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RE: Concrete driveway thickness??

I also prefer to use fiber-reinforced concrete to help resist cracking, which may happen anyway. I'e been told by some of our Civil/Structural Engineers that there are two kinds of concrete; the concrete that has already cracked, and the concrete that hasn't cracked yet.... ;) Al
FloridaRosebud 08/12/20 02:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow Bar Age

OK, going to do it myself, however, any suggestions on the type of grease to use on the ball that connects the male receiver fitting to the rest of the tow bar? It's got a bit of corrosion on it from sitting in the garage for 7 years.... Al
FloridaRosebud 08/09/20 09:39am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A Tire Recommendation

I have Toyos and am very happy. Replaced Michelins. About $300 per tire. Al
FloridaRosebud 08/04/20 01:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow Bar Age

Blue Ox instructions use to have procedure for cleaning, lubing and servicing tow bars. Look at their website and didn't find true support page. When servicing use brake clean to remove dirt and old lube material. Aluminum bars need to be inspected for cracked welds. This may help! Servicing Thanks for the link! Mine is the Steel Aventa bar. Al
FloridaRosebud 08/04/20 10:34am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow Bar Age

I don’t think I would want to buy from a company that won’t even stand behind their product even after they rebuilt it. If they only have a life span of 8 or so years with no repairs or maintenance available then I don’t want it. I guess no more Blue OX products for me. That's kind of my thought as well. I'm in the forensic investigation world, and have been for almost 15 years. So I'm not the type of guy who believes that just because someone says something it means it right or OK. In this case, the tow bar was used about 7 years, towed a Jeep (the bar is a 10,000 pound rated bar) for about 50,000 miles, and then stored for the next 8 years or so. In my mind, it is only, say, 50% used. I have done investigations where the manufacturer of equipment (switchgear, circuit breakers, boilers, and so on) have said the item HAS to be replaced, but in the end we (my company and/or my engineers) have been able to have it repaired back to where it was prior the the incident. I understand the liability aspect (half my clients are Attorneys) but the statues have run out on this one. The person who told me they would not even look at it was a sales person, NOT an engineer or designer, and she offered me a $150 credit if I bought a new one. So a couple of red flags went up for me right away. So there's the reason for my question on the first post. If folks here said they've been using theirs for 10-15 years with no issues, and so on then that would be enough anecdotally for me to probably move forward with using it. At this point it appears to operate smoothly with no binding. I might cut off the plastic tie that secures the boot over the two extensions to inspect the seals, and if they are not cracked or show any signs of wear re-secure the boot and use it. And like you, if I buy a new tow bar it probably will be a Roadmaster..... Al
FloridaRosebud 08/04/20 09:38am Class A Motorhomes
Tow Bar Age

I was given a Blue Ox 10,000lb tow bar by my neighbor. They full-timed for 7 years, then it sat in their garage for 6 or 7 years. Everything appears to be in working order. No binding, and the arms extend smoothly and lock. I emailed Blue Ox to see if they would refurb it for me (just to be on the safe side), and they said no, they recommend replacement after 8-10 years so I need to buy a new one. So who out there is using an older tow bar, and have you had any issues? Should I just buy a new one? Thoughts? Al
FloridaRosebud 08/03/20 03:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cost to install apparatus for Flat-towing

Since my current Ford Edge (3.5, Titanium) HAS a tow package - complete with wiring harness for anything I tow with it - can I tie into this wiring, assuming I have a wiring kit that connects the RV lights/signals to those of the toad? Or is this better simply running the wiring the entire length of the toad, from its taillights to the RV connection? My guess is no, the system probably won't work backwards unless you did some serious rewiring. It triggers off of pressing the brake pedal of the Edge, which is not in use. I'll be curious to see what others say.... Al
FloridaRosebud 07/28/20 02:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Koni vs Bilstein

OK, it's a 2006 National Seabreeze, F53 chassis. As stated in my last thread, I've got it handling great, however, still rides pretty rough. Was on the NY thruway today, and was a bit rough, then got to I-79 to head south, and though yes, this is way mo'betta. BUT, the closer I got to Pittsburg, the rougher the ride, until about 20 miles north. At that point, the road was hammering us. Doors were coming open, and twice my cruise kicked off. Even slowed down to 55, but still was vicious. The original owner replaced the OEM shocks 5 years ago with Bilsteins. I recall from racing days the Bilsteins were always "firm". So the question; has anyone replaced the Bilsteins with the 5-way Konis, and was there a significant difference? I'm not looking for the "buy a DP" answer, as we otherwise love the MH and it's going nowhere. So anyone out there done this? If I could get a 20-30% ride improvement I'd do it. I'm just not ready to sink $12k into a liquid suspension upgrade right now. Thanks in advance! Al How much if any, are you over PSI from what your inflation chart says, for each of your axle weights? Don't think shock brands will turn thing around all that much, either way, although giving my druthers, I'd opt for the Koni's. I'm spot on, based on the actual weight of my MH. Sometimes I run 5psi over, but the last few days I've been only a couple of psi over. Al
FloridaRosebud 07/27/20 04:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Florida

Everyone - just be careful. The science tells us what to do and not do. As of today, most private CG are open, and Glamping carefully is probably the "safest" of things you could do. From a Floridian - Al
FloridaRosebud 07/26/20 03:18pm Around the Campfire
RE: Koni vs Bilstein

