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Re: Ok guys how hard to get around
« Reply #90 on: October 12, 2011, 06:36:31 PM »
We will keep that in mind Ed.

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Re: Ok guys how hard to get around
« Reply #91 on: October 13, 2011, 10:06:15 AM »
Hubby had flushed the generator and he like to never got the air out of the lines.  He said that is a common problem on diesels, but what a hassle.  He and tenant got together and they did it.  I tried to help but not much help on something like that.

Anyway now its good to go.

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Re: Ok guys how hard to get around
« Reply #92 on: October 13, 2011, 10:44:55 AM »
I now know where the dryer filter is behind the muffler, the two fuel filters are above the muffler.  The oil filter under the left of the motor, the hydraulic filter to the left of the engine. The water filter left toward the front.

He showed me where to gauge hydraulic fluid, transmission oil, engine oil, to see the water level bubble for the radiator.  This is for the engine. Oh also the air filter.

I know where to gauge the oil for the transmission and to check the water level.  Most is simple, just remembering it all.

I'm thinking of taking the labeler and labeling these so I won't forget.

I also know where the battery is for the generator.  Need to look and see what are chassis batteries and engine batteries.  There 6 or 8 under there I think in the compartment.  Need to ask Tom if they are all together.

He wants to check brakes before we get it safety inspected.  I learned in Texas when a motorhome becomes 25 years old, no longer requires a safety inspection, somehow that sounds wrong.  Sounds like those should be but maybe they don't "live" that long.

Also on the title after one is 10 years old the odometer reading is exempt, that doesn't sound right either, humm. But that's the way it is apparently.  Per the license branch.

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Re: Ok guys how hard to get around
« Reply #93 on: October 13, 2011, 11:28:34 AM »
Re inspections.... Government inspection fro "Cradle to Grave" also  sounds wrong.  Somewhere the owner needs to take responsibility along the way.  JMHO
   How would you like a mandatory Cash for RV Clunkers, that might be the next step.

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Re: Ok guys how hard to get around
« Reply #94 on: October 13, 2011, 06:12:23 PM »
Well I drove it and I LOVE IT!!  What a difference, it drives easy and good, I met a semi and didn't even know it.  I was driving one handed with no issues. The wind was blowing pretty steady and no issues.

Tom pulled out of our driveway and drove it to Sam's, I was pretty nervous to begin with.  Then I drove, got on 3 lanes of service road traffic and up to the stop light.  Drove to the inspection place, passed inspection.  Then did a u turn, my second with Tom going, crank it, crank it!  The turning radius is really different.  I drove to the truck stop and then drove it back home.  A lot more comfortable coming home and had to turn out of about 4 or 5  lanes of traffic and did it fine. I think I am really going to like this.  Its very solid, I like the way it steers and drive.  Hubby said if it drives this good being 19 years old can you imagine how it drove when new. 

We got home and our driveway is rather tight.  I managed to miss the button entry box at the gate and got it in and under the RV cover.  It's just going to take some practice.  I told him next trip home he needs to get the rest of it done so we can sell the other motorhome.  We sure can't afford 2 of these things.  Later I will get it out and drive around on Sunday mornings, the roads and freeway aren't bad on that day.


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Re: Ok guys how hard to get around
« Reply #95 on: October 13, 2011, 06:21:04 PM »
Just remember you're sitting in front of the steer axle so you need to go farther forward before turning than with the front engine motorhome.  You'll do just fine, i'm sure.
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Re: Ok guys how hard to get around
« Reply #96 on: October 13, 2011, 06:55:44 PM »
Carolyn

To expand on Ned's comments, one of the first things I was taught after buying my first DP was to drive into a turn until your shoulder is at your desired lane then steer into the lane.
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Re: Ok guys how hard to get around
« Reply #97 on: October 13, 2011, 06:58:06 PM »
I KNEW you'd love it!!!  :D ;) ;D

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Re: Ok guys how hard to get around
« Reply #98 on: October 13, 2011, 07:49:50 PM »
That's what Tom kept saying go forward a little further then the other motorhome because of where the wheels are and turn quick. Crank it.........

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« Reply #99 on: October 13, 2011, 09:21:54 PM »
I'm really enjoying your updates on what your doing to the motor home (including the costs) and your experiences with it as you discover things. Were on our first and maybe only motorhome so it is kinda fun to live vicariously through you. I'm sure your saving people time and money in trying out different kinds of units by publishing your experiences and thoughts.

