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RE: Where the heck is the fuel gauge calibration screw???????

The only way I have ever been able to "calibrate" a vehicle fuel gauge is to remove the sending unit, bend the float arm, and reinstall the unit. Repeat as necessary until the desired calibration is achieved. The sending unit will very likely be in the top of the tank, approximately in the middle. Since the manufacturers usually are not smart enough to build an access panel in the floor, the only means of access is to lower the tank. Good luck. This thread applies to Monaco ROADMASTER chassis fuel systems. ONLY Roadmaster designed their tank senders with an adjustment POT accessible without removing the tank. Freightliner/Spartan/Ford/Chevy/Workhorse have no such adjustment system. Doug Thanks. Since I have never owned a Monaco of any kind, I did not know that. My statement was based, as always, purely on personal experience. I learned something today.
mowermech 05/30/16 07:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Finding info regarding bridge heights

It really isn't as much of a problem as many people think it is. Overpasses on most major highways are designed to allow for the passage of large trucks. ie semis, box trucks, etc. Locally, we have two "low clearance" underpasses under the railroad tracks. One is 8 feet, clearly posted. The other is 13 ft. 8 inches, also clearly posted. The 8 foot one used to get one or two trucks or RVs every year. It has been a couple years now with no incidents. Apparently, drivers are learning to pay attention!
mowermech 05/30/16 07:07am Beginning RVing
RE: Help me understand California Turnouts

This is a great thread thanks for posting, didn't know about the 5 car ruling. Not to hijack this thread but does this ruling apply in other states? In some states, yes. Here in Montana, it is, IIRC, when there are 4 or more vehicles behind you, you must move over at the first available SAFE place to let them by. However, there is no "towing speed limit" here. Some lists of "Towing Laws" seem to believe that the truck speed limit is to be obeyed by all towing units. That is not true! As for California laws, now that my son moved, I don't care. I probably will never go back to CA again.
mowermech 05/29/16 07:17am General RVing Issues
RE: Beartooth Pass & Going To the Sun...

Beartooth Pass is 10,947 ft. Logan Pass (Going To The Sun) is 6,646 ft.
mowermech 05/28/16 06:50pm Around the Campfire
RE: Where the heck is the fuel gauge calibration screw???????

The only way I have ever been able to "calibrate" a vehicle fuel gauge is to remove the sending unit, bend the float arm, and reinstall the unit. Repeat as necessary until the desired calibration is achieved. The sending unit will very likely be in the top of the tank, approximately in the middle. Since the manufacturers usually are not smart enough to build an access panel in the floor, the only means of access is to lower the tank. Good luck.
mowermech 05/28/16 06:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Using golf carts around RV parks

In some parks, any vehicle used on the roads must be street legal, registered and have a license plate. I don't know about other States, but here in order to be registered and licensed, the vehicle must have high/low beam headlights, a tail light, a brake light, license plate light, and a horn. My ATVs are street legal and licensed. (NO, I can not ride them on the roadways of a state that does not allow them on the roads!)
mowermech 05/28/16 12:52pm General RVing Issues
Beartooth Pass & Going To the Sun...

Beartooth Pass opened this morning. watch for falling rocks. Going To The Sun Highway in Glacier National Park is open to Avalanche Creek, now that crews have cleared the mess from a failed beaver dam a mile from the road. High country plowing, however, has been halted due to bad weather.
mowermech 05/27/16 05:38pm Around the Campfire
RE: Olympian wave catalytic heaters

As always, the bottom line is: READ AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS! Pay particular attention to the safety warnings. Pay close attention to the instructions about ventilation. If you have a screen in the window, you need to allow for a larger opening to compensate for the area taken up by the screen (most people don't know that, or don't believe it). Save your life. Read and follow the instructions!
mowermech 05/27/16 01:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Pre-emissions diesel trucks seen high priced to me.

I recently bought a 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 24 valve CTD with 161,000 miles on it. It has a custom front bumper/grill guard and the A-pillar gauge package. 5 speed manual transmission. Yes, it has some minor problems, but nothing expensive, so far. Cost? Under $10K, out the door. After title transfer and registration fees, still under $10k. There was a similar bone-stock truck at another dealer for $8800, but I wanted the big aftermarket bumper. The good deals are out there, one simply has to be willing to accept the fact that those trucks WILL have over 100K miles on them, and be aware that any rig with under 300K has lots of life left in it IF it had even minimal maintenance. Now, if I can just figure out how to tow the CTD behind the motorhome. That rig is HEAVY (about 7000 lbs.)!!
mowermech 05/26/16 07:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow bar

I towed several different Jeeps with a similar towbar, bolted to the front bumper. It worked. And, it worked well! The really important part, it only cost $145! When not towing, I used the safety chains to tie the towbar up. That worked just fine, as well. Yes, it is my understanding that one can not do that in California. But then, We have never taken the motorhome to CA, and it is doubtful we ever will. Here in Montana, though, I used to run around with the towbar sticking up on the front of the Jeep all summer long, no problem.
mowermech 05/26/16 07:29am Dinghy Towing
RE: What do all of the letters and numbers mean? Model Numbers

Our coach is a Fleetwood Southwind 32V. The "32" is the nominal length in feet (give or take a foot or so). I have no idea what the "V" means, if anything.
mowermech 05/24/16 08:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: What board or card games for rainy days?

