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Tech Talk / Re: T8 to LED strips - so simple right?.... maybe
« Last post by PAPA BARE on Today at 09:39:20 AM »
I used the light strips from amazon they were a hole lot dimer then the original.
Tech Talk / Re: 5500 onan gold
« Last post by Gary RV_Wizard on Today at 09:36:51 AM »
Your Cummins Onan owner manual should help - it's on page 20 of the more recent editions. It's a rather narrow-focus picture of the plugs in the cylinder head, though, so you still have to figure out how to get access to the cylinder heads. The cylinders/plugs both come out toward the front (the access panel), one to the left and one to the right.  You will probably need a universal joint on the ratchet to unscrew the left side plug.


This "how to" gives some hints:
General Discussion / Re: Awning issue
« Last post by Gary RV_Wizard on Today at 09:16:49 AM »
The motors are marginal in power, especially for the larger awnings that have a lot of inertia. If the voltage is even a tiny bit low or the mechanism slightly dirty or corroded, the awning may not move at all. Lubricate the pivot points in the struts and check all electrical connections. As little as 0.1v can make a difference here, simply because the motor needs every bit of its capability to do the job.

In an automatic awning, the motor has to overcome the pressure of the struts, which is what forces it out in the first place. To deploy, the motor unwinds the roller a bit and the gas struts push the now-loose arms out.  To roll up again, the motor has to turn the roller tube against the strut pressure as well as inertia, so the first few feet take a lot of torque.
The Shade Tree / Re: Post a joke
« Last post by Seon on Today at 09:09:43 AM »
Don't know his dietary habits...

My bad, I misread that he was a vegetarian  ???  ;D
we are looking at layouts with wife particularly interested in the kitchen where the Journey has a considerable advantage over the Crescendo.

A Happy Wife means a Happy Life.  ;)
Motorhomes / Re: 2005 Fleetwood Bounder 38N Brakes Locking Up
« Last post by Gary RV_Wizard on Today at 09:04:45 AM »
The brake mechanism on a DP with air brakes is totally different than the hydraulic brakes on a gas chassis.  They are firmly applied (by springs) when the coach is parked and in some circumstances they can rust in place enough so that they don't release as they should when air pressure is restored.  They rarelyneed "adjustment" if that happens - they just need to be broken loose. And maybe a bit of lubrication.  Often the locked brake can be jarred loose by putting the coach in gear and rocking a bit, i.e. shift between drive and reverse.

All but the very oldest DPs have automatic brake slack adjusters which get activated each time the pedal is used.They work best when the pedal is applied firmly, so best practice is to do so occasionally, i.e. brake to a stop in a shorter distance than may actually be necessary.
Truck campers / Re: New to camping ..need some expert advice
« Last post by John Beard on Today at 09:04:41 AM »
My first RV was a truck camper, an 2004 1125 Lance Camper sitting on a 2004 F550 4x4 Pickup truck conversion. I miss that set up it was awesome.
That "lets try it" is silly.

Comparing an F150 and F250...cmon.

Silly or not, it is a very common question that we see here regularly.   Tow ratings for F150's have gone way up, so that [superficially, anyway] they appear to be a contender for many towing jobs.  The example illustrates that it still comes up short for other reasons.   
Truck campers / Re: New to camping ..need some expert advice
« Last post by jpjack2@msn.com on Today at 08:51:05 AM »
Camper is NorthStar Liberty! 
Truck campers / Re: New to camping ..need some expert advice
« Last post by jpjack2@msn.com on Today at 08:49:56 AM »
We are TC newbies also!!! After 36 years of Lean-to camping, we decided to make life a bit easier on ourselve and went the Truck Camper.  I LOVE IT!! We already had a 1/2 ton ford crew, 4 x 4, pickup.  So we had to find a camper to accommodate those specs. Not easy!! We purchased a model, Liberty . After a few modifications to truck we were good to go! Did I say I LOVE IT!!      In my humble opinion, if you are starting from scratch, purchase the biggest pickup you can afford, then the Truck Camper world opens up to you and you will have your choice of MANY!!  Good Luck and ENJOY TruckCamper camping. :D
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