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RE: Increasing towing capacity

Your chassis as delivered by Ford is full capable of towing 5K. But Fleetwood added really chincy frame extension and their welds leave a lot to be desired. Look underneath, it's scary. I have friends that have beefed up the frame extensions and added a 5K lb. receiver with no problems. Don't worry about your transmission. Your 98 coach could have a 97 E4OD transmission or a 99 4R100 transmission. Ford didn't build a 98 model year chassis. Both transmissions are tough. If you know of a really trustworthy weld shop go for it. Just don't tell the legal beagles, as they will sick the lawyers on you. GRIN............. Richard
RLS7201 01/20/20 03:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Take a read of this article about AFR and O2 sensors. Interesting tidbit at the very end. While gasoline has a stoichiometric ratio of 14.7:1, E10 which is what most stations sell, has a stoichiometric ratio of 14.1:1. Would not want to try to achieve 14.7 running down the highway on E10 as that would leave you way lean and potentially burn a piston or two. Doubt that you have much overlap on your cam so you can ignore most of that discussion. Your numbers are not real world figures. The article you posted deals with HP engines and cams with considerable overlap. Our MH engines are built for low end torque with mild camshaft overlap. I curse my 460/528 stroker at 15.5:1 to 16:1..Rolling off the back side of a hill I'll see 17:1. I normally see about 14:1 at idle. I have the power band limited to 13:1 when under full load. That's with a compression ratio of 9:1. Richard
RLS7201 01/20/20 03:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Have you given thought to pulling off the carb and installing a smart fuel injection system? Other than welding in the O2 bung, it's usually a simple install and it tunes itself. Improved torque and fuel mileage. Richard Actually, I haven't. That might be something to look at in the future, but not the near future. This does have an 02 sensor on the drivers side, which is not connected to anything, so I don't know exactly why it is there. I would like to hook up to that to check the lean/rich ratio with the carb, to see if I need to make any adjustments once this is back on the road. Here is the low budget entry APSX wideband AFR gauge that I put on my ol Bounder when installed the stroker engine. It has worked well. Richard
RLS7201 01/19/20 11:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Have you given thought to pulling off the carb and installing a smart fuel injection system? Other than welding in the O2 bung, it's usually a simple install and it tunes itself. Improved torque and fuel mileage. Richard
RLS7201 01/18/20 09:19am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Electric steps

Control unit $117.16 Door magnet for new style control box $22.63 I have done this upgrade to older Kwikee steps and it works. You may need to change the wiring connector for the motor. Richard
RLS7201 01/12/20 10:20am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Air brakes on Towed

My buddy has the Brake Buddy. Install is easy, just plug it into the power outlet, hookup and he monitor/control box in the MH, watch that it connects and your all done. It's a simple system and you can easily move it between vehicles, unlike you system that is only for the 1 car. I'm planning on getting a newer vehicle and will then have 2 available toads. ThenBrake Buddy will be perfect for that. As I said good if you have a "Fleet" (2 is a fleet though in the example I think I used 20) . But every time you put it in the driver's seat that is an install and if you mess up it can total the car's brakes (happened to me on a different system the dealer messed up the install on.. When will I learn to do it or at least check it myself). and over time that is a lot of work. plus I've spoken to folks who confirmed they said "Oh forget it" for a short trip.. Murphy's law says that's when someone will run out in front of you and SPLAT. With the M&G or the US-Gear system I had or any of the other fully installed leave 'em in place all the time you just plug it in (if that) 1-2 seconds and it's live.. Some of them you don't even do that. Mark me down as another Brake Buddy fan. Have been using it for close to 10 years. Very easy and straight forward to install. You would have to be totally incompetant to mess it up. Never felt like leaving it off, even for short drives. Have changed towed vehicle 3 times and the switch over was easy (had to run light setup anyway so adding a 12V charge line and breakaway was not difficult). X2 bjbear Also the Brake Buddy does not install in the seat (geesh!) is sits on the floor in front of the driver's seat. No wonder you had a problem.
RLS7201 01/11/20 11:04am Dinghy Towing
RE: Where are you guys/gals getting your battery cables?

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RLS7201 01/07/20 08:25am Tech Issues
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

The images also fail in Chrome. Richard
RLS7201 01/03/20 09:03am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Thinking a Battery Monitor.............

Hall Sensor battery monitor. No shunt needed. Keep it simple. Richard
RLS7201 01/01/20 03:07pm Tech Issues
RE: 2003 Fleetwood Flair Radio Fuse?

