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RE: Crack in ball valve

Did you try something else or did you go back with the same 310?
DFord 05/24/20 04:25pm Tech Issues
RE: pictures

There's help for posting hidden in this section" Open Roads Forum > Forum Posting Help and Support Here's a post answering your question: > RV.Net Tutorials and Picture related FAQ's https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/15775751.cfm
DFord 04/23/20 05:02pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Fantastic Fan motor comparison

Thanks for the info DR650, I've got two of the older style in my MH. After so many years of being a family owned business that stood behind their products with a lifetime warranty and quality products, it's sad to hear where Dometic has taken the line. I was a fierce supporter of them for years. Many years after buying my previous MH that had one fan above the kitchen sink (that made a terribly annoying ring when it ran) I stopped by their table at a FMCA rally and asked what to do about it to make the wife happy. They asked the year of the RV, I told them it was a 2001. Then they handed me a new motor assembly and asked if I could do the replacement or if they needed to send a tech out to do it. I told them I could handle it. There was no charge and I got to keep the old parts - still around here somewhere. They said a one time (back in that time frame) they'd gotten a bad batch of motors and had heard that complaint from several owners. Times have changed from what I'm hearing. After many years in the business, it was time for the original owners to retire and they sold the company to Dometic. The rest is history. These days we're dealing with a corporation that has a profit motive as their paramount driving force.
DFord 04/23/20 02:56pm Tech Issues
RE: battery wires

I've always heard it was best to have a matched set of batteries to avoid problems in the long run. I'd replace all of them. Take a picture with your phone of how they're wired before you begin taking anything loose. They should be wired as two pairs in series. The positive on one battery goes to the negative on the second one. You will get 12v from that set. Do the same for the other set. Then both sets are wired in parallel so the 12v from the two pairs stays the same. That doubles the amperage available. Take a picture and then make a drawing of what's in the picture. Label the wires. Label makers aren't real expensive.
DFord 04/23/20 02:29pm Technology Corner
RE: Entrance steps won't go out

Sorry to have led you astray Mike. Your experience sounds much different than mine. The teeth on the ring gear on both the old and new went all the way around. I used the whole new assembly except for the drive gear which came of easily. The output shaft on both assemblies was the same size and so the gear fit.
DFord 04/20/20 08:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Crude negative price @ -$2.50

At that price (I heard you can buy all you want for $1/barrel just now), renewable energy sources won't be able to complete but the sure thing is, as soon as things start rolling again, they'll be after our wallets again. And you can take that to the bank!
DFord 04/20/20 01:36pm Around the Campfire
RE: Is anyone going anywhere?

There's a lot to be learned from this article: Why the Second Wave of the 1918 Spanish Flu Was So Deadly https://www.history.com/news/spanish-flu-second-wave-resurgence Harris believes that the rapid spread of Spanish flu in the fall of 1918 was at least partially to blame on public health officials unwilling to impose quarantines during wartime. In Britain, for example, a government official named Arthur Newsholme knew full well that a strict civilian lockdown was the best way to fight the spread of the highly contagious disease. But he wouldn’t risk crippling the war effort by keeping munitions factory workers and other civilians home.
DFord 04/19/20 05:28pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Is anyone going anywhere?

Leaving home and coming down with the virus would be a perfect storm with no way out. I'm staying put until it's much safer to go out. Darwin has a way of weeding out those that don't think. I wear a mask when I go out. It will do a good job of protecting others if I cough for sneeze. I do that in respect for their health and I expect them to return that respect by wearing one. I see too many thinking they're somehow immune or just don't care. I don't want to be around them because I value my health so I'll stay at home until the danger passes.
DFord 04/19/20 12:37pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Winegard dish cannot find gps signal

Mine did that. Call or email Winegard for tech support. They will walk you through troubleshooting the problem. Be sure your cable/cords are in excellent condition. Try a new shorter cord right at the receiver to eliminate that variable. Make sure to cable is rated for 3Ghz. They had me take the cover off and use a multimeter to take some readings at various places on the control boards. I ended up shipping it back to them where they replaced a couple of components on the circuit board that had failed. Very few shops around that repair circuit boards but they make their own and know how to locate the problems. They usually send you a new set of cables but won't ship you old ones back unless you tell them to up front.
DFord 04/18/20 01:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Entrance steps won't go out

Why go to that trouble when the whole unit bolts in with 3 screws. No need to even open up the worm drive section. Just change the gear on the output shaft and bolt it in. Take a look when the replacement arrives.
DFord 04/17/20 08:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Crash Guards on Towed

Buy the "crash guard" or Push Bumper and take it to a welding shop. They should be able to add pins to match the tow bracket so you can use when you're not towing it. Maybe then you'll want to move it to the front of your MH.
DFord 04/17/20 06:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: sold our class a

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one that "Service Temporarily Unavailable" is biting in the butt. From Matt's end, he has no idea he triple posted - I know because it's happened to me too. Wish there was a way to delete our own posts on this forum but there's not.
DFord 04/17/20 12:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: sold our class a

