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RE: Oil change question

Very good advice here.... Agree, I wouldn't change it UNLESS you have started it multiple times without driving it far enough to get the OIL, not just coolant up to operating temperature. Yes if condensation in crankcase, I would change it. Oil is cheap-- engines, not so much.
bjbear 09/27/20 07:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Onan exhaust hangers don’t last

Just happened to me a couple of days ago. Driving along and suddenly heard a dragging noise. Pulled over, and the onan exhaust was dragging. It is just in front of the front wheel so I am lucky it did not get run over. That would have been a mess!! Tied it up using plumbing strap I always carry. Will replace later with proper hanger.
bjbear 08/14/20 08:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Finding non-bioDiesel

My '95 3406 drank.... The temp of fuel going in the tank had much more effect on MPG than percent of bio..... Can you explain a little more about you comment about fuel temperature affecting MPG? We buy fuel measured in gallons, with is volume. Most liquids, get more dense as they cool. Fill the tank up to brim on a hot day, leave it set, and pretty soon the tank is overflowing. If a station was to buy 10,000 gallons of fuel that was 60* when it was put in the delivery tanker, then let it warm up to 80*, sell 10,000 gallons, they would still have fuel in the tank. There is less energy in a given volume of fuel, if the fuel is 80* instead of 60*. Very few RVs will burn enough fuel for it to be a issue, but this has been a issue for trucking industry for a long time. The large fleets, that buy most of their fuel by the tanker load, get to use the growth in tank. When I was working if the nozzle did not feel cold after I had pumped a few gallons, I would mark my truckstop book not to fuel there. Thanks for the info. I live in Canada, but travel to the US every winter. Up here in Canada, they calibrate the fuel pumps on a regular basis and certify the volumes delivered. They actually have minions that travel around and use each pump to fill an "official" measuring container and then adjust the pump as required. I assumed they did the same in the US, but obviously not based on your experience. I'll have to pay more attention next time I am in the US (if this Covid-19 thing ever does away!!) Just some more info........ Here is the official Government statement on correcting fuel volumes in Canada. If I am reading it correctly, it does not matter what temperature the diesel is delivered at, the pump measures the temperature and corrects the volume so you get the same energy. https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/mc-mc.nsf/eng/lm04344.html That is of course assuming we can trust the government. Something that gets harder to do over time!! :)
bjbear 08/07/20 02:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Finding non-bioDiesel

No, the point is that an exact volume of fuel at 40 degrees F will show the same exact volume if pumped at 90 degrees F. Pump accuracy is not the issue. BUT, there will be fewer molecules in that volume at the higher temperature. So, if you put 10,000 gallons in a storage tank at 40 degrees F and pump it out at 90 degrees F, you will still have those "molecules" left in the storage tank. https://www.onsitepoweradvisor.com/2012/12/03/thermal-expansion/ The coefficient of expansion for diesel fuel is 0.00046 per degree Fahrenheit, or roughly 1% per every 20°F increase in temperature.The coefficient of expansion for diesel fuel is 0.00046 per degree Fahrenheit, or roughly 1% per every 20°F increase in temperature. Thanks, I understand. The applicable standard is Values calculated as per API Standard 2540 (1980) Chapter 11.1 I am going to have to think about this a bit to understand it better.
bjbear 08/07/20 02:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Finding non-bioDiesel

My '95 3406 drank.... The temp of fuel going in the tank had much more effect on MPG than percent of bio..... Can you explain a little more about you comment about fuel temperature affecting MPG? We buy fuel measured in gallons, with is volume. Most liquids, get more dense as they cool. Fill the tank up to brim on a hot day, leave it set, and pretty soon the tank is overflowing. If a station was to buy 10,000 gallons of fuel that was 60* when it was put in the delivery tanker, then let it warm up to 80*, sell 10,000 gallons, they would still have fuel in the tank. There is less energy in a given volume of fuel, if the fuel is 80* instead of 60*. Very few RVs will burn enough fuel for it to be a issue, but this has been a issue for trucking industry for a long time. The large fleets, that buy most of their fuel by the tanker load, get to use the growth in tank. When I was working if the nozzle did not feel cold after I had pumped a few gallons, I would mark my truckstop book not to fuel there. Thanks for the info. I live in Canada, but travel to the US every winter. Up here in Canada, they calibrate the fuel pumps on a regular basis and certify the volumes delivered. They actually have minions that travel around and use each pump to fill an "official" measuring container and then adjust the pump as required. I assumed they did the same in the US, but obviously not based on your experience. I'll have to pay more attention next time I am in the US (if this Covid-19 thing ever does away!!)
bjbear 08/07/20 01:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Finding non-bioDiesel

My '95 3406 drank.... The temp of fuel going in the tank had much more effect on MPG than percent of bio..... Can you explain a little more about you comment about fuel temperature affecting MPG?
bjbear 08/07/20 08:05am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow Bar Age

Over the last couple of years, there have been a few reports of Blue-Ox tow bars failing. It is always the connection to the car. Not sure if the failures where on a specific model. One thing you could do, is take your bar to a NDT company and have a die penetration test done on the connectors.
bjbear 08/07/20 07:59am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Concrete driveway thickness??