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Re: Ok guys how hard to get around
« Reply #100 on: October 13, 2011, 09:31:24 PM »
I'm sure your saving people time and money in trying out different kinds of units by publishing your experiences and thoughts.

Well that sure wasn't the plan.  I thought the first one would be it, then the second one, now the 3rd one.  A bit much I know but just something about each we didn't like.  And my husband like I said before loves projects, so what can I say.

My concern is this one is so old will it be reliable?  But we all like the floor plan even without a slide, I didn't think I would ever say that.  But the way the couch and recliner sits its quite roomy.  But who knows.  We will see how it goes, we could sell both later and add some money to it and get newer.  Time will tell.

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Re: Ok guys how hard to get around
« Reply #101 on: October 13, 2011, 11:14:06 PM »
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hubby said he wants to double check the brakes before he takes it.  He was saying something about making sure a cam?? is ok.  I don't have any idea what he is talking about but I will learn.

Free play in an air brake system doesn't show at the pedal - unlike hydraulic brakes where excessive free play makes the pedal sink further before the brakes apply.  The only way to tell if air brakes are properly adjusted is to check how far the brake cylinder linkage at each wheel moves between it's relaxed position and where the brake shoes contact the drum.

The brake cylinders push on a cam, which in turn presses the brakes against the drum.  There's a limit to how far the brake cylinder can move the brake shoes, so if the brakes are too far out of adjustment you might run out of travel before the brakes fully apply.  Most air brakes are self-adjusting, but some have to be manually adjusted on a regular basis.  Tom's checking the free play at the cam to verify that the brakes are adjusted properly.
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Re: Ok guys how hard to get around
« Reply #102 on: October 14, 2011, 07:46:05 AM »
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My concern is this one is so old will it be reliable? ...

With all your hubby is doing to it (as well as his continuing oversight), I'd expect pretty good reliability.
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Re: Ok guys how hard to get around
« Reply #103 on: October 14, 2011, 09:28:23 AM »
I'm pretty sure he said they are self adjusting brakes.  He's outside and I haven't asked him, seems like he said that.

He aired the tires to 95 in back and 85 in front, the inside ones are hard to air but at the truck stop he bought me a set of 3 air connections that will reach in and air them, when he has time he is putting a steel extension so I can get to them easier.

He said there is a separate little air compressor above the battery for the generator.  It's to run the air horns.  He reconnected it and it works, but he said it needs a pressure switch, so I will have air horns!!

He is going to try and change oil and filters on the motor this weekend but he leaves Monday so not much time to get more done.

We are off to clean up a couple of lots we bought for rentals.  We have 8 there now to put 8 used TT's on and rent for part of our retirement income.  We have one up there rented now and another to get ready.  These are for hubby to work on after he retires.

Where did I get 30????  I meant 8.
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Re: Ok guys how hard to get around
« Reply #104 on: October 14, 2011, 10:27:47 AM »
Carolyn

Have Tom double check the air pressures he is using in the tires. Usually a DP takes more air in the front than the rears, based on 4 corner weighing. Until you get the coach weighed, you should have the pressures set to the amounts on  sticker on the wall to the left of the driver's seat. Also keep on eye on the pressures on the tires with the extensions, they are prone to leaks. The steel extensions are a very good idea.
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Re: Ok guys how hard to get around
« Reply #105 on: October 14, 2011, 02:54:20 PM »
Will do, but I think he got the pressures off the placard in the motorhome.

They have steel extensions, went through all that grief on my other one NO MORE BRAIDED extensions.

He is just going to put the steel extensions on the inside tires.


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Re: Ok guys how hard to get around
« Reply #106 on: October 14, 2011, 06:01:58 PM »
Did I miss a thread somewhere?? What is wrong with Braided extensions? That's what the old girl came with so I may have to change them.
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Re: Ok guys how hard to get around
« Reply #107 on: October 14, 2011, 06:51:27 PM »
    Will they are notorious for letting the air out.  It cost me an almost brand new Michelin RV tire when it loosened a little and let the air out.

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Re: Ok guys how hard to get around
« Reply #108 on: October 14, 2011, 07:05:36 PM »
 I had a couple of flats.  And I kept losing air, would have to air them every time I left a campground almost.  No issue on the front of course but sure had it on the back ones.

