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121  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question on propane furnace on: October 21, 2013, 10:06:13 am
Been there,,, first night we used our furnace,,, do not think I slept very much scared I would not wake up haha,,,, second night slept a little better,, third night slept like a baby, and it is so nice to wake up to a warm coach,,, we do keep the thermostat very low,, 60's  easy to turn up in the mornings,,,  BTW, when we are in camp with electricity, we use a portable heater  I still do not like the furnace gas,,,scary,, how ever how many times do you read about Rver's having a problem
sparky
122  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Winterizing on: October 21, 2013, 09:54:04 am
Rich
   I assume you live in north Texas,,, I live in Houston luckily do not have to winterize haha I think we have had one hard freeze in the last 20 years,,,below freezing for over 24 hours,,, how ever I do watch the weather just in case since I have stuff in my grey/black tanks
sparky
123  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Generator won't start on: October 21, 2013, 09:46:43 am
Barry tip is right on,,, mind want start either unless tank is over 1/2 to full,,,,, not sure ONLY A SUGGESTION,, can you take the air cleaner off and start it,, have done this with this car before,,,   I normally was once a month on exercising the genie,,, now I go over and try to do it every two weeks three at the most,,,,, a lot of the cheaper brands of gas ( grocery store, Loves, etc) Most of use do not have the detergents in them that keep everything clean and lessens varnishing, that's why they are 20 to 25 cents cheaper a gallon,,, not that it means much, but I also noticed that when it is cooler weather seems to make small engines a little harder to start,,
good luck
sparky
124  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Black Tank Insulation on: October 18, 2013, 09:53:43 am
Hmmm,,, first I would put this question on the general discussion board,  you may get more advice,, since your in Alaska,,, I can see why your concerned with insulation and also protecting the tank,, this may just end up being a yearly to do job,,, our tank is in the same spot behind the rear wheels,, how ever it seems the mud flaps protect it well,, unit is 5 years old and see little wear and tear,,,, I assume you have mud flaps on your wheels??? if so are they low enough??
    By the way went to Alaska last year, plan on going back in 15,,,,, what is that black sandy looking material sort of like sand?   I did notice this when we were up there,,, seems to be a lot of it,,, is this normal,,, don't know,, but could the roads up there have a lot of this and your getting more splash??? under the rig..... 
sparky
125  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Steering damper and suspension improvements - advice please on: October 18, 2013, 09:08:58 am
Steve
   tks for the info,,, also including the price,, helps so we can compare shop if wanting to do the same..
sparky
126  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drive line vibration diagnosis on: October 17, 2013, 12:04:56 pm
Good point Tom... I'm just a curious (noisy) person haha,,, I think I understand they have been doing this a long time and matter of fact I think it is really neat,, but I would not want to be one of the guys stuck with a problem and no matter what when you do this 100's and 1000's of times boo boos happen,,,
sparky
127  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drive line vibration diagnosis on: October 16, 2013, 08:05:26 pm
Very interesting info....   I am also learning..... I did some research trying to look at different wheelbases in the 350/450's   I'm also surprised that these  frames are done like that,,  your never too old to learn...   I also realize they have been doing this procedure for years and know what they are doing.... How ever I don't have to be an engineer to know that if you cut a 10ft piece of steel in half add two feet in the middle you are going to get differences in the flex,vibration,etc,,,, and when you take two  pieces that are connected to each other into a square and add two feet the same thing is going to happen,, I would love to see them do this procedure simply amazing to me..  
     I would assume when ford builds theses frames, they have a set up where when they do all this (putting the frame, cross members together) that the specs are very tight...  Now you take a squared factory frame cut it in half, add new cross member, add extensions to drive shaft and other stuff, it is amazing to me...  wonder how much square is off,,, wonder if this could be a major issue in alignment in our units or could it just be the weight,,, anyway very interesting
   Hopefully you guys will get an answer and be able to solve the problem,,,, still would like to know if this could result in drive shaft failure since there is more stress on the u joints, brackets from excessive vibration  
sparky
128  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drive line vibration diagnosis on: October 14, 2013, 07:53:42 pm
Good Post,,,   couple questions,,,,  the bracket that is off 1/2 inch, you say factory    ford or PC?  I always assumed that PC took the 450, cut off the van body, except the front, added brackets for support items, genie, tanks, etc, and added to the frame to  lengthen if needed... Do they actually move the bracket holding the drive shaft?  I can not imagine why PC would move this,,, seems to me this is a Ford problem.

