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RE: Dealer stripped threads in Hub ?

This is a common issue. Not corrosion damage, stripped threads due to careless installation technique. Do you have any photos of the stripped lug bolts/hub threads? Using a heli-coil thread repair could be possible, but not without seeing the damage. Do the lug bolts on wheels that are NOT damaged have corrosion on them? If the hubs are damaged due to severe cross threading, it may be necessary to replace them rather than repair them. Chum lee
Chum lee 01/24/20 12:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Kirkland motor oil

Oil is oil is oil. Ignorance is bliss (so they say at least) until you have a lubrication related failure. Then you'll change your tune.... as your wallet gets emptied.Show me any documentation that the use of one oil over another, with regular oil and filter changes, caused any engine failures. You're right, there aren't any. Actually there are. In the early/mid eighties, Audi had 1,000's, of premature turbo failures on their I5 (2.1 liter) engines (which they fixed under warranty) due to oil coking up the turbo housing bushings because the turbo would overheat if it wasn't cooled down properly prior to engine shut down. (after spirited driving) It cost Audi $$$$$$. The fix: Change the specs to improve the temperature stability of the oil which led to Audi specifying synthetic oil and changing it more frequently. Also, install after run electric water pumps, water/oil cooled turbos, and after run radiator fans. To be fair, Audi warned owners about the cool down issues but hey, . . . . . who reads owners manuals? Some, not all, of the turbo failures led to premature catastrophic engine failures. Other manufacturers had similar issues with their turbo models until the learning curve took over. Chum lee
Chum lee 01/23/20 02:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Quartzsite accommodations ??

Super 8 by Wyndham. West side of town south of I-10 on Dome Rock Road West. $120/night when available. Two stars. You probably won't do much better in Q, but, you can do a whole lot worse. Chum lee
Chum lee 01/22/20 01:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: Warning! Publci Toilet Hygene

Last time I was examined, in a hospital, I contracted MRSA. Yep, . . . . IN A HOSPITAL! It took injectable antibiotics to wipe it out. Now I go through about 4 gallons of hand sanitizer a year. I know for a fact that it won't kill MRSA though. It kills +99% of surface germs. That's the best I can do day to day. It's the 1% that gets ya every time. Chum lee
Chum lee 01/22/20 01:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: The Verdic is in, New Ford 7.3 V-8 Gas mpg not so Great

Google: BSFC: Brake Specific Fuel Consumption Carnot Efficiency Cycle These are the two main fundamental engineering terms (there are more) which MUST be improved before you can expect to see any significant improvements in overall MPG. As far as I can tell, the new V8 makes no attempt to improve these over the V10. Although it has less moving parts, it has more cubic inches than the V10 so unless there are improvements in efficiency, expect no better MPG. A direct drive transmission is most efficient, adding gears adds drag which beyond a certain point will reduce fuel mileage since it adds complexity. IMO, the new V8 is about cost saving, not fuel saving. Chum lee
Chum lee 01/22/20 01:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: utah activities for seniors

What do you like to do? When are you planning to travel? Where are you planning to travel in Utah? Chum lee
Chum lee 01/21/20 03:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ford V10 vs Pending V8

Just a word of caution from an ex Ford employee. Years ago it was usually a bad idea to buy the first generation of anything new. I'm not saying Ford hasn't improved over the years, but, IMO, it's a good idea to let Ford work the bugs out. (in the field) Time eventually heals almost everything. Think: popping spark plugs on the first gen V10. Failed COP coil packs. Timing chain tensioners. Phasers. The list goes on. Etc., Etc., Etc. Chum lee
Chum lee 01/21/20 03:10pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Workhorse W22, Chevy 8.1l exhaust rattle/noise

With the exhaust system cold, slide under the MH and hit the catalytic converter with your hand or a block of wood. If it sounds like a can full of marbles, . . . . you need a new converter. If no noise, try the same thing with all the other components of the exhaust system. Eventually you will find the source of the rattle. Check all your exhaust hangers and heat shields too. Chum lee
Chum lee 01/21/20 02:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Increasing towing capacity

