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Tech Talk / Re: F53 Fuel starvation
« Last post by AStravelers on Today at 06:37:05 PM »
Find a truck repair place that has a dynamo so you can put the RV on it and then test the pressure, voltage at the pump and whatever else that should be tested in real time.    That is going to take some $$. 
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General Discussion / Re: I "Pinned" a bunch of loose moldings!
« Last post by NY_Dutch on Today at 06:22:33 PM »
My personal choice for loose trim pieces is usually construction adhesive or "GOOP" adhesive.
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The Shade Tree / Re: Watch Good Morning America today (7-9)
« Last post by NY_Dutch on Today at 06:18:02 PM »
https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/travel/video/rookie-rv-drivers-pose-danger-road-71688210

Using the clip of the water crash was really pretty shoddy reporting for that story. The unnamed RV'er hit a hydrant while turning his 45 foot rig around, and the resulting water volume created a sinkhole. No indication at all whether he was a rookie RV'er or not...

https://www.rvtravel.com/rvt-955b/
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General Discussion / Re: Private Sale Questions
« Last post by Isaac-1 on Today at 06:17:30 PM »
This brings up another point, NADA is useless, particularly on coaches over about 10-15 years of age.  It is at best a depreciation schedule, and at worst it is a  a poor one.

Let me give my coach as an example, I have a 2002 Safari Trek, which I bought for about $21,000 after 5 months of active shopping in 2016, it was in middle of the price range for the years I was considering (2001-2004), and had an asking price of $25,000, it was mostly well maintained and updated by the previous owner with new carpet, seating, refrigerator, 400 watts solar, pure sine wave inverter, batteries, 2 year old tires, and about $3,000 in suspension upgrades (track bar, etc.)

According to NADA a 2002 Safari Trek is worth $15,150 average retail, what is worse is it was $15,150 when I bought it 4 years ago, and any P32 chassis motorhome with no slide under 30 ft long built between 1997 - 2004 is worth $15,150 average retail according to NADA, it does not matter if it is a 2001 Safari Trek with Aluminum side walls, full body paint, hard wood cabinet work, etc  with an MSRP of $109,000 or a 1997 Fleetwood Flair 25Y  with vinyl graphics and particle board cabinets which had an MSRP of $55,006
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Tech Talk / F53 Fuel starvation
« Last post by harleyjefferson on Today at 06:13:21 PM »
I know this is a well discussed topic,but so far no one seems to have had my problem.  I have a 97 F53 Coachman with the 460 fuel injected engine. I've had it for a year now,and have never driven more than about 30 miles. The problem is as follows. I have a fuel pressure gauge hooked up while I'm driving. I can go down my dirt road,fuel pressure stays about 30,and stop at end. As soon as I try to merge onto 4 lane road,pressure drops to 15-20,and it barely runs. I have put 2 new pump motors(aftermarket),checked lines for damage,and just put brand new Motorcraft pump assembly from Rock Auto in it. That actually got me my 30 mile ride,stopped at friends for a beer,then 5 minutes later it was back to low pressure. My local Ford "expert" said it was pressure regulator,which I doubted,but I got a new one anyway. Put it on,same thing. Tank has been dropped 4 times by now,it's spotless inside,and sock and inline filters are clean and new. I have put an extra ground wire at tank,tried running 12v straight to pump,ran with no gas cap, all with no improvement. I'm at my wits end!! Does anyone KNOW what my problem is? Like I said to begin,I have been all over internet looking, and haven't seen my problem yet. Thanks for looking!!  Jeff
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Newcomers' Corner / Re: Issues found in inspection
« Last post by SeilerBird on Today at 05:52:14 PM »
Very well stated Isaac :)) :)) :))
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Newcomers' Corner / Re: Issues found in inspection
« Last post by Isaac-1 on Today at 05:45:46 PM »
With this added information about roof and wall condition, etc. I say RUN AWAY, and be VERY glad you paid for the inspection.  Keep shopping, and if you are not going to be spending a lot of time in the mountain states, really give some consideration to a 33-34 ft gas class A built in the 2000's, something on the Workhorse W series chassis with the 8.1L built after 2001 or on the Ford F53 built after 2006.  They will be a lot cheaper to maintain than a diesel if you are only planning on using 6-8 weeks per year.

As to the rest of the stuff, there are a whole lot of components that age out on an RV at around the 12-15 year point, these are mostly things with rubber components, which includes belts and hoses, as well as various suspension and steering bushings, diaphragm in the propane regulator, ...  You also tend to start seeing failure of RV appliances around the 15 year mark, though some last longer, my coach is 19 years old now, and many, but not all of these rubber parts along with the refrigerator were replaced by the previous owner who put $10,000 in parts alone into the coach in the two years preceding my purchase of it in 2016.   Even with that I have spent a few thousand dollars on additional repairs and upgrades, mostly doing my own work except for the heavy lifting stuff as I have a bad back.    Notably this has included about $750 spent on the dash air conditioner just after I bought it (which has failed again on our last trip 6 months ago), $1,500 on new ball joints, $250 new fan clutch, $145 new Alternator, $ 70 and a whole lot of hours and expletives replacing the generator starter,  $750 having new hard line fabricated for the automatic parking brake (pin hole leak), as well as various upgrades (LED lighting, sink faucet, new toilet, magneshade windshield cover, ...)

Next year I already have $3,000 in the repair budget not counting the dash air conditioner, this includes new tires, as mine will turn 7 years old this fall, possibly a new roof air conditioners,   The next year if all goes well I will spend $1,900 getting some mostly cosmetic paint and minor body issues repaired, ...

So to put it another way, buying an RV is just a drop in the bucket when compared to ongoing costs of ownership, therefore buy the coach in the best condition you can find when you do.
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General Discussion / Can you shorten a Thetford Titan sewer hose?
« Last post by JoeandJane on Today at 05:14:50 PM »
First time out this year and of all the things that I tested, I didnít think of checking the sewer hose. It seems that the mice found it and put some holes in it. Now that Iím at a campground where I cannot acquire another one, Iím wondering if this hose can be shortened? Itís longer than I need anyway and I can take 5 feet and eliminate all the holes.
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