If you've got a wife that's willing to get behind the wheel of any RV, you passed a huge milestone. My wife will once in a while pull the MH forward a few feet for me if I don't stop just right at the dump station - other than that, I'm out of luck. I do keep my dues current with FMCA so that I've got "repatriation insurance" to get me and RV back home if I'm incapacitated. In your case, go to a dealer and take a couple of test drives to see what she would be comfortable with driving.
DFord 04/16/20 08:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Article About DISH and DirecTV Merger

Check this out - Elon Musk has BIG PLANS for the future of telecommunications unlike anything we've ever dreamed about - STARLINK! There WILL NOT be any area on the earth that doesn't have coverage. If you can get internet, you can use an voice over IP for your cell phone. Of course the question I haven't seen answered is what is this going to cost? SpaceX plans to start offering Starlink broadband services in 2020 by Sandra Erwin — October 22, 2019 https://spacenews.com/spacex-plans-to-start-offering-starlink-broadband-services-in-2020/ HIGH SPEED INTERNET ACCESS ACROSS THE GLOBE With performance that far surpasses that of traditional satellite internet, and a global network unbounded by ground infrastructure limitations, Starlink will deliver high speed broadband internet to locations where access has been unreliable, expensive, or completely unavailable. https://www.starlink.com/ Stay tuned for developments in this rapidly changing world of technology!
DFord 04/15/20 09:37pm Technology Corner
RE: Errors Again

Could it be caused by too much traffic? I'm seeing it more and more when trying to post a reply. The trouble is often it actually does post the reply while giving me the error so I try it again and get another error. When I open the topic from the original email I received, I see my reply 3 times and there's no way to delete screw-ups like that.
DFord 04/15/20 09:05pm Around the Campfire
RE: Article About DISH and DirecTV Merger

Both Dish and Direct are probably very nervous right now with the rollout of the SpaceX low earth orbit satellites said to be going online near the end of the year. It'll be the start of a whole new world in communications. I'm waiting anxiously to see what the cost will be for phones and data.
DFord 04/15/20 04:39pm Technology Corner
RE: Dash AC

The F53 chassis has no vacuum system. the chassis makers have to add one to operate the heating/ac dash vent system. This system consists of a small 12v vacuum pump and a small vacuum tank and associated vacuum hoses that go to the dash controls. If there is no vacuum the default vent path is through the defrosters. Check all these vacuum lines around the pump and tank, usually under the hood in front.I beg to differ. The F53 absolutely uses manifold vacuum to operate the dampers for the air conditioner/heater. There's a small ball vacuum chamber to store the vacuum while the engine is under a heavy load and manifold vacuum isn't available. There's a check valve to prevent the chamber from loosing the vacuum. It could be a broken/cracked vacuum line or bad diaphragm in one of the damper motors. Keep looking for those vacuum lines.
DFord 04/15/20 08:50am Tech Issues
RE: Entrance steps won't go out

My memory is a little foggy about exactly what I did to make it work. I may have had to remove the snapring to swap the gears but I'm not certain. It worked great. If the steps go the wrong way, just reverse the wires to fix it. I replaced the motor on a friend's steps. A few months later he showed up to an outing with our group and said they stopped working again. When I took the motor off and opened it up, I found the remains of the 3 plastic disks that should work as shock absorbers had turned to powder. I cleaned them out and reused the ones from the original motor. They were still working when he sold it. Never did figure out what happened that made them pulverize like they did.
DFord 04/14/20 09:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Entrance steps won't go out

A search for Dorman 742-206 on RockAuto returns Dorman 742277 as the current replacement. You'll need to cut the wires on both motors and put the old connector on the new motor with some butt splices. The motor itself is held in with 3 bolts. Easy swap. RockAuto Listing for Dorman 742277 Window Lift Motor https://www.rockauto.com/info/42/742-277-010__ra_p.jpg https://www.rockauto.com/info/42/742-277-010__ra_p.jpg height=300 Topic: Replacement motor for Kwikee steps
DFord 04/14/20 07:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: I'm so bored

I used to spin that toilet paper like I was on Wheel of Fortune. Now I turn it like I'm cracking a safe. I need to practice social-distancing from the refrigerator. Still haven't decided where to go for Easter ----- The Living Room or The Bedroom Every few days try your jeans on just to make sure they fit. Pajamas will have you believe all is well in the kingdom. Homeschooling is going well. 2 students suspended for fighting and 1 teacher fired for drinking on the job. I don't think anyone expected that when we changed the clocks we'd go from Standard Time to the Twilight Zone This morning I saw a neighbor talking to her cat. It was obvious she thought her cat understood her. I came into my house, told my dog..... we laughed a lot. Quarantine Day 5: Went to this restaurant called THE KITCHEN. You have to gather all the ingredients and make your own meal. I have no clue how this place is still in business. My body has absorbed so much soap and disinfectant lately that when I pee it cleans the toilet. Day 5 of Homeschooling: One of these little monsters called in a bomb threat. I'm so excited --- it's time to take out the garbage. What should I wear Day 6 of Homeschooling: My child just said "I hope I don't have the same teacher next year".... I'm offended. Better 6 feet apart than 6 feet under
DFord 04/14/20 08:48am Around the Campfire
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