  Second,,, since the shaft is not perfect, are you risking some type of drive shaft failure in one of the joints since you are putting stress on them?  Even though you do not hear the vibration at lower speed, still stressing the shaft, brackets, joints etc I drive that speed 58to62 and know it would bother me,,,
good luck
sparky
129  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TRANSMISSION FLUID CHANGE???? on: October 14, 2013, 07:22:23 pm
Good info,,, also nice I just purchased a ScanGauge,,,  would seem to me then no need to change the fluid for a long time or lots of miles haha
sparky
130  Main Forum / General Discussion / TRANSMISSION FLUID CHANGE???? on: October 14, 2013, 09:20:31 am
 I was reading this tip on RV daily tips. Interesting regarding transmissions, ( attached below)
   Does anyone change the fluid on a regular basis shorter than recommended?
   How often do you change your fluid
   Since we are hauling around a house on wheels (a little pun)  I would assume the transmission would take a beating and you should schedule
   refills sooner than normal.
   Hopefully some of our more experienced guys will chime in and give us some comments and what they do

Sparky


When should you service your transmission?
Courtesy Motorhomes of Texas
.If you are undecided about whether or not you should service your transmission or when to service it consider this: Transmission failure is most often due to fluid failure. Mechanical parts failure is in the minority when blame is laid. The breakdown and failure of transmission fluid is precipitated by two elements: contaminants and heat with heat winning the race for worst/biggest contributor.
Transmission temperatures run generally in the same range as engine temperature until put under a strain. Heat in the transmission will usually climb higher and faster than engine temperature, with normal "tranny" temp being in the 175 F to 200 F range, and hill climbing takes it up from there.
At 175 F, fluid will last about 120,000 to 140,000 miles (discounting the contamination factor). Its life expectancy decreases almost exponentially with increased heat! At 200 F the breakdown occurs at around 60,000 to 70,000 miles. As you can see, an increase of only 25 degrees can cut the life almost in half. Now see below the increase versus the fluid life:
.   225 degrees = 35,000 miles
.   250 degrees = 20,000 miles
.   275 degrees = 10,000 miles
.   300 degrees = 1,500 miles
.   325 degrees = 500 miles
Short periods of time at higher temperatures also take their toll, but trying to calculate exactly when you should change the fluid has to be done on an individual basis. If you pull a toad and drive in the hills or mountains, you need to service more often. Most high-end motorhomes have transmission coolers and many have temperature gauges. If you dont have these two items, it might be beneficial to have them installed.
Ideally, servicing your transmission would be done as often as every other oil change, but that's just not practical. It would be plenty expensive, and at some point it ceases to be cost-effective. The point is: Be aware of the health of your transmission fluid. Monitor its operating temperatures and service accordingly. Servicing too often wont hurt your wallet near as bad as overhauling the beast.
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131  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HEAT along the passenger wing wall on: October 13, 2013, 08:24:59 pm
No problem on the body parts I lose my head all the time haha,,,, ok I guess were going to have to go with the heat following some crazy path.. just bothers me that the door area you mentioned you could not or barely touch it,,, sure it was not the sun, that time of the year should have not heated that area that much.  maybe someone will else comment  luck
sparky
132  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HEAT along the passenger wing wall on: October 13, 2013, 10:34:42 am
Sorry, I'm confused,( when you said left arm)  but just couple of points,,,  assume your talking about the pass side,,,  is the muffler on that side?? (minds in storage)  maybe due to speed you were driving you just got extra heat coming up on that side.. also the way that the undercarriage vents with all those nooks and crannies, it could again have been the speed you were going.. double check your battery tray,, if the batteries are messed up they will heat up,,   you didn't leave the water heater on did you?/  not sure if to that temp though..any just some points to check  good luck  let us know if you figure out what it was
sparky
133  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: ENGINE COWLING on: October 09, 2013, 06:55:23 pm
Skipper
  interesting,,, we do not have a Iphone,,have a droid,,, I will see if they have same app for it and try it on our 2350,,,,  keep us posted
sparky
134  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: ENGINE COWLING on: October 09, 2013, 10:41:46 am
Ron,,, good point,, I do not get much heat from mine,,, I also thought the cowling mainly covered the transmission/enging area anyway,, not sure have not taken mine off yet,  maybe will get some pics soon,,, when I start playing with my scan ii will take some pics  I already made a mount to put it on top of the satellite radio,, hand made haha,,, but not planning on doing the project for awhile,,, as you know Beast is in storage and I hate doing projects at the storage yard,, I'm always afraid something will break or probably I will break something and be stuck.
sparky
135  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Steering damper and suspension improvements - advice please on: October 04, 2013, 11:25:58 am
My cost or what previous owner paid
     I think I'm reading this statement correct

     Install Safe T steering control   
     silver steering stabilizer 408.00
     Safe t bracket kit   52.00                 
install Koni shocks front and rear
 supersteer rear trac bar    525.49

    Our unit does handle like a dream...

according to receipt    Parts  1564.99 labor  983.28    ouch

BTW  they put in jacks  on the unit also,,,, they are different from the Phoenix jacks and have an auto leveling system, that's why I think? they cost more Series 625     TOTAL cost 6317.00   again ouch
 I have not used them,,, but have been playing with them a little till I get comfortable with their workings,
sparky
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