So I finally found a shop with the steel ones.  Had them put on the inside and outside tires on the back of the Winnebago.  Now I rarely have to air them and don't worry about them losing air. Since I had brand new tires, I sure didn't want to ruin them.  No more problems.

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Re: Ok guys how hard to get around
« Reply #109 on: October 14, 2011, 07:13:38 PM »
Those are reasons enough, gonna change them out, Thanks :)
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Re: Ok guys how hard to get around
« Reply #110 on: October 17, 2011, 06:11:11 PM »
I found the replacement insulation pads for the Eagle.  I got the Dynamat sound/heat insulation blankets.  It sounds like good stuff, there were quite a few kinds.

While hubby is gone, I'm stripping the skylights out and ordering, after I drive it quite a few times to get used to it.  I doubt I can get the solar panel off. I have the coating material ordered and eternabond tape to reseal everything on the top.  I like that stuff.  It has a real long CB antenna up there that hits everything, its going.

Going to hook up the water, hubby drained what water was in it, we need to sanitize the tanks.  Want to see if the washer dryer works and if the water lines are ok.  Also check out the water heater, see if there are any leaks.  Need to look at the icemaker and see if there is a switch that turns it off and on.  I had it hooked up for awhile and the fridge got cold but it didn't, maybe not hooked up for long enough.  Buy a few new bulbs for inside. I was undoing some that looked dark and dropped them and broke them, drat. I was washing the bulb covers.


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Re: Ok guys how hard to get around
« Reply #111 on: October 17, 2011, 06:23:42 PM »
Tom tells me this is normal.  When I take off in the diesel pusher, it starts up rather slow to me, once it gets about 35 to 40 it takes off,  he says this is normal. He said then the turbocharger kicks in and then it takes off, its a 300 hp is all. He said remember its pushing almost 30000 pounds around.  I'm used to the V10 taking off pretty good.

Of course coming home he was cruising about 70 mph, like many of us were saying we don't want to do, hummm.

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Re: Ok guys how hard to get around
« Reply #112 on: October 17, 2011, 08:04:01 PM »
I have so many duh moments.  I kept snooping around and down in a hole at the bottom front of the icemaker is what?  An on and off switch, well duh. :-[

Also tonight I noticed there is a light in the top of the wine cabinet when opened, how cute.

I'm wondering if you can replace those blender bodies that are labeled Nutone.  I'm thinking in one of the Silver Streaks I saw the plastic container for one, have to look.  There is the mounting for one in front of the wine cabinet.  Need to look that up and see.  It may be in there someplace, haven't looked all over yet.

And I see there is a filter under the sink I need to replace.


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Re: Ok guys how hard to get around
« Reply #113 on: October 17, 2011, 08:08:41 PM »
Carolyn, that nutone blender body you're talking about, is it built into the counter top? If it is I had one once....it was one of the few things my ex took with her. I sure miss it :D
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Re: Ok guys how hard to get around
« Reply #114 on: October 17, 2011, 09:28:09 PM »
Carolyn, yes, you can find replacement for the Nutone blenders.

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Re: Ok guys how hard to get around
« Reply #115 on: October 18, 2011, 01:02:11 AM »
Good deal, I suppose that is a liquor cabinet, instead of a wine cabinet.  The blender is actually made into the countertop in front of it with the icemaker to the left.  Now why do you suppose that is set up like that. ;)

I will order one then.  We like smoothies for breakfast instead of liquor.  But if it works will save bringing my blender from home.

Hey, I just bought the best blender I've ever had. It's called a Ninja.  The thing has a tall spindle in the middle with 3 blades.  When you put on the top, the spindle fits in a little hole in the top.  The top has a handle that pushs down and fastens, you push a button to release it.

The blender container goes on sideways and fastens to the top with a quarter turn.  It has 3 levels and a pulse.  It says you can use it as a food processor too.  When its washed in the dishwasher, the bottom part doesn't hold water so the thing rusts.  I paid about $80 online for it.  Its the best blender I ever bought. 

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Re: Ok guys how hard to get around
« Reply #116 on: October 18, 2011, 02:49:54 PM »
I've been waiting for someone else to buy a ninja and tell me how they liked it...thanks Carolyn ;D
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Re: Ok guys how hard to get around
« Reply #117 on: October 23, 2011, 07:09:14 PM »
We went for a spin today, finally got time though I was tired.  Drove about 70 miles, I told hubby the gas gauge didn't move.  He said you better hope it didn't on a 150 gallon fuel tank and that small number of miles!  I never thought of that.