Cribbage. Canasta.
mowermech 05/24/16 06:44am RV Lifestyle
RE: Light/Short/4 down tow vehicle?

Sorry, off hand I can not think of any vehicle built since 2005 that meets your specifications.
mowermech 05/23/16 06:25am Dinghy Towing
RE: Allegro front engine diesel

We looked at one in 2009 and found the storage very lacking. There were no pass through bays at all. Our 93 Winnebago Adventurer had more storage. The other issue for me would be the fact that it's a FRONT ENGINE, you do not get the benefits of a rear engine DP. No pass through storage on a 2008. But, they did add pass through storage over the rear end in later years. And it is a front engine diesel, as advertised. I did a bunch of work to the engine cover with both sound deadening materials and heat blankets. It is very quiet cruising down the highway. 1,600 rpm's at 62 mph. Good mileage. But it does get loud when climbing hills! OK, it is loud climbing hills. So is our Southwind 32V Ford V10. I wish I could afford a FRED toyhauler!
mowermech 05/21/16 08:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Prevost engine swap possible?

Yes, that chassis was built to accommodate several different engines, depending on the specifications of the original purchaser. But why go for another Detroit Diesel? Why not a Cummins? All it takes is money and time...
mowermech 05/21/16 08:20am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How many use HAM vs C/B for rig to rig etc?

As for vendors, google HRO or AES. They both have stores nationwide. If there is no store close to you, they will gladly send you a catalog, and will accept online or phone orders.
mowermech 05/20/16 07:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Quick overnight stops in route

I have slept in Interstate Rest Areas in Washington, Montana, California, Nevada, Utah, and Tennessee. The noise from refrigeration units on the long haulers can be problematic, but other than that, no problems. No drug dealers, no "ladies of the evening", nobody banging on the door, none of the worries of the doom and gloom naysayers. I have also stayed at Flying J parking areas. No problems. Yes, a few years ago, here in Montana, there was an isolated incident of an elderly couple being killed at a rest area. Since then, I have heard of other such incidents in other states, for a total of perhaps 6 killings in the entire West over the last 10 years or so. That just doesn't seem very dangerous! It would appear to be much more dangerous to go hiking in Glacier or Yellowstone!
mowermech 05/18/16 07:41pm Beginning RVing
RE: can i buy just the gears on slide out motor?

Based on experience, probably not. The one I had trouble with was not a Klauber, though. BUT, the factory said they did not have any parts for the model we had, so we had to buy a complete motor and gearbox. Luckily, an extended warranty covered most of the cost.
mowermech 05/18/16 06:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Explain why I can't patch a tire.

Just buy the new tire for cripes sake. There are places in life where you have to cheap out. Your tires ain't one of them. Spend the $150.00 by safe and NOT STRANDED at the side of the road complaining about how long yiur roadside assistance is taking to get there. That size and type of tire will cost a lot more than $150. On a Jeep, all four tires should be the same size, same tread pattern, and have the same amount of tread wear. If the tires have different circumferences, unsafe handling and/or drive train damage can result (yeah, been there, did that, wound up in the ditch). I have never had good luck with any of the "slime" sealers. Not in bike tires, not in lawn tractor tires, just no luck at all. I will not buy it again. You, however, can try it. Good luck. I recently bought a plug kit from Amazon, and used it on the leaky ATV tire and the leaky garden tractor tire. The plugs worked great! Both leaks were in the tread, though. Personally, I carried a 12 volt tire inflator in the Jeep all the time, so that after rock crawling I could re-inflate to road pressure. I would just keep checking and re-inflate as needed. If the refills started becoming more frequent, then it is time to replace the tires.
mowermech 05/18/16 06:36am Dinghy Towing
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

SSDD here. Nothing exciting to report at all. rosie, Carole's knee is doing great. she is back to work, decided to try day shift for a while. I don't know if she is going to continue with it, or go back to nights. So far, it seems to be working well for her.
mowermech 05/18/16 06:20am Around the Campfire
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