In the engineering world, you have to deal with "weakest link" technology. That means FOR YOUR SPECIFIC VEHICLE, you have to analyse the design and discover what the weakest link(s) is/are and make a plan to improve it/them. It could be brakes, cooling, suspension, tires/wheels, weight and balance, frame strength, power limitations, emission control, hitch capacity, durability, etc., etc., etc. Assuming you have a Ford product, the engineers at Ford generally don't like to help you because when/if they do, their neck is on the line should something go wrong. That's why they publish the specifications that they do, then shut up. I know it's not the answer you want, but, the safest thing to do is buy the chassis with the performance you want, built in, and go from there. That said, there are thousands of people who will be more than happy to sell you something that helps you increase the towing capacity of your vehicle, but none of them will be around when/if you have problems. Or, if they are, they will point the finger at someone else. Your choice. Do you feel lucky? Chum lee
Chum lee 01/19/20 02:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Kirkland motor oil

Kirkland/Costco doesn't manufacture or blend oil. They buy blended bulk oil from those who do and package it in their own proprietary containers. Costco brands, IMO, have always had my respect as far as quality. (they aren't perfect) 10 quarts of synthetic oil for $2.50/quart is a good price provided the oil meets the specifications (in your owners manual) required. Any quality oil, synthetic of not, will have the specifications it meets written on the container. (API, ISO, ACEA, etc.) You can always pay more, if you want. It is your responsibility to confirm that the oil you purchase meets/excedes the requirements of your specific application. In short, you have to decide if good, . . . . . is good enough. Chum lee
Chum lee 01/17/20 12:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Zoning Law

Do you live in a planned unit development with CC&R's? (Covenants Codes, and Restrictions) If so, your homeowners association/board may impose additional restrictions over and above local/municipal codes. In short, the city may not care what you do, but your neighbors might, and, if there are CC&R's which regulate living in an RV on site, they CAN enforce their wishes. Chum lee
Chum lee 01/16/20 03:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: 1997 Headlights on Bounder

I know the halogen bulbs can be replaced But Can the headlight be disassembled to clean the inside of the lenses I've done the exterior clean and restore, with the mguires plastic polish and UV protection spray They are clear not yellow, but there are spots on the inside of the lenses Just replace them. The problem is not only the lenses degrading, but, the reflectors (inside the lamp assembly) degrade also. Turn the headlights on at night and look at the back side of the lamp assembly. If you see light going out the back of the lamp assembly, well . . . . . that light is supposed to go out the front. Chum lee
Chum lee 01/15/20 02:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Why are my batteries water overflowing during charging?

Yesterday I brought in my two deep cycle batteries from my boat and the one from my camper for winter storage. I check all of the water levels and had ended up adding some distilled water to each, bring it to just under a 1/4" from the top. So far all three batteries have overflowed during charging. What else could be the cause of this? I have never experienced this problem before. Any Ideas? When wet cell batteries charge, it is normal for the electrolyte and the other internal components (plates, separators, connectors, etc.) to heat up which causes them to expand. The electrolyte also will off gas. (hydrogen and oxygen) If you overfill the electrolyte, the additional gas has no place to go since you have blocked the vents. As the state of charge of the batteries increases, solid precipitate from the plates dissolves back into the electrolyte causing its volume to increase slightly also with no place to go but out the fill holes. Some charge cycles cause water to evaporate out the fill holes which can (not always) off set this. Someone else pointed out that the time to fully top off the water is AFTER you are done charging, as long as the plates are covered (about 1/8 to 1/4 inch) with electrolyte prior to charging. DO NOT CHARGE A WET CELL BATTERY IF ANY PORTION OF THE PLATES ARE DRY! Chum lee
Chum lee 01/15/20 01:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Deciding on Battery Replacement

They date from 2010 and 2011.It's time. I agree with this. If you have no diagnostic tools/skills and your battery bank won't power your system (from a known full charge) for more than a day, (or night) it's most likely time. At +-9-10 years of age, IMO, you have gotten your moneys worth, and a little more. Chum lee
Chum lee 01/14/20 04:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Flipping Axle

