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Tech Talk / Re: Class A workhorse, info on steering stabilizer
« Last post by BoomerD on Today at 02:51:46 AM »
Bumping an older thread since it's pertinent to me...

I had the Winnebago out for a few days and while it handles well enough, no real issues with the push-pull from passing trucks or wander, (although side winds do give me fits sometimes) the steering just seems...too responsive. I'm not sure if this is from a worn bell crank, (can't SEE any play in it) (2003 Workhorse P32 with about 25,000 miles) or if something like the Safe-T-Plus would make a difference. The various ball joints all SEEM to be nice and tight...no slop or wiggle, front tires are nearly new and all are are reasonably close to the appropriate inflation for the load. (within a few lbs +/-)

I hate to diagnose problems by throwing parts (and money) at them...and this MIGHT not actually be a problem, but it feels like the steering is just...light. (requires only a tiny bit of movement on the steering wheel to turn) it's almost like the steering pump has an oversized pulley on it... ;D
Yeah, yeah...I know...MOST threads are just the opposite...loose, sloppy steering.

Anyway, if bumping this thread isn't appropriate, let me know and I'll start a new one.
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General Discussion / Re: Gray Water to Black Water Tank pump
« Last post by BIG JOE on Today at 01:21:21 AM »
I have the twist-on valve that Gary linked to, and it serves us well for both equalizing the grey tank into the black tank and letting the grey tank back feed into the just emptied black tank as a rinse. We are not concerned about black tank contents possibly cross contaminating the grey tank. Every residence we've ever owned except RV's have only had one common drain system that emptied everything into a single tank.

X2. We have one too. Solves the problem. Works great.
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I hear you but it gear ratio - my buddies Chevy will kick my Fords Butt big time off the line in a 1/4 mile yet i have more hp and torgue than he does but he has 3.73 and i have 3.55 so i get better mileage than him it was one of the reason i picked this truck after 17 gm,s - i like the option of the gear ratio 3.55 or 3.73 or 4.10

Some people are just die hard Ford GM or Ram fans that just the way it is 4.10s will smoke em all the way up the hill but never pass a fuel station.

Hey! I pass stations all the time with my 4.10's...because I have a 100 gallon auxiliary tank! :)
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Destinations, RV Parks, Routes / Re: Grand Canyon, best rv parks
« Last post by missnmountains on June 18, 2018, 11:39:50 PM »
The Grand Canyon Railway RV Park is also a nice place to stay. Decent WiFi, clean facilities and it's right in the town of Williams, on old Route 66. It's also home to the Grand Canyon Railway. You can board one of their nicely refurbished old trains right at the RV Park, which will take you on about a 45 minute train ride to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. It's a touristy thing, and the train gets robbed by bandits on the return trip, but it's good fun. If you have kids, they'll love it.

We've stayed there several times and never had a bad experience.

Kev

X2. We just did that at the start of our 2018 Alaska trip. Spent a week at Grand Canyon Railway in early May. We had an awesome time.

Ken
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Trailers & Fifthwheels / Re: Newbie here..1500 Suburban as a TV
« Last post by mobjack22 on June 18, 2018, 11:39:44 PM »
While it might seem so, very very few have the proper engine and gear ratio. Almost all are 6L and tow only slightY more that the 1500. So far the few I have found are high mileage.

Frankly, Iím not sure that price wise, a used diesel 250 or 2500 is not an easier route.
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General Discussion / Re: Running cables through roof
« Last post by Arch Hoagland on June 18, 2018, 11:30:49 PM »
I ran my wifi antenna coax cable through the middle bathroom ceiling vent into the router that I mounted on the bathroom wall.

It's the bathroom my wife uses....took some heat on that one believe me.
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Motorhomes / Re: What state has the most used class A RVs?
« Last post by chopshop on June 18, 2018, 11:07:46 PM »
I vote for Arizona. We recently purchased a used class A from a private party (don't have to pay sales tax that way) and couldn't be happier. Most MH's that we looked at from private sellers have been stored under shaded cover so they wouldn't get beat up by the UV rays on a daily basis.
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Boondocking / Recommend a solar kit from Amazon?
« Last post by happy cynic on June 18, 2018, 11:06:36 PM »
Good evening, All!

I'm shopping for a solar kit for my 2004 Fleetwood Terry on Amazon and wondered if you have any recommendations? I have two 12 volt deep cycle batteries and two 2K Yamaha Companion Generators, but I would like to get as much power from the sun as I can.  Looking for something simple.

Thanks!
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Motorhomes / Re: Improving Diesel MH Handling in Crosswind
« Last post by majicchuck on June 18, 2018, 10:40:15 PM »
There is no single (or simple) answer to that, since it depends on why your coach is [maybe] more sensitive to crosswinds in the first place. In general, reaction to side winds decrease as the coach weight goes up, and that's why DPs tend to resist better (they are mostly heavier than even the largest gas-chassis coach).  However, their are a myriad of factors, e.g. chassis weight distribution, tire size and tread pattern, tire pressure, solid axle vs IFS, suspension parameters, highway crown or ruts, etc. etc. etc.

Worn suspension and steering is a possibility, but not real common in diesel chassis rigs simply because most DPs don't get driven enough for wear to be a factor.  Good that you checked, though.   Did they do an alignment too?  It has to go on the machine to check alignment, so a check is effectively the same as doing it.

One thing you can do is to make sure your tire pressure is optimal for the actual coach load and balance. That means getting it on a scale for at least front & rear axle weights (wheel-by-wheel preferred) and then using the tire makers load-inflation tables to fine tune.  Excessive tire pressure makes the steering react more easily to external pressures.

Some people like to add steering assist devices but I'm not a big fan of them for DPs with air suspension.  The higher end assists can be set to continuously counteract side forces, making them handy in a continuous crosswind, but not so useful in gusts. Blue Ox Tru-Center is one such.   Devices such as Safe-T-Plus and Steer Safe make some claims to help steer & handling, but in my opinion they are mostly applicable to older chassis with leaf spring suspensions.

Gary, no alignment was done. They said that the caster was within spec. I do think handling will improve once I fully load coach. Thanks for the feedback.
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Motorhomes / Re: Improving Diesel MH Handling in Crosswind
« Last post by majicchuck on June 18, 2018, 10:35:06 PM »
Folks have used various designs of steering stabilizer to help with crosswinds. This article in our forum Library illustrates how I installed a Blue Ox steering stabilizer. Some folks have installed bi-directional stabilizers, but I don't recall the brands. Since you're laving this week, you may not have time to purchase and install something similar.

Thanks Tom. I will check out the Blue Ox when I return. Looking forward to see how it handles on my first long trip.
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