My Koni FSD shocks are NOT gas charged so they do not transfer the small bumps, like road joinst, back to the coach as much as my Bilsteens did. OK, great. That is good to know....the potholes can not be fixed by shocks, but the expansion joints and bridges I was hoping could be, at least somewhat. Al It's an interesting article but you do have to keep in mind the article is pretty old. I wish someone would do another test with results for at least one representative diesel pusher and one representative gas motorhome on the F53 chassis. My research showed many more mixed reviews when it comes to Koni vs. Bilstein shocks on a gas motorhome. I guess I'll find out once I get them installed and take the MH out. I'll report back once I've given them the proper workout. Al
FloridaRosebud 07/26/20 03:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Koni vs Bilstein

Koni FSD's without a doubt. Changed mine over 100000 miles ago. GREATLY reduced the jarring caused by separation joints in the road and greatly reduced the jarring from the smaller holes in the pavement. They are still on my rig and still seem to be doing as good a job as when new. Thanks everyone!! Jusr ordered the Koni's! Al
FloridaRosebud 07/26/20 08:19am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Koni vs Bilstein

Check your air pressure also. I have found that as tires age, they get stiff and ride harder. Some brands more than others. Tires are less than 2 years old. I run 80psi on the front and 85psi on the rears based on the weight (actually weighed) of the MH. Al
FloridaRosebud 07/25/20 02:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Koni vs Bilstein

My Koni FSD shocks are NOT gas charged so they do not transfer the small bumps, like road joinst, back to the coach as much as my Bilsteens did. OK, great. That is good to know....the potholes can not be fixed by shocks, but the expansion joints and bridges I was hoping could be, at least somewhat. Al
FloridaRosebud 07/25/20 05:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Koni vs Bilstein

Koni FSDs have worked very well for me. I can't say how they compare with Bilsteins, however. That said, rough roads are still rough. Sometimes it is good to slow waaay down, or seek alternate routes. Sometimes there's no option besides gritting one's teeth and bearing it. I agree, we are driving a truck chassis with a heavy box on it down the road. I have no visions of a ride like my Yukon Denali. I'm just looking to tame it a bit. Make it a bit less jarring. It would cost me about $1500 to change them out. Like I had said, if it makes an improvement (less jarring) it would be worth it. Al
FloridaRosebud 07/25/20 03:58am Class A Motorhomes
Koni vs Bilstein

OK, it's a 2006 National Seabreeze, F53 chassis. As stated in my last thread, I've got it handling great, however, still rides pretty rough. Was on the NY thruway today, and was a bit rough, then got to I-79 to head south, and though yes, this is way mo'betta. BUT, the closer I got to Pittsburg, the rougher the ride, until about 20 miles north. At that point, the road was hammering us. Doors were coming open, and twice my cruise kicked off. Even slowed down to 55, but still was vicious. The original owner replaced the OEM shocks 5 years ago with Bilsteins. I recall from racing days the Bilsteins were always "firm". So the question; has anyone replaced the Bilsteins with the 5-way Konis, and was there a significant difference? I'm not looking for the "buy a DP" answer, as we otherwise love the MH and it's going nowhere. So anyone out there done this? If I could get a 20-30% ride improvement I'd do it. I'm just not ready to sink $12k into a liquid suspension upgrade right now. Thanks in advance! Al
FloridaRosebud 07/24/20 07:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: TIRES 22,5

I run Toyo M-154 tires. Had Michelins before. I don't notice a ride difference, but the Toyos' are at least $100 less per tire. Al
FloridaRosebud 07/16/20 07:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gasser Handling - Specific Question

UPDATE - first the refresher - The MH is 33', 208" wheelbase, F-53 chassis. 2006 National SeaBreeze LX. I've now done the CHF, have a steering stabilizer, a Hellwig rear anti-sway bar, rear trac bar, and poly bushings on the original Ford anti-sway bars, front and rear. Firestone airbags as well, and run the "correct" tire pressures based on the MH weight (actually weighed). Toe-in is slightly positive (in). The differences since the last post are the rear trac bar and the toe in. So we have gone 800 miles on this trip now, and the handling issues have pretty much been solved. Semis are a non-issue, wondering is pretty much gone, and no more butt-puckering experiences. Crosswinds to 10-12mph are non-issues as well. While I still pretty much set the cruise on 60-62, on flat roads I've gone to 65 and felt comfortable. Thanks to everyone for their help and input. I just thought I would close the loop on this thread. Safe travels everyone. Al
FloridaRosebud 07/09/20 06:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tire Monitor System

Update - new batteries, drop out issue went away....now if I could just find my amplifier/extender.....sigh.... Al
FloridaRosebud 07/09/20 06:06am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Driving in windy conditions

Just a quick story....today we began our summer journey. Left Melbourne, FL, and when we got close to St. Augustine, a nasty storm blew in. Just happened to be near a rest area, and as the wind picked up and I slowed down to 50mph, we pulled in. Parked, and within minutes the heavens opened and the wind was rocking the MH. We watched folks on I-95 going about 20mph throwing up tons of water. About 4 or 5 MH pulled in as well. In about 20 minutes the storm passed, my wife and I had munched on some popcorn, and we continued. And IMHO, that's how you do it.... Al
FloridaRosebud 07/05/20 07:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV Tires

I recently moved from Michelin to Toyo. They stink for the first month or two (off-gassing) but they are sure-footed on dry and wet, have a more comfortable ride than Michelin and are cheaper than Michelin even if you have the FMCA discount. I did as well and am very pleased. I have the M-154 Toyos. Al
FloridaRosebud 06/13/20 03:56am Class A Motorhomes
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