Dick_B is correct. A typical driveway should be 4-inches. However, just as important is the strength of the concrete used AND how the base supporting it was built and compacted. The fact that whoever built the driveway skimped by only using 3 inches, might make one suspicious that they could have gone cheap in both the concrete (lower strength) and the base. Personally, I would not park a DP on it unless I got the opinion of a professional engineer first.
bjbear 07/04/20 08:32am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Door hard to open from outside

If the inside handle easily opens both latches does that rule out adjustment? Isnt the long rod operated by both the inside and outside handles? The outside handle willopen both latches if i jerk the handle hard..... You would think so, but the inside handle has a larger range of movement than the outside. That means that the door will stop working sooner with the outside handle while the inside will still function.
bjbear 06/22/20 09:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Out of Country medical insurance - Covid-19

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, have any Canadians on here talked to their insurance company about getting coverage for the 2020/21 season? Currently Medipac and Bluecross have statements on their websites that excludes Covid from being covered. If that's the case in September I guess we won't be going. Based on the way things are going down there we're not going to gamble. Yep same with us and everybody we have talked to. Even if they sort out the insurance thing many are hesitant to go until they see what happens on the election. There is a lot of pent up hate and unrest going on right now in the USA. It might be best to see how the election affects things. Our backup plan is southern Spain. You bring up a good point. Things are really crazy now. Everyone is on a short fuse. I have heard Spain and Portugal are great places, but would not work for us. My wife would never leave our dog for that long!
bjbear 06/07/20 04:43pm Snowbirds
Out of Country medical insurance - Covid-19

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, have any Canadians on here talked to their insurance company about getting coverage for the 2020/21 season?
bjbear 06/07/20 12:27pm Snowbirds
RE: RBC ( royal Bank US )

Does anyone have any issues with using the US account linked to Cdn. Accounts. Had no problems till lately.. such a nightmare try)ng to transfer money .... Perhaps time to switch banks for US banking . Used RBC US account for many years now. Never a problem until once in early April when I had problems with a transfer from US to Can$. Appeared to be related to high volumes of traffic during Covid Exodus as Canadian snowbirds headed home in droves.
bjbear 05/27/20 05:52pm Snowbirds
RE: Door hard to open from outside

Holiday rambler monaco. The door opens easily from the inside but from the outside i have to pull hard on the handle. Ive lubricated everything, its not the door sticking as it opens easily from the inside. Any ideas would be appreciated. Take a look at: http://www.visualsc.com/monaco_door_adjust.pdf. It has a lot of info about the door handles on Monaco Family Coaches. Usually, if the handle has to be pulled farther than normal, it is either the bushing or the rod adjustment. The bushing is the first place to look. If left as is, so that you have to pull real hard on the door handle to open, it will result in a broken handle and you will have to replace it. Will also leave you locked out of your coach. Happened to me!!!
bjbear 05/22/20 08:02am Class A Motorhomes
Remove logo on Flexsteel captains chairs arm rest.....

I am reupholstering my captains chairs which are flexsteel. Had no problem removing the arm rests, but now I am having trouble figuring out how to remove the fabric from the arm rests. There is a FlexSteel Logo on the outside of the arm rest. I cannot see how to remove it so I can remove the existing Ultraleather. Has anyone done this and can give me a hint on how to remove the logo?? I am thinking that it is held on with spring clips, but am reluctant to apply too much force to pry it off.
bjbear 05/21/20 04:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New Class A - Water Entry

Because your rig is new, you could have a water line fitting that is not properly connected. It may be dripping slowly and flowing down the floor into the compartments. The other possibility is something that happened to me when I purchased a new 5th wheel a number years ago. When they pressure tested the water system, they did not properly drain/winterize it. At the dealer, it went through some freezing temperatures and water in a 90 elbow froze causing a small crack that then leaked causing water to pool in the belly pan. What ever the cause, it is something that needs to be corrected before it causes damage that might be difficult to repair.
bjbear 04/27/20 08:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Snowbirds In Limbo As Coronavirus Upends Travel Plans

There is no way that a Canadian Citizen is going to be denied entry into Canada. Period. The border is Federal jurisdiction and not Provincial. Even Quebec our self centered sibling cannot restrict the federal border!! That said, we headed home from Gold Canyon, AZ to Cold Lake, Alberta as soon as it became apparent that both Canada and the USA were going to follow Italy and Spain with respect to infection rates. Many of our other Canadian friends were told by their out of country insurance that they would not be covered after Mar 23rd. Fortunately, my insurance told me that they would continue to cover us, but that was not my main concern. My concern was with the availability of medical equipment in Canada and the US as the emergency progresses. In the event that myself or my wife contracted pneumonia from Covid-19 or any other reason, I did not want to take up a respirator in the US. Can you imagine the scenario where there are 2 people who need respirators, but there is only one remaining and available. Would it be fair for me as a Canadian to have it and deny the US citizen in the bed next to me? How would his/her family react if a respirator was given to a Foreign national who has a home outside the US and his family member was allowed to die? So my message to all Canadians, is to head back to your home where your tax dollars support the medical system. Leave US medical services to US citizens unless absolutely necessary. When this is all over, we can all get back together a celebrate!!
bjbear 04/06/20 12:20pm Snowbirds
RE: Heading Home (North)

Just got back yesterday. Took 5 days to travel from Gold Canyon, AZ to Cold Lake, Alberta. Campgrounds in Montana where filled up by the end of the day. Luckily, I had made reservations or I would not have got in (Dillon, Montana). Also had reservations in Shelby, but decided to cross the border and stayed at Milk River, AB. By end of day, the campground was full. No problem crossing the border at Sweetgrass/Coutts. About a 15 minute wait and the bonus was that they did not ask me how much I had in purchases so did not have to pay GST on the amount over my allowance. Saved me a bunch of money as I had overspent by a lot. No problem getting fuel at Flying J/Pilot or Love's. No long lines. Used hand sanitizer and then washed hands after handling pump. Don't really think the virus could survive in a diesel environment. Looking at the infection rate curve, I would advise everyone to head home ASAP and shelter in place. The US rate is on track with that of Italy a week ago so it is getting serious. Stay safe and well everyone................
bjbear 03/24/20 10:41am Snowbirds
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