FYI-do not use cinder blocks on this project. They can crumble. Use boards. I would not hesitate to use 8 x 8 x 16 cinder blocks on a temporary basis long as they are 2,000 psi or better, monolithic, oriented/stacked properly, (cells vertical) and you use 2 x 8 boards "on top, and, if necessary on the bottom" of the blocks before putting any load on the blocks. Don't stack the blocks more than 2 blocks high. Putting point loads on concrete (cinder blocks) is a horrible idea and will cause early failure. The soft wood distributes the loads over the full bearing surface of the block. Think about it. I've personally designed/built block retaining walls well over 30' high. Not a problem as long as there are no point loads and you handle the lateral/overturning moments. That said, if you can't do that with confidence, just use jack stands or solid wood blocks. Chum lee
Chum lee 01/13/20 01:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Compartment Door Slam Latches

Regular shots of silicon spray on the handle pivots and latches helps the mechanisms stay lubricated and last longer. Slamming the doors, . . . . . NOT! Chum lee There's a reason they are called 'slam latches', and are made to be closed without using the handle. As I have said before, when you close the door on mine, the striker pushes the bolt UP AWAY from the cam. The cam is there only to move the bolt up with the handle. Do what works for you. Thank you and yes, I'm very familiar with how the handles/strikers/latches work. Slam latches? I guess we went to different schools. Who is this "they" you refer to? (rhetorical question) Chum lee
Chum lee 01/10/20 03:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Compartment Door Slam Latches

Regular shots of silicon spray on the handle pivots and latches helps the mechanisms stay lubricated and last longer. Slamming the doors, . . . . . NOT! Chum lee
Chum lee 01/10/20 11:49am General RVing Issues
RE: DeWalt 20V portable air compressor

Does anyone have experience with this air compressor, I am trying to downsize from my big heavy pancake compressor for traveling. IME/IMO you would be best sticking with what you already have (120 Volt pancake style) and finding/making a place to stow it. For RV's, you need higher pressures than for most automotive applications. The tires are larger and require more air volume at higher pressures. I've yet to see a rechargeable portable/compressor that is up to the task for anything other than a once in a lifetime emergency. So far I have melted two different 12 volt compressors when using them on my Class A which requires 90 psi. I bought one compressor at Walmart for +-$40.00. It said on the box it was capable of generating "up to" 140 psi. When I returned it to customer service a week after buying it, the clerk asked me, "Sir, what is your reason for the return? I smiled, opened the box (a burned plastic/electrical smell wafted over the clerk) and I said, "I don't think this is going to work out." The clerk cringed at the smell, . . . . . . . then returned my money. NEXT! Enough said. Chum lee
Chum lee 01/08/20 05:25pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Requesting solution from knowledgeable RV.NET collective

IMO, if you hook up two 12 volt batteries in parallel, when new and roughly factory equivalent, they will mimic each other. As you charge/discharge them, one battery will tend to do more of the work and take more of the wear over time because of the way they are wired and their inherent internal resistance. As you discharge/recharge them, one battery will charge more than the other because it is working harder and sees more charge. (or less depending on which battery gets the higher charge voltage) That's why, in general, 2 simple 6 volt batteries wired in series (to make 12 volts) are normally used in simple applications. With more than 2 batteries wired in series/parallel, things can get more complicated. Edit: That said, if you want the cheapest solution, just get a dirt cheap 12 volt automotive battery. If you don't boon dock and are always connected to shore power, IMO it's all you need. Google: "The 12 volt side of life" if you want a more detailed explanation. Chum lee
Chum lee 01/08/20 01:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Rt 99 Thru Bakersfield

I used to regularly drive I5/I99 both ways from San Diego to Redding in a 4 door sedan. Both routes ALWAYS have lots of HEAVY long haul truck traffic. IMO/IME, the quality of the roads can change from decent to horrible in just a few weeks and stay that way for months before CALTRANS gets out to do repairs. Often they get so bad that CALTRANS has to let major contracts to repave/repair the roads. The combination of the constant heavy trucks and high rains wreaks havoc on the aging roadways. When water gets under the roadways (through cracks) and heavy trucks pound the surfaces, it pumps the base out from under the pavement and everything goes down the drain in short order. Chum lee
Chum lee 01/04/20 02:52pm General RVing Issues
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