The fuse may be in the Battery Control Center. Richard
RLS7201 12/25/19 03:28pm Tech Issues
RE: carburetor float failure

OP said his generator is 2 years old, so the materials in his carb are designed for E10. The tip if the needle is not rubber, it's viton. The float is plastic and there is no adjustment. The plastic will crack and break if you try to bend it. Richard
RLS7201 12/21/19 05:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Winnebago Hazard Flasher

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RLS7201 12/21/19 05:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Solar while the RV is in Storage

I see no difference in leaving the solar connected or leaving your coach plugged in all the time. If both are smart charging systems, you're good to go. Richard
RLS7201 12/21/19 05:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Can I put a sprocket made for a keyed shaft on a D bore?

I cringe when I see only one set screw on a sprocket. Drill and tap for a second set screw and you'll be fine. The dimple is a great idea. Richard
RLS7201 12/20/19 09:02am Tech Issues
RE: Repairs and Upgrades

I saw the cops rousting out a nice pusher diesel motorhome parked way out at the outer limit of the parking lot at a Walmart.....Wallys used to be the place to spend the night, but in Cal the homeless have squatted to the degree I guess Wally has put the kibosh on staying overnight. I found hotels to be the best place to hide out in. Large hotels where you can get lost in the shuffle. You can get a nites rest, sponge off their WIFI and get a breakfast too.... On my Bounder, the only part I have never been able to figure out is the momentary water pump switches. I get nada at the pump. I jumped the pump with wires leading into the bathroom where I have a small riding lawn mower battery. If I need water, we connect to the battery, I did change that intelligent box above the pump, the interesting thing is the neg was live and the pos was cold when testing the power to the box. The red was cold, but the white with red stripe noted as NEG on the little box, was live...had power there. Rusty, if one of the momentary switches is stuck in the closed position, the water pump controller will not change state. Schematic Richard
RLS7201 12/20/19 08:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fleetwood Motorhome Owners ... Help!!!

Your system is set up from the factory to charge all batteries from all sources. You do not have a BIRD or do you need additional devices. Most Non-Fleetwood owners do not understand your system. Your 200 amp isolator relay is not functioning. Seeing how the relay is not functioning from the circuit board, in your BCC, or the emergency start button. I would guess the relay is bad. Or you could have a bad connection on the control wires to the isolator relay. Look at the wiring print on the inside of the BCC (Battery Control Center) cover. It's really pretty simple. Richard Are the relays built into the board in the BCC because there is just a coach battery disconnect and a Chassis battery disconnect and 2 circuit breakers behind the control board? The isolator relay on your coach will be close to the battery banks. One each large cable from each battery bank and two small control wires. It is larger that the 100 amp silver relay in a previous post. Richard
RLS7201 12/19/19 05:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fleetwood Motorhome Owners ... Help!!!

Your system is set up from the factory to charge all batteries from all sources. You do not have a BIRD or do you need additional devices. Most Non-Fleetwood owners do not understand your system. Your 200 amp isolator relay is not functioning. Seeing how the relay is not functioning from the circuit board, in your BCC, or the emergency start button. I would guess the relay is bad. Or you could have a bad connection on the control wires to the isolator relay. Look at the wiring print on the inside of the BCC (Battery Control Center) cover. It's really pretty simple. Richard
RLS7201 12/19/19 10:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Refrigerator question for you class A campers

Note all the thrashing about with extra batteries, inverters and solar to have a residential refrigerator. The old absorption refrigerators performed well when install properly. Read the manufacturer's installation manual, it's an eye opener. Norcold did the RV word an injustice with their lesser materials and poor welds, causing fires. How much room do you need in an RV refrigerator? Seldom are you far from a store. Richard
RLS7201 12/19/19 10:03am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Recs for Solar Cut Off Switch?

Hi, On AC power the direction of the voltage changes 30 times a second. On DC it is one way, so an arc requires a larger gap. Here is a high voltage example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3U1yrBI3xc That is what is happening inside the switch. The arcing causes pitting of the contacts. BFL13, With respect, using a switch rated for AC in a DC circuit may lead to arcing. Don, what are the design characteristics of AC and DC switches that differentiates the two? What inhibits the arching in one design and not the other. Inquiring minds want to know. Richard I would suggest that 60 cycle AC service changed direction 120 time a second NOT 30. Richard
RLS7201 12/17/19 03:47pm Tech Issues
RE: Firewall vs entry in Hosts file ????

Y'all are a bunch of rookies.;) I use to write in assembler on the 6502 Vic-20, 6502 1541 floppy drive (35 to 40 track upgrade) and the 6510 Crummy Door 64. Cut my teeth on a Timex Sinclair 1000. Richard
RLS7201 12/16/19 05:08pm Technology Corner
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