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RE: Wheel bearing advice

For me, about every five years, don't care about mileage. What I depend on is a temp gun, EVERY stop, I check tire temps, hub temps and drum temps on my way by, looking for differences. That has saved my butt twice, once was a tire going bad, once was a bearing. To each his own, whatever works for you.....
36guy 03/31/21 02:07pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Anyone Use BG Products Engine Restoration Before

SweetLou, there is no sludge in your engine,this is not 40 years ago, modern oils have additives that prevent sludge. Pull a valve cover off any engine you can find, there will be no sludge, the junk yard is a good place to start.
36guy 03/23/21 04:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How Important is Garage Storage?

Again, everybody has their opinions,I keep mine under a pole barn to avoid the sun, my last fifth was a keystone cougar, 13 years old, looked like new, it's the sun that makes them look old. As a result, I got an excellent trade in value for it, because it didn't show its age. My recommendation is to store it under cover if you can, helps keep the vermin out too.
36guy 02/26/21 10:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Who’s still using a 7.3 diesel truck

36guy, sounds like you couldn’t drive a manual shift, didn’t do proper maintenance including oil changes, and modified ito use non OEM parts and it’s Ford’s fault. ;) At leat, you found something you liked. :D That’s really all that matters. Sounds more like a lemon to me. It happens with all vehicles. I don’t get the impression that the OP didn’t take care of it. Idk about the input shaft issues though. Not familiar with those trans. I do know the 7.3s were a cold blooded engine that needed properly operating glow plugs and that good oil change maintenance was imperative on them (and 6.0s) because the HPOPs were good but finicky without frequent quality oil changes. Every vehicle has its quirks. But there’s quirks and there’s issues and they had quirks, not issues. Thanks, yes, from the day I bought it, the first week one glow plug went, two or three months later after a long high rpm pull it threw its first fan belt, then ate the first of three water pumps, then one morning start up it only ran on seven cylinders, always back to the dealership, it was just one of those trucks you pour money into......I loved the truck, I just got tired of fixing it.
36guy 02/24/21 11:42am Truck Campers
RE: Who’s still using a 7.3 diesel truck

36guy, sounds like you couldn’t drive a manual shift, didn’t do proper maintenance including oil changes, and modified ito use non OEM parts and it’s Ford’s fault. ;) At leat, you found something you liked. :D That’s really all that matters. You know.....one shouldn't pass judgement of others if you don't know them. I drive truck for a living, I've been building hot rods and custom motorcycles for 40 years, and I stand corrected, it is a ZF 5 speed stick I put a Luc clutch and flywheel in, the dual mass shields the tranny from power pulses that a single mass setup does not, leading to bearing failure on the input shaft. I probably know more about servicing my pickups than most on here, I have a fully equipped shop to do just that. Thanks for your esteemed and totally incorrect observation.
36guy 02/23/21 09:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Who’s still using a 7.3 diesel truck

For those of you who think this was fords finest truck, let me say this...I had a 95, stick, bought new, 215 horse, loved that truck to death. Owned it ten years, 9 fan belts, 3 sets of injector O rings, 2 sets of $500 apiece injectors, 2 alternators, dual mass flywheel gave out under warranty, then again at around 100,000 miles,installed a Luc single mass flywheel and clutch set up, was warned by my tranny guy that the input shaft in the getrag 5 speed would fail because of the clutch upgrade, it did, new transmission happened, that was the last straw. I pulled a cougar 244 fifth, 10,500 lbs, that old truck did a good job. Sold it, bought an 07 classic body duramax LBZ, still own that, nothing but oil changes, lotsa miles, best truck I've ever owned, I'll never own a ford again.
36guy 02/20/21 11:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Do you sanitize your black tank?

I have always used septic tank enzyme in our unit, it controls the smell, attacks the products in the tank, and stays in there after dumping, because it's bacteria. Keeps on eating away till there's nothing to eat, always keep five gallons of water in the tank as well, I've found my levels indicators always work properly, plus, its dirt cheap, available everywhere, even the grocery store. Dump, add a little package, five gallons of water, good to go.
36guy 02/14/21 12:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: Do you let you kids drive your motorhome

My dad always said, that if I wanted to drive his stuff, I should buy what he bought, we'd then be equals. I've been asked for the use of my truck, and our trailer, once. Truck, many times, by people who are moving. My standard answer is to tell them to buy a truck, just like I did, and the trailer borrower got the same answer, want to use one? Go buy one. I also have a shop full of tools, go buy them, just like I did.....
36guy 02/10/21 10:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dump Station Etiquette???

What do I do with my gloves? They go behind my driver seat, where they have spent thousands of miles. When they develop a hole, garbage they are, no, they don't stink, no, they're not covered in poop or diesel, I don't get poop on my gloves, as a lifelong equipment operator, diesel doesn't go on hands, its carcinogenic over a lifetime of exposure. We aren't dealing with toxic waste here, its poop, and furthermore, its poop of my making, quick and careful means no spillage, I even wear the same clothes in the truck after dumping, same shirt, same boots, same pants...... I gotta say, if some pig has left a mess at the dump station, I won't dump there, walking around messes left by previous dumpers is not good. By the way boys, do you bag up your shoes after dumping? Or toss them? You've walked around the area......
36guy 02/10/21 10:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Dump Station Etiquette???

I own a diesel pickup, I always have a pair of leather gloves to fuel up with, so.....I pull up, put on my leather gloves, haul the slinky out of the back bumper, pull the black, wait, close the black, pull the two greys, wait, shut the valves, pull the slinky, into the bumper, climb into the truck and get out of the next guys way. Drag my five gallon pail back to potable water, fill it, dump it down the toilet and vacate. Nobody around? I'll rinse till the black runs clean, hose down what needs hosing, all with leather gloves. It's not nuclear waste, and I don't get it all over me, sometimes though, it can be very entertaining being in line.
36guy 02/09/21 04:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Wishlist of RV features

A beefier frame and suspension that will stand up to 10 years of fishing the back country. We sold an 05 cougar fifth we bought new for a grand design in 2019 that hasn't even gotten into the backwoods and has already needed a complete suspension swap. Flat springs, under designed axles that bent, trim coming apart, my cougar blew a control board for the fridge in 13 years, that's it. My current trailer hasn't even seen the rough stuff and has cost us a small fortune, I just wish for better built units overall.
36guy 02/09/21 04:21pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Dump Station Observations

Takes me as long as it takes the tanks to drain, and we're gone. I pull up, put my leather truck gloves on, haul the hose out of my bumper, hook it up both ends, pull black tank, when done, pull grey tank, drain the hose, back in the bumper and gloves off, back in the truck and gone. Grey water does a good job of cleaning the hose. I can't stand to watch the fear and stupidity of some, acting like they're dealing with nuclear waste,although it can be interesting.
36guy 12/01/20 09:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Thought on suspension equalizers

Ya, me too, dexter ez flex kit on my Imagine, I wouldn't have except for a total suspension failure, towing difference is startling, trailer is really smooth and stable, best addition ever.
36guy 09/11/20 10:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Poor workmanship -- Entry Level VS Higher Price ????

Bull, there's no quality these days. Bought a 2018 higher end unit, 30 feet, bumper pull, bought from a VERY reputable manufacturer, and after 52 hours on the road, it has had four new springs, two new axles which were upgraded for heavier units, and some other warranty work, which I've done myself. This is a new unit, No....I did not take it down rough roads, no I did not run over a curb, no, I did not abuse the trailer, and I have forty years experience rv'ing. No, I did not know I was buying under engineered ****, but I did, as most of us will. It's fixed now, additional pain to my wallet, but it should have been built right before it got to me.
36guy 09/02/20 03:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Travel trailer warranties

Valhalla, the new axle specs are 4400, but not mine, it was an earlier model. The new springs sent by GD, were 4400 lb, secondly. I was visiting my daughter and for a lark, went to look at rv's for the day, ended up cutting an awesome deal and bought the unit. And no, the dealer didn't pick it up, thought it was a bent axle, checked for that and sent me on my way. And, hitch weight is around 650, at 6800 without water and absolutely dry, the trailer is at the axles maximum. Load up 75 gallons of water.....you'd be looking at a bent axle. I'm no piker, been building custom motorcycles and cars all my adult life, owned several rv's, my last one was a Cougar 244 fifth, for thirteen years it saw every type of road, never had a single issue with that trailer, and nothing but issues with this one.
36guy 07/12/20 04:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: Travel trailer warranties

I'll agree the axles are overloaded, but not by me. Our trailer has our clothing, groceries and a full tank of water, not considered an overload by any one. These things are built to an absolute minimum standard, the dry weight on the scale minus the hitch weight is 6800 lbs, I had to provide that to Grand design to show proof to have them send me springs.
36guy 07/12/20 07:47am Travel Trailers
Travel trailer warranties

So, in the fall of 2018, we bought a new Grand Design Imagine 2600 RL, in Grande Prairie Alberta, hauled it 15 hours home to Princeton BC, and parked it for the winter in the pole barn, for six months. Warranty ticking away here.....next spring, dug it out, back to Grande Prairie, another 15 hours, found the trailer odd looking on one side, pulled into the dealer we bought from, could find nothing wrong other than a distinct lean to the passenger side. Pulled it back home, and shortly thereafter, a trip to Williams lake, 6 hours away. Then 6 hours home, got under the trailer, discovered flattened springs, 57 hours total travel time, till a suspension failure. Called Grand Design, they urged me to call Dexter, as Dexter made the springs, did so....they asked me to ship the springs to them, wherever they are in the states, wouldn't warrant them otherwise. By now, I'm past the one year warranty period Dexter has on their springs and axles, so Grand Design steps up and ships me new springs and hardware, keep in mind they warrant the trailer for three years, BUT ONLY THE TRAILER, not the running gear, which by the way has 3500 lb axles under a 30 foot trailer. So, in go the new springs, under the pole barn for another winter, no mileage put on, till this spring, when I load up a full tank of water, groceries and head out to a spot about a hundred miles from here. Within 30 miles, I notice a bent rear axle, sure as ****, it is bent. Get home, call Grand Design, they politely tell me I'm out of luck, too far from the warranty and they'll do nothing, they suggest I call Dexter and I explain that I'm not about to go through that exercise again. So....monday its off to a real axle and spring shop, 6000lb axles and a dexter ez flex system, new wheels and tires, considerable expense on what is a new trailer with no miles on it. My post isn't to slag Grand Design, they have been helpful, it's to hilite the **** warranty program RV's fall under. When you buy a new car, all the suppliers for that car fall under the car builders warranty, in the rv business, I'm forced to deal with dexter, dometic, furrion, and everybody else who supplies parts separately from the trailer manufacturer, who has a three year warranty on the shell and interior. This system is garbage, really screws the owners who have legitimate issues by allowing the manufacturer an out when something isn't designed the way it should be. I understand that bent axles now are more common than uncommon, regardless of the maker, and we get screwed by having our units sit over the winter with the warranty clock ticking away, seems to me that if a trailer has a three year warranty, it should be for the entire unit. Opinions?
36guy 07/11/20 10:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: New Trailer Quality Control

I have to say......this stuff is not surprising, I think overall, quality has really dropped off in the rv business. We bought a Grand Design Imagine 2600 RL, in 2018, its a 30 foot trailer, and although the build quality is satisfactory inside the trailer, the warranties on units today leave the buyer hanging. Grand Design advertises a 3 year warranty, BUT, the chassis and axles are warranted by Lippert and dexter and have a one year warranty. We bought in late september in northern alberta, hauled it home to bc and parked it for the winter, covered in our pole barn. Limited use the next summer, my wife was sick, in the hospital two and a half months, so we didn't get more than one trip in, during that trip, I noticed the springs had gone flat, called GD, they referred me to Dexter, they were no help. So, Grand Design stepped up, sent me all new springs and hardware, I replaced them, and the unit sat another winter, up on blocks. By now, the one year warranty is long over on the axles and chassis, so the trailer sat till this june, we got in it with a full tank of fresh water and headed out, not thirty miles from here, noticed the rear axle bent. 3500 lb axles and springs are clearly not heavy enough, back on the phone to grand Design, they couldn't be more helpful, but I'm too far past the end of my warranty for their help, which, by the way are still covering the rest of the unit. This trailer has around fifty hours road time, a complete failure should NEVER happen, especially on what amounts to a new trailer. So, now I'm out $3600 tax in for a new undercarriage, all the best stuff, guaranteed never to break again. The complaint I have is not the fault of Grand Design, it is the way the warranties are structured, a three year warranty should cover the entire unit, just like the warranties on cars, in my case, we take it up the butt for what is clearly a design issue, and although the unit is covered by a three year warranty, not all the parts in the unit are. These units are not cheap, manufacturers have to do a better job of looking after their customers.
36guy 07/04/20 01:03pm General RVing Issues
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