Wow, it hums right along.  He felt the steering had a bit to much play so adjusted it before he left.  I didn't drive it before so don't know, but its great.  Can buzz down the freeway one handed driving at 65.  I had it to 70 a few times still goes great but I think 60 to 65 is better for me unless I'm out on the wide open plains somewhere, I guess I'm to old to feel comfortable driving that fast for now in basically a bus.  The cruise control is nice but I didn't have it on long.  It seems to hum along at about 1.8 rpms or 1800 I guess that is.

I did fine, but I do have to remember there is a lot behind me when turning.  It will just be a matter of me getting used to it.  I want to get the sound deadening in front over the generator and see if that makes a difference.  I didn't have it on but when I do, want to see about that.  Also going to put it in the engine compartment, I got 36 sq ft and its heavy. The problem is the bed and board are so heavy I'm not sure I can raise them by myself to do this stuff.  Hubby was really straining to do so.  Big heavy duty stuff here. And I doubt I can pull the generator out, hope I can check the oil on it from the top.

I drove into a Target parking lot and out a mall area, around the downtown of Conroe and just places with traffic to see how it feels. Sunday is one of the lighter days here.  Also through some road construction, I never like that but we did fine.

And the hardest part was getting out of my driveway.  It's 16 foot wide and inset about 8 to 10 foot so you can get off the road here to get to the gate so you have a chute of about 10 or more foot  maybe 15 not sure, to manuver to get in the yard.  Also the road has a deep ditch on the other side.  Thankfully there was no traffic as I had to get out twice to check how close to the ditch and also had to back up about 5 feet before getting out, will take me some practice but I did it.  Getting in same thing went a bit to far forward, had to back up about 3 feet to angle the turn right.  I brushed the keypad for the gate but angled the back enough to get away from it.  But I made it and got it back around the tree and under the RV cover.

Yeah!  did all that, I'm pretty proud.  Driving it is not an issue, the airbrakes aren't bad, just have to remember. 

So I talked with hubby and told him I was hooking up the water, he had drained the tanks.  The valves are nicely labeled as to what they are for and on and off, its a permanent kind of material so original.  I hooked up the water, he said watch for leaks.  I don't see any anywhere.  I felt the water pressure was a bit low, need to check and see if I have a hose kinked, but its not great in the house tonight for some reason, we have well water.  I took one screen off and it had debris in it, water works everywhere.

I turned on the icemaker and its cooling but I didn't see water filling the tray so have to check on that, maybe a turn on somewhere??  I started the washer, it filled and started washing.  I kept fiddling with a knob at the bottom wondering what it was, well I found out!!  Water started gushing onto the floor.  Apparently its an emergency emptying pipe.  Tightened it back and mopped up the water, its still running out there.  Water pump works.  Not sure about the water heater, looks like it is gas and electric.  Haven't tried any gas appliances yet.  I do see in the bathroom the lights aren't working, I tried the GFCI, didn't seem to help, we have an electrical diagram I need to look at, maybe a fuse somewhere.

I need to check how much gas and try those appliances but to late tonight to mess with it.  I'm still beat from working at the other place and have to be up at 7 in the morning, to get materials there.

Ok, icemaker very cold quick, turned it off for now, no water, need to look at diagram.

And spoke to soon, I have water running out of a drain pipe under the motorhome, have to check and see what it is.  Tank overflow, something as there is no off valve on it.  Again to dark, letting washer finish running through cycles.  Back to it later.  There are all kinds of pipes under there. I'm wondering if I missed a knob and overfilled the water tank.  That would make sense, its some kind of drain pipe and located under the motorhome.

Moving forward one small step at a time.

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Re: Ok guys how hard to get around
« Reply #118 on: October 24, 2011, 02:17:04 PM »
Carolyn,

I hate having to make turns at ditches.  Since it's your own driveway, what about getting some of those "sticks" with reflectors on them to help you judge where the edges are located.  The people in one neighborhood we visit have them and they seem to help.

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« Reply #119 on: October 24, 2011, 03:23:05 PM »
    Carolyn, when you check the water, if it is like ours, we have a switch to fill the water tank which you move to use once you just want to use city/well water.  That might also answer why your ice maker isn't working.

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