Show prices ranged from 100K to 500K. Fit and finished looked the same just different chassis.
D.E.Bishop 10/19/14 07:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Protecting Your Browser Against The HTTPS SSL Flaw

Done...thanks (mod) X2
D.E.Bishop 10/19/14 01:03pm Technology Corner
RE: Cost of staying connected.......

We're on the cheap end: Over the air TV-free Old flip phone with 450 minutes - $40.00 Mobile hot spot with 5G - $50.00 Total with taxes and fees - $100.00 a month We don't talk on the phone very much so our out-of-date phone is fine. Every so often we go over our data allowance. Each extra G is $10.00. Both AT&T and Verizon have a special that ends at the end of the month - double the data for the current cost. If you buy now it continues indefinitely. Be aware though that you probably use a lot of data at your house and these plans might not be a good fit. We can almost always get connected as we're traveling however when traveling in very remote areas like Alaska cell service is iffy, usually you won't get it except in the cities. We are about the same with out the useless and boring TWC Cable. With the cable it's almost $200. And we still have our old dumb as a stump phones, Mine $30 for three months and the DW's for $100 a year.
D.E.Bishop 10/19/14 10:14am